St. Matthew School

April 2022 newsletter

Easter Season

Dear St. Matthew families and supporters,

He has risen! Thanks be to God for dying for our sins and raising to give us all new life and life eternal with Him in heaven.

We are blessed with an amazing community of people. There are so many working out in the spotlight, behind the scenes, and everywhere in between. Our teachers work every day (and sometimes on the weekends and after hours) to prepare and teach our students. Our maintenance staff is out there making improvements and keeping things clean and safe. Our support staff works side by side with our teachers and administration to get jobs done and help each other. Our parents and volunteers help in so many ways tutoring students, helping in the cafeteria, setting up and planning social events, working at home with our students, and so much more. The parish staff keep things running and organized with the financial side. Our parishioners and grandparents/family are supporting us financially and through prayer. Everyone has an important role and we know our community would not be the same without each of you in it.

Thank you for being part of our community! We are so glad you are here!

Here's to our last 18 days of school. Finish strong!

Angie Palmer


Student of the Month

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8th grader Gabe Weber was selected as the May student of the month. Gabe is a great leader for our students. He models Christian behavior. Over the last school year we have especially seen him grow into an amazing young man with great life perspective. Congrats Gabe and thank you for being such a great representation of the students of St. Matthew and living the Cardinal Way.

Classroom Spotlight-1st grade

Read A Thon

During the month of April St. Matthew students amped up their reading to raise money the update our Library Learning Lab!

Our students read over 85,000 minutes and raised over $13,000! That is amazing!

Our top readers were:

Ally Martin- 3,540 minutes

Stacy Harmsen- 3,225 minutes

James Franklin- 2,580 minutes

Presley Murtaugh- 2,110 minutes

Sean Harmsen- 1,816 minutes

Our top money raisers were:

Lucy Malone

Sawyer Gahl

Olivia Haydon

Stacy Harmsen

Sean Harmsen

Top class reading (minutes per student):

4th grade- 1,155 minutes per student

5th grade- 700 minutes per student

2nd grade- 646 minutes per student

PK Songcuan- 594 minutes per student

PK White- 586 minutes per student

Top class money raised (dollars per student):

2nd grade- $124.87 per student

Kindergarten- $107.38 per student

1st grade- $102.38 per student

PK Songcuan- $82.50 per student

6th grade- $73.44 per student

Thank you to everyone who helped make this event successful!

Baby Chicks

Fifth graders got to experience the hatching of 6 chicks in their classroom incubator. It was timed perfectly with Easter as a symbol of new life and rebirth!

Stations of the Cross

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The last few weeks of Lent, our 5th, 4th, and 3rd graders led the stations while all of our K-8 graders attended.

It is a great reminder of what sacrifice is, as we follow along the last day of Jesus's life in prayer.

Teacher Appreciation Week

A Huge THANK YOU to all of our parents and our PTO for providing such a great week for our teachers.

We were spoiled by having lunchroom duties covered, amazing gifts, lots of delicious snacks, the Game of Games challenge (photos above from some of the challenges), lunches, breakfast, and the Friday Happy Hour!

What an amazing feeling to be so supported by all of you! Thanks to everyone that donated an item(s) or your time to help this week. We are so appreciative!

Check out the highlight video below for more!

Pastries with Parents

After 2 years off, the Donuts with Dad and Muffins with Mom event, merged into "Pastries with Parents"! We had a great turn out and of course enjoyed some delicious Krispy Kreme donuts provided by our PTO!

Thanks to all that attended and a big thanks to those who helped set up and clean up!

Paper Airplane Contest

Student Council hosted our 2nd annual paper airplane contest. Anyone could participate for $1. The airplane that threw the furthest split the pot. This year's finalists were: Isaac Kamau, Adriana Ayala, Patrick Chartrand, Lenny Vandenburg, Callum Mechaley, and Arnie Nash.

Overall winner was Adriana Ayala!

Helping the Ukraine

John from One Child Inc, a non profit in Omaha, came to accept a check from our students in the amount of $1,200.54. As you may recall, our students were working on almsgiving during Lent- sacrificing our time and earning money to give to others- specifically the mission of One Child Inc. in the Ukraine.

One Child Inc has been helping refugees get out of the Ukraine, as well as provide supplies for families sheltering in place. Their volunteers on the ground need gas money to make these long journeys to help people. Our donation will help them be able to continue their mission.

Not only did we present him with the check, but John also let us know that through April 30, any donations they received, Covenant Presbyterian Church would match dollar for dollar. So that means our $1200 donation was now raised to $2,400!

John was touched and so thankful for all our students' efforts to help. Please continue to keep him, their volunteers, and all the people of the Ukraine in your prayers.

St. Matthew the Evangelist Catholic School

Spreading the Gospel and Forming Disciples through our Community, Outreach, and Educational Excellence.