Back to School BBQ Friday Aug 28th 2015


Anyone interested in helping can sign up at the Back to School BBQ VolunteerSpot


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Opening Day Details

We have an exciting year planned at St. Matthias School, and we are all very pleased

that you will be with us.  Please pay attention to the following pieces of important information.

Please keep in mind the following procedures regarding regular drop off and pick up routines…



Children in grades kindergarten through eight may be dropped off in the car line on Claremont Ave. Student must be riding in the back seat on the driver’s side. Parents must pull up as far as possible, and a school official will help the child out of the car.  Parents are not permitted to get out of their car.  They should merge carefully back into traffic.

Preschool parents must park in the parking lot on the west side of Claremont and accompany their children to the preschool classrooms.

Children who are not in the before care program should not be dropped off at school before 7:50 AM for safety reasons. Students will not be supervised before doors open at 7:50 AM.


Parents/guardians picking children up from school should park in the west lot on Claremont Ave. Teachers will escort students to assigned spots in front of the school. Parents/guardians are not permitted to pull up and ask students to get in the car, but must pull completely into a spot.  Parents/guardians may not park in front of the school on ClaremontPlease do not park between the cones in front of the school.

Please arrive by 2:50.  Children must be picked up or leave the school grounds by 3:00 PM at the latest. For safety reasons, any child not picked up by that time will be taken into the Extended Care Program and the parents will be charged for that full time of service as listed in the Extended Care Handbook. Children may be kept after school for extra help, for detention, misconduct, or missing assignments. Parents/guardians will be notified by phone should a child be asked to stay after school.


There will be exciting new menu options for the 2015/16 school year.  Information about choices and ordering will come next week.  Please pack your child’s lunch until the lunch program starts!

Before Care Procedures

The Before Care Program will begin on Tuesday, August 25 at  6:30 AM.  Students are to enter through the gym doors when they arrive, not through the Main doors as in years past.  Delores Ortiz will be in the gym to monitor students.


Anne Henning is the point person in charge of organizing information for a weekly email.  All information that school organizations would like shared with families will need to be shared with her.  She will need to get approval from School Administration prior to sending anything to families.  She can be reached at

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And We’re Back…

The teachers started meeting today to plan and prepare for the school year ahead…PILLARs helped organize a wonderful back to school luncheon and we are so thankful!

A special thank you to Tom Labadie for the Teacher’s Staff T-Shirts!  We will wear them with pride!

A very special thank you to John and Roots Pizza for donating lunch for our Teacher Institute Day! What a nice way to come back after summer!  Please consider patronizing Roots Pizza to show your support.

ROOTS – 1924 W. Chicago Ave. Chicago, IL 60622


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Charity Mania Football Fundraiser

Please help support St. Matthias with this fun football fundraiser. Tickets are available online as well as thru some men’s club and pillars members. Games run all 17weeks of the NFL season. You have 3 different teams each week and a final overall chance at the end for high or low total. A great way to have fun while donating to the school. Get your tickets online today!


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St. Matthias School in the news…

St. Matthias School is one of four schools described in a Chicago Tribune article.  Click on the link below and read more about our mission, philosophy and direction.

Cupich to lead Catholic school system diverse in needs, benefits – Chicago Tribune

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Check out the CBS News coverage of St. Matthias and the IB Opening Ceremony.

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We Are a Big Deal!!!!!!

St Matthias School has been mentioned on the Archdiocesan News and Events page!  Being the first IB School in the Archdiocese is definitely worth attention…

Follow this link to the page and enjoy:


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It’s official! St. Matthias is an IB World School!

On May 14th we learned that St. Matthias School has been accredited as an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School and is authorized to offer the Middle Years Programme in our junior high (6th, 7th, & 8th grades).  This makes St. Matthias the first Catholic elementary school in the state of Illinois to offer an IB Programme and the seventh in the nation!  We surprised our students after Mass today with this great news and a celebration in the garden.

The authorization letter from the IB’s director general in Geneva, Switzerland came four months earlier than we had hoped.  This was the final step in a three year long process of extensive preparation, teacher training and implementation of the IB Middle Years Programme.

The Middle Years Programme has transformed our Junior High.  Our teachers are planning collaboratively across disciplines and challenging our students to think deeply and critically about real issues.  Our students have become more self-aware, understanding themselves as learners, and have developed strong leadership and communication skills.  IB authorization is a monumental accomplishment which will ensure that our educational program continues to strengthen and fully prepares our students for personal, academic, and professional success.

So, now that we are authorized, what’s next?  The IB teachers will continue to collaborate to develop and improve IB instruction in grades six through eight.  We also have the goal of becoming authorized to offer the Primary Years Programme (PYP) in grades preschool through five within the next three years.  Teachers in the lower grades will begin to attend IB trainings as early as this summer to prepare for this (1)


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A Day at our School

Take a look at the amazing things happening at St. Matthias School. This video shows all of the happenings in just one typical St. Matthias day. Enjoy and then click here to learn how to become a part of our school.

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IB Candidate School

Our students have a lot to say about our candidacy for the IB program!  Please enjoy this video that debuted at our Friends of the Grape event.

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