Principal’s Message

“Even birds and animals have much they could teach you; ask the creatures of earth and sea for their wisdom. All of them know that the Lord’s hand made them. In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.”
Job 12:7-10

It is always amazing to witness the changing of the seasons. The leaves have turned from vibrant greens to rusty reds, yellows, and oranges. The animals have changed their movements from basking in the summer sun to a purposeful hunt for food and shelter. The days grow shorter, and the winds blow cold.

Here at Saint Matthias School you can sense the changes, too. Our playful summer attitudes have become more serious and goal-directed. The teachers and students have begun to work together facing new challenges lesson by lesson. School routines are set…we’re hard at work!

November will be filled with important events not only for student achievement but for our school community, as well. Every child has received a progress report to help guide his/her efforts as we approach our first report cards in early December. Remember that progress reports are not an end point. They are truly meant to inform students and parents of the past successes and the areas that need extra attention before the report cards are completed. The teachers will close their grades by Thanksgiving so now is the time to make those positive changes.

Our Class of 2015 will take their Catholic High School Test (TACHS) on November 8. We wish them our best. The process for choosing high schools, parochial and/or public, is a long and complicated road for the eighth graders and their families. It is a very stressful time. Please join me in praying for this Class of 2015. We ask God to give them courage and right judgment. In addition, they will need patience and understanding as they wait for the final acceptances and rejections that are part of this year. I am grateful to Ms. Santoro and Mr. Gering for the numerous hours they spend writing letters, counselling families, inputting school records, and following up on all the details so that our students have the best chance of success in the high school selection process.

Our Children’s Choir is off to a great start this year, as are our band and piano programs. We also are pleased to offer a wide variety of after school activities and clubs throughout the year. We’re always looking for volunteers to help us. If you are interested, please feel free to contact me.

This year our Christmas Show will take place on December 19. Tickets go on sale for three days only-12/1 (6:30-8:30), 12/3 (6:30-8:30), and 12/5 (12-3pm/5-8pm).  Tickets are sold first come, first serve. If you wish to avoid waiting on lines, I recommend you come after 7pm on the 3rd or make your purchase before or after the report card conference on 12/5.

Thank you to our Halloween Committees under the leadership of Kim Crean and Mr. & Mrs. Sands. We had a fantastic time at the parties! Special thanks to Mrs. Byron and her Candy Team for all the work on this year’s Candy Sale. And THANK YOU to all students, parents, teachers, and volunteers who help keep our fundraisers and spirit events successful. We make a great team!

Have a blessed Thanksgiving!
Barbara Wehnes, Principal

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