“The Lord bless you & keep you! The Lord let His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you! The Lord look upon you kindly & give you peace!” Numbers 6:24-26
Happy New Year! We have begun this Year of Our Lord 2015 with gratitude for our many blessings and faith in the fine work being accomplished by everyone in our Saint Matthias School Family. I pray this New Year brings you health, happiness, and success in all you do.
During the month of January, we will continue to search for Christ in our everyday lives and to celebrate each opportunity we have to come to know Jesus in a special way. Our fourth and eighth graders will enjoy a retreat on January 23 presented by our friend, Mark Kruse. We pray that this morning will strengthen their relationship with Christ and one another. Our school family will also celebrate with the entire parish as we come together for the Opening Liturgy for Catholic Schools Week at 10:00 on Sunday, Jan. 25. We will kickoff a week’s worth of events highlighting the work of our students and faculty. Watch your child’s school folder for a schedule of activities. This year we celebrate the Blessed Virgin Mary as the theme of our special week.
Over three days in mid-January, many of our students have been given permission for a free hearing screening. This gift has been sponsored by the St. Matthias Educational Foundation’s D’Angelo Fund in memory of Daniela D’Angelo, Class of 1999. Daniela was very supportive of testing for students to evaluate disabilities and/or problems that interfere with learning. Even subtle hearing loss can impact a child’s school experience. I know Daniela is watching over the school family as we embark on this project in her name. We are grateful to Infinite Services for partnering with us to make this project a reality.
We are also excited about the opportunity for our seventh and eighth graders to visit the St. Francis of Assisi Exhibit at the Brooklyn Borough Hall. Thank you to Diana Reyna Hernandez for inviting us! Brother Michael of St. Matthias’ Social Ministry Program will present an introduction to the exhibit before the students make the trip to view St. Francis’ manuscripts. This is the first time they have travelled outside of Italy in 700 years!
This year’s Christmas Musical was a team effort led by our Christmas Show Committee. They rallied their friends and families to put together an amazing show. The challenges were great, yet the teamwork shown by faculty, students, parents, office staff, alumni, Mr. Steve, Gregory Haufe, Mrs. DeJesus, and Mrs. Russo was exceptional. It was wonderful to see new faces coming to the aid of the committee for the time consuming job of decorating our stage/auditorium and setting up our kitchen & raffles. Our school family is tremendously grateful to everyone who helped with this event. Special thanks go to our committee co-chairs and the “old friends” who came back to St. Matthias to lend a hand.
We depend on your continued involvement and participation in future events that will take place for our children. We’ve already begun planning for Student Appreciation Day and our Winter Carnival. Call us if you wish to help or have other ideas & suggestions.
Saint Matthias School joins with the parish and Diocese of Brooklyn in preparing for the visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia in September of 2015. The focus of this World Meeting is “The Family”. Let us work together to help all families to come to know Christ more deeply and to have the love within families reflect the love of Christ to all.
Looking ahead, I remind you that open registration for 2015/2016 will begin during Catholic Schools Week. Watch for information and details. Registration for our academic, four year old Pre-K has already begun. If you are a current school parent with a pre-k or kindergarten age child who you wish to register, please contact Mrs. Riccobene immediately to secure your seat.
May this New Year be filled with peace, hope, and joy!
Barbara Wehnes, Principal