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 2019 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 Catholic Academy.
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 how to be disciples, true friends of Jesus. We’ve become urban farmers, wrote stories and letters, computed and balanced equations and studied ancient civilizations!

Our newest project, our Hydroponic Lab, has made a great impact on our science curriculum at all grade levels. We’ve experienced the plant growing cycle from seed to fruit production. We have created a “Green Team” who manage our lab on a daily basis. They have mastered the tasks of water testing, nutrient level control, pruning, and system maintenance. Our classes have planted, observed growth patterns, learned about pollination, harvested, and enjoyed the “fruits of this labor”. We look forward to sharing this experience with you during Catholic Schools Week.

During this month our faculty will spend their professional development day studying the data gained through New York State, Terra Nova, and local testing. This day will be filled with opportunities for our teachers to work together to develop concrete goals for student growth. We are happy to report that our students did very well in ELA surpassing the NYC and State scores. We have also made strides in Mathematics. Our Terra Nova scores clearly indicate that students who remain in our program demonstrate steady growth over time. It’s exciting to see data that proves that our curriculum is strong and our teaching is effective.

Many of our regular extra curricular activities will continue in the weeks and months ahead. These include our school Children’s Choir, Media 8, PDHP Rap Groups, Cinema Club, Sports Clubs, and Piano Lessons. We will also hold a junior high math bee on January 22. Our annual Winter Concert is coming up on January 30. All are welcome to attend.

January ends with the celebration of Catholic Schools’ Week 2019. We have planned a week of special events including our opening liturgy followed by an academic open house, student appreciation day, special person’s day, and teacher appreciation day. A detailed schedule of events will be sent through each student’s folder and will be posted on Facebook and our website. We look forward to your family’s participation! Open registration for 2019-2020 will begin during this week, as well.

I can’t close this letter without, again, acknowledging the amazing work of our school volunteers. Our lunch duty supervisors, pizza parents, and library moms 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. It was wonderful to see school parents from years ago partnering with current parents on this labor of love for our children.

Wishing all a happy and healthy New Year!

Barbara Wehnes, Principal

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