Jaguar Journal - 5/24/19
St. Matthew Elementary Jaguar Journal
May 24, 2019
St. Matthew Elementary
This week's to-do list:
Purchase your 1st Day of School Supplies - click the link below!
Reminder - Monday is Memorial Day and there is NO school!
Keep saving your Hy-Vee receipts, see note below!
Order Here - 1st Day of School Supplies
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
Emerson Owens Sam Evans
Madeline Halverson Elsie Paricka
Keelan McEnany Kyra Kauder
Riley Pence Hayden Jensen
Zizi Maybanks AJ Evans
Maddie Maxwell Gavin Mohr
Abby Driscoll Cael Stutzman
Zoey Takes Lindzey Jeffrey
Mrs. Adams' Class Bridget Deegan
Important Upcoming Events
May 25 - Memorial Day - No School
May 30 - Dress down day - move on up and cleaning on up day
May 31 - Mass 8:35 AM (3rd grade)
May 31 - Last Day of School (early dismissal at 10:00/10:30 AM)
Notes from the Lunchroom
With only a few days left for breakfast and lunch service this year, please take a moment to check your students account balance. Daily emails are sent with low balance warnings.
All negative balances must be paid in full by May 31st.
Fifth graders with a younger sibling at St. Matts will retain the family balance. For those fifth graders heading to Regis Middle School, any remaining balance will transfer up to Regis. For those fifth graders not attending Regis, a check will be sent to you with any remaining balance. If you have questions, please contact Kember Nelson at Knelson@stmatthewcr.org. Parents and guests, if you have not turned in your Rainbow Day lunch money, please do so. Thank you!
Dear St. Matthew Families,
"God sends us friends to be our firm support in the whirlpool of struggle." -Saint Maximilian Kolbe. Thank you St. Matthew families for your love, support, and prayers as Jim faced liver surgery to eliminate colon cancer from his body. The showering of gift cards for our family was just amazing and we are humbled and so very grateful for you in our lives - an outpouring of God's love. Jim has come through this surgery like a champion and we count your firm support as one of the reasons why that has been possible. Thank you so very much!
--The Harken Family
Thanks also to Taryn O'Toole-Mohr for spending her Friday cleaning out the lost and found. It is now organized in the main entrance for you to take a peek as to the fun belongings that have been left behind! In case you wanted to check out what has been sitting in the lost and found, see the list below.
Lost and Found List - Please Stop In and Check Out the Table
Thank you Hy-Vee!
This year the Parent Association was provided a check for $4,042 from Hy-Vee! This is thanks to all of you for turning in your Hy-Vee receipts throughout the year. Also a huge THANK YOU to Greg and Patty Freeman for tallying the totals for us before submitting the receipts.
St. Matthew placed #2 out of 93 schools in the amount we earned!
I don't know about you, but hearing that just means we have a goal to achieve for next year...can we shoot for 1st place?!?! Every little bit helps so thank you for turning in your receipts! Save them all summer long and turn them in when school starts back up in the fall. Tell your family and friends in the Cedar Rapids area to save them for us as well!
Last Week of School
Just a note for the calendar for the last week of school, see below:
Monday, May 27th - Memorial Day, No School
Tuesday, May 28th and Wednesday, May 29th - Normal school days and dress code
Thursday, May 30th - Dress down day, students will be having a move-it-up day, cleaning out lockers, spaces, etc.
Friday, May 31st - Mass at 8:35AM and Awards Ceremony to follow at church. Students will return to the classroom to get their report cards with dismissal to follow at approximately 10:00-10:30AM.
Please mark your calendars!!!
Mrs. Van Erdewyk still has room for Ukulele Campers
Mrs. Tammy Van Erdewyk will be offering a Summer Ukulele Camp. This camp is for the new ukulele player and is for 'beginners' fun! We will cover: how to hold and strum a ukulele, all the basics of tuning, fun chords to play along with fun sing along songs, and even some ways to play along with other instruments. This fun group will meet for one hour, every Tuesday for 6 weeks. The cost is $100 for 6 sessions and will cover materials, including a ukulele, a “gig” bag, tuner, and an instruction book.
Sessions will meet June 11th, June 18th, and June 25th, July 9th, July 16th, and July 23rd.
If there is interest Mrs. Van Erdewyk would love to open a camping time for players that have played or taken lessons previously. To sign up for show your interest, please contact Mrs. Van Erdewyk at
SUMMER CLASSES WITH TEACHERS
Reminder that several other teachers are doing special summer classes. Mrs. Ohde's LEGO Camp is full. See the attached sheet for more info and to sign up!
Fun in the Sun 2019.pdf
To learn more and register:
2019-20 Family Formation Registration is now OPEN!
Families are encouraged to sign up for next year's Family Formation offered through St. Matthew Parish. This is for families with students in kindergarten through 5th grade. Sessions will begin in September. Visit
to learn more and sign up.
Stay up-to-date with all the activities happening at St. Matthew Parish over the summer months by checking out our IGNITE Booklet:
Summer Adventure Camp - STEAM On!
Looking for Fun with Friends this summer while learning new skills? Check out the new 2019 Summer Adventure camps by STEAM On! For more Information and to register online visit the link below. Questions? Email info@STEAMOn.net to get started on a great summer exploring Robotics, STEAM, and so much more!
Students entering grades 1-9 in the fall, and interested adult volunteers
STEAM On Summer Adventure Camps
Camps run June 24 - August 2
Emerson Learning Center (MHSAP Building) - Lower Level, 1400 10th Avenue, Marion, Iowa
STEAM On - Community Robotics and STEAM Center
Shelley Kamp, Asst. to the Founder
$160 non-members / $140 STEAM On members per half day for 5 day sessions
2019 STEAM On Summer Adventure Flyer
ALUMNI: Ride with Us On Our 2nd-Annual Alumni Bike Ride!
The LaSalle-Regis-Xavier Alumni Association Board invites all LaSalle, Regis and Xavier alumni (and family) to join us for our second annual Alumni Bike Ride on June 8th! Alumni Bike Ride
10:30 a.m. Register/Sign-In at Sag Wagon Deli & Brew (827 Shaver Rd NE)
11 a.m. (approximately): Start riding from Sag Wagon
Stop #1: Little Bohemia (1317 3rd St SE) Stop #2: Iowa Brewing Co. (708 3rd St SE)
Stop #3/Finish at 4 p.m. (approximately): Return to Sag Wagon
This year’s route features stops at the Sag Wagon Deli & Brew, Little Bohemia, and Iowa Brewing Co. The route is approximately five miles and fit for a leisurely Saturday ride filled with friends, fun and a few giveaway prizes too!
Everyone is invited to stick around at the Sag Wagon after the finish of the ride to catch up with fellow alumni. ALUMNI - Remember to wear your old school LaSalle, Regis, and Xavier gear for the ride if you have it! This ride is entirely free (there will be a free-will offering to support the Alumni Association). We hope to see you riding with us on June 8th! Family is welcome!
The Xavier Booster Club will once again hold its annual Golf Outing at beautiful Elmcrest Country Club on Monday, June 24th! Sign up now for morning or afternoon shotgun (spots will go fast!).
: Monday, June 24, 2019
: Elmcrest Country Club
: $150 per person Includes lunch, driving range, golf cart, golf, flight prizes dinner & reception
: 4-person Best Shot
Tentative Schedule of Activities:
Morning Shot-Gun – 8:00 AM (Driving Range open at 7:30AM)
Lunch – Noon
Afternoon Shot-Gun – 1:00 PM (Driving Range open at Noon)
Dinner / Prizes – Following afternoon golf (around 6:30PM)
Sign Up Here
Own a Piece of Regis History!
With the upcoming replacement of the historic wooden bleachers in the Regis Middle School gymnasium, and in an effort to preserve a part of that history, Regis has enlisted the help of Kory Helgens of Spring Run Designs in Marion, to create some beautiful memorabilia pieces from the wood. He has crafted a cross, spoon, cheese board and canoe paddle. If you attended the Royal T Night fundraiser, you got a sneak preview of them; if not, they are available in the Regis Main Office if you’d like to see them. We are taking pre-orders through May 3rd for anyone interested. You may access the Google Form found
to see pictures, get pricing information and let us know what you'd like to purchase. Please contact Dianne at
or 363-1968 if you have questions. Thank you!
Message from the Principal
Thank you for all of your support this school year, it has been honor and pleasure to get to know all of you and spend my days with your child(ren).
This is it, we are in the final stretch so enjoy the long weekend to relax before a week of craziness. Make sure you take a peek at next week's schedule!
Have a great Memorial Day weekend, see you on Tuesday!
Essentials Team Highlight
Jaguar Families: The Essentials team feels blessed to have worked with your students all year long. We encourage you to continue to look for and participate in Art, Music, and PE throughout the summer. Summer is a wonderful time to try something new. We believe that if your students see you learning a new skill or working to improve an existing one they will see the value in being a life long learner. We wish each and every one of you a fantastic summer! ~Essentials Team
Next Week's Birthdays
May 27th--Bella Miranda
May 27th--Norah Richmond
May 29th--Mrs. Conlon
May 29th--Irelynn Oviatt
May 29th--Jackson Owens
May 30th--Zoey Takes
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