St. Matthew School

December 2021 newsletter

For unto us a child is born!

Dear St. Matthew families and supporters,

This season of advent I am feeling beyond blessed for our community and all the wonderful people that make it work. Please know that everyone's time and efforts that go into making this community great does not go unnoticed. As I look around the halls and classrooms every day, I see so much excitement, learning, and love for each other. The things we do here goes beyond academics and faith- it's about community. Below you will see all the things we did this month to show our sense of community through our academic activities, faith activities, and just-because activities. All of these make us who we are!

It is my hope for everyone to take some time this Christmas to remember the simple things, embrace in God's love, and enjoy the company of your loved ones.

You and your loved ones will all be in my prayers this holiday and always.

Merry Christmas.

Angie Palmer


Student of the Month

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Congratulations to Brigid McFall in 7th grade who is selected as our student of the month for December. Brigid is a great role model for all of our students. She puts forth her best effort with everything and treats people with kindness. Congratulations Brigid!

Classroom Spotlight- 6th grade

Jesse Tree

Each morning students learned about the family tree of Jesus through readings and ornaments from the Jesse Tree. God's promise of a savior is tracked back through history, and we all learned more about it as we heard our daily readings tell the story.

Our Lady of Guadalupe

December 12 was the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Our school honored Mary for this special occasion on Dec. 15 at our school mass. Each classroom had 2 representatives bring up flowers to be placed at the foot of the statue of Our Lady. The 8th graders led the procession and collected the flowers. Our kindergarten class sang a very special song to honor Mary, too.

We love being able to honor Mary in such a special way.

Field Trip to the Orpheum

Our 3rd-5th grade had the opportunity to experience a ballet at the Orpheum. They attended the Nutcracker performance. For many students, this was their first time going to a live theater performance.

Christmas Activities

We know that Christmas is such a great time of year. We had many ways we celebrated the last week of school: wrap a desk, spirit days, and Christmas parties. We are so grateful to be in a Catholic school where we can do these extra things and celebrate the season.


Click above to hear our monthly huddle for Liferunners! All Liferunners are welcome to join us in prayer at our huddle the first Friday of the month at 7:30 am in our school commons!

All in Christ! For Pro-Life!

First Reconciliation

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On December 17 our 2nd graders got to receive their first Reconciliation and feel the forgiving power of God. What a great gift God gives us! Thank you Father Leo and Mrs. Freeman for preparing us.

Reader's Theater

Our 2nd graders rehearsed their version of the Gingerbread man and performed it for several classes in our school.

Each student had a certain character that they got to be, and they acted out the story with so much animation. You all did a great job!

Spending our Monthly Time with Jesus in Adoration

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K-8 remembering to take some quiet time with Jesus during this busy time of year. In the silence, we hear His voice.

Christmas Concert

The sounds of the holiday filled our church on the evening of Dec. 6. All of our students performed for a full house audience in our church bringing Christmas cheer. It was the first time we've had our concert in the church.

Not only did we have singing, we had our band play and some of our classes even got to use boom whackers to add to the performance.

A big thank you to Mr. Leeka for all his efforts preparing our students for this evening of music.

Support the School

Year End Gifts

Many of you may know that the CARES Act has been extended the following tax incentives for 2021.

  • The adjusted gross income (AGI) for cash contributions was increased for individual donors. For cash contributions made in 2021, you can now elect to deduct up to 100% of your AGI (increased from 60%).
  • The AGI limit for cash contributions was also increased for corporate donors. Corporations can now deduct up to 25% of taxable income (increased from 10%)
  • The CARES act extended and additional, "above the line" deduction for charitable gifts made in cash of up to $300 for taxpayers filing single/separately, $600 if you are married filing jointly. If you are not itemizing on your 2021 taxes, you can claim this deduction.

We just wanted to mention this in case someone was needing to donate some end of year contributions for their tax purposes.

Link below can be used to pay through Pay Pal. When you pay, please add in the "notes" that it is for the "School Donation."

St. Matthew the Evangelist Catholic School

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