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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 Catholic Academy. 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.

The students will be looking forward to other events, as well. Many buddy projects are planned in the upcoming weeks.  Later in the month, the third and fifth grades will be attending a Christmas play entitled “Noel” at the Immaculate Conception Center in Douglaston.

Advent is a special time for us. We are happy to have Sr. Bernadette back leading our paraliturgies for many of our lower grades. They will learn about the Advent wreath and the beautiful Nativity Story. Grades 3 to 8 will participate in Penance Services this month to prepare for the Feast of Christmas. We honor Mary in a special way by closing our school for her feast on December 8. Our Blessed Mother is the Patroness of the Diocese of Brooklyn. All Diocesan offices close for this feast. Of course, our school will attend the 8:30 parish Mass on December 21 as we prepare to close for the holiday recess.

The full school has been practicing their singing and dancing to be ready for our dress rehearsal for the Christmas Musical. We hope all of our families will be proud of us when they see the shows on December 15. Remember tickets go on sale on 11/27, 11/29, and 12/1 in the gym. Make sure to purchase your tickets unless you have been confirmed as a show volunteer. New volunteers cannot be accepted the night of the show.

Since this is the time when we are busy choosing just the right gift 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 dedicated chairpersons of our HAA. Our candy sale was a great success with many of our classes reaching their goals. Mrs. Byron did a super job tallying our totals. We are grateful for the donation of the Chromebook by Gregory Haufe.

Halloween parties offered our students a fun and safe alternative to trick or treating. Mrs. Esteves and our many volunteers receive our truest “thanks” for the hours of set up and preparation that made the parties a success. We also appreciate the cooperation of all of our participating students. Everyone had a wonderful time!
Mrs. Byrne has donated many hours on our Kidstuff fundraiser. Mrs. Rotondo faithfully kept track of our Christmas Sale orders, too. We appreciate them and all who support these fundraisers as they are critically important to meeting our budget obligations.

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 and Merry Christmas to all…our students, faculty, staff, academy board, alumni, and benefactors!

Barbara Wehnes, Principal

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