Jaguar Journal: Summer Edition 06/04/2021
St. Matthew Elementary Jaguar Journal: Summer Edition
June 4, 2021
St. Matthew Elementary
This week's to-do list:
Return 2021-2022 tuition contract
If you are missing end of the year report cards, or items from your child's locker, please plan to come in to school this week to pick up. Any items left over will be mailed home next week.
Important Upcoming Dates
Aug 12: 2021-2022 school registration
Aug 23: 1st day of school
Aug 23: Early dismissal at 12:05PM
It is with great sadness that we share the passing of Jim Harken. Jim is husband to Mary, Advancement Director of the Xavier High School Foundation and father to Lucas (5th grade), Michael (4th grade), and Dominick (3rd grade), students at St. Matthew.
Ever the outgoing personality, Jim served in many capacities which included “The Voice” of the Northern Iowa Marching Band, TV show host and MC for charity fundraisers. Most important and cherished to Jim, however, was Mary and his boys. He will be missed by many in our school community.
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him.
Many wonderful friends want to help the Harken family. We have identified ways you are invited to do so below:
If you would like to share financial support, an account has been established that will be used for St. Matthew school tuition for the boys. Our goal is to provide support for all three boys for the 2021-22 school year. Any additional funds will be applied to the following year’s tuition. The Jim Harken Memorial Fund has been established at Hills Bank. Contributions may be made at any Hills Bank location or checks can be mailed to: Hills Bank, Attn: Jim Harken Memorial Fund, 3905 Blairs Ferry Rd NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402.
If you would like to support the family with meals, the Saints Helping Saints Harken family plan is available for volunteer sign ups. Meals and gift cards are greatly appreciated and will be delivered to the Harken home. Details, including home address, are included in the
online sign up
If you would like to help provide items for the funeral luncheon, an
online sign up
has been created indicating the needs for the 125 person meal. All items can be dropped off in Kearn Hall (basement of St. Matthew Catholic Church) by 10AM on Tuesday.
Family meals sign-up
Funeral luncheon sign-up
OPEN POSITIONS UPDATE
St. Matthew Preschool and Elementary have openings for the following positions, if you know of anyone interested, please have them reach out to me at
or by calling 319-362-3021.
4th grade teacher (1.0)
3 year old preschool teacher (0.7)
Preschool Director (0.5 time)
Keep using Scrip this summer!
Any money earned on orders placed
before July 1st
will be included in this year's earnings and can be used towards tuition credits for next school year. Orders placed
after July 1st
will begin accumulating your earnings for the program next year.
You can still place orders for physical gift cards all summer long! You can choose to ship some cards directly to your home, or you can choose for them to be delivered to St. Matthew- those items will be available for pickup at the ECC. Of course you can keep purchasing and using e-gift cards at any time!
School Supplies Order Here
Summer Reading Program with the Kernels
The Kernels Summer Reading Program is designed to help encourage students in Pre-K – 5th grade stay engaged in reading this summer. Usually Mr. Schucks comes by to tell us all about it. Since he is unable to visit this year, he sent us the link to and electronic program scorecard to your students. Check it out and get reading!
Kernels Summer Reading Program
Especially For You Race
St. Matthew School will once again have a team for the annual Especially For You Race Against Breast Cancer. If you'd like to be part of the team, please follow the link below to sign up. This year's race will be held on Sunday, October 3, 2021. We'd love to have our biggest team yet, so please consider joining us!
2021-2022 CR Bulldogs Registration is Now Open!
Registration is NOW OPEN for the 2021-2022 CR Bulldogs season
To register go to:
Over the summer there will be communication on rosters, uniforms, schedules and getting everything ready to start in September! Any questions please reach out to Bulldogs President Dale Emerson at
CR SAINTS GIRLS SOFTBALL
CR Saints Softball will be holding tryouts for the 2021 fall through 2022 spring/summer seasons for 8U-12U teams. Join our organization for some FUN and COMPETITIVE softball!!! Online registration begins on June 30, 2021. www.crsaintssoftball.com
Tryout dates: July 26-30
● 8U: born on or after January 1, 2013; birth years 2013 or after
● 10U: born on or after January 1, 2011; birth years 2011-12
● 12U: born on or after January 1, 2009; birth years 2009-10
Visit us on Facebook: Cedar Rapids Saints Softball @crsaintssoftball
Contact us with questions: email@example.com
***Make-up dates will be set-up on an as-needed basis, July 19-22. Please email after June 30 to schedule an individual time.
Regis Middle School News
Regis Middle School Coaches Needed
Regis is currently seeking a coach for boys tennis, girls soccer, 7th & 8th football and 8th grade girls volleyball teams. Any potential coach must have their K-12 Iowa Coaching Authorization. Expected practice times are after school Monday-Thursday and may begin the first full week of school. If interested, please contact Kyler Nelson, at
Thank you and have a great summer!!
Xavier Youth Summer Camps
Xavier High School will be hosting a variety of summer camps for elementary and middle school students this summer. Campers will have an opportunity to learn key skills from the coaches and directors of Xavier's championship-caliber activities programs while having fun!
Camps currently offered include Girls Basketball, Girls Basketball Coach Tom Lilly's "Shoot Like a Champion" Clinic, Show Choir, Co-Ed Track, Boys Basketball, and Volleyball. Additional camps are expected to be added soon!
to register today and to learn more! All campers receive a t-shirt and all registration is online - no phone orders. For additional information, contact Pam Barta in the XHS Activities Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 319-294-6635 ext. 302.
Xavier Summer Camps
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on Friday, June 4 at 2:50PM