Friday Flash

Friday Flash
November 8, 2019

Security System Reminder – A Driver’s License Is Now Required to Enter St. Matthew’s School.   Parents, we are fully active now with our new Visitor Management System.  It requires a driver’s license to activate.  Please remember to have yours with you.  Thank you.

Reminder – There is NO SCHOOL on Monday, November 11th.  This is a teacher work day, reserved for Parent/Teacher conferences.   Also, Friday, November 22nd is a NOON DISMISSAL day.  There is no Afterschool care except for the children of Auction volunteers who will be setting up the gym.

St. Matthew’s School will be hosting a VIRTUS class on Saturday, November 16th in the school’s cafeteria, from 9am-12pm. Please go to the VIRTUS website ( to pre-register for the class. The Diocese of Richmond has mandated that all volunteers who work with children are required to take this class. Sessions fill quickly, so please don’t delay signing up.

SMS Shadow Day – If you have friends or relatives who are considering Catholic School, please invite them to spend the day with us on Tuesday, November 19th.  In support of Discovering Catholic Schools Week, we will be hosting prospective students at our school that day.  Parents need to register students by calling the school office at 757-420-2455 by Thursday, November 14th.

THE AMY FOLKES SANTA SHOP 2019 – The Amy Folkes Santa Shop will begin Monday, December 2nd, and run through Wednesday, December 11th. It is an opportunity for your child to purchase 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 today (grades PK3-5th), which specifies their 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, and staff on Tuesday, December 10th from 3:30-4:00pm and Wednesday, December 11th from 7:30am-4:00pm. We are located behind the middle school wing, next to the Band Trailer. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Louise Lewis at 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:

Slots are filling up fast, so don’t delay and sign up today!

St. Matthew’s School will present a sexual abuse prevention program, the Teaching Safety – Empowering God’s Children program, to our students on November 22nd. The creators of the Protecting God’s Children® program developed the Teaching Safety – Empowering God’s Children program. This program is required by the Catholic Diocese of Richmond, as outlined in the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, as a part of our ongoing effort to help create and maintain a safe environment for children and to protect all children from sexual abuse.  One lesson per semester will be presented to all students at St. Matthew’s school. Each lesson will be approximately 45 minutes in length and will cover the grade designated topic. We encourage you to read the Teaching Boundaries and Safety Guide so that you are aware of the nature of the Teaching Safety – Empowering God’s Children program. To ensure the school and family connection remains strong, we will communicate the exact date of each lesson approximately a week prior to the lesson being taught.  If you have questions about the program or the lessons, please contact Dr. Galvez at 757.420.2455. For more information on the Teaching Safety – Empowering God’s Children program, visit the VIRTUS Online™ website at www.virtus.org  Thank you.

FROM THE THEATRE DEPARTMENT: Announcing Mary Poppins coming to the SMS stage May of 2020! Any 5th-8th grade students are eligible to audition on Thursday, December 12th. Sign-ups for audition time slots, beginning at 3:30pm, are posted on the drama board by the teacher workroom in the long hall.  Students will need to memorize a one-minute (or less) monologue, as well as a song from a musical. (Please bring sheet music, as live piano accompaniment will be provided.)  PARENTS SHOULD ACCOMPANY THEIR CHILD in order to fill out the required paperwork. Audition packets with additional audition tips, as well as example monologues, are available in the school office. PLEASE NOTE: Callbacks will be held the following day, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13th from 3:30-6:30pm. ALL students who audition will need to attend at least from 3:30-5pm for a dance and music callback. Select students will be asked to stay for the remainder of the time from 5-6:30pm. (A list of the select students for callbacks will be emailed out following auditions.) Please direct any questions to Hannah Graham,

Come hear Mariam Ibraheem’s Faith Journey Sunday, November 10th, from 5:30-6:30pm at St. Stephen Martyr Roman Catholic Church.  Mariam, a St. Matthew’s parent, journeyed from a refugee camp, to a Sudanese prison, to the Vatican, to the White House, to St. Matthew’s, to the world. Come hear her story.

From the PTG:

Holiday Dress Down Package- Are you in need of a stocking stuffer for your SMS student? Then look no further! The SMS PTG has the perfect solution! We are selling our Dress Down Package beginning Nov. 12th until Dec.16th. Included is one (1) dress down pass for each month from January through May. Please use the attached form and send it to the main office to the attention of the PTG.  Dress Down Package Order form is attached.

Papa Johns- Please continue to share our Papa John’s code SMSEAGLES with your friends and family. We earned $2500 last school year by using our code. Let’s go for the BIG WIN this year! If you order a $25 Papa John’s gift card through Matthew’s Money you will also receive one Dress Down Pass! When you think about ordering pizza, think Papa Johns.

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 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!

The winner of the Acquisition Drop Off Days raffle is Jayne Casingal! She won two tickets to the Auction & Gala. Thank you and congratulations, Jayne!

Pre-Order your Auction Balloon and a ticket for the Champagne & Diamonds Raffle sponsored by Alencar Family Dentistry when you RSVP. A picture of the 1/2 carat diamond Journey necklace is in the attached Auction & Gala newsletter. RSVPs are due on or before Monday, November 18th.

Auction Volunteers Sign Up Genius is now open – please sign up for the area you want to volunteer in to help us make this year’s event a success.

Friday Help

Buffet Set Up:

Decorating the cafeteria:

Gym Set Up:

Treasures from the Kitchen:

Saturday Help

Buffet Food Service:

Auction Clean Up:

Check out the night of Auction:

Remember to mark your calendar for #iGiveCatholic on December 3, 2020.