Friday Flash

Friday Flash
March 8, 2019

The PTG Butter Braid and Coffee sale will be kicking off soon!  So be on the lookout for a flyer to be sent home in the coming days with important information on how to place those orders.

Keep using and sharing our SMSEAGLES Papa John code when ordering your pizza (can be used in addition to discount codes).  SMS is currently in 2nd place behind a school in Richmond.  We have gotten 170 sales and our new goal is to get 250+ sales. SMS will qualify for one of the monetary prizes if we reach that goal, which includes a $10,000 prize!  We have until May to accomplish this so please continue to share our code with friends/family!

The PTG/St. Matt’s Sale at Boon Supply is still going on and has been extended through the rest of the school year– 50% of the purchase price comes back to SMS. Easy to order and a nice selection of unique items!   Link to order can be found on St. Matt’s PTG Facebook page.

Middle school needs a new water fountain! Our 8th graders are pre-selling $20.00 Autobell gift cards to raise money to replace the old water fountain with a new and more efficient fountain. Autobell gift cards never expire and you can use the $20.00 towards any of their services. Who doesn’t need their car washed? These are great Easter, Birthday, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or “Dang, I need to wash my car” gifts.  Purchase your Autobell gift card today from any 8th grader or from Mrs. Lewis in the school office. This fantastic sale will end on Monday, March 18th.

CORRECTION Ford Drive 4 UR School hours will be 2:30pm-6:30pm on Tuesday, 

May 7th in the school parking lot. Making it convenient toget your drive in before or after dismissal!  Hope to see you there. Also, we are looking for 10 people to help with the event. If you would like to volunteer to help, please contact Liz Allen at Lallen@smsvb.net or 757-420-2455 x522. It’s an easy and fun way to finish off your volunteer hours.

Carnival Sponsors this week: Marketing Tower Sponsor – Thank you to The Liebold family (Barrett – 3A),  Cake Walk Sponsor – Thank you to  SMOC – Dr. Scott Grabill  (Wesley – 7A), and Thank you to BINGO Sponsor – Gastroenterology Associates of Tidewater – Dr. Felix Tiongco (Therese – 2C)!

Carnival has the Ice Cream Booth Sponsorship available for $500 – This sponsorship covers the cost of ice cream, and shaved ice food truck. Sponsorship recognition includes:

?      Company logo/name printed on a banner displayed at the Ice
Cream booth
?      Thank you in the Carnival newsletter
?      Hyperlinked company logo or name recognition on the Carnival
web page
?      Social media shout out

For more information about Carnival, please click here for this week’s newsletter!

Virginia EISTC – Education Improvement Scholarship Tax Credit – If you ended up owing Virginia State Tax this year, please consider donating to the EISTC, which funds scholarships for children to attend SMS. You receive a 65% Virginia tax credit! Do you have a family member or relative that has to take a Required Minimum Distribution, but it will put them into a higher tax bracket? They can donate to the EISTC program and receive a tax credit for providing a student with an opportunity to receive a Catholic education. For more information, please contact Liz Allen at Lallen@smsvb.net or Mr. Goldberg at Lgoldberg@smsvb.net. The process to donate is quick and easy – only two pieces of paper!

Math-a-thon!Helping a sick child is a perfect way to start your Lenten journey.  There is still time to participate.  See Mrs. Martin in 3C for permission forms/Funbooks.  Do it for the kids!

Track and Field – If anybody is interested in assisting or being a head coach for the 2019 SMS Track and Field team this Spring, please email Mr. Fencil at mfencil@smsvb.net.  You are welcome to co-coach if you would like.  We are really looking forward to carrying on our great tradition of competition in Track and Field and think this year is the year we bring home the Championship for both boys and girls.  Registrations will be sent out shortly once we have coaching positions filled.   Practices are normally Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 3:30pm-5:00pm.  The first practice usually takes place around March 18th.  Track and Field meets are held on weekdays and usually begin around 4:00pm.

St. Matthew’s School STEM Learning Lab – from Mad Science.  Please see the attached flyers.

For grades K-2:

Yes, including Kindergarten students is new! We would bring our Funky Forces and More program. Like our other programs, each week features a different topic full of hands-on exploration and exciting take-home projects. See attached for a description of the 8 topics.  Flyer attached.

For grades 3-5:

We are offering a new coding enrichment program that is specifically aimed at older kids called MISSION: CODE. It is different than our traditional Mad Science programs. We would use the computer lab, or the school’s laptops or tablets. Over the course of the 8-weeks, this program teaches kids the fundamentals of coding through a game environment. Students are able to progress at their own pace while learning programming concepts like sequences, loops, algorithms, functions and more. See attached for more information about the educational value of this program.  Flyer attached.

Our cost for each 8-week program is $102/student. We would be happy to send two instructors and have both classes run at the same time in two classrooms. As usual, we need a minimum of 12 students to run each class. We have availability on Mondays or Tuesdays and we can start late March/early April.

 

Friday Flash
March 1, 2019

Room Parent Ambassadors –  The meeting originally scheduled for Wednesday, March 6th, has been rescheduled to Tuesday, March 5th at 8:30am in the Small Cafeteria.  Please let Jennifer Biggs know if you are unable to attend.

Menu Change – On March 6th, the menu has been changed.  It is now Grilled Cheese, Tomato Soup, Dessert and a Beverage.

Catholic Rates – We would like to ensure that our Catholic families receive the lower Catholic rates we offer.  The Diocese requires that these families are registered, contributing members of a local parish in order to receive the Catholic rates.  Most parishes provide envelopes for contributing, or have an on-line option available.If you haven’t been using either of these methods to make donations, please call your parish to rectify the situation.  Thank you.

Track and Field – If anybody is interested in assisting or being a head coach for the 2019 SMS Track and Field team this Spring, please email Mr. Fencil at mfencil@smsvb.net.  You are welcome to co-coach if you would like.  We are really looking forward to carrying on our great tradition of competition in Track and Field and think this year is the year we bring home the Championship for both boys and girls.  Registrations will be sent out shortly once we have coaching positions filled.   Practices are normally Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 3:30pm-5:00pm.  The first practice usually takes place around March 18th.  Track and Field meets are held on weekdays and usually begin around 4:00pm.

Support Juvenile Diabetes Research – We have several children at SMS with diabetes. The SMS Pierce family is running in the Shamrock Marathon to help the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and would like your support. Two ways to support their efforts are 1) donate to their JDRF fundraising page at www2.jdrf.org/goto/Pierce or 2) sign up and run any distance during the Shamrock weekend. You can email Mr. Pierce at chrisapierce@yahoo.com and he will help you register for the run.  Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone people need to get energy from food. T1D strikes both children and adults, and its onset has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle. There is currently nothing you can do to prevent it, and there is no cure. Thank you!

Click here for Cake Walk, BINGO, Shrimp Fest information and more in this week’s Carnival newsletter!

You are invited to “A Celebration of LOVE!” at St. Matthew Parish this Sunday afternoon March 3rd at 3pm! Our marvelous and talented Music Ministry will be presenting an eclectic concert of vocal and instrumental performances in song and dance that will encourage your heart and lift your spirit! Please join us and invite your friends and family members to come along too!

MARK YOUR CALENDAR – Ford Drive 4 UR School! – On Tuesday, May 7th from 4-6:30pm, we will partner with Cavalier Ford to test drive new Ford vehicles! Ford Motor Corporation will donate $20 for the first test drive and additional $$ for a bonus test drive with a maximum donation of $8,000. You have helped us raiseover $13,000 from two events in one year by participating in this type of program.

Electronics and Internet Safety Training – In the world of ever-changing apps and websites, are you aware of how to keep your kids and family safe? Do you know the school’s policy regarding internet use and personal devices brought to school, like tablets and cell phones?  We are holding an Electronics and Internet Safety Training for parents next Thursday, March 7th,  from 3:00pm-3:30pm in the Assembly Hall.  A second training will be held from 5:00pm-5:30pm in the cafeteria.  Please plan to attend one of these sessions to get up to date with the tools and safeguards you can use to keep your children safe on their devices.

Keep using and sharing our SMSEAGLES Papa John code when ordering your pizza (can be used in addition to discount codes).  SMS is currently in 2nd place behind a school in Richmond.  We have gotten 170 sales and our new goal is to get 250+ sales. SMS will qualify for one of the monetary prizes if we reach that to include $10,000!  We have until May to accomplish this so please continue to share our code with friends/family!

The PTG/St. Matt’s Sale at Boon Supply is still going on and has been extended through the rest of the school year– 50% of the purchase price comes back to SMS. Easy to order and nice selection of unique items!   Link to order can be found on St. Matt’s PTG Facebook page.

The PTG Book Club is still available! For $25 it allows you to purchase a book for the library’s permanent collection in honor of your student, family, teacher, etc.  A book plate memorializing the occasion will be placed in the book and will be presented to your special person before being added to the collection.  Great way to celebrate a birthday, special achievement, etc.  Please see attached flyer.

The March Menu is attached.

For Sale – Cascade CPVR Helmet size small, STX glove size small 10”, STX Shoulder Pad size medium, STX Elbow pads size medium, Brine Lacrosse Stick 7075, and Under Armor Highlight RM football cleats. $100  Please contact Veronica Vanderley (805) 217-1838