Jaguar Journal - 4/12/19
St. Matthew Elementary Jaguar Journal
April 12, 2019
St. Matthew Elementary
This week's to-do list:
Finish STO application -
DUE ON MONDAY, APRIL 15
Shorts begin on Monday, April 15th
Mark your calendar for the Holy Week Masses
Enjoy the weekend!
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
Elsie Paricka Lucy Giorgio
Eben Rivera Jolene Scherrmann
ZiZi Maybanks Theresa Moses
Sam Leuck Allison Osterhaus
Lennox Shovein Zander Murray
Ivy Maybanks Mac Driscoll
Kinley Herman Vinny D'Amico
Trinity Mueller Fiona Hartman
Emma Richmond Sara Oehler
Cael Stutzman Jackson Owens
Griffin Brecht Lorali Kidd
Keelan McEnany Emiliano Baez-Perez
Important Upcoming Events
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
May 1 - Mass 8:35 AM (2nd grade)
May 6-10 - Teacher Appreciation Week
May 8 - Mass 8:35 AM (1st grade-Driscoll)
May 14 - Spring Concert Matinee at 2 PM
May 14 - Spring Concert at 7 PM
May 15 - Mass 8:35 AM (1st grade-VanBerkum)
May 17 - Rainbow Olympics Day in PM
May 22 - Mass 8:35 AM (4th grade)
May 31 - Last Day of School (early dismissal)
Our 3rd graders had a wonderful Titanic Day today! Thank you to all of our parent volunteers, and especially Mrs. Adams and Mrs. Van Erdewyk, for making this such a fun and educational day for the students...one we know they won't ever forget!
We Need You
St. Matthew Elementary has various ways for you involvement. In late summer you will see a sign-up that allows you to see ways you can become involved and indicate interest for the 2019-2020 school year. Below are our immediate needs, please let us know if you can serve in any of these roles:
SIAC (School Improvement Advisory Committee) - will be meeting on Wednesday, April 17th at 5:30 PM in the school media center. We are looking for committee members. If you know any high school students, we would love their input as well!
Marketing Committee - will begin meeting in the summer to prepare a plan for the 2019-2020 school year
to indicate interest in either of these opportunities and/or any discussion items. Thank you for
prayerfully considering this opportunity and becoming involved.
Holy Week Mass Times
We look forward to seeing you all at Palm Sunday mass this weekend.
Included in the picture at the right is a list of all the Mass times for the Catholic churches in Cedar Rapids during Holy Week and for Easter Sunday. You will also find the address of each church.
Holy Week is the annual Christian observance commemorating Jesus' last week on earth and the events leading up to his resurrection on Easter Sunday. Did you know that Holy Thursday is just the start of a 3 day liturgy called the Triduum which continues through Good Friday and Holy Saturday (Easter Vigil)?
Staff Member of the Month - Shelly Adams
Congratulations to the our April staff member of the month…….Shelly Adams. For the 6 weeks, Shelly has been working very hard with the 3rd graders to prepare them for today, Titanic Day. What an amazing event, which is a result of the many hours that Shelly puts into lesson planning and instructing students. Thank you Shelly!
Please check out the IGNITE booklet for more details on our Holy Week Mass and Reconciliation Times:
We are looking for a few more volunteers to get their feet washed on Holy Thursday during our Mass of the Lord's Supper at 7pm.
Jesus washed the feet of his 12 apostles before the Last Supper to show how they are called to serve others. Like the apostles, we are also called to serve others. Please email Kate Tyler at
to be among those who will have their feet washed.
First Day School Supplies
Make your back to school prep that much easier this fall by placing and order for your school supplies now. First Day School Supplies is on online school supply company that has put together custom supply boxes for St. Matthew School students. You can find out more and
(Orders must be placed by June 30th. Make sure when they ask for the zip code you are putting the school zip code: 52402
Spring Concert - Mark Your Calendar
With the warmer weather finally upon us we are getting ready for the 4th and 5th Grade Spring Music Concert. The concert will be on Tuesday, May 14 at 7:00 PM here in the St. Matthew Gym. Students will be expected to arrive at 6:45. Students should plan on wearing dress code or better, remembering that we will be dancing, playing buckets, as well as singing. The 5th grade band will also be performing that evening. The concert should be done by 8:00. We cannot wait to show you what we have been working on this semester in music class. Many of the students have also spent some extra time working on additional music skills for small groups. Being part of a performance is one of the National Standards that we are blessed to be able to support here at St. Matthew.
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!
St. Matthew Day at the Kernels
Please join us for St. Matthew Day at the Cedar Rapids Kernels! This fun and exciting event will take place on Sunday, May 5th at 2:05 PM. Gates open at 1:00 PM, and the Kernels will take on the Dayton Dragons. It’s IPTV Daniel Tiger Day—the first 1,000 kids at the game get a free IPTV Kids Clubhouse Adventures baseball cap and can meet Daniel Tiger! Kids 12 and under eat free at the game (they will receive a coupon when they enter the main gates), and kids can play catch in the outfield and get autographs from the players after the game. Tickets are just $10.00, a savings of $2.00 off the regular box office price, AND $2.00 of each ticket goes back to support St. Matt’s. Tickets can be purchased using the flyer distributed at school, OR online by using the special URL below: (This special link will be active until Saturday, May 4th at Midnight.) If you do not want to buy your tickets online, you may also purchase them by calling the Kernels ticket office at (319) 896-7560. Please select the special ST. MATTHEW area in section 117 when ordering online and over the phone.)
Kernels Ticket Form.pdf
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
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 believe in the St Matthew community. It's important to give back to the community.
I believe in the teachers. Our children need to know the teachers and staff of St Matthew are extensions of their parents. Our teachers need our support to care for, to teach, and to nurture our children. Volunteering lets our children see that school and this community are important.
I believe my children need to know I care about their school. If I care, hopefully they will care also, maybe take a little ownership of their school
I want to get to know the teachers, the children, and other parents. I'm entrusting my children to the ideals, hopes, and etiquette of this community, I need to be a part of that.
I feel it is my duty to assist anywhere I can.
The students probably just think of me as the jerk in the lunchroom that makes them say "please" before I help them, but we are responsible to hold our children accountable. We can't just hand our kids off to the school and expect the school to teach and fix everything. We parents need to be a part of the process.
By volunteering, hopefully my children are seeing me as a role model and are willing to volunteer as well. One of the greatest gifts you can give to people is your time. I believe volunteering at St Matts is time well spent.”
--Bill Renner, father of Andrew
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:
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
Message from the Principal
I know it is strange to think about 2019-2020, but I wanted to share with you the amazing opportunity you have with 1st Day of School Supplies. I have used this service as a parent of a student at Regis and it is phenomenal. Now, I am totally the person who does not look forward to back to school shopping, but seriously, the ease and convenience of this service, accompanied by the great supplies is outstanding. Please consider this as it now only helps you, but also a portion goes back to St. Matthew!
Essentials Team Highlight
In PE, we have a lot of exciting things to look forward to. Next week we kick off our Kid Heart Challenge, formally known as Jump Rope for Heart. Our 3rd-5th graders will be coming home with coupons to fill out to raise money for prizes. The younger classes will be working on our jump rope skills as well in order to be able to get ready to participate in the future. We also have fitness, kicking, and striking units coming up along with preparing for Rainbow Day fun! I am excited to be able to use the nice weather to hopefully play activities and games outside in the near future. Have a great weekend! As always keep on smiling and getting your sweat on!
Next Week's Birthdays
April 14th--Sawyer Tinkham
April 16th--Reagan Rosteck
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