Jaguar Journal - 3/8/19
St. Matthew Elementary Jaguar Journal
March 8, 2019
St. Matthew Elementary
This week's to-do list:
Don't forget to SPRING AHEAD this weekend for daylight savings time!
Just a reminder that Joe Beckman will be here on Monday to talk to our students, you are welcome to join us!
Don't forget conferences are next week - we look forward to seeing you then
Please turn in your preregistration forms for next school year!
Send in Hy-Vee receipts!
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
Aaron Thiel Alison Osterhaus
Avery Ohde Nadia Mealhow
Riley Pence Cooper Takes
Chase Rust Vivian Allen
Tristan Rosteck Jaxon McComb
Emma Feller Liam Kidd
Kellen Haverback Zach Meyer
Anna Nguyen Landon Freeman
Hailey Becker Daisy Corio-Garcia
Mac Driscoll Maggie Lyon
Zander Murray Bella Miranda
Emma Richmond Reagan Rosteck
Important Upcoming Events
March 13 - Mass 8:35 AM (4th grade-Smith)
March 15 - School IS in session
March 16 to 24 - Spring Break!
March 27 - Mass 8:35 AM (3rd grade-Adams)
April 1-5 - Wareham ISASP testing
April 3 - Mass 8:35 AM (5th grade-Chute)
April 5 - School IS in session
April 8-12 - Chute ISASP testing
April 10 - Mass 8:35 AM (5th grade-Wareham)
April 12th - 3rd Grade Titanic Day
April 15-18 - Adams & Smith ISASP testing
April 17 - Mass 8:35 AM (Staff)
April 19 - No School: Good Friday
April 22 - School IS in session
April 23-26 - ISASP Testing Make-up
April 24 - Mass 8:35 AM (Staff)
April 26 - Donuts with Dad/Muffins with Mom in Kearn Hall from 7:05-8:15 AM
April 27 - 2nd Graders 1st Holy Communion at 4 PM
Human Sexuality Week
K-5 will be teaching Human Sexuality the week of March 11th through our “Growing In God's Love” series. The ultimate goal of the new Creation series is to provide children with an understanding of the nature and importance of human sexuality as taught by Christian faith to children’s growing awareness of who they are as human beings and how they respond to God’s call, spoken through Jesus, to become Christian men and women reflecting God’s image to all. Parents may view the books before they start. Please contact your teacher to set up a time.
Mrs. Miller-Smith has been working on some amazing vision boards to help enhance various areas of our building. We are looking to start on the first floor hallway in April and May (looking at some Saturday options) but adding some visual items to the hallway by the library, sprucing up the bathroom areas and then adding a sensory wall by the gym. We would love any and all helpers who would love to help see this vision come to life; you do not need to be an expert painter, many things will be stenciled and you would be painting between the lines. Please let Mrs. Conlon know if you are interested in helping out:
Just a reminder the STO deadline is coming quickly on April 15th, 2019. Mrs. Conlon will be available during conferences if you would like assistance completing this application. Please just let me know what time works best for you! I would be happy to assist you in this process.
2nd on the 2nd Collection
This month, the 2nd on the 2nd Collection will benefit His Hands Free Clinic and Habitat for Humanity.
His Hands Free Clinic is a non-profit ministry that provides free medical, chiropractic, women's health, mental health, physical therapy, prescription assistance, patient advocacy and dental services near downtown. They seek to honor God by helping the uninsured and underinsured in
Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization that helps families build and improve places to call home. They believe affordable housing plays a critical role in strong and stable communities.
Please support these agencies in our city with your donations, your prayers and by taking a moment to look at their web sites and learn more about them.
His Hands Free Clinic:
Habitat for Humanity:
Thank you for bringing in those Box Tops! Every little bit helps! Thanks to your efforts, our school will be receiving a check for $120!
Please also continue to save those Hy-Vee receipts and send them in to school. We have until March 31st to collect those so please send them in to school after spring break!
March Breakfast and Lunch Menus
These are included below!
March 2019 - Breakfast.pdf
March 2019 - Lunch.pdf
Shout out to our St. Matthew Wrestlers
Congrats to the McComb brothers who both competed at state wrestling the past couple of weeks!
Congrats to Keelan and Sawyer on a great wrestling season; these two represented St. Matthew in the Xavier
X-men wrestling club this season.
For the next few weeks we will be featuring our little Saints in action in activities outside of school. If you have any pictures to share, please send them to
A case of head lice has been detected at St. Matthew Elementary. A direct communication will be going to the classroom affected. Important notes: anyone can get head lice, mainly through direct head-to-head contact but also from sharing hats, brushes and other personal items.Head lice are a problem in many communities and does not reflect poor hygiene or social status.
Please do your part to prevent the spread of this communicable condition by checking your child(ren) daily for the next few weeks, and on a regular basis thereafter. Lice infestation is much easier to treat if caught early. If you should discover a case of head lice, please notify us. This is the best way to protect your family and community. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact Amy Conlon at
Transportation Reimbursement Reminders
Second semester non-public transportation reimbursement forms for the area school districts are due May 1st. Click the district in which you live to find the form you need to submit. Remember Cedar Rapids school district forms need to be turned in to the St. Matthew office. Contact Ann Waltermyer at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Cedar Rapids Community School District
College Community School District
Linn Mar Community School District
Marion Community School District
Sign your student up to sing the National Anthem
3rd, 4th, and 5th, grade families: your student has an opportunity to sing the National Anthem at the Cedar Rapids Kernel's game on Sunday, May 5th. Students that would like to sing will need to attend the game with a responsible adult.(Game time is 2 p.m., students need to arrive at 1:15 p.m.) Each student and adult would need a ticket. Tickets are $10.00 a piece. Forms to order tickets will come from the school at a later date. If your student is interested in singing please fill out the following form with the student name and your email.
National Anthem Sign Up
Knight of Columbus 909 Fish Fry
Every Friday Night During Lent – Starting March 8th
Public is always welcome, invite your family & friends! Raffles will be offered with cash and non-cash prizes. Dinner is served from 5:30 - 8:00pm
$12 – Adult All You Can Eat
$10 - Seniors (65 and older)
All You Can Eat Fish Dinner
Children (up to age 12) -
All You Can Eat
$6.00 - Grilled Cheese Dinner
-Ages 4 and under free
All dinners include: a baked potato or French fries, coleslaw, roll, dessert, coffee, milk or water (other drink options available with an additional charge). All proceeds benefit Knights of Columbus Council 909 charitable causes.
Believe it or not, it is that time again, time to start thinking about summer! Included below is a flyer for the Summer Solutions materials available for you. This includes both literacy and math, along with a few other options depending on grade level. Please highly consider this opportunity as it is a great way to keep students engaged and help reduce the summer slump and it compliments the workbooks we use throughout the school year!
St Matthew Summer Solutions Ordering.pdf
Parent Association Meeting Minutes
Here are the minutes from the February Parent Association meeting so you can stay in the loop on all the things Parent Association is working on.
PA Minutes 2-18-19.docx
Reasons Why I Volunteer....
“It is easy for me to volunteer at St. Matt's because there is a strong sense of a higher purpose and a greater good going on here. There are so many really good people at St. Matt's beginning with Principal Conlon and all the teachers and all the supporting cast. There is a strong community working as ONE for a common vital purpose that it is as easy as breathing to want to work with this common cause. What better cause is there for our children, our future than teaching them how to be like Christ!”
--Scott Riesenberg, father of Luke
Regis Middle School After School Bus Driver Needed
Do you enjoy driving and want to work a few hours a week? Regis is currently seeking a part-time bus driver for after-school activities. Driving time is variable and will be in the Cedar Rapids/Marion area with occasional trips to Iowa City/Coralville. This position also would include some hours each month for maintaining the buses. Potential drivers should have a valid Class CDL license with passenger and air brake endorsements. If interested please contact Tracie Chute at
Xavier Alumni Vintage Store
The LaSalle-Regis-Xavier Alumni Association and Xavier Foundation are celebrating our Catholic high school heritage by offering vintage-inspired designs in a special apparel store! Each school represents the proud lineage of the Catholic high school tradition in the Cedar Rapids/Marion area. Proceeds from each purchase will support the Alumni Association. The
online vintage store
is currently open and will
close at 5:00 p.m. (CST) on March 17th
. You can order items with logos from Immaculate Conception, LaSalle, Regis, St. Patrick and St. Wenceslaus Schools. Orders are expected to be fulfilled mid-April 2019.
Xavier Alumni Vintage Store
Girls Bulldogs Basketball Skills Camps for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Grade
The Bulldogs girls’ basketball organization is to serve as a development program for Xavier High School. We will be offering a series of FREE Future Bulldogs Clinics to be held for the younger (1 st/2nd/3rd grade) girls to teach some basketball skills and drills; and to get them introduced to the Bulldog program. See the attached flier for specifics dates and more information
2019 Bulldogs Clinics.pdf
SAVE THE DA
TE - Friday, April 5th, for Regis' Royal T Night!
Mark Friday, April 5th, 6:30-10:30pm on your calendar and plan to attend Regis Middle School's annual Royal T Night at Regis' Richard J. Breitbach Gymnasium, 735 Prairie Drive NE, Cedar Rapids. This year's event theme is ROCK THE BLEACHERS! All proceeds from this casual, adults-only evening of food, drink, games, raffles and silent and live auctions will go toward updating the gymnasium bleachers, which are original to when Regis High School opened. Tickets may be purchased by contacting Regis at 319-363-1968. If you'd like to make a monetary donation, donate an item for the auctions, or if you have an interest in purchasing a portion of the current wood bleachers please contact Dianne Clarke at
or 319-363-1968. Thank you for your support of Regis Middle School!
Message from the Principal
Thank you for all your support of Catholic education and our annual fundraiser, Mardi Gras. It was great to see so many of you!
--Mrs. Amy Conlon
Reminders and Requests from the
1. If any 2nd through 5th grade student wants to enter the Google Doodle contest they must have to have their work done and signed by parent by next Wednesday so they can be turned in to Mrs. Miller Smith. If you need the sheet for the project it can be
2. 5th Grade Art Club will be held Wednesday, March 13 from 3:05 to 4 p.m.
3. If you have clean, empty plastic water bottles to donate Mrs. Miller Smith would appreciate if you would send them in to school.
Essentials Team Highlight
In PE we are getting to the end of our Skatetime unit. The students have seemed to enjoy it and are getting better every time they skate. I would like to touch on the topic of REACTIONS. Competing to win can be great to show students' drive and effort in a sport or task. However, what happens when we lose? Students need to remember that being a good sport and being proud of their effort in the game is important even if we lose. If we throw a fit, cry, or even get aggressive when we lose, students get into trouble and don't learn a lesson from the experience or effort put forth. Losing can show maybe we have to work harder to achieve great things. The same goes for winning. To win is a great feeling, but if we gloat or act above those we just played does that make us a better person? Talk with your student(s) about the lessons we gain from winning or losing: that we worked hard, gave it our all, and hopefully had fun. Have a great weekend. As always keep moving and getting your sweat on!
Next Week's Birthdays
March 12 - Ms. Jan Krueger
March 13 - Rylee Fitzgerald
March 16 - Sam Evans
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