Jaguar Journal - 3/29/19
St. Matthew Elementary Jaguar Journal
March 29, 2019
St. Matthew Elementary
This week's to-do list:
Send in Hy-Vee receipts!
Work on your STO application
Email Mrs. Conlon to have your student participate in the Stations of the Cross next Friday, April 5th at 5:30 PM - see below for more details.
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
Mila Pompei Jacob Osterhaus
Jolene Scherrman Mrs. Adams' Class
Evan Thuente Gabe Leuck
Kamryn Waddell Sam Leuck
Sam Gilliland Theresa Moses
Fiona Hartman Griffin Brecht
Luke Riesenberg Nolan Foss
Elsie Paricka Colin Kidd
Sawyer Tinkham Seraphin Thomas
Lennox Shovein Addison Marraback
Kaylee Woods Sawyer Pompei
Brooklyn Braid Zizi Maybanks
Important Upcoming Events
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
We are looking for students to help with Stations of the Cross at St. Matthew Church on Friday, April 5th at 5:30 PM. Please email
if interested. Deadline is Wednesday, April 3rd. We would love to have a large group of students participating in this great event during our final weeks of Lent! Once we know number of students interested, reading parts will be assigned and rehearsed during the school day.
Great Job 4th Graders
Mr. Henley, from the Community Health Free Clinic visited today for a presentation about this important organization. The 4th graders presented him with a check for $491.26! The students raised $241.26 from creating and selling witches brooms and monster hands. Additionally the class was awarded a $250 grant from Project Jack to pay it forward.
State Level Handwriting Winners
We would like to congratulate the following students for being named state level winners in the Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest:
Lauryn Jeffrey--1st Grade
Evan Thuente--2nd Grade
Gavin Ireland--3rd Grade
We are so proud of you Jaguars!
The Archdiocesan Office of Catholic Schools is gathering data to assess the climate of our school. As a parent/guardian, you are invited to provide data concerning the following items based on your personal knowledge/experience. Your name must be entered to submit the form. This is to insure that the professional evaluator can contact you in the event they have questions regarding your rankings or comments. Unsigned forms will not be included in the final assessment. Thanks for your input. All surveys must be completed by April 8.
Please click the button below for the survey.
Today we had a school assembly and recognized the following students...
Character Counts: Caring
K--Aaron Thiel, Cooper Takes, Fiona Hepker
1st--Ivy Maybanks, Sloane Rosteck, Tali White, Madyson Livingston, Keeland McEnenay
2nd--Brooklyn Braid, Keagan Stastny, Neveah Pewee
3rd--Emmett Lyon, Zizi Maybanks, Cael Stutzman
4th--Katherine Nguyen, Chase Rust
5th--Megan Livingston, Alison Osterhaus, Winnie Maybanks, Kate Deegan, Josie Hines, Brian Garcia
PE Students of the Month
February: Jackson Owens, Sophia Bates
March: Kellen Haverback, Norah Richmond
Music Students of the Month
February: Owen Ireland, Neveah Peewee
March: Genna Hann, Drew Meyer
Art Students of the Month
February: Emma Richmond, Vinny D'Amico
March: Lorali Kidd, Nicolas Larson
On Saturday, March 30th St. Matthew Elementary will have five students represent us at All City Solo and Ensemble Festival. Norah Richmond, Megan Livingston, Lucy Giorgio, Kate Deegan, and Mia Deegan have all worked outside of school to prepare a selection that they will play for a judge. Good Luck Jaguars! And thank you for sharing your musical talents!
April Lunch Menus are included here.
April 2019- Breakfast.pdf
April 2019 - Lunch.pdf
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. We will begin reaching out to those of you who completed the STO in the past and have not started an application. Additionally, if you are missing some information, we will also be in contact to make sure we help you through the process. We are here to help and happy to schedule a time for us to sit down and provide assistance. Please just let Mrs. Conlon know what time works best for you!
Usborne Book Fair Success
Thank you to everyone who shopped the Usborne Book Fair during conferences. Mrs. Zumbach just shared the exciting news that our school earned $804 in free books! How exciting! Students will look forward to some awesome new Usborne titles in our library very soon!
Come to our Parish Mission, Wednesday, April 3rd at 7:00PM in the Church! Internationally acclaimed musician John Finch will be performing and leading us in an evening of praise, worship, and Adoration. This event is perfect for the whole family! His engaging, meaningful music will impact your Lent and draw you closer to Jesus. Childcare is provided and admission is free.
Learn more here:
Watch his music videos here:
National Anthem at the Kernel's Game - Who Is In?
St. Matthew Elementary has been invited to perform the National Anthem at the Kernels game on Sunday, May 5 at 2:05 p.m. at St. Matthew Day at the Kernels! Mrs. Williams is inviting all 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders to sing with us. If your student is interested in singing they and an adult would need to purchase a ticket (paper will come home separately for this) for $10.00 each. Students would need to arrive at the Kernels’ Stadium by 1:15. If your student is interested please either sign up online at
or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Rehearsals have started!
Shout out to our St. Matthew students who are hard at work!
Lorali has had a great year at her Irish Dance competitions known as Feiseanna. She advanced 2 of her dances from Novice to Prize Winner level in the U11 group.
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 email@example.com if you have any questions.
Cedar Rapids Community School District
College Community School District
Linn Mar Community School District
Marion Community School District
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
Reasons Why I Volunteer....
“I volunteer my time and talent to the St. Matthew community to meet new people in my community and to give back to an organization that gives back to my family each and every day.”
--Lauren Shovein, mother of Lennox and Bristol
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 High School will be hosting a variety of summer camps for elementary and middle school students. Campers will have an opportunity to learn key skills from the coaches and moderators of Xavier's successful activities programs while having fun! Registration is now open. Campers will receive a t-shirt with their registration.
to register today and to see more information. All registration is online - no phone orders.
Contact Pam Barta in the XHS Activities Office with any questions at
or 319-294-6635 ext. 302. Camps offered include:
Baseball (Ages 9-14) - April 15-16 & 22-23 - Cost: $30
Registration deadline for Ages 12-14: 4/5/19
Registration deadline for Ages 9-11: 4/10/19
Girls Basketball (Entering Grades 1-8) - June 10-14
Camp fee: $55 | Registration deadline: 5/22/19
Girls Basketball Shoot Like a Champion (Entering Grades 5-9) - June 12-13
Camp fee: $65 | Registration deadline: 6/2/19
Show Choir Camp
June 10-14 (Grades 1-4) and June 17-21 (Grades 5-8)
Camp fee: $110
Registration deadline for Grades 1-4: 6/1/19
Registration deadline for Grades 5-8: 6/8/19
Boys Basketball (Entering Grades 2-8) - June 17-21
Camp fee: $55 | Registration deadline: 6/8/19
Wrestling (Entering Grades K-12) - July 25-26
Camp fee: $85 | Registration deadline: 7/5/19
Softball (Ages 5-12) - July 30-31
Camp fee: $65 | Registration deadline: 7/15/19
Volleyball (Entering Grades 5-8) - Aug. 3
Camp fee: $40 | Registration deadline: 7/20/19
Football (Entering Grades 5-8) - August Date TBD
Registration Opening Soon
Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast this Saturday!
The Cedar Rapids Kiwanis Club will host its 43rd Annual pancake breakfast for kids. It will be held at Xavier High School in Cedar Rapids on March 30, 2019. Since its inception, the breakfast has raised more than $100,000 to benefit the youth in our community. The Kiwanis club has supported Linn County Foster kids, Families Helping Families, Cedar Rapids Parks, including the handicap accessible Variety Star Playground at Noel Ridge, and Boys & Girls Club of Cedar Rapids.
2019 Saints Youth Football
Saints Youth Football, a member of the Youth Sports Foundation, is available to youth currently enrolled in the Xavier/Regis/LaSalle Catholic School system who will be in 4th, 5th or 6th grade in the fall of 2019.
Saints Youth Tackle Football includes:
Introductory and fundamental skill development for team and individual growth
Personal, spiritual and academic priorities are emphasized, building on the Catholic school/parish experience
USA Football/Heads Up Tackle trained and certified coaches lead all football activities, teaching safe, logical and thoughtful transition from flag and modified flag to tackle football
All equipment is provided
Practices begin the week of August 12; 4thgrade practices are Tuesday/Thursday; 5thand 6thgrade practices are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
Six-game schedule for the 5thand 6thgrade and 4-5 game schedule for the 4thgrade, plus a pre-season kick off jamboree/scrimmage the weekend of August 24-25
Games are held on Sunday afternoons beginning September 8
Free t-shirt for all players
Registration and Equipment Fitting--Wednesday, April 10, 4:30 to 6:00 pm at LaSalle Middle School Commons or Tuesday, April 16, 6:00 to 7:30 PM at Regis Middle School lower level
Parent/guardian and student must attend; Preliminary equipment fitting will take place at this time. Registration will take 15-20 minutes and you are not required to stay the full 90 minutes.
$120 YSF registration fee for 4th grade; $160 YSF registration fee for 5th/6th grade
$25 equipment fee for all players to Saints Football
For more information, please contact YSF/Saints Football Coordinators:
Bulldogs Girls Basketball Try-Outs
Girls entering grades 2nd through 8th for 2019-2020 school year are invited to try out for the Bulldogs basketball program on April 15th and 16th at Xavier High School. See the flyer for more information.
Bulldogs Tryout Flier 2019.2020.pdf
Regis Royal T Night ROCK THE BLEACHERS Tickets NOW ON SALE!
You can now purchase your Royal T Night entry tickets AND your tuition raffle tickets ONLINE! Just go to
to purchase your ticket for the Friday, April 5th, 6:30 pm, event. You can also purchase tuition raffle tickets -- just $25 for a chance to win tuition credit (as much as $4,520, depending on tickets sold) to Regis, Xavier or ANY Xavier Catholic School! Royal T Night is an adults-only event with auctions (live and silent), food and beverages, music, games and more, with proceeds from this year's event going toward updating the Regis gymnasium bleachers. If you have any questions or would like to make a donation to the auction, please contact Dianne at
Message from the Principal
What a great week back. It was awesome to see so many smiling faces this week. Even with the extended hours, the students have been working super hard and been doing a great job keeping focused for the extra time.
Just a reminder that we have 3 more weeks of Lent. A great way to come together as a family is to attend stations of the cross. Next Friday, April 5th is a perfect opportunity to experience this event and have your student participate. Also a friendly reminder for us to take a step back to look at our Lenten journey and see how we are doing, whether we are going without or doing more.
Enjoy this amazing weather, we have turned a corner!
Essentials Team Highlight
YEAH!!! Spring is finally here! Now is the time to enjoy the ART, MUSIC, and PHYSICAL abundance of nature. Take a walk with your kiddos sometime soon and ask them what the see and hear. Play a game of catch or tag and enjoy the ability to let go in the moment and be a kid with your kid. In class we often talk about what we hear, or see, or do. You can help us by asking your student those same questions. Do not be afraid to dig deeper with your students; they really enjoy giving their opinion. Have a great weekend!
Next Week's Birthdays
March 29th--Landon Freeman
March 31st--Gavin Mohr
April 2nd--Sawyer Pompei
April 2nd--Mrs. Stucker
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