Friday Flash

Friday Flash
January 22, 2021

From the Clinic – Rising 7th Graders – Get a head start for the next school year.  Rising seventh-graders are required by the state of Virginia to have a DTAP before entering 7th grade.  Please turn the paperwork into the office after your child receives his/her immunization.

Parents, you can access your 2020 Tax Information in FACTS by following these steps:

Log in to FACTS via Family Portal
Go to Financial; click on Financial Home
View Details
View Payment Summary
Select Year; Federal ID Tax number will be on the page
Please contact the Business Office if you have questions.  Thank you.

Box Tops- Please send in box tops you physically have.  This March will be our last physical submission for the program as it will become a scan only program for redemption.  Currently, only 80 families participate in scanning their receipts to see if their purchase qualifies for free money.  Please download the app and select our school, St. Matthew’s School.  Scan receipts from Target, Aldi, Dollar Tree, and of course, all the local grocery stores & markets.  The total can really add up.  The receipt has to be scanned within 14 days of the date of the receipt.  There are instructions online (google Box Tops for Education grocery pick-ups) to tell you how to successfully send in your pick up receipts as well!

Harris Teeter – VIC Card free money program – We earn cashback from your grocery shopping and saving!  Please link your VIC card to number 2751, which has to be done every single school year.  If you haven’t relinked your card, please do so!  Your purchases could make a big difference in our efforts to obtain free money from local companies.

Kroger – This store has become our biggest free money donation and reward program to date!  Please register your Kroger Plus/Community Rewards card and account to QP735 to support St. Matthew’s Catholic School.

If you have any questions in regards to how you can help earn free money for our school, please contact Amy Chesney at

Catholic School’s Week Spirit Dress Out Days!  You still must follow the handbook on dress code for lengths and what is not allowed as our school policy.  Please no weapons as part of the dress-up days!  These are just suggested themes…be creative, print a picture and put it on a colored shirt…style your hair like your character, or use the character’s colors.  Have fun!  No need to buy expensive costumes.

“Marvel”ous Monday- Marvel character, February 1st
Star wars Tuesday-no lightsabers! February 2nd
Disney Wednesday- any Disney character, February 3rd
Ohana Thursday- Hawaiian wear, February 4th
Navy Blue & White Spirit Friday- school colors or spirit shirt, February 5th

“Soup”er Bowl Food Pantry Collection February 1st=February 5th during Catholic Schools Week – It’s that time again for the “Soup”er Bowl Food Pantry Collection for the pantry at St. Matthew Parish.  Please bring in non-perishable, not expired hearty soups that can be used as a meal for this food drive.  Our goal is to collect as many soup cans as we can to stock the food pantry through the coldest months of the season.  We need all families to bring one can of soup per day.  For every 7 students who bring in one can of soup, their class will be awarded a touchdown.  The goal is to get as many touchdowns as possible during the week for this “feel good” competition as we stock the pantry and try to win the “Soup”er Bowl!

The SCA will begin meeting on Wednesdays starting on January 27th.  More information will be available Monday with the location and times (during lunch and recess) that they will be meeting.

SMS Theatre Announces a Virtual Night on Broadway coming in the spring of 2021! All 5th-8th graders are invited to audition. Auditions will take place on Wednesday and Thursday, February 3rd-4th. 7th-8th graders will audition on Wednesday, February 3rd, and may sign-up for either a 3:30-5pm or 5:15-6:45pm time slot on the Drama Board in the main hallway. 5th-6th graders will audition on Thursday, February 4th, and may sign-up for either a 3:30-5pm or 5:15-6:45pm time slot on the Drama Board in the main hallway. (Participants should plan to stay for the entire 1.5-hour time slot that they sign up to attend.) All those auditioning will need to prepare a short monologue (1 minute or less) and a brief portion of a song from a Broadway musical (30 seconds to 1 minute). Please bring sheet music, as there will be piano accompaniment provided. All participants will be asked to learn a short dance combination during the audition, so please wear loose clothing and supportive shoes. Rehearsals will generally take place Monday/Wednesday/Friday from 3:30-5:30pm, though not all students will be needed for every rehearsal. The first week of May will be designated for recording the performance, and a virtual streaming event will follow. PLEASE NOTE: For auditions, parents should park and come to the main office door to drop-off or pick up their child. Participants should not arrive more than a few minutes prior to their audition time.

From the PTG: 

Papa John’s Promo School Code – Take a break from cooking over the weekend and order Papa John’s Pizza! Please use our promo code, SMSEAGLES, when placing your orders! Don’t forget to share our special promo code with family and friends in the Tidewater area. Let’s get the big win again! Together anything is possible!

SMS Book Club – $25 adds a book to the Library’s permanent collection and is a perfect gift idea any time of the year! Select from the Wish List or pick a special book just for your student or a staff member. It’s a great 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 the attached form for details.

PTG Facebook Page – Please join our St. Matthew’s PTG Facebook page. Stay connected about all of the upcoming events and get involved in our family fun!

PTG Board Members: Please reach out to any of the board members and parent collaborators below if you have any questions throughout the academic year. We are always looking for new ideas.

2020-2021 Parent teacher guild (PTG) Board Members:

President: Sondra Smith,
contact information;
Vice President: Karen Monroe
Secretary: Alicia Wuornos
Treasurer: Amanda Melson,
contact information;

2020-2021 PTG Parent Collaborators:

Crystal Bloom, Anne Brown, Christina Cristaldi, Rossana D’Orazio-Guillen,
Theresa Henson, Lauren Keene, Carissa Parrish, Samantha Phillips, and
Ximena Tenorio-Castillo

See attached flyers for information on Mad Science Program:  The Inventor’s Lab!