November 11th - This Weeks Update
This Weeks Update
November 11, 2019
Happy Veteran's Day
Thank you to all who currently serve and have served our country, we are forever grateful for your service. Prayers go out to all veterans today, we stand united in respect for you!
Spirit Day Tomorrow - Go Saints Volleyball Team
Just a reminder that tomorrow is a SPIRIT DAY as we celebrate with the Xavier Saints volleyball team on their quest to a state championship. The Saints take on Western Dubuque at 4PM at the US Cellular Center. The girls volleyball team will be at St. Matthew tomorrow morning as a way of giving back to our community; they will be working in the preschool classrooms primarily but may also be helping out throughout the school. Go Saints!
ISASP Results Are In and Mailed Home
The 2018-2019 spring ISASP (Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress) results are now available. We have reviewed these results as a school and will be sharing the school-wide data with you in the coming weeks. In the meantime; however, for students in 3rd and 4th grade last spring (2018-2019), results will be mailed tomorrow, you should be receiving a letter in the mail with your students scores in the coming days.
NOTE: all spring 2018-2019 5th grade results will be sent from Regis and should also be arriving shortly. Please contact Regis Middle School with any questions about the delivery of these scores.
Susie Halverson - Jaguar Family In Need
We wanted to share some very important information with you regarding a Jaguar family in need of our prayers and in need of some assistance with meals. Click the link below to sign-up.
The information below is taken from the Give In Kind site:
Susie is having some pretty serious health issues going on. On Tuesday she started having trouble finding the right word for things. We took her to the emergency room at Mercy. She had an abnormal CT and MRI, and they found a lesion on the brain. She got progressively worse that evening and now isn't able to speak. She understands everything, but just can't get the words out. She is not able to write much, but can read most things and understand them. She is not having any issues with walking thankfully. She is now at the University of Iowa. They still aren't sure exactly what's going on. At first they thought it was a tumor, but now they're thinking some sort of inflammatory autoimmune disease. Hopefully we'll know more soon! Whatever she is dealing with, it will be a long road to recovery. Both her and Will are going to be off work while they deal with this. We are trying to do anything we can to support them. Thankfully we have a lot of family around, and they have a great group of friends, co workers, and school/church support. If anyone wants to supply meals that would be one less thing for them to worry about. If you want to sign up you can drop the food by their house for them or coordinate with the family and we can get it to them. Please don’t feel obligated to do anything, but we would love any extra good thoughts and prayers!
Sign up to help the Halverson family here!
SCRIP - November Contest
The November SCRIP contest is up and running. 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.
SCRIP - WE NEED YOU
We are going to begin selling physical SCRIP gift cards on Friday and Monday mornings, but we need volunteers to assist with this process! This does not have to be a weekly commitment, rather we can work on a week, two week or monthly rotation depending on the assistance we are able to receive. Please consider helping out this great new initiative that helps make St. Matthew affordable! We are looking for the following:
2 people to sell on Friday mornings from 730-830AM in the main school entrance
2 people to sell on Monday mornings from 730-830AM in the ECC entrance
If interested in helping out, please email Holly Barrett at
ASAP with the days and your preference for how often you are available. A schedule will be created with the responses. Once we have the volunteers we will begin purchasing the inventory and selling.
St. Matthew Elementary is excited to announce its participation in a strategic planning initiative. Catholic School Management (CSM), a division of Christian Brothers, is providing its Strategic Management and Development Program to St. Matthew. Our school is one of 30 schools within the Archdiocese of Dubuque which is participating in this initiative.
The Strategic Management and Development Program is a four-year, onsite consultation service that helps schools to position themselves for long-term viability and vitality through improving the effectiveness of school boards, enhancing school image and communications, raising money, managing enrollment and marketing themselves more effectively.
This program promises to make a significant difference for participating schools because of CSM’s track record: 99% of the more than 3,000 schools it has worked with continue to thrive after fully completing this consultation program.
Over the four-year program, the St. Matthew community can expect to see:
· Clear promotion of the mission, Catholic identity and academic excellence of St. Matthew
· Increased school board and committee operations
· Creation and implementation of a strategic plan
· Growth in fundraising capabilities
· Enhancements to student recruitment, admissions, and student retention programs
· Expanding marketing and communications efforts
· Evidence of being a sustainable institution for years to come.
We are very excited about the opportunities this program creates as we look to share the amazing work that is happening throughout the school with the greater Cedar Rapids community, while continuing to build upon our already solid foundation. This strategic planning initiative is generously supported by the Archdiocese of Dubuque's Educational Development Endowment Fund. Currently, the committee members are: Father Don Czapla, Lauren Shovein, Eric Thuente, Jackie Luzum, and Kelly Yordi.
If you would like to learn more about or become involved in this planning initiative, contact Amy Conlon at 319-362-3021.
on Monday, November 11, 2019 at 4:56PM