Jaguar Journal - 10/31/19
St. Matthew Elementary Jaguar Journal
October 31, 2019 - Happy Halloween
St. Matthew Elementary
This week's to-do list:
NO SCHOOL TOMORROW!!
Make a SCRIPNow! purchase by tonight at 11:59PM - doing so gives you an entry into our October contest!
Make sure to send warm outdoor and SNOW gear to school...we go out for recess every day if the temperature (real feel or windchill) is more than 10 degrees!
Picture Re-Takes Monday, November 4. If you missed picture day or need a re-take, bring your original package back in. Students having their picture taken may dress up.
Mrs. Adams' Class
Important Upcoming Events
Fri, Nov 1
- No School
Fri, Nov 1
- All Saints Day
Mon, Nov 4
- Picture re-take day
Wed, Nov 6
- 8:35AM Mass - 2nd Grade (Ohde)
Wed, Nov 13
- 8:35AM Mass - 2nd Grade (Nepola)
Mon, Nov 18
- Parent Association Meeting 5:30PM
Wed, Nov 20
- 8:35AM Mass - 1st Grade (Sitter)
Wed, Nov 27
- No Mass
Wed, Nov 27-Fri, Nov 29
- No School - Thanksgiving
Mon, Dec 1
- St. Matts Bookfair at Barnes & Noble
Thur, Dec 5 -
Christmas Concert (JK-2: 6:00-6:30 and 3-5: 7:00-8:00PM)
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.
STANDINGS UPDATE -
TODAY IS THE LAST DAY - order before 11:59PM!
1st place: 2nd (31% of class participating)
2nd place: 1st (29% of class participating)
3rd place: 3rd (25% of class participating)
4th place: 5th (22% of class participating)
5th place: K (20% of class participating)
JK and 4th (15% of class participating)
As a way for our Cub Scouts to give back to our St. Matthew charter organization and as a service project, Pack 100 is hosting a RECESS TOY DRIVE. Attached is a flyer with our school's current recess needs. As Scout families, we will be providing new or gently-used toys for our elementary school and preschool students. The drive will run October 28 - November 15. Toys and/or monetary donations can be dropped off at the school office.
**A great place to find a number of these items at good prices is Five Below, Wal-Mart or Amazon.**
Email Amy Thuente at email@example.com with any questions.
Thank you in advance for helping to update St. Matthew recess options!
St Matts Recess Toy Drive Flyer
We are excited to be able to use virtual reality with our students. One of the components we need to finalize our virtual reality experience gathering any old iPhone or iPods that can be used with the googles. If you have any of these devices that you are no longer using and would like to donate to school, please send them in and we will take care of wiping them of old content and re-purposing them with the app we need.
Thank you to Nick and Genie Maybanks for the donation of virtual reality goggles for our school.
Looking for an iPad or Laptop?
St. Matthew will be selling some of our old technology inventory on a first come-first served basis. Please complete the form below to indicate your interest in either or both of the options below:
Apple iPad 2
- These devices are over 5 years old but are still in working order. We cannot enroll these iPads in our device managing tool due to their age which is why we are offering them to our families. We have approximately 25 iPads and the cost for purchase is $20
- These devices were purchased in June of 2015 for our computer lab and technology class. We have since upgraded the lab to Chromebooks and are selling these devices. These devices will NOT include a Microsoft Office license but this can be purchased on your own for approximately $129. We have 25 laptops available and the cost for purchase is $50.
Please complete the form by Friday, November 8th. At that point we will provide you the details of the process, payment and pick-up location.
Sign Up Here
Attached are the November breakfast and lunch menus.
Consider signing up to volunteer in the lunchroom:
November 2019 - Breakfast
November 2019 - Lunch
In the event of any of the following scenarios provided below by the Cedar Rapids Schools communication, St. Matthew Elementary will send both an email and a text message to let you know of the update to our schedule due to weather. We always follow the Cedar Rapids announcements regarding weather delays and/or cancellations.
Message from Cedar Rapids Public Schools Regarding Winter Weather
Winter weather is upon us and we'd like to remind you that, in the interest of the safety of our students and staff, the decision may be made to alter the school day in one of the following ways:
(Monday through Friday): The start of classes is delayed (typically by 2 hours) and school bus transportation pick-up times are also delayed by the equivalent time.
* In the event that classes are delayed on a Friday, our early release schedule will be suspended for that day and classes will dismiss at the regular Monday through Thursday dismissal times.
Bus transportation times are adjusted to align with the new delay and dismissal times.
classes: No classes are held, though district offices/buildings remain open.
of students: School bus transportation times are altered to align with dismissal times.
District Closure: A
ll District offices/buildings are closed (essential staff report to work).
Families and Staff are notified of these weather-related decisions via a School Messenger phone call, our CRCSD Facebook/Twitter/Instagram platforms, and local media outlets.
Additional details regarding Weather-Related Decisions can be found on our website
We appreciate your understanding that these decisions to alter the school day are not made lightly. Dozens of factors are taken into consideration to ensure the best decision is made for our entire student and staff population. If you're curious about what goes into these weather-related decisions, read on:
A long list of factors are considered to make a most informed decision—and one which our Superintendent believes will be the right decision for our 17,000 students and their families.
Those factors and criteria include the following:
the timing of the weather event (when it’s predicted to begin and end);
what amount and type/s of precipitation – ice, snow, fog, etc. – are predicted;
the current temperatures (including wind chill) and those that are being predicted (understanding that a few degrees difference can be a big difference in experience);
the timing of the changes in temperature as it relates to school start and end times;
any potential for a compounding event (for example, more snow on top of recent ice and snow, or something similar);
feedback from the Transportation Director about the current state of the roads, as well as custodial/buildings and grounds staff on the logistical capacity to clear parking lots and sidewalks of our 4 high schools, 6 middle schools, and 21 elementary schools on a schedule that would allow for safety for all;
the fact that we have a number of students who will be driving and they are less experienced drivers than our staff members and parents/guardians.
Based on all of these factors, and many more, our Superintendent does her/his best to have a decision in place before 5:30AM for a late start or cancellation, and by 10:00AM for an early dismissal.
Safety is always the primary consideration in the overall thought process—and considerations of how to manage the logistics of transportation, child care, academic days, etc, are folded
into that conversation. Superintendent Noreen Bush will be making the weather-related decisions which are then communicated to families and staff by our Community Relations team.
Every once in a while, a decision is made that leaves a parent, guardian, or community member wondering what in the world we were thinking. We understand that! But as they say, hindsight is always 20/20, and as we head into this winter season, please know that when we make the call -- the decision and
call -- it’s with best intent for the safety of our students and staff.
CRCSD Community Relations
Parent Association Zio Johno's Fundraiser
The annual Parent Association Zio Johno's fundraiser will be on Tuesday, November 12th from 5-9 PM at the location in Marion. No need to say from St Matt's, we will get 10% off all delivery, carry out, and dine in orders during that time.
Tuesday is Spaghetti dinner night- 5.99 for salad, spaghetti and 1/2 loaf of garlic bread.
Are you going?
might be going.
From the Archdiocese
The Archdiocese of Dubuque takes seriously its call to provide the safest possible environment for all of our young people. As part of that call, we provide information to parents to help them and all of us to be more informed of the issues and topics related to the abuse of children. It is our sincere hope that by partnering together we can continually provide the safest possible environment for all our young people to grow into healthy, Christ-filled adults.
We invite you to view the Catholic Mutual Group Training “Safe Haven - It's Up to You” videos that all employees and volunteers in the Archdiocese are required to complete.
As a parent you are invited to access these videos by following these steps:
Register for a new account
Select your school or parish location
Select Role of “Volunteer”
Select Participation as “Parent”
Start the Training, “Safe Haven Training for Parents - Dubuque”
Register you account
Parents who view the videos through the “Parent” section will not be required to have a background check. Parents who wish to be a parish/school volunteer, averaging over an hour a week, are asked to participate as “Volunteer” (step 5 above) as this will automatically prompt you through the initial background check process.
Using Your IRA to Contribute to Our Faith STO, Parish or Catholic School.
If you are 70 ½ or older you are required to take a minimum distribution from your IRA, whether you need the income or not. If you are in this situation, you can gift that required withdrawal to the Our Faith STO or any Catholic parish or school. This IRA distribution must be given directly to the STO, parish or school by the financial institution managing the IRA in order to qualify. To learn more visit
, call the parish or school office or call the Archdiocese of Dubuque at 800-876-3546 ext. 219 or 307.
STO Fall Flyer Final
The Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature will host the One Book Two Book Children's Literature Festival on Feb. 21-23, 2020. As in year's past, we encourage every student in grades 1-8 in to submit one piece of original writing for the competition that is a part of the festival. Grade-level winners will be selected by ACT and will be recognized at a special ceremony on Sunday, Feb. 23. Attached is writing prompt information and a flyer. The deadline for submissions is Dec. 6.
For more information, visit
2020 Writing Contest - Student Submission Form
Human Trafficking Educational Event
There is an upcoming human trafficking educational event that will be held at the Jefferson High School main auditorium on Tuesday, November 5, at 6:30PM. We hope to educate and equip parents, students, and community members regarding this growing and disturbing issue. Many may be unaware of the impact of human trafficking right here in our Iowa communities. The event is free and open to the public and will be presented by Chains Interrupted. Speakers will include local law enforcement. We wish to invite Cedar Rapids area Catholic school parents, students, and faculty/staff to this event. If you would like to speak to a representative of Chains Interrupted, please contact co-founder Lenchen Raeside at 319-361-1077 or email
. Please share this information with anyone who would be interested or who could help get the word out.
Flyer - Human Trafficking presentation by Chains Interrupted
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
St. Matthew Parish News
We are now using Flocknote to sign up for bringing food (salads and desserts) to funeral luncheons hosted here at St. Matthew Church. If you would like to be a volunteer in this capacity and receive notifications when we need contributions, please sign up here.
Funeral Luncheon Volunteers
Regis Middle School News
Position Opening at Regis Middle School: Director of Maintenance
Regis Middle School is in search of a full-time Director of Maintenance. Benefits are available with this position. A pre-employment physical and exam are required prior to job offer. Qualifications include, but are not limited to: high school diploma (associates or bachelor’s recommended); effective leadership, communication and problem-solving skills; knowledge of electrical, plumbing, basic carpentry, and HVAC (including steam boiler); basic computer skills. Experience in maintenance preferred. Those interested should forward a resume and letter of interest to Dianne at
or Regis Middle School, 735 Prairie Dr NE, Cedar Rapids, 52402. Applications must be submitted by Oct. 31st.
Xavier High School News
X-Men Wrestling Club (PK-8):
We'd love to have your families join us. There is still time to sign up. Practices start Mon., Nov. 11th. Contact Ben Hoover firstname.lastname@example.org or 319-929-5575 for more information. or check us out at https://www.facebook.com/groups/XMenWrestling/
Message from the Principal
I cannot believer we are 1/4 of the way through the school year, that seems impossible. Yet, I look out my window and see snow which does signify that we have been in a school for some time; although I think mother nature is a bit confused!
This would be a great time to look through and review your child's snow gear. The long weekend may provide an opportunity for you to venture out and update any of those items that no longer fit since we last needed them last March!
Essentials Team Highlight
, we just finished up skating. Thank you to all who volunteered and for sending in helmets to help the process go smoothly. We have a lot of fun stuff coming up including fitness unit, parachute, rhythms, and cup stacking!! Keep on getting your sweat on!
, we took a break this week to do Halloween themed games and songs. We will be getting back into Christmas concert rehearsals this week.
we have been having fun with Halloween inspired projects. Next week 3-4 art club. I am also collecting clean glass salsa or pesto sized jars with lids for a future project coming up in December. If you have any I would greatly appreciate the donation.
--from your Essentials teachers
Next Week's Birthdays
Ivy Maybanks - November 4
Nolan Larson - November 8
Charlotte Moses - November 8
Luke Riesenberg - November 9
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on Thursday, October 31, 2019 at 2:39PM