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  • Matoska International PTO

April 2023 Newsletter

Updated: Apr 2, 2023


Paraprofessional Appreciation Day - 4/5

Elementary Orchestra Concert - 4/6

Non Student Day, No School - 4/7

School Board Meeting – 4/10

MIPTO Meeting - 4/11

Non Student Day, No School - 4/24

National Library Workers' Day - 4/25

Administrative Professionals Day - 4/26

For more details visit - Matoska Calendar



Come see Matoska students perform in HONK JR, a modern retelling of The Ugly Duckling with spectacular musical numbers and hilarious characters! Both performances will be at Lakeshore Players Theatre. Saturday, May 6th - 11:00 AM

Sunday, May 7th - 11:00 AM


Thursday, May 11th

5:00 - 7:00 pm in the Matoska gym

Come see all the amazing art Matoska students have created as part of the art enrichment program this year. Every student will have their art displayed at the show. There will also be student-made art for sale, art activities and Donatelli’s dinner for $8/plate. All profits from the art sale and dinner go to supporting the art enrichment program.

Art Show Volunteers Needed!


Saturday, May 13th

The Fun Run will be hosted at Matoska with the warm-up beginning at 9:45 am and the run/jog/walk (whatever you prefer!) kicking off at 10 am.

Lunch will be available thereafter

Fun Run Volunteers Needed!




If you plan to send your child to Kindergarten this fall and you haven't registered, please do as soon as possible.

More information on enrollment can be found on the district website.

Extended Day

Registration for the school year Extended Day Program opens

Monday April 3rd at 11:00 AM.



The Matoska Parent Teacher Organization (MITPO) is the parent/teacher coordinating team at school and we are looking for board members for the 2023-2024 school year. If you're interested in planning community-building school events (Welcome Back Bears, Rally 4 Reading and the Matoska Fun Run), forming connections with teachers and other Matoska families and/or working to make Matoska an inclusive, welcoming, learning environment for kids, please consider joining us!

What does the board do?

MIPTO board members are responsible for supporting the philosophy and goals of the school, coordinating fundraising efforts that support the school programs and activities, and acting as representatives and communicators with parents, teachers, students, administrators and the community.

What is expected?

Board members attend one regular meeting each month (in-person or virtually), with opportunities to help plan other activities throughout the school year.

The meetings are the 2nd Tuesday of each month in the school media center.

If you are interested in becoming a board member, please complete this submission form. If you have questions, please email



A note from Julie Stonehouse, PYP Coordinator

Part of our IB Mission Statement says “The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world,” and the IB “encourages students across the world to become active, compassionate, and lifelong learners.”

IB learners take action in response to their inquiries, to further their learning, and from a desire to help make the world a better place. Action is a fundamental part of IB learning and can take place any time. Action is authentic, reflective, and mindful. Some actions may not always be visible or immediately impactful; they might simply be impressions left on students, or small things that can go unnoticed because they are a part of the daily life of the learning community. (Taken from the “Taking Action” section of the IB publication: The Learner. April, 2020)

In an IB learning community, action takes one of five forms:

Forms of Action



Being actively involved in the learning community and showing commitment to contributing as individuals and as members of a group.


Taking action individually or collectively to publicly support positive social, environmental or political change

Social Justice

Taking action for positive change relating to human rights, equality and equity. Being concerned with the advantages and disadvantages within society, and with social well-being and justice for all.

Social entrepreneurship

Supporting positive social change through responding to the needs of local, national and global communities; applying prior knowledge and skills to identify and address challenges and opportunities in innovative, resourceful and sustainable ways.

Lifestyle choices

Making positive lifestyle changes in response to learning.

This week in Mrs. DeSmet’s first grade class, a simple conversation during a morning meeting about “having a good day” turned into an inquiry into “what makes a good day?” As a result, these learners are taking action; together they are writing a book about having a good day. A sweet example of learning in action!



To help students continue reading this spring we wanted to reshare the Rally4Reading list of free reading and literacy resources.



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