Principal’s Message

“I am the good shepherd; I know my own and my own know me…”

                                                                                      John 10:14

April showers have turned Ridgewood into a beautiful garden adorned with blooms of every shape and color.  Take a moment to enjoy the glory of God’s creation as it springs anew in our backyard!

May’s calendar is definitely reflective of the busy days that signal the final two months of our school year.  Many field trips have been planned in the coming weeks; so pray for good weather as our classes travel to seashores and museums.  Our students will have new adventures at The Science Museum of Long Island, Alley Pond, Manhattan’s Financial District, and more.  It’s exciting to hear of the lessons and activities each class enjoys on these important learning excursions.  Thank you for supporting our field trip efforts through funding and chaperoning.

Science and Math will be a focus for this month as the fourth, sixth and eighth graders face the challenges of New York State Assessments.  Each grade will spend two test sessions working on the new Math Test.  The Science Tests are administered to grade four and eight only.  They consist of two testing periods.  The first performance session includes lab experiments to evaluate skills of investigation and critical analysis.  Following directions and explaining observations are critical on this test.  Another session is devoted to a written assessment of content supported by the NYS Learning Standards.  Our students are well prepared.  I know they will competently demonstrate the skills they have mastered within our science program here at St. Matthias Catholic Academy.

You will notice that May is the month of Sacramental Celebrations, as well.  Please join me in praying for our candidates for Communion and Confirmation.  We are proud to witness these important milestones in our children’s journey of faith.

The Spring School Band Concert will take place on Wednesday, May 23rd at 7:00pm.  All school families are welcome to enjoy the fruits of our students’ hard work in this program.  Beginners’ Band, Experienced Band, and Violin will perform.  I am very proud of their efforts and progress!

In addition, please make note of these critical dates in June.   Our Class of 2018 will graduate on Friday, June 15th.  Everyone is invited to join us at the Graduation Mass in the morning and the formal Graduation Ceremony scheduled for the evening.  Closing ceremonies for the pre-k and kindergarten are scheduled for June19th.  School is set to close for classes on June 25th.

We must remember to thank Mrs. Diana Reyna (Hernandez) for her efforts as chairperson of this year’s Family Bingo.  As always, the generous donation of time and talent from our parent and student volunteers brings wonderful opportunities for us to enjoy school spirit and celebrate our school family.  A “big” thank you, too, goes out to all who donated items for our raffles.  Ladies, plan to attend our second annual Paint Night on May 18th.  It’s sure to be a wonderful evening.

Our 200 Club reverse raffle has returned after almost ten years!  Remember only 200 tickets are sold and the last number called is the big winner of $5,000!  Secure your number today or get a group of friends and family to share some tickets.  You have many chances of winning smaller amounts, as well.  Our numbers are selling quickly so get your order in as soon as possible.  See you at the Luau on June 1!

It seems so unbelievable that we are again facing the final weeks of our school year.  As we look back over the past months, let us rejoice at the growth we have witnessed in our children.  It is with pride that I commend our academy families on their support and encouragement of our students.  Our children have grown in faith and knowledge…we are truly blessed!


Barbara Wehnes, Principal

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