Don’t Forget….

Registration for the 2015/16 School Year is due Monday. Contact either Carmen White at or Sheila Klich at if you have any questions.

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Global Fest Planning….

Global Fest 2015!
There’s time to get involved.  We have space on the following Global Fest Subcommittees (and some really wonderful parents who have already volunteered) but could always use more help ….

1. Permit/ Logistics- Sheila Klich, Katie May

2. sponsorship – Jadranka Schechinger

3. teacher bucket drop raffle / parent party raffles- Amanada, Labadie, Melissa Elbert

4. marketing/signage/Church bulletin notifications and Social Media- Ann Henning, Beth Mankowski

5. tickets

6. bar/drinks- Anthony Santone, Men’s Club

7. food (in whatever form that takes)- Leisa Hancock, Linda Santone, Bridget Swan

8. kids crafts/activities- NIcole Brandstedt

9. volunteer coordinator- Stephanie Santander

10. Finance- Will Callard

We are meeting on Monday, March 9 at 7 PM in the Convent.  This is a great chance to get involved, meet new people, and help St. Matthias School!

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St. Patrick’s Day Party

Please join us on Saturday, March 7th from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm for the night EVERYONE is Irish!  We’ll have corned beef and cabbage, along with hot dogs and Mac & Cheese.  Adults can purchase from a Cash bar.  We’ll have a DJ for your entertainment, along with the annual appearance of the Irish Dancers!  Advance Ticket Sales are available online or by completing the order form here.  Children and Seniors are $6 and Adults are $10.  Don’t miss out on this exciting event!


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Registration Information

Dear St. Matthias Families:

Registration for the upcoming 2015-2016 school year will be from February 17 – February 28. At that time, parents will be able to re-register current students as well as their siblings who will be new to our school. There is no need to fill out an application for siblings, and there will be one registration fee per family (not per student).  Tuition information will be included with the registration paperwork.

Registration for Summer Camp will begin in March. More information (pricing, times, activities and themes, etc.) will be available shortly.

We are committed to making our school affordable for families who are experiencing financial difficulty. If you are interested in applying for financial aid, please contact Mrs. Lee Valdez at

Please contact Gail Hulse at, Sheila Klich at or Carmen White at if you have any questions.

We look forward to seeing you for the 2015-2016 school year!


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Application for the 2015-16 School Year for New Families

The application deadline for the 2015-2016 school year is fast approaching!

Interested in applying to St. Matthias for the 2015-2016 schoolyear? Our application deadline is Monday, March 2. Please call 773.784.0999 or email Carmen at to schedule a tour or for more information.

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Winter is here!

Please keep in mind the following during these harsh winter days:

  • Students should wear winter boots and bring shoes to wear inside.
  • Students should be dressed appropriately for the weather, including hats, scarves, and mittens or gloves.

In the event that school is cancelled, you will be notified by a School Reach phone call.  Closure information will be posted on the school website and shown with the list of all schools closed on the news. The following link will also bring you to the list of schools closed

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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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IB Opening Ceremony

St. Matthias teachers, students, and parents were joined by:

Sr. Mary Paul McCaughey, Superintendent of the Archdiocese of Chicago, Alderman Pat O’Connor of the 40th ward, Alderman Ameya Pawar of the 47th ward,  faculty from Loyola University of Chicago, DePaul University, and several International Baccalaureate (IB) high schools, the Big Shoulders Fund, and many parishioners, alumni, and friends to celebrate our inaugural year as an IB World School.

Speeches by Fr. John Sanaghan, pastor, and Mrs. Gail Hulse, principal of the Upper School, explained how the IB program supports of mission as a Catholic school  and opens up the world to our students.  Eighth grade student, Elisabeth McGovern, shared her experience as an IB Middle Years Programme student and how this program will help her in the future.  Keith O’Connor, seventh grader, confidently welcomed the audience in Spanish, demonstrating the International Baccalaureate Programme’s commitment to second language development.

The final speech by Sr. Mary Paul congratulated the staff, parents, and student for the historic accomplishment as she shared very simply and genuinely, “I love you.”  The ceremony concluded with the St. Matthias choir singing “Young People of the World” and the unveiling of a banner which will be installed on the school building announcing our status as an Internatonal Baccalaureate World School.   St. Matthias is proud to be the first Catholic elementary school in the state of the Illinois certified to offer the IB Middle Years Programme, and the seventh in the nation.

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It Takes a Village….

It took many hands and generous donations to make Thursday’s IB Opening Ceremony a memorable success.  We would like to thank:

Annika Mitchell                     Leisa Hancock,                       Margaret O’Conor

Karyn McGovern                  Geoff Wilson                          Tony Lopez

Dan O’Connor                       Linda Santone                       Cathy Hasmonek

Virginia Mann                       Tom Labadie


We had generous support from the Lincoln Square community as well.  Special thanks to:

  • Old Town School of Folk Music musicians, Yahvi Pichardo and Maria McCullough, for providing music before and after our ceremony
  • Lincoln Square Farmers Market vendors Mick Klug Farms, Lange’s Farm and Greenhouse, Gayle’s Cheeses, Dotson Farms, Madsen Farms, The Breadman, River Valley Farms, The Florist
  • Misericordia bakery
  • George Lopez from McDonalds
  • the Kyle family

Thank you in advance to Mike Vacala and John Tuttle for coordinating the installation of the IB banner on our school building.

We would be remiss not to thank our Middle Years Programme students for their preparations for the event, as well as our teachers, and beautiful choir under the direction of Mrs. Jennifer Reckamp.




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