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Weekly Mailer March 5th

Weekly Mailer March 5th In this week s mailer: Principal Notes Padre Serra Basketball Flyer Ala Carte Options Flyer Faith Formation News Flyer Beer, Bulldogs & Books Flyer Easter Egg Hunt Flyer St. Matthias
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Weekly Mailer March 5th In this week s mailer: Principal Notes Padre Serra Basketball Flyer Ala Carte Options Flyer Faith Formation News Flyer Beer, Bulldogs & Books Flyer Easter Egg Hunt Flyer St. Matthias Alumni Flyer Crusader Football Flyer St. Gerard Scholarship Flyer 2015 Spring Sports Registration Flyer Thomas More High School Camp Registration Flyer **Pages are double sided please check both sides of the paper** Principal Notes We are now 2 weeks into our Lenten season. One area we are focusing on during Lent is our sister parish in Mexico. St. Matthias Parish is collecting funds during Lent to benefit them. The school has decided to pray for the members of the parish. We are doing this by learning a prayer in Spanish. We will be videotaping grades saying the prayer to share with them as well. We have chosen a passage from Numbers for the students to learn and pray. They are learning this in Spanish. Numbers The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace. We have a few events planned for the students as we move through Lent. Each Wednesday we ask the students to come in and out of Church silently so that they can reflect on what Jesus endured for us. We have also scheduled Reconciliation on Tuesday, 10 th, for all 2 nd -8 th graders. We will have our Living Stations in the school gym on Wednesday, March 18 th. We will also have Stations of the Cross on Monday, March 30 th, which is the Monday of Holy Week at 2:00 PM in the Church. Mrs. Susan Booth The Padre Serra Tournament Our 8 th grade boys have advanced to the second round of the tournament. Please see the flyer in the mailer this week, and I hope you are able to come and cheer them on Sunday at 2:15 PM. Hot lunch/ala carte Our hot lunch program is doing well. We continue to average about 100 students a day. We have attached an updated ala carte list with prices. We did change the Friday hot option during the season of Lent. IOWA Assessment St. Matthias Parish School will be participating in the IOWA Assessment for grades 1-7 from April Please try to schedule appointments outside of these days. Also, it is important for students to get a good night s sleep and to eat a nutritious breakfast. Milwaukee Parental Choice Program We have concluded our first open enrollment period for Choice. Letters of acceptance into the school through this program are going out this week. We have filled about half of our slots. We are now in our second open enrollment period. If you are planning to apply to the program, please do so now. You do not have to have your taxes complete. You can apply with your W-2 paperwork. The open enrollment period for March ends on Friday, March 20 th. I encourage you to apply now. Do not wait. If you have any questions about the program or about applying, please contact Mr. Jonathan Richter or Mrs. Susan Booth at the school office. Strategic Planning St. Matthias Parish School is starting our strategic planning for the next 3-5 years. This process will include planning for our Catholic Identity, governance, finances, curriculum and technology. This is a very long process as we will be collecting feedback from you, students, staff, and parishioners throughout the process. The first area we will be collecting data on are school demographics and for Catholic Identity. It is very important for everyone to participate and take the time to complete these short surveys. They are less than 12 multiple choice questions each. The information we gather will help guide us in our discussions and planning. Please follow the link below to help us plan the future of St. Matthias Parish School. Parking Lot We have a lot of cars driving in and out of the parking lot during AM drop off and PM pick up. I realize we have a few drivers who have not been following the rules. I have tried to address issues with drivers as I see it or with a phone call later during the day. I am looking for parents who would be willing to help in the parking lot during these times to remind people of the correct procedures. If you would be available to help out, please contact Mrs. Booth at (414) or at Inclement Weather St. Matthias Parish School will follow the decision of the Superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools in closing the school for inclement weather. Please listen to the local radio/television stations. Please do not call the school, parish center, or staff members at home. GIRLS Out of Uniform Day All girls K4-8th Grade will have a special out of uniform day on Friday, March 27th. This was a prize chosen during the CSW Game Show Yearbook Yearbook order forms went home with your child last week. Order forms are due back to the school office by March 19, Yearbooks are $11 each. Please submit your money, cash or check with the order form. Checks must be made out to LIFETOUCH. Yearbooks may also be order online at with the Yearbook ID Code: If your child did not receive an order form or misplaced it, please have them stop by the office to pick up a new one. Thank you! 8 th Grade Graduation Pictures Graduation pictures for the 8 th Grade are scheduled for Thursday, March 12 th. This is a dress up day for the 8 th grade only. Important MEC Information MEC will be closed from Monday, April 6th Friday, April 10th for Easter Break. MEC will be open Thursday, April 2nd from 7:00 am 6:00 pm & Friday, April 3rd from 7:00 am 4:00 pm. Music Man Scenery Wish List The spring program scenery crew will begin creating the musical sets in the next few weeks. We are looking for painting supplies to use on our scenery panels. Please consider donating leftover paint from your household projects. We do not have a set color pallet so any color is welcome. We are in search of primer or light colors that can be used as primer, but any color is welcome. If your paint has sat in storage for a while, please check that your paint has not dried out. We would also appreciate paint brushes, rollers, paint trays and large drop cloths to protect the floor. Thank you in advance for your generosity. Donations can be dropped off outside the art room. If you have any questions or would like to get involved in the creative process, please send me an Thank You! Basket Raffle Donations Needed It is time again to begin the collection for the festival basket raffle. Last year the basket raffle raised $3, for the Home and School Association to support all the good work the H&S does for our children. We collect money from school families and pool all the funds to purchase goods to fill theme baskets which are then raffled off at the Parish Festival in August. Please consider donating to this worthy cause. If you are writing a check, please make checks payable to St. Matthias Home and School Association. We need your help to keep building on our success. Finally, please let us know if you are interested in helping to shop for basket items or putting them together. Please have donations to school by Friday, March 20th. If you have any questions, please contact Daryl or Julie Webb at 2014 FACTS Tuition Payment Instructions As you start to gather your information for your 2014 tax return, parents may be able to take a deduction for private school tuition by filing Schedule PS with your Wisconsin Tax Return. Parents that are utilizing the FACTS Management System for paying their tuition may follow the instructions listed below. Instructions for printing out what you paid for Tuition in 2014: 1. Log into your FACTS account 2. Click View Details 3. Click on the payment tab 4. Click on View Printable Payment Summary 5. In the Select a year or date range, select date range from the drop down menu 6. Enter the date range from January 1, 2014 to December 31, Click the Ok button 8. Print your Payment Summary report for your tax records For those parents who paid their tuition directly to St. Matthias Parish School, St. Matthias will be sending out tuition receipts for the tuition payments that were made during the calendar year These receipts will be mailed out by January 31, If there are any questions, please contact Jonathan Richter by at Important Upcoming Events 3/6 7 th and 8 th Field Trip to Sunburst 3/10 Spirit Day 3/10 Reconciliation Grades 2-8 3/11 1:15 Dismissal 3/12 Graduation Pictures 3/12 6 th and 7 th grade Field Trip to St. Thomas More High School 3/16 SAC 3/17 Irish 3/18 Living Stations 3/19 Yearbook Order Deadline 3/24 - $1.00 Out of Uniform Day 3/27 Girls Only Out of Uniform Day 3/28 Easter Egg
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