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Principal’s Message

“A child is born to us!   A son is given to us!  And he will be our ruler.  He will be called,‘Wonderful Counselor’, ‘Mighty God’, ‘Eternal Father’, ‘Prince of Peace’….”

                                                               Isaiah 9:6

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 and preparing our hearts and minds for the birth of the Savior.

We continue to be involved in a variety of activities beyond our regular studies.  In the past two months, we have participated in several service projects supporting our local food pantry, Making Strides (American Cancer Society), and the National Kidney Foundation.  Our seventh grader, Colin Bryne also established and continues the collection of used eyeglasses for those in need.  This multi-year project has given clearer sight to so many!  We’re proud of Colin’s effort.  Service is critical to our mission at St. Matthias School, and we truly appreciate your support.

We’re practicing hard to be ready for our full school, dress rehearsal for the Christmas Musical on December 7th.  As in the past, we have two shows scheduled for 9:30am and 7pm on December 9th.  Remember seats are sold on three occasions-11/28, 11/30, and throughout the day on 12/2.  Refer to the printed or web calendars for ticket sale hours. Seating is limited by the capacity of our auditorium.  Consider volunteering to allow another family member to use your seat.  I am most grateful to our Show Committee for all they do to make this important event a true success.

Our faith formation will continue as we celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation and attend Mass together in preparation for Christmas.  In addition, the Children’s Choir will join the St. Matthias Church Adult Choir for their annual Christmas Concert in the Upper Church on December 18 at 4pm.  We are grateful to Mr. Frank and Mr. Powis for this opportunity.  I am also thankful to Mrs. Moreno and Mrs. Martin for supervising our Children’s Choir.  The work of these four individuals highlights the St. Matthias “generosity of spirit” as they voluntarily guide our students after school on a weekly basis.

We will be changing our dismissal procedures as of January 3, 2017.  Beginning on this date, we will dismiss kindergarten to grade 4 from the auditorium each day.  Students with older siblings can be picked up by the older sibling and dismissed on the grade 5 to 8 lines to the corner or can wait for an adult to pick them up in the gym.  Paperwork will be distributed in mid-December for all families to complete.  This will allow for improved visibility of adults picking up students and reduce concerns in inclement weather.  Hopefully, we will also lessen the congestion at the corner.

Please plan to attend the parent meeting on December 5 at 7pm in the school auditorium.  The academy transition process will be explained by Brother Ralph, our Diocesan mentor.  As of September 2017, St. Matthias School will become St. Matthias Catholic Academy.  This transition will allow the principal to work with a school board for governance issues freeing the principal up to spend more time with the teachers and students.

School will close at 12:00 on December 22 to begin the Christmas Recess.  In addition, it will be Carol Kuhner’s final day in the school office.  Carol will retire and join her husband in travel and grandparenting adventures.  No words can adequately express my gratitude for the years of service Carol has given to our school.  She began as a school parent and has helped make our school shine as office secretary during my 15+ years as principal.  Please join me in wishing Carol many years of joy-filled retirement so well-deserved!

Let us remember that it was in a humble stable where God gave us the most wonderful gift of all, His Son, 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!  God bless you!

 

Barbara Wehnes, Principal

 

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