For the Week of September 17-21

Lord, as I start this week, I acknowledge that You are God; You are powerful, good and gracious.

There is no one like You, and I praise Your great name!

You are holy, and there is no other name under heaven by which I receive life and salvation except through Jesus (Act 4:12).

I depend on Your strength and declare that as I wait on You, my strength is being renewed; I will mount up with wings like an eagle, I will run and not be weary, I will walk and not faint (Isaiah 40:31).

I dedicate this week to You and trust that as I make plans, you are directing my steps (Prov. 16:9).

I declare that Your goodness and mercy surround me every moment (Ps 23:6); I am of good courage, and God strengthens my heart because I hope in Him (Ps. 31:24).

Your Kingdom is advancing in my life, and I choose to cooperate with the Holy Spirit as He develops love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control in my life (Gal 5:22-23).

This week, I decide to submit myself to God and resist the devil, and the devil will flee from me (James 4:7)!

I put aside everything that tries to weigh me down along with the sin that tries to entangle me; I will run with endurance the race that is set before me, looking to Jesus, the author and finisher of my faith (Hebrews 12:1-2).

Nothing will get me off track; I stand firm no matter what because I’m walking by faith, not by sight (2 Cor. 5:7).

Thank you, Lord, for transforming me and changing me from glory to glory (2 Cor. 3:18).

I know that as I seek first Your Kingdom and Your righteousness, all the other things I need will be added to me including food, clothing, shelter, financial provision, healing and hope (Matt. 6:33).

I know that no matter what happens, You are in control and You are faithful. I will be faithful to serve and love You.

I choose to forgive everyone who has wronged me, and I thank You, Lord, for forgiving me for the times I’ve failed You (Matt. 6:14-15).

I will diligently obey Your voice, Lord, and I’ll carefully observe all Your commandments, believing that Your blessings will come upon me and overtake me because I obey Your voice (Deut. 28:1-2).

As I make You my refuge, I thank You that no evil will come near me and that Your angels are protecting me (Ps. 91:9-11). “If God is for [me], who can be against [me]” (Romans 8:31)?

I will see victory after victory this week because You are for me and because nothing is impossible with God (Luke 1:37).

Thank you, Lord, for hearing me!

 

 

This Week:

Tuesday- Dawe Run for grades 4-8.  Any students not registered for the Dawe Run will resume class as normal.  

Grade 6 Parent Information Meeting-Parents can come and receive information and ask questions regarding the transition to middle school.  5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

PowerSchool Sign-in Support: parents having difficulties signing in to PowerSchool may come and get the support they need.  5:00 pm - 6:00 pm.

Thursday- PowerSchool Sign-in Support 4:00 pm- 5:00 pm

Friday- Opening Mass for students in the school gymnasium.  Parents, guardians and friends welcome.  

 

Important Reminders for Parents:

If your child is going to be absent, please call the attendance line at 403-845-2836 and leave a message on the attendance line.  Your child's safety is very important to us. 

Please have arrangements made with your child for pick up or transportation prior to going to school.  Our school lines get busy throughout the day and messages cannot always get forwarded to all the students throughout the school.  Thank you for your diligence on the matter.  

The drop off zone on the north side of the school is drop off and pick up only.  Absolutely NO PARKING in the drop off / pick up zone.  Thank you.  Parking Zone Letter

Parish News

Register now at the parish office for Confirmation in 2019.  Classes begin in mid-September and will be weekly throughout the year.  Children of 11 years of age are eligible to receive this sacrament. 

Next Baptism preparation class will be Wednesday, September 26th, 2018. 7:00 pm.  Please register before September 19th 2018.  Call or text the office at 403-845-3457.  

Spaghetti Dinner provided by the CWL, Knights of Columbus and Beautiful Breakfast Group on September 28, 2018 at 5:30 pm.  Tickets are $15 per person for anyone over 12 years of age.  Tickets go on sale September 16, 2018.  All proceeds go to the parish kitchen supplies.   We will also begin collecting silent auction items in September.  

For all Parish News please visit smprmh.ca

For the Week of September 4-7

Welcome to all those returning and to all the new students and families to St. Matthew Catholic School. This year is going to be another fun-filled year with some changes.

As you may have noticed, we are getting an addition to the school. 4 more classrooms will be added to the school as we are growing every year and couldn't be more proud.
We are hoping to be moving into the new classrooms by November so until then we will be using alternative entrances into the school which students will learn about on the first day.

We'd like to start your new year off with a Blessing to bring you a fresh, bright school year.

Prayer for the Start of the School Year

Loving God,
Our creator, our saviour, our companion,
bless this journey of a new school year that we undertake today.
Refresh our souls
and renew our spirits
as we embrace the beautiful ministry you have called us to.
We welcome those who are new to this community and
ask that you strengthen them to share the wonderful gifts you have given
them.
Lord, make our hearts pure as we prepare for the return of students to this
school,
and may you guide them to return with open hearts and minds eager to learn.
We ask this in Your name,
Amen

First Addition Week at a Glance 2018-2019

Just over a week before we begin another exhilarating school year! WoW!!  Where did the summer go?

Admin, teachers, office and support staff have been busy getting ready for the upcoming school year.  We hope you are refreshed and ready to tackle on your next year.  

Few reminders before the first day of school:

*Friday, August 31st at 2:30 pm is Meet the Staff.  Students can pick up school supplies or bring in your own, get acquainted with your homeroom teacher and your school schedule.  A perfect way to get rid of any "jitters" you may be feeling about the first day of school.  Once meeting your teacher and some new friends...FIRST DAY will be a BREEZE!  

*September 4th, First Day of School! 

 

      One week before school:

 

1. Start your School Sleep Routine

 Routines can be relaxed in the summer, so a week prior to school is a good time to adjust the family schedule to get everyone back into morning and bedtime habits.

        Establish bed times for the school year and start following them
        Ensure the entire family is up when they would be for school
        For older children, give them their own alarm clock and let them practice using it
        Ensure that the entire family get involved so that your child doesn’t feel alone with these changes

 2. Promote Healthy Eating Habits

 Nutrition is extremely important; it’s hard to cope well when you are tired or hungry, so provide your child nutritious and frequent snacks and build in regular routines. 

        Start having your meals around regular mealtimes
        Ask your child to help you create a school lunch menu for the first week of school
        Allow your child to pick out his or her favourite snacks
        Allow your child to help you plan your dinner meals -this way s(he) will have a yummy dinner to look forward to

3. Shop for Supplies

Make picking out school supplies a fun task!

        Create a list of school supplies with your child
        Plan a fun shopping trip to pick out supplies

4. Encourage Your Child to Share His or Her Fears

Talk to your child about his or her worries and practice coping skills

        Touch base with your child at a regular time each day to discuss your child’s worries and encourage him or her to problem solve and plan
        Role-play with your child
        Focus on the positive aspects – ask your child to list the three things that s(he)is most excited about on the first day
        Practice calm breathing with your child – s(he) can learn to use this when her anxiety rises
        Develop cognitive coping cards that your child can use to help cope with anxiety

 A couple of days before school: 

 

5. Do a dry-run

        Go to school several times – walking, driving, or going to the bus pick up zone
        For young children, describe and draw out the route and include how long it will take 
        For younger children, go to the schoolyard and play a few times before the first day of school
 

6. Tour the School - Meet the Staff - 

        For new students, take a tour of the school
        Show your child the classrooms and the bathrooms
        Meet your child’s teacher with your child present, if possible

 

7. Plan the Outfits

        Ask your child to help choose the outfits for the first week of school
        Let your child pick out his or her favorite outfit for the first day

 

8. Pack the Backpack

        Together with your child, pack the backpack the night before, including treats

 

9. Choose a Special Object

        For younger children who are nervous about separating, suggest taking a special object to school that reminds him or her of home
        Put a reassuring note in a child’s lunch can also help ease separation anxiety

 

The first day of school: 

 

10. Walk with a Friend

        Try and arrange that your child walks with a friend to school for the first couple of days
        Arrange play days with school mates leading up to the first day

 

11. Talk to the Teacher

        Let the teacher know that your child is having some separation anxiety

 

12. Praise and Reward

      Most importantly, praise and reward your child for brave behavior!

For the Week of September 10-14

We hope your first week was a smooth transition back into the everyday school routine.  We have a few events this week and a few reminders for the upcoming school year.  

Let's start with a Blessing for the week ahead,

Lord, bless our journey
through this coming week.
May the pace be steady,
paths made safe,
no obstacles impede,
and conversations
with fellow travellers
be fruitful and uplifting.
Lord, bless our journey
through this coming week.

In Jesus,

Amen

This Week:

Volleyball Tryouts begin this week for middle school.  The schedule is on the calendar or on St. Matthew Catholic School Facebook page.  

Monday evening band parents and students are encouraged to come to the school to rent their instrument from 5-6pm.  

Tuesday is the first out of 3 evenings for parent Poweschool sign up support from 4-5 pm.  The following meetings will be September 18, 5-6 pm, and Sept. 20, 4-5 pm.   

Wednesday evening is the first School Council Meeting from 6-7 pm.  Everyone is welcome.

Hot Lunch forms will be sent home by the end of this week.  Due date will be September 26 for all October hot lunch forms.  Watch the website HOT LUNCH tab for forms if your child does not bring one home.  

Important Reminders for Parents:

If your child is going to be absent, please call the attendance line at 403-845-2836 and leave a message on the attendance line.  Your child's safety is very important to us. 

Please have arrangements made with your child for pick up or transportation prior to going to school.  Our school lines get busy throughout the day and messages cannot always get forwarded to all the students throughout the school.  Thank you for your diligence on the matter.  

The drop off zone on the north side of the school is drop off and pick up only.  Absolutely NO PARKING in the drop off / pick up zone.  Thank you.  Parking Zone Letter

Parish News

First Communion Organizational Meeting.  All parents of children who will receive First Holy Communion in our parish in 2019 are invited to this meeting on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at 7:00 pm.  You can register at the meeting or before by filling this registration form.

Register now at the parish office for Confirmation in 2019.  Classes begin in mid-September and will be weekly throughout the year.  Children of 11 years of age are eligible to receive this sacrament. 

Next Baptism preparation class will be Wednesday, September 26th, 2018. 7:00 pm.  Please register before September 19thm 2018.  Call or text the office at 403-845-3457.  

Spaghetti Dinner provided by the CWL, Knights of Columbus and Beautiful Breakfast Group on September 28, 2018 at 5:30 pm.  Tickets are $15 per person for anyone over 12 years of age.  Tickets go on sale September 16, 2018.  All proceeds go to the parish kitchen supplies.   We will also begin collecting silent auction items in September.  

For all Parish News please visit smprmh.ca

 

 

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2018

Grade 6 Parent Meeting

Parents and Guardians are welcome to attend the Grade 6 Transition to Middle school question and answer meeting.  Clickfor more information.  

Terry Fox Run

The annual Terry Fox School Run is coming up on Sept. 28th. This year our school has a goal of raising $5,400.00 or $12.00 a student. The Terry Fox Foundation has a great reputation, with $.82 cents of every dollar raised going directly to cancer research.…

Parish News

  First Communion Organizational Meeting.  All parents of children who will receive First Holy Communion in our parish in 2019 are invited to this meeting on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at 7:00 pm.  You can register at the meeting or before by filling…

First Day of School

Special thank you to Mayor Tammy Burke for stopping into St. Matt's on the first day of school.  Mrs. Kohut's kindergarten class and Mrs. Johnson were happy to have you for the visit.  

School Supplies

School solution school supplies are now in and available to pick up.  Please note the office will be closed August 29th, after 1:00 pm for Division Mass.  August 30th and 31st regular hours as follows, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.  You may also pick up supplies…

Exciting News for the 2018-2019 Grade Two's

Grade 2 Announcement

Meet the Staff 2018-2019

Meet the staff for the 2018-2019 school year will be August 31, 2018 at 2:30-3:30 pm.  Students will be able to come to the school, go to their new classrooms and meet their teacher.  At that time they can pick up school supplies that were ordered…

New Centralized Abuse Helpline

Abuse Helpline

Update for April 18th Incident

The following is an updated letter regarding the incident which occurred April 18, 2018.  Update for April 18th Incident

Safety of Students and Staff

Please see the attached letter regarding today's events    

February 28

No School

Please note there is NO SCHOOL this Thursday, February 22nd, and Friday, February 23rd, due to teacher convention.  Have a Great Long Week-End!! 

Registration is now open!

Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten registration is now open!  To fill out the form, click here. Please have a copy of your child's birth certificate, legal and immigration documentation for registration.

2017

Pre-Kindergarten & Kindergarten Registration (2018-2019)

Pre-Kindergarten & Kindergarten online registration for the 2018/2019 school year starts on Monday, January 8, 2018, at 8:00 a.m.  You will be able to fill out the online form; however, you will not be able to submit your application until Monday,…

Survey for the 2017 Christmas Concert

Please take a moment to give feedback on the 2017 Christmas Concert.  Your feedback is important.   Thank you.  2017 Survey  

Pre-Kindergarten & Kindergarten Registration

Pre-Kindergarten & Kindergarten online registration for the 2018/2019 school year, starts on Monday, January 8, 2018, at 8:00 a.m.  The application form will be made available on Friday, December 22, 2017. You will be able to fill out the online form;…

Congratulations to all Whom Made the Honour Roll and Principal's List

Middle school students are acknowledged for reaching honor roll and principal's list after term 1 marks were tallied. Honour roll is achieved when students reach an 80% average in core subjects keeping all subjects above 70%. Principal's list is achieved…

Media students promote their school

The Grade 8 Media class was given the challenge to come up with a professional print advertisement to promote the school.    Anna Doege, Keirstin Kohut and Quinn S.t Onge created advertisements which were chosen to run in The Mountaineer Newspaper. …

Parent Teacher Interviews

Reminder: Parent Teacher Interviews November 22nd and 23rd from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  Elementary students have scheduled times and middle school teachers will conduct a first come first serve schedule.   Please note, Mrs. Hughes will be here November…

Health Notice

Students will receive the following letter informing parents, guardians, and staff of a health concern and prevention.  Norovirus Notice If you have any questions or concerns please call the school.  403-845-2836 

Alberta Bishops speak out for Catholic education and urge parishioners to do so too

Supplementary Statement to Catholic Education Sunday Catholic Education Sunday

Grade 5

 We wish to inform you that Friday, November 3rd, 2017, Mr. Kyle Wright will be leaving his current position at St. Matthew for an exciting new opportunity at St. Dominic.  We, as a school community would like to thank him for sharing his many blessings…

Job Opportunity

School bus driver ad

Halloween

Parent Halloween Letter

Medieval Museum

Grade 8 students went above and beyond for a medieval times presentation in the learning commons today.  Hours and hours went into each presentation.   

Picture Day

Picture Day, Tuesday, October 10th.  Send no money now; view and order images after reviewing proofs after picture day.    

Youth Ministry

Your son or daughter may be interested in attending our Church based program for youth in grades 6-8 which takes place most Thursdays from 7pm-9pm at St Matthew’s Church, 5208 53rd Ave, Rocky Mountain House. Each night we will address a different faith…

RDCRS Reads Surveys

We look to solicit feedback from students and parents about the summer reading program.  We encourage everyone who participated in the RDCRS Summer Reads to complete. Thank you.   Please click on the appropriate link to the surveys: Elementary Students…

Grade 6 Parent meeting

QuestionsQuestions about middle school?  We are having a meeting tonight for you at 6:00pm! we can help sign you up to  We can help sign you up to Powerschool, answer any questions about your childs transition into middle school. See you there! God…

Pre-Kindergarten Information Evening

A meeting will be held at St. Matthew School on Thursday, August 31st, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.   The purpose of this meeting will be to meet your child's teacher, other parents and to learn more about Pre-kindergarten.  we will discuss the structure of the…

Grade 1 Church Tour

Our three grade one classes had the pleasure of going to St. Matthew Parish for a tour from Father Leon.  

2016-2017 Awards Ceremony

St. Matthew's Annual Awards Ceremony will be held June 29th, 2017 at 1:30 P.M.  Students from grade 3 to 8 are awarded in various academic, athletic, artistic and compassionate awards.  Report cards will then be handed out following the awards ceremony. 

June Newsletter 2017

June Newsletter 2017

Grade 5 Transition and Parent Council Meeting

To prepare the grade 5 students for middle school, we will host a presentation to discuss technology, exploratory classes and schedules as well as answering any questions from students and parents.   Thursday, May 25th at 5:00 p.m. followed by a Parent Council…

Important information regarding HAND, FOOT AND MOUTH DISEASE

Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease  

Spring Portraits and Kinder Graduation

Reminder to all parents, tomorrow, May 9th is spring portraits and kinder graduation photos.  Pre-k A.M. class will begin at 8:45 A.M. followed by Pre-k P.M. class at 9:00 A.M.    ECM and ECM2 will begin at 9:15 A.M.    

Spring Portraits and Kinder Graduation

Reminder to all parents, tomorrow, May 9th is spring portraits and kinder graduation photos.  Pre-k A.M. class will begin at 8:45 A.M. followed by Pre-k P.M. class at 9:00 A.M.    ECM and ECM2 will begin at 9:15 A.M.    

School Bus Registration for September 2017

If your child requires school bus service for the 2017-2018 school year, please register at wrsd.ca/parents/transportation-information

13 Reasons Why

The Netflix series 13 Reasons Why is trending nationally, as well as in our school community. It is generating controversy and concern amongst mental health authorities and school officials. While we are unaware of any specific incidents related to…

STEM Fun in Grade 6!

We had so much fun testing our hard work in STEM today!

Volunteer Appreciation

We will honor our Volunteers April 26th, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.   

We are now on INSTAGRAM

Follow us @stmatthewRMH   

Yearbooks Now on Sale

Yearbook order forms have been sent home, but you can also order online ybpay.lifetouch.com   Yearbook ID code: 10140917 Correction from order form...DEADLINE IS APRIL 21st, 2017    

Wear Blue Friday for World Autism Awareness Month

In support of Autism Awareness Month we are going to Light it Up Blue on Friday.   For more information on this visit: https://www.autismspeaks.org/liub/what-liub

St. Matthew Supports the Rocky Royals!

Thank you to the Rocky Royals for coming to the school and leading literacy activities with our students.  We also enjoys the exciting game of hockey! Good Luck at Provincials!

Register now for 2017-2018 school year

Are you new to Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools and wanting to register your child for the 2017-2018 school year? Grade 1-8 registration is now open.

Thank you!

Thank you to Secure Energy Services and Ceda for the donations for our new mini stick arena.  The entire school is ecstatic about possibilities this arena gives.

Shrove Tuesday

Pancake Day or Shrove Tuesday is the traditional feast day before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday.  St. Matthew students and staff enjoyed a pancake breakfast together on Tuesday to continue tradition.  

Ash Wednesday

Wednesday, St. Matthew school joined in the gymnasium with Father Leon for Ash Wednesday Mass.  Ash Wednesday marks the first day, or the start of the season of Lent, which begins 40 days prior to Easter (Sundays are not included in the count). Lent…

A Successful Fundraiser

Thank you to the St. Matthew community, our school has generously raised $2,204.45 for Isabelle and family!!   And Mrs. Johnson had to wear the Oilers Jersey.  

Alberta Health Services

Please read an important message from Alberta Health Services.  Click here

Hearts for Isabelle

Huge thank you to everyone who participated in our fundraiser for Isabelle and family.  OUR BULLETIN BOARD HAS BEEN FILLED!!  So Mrs. J. will be wearing an Oilers Jersey on Monday!!     

Fun In the Sun!

Asking for Continued Prayers and Generosity

As a Catholic based school, we take enormous pride in the generosity our community displays when we have a family in conflict. Your continuous support and prayers go a long way.   Please take a moment to read our recent fundraiser for our little Princess…

Enter to Win a Drone!!

You now have the chance to enter TWICE!  Red Deer Catholic and Alberta Education have each sent out surveys for our school.  Once your survey is complete and mailed in you can bring your portion to enter into the draw.   Good Luck. 

Hansel and Gretel

Alberta Opera will be performing Hansel and Gretel tomorrow, February 3rd at 1:30 p.m. at St. Matthew Catholic School.  All classes are welcome.    

February 2017 Newsletter

February 2017 Newsletter

Spotlight Auditions

Talented students are needed to perform for sponsors and the general public at the Red Deer Regional Catholic Education Foundation's Spotlight event on March 16, 2017. We are looking for current students who excel in the following areas, but not limited…

Teddy Bears Picnic

Kindergarten classes had a "Teddy Bear Picnic" and a special guest to coincide with their bear unit.  

Students, Staff and Volunteers engaging in Literacy week.

Classrooms are joined by visitors and staff to read aloud and interact through reading.    

Literacy Week

January 27th is Family Literacy Day.  For the week St. Matthew students will plan activities that relate to Family Literacy. On Wednesday, a group of St. Matt's students group will be at 7th Day Adventist Church handing out books.  Along with our partners…

Lockdown Drill

St. Matthew Staff and Students completed a very successful lockdown and hold and secure drill today.  Way to go St. Matthew!  God Bless!

Student of the Month

Financial Management Interviews for a Mortgage!

Parent Council Meeting

As a result of not enough parents able to attend, Parent council meeting has been switched again to Wednesday January 25th, 6:00pm.   Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.  God Bless!

Prayers

We are asking for prayers for one of our own.  Please keep Isabelle and family in your thoughts and prayers as she undergoes treatment at the Calgary Children's hospital.   Almighty God and Loving Shepherd, We lift up this beloved one who needs healing.…

Important Information Regarding St. Matthew Ski Trip

Grade 4 and 5: forms and fees due MONDAY, January 16, 2017 Grade 6-8: forms and fees due FRIDAY, January 13, 2017   Parent meeting regarding all ski trip information will be held at the school, Monday, January 30th at 7:00pm.    Thank you!  

Parking Zones

 Parking Zones  

Welcome back!

Welcome back to all our St. Matthew Community.  We hope you had the opportunity to create some memories with loved ones. We are excited to hear about your adventures and welcome you all back on Monday, January 9, 2017. 

Pre-Kindergarten & Kindergarten Registration for 2017-2018

Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten online and in-school registration will start this upcoming Monday, January 9, 2017 at 8:15 a.m. Please note that parents/guardians are able to access online registration to start filling out the application for: Pre-Kindergarten…