2009 Summer Parent Newsletter by nph20057


									                                      ST. MATTHEW CATHOLIC SCHOOL

                                            September 2009 Parent Newsletter

Dear St. Matthew Catholic School Family:

Isn’t it easier to believe that it’s September already with this beautiful cool weather we’re having? Unfortunately, this early fall
weather might mean that we’ll also have an earlier arrival of cold and flu season. Many people are understandably very
concerned, especially about the H1N1 virus (aka swine flu). Please know that we at SMCS are working to take every
precaution to try to slow the spread of the disease at school and are working to prepare for the event that we do have some
kids get sick while they’re here. The best way for our families to do their part is to keep sick kids home, make sure they’re
getting nutritious meals, exercise, and plenty of rest, and to reinforce frequent and thorough hand washing. Please strongly
consider vaccinating your child for the seasonal flu as well as H1N1 this fall. I’ve enclosed a letter from the Kansas
Department of Health and Environment with general recommendations for helping contain not only H1N1 but other illnesses
as well. I’ve also enclosed some information on vaccinating for both seasonal flu and H1N1. We are working with the
Shawnee County Health Department to try to schedule a flu shot clinic here in October, but the plans are tentative.

Specifically at SMCS, we are in the process of establishing an isolation room where Mrs. Barnes and I will send students who
are exhibiting flu-like symptoms. We have a parishioner who is also a registered nurse who has graciously offered to supervise
this room and provide care until parents can arrive. I have assembled a group of volunteers who are in the process of securing
supplies for the room. If you are able to contribute, especially a cot or a small bed, please contact us. As is characteristic of
our St. Matthew community, many people have stepped forward to fill the gap created by the lack of a full-time nurse on staff.
We are blessed! Please pray for the health of our kids and a quick end to this disease.

In Christ,

Heather Huscher, Principal

                                                    Other items of interest:

   I will be sending out a First Friday newsletter each month in hard copy. It will also be posted on the website, and we are
    exploring other ways to disseminate information electronically rather than on paper. If you are willing to go “paperless”
    and not receive this newsletter as a hard copy, please send me an email at huscherh@topekacatholic.org .

   It’s looking as if the hot lunch program will start on Monday, September 14! Thank you so much for your flexibility and
    understanding in this matter.

   Volleyball will begin play on Saturday, September 12. Our Soccer team will begin on Sunday, September 20. As of this
    writing, the complete schedule has not been published by the Topeka Parochial League. We will post one on the school
    website and make sure all athletes get one as soon as we get it from the League.

   Speaking of the website, we are working to improve our web presence. Please utilize our website as we’re trying to cut
    down on flyers, etc., going home one or two at a time. Please feel free to email items to school and we’ll be happy to post
    them on the website. This process will be slow, but we are committed to cutting back on our consumption of paper. If
    you do not have access to the Internet and wish to continue receiving hard copies of items that go home, please contact
    the school office at 235.2188.

   If you are not currently receiving email blasts about school issues, please email your contact information to
    stmattvolunteers@yahoo.com in order to be added. Both PTO and SMCS are trying to keep records updated so we’re
    not missing anyone or have outdated email addresses.
   We are in need of a volunteer to be Volunteer Coordinator, Room Parent Coordinator and a volunteer to manage the
    Box Tops for Education and soup labels. Please contact Sandra Barnes at barness@topekacatholic.org or 235.2188.

   Parent-teacher conferences will be held October 22 ONLY. October 23 will be a half-day inservice for teachers. Please
    contact Sandra Barnes at barness@topekacatholic.org or 235.2188 to set up a conference time if you haven’t already done

   Virtus training: If you volunteer at St. Matthew School or the Religious Education program, and have not been trained
    in Virtus, please plan to do that at your earliest opportunity. Any person with substantial and/or unsupervised contact
    with students is required to undergo this training by the directive of the Archdiocese. There are many opportunities in the
    region to get this training, but the next session in Topeka is at Most Pure Heart of Mary on Saturday, September 19. The
    next Topeka session is at Mother Teresa on Saturday, October 10. To schedule, log on to http://www.archkck.org/ and
    click on the “Virtus to Protect God’s Children” icon on the right.

   The Kansas Parent Information Resource Center is hosting a Parent Leadership Conference on October 2-3 at the
    Holiday Inn in Topeka. Registration, meals and childcare are FREE. The keynote speaker is Dr. Victor Bernstein, whose
    address is titled "Appreciating, Enjoying and Celebrating our Children: The Key to Building Positive Parent-Professional
    Relationships." There will be breakout sessions on children with special needs, anger behavior management, immigration
    issues, and early childhood school readiness. Please contact SMCS at 235.2188 for more registration materials.

   PTO meetings: 10/6, 11/3, 12/1, 1/5, 2/2, 4/6 and 5/4. All meetings are in the St. Matthew Room of the Parish
    Conference Center at 7:00 p.m. All are welcome!

   Our weightlifting class could use a weight bench. If you have one that you could donate, please contact Mr. Massey, PE
    teacher, at masseyc@topekacatholic.org .

   Other items on our wish list include vacuum sweepers for all three floors so our custodian doesn’t have to lug the
    sweeper we have up and down the stairs. Please contact Mrs. Huscher at huscherh@topekacatholic.org if you have one
    that you could spare.

   St. Matthew Fall Festival is October 24. If you are willing to help with the outdoor games, please contact your child’s
    teacher. Traditionally each class gets parents or students (in the case of upper grades) at the Festival.

   Other first semester dates to keep in mind:
       o Friday, September 11 – No school due to setup for the Parish Auction.
       o Saturday, September 12 – Parish Auction.
       o Sunday, September 13 – Dedication of the Parish Hall.
       o Wednesday, September 23 (7:00 p.m.) OR Sunday, September 27 (9:15 a.m.) - First Reconciliation Parent
            Meeting in Parish Hall
       o Sunday, September 27 – Pro-life rally in Parish Hall; time TBA
       o Wednesday, September 30 – School pictures taken.
       o Monday, October 12 – No school; teacher staff development.
       o Friday, October 16 – End of first quarter.
       o Saturday, October 17 – Confirmation/Sponsor Workshop 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. in Parish Hall, followed by Mass and
            Rite of Enrollment.
       o Thursday & Friday, October 22-23 – No school.
       o Wednesday, November 11 – “Army of One” acoustic Christian-based concert 7:00 – 9:00 in Parish Hall.
       o Wednesday – Friday, November 25-27 – Thanksgiving Break.
       o Friday, December 18 – End of semester; classes dismiss at noon.
       o Jeans Days: 9/24, 10/29, 11/19, 12/17. Please keep in mind that in respect for our bodies as temples of the
            Holy Spirit, and in respect for others, modest dress is still expected.

                 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge. ~2 Peter 1:5

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