Jaguar Journal - 10/19/18
St. Matthew Elementary Jaguar Journal
October 19, 2018
St. Matthew Elementary
This week's to-do list:
Conferences are next week, please make sure to check your calendar for the date and time you signed up for!
Tuesday is an early dismissal at 12:10 PM
No school on Friday, October 26th
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
Mrs. Van Berkum's Class
Important Upcoming Events
October 23 - 12:10 PM Early Dismissal
October 23 - Conferences 1:00-7:30 PM
October 24 - 8:35 AM Mass (Smith - 4th)
October 25 - Conferences 3:30-7:30 PM
October 25 - 2nd grade to Mercy Hospital 9-10:30AM
October 26 - No School
October 29-November 2 - Red Ribbon Week
October 31 - Halloween Parade @ 2:30 PM (gym)
October 31 - 3rd/4th grade to Manor Care
October 31 - No 8:35 AM mass - will be Thursday
November 1 - All Saints Day Mass @ 8:35 AM
November 7 - 8:35 AM Mass (Adams - 3rd)
November 11 - Trudy/Jan Pancake Breakfast benefit
March 2, 2019 - Mardi Gras @ Elmcrest CC
Just a reminder that conferences are next week and many thanks to you, we are 100% of our St. Matthew families signed up! As a mom, I enjoy these 15 minutes to get the insight of the teacher who ultimately spends just as much, if not more time, with them than me. Let's be honest, often times the kids we see from 5-10 PM are much different than the kids sitting in the desks from 8-3 PM! Enjoy the time and don't forget this is a partnership and we are here together to help do what is best for your student(s)!
: 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM (12:10 PM early dismissal for students)
: 3:45 PM - 7:00 PM
Monster Hands and Witches' Brooms
The fourth graders will be selling Monster Hands and Witches’ Brooms as a fundraiser for a service learning project. The proceeds will benefit the Community Health Free Clinic.
Monster Hands will sell for $0.50 and the Witches’ Brooms for $0.75. Each will be filled with popcorn and candy corn. We will be selling to the classrooms on
Thursday, Oct. 25
Monday, Oct. 29
Tuesday, Oct. 30
. Bring your quarters and we will be happy to exchange them for Monster Hands and Witches’ Brooms. Thank you for supporting the fourth grade fundraiser.
Trudy/Jan Pancake Breakfast Benefit
A pancake breakfast benefit is being held on Sunday, November 11th from 9 AM - 12 PM in Kearn Hall. There will be pancakes and sausage with a choice of milk or juice to drink. There is no charge but donations are appreciated. All donations will be given to Jan Krueger and Trudy Smith to help with medical costs as they battle breast cancer. Please come and support these two amazing Jaguars! A link is included below if you would like to help contribute supplies for this event:
If you are not able to attend and still wish to contribute, please send money in a clearly labeled envelope marked "Trudy/Jan Benefit" to the school office. Thanks to Shannon Wood and the Parent Association for their help with this event!
Are you going?
might be going.
Assistance for items/help
Red Ribbon Week
To help you plan ahead, please see below for the dress up days at the end of the month as we celebrate Red Ribbon Week.
Monday, October 29
- Twinkle, twinkle little star, if you do drugs you won’t go far. Dress up: PAJAMA DAY!
Tuesday, October 30
- Plaid is rad and drugs are bad, so spot ways to stay Drug Free! Dress up: WEAR PLAID OR POLKA DOTS!
Wednesday, October 31
- No Bones about it – staying Drug Free is the choice for me. Dress up: HALLOWEEN ORANGE & BLACK DAY!
Thursday, November 1
- I’m “Red”y to say Sock it to Drugs. Dress up: Wear RED SHIRTS (with dress code pants) and CRAZY SOCKS!
Friday, November 2
- Catch the Wave of a Drug Free Life! Dress up: HAWAIIAN DAY!
Please Donate Extra Halloween Candy to Green Square Meals
Once again this year, we are looking for some awesome kids to help brighten the day of the guests at Green Square Meals! St. Matthew Parish assists in preparing a monthly meal at the local soup kitchen called Green Square Meals for more than 150 homeless individuals. These folks love Halloween as we all do, but they may not be able to celebrate it. We are hoping that St. Matthew students might want to share some of your candy with others, so they can have a fun Halloween too. If you would like to donate some of your Halloween candy (parents, that includes left overs at your house after trick-or-treating is done) to Green Square Meals, please bring it in and place it in the designated box by the school office on the days following Halloween. Our Club Fun students will be bagging up the candy to distribute. You can visit
St. Matthew’s Parish website under the Social Justice link
to learn more about our Green Square Meals ministry. Thank you for brightening the day of those who are less fortunate!
Reminder...R&R for Riesenbergs
We just wanted to remind you that there is still time to donate to our R&R for the Riesenbergs collection. As most of you know, Marie Riesenberg has been battling stage 4 breast cancer for almost 5 years. Her husband Scott and son Luke (2nd grade) have been her wing men, supporting her every step of the way. The fight they face continues to be a strenuous battle. We would like to help them take a family vacation to a beautiful beach, so they can have some time to rest and relax! A condo and one plane ticket has already been generously donated. If you would like to provide additional financial support a fund has been established thru Hills Bank. You can drop off/send a donation to any Hills Bank location or to the school office. Please address your donation to: R & R for Riesenbergs. Thank you, as always, for your prayers and support for this Jaguar family.
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
Xavier X-Men Wrestling Club Registration
Xavier X-Men Wrestling Club is open to any student in preschool through 8th grade at any Xavier Catholic School or associated parish. Sign up has begun as the season starts soon. There is a parent meeting on Oct. 23rd at 6:30PM in the Xavier High School Novak Room (across the hall from the main office). Practices start Nov. 12th. See attached flyer or contact Ben Hoover (
or 319-929-5575) for more information.
XMen Registration Flyer-Poster 2018-19.pdf
Parent Handbook Highlight
Discipline - it is one of those words that can make you cringe. In a recent review of the parent handbook, the current discipline area is quite vague. Please know that this will be the focus of some attention in the months ahead. What you need to know in the meantime is that we take a very collaborative approach to keeping our school safe. There is no magic formula when a student is sent to the principal's office, rather teachers use their best judgement. However, not all conversations with me will result in an email/phone call home; sometimes it is important to kids to understand that they can make mistakes and work through the process of rectifying it at school. We will certainly be in touch should we need to discuss something, but know that all conversations are for the benefit of making St. Matthew the best and safest place possible. -- Amy Conlon
Essentials Team Highlight
Art is starting to be pretty great, tons of talent in here! In the last two weeks we have worked hard on portraits of ourselves and our families and birds of many kinds! Make sure to come see our hard work hung in the hallway! We have also shown our talents in our Art Club for October, making individualized painted wooden signs!
Next Week's Birthdays
October 20--Katie Pham
October 21--Colin Kidd
October 22--Gavin Ireland
October 24--Chase Rust
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on Friday, October 19, 2018 at 2:56PM