The Academy of Saint Matthias


Issue #15 2015

Upcoming Events

Friday, December 18 -- Breakfast with Santa

Half day -- Dismissal at 12 noon

Monday, January 4 -- Back to School

Concession Stand Help Needed

Earn Service Hours!

We are in need of help staffing concession stands for The University of Maryland basketball games. Please sign up to help! This is a NO-VIRTUS CLEARANCE opportunity. Remember you need 24 hours to complete your volunteer hour commitment. Anyone 14+ may volunteer.

Christmas Break

Christmas Break begins Monday, December 21. We will return to school on Monday, January 4. Happy Holidays to all.

Christmas Concert

The Christmas Concert was a great success! Thank you for all the participation and excitement from the families. Special thanks to Mr. Martens, Mrs. Hawkins, and Mrs. Gillis for their instruction and leadership!

Parents' Night Out

Need a date night or last minute shopping, drop the kids off at Saint Matthias on Friday, December 18, childcare will be provided in Friendship Hall from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Only children that are completely potty trained will be allowed to participate. VIRTUS trained parent volunteers will be providing childcare and all proceeds will benefit St. Matthias' fundraising efforts. Dinner will NOT be provided. You must pre-register and submit your payment no later than 3:00 pm on Thursday. All children must be picked up by 10:00 pm. After 10:00 pm a $1 per minute per child late fee will be billed to the family. For more information please contact the front office.

Re-Enrollment Opens

Early re-enrollment opens this week and runs from now to the end of January at the rate of $125/student. From February 1st to April 3rd (the last day of spring break), on-time re-enrollment is $150/student. Late re-enrollment starts April 4th at the rate of $200/student. You will get an email directly from TADS to complete the re-enrollment process.

Math Number Talks

Starting this fall, students at Saint Matthias in PreK-5th grade are working on computation skills. We know students can memorize facts, but a strong understanding of numbers and how they are related is important for higher level math work. Under the guidance of Gail Donoghue, the Director of the Academy of Catholic Educators at Notre Dame of Maryland, all our teachers are participating in small-group professional development this year.

Want to see an example of a number talk? Check this out:

Last Call for Gingerbread Raffle

The Gingerbread Raffle will end at noon tomorrow. The amazing house was hand-made by Catherine Tolnay, director of faith formation at Saint Matthias. Tickets are $0.25 each or 5 for $1 and will be on sale at recesses and during library times before noon tomorrow. This raffle is a fundraiser for our library programs.

Raffle Tickets

Raffle tickets are still available for sale- this is a huge fundraiser for our school. If you'd like to purchase more, please contact Mrs. Richards. Drawings begin in January.

Teacher's Wish List

In lieu of gifts this holiday season, classroom teachers are asking you to consider picking an item from our Amazon Wishlist to donate! Go to:

Essay and Drawing Contest Sponsored by the Sodality Union

The Committee of Junior Sodality of the Sodality Union is delighted to again this year present an Essay and Drawing Contest.

Participants are asked to answer the following question:

What can I offer in sacrifice to help the Poor and help save the Earth?

The question relates to the pledge many have taken to "Walk with Pope Francis" in service to our community.

Guidelines are posted on the website:

Essays and drawings are due by December 20, 2015.

Contest winners will be recognized on February 6, 2016 at the Sodality Union General Meeting at St. Benedict the Moor Catholic Church.