Jaguar Journal - 12/14/18
St. Matthew Elementary Jaguar Journal
December 14, 2018
St. Matthew Elementary
This week's to-do list:
Gather items for our Metro Catholic Outreach Advent collection. (see below)
Check the calendar below for special dress days next week!
Next Friday, December 21st is a 12:10 PM early dismissal.
This Week's To-Do List:
* Vote for St. Matt's in the UnityPoint "Imaging the Amazing" contest (see below)
* Send in box tops and Hy-Vee receipts
Important Upcoming Events
December 15 - Come to the Manger Advent Retreat (10 AM - 2 PM) - all are welcome
December 15 - 10:30 AM Communal Reconciliation at All Saints
December 19 - 8:35 AM Mass (Van Berkum - 1st)
December 20 - K & 1st: Polar Express Day
December 20 - 2nd: Grinch Day
December 21 - 8:30 Regis Christmas Tour
December 21 - 12:10 Early Dismissal
December 21 - Show your Christmas spirit by wearing
; any pants are ok
December 24 - January 2 - No School; Merry Christmas
January 3 - First day back from Christmas break
January 11 - End of the 1st semester
January 14 - No School
January 21 - No School; MLK Day
January 22 - Kindergarten and Junior Kindergarten Roundup at 7 PM
January 25 - Sock Hop
January 27 - Catholic Schools Week Kick-Off Mass 10:30 AM
January 27 - February 2 - Catholic Schools Week
March 2, 2019 - Mardi Gras @ Elmcrest CC
Thank you from Riesenbergs
We would like to thank profusely all the people who assisted with our family trip to Florida last week. We had a great time experiencing much of what Florida has to offer. We were able to see lots of God’s creations in beaches at Clearwater and Cocoa Beach, aquariums, Sea World, and a zoo in Brevard. The rest, relaxation and family time was priceless! Special thanks goes out to the teachers, Mrs. Conlon, and all the anonymous donors that made the trip happen and for it to be so special. Words cannot really express fully our appreciation. We really believe the best people in this world are the teachers and principal and all others associated with St. Matthew School. God Bless you all!
--Scott, Marie, and Luke Riesenberg
Thank you Ms. Carney and Mrs. Williams
Thanks to these two amazing ladies for the Christmas performances last week. Thanks also to the many volunteers and teachers for their flexibility during the last couple of weeks. What an amazing showcase of some pretty outstanding Jaguars!
Planning has begun for the 2019-2020 school year and with that is the introduction of a junior kindergarten program. A Junior Kindergarten Roundup night will be held in conjunction with Kindergarten Roundup in January. For families not currently in our 4-year-old preschool program who are interested in a junior kindergarten program, please contact St. Matthew at 319-362-3021 or email@example.com to be added to our distribution list. Registration will begin in late January.
Metro Catholic Outreach (MCO) Advent Collection
During the advent season we will be collecting food for Metro Catholic Outreach.
Students are able to bring items to mass on Wednesdays that will be collected at the entrances and brought up to the altar during offertory. We will offer up this collection during Advent. Next Wednesday 12/19 is that last day to contribute.
Metro Catholic Outreach is a collaborative project of the 11 Catholic parishes of the Cedar Rapids Metro area. This outreach provides a food pantry, call center for referrals, and emergency financial assistance to those in need in our area. We feel privileged to be able to pass your donations of food on to families in our community.
These are the items most needed by Metro Catholic Outreach:
Pasta Sauce & Tomato Products
Canned Pasta (ravioli, etc.)
Pork & Beans
Potatoes (fresh or flakes)
Baking Mixes and baking supplies
Toilet Paper & other paper products
Small/trial sized (hotel) shampoo/conditioner, soap, lotion, etc.
Small toothpaste tubes, toothbrushes, floss, etc.
Full-size personal care products (for larger families)
Laundry detergent & cleaning products (we can bag up pods to give to more families)
Little Sports Torts League Coming to St. Matthews
Little Sports Torts first ever Basketball League will be held at St. Matthew School starting in January! Children currently in Kindergarten through 1st Grade can now join in on the fun of Little Sports Torts in a league setting. This league is designed to for busy families and kids just learning to play the game. Little Sports Torts values family time and has a goal of making a child first experience a successful one! In this league we will meet once a week for 1 hour. In that hour we will practice and play a game each week. Children will work on the fundamental skills each week and also be introduced to game play.
11:00 am - Noon and Noon - 1:00 pm
January 5 - February 7
$85 (Take $5 off if registered before December 10)
Max Registration is set at 24 per hour to create 4 teams.
We will keep the number of children low on each team (6 kids per team). This is so kids still receive individual attention and get a lot of game experience.Visit
or please contact Jed Eichhorn at 608-712-6298 or e-mail
Christmas is less than two weeks away. Please plan to join your fellow St. Matthew Parish members at our upcoming "Come Away to the Manger" Advent Retreat. This Advent, we want to offer you a moment of peace and a chance for you to join with other members of our community. At our retreat, we’ll have a few witness talks, share conversation in small groups, have time for prayer and Adoration, and look mindfully at our lives, learning how to create more space for Christ as we near His birth. After this retreat, you’ll be refreshed and challenged to create more moments of stillness in your real-world life. You’ll head into Christmas with a renewed mentality on the gift of Christ’s Birth. The retreat is this Saturday, December 15th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please follow the link for more information and to sign up or just show up tomorrow. This is a very meaningful and wonderfully organized event to help you slow down and deepen your faith this Advent season.
NAWIC Block Kids Building Contest
The annual Block Kids Building Contest will be held on Saturday, January 26th at Kirkwood Community College starting at 10 a.m. The contest, where students use LEGOs to build construction-related projects, is open to students in kindergarten through 6th grade and participation is free. See the form below for information on how to register.
Block Kids Registration Flyer and Form 2019.pdf
Act Now to Save on Taxes
This year, instead of paying more in taxes, use your IRA to support our parish. If you are 70 ½ or older you can roll over up to $100,000 from your IRA to a charity, any charity, including St. Matthew School. You won’t be taxed on the transfer and it counts towards your IRA Required Minimum Distribution (RMD). Best of all its easy. It is important to first of all contact your IRA administrator or the St. Matthew school office to see how you can roll over into tax savings while helping support our spiritual mission. There is a specific process and forms that need to be used and they can help you through those simple steps. Thank you for prayerfully considering this opportunity!
Please see the attached flyer regarding the Saints baseball program. More information, including registration information is included in the link.
Saints Baseball 2019 flyer.docx
Saints Shop: Remaining Pre-Christmas Hours
Stop in to shop for some last minute Christmas presents...
Friday, December 14, 201811 am - 1 pm and 7-9 pm
Tuesday, December 18, 20181:30-3:30 pm and 6-8 pm
Friday, December 21, 201811 am - 1 pm and 7-9 pm
Dancing with the Saints!
Dancing with the Saints is back for its fourth season! Ten dancing "stars" from our Catholic school community are competing for your vote via an online donation. The couple with the highest total of vote donations between now and the Dancing with the Saints live event on January 19th will be crowned our "People's Choice" Champion! All proceeds from this event are supplementing the Xavier High School tuition assistance program and will be used to enhance XHS teacher/staff compensation. Vote today for your favorite stars at
. Thank you for your support!
Message from the Principal
This weekend is already the third week of Advent, also known as “Gaudete Sunday;” this means we have passed the half-way point and Christmas is drawing near!
; as we prepare for this weekend, we focus on the feeling of joy. We move through feeling a part of the waiting world that rejoices because our longing has prepared us to believe the reign of God is close at hand. And so we consciously ask:
Prepare our hearts
and remove the sadness
that hinders us from feeling
the joy and hope
which his presence
As you prepare your homes for the coming of the birth of Jesus, please find the following resources (to the right) as a way to talk about the joy spoken of during this weekends mass.
Essentials Team Highlight
Exercise may seem like hard work, but here are a few things to consider on how exercise can help you. Exercise improves blood flow which helps with memory, enhances learning, improves mood, and enhances thinking. Your heart is a muscle and exercise builds muscle including making your heart stronger to reduce chances of heart problems as you age. Recently, students have been asking about how the activities we do help their everyday lives so I wanted to touch on why we should always find time to get moving. Have a great holiday break! As always keep getting your sweat on!
Next Week's Birthdays
Maggie Lyon--December 20
Nolan Foss--December 22
Mrs. Miller-Smith--December 22
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on Friday, December 14, 2018 at 2:18PM