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St. Matthew Catholic School
1000 SE 28th Street
Topeka, KS 66605
(785) 235-2188
school@saintmatthews.org

 
Dads for Donuts!! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mrs. Kelli Jewell   
Monday, 01 September 2014 21:42

DADS, DADS, DADS!!  CALLING ALL KINDERGARTEN DADS!

You are invited to come eat donuts with your kindergartner on Thursday, September 18th from 8-9ish am.

It will be a great way to start your day! We will eat donuts, sing a song with lots of /D/ sounds, and create a /D/ surprise so bring your creativity.

I hope all our dads can make it, but I also know schedules can be crazy and there are other family considerations, so don't worry!  Grandpas, uncles, or adult big brothers are welcome to attend if dad can't.  And if no one can attend then we can share daddy's!  I will be sending a RSVP home soon.

See you at DADS FOR DONUTS ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18TH!!

 
Open House Recap PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mrs. Kelli Jewell   
Monday, 25 August 2014 20:18

It was nice to see so many of you at Back-to-School night last Friday.  I know this is a crazy time of year so everyone was not able to make it.  The first session was also somewhat loud and chaotic so I wanted to recap some important details we went over.

*The earliest children can be dropped off in the morning is 7:35.  That is when teachers go on duty on the porch.  Children dropped off before 7:35 are unsupervised and that is not safe.

*When planning snacks please note we have a strawberry allergy and an allergy to purple items (grapes, juice, grape flavoring etc.)

*This week we are using the "clip chart" for real.  If you have kids who are older than 2nd grade, they may remember the colors being different.  I've only been using the clip chart for 3 years and I like it much more than the card system I used to use.  The clip chart system allows a child to change their behavior and earn back status.  I think that is important for a child to learn to self regulate.  I will not send a note home every time a child moves his/her clip down.  However, if a behavior is occurring often I will either call you or send home a note.  Thanks in advance for supporting the school rules at home.

*Please note and READ the church behavior expectations in Mrs. Jewell's Kindergarten Handbook.  It outlines how I expect children to behave at mass.  The class did fairly well last week at our first all school mass.  It will really help your child learn the expectations if you practice these when your family attends mass on the weekends. Have you ever heard the saying that "you should practice like you play?"  The same thing goes for school and church.  Kids need to practice how they are supposed to behave.

*Just a reminder that children need clear, concise boundaries and consequences.  This helps them learn what is expected of them actually helps them to feel secure.  This is what I strive to ensure in our class.  I want all my students to feel safe, and to thrive socially, emotionally, and academically.

*If you have questions or concerns you can always email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call me at school 235-2188 and I will return your call.

 
Prayer for Catholic Schools PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mrs. Kelli Jewell   
Thursday, 26 July 2012 00:00

Dear Lord,

Bless those who work and learn in our Catholic schools.

Give our teachers the grace every day to be models of you to all they meet.

Give our students the desire to learn their lessons, and also to grow closer to you through our Mother and our older siblings, the Saints.

Give our administrators the guidance they need, to balance the needs of the school with a life modeled on you and your compassion.

Give our school parents the understanding, to make the most of school based on you for the academic and spiritual lives of their children.

Amen.

 
Why Can't I Skip My 20 Minutes of Reading Tonight? Let's Figure it out mathematically! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mrs. Kelli Jewell   
Thursday, 26 July 2012 00:00

Student A reads 20 minutes/five nights/every week.

Student B reads only 4 minutes a night (or not al all).

Step 1:  Multiply minutes per night 5 times each week.

Student A reads 20 X 5 = 100 minutes.

Student B reads 4 X 5=20 minutes.

Step 2:  Multiply minutes per week times 4 weeks per month.

Student A reads 400 minutes/month.

Student B reads 80 minutes/month.

Step 3:  Multiply minutes per month times 9 school months/year.

Student A reads 3600 minutes/school year.

Student B reads 720 minutes/school year.

 

Student A practices reading the equivalent of 10 whole school days each year.

Student B gets the equivalent of only 2 school days of reading practice.

 

By the end of  sixth grade, if Student A and Student B maintain these same reading habits:

Student A will have read the equivalent of 60 whole school days.

Student B will have read the equivalent of only 12 school days.

 


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