Jaguar Journal - 2/7/2020
St. Matthew Elementary Jaguar Journal
February 7, 2020
St. Matthew Elementary
This week's to-do list:
Get your Mardi Gras tickets and join us on February 22nd!
Reminder that Monday, February 17th is a no school day.
Note: On Ash Wednesday and Fridays during Lent, there will
be an alternate menu option at lunch.
Kyra Kauder Kiley Kauder
Maddie Maxwell Sam Evans
Oliver Wood Nicholas Larson
Lila Thuente Evan Thuente
Jeffrey Barton Hannah Feller
Oliver Pino Gavin Ireland
Eben Rivera Sophia Link
Annabell Deegan Keaton Fitzgerald
Jack Lammers Brayden McComb
Owen McDougall Katherine Nguyen
Avery Ohde Riley Pence
Tristan Rosteck Chase Rust
Lucas A-Anthony Briella Kitrell
Keelan McEnany Quinn Snyder
Anthony Tursi Daisy Corio-Garcia
Important Upcoming Events
Wed, Feb 12
- Mass 835AM (5th Grade)
Mon, Feb 17
- No School (Staff Learning)
Wed, Feb 19
- Mass 835AM (4th Grade)
Sat Feb 22
- St. Matthew Mardi Gras
Wed, Feb 26
- Mass 835AM Ash Wednesday (3rd Grade)
Wed, March 5 -
Mass 835AM (2nd Grade-Ohde)
Wed, March 11
- Mass 835AM (2nd Grade-Nepola)
Fri, March 13 -
Mon, March 16 - Fri, March 20 -
Wed, March 25
- Mass 835AM (Staff)
Wed, April 1
- Mass 835AM (1st Grade)
Wed, April 8
- Mass 835AM (5th Grade)
Fri, April 10
- No School (Good Friday)
Mon, April 13
- No School (Easter Monday)
Wed, April 15
- Mass 835AM (4th Grade)
Wed, April 22
- Mass 835AM (2nd Grade-both classes)
Wed, April 29
- Mass 835AM (3rd Grade)
Mon, May 1
- No School (Staff Learning)
Wed, May 6 -
Mass 835AM (1st Grade)
Wed, May 13
- Mass 835AM (Kindergarten)
Fri, May 15
- Rainbow Day! (Early Dismissal)
Wed, May 20
- Mass 835AM
Mon, May 25
- No School (Staff)
Fri, May 29
- Last Day of School!
FINAL January Leaderboard
2nd great won the hot cholocate and PJ day, this will be arranged for the day in the coming weeks.
Mardi Gras News
We are so excited for Mardi Gras 2020! Do you have your event tickets yet? Get those reservations in. You can reserve tickets online at
Volunteer Assistance Needed
Please use the link below to volunteer! This event wouldn't be successful without YOUR help! Help is needed the day before the event and the night of!
Pick-A-Pack and Pick-A-Cork
St. Matthew Mardi Gras is doing Pick-A-Pack and Pick-A-Cork again this year and we need your help. We are looking for donations and would need either a bottle of wine or a 6 pack of beer. You can also donate cash by giving it to the main office and letting them know that it is for the Pick-A-Pack,or you can order scrip cards either physical or email (there are several places you can buy beer or wine at) so we will take them all. You can drop off donations in the school office (please put it in a bag.)
Also, don't forget to
et your raffle ticket today for free tuition or $3,000 in your pocket!
The form is attached below; just complete and return!
Sign Up to Volunteer Here
ARC Sweetheart Dance - Friday, February 14th
St. Matthew will once again be hosting the Arc Sweetheart Dance in Kearn Hall on Friday, February 14th from 7-9 PM. The Arc of East Central Iowa is a non-profit agency that supports over 800 individuals with intellectual disabilities as well as their families. We are in need of cookies or bars. What a great night and experience for these individuals in our community. The students of St. Matthew will be partnering with the Arc as a service organization to make decorations for Kearn Hall.
As we have done in years past, we are asking for donations of desserts to provide the attendees of this event. This can be anything made, baked or even bought; please sign up on the link below to bring a dozen sweet treats. All items can be left in the teachers lounge or Kearn Hall by 3 PM on Friday, February 14th.
ARC Dessert Sign-Up
Iowa 529 Information
Please see the attachment regarding updated 529 information. You will not notice major changes, rather this is informational for your planning.
529 Plan Information Updated 1.6.20
Believe it or not, It's time to start thinking about summer! Attached you will find the St. Matthew 2020 Summer Solutions Parent Flyer. This flyer contains our school code and ordering instructions. The Summer Solutions site and school code have been activated, so you can begin ordering at any time.
This is a great tool to help keep students engaged throughout the summer with minimal time requirements, additionally, this program is the same one used throughout the school year so your students are familiar with these problems.
St. Matthew School Cedar Rapids 2020 Home Flyer
We are in need of any old cell phone devices - Android 4.4 and iOS 8.0 or later
Thanks to the generous donation of virtual reality headsets, we are needing old phones so our students can experience VR! If you have any old phones around your house that are not being used, we would gladly take those off your hands and use them in our VR setting. This is a critical part of our implementation.
Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)
Please see the documents below regarding the Earned Income Tax Credit.
General EITC Information
List of volunteer income tax sites
Upcoming Knights of Columbus Events
Please see the flyers below for some upcoming Knights of Columbus events: our upcoming Lenten Fish Fry Dinners and the 2nd Annual Pinewood Derby. Council 909 is a supporter of St. Matthew Parish and we would love to see you there.
Knights of Columbus 909 Lent Fish Fry Flier
The Knights of Columbus 909 2nd Annual Pinewood Derby
Parent Association Meeting - Monday 2/10 at 5:30PM
Please join us for the February Parent Association meeting, meeting is on Monday, February 10th at 5:30PM in the Media Center at the school.
Childcare will be in the cafeteria. As always, dinner is provided!
It’s time to celebrate and have some fun!
Friday, January 24th 5-7pm
RSVP to join us at the Sock Hop
All St. Matthew Early Childhood Center, Preschool and Elementary School families are invited to join us for the Catholic Schools Week kick-off Sock Hop!
Pizza, treats and soda will be served during the event. We’ll also have a DJ playing fun tunes in the gym for dancing and face painting going on. We’ll have our hula hoop contest as well! Of course the ever-popular St. Matthew School Book Fair will open that night! Get ready to sock hop and shop!
Please note that all children must be accompanied by an adult at the Sock Hop. (Children attending CARE after school will not be allowed to go to the sock hop until they are picked by their parent or other designated adult.) We’d also like adults to help us discourage children from running in the gym or throughout the building. Thank you!
Admission will be a donation of 1 pair of socks per child and adult. There will be
for the Sock Hop. The socks will be donated to the homeless shelter. **
You must still RSVP so we make sure to order enough food and drinks!
STO is now open for the 2020-2021 school year with a deadline to apply of April 15th. This program was able to provide more than $100,000 in scholarships for St. Matthew families alone last year. Even if you are unsure of whether you qualify, please take a minute to complete this application. A few notes:
If you applied last year, please use your same user name and password
In order to complete the application, you will need your 2019 tax return information
Application fee is $31 per family; if you need help with this, please reach out to Mrs. Conlon
If you need any assistance with your application, you can call the FACTS help line at 866-315-9262.
St. Matthew Parish News
February 2nd Collection on the 2nd Weekend
For February's 2nd on the 2nd Collection (happening February 8th and 9th) we will be raising money for Mary's Meals and Green Square Meals.
Mary's Meals p
rovides meals to some of the poorest children in the world at their place of education. Just $20 will feed a child for a year.
Green Square Meals p
rovides a hot meal, locally, to anyone in need Monday through Friday.
Sunday Afternoon at the Movies
movie is just for fun! We deviate from our usual fare with a musical, “The King and I”. Join us next Sunday Feb 9 at 2pm in the Rosary Room to watch it on the 9-foot screen. Free admission, and free refreshments!
Regis Middle School News
SAVE THE DATE for Royal T Night 2020 -- Keys for Keyboards
Save the date
Friday, April 17th
for Regis’ annual fundraising event, Royal T Night! This is a fun, adult-only, casual evening of great food and drink, silent and live auctions, raffles, games and fellowship with the Regis community. Proceeds raised from this year’s Royal T Night will go toward updating the computer technology utilized by students for 1-to-1 use and in the computer lab. A fun addition to this year’s event -- entertainment by
Pianopalooza, dueling pianos
! We are looking for sponsors, if you own a company or know of one who would be interested in being a sponsor, email Dianne Clarke at
Xavier High School News
Even though Catholic Schools Week is in our rear view mirrors, the need to continually share our love and support remains! You may have seen the "We Love Our Catholic School!" Facebook profile frames popping up on your Facebook newsfeed last week. Those were created by XHS marketing interns Taylor Coester (X20), Jenaya Deveraux (X20), and Rilee Lansing (X20). If you haven't already, we encourage you to update your profile picture using the
Xavier Catholic Schools version
! Thank you for spreading the good news about Catholic schools!
Message from the Principal
Don't forget to turn in those 2020-2021 registration forms. We are busy making plans for the upcoming year and want to make sure we have all the pieces accounted for as we move forward.
Essentials Team Highlight
: Congratulations to the 5th grade students who represented our school so well at the Linn-Mar ECICDA Honor Choir: Genna Haan, Sophia Link, Nadia Mealhow, Miriam Huerter, Kyra Kauder, Gracie Kane, Annabell Deegan, and Emma Feller. Also a big shout out to Katherine Nguyen who was our alternate and came to every practice we had at school!
: In P.E. we are working on volleyball in order to help hand-eye coordination and contact points with hands and arms. Next we are hoping to move on to tennis so we can use the contact with rackets next. Then we'll try eclipse ball which is a combination of tennis and volleyball. Keep on moving!
: We are trying to finish up our Mardi Gras projects and moving on to new projects where we are sharpening our skills of cutting and folding, before learning new mediums. In February's Art Club we may be asking for students to bring in a hair dryer to use on the project, so ask your students about that.
--From The Essentials Team
February 11--Kiley Kauder
February 11--Mrs. Van Berkum
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