The inaugural meeting of the Academy of Saint Matthias the Apostle Robotics Club was held on Thursday October 5th. We had over 30 students join us for the clubs first meeting. Students had an opportunity to get hands on with the Frist Lego League(FLL) robotics equipment and learn about this year’s project challenge, Hydro Dynamics. Also, students learned all about the tenants of FLL inspiration, team work and gracious professionalism. A special thank you go out to Let’s Go Boys and Girls for the equipment donations, Mr. Walters, Mrs. Johnson, Mrs. Kelly and Mrs. G for being our adult volunteers.
Our next meeting will be on Thursday October 12th from 4 – 5pm. Students should be sure to bring a composition notebook, pencil and snack. See you next week!
Join the Fun at the Fall Festival
Our annual Fall Festival is this Saturday from 11am – 3pm, and we look forward to a fun time! Special thanks to all of the families that took advantage of the wristband pre-sale. Wristbands were sent home with students today. For any additional forms received today or Friday, wristbands will be available for pick-up at the ticket table on Saturday. Children should wear their wristbands to the Fall Festival. Only children with wristbands will be allowed to participate in the various games and activities. Wristbands can also be purchased on-site this Saturday. We hope to see you there!
Robotics Club Begins
We are very excited to bring this opportunity to the students of St. Matthias. Thanks to former teacher and parishioner, Ms. Thompson and parent, Mr. Walters students in grade 3-8 are now invited to join our first robotics club. We will be using our amazing robotics equipment on loan to us from Let’s Go Boys and Girls to help our students learn important engineering, technology and team building skills. Please use the attached flier to sign-up today!
Please note that the club does not begin until 4 PM. Parents of club members will need to take a turn supervising the children here while they wait or all parents of children who are not in ESP will need to pick their child up at 3 and then return at 4.
Scantron and You
Every student in grades 1-8 has taken the Scantron assessment in reading and math. The individual child’s results were given to the oldest or only child of these families today to take home. They are in a sealed envelope along with a letter from Principal Schratz and a parent guide to the Scantron Tests for parents to read. Please read this information carefully. Parents with questions should not hesitate to contact Mrs. Schratz.
The teachers are meeting this afternoon to analyze this data very carefully and to make instructional plans to help each child achieve maximum growth. Your support of your child’s learning is very impor- tant.
The Scantron testing program and St. Matthias trends will be discussed at the Principal’s Coffee on October 6 at 8:30 in the Hughes Center.
Read more in the current Bridges Newsletter 09/28/2017 (PDF)
Unlike stated in last week’s Bridges, the parent reports will not be distributed until next week. The 6th and 8th grade students have not taken the math assessment due to their being at Blackrock Outdoor Education and Retreat Center. The reports will be sent home on September 28. However, the teachers have begun using the data available thus far to set goals for individual students as well as to plan for instruction for their classes. Last year our school experienced a 35% increase in our reading scores and a 16% increase in math achievement. However, it is important to note that we are determined to in- crease achievement even further in both reading and math. This will take great effort, not only on the part of the teachers, but also from the students. Parents also have a role to play. Supporting your chil- dren’s learning by ensuring they get enough rest, eat nutritious meals, do their homework, read nightly and practice math facts is critical. It is also important to encourage your children to set high goals, build up their confidence and believe in them.
Ice Pop Fridays
The HSA will be selling ice pops beginning this Friday during lunch. If you would like to have your child purchase one, please put a dollar in his or her lunch box. The proceeds from the ice pop and pizza sales along with the HSA dues is used to fund events and treats for the children throughout the year.
Girls Basketball Update
St. Matthias is registering a girls’ basketball team with the Archdiocese of Washington CYO! We are very excited about this news. Any girl 10 years old and under are eligible to join the team. If your daughter(s) is interested please complete the interest survey attached to this newsletter.
All students are invited to participate in the Knights of Columbus Annual Soccer Shoot Out on Saturday, September 30 at 9 AM on our soccer field.
Instrumental Band Program
The Academy of St. Matthias the Apostle is proud to offer our students in grades 4-8 the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument and participate in the school band. Band lessons occur on Friday mornings beginning on September 29. The schedule rotates so that students do not miss instruction in the same subject. The advanced band practices at recess on Fridays. There are a limited number of scholarships for new band members. Please see our principal, Mrs. Schratz for further information.
Read more in this edition of Bridges September 21 (PDF)
The Father Hughes Scholarship award program is funded by the parishioners of Saint Matthias the Apostle Church to meet the needs of parish students who attend the Academy of Saint Matthias the Apostle or an accredited Archdiocese of Washington Catholic High School.
Submission deadline is Friday, April 28, 2017.
To be considered for this scholarship, each family must have a Financial Aid application on file with TADS. For additional information, please contact Ms. Ann O’Hare, Director of Admissions, in the Academy of Saint Matthias the Apostle Office at 301-577-9412 or email@example.com.
St. Matthias Alum
St. Matthias Alum, Seamus Hughes, now the deputy director of George Washington University’s “Program
on Extremism” and trainer of F.B.I. agents on how to identify American jihads, appeared on CBS Sixty
Minutes on March 26. 2017.
Rachel Leader, is currently a sophomore at St. Edward’s University in Texas. She was recently featured in
their newsletter’s article on Six Standout Students (among many). Rachel is a Sociology major with a minor
in English writing and rhetoric. Rachel participated in the Holy Cross mission and done a Service Break in
White River, Arizona as a leader and completed a service trip to El Paso, Texas as well. Rachel serves as a
member of Hilltop Hospitality, Hilltop Leaders, and is a resident assistant. Rachel is also a McNair scholar
and a member of the Honors Program.
We are very proud of our St. Matthias alums.
Read more St. Matthias news in this issue of Bridges.
Please join us for a Family Dinner Night at Texas Roadhouse, Wednesday, February 22 2017 from 5-9 pm. Texas Roadhouse is located on Route 450 and Highbridge Road in Bowie, MD. 10% of the proceeds from your purchase- in the restaurant or takeout- will be donated to the Academy of St. Matthias the Apostle.
Please join our principal, Mrs. Schratz and our pastor, Father Jordan as they present a 2017 State of the School financial and academic message to parents. We will look at this year’s budget as well as forecast the 2017- 18 school year. Parents will have the opportunity to learn about the gains students are making in their mid-year Scantron testing as well as plans for future curricular activities. The Home School Association will also discuss new opportunities for parent involvement. One service hour per family will be credited to those who attend the meeting.
Catholic Schools Week Begins Sunday, January 29, 2016. Here is a list of activities by day the Academy of St. Matthias the Apostle will be holding for the week:
- Sunday, January 29- Participating in 10:30 AM Parish Mass. All ASMA students are encouraged to wear their school uniform to Mass.
- Sunday, January 29- OPEN HOUSE- 11:30 AM-1:30 PM. Meet in front foyer for a guided tour of the school.
- Sunday, January 29- 12 Noon, Academic Challenge Team at DeMatha Catholic HS.
- Monday, January 30-Coffee and Doughnuts for Parents- 7:45- 8:00 AM in Upper level Library. Parents are encouraged to attend classroom “morning meeting”. Meet with Principal Schratz for Roundatable discussion at 9:15 AM in Hughes Center.
- Monday, January 30- National History Day Presentations- 1:30-3:00 PM
- Tuesday, January 30- 8:15-9:15 AM. Open House for Prospective Parents. Call 301-577-9412 for details.
- Tuesday, January 30- 9:15-10:15 AM. Catholic Schools Week Mass. Sanctuary of St. Matthias the Apostle Church.
- Wednesday, January 31- Pennies for Pakistan Fundraiser
- Wednesday, January 31. STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) Assembly for students in Friendship Hall 8:30-10:00 AM.
- Thursday, February 1- Tag Day for all students, Educational Buddy Activity, HSA treats all students to ice cream at lunch, NO homework tonight!
- Friday, February 2- Blastoff Breakfast for teachers 8-9:00 AM courtesy ASMA HSA.
- Friday, February 2- SOUPER Bowl Tag Day- Students bring in canned or powder soup to donate to St. Matthias Food Bank and dress in your team’s colors.
- Friday, February 2- 9 AM in Church: Prayer Service to Celebrate our Chain of Kindness
- Friday, February 2 – Half Day for Students. Second Quarter Report Cards Distributed. Dismissal at 12:05 PM. No After Care on Friday 2/2.