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WELCOME TO THE PARENT PORTAL!

We, at St. Pius X-St. Matthias Academy, consider it a privilege to work with parents in the education of their children because we believe parents are the primary educators of their children; "Parents are the first and most important educators of their own children, and they also possess a fundamental competence in this area: they are educators because they are parents." (1994 Letter to Families Pope John Paul II). Therefore, it is your right and your duty to become the primary role models for the development of your child's life-physically, mentally, spiritually, emotionally, and psychologically. Your choice of St. Pius X-St. Matthias Academy involves a commitment and exhibits a concern for helping your teenager to recognize God as the greatest good in their life.

 

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PARENT NEWS & INFORMATION

PMA WEEKLY UPDATE

 

Week of March 8-14, 2020

This weekly update is provided as a courtesy to keep the PMA community informed about various school activities and announcements for the upcoming week. These updates are also found under the current families tab on the PMA website and are sent to the email and phone number on file with our registrar’s office.


From the President: 
 
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 Mr. Rubalcava

erubalcava@piusmatthias.org

562-861-2271 ext. 1012

  
 
 
 
  • RE-REGISTRATION: This week PMA will begin the process of RE-REGISTRATION current students.  This year we are launching a new online process that is connected to your POWERSCHOOL Parent Portal for most of our re-registration paperwork. You will receive a notification with instructions via- email on how to begin the registration process. Please stand by this week for that notification. 
  • PMA BOY’S BASKETBALL: We want to acknowledge and recognize Coach Dante Archie and our PMA Varsity Boys’ Basketball Team for their outstanding season. Despite their tought loss against Palisades High School this past Saturday in the 3rd round of State playoffs, we are proud of their hard work, determination commitment, and are grateful for the PRIDE they have brought to our PMA community!   GO WARRIORS!
  • THANK YOU MS. SANTOS: We extend our deepest appreciation and gratitude to Ms. Gabriela Santos, our Director of Alumni Relations, who concludes her service to our PMA community on Friday of this week.  An announcement  was sent earlier this week. We wish her many blessings in her new opportunity. Please extend your appreciation to her if you see her during the week.
 
 
 
From the Principal: 
 
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 Mrs. Zozaya

vzozaya@piusmatthias.org

562-861-2271 ext. 1015

 

Dear PMA Parents, 

“While Advent is a celebration and a time of great anticipation, Lent is more frequently seen as a time of solemn observance and preparation for the celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus at Easter. From its start on Ash Wednesday until its conclusion on Easter Sunday, Lent has been a traditional time for fasting or giving something up or abstinence. Just as we carefully prepare for any events in our personal lives; a commencement Lent invites us to make our minds and hearts ready for remembering Jesus’ life, death and body resurrection”.

Lenten Calendar

God Bless you always,

Mrs. Zozaya

Important Dates to Remember

  • March 12 & 13 : Early Dismissal 
  • March 9-11: MIDTERM WEEK (students are only excused if they have a doctors note) Parents please check the schedule.
  • March 15-18: WCEA visit

PARENT EVENT UPDATE

  • PMAParent/Student Car Show - Service Hours Opportunity- sign up here
  • Mother/Student Brunch - This event is sold out.  If you would like to participate in the talent show during the brunch, please contact Ms. Santos (see below).
  • Santos / gsantos@piusmatthias.org/ ext. 1022
  • Support our Boys Basketball Team!:  Champion T-Shirts available for sale in the front office for $10! Cash only.
From the Vice Principal: 
 
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 Mr. Delgado

mdelgado@piusmatthias.org

562-861-2271 ext. 1010

  • Lost and Found: If you are missing any items such as sweaters, school polos, jackets, eyeglasses, electronic devices or any other items please check with Mr. Delgado to claim those items.  We have several items that have been turned in and have gone unclaimed.
  • Attendance Reminder:  If your student will be missing school, we ask that you call or email Ms. Palacios at rpalacios@piusmatthias.org by 8:30am of the day he/she will be absent.  The student is required to bring a written note (no email) with a parent signature or doctor’s note stating the reason for the absence the day they return to school.  Otherwise, the absence will be marked as Unexcused.
From the Business/Tuition Office: 
 
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 Mr. Barba

jbarba@piusmatthias.org

562-861-2271 ext. 1004

 

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Mrs. Garcia

tgarcia@piusmatthias.org

562-861-2271 ext. 1023

 
    • RE-REGISTRATION: If you have not returned your Registration Intent 2020-2021 Form, please do so immediately!  The month of March we will begin the re-registration process for returning families.  Please stay tuned for further instructions. 
    • CEF/PMA Financial Assistance: If you have not submitted your CEF/PMA Financial Assistance application with the necessary documentation, please do so immediately! Failure to submit the application may cause you to lose your tuition assistance/scholarship for the 2020-201 school year.  Any questions, please contact Mrs. Garcia in the Tuition Office.
    • OUTSTANDING FEES: All unpaid sports fees, missed mandatory meeting fee and uncompleted service hours have been billed to your Smart Tuition account, to the month of March. 
    • PARENT SERVICE HOURS: If you did not complete all 20 Parent Service Hours for the 1st semester, all uncompleted hours were billed to your Smart Tuition Account.  Each uncompleted hour was billed at $20. Second semester parent service hours must be completed by April 30, 2020. Any uncompleted hours will be billed at $20 a hour.
    • SENIOR FEES: If your Senior Fees are not combined with your monthly tuition payment, the $450 Senior Fee is due in March added in addition to your regular tuition payment. 
From the Dean of Campus Ministry:
 

Mr. Kim

bkim@piusmatthias.org

562-861-2271 ext.. 2131

 

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Mr. Reyes, Asst. Campus Minister

greyes@piusmatthias.org

562-861-2271 ext.. 2131

 

 

 

 

  • Catholic Relief Services, Rice Bowls - CRS Rice Bowls (donation boxes) will be available in classrooms during lent. Learn more about the impact we can make through the CRS Rice Bowls here: https://www.crsricebowl.org/about- Students will receive guidance, education and invitations to give. If you would like a rice bowl (box) for your family at home please request one via email (greyes@piusmatthias.org) and you can bring it back with your weekly offerings at the end of Lent. Thank you! 
  • Resources for LENT 2020- During Lent, we are asked to devote ourselves to seeking the Lord in prayer and reading Scripture, to service by giving alms, and to practice self-control through fasting (USCCB). Take a look at the many prayers and other resources to help guide you and your families through a fruitful lenten season. Click Here
  • Student Service Hours- REMINDER! Students should submit Christian service hours immediately after completing any service. There are online forms (google forms) provided in Google Classroom. 
  • NEW Service Platform - We are excited to grow our Christian Service efforts by introducing X2VOL to our PMA Community. Students will be trained this month. There will be follow up information for all to understand the value of this new platform - for now please visit the X2VOL home pageto learn more about how X2VOL is going to help students and our school community as a whole. (*Note: Seniors should continue using their google form to submit any missing or new hours completed.)

From the Dean of Student Success:

 

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 Ms. Valenzuela

lvalenzuela@piusmatthias.org

562-861-2271 ext. 2216

  • MIDTERM EXAMS: Please note that all students are expected to take midterm examinations. Students are not allowed to opt-out of these important exams and must be present on the scheduled days. Students who are absent for a midterm exam without a valid excuse will be issued a missed exam grade recorded as a zero. Appropriate documentation will be required in order for this absence to be excused. Please remember that student attendance is an important factor in academic success.

Midterms are scheduled from March 9th-11th.

  • COURSE SELECTION PROCESS FOR 2020-2021 (COURSE SELECTION FORMS DUE 3/13/2020): All 9th - 11th grade students participated in a College Planning Assembly on March 4th focused on the Course Selection Process for the upcoming year. All 9-11th grade students were given time to browse the PMA Course Catalog to learn more about the various course offerings and received their course selection form. Please review this course selection form with your son/daughter. All students and parents can access the PMA Course Catalog on our website. Completed course selection forms - with courses selected, student signature, and parent signature are due by Friday, March 13th. Students must turn in their completed course selection form to their academic counselor no later than March 13th. 
  • TUTORING: Tutoring can help strengthen subject comprehension, boost confidence, and build important learning skills. Tutoring gives students individualized attention as well as an opportunity to work in small groups with classmates. This helps children who struggle to keep up, as well as those who aren't challenged enough. Please review the PMA Teacher Tutoring schedule and plan on attending a couple of times per week.  Pick up a copy of the tutoring schedule from my office, the counseling department or visit the  Student Portalpage of our website.
  • Daylight Saving Time will begin at 2:00 AM on Sunday, March 8, 2020
  • STRONG ORGANIZATIONAL SKILLS:Parents can play a huge role in supporting executive functioning skills at home. Since executive functioning skills impact all areas of a person’s life, it’s helpful for learners to practice these skills in different environments. Here are some activities parents and families can do to at home to strengthen skills for organization:
    • Create daily and weekly chore charts with organization and cleaning tasks.
    • Reinforce cleaning up and putting materials away after completing a task.
    • Create checklists for cleaning and organizing materials.
    • Try to have a place for everything.
    • Avoid piles and put things away right away together.
    • Openly discuss plans and schedules for the week or weekend.
    • Use a calendar to keep track of home or school events.
    • Plan a weekly organization and cleanup time.
    • Create a designated spot just for homework with office materials, as needed.
    • Set up a daily reminder to check backpacks and organize materials.
    • Have a folder designated for homework and assignments for each class.
    • Make organizing more fun by listening to music while you clean together.
 
From the Dean of Student Life:
 
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  Mr. Ramos

pramos@piusmatthias.org

562-861-2271 ext. 1041

  • ASB Campaigningfor the 20-21 school year will take place the week of March 30. For students interested in running, applications will be available the week of March 16. 
  • PMA Annual Blood Drive:Parents interested in donating blood in the annual PMA Blood Drive have the opportunity this year to sign up via the Red Cross Blood drive sign-up Portal. Click on the link provided below to get started! All student and parent donors will receive 5 service hours. PMA Red Cross Blood Drive Portal: CLICK HERE to schedule an appointment. 
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 From the Dean of Character & Discipline:
 Mr.Beza

tbeza@piusmatthias.org

562-861-2271 ext. 1050

  • UNIFORM VIOLATIONS: Parents remind your student that any non-PMA gear (sweaters, sweatshirts, jackets etc). may not be worn during the school day. Also, boys are not allowed to wear earrings… Violation of this school policy will result in/but is not limited to confiscation and detention.
  • PARENTS/STUDENTS: Please note that student lockers are to be kept locked at all times and student valuables, including laptops etc. must be secured at all times in a locked locker, including during extra-curricular activities. The school is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
  • PARENTS: When dropping off your student in the morning, Please remind them they are not allowed to leave campus once they are here, we are noticing that several students are leaving campus and PMA is not responsible for anything/situation that may happen while off campus.
  • SOCIAL MEDIA SEMINARS: Last month all students attended a seminar and workshop on the dangers of social media.  Attached are some resources  for parents.  
 
From the Dean of Curriculum & Instruction:
 
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 Ms. Washington

nwashington@piusmatthias.org

562-861-2271 ext. 2232

 
  • MIDTERM WEEKS COMING UP - WEEK 10 (3/9/2020 - 3/11/2020):We will follow a special schedule during the week that students take their Midterm Exams:
    • 3/9 - Midterms Day 1: Midterm Exams for Periods 1 & 2 [Dismissal Time - 12:04 pm]
    • 3/10 - Midterms Day 2: Midterm Exams for Periods 3 & 4 [Dismissal Time - 12:04 pm]
    • 3/11 - Midterms Day 3: Midterm Exams for Period 5 & 6 [Dismissal Time - 12:04 pm]
  • TEACHER TUTORING SCHEDULE: Please encourage your son and/or daughter to attend tutoring with their teachers to support their academic success. To access the updated Teacher Tutoring Schedule 19-20 (for Spring 2020) visit the Student Portalpage of our website. 
From the Directors of Advancement & Alumni Relations/Fundraising Coor:
 
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 Ms. Santos,  AlumniRelations&Fundraising Coor.

gsantos@piusmatthias.org

562-861-2271 ext. 1022

 

 

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Mrs. Salvador, Dir. of Advancement

rsalvador@piusmatthias.org

562-861-2271 ext. 1025

 
From the Admissions Office:
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Mr. Boulahoud, Admissions Officer

aboulahoud@piusmatthias.org

562-861-2271 ext. 1040

  • Congratulations to the Class of 2024! Welcome Warriors!: There will be Registration Day for our recently admitted students this Saturday, March 14, 2020.
    • 9:00am - Last Names A-E
    • 10:30am - Last Names F-L
    • 12:00pm - Last Names M-R
    • 1:30pm - Last Names S-Z
 
 
From the Director of Athletics:
 
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 Mr. Santisteven

bsantisteven@piusmatthias.org

562-861-2271 ext. 1030

  • SPORTSMANSHIP:Remember to always practice Warrior Pride and sportsmanship in supporting us and our opponents!
  • Warrior CIF Championship Basketball t-shirtsare on sale in the main office for $10.  Come and be part of History! 
  • BOOSTER CLUB: Volunteers are needed to help at our athletic events. You can earn Parent hours by helping to staff our athletic events or by donating items to the teams or Booster club for snack bar. Please contact the Athletic Director or Booster Club  if interested. You can also earn hours by donating items for the snack bar or teams.
  • ATHLETIC PARTICIPATION: If you are trying out for a spring sport :
    • You should of filled out and returned the “Athletic Team Participation Sport Fee Agreement” to your coach or the business office.  Failure to return will result in not being allowed to participate until the form is turned in.
    • You must complete the athletic clearance information on our website. Go to www.pmawarriorsathletics.com click on warrior HQ and then click on registration. On the top right hand side of the page click more, then on the left column you will see athletic clearance. If you do not have an account, register as a new user.
    • You must have all paperwork done with a current physical exam to participate in tryouts or off season workouts during the school year. if you have any questions you can email bsantisteven@piusmatthias.org or call the athletic director at ext 1030.
  • PRACTICE: 
    • Spring Sports (Boys/Girls Track & Field, Boys Volleyball,  Baseball, and Softball) are starting to play games. Remember you must have your physical exam and complete the Athletic clearance form to participate.
  • GAMES: 
    • Boys Varsity Basketball- TBA
    • Softball- Tues 3/10 vs St. Bernard-2:45, Thurs 3/12 @ Cantwell
    • Baseball- Tues 3/10 vs St. Genevieve-3:00, Fri 3/13 vs St. Monica-3:00
    • Boys Volleyball- Fri 3/13 @ St. Paul, 
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  • ATHLETIC EVENTS: Please visit pmawarriorsathletics.com website to see the most current events happening in our athletic department.
  • SPRING SPORTS FEES: All Winter/Spring fees should have been paid or you turned in your form saying that you wanted it billed to your Smart account. 
  • Baseball Fundraiser-Join us for Baseball fundraiser March 13 @ Mod Pizza at The Downey Promenade.
From the ONWARD SCHOLARS Office
 
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 Ms. Turcios

mturcios@piusmatthias.org

562-861-2271 ext. 1011

  • RETREAT:Friday, March 20-Sunday, March 22 at Camp Stevens. 
  • SCHOLAR RENEWAL:Due April 8th. 
  • Please feel free to contact me with any questions: mturcios@org

 

FAITH REFLECTION & PRAYER REQUESTS

 

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As we continue the Lenten Season, we invite you to consider growing in deeper faith by spending daily time with our Lord by reflecting on the gospels. Sign up here to receive a daily email direct to your inbox (beginning on Ash Wednesday, 2020) with a short reflection on the gospel passage for the day. Written by a variety of authors, each reflection is designed to help you delve deeper into the richness of the gospel. 

During Lent we will pray as a community for specific intentions each week.

This week our prayer focus will be for peace in our world. 

We pray for all nations torn by war and for all victims of war. May all nations “beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. May all nations not raise the sword against each other or train for war again.” (Isaiah 2:5). We express gratitude for all who serve or have served in our nation’s military. For their safe return home, and for proper care for all veterans still suffering from the effects of war. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever, Amen.

Please continue to include your prayer request here. Your prayer request will be included in our daily and weekly prayer gatherings as a school community. 

We keep the following intentions in our prayers: 

  • For those prayer intentions requested in our online prayer request, including:
    • o For those who are gravely ill due to the coronavirus and other serious illnesses, may Jesus the
      good shepherd be their healer and their source of comfort and strength, we pray to the Lord.
    • o For doctors, nurses, caregivers and family members who care for the sick with gentleness and
      compassion, may they find strength in their works of mercy, we pray to the Lord.
    • For all PMAstudents, may the Holy Spirit inspire them with strong conviction in the faith.
    • For PMAteachers, May God grant you all the grace to teach with love and care
    • For the needs of the school and may God lead the school in passing the faith to new generations.
    • For our PMAfamilies to always seek truth and justice with mercy and compassion.
    • For the repose of the souls of Rene Marroquin (great-unlce of Andrea Marroquin 9th) and Natividad Cano. 
    • For a family who is going through the process of child adoption. That God pour out His Holy Spirit to guide the court process and financial provision for this child to be secured with the adoptive family.
 
 

OTHER SUPPORT STAFF CONTACT INFORMATION 

ATTENDANCE & REGISTRAR

Ms. Palacio

rpalacio@piusmatthias.org

562-861-2271 ext. 1002

TUITION & FINANCIAL AID 

Mrs. Garcia

tgarcia@piusmatthias.org

562-861-2271 ext. 1023

 

ACADEMICS AND COUNSELING (Grade 9 & 10)

Ms. Torres

ntorres@piusmatthias.org 

562-861-2271 ext 1026

 

ACADEMICS AND COUNSELING (Grade 11 & 12)

Ms. Acker

cacker@piusmatthias.org

562-861-2271 ext 1016