The Academy of Saint Matthias


Issue #21 2016

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, February 10 -- Ash Wednesday

Monday, February 15 -- President’s Day - no school

Tuesday, February 16 -- T-Shirt Tuesday

Wednesday, February 17th -- 1 hour delayed opening

Friday, February 19th -- Middle School to Toby’s

Sunday, February 21st -- Skate Zone Day -- 1-6pm

Catholic Schools Week

Catholic Schools Week was a wonderful celebration of our learning and growing together. Thank you to the parents and friends who attended the 2nd Academic Expo. From Chinese New Year to Science Fair, we truly were able to see great learning on display. Our Mass showcased our faith and students from many grades were active in leadership roles. Our penny wars brought in over $800 as a fundraiser for our school, and the winning classes of 4th grade and PreK are planning a super hero dress down day. Thank you, on behalf of all the teachers, for your generous gifts to celebrate teacher appreciation.

Service In Action

First and sixth grade came together as buddies to create sandwiches for SOME (So Others Might Eat). This is just another great example of service in action at Saint Matthias!

Mardi Gras Parade

If your child hasn't come home sharing information about the celebration of Mardi Gras, they've been holding out on you! Yesterday, PreK and Kindergarten threw beads and coins and 4th grade played their recorders to the "parade audience" from all grades. This celebration was the end of the most recent music unit on Mardi Gras.

Finding God Family Handout for Lent

Today marks the start of Lent. As we journey together, please consider reading the following newsletter about this important liturgical season.

Valentine's Weekend Parents Night Out

Friday, February 12, childcare will be provided in Friendship Hall from 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm at a cost of $30 per child ($25 per child for families with three or more children attending). You must pre-register and submit your payment no later than 3:00 pm on Thursday, February 11. Also, VIRTUS trained parent volunteers are needed to make this a success. See the attached sign-up sheet and submit your payment by cash or check to Mrs. Blackburn by 3:00 pm on Thursday, February 11. Make checks payable to the Academy of St. Matthias the Apostle.

Sweet Treats Dinner Dance

The HSA Board cordially invites you to a Sweet Treats Dinner Dance on February 27. The price of the ticket will include a pasta dinner, bread, salad and a drink. A flower and small box of candy will also be included. Click on the link below to signup to help out. See

attached flyer.

Family Dinner Night

Join us this month for family dinner night at Potbelly's on Wednesday, February 24 from 4:30 - 7:30 pm. No coupon needed or mention of St. Matthias. Just show up and order. The school will receive 25% of all sales in those 3 hours.

Potbelly's at Bowie Town Center

3900 Town Center Blvd.

Bowie, MD 20716

Girl Scouting at Saint Matthias

If you have girls interested in scouting. Contact:

Troop leaders:

Michelle Hayling -

Kimberly Smith -

Troops will typically meet the 1st & 3rd Friday of the month

Daisy (K-1st) 6:30 - 7:45 pm

Cadettes (6th) 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Laura Kalshoven's troop of Cadette's meet directly after school at 3pm on Friday.

Family Science Days

Explore interactive science exhibits, learn about cool science jobs, and have your questions answered by scientists! Family Science Days is FREE and open to all, and feature hands-on demos, shows, talks by scientists, and other activities appropriate for K–12 children and their families. This free community science showcase is brought to you by AAAS. The event also features a broad range of educators and scientists engaging the public in current science topics. See more at:

Great Kindness Challenge

Due to the snow week, we missed participating in the Great Kindness Challenge during last week. We started Monday tracking good deeds, reflecting on quotes about kindness, and sharing in song. Here's the theme song to the Great Kindness Challenge: We are ending our days with this song, led by members of our school choir!

For more information on the Great Kindness Challenge, go to

Golden Apple Nomination

Please nominate a teacher for the Archdiocese of Washington Golden Apple. Applications are due by Feb 10, 2016.

ACE Marathon

Over 40 teachers and supporters from across the US will be coming to DC in March to run the Rock and Roll Marathon in support of Saint Matthias. This awesome opportunity is thanks to 4th grade teacher, Ms. Surat, who is a part of the Alliance for Catholic Education program. To learn more about ACE go to and to check out our fundraising (or to donate!) go to Runners are welcome to join us in running the 5K, half and full marathon! Contact Ms. Surat if you need more information

Raffle Winners

February 8

Cindy Vincent Grant (Winner)

Krista Scanlan (Seller)