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Principal’s Message

“Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.”
Mark 1:3

 

Snowflakes dancing through the air, Christmas, Christmas, everywhere…

December is truly a magical month here at Saint Matthias. We are celebrating the end of the first trimester with report cards reflecting our hard work and study. We’re also busy practicing for our Christmas Musical. We love to perform for family and friends. We need your help to continue making our Christmas Shows “the talk of the town”. Please contact the Show Committee regarding the need for volunteer help.

We are actively preparing our hearts for the birth of Our Savior as we celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation and attend Mass together. In addition, we honor Mary’s Immaculate Conception in a special way by closing our school for her feast on December 8. We have learned about St. Martin de Porres this trimester and continue our efforts to serve others in his name. The 5B students did an awesome job coordinating this year’s fundraiser for the National Kidney Foundation. We raised $901.00 for this worthy cause! Thank you for your generosity and support.

Since this is the time when we are busy choosing just the right present for each person on our list, I’d like to take the opportunity to acknowledge the special gifts already given to our school family by the many volunteers. Our candy sale was a huge success with all of our classes reaching their goals. We are very grateful for your participation in this critical fundraiser. The students and faculty also appreciate the help of all the parents who have come to lend a hand as we prepare for our Christmas Show. We can never forget our lunch duty and library volunteers. They make a tremendous contribution to the daily schedule. We recognize the Pizza Team and all Mrs. O’Donnell does behind the scene to coordinate food sales and the banking program. Her faithful loyalty to our school community is treasured!

I am happy to report that during the month of November we received 30 Chrome Books from the Office of the Supt. to be used in support of our Project Learning Initiative. The faculty is looking forward to professional development on this new device. This grant is a testimony to the fine reputation the students and teachers have in the Diocese. In addition, we continue to benefit from the support of The St. Matthias Educational Foundation and our alumni (through donations facilitated by the Catholic Alumni Partnership). All donations made to the Foundation or through CAP are used solely for the support of our students and programs.

Please remember we are now in full WINTER UNIFORM. Students are expected to wear the uniform shoes as described in the school handbook. Dress code information is available online at www.stmatthiaschool.org. The season has been slow to change this year, but winter has arrived. Please insist that your child wear proper outerwear. No students should be wearing only a sweater or sweatshirt when the temperatures are in the 40’s. We do continue to go outside for recess until the temperatures drop below 45 degrees. It’s important that the children get out into the sunshine and fresh air and have the opportunity to move during recess.

May this Advent Season bring you peace and hope. Let us prepare to celebrate the most precious gift of all, the Christ Child! May the glory of this Christmas moment be visible in all we do for one another both today and in the year to come!

Barbara Wehnes, Principal

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