Jaguar Journal - 10/4/19
St. Matthew Elementary Jaguar Journal
October 4, 2019
St. Matthew Elementary
This week's to-do list:
Check backpacks as lots of important information as gone home lately!
Make a SCRIP purchase by Monday at 10AM - doing so gives you an entry into our October contest!
No School on Monday - teachers will be in a training all day
Pants begin on Wednesday, October 16th...n
ow is a good time to check out your supply in case you need to shop the uniform exchange or buy SCRIP to Old Navy to shop for some new pairs!
Please read the Essentials corner, lots of important information!
You should have received a TEST text message today for our weather-related and emergency notification system, please let us know if you did not receive this.
Students had a great time meeting with their Rainbow Teams today. Check our Facebook page for more photos of them hard at work!
Eason McMurrin Ruth Williams
Santiago Gilliland Grace Kane
Charlotte Link Sloane Rosteck
Keagan Stastny Norah Richmond
Luke Riesenberg Garrison Miller
Gavin Mohr Zoey Takes
Preston Duehr Jack Lammers
Maddix Wery Nicholas Larson
Oliver Wood Mick Finn
Andrew Renner Nolan Larson
Charlee Eichhorn Keelan McEnany
Constance Cherry Riley Fitzgerald
Riley Pence Kaylee Wood
Sawyer Pompei . Gavin Linn
Important Upcoming Events
Mon, Oct 7
- No School
Wed, Oct 9
- 8:35AM Mass - 1st Grade
Wed, Oct 16
- Pants begin
Wed, Oct 16
- 8:35AM Mass - 5th Grade
Thur, Oct 17
- America Reads Day
Fri, Oct 18
- St. Matts Tailgate at Xavier High School for Future Saints Night
Wed, Oct 23
- 8:35AM Mass - 4th Grade
Thur, Oct 24
- Early Dismissal at 12:05PM
Thur, Oct 24
- Parent-Teacher Conferences 1-7PM
Tues, Oct 29
- Parent-Teacher Conferences 330-7PM
Wed, Oct 30
- 8:35AM Mass - 3rd Grade
Fri, Nov 1
- No School
Fri, Nov 1
- All Saints Day
During the month of October, make a
SCRIP purchase to be entered into a drawing to win one of two $25 SCRIP gift cards of your choice!
Also the class that has the greatest percentage of families that place an order in October will win a dress down day in November.
A standings update will be provided next week for all you competitive people like me!
Rainbow Day T-Shirts
We have reopened the Rainbow Day t-shirt order form, in case you missed the deadline. Please note that the store will close again on
Friday, October 11th at 10PM
to ensure a speedy turnaround on all shirts.
Shop Rainbow Day T-Shirts Here
Congrats Evan Thuente
Grand prize winner for the America’s Reads Bookmark contest. Pictured here with an enlarged version of his bookmark; you can also stop by to see this in the St. Matthew library where it is currently on display.
October Breakfast and Lunch Menus
The alternate for October is a turkey and cheese deli sandwich.
You can also sign up to volunteer in our lunchroom:
October 2019 - Breakfast.pdf
October 2019 - Lunch.pdf
The next Mardi Gras meeting is in Kearn Hall on Monday, October 14th at 6 PM. All are welcome to join the fun of planning this amazing night of fellowship as we support our St. Matthew community.
65% Iowa Tax Credit.
As an Iowa Catholic taxpayer, you can help families with demonstrated financial need attend any Catholic School in the Archdiocese of Dubuque through a contribution to the Our Faith School Tuition Organization (STO). Each contribution will receive an Iowa tax credit equal to 65 percent of the donation. The gift may qualify as a charitable deduction on your federal tax return. Visit
or call the Archdiocese of Dubuque at 800-876-3546 ext. 219 or 307 to learn more.
STO Fall Flyer Final
Today we had our first assembly for Character Counts. Character Counts is based on six core values that define good character: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship. The following students were recognized this month for showing Trustworthiness. Congratulations!
--Mackenzie Richard and Kinnik Neumann
--Jaxwell Shaw, Kourtney Knapstad, Nora Finn, Maddie Knee and Hugo Ramirez
--Preston Duehr, Bella Miranda and Mila Pompei
--Madyson Livingston, Briella Kittrell, Emily Frisby, Amelia Walsh and Charlee Eichhorn
--Addison Marraback, Sam Gilliland, Fiona Hartman and Garrison Miller
--Jeffrey Barton, Hannah Feller, Kiley Kauder and Caroline Smith
--Nadia Mealhow, Sophia Link and Andrew Renner
Essentials Students of the Month
Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as our Essentials students of the month:
--Hannah Feller and Jack Lammers
--Reagan Rosteck and Owen McDougall
--Kyra Kauder and Sawyer Pompei
America Reads Coming Up...Classroom Readers Needed!
Our annual America Reads event is coming up on Thursday, October 17th. On that day, we invite members of our community to visit school and read a favorite book to our students. If you are interested in participating, please contact Mrs. Bates at
Crochet Club is starting soon!
Crochet Club is starting back up! Crochet Club is open to any 3rd, 4th or 5th grader. We will meet on Wednesday mornings at 7:30 a.m. in the Library starting October 9. If your student is interested in joining us, they will need a crochet hook and a skein of yarn. Please email Mrs. Staudacher who runs Crochet Club to let her know if your student will be joining us. She can be reached at
Tired of Cutting Box Tops
1. Simply download the app
2. Select St. Matthew School
3. Scan your receipt within 2 weeks of purchase
The school will automatically get a check twice a year!
Download the Box Tops App
Saints Baseball - Registration for the 2020 Season is Underway
Registration for the following age groups are underway:
7U - Coach Pitch for PreK, Kindergartners and 1st graders
8U - 2nd grade
9U - 3rd grade
10U - 4th grade
11U - 5th grade
The Saints Baseball program offers the opportunity to play on either competitive or recreational teams in a Catholic environment.
Click on "Saints Baseball Registration Link"
For questions, please email
. Go Saints!
St. Matthew Parish News
Regis Middle School News
Regis Drama Department presents A Hairy Tale
Come find out the answer to who will save the royal spoiled prince and princess! Today and tomorrow, Regis Middle School drama department will present "A Hairy Tale," by Charlie Lovett. It will hit the stage in the Richard J. Breitbach Gymnasium each night at 7 pm. Admission is $5 for Adults, $3 for kindergarten through 12th grade, and $3 for Senior Citizens. Remember - it’s a "hairy tale" not a fairy tale, so be ready for some twists, turns and lots of laughter!
Regis is looking to fill the following coaching positions ASAP. In order for Regis to host the following sports, a coach must be hired by October 8th. Can you blast this for us in your newsletter this week?
8th Grade Girls Basketball Coach
7th & 8th Grade Swim Coach
Any potential coach must have their K-12 Iowa coaching Authorization. If interested, please contact Dan Halter at
or call Regis at 319-363-1968.
From Regis Principal Mr. Gredys:
This year has been off to a great start! The excitement and energy throughout the halls of Regis Middle School can be felt the minute you walk in. Students are engaged and teachers are fired up! The theme for this year is 2020 vision "Eyes on Christ, Eyes of Christ." Throughout the summer the staff also brainstormed a school wide behavior expectations system to implement school wide. The result was the creation of the "Royal Way." Students are challenged to strive to be the best versions of themselves each and everyday as they discover God's gifts for them. At Regis we are striving to develop exceptional character through the teaching of Gospel values as they prepare for their next journey as teenagers in high school. The benefits of a Catholic school education go far beyond the classroom as we strive to educate the whole person known as "cura personalis." The Royal Way is becoming ingrained in everything we do and is a good reminder that these values can lead us toward holiness as we give glory to God in this journey of life. Each morning after prayer and morning announcements I remind the students to live out the Royal Way everyday!
Xavier High School News
Varsity Bound App - follow Xavier Saints activities
Download the #VarsityBound app and follow our school. It’s the best way to follow Saints sports all year long! #goSaints Android:
XHS Girls' Basketball's "Boosketball Camp"
Girls in Grades K-4 are invited to join the XHS Girls’ Basketball team for some Halloween hoops, skills, fun & treats while playing basketball on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019 from 9-10:30 a.m. at Xavier High School! Cost for this camp is $30 and includes a t-shirt.
Sign Up Here
Iowa-Illinois Football Ticket Raffle
The LaSalle-Regis-Xavier Alumni Association is raffling off two tickets to the Nov. 23rd Iowa-Illinois football game at Kinnick Stadium. Raffle tickets are $5 each OR five for $20. Stop by the Alumni Booth at a home football game OR stop at the Foundation office to get your tickets!
Message from the Principal
Fall is definitely upon us, wow! From 90 degrees on Monday to 40 degrees this morning - I guess we can affectionately refer to that as living in Iowa!
A little update on WIN time...it is going great! We have implemented some great activities to help students with some phonics skills that have been very well received. Also, a little sneak peak to let you know our initial, fall FAST assessments are in to measure our literacy scores.....there is GREAT news coming, stay tuned!!! You can expect a report to go home with a review of your students progress in late October.
Essentials Team Highlight
Volunteers needed for Skating time in PE! When you click on the link to sign up, you'll see the class name is listed under the "location" so you can sign up with your child if you'd like. Skating will take place in gym. If you sign up, check into the office a few minutes before the time and head to the gym. The older students are capable of getting skates on themselves. We only need volunteers for the younger students. However, if there is a day you would want to come with the older students email me at
. Thank you! SIGN UP:
Art Club started on Wednesday. We had a great time starting our October project! 5th Grade will be in two weeks on October 16.
In music for grades 3-5, we've started working on our Christmas musical. If your child is interested in a speaking or singing role, please be sure to fill out the form and return it as soon as possible. You can also use the following link:
--from your Essentials teachers
Next Week's Birthdays
October 5--Nadia Mealhow
October 5--Liberty Summers
October 6--Oliver Barrett
October 6--Nash Mealhow
October 10--Lucas Harken
October 11--Mrs. Driscoll
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on Friday, October 4 at 3:16PM