Friday Flash

Friday Flash
January 11, 2019

Grandparent Pictures – Please send in any pictures of your children and their grandparents.  We will be hanging them up for the brunch on January 29th.  Please label with your child’s name and class and we will try to return them.  Please, no originals.  Thank you.

Room Parent Ambassadors – Our next meeting will be held Wednesday, January 16th at 8:30am in the Small Cafeteria.  Please let Jennifer Biggs know if you are unable to attend.

St. Matthew Catholic Church is looking for a Core Team of Young Adults and Parents to help facilitate and be a part of their planning committee for their Vacation Bible School of Summer 2019.  All interested, please contact their Director of Religious Education & Youth Minister: Oscar Rivera at or 420-6310.

New to St. Matthew’s : This Spring we are offering Soccer for the Girls. The season will start roughly mid March and will be played as part of the ETIS league. St. Matthew’s is currently seeking a coach and assistant coach for this team. If you are interested in coaching or you are interested in registering your student, please contact Sarah Daly at We look forward to a promising season. 

Student Planners – The process of putting together these brand new Student/School Daily Agendas has begun!  Please see the attached form if you are interested in purchasing sponsorship space.

From FlynnO’Hara – Ways to Order flyer!  Includes store information, a direct link to our St. Matthew’s landing page on their website, and updated pricing for 2019.

Carnival Dress Down – On Friday, January 18th, we will have a Coca-Cola Donation Dress Down Day.  Just bring in your donation and you can dress down for a day!

Monday, January 21st – NO SCHOOL!  Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The adoration chapel at St Matthew Church is in need of people to sign up for/commit to an hour. Here are the times for which someone is needed  ASAP:

Sunday-10-11PM, 11PM-12MN
Please contact Katie Drewiske at

The SMS clinic is looking for substitutes! If you have a medical background/experience and are interested in being on our sub list, please contact Sarah Daly @ Please note that your hours in the clinic can be used towards volunteer hours!

Attached is information on the two Respect Life events in January: the Annual March for Life Flyer – held on January 18th in Washington, DC and the Prayer hour Flyer – held on January 22nd at Planned Parenthood in Virginia Beach.

The Spanish Bowl students will have an Ice Cream Social on January 30th and 31st; the cost of the ice cream is just $1.00.

Coke Collectors – Thank you to our December Coke Reward bottle and carton ends collectors Elizabeth Mercado – 4B, Ian Gadshian – 2A, Alex Faber – 6A, Jordan Hardesty – 2C, and Angelina Myers- 7A for collecting and turning in those Coke, Coke product caps, and carton ends! Great job!! Any student can be a collector for SMS. Just collect only Coke and Coke product caps or carton ends, put them in a bag with your name and grade on it, and turn it into the office.  We really hope to reach our goal this year of receiving $1,000! Thank you and Happy New Year!

Look what we did!!  – click here for the final Auction & Gala newsletter to find out what we raised! Thank you!

American Heart Association News:  All donation envelopes have been sent out this week.  Please encourage your child to seek donations for this wonderful cause.  Our school name is listed as St. Matthew’s Catholic School under  A challenge has been declared against Middle School vs Lower School…who can raise more donations?  As of Wednesday morning, we have collected $865.00 (Middle School-$390.00 & Lower School-$475.00). We are on our way to our school goal of $6,500.00.  IF your child needs an additional donation envelope, please see Mrs. Lilley in the gym.

Shoe La-La News:  Calling all shoe designers and artists!  We need your high heel shoe for the Shoe La-La contest that begins on Wednesday, January 23rd.  All designed high heel shoes are due in a shoe box to Mrs. Liebold NO LATER THAN JANUARY 16th.  See the December 7th Friday Flash for the rules (or see Mrs. Mercado). 

Cheerleading and Basketball pictures will be taken Wednesday, January 23rd after school.  A schedule will be forthcoming.

PTG Family Fun Night at Cinema Café Greenbrier on February 7th.  We will have a private SMS screening of the new Lego movie and since there will be no school on February 8th, it will be a great time to come out and enjoy an evening with the SMS family!  Ticket sales will be starting soon so be on the lookout for the flyer to be sent home with your student.

The PTG Winter Meeting will be held January 16th from 5:30pm-6:30pm.  Ever wonder what it means when they say they had a lockdown drill?  Want to better understand what steps SMS has taken to protect our students? Join us for the first PTG meeting of 2019 where the Safety Advisory Team will be presenting information on the school’s safety and security protocol & policy. Please complete this form  so that the Safety Advisory Team can better address your interests, needs and concerns. The PTG will be providing a free pizza dinner to our parent attendees—first come, first served.  Please bring your own beverages, or you can utilize the school’s vending machine.  In addition, parent attendees will receive one dress down pass per student in their family. 

Don’t forget to use/share our code SMSEAGLES when ordering from Papa Johns!  The credit earned on each order goes directly to our school.  Plus, the code can be used in addition to those other discount codes offered by Papa Johns!

Help!  One of our SMS parents is learning to drive.  She has successfully completed the behind-the-wheel course, and now needs to practice driving for several hours before she may take her final behind-the-wheel driving test.  Please prayerfully consider sharing your time to supervise her driving your car.  Please call the office for more information.

Zumba Fitness – Thursday, January 24th.  Please see the attached flyers for information and permission to attend.