Friday Flash

Friday Flash

September 22, 2023

Carpool Needed – We have a family who lives in the Lafayette Shores area of Virginia Beach looking for a carpool. It is for just one child.  Please call the front office at 757 420 2455 if you can help.  Thank you.

****************************Absences/Early Release/Coming In Late – Parents, in addition to letting your teacher know of any of these happenings with your child(ren), please send the information to Both people in the front office will then see it.****************************

Is your child interested in playing Basketball or Cheerleading for St. Matthew’s School this upcoming season? Registrations are now open until October 31st. Come join the fun and compete against other private schools in the area. For questions regarding the season, please email Alex Murphy at for basketball, Ali O’Brien at for cheerleading or Mr. Fencil at for general questions.  See the cheer and basketball attachments for more information. Thank you.  Click here to register.

Middle school parents:  If you are interested in finding out about Catholic High School’s admission process and community, please join us for one of our Virtual Q & A Nights!  See attached flyer for more information.

Beagles to the Rescue Fundraiser – Last chance to donate for the Beagles To The Rescue Fundraiser – In the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi, the St. Matthew’s School Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society will be collecting donations for Beagles to The Rescue. BTTR is a local organization in Chesapeake that rescues lost, homeless, and owner-surrendered beagles. They are 100% volunteer-run and funded solely by donations. Money raised provides the surrendered beagles with veterinary care and placement at BTTR until a forever home can be found for them. To make your donation, please click on the link: NJHS Beagles To The Rescue Fundraiser, or send in a check/cash in an envelope labeled “NJHS – BTTR Fundraiser” and reference your student’s name and homeroom class. The student who raises the most donations will receive a dress down pass! The class with the highest total will receive an ice cream treat! This fundraiser ends on Monday, September 25, 2023.  Thank you for supporting NJHS and BTTR.

It’s not too late to register for the Middle School Girls Bible Study! BLAZE starts next Wednesday, September 27th afterschool from 3:30-4:30pm.  BLAZE is a Walking with Purpose ministry for teen girls that counteracts the way our society drives girls to question their identity, worth, and beauty. Through BLAZE, we emphasize how a girl’s identity is rooted in Christ as God’s chosen, beloved daughter. An antidote to bullying, feeling anxious, and body-image issues, BLAZE replaces lies with truth and strengthens girls from the inside out using Scripture-based programs. In addition to the bible study, there will be opportunities for the girls to visit St. Matthew’s Eucharistic Adoration Chapel as well. Cost for the study is $25 and includes a tote, supplies, take away gifts, and snacks.  As the girls are introduced to the Bible in relevant and fresh ways, they will hear Jesus telling them how loved and beautiful they are! To register please visit Payment Forms.  For more information or questions, please contact Maria Echaniz,, 757-510-4912. Additional information about Blaze can be found here.

Our students can join the festivities by participating in the Eagle Egg Drop: Eagle Egg Drop Order Form. For just $1.00, you can purchase an “Eagle Egg” (golf ball) for your student that will be assigned a unique number. On September 26, 2023, all numbered “Eagle Eggs” will be dropped by a front loader over a hole on the baseball field. The Egg that lands in the hole will win a gift bag with an ice cream pass, two Dress Down passes, and a snack pass! The more Eagle Eggs you purchase, the higher the chance of your student winning the gift bag!

Want to earn some Volunteer hours? We need supplies for our golf tournament. Every $20 spent equals one volunteer hour for school. Once purchased, items can be dropped off on the Spirit Shop porch or during dismissal by the Matthew’s Money cart. Browse the list of items needed and sign up here: Eagle Open Snack Donations Sign Up. Thank you for your support!

Greetings SMS’ Military Families!

The following link is to gain insight to see who all our Military students & families are! There is also a question on the Google Form that you all can answer regarding the Military Luncheons! If you have not already done so, please sign up as the form closes Friday, October 13th, 2023.  Be on the lookout for more updates to come in future Friday Flashes! Thank you for your time and consideration, and  have a wonderful weekend!

Click here.

Shatter the Silence – St. Matthew’s Middle School students (grades 6-8) and families are encouraged to take part in the FREE event, Shatter the Silence on Saturday, Sept. 23 from 1:00pm-4:00pm in Williamsburg. We will be learning about Depression Awareness/Suicide Prevention. SMS is providing a bus for students and chaperones to leave from the school at 11:30 AM and return at 5:30 PM. Parents welcome!  Sign up as soon as possible for this FREE fun and informative event at this site to make sure that you can attend. Seating is limited! Free give awaysFree dinner served between 2-4 P.M. We suggest that the students eat prior to boarding the bus, as it is a long day. All SMS attendees will get a dress down pass from Mr. Goldberg.  See attachments for permission slip and additional information.  If you are unable to register, then the class has filled.  Questions, ask Elaine at  Thank you, Elaine Roberts, SMS teacher
Shatter the Silence Coordinator/StillStanding Community Resource

Golf Club portion of golf clubOur 13th Annual Eagle Open will be held on Friday, September 29, 2023 at Greenbrier Country Club with registration and breakfast at 7am-8am, and 8am shotgun start. Join the fun by registering to play golf at this link: Eagle Open 2023 Player Registration Form. Event is held rain or shine! Interested in being a sponsor? Sponsorships are available at many different levels and can be purchased here: Eagle Open Sponsorships or contact LaDonna Sinsabaugh at

Eagle Open has Hole Sponsorships ($125) – a great way to honor an upcoming SMS 8th grader, birthday, In Memory of, or show your support for the students and school. To purchase your Hole Sponsorship Click Here

3D Eagle Open Photo Booth Sponsorship is available for $500 – promote your business through this 3D Photo Booth sponsorship that allows sharing on social media with your business name or logo. Also, a sponsorship sign at the Photo Booth, thank you on the Eagle Open website page with a hyperlink to your business website, and thank you in the Event Program. Contact LaDonna Sinsabaugh at to purchase this sponsorship!

Eagle Open Bloody Mary Station Sponsor ($500). We have an 8am shot gun start. What better way to kick things off? This is a great way to advertise your business or just to support our school! To purchase this Sponsorship Click Here

Only 9 Auction & Gala VIP Tables are available! To reserve your VIP table and enjoy at your table check-in, upgraded wines, VIP appetizers, VIP dessert, front of the room table location, and wait staff until 10pm Click Here

Volunteers make our events possible! Thank you to the following 2023 Auction Volunteer Coordinators:

Auctioneer: Scott Danner

Acquisitions & Volunteers: LaDonna Sinsabaugh

Auction Set Up Coordinators: LaDonna Sinsabaugh & Louise Lewis

Balloon Buy Out – Tonee & Chad Rabon

Bar Coordinator: Jason Gusman

Cafeteria Set Up Coordinator: Diana Banyai

Cash Raffle Coordinator: LaDonna Sinsabaugh

Champagne & Diamonds Raffle Coordinator – Denise Dowling

Chance Auction Coordinator: Kelli Floyd

Check-In Coordinator: Louise Lewis & Rasheeda Stewart

“Clean Sweep” Raffle – Louise Lewis

Clean Up Co-Coordinator: LaDonna Sinsabaugh & Joel Stewart

Live Auction Data Entry: Rasheeda Stewart

PowerPoint Presentation: Mary Banks

Silent Auction Package Coordinators: Diana Powell & Louise Lewis

Treasures of the Kitchen Co-Coordinator: Rianne Troutman & Sabrina Bankes

VIP & Buffet Coordinator – Rachel Smith & Jessica Hazuga

Wine Pull Co-Coordinators – Katie Hopkin & Genevieve Malarkey

For those who sent in volunteer sheets to help – there will be a Sign-Up Genius sent out on November 1st to sign up for the area you selected on the sheet. Thank You!