Jaguar Journal: Welcome to 21-22 Summer Edition 07/13/2021
St. Matthew Elementary Jaguar Journal:
Welcome to 2021-2022 Summer Edition
July 13, 2021
St. Matthew Elementary
This week's to-do list:
Learn more about our NEW time-talent-treasure initiative and complete 1 survey per family
by August 12th
Review the update to the dress code policy, the St. Matthew webstore is open
Read the NEW code of conduct; this will be signed at the beginning of the year
Review the updated discipline information in the parent/student handbook
Important Upcoming Dates
Aug 12: 2021-2022 school registration
Aug 23: 1st day of school
Aug 23: Early dismissal at 12:05PM
Welcome to 2021-2022
Summer is definitely in full swing now as we round the corner on the half way point to our return to school. Moving into July signifies the new school year for all things related to St. Matthew and boy are we ready to welcome back almost 200 Jaguars in junior kindergarten through fifth grade.
Fun fact: did you know that an enrollment of 200 would put St. Matthew up over 50 students in the last four years!
Included in this communication is some important information as it relates to the 2021-2022 school year. We will continually push information in the coming weeks as registration and the new school year approaches. You will find the following key updates in this communication:
Step 1: Learn more about our NEW time-talent-treasure initiative and complete 1 survey per family
by August 12th
Step 2: Review the update to the dress code policy
Step 3: Read the NEW code of conduct; this will be signed at the beginning of the year
Step 4: Review the updated discipline information in the parent/student handbook
You can read about all of this important information below and as always, please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions. I look forward to seeing you all in less than a month for our back to school registration.
Capital Campaign Prayer
There are many great things to come this school year and included in that list is the work that is being done on the leading edge of a major capital campaign that will provide improvements all across this campus, from the Church, to the ECC, and the school. Some of the proposed updates to the school include:
New cafeteria space
Addition of 3 more classroom spaces (to handle growing enrollment)
Transformation of locker rooms into meeting spaces and a staff bathroom
Elevator for the current 3 levels of building space being used
Enhanced main entrance security
As we kick off this initiative, we would like your students help in writing a prayer that will be voted on and used throughout the campaign. There is no requirements on length of content for the prayer, let the creative minds work.
Email all prayers to Mrs. Conlon at
by Friday, July 30th.
STEP 1: New
As a community of faith, St. Matthew operates most efficiently and effectively with the assistance of those for whom we serve, that is our students, you our parents/guardians, and our community members. We are asking for your partnership in this new endeavor to create 100% engagement between students-teachers-parent/guardian.
We are asking you to complete ONE survey form for your family. Prior to doing so, please view the document here to better understand this new initiative and its impact on our school.
Complete Survey Here
STEP 2: Update to Dress Code Policy
In an effort to provide a bit more consistency and remove the uncertainties during the colder months, there is ONE change to the 2021-2022 dress code policy that is outlined below.
The full dress code policy and the link to shop for these items (and all St. Matthew gear) have been included below. Feel free to start shopping, the web store is open and the
first deadline to order is Sunday, August 1st
. As always, please reach out with any questions.
Dress Code 2021-2022.pdf
Shop for St. Matthew Gear Here
STEPS 3 and 4: Review Code of Conduct and Parent/Student Handbook
There are two very important documents attached to this section. The first is the new St. Matthew Code of Conduct; it is imperative that as a school community we are transparent about all of the roles and expectations of each and every member of our community, regardless of the role we play in each child's life. This document will communicate the expectations placed upon all who are a part of the Jaguar community. This will be signed this fall and kept on file.
The other document attached is the updated 2021-2022 parent/student handbook. I ask that you draw your attention to the discipline code, starting on page 15 as there have been some updates to this policy to ensure we have clear procedures in the event of a situation that needs our attention.
St Matthew Code of Conduct 2021-2022.pdf
21-22 St. Matthew Parent Student-Handbook final.pdf
Same Faces in New Places
Mrs. Kolden won't be moving too far as she will be taking the role of 4 year old preschool teacher. We are thankful for all Tami has done for our 3 year old program and look forward to her continued work in early childhood education.
Mrs. Smith is going back to her roots next year and will be teaching 3rd grade with Mrs. Adams. The duo has worked together for many years prior to this and are excited to be back working together.
Ms. Worley is also making a shift and will be teaching 2nd grade with Ms. Nepola next year. We are excited for her to join the second grade team and assist students with their sacaraments.
The St. Matthew strategic planning committee has partnered with the Archdiocese of Dubuque and Catholic Management Group (CMG) as part of a long-term strategic planning process. This work has been very methodical in nature by helping work through a series of tasks to better understand the needs of our community and what changes are necessary for the continued growth of St. Matthew.
A special thank you to the committee members. Without their work and support, none of this would be possible:
Hollie Braid, Jenni Grote, Katie Hagarty, Matt Juszczyk, Father Loecke, Lauren Shovein, Eric Thuente, Kate VanBerkum
A solid foundation. has been laid, it is now time to get in the trenches to do the necessary work. The important work will require the help of the village, please do your part in assisting in our future endeavors.
~Mrs. Conlon, Principal
St. Matthew Strategic Plan
Will and Susie Halverson Family
Thanks to those of you were able to attend the rosary, so thankful we can come together as a community of faith to offer prayers for Will and family.
If you would like to support the family with meals, the
Halverson family plan
is available for volunteer sign ups. Meals and gift cards are greatly appreciated and will be delivered to the Halverson home. Please note that details are included in the sign-up, but the address will need to be obtained by emailing one of the following individuals:
Please continue to pray for Will’s continued recovery and for his family.
Meal Train Sign-Up
St. Matthew Community Directory
We are very excited to be creating a St. Matthew's Community Photo Directory leading up to our Centennial Celebration next year in 2022.
You are a very important part of our community as you give so much of yourself to help make St. Matthew's a great place.
We want to extend a special invitation to you, and your family to be a part of this project. Everyone who participates will receive a complimentary 8x10 portrait and a directory.
Photographers will be in Kearn Hall from July 13-17 & August 17-21, 2021
Schedule your 10 minute session at
Church Code =
Church password =
*Online sign up is closed during the weekends to allow for in-person sign up after Masses in June & July.
We need volunteers! Sign up here:
If you have any questions or need assistance signing up please contact Kate Tyler by email at email@example.com or by calling 319-363-5238.
Schedule your time HERE
Sign up to volunteer 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!
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
***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.
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