Wednesday, February 14, 2018

News for the Week of 2/14/18






IMPORTANT CALENDAR UPDATE - SNOW DAY MAKE-UP INFORMATION


Due to the snow days we have had thus far the following IMPORTANT calendar adjustments are being made.

1.   Friday, March 9 (School was scheduled to be closed) will NOW BE REGULAR SCHOOL DAY.   Both PreK Enrichment and Aftercare will be available.  Please note that there will be NO HOT LUNCH ON FRIDAY, MARCH 9.  All students will need a brown bag lunch.  Updated reservation forms that include a reservation date for 3/9 for Early Drop Off, PreK Enrichment & Aftercare are available.
Aftercare

2.  Graduation remains scheduled for Friday, June 8.

3.   As of today, February 14, the last day of school for grades PreK-7 will be FRIDAY, June 15. This will be a 12:45pm early dismissal.  No PreK Enrichment or Aftercare will be available.  However, if we have another snow day then the Easter Monday Holiday (April 2) could be in jeopardy. At this time, we will still take April 2 as a holiday. We understand that families may have made travel plans for Easter weekend, enjoy the family time and do not stress if we have to have school that day.


The Open Order Period for March Hot Lunches began on Monday, 2/11/18.  The Open Order Period will close on Friday, 2/16/18.

All orders should be placed via the Educonnect Parent Portal.  This is the only opportunity to order hot lunches for March.  Payments should be sent into the office as soon as your order is placed.



Hot Lunch Snow Day Make Up -   Thank you to those who volunteered to serve hot lunch on February 22 for our snow day make up!  If you signed up for lasagna on 2/7's snow day we will be serving it on Thursday, 2/22.



School will be CLOSED on Friday, 2/16; Monday, 2/19, and Tuesday, 2/20 - Enjoy this long winter weekend!







Applications for Admission are being accepted for 2018-19! Walk In Wednesdays continue in February! Invite a friend to come learn more about our school. Every Wednesday, 9-11am, Feb. 7th - 28th. All are welcome! Contact Toni Chagnon for more information 860-658-9412tchagnon@stmarysimsbury.eduk12.net



Congratulations to the Dolan Family! The Dolans have received a $25 gift certificate to the SMS Spirit Shop for participating in the Family Referral Program! The Dolan's referral family attended our Jan. 28th Open House! 


It's Time to Sign Up for Parent/Teacher Conferences -  Our second trimester Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held on Tuesday, 2/27; Wednesday, 2/28 and Thursday, 3/1. Each of these days will be a 12:45pm early dismissal.  

***Friday, 3/2, is also a 12:45pm early dismissal for Faculty Faith Formation.***

There will be NO Aftercare or PreK Enrichment on Tuesday, 2/28 - Friday, 3/2. PE Club will be available to those that have signed up for February & March on both Wednesday, 2/28 & Thursday, 3/1 and will run from 1-2:15pm. 

Parents with students in middle school (Grades 6, 7, & 8), please make note that Mrs. Gina Raymond is only available on Tuesday and Wednesdays so if your child has Gina Raymond for math, you should select a conference on Tuesday or Wednesday only. Ms. Nikki Raymond will be available on all conference days.
To sign up for your Parent/Teacher Conferences, click here.



2018 Altar Serving Training for New Servers - Students in Grades 4 and up are invited to join the St. Mary's Altar Server ministry.  Preparatory classes will meet on Saturdays from 1-2pm in the church on March 10, 17, 24 and 31.  It is necessary to attend all 4 sessions. Questions should be directed to Sheila Garilli via email at serverleader@stmarysimsbury.org.



SMS Stars

This year's Knights of Columbus Spelling Bee was a great display of hard work and good sportsmanship.  We are proud of all the students who studied hard to prepare for the grade level spelling bees and those who made it to the championship rounds.  Congratulations to this year's Spelling Bee winners!  Each grade's winner will now advance to Knights of Columbus Regional Spelling Bee.  Runners Up will attend if the winner is not available.

4th Grade:
Winner: Ana S.
Runner Up: Amelie C.

5th Grade:
Winner: Will O.
Runner Up: Claudia S.

6th Grade:
Winner: James F.
Runner Up: Sasha M.



Congratulations to our five CT Future Musicians students who have all qualified for the All-State Symphonic Band - this is FMI's most accomplished and prestigious band.

Hannah K., Gr. 8 and Faith P., Gr. 7 are highly placed in the flute section and both also made the All State Flute Choir (top 12) in CT.

In the clarinet section,  both Francesca C., Gr. 8, and Sophia G., Gr. 7, earned second chair in Clarinet I and II respectively.

Jenna G., Gr. 8, earned FIRST CHAIR in the trombone section out of the entire state! She also earned third chair in the Jazz Band!

All their practice and dedication really paid off! St. Mary's is justifiably proud! You can hear the girls perform at the All State Concert on Saturday, March 24 at 2 pm at Central CT State University. Many thanks to Mrs. Deb Morse who faithfully instructs and encourages the students each week!

We are also happy to announce that this week, our third grade class met with Mrs. Debbie Morse for the first session of their FMI Recorder Class.  We are all looking forward to hearing them perform at the spring concert.  Thanks to all that supported our Yankee Candle Fundraiser this fall.  Funds from this sale helped make this program possible.

Grade 7 Fundraising - Our seventh grade will be hosting 2 fundraisers to help them with costs associated with their field trip to Boston:

Munsons Chocolates - Delicious treats for Easter!  Order forms were sent home with students on Friday, January 26th.  Extra order forms are available in the school office.  All orders and payments will be due back NLT Friday, February 23rd.  Chocolates will be available for pickup on Friday, March 23rd.  Additional pick up details will be announced closer to the pick up date.

Enjoy a No-Fuss Tuesday Night Delicious Dinner - Dine In or Take Out
Click here to download a copy of this flyer to print & present




Supporting SMS - Supporting SMS - 

Help SMS Earn Free School Supplies & Equipment with Big Y Education Express -

Big Y Education Express helps schools get FREE, much needed supplies & equipment!

• Everyone can participate! Family and friends can support SMS by signing up for Education Express.
• From February 1 through April 25, 2018, for every 500 Education Express Points earned, you get a GOLD COIN!
• Just shop Big Y and look for the participating items marked with the Education Express logo. Each item will have a point value and savings on top of that!

Click here to register for Education Express.






Time to order the 17-18 SMS Yearbook!  
Every student is pictured along with all SMS school events.


Click here to order online or click here to download & print an order form.
Our school ID  - # 9415318






SMS Art Show!



Save the Date & Book Your Babysitter!  

St. Mary's School 3rd Annual Art Show is coming soon! This year's Art Show will be from 7-10pm on Friday, March 2nd, at the Silpe Gallery at The University of Hartford

This is a great adult evening out to enjoy and purchase your child's artwork. Every child in Prekindergarten thru 8th grade will have a framed piece of artwork on display and available for sale for $40 a piece.

Click here to RSVP for the Art Show.









100 Days of Fun & Learning!










Thursday, February 8, 2018

News for the Week of 2/8/18





SMS celebrated our parents on Tuesday, 2/6/18, with
a special "drive through" treat at carpool!

Thanks to all of our SMS parents for sharing the gift of your wonderful children with us and for making our school the special community it is!





This Saturday - 2/10/18!  Still time to sign up!

Grade 8 Fundraising - JOIN US! 8th Grade Class of 2018 invites your students in Kindergarten - Grade 7 to Valentine's Day Pajama Party in the Saint Mary's Parish Center on February 10th from 5 - 9:30 pm. The event will include Valentine crafts, fun games, and a g-rated movie. Pizza dinner will be served along with hot chocolate and popcorn during the movie! Come in PJs, and bring a blanket/pillow to watch the movie with. Bring a friend! All children must be Kindergarten (age 5+) and up. $25 per childDrop off is at 5pm, pick up by 9:30. All proceeds support 8th grade fundraising, which provides the 8th graders with funds for graduation expenses, a class trip, and a gift to the school from their class. They have been working hard this year and appreciate the continued support from the community! Click here to download & print a reservation form to send to the school office.  Sign ups and payments may still be sent into school tomorrow (Friday, 2/9/18). Please make checks payable to Saint Mary's School with "Kids Night Out" in the memo.


Drop In's will also be welcome on Saturday!

8th Graders & 8th Grade Parents: Please click HERE to sign up for your shift as a student volunteer and parent chaperone (must be Virtus trained)




In February, we will worship with our Parish family on Ash Wednesday, 2/14, at the 12:15pm Mass.  All are welcome to attend this Mass as we begin the holy season of Lent.  Please remember that no physical education uniforms should be worn to Mass.












School will be CLOSED on Friday, 2/16; Monday, 2/19, and Tuesday, 2/20 - Enjoy this long winter weekend!







Health Office News - Please take a moment to read an informative letter from our health office regarding influenza and cold prevention.  Click here.







Applications for Admission are being accepted for 2018-19! Walk In Wednesdays continue in February! Invite a friend to come learn more about our school. Every Wednesday, 9-11am, Feb. 7th - 28th. All are welcome! Contact ToniChagnon for more information 860-658-9412tchagnon@stmarysimsbury.eduk12.net


It's Time to Sign Up for Parent/Teacher Conferences -  Our second trimester Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held on Tuesday, 2/27; Wednesday, 2/28 and Thursday, 3/1. Each of these days will be a 12:45pm early dismissal.  

***Friday, 3/2, is also a 12:45pm early dismissal for Faculty Faith Formation.***

There will be NO Aftercare or PreK Enrichment on Tuesday, 2/28 - Friday, 3/2. PE Club will be available to those that have signed up for February & March on both Wednesday, 2/28 & Thursday, 3/1 and will run from 1-2:15pm. 

Parents with students in middle school (Grades 6, 7, & 8), please make note that Mrs. Gina Raymond is only available on Tuesday and Wednesdays so if your child has Gina Raymond for math, you should select a conference on Tuesday or Wednesday only. Ms. Nikki Raymond will be available on all conference days.
To sign up for your Parent/Teacher Conferences, click here.



2018 Altar Serving Training for New Servers - Students in Grades 4 and up are invited to join the St. Mary's Altar Server ministry.  Preparatory classes will meet on Saturdays from 1-2pm in the church on March 10, 17, 24 and 31.  It is necessary to attend all 4 sessions. Questions should be directed to SheilaGarilli via email at serverleader@stmarysimsbury.org.



Grade 7 Fundraising - Our seventh grade will be hosting 2 fundraisers to help them with costs associated with their field trip to Boston:

Munsons Chocolates - Delicious treats for Easter!  Order forms were sent home with students on Friday, January 26th.  Extra order forms are available in the school office.  All orders and payments will be due back NLT Friday, February 23rd.  Chocolates will be available for pickup on Friday, March 23rd.  Additional pick up details will be announced closer to the pick up date.

Enjoy a No-Fuss Tuesday Night Delicious Dinner - Dine In or Take Out
Click here to download a copy of this flyer to print & present

Time to order the 17-18 SMS Yearbook!  
Every student is pictured along with all SMS school events.

Click here to order online or click here to download & print an order form.
Our school ID  - # 9415318






SMS Art Show!




Save the Date & Book Your Babysitter!  

St. Mary's School 3rd Annual Art Show is coming soon! This year's Art Show will be from 7-10pm on Friday, March 2nd, at the Silpe Gallery at The University of Hartford

This is a great adult evening out to enjoy and purchase your child's artwork. Every child in Prekindergarten thru 8th grade will have a framed piece of artwork on display and available for sale for $40 a piece.













Lost & Found - Last Chance!  The Lost & Found Bin outside the school office is full to the brim.  All unclaimed items will be donated to charity at the end of the week.  Please feel free to stop in and check for missing items or encourage your children to look through the bin.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

News for the Week of 1/31/18





TOMORROW!  THURSDAY, 2/1/18
2018 Family Lunch
Pack Your Brown Bag & Join Us for Lunch!  

We welcome everyone to pack a lunch and join us for family lunch on Thursday, February 1.

Times for Family Lunch Day are:

11:00-11:35 PreKindergarten, Kindergarten, Grades 1 & 2

11:40-12:15 Grades 3 & 4

12:20-12:50 Grades 5, 6, 7 & 8


Advancement News

- It's not too late! We are hosting one more Fairy Tale Friday this Friday, Feb. 2nd! Hope you can join us for some Gingerbread Man Fun, 9-9:30 am in the Prekindergarten classroom with Miss Kane. 


- Applications for Admission are being accepted for 2018-19! Walk In Wednesdays will be back for February! Invite a friend to come learn more about our school. Every Wednesday 9-11 am Feb. 7th - 28th. All are welcome! Contact Toni Chagnon for more information 860-658-9412tchagnon@stmarysimsbury.eduk12.net



2018 Altar Serving Training for New Servers - Students in Grades 4 and up are invited to join the St. Mary's Altar Server ministry.  Preparatory classes will meet on Saturdays from 1-2pm in the church on March 10, 17, 24 and 31.  It is necessary to attend all 4 sessions. Questions should be directed to Sheila Garilli via email at serverleader@stmarysimsbury.org.


Debate Club - Students in grades 6-8 are invited to participate in the new SMS Debate Club. This club will be moderated by Mrs. Rayissa Armata and will begin on Thursday, February 8th . 

Debate Club will meet from 3:30-4:45pm in the Art/Music Portable on the following dates: 
February 8, 15, & 22 
March 8, 15 & 22
 * The club will NOT meet on March 1 because it is a 12:45pm early dismissal due to Parent/Teacher Conferences. 

There is no charge to participate in Debate Club.  Click here to download a permission slip to return to the school office.



Grade 8 Fundraising - JOIN US! 8th Grade Class of 2018 invites your students in Kindergarten - Grade 7 to Valentine's Day Pajama Party in the Saint Mary's Parish Center on February 10th from 5 - 9:30 pm. The event will include Valentine crafts, fun games, and a g-rated movie. Pizza dinner will be served as well as hot chocolate and popcorn during the movie! Come in PJs, and bring a blanket/pillow to watch the movie with. Bring a friend! All children must be Kindergarten (age 5+) and up. $25 per childDrop off is at 5pm, pick up by 9:30. All proceeds support 8th grade fundraising, which provides the 8th graders with funds for graduation expenses, a class trip, and a gift to the school from their class. They have been working hard this year and appreciate the continued support from the community! Click here to download & print a reservation form to send to the school office.  All RSVP's and payments are due by Wednesday, February 7th. Please make checks payable to Saint Mary's School with "Kids Night Out" in the memo.

8th Graders & 8th Grade Parents: Please click HERE to sign up for your shift as a student volunteer and parent chaperone (must be Virtus trained) 


Grade 7 Fundraising - Our seventh grade will be hosting 2 fundraisers to help them with costs associated with their field trip to Boston:

Munsons Chocolates - Delicious treats for Easter!  Order forms will be sent home with students on Friday, January 26th.  Please be sure to check backpacks.  All orders and payments will be due back NLT Friday, February 23rd.  Chocolates will be available for pickup on Friday, March 23rd.  Additional pick up details will be announced closer to the pick up date.

Enjoy a No-Fuss Tuesday Night Delicious Dinner - Dine In or Take Out
Click here to download a copy of this flyer to print & present

Time to order the 17-18 SMS Yearbook!  
Every student is pictured along with all SMS school events.

Click here to order online or click here to download & print an order form.
Our school ID  - # 9415318








Save the Date & Book Your Babysitter!  Your invitation will be arriving soon.  St. Mary's School 3rd Annual Art Show is coming soon! This year's Art Show will be from 7-10pm on Friday, March 2nd, at the Silpe Gallery at The University of HartfordThis is a great adult evening out to enjoy and purchase your child's artwork. Every child in Prekindergarten thru 8th grade will have a framed piece of artwork on display and available for sale for $40 a piece.


Supporting SMS - 

Help SMS Earn Free School Supplies & Equipment with Big Y Education Express -

Big Y Education Express helps schools get FREE, much needed supplies & equipment!

• Everyone can participate! Family and friends can support SMS by signing up for Education Express.
• From February 1 through April 25, 2018, for every 500 Education Express Points earned, you get a GOLD COIN!
• Just shop Big Y and look for the participating items marked with the Education Express logo. Each item will have a point value and savings on top of that!

Click here to register for Education Express.

Athletic News


The Girls’ Varsity Basketball team played 2 games recently, sweeping Sacred Heart (league) and Granby (non-league). Last week, the girls played 4 games in 5 days, going 2-2 in that span. They played some heart pounding, hard fought, tough games including a tough loss in OT at St. Paul.

Their record is currently 7-2 in league and 9-5 overall.

Next week, they hit the road for 2 games before returning home on Sunday, 2/11, 7pm at Ethel Walker. Come out and watch a gritty group of ladies.

Many Thanks to All That Have Helped Make Teacher Appreciation Week So Special - Already this week we have enjoyed delicious snacks and lunches.  There are fabulous posters up in the hall and one teacher, who happens to be a big NY Jets fan, received a very special hat -



Box Tops for Education - Thanks to everyone who is faithfully clipping Box Tops for Education.  Just a reminder to please check expiration dates and clip carefully!  If the expiration date is clipped off, the Box Top will not be accepted.


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