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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 WEEKLY UPDATE

Week of November 3-9, 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. 1012

  
  • MONTH OF ALL SOULS: In this upcoming month of November, as Catholics, we remember our beloved relatives and friends who have gone to eternal life.  Please take a moment to learn more about the Feasts of All Saints and All Souls and the beautiful vision our Church has of our extended family in heaven and on earth. The History of All Saints and All Souls Day

  • 7th ANNUAL CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING: Please mark your calendars on December 6th at 6pm as we celebrate annual PMA Christmas Tree Lighting Tradition. We are pleased to welcome the choirs from Our Lady of the Rosary School in Paramount and St. Anthony of Padua in Gardena. This event is open to the entire community. 
  • PMA featured in Adoration video:  At our last school wide adoration, one of the seminarians of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, filmed and produced a video that includes our PMA Community.  Please take some time to watch and share the video which can be found here and on our website. 

  • PMA Community Garden: Any parent interested in assisting and being a part of volunteering for the PMA Garden in 2019-2020 school year please fill out this form. Any and all additional questions email or contact Mr. Miguel Flores at mflores@piusmatthias.org 

 
 
From the Principal: 
 
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 Mrs. Zozaya

vzozaya@piusmatthias.org

562-861-2271 ext. 1015

 

 

 

 
 

Dear PMA Parents, 

November is a month of taking time to reflect and express gratitude for those people and experiences that we’ve been blessed with in our lives. The month is kicked off with Veterans Day when we all stop for a moment to honor those men and women who’ve served our country. Then, November brings Thanksgiving an  opportunities to sit down together with people who we care about and care about. May you all have a great weekend.     God Bless you all, Mrs. Zozaya 

 

Important Dates to Remember:

  • Thursday, November 7th (EARLY Dismissal)

  • Monday, November 11th  (NO SCHOOL - Veterans Day)

  • Thursday, November 14 (Tuition Suspension)

 

From The Business Office

  • CEF will be at PMA on November 6th, 7th and 22nd: PMA will not be utilizing SmartAid and will be using CEF Cycle 2 Application for all tuition assistance.  All students receiving CEF Grants and PMA Tuition Assistance will be required to submit a CEF Cycle 2 application. Regardless if you qualify for CEF or not, we will be using the results from the CEF process to determine your qualification to continue your PMA Tuition assistance. There will be no fee to apply for PMA Tuition assistance this year.  Please go to the CEF website and schedule your appointment and pick up the application in the front office. We have added November 22nd for appointments. Please contact Mrs. Garcia if you have any questions. 
  • TUITION SUSPENSION: Thursday, November 14th 
  • FALL FUNDRAISER DUE: Your Fall Fundraiser (Hawaii Raffle Tickets) Payment are Due with your November tuition payment.
  • SMART TUITION REMINDERS: Smart Tuition offers two immediate payment options including:

    • Pay online at https://parent.smarttuition.com

    • Pay over the phone by calling (888) 868-8828

    • Payments are due on or before your due date. There is no grace period. If your payment is not made by your due date, or you are carrying an outstanding balance, a Follow Up Service Fee (Late Fee) will apply. Smart Tuition will remind you of your upcoming payment to help you pay on time. We will also advise you when you have missed a payment to help you avoid any future fees. 

 

PMA ADMISSIONS: 

  • PARENT VOLUNTEER HOURS: If you are in need of Parent Volunteer hours, please contact the Admissions Office. We currently need snack donations and help at the Tutoring Sessions on November 2. We also need support stuffing folders during the week. Please call Admissions Secretary Mrs. Santiago, Monday through Thursday, at 562-861-2271 Ex.1015.

  • ADMISSIONS SHADOW DAYS FOR 8th GRADERS: If you know of any current 8th Graders interested in PMA, please have them click here or contact the Admissions Office to sign-up for a Shadow Day! These days are great opportunities for prospective students to check out our campus and be a Warrior for a day. 

From the Vice Principal: 
 
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 Mr. Delgado

mdelgado@piusmatthias.org

562-861-2271 ext. 1010

  • From The Vice Prinicpal's Office

    • The Student Voter Registration Act of 2003 (Elections Code section 2145-2148) was implemented to ensure every school in California provides eligible high school students a meaningful opportunity to register and pre-register to vote. Click Here to Register to Vote
    • 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.
From the Dean of Campus Ministry:
 

Mr. Kim

bkim@piusmatthias.org

562-861-2271 ext.. 2131

 

 

 

 

  • From the Dean of Campus Ministry:

    • MORNING MASS: Please join us for daily Mass this Tuesday at 7:30AM

     

    • Respect for Life Month: October is Respect for Life Month and throughout this month we will be offering up our weekly Masses and prayers for the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death. Please join us!
    • Respect Life Week: During the week of October 14-18, we will have our Respect for Life Week, where we will bring awareness to topics such as; abortion, human trafficking, mental health, prison system, and racism. We want to bring attention to the infinite dignity that all women and men are created with.

From the Dean of Student Success:

 

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 Ms. Valenzuela

lvalenzuela@piusmatthias.org

562-861-2271 ext. 2216

From the Dean of Student Success:

  • COLLEGE PLANNING ASSEMBLY - WED. NOV 6TH- The counseling team will be holding a college planning assembly on Wednesday, November 6. Students in grades 9th-10th will be Exploring Naviance, 11th grade students will focus on Career Exploration and 12th grade students will work on College Essays and finalizing College Applications.
  • LAST CHANGE TO TAKE SAT IN 2019: Last Test date of 2019 is December 7. Registration deadline is Nov 8, Late Registration deadline is Nov 26 register at https://www.collegeboard.org/
  • COLLEGE TOUR - NOV 14TH Students will be visiting UC San Diego, University of San Diego and San Diego State on November 14th from 7:30am-6:00pm. There are only 50 spots available. The tour is open for Seniors, Juniors and Sophomores. First come, first served.  Cost $35, payment due at the time of sign up in the front office. At least 40 students are needed by Wednesday, November 6 to move forward with the trip.
  • COLLEGE APPLICATIONS- Make sure to check your college portals and emails regularly- these are the main lines of communication for important information and deadlines from most campuses. Please stop by the Counseling Department for assistance with applying.
  • FAFSA - The new 2020–21 FAFSA form is here! HS Senior students should submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid starting October 1st. Please visit FAFSA website for more information at https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa or call my office.
  • SERVICE HOURS - If you would like to fulfill service hours by purchasing the following items, we are in need of water, individual bags of chips, candy and granola bars.   Every $10 spent = 1 service hour. We will need the items by Tuesday November 12, 2019, at 8:00 am. Any questions, please contact Ms. Valenzuela at lvalenzuela@piusmatthias.org.
 
From the Dean of Student Life:
 
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  Mr. Ramos

pramos@piusmatthias.org

562-861-2271 ext. 1041

 
 
 
 From the Dean of Character & Discipline:
 Mr.Beza

tbeza@piusmatthias.org

562-861-2271 ext. 1050

From the Dean of Character & Discipline:

  • CHANGE TO PARENT/STUDENT HANDBOOK: At a conference the ADLA has shared with us and other schools, that we address the dress code and grooming policies that prohibit natural hair styles, including afros, braids, twists, and locks, which could potentially have an impact on many students, and PMA will make the change to our handbook before the end of the semester to allow for the grooming changes
  • SECURITY: 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: Uniform Violations: Please remind your student that any non-PMA gear (sweaters, sweatshirts, jackets etc). may not be worn during the school day. Violation of this school policy will result in/but is not limited to confiscation of the non-PMA item.
From the Dean of Curriculum & Instruction:
 
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 Ms. Washington

nwashington@piusmatthias.org

562-861-2271 ext. 2232

 

From the Dean of Curriculum & Instruction:

  • MID QUARTER STATUS  REPORTS: Your son/daughter will receive a printed Mid Quarter Status Report this week during the Block Schedule (Wed 11/6 & Thurs 11/7) from each of their instructors - for each course that he/she is enrolled in. Please review each Mid Quarter Status Report (a total of 6) with your son/daughter and provide a parent/guardian signature for each report to acknowledge that you are aware of your son/daughters current grade and progress in each course. All students are required to return their Mid Quarter Status Reports to their instructors by Friday 11/8/19.

  • TEACHER TUTORING SCHEDULE: As we continue to progress through the school year, please encourage your son and/or daughter to attend tutoring with their teachers to support their academic success. To access the Teacher Tutoring Schedule 19-20 visit the Student Portal page 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 Director(s) of Advancement & Alumni Relations: 

  • Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing. -St. Mother Teresa
  • May your week be filled with smiles!

 

 
 
From the Director of Athletics:
 
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 Mr. Santisteven

bsantisteven@piusmatthias.org

562-861-2271 ext. 1030

  • ATHLETIC PARTICIPATION: If you are trying out for a sport or off season conditioning during the 2019-2020 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. 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 physical 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.
  • PRACTICE: Practice continues this week for Cross country, Football, and Volleyball. Winter Sports (Baseball, Softball, Basketball & Soccer)are also beginning conditioning, check with your coach for days and times.
  • GAMES: 
    • Varsity Football open up CIF Playoffs on Friday Nov 8.  Opponent will be released on Sunday Nov 3. Check website for latest details.
    • On Wednesday 11/06 our Cross Country team takes part in League Meet #3 at La Mirada Park..
  • ATHLETIC EVENTS: Please visit www.pmawarriorsathletics.com  website to see the most current events happening in our athletic department.
  • FALL SPORTS FEES: Are now due for students participating in the following sports:  Football, Cross Country, Cheer, and Girls Volleyball. Please contact Mrs. Garcia in the finance office to make your payment.  Also Spirit Pack fees must be paid before receiving spirit packs.
  • VOLUNTEERS: 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 if interested.
  • DONATION: The PMA athletic department is in need of a chest freezer.  If you have a chest freezer or know someone who wants to get rid of it, we would appreciate the donation. 
From the Director of OSP:
 Ms. Turcios

mturcios@piusmatthias.org

562-861-2271 ext. 1011

From the ONWARD SCHOLARS Director:

  • NOVEMBER SERVICE: On Saturday, November 9 at the Downey First Christian Church Food Bank. Parents please drop off your students to begin at 9 a.m., and service will end at 12 p.m.  

  • SENIORS: Save the date, Dinner with the Mentor Group will be December 11 at 6 p.m., at the Rio Hondo Golf Club. Details to follow in the upcoming months.

 
 
 
 
 
 

PARENT SERVICE HOUR OPPORTUNITIES

PMA relies on the skills, talents and contributions of our parents to help better serve our students and families.  This section will usually include service hour opportunities that parents can take advantage of in order to fulfill service hour obligations.  Please take a moment to complete the parent volunteer resource form here: PMA Family Resource Form

  1. MARKETING SERVICE HOURS:  Any parent interested in assisting with our marketing and admissions efforts this year please contact Mr. Boulahoud or email him at aboulahoud@piusmatthias.org.  Service hours can be given for your time.
  2. BOOSTER CLUB SERVICE HOURS:  The 2019-2020 Fall Sports season is upon us.   If you are looking for Parent Service hour opportunities, you have three ways to earn them through the Booster Club. 
    1. One, donate concession items and or gift cards (Smart and Final, Costco, Walmart, etc.) to the Booster club.  Every $10.00 donated, you will receive 1 service hour.  Send an email to bsantistven@piusmatthias.org to make arrangements or drop them off at the front office and label the box/envelope “Booster Club”.  The Booster Club truly appreciates every donation. 
    2. Second, attend the next Booster Club meeting in the PLC room and earn a service hour.
    3. Third, Sign-up for one or more of the opportunities listed on sign up Genius. Here is the link to sign-up:www.signupgenius.com/tabs/73376D703A3CBEEC06-pmabooster  
  3. DEVELOPMENT/ALUMNI SERVICE HOURS:  Earn First semester opportunities for service hours by assisting at the following events:
    • Homecoming Alumni Tailgate - Friday, October 25th
    • Please contact Ms. Santos for more information gsantos@piusmatthias.org
  4. PMA Garden: Any parent interested in assisting and being a part of volunteering for the PMA Garden in 2019-2020 school year please fill out this form. Any and all additional questions email or contact Mr. Miguel Flores at mflores@piusmatthias.org The opportunity will begin soon on a monthly or bi-monthly basis depending on number of volunteers. 

 

 

 

FAITH REFLECTION & PRAYER REQUESTS

 

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Prayers & Faith Reflection 

NOVEMBER: MONTH FOR ALL SOUL'S

Why do Catholics Celebrate All Soul's Day? 

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:
    • The speedy recovery of PMA Alumni, Nicole Camacho '16, who was recently in a car accident
    • For the recovery and healing of Martin Gaytan, former PMA Worship leader, who was invovled in a cycling accident

For the sick in our community:

  • For PMA board members, Rick Rodriguez and Mario Guerra who have faced recent health challenges
  • For Maria Machado, who is healing from brain surgery
  • For Fatima Fodera who is recovering from surgery
  • For Miriam Tierno, may God grant her rapid healing and better health
  • For those suffering from breast cancer and other diseases

For those who have died or recently lost a loved one, especially for the repose of the souls of:

  • Jose Magdaleno, the uncle of 11th grader Gustavo Magdaleno
  • The relative of Grace Moreno and the family of her Aunt Jessica who recently lost their father.   
  • All Soul's in Purgatory
 
 

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