St. Matthew School

January 2021 Newsletter

Welcome 2021!

Slowly our students are doing things that are feeling more "normal". As COVID is still among us, and although the vaccine is on the horizon, we continue to still wear masks, distance ourselves when we can, clean our hands regularly, and disinfect our spaces consistently. These practices have allowed us to stay in school and provide the best education we can. You can't put a price tag on the importance of being together in person. We feel very fortunate that we are able to be here together as a school family. We can't wait to start having our parents and grandparents back again with us on campus, too!

Until then, we continue to pray for you all daily. May God always be with you.

Angie Palmer


Class spotlight- 6th grade

Student of the Month

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Showing her Cardinal Pride, Virginia Dibelka was chosen as the January Student of the Month. Virginia is a very responsible and respectful 3rd grader who is kind to everyone. Way to go, Virginia! You make us very proud!

Food Drive

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Thanks to all our students and parishioners who donated food items for Food Drive so far! The drive continues until February 3rd.


Prayer Partners

January 19 our Prayer Partners got to join each other at mass for the first time this school year AND the first time in our church. It was so nice to do something normal with each other!

STAR results

Three times a year our students are tested in Math and Reading to measure progress. This is just one snapshot in one particular moment in time, and should not be considered an end-all-be-all. We use information from STAR along with data from our benchmarking as well as our Lexia/Reading Plus (for reading) and Freckle/Aleks (for math) to get a more whole picture.

From the graphs below we can see that on average across the school our students are progressing. Core instruction should have a goal of 80% of our students at or above grade level.

You can see that 86% of our students are proficient in math! This is incredible news. We also notice that while our reading proficiency is not quite at 80%, we have made improvements from fall to winter, which makes us very hopeful for our spring statistics.


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All in Christ! For Pro Life!

January 6, the first Wednesday of the month, St. Matthew students sported their LifeRunner jerseys showing support and prayers for the unborn. We are proud to be Pro-Life!

Knights of Columbus Free Throw Contest

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Several St. Matthew students competed in the K of C free throw contest. The following people placed first place and will be representing St. Matthew at the District level! Way to go!

Dorian Seki, Angeth Malwal, Lane Batten, Ethan Mabbitt, Jacob Hynes, Brianna Gregg, Charlie Barnes, Ally Martin, Hunter Wynne, Eli Mabbitt, and Avery Murtaugh.

Writing Contest

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Elk's Lodge Writing Contest

Sixth through Eighth graders competed with other local students in the Elk's Lodge Essay Contest. The topic this year was, "How to demonstrate patriotism".

St. Matthew proudly captured awards in both the 7th/8th grade division and the 5th/6th division.

7th/8th division-

1st place- Eli Mabbitt

3rd place- Sean Larson

5th/6th grade division-

1st place- Charlie Barnes

2nd place- Caden Round

3rd place- Brianna Gregg

This is such a great representation for our school! Congrats to all our writers and a thank you to Mrs. Price for her help and guidance on this competition!