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6/13 -Letter to Parents

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Grace and peace, dear parents,

We have come to our last Wednesday envelope of the 2017-2018 school year.  During the summer months I will continue to correspond with you by way of the website.  So, please check in every now and then to see “what’s up”.

On the last day of school, Friday, June 15, report cards will be distributed to students.  Please be sure to check your child’s backpack for their report card.

As we watch our Pre-K students Fly-Up to Kindergarten and our Kindergarten students Move-Up to First grade we stand proudly as witnesses of their growth intellectually, spiritually and socially.  The early learning grades at St. Matthias School provide a beautiful environment for our youngest members to thrive.  We have openings in both our Pre-K four year old program as well as in our Kindergarten Program.  Please encourage your friends, relatives and neighbors to visit the school and enroll their children in a program that provides a healthy environment where students receive an outstanding foundation for their continued journey at St. Matthias School. 

We are also opening a Pre-K three-year-old program at St. Matthias for the 2018-2019 school year.  The curriculum is designed to foster a sense of belonging to a group where the young student can establish positive relationships and friendships with people of all ages.  The program will be full day for either, three days a week or five days a week.  This is an excellent start for a young learner.  Call today for an appointment to visit. 

Within our Wednesday communication today, you will find a Summer Reading List.  Please refer to this list throughout the summer.  I ask that parents of students in grades Pre-K through Second grade to carve out some time each day to read to your child.  Repeating the same book over and over again has true value in developing fluency in your child’s reading habits.  For those of you who have students who are already reading chapter books, I encourage you to read the same book and find time to engage in conversation about the book.  This will have lasting impact on your child as a lifetime reader.  Students in grades 3-8 should be reading at a rate where they complete at least 2 books a week.  These summer months allow us to build stamina in our children as readers.

Once again, this summer, the Courier News is sponsoring a Reading Challenge.  They are urging children to challenge themselves to read every day.  And, it doesn’t matter how long they read, or what they read, as long as program participants challenge themselves to read more.  To make this year’s Summer Reading Challenge even more exciting, the program’s partners are offering even more reasons to read.  Participants who read 25 days can win a Somerset Patriots prize pack (four baseball game tickets).  Participants who read 62 days can win a $5 Barnes & Noble gift card provided by MyCentralJersey.com.  (All prizes are available while supplies last.)  To join, readers just have to go to SCLSNJ.org/SummerReading

A huge thank you to Jill Szabo, our Music teacher, for fostering not only musical talent among our students but also a spirit of giving and sharing.  Jill took several Eighth grade students to Parker at McCarrick and Spring Hills for a performance.  The residents were amazed and so thrilled to have the students perform.  Some of the residents were humming along enjoying the visit by Jill and our students.

Congratulations to our students who exemplified the virtue of honesty for May and were awarded a certificate.  Congratulations to Kyle D, Xavier G, Temitope O, Logan M, Alyanna B, Gabriella S, Brandon B, Katharine B, Madelyn W, Cole R, Joseph K, Tamoghna B, Michelle S, Johnathon B, Jack G, Molly S, Alyssa O, Cloe H, Juliette B, Chiamaka N, Jeffrey S, Isabella H, Rex B, Samuel K, Daniel S, Katie S, Eliana H, Madison S, Alexandra H, Marissa M, Manuel H, Belle H, Richard W, Alexandra K, Jennifer R and Vincent A.  Thanks to Lauren Mortenson, our school counselor, for her focus on the virtue of honesty in each of our classrooms.

We are so proud of Lauren Mortenson and her selfless giving in her recent kidney donation.  Many of the students were able to watch Ms. Mortenson as she appeared on the Megyn Kelly Show on Monday.   Lauren is an inspiration to each of us and it was great to see her featured on the show.

The Home News Tribune printed the Central Jersey’s Academic All-Stars of 2018 in Sunday’s paper.  Simon Llaguno, SMS Class of 2014, was named as one of the TOP TEN Academic All-Stars.  Simon recently graduated Bishop George Ahr High School.  He is an Altar Server at Saint Matthias Church and a member of the Franklin Township Youth Council.  Simon received a full-tuition scholarship to attend the honors program at Temple University.  Congratulations to one of our former students, you make us proud.

Just a reminder of some upcoming events and starting dates for this coming summer.

On Wednesday, August 22nd at 9AM interested students in grades 4 and 5 are invited to attend a brunch with me to discuss their reading of The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo.  The session will last from 9-11:00 AM.   On Wednesday, August 22nd at noon interested students in grades 6, 7 and 8 are invited to attend a luncheon with me to discuss their reading of Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool.  The session will last from noon-2:00 PM.  I ask that you respond by email by Monday, August 20th so that I can best prepare both the brunch and the lunch.  Please respond by email to ebrett@stmatthiasnj.org

Let’s take a look at important dates at the beginning of the school year.  There will be a social celebrated on Wednesday, August 29 from 4-6 PM.  Students will have an opportunity to visit their teacher and their classroom.  There will be snow cones for each student attending the social.  It was such fun last summer, don’t miss the chance to meet up with your friends and have a chance to visit your class.

The start of the school year looks like this:

 

  • Tuesday, 8/28

- 2-3PM Getting to Know You Gathering for Pre-K and K students and parents

 

  • Wednesday, 8/29

- 4-6PM School Social – Meet your teacher, see your friends and enjoy a snow cone

 

  • Monday 9/3

- Labor Day

- School closed

 

  • Tuesday 9/4

- First Day of School

- Kindergarten and gr. 6-8

- 12:30 Dismissal

 

  • Wednesday 9/5

- First Day of School

- Pre-K and gr. 1-5

- 12:30 Dismissal

 

  • Thursday 9/6

- First Full Day of School

- 2:30 Dismissal

 

  • Friday 9/7

- HSA Welcome Coffee

- 9AM Opening Mass

- 2:30-4PM Middle School Social

 

  • Monday 9/10

- ASP/BSP Begins

- 6:30-8:00PM Back to School Night

 

  • Friday 9/14

- 11:30 New Student Luncheon

 

Have a wonderful summer and as always, thank you ever so much for partnering with us to provide best practices for our students.

 

Eileen Brett

Principal

Saint Matthias School