New Family Play Date Scheduled

Join us on Saturday, August 9, 10am-12pm at St. Matthias School playground for a New Family Play Date.  Get a chance to meet some of the other families that have joined the St. Matthias community before school begins!  For more information, contact Mrs. White at carmen.white@stmatthiasschool.org.

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Interested in Enrolling?

Are you interested in enrolling your child at St. Matthias School for the 2014-2015 school year? Please contact Admissions Director Carmen White at info@stmatthiasschool.org. Have a wonderful summer!

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

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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 transition.photo (1)

 

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Congratulations to the Class of 2014!

We are very proud to announce the graduating class and the high schools that they will enter.

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Jorge Alcaraz ~ Notre Dame College Prep

Teo Bartels ~ Lane Tech

Alianna Bulanhagui ~ Lane Tech

Conor Burke ~ Lane Tech

Yasmeen Celaya ~ Gordon Tech (DePaul Academy)

Alanis Gonazalez ~ Roycemore School

Chloe Hasmonek ~ Lane Tech

Genesis Hernandez ~ Northtown Academy

Zarar Iftikhar ~ Notre Dame College Prep

Clark Kohberger ~ Senn High School IB Program

Daniel Laboy-Rosales ~ Noble Golder College Prep

Xavier Lucero-Garcia ~ St. Patrick High School

Elizabeth McCarthy ~ Lane Tech

Stephanie Nguyen ~ Gordon Tech (DePaul Academy)

Carlos Ochoa ~ Notre Dame College Prep

Muiz Olowo ~ St. Patrick High School

Christopher Pineda ~ Glenbard East High School

Karl Pumaras ~ St. Patrick High School

Alexa Ramos ~ Amundsen High School

Yesenia Rodriguez ~ Lane Tech

Sophia Stroia ~ Gordon Tech (DePaul Academy)

Jimmy Tran ~ Gordon Tech (DePaul Academy)

Talen Tucker ~ Simeon High School

Jillian Vo ~ Mather High School

 We are also proud to announce that 3 of our students have received the prestigious Daniel Murphy Scholarship.  Congratulations to Jorge Alcaraz, Alanis Gonzalez, and Carlos Ochoa!

Additionally, we are happy to recognize Jorge Alcaraz, who received the highest score of any student taking the entrance exam at Notre Dame College Prep.  Congratulations on this spectacular accomplishment!

On behalf of the entire St. Matthias community, we wish continued success to all of our 8th graders and will keep them in our prayers.

 

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Upcoming Events

With the end of the school year coming quickly, there are lots of events on our calendar.  Here’s a list of what’s happening:

June 3 – School Picnic

June 3 – IB Parent Meeting at DANK Haus

June 4 – Kindergarten End of Year Program

June 5 – PK End of Year Celebration

June 6 – Last Day of School, 10:00am Dismissal

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Rummage Sale Results

IMG_6699The results of the April 12th St Matthias Rummage Sale are in!  We are proud to announce that we raised $5,125!  A huge thank you to the Rummage Sale Committee and to all the volunteers who have helped in the past few months leading up to the sale as well as those who stepped in at the end to make it all come together.  We could not have done it without the pulling together of many talents and efforts.

Profits from the Rummage Sale are going to fund the Sprouts Garden Project, the IMG_6701purchase of Social Studies text books and videos for the junior high and the purchase of constructive play items, math manipulatives, and science materials for our PreK classes.

Items that did not sell at the sale were donated to Family Tree Resale Shop at 5066-5068 N Lincoln Ave.  In return, Family Tree has supplied St Matthias School with vouchers to be used at the shop.  Such vouchers will be distributed to needy families that are affiliated with St Matthias School.

IMG_6702Thanks again to all who helped with and supported the sale! If you are interested in co-chairing or helping out with the 2015 Rummage Sale, please contact Amanda Labadie at labadieamanda@yahoo.com. We will be forming a committee at the start of the 2014-2015 school year.

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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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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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