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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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PMA NEWS UPDATE FOR JAN. 13-19, 2019

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. 1015

  
 
  • ANNUAL NOVENA:  This week we begin our annual Novena to St. Pius X and St. Matthias. A Novena is a devotional act consisting of private or public prayers repeated for nine successive days in belief of obtaining special intercessory graces.  The 9 days signify the 9 days between the Ascension of Christ into heaven when the apostles and Mary gathered to pray for the coming of the Holy Spirit, which came to them nine days later at Pentecost. We pray this novena every year to ask for the intercession of our patron saints as we pray the intentions of our PMA community, continued growth in school enrollment, and especially for the 8th graders are preparing to take the HSPT exam on January 27th.   Please join us in praying this Novena beginning on January 16 thru January 26th as we offer these intentions through the intercession of St. Pius X and St. Matthias. 

  • CATHOLIC SCHOOL'S WEEK MASS:  Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez will be visiting PMA to celebrate Catholic Schools Week with us on January 28th at 9:45am. Archbishop will be blessing our new Altar made by a PMA parent and we will acknowledge the Dan Murphy Foundation for their support of our recent gym upgrade projects. The combined choirs from our Lady of the Rosary and St. Anthony of Padua will lead the worship with the PMA Liturgical Choir. We invite all parents, alumni, community members and friends to join us for this special celebration.
  • The City of Downey’s Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a summer Job Fair, Saturday January 27th for high school students and young adults. Please see the Flyer in English and Spanish  for further information
  • ONE LIFE LA:  OneLife LA is a walk for life in downtown LA for all of Southern California celebrating the beauty and dignity of every human life from conception to natural death. OneLife ends with a festival, live music, food trucks, and inspiring speaker testimonies. We encourage all PMA families and students to participate and support this event. More info can be found on their wbesite at onelifela.org
 
 
From the Principal: 
 
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 Mrs. Zozaya

vzozaya@piusmatthias.org

562-861-2271 ext. 1015

 
 
  • Hope you all have a great weekend and remember that there is no relationship as beautiful and as pure as that between a parent and a child. So make sure you spend time with them and make memories. “Be the parent today that you want your kids to remember tomorrow.” ~Unknown
  • No School On:        Monday, January 21st “Martin Luther King Jr. Day” Article
  • Interesting Article:    Article on Starting the New Year
From the Asst. Principal: 
 
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 Mr. Delgado

mdelgado@piusmatthias.org

562-861-2271 ext. 1010

  • NO ANNOUNCEMENTS THIS WEEK

From the Dean of Student Success:Adriana Bronzina's Profile Photo

 Ms. Bronzina

abronzina@piusmatthias.org

562-861-2271 ext. 2216

  • SPRING SAT PREP CLASSES - We still have 5 spots left for our Tuesday/Thursday sessions which begin on the 31st of January and 10 spots left for our Saturday sessions which begin on February 2nd.  REGISTER NOW!!! IT IS REQUIRED THAT ALL JUNIORS TAKE AN SAT PREP CLASS. Remember, taking the SAT is a graduation requirement.

Current sophomores are welcome to sign up for these courses as well.  It’s never too early to start preparing for this important exam.

  • MARK YOUR CALENDARS - IMPORTANT UPCOMING EVENTS

PARENT COLLEGE NIGHTS

Please join us for these important parent meetings.  We will distribute and review PSAT testing results for all students in grades 9-11. Each session is geared towards the needs and goals of each specific grade level and we will hold sessions in both English and Spanish.  We look forward to seeing you there.

  • Freshman College Night (Tuesday, 1/15 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm)
  • Sophomore College Night (Wednesday, 1/16 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm)
  • Junior College Night (Tuesday, 1/29 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm)
  • Senior College Night (Wednesday, 1/30 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm)
  • HONOR ROLL ASSEMBLY - Thursday, 1/24 @ 1:30 - 2:45 pm Please join us as we celebrate the successes of students who have earned honors based on their first semester academic performance.
 
From the Dean of Ministry & Student Life:
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Mr. Flores 

mflores@piusmatthias.org

562-861-2271 ext. 1006

 
  • MORNING MASS:  Please join us for morning mass on Tuesday at 7:40 am in the PMA Chapel.
  • JUNIOR RING CEREMONY AND MASS: The Junior Ring Ceremony is on Friday February 1 from 5:30-7:00 pm
  • CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK: PMA will celebrate Catholic Schools week showcasing various elements that are defining in our Catholic Identity. A calendar of events will soon follow and posted on our website.
 
From the Dean of International Students: Maggie  Smet`s profile picture
 
  Ms. Smet

msmet@piusmatthias.org

562-861-2271 ext. 1024

  • NO ANNOUNCEMENTS THIS WEEK
 
 
 From the Dean of Character & Discipline:Pete Ramos's Profile Photo
 
 Mr. Ramos

pramos@piusmatthias.org

562-861-2271 ext. 1050

  • Uniform Policy: Please review the PMA Uniform Policy in the Parent/Student Handbook with your student. All students must be in a PMA polo everyday unless otherwise noted. Beginning on Monday January 14, 2019 all non-PMA sweatshirt/windbreakers etc. worn on campus during the school day will be confiscated and not returned until the end of the school year.
  •  Non-Uniform days and ripped Jeans: In clarification of the school’s policy in regards to ripped jeans on days that the students are not in uniform, ripped jeans are not permitted. The school is defining ripped jeans as jeans that expose bare skin underneath. This definition also extends to frayed jeans as well. However, repaired jeans (jeans that appear ripped but have patches or fabric underneath) that do not expose bare skin will be permitted within reason. The school administration is the final arbiter in the interpretation of this definition.
From the Dean of Curriculum & Instruction:
 
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 Ms. Washington

nwashington@piusmatthias.org

562-861-2271 ext. 1206

 
  • NO ANNOUNCEMENTS THIS WEEK
 From the Director of Development & Alumni:
 
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 Ms. Santos

gsantos@piusmatthias.org

562-861-2271 ext. 2205

 
  • PMA "A NIGHT IN HAVANNA": Tickets are on sale now for PMA’s A Night In Havana dinner dance.   A $50 ticket includes live music by Orquesta Oye & DJ Moy, 1 drink & 1 door prize ticket.  Half the tickets already sold, get yours soon by visiting the front office. For service hour opportunities please see “Parent Service Hours Opportunities” below. If you indicated your interest in attending this event on the Spring fundraising survey that was issued in October, your tickets will be issued via your student this week.  
  • HOUSE OF BLUES RAFFLE:  Buy your raffle tickets! :  Buy $10 raffle tickets to win 2 VIP tickets to see a concert of your choice at the House of Blues Anaheim and/or 2 VIP tickets to the Ramon Ayala Show on February 16th. Both tickets include $100 dining credit at their  restaurant or bar, VIP entrance, Foundation Room Access and free parking. Winner will be picked at A Night In Havana. Only 150 ticket will be sold.  Tickets can be purchased at the front office.
  • ANNUAL FUND:  All families who have not yet made their mandatory contribution to the Annual Fund will be billed via SMART Tuition beginning this month. 
  • Annual Fund Fundraising Page: Encourage your family and friends to contribute to our annual fund by setting up you personal fundraising page.  Funds raised could be applied towards your minimum annual fund contribution. Visit Annual Fund-Giving Page to set up your page today or contact the development office for further assistance. 
 
 
 
From the Director of Athletics:
 
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 Mr. Morrison

cmorrison@piusmatthias.org

562-861-2271 ext. 1030

  • If you are trying out for a sport or off-season conditioning during the 2018-2019 school year you must complete the athletic clearance information on our website. Go to www.pmawarriorsathletics.com, click on “Warrior HQ” and then click on “Registration”. If you do not have an account, register as a new user. You must have all paperwork done with a physical to participate in tryouts or off-season workouts during the school year. if you have any questions you can email cmorrison@piusmatthias.org or call the Athletic Director.
  • Please visit www.pmawarriorsathletics.com  website to see the most current events in our athletic department
  • Sports fees are now due for the following sports: Girls & Boys Soccer, and Girls & Boys Basketball. Please contact Mrs. Garcia in the Finance Office if you have any questions or to make your payment.
  • All winter sports athletes your sports fee participation forms are due. You must have the signed form in to participate. Please bring them to the front office. If you have any questions stop by the athletic office or email cmorrison@piusmatthias.org.
  • Please follow PMA Athletics on Twitter  @PMA_Athltics, Instagram @PMA_Athletics for the latest info on our sports programs.
  • Winter sports teams will be taking pictures on Thursday 1/24. Order envelopes have been given to all athletes. If you have not received an order envelope please stop by the athletic office to pick one up.
  • If you played a fall sport Football, Cross Country, or Girls Volleyball please go on the athletic website on the MORE section click on 2018-2019 Fall Sports Survey and tell us about your experience in fall sports. If you have any questions feel free to email cmorrison@piusmatthias.org.
  • Parents there will be a booster club meeting on January 28th at 6:30pm in room 114. You will receive 1 service hour for your attendance at the meeting

 

ATHLETIC EVENTS THIS WEEK

 

Tuesday 1/15

PMA JV Girls Soccer @ St. Paul 3:30pm

PMA Varsity Girls Soccer @ St. Paul 5:00pm

PMA JV Girls Basketball @ St. Genevieve 5:30pm

PMA Varsity Girls Basketball @ St. Genevieve 7:00pm

Wednesday 1/16

PMA Frosh Boys Basketball @ Salesian 4:00pm

PMA JV Boys Basketball @ Salesian 5:30pm

PMA Varsity Boys Basketball @ Salesiani 7:00pm

PMA JV Boys Soccer vs Verbum Dei 4:00pm

PMA Varsity Boys Soccer vs Verbum Dei 6:00pm

Thursday 1/17

PMA JV Girls Soccer vs MaryStar 3:30pm

PMA Varsity Girls Soccer vs MaryStar 5:00pm

PMA JV Girls Basketball @ Bishop Montgomery 4:00pm

PMA Varsity Girls Basketball vs Pomona Catholic @ Damien High School 7:00pm

Friday 1/18

PMA Frosh Boys Basketball vs St. Monica 4:00pm

 

PMA JV Boys Basketball vs St. Monica 5:30pm

PMA Varsity Boys Basketball vs St. Monica 7:00pm

PMA JV Boys Soccer vs USC Brio 3:30pm

PMA Varsity Boys Soccer vs Cantwell 5:00pm

 
  
From the Director of OSP:Mr. Rubén Borrero
 
 Mr. Borrero

rborrero@piusmatthias.org

562-861-2271 ext. 1011

 
 
NO ANNOUNCEMENTS THIS WEEK
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

PARENT SERVICE HOUR OPPORTUNITIES THIS WEEK

Reminder that any parent service hours served must be recorded on the Parent Service Hours Verification Receipt  and signed by the authorized person in charge. Please be sure to request your service hour verification sheet at the time of your service and keep the yellow copy for your records

  1. Any parent interested in assisting with our marketing and admissions efforts this year please contact Mr. Delgado at extension 1010 or email him at mdelgado@piusmatthias.org.  Service hours can be given for your time.
  2. The PMA Athletic Booster Club is looking for the following donations: water, gatorade, sodas, chips, cup of noodles, lettuce, tomatoes, hot dogs & buns, french fries, onions, candy, coffee, cookies, napkins, plates, chilli, cheese, and oil. Please contact rhernandez@piusmatthias.org for more information. You will receive service hours for your donations. You can also sign up for athletic booster club hours please click on the link Athletic Booster Club (Service Hours) Sign Up Sheet
  3. Parents who are interested in helping at A Night in Havana dinner dance on 2-2-19 please contact Mrs. Santos gsantos@piusmatthias.org.  Different shifts available from 10 am -1am.  You can also receive service hours by donating items needed here .  All items need to be dropped off with a receipt to the front office by January 30th.

 

 

FAITH REFLECTION & PRAYER REQUESTS

 

 

Faith Reflection 

  • In today’s Gospel, we witness the baptism of Jesus. We already know from the beginning of Luke’s Gospel that Jesus is the Son of God. In a special way, though, His sonship is reaffirmed by the Father. In baptism, God speaks our identity into us. We become His adopted children. We are given “Christian dignity.”  The gift of our baptism offers us the opportunity for eternal life. However, we have to live out the gift we have been given. The temptations Jesus faced when He confronted Satan in the desert all have to do with attacking His identity as God’s Son. In the same way, the temptations we face in life are attacks on our identity as God’s children. In our baptism, we are given many similar things: a community to foster, protect, and guide us; prayer and the sacraments to keep us charged; vocations to help us live holiness in specific ways, spiritual directors to help us discern the voice of God, etc. When we are tempted to forget who we are or the potential we have, we can turn to these things that help us call upon the grace of our baptism. We remember that the words of today’s Gospel, “you are my beloved Son; with whom I am well pleased,” were meant for you and I to hear because at our baptism, we too become God’s children capable of living life eternally with God.

    Please keep the following intentions in your prayers:

    • Those who are struggling with lost jobs, homelessness, and providing basic needs for their families.
    • For teenagers and those who struggle with lonliness.  
    • For all donors, benefactors, and supporters of PMA
    • For those 8th grade students discerning admissions to our school

    For the sick and others in our community who need our prayers:

    • And for all of our friends and relatives who are ill. Grant to all of them, Lord, your healing presence.

    For those in our community who have died, especially the repose of the souls of:

    • All the Souls in Purgatory
    • Sr.  Marguerite Gendron, former teacher/counselor at Pius X high school.
    • Daniela Escobar, St. Matthias Alumnae '12
    • We invite you to submit your prayer request to be included in our community.

 

 
 

OTHER SUPPORT STAFF CONTACT INFORMATION 

ATTENDANCE & REGISTRAR

Ms. Romero

vromero@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. Arias 

darias@piusmatthias.org 

562-861-2271 ext 1026

 

ACADEMICS AND COUNSELING (Grade 11 & 12)

Mrs. Graciano

mgraciano@piusmatthias.org

562-861-2271 ext 1016

 

CAMPUS MINISTRY & RETREAT COORDINATOR

Mr. Kim

bkim@piusmatthias.org 

562-861-2271 ext 2119

 

STUDENT LIFE COORDINATOR 

Mr. Beza

tgarcia@piusmatthias.org

562-861-2271 ext. 1041