Jaguar Journal - 10/5/18
St. Matthew Elementary Jaguar Journal
October 5, 2018
St. Matthew Elementary
This week's to-do list:
Don't forget it is a long weekend - we will see you again on Wednesday, October 10!
Check to make sure your child's pants fit! This will allow time to shop before the October 15th when students are no longer allowed to wear shorts (or skirts without tights) to school.
The Xavier Varsity Football game has been moved up to a 5 PM start tonight at Saints Field. Go Saints!
This Week's To-Do List:
* Vote for St. Matt's in the UnityPoint "Imaging the Amazing" contest (see below)
* Send in box tops and Hy-Vee receipts
Important Upcoming Events
October 7 - Especially for You Race (8 AM)
October 8 - No School (Teacher In-Service)
October 9 - No School (Teacher In-Service)
October 10 - 8:35 AM Mass (Chute's class-5th)
October 15 - Pants begin, no more shorts allowed
October 15 - Parent Association Meeting @ 5:30 PM
October 17 - 8:35 AM Mass (Van Berkum's class-1st)
October 23 - 12:10 PM Early Dismissal
October 23 - Conferences 1:00-7:30 PM
October 24 - 8:35 AM Mass (Smith's class - 4th)
October 25 - Conferences 3:30-7:30 PM
October 25 - 2nd grade to Mercy Hospital 9-10:30AM
October 26 - No School
October 31 - Halloween Parade @ 2:30 PM (gym)
October Staff Member of the Month
Please help me in congratulating Trudy Smith on receiving the October Staff Member of the month award! Trudy has tackled life's curve ball in stride and does so with such an amazing attitude! Round 1 of chemo is done and she is on her way with round 2. Trudy is such an asset to St. Matthew through her leadership to staff and her expertise in the classroom! No matter the day, nor the circumstance, you know that the work Trudy does will be done at a high quality.
Essentials Students of the Month
Congratulations to our Essentials students of the month for displaying outstanding behaviors while attending these classes! Great job and keep up the amazing work!
PE: Avery Ohde and Oliver Wood
Music: Nathan Bryant and Camryn Charkowski
Art: Nadia Mealhow and Eben Rivera
October menus are included here........
October 2018 - Lunch.pdf
October 2018 - Breakfast.pdf
The 2018-2019 school year is now underway and our planning is already starting to begin for the 2019-2020 school year. One of the areas that we are taking a more in-depth look at is creating an Alternative Kindergarten (AK) program at St. Matthew. Alternative Kindergarten would be held five days a week (Monday through Friday) from approximately 8:15 AM - 2:00 PM.
For families interested in this program for the 2019-2020 school year, we are asking for your help in completing this survey to help us better understand your needs and how we can best tailor a program like this to meet the needs of our families.
2019-2020 Alternative Kindergarten Interest Survey
Mardi Gras 2019 Planning Meeting
The planning for Mardi Gras 2019 is fully under away and we’re excited to share some updates with all of you! Our next planning meeting will be on Wednesday, October 10, 6PM at Lauren Shovein’s house (2092 Sunland Drive SE). Children are welcome. Light snacks and drinks provided. Questions? Please contact us at
2018 Event Recap
Raffle/Silent/Live Auction ideas
Save the Date: Mardi Gras will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at Elmcrest Country Club.
Sign Up to be a Volunteer at Church
Parents are invited to become Lectors and Eucharistic Ministers here at St. Matthew Parish. We would love to have you join us to proclaim the Word of God or share the precious Body and Blood of Jesus with others during Mass. Training will take place on Thursday, October 11 in the Church. Eucharistic Minister will be trained at 6PM. (Must be a confirmed and practicing Catholic in order to serve in this role). Lectors will be trained at 7PM. Contact Kate Tyler at
or 363-5238 to sign up or with any questions.
Summit School Camp
Looking for something to keep the kids busy on their day off from school on October 26th? Summit School is hosting a day camp about creepy, crawling creatures. The camp runs from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM at Indian Creek Nature Center. See the flyer for more information about signing up.
summit oct 26 event.pdf
Xavier High School News and Information
Xavier Girls' Basketball Boosketball Camp
Girls in Grades K-4 are invited to join the XHS Girls' Basketball team for some Halloween hoops, skills, fun & treats while playing basketball on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018 from 9:30-11 a.m. at Xavier High School. Cost for this camp is $30 and includes a t-shirt. Registration deadline is 10/20/18. Sign up at
"Saint Paint" Reminder!
Show your Xavier Catholic School spirit with "Saint Paint" from the Xavier Dance Team! The Xavier Dance team will come to your house one weekend during September/October to paint your driveway with the Xavier halo cross logo. The paint is durable and will last up to one year. All logos will be centered at the end of your driveway and painted navy/silver. The logo size is approximately 2.5 feet wide by 3 feet tall.
There’s no better way to show your school spirit than with some Saint Paint from the Xavier Dance Team! Deadline to order is 10/15/18.
For an order form, head to
Parent Handbook Highlight
Dress Code Reminder: Fridays at St. Matthew are now Spirit Fridays. This means the top your student wears can be anything with St. Matthew or Xavier on it. Your student may wear any type of bottoms, as long as they are season appropriate. As for the top - the outside layer must be St. Matthew or Xavier so we can clearly see this. If your not student is not wearing spirit wear, we ask that they be in dress code. Starting in the next few weeks, we will start to make calls home for students not in the appropriate wear. If you are needing spirit wear, please let us know and we would be happy to check the St. Matthew uniform exchange.
Essentials Team Highlight
Even though the calendar may say October, in the music room it is officially Christmas season. All of the grades began working on their musical this week. Even band jumped in on the fun and began to work on their music for the December concert. We are continuing to work on tempo terms: presto, moderato, and largo in grades K-2. And in grades 3-5 we are continuing to work on our note and rest value review. Next week a new composer will be introduced. Be sure to ask your student for some more information.
Musically Yours- Mrs. Williams
Next Week's Birthdays
October 6--Nash Mealhow
October 10--Lucas Harken
October 11--Mrs. Driscoll
October 12--Brian Garcia
October 12--Sophia Link
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