Friday Night Babysitting in December

St. Matthias will be providing babysitting from 6:00PM- 8:30 PM on Friday evenings, so that parents can do holiday shopping and/or catch their breaths during this busy Christmas season.  Please complete the form below and send it to school with payment.  Space is still available for December 5, 12, and 19.  Dinner will be provided for the students participating, so that it is even easier…..

December babysitting form

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The PreSchool Readiness Program is back!

St Matthias School offers a variety of programs for 2-year-old children and 3-year-old children who are not enrolled in preschool.  Classes are taught by St. Matthias teachers who create fun, developmentally appropriate lessons for children and caregivers to share.  Caregivers must attend classes with their children and engage in all activities.

Class Description

PreK Readiness is a developmentally-appropriate introduction to the basic preschool routine. Children and their caregivers experience a welcome circle time, play time with creative activities, snack and song/story time. The class provides activities that prepare children for preschool, an opportunity to socialize with peers, and a wonderful first experience of group learning. PreK Readiness is available for children who will be turning 3 on or before September 1, 2015. Our maximum class size of 10 children allows for every child to have the best experience possible!

Please use the form below for registration.  The registration form and payment can be brought to the school’s main office between the hours of 8:30 AM and 6:00 PM.

two year old brochure 2014

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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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Upcoming Tour

TOUR DATE CHANGE: Our next tour will be on Thursday, December 11, at 9:00am instead of Wednesday, December 10. Please contact Carmen at if you were planning to tour on Dec 10 and cannot make the Dec 11 tour. We will do our best to accommodate you on a different date!

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A Big Halloween Thank You…

Thank you to all the parents who made Halloween so much fun for St. Matthias and its students.  Your hard work and good spirits made it such a nice day!!

Thanks to the Davis Theater for the wonderful donation of a popcorn treat!  The kids loved it!!!

Thanks to all the parents who joined us inside for our costume parade.  (Maybe next year the weather will cooperate and we’ll parade outside. ) The students really enjoyed showing you their costumes!

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When It’s Cold Outside….

As the temperatures drop and we are entering another Chicago winter, please be sure students are dressed appropriately.  With colder temperatures, coats are a necessity.  When it is below freezing, hats and gloves or mittens are needed.  For the safety and health of our students, children who aren’t dressed warmly enough may be kept inside from recess.

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Halloween (and Red Ribbon Week) Happenings…

St. Matthias School

Red Ribbon Week and Halloween Update:

Please read the list below to know what is “unique” to each day for this week.

Monday, October 27: Red Ribbon Week begins- Students may wear a red accessory such as hat, socks, belt, or sunglasses.

Tuesday, October 28: Since Halloween is Friday, the school will be celebrating Mass at 8:15 today. Junior High students should come to the main campus.

Wednesday, October 29: Red Ribbon Week- Students may wear funky socks today.

Thursday, October 30: PreK Halloween celebrated today. Watch for details from the PreK teachers.

Friday, October 31: Halloween. Students in Grades K-6 may bring and change into appropriate (non-violent) costumes.  Masks may not be worn, since frequently they get in the way of vision.  All students in K-8 may dress down.  Students in Grades 1-8 will participate in Spooky Sports activities.  Students in grades K-6 will participate in a Costume Parade in the afternoon.

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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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