New and Noteworthy
New and Noteworthy
We are in the process of a facelift of sorts. We are rolling out a new logo and plan to have a new and updated website soon. We are excited to get this upgrade. We hope the new website will be more useful and user-friendly for families looking for more information about St. Matthew Catholic School. If you have stumbled across our current website and need help either finding information or would like to contact us regarding questions about admissions, enrollment, or St. Matthew in general, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or give us a call, 503-648-2512. We would be happy to answer questions or schedule a tour.
St. Matthew Catholic School has adapted and adjusted to the pandemic. We know this school year looks very different, but our staff has worked hard to make sure none of our students fall behind. We started in September offering LOI (Limited On-site Instruction) to our students with most of our students being in the classroom for at least two days a week for two hours a day. Our teachers have found that they could accomplish quality learning even during limited time, with limited face to face interactions. In-person and virtual office hours, along with student support services from our Title I and ELL staff and our Reading and Learning Specialist has helped make sure our students are not falling behind.
After the Christmas break we have geared up to having our K-5 students in the school building for in-person instruction for four hours each day. The staff is very excited for this opportunity to have our students back on campus for an extended period of time. In the next few weeks we will be bringing our Middle School back into the building for LIPI (LImited In Person Instruction) as well.
We have set up safety precautions and our school families have been diligent in monitoring their children's health so that we can keep our doors open. We have been blessed to have a supportive community and the space to be able to offer our students a strong academic experience even in these challenging times.
Since the pandemic hit, St. Matthew Catholic School has kept the gates open to our campus for a place families could go to socially distance and enjoy the weather. That simple act has meant a lot to our community. However, we see that we can do even more for both our students and community by creating even more play spaces that can be safely used while maintaining social distancing. Our goal is to raise up to $1300 to purchase materials to help our student stay physically active even in this pandemic. We have chosen three different items to purchase depending on how much is raised during this campaign. We have chosen items that would give our school a site license for classroom activities that would keep our students moving without the need for extra equipment, stencils to transform our blacktop into a space where kids of all ages can play games that keep them moving and work their gross motor skills, to a full stencil set with a variety of games that give kids many options for play. We are acutely aware of how this pandemic has affected children's ability to play and exercise, and we want to create a space that is safe to do so during this unique time and into the future.
$299= Playful Playground No Equipment Activities Set Site License
$599= 5 Pack Stencils Set Sensory Pathways (includes Instructional Task Cards, Vocabulary Cards, Assessment Cards, Extension Activities, and At Home Parent Cards and Activities)
$1299=Recess Stencil Set (comes with game rules and activity suggestions)
Between now and November 23rd we are collecting food donations to help provide a Thanksgiving meal to 54 families in the Hillsboro community. Donations can be dropped off at the school between 8:00am and 3:00pm or at the Parish Office between 8:00am and 4:30pm, Monday through Friday. We are in need of specific items to fill these boxes so that the families have everything they need for a complete holiday meal. Check out the flyer for specific items needed. We will also take donations of cash or grocery gift cards and will shop for the items if donors do not fee comfortable shopping. Thank you for your generosity.