A Miraculous Morning!

Miracle Makers Morning is a FREE fundraising breakfast that The Monarch School has held every year with proceeds benefiting the school’s operating budget. The first breakfast was held in 2002, and it has grown each year thanks to the generous support of volunteers and donors.

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A Morning to Remember

Each November, the students prepare for the Miracle Maker Morning Breakfast in many ways, but here in the Life Academy, they were working on three aspects of this special morning that are all part of the fabric of this hour and a half of miracles. Click here to read about the important contributions our students make at this important event each year.


Foundation Spotlight

We at Monarch are honored to have the support of the Albert and Ethel Herzstein Charitable Foundation. Our families benefit greatly from their generosity to our financial assistance program. Many thanks to the Herzstein Foundation for their investment in our students! Click here to read more about the Herzstein Foundation.


Project Learning Tree Chooses Monarch for Training Site

Monarch recently hosted Project Learning Tree’s GreenSchools! Training for Kipp High School, Stephen F. Austin High School, and Berry Elementary. The training enables each school to have access to $6,000 of American Forest Foundations funds to incorporate “green and sustainable” thinking into their school’s curriculum.

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Mark Your Calendars for Special Guest Speaker

Joshua Rotenberg, MD, MMS, DABPN, DABP, DABSM founded Neurology & Sleep Specialists in 2003 with the vision of creating a specialty practice that treats every patient with academic level care in a humane and accessible environment. Dr. Rotenberg will speak in the Monarch Learning Center on Thursday, Jan. 26 at 9 am. Click here for more on Dr. Rotenberg.


Starbucks Helps Monarch Students Prepare for the Workplace

Our thanks to the wonderful people at Starbucks®, who have partnered with the Monarch Life Academy to provide monthly job training sessions to our students. On November 29th our students enjoyed mock interview training, etiquette and body language coaching. We had 12 participants this month, engaged in working with the five Starbucks store managers. Visit our website to read the rest of the story and to watch a slide how of the job training.


Old Republic Supports Monarch Life Academy

Old Republic National Title Insurance Company invited students through the Life Academy on December 1 to assist in the production of their holiday gifts. Four students went to the Old Republic Office for the morning. The production included packaging over 100 gifts that would be sent out to clients of their company. Leslie Kappler, Residential Escrow Officer and Mary Bea Wickman, Marketing Representative have been gracious to extend this invitation to our students for the past 3 years. Visit our website for more.


The Gift of Dance

Anand Maru, husband of Julie Maru (Professional Educator for the Novice/Apprentice Levels), has a passion for dance that began in childhood in India where he watched in awe as Michael Jackson danced on television. He also was an active participant in cultural dances.

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Patricia’s Story

Starbucks® has partnered with Monarch on many projects, AND we now have our own Starbucks employee! Patricia, Monarch Voyager, has been preparing for the workplace through her Career Planning and Internship classes in Monarch Life Academy, serving as part-time receptionist at Monarch, and by volunteering at another local school.

Visit our website to read more about Patricia’s new job at Starbucks!


A Mark of Support

Spindletop Charities supports the mission of Monarch School through grants to the organization, but recently we have been able to work for Spindeltop Charities to further their mission of benefitting area youth. After a recent tour of the school by some members of their Board of Directors, Monarch Life Academy was informed of Spindletop’s interest in providing a contract for services to the students. After meeting with the faculty and students, the Executive Director, Constance White and Project Coordinator, Kristen Barley, chose custom handmade bookmarks. Each bookmark was made with an oil derrick at one end to signify the Spindletop organization. Click here for more on this story.


Monarch Goes to Bioneers

On Friday, November 11, a group of Monarch juniors and seniors joined Mr. Klein and Mr. Chatham, Monarch professional educators, in attending the Beaming Bioneers Houston forum at Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church. Students divided time between presenting—by working a Heifer International information booth—and attending presentations. Presentations were informative and insightful; some students said afterward that they were reevaluating the impact their decisions have on the earth.

Read more about this event here.


Novice/Apprentice Community Supports Corridor Rescue

This month as the students learned about giving back to their community a tremendous donation of food and needed items was made to the Corridor Rescue Program. Corridor Rescue, Inc. works to rescue needy animals and educate pet owners in the North-East Houston. The group, which began in the heart of Deborah Hoffman in 2008 as a dog rescue, has grown into a much larger operation.

Click here to read more Monarch’s involvement with Corridor Rescue.


A Worm’s Perspective

Students in Room 128 got creative this month while working on reading & writing and social studies objectives. Students read the book "Diary of a Worm" by Doreen Cronin, which tells the story of a young worm in his own words.

Click here to read about other aspects of this lesson, including a field trip to Main Street Theater!


Dia De Los Muertos in Room 123

On November first and second we learned about Dia De Los Muertos. That means Day of the Dead. I am from Monterrey, Mexico. In Mexico, we remember the people that died and we celebrate the people that we loved and cared about.

Visit our website for the rest of Max’ story, as well as articles written by other Monarch Apprentice Level students.


Houston Symphony Volunteer Trip

On Monday November 21st, 2011 some students from the Life Academy helped out the Houston Symphony with their Magical Musical Morning, which is a fundraiser for the Houston Symphony for kids.

Click here to continue Lauren’s story, and to read other articles written by Monarch Voyager Level Students.