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    Dear students, 
    I just wanted to let you know thatyou are loved and missed. 
    I am so impressed with the hard work and great attitudes you
    have been showing these past few weeks. 
    Be assured of my daily prayers and thoughts. 
    Good morning, boys and girls!! 
    I am so happy with how well
    you are working and trying your best!
    Here are two announcements: one from the
    HSA regarding Spirit Day this Friday, May 1, 
    and the other from Mrs. Lanzalotto 
    regarding an upcoming STAR Assessment
    Thank you for your attention to these matters! 
    The HSA has asked that you post pictures
    from Spirit Day on the St.Matthias HSA Facebook
    page this Friday. See the flyer below:
    Here is the letter from Mrs. Lanzalotto:

    April 27, 2020

    Dear Parents,

    Greetings to you and your families with hope that you are well and safe.

    In accordance with our implementation of the Accelerated Reader Program at SMS, we will begin the process this week of administering the last of three yearly STAR Reading Assessments to all students in grades 1-8. This comprehensive assessment provides all the insights needed to guide literacy growth for readers at all levels of achievement. Children arrive at school with different backgrounds, different needs, and different learning styles—but they all need to become strong readers.

    STAR Assessments provide teachers with learning data. They are computer adaptive, which means they adjust to each answer your child provides. This helps teachers get the best data to help guide students to become proficient readers with a research-based, empirically supported learning progression. It identifies the continuum of reading strategies and skills needed for students to reach grade-level proficiency and achieve mastery.

    Usually, the STAR Assessment is only conducted at school, but due to these unusual circumstances, that practice is temporarily changed so that students can move forward with their reading skills and broaden the range in which they practice reading.

    All SMS students are familiar with the Assessment. Your child’s teacher will assign it some time with in the next week. Students are not expected to be able to answer all questions. PLEASE DO NOT GIVE YOUR CHILD ANSWERS OR GIVE THEM WORDS THAT THEY DON’T RECOGNIZE. If you do that, you will destroy the integrity of the assessment and skew the results. Please just tell them to do their best that they cannot fail a STAR Assessment. The best way to help your child with Star Assessments is to help them understand why they are taking the test: so their teacher knows exactly how to help them learn!

    Please also be aware that each test result will be reviewed individually. If the result is not consistent with the student’s record of accomplishment, they will be required to re-take the assessment.

    Thanks and stay tuned for the assignment from your child’s teacher.


    Mrs. Lanzalotto

    SMS Library

    Good morning, boys and girls! 
    It is my hope that you had a restful and fun Easter break. 
    I know that you are eager to learn new things everyday. 
    In Religion and Math, I am adding short videos today 
    in the Google Classroom Assignments. 
    Please let me know what you think
    by answering a few questions in 
    the assignments.
    Have a great day! I am looking forward
    to seeing your awesome work!! 
    Please take the time to watch a 
    welcome back message from
    our wonderful principal Miss Brett:
    Good afternoon!
    As we break for Holy Week and Easter break,
    I want to wish each and every one of you a very happy, holy, and healthy Easter.
    I wish blessings on you and your family and will continue to keep you in my prayers.
    Rest, relax, rejuvenate, and READ, READ, READ!
    I look forward to working with you again on Monday, April 20!
    Take care!
    Mrs. Chorazak
    Jesus Happy Easter
    A note from Mrs. Lanzalotto -
    "Please visit the SMS Library website for lots of book recommendations and literacy resources.
    AR Quizzing will be active throughout our break. AR Quizzing will remain open 24/7 to students in grades 1-8. 
    For fans of Harry Potter, check out Harry Potter At Home hub
    through the SMS website where you'll find all the latest magical treats
    to keep you occupied - including special contributions from Bloomsbury
    and Scholastic, nifty magical craft videos (teach your friends how to draw a Niffler!),
    fun articles, quizzes, puzzles and plenty more for first-time readers,
    as well as those already familiar with the wizarding world.
    We're casting a Banishing Charm on boredom!"
    Stephanie Lanzalotto
    St. Matthias School Library
    “If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book.” – J.K. Rowling
    Good morning!!
    I have been asked by your "specials" teachers to remind you to make sure
    that you complete the assignments posted from the last 3 weeks.
    Please check the Google Classrooms or teacher websites for
    Music, Art, Spanish, Gym, and Computers.

    Also, please make sure to catch up if you are missing any assignments in Math, SS, or Religion.
    As you know from reading the Wednesday Envelope and letter from Miss Brett yesterday,
    the unused "snow days" previously included in the school calendar will be used
    next Monday-Wednesday.
    So this Friday, April 3rd will serve as the last at-home
    learning experience until at-home learning resumes on Monday, April 20th.

    Please continue to READ daily (don't forget about the awesome GetEpic site) and
    take this time to recharge your batteries and enjoy the beautiful springtime weather.
    Good morning, dear students!
    I hope that you had an enjoyable weekend and were able to do something fun.
    I am sure that you are eager to jump into the 4th quarter with renewed enthusiasm and a sense of purpose.
    I am amazed at how well you have adapted to this remote learning phase of our school year.

    Here are some reminders as we continue learning remotely:

    1. Please READ all of the instructions, tips, and directions CAREFULLY in each assignment.

    2. Please click the "TURN IN" (not the "share") button when the assignment is completed.

    3. Pay attention to DUE DATES and make sure that you are checking in your "Classwork" tab daily.

    4. If you have a question about a specific assignment, it is best that you send me a
    message inthe "PRIVATE COMMENT" of the assignment.
    5. Communication is very important at this time.
    Please make sure to READ messages that I send you in the "PRIVATE COMMENTS."
    I have left reminders to students in the comments, and I don't think that they are always read.
    Thank you!

    Please remember to always do your BEST WORK. You are AWESOME!!
    Have a great week!
    Dear 5th grade parents, 
    Thank you to those who submitted the
    Epic Reading Google Form
    in the Religion Google Classrooms.
    Once you send us your email through that form,
     I will have Get Epic send an invitation by email. 
    The next step is to login with the parent email address
    and create an account. 
    To the best of my understanding,
    I was instructed that the students
    should always log into the parent side
    of the account and not the student side as seen below. 
    epic login
    Once you create an account, teachers get a message saying
    that you are "enabled" and ready to read!
    This site will soon be used in the ELA classes
    so it is vital that all students are enrolled. 
    Please let me know if you have any questions.
    Thank you for your help and cooperation.
    Wishing you all God's abundant blessings
    Mrs. Chorazak

    read to succeed  
    I hope that you all had a fun and/or relaxing weekend, 
    and that you are all ready for another week of learning. 
    Please know that I continue to hold you and your 
    families in my deepest prayers. 
    Also remember that you may contact me at my 
    email address ( or 
    through Google Classroom with any questions.
    Wishing you all a very happy and healthy week ahead. 
    May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
    Great job this week, fifth graders (and parents)!
    I have seen excellent work being done this week, and I
    applaud your diligence, flexibility, resiliency, patience, and great work ethic.
    Please continue to work daily and "Turn In"
    the assignments in Google Classroom in a timely manner. 
    Thank you.
    3/19/19 Feast of St.Joseph 
    Thank you to those who joined us in prayer.
    Continue to pray for each other and ask for the intercession of St. Joseph. 
    **Special Announcement**
    This just may now take
    AR Quizzes from home!
    Mrs. Lanzalotto has sent this information:
    "To access AR quizzes from home, go to: 
    Students enter their User ID and Password
    (NOT google login), and they will be able to take quizzes.
    If you have any questions,
    please direct them to me @"
    Please take note and make use of Miss Brett's Memo for at-home learning. 
    3/16/2020 1:00 pm
    Boys and girls,
    I am so happy that so many of you have already submitted your assignments
    for today in Google Classroom! I am checking them all throughout the day.
    Thank you for your patience and your hard work.
    Great job!!
    March 13, 2020 
    Dear 5th grade students and parents, 
    As SMS will be closed from March 16-27,
    I will be posting assignments each day on this homework website
    as well as in the Google Classrooms.
    I will have each day's assignments posted by 8:00 am. 
    There will be assignments posted in the Google Classrooms
    that will need to be "turned in"by the given due dates.
    Please feel free to email me (
    send a message in in the "Private Comments" box in Google Classroom.
    Be well and God bless you! 
    Best regards, 
    Mrs. Chorazak  
    p. s. To the students who were absent on 3/13:
    In addition to completing the assignments next week, 
    please continue to review for the chapter 8 math test that you missed. 
    You will take the test when you return to school. 
    Thank you.
    Irish Blessing   

    5th Graders:
    Please bring the following supplies to school each day:
    -black or dark blue pens
    -red pens
    -soft pencil case
    -glue stick
    -colored pencils
    - 1 jumbo sock
    -index cards (optional)
    -white out (tape only, please-no liquid)
    -8 pocket folder (an accordian style expandable folder or one with at least 6 pockets is acceptable as well)
    For Art- 8.5 x 11 or 9 x 12 spiral bound sketch pad
    For Media Center- All students are required to have ear buds or headphones for class. They should remain in school through the year. 


     Homeroom Reminders

     1) Please remember to check your supplies often.
    2) Tissues- Keep a supply of tissues and an empty baggie in your backpack. 
    3)  Bring a snack on half days.
    4) 5B Specials:
    Monday- Gym
    Tuesday- Art
    Wednesday- Music
    Thursday- Spanish
    Friday-Computers and Library