Did you know that Computer Science Education Week is happening right now? December 8-14, Code.org is hosting an hour of code. An hour of code is a way to teach students of any age that Computer Science is fun. Many of the student’s at The Academy of St. Matthias the Apostle have been participating in an hour of code. Code.org provides self-guided lessons & recommended video tutorials. This allows students to work at their own pace and skill level. There is no experience required in learning code. This is a fun way to get students interested in Computer Science. Check out more about code at http://www.code.org. You can also go to my website for more resources at http://www.mrsmcnorris.weebly.com.
-Mrs. Shannon Norris
The following selections are Ms. Kelly’s top picks for Christmas. Ms. Kelly is our lower school librarian, and shared that these are picture books that are fun for families to read together!
The Sparkle Box by Jill Hardie
A Christmas Story by Brian Wildsmith
The Shine Man: A Christmas Story by Mary Quattlebaum
Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojciechowski
The Legend of the Candy Cane by Lori Walburg
S is For Snowman God’s Wintertime Alphabet by Kathy-Jo Wargin
This Advent, we are preparing for the joys of Christmas and the celebration of the birth of Jesus.
In society, this becomes a time to be thankful, joyful, and generous. Each year, teachers at Saint Matthias spend over $200 out of pocket on supplies to make their classrooms more dynamic. We also work to support families in need by cooking meals, and buying birthday and holiday gifts. If you would like to donate to support the academic program at Saint Matthias, our wish list is below. Updated throughout the year, we are able to share our wants and needs with a board community.
Thank you, to those of you who have supported us through your time, treasures and talents throughout the years!
Here’s our Thanksgiving video! http://youtu.be/IkgzwnSi6lc
We are so thankful for the many parents, alumni, supporters, and students!
We are also gearing up for #GivingTuesday – so, if you are able to, please donate!
The Academy of Saint Matthias the Apostle is holding a food drive this week, with a goal of bringing in over 700 non-perishable food items to stock the shelves at the St. Matthias food pantry. As of today, the students and staff have brought in over 400 items. If each member of our community brings in two more items, we will earn a dress-down day for Monday! Any donations can be dropped off at the school on Friday. The Parish food pantry collects donations year-round and they can be dropped off at the church office.
While our goal is a fun one, giving is at the heart of this week. Each Friday, members of the community surrounding Saint Matthias are able to receive a bag of non-perishable food. The parish food bank has also helped members of the school community who have fallen on hard times.
Saint Matthias was featured on the Archdiocese of Washington Catholic Schools Facebook page as a part of the “Food Drive Frenzy” to showcase the work of schools to feed those in need this holiday season.
Service is a key part of the work of students at Saint Matthias. This fall, they cooked and served dinner to students at the Catholic Students Center at the University of Maryland. This January they will collect coats for Catholic Charities. Last school year, students worked to support the Latin American Youth Center, Cross Catholic Outreach, Home Away Dog Rescue, the American Diabetes Association, and other local, national, and global organizations.
Educator and Author Donalyn Miller met today with teachers at The Academy of Saint Matthias the Apostle. Miller, author of “The Book Whisperer” and “Reading in the Wild” shared her passion for student-driven reading choices with the staff, which is emulating her philosophy. Miller is a former elementary teacher who currently works for Scholastic to promote reading choices.
The Academy of Saint Matthias the Apostle utilized the choice reading in three classes last year: 3rd grade, 7th grade and 8th grade. Two of the classes, currently in 4th and 8th grade, scored in the top 15% of the nation in Reading as of their fall assessment. As a school community, 80% of all Saint Matthias students were assessed at or above grade level in reading this fall The school made a 29% gain in reading scores during the 2013-2014 school year. The program has now expanded to other grades.
Middle school students at Saint Matthias utilize the Edmodo website to share and exchange reading ideas. This online educational component started as a summer reading program and has continued in to the academic year because of the participation and success. Teachers are also a part of this secure, online community of readers, sharing their young adult book reviews. Students in lower grades also had choice-driven summer assignments designed to engage in a conversation about books and learning.
Throughout the school, teachers post outside their classroom what book they are currently reading. Saint Matthias also has two separate library spaces, one designed for preschool to third grade, and one for fourth to eighth grade students. Each classroom also has a library of reading choices for students. With a BYOD program, students are able to access text in whatever way they feel most comfortable.
The Academy of Saint Matthias the Apostle is a preK-8th grade Catholic school located in Lanham, Maryland. With a 90% acceptance rate into local Catholic High Schools, Saint Matthias prides itself on its honest, academic product. They are a Responsive Classroom school. For more information, contact Vivian Richards, Director of Admissions firstname.lastname@example.org (301) 577-9412
The Book Fair is coming to a close. The live fair has ended, but you can still order online until November 22nd. You can order online at http://onlinebookfairs.scholastic.com/default.aspx?f=3335461 This is a fundraiser for our school. Thank you for your support.