Jaguar Journal - 11/8/19
St. Matthew Elementary Jaguar Journal
November 8, 2019
St. Matthew Elementary
This week's to-do list:
Make your November SCRIP purchases for your student to get an extra dress down day in December!
Make sure to send warm outdoor gear to school...we go out for recess every day if the temperature (real feel or windchill) is more than 10 degrees!
Tuesday will be a SPIRIT DAY as we cheer on our Saints volleyball team at 4PM at the US Cellular Center for the 1st round of the state volleyball tournament!
Feel free to bring in any left-over Halloween candy; this will be taken to the St. Matthew volunteer night at Green Square Meals. A table will be set up in the main entrance for you to drop your unwanted candy.
2nd grade SCRIP contest dress down day is on Monday - this is for 2nd graders ONLY! Congratulations!
Charlotte Moses Bristol Shovein
Sawyer Tinkham Alex Lamp
Preston Dueher Brayden McComb
Ruth Williams Jack Thuente
Ms. Ohde's Class Wehtam Steel
Ms. Nepola's Class Bella Miranda
Regan Rosteck Emerson Owens
Abby Driscoll Jeffrey Barton
Riley Pence Nadia Mealhow
Avery Ohde Brooklynn Braid
Henry Lammers Luke Riesenberg
Evan Thuente Kamryn Waddell
Fiona Hartman Garrison Miller
Mark Wood Krystian Tyler
Mackenzie Richard Kinnick Neumann
Santiago Gilliland Dominique A-Anthony
Important Upcoming Events
Wed, Nov 13
- 8:35AM Mass - 2nd Grade (Nepola)
Mon, Nov 18
- Parent Association Meeting 5:30PM
Tues, Nov 19
- Xavier VB plays at 4PM - SPIRIT DAY
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
Wed, Nov 20
- 8:35AM Mass - 1st Grade (Sitter)
Wed, Dec 4
- 835AM Mass - Staff planned
Thur, Dec 5 -
Christmas Concert (JK-2: 6:00-6:30 and 3-5: 7:00-8:00PM)
Wed, Dec 11
- 8:35AM Mass - 5th Grade (Wareham)
Wed, Dec 18
- 8:35AM Mass - 4th Grade (Smith)
Fri, Dec 20
- Early Dismissal at 12:05PM
Mon, Dec 23 - Jan 1
- No School - Christmas Break
Thur, Jan 2
- School Resumes
I wanted to take a minute to thank you all for your support and prayers over the last couple of months. The Jaguar Strong shirts are amazing; I certainly wear mine with a great deal of pride for the amazing community I get to be a part of. Seeing them throughout the hallway today has brought tears to my eyes on numerous occasions. I am thankful for all of you and your purchase; the funds will definitely be used to help with the healthcare costs.
Based on the findings at this weeks appointment, I will be starting a new regime of medicine to aid in the defense of some new cells. Thanks to continued research, there are developments in medicine that will make this possible. I appreciate your understanding as we continue to navigate these waters. Jaguars are some very special people!
During the month of November, make a
SCRIP purchase to be entered into a drawing to win one of two $25 SCRIP gift cards of your choice!
Each child (or children) whose family makes a purchase will be allowed a special "Dress Down Day" on Monday, December 2nd.
Congratulations to the 2nd grade class for having a 31% participation rate in the October SCRIP contest. The dress down day for 2nd grade is Monday, November 11th - CONGRATULATIONS!
See Tuesday SCRIP email - we need you! Looking for volunteers to help sell physical SCRIP cards on Mondays and Fridays. We cannot offer this service without volunteers to sell!
Tuesday, November 19 | 7 - 8 p.m.
St. Joseph Catholic Church
All Xavier Catholic School parents are welcome to attend!
Xavier Catholic Schools Parenting Series:
"Parents: The Primary Educators of a Child's Faith"
Presentation by Judy Ramsey,
Adolescent Faith Formation Coordinator,
St. Joseph Catholic Parish
- Families attending mass
- Providing resources to families
- Educating parents on faith topics that
they can talk to their children about
- Connecting social media and faith
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Thank you in advance for helping to update St. Matthew recess options!
St Matts Recess Toy Drive Flyer
Xavier Volleyball Heads to State
Congratulations to Coach Filer and Xavier Volleyball for earning a spot in this year’s Class 4A State Volleyball Tournament! State tournament games will be played at the U.S. Cellular Center. Our first match will be Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 4 p.m. against Western Dubuque.
Tickets may be purchased online at
. Tickets may also be purchased at the ticket office at the U.S. Cellular Center. This is the same for the entirety of the tournament. All tickets are $10. Tickets purchased through Ticketmaster will include an additional $2 handling charge. Children not yet in Kindergarten do not need to purchase a ticket. Hard paper tickets will NOT be available at the school for the state tournament.
St. Matthew will celebrate our Saints volleyball team with a SPIRIT DAY on Tuesday! Go Saints!
The 2019 Knights of Columbus “Keep Christ in Christmas Poster Contest”
is a great way to prepare children for the upcoming celebration of the birth of Christ. It will be instrumental in allowing the participating children to reflect on the significance of our Savior’s birth, as they participate in the season of Advent.
1st place winners in each age group; 5-7, 8-10, 11-14 will receive a $25 Target gift card.
2nd and 3rd place winners in each age group; 5-7, 8-10, 11-14 will receive a Knights of Columbus Council 909 Lenten Fish Fry meal voucher.
Poster paper and contest rules are available in the Parish and school office.
2019 K of C 909 Keep Christ in Christmas Poster Contest
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
Got Extra Halloween Candy?
Greene Square Meals would like to collect extra Halloween candy (you know you still have too much sitting around!) to give out to individuals who stop in for meals in the coming months. Take some time over the weekend to sort through the candy you have left and make a donation bag to bring into school on Monday. All the candy will be collected at the end of the week and dropped off at Greene Square meals. There will be a table outside the main office for any candy contributions. Thank you!
Transportation Reimbursement Reminders
First semester non-public transportation reimbursement forms for the area school districts are
due December 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 School District
College Com School District
Linn-Mar School District
Marion School District
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. Do take the opportunity to thank them for supporting our school!
Tuesday is Spaghetti dinner night- 5.99 for salad, spaghetti and 1/2 loaf of garlic bread.
Are you going?
might be going.
The October parent association meeting notes are attached here. Just a reminder that the parent association meetings once a month at 530PM on Mondays. Please consider joining this great group who helps enhance our everyday activities at St. Matthew.
Parent Association Meeting Minutes 10.21.19.pdf
What’s this STO all about?
It’s about supporting Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Dubuque
making the most out of your charitable contribution. If you file an Iowa income tax return, your contributions to the
(STO) qualify for a 65% tax credit. That means for every $1000 you donate, you receive an Iowa income tax credit $650, which reduces your Iowa tax liability by $650. Seriously, a $1000 contribution reduces your Iowa tax liability by a whopping $650! Visit
or call 800-876-3546 ext. 219 or 307 to learn more.
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
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
Fall Musical: Tickets Now On Sale for Beauty and the Beast
Be our guest and experience the timeless classic, "Beauty and the Beast," presented by the Xavier High School Performing Arts November 15-17. This musical is sure to entertain audiences of all ages! Tickets are on sale in the XHS Activities Office during office hours and are $10 for adults and $6 for students and senior citizens
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
There is a TON of great information above, please check that out this week as a way to partner with St. Matthew in the education of our children, not only today but in the future!
Essentials Team Highlight
Congratulations to our Essentials Students of the Month!
Art: Lindzey Jeffery and Preston Duher
Music: Amelia Walsh and Aaron Thiel
PE: Abby Driscoll and Gavin Linn
Also, in Art we are collecting newspapers for some upcoming projects.Please bring newspapers to school! Thank you!
--from your Essentials teachers
Next Week's Birthdays
Mrs. Braksiek--November 11
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on Friday, November 8, 2019 at 3:38PM