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  • Matoska International PTO

May 2023 Newsletter

Updated: Jun 4, 2023


Honk Jr. - 5/4, 5/6, 5/7

Teacher Appreciation Week - 5/8 - 5/12

Art Show - 5/11

Fun Run - 5/13

School Board Meeting – 5/8

MIPTO Meeting - 5/9

Kindergarten Kick Off- 5/18, 4:00 - 7:00 pm

No School, Memorial Day - 5/29

For more details visit - Matoska Calendar


Teacher Appreciation Week is May 8th - 12th and a chance to recognize the hard work and impact of our teachers. This week, you can:

  • Thank your child’s teacher with notes of gratitude or a gift. Some teachers have created Amazon Wishlists available here.

  • Share your appreciation for teachers on social media using #ThankATeacher

  • Advocate for policies that support our educators


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.

Show Times

Thursday, May 4th - 6:00 PM

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! If interested, sign up here >



Saturday, May 13th

Bring your family, friends, and neighbors to a fun-filled community event!

Gather at 10:00 am for a warm up dance party. The 1K/3K FUN Run/Walk/Jog (whatever you prefer!) starts at 10:15 am sharp at the school.

Giveaways, food and community fun to follow. Bring cash or card for hot dog lunch and Home Town Creamery will be on hand for ice cream celebrations!

The event will be held rain or shine and will only be canceled in the event of severe weather (thunder & lightning).

Fun Run Volunteers Needed! If interested, please sign up here>



With the warmer weather upon us Matoska could use school recess volunteers. They are short staffed most days so if you have time to volunteer they would greatly appreciate your help. Here is the link to sign-up


Book Fair May 22 - 26 in the Matoska Maker Space

Here’s what you need to know:

To get started with eWallet or online shopping visit



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!

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

As we move into the last few weeks of the school year, our 5th graders are beginning Exhibition. This is the capstone project of a student’s experience in a Primary Years Program (this is what we are: an IB elementary school). These projects are a culmination of all of our Attributes of the Learner Profile, the Key Concepts that frame our learning, the Approaches to Learning skills that we are developing, and the Transdisciplinary Themes that shape the units our students study each year. Students also engage in some form of Action, based on what they have learned. Basically, the Exhibition is a combination of all elements of an IB school.

The purpose of the Exhibition is to give students an opportunity to demonstrate independence and responsibility for their own learning. They participate in in-depth and collaborative inquiry, supported by their teachers and other adult mentors.

Our 5th graders are currently beginning their research on the topic of their choice. Some of those topics include: clean energy, water pollution, habitat loss for animals, and food waste, to name only a few. The Exhibition will wrap up on Thursday, June 8th, when the students will share their learning with Matoska students and staff. We are very proud of our 5th graders and look forward to celebrating their accomplishments!



On Thursday, May 18th, students starting kindergarten this fall can come meet the kindergarten teachers, new friends and take a short bus ride.

Here are the times:

  • 4:00 -5:00 pm

  • 5:00 - 6:00 pm

  • 6:00 - 7:00 pm



Check out the gear in the Matoska Pride Shop. Order here >


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