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


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St. Thomas the Apostle

Summer packets available

To help our students avoid "summer slide," the teachers have provided free printable summer packets or have listed helpful websites on their individual webpages.  Go to "staff" in the green bar above, and scroll down to your child's teacher.

TSCPL summer reading program

In backpacks this week you will find the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library Summerfest Reading Program flyer with the Reading Tracker located on the back.  All SMCS students are encouraged to sign up online and participate in this program during the summer. 

In library class Mrs. Otting explained how the TSCPL rewards readers with a prize after every two hours of reading.  Upon reading a total of 12 hours, the TSCPL enters readers in their Grand Prize Drawing for a Kindle Fire HD and issues a completion certificate.  As an added incentive, all SMCS students who bring their summer certificate to me when school starts in August will earn a special pizza lunch in the library! 

St. Matthew has earned awards in the past for being Reading Champions and we want to do this again.  The Summerfest theme is “Winners Read!” so don’t forget to jog your mind this summer and put in a little time each day to keep your brain buff!  On your mark, get set….Read!!      



Find Summer Meals in Your Community

Nutritious free meals are available through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) for children and teens 18 and younger at many locations nationwide throughout the summer while school is out of session.  The following link takes you to more information: 

New sites will be added as the school year ends and throughout the summer.  Please check back often for updated information.

Keep in touch this summer! #smcslions

Hey Lions - Show your school spirit this summer and share your pics on Facebook!  Take a picture out in our community or on summer vacation wearing any St. Matthew spirit shirt and post it on Facebook page using the #smcslions.   We would love to see how you are enjoying your summer and what adventures you are having.  Maybe you are having fun at Totus Tuus, checking out books from the public library or adventure mobile, at the ballpark cheering on your favorite team, heading to the pool or beach for a swim, playing at the park, at a family reunion, attending an awesome summer camp, or on vacation at a cool destination. We hope you have a great summer and we would love to see all the fun you are having while showing support for SMCS!

Parents, make sure you “Like” St. Matthew Catholic Church on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @SMCSLions for school news and announcements!

Celebrate your loved ones with books!

SMCS would like to invite you to celebrate your child or remember a loved one with a gift to the school library in the form of a new book in their honor or memory.  We currently have several books that have been donated in memory of loved ones and on the inside cover, those books are identified as a special gift in memory of someone and include the donor’s name. 

The idea came to us to also celebrate birthdays this way as well.  If you would like to celebrate your child’s birthday with a special book that can be shared by their friends in the library, we encourage you to select a book they would enjoy and send it to the school office for Mrs. Otting to prepare for circulation in the school library.  Please do not worry about duplicates because chances are if it is a new book we may not have it and if it is a classic, we likely could use a new copy! 

On a separate sheet of paper, please write the name, dates, donor, etc. and include it with the book to assist us in accurately documenting the gift.  Feel free to write your own personal note inside the book cover if you would like.

Thank you for your consideration of this special book project.

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