School Information

Accreditation

The school is accredited by the Commission on Elementary Schools of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The Middle States Association, founded in 1887, is one of six regional accrediting bodies in the United States. The accreditation process, which involves a rigorous self-study, and an on-site evaluation, followed by on-going goal-directed activities, demonstrates that the school is in compliance with widely accepted educational standards. Formal re-evaluation procedures are required to maintain continued accreditation status.

For more information, visit the Commission on Elementary Schools of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools website.

About Our School

Kids The school community of St. Matthias provides a loving and caring environment in which multicultural families can grow in their common love of Christ and each other. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in our administration policies or educational programs.

St. Matthias School provides a complete learning environment which allows each child to grow and develop to his/her fullest potential. Basic skills, critical thinking and problem solving are introduced and reinforced on each grade level according to Diocesan and State curriculum guidelines. These skills will enable our students to maintain and live their Christian values in an ever-changing world.


History

St. Matthias Church and school occupies land that was once part of the Meyerose farm, purchased by Jacob Meyerose in 1856. In its early history, the school shared a common building with the church, eventually becoming home to the school alone.

On October 4, 1909, St. Matthias School opened its door to 150 students and 4 teachers, one of whom was Father Nicholas Wagner, the church's first pastor. On August 29, 1910 four members of the School Sisters of Notre Dame arrived, beginning a rich tradition of Catholic education, which has continued through to the present time. By the end of 1922, 900 children were enrolled in the school. In 1966, a building addition created five additional class rooms.

Today, St. Matthias continues its mission to provide an academically challenging environment to students in Grades Pre-K through 8. Our more than 7,000 graduates are testimony to the school's success and committment to academic excellence.

For more information on the School Sisters of Notre Dame, please visit the History page on their congregation's website, or browse the site via the banner below.

School Sisters of Notre Dame

 

Our Patron Saint

Saint Matthias the Apostle St. Matthias was a long-time disciple of Jesus, having been with Him from the time of His Baptism, and witness to His Resurrection. After Jesus ascended into heaven, Peter announced the necessity of choosing a new Apostle to fill the position held by the traitor, Judas Iscariot. Matthias and another long-time disciple, Barsabbas, were proposed. When lots were drawn, Matthias was selected. Matthias was a traveling Apostle, visiting many distant places to preach God's Word. Although he was martyred, as were the other Apostles, the exact method of martyrdom is not certain. Some sources indicate that he was crucified, while others claim that he was beheaded. It is believed that some of his relics rest in Rome; others may be in a German church, which bears his name.

The feast day of St. Matthias is celebrated on May 14th. This date was chosen because it is between the feasts of Pentecost and Christ's Ascension, and coincides with the time-period of Matthias' selection as an Apostle. The story of St. Matthias focuses on the theme of election. It is a reminder that God chooses us to be modern apostles, to receive and proclaim the apostolic faith in our daily lives.

In the early 1900's, in the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens, it was the plan of Bishop Charles McDonnell to name a church after each Apostle. When construction of a church in the community of Ridgewood was planned, the name of St. Matthias was selected.

Acts of the Apostles

Chapter 1, Verses 12 - 26

12 Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a sabbath day's journey away. 13 When they entered the city they went to the upper room where they were staying, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. 14 All these devoted themselves with one accord to prayer, together with some women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.

15 During those days Peter stood up in the midst of the brothers (there was a group of about one hundred and twenty persons in the one place). He said, 16 "My brothers, the scripture had to be fulfilled which the holy Spirit spoke beforehand through the mouth of David, concerning Judas, who was the guide for those who arrested Jesus. 17 He was numbered among us and was allotted a share in this ministry.

18 He bought a parcel of land with the wages of his iniquity, and falling headlong, he burst open in the middle, and all his insides spilled out. a 19 This became known to everyone who lived in Jerusalem, so that the parcel of land was called in their language 'Akeldama,' that is, Field of Blood.

20 For it is written in the Book of Psalms:

'Let his encampment become desolate.
                May no one dwell in it.'

And:

'May another take his office.'

21 Therefore, it is necessary that one of the men who accompanied us the whole time the Lord Jesus came and went among us, 22 beginning from the baptism of John until the day on which he was taken up from us, become with us a witness to his resurrection." 23 So they proposed two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was also known as Justus, and Matthias. 24 Then they prayed, "You, Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which one of these two you have chosen 25 to take the place in this apostolic ministry from which Judas turned away to go to his own place." 26 b Then they gave lots to them, and the lot fell upon Matthias, and he was counted with the eleven apostles.

 

Image of Saint Matthias the Apostle is public domain. The image was found online at Saint Charles Borromeo Catholic Church of Picayune, MS and we thank them for allowing us to copy the image from their website. The St. Charles Borromeo site also offers a Second Edition English Translation of the Catechism of the Catholic Church free online.

Acts of the Apostles republished with permission of the New American Bible, Copyright © 1991, 1986, 1970, Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Inc., Washington, DC. All rights reserved.

School Handbook

Academics

The school's curriculum is academically-challenging, exceeding the requirements established by the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens, and by the New York State Education Department. Critical thinking and problem-solving skills are taught on each grade level.

New York State Learning Standards
Learning Standards, Assessments, Publications, and Resources for Core Subjects

Two libraries are available, one for the primary grades (K-3) and one for the middle and upper grades (4-8). The students make weekly visits to the library to make a book selection and participate in activities which develop library skills that will become increasingly important as the student matures.

School News

2010 - 2011 School Year:

High School Scholarship Winners, Class of 2011

Andrew Goh, 8A - Xavier HS, Larkin Scholarship ($23,500); Christ the King ($28,500)

Kevin Rodriguez, 8B - Christ the King ($28,500)

Victor Jacquez, 8A - partial scholarship to Christ the King ($9,500)

Stephanie Hallinger, 8A - Mary Louis Academy ($16,000); semi-finalist for scholarship St. Vincent Ferrer ($24,000)

Lizette Gomez, 8A - St. Joseph's HS ($4,000)

Emilia Dabrowska, 8B - Notre Dame ($20,000)

Zuzanna Lorenc, 8B - Notre Dame ($12,000)

Aleksandra Zuraw, 8A - Notre Dame ($12,000)

Greis Milla, 8A - Notre Dame ($12,000)

Ewa Gerlak, 8B - semi-finalist St. Vincent Ferrer ($24,000)

Ervin Acosta, 8B - Martin Luther HS (Amt. to be determined)

Grace Weiderhold, 8B - Martin Luther HS (Amt. to be determined)

Samantha Liu, 8A - Italian/American Grant ($1,000)

Angelique Rivera, 8A - Italian/American Grant ($1,000)

Justin Lorenzo, 8B - Italian/American Grant ($1,000)

Total scholarships received not including St. Vincent Ferrer and Martin Luther HS: $145,500.

Junior High Math Bee Winners - January 14, 2011

First Place: Andrew Goh, 8A
Second Place: Danny Kong, 8A
Third Place: Ervin Acosta, 8B

Intermediate Math Bee Winners - October 22, 2010

First Place: Michelle Pao, 6B
Second Place: Tomasz Horczak, 6B
Third Place: Kristin Jones, 6B

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