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December 8, 2017

Early Christmas Present SMS received an early Christmas present from Judge Bray and the Beazley Foundation! In last Friday’s mail, we received a $20,000 grant check to offset the costs for our Window Replacement Project that was completed over the summer. The Beazley Foundation has been an angel full of blessings to SMS over the years. They have provided grants that enabled us to purchase a bus, update technology, create and complete our Leveled Reading library, and update the Discovery program Woodcock-Johnson assessments. We sincerely thank Judge Bray and the Board of the Beazley Foundation for their continued generous support for St. Matthew’s School.

Annual Appeal Statements were emailed last week to those families who have pledged an amount for the 2017-18 Annual Appeal. If you pay by December 14th, you can claim it as a tax deduction for 2017. Payments received after December 14th will be deposited in 2018 and count as a deduction in 2018. If you have not made a pledge, but would like to help the school and lower your tax liability, you can send in a check with Annual Appeal in the memo portion and mark the envelope Annual Appeal. Thank you for your support of the Annual Appeal!

Thank you to our Auction & Gala Guest Speakers, Mariam Ibrahim and Jason (Jay) Redman, for sharing your stories of faith, overcoming adversity, and how the St. Matthew’s Catholic community embraced you and your families.

SMS Families – Just a reminder to please “Like” our Facebook page StMattsVB and “Share” our posts with family and friends so they can keep up-to-date on the great things our students and school are accomplishing.

From the Music Corner: Christmas Time is HERE! More concerts and trips for the Elementary and MS Choir:
Mon. and Tues., Dec 11th-12th – Elem Choir Caroling at Norfolk Airport 9am
Wed. Dec. 13th –  Elem and MS Band and Choir concert 7pm in the Gym
Fri. Dec. 15th – MS Choir Trip to Sentara Leigh Hospital 9am
Tues. Dec. 19th Elementary and MS Band and Choir Concert plus 2nd grade Christmas Play 9am in the Gym

From God’s Helpers – IT’S OPERATION “KOATS-4-KIDZ” TIME!!
For the next two weeks (December 4th – 15th) we will be accepting donations of winter coats, mittens, gloves and scarves! Please place your items in the boxes located in the cafeteria. NEW or gently used & CLEAN coats are welcome – please remember to check the pockets before you donate. THANK YOU!

Thank you in supporting the PTG’s Holiday Butter Braid & Gourmet Peanut Sale!  All Orders will be available for pick up at dismissal on Dec. 15th in the small cafeteria. It is important that you remember to pick up your orders on this day. The PTG has no room to store orders that are not picked up and will not be replacing any orders left in classrooms over the weekend. Please let the PTG know at ptg_pres@smsvb.net by Dec. 13th if you want your order sent home directly with your student on Dec. 15th in lieu of picking up in the cafeteria.

Join us for Cookies with Santa! Don't miss the easiest way to visit with Santa in the SMS Cafeteria on December 15th. Grades Pre K-4th will take turns visiting with Santa and have the chance to get a picture with him. 1-1:30 Pre-K & Kindergarten, 1:30-1:1:50 1st Grade, 1:50-2:10 2nd Grade, 2:10-2:40 3rd & 4th Grade. **Parents, please send in a note to the PTG no later than Dec. 12th if you would like your 5th-8th grader to attend the event with his/her younger sibling(s) and indicate which grade/time slot they should be sent down to.** This event is donation based so please considering helping support the PTG and offset the cost of Santa’s visit.
Please see attached flyer!

Are you looking for that perfect stocking stuffer or Holiday gift for your student? Look no further because the PTG has something for you! The Holiday Dress Down Pass Package is now available for sale! The booklet includes 5 dress down passes, 1 per month from January to May for $15. The limit is 1 package per student with all orders due back to the PTG by December 13th. Please see attached flyer for ordering details.

Don't forget to use SMSEAGLES at Papa Johns for all those holiday and super bowl parties! The SMS PTG & Papa John’s are partners for the entire year and we get 10% of the proceeds from all the purchases!

The SMS Book Club – $25 adds a book to the Library’s permanent Collection! Select from the Wish List or pick a special book just for your student with a personal message presented to the student during library. What a wonderful way to give a unique and memorable gift that keeps on giving! If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to the PTG. See attached form for details.

Show your SMS pride! SMS Spirit Wear for Sale!
Students can wear spirit wear t-shirts on Fridays in lieu of their uniform shirt. Dri-fit crew neck t-shirts are $15 for kids, $20 for adults. St. Matt’s Mom V-neck t-shirts are $20. Use the attached order form and return completed with payment to the office to PTG’s attention. Please contact Kristina Vaquera, PTG President, with any questions you may have or to pay using a credit card – 757.375.1767; ptg_pres@smsvb.net.  Feel free to reach out to the PTG. See attached form for details.

SANTA SHOP 2017 – We have finished up another very successful Santa Shop! I feel incredibly blessed to have spent time with your children as they shopped for gifts for their friends and families. Their happiness and cheer make every minute of Santa Shop a true joy! A BIG thank you to all of the volunteers who gave up their time to shop, restock & wrap; we would not be  successful without them! Merry Christmas and many blessings for the New Year! From Santa & his Head Elf, Louise Lewis.

**Is your New Year’s Resolution to re-organize? Santa Shop is happy to accept donations of the following:

Christmas wrapping paper
Tissue paper (any color)
JUMBO grocery bags
Curling ribbon (any color)
These items may be dropped off at the front office. Thank you!

Student Led Leadership Projects – We have had a couple of students that either are currently working on or have done community service projects outside of school.  We would like to highlight and share these experiences with our SMS Community. Please see the attached flyer.

From Matthew’s Money – Red Lobster and Olive Garden are no longer a combination gift card.  Red Lobster is by itself. Olive Garden is still a combo card with other restaurants. The order form has been altered to reflect this change.  This Monday, December 11th, is the last day to order any special denomination or order from Great Lakes Scrip Center. All gift cards and Matthew’s Money orders after Monday at 11am will be filled with what is on hand until the supply runs out. If it is not for Christmas and can wait until after the holiday, I will be ordering on our first day back to school after Christmas break (January 3rd). Please note on the order form if you have any flexibility and include an email address for questions.

Included is the Special Denomination List as well as one for Matthew’s Money.

Shop with Scrip is available over the Christmas break every day except New Year’s Day and Christmas Day. This is a perfect way to take advantage of any last minute holiday shopping, the after Christmas holiday sales and safer internet shopping! Please see Amy Chesney with any questions at achesney@smsvb.net.

Middle School Soccer – Edu H.F. and Bryson P. were both awarded for outstanding achievement on the Middle School Soccer Team in the TCIS.  Both received the award for outstanding leadership and sportsmanship on and off the field.

Girls Middle School Soccer – The Middle School Girls Soccer Team registration will be coming out after the Christmas break. All 6th-8th grade girls are welcome to register, no matter what their soccer ability and experience. Practices will begin in February and games will begin in March.  We will be playing against schools such as Norfolk Collegiate, The Williams School, St. Patrick’s Catholic School and Norfolk Christian. Registration is $100 and includes game jersey, shorts and socks.  The fee pays for the game day referees as well. Please see Amy Chesney with any questions.

Spring Recreational Soccer through Beach FC is open for registration from now until February 1st for early bird registration. I will be able to register players up until the first games in March; however, it is very important for players to register as early as possible since that is how we decide on how many teams we have for the spring. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask Amy Chesney achesney@smsvb.net.  http://www.beachfc.com/recreation/recreation-registration

Celebrate this Christmas Holiday with Fresh Cinnabons! Global Studies will be selling individual and 4 pk Cinnabons on 12/19 during the morning in the cafeteria. You may order individual or 4 packs. All Cinnabons must be preordered and can be picked up at SMS on 12/19 or at Macarthur Mall between 12/20 – 12/24 before 7:00pm. Please see attached order form or email LaDonna Sinsabaugh @ lsinsabaugh@smsvb.net.

All gift cards to California Pizza Kitchen purchased now through 1-1-2018 are offering a bonus $20.00 Rewards Card for every $100.00 spent. $20.00 REWARDS CARD Valid 1/8/18 – 2/25/18.  Great Idea for Christmas gifts, Thank you’s and ordering for our SMS California Pizza Kitchen Night on March 15th, 2018.  To purchase a gift card, please use the link below. For every gift card purchased, St. Matthew’s earns 10% back to the school.

https://merchant.wgiftcard.com/wlc/virtual/cpk_fundraising/233_stmatthewscatholicschool/cpk

From the LibraryHowdy, Bookaroos!  The Wild West Book Fair is a-comin’ down the trail! Please visit the SMS Library Dec. 11th-15th for some rip-roarin’ reading fun. Thanks, Cafeteria Ladies for serving Cowboy Lunch on Monday! Online shopping is an option @ www.scholastic.com/bf/smsvb .  Open 7:30am to 4:30pm, and later on Wednesday, Dec. 13th.  The WWBF accepts Cash, Checks to “SMS,” and major CCs. We’ll have win-win if you can include books in your Christmas shopping! Thank you.

Art Leadership Mural – Thank you so much to all the parents and students that joined us to add more tile to the Art Leadership Mural! It is looking fabulous, thanks to your efforts. We will hold another work day in February. Keep an eye out for the signup sheet in late January or early February! Mrs. Mercado

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Friday Flash
December 1, 2017

TOYS FOR TOTS! The Tradition Continues!  On December 5th at 8:45am, the Marines from SPAWARSYSCEN-ATLANTIC Command will once again honor us by attending our annual Toys for Tots assembly. Students may bring in new unwrapped toys for this annual Christmas tradition.  Collection boxes for toys are by the office until the 5th when we all gather to welcome the Marines! Semper Fi!

SANTA SHOP 2017 – We have finished up shopping for elementary students this week and next week our middle school students will have the opportunity to shop as well. Following that, OPEN SHOPPING for all students plus faculty & parents will begin on Wednesday, 12/6 from 3:30-5pm and run through Thursday, 12/7 from 7:30am-5pm. We still have many amazing gifts at all price points. Come shop at Santa Shop and support our school! It's a win-win!

Lego League for Kindergarten through Second Graders will meet from 3:30 to 4:30pm on the first and third Wednesday from January through May.  Specific dates are 1/17, 2/7, 2/21, 3/7, 3/21, 4/18, 5/2, and 5/16.  To register your child, email your child’s name and grade, and the authorized pickup person’s name, to Katherine Linares at laurelin1813@gmail.com.

St. Matthew’s Catholic School Auction & Gala Cash Raffle Winners are:

1st Prize   Rose Chesney
2nd Prize  Michelle Grembowitz
3rd Prize  Tyler Lane
4th Prize  AJ (Melody) Iannone
Auction Night Jewelry Raffle Winners of a 20 ct. tw Blue Topaz bracelet were Stephen and Jennifer Biggs!

Many volunteers come together to make the Auction & Gala a success. Please check out the attached Auction & Gala newsletter for special thank you's and some additional information about the evening. Room Parent Ambassadors & Auction Leads did an amazing job, once again, on their class displays! The Class Display packages raised a total of $18,100 for the students and school. Congratulations to all of you and many thanks for the time and effort you put into making these displays beautiful and full of great items! A Special thank you to Jennifer Biggs for being our Room Parent Ambassador Coordinator again and helping us all stay on track. SMS parents, this is what your Auction donations helped us accomplish this year. Thank you for your support of the Room Parent Ambassadors & Auction Leads.  Mr. Goldberg, the faculty, staff, and students want to thank all of the St. Matthew Church parishioners and school families for their support of our raffle and school.

Have a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!

Please join St. Matthew Parish Life for their annual Children's Christmas Party on Sunday, December 17th – food, crafts, carols and much more!  We will also have a special appearance by good ‘Ol Saint Nick himself.  This will be a pancake breakfast provided by the Knights of Columbus, held between the 9am and noon masses.  This will be a fun-filled family event that you don’t want to miss.  Please see attached flyer for detailed information.  An RSVP not necessary but would assist KoC in planning for food.  Please Email Barbara Valmeo – jmjvalmeo@hotmail.com

Library News – Howdy, readers! Lasso a good book! Please round up yer folks and ride on down to our Wild West Book Fair… in yer Library coming the 11th through 15th. Choices galore are in store fer yer readin’ play-zurr! Santa’s Shop doesn’t sell books, so find some great eye-dee-uhs fer yer readin’ friends and family. Cash, checks to SMS, and credit cards accepted. Hopin’ for a win-win, y’all!

St. Matthew’s students partnered with JoKell and donated 59 bags of canned and non-perishable food to The Southeastern Virginia Food Bank.

The December menu is attached.

Are you looking for that perfect stocking stuffer or Holiday gift for your student? Look no further because the PTG has something for you! The Holiday Dress Down Pass Package is now available for sale! The booklet includes 5 dress down passes, 1 per month from January to May, for $15.  We are limited to 1 package per student with all orders due back to the PTG by December 13th.  Please see attached flyer for ordering details.

Join us for Cookies with Santa! Don't miss the easiest way to visit with Santa at SMS on December 15th.  Grades Pre K-4 will take turns visiting with Santa and have the chance to get a picture with him.  Other times are 1-1:30 – Pre-K & Kindergarten, 1:30-1:50 1st Grade, 1:50-2:10 2nd Grade, 2:10-2:40 3rd & 4th Grade.  **Parents please send in a note to PTG no later than 12/12 if you would like your 5th-8th grader to attend the event with his/her younger sibling(s) and indicate which grade/time slot he/she should be sent down to.** This event is donation based so please consider helping support the PTG and offset the cost of Santa’s visit.

The PTG’s Holiday Butter Braid & Gourmet Peanut Sale is in full swing!  The sale runs from 11/21 through 12/6. Please turn in all orders by the 6th!  Items ordered will be delivered to school on 12/15.  Lots of options for those holiday parties, gifts for families, friends and clients.  This is another perfect way to help support the school while crossing off things on your shopping to do list.  Order Forms are attached including flyers with more details to include how to earn dress down passes!

Don’t forget to use SMSEAGLES at Papa Johns for all those holiday and super bowl parties!  SMS PTG & Papa John’s are partners for the entire year and SMS gets 10% of the proceeds from all the purchases!

Show your SMS pride! SMS Spirit Wear for Sale – Students can wear spirit wear t-shirts on Fridays in lieu of their uniform shirt.   Dri-fit crew neck t-shirts are $15 for kids, $20 for adults.  St. Matt’s Mom V-neck t-shirts are $20.  Use the attached order form and return completed with payment to the office to PTG’s attention.  Please contact Kristina Vaquera, PTG President, with any questions you may have or to pay using a credit card – 757.375.1767; ptg_pres@smsvb.net

SMS Book Club  – $25 adds a book to the Library's permanent Collection! Select from the Wish List or pick a special book just for your student with a personal message presented to the student during library.  What a wonderful way to give a unique and memorable gift that keeps on giving! If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to the PTG. See attached form for details.

Announcements from God’s Helpers:

  1. A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to our “Operation Christmas Child” Service project. Your gifts of time, talent and treasure yielded 175 SHOEBOXES filled with fun, packed with love and sent with prayer! They are now on their journey to children around the world, to help bring the news of Jesus’ love to them for the very first time. Please continue to keep the children who will receive these boxes in your prayers that they will be open to Jesus’ message and for the missionaries who deliver the boxes that their journeys are safe and their messages are well received with open hearts! Stay tuned to find out  to which countries our shoeboxes are delivered.
  2. Operation Honor Our Heroes was a successful mission as well! Thank you to everyone who sponsored a flag to honor someone who has served or is currently serving our country in the military! 256 flags were sponsored this year and displayed for the mass for our military on Tuesday, November 21st. We were also able to make a small donation of $400.00 to Jason Redman‘s Combat Wounded Coalition organization to help military personnel wounded in combat. Thank you for your support! We hope to find a place in the school to display the flags for awhile as well!
  3. IT’S OPERATION “KOATS-4-KIDZ” TIME!!  For the next two weeks (December 4- 15th) we will be accepting donations of winter coats, mittens, gloves and scarves! Please place your items in the boxes located in the cafeteria. NEW or gently used & CLEAN coats are welcome – please remember to check the pockets before you donate.  THANK YOU!

The National Junior Honor Society is having a hot chocolate fundraiser next week on Tuesday, 12/5 to Thursday, 12/7 during lunches. Come buy a warm cup of hot chocolate with a candy cane and support NJHS!

OPERATION SMILE SHAMROCK FINAL MILE  – This year our school is going to have a team for the Operation Smile Shamrock Final Mile race on Saturday, March 17th, 2018 at 11:00am. Children will be participating in the Final Mile run in PE, after school, and at home in the weeks preceding the Shamrock Marathon Weekend, to accumulate 25.2 miles total. On race day, they will run the final mile of the marathon. Miss Riley and Mrs. Liebold are our school’s group leaders and will offer times after school for students to run. Once we have a team set up we will begin sending emails with practice times. To complete our team, we need a minimum of 20 runners. The team is open to students ages 6 to 12 years old. If your child would like to participate, please register them at http://www.shamrockmarathon.com/finalmile/ and also complete the attached form and send it in to Miss Riley (5C). More information will be sent out as we get closer to race day. If you have any further questions, please contact Miss Riley at eriley@smsvb.net or Mrs. Liebold at kliebold@smsvb.net.

A Matthew’s Money Form is attached.

 

 

 

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Friday Flash
November 17, 2017

Auction & Gala 2017 – This Saturday!!   5:00pm!  Please read the attached Auction Newsletter for some important information about this event. We look forward to seeing everyone!

Toys for Tots, Tuesday, December 5th at 8:45am.

RenWeb Information for Parents – Please remember to go onto ParentsWeb and enter your service hours. Simply login, select Family Information, Service Hours tab, Add Service Hours, enter the date, use the drop down for a description, enter your hours, and write any relevant notes in the Notes section. Remember to SAVE.  You do not need to use the Verified By section.  If you are a single parent, you can select the Other option in the drop down, enter 12.5 hours and type “single parent” in the description.  If you have a volunteer position that automatically fulfills the 25 hour commitment, you simply need to select the position at the drop down, enter 25 hours and type the reason for the exemption in the description.  We hope this online process will make recording your service hours easier this year. Please do not wait until the last moment to record your hours as we will cut off this access at the end of the year to create charges for deficit families.

Serving Our Community – Please see the attached flyer for information on all the neat service projects we have going on at St. Matthew’s School.

Cinnabon Fundraiser – Please join us in helping to raise money for our Educational Trip to Greece and have a yummy treat as well.  They make a great Thanksgiving breakfast while you cook!  Pre-order 4 pack Cinnabon Rolls Or Fresh & Hot Large rolls served Tuesday (11-21) in the morning at SMS.  Pick up or Delivery date 11-21-2017 at SMS or pick up at Cinnabon in MacArthur Mall on 11-22-2017.  The order form is attached.

SANTA SHOP 2017 – Santa Shop will begin Monday, November 27th and run through Thursday, December 7th. It is an opportunity for children to purchase Christmas gifts for their family and friends. The gifts available for purchase range in price from $1.00 to $20.00 and we have many items at all price ranges. Your child will have brought home his/her shopping list this week (grades PK-5) which specifies the shopping day and time. A blank shopping list is attached, along with the master shopping schedule for the school. We will have open shopping for parents, students & staff on Wednesday, December 6th from 3:30-5:00pm and Thursday, December 7th from 7:30am-5:00pm. We are located behind the gym. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Louise Lewis at jacklou01@hotmail.com and reference “Santa Shop” in the subject line. Thank you, Santa.
*We are still in need of elves to volunteer! This is a wonderful experience for the students, as well as a worthwhile fundraiser for our school. Please consider signing up to fulfill your volunteer service hours and join in the festive cheer: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/805044daeaa28ab9-santa1 – Slots are filling fast so don’t delay & sign up today!

SMS Book Club Forms are now available – $25 adds a book to the Library’s permanent Collection! Select from the Wish List or pick a special book just for your student with a personal message presented to the student during library.  This is a wonderful way to give a unique and memorable gift that keeps on giving! Information should have been sent home last week.  If you have any questions feel free to reach out to the PTG.

Don’t Forget SMS & Papa John’s Dollars for Dough!  The SMS PTG & Papa John’s are partners for the entire year.  Share the code for online orders SMSEAGLES to all your friends, family members and co-workers.  SMS gets 10% of the proceeds from all the purchases!  SMS Spirit Wear for Sale – PTG still has its “SMS Eagle Strong” spirit wear for sale! Students can wear spirit wear t-shirts on Fridays in lieu of their uniform shirts.  Show your SMS pride!!  Dri-fit crew neck t-shirts are $15 for kids, $20 for adults.  St. Matt’s Mom v-neck t-shirts are $20.  Use the attached order form and return completed with payment to the office to PTG’s attention.  Please contact Kristina Vaquera, PTG President, with any questions you may have or to pay using a credit card – 757.375.1767; ptg_pres@smsvb.net.

“Operation Honor Our Heroes” has had a wonderful response. As of Wednesday, we have had 101 Flags sponsored to honor and thank those who have served our country!  The flags will be on display for our special Mass and presentation on Tuesday, November 21st. We hope that many of our Veterans and Active Duty Service members are able to join us on Tuesday for Mass and a Special Leader in Me Presentation afterwards.

Our Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Packing Party was a success! Thank you to everyone who participated by donating items for the boxes or sponsoring a box or shipping and praying! Our shoeboxes will be taking the message of Jesus’ love for them in the Gospel to children all over the world-spreading Christianity and answering prayers! Thank you for your continued support and prayers for those who will be delivering the boxes and for the children who receive them!

Robotics News – Our team won first prize for demonstrating core values.  The judges sheet had comments like “team members speak with integrity so others feel valued,” “clear reliance on each other-very impressive; act with maturity, respect, and grace through challenges,” “great examples and understanding of how you apply FLL values elsewhere,” and “EXCELLENT planning and execution process, we loved your finger rule.  We saw that the team members relied on each other and not their coaches.”  Congratulations team!

FROM THE MUSIC CORNER – Elementary and Middle School Choir Shirts are on SALE!  These shirts are active wear shirts—100% polyester wicking/anti-microbial smooth knit (have a self-fabric collar, anti-microbial which provides odor control, and have a heat sealed label).  Ladies Sizes (XS – 2X) as well as Unisex adult sizes (XS – 3X) and Youth sizes (XS-XL).  To order, get a copy of the Middle School form or the Elementary form on RenWeb, on the Music Page (for 3rd grade through 8th grade), from this Friday Flash, or see Mrs. Alberto.  Choir Spirit Shirts are on sale until Nov 20th!

The PTG would like thank all the parents, teachers and staff for helping raise approximately $24k during the Boosterthon last month towards the purchase of a Chrome Cart as well as other school budget items.  Without your hard work throughout the event it wouldn’t have been successful, so THANK YOU!

The PTG shirts that were special ordered will be arriving next week, so parents, be on the lookout for these items to be coming home the week after Thanksgiving with your child!

The PTG’s Holiday Butter Braid & Gourmet Peanut Sale is about to start! The sale will run from 11/21 through 12/6.  Items ordered will be delivered to school on 12/15.  There will be great gourmet items at great prices!! Lots of options for those holiday parties, gifts for families, friends and clients.  This is another perfect way to help support the school while crossing off things on your shopping to do list.  Be on the lookout for the order form next week!

 

 

 

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Friday Flash
November 10, 2017

Chick-Fil-A Day is Friday, November 17th.  The last chance to order this lunch is at 3pm on Wednesday, November 15th.

Host Family Needed – St. Matthew’s will be welcoming a South Korean 8th grade boy for the second semester.  He enjoys playing basketball, soccer and his favorite subject is Math. He speaks English, has full medical and liability insurance, and will have his own pocket money for personal expenses. Host families provide transportation, room and board and receive an $800.00 monthly hosting stipend. If you have room in your heart and home, please contact Maxine Williams at 348-8722 (cell) or email maxine122965@gmail.com.

After School Art – If interested, please fill out attached sheet and pick your days available for after school art.  If you know your child’s interest, please mark down the art projects they are interested in that are provided on the attached sheet. Come out to create and explore in After School Art.  Mrs. Mercado, tmercado@smsvb.net

SANTA SHOP 2017 – Santa Shop will begin Monday, November 27th and run through Thursday, December 7th. It is an opportunity for children to purchase Christmas gifts for their family and friends. The gifts available for purchase range in price from $1.00 to $20.00 and we have many items at all price ranges. Your child will be bringing home his/her shopping list next week (grades PK-5) which specifies the shopping day and time. A blank shopping list is attached, along with the master shopping schedule for the school. We will have open shopping for parents, students & staff on Wednesday, December 6th from 3:30-5:00pm and Thursday, December 7th from 7:30am-5:00pm. We are located behind the gym. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Louise Lewis at jacklou01@hotmail.com and reference “Santa Shop” in the subject line. Thank you, Santa.
*We are still in need of elves to volunteer! Please consider signing up to fulfill your volunteer service hours and join in the festive cheer: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/805044daeaa28ab9-santa1. Slots are filling fast so don’t delay & sign up today!

From the Library – Howdy, readers! Round up yer folks and plan to shop at our Wild West Book Fair in the Library, December 11th to 15th. Choices galore are in store for yer play-zurr, plus eye-dee-uhs for friends and family. Hopin’ for a win-win, y’all! Lasso a great book!

Girl Scout Troop 4161 is hoping to make some local children smile this Christmas! We are collecting small toys for boys and girls the week of November 13-17th. The items donated will be put into Christmas Stockings for the Salvation Army to hand out at Christmas. We are looking for coloring books, puzzles, small toys, cars, crayons, flashcards, Barbie dolls, Legos, stuffed animals or anything to bring a smile to a child’s face this Christmas. Please place your donation in the box outside the office. Thank you for your support.

OPERATION SMILE SHAMROCK FINAL MILE  – This year, our school is going to have a team for the Operation Smile Shamrock Final Mile race on Saturday, March 17th, 2018 at 11:00am. Children participating in the Final Mile run in PE, after school, and at home in the weeks preceding the Shamrock Marathon Weekend, to accumulate 25.2 miles total. On race day, they will run the final mile of the marathon. Miss Riley and Mrs. Liebold are our school’s group leaders and will offer times after school for students to run. Once we have a team set up, we will begin sending emails with practice times. To complete our team, we need a minimum of 20 runners. The team is open to students ages 6 to 12 years old. If your child would like to participate, please register them at http://www.shamrockmarathon.com/finalmile/ and also complete the attached form and send it in to Miss Riley (5C). More information will be sent out as we get closer to race day. If you have further questions, please contact Miss Riley at eriley@smsvb.net or Mrs. Liebold at kliebold@smsvb.net.

GOD’S HELPERS SPONSORS “OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD”!  It's time for our 8th ANNUAL SHOEBOX PACKING PARTY!!  Donations are being accepted at designated donation bins from Monday, November 6th – Tuesday, November 14th.  Join us for our Packing Party on Tuesday, November 14th from 3:30-5:00pm in the Library.  All are welcome.  Please RSVP to Mrs. Voltz at:  Godshelpers365@gmail.com  so we have an idea of how many to expect.   Check out the ATTACHMENT to this week’s Flash for all of the ways you and your family can participate in this FUN service project!!  NEW THIS YEAR:  SPONSOR-A-BOX and SPONSOR-SHIPPING-A-BOX!!

In Honor of Veterans Day, God’s Helpers wants to create a special “Field of Heroes” to recognize, honor and THANK our Service Members – family members, friends, neighbors and others – who have dedicated their lives to protecting our Country and the freedoms we enjoy today.
For the next two weeks, you have the opportunity to show your thanks and gratitude by sponsoring a small flag in honor of an individual who has served or is currently serving our Country.  A flag can be sponsored for a $2.00 donation.  All proceeds (after the cost of the flags) will be donated to The Combat Wounded Coalition founded by Jason Redman, a retired Navy SEAL and SMS parent!  Each flag will be labeled with the name, rank and branch of service for the member being honored. Please see the attachment.  Please feel free to honor as many service members as you like – one service member/veteran per flag.
“As part of ‘Operation Honor Our Heroes”, God’s Helpers and SMS invite all of our school family Military Members – Veterans, Active Duty and Retired –  to the school mass on Tuesday, November 21st to honor and thank them for their sacrifice and dedication to our Country. Please help spread the word!”

FROM THE MUSIC CORNER:

Elementary and Middle School Choir Shirts are on SALE!
These shirts are active wear shirts—100% polyester wicking/anti-microbial smooth knit (have a self-fabric collar, anti-microbial which provides odor control, and have a heat sealed label).
Ladies Sizes (XS – 2X)as well as Unisex adult sizes (XS – 3X) and Youth sizes (XS-XL).To order, get a copy of the form on RenWeb on the Music Page (for 3rd grade through 8th grade), from this Friday Flash, or see Mrs. Alberto.  Choir Spirit Shirts are on sale until Nov 20th!

SMS Book Club Forms are now available – $25 adds a book to the Library’s permanent Collection! Select from the Wish List or pick a special book just for your student with a personal message presented to the student during library.  What a wonderful way to give a unique and memorable gift that keeps on giving! Information should have been sent home last week.  If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to the PTG.

Don’t Forget SMS & Papa John's Dollars for Dough!
SMS PTG & Papa John’s are partners for the entire year.  Share the code for online orders SMSEAGLES to all your friends, family members and co-workers.  SMS gets 10% of the proceeds from all the purchases!

SMS Spirit Wear for Sale – The PTG still has its “SMS Eagle Strong” spirit wear for sale! Students can wear spirit wear t-shirts on Fridays in lieu of their uniform shirt.  Show your SMS pride!!  Dri-fit crew neck t-shirts are $15 for children, and $20 for adults.  St. Matt’s Mom v-neck t-shirts are $20.  Use the attached order form and return completed with payment to the office to the PTG’s attention.  Please contact Kristina Vaquera, PTG President, with any questions you may have or to pay using a credit card – 757.375.1767; ptg_pres@smsvb.net

Checkout Volunteers – We need two Auction checkout volunteers to work from 6:15pm until 11:30pm on Saturday, November 18th. Enter winning bid amounts, bid paddles, process payments, and print receipts. Accuracy and speed are very important. Please Sign Up on SignUp Genius today at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0C45AEAB2BA5F94-check2 or email Liz Allen at auction@smsvb.net if you have any questions. Thank you!

Auction has volunteer slots open for Friday and Saturday jobs. Please sign up using these SignUp Genius links to help in any of these areas:

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0C45AEAB2BA5F94-gymset

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0C45AEAB2BA5F94-auction3

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0C45AEAB2BA5F94-decorating2

Thank you!

Amazon Smile – We are very happy to announce that St. Matthew’s Catholic School is now a registered charity participating in AmazonSmile! Here is the link to select St. Matthew's Catholic School as your charity of choice https://smile.amazon.com/ch/54-1429404.
Thank you for shopping through AmazonSmile and supporting SMS with each purchase! Also, don’t forget to order your Amazon gift cards from Matthew’s Money and double your support for the students and school.

Auction RSVPs are Due Monday, November 13th! Order online at http://smsvb.net/news-and-events/auction-and-gala/ticket-purchase/ or send in your check with your RSVP card. Don’t miss the fun, great food, and a chance to win a 20 ct. total weight Blue Topaz bracelet!
Thank you to O’Connor Brewery and John & Vicki Miller for helping to bring a locally crafted beverage to this year’s Auction & Gala!  See the Auction Newsletter for updates.

Cash Raffle Ticket Stubs and Money are due Thursday, November 16th! The drawing will be held on Saturday, November 18th at the end of Live Auction! What would you do with $1,000, $500, or one of two $250 Cash prizes?!

Auction is in need of a Yoga Mat!  If you have a new one you never used or would like to pick up one for us, we will use it in a Silent Auction basket. As a donation, it is tax deductible.

A Matthew’s Money Order Form is attached.

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Friday Flash
November 3, 2017

Reminder to Parents – There is NO SCHOOL on Friday, November 10th.  This is a day set aside for Parent/Teacher conferences.

Our Trunk or Treat Winners were as follows:

First Place Trunk:

Kirk & Samantha Phillips, parents to Camryn (3C) and Liam (PK4A) & Allison & Fred Myers, parents to Madison (4th) and Abigail (8th) – Theme:  Mad Hatter Tea Party

2nd Place Trunk:

Cabral Family; Beltran Family; Gardner Family; Vick Family; and Guzman Family – Theme:  Gotham City

SANTA SHOP 2017: Calling all elves! Santa Shop 2017 begins Monday, November 27th and runs through Thursday, December 7th. If you would like to volunteer, please click the link to sign up: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/805044daeaa28ab9-santa1 or go to signupgenius.com and search for “jacklou01@hotmail.com“.  We need elves to shop with our students, wrap their gifts and restock our shelves. Join in the festive cheer and earn your volunteer service hours!  If you have any questions, please email Louise Lewis: jacklou01@hotmail.com and put “Santa Shop” in the subject line. Thanks, Santa.

The November 2017 Honor Roll List is attached.

OPERATION SMILE SHAMROCK FINAL MILE  – This year our school is going to have a team for the Operation Smile Shamrock Final Mile race on Saturday, March 17th, 2018 at 11:00am. Children participating in the Final Mile run in PE, after school, and at home in the weeks preceding the Shamrock Marathon Weekend, to accumulate 25.2 miles total. On race day, they will run the final mile of the marathon. Miss Riley and Mrs. Liebold are our school’s group leaders and will offer times after school for students to run. Once we have a team set up we will begin sending emails with practice times. To complete our team, we need a minimum of 20 runners. The team is open to students ages 6 to 12 years old. If your child would like to participate, please register them at http://www.shamrockmarathon.com/finalmile/ and also complete the attached form and send it in to Miss Riley (5C). More information will be sent out as we get closer to race day. If you have any further questions, please contact Miss Riley at eriley@smsvb.net or Mrs. Liebold at kliebold@smsvb.net.

Saint Matthew’s Parish Moms Group would like to invite any interested school moms to join us for fellowship and fun. We are starting a new four week study on the C.S. Lewis work, Mere Christianity. Meeting times are Mondays from 10:00 to 12:00 in the Parish Hall, starting November 13th. Please text Liz Williams at 757-510-1287 so that we may get a head count.

SMS Spirit Wear for Sale – The PTG still has its “SMS Eagle Strong” spirit wear for sale! Students can wear spirit wear t-shirts on Fridays in lieu of their uniform shirts.  Show your SMS pride!!  Dri-fit crew neck t-shirts are $15 for kids, $20 for adults.  St. Matt’s Mom v-neck t-shirts are $20.  Use the attached order form and return completed with payment to the office to the PTG’s attention.  Please contact Kristina Vaquera, PTG President, with any questions you may have or to pay using a credit card – 757.375.1767; ptg_pres@smsvb.net

Thank you Dillon Law Group for being our Magic Mirror Photo Booth sponsor! This interactive mirror photo booth will be a very popular place at the Auction & Gala.

October Coke Reward Collectors – Our Coke Reward Collectors have been busy in October. We want to Thank: Liliana Mitchell (4C), Conner Douglas (8A), Gabrielle Stewart (3C), Logan Jefferies (3B), Zach Yoda (5B), and Kristin Smith (6B) for keeping our volunteers busy entering reward codes. Keep up the good work!

Planning a trip for 2018? Consider one or all of our 4 Live Auction Trips! Trip #4 is Sonoma Wine & Dine – see the attached Auction Newsletter for more information about this trip and the Class Live Auction Packages!

GOD'S HELPERS SPONSORS “OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD”! It’s time for our 8th ANNUAL SHOEBOX PACKING PARTY!!  Donations are being accepted at designated donation bins from Monday, November 6th – Tuesday, November 14th.  Join us for our Packing Party on Tuesday, November 14th from 3:30-5:00pm in the Library.  All are welcome.  Please RSVP to Mrs. Voltz at:  Godshelpers365@gmail.com  so we have an idea of how many to expect.   Check out the ATTACHMENT to this week's Flash for all of the ways you and your family can participate in this FUN service project!!  NEW THIS YEAR:  SPONSOR-A-BOX and SPONSOR-SHIPPING-A-BOX!!  

A Matthew’s Money Order Form is attached.

From the Library – Puh-leez mark yer calendar, pardner! Readin’ fun ahead! Scholastic Book Fair’s theme is Wild West, coming Dec. 11-15 to the SMS Library. Great choices for gifts, personal fun, and keepin’ up with those readin’ skills. So cool that our rootin’ tootin’ fundraiser is followed in January by our annual Reading Rodeo. Yee-haw, let’s Saddle Up and Read!

Parent Survey from the Diocese.  Please see the attached flyer for QR Code.  You need the app on your smart phone.  Open app, scan code.  The survey will come up.  Thank you.

Friday Flash
October 27, 2017

Tonight is the night!! Trunk-Or-Treat and Chili Cook-Off, starts at 5:30pm. Hope to see you all there!

The November Lunch Menu is attached.

Dress Down for a Donation – on Friday, November 3rd.  All donations are welcome, and will go towards our Musicale program.

SANTA SHOP 2017: Calling all elves! Santa Shop 2017 begins Monday, November 27th and runs through Thursday, December 7th. If you would like to volunteer, please click the link to sign up: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/805044daeaa28ab9-santa1 or go to signupgenius.com and search for “jacklou01@hotmail.com“.  We need elves to shop with the students, wrap their gifts and restock our shelves. Join in the festive cheer and earn your volunteer service hours!  If you have any questions, please email Louise Lewis: jacklou01@hotmail.com and put “Santa Shop” in the subject line. Thanks, Santa.

SMS Book Club Forms are now available.  $25 adds a book to the Library’s permanent Collection! Select from the Wish List or pick a special book just for your student with a personal message presented to the student during library.  What a wonderful way to give a unique and memorable gift that keeps on giving! Information should have been sent home last week. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to the PTG.

The SMS Forensics (Speech) team will have it’s first meeting on Tuesday, November 7th from 3:30-5:00. Students will be picked up in the gym and will be dismissed at the main office. The team will meet most Tuesdays from 3:30- 5:00 thru April. The Forensics Team is open to all Middle School students. Please contact Mrs. Foster at ourbrum@cox.net with any questions.  Flyer attached.

Don’t Forget SMS & Papa John’s Dollars for Dough!
SMS PTG & Papa John’s are partners for the entire year;
Share the code for online orders SMSEAGLES to all your friends, family members and co-workers;
SMS gets 10% of the proceeds from all the purchases!

SMS Spirit Wear for Sale – The PTG still has its “SMS Eagle Strong” spirit wear for sale! Students can wear spirit wear t-shirts on Fridays in lieu of their uniform shirts. Show your SMS pride!! Dri-fit crew neck t-shirts are $15 for kids, $20 for adults. St. Matt’s Mom v-neck t-shirts are $20. Use the attached order form and return completed with payment to the office to the PTG’s attention. Please contact Kristina Vaquera, PTG President, with any questions you may have or to pay using a credit card – 757.375.1767; ptg_pres@smsvb.net

Sponsor needed for the Magic Mirror Photo Booth (click here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fU-EgT7cXGk ) to see the Magic Mirror. $1,000 includes name/logo on 3’x5’ banner at the interactive Mirror Me photo booth, name/logo on the printed pictures given to participants, listing on the Auction & Gala website, a quarter page “Thank You” ad in the Auction & Gala catalog, listing on the weekly newsletter, and verbal recognition the night of the event for attendees to “Visit [your company/name] photo booth with your friends to capture the fun of the evening.”

Thank you to the Pedroza Family and The Kaempfe Family for being Beverage Sponsors! They join Moody Homes, Alencar Family Dentistry, Dental Assisting Teaching Academy, & The John Miller Family as Beverage Sponsors.

Driven to DonateWe raised $6,150 at Orientation through this program!! Lincoln corporate and Cavalier Lincoln said we were the most successful “Driven to Donate” event they have had so far. Because of this, Lincoln has agreed to allow us to do another Driven to Donate event in early 2018 in addition to the August event at Orientation. Many thanks to all of our families, teachers, and staff who participated in this fundraiser!

SMS Parents!! FULL ORTHODONTIA PACKAGE  valued at $6,100.00 has been donated again this year by Maddux Orthodontics! This Live Auction item includes comprehensive case package (not extractions) with clear retainers for children between 10 and 17! No expiration date on treatment. Must register child’s name by 12/31/17. Minimum bid $2,750. Thank you, Dr. Maddux!

Auction & Gala invitations went home with oldest and only on Monday, October 23rd. You don’t want to miss this fun, adults-only social & fundraising event!

ATTENTION ALL SMS BAKERS!  TREASURES OF THE KITCHEN is a wonderful SMS tradition for our Annual Auction! We need you to bake or donate your favorite dessert, pie, cake, cookies, etc! Your baked goods will be included in our silent auction. Please consider helping this year by including your favorite dessert to raise money for our school!  If you are interested in donating a dessert, please contact Kristin Grabill and Lara Gaston ASAP at kristingrabill@yahoo.com.

For more Auction & Gala information, please see the attached newsletter.

Tuesday Morning Mom’s Rosary Group – Whether you’re trying to strengthen your relationship with our Blessed Mother, finding a moment in your busy schedule to spend time in prayer, or learning to pray the Rosary for the first time, please join us Tuesday mornings from 8:00-9:00 AM at St. Matthew’s Church. It’s the perfect pastime between school drop off and 9 AM Mass and an opportunity to meet other women raising kids in the faith. Children are welcome. If you have any questions or are interested in coming, please contact Maria Echaniz at 757-510-4912 or maria_echaniz@yahoo.com.

 

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Friday Flash
October 20, 2017

SANTA SHOP 2017: Calling all elves! Santa Shop 2017 begins Monday, November 27th and runs through Thursday, December 7th. If you would like to volunteer, please click the link to sign up: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/805044daeaa28ab9-santa1 or go to signupgenius.com and search for “jacklou01@hotmail.com“.  We need elves to shop with the students, wrap their gifts and restock our shelves. Join in the festive cheer and earn your volunteer service hours!  If you have any questions, please email Louise Lewis: jacklou01@hotmail.com and put “Santa Shop” in the subject line. Thanks, Santa.

Important Honor Roll Information: Grades closed today and report cards will go home next Friday. We will still be sending paper copies of the report cards home with students.  Different this year is that honor roll will no longer be reflected on the report card. Certificates and bumper stickers will still be sent home.  As it states in the handbook, above grade level mathematics classes are weighted so that they are considered one level higher for honor roll purposes only. This includes an elementary student moving up to another grade level for math, sixth graders enrolled in Pre-Algebra, seventh graders enrolled in Algebra and eighth graders enrolled in Geometry.  Students in third through fifth grades who receive a “1” in a resource subject are ineligible for honor roll.  We will not award any honor for students in kindergarten through second grade.

Auction & Gala – Invitations will be going home with oldest and only students on MONDAY, October 23rd.  For more information about reservations, check out the attached Auction & Gala newsletter.

In this week’s attached Auction & Gala newsletter, we have the dinner and dessert menu by Catering Concepts!

Thank you to all who signed their child up to receive a New York Life Child Safety I.D. Please remember to pick up your Child’s I.D. Card Wednesday, October 25th from 10 – 3 at the Booster-Thon Fun Run.

Attached are forms for Basketball, Cheer and Soccer hoodies.  Also attached are forms for Basketball and Cheer Coaches shirts and lastly, warmup shooter shirts for basketball players.  This will be announced to the coaches and coordinators as well.  The deadline to order is OCTOBER 30TH.  WE WILL NOT ACCEPT ANYTHING AFTER OCTOBER 30TH.

Boosterthon Fun Run is on Wednesday so let’s get those final pledges in!  Don’t forget that the Fun Run is the main fundraiser for the year! So get those pledges for laps before the 25th! With our big goal of raising $30,000 for a chromebook cart, we asked the Fun Run experts at Boosterthon to power our Fun Run and make it more profitable, easier, and fun.  Students will also experience an amazing character theme, CASTLE QUEST! -an English castle theme all about being brave and living with character. On their quest to regain Bravemore Castle, students will learn the “SIX VIRTUES of a TRUE HERO” from a cast of colorful characters.  Donations will go toward the chromebook cart and to the entire 9-day experience. So please help our school by reaching out to sponsors. Also, all families are invited to come out and cheer on your student at the Fun Run! Thank you for your support!  We’re still looking for some SMS Parent Volunteers so please consider signing up to ensure a smooth event and earning volunteer hours! Sign-up can be done through the sign-up genius athttp://www.signupgenius.com/go/805044faaaa29a57-Boosterthon, contactingptg_pres@smsvb.net or texting 757-375-1767.

The PTG’s 2nd Annual Halloween Trunk or Treat is next week!!  October 27th 5:30 to 7:30pm in the SMS Cafeteria and Parking Lot,  All students/student siblings are invited.  No cost to the students/siblings but we ask for donations of bags of store-bought candy or non-sweet treats.  Pizza Dinner will be available for $5 per 2 slices and a soda/water.  Consider hosting a “Trunk” – registration is currently open, don’t forget to add your family friendly (non-scary) theme! Families who host a “Trunk” will need to provide the initial round of treats.  Contest for Best “Trunk” will receive goody bag prizes to include dress down passes and student lunch with Mr. Goldberg. Each “Trunk” participant will receive one dress down pass per child in the family!  Come and hang out with your SMS family and let your kiddos trick or treat in a safe environment.  Sign-up Genius for “Trunks” http://www.signupgenius.com/go/805044faaaa29a57-halloween, or send an email to contact ptg_pres@smsvb.net or text 757-375-1767.

Great Chili Cook Off same day as Trunk or Treat!  No cost to participate in our Chili Cook Off.  The chef of the “Best Chili” will receive our new and improved “SMS Golden Spoon”, currently held by John Tecson.  You will also receive a goody bag with dress down passes and a student lunch with Mr. Goldberg.  Even if you don’t win, each chili cook off participant will receive a dress down pass for each student in the family.  Please come out to sample and vote for the Best Chili for only $5.  If you intend to enter the Chili Cook Off and take down the reigning champ, there will be a sign up sheet posted on the PTG bulletin board, or emailKjersten.Kipp@gmail.com to sign up or usehttp://www.signupgenius.com/go/805044faaaa29a57-halloween

SMS Book Club Forms are now available – Commemorate a special event for a student – Birthday, graduation, etc.  $25 adds a book to the Library’s permanent Collection!  Select from the Wish List or pick a special book just for your student.  The book, with a personal message, will be presented to the student during library.  This is a wonderful way to give a unique and memorable gift that keeps on giving! Information should have been sent home last week.  If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to the PTG.

Don’t Forget SMS & Papa John’s Dollars for Dough!
*SMS PTG & Papa John’s are partners for the entire year!
*Share the code for online orders SMSEAGLES to all your friends, family members and co-workers.
* SMS gets 10% of the proceeds from all the purchases!

Halloween Social Tonight!   Don’t forget the SCA is hosting the Halloween social today starting after school in the gym.  If you didn’t send in a permission slip, you can still bring your child to the social.  Admission is $5.00.  There will be music, light snacks and lots of fun to be had.
The K-2 social is from 3:30-4:30,
3-5th grade social is from 5:00-6:30

Ladies Night In to benefit Auction

We are keeping the parties open until Monday, October 23rd.  When you place an order from one of the three vendors, the school gets hostess credits.  Those hostess credits we will use to pick out merchandise for the silent auction baskets for November 18th at the Annual Holiday Auction & Gala.  Below are the links to the three parties.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask; email Amy Chesney at achesney@smsvb.net.

Jewelry Company, which is fairly new and has some beautiful pieces is Tocara.
https://www.tocaraplus.com/jessicaclark
Our party number is 149458

Pampered Chef for the one who cooks in your house!
https://www.pamperedchef.com/pws/laurarobertson/guest-landing/9098577820827
or enter Amy Chesney as hostess in the search tools on the pampered chef website

Facebook party for LuLaRoe
https://www.facebook.com/groups/241785399682031/?fref=mentions

Keep sending in Box Tops, we will have another submission date for the spring to earn more $$$ for our school.  We have had a great response to families willing to put in the hours to help trim, cut and sort them for the year.  As they continue to come in, we will send them home to those who volunteered.  Thanks!

Matthew’s Money – Football Fanatics is well under way and will be ending on 10/27.  Get all your orders in next week.  Form attached.

Holiday shopping with gift cards – Starting next week, there will be a select few of small denomination cards available for purchase.  A separate order form is included for those and are only available while supplies last from the retailers.  These make great thank you’s, Christmas presents for babysitters, your postman, and little appreciation gifts.  You can also order extra to keep on hand year round for birthday parties and quick gifts for any occasion.

Online shopping with gift cards is most definitely a safer alternate than using a credit or debit card these days.  Now with ScripNow it is even easier than before.  Scripnow is not a hard plastic gift card; instead, it is a special coded number/series of letters unique to your purchase.  You plug it into check out and never have to use your personal credit/debit card info.  There are lots of variables and “how to” make this work for you.  If you are interested in learning more, please see Amy Chesney or email  achesney@smsvb.net to get you started or to figure out how you can use this program to earn cash back for your tuition at the end of the year.
Important Dates – Shopping for Black Friday and Thanksgiving – last day to order is November 13th for special order items and large quantities.  Christmas shopping before winter break:  deadline to order is December 13th.
Auction donations and room parents donating for auction – Special orders no later than November 6th.
Matthew's Money Certificates for teachers and staff gifts will be available for purchase through December 18th.

Coming November 1st- California Pizza Kitchen – We will have a special that runs until January 7th which will include a bonus card for every qualifying order.  We will have a fundraising night on March 15th at the California Pizza Kitchen at MacArthur Mall as well.  Look for more details next week!

New ScripNow Retailer – Airbnb

We/re excited to announce Airbnb is our newest ScripNow retailer! Airbnb ScripNow eCards can be ordered in $10 increments, from $30 – $500, with a great 5% rebate.  On Airbnb, you can book unique places to stay from local hosts anywhere in the world. Explore millions of homes in places like Paris, Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro, Sydney and New York. Find a place that inspires you and has everything you need—whether it/s for your next family vacation, group trip, or romantic getaway.

The annual Holly Craft Show will be held in the gym on November 4th from 8am-2pm.  Please come out and support these crafters and local retailers.  We are still accepting a limited number of specialty vendors as well.  Please contact Amy Chesney if you or someone you know is interested!

SCA – Pantry collections on Tuesdays for Mass.  The SCA is once again supporting the St. Matthew Catholic Church food pantry.  You can bring your canned goods or nonperishable foods to school on Tuesdays.  The SCA delivers them to the food pantry every Wednesday during their lunch/recess time.

Leader In Me – What is with the fish and crosses in the classes and by the front office?  Why is my child and the teacher talking about service hours?  Our school's Leader In Me program every year expands and brings more leadership roles and opportunities to our students.  This summer, our school’s Light House team (Leader In Me Program's in-house committee) tried to figure out how to merge our unique school community and our faith. That is when we came up with a common goal that everyone in our school, from PK through 8th grade, can participate in and grow as leaders within our Christian community.  Our school-wide goal is: “Lead with Service.”  We want our students to be active here at school by giving back their time and energy to both their school and church communities and any civic organizations they are a part of.  This will get them into the habit of doing things that helps someone else without expecting or receiving anything in return.  As I describe it to the children, it's the things that make you feel good that you are doing for someone other than yourself.  Now with any new initiative, it is slow to catch on and that is fine. Our students and teachers are all learning how best to individualize “Lead with Service”.  If you have any questions, please contact Amy Chesney at achesney@smsvb.net

Make Up Fall pictures will be taken on Wednesday, October 25th. You must have a signed permission slip to have a picture retake (attached).

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Friday Flash

October 13, 2017

Important RenWeb information regarding lunch – If you have placed an order online and wish to cancel, you must do so before 8:00 am the day of, either by using RenWeb (change the “1” to a “0” and save) OR email the homeroom teacher to have him/her cancel for you. You MUST do this, even if you student is absent for the day. When a student is not present in the morning but has ordered lunch, we assume the student will be tardy and still needs to eat. We must have our lunch order in early in the morning so that the cafeteria staff can prepare enough food. If you do not cancel your student’s lunch by 8:00 am, you will be charged, regardless of whether the student is present or not. The only time you will not be billed for an ordered lunch is when your student goes home unexpectedly in the morning.

Important RenWeb information regarding Emergency Contacts – Parents will always be the first people called in the event of an emergency. If you cannot be reached, your emergency contacts will be called. It is therefore imperative (and a state law) that you have TWO LOCAL contacts listed. Please follow these guidelines:

Do not list yourselves as Emergency Contacts

List the non-parent emergency contact AND a good phone number.

Do not list the same number twice (for example, your Emergency Contact has no home phone so you type the cell number in both places)

You may combine spouses on one line if they share a number (ex:John or Mary Jones)

Do not also list the Emergency Contact as a pickup person. Emergency Contacts already have pickup privileges.

In most cases, this will give you six emergency contacts (two parents first plus four listed) and ten people allowed to pick up (two parents, four emergency contacts and four pickup people). You can always send in a note if someone else will be picking up your child. If you make changes in RenWeb, please allow three school days for the changes to reach the necessary parties.

ATTENTION ALL SMS BAKERS!

TREASURES OF THE KITCHEN is a wonderful SMS tradition for our Annual Auction! We need you to bake or donate your favorite dessert, pie, cake, cookies, etc! Your baked goods will be included in our silent auction. Please consider helping this year by including your favorite dessert to raise money for our school!

If you are interested in donating a dessert, please contact Kristin Grabill and Lara Gaston ASAP at kristingrabill@yahoo.com.  Thank you!

Coach Needed!  Our third grade girls are in need of a basketball coach.  If you are interested in helping out, please contact Johnny Hedinger at smsbaldeagle@gmail.com.

The Business Office will be closed on Thursday, October 19th.

From the Art Room – Students are asked to bring an old t-shirt, preferably oversized, to use as their “smock” for art. They will store their smocks in their classroom, bring their smocks to art class each time, and take their smocks back to their classroom after art. Please put your child’s name in the smock. The smock will not be used every week. We will remind the students to take their smocks home to be laundered. Art smocks are used to protect your child’s clothing from stains which could be caused by acrylic paint, oil pastel, clay, glue, or plaster. Many of these mediums will permanently stain clothing. Therefore, a smock must be brought to art each week and worn when requested. Thank you for your help.

Reminder – Friday, October 20th is Chick-Fil-A Day.  You need to place your order by Wednesday, October 18th at 6:00pm.  Otherwise, your child will need to bring lunch October 20th.  No other lunch will be served.  The only exception is Preschool, who will be served lunch or may order Chick-Fil-A for the same charge of $6.00.

If anyone has a beach house or knows someone with one that could donate a week or weekend to the preschool auction basket, please contact Samantha Phillips at

The SCA Halloween Social will be held on October 20th in the gym

Kindergarden through 2nd grade attends from 3:30-4:30pm.

3rd-5th grade attends from 5:00-6:30pm

Admission is $5.00 and can be pre-paid and submitted along with a permission slip or paid at the door.  Light snacks and drinks will be provided at both socials; music, dancing and lots of fun is all included!

Parents are welcome to stay and help chaperone the event as well.

Ladies night in – Benefit for Auction

Shop from home and help us earn free hostess items to create silent auction baskets for auction!

This year we have three parties!

https://www.tocaraplus.com/jessicaclark

Our party number is 149458

Closing October 18th

Pampered Chef

Host Name:  Amy Chesney for the search tool

Closing date is October 17th

https://www.pamperedchef.com/pws/laurarobertson/guest-landing/9098577820827

Our last one is a multi consultant online LuluRoe Facebook party which we will send the link to as soon as it is open…

Happy Shopping! Don't forget to start shopping for Christmas  – it is only 72 days away!!!!

Please contact Amy Chesney with any Ladies Night In questions at achesney@smsvb.net

Thank you, Coke Collectors for August and September! Reese C. (6A), Sean J. (5C), Austin G. (2B), Logan J. (3B), Jacob G. (K2), Liam H. (1B), Liliana M.l (4C), Ryan S. (8B), Brandon S. (7B), & Ethan R. (4B) keep up the GREAT work! Also, thank you to our Coke Code data entry volunteers. We hope to hit $1,000 in Coke Rewards money for the school. Everyone can collect Coke and Coke product caps and turn them into the office, but ONLY Coke and Coke products have the codes we need.

Planning a trip for 2018? Consider one or all of our 4 Live Auction Trips! – Kentucky Bourbon Trail package that includes Distillery Tours & Tasting at Stitzel-Weller, Maker's Mark, Jim Beam with Lunch, Private Chauffeur, 3 Night Stay, and Airfare into Louisville Included for Two! You have one year from 11/18/17 to book your travel. Start packing! Look for the next trip package in next week's Friday Flash!

More Auction & Gala information is in the attached newsletter!

Congratulations to the 7th annual Eagle Open tournament winners:

1st Flight – 1st Place – Stephen Klasing, Fred Morrow, Robert Eason, Ed Skinn

1st Flight – 2nd Place – Tim Brender, Amy Brender, Kirk Traber, Erich Klein

2nd Flight – 1st Place – Ben Reynolds, Art Akers, Scott Wilhoy, Charles Vanlandingham

2nd Flight – 2nd Place – Lou Goldberg, Ed Monacchio, Ray Cruz, Randy Isaacs

VIP Individual Seating – NEW THIS YEAR! First come, first paid – only 12 seats available. Now you can experience VIP seating and make some new friends! Individual VIP table seating includes: seated dinner service (8 seats to a table), 1 bottle of upgraded wine per person, seated dessert service with VIP dessert, and table wait staff until 10pm. A bonus bottle of wine will be included when all 8 seats are filled. Price is $87.50 per person. Email Liz Allen auction@smsvb.net to reserve your spot and arrange payment. Invitations for regular Reservations and Reserved tables go home on Monday, October 23rd!

Tax Season is Fast Approaching! If you are in the AMT bracket, are a Virginia state taxpayer, and would like to receive a tax credit of 65% or more, please contact Liz Allen (Lallen@smsvb.net) or Mr. Goldberg (Lgoldberg@smsvb.net) to receive information about the Education Improvement Scholarship Tax Credit (EISTC). This program will benefit you, the school, and a family needing financial assistance in order to provide their child(ren) with a Catholic education.

Boosterthon Fun Run is less than 2 weeks so let’s make this a great Fundraising Event for SMS!  This year’s main fundraiser is the Fun Run! It’s a 9-day program that kicks off with a Pep Rally on October 16th. Families will then gather pledges for every lap your student runs (30-35 laps), and we’ll celebrate at the Fun Run on October 25th. With our big goal of raising $30,000 for a chromebook cart, we asked the Fun Run experts at Boosterthon to power our Fun Run and make it more profitable, easier, and fun.

Students will also experience an amazing character theme, CASTLE QUEST! – an English castle theme all about being brave and living with character. On their quest to regain Bravemore Castle, students will learn the “SIX VIRTUES of a TRUE HERO” from a cast of colorful characters.

Donations will go toward the chromebook cart and to the entire 9-day experience. So please help our school by reaching out to sponsors. Also, all families are invited to come out and cheer on your student at the Fun Run! Thank you for your support!

SMS Parent Volunteers – please consider signing up to ensure a smooth event and earn volunteer hours! Sign-up can be done through the sign-up genius at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/805044faaaa29a57-Boosterthon contacting ptg_pres@smsvb.net or texting 757-375-1767.

PTG’s 2nd Annual Halloween Trunk or Treat will be here before we know it, you don’t want to miss it!

  • October 27th 5:30 to 7:30pm in the SMS Cafeteria and Parking Lot
  • All students/student siblings are invited
  • No cost to the students/siblings but we ask for donations of bags of store-bought candy or non-sweet treats
  • Pizza Dinner will be available for $5 per 2 slices and a soda/water
  • Consider hosting a “Trunk” registration is currently open, don’t forget to add your family friendly (non-scary) theme! Families who host a “Trunk” will need to provide initial round of treats.
  • Contest for Best “Trunk” will receive goody bag prizes to include dress down passes and student lunch with Mr. Goldberg. Each “Trunk” participant will receive one dress down pass per child in the family!
  • Come and hang out with your SMS family and let your kiddos trick or treat in a safe environment
  • Sign-up Genius for “Trunks” http://www.signupgenius.com/go/805044faaaa29a57-halloween, or send an email to ptg_pres@smsvb.net or text 757-375-1767.

Great Chill Cook Off is the same day as Trunk or Treat!

No cost to participate in our Chili Cook Off. The chef of the “Best Chili” will receive our new and improved “SMS Golden Spoon”, currently held by John Tecson. You will also receive a goody bag with dress down passes and a student lunch with Mr. Goldberg.

Even if you don’t win, each chili cook off participant will receive a dress down pass for each student in the family.

Please come out to sample and vote for the Best Chili for only $5.

If you intend to enter the Chili Cook Off and take down the reigning champ, there will be a sign up sheet posted on the PTG bulletin board, or email Kjersten.Kipp@gmail.com to sign up or use http://www.signupgenius.com/go/805044faaaa29a57-halloween

SMS Book Club Forms are now available!

Commemorate a special event for a student – Birthday, graduation, etc.

$25 adds a book to the Library’s permanent collection!

Select from the Wish List or pick a special book just for your student with a personal message presented to the student during library.  This is a

wonderful way to give a unique and memorable gift that keeps on giving! Information should have been sent home last week. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to the PTG.

Phone: (757) 420-2455

Friday Flash
September 29, 2017

BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS – October 3, 2017 at 9:00 in the front parking lot.  On Tuesday, October 3rd, we will celebrate something that St. Francis of Assisi started almost 800 years ago: blessing our animals. It was Francis who first introduced the idea that human beings are only one of a myriad of creations of God and all are blessed in God’s “eyes.” The feast day of St. Francis (the day that he died) is celebrated every year on October 4th.

Students are encouraged to bring a picture of their pet or a stuffed animal to represent their pet.  Parents are invited to bring their furry, spiky, slimy, feathery friends; great and small are welcome, just make sure they are on a leash and secured safely!  Students should also bring a towel or small blanket to sit on during the blessing of the animals.

Congratulations to our 2017 Eagle Egg Drop Winners:

Luke P.- 3A

Adam B. – PK4A

Michael S. – 3B

Caitlin C. – 3B

Thank you to our Auction & Gala Entertainment Sponsor – O’Neil Family Realty!

Texas Roadhouse Kick Off the School Year Night Raised $244.28! Thank you to everyone who came out to the event in August. Special thanks to our Education Partners – Texas Roadhouse – Sam’s Circle!

Thank you to our Auction & Gala Balloon and Table Decoration Sponsor – Alencar Family Dentistry!

We greatly appreciate Moody Homes, Alencar Family Dentistry and Dental Assisting Teaching Academy for being Beverage Sponsors! Family or Small Business Beverage Sponsorship is only $200. Your Family Name or Business is listed on the Beverage Sponsor banner displayed at the event and in the Thank You ad in the Auction catalog. Contact Liz Allen at 420-2455 or email auction@smsvb.net to be a Beverage Sponsor.

Thank you to our first Auction Family & Friends Sponsor is The Alencar Family! A Family and Friends sponsorship is only $100. Your Family Name or Business is listed on the Family & Friends Sponsor banner displayed at the event and in the Thank You ad in the Auction catalog. Contact Liz Allen at 420-2455 or email auction@smsvb.net to be a Family & Friends Sponsor.

Beagle Bucks – September 25th to Monday, October 2nd.  The National Junior Honor Society is collecting donations for Beagles to the Rescue Foundation. Beagles to the Rescue is a local Chesapeake organization that rescues lost, homeless, and surrendered beagles. For donations of $1.00 or more, we will place a beagle cut-out on the bulletin board near the office with your name on it. Please help NJHS to raise $500 and donate to save the beagles!

The SCA Social for grades K-5, originally scheduled for October 13th, has been rescheduled for Friday, October 20th.   More information will be forthcoming.

From the Music Corner – The Middle School Choir Bake Sale will be held during all lunches Tuesday, October 3rd through Thursday, October 5th to help raise money for our Choir Trip in the spring. Enjoy some lumpia, red velvet cupcakes, cookies, brownies, donuts and other assorted items starting at $.50 each!  If you would like to donate to our bake sale, please fill out the attached form and bring it to Mrs. Alberto.  Thank you for supporting the Arts in our school!

Room Ambassador Meeting – Our next meeting will be held Wednesday, October 4th at 8:30am in the small cafeteria.  Please let Jennifer Biggs know if you are unable to attend.

*SMS Active Duty Families*

Please consider signing your children up for Military Lunch Group.  Groups meet by grade level during lunch for students in Kindergarten through Fifth Grade.  Students are encouraged to share news and a sense of belonging and support is fostered.  Groups are informal and fun!  For more information or to sign up, email Ginna Kennedy at gkennedy@smsvb.net.

The Virginia Musical Theatre and St. Matthew's Theatre share a mutual love of theatre and are exploring ways to synergize.  Please see the attached flyer and support our friends in the theatre.

PTG is getting ready for the Boosterthon Fun Run so let’s make this a great Fundraising Event for SMS!

Kick-off Pep Rally:

The Pep Rally will be held in the Gym on October 16th for K-5th grades from 2:30 to 3:00 and for 6th -8th grades from 1:50 to 2:20.  A Pre-K pep rally will be in the classrooms from 10:45 to 11:00.  Pledge books and additional instructions to follow!

Fun Run:

Fun Run & Color Run on October 25th at the SMS Field.

PreK-5th grades run from 10-11am, 6th-8th grades will do their Color Run from 2-3pm.

SMS Parent Volunteers, please consider signing up to ensure a smooth event and earn volunteer hours! Sign-up can be done through the sign-up genius, contacting ptg_pres@smsvb.net or texting 757-375-1767.

SMS Book Club

  • Commemorate special event for a student – Birthday, graduation, etc.
  • $25 adds a book to the Library’s permanent Collection!
  • Select from the Wish List or pick a special book just for your student Book with a personal message presented to the student during library
  • Wonderful way to give a unique and memorable gift that keeps on giving! Information will be sent home so be on the lookout!

PTG’s 2nd Annual Halloween Trunk or Treat will be here before we know it

  • October 27th 5:30 to 7:30pm in SMS Cafeteria and Parking Lot.
  • Please come check this event out, you don’t want to miss out on the fun!
  • All students and student siblings are invited to come Trick or Treat.
  • No cost to the students/siblings but we ask for donations of bags of store-bought candy or non-sweet treats.
  • Pizza Dinner will be available for $5 (includes 2 slices and a soda/water).
  • Consider hosting a “Trunk” as we are taking registration now, don’t forget to add your family friendly (non-scary) theme! Families who host a “Trunk” will need to provide an initial round of treats.
  • Contest for Best “Trunk” with goody bag prizes to include dress down passes and student lunch with Mr. Goldberg. Each “Trunk” participant will receive one dress down pass per kid in the family!
  • Sign-up Genius for “Trunks” to be sent soon, or send email to contact the PTG president at ptg_pres@smsvb.net or text 757-375-1767.

Great Chill Cook Off to be held the same day as Trunk or Treat!

No cost to participate in our Chili Cook Off.  The “Best Chili” cook will receive our new and improved “SMS Golden Spoon” to display and bragging rights, of course, both of which are currently held by John Tecson, last year’s winner, as well as a goody bag with dress down passes and student lunch with Mr. Goldberg.  Even if you don’t win, each chili cook off participant will receive a dress down pass for each student in the family.  You can sample all of the delicious chili and vote for the Best Chili for $5.  If you came last year, you know you will walk away stuffed!!

Come and hang out with your SMS family and let your kiddos trick or treat in a safe environment.

 Don’t Forget SMS & Papa John’s Dollars for Dough!

  • SMS PTG & Papa John’s are partners for the entire year.
  • Share the code for online orders “SMSEAGLES” to all your friends, family members and co-workers.
  • SMS gets 10% of the proceeds from all the purchases!

Student Council Association will start collecting non-perishable food for the St. Matthew Church Food Pantry every Tuesday beginning in October.  Please have your child bring in an item to help support this worthy cause.  Please see the attached list.  Thank you.

Please join us with your families at the Eucharistic Procession on Sunday, October 8th from 2:30 to 5:00pm at Star of the Sea Church in Virginia Beach.  We will have a banner, so you can easily find us.  This is a family event, not a school sponsored event, so parents need to stay with their children. We are celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Fatima.

We Love Pets As Much As You Do!  Please see attachment for information on pet insurance.

Please Help!  We have lost a soccer bag, gray and black with drawstrings and labeled Joseph Rega.  Inside was a green and white soccer ball, also labeled, a pair of shin guards, soccer socks and a pair of size one Adidas kids Messi soccer cleats that are black, yellow and green.  Also might have a change of clothes.  If you find it, please contact the office.

Football Fanatics runs October 2nd through the 27th.  See attached form for rules and regulations.  Also attached is a Matthew’s Money Form.

Phone: (757) 420-2455

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Friday Flash
September 22, 2017

Please obey the direction of the traffic guards, they are there for your safety. Also, please refrain from talking on your cell phone while driving into the parking lot and slow down.

Seussical the Musical recordings are available in the school office.  We are asking for a $5.00 donation.

Just a reminder to all that our campus is tobacco free.  Thank you.

Beagle Bucks- Next week beginning Monday, September 25th, to Monday, October 2nd, the National Junior Honor Society will be collecting donations for Beagles to the Rescue Foundation. Beagles to the Rescue is a local Chesapeake organization that rescues lost, homeless, and surrendered beagles. For donations of $1.00 or more, we will place a beagle cut-out on the bulletin board near the office with your name on it. Please help NJHS to raise $500 and donate to save the beagles!

Please see attachment for News from God’s Helpers!

Texas Roadhouse SMS Spirit Night Raised $244.28! Thank you, pardners!

Entertainment Sponsor Needed for the Auction & Gala – $1,500 includes two tickets to the event, name or company logo on Sugar Free Mint Cards for each guest at each table (10 per table), 3’x5’ banner displayed by the DJ and remains in the gym through basketball season, listing on the weekly newsletter, listing on the Auction & Gala website page, a quarter page “Thank You” ad in the Auction & Gala catalog, and verbal recognition throughout the night of the event – “Entertainment tonight is sponsored by [your company/name].”  Contact Liz Allen at auction@smsvb.net or (757) 748-3202 for more information.

Thank You 2017-18 Annual Appeal Pledges – We greatly appreciate your generosity. If you have not paid your pledged amount yet, we ask that you send in your payment as soon as possible – you can even split it up. Annual Appeal pledges are calculated into the 2017-18 budget revenue. We do accept credit card payments for the Annual Appeal. To everyone who has already pledged and paid, thank you for being proactive.

Chesapeake Chapter National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution is sponsoring an essay contest for grades 5 through 8.  All participants will be awarded a certificate.  Top essays from each grade will be awarded a medal, certificate, and a $20 Amazon gift card.  Top essays will also compete at the State of Virginia District Level.  Please see attached forms.  Topic statement and more information is available by contacting Traycie West Pinkoski (Danica, 4C) at trayciewest@gmail.com.   Essays are due November 13th.  Participation looks great on future high school academy and college admission applications.

The October Menu is attached.

PTG Meeting is 5 days away!

What:    SMS Town Hall Meeting – You’ve got Questions, We’ve got Answers!

Representatives from SMS Leadership, Teachers, Development, Room Parents, and PTG will be on hand to answer your questions and talk about what’s new for the school year.

When: Wednesday, September 27th

Time: Meet & Greet for New Parents 5:30-5:45; Town Hall Meeting 5:45-6:45 p.m.

Where: SMS Cafeteria

How:  Submit questions in advance using the attached form and send it back to the office to PTG’s attention; Email questions to ptg_pres@smsvb.net; Text questions to 757.375.1767; Ask questions at our meeting

**Meeting attendees who become PTG members will receive 1 dress down per student, or can opt to receive 1 volunteer hour**

PTG’s Boosterthon Fun Run is just around the corner

When? Kickoff 10/16; Fun Run 10/25

Where? SMS Field

What? PTG’s primary fundraising event for the school year

Pre-K and Elementary grades will get pledges & run for laps;

Middle School will get entry fees to participate in a color run

Stay tuned for more information!!

SMS Spirit Wear for Sale – The PTG still has its “SMS Eagle Strong” spirit wear for sale!  If you didn’t get your new ’17-18 spirit t-shirts at Orientation, now is your chance before they’re gone!  Students can wear spirit wear t-shirts on Fridays in lieu of their uniform shirt.  Show your SMS pride!!  Dri-fit crew neck t-shirts are $15 for kids, $20 for adults.  St. Matt’s Mom v-neck t-shirts are $20.  Use the attached order form and return completed with payment to the office to PTG’s attention.  Please contact Kristina Vaquera, PTG President, with any questions you may have or to pay using a credit card – 757.375.1767; ptg_pres@smsvb.net

Phone: (757) 420-2455

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Friday Flash
September 15, 2017

DO NOT USE the RenWeb Home App for ordering lunches. It is unreliable and can create multiple orders without any message to you about what has gone through. If you are ordering lunches online, you should use a computer to do so. If you are ordering through the website on a mobile device, you must DELETE the “0” before typing a “1” or you will order 10 lunches for a day. Please check your totals!

Chick-Fil-A Day – Is coming!  Friday, September 22nd.  This is the first time we will not use order forms.  We will only be accepting orders on line.  Go to ParentsWeb as you normally would to order lunch and click the sandwich or nugget meal by Wednesday, September 20th at 6:00pm.  No orders will be accepted after that time.  You will be billed $6.00 for the Chick-Fil-A lunch.

School Portraits – Wednesday, September 20th for M/W/F PK – grade 4.  Thursday, September 21st for T/TH PK & 5th – 8th grades.   These are Dress Up days.  A flyer is attached.

Basketball/Cheerleading season is coming up!  Please see attached flyer for more information.  Registration form is also attached.

Attention soccer players!!!  Currently we are looking to finish filling some openings on our teams at SMS.
U7-U8 girls practices are on Fridays from 3:45-4:30.
U11-U12 coed team practicing on Tuesday and Thursday from 4:30-5:30.
U9-U10 Girls Tuesdays and Fridays from 3:45-5:00.
We have two under 6 teams one practices on Wednesdays at 4:00pm while the other on Mondays at 4:30-5:30pm.
All games are played through Beach FC on Saturday mornings at Williams Farm Park.
If anyone is interested in playing, please email Amy Chesney at achesney@smsvb.net with your child's date of birth and name.  Thank you

SMS Family has a House for Sale – We are selling our Home at 612 San Pedro Drive in Chesapeake, VA 23322. We have found another home, and  wanted to know if a family at St Matthew’s may be interested in buying it. Alternatively, it can be rented at $2,999. It is a beautiful all brick Colonial Custom built home, great location, 5br 3bath 4700 sq feet on the golf course in the Las Gaviotas Sub Division. We are asking $499,999, all closing costs paid and a Home Warranty with full price offer. It is around the corner from Prince of Peace where the bus picks the children up for school. Click here to view the listing.

First & Only PTG Meeting for 2017 –
What:    SMS Town Hall Meeting – You’ve got Questions, We’ve got Answers!
Representatives from SMS Leadership, Teachers, Development, Room Parents, and PTG will be on hand to answer your questions and talk about what’s new for the school year.
When: Wednesday, September 27th
Time: Meet & Greet for New Parents 5:30-5:45; Town Hall Meeting 5:45-6:45 p.m.
Where: SMS Cafeteria
How:  Submit questions in advance using the form in next week's Friday Flash and send it back to the office to PTG’s attention; Email questions to ptg_pres@smsvb.net; Text questions to 757.375.1767; Ask questions at our meeting
**Meeting attendees who become PTG members will receive 1 dress down per student or can opt to receive 1 volunteer hour**

PTG’s Boosterthon Fun Run
When? Kickoff 10/16; Fun Run 10/25
Where? SMS Field
What? PTG’s primary fundraising event for the school year
Pre-K and Elementary grades will get pledges & run for laps;
Middle School will get entry fees to participate in a color run
Stay tuned for more information!!

SMS, PTG & Papa John’s Partnership for 2017-18
SMS and PTG are partnering with Papa John’s again for the ’17-18 school year in their Dollars for Dough Program.  Super easy to use!  This program runs ALL YEAR LONG!!  All you do is use our school code in the promo code box – SMSEAGLES – every time you, your family or friends, or your companies order pizza online from Papa John’s.  It can be used in conjunction with Papa John’s specials.  SMS gets 10% back from EVERY purchase using our code.

SMS Spirit Wear for Sale
PTG still has its “SMS Eagle Strong” spirit wear for sale!  If you didn’t get your new ’17-18 spirit t-shirts at Orientation, now is your chance before they’re gone!  Students can wear spirit wear t-shirts on Fridays in lieu of their uniform shirt.  Show your SMS pride!!  Dri-fit crew neck t-shirts are $15 for kids, $20 for adults.  St. Matt’s Mom v-neck t-shirts are $20.  Use the attached order form and return completed with payment to the office to PTG’s attention.  Please contact Kristina Vaquera, PTG President, with any questions you may have or to pay using a credit card – 757.375.1767; ptg_pres@smsvb.net

Volleyball Team Portraits will be taken Wednesday, September 20th, after school.

Soccer Team Portraits will be taken Thursday, September 21st after school.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, St. Matthew Catholic Church Conference will be sponsoring our 7th Annual Friends of the Poor Walk on Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 9 A.M. – 11:30 A.M. The Walk is held right here at St. Matthew Catholic Church and School grounds!  This is a fun family event to help raise awareness and funds for our local community.  100% of all funds raised stay right here in Hampton Roads.  Everyone is welcome!  We will have games for the kids and a Rosary Walk.  For information on how to participate or financially support the SMS students who are participating, please email Meredith Di Liberto at meredithcavallo@yahoo.com.  See attached flyer for more information.”

Eagle Egg Drop is only 11 days away! Send in your Eagle Egg order today. See attached form. The winner gets a prize bag that includes Dress Down passes!!

Don't forget to register your team or as an individual to play in the 7th annual Eagle Open on Friday, September 29th at 9am. If you can swing a club, you can play in this event to help us raise money for the students and school. We'll have coffee, juice, and breakfast waiting for you!

Seeking win-win! Rescue some things from the dumpster…items offloaded by classrooms, but which duplicate Library resources. Can you provide a good home?
Useful for history, animals, arts…
21 volumes: Academic American Encyclopedia, © 1997
15 volumes: Children’s Britannica, © 1978
Great bedtime/rainy day readings:
13 of 15 volumes: Childcraft, ©1987
Listening adventures:
Audiocassettes, “Hank the Cow Dog” series
5 have 2 stories each; 9 are single chapter book versions
All are read by author J. Erickson
Please contact Librarian mziegenfuss@smsvb.net to work out delivery. Thank you!

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September 8, 2017

Chick-Fil-A Day – Is coming!  Friday, September 22nd.  This is the first time we will not use order forms.  We will only be accepting orders on line.  Go to ParentsWeb as you normally would to order lunch and click the sandwich or nugget meal by Wednesday, September 20th at 6:00pm.  No orders will be accepted after that time.  You will be billed $6.00 for the Chick-Fil-A lunch.

School Portraits – Wednesday, September 20th for M/W/F PK – grade 4.  Thursday, September 21st for T/TH PK & 5th – 8th grades.   These are Dress Up days.  A flyer is attached.

Auction Acquisition Drop Off Days – Drop off a donation (gift card, item, items that can be re-gifted, etc.) to Auction between now and October 26th and you will receive a raffle ticket every time you donate. The raffle winner receives 2 tickets to the Auction & Gala. Thank You

FORE – what!? – SMS and Catholic education. The 7th annual Eagle Open Charity Golf Outing – Open to the Public will be held on Friday, September 29th at Honey Bee Golf Club. This fun filled event starts at 9am and entry fee includes breakfast, beverages, goody bags for each golfer and awards lunch. Car Hole In One provided by Priority Toyota (Mr. Tony Tran). There will also be trophies for 1st and 2nd place teams and raffle prizes. Sponsorships are available. For information on registering and/or sponsorships, please contact Amy Chesney at (757) 420-2455 or achesney@smsvb.net. Fore the kids!

Please Help!  I am looking for someone to bring my 8th grade daughter TO school from September 18th – 22nd. I will be out of the country and have nobody to get her to school in the morning.  We live in the Kempsville area near Princess Anne and Baxter Road. Please call Laura at 617-8382 or email goldberry@cox.net.  Any help will be greatly appreciated as we do not have family close by. Thank you so much!

Chinese Class – Will be offered beginning Wednesday, September 13th from 3:30 – 4:00pm.  Please see the attached flyer to register.

Important Flyers from the PTG are attached.

GOD'S HELPERS 2017-2018 – We will be starting our service meetings on Tuesday, September 12th for the new school year!  Students from K-8 are encouraged to join this AFTER-SCHOOL SERVICE CLUB.  We will meet Tuesdays, immediately after school – from 3:30pm – 4:30pm with pick-up from outside the main office door at 4:40.  Students not picked up at 4:40 will be checked into the Afterschool program at 4:45.  Please send an email to Becca Voltz:  GodsHelpers365@gmail.com with any questions or to request an Activity Information Sheet be sent home to participate! This club focuses on reaching out and serving others in need and we have many service projects scheduled throughout the year!  It is a free activity, but a small donation for the YEAR of $25.00 per family (not per student) is appreciated to help cover costs of supplies for projects throughout the school year. Thank you so much and may God Bless you and your families!

NEW SERVICE PROJECT ANNOUNCEMENT/ KICK-OFF IS ATTACHED!! See the attachment for our newest mission project:”OPERATION: SMS ROCKS KINDNESS” and mark your calendars for the FirstFamily Service Day “Rock-Party” kick-off on Saturday,September 16th @4:30 pm under the pavilion!

Each month, God's Helpers aims to highlight and support a different charity, cause, or organization to bring awareness of the many different opportunities there are to reach out and help support those in need.  Jesus calls each of us to go and spread His Good News, to be “missioners” of His message…so each month, God's Helpers sponsors a special “mission” project.  While we may not be able to pack our bags and leave our homes to go to other countries, we can certainly use our everyday words and actions to spread His Love to those we encounter in our lives on a daily basis!
September is “National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month” and “GOLD” is the support color used to unify the awareness of the children and families who are affected by childhood cancer. This month, God's Helpers is sponsoring “Operation GO-GOLD for Kids with Cancer.”  We will be sponsoring “Maddie's Lemonade & Gigi's Cupcakes-4-a-Cure Stand” at dismissal on Thursday, September 14th!  We will be passing out FREE Lemonade & mini-cupcakes to help bring awareness to the need for more research and to help support families who are in this fight.  We are asking for you to pray and keep these children and their families in your heart. Donations are welcome and will be used to support children who are undergoing treatment locally. Last year, the FREE cupcakes and lemonade provided over $400 to children being treated at Portsmouth Naval Hospital. Thank you for keeping the children in your prayers!!
New this year: Monthly Family Service Challenge–we are challenging  all of our SMS families to do their own service projects! Many families already enjoy doing service projects together, but if your family hasn't tried yet or you are looking for new ideas, we will be offering suggestions each month! For September, we challenge you to set up a Lemonade Stand in your own neighborhood! Plan a morning or afternoon to spend together and help spread love and awareness for Childhood Cancer in your own neighborhoods! If you receive donations and don't know where to send them, you could send them to St.Jude Children's Research Hospital, CHKD, or in to school to be included with any donations we receive! Just mark on the Envelope: God's Helpers Family Service Challenge – Lemonade Stand donation.  Please include your family name, children and classes! Take pics of your families serving together and share your story by sending it to:  Godshelpers365@gmail.com.  If you would like us to share them with the school community, we will print them and display them on our bulletin board! It's a great way to “KEEP CALM & SERVE OTHERS”!!  Other suggested family activities:
Participate in a charity walk: Two this month include the St. Jude Walk at Norfolk Botanical Gardens on September 23rd and the Friends of the Poor Walk held here, at St. Matthew's on Saturday, September 23rd, as well!

 

 

 

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Friday Flash
September 1, 2017

There is NO SCHOOL on Monday, September 4th.  Enjoy spending Labor Day with your family!

Parking Lot Reminders – Parents, please remember to stay out of the bus lanes when dropping off your children in the morning.  Also, children in elementary school must be escorted into the building.  And finally, please do not drive in the church office parking lot in the afternoon (possibly blocking in the buses).

The September Lunch Menu is attached.

New at St. Matthew’s!   The SMS Astronomy Club for Grades 2 – 4.  See attached flyers for information and registration.

First & Only PTG Meeting for 2017
What:    SMS Town Hall Meeting – You’ve got Questions, We’ve got Answers! Representatives from SMS Leadership, Teachers, Development, Room Parents, and PTG will be on hand to answer your questions and talk about what’s new for the school year.
When:  Wednesday, September 27th
Time:     Meet & Greet for New Parents 5:30-5:45; Town Hall Meeting runs from 5:45-6:45 p.m.
Where: SMS Cafeteria
How:  Submit questions in advance using the attached form and send it back to the office to PTG’s attention; Email questions to ptg_pres@smsvb.net; Text questions to 757.375.1767; Ask questions at our meeting
**Meeting attendees who become PTG members will receive 1 dress down per student, or can opt to receive 1 volunteer hour**

SMS, PTG & Papa John’s Partnership for 2017-18
SMS and the PTG are partnering with Papa John’s again for the ’17-18 school year in their Dollars for Dough Program.  Super easy to use!  This program runs ALL YEAR LONG!!  All you do is use our school code in the promo code box – SMSEAGLES – every time you, your family or friends, or your companies order pizza online from Papa John’s.  It can be used in conjunction with Papa John’s specials.  SMS gets 10% back from EVERY purchase using our code.

SMS Spirit Wear for Sale
The PTG still has its “SMS Eagle Strong” spirit wear for sale!  If you didn’t get your new ’17-18 spirit t-shirts at Orientation, now is your chance before they’re gone!  Students can wear spirit wear t-shirts on Fridays in lieu of their uniform shirts.  Show your SMS pride!!  Dri-fit crew neck t-shirts are $15 for children, $20 for adults.  St. Matt’s Mom v-neck t-shirts are $20.  Use the attached order form and return completed with payment to the office to PTG’s attention.  Please contact Kristina Vaquera, PTG President, with any questions you may have or to pay using a credit card – 757.375.1767; ptg_pres@smsvb.net.

GOD’S HELPERS 2017-2018 – We will be starting our service meetings on Tuesday, September 12th for the new school year!  Students from K-8 are encouraged to join this AFTER-SCHOOL SERVICE CLUB.  We will meet Tuesdays, immediately after school – from 3:30pm – 4:30pm with pick-up from outside the main office door at 4:40.  Students not picked up at 4:40 will be checked into the Afterschool program at 4:45.  Please send an email to Becca Voltz:  GodsHelpers365@gmail.com with any questions or to request an Activity Information Sheet be sent home to participate! This club focuses on reaching out and serving others in need and we have many service projects scheduled throughout the year!  It is a free activity, but a small donation for the YEAR of $25.00 per family (not per student) is appreciated to help cover costs of supplies for projects throughout the school year.  Thank you so much and may God Bless you and your families!

NEW SERVICE PROJECT ANNOUNCEMENT/ KICK-OFF IS ATTACHED!!  See the attachment for our newest mission project: “OPERATION: SMS ROCKS KINDNESS” and mark your calendars for the First Family Service Day “Rock-Party” kick-off on Saturday, September 16th @4:30 pm under the pavilion!

St. Matthew Feast Day – Feast Day Mass and Picnic on Sunday September 24 at 10 am. Please see flyer for more information.

*SMS Active Duty Families* – Please consider signing your children up for Military Lunch Group.  Groups meet by grade level during lunch for students in Kindergarten through Fifth Grade.  Students are encouraged to share news and a sense of belonging and support is fostered.  Groups are informal and fun!  For more information or to sign up, email Ginna Kennedy at gkennedy@smsvb.net.

There will be a Room Ambassador Meeting on Wednesday, September 6th at 8:30am in the Cafeteria.

Open House on Wednesday, September 6th for PK through Grade 4 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm.  There will be a Car Wash going on as well.

Open House for Grades 5 through 8 will take place on Thursday, September 7th from 6:00pm – 7:30pm.

Volleyball Ice Cream Social – will take place on Thursday, September 7th during lunchtime.  Cost is $1.00.  Proceeds will help to purchase more uniforms and a new volleyball net.  Thank you!

Looking for COKE COLLECTORS for 2017-18! Coke Rewards is back in business and SMS is participating! Please collect caps or carton ends from Coke products which include: Coke, Coke Zero, Diet Coke, Sprite, Dasani, Powerade, Minute Main, Fanta, Barq’s, Fresca, Pibb, Mello Yellow, Nestea, and Seagrams Ginger Ale and turn them in. SMS volunteers will be entering the cap or carton codes and we receive money for each entry! Last year, we raised almost $900. We would like to raise $1,800 this year.

YEEEHAWW & THANK YOU to everyone who joined us at Texas Roadhouse to “Kick off the School Year” either at the restaurant or by placing a takeout order! We will let you know how much we raised as soon as we receive the total!

Hole Sponsorships for the 7th annual Eagle Open are only $100 – Show your support with a sign on one of the 18 holes at Honey Bee Golf Club. Wish someone a Happy Birthday, Happy Anniversary, show your family support, alumni support is also greatly appreciated, or advertise your business. All proceeds from this event benefit SMS students. For more information, email achesney@smsvb.net. Thank you!

PTG Events sheet attached.