St. Matthias Tree Lot

Volunteers needed to make this great event another success.

Christmas Tree Lot
It’s our signature event of the year – the St. Matthias Tree Lot.  We will be selling Christmas trees again this year for the best  fundraiser and community building event of the year.  There are lots of opportunities to sign up.  Please go to:  Volunteer spot to sign up.  You’ll get your volunteer hours in, raise the school’s profile in the neighborhood and have a great time with other parents.

Tree Lot Shifts: 3 hour shifts from 6-9 on weeknights and 9-9 Saturdays and 10-7 on Sundays.

Foremen: We need seasoned guys to step up to coordinate each shift. It’s not harder, but you have to open and close, guide along the volunteers and make the money drop. We have multiple shifts on the weekends,and Tuesday and Wednesday nights.  Email: if you can be a shift foreman for all 4 weeks.

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School Tour: Wednesday, December 9th 9:00am

Please join us Wednesday, December 9 at 9:00am for a school tour. All grade levels, PreK through 8th are welcome! Come and see what St. Matthias School, an IB World School, is all about! Community, diversity, academics, sports…let us show you why we love our school! No need to RSVP. For more information, please call 773.784.0999 or email Carmen at

1st grade boys  8th grade girls_1  PreK4_Boat

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Important Information

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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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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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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St Matthias Scholarship Program

Please enjoy this message from our students about the value of scholarships:

Click here to ! You can also view the video on Youtube.


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Teach Your Children Well

You’ll find outstanding academic preparation and faith-based learning at St. Matthias School. We recognize that each student comes to us with unique experiences, skills, learning styles, and needs.  Beginning in preschool, and extending through eighth grade, teachers use creative approaches to adapt their instruction to each student and provide them with tailored and meaningful educational experiences in a nurturing and diverse environment. Further, at St. Matthias, we’re a technology leader.  Click here to learn more about the technology utilized in our classrooms.

Click here to learn more about the enrollment process. Applications are being accepted for grades Pk-3 through 8. Class size is limited to 25 students (20 in Pre-K with a teacher and assistant; a 1:10 ratio).

School tours are available upon request, please call 773/784-0999.

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