Friday Flash

Friday Flash

June 2, 2017

From the Business Office- Final statements will be emailed at the end of this week showing balances owed on ALL accounts. ALL balances must be paid in FULL by Monday, June 5th.  Report cards will be held for any amounts owed. Please check with your child’s teacher regarding any outstanding lunch IOU’s.  Also, if you received a letter owing for volunteer hours, that is due as well.  Please contact the Business Office if you have any questions.

Carnival 2017 – Celebrating Seuss broke a Carnival record this year in total net raised at $42,000!! In spite of the weather, this is the most successful SMS Carnival to date. Thank you to our Sponsors, Friends, Families, Faculty, and Staff for making this a huge success. Big shout out to our Carnival Chair, LaDonna Sinsabaugh, and the Development team for another successful fundraising event for the students and school. Have a great summer break!

Monday, June 5th, the cafeteria is closed.  If students did not preorder Chick-Fil-A, they must bring their own lunches to school that day.

Tuesday, June 6th – Rob Carbaugh Field Day from 8:30am – 12:00pm.  Students may wear class shirts.  The Talent Show will follow at 12:30pm.  Students need to bring their lunches on this day.

Wednesday, June 7thKindergarten graduation is at 10:00am and 8th Grade graduation is at 6:00pm.

Thursday, June 8thLast day of school!  We will have Mass and the Awards Ceremony beginning at 9:00am.  There is a NOON DISMISSAL and no after care.

As a follow up to information sent out by the Diocese of Richmond regarding the HPV vaccine, attached  is a letter from the Virginia Department of Health with additional information.

School’s almost out and Back to School will be here before we know it!!  I know what you’re thinking… What will it be this year? That one item on your child’s back to school list that cannot be found. Not at any store, not anywhere on line. When you order your back to school supply kit from 1st Day School Supplies, you receive the exact supplies your teacher requested delivered in a custom kit for your child! So, this year, don’t worry about that purple plastic folder with pockets and prongs! 1st Day School Supplies has you covered!  Order your school supply kits now before it’s too late!  June 30th is our last day to order and support SMS and get quality products with no hassle!!  Please contact the PTG with any questions.  See attached flyer .

Ms. Antiskay is offering tutoring this summer in math, reading, and writing.  The summer is a great time to sharpen skills, and I will be delighted to meet with your child at school, Indian River Library, Kempsville Library, Great Bridge Library, etc.  I can take students in rising K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades.  Please email or at if you are interested.  Thank you and God Bless!

Parents, we have a St. Matthew’s parent who would like to donate two booster seats.  Please call the office at 420-2455 if you are interested.

I am seeking a nanny/childcare for a 12 week old infant starting sometime in November, Monday – Friday 730am-4pm. Smoke free, experience preferred.  Please contact me with credentials if interested, Sarah Daly: or via text 607-371-1561.

SMS is looking for people with a medical background to substitute in our clinic during the coming school year.  Please contact the office at 420-2455 if you are interested.  Thank you.

Mr. Goldberg and Amy Chesney are proud to announce the new SCA Officers for the 2017-2018 school year!  Congratulations to these students and let’s get to work!


Isaac A.

Vice President

Lexa H.


Reid M.


Nadia E.


Jack C.

Fleet Reserve Essay Contest – Patrick Z. took First Place for the Mid-Atlantic Region in the 8th grade category.  He was awarded a check for $75.00.  Vanessa H. took First Place for the Mid-Atlantic Region in the 7th grade category.  She was awarded a check for $75.00.  Congratulations!

If anyone is interested in making money over the summer working at the Virginia Beach Amphitheater as a volunteer for St. Matthew’s, there will be a limited number of spaces available in June for classes.  You can use money earned from working to go towards your tuition, EF tours (Greece trip over Easter Break), Discovery, or Enrichment programs at SMS.  This is a great way to earn a little towards your SMS fund, make some new friends, and have fun!  If you would like to take the class or want more information please contact Amy Chesney at


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Friday Flash

March 17, 2017

Financial Aid – To date, 130 families representing 196 students have applied for financial aid for 2017-2018. Of those 130 applications only 67 have been verified. Please make sure you complete your application by providing FACTS with all supporting documentation. I can’t consider you for financial aid until your account has been verified.   Mr. Goldberg.

Track and Field Registration – Closes Monday, March 20th.  Participants are still needed.  Attached is a registration form .

Taxes are due April 18th! – H&R Block is happy to help and the school receives $20 for each new client. Print out the attached flyer  and take it to the H&R Block office and present it to your preparer. An SMS parent, Sabrina Shilts, is a Tax Professional with H&R Block at Woodford Square Shopping Center, 701-0 N Battlefield Blvd, Chesapeake, VA 23320 – (757) 547-4244 and is ready to help.

OOPS! Our sincere apologies to the Myers Family for incorrectly spelling their last name in the Carnival Newsletter and Information Station Slides.

Carnival Dress Down – On Friday, March 31st, we will have a Donation Dress Down Day.  Just bring in your donation and you can dress down for a day!

Friends of SMS Carnival Sponsorships – All donations through this sponsorship helps offset the expenses of Entertainment, Tent Rentals, and Security, which helps us raise more money for the students and school!  We hope to have 100 families donate $100.00 each to reach our goal! Family name and or business will be on an 8 foot banner located on the center stage in addition to a listing on the Carnival Newsletter & the Information Station. 

EISTCEducation Improvement Scholarship Tax Credits – Did you owe Virginia State Tax in 2016? The EISTC program provides up to a 65% tax credit for individuals and businesses participating in the program and SMS can be designated to receive the funds to provide scholarships. There are only 2 forms to fill out and your confirmation from the state comes in about 14 days. Thanks to those who have participated in the program; SMS has been able to provide $128,617.75 in scholarships to families since the program started. Contact Liz Allen at or (757)420-2455 for more information.  

Check out the attached Carnival Newsletter  for the latest information about Carnival!

VIRGINIA WESLEYAN SOCCER CAMP – Once again, SMS students who attend one of the soccer camps offered this summer (July 10-14 or July 24-28) will receive a discount. More information can be found on their website. SMS students will pay $185 for the week instead of $235. The camp is for children ages 6-15. To get the discount, you need to send your registration form and at least a $50 deposit to Kelly La Londe by backpack mail (Katie 7B) or by emailing her at to set up a time to meet.

SUMMER CAMP – Summer is around the corner!! J  We provide a fun-filled summer camp for children of all ages while in a safe and loving environment.   Check out our summer camp flyer.

Grades close on Tuesday, March 21st.

Owner Development Specialist” Job Opportunity – The Abbate Agency is seeking a new hire for an administrative position for our growing agency.  Please see the attached flyer  for job description and duties required.

BUTTER BRAIDS:  Runs from Monday, March 20, 2017 to Thursday, March 30, 2017!  Butter Braids are back!  Buy a pastry for Easter or give one as a gift!!!  Perfect treat anytime with lots of great flavors (each braided bread serves 11 people).  Be a TOP seller and WIN fabulous prizes!  Earn a Dress Down Pass for every 5 sold! (Attached please find a flyer , order form  and details on the prizes ).  Thank you for supporting your SMS & PTG!!  Please contact Lara Gaston at 757.618.3430 (cell/text).

The Father & Daughter Rodeo is scheduled for March 25th from 12-2 p.m. in the SMS Gym and the Mother & Son Sock Hop is set for April 1st from 12-2 p.m. in the SMS Gym.  These events were great fun last year and we hope you’ll join us!  You can pay at the door!!  PTG has also released its SignUp Genius for these events and is looking for help before, during and after the events.  Please consider signing up if you need volunteer hours!  If you have any questions, please contact Mel Howerton at 757.286.1304 (cell/text).

Don’t fret Leprechauns are still coming to SMS and PTG still needs your help to catch them! – We are sorry to announce that our Leprechaun Dunk tank festivities are going to be postponed to April because of the weather.  We want wet Leprechauns, not frozen ones!!  But…we have the money put into the jars so far and will resume voting a week before the new date.  Stay tuned for more information.  Thank you!

Matthew’s Money – New retailer- UBER for Scrip now to pay your uber driver in $10 increments.  Families are encouraged to check out; gift cards are safe and easy to use when online shopping, great for gift giving and can help families stay on budget.  At SMS the program helps you earn money back towards your tuition, earn volunteer hours, and earn dress down passes!  Please see Amy Chesney if you have any questions or email at

March Madness— don’t forget to place your Matthew’s Money order weekly!  The class with the overall most participation earns an ice cream party!  An Order form  is attached.

SCA – Don’t forget the St. Patrick’s Day Social is tonight in the Gym. Payment at the door is $5.

Art Fair is almost here!

*  March 21st, from 2:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.

*  Dinner is at 5:15 p.m. in the cafeteria (pre-order by Friday with Leaping


*  Pre-payment for framed artwork form attached – prepay deadline is March 21st.

*  Items still needed if you have them to donate:

(Please send these to the art room)

~ Cardboard Boxes

~ Wood Blocks

~ Styrofoam

~ Nature items (leaves, sticks, small rocks)

~ Craft Sticks

~ Craft Pompoms

~ Googly Eyes

~ Pipe Cleaners

~ Tissue Tubes

~ Fabric Scraps (squares)

~ Empty Paper Towel Tubes

~ Random pieces from craft projects

If you have questions, please check out the art fair attachments .

Volunteers are still need for setup and as well as during the Art Fair itself.  We especially need volunteers from 7:00pm – 10:00pm (clean-up) on March 21st!

To sign up, go to:

If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail Mrs. Mercado at

Math-a-thon – Funbooks and donations are due Friday, March 17.  I will still collect them next week too.  Thank you for helping the sick children at St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Mrs. Martin 3C

There will be no God’s Helpers meeting on Tuesday, March 21st due to the art fair.



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