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					                                     ST. MATTHEW CATHOLIC SCHOOL

                                           Family Newsletter – May 3, 2010
                                        Feast of Sts. Philip and James the Lesser

Dear St. Matthew Catholic School Family:

It is difficult to believe that I just typed ―May‖ as the date! This month will fly by even faster than the months
preceding it with Field Days today and tomorrow, Preschool – 5 music program on the 6th, family carnival on the
14th, eighth grade graduation on the 21st , Student Council elections, and all the other end-of-year activities!

I recently attended a seminar on our math program, Everyday Math, with Mrs. Beier, and the main speaker spoke to
us about the ―5 G’s of Change.‖ They are: Griping, Groping, Grouping, Grasping, and Growing. I think it’s safe
to say that as a school family we have all been through most of these levels at one time or another this year, and that
we will continue to cycle through these stages as we continue. However, I want to thank you for trusting me to try
some new things this year. Some worked great, some failed miserably, and most were somewhere in between, but I
believe that our families trust our staff to always do what is best for your kids in drawing them closer to Jesus and
helping them develop their God-given abilities. Looking back over the year, here are some of the accomplishments
of our school and students of which I am most proud:

   SMCS students competed honorably in many activities and individual students were recognized in music,
    athletics, the Vocations Essays sponsored by Serra Club, and many other areas. Ten of our students received
    First Reconciliation and staff watched proudly as we watched them receive First Communion and our eighth
    graders receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.

   In terms of academic progress, we have begun aligning the curriculum to archdiocesan standards, which are
    aligned with state standards. As a result, our scores on the state assessments went up 17% in math and 18% in
    reading this year! We have implemented a program called Extended Opportunities (EO) for students grades 6-8
    who did not perform well on state assessments last year. We have added drumline and Student Council
    electives for students in grades 6-8. We have put MTSS (Multi-tiered Systems of Support) in place for grades K-
    2 in reading. A similar program will be implemented in grades 3-8 beginning this fall.

   We were awarded a grant of 40 gallons of paint from the True Value Hardware Foundation’s ―Painting a
    Brighter Future‖ program to spruce up our building this summer.

We are blessed! Thank you so much for your prayers and support. Look for a parent newsletter over the summer.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Heather Huscher, Principal
St. Matthew Catholic School

            And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children. ~Isaiah 54:13
   Clayton Moison, 1st grade, is the 1st Grade National Champion in the Brute/Adidas Wrestling Tournament
    held recently. Clayton, who wrestles in the 55 lbs division, also won the overall ―Outstanding Wrestler Award‖
    for the 1st grade division. Your school is proud of you, Clayton!

       Michelle Voegeli, 8th grade, is this year’s winner of the Mandy Gardner Memorial Scholarship! She will
        receive $1000 toward her fees at Hayden.

       Congrats and thanks to Jeremy Mauro (3rd grade, 3rd place), Alayna Hewitt (7th grade, 2nd place), and
        Griffon (4th) and Gannon (1st) Walker (1st place), who were the big winners of the enchilada sales contest!
        They were recognized and given their neat prizes at an all-school assembly on April 29.

                              Early Learning Center News
       St. Matthew ELC is currently searching for a new director. The hope is that the new person will be in
        place by June 1. If you know someone who is licensed (or has the credentials to become licensed) to be a
        preschool director, please have him or her send a resume and cover letter to Mrs. Huscher at 1000 SE 28th,
        Topeka, KS 66605.

       Summer camp is still on for our school-aged kids! There are still some spots left.

     Do you hold a CDL? St. Matthew ELC is looking for more drivers for the summer camp events.
    Contact Mrs. Huscher if you’re available and hold a CDL.

                                Spotlight on Stewardship

   Enchilada Project is a SUCCESS: You might be interested to know that it took 325 volunteers a total of
    1,066.25 hours to complete the project. The 325 volunteers equates to 182 individuals that worked multiple
    shifts. Of the 1,066.25 hours, 806.16 were contributed by SMCS parents, students, staff & grandparents.
    WOW!!!! This does not include time not accounted for administrative work, coordinating supplies,
    coordinating volunteers, coordinating order pick-up after completion of the project and coordinating receipt of
    the order forms and reconciling monies. All of those extra hours were contributed by SMCS parents and staff
    as well. A special thanks to Debbie Escobar (mom of Bobby, 8th grade) for coordinating the project!

   If you kept track of your volunteer hours on the calendar distributed in past newsletters, please send them back
    to school with your child at your earliest convenience. Please see the opportunities available for stewardship
    hours on May’s calendar (enclosed). You may also respond to the emails that go out to everyone. This is
    simply another method by which you can report your hours; please choose the method that is easiest for your
    family: by returning the volunteer calendars, the form that was handed out at enrollment, or by responding to
    the email when it is sent.

   Please look for bills coming home to families who were not able to complete the 15 hours for the Family
    Volunteer Scholarship.

                                                PTO News
The family is the great catechism God has given the world. The work of our lifetime is
     to learn how to read it and then study it prayerfully. — from Love in the Little Things
   Shirt/hoodie orders: PTO will take orders for clothing with the new logo throughout the year. An order
    form is enclosed and may be returned to the school. Questions should be directed to Regina Cortez at

   PTO is looking for a new shirt coordinator. If you’re interested, please contact Regina Cortez at

                                 Public Library SummerFest
Your support in Summerfest is appreciated. TSCPL’s goal is help kids maintain their reading skills throughout the
summer by providing rewards for their efforts. This year kids will be able to earn prizes for every 2 hours they
spend reading-- up to 16 hours. That ends up being 2 hours a week for an eight week stretch. We have fabulous
incentives: a book for registering and getting started (purchased by the Friends of TSCPL) and our two hours
prizes that include generous donations by: McDondalds, Ci Ci’s Pizza, Coldstone Creamery, Giovanni’s Pizza,
Chick-fil-a, Applebees, Aunt Annie’s Pretzels, Gage Bowl, Straight Water, Carlos O’Kelly’s, and Hazel Hill
Chocolates. We also have loads of engaging activities (many of which have been funded through the Friends of
TSCPL and donors to the TSCPL Foundation) for kids and families that support literacy and encourage the
exploration of the resources available throughout TSCPL and the community. With your additional support we
know we can reach more kids. With more kids participating, we make our community stronger by helping kids
retain what they have learned during the summer months.

We also have friendly competition going on within each local school district. A trophy is awarded to the school
with the highest percentage of readers who complete the program at the beginning of the school year. The winner
in your district last year was Heritage Christian. We also place the name of the school that has the highest
percentage of readers for all the districts on a plaque on display in our Youth Services area. Last year’s winner was
the privates/parochial group—Heritage Christian. You can see a picture of their media specialist and the trophy
they received in the Connectnow that is attached.

We are making registration easier! Everyone, adults and kids alike can register online this year at
http://summerfest.tscpl.org! Subscribe to updates! It should be possible to register your students before
school lets out!

                                          Lunchroom News

   As a convenience to our school families, hot lunch program will continue to run through Wednesday, May 26.
    No hot lunch will be served the last half-day of classes (May 27). Please make sure that your account balances
    are paid prior to that time. You can check your account balance online at www.saintmatthews.org/school then
    click on Educonnect on the right-hand side. You will see the familiar log-in screen.

                                       Wrapping up the year
   Please make sure your student has turned in library books to Mrs. Otting and/or athletic uniforms to Mr.
   To help make registration go smoothly in August, please check to make sure the following items are completed:
    1) fees for 2009-2010 school year must be paid in full before registration can be completed in August; 2)
    completed time and talent forms must be on file with the parish office; 3) completed treasure pledge cards must
    be on file with the office; 4) families with incoming kindergartners must have parent baptismal certificate(s) on
    file with the school office.

                                       Other items of interest
   Congratulations to the 8th graders for their successful play, ―The Taming of LaRue.‖ They did a great job and
    the play was thoroughly enjoyed by our school community. Thanks to Mrs. Hixon for all her hard work!

   SMCS 2009-10 Memory Books are still available for purchase. Please contact Mrs. Barnes in the office at
    235.2188 to reserve yours! Books will be handed out at school in approximately two weeks.

   Worland’s School Daze, Etc. invites you to our “Customer Appreciation Sale,” two days only, Thursday,
    May 6, 12:00-6:30, and Saturday, May 8, 10:00-3:00. After 15 years of supplying your school uniforms, and fifty
    years in business, Worland’s wants to offer you unprecedented savings on all in stock school uniforms. That’s
    right, the lowest prices in 15 years for two days only. We thank you for your business and hope to see you
    on May 6 and May 8.

   St. Matthew Catholic School will celebrate May Crowing on May 7 at the beginning of Mass. We encourage
    any student who would like to bring flowers to adorn Mary to bring them that morning. The classes will fill a
    bouquet to be part of the procession at Mass.

   Friday, May 14, SMCS Student Council will host a school carnival from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. The evening will
    start with a tailgate gathering in the rectory parking lot. Games and activities will be offered for all ages in the
    school parking lot. You may purchase tickets, ranging from $2.50 to $10.00, the night of the carnival. Most
    games will cost $.25 to play with the exception of the dunk tank and sponge throw.

   Totus Tuus is coming to SM June 6-11, 2010. This is a Catholic youth program led by trained college students
    who come to our parish to lead students going into grades 1-6 during the day (Monday – Friday) 9:00 a.m.– 3:00
    p.m. and going into grades 7-12 in the evenings (Sunday – Thursday) from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Watch for more
    information in upcoming parish bulletins.

   Joining our staff next year in fourth grade is Jessica Schmitt. Mrs. Schmitt is a Topeka native who has taught
    at Mater Dei and most recently at Santa Clara Academy in Dallas, Texas. We will welcome her formally at the
    beginning of the 2010-11 school year. Other staffing changes for next school year include Miss Wilkerson’s
    moving to third grade and Mrs. Beier teaching sixth grade math and religion.

   Virtus training: We have had a tremendous response from the SMCS community in getting Virtus
    training! At last count, we have 63 parents trained! THANK YOU! If you volunteer at St. Matthew
    Catholic School or the Religious Education program, or are on any of the parish councils/boards, 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.
    This includes field trip drivers. The next training session scheduled in Lawrence on Tuesday, May 11 at
    6:00 p.m. To schedule, log on to http://www.archkck.org/ and click on the ―Virtus to Protect God’s
    Children‖ icon on the right.

   Upcoming dates to keep in mind:

       o Thursday, May 6 – Preschool – 5 Music Program, 7:00 p.m. in Parish Hall.
       o Friday, May 7 – May Crowning and final Sacred Heart devotion, followed by a reception for fifth
         graders in Parish Hall.
       o Wednesday, May 12 – Hayden High School Drumline here to perform, 1:00 p.m.
       o Wednesday, May 12 – 7th v. 8th grade basketball game in honor of their achievements on the state
         assessments, 2:00 p.m. in Trompeter Gym.
       o Wednesday, May 12 – Hayden Baccalaureate Mass at SM. If you are able to provide cookies for the
         reception afterward, please call Maureen Leiker at 232.5012.
       o Friday, May 14 – 8th grade trip to Worlds of Fun
       o Friday, May 14 – SMCS Family Carnival, 6:00 – 8:00, playground parking lot (directly north of SMCS)
       o Tuesday, May 18 – All Catholic Schools Band Concert, 6:30 p.m (THIS IS A DIFFERENT TIME
         THAN LAST MONTH’S NEWSLETTER). Location TBA. A letter went home from Mr. Cruz last
         week to band students.
       o Wednesday, May 19 – Kindergarten program, 9:30 – 11:00, Parish Hall.
       o Thursday, May 20 – Faculty vs. 8th graders volleyball game, 2:00 p.m. in Trompeter Gym.
       o Friday, May 21 - 8th grade graduation Mass and reception, 7:00 p.m.
       o Thursday, May 27 - Students release at noon
       o June 6 – 12 – Totus Tuus at SMCS
       o Thursday, August 12 – Enrollment for 2010-11 school year.
       o Wednesday, August 18 – First (half) day of 2010-11 school year.
       o Tuesday, August 24 – Open House

       o Jeans Day: 5/20. This month’s Jeans Day donations will go to the Marian Clinic. Last month we were
         able to donate $64.56 to the Ronald McDonald House. Thank you for your generosity!


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