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Principal’s Message

“In the tender compassion of our God the dawn from on high will break upon us… to guide our feet into the way of peace.”

[Luke 1:78-9]

 

Happy New Year!  May 2017 be filled with laughter and joy for you and those you love.  And may we be ever mindful of the many blessings we share here at St. Matthias School.

The month of January brings us to the halfway point in our school year.  The students have reviewed their lessons from the past and have gained new knowledge on a daily basis.  We’ve learned that Jesus is a miracle worker and that He walks with us through the events of each day.  We’ve experimented with density, wrote stories and letters, made music and ate pumpkin pancakes!  We’ve been busy the past four months and we look to the future filled with hope and excitement.  Our second Progress Report will be distributed February 15th.  This signals the midpoint of the second trimester.

We continue to move forward with the transformation of St. Matthias School to St. Matthias Catholic Academy.  As described in the letters distributed in school and placed in the parish bulletin, this change is part of the Diocesan Strategic Plan for all Catholic Schools.  The initial school board has been nominated and will be formally introduced to the school community following their initial meeting at the end of January.  The process of identifying qualified and willing volunteers for our board was a long and serious journey.  I am grateful for the support of those who have agreed to serve in this year of transition.

Our school board will work in conjunction with the principal to continue to plan for our school’s future.  I believe it is a positive step toward developing a strong team for managing finances, marketing, facilities, and more.  One of the benefits is that the principal will have more time to spend on being an educational leader.  It is also our hope that this new board will bring new ideas, relationships, and programs to our school.  Parent involvement is critical.  Please consider serving on one of the committees that will be forming soon.  This is one way that parents can have their voices heard.  Rest assured, all of us will continue to work for the good of each and every child entrusted to our care.

January ends with the celebration of Catholic Schools’ Week 2017.  We have planned a week of special events including our opening liturgy on Jan. 29th followed by an academic open house and our Expo entitled “The Miracles of Jesus”.  The week includes student appreciation day, special person’s day, and teacher appreciation day.  A detailed schedule of events will be sent through each student’s folder, can be viewed on our web calendar, and is available at the school office.  We look forward to your family’s participation!  Open registration for 2017-2018 will begin during this week, as well.  Tell your neighbors and friends about our great school!

I can’t close this letter without, again, acknowledging the wonderful generosity of our school volunteers.  Our lunch duty supervisors, pizza parents, and library aides work very hard to keep our programs running smoothly.  Our Christmas Show was a tremendous success.  This wouldn’t have been possible without the selfless efforts of our show committee under the leadership of Liz Esteves.  Our school parents, past and present, were instrumental in coordinating raffles, kitchen sales, and ticket distributions.  Kerri Suden continued to work tirelessly behind the scenes preparing tickets, programs, and student handouts.  Combine their efforts with all who helped with decorating, orchestrating the performances, and the clean up, and you have the perfect example of teamwork benefiting our children.  Thank you to all who volunteer!

 

 

Barbara Wehnes, Principal

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