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2014-2015 Family Backpack. FAQs Events at a Glance Communication at SHCS Fundraising at SHCS Getting Involved: Parent and Student Organizations. Dear St. Helen School Families,

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Family Backpack


Events at a Glance

Communication at SHCS

Fundraising at SHCS

Getting Involved: Parent and Student Organizations


Dear St. Helen School Families,

Welcome home to St. Helen Catholic School! We are pleased and excited that you have chosen St. Helen to provide a foundation in both faith and academics for your child. The mission of St. Helen Catholic School (SHCS) is to provide a well-rounded education, emphasizing the Catholic ideals of academic excellence, personal integrity, Christian service, and enduring faith. The St. Helen Catholic School’s mission is WAG: to grow in wisdom, age, and grace!

We hope the Family Backpack provides new and current families a useful overview of SHCS to prepare for the coming school year. Further details on policies are printed in our Family/Student Handbook and we hope you will use both of these pieces throughout the school year.

The entire faculty and staff of St. Helen Catholic School looks forward to getting to know you and your family as we strive daily to reach our goals. Never hesitate to contact us and thank you for allowing us to be an important part of your child’s life!

God’s Blessings,

Phyliss Coleman, Ed.D.

Principal, SHCS

St. Helen Catholic School

2213 Old Alvin Road

Pearland, TX 77581

281-485-2845 (office)

281-485-7607 (fax)




St. Helen Catholic School was founded in 1996 through the vision and generosity of the parishioners of St. Helen Catholic Church. In August 1997, we began classes on the church grounds with 50 students.

In February 1998, the new school building was opened. The campus is well equipped and features spacious classrooms, a library, and large science and computer labs. Currently, the school offers enrollment in Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade.

School Mission Statement:

Our mission is WAG: to grow in wisdom, age, and grace!

Grade Classifications:

PreK-1st= Primary

2nd-5th= Intermediate

6th-8th= Middle School

School Hours:

PreK-8th grade:


7:50 a.m.-2:50 p.m.

Parents can drop off students at school via carpool starting at 7:30 a.m. Supervision is provided in each homeroom from 7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

School Board & H.S.A. Board:

The School Board & the Home and School Association Board (H.S.A.) consists of volunteers elected by the parish to act in an advisory capacity to the pastor and principal. Elections are held in the spring with each term lasting three years for School Board and one year for HSA Board. Parent volunteer committees work with the Boards on projects and the members and their committees are listed below:

School Board:

Fr. Jim Courville, Pastor

Joey Krafft, President

Heather James, Vice President

AshaeKubicek, Secretary

Janet Kilroy

Margaret Hardcastle

Meg Crowley

H.S.A. Board:

Suzanne Polk, President

Open, Vice President

Raquel Wood, Secretary

Susanna Garcia, Treasurer


Events at a Glance

Throughout the year, the School, H.S.A., and Athletics host events to build community to support SHCS. Please take a moment to mark your calendar to attend.

New Parent/Student Orientation

August 13, 2014

9-11:00 a.m. in Cafeteria

This event is for New families only. Parents and students will have an opportunity to meet the teacher, drop off school supplies , meet their Parent Ambassador and gather information on upcoming activities at the school.

Returning Parent/Student Orientation

August 13, 2014

2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. in Cafeteria

Don’t miss this event! This is an opportunity to sign up for activities, visit the classrooms, and drop off school supplies. Parents and students should plan to attend. Plan to bring your calendar and checkbook.

Head Room Parent Meeting

September 4th, 2014

9-10:00 a.m. in Oblate Center

Mark your calendar if you are interested in becoming a room parent.

School Board Meeting Dates

August 21, 2014

8:45 a.m. in Oblate Center

September 18 , 2014

8:45 a.m. in Oblate Center

October 9, 2014

8:45 a.m. in Oblate Center

November 13 , 2014

8:45 a.m. in Oblate Center

December 11, 2014 CLOSED MEETING

8:45 a.m. in Oblate Center

School Board Meetings cont…

January 8, 2015

8:45 a.m. in Oblate Center

February 12, 2015

8:45 a.m. in Oblate Center

March 5, 2015

8:45 a.m. in Oblate Center

April 9, 2015

8:45 a.m. in Oblate Center

May 28 , 2015

8:45 a.m. in Oblate Center

Hot Lunch Program Begins

September 2, 2014

Lunch menus will be going home on Monday, August 18, 2014. Lunch orders and money will be due Thursday, August 21, 2014. No late orders will be accepted due to food ordering deadlines.

H.S.A. Meeting Dates

August 24,2014

6:30 p.m. in Helena Hall

October 22, 2014

8:15 a.m. in Helena Hall

February 11, 2015

6:30 p.m. in Helena Hall

May 6, 2015

6:30 p.m. in Helena Hall

First Friday Breakfast

Donuts and milk are served for all SHCS students on the First Friday of every month following Mass. During Lent, other food items will be served.

Mass Days

Every Friday and Holy Days of Obligationare Mass days for students.

Mass begins at 8 a.m. sharp!

The tardy bell on Mass days is at 7:50 a.m.


Events at a Glance cont…

Throughout the year, the School, H.S.A., and Athletics host events to build community to support SHCS. Please take a moment to mark your calendar to attend.

Red Ribbon Week

October 27-31, 2014

Students participate in dailyactivities to promote drug awareness.

All Saints’ Day

October 31st, 2014

Various activities are planned to enhance students’ knowledge of our saints.

Christmas Program

December 17, 2014

6 p.m. in Helena Hall

Pk-8thgrades sing Christmas carols they have been learning in their daily music classes. This is an evening event and the whole family is invited to attend.

Catholic Schools Week

January 25-30, 2015

Open House is held for Prospective Families only on Sunday, Jan. 25th, 2015 from 10:30am-12:30pm.

During the week of CSW, Catholic Schools are honored for combining a Christian educational environment in forming the total child. Events are planned to celebrate SHCS!!

Field Day

April 16, 2015 for Pk3-K

April 24, 2015 for 1st-8th

This is a day of fun, sunshine, and outdoor activities! HSA sells snacks, sno-cones, popcorn and pizza! SHCS students look forward to this event all year long!

Talent Show

May 21, 2015

8:30 a.m. in Helena Hall

Bring on the talent! Our SHCS student body has the opportunity to audition, and if selected, participate in a talent show. From singing to dancing to telling jokes, our students will perform for the school and show off their talents!

Pep Rallies

There are four pep-rallies held in a school year.

*Back 2 School

*Red Ribbon Week

*Catholic Schools Week

*Teacher Appreciation Week

8th grade Graduation Mass

May 15,2015

10 a.m. at St. Helen Catholic Church

End of the Year Party

May 29th , 2015

From 12-2 p.m.

PearwoodSkate Rink

School is out for the summer! Please join us for an end of the year party at our local skate rink hosted by HSA!!


Communication at SHCS

We strive to keep communication lines open and use multiple vehicles to communicate with our parents. Our doors are always open. Please feel free to voice ideas, questions or concerns.


This is an automated phone and e-mail system the school uses to send parents important or urgent messages. The message can be sent to your home, cell and work phone, as well as e-mail contacts. Be sure to keep the school office updated with any changes in your contact information throughout the year.


Like us on Facebook!

Visit our school website and follow the link to our FACEBOOK page. We update the page regularly with current information about the school.

The Happenings

Dr. Coleman writes a monthly newsletter that is posted on our website. It mirrors all of the activities that are posted on the school calendar, but provides more detailed information.

Newsflash Subscription

This is another automated e-mail system the school uses to send parents important reminders. You may subscribe to this system through our school website at


The official school calendar is given to each family before the start of the new school year. The monthly calendar is sent home the first week of every month with event details for that particular month. These calendars list all of the planned school closing dates, holidays, in-service days, early dismissals, and key events for the school. Both calendars are also available on the school web-site

H.S.A. Newsletter

H.S.A launches a monthly e-newsletter that includes service hour opportunities, committee needs, fundraising news, meeting dates, etc… Visit the SHCS school website to start receiving emails!

Teacher Web

This is an internal web communication center for the school. It contains the school and family handbook, individual teacher webpage, general announcements, and school closing information.

Gradelink-NEW THIS YEAR!

Each student has a gradelink account that is set up to keep track of grades and assignments. All familes will receive a letter explaining the account and password set-up.


Communication at SHCS cont…

We strive to keep communication lines open and use multiple vehicles to communicate with our parents. Our doors are always open. Please feel free to voice ideas, questions or concerns.

Parent/ Teacher Conferences

These conferences occur twice a year-once in the fall and once in the spring. Parents and students attend a 15- minute conference, allowing an opportunity to speak to the teacher about your child’s status, achievements, and concerns.

Weekly Folders

Each week, students (with the exception of middle school) should bring home a weekly folder. It will include recent schoolwork, information from the school, and information regarding extracurricular activities.

School Directory

Every year the school prints a directory for you to use at home. The directory has every staff member’s email address, school office phone numbers, school board email, and H.S.A. email.

Each family is given the opportunity to post their contact information as well.

Teacher Email

Each staff member has an individual email account. Parent emails often get a faster response than phone calls. Staff members will generally respond to emails within 24 hours.


Fundraising at SHCS

To provide a quality Catholic education for children, the school must have the necessary funds to provide the best-qualified teachers possible, as well as current technology and textbooks. Fundraising commitment opportunities are provided throughout the school year.

Magazine Sales

This is our first fundraiser of the year! Kick-Off to magazine sales usually begins in mid-September.

Do you know someone that already has a magazine subscription? Why not ask them to renew their subscription through SHCS?? For every magazine sold that means money for SHCS!!

Steps For Students

February 21, 2015

Raising money for our school is what we do best! S4S is a 5K walk in downtown Houston, and all the money raised comes back to us!

Annual Msgr. Braden Dinner Dance

February 7, 2015

Our largest fundraising event of the year, this is a night full of entertainment for parents. Live music, dancing, live auctions, silent auctions, casino tables, dinner and the best part of the evening is dressing up in suits and dresses! Tickets sales will begin soon! Check the school website for more information!

“Free Money” for SHCS

There are multiple opportunities to raise funds for the school that we consider free money! Most of these programs are no cost to you but the combined effort of many truly makes a difference. Thank you for making a little extra effort to make your regular shopping benefit the School.

Box Tops for Education

Campbell’s Soup Labels

My Coke-Cola Rewards

Community Coffee Labels

Tyson A+ for Education Labels

SCRIP Gift Card Café

Ham Sale

Scentsy Sale

Mixed Bag Sale

Spirit Night @local restaurants

Free Dress Week Passes

Used Uniform Sale

Target, Red Card


Getting Involved: Parent Organizations

The involvement of our parents makes a huge difference to both SHCS students and faculty. H.S.A. is the volunteer command center for the school. There are many opportunities to get involved. Look for sign-ups at Parent/Student Orientation or contact your Room Parents. All parents are encouraged to participate. Don’t be shy!

Getting Involved: Student Life

Students are encouraged to participate in school and parish-sponsored youth organizations and clubs where they explore interests, develop leadership skills, and offer service to the community.

Choir Club

National Junior Honor Society

Girl Scouts

Geography Club

Robotics Club

Art Club

Spanish Club


Spirit Squad by Dance Tree

Quiz Bowl

AFA Competitions

Off Season Conditioning Camp

…plus new clubs beginning Fall 2014!