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Upcoming Events

October 12th & 13th Fall Break

October 10th Family Night @ Explora

October 31st Storybook Parade

Dear Matheson Park Elementary Families,

We are in full swing at Matheson Park ES. I have been impressed with our students and the great work they are doing in the classroom.  I know that is because of the amazing families and staff at Matheson Park ES!  Speaking on behalf of the school- I know you do not see everything the teachers and staff do each day, but they are so dedicated to our students and work so hard to provide our students with the best education they can get.  We are off to a great start because of them.  THANK YOU! I


Homework is a great way for students to practice, on their own, what they have learned at school.  All you really need to do to stay involved with homework is to take an interest in what your child is learning by setting aside time every day to look at your child’s homework and asking your child to tell you about his/her homework.  With reading homework, we can help our children become stronger readers by asking them to read aloud to us at home.  This gives you the opportunity to listen along and ask questions to make sure they understand what they are reading.  Other ways to help include:

  • Set aside a time and place for your child to complete homework that is away from distractions and noise.
  • Allow your child to catch mistakes on their own with math problems.
  • Ask them questions about their reading, such as their favorite part, favorite character or what they think will happen next.  Ask the following questions:  “How do you know?” or “Why do you think that will happen?”  It is important to ask them to always explain their thinking.
  • Praise their effort in completing their assigned work. 

Remember, your daily interest will encourage your child to work hard and complete his/her homework and children should read everyday whether they say they have homework or not.   Your child’s classroom teacher can also offer other helpful suggestions to keep your children practicing and completing their homework on a daily basis.    


Thank you for all that you do and if you have any questions or need more information please contact us at 291-6837.



Jacqueline Lovato/Principal


Bicycle Safety


A bicycle is not a toy.  It is a vehicle!  Head injuries are the most serious injury type and the most common cause of death among bicyclists.  More than half of all bicyclist deaths occur to school age youth, ages 5-17.  This school site emphasizes the following bicycle safety tips for parents and students (extracted from: Prevent Bicycle Accidents flyer produced by the U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration):


  • All students riding bicycles are required by law to wear an approved bike helmet.  An approved helmet has a sticker inside certifying the helmet meets standards of the Snell Memorial Foundation and/or the American National Standards Institute.
  • To help ensure the helmet is worn every time the student rides, let the student help pick out the helmet.  If the parent is a rider, they should also wear a helmet to set a good example.  Parents should also encourage their student’s friends to wear helmets.
  • Make certain that the bike is the right size for the student, is safely maintained, and has reflectors.
  • Students under age nine should not ride their bikes in the street.  They are not able to identify and adjust to the many dangerous traffic situations.  When available, ride in designated bicycle lanes.
  • Teach students to always stop and look left right left before entering the road.  This is a good pedestrian safety practice, too, for crossing the street.
  • If a bicyclist rides in the road, the cyclist must obey traffic laws that apply to motor vehicle operators.  Instruct students on the bicycle rules of the road.  Bicyclists should ride single file on the right side and signal their intentions to other road users.
  • Never allow students to ride at night or with audio headphones.  Stress the need to ride alert since most drivers do not see or acknowledge riders.

APS Sick Day Guidelines

If your child becomes ill and does not feel well enough to take part in school, as parents or guardians, you should keep your child home until the symptoms improve.  This also can help to prevent the spread of the illness to others at school.  These are some of the examples of when your child should be kept home:

  • Active vomiting
  • Active diarrhea – three or more times in six hours
  • The beginning of an airway infection (cold/cough/runny nose) [This is especially important for those who are unable to manage their own body fluids]
  • Extreme tiredness and/or lack of appetite
  • Fever with headache, body aches, earache, sore throat
  • Undiagnosed or unknown rash (a rash that has not been seen or treated by a health care provider)
  • Any of the above symptoms with fever or chills
  • Untreated skin conditions
  • If antibiotic treatment is needed, your child should remain home for the first full 24 hours of medication (e.g., if your child has three doses per day ordered, then three doses must be given before the child returns to school)

Internet Safety Tips for Parents

Establish rules for Internet use:

  • What sites can your child visit?
  • Who can they talk to?
  • How long will they be on line?
  • Where can they use a computer? 

Keep computers in a common room:

  • Parent and guardian supervision can be an effective method of protecting children online

Stay informed:

  • Learn everything you can about the internet
  • Take an interest in learning what sites your kids visit
  • Learn some of the common language used in chatrooms

Research Parental Controls:

  • Learn about the available blocking, filtering, and parental controls for your computer and internet and when to use them

News from Ms. Lovato

Upcoming Events:

August 30th - Open House

September 4th - Labor Day No School


School Schedule

Monday - Friday Schedule: 

7:40 A.M. – Instruction Begins

7:43A.M. – Tardy Bell Rings

1:50 P.M. – School Dismissed


Dear Matheson Park Elementary Families,


I would like to welcome you back to the 2017-2018 school year.  I hope your summer has gone well and you are excited for the beginning of the new school year.  I anticipate an exciting year as we collectively strive to foster a culture of learning.  I feel extremely fortunate to be working with such an exceptional group of students, families, and staff members. 

The elementary school years are crucial times of development for our students, and I look forward to working with all of you to make this year successful.  Our school day begins at 7:40 A.M. and we dismiss at 3:40 P.M. ALL students who arrive after 7:43 A.M. will need to check in at the front office. Students must be walked into the office by a parent/guardian.   Please be sure to have your child/children here on time.  Students who are consistently tardy are at a clear disadvantage and are missing out on direct instruction.  When our students are tardy, they face the challenge of trying to settle in and catch up with what other students are doing. They fall behind and struggle to understand material the teacher has already explained. Being late is detrimental to their learning, especially if it occurs on a consistent basis. Thank you for supporting your child’s education!

I am honored to serve as the principal of Matheson Park Elementary.  It is truly a privilege to be a part of a community where parents, staff, and students care for each other and strive to build positive relationships to support academic and social growth. Once again, welcome back!  Let’s make it another great year at Matheson together!



Jacqueline Lovato/Principal



Tips for Reading Aloud


  • Make it relaxing and enjoyable – When reading with your child, make it a comfortable and relaxing experience. 
  • Set the stage – Ask questions to spark your child’s interest in the story and develop his/her prediction skills.  You might ask a question based on the book title or cover illustration, or give some hint about what happens in the story to help him/her anticipate what is to come.
  • Make the story come alive – Reading aloud is a kind of performance, so give different characters different voices and emotion.  Make the story and characters come alive for your child’s imagination.
  • Involve children in the story – Stop from time to time as you, without interrupting the flow, ask questions or offer your own thoughts and comments.  You might express excitement about what’s going on in the story, ask what your child thinks could happen or why the characters are acting a certain way, or point out an interesting detail. 
  • Reflect and connect – Help your child think and talk about the story and connect it to his/her life. You might ask if the ending surprised him.  Does he/she wish the story had gone differently?  Did it make him think about anyone he knows or anything he/she has ever done?  Questions such as these help bring books and reading to life.
  • Choose books carefully – Books that have pictures and are shorter in length lend themselves well to being read aloud, especially for younger children.  Rhyming books are fun and help build phonemic awareness.  As your child gets older, allow him/her to choose books about topics that interest her.
  • Finish the story – Children like a sense of completion, so make sure that you read a book that you can complete in one sitting.  Be sure to allow time for your child to talk about the story when you are finished.
  • Make it a habit – Children are more likely to develop a love for reading if it is made part of their everyday routine from an early age.  Reading time should be a sacred daily event in your child’s life. 

  Visitors and Volunteers


All visitors & volunteers are required to sign-in at the front office.  Please be patient and responsive if school staff asks you to return to the office to sign in and get a Visitor’s pass. It is an essential part of our plan to maintain student safety. You will notice that school staff wear badges, so they can be easily identified by parents and first responders, in light of an emergency as well.  Thank you for supporting our safety policies and procedures. 


APS Volunteer Process


Matheson Park Elementary value’s family and community engagement in school activities and we believe that volunteer involvement can have a positive impact on a child’s education.  To ensure the safety of our students, all potential volunteers must pass a background check before volunteering.  Background checks for potential volunteers are based on database searches of criminal records, Departments of Correction records, sex offender registries, and driving records. Volunteers are authorized based on satisfactory background check results. APS background checks are valid for 2 years. To apply to volunteer and complete your background check, complete an online application. Cost for a background check to become a volunteer is $12. Payment will be requested within the application through PayPal.

  1. Background checks will be conducted based on information provided within the application.
  2. The clearance will be communicated directly to the school site’s volunteer coordinator within 10 days of application submission.