Principal’s Message

The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”                 John 1:29

We celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord and rejoice as the signs of new life fill our senses with wonder and awe.  April is a special month at Saint Matthias Catholic Academy.  The children will be reminded time and again that Jesus suffered, died, and rose for them.  Prayers, artwork, and song will reflect our joy.  Truly, we are an Easter People!

The New York State Testing period is upon us for grades four, six, and eight.  We begin with the ELA Assessment in April.  Parents have received an update on the testing program for this year.  SMCA will use paper-based testing.  We look forward to our students demonstrating their true potential on this year’s two day, untimed tests.  It is important that we show the success of our day to day programs through the results of the Terra Nova and NYS Assessments.  I know our students will do their very best.

Our HAA fundraising goal is within sight.  This is a credit to all families who support our many events including the Welch’s Fruit Snack Sale which replaced the Broadway Café-Pies & Cakes. Of course, reaching our budget goals is dependent on all families being faithful to their Bridge the Gap pledge for 2017/18 and your support of the monthly Boosters.

We wish to express our gratitude to Adelcy Sanchez and her Carnival Crew for providing our children with an awesome Carnival Day.  The new games and great DJ made it a fun time for all.  We love these events because they help us celebrate school spirit and give so many parents the chance to spend time with us.  Check out the photos on our school website to see our smiles!

Mrs. Herrera did it again!  She coordinated a fantastic Family Dance on March 23.  We enjoyed the entertainment and appreciate all the effort that goes into planning this event.  It’s a great way for families of our younger students to build connections and enjoy an evening together.

We are also happy to report that our new Easter Photo Day was a big success.  Families stopped by for photos, snacks, and a children’s craft.  It’s a nice way to enjoy a Sunday afternoon and take away some pleasant photo memories.  Thank you to Shawnda Gerold and Liz Colon Telechea for putting this event together.  We are happy to hear that some new families joined us because they saw us on Facebook.

The SMCA Board has begun planning for the 2018-2019 school year.  They are committed to the future of St. Matthias Catholic Academy and they rely on your cooperation to make next year a success.  We need all interested families to register for 2018-2019 as soon as possible.  Without your registration fee, we are unable to save seats and commit to keeping class sizes at their present numbers.  Class structure decisions must be made this spring in order to secure faculty by contract time.  Please let Mrs. Rios know if you are moving or transferring.  If you have not registered and wish to guarantee a seat for 2018-2019, the time to register is NOW.  We cannot guarantee open seats in the weeks to come.  We would hate to have current students lose their seats.

Remember that we will now use FACTS tuition and scholarship management program for financial aid scholarship applications and tuition payments for 2018/19.  This will streamline the two processes and hopefully, make tuition collection timelier.  We are a not-for-profit corporation.  Your timely payments are critical to our ability to pay our faculty & staff and support our facilities and programs.  Often time there is confusion about how the finances work in Catholic Schools.  Either I or our Finance Chair would be happy to answer any questions you may have.  Our academy’s success depends on tuition paying parents who support our mission through their sacrifices.  Please watch your child’s folder for more information regarding FACTS accounts.

May the peace and joy of the Risen Christ fill your homes and hearts this Easter Season!

Alleluia!  Alleluia!

Barbara Wehnes, Principal

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