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Principal’s Message

Let us come near to God with a sincere heart and a sure faith, because we have been made free…”
Hebrews 10:22

April showers have turned Ridgewood into a beautiful garden adorned with blooms of every shape and color. Take a moment to enjoy the glory of God’s creation as it springs anew in our backyard!

May’s calendar is definitely reflective of the busy days that signal the coming end of our school year. Many field trips have been planned; so pray for good weather as our students journey to seashores and museums. Our classes will have adventures at the Queens Farm Museum, Mystic Seaport, The Science Museum of Long Island, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and more. It’s exciting to hear of the lessons and activities each class enjoys on these important learning excursions. Thank you for supporting our field trip efforts through funding and chaperoning.

Science will be a focus for this month as the fourth and eighth graders face the challenges of two New York State Assessments. Each grade will spend one test session working on lab experiments to demonstrate their skills of investigation and critical analysis. Another test session is devoted to a written test of content supported by the NYS Learning Standards. Our students are well prepared. I know they will competently demonstrate the skills they have mastered within our science program here at St. Matthias School.

A new event has been placed on our HSA calendar for May. We are grateful to Mrs. Herrera and Ms. Gonzalez for chairing our Family Dance Committee. I am sure this new event will be enjoyed by all who participate. We are always interested in new ideas for our spirit events at St. Matthias School. If you would like to discuss an idea or have a new event to be considered, please contact me through the school office. It can never be expressed enough that without the dedication of our parent volunteers, our HSA endeavors would not be successful. These events do so much to enhance the sense of community at our school and to provide much needed funding for our school programs. Thank you to all who have volunteered and supported our Home School Assn. activities.

Our calendar is also filled with a variety of afterschool activities. The faculty devotes time and talent, without additional compensation, to provide students with clubs throughout the year. I am so very grateful to them for this act of service to our school. Our program also includes the Fingers in Motion Piano School. The piano students are preparing for their recital on June 2 at 7pm. All are welcome to attend. The new Spanish Program open to children in grades 4 to 6 is well underway. I am happy that we have been able to bring this opportunity to our students.

The Spring School Band and Choir Concert will take place on May 27 at 7:30pm. All school families are welcome to enjoy our band’s progress and celebrate the completion of another year of Children’s Choir. Our Class of 2015 will graduate on Friday, June 12. Everyone is invited to join us at the Graduation Mass in the morning and the formal Graduation Ceremony scheduled for the evening. In addition, please make note of the date for pre-k and kindergarten closing ceremonies. These programs take place on June 16 in the auditorium.

It seems so unbelievable that we are again facing the final weeks of our school year. As we look back over the past months, let us rejoice at the growth we have witnessed in our children. It is with pride that I commend our school families on their support and encouragement of our students. Our children have grown in faith and knowledge…we are truly blessed!

Barbara Wehnes
Principal

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