Jaguar Journal - 1/25/19
St. Matthew Elementary Jaguar Journal
January 25, 2019
St. Matthew Elementary
This week's to-do list:
Join us at Mass on Sunday at 10:30 AM to kick off Catholic Schools Week!
Send in roller skating forms...don't forget to write down shoe size!
Sock Hop.....updated information below, check it out and put it on the calendar for next Friday!
Pick up a sock and/or diaper contribution for admission to the Sock Hop
Mark your calendar for special dress up days for next week (see upcoming events)
Get ready to shop the Book Fair!!!
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
With only half a day of school this week we didn't have much time to recognize any Pawsitive Jaguars.
With all the extra time away from school, we encourage you to make an effort to recognize Pawsitive behavior at home!
Important Upcoming Events
January 26 - Discover Regis (for 5th grader families) 9-11 AM
January 27 - Catholic Schools Week Kick-Off Mass 10:30 AM
January 27 - February 2 - Catholic Schools Week
January 28 - Pajama Day; Read and Feed (bring a healthy beverage)
January 29 - Rainbow Shirt Day with comfy bottoms
January 30 - 8:35 AM Mass (Chute - 5th grade); Crazy Sock Day
January 31 - Cray Hair Day and Class Color Day
February 1 - Favorite Sports Team Day
February 1 - Sock Hop (5-7 PM)
February 7 - Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten Roundup at 7 PM
March 2 - Mardi Gras @ Elmcrest CC
Because we do not have school today, we had to cancel tonight's Sock Hop. But don't worry...we are simply moving it a week!
The Sock Hop will now be held on Friday, February 1st from 5 to 7 p.m. at St. Matthew School.
There is no charge to attend, but we are asking all families that attend to consider donating a new package of socks and/or a package of diapers to be donated to local community groups like Young Parents Network. If you have any questions regarding the Sock Hop, please contact
If you need to change any of your sign-ups, below are the links. We would like accurate counts to ensure we have enough food for all attendees, especially with the change in date.
Attendance Sock Hop SignUp
Volunteer Sock Hop SignUp
Catholic Schools Week
Next week we will celebrate St. Matthew Elementary as the nation honors all Catholic schools. We have some fun activities in store; attached is a daily agenda of what fun happenings will be taking place. Look forward to seeing you around St. Matthew!
Catholic Schools Week 2019 Daily Agenda
Explore Regis is ON and will be held at Regis Middle School on Saturday, January 26th. Below is a detailed timeline of events for the morning. We hope all our 5th grade families check out all that Regis Middle School has to offer!
Registration: 8:45 - 9 am in the Regis Gymnasium
Presentation: 9 - 10 am in the Regis Gymnasium
Student Led Tours: 10 - 11 am (throughout the building)
It's time for the Book Fair...you can shop online!!
We are excited to open our book fair this week during Catholic Schools Week! The students got to preview the book fair and make wish lists yesterday when we had school. Here are the dates and time we will be open next week for shopping:
and 11:30-1:00 PM
and 11:30-1:00 PM
7:30-8:15 AM, 9:30-10 AM, and 11:30-1:00 PM
and 11:30-1:00 PM
11:30-1:00 PM and
(during the Sock Hop!)
We also know the weather has been a challenge. You have the ability to shop our book fair online! Simply visit
Lunch Guests During Catholic Schools Week
The students are very excited to have lunch guests next week during Catholic Schools Week! If you have any questions regarding CSW lunches, please contact Kember Nelson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten Roundup
Thanks to the nasty winter weather, we had to cancel our Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten Roundup this week. We will now host that event on Thursday, February 7th at 7 p.m. We hope all those interested in Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten for the 2019-2020 school year can join us!
2019 Iowa Knights of Columbus Spelling Bee Contest
See attached document for more information. The event is this Sunday at 1 PM at Holy Family Schools.
2019 Iowa K of C Spelling Bee Contest Flier.jpg
Join us for St. Matthew Mardi Gras
This year’s St. Matthew Madi Gras event will be held at Elmcrest Country Club on
Saturday, March 2, 2019 from 6:00 PM to Midnig
. The event will include a Live and Silent Auction, Raffle and Cajun Cash, Pick-A-Pack and Pick-A-Cork, and more! All profits will go toward various projects to beautify the St. Matthew Community.
The invitations are off to the printer and being mailed soon! Purchase your event tickets, raffle tickets and sponsorships TODAY on our website at charityauction.bid/mardigras2019.
NEW for 2019! Can’t make this year’s event but have your eye on something? Once you register and receive a bid number for FREE, you can bid on silent auction items from the mobile app or by text bidding! Auction will open on March 1.
Contact Lauren Shovein or Laura Lipinski at
for questions. Thank you for your support of the St. Matthew Community!
Be the Match Benefit
Please see the attached document for a blood drive, bone marrow DNA testing, silent auction and dinner benefit being held at St. Jude Church on Saturday, February 9th.
2019 Phoebe Benefit Flyer
Holy Family School System and Xavier High School welcome Top 20 Training for a presentation for all Catholic school parents/guardians
One-hour Top 20 Training presentation for parents of school students on the topic of helping guide children through life’s challenges. Participants will leave energized and with new ideas and perspectives in the important yet challenging work of parenting children.
Monday, February 25 | 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Regis LaSalle Theater at Xavier High School
Because you love your children; Because you can do better; Because this may be the best speaker/presentation you have heard in years!
Free of charge
More information: Call Zachary Zeckser at Holy Family School System at 396-7792 or visit Top 20 Training at
5th Grade Boys for Saints Baseball
Saints Baseball is looking to find three to five additional 5th graders for our boys 11 & under recreational team. We are short a few players and don’t want to turn away the kids that have already signed up. We are nearing a strict deadline for a decision and would ask for you to consider joining Saints Baseball for your 5th grade boy. We will extend our FINAL Deadline to January 31st. Should you have interest, please email
Message from the Principal
Thank you for all your flexibility this week with the crazy Iowa weather. We follow Cedar Rapids Public School for any weather related announcements which I realize can sometimes mean an inconvenience to our families who don't need busing transportation.
I am grateful for your support and understanding during this week's multiple communications to make sure you were all aware of the latest happenings. Here's to warmer and less snowy weather in the week ahead (it is not looking good)!!
Stay safe and warm! -- Mrs. Amy Conlon
Essentials Team Highlight
Honesty looks the same in the essentials rooms as it does throughout St. Matthew School. We know kiddos are still growing and love being able to extend grace to all our students. We ask that students "own" what they have done or not done. If a student isn't following the rules of a game or sport we ask that they admit it. Admitting we are wrong is a huge asset while growing up. If a student has hurt someone's feelings we want them to apologize and tell the other person how they will do better next time.We want them to remember that taking responsibility for mistakes and being honest about what has happened will take you far in life.
--Ms. Carney, Mrs. Williams and Mrs. Miller-Smith
Next Week's Birthdays
February 3 - Nathan Bryant
February 3 - Jackie Barnum
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