Jaguar Journal - 10/16/2020
St. Matthew Elementary Jaguar Journal
October 16, 2020
St. Matthew Elementary
This week's to-do list:
Get your SCRIP orders in for next week;
DUE BY 10AM on Monday
Complete your transportation reimbursement form; this applies to all St. Matthew, Regis and Xavier students this year!
Please remember to send snack with your students daily. Refillable water bottles are also helpful this year as the water fountains are only functioning to refill bottles.
REMINDER: Thursday is an early dismissal day; dismissal is at 12:05PM for conferences
Each week we like to recognize students who go above and beyond to show positive interactions while at St. Matthew School. Here are this week's PAWSITIVE students...keep up the great work!
--2nd Grade Bears Group
Shorts season ended this week, it will return on April 15th.
COVID-19 Information and Updates
Information regarding active, confirmed, positive COVID-19 cases for students and staff are posted on our website and will be updated daily at 4PM.
CONFERENCE SIGN UP REMINDER
Conference sign up has begun. All fall conferences will be done virtually through Zoom. Conference times are:
Thursday, October 22nd from 1:00pm-7:00pm (early dismissal day)
Tuesday, October 27th from 4:00pm-7:00pm
Once you have scheduled your times, you will receive a Zoom link for the teacher you are meeting with. Please be sure to get signed up by next Wednesday October 21st. Let us know of any questions by calling 319-362-3021 or email
St. Matthew COVID-19 Site
Conference Sign Up Link
USBORNE BOOK FAIR - ONLINE
Dear Parents, Families, and Supporters,
It’s time to fall in love with a good book! Be sure to carve out some time to shop our
Virtual Fall Book Fair with Usborne Books & More. These exciting and educational books
are entertaining and make great learning resources and gifts.
Our Book Fair will begin Monday, October 19th and will run thru Tuesday, October 27th.
Ready to shop? Visit the Usborne Books & More Virtual Book Fair online at the link below to shop from 10/19-10/27. Shopping is convenient and simple and books will ship directly to your home.
Looking for customized recommendations for the readers in your life? Contact
our Usborne Books & More representative, Ashley Zumbach at
Shop the St. Matthew Book Fair Here
Our school earns great rewards from your purchase, so please invite grandparents,
friends, and supporters to participate and support literacy and our students. We look
forward to “seeing” you and your family at our Virtual Book Fair event!
Tiffany Bates/Librarian, St. Matthew School
There have been some questions about the second semester calendar; it has not changed. Xavier Catholic Schools are scheduled to return from Christmas Break on January 4 and end the school year on May 28. Spring Break is scheduled from March 15-19. There are currently no COVID travel restrictions. Families should follow general COVID guidelines which include monitoring symptoms and temperature and staying home when sick.
Crochet Club is Back!
Crochet Club is starting up again. It is for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders, and you do not need to know how to crochet to join us. We will meet on Thursdays, starting October 22, at 7:20 am in the Library. Students participating need to bring a size G, H, I or J crochet hook and a skein of yarn. Hobby Lobby, JoAnn Fabrics, or Wal-Mart are good places to pick up these supplies and will have many choices of yarn colors. Mrs. Staudacher will also have some extra yarn if you are unable to pick some up. Students who knit are also welcome to join us. Please email Mrs. Staudacher at firstname.lastname@example.org if your student is planning to join us and with any questions you might have. Students who would like to participate do not have to come every week...Crochet Club is come when you are able. Students will also be able attend breakfast if they are interested.
Red Ribbon Week Coming Up!
Our annual Red Ribbon Week will be coming up at the end of October to help our kids learn more about being drug-free. To make this a fun, educational week for the students, we will be doing some themed dress up days. This is meant to be fun and not require families to go out and purchase additional items. Get creative! As always, what they wear should be school appropriate. We wanted to share these now so you can plan ahead. We will send more information as the week approaches.
--"Follow Your Dreams-Be Drug Free"--wear pajamas to school! (must be school appropriate and shoes must be worn)
--"Be a Hero-Stay Drug Free"--dress like your hero or a super hero
--"Stay in the Game by Being Drug Free"--wear dress code pants and a shirt or a jersey from your favorite sports team
--"Orange You Glad You're Drug Free"--wear an orange, black, or Halloween shirt with comfy bottoms
- No School
I wanted to give you an update on our Halloween plans for this school year. While it saddens me to have to say this, we have decided to forgo costumes and the Halloween parade this year. Given our situation and circumstances, having students gather in large groups to change into costumes and putting large numbers of students together for a parade does not seem responsible.
We will; however, still celebrate this fun holiday. Students are encouraged to wear a Halloween shirt or dress in orange and black and we will still have classroom parties put on by the teachers. Please stay tuned as teachers will send requests for items for the party.
Thanks for your understanding.
Transportation Reimbursement Time!
First semester non-public transportation reimbursement forms for the area school districts are due on
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 school office. This applies to all families this year as we are able to offer busing. So please fill this out.
Cedar Rapids Community School District
College Community School District
Linn Mar Community School District
Marion Community School District
The SCRIP Program
Start Earning Money Towards Tuition Using the SCRIP RaiseRight App
App: Raise Right
Enrollment code to join:
Shop SCRIP Here
Raise Right Flyer.pdf
65% Tax Credit Too Good to be True?
Not at all. If you file an Iowa Income Tax Return, your contributions to the
Our Faith School Tuition Organization
(STO) receive a 65% tax credit. That means for every $1000 you donate, you receive an Iowa income tax
not a deduction, of $650, which would lower your Iowa tax bill by $650. In addition, your gift may qualify for federal deductibility. And that gift you made? It’s going to provide $1000 in need-based assistance to families in the Archdiocese of Dubuque. And your out of pocket cost for that gift? No more than $350 and will be less if you itemize and are able to take the federal charitable gift deduction! It really is that simple. Visit
or call the Archdiocese of Dubuque at 800-876-3546 ext. 219 to learn more
St. Matthew Parish News
Because Faith is best taught and lived out in the family,
the Church calls parents to be the first and foremost
educators of their children.
Family Formation begins October 4. This family based program is for all families with children in grades K-5. It replaces the RE model for public school kids, and also offers a great supplement to the Catholic school curriculum. Second grade sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist are received within the program. If you have not registered, but are interested, please see the St Matthew website
or call Julie Testin at the parish office.
St. Matthew YouTube Channel
Check out the St. Matthew YouTube channel, they have been putting out some amazing videos that allow you to stay connected to the parish and our faith, while also providing an opportunity to virtually attend weekend mass.
St. Matthew YouTube Channel
Xavier High School News
October 21--Nevan Foss
October 21--Colin Kidd
October 22--Gavin Ireland
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