Friday, May 22, 2015

News for Friday, 5/22/15



School will be closed on Monday, May25th, in observation of Memorial Day.





Field Day Update - Congratulation to the championship Red team on their victory today!  A grand time was had by all!





Mark your calendar for family fun!

The annual St. Mary's Carnival is coming soon!  Your help is needed as a volunteer.  Sponsorships are available now!  Click here to volunteer.  Click here for sponsorship sign-up.  Deadline for sponsors is Tuesday, May 26th.


EXCITING NEWS!
St. Catherine's Men's Club is holding a golf tournament on Friday, May 29th at Simsbury Farms.
It includes lunch and a surf and turf dinner. The cost is $135.00 per golfer.
For every foursome from the St. Mary's community that signs up, the St. Catherine's Men's Club will donate $100 to our school! The rest of the proceeds of the tournament goes to Pantry Partners Feeding Simsbury Families in Need. If interested, please contact St. Catherine of Sienna parish at 860-658-1642.  Thank you for your support.






Come Explore an Ocean of Books!
At the Book Fair Under the Sea
Get ready for summer reading at our BOGO Scholastic book fair:




Spring Book Fair hours:

Tues. May 26                12:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Wed. & Thurs. May 27 & 28            9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

 Fri. May 29                         9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

 Sun. May 31                        9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


Classes will be visiting the Book Fair at the following times:

Kindergarten  - Wed., May 27th @9:15AM
Grade 1   - Thurs., May 28th@10:45AM
Grade 2   - Tues., May 26th@1:15PM
Grade 3    -Wed., May 27th @2:00PM
Grade 4   - Wed., May 27th @10:15AM
Grade 5   - Wed., May 27th @1:15PM
Grade 6   - Thurs., May 28th @2:35PM
Grade 7   - Tues., May 26th @2:35PM
Grade 8   - Tues., May 26th @2:00PM


We still need volunteers, so if you are available please contact Karen McKenna at kdsm1120@comcast.net   or Bridget Shanley  (860-738-8965)  bashanley@charter.net  if you are available to help.

Special Event for the book fair:

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

News for the Week of 5/20/15














A Delicious Day in the Neighborhood! -- Students in Miss Kane's PreKindergarten took a stroll in the neighborhood this week to visit Little City Pizza.
 Students learned all about making pizza in the best way - by making a personal pizza to enjoy!



















Golf Tournament chairs Fay Lenz (left) and Sue Zordan (right)
with our Pastor, Father Matera.

Thank you to each and every one of you who came out to support St. Mary's School Golf Tournament fundraiser at Hop Meadow Country Club on Monday, 5/18 - and those of you who worked behind the scenes to bring it together.  Raffle buyers, coffee drinkers, basket builders, donors, sponsors, golfers, dinner attendees, auction shoppers and, of course, tireless volunteers. Thanks to all of you, it was a great success on many levels - great friendship, fun and fundraising. We are blessed and grateful. 


Please check out the newly designed website(smsfairwaytoheaven.com - http://www.smsfairwaytoheaven.com/) to see photos of the event and for links to our wide variety of sponsor businesses - what a vibrant community we live in!
Mr. Gangloff  "on the green".





















REMINDER ----  The first two spots in our carpool lot are RESERVED for the families that paid for these spots at the HSA auction last year and at our Golf Tournament this year.  This reserved parking is valid throughout this school year and the 2015-16 school year.  Please DO NOT park in these spots.  Our thanks to the Bradley and Greggains families for their generous support at these events.





The School Board will meet on Wednesday, May 20th at 7pm in the lower church.  All are welcome.

Our Spring Band concert will be held on Thursday, May 21st in the Parish Center at 7pm.  The concert will feature selections by our Cadet (Beginner), Advanced and Jazz Bands as well as some special performances.  Information regarding student arrival time and dress is available here.  There will be a dress rehearsal of the concert for the entire student body on Thursday, 5/21, at 2pm in the Parish Center.  Guests are also welcome at this performance.  All musicians should be sure to bring their instruments, music, stands and necessary supplies to school on Thursday for this dress rehearsal.

All Musicians & Parents of Musicians - Please CLICK HERE for important information from Mrs. Morse regarding the school day dress rehearsal, evening arrival time and concert dress.




The FMI Concert at the Old State House that was scheduled for this Friday, 5/22, has been CANCELLED due to construction on the Old State House lawn.







Athletic News - FIELD DAY FOR GRADES 5-8 THIS FRIDAY, 5/22!




Students in grades 5-8 will enjoy a Field Day soccer tournament on the Iron Horse Boulevard fields on Friday, 5/22 from 9am until noon.  All students should be sure to bring water.  No cleats are allowed.  Shin guards are optional.  Games will be played following co-ed rules which will be reviewed on Friday before the tournament begins.  Parents are welcome to come to the field to watch, cheer on participants and/or referee.

Field Day for Grades PreK, K-4 will be on Monday, June 8th in the school's north (playground) parking lot.  More details as the event draws closer.







Friday, May 22nd is a 12:45 early dismissal to begin the Memorial Day holiday.  There will be NO PreKindergarten Enrichment or Aftercare.  School is CLOSED on Monday, 5/25/15, for Memorial Day.





Thank a Teacher & Target Will Send SMS $25!  Target stores are committed to donating one billion dollars in support of education.  If you participate in their "Thanks a Billion" campaign, our school will receive $25 for every thank you you share with a teacher.  Click here.  Please note that you do need to login via Facebook to complete this "thank you".







Looking Ahead to 2015-16 - Are You Interested in Serving as a Room Parent Next Year?  

Room parents typically help homeroom teachers coordinate classroom volunteers if they are needed for a special event or project.  They also support class activities or communicate important information by sending out emails to parents when requested to do so by the teacher or Mrs. Gannatti.  In an emergency, room parents may be asked to assist with phone notifications.  Room parents for 8th grade have additional responsibilities associated with the many activities associated with graduation and the New York field trip and yearbook.  If you are interested in serving as a room parent next year, please email Mrs. Gannatti at mgannatti@stmarysimsbury.eduk12.net NLT Friday, 5/22 She will meet with each homeroom teacher about room parent needs for the coming year and selections will be made by the end of May.  If you have being serving as a room parent either this year or within the last 3 years, please be sure to let Mrs. Gannatti know that.  We would like to be sure that people who have not yet had the opportunity to serve are given a chance.














Congratulations to our 7th grade students on their successful completion of the R.O.P.E.S. program. 


 The program concluded with a day long "high ropes" course experience at Simsbury Farms followed by a potluck dinner.







8th Grade students enjoyed a day in New York City.
While in the city, students visited the Intrepid, attended a performance
of  "Neverland" and dinner at Ellen's Stardust Diner.



SMS in the News -  Click here & here to read articles that have been posted to the Hartford Courant.

Home & School Association



SEND IN THOSE BOX TOPS!!

Box Tops for Education - Final Collection Contest for 2014-15!  Starting May 18th and ending May 29th, we will begin the third and final Box Tops for Education collection contest for this year. The grade level that collects the most Box Tops from the Fall, Winter and Spring, will win the last contest, and their teacher will receive $75 for the classroom.  Click here for more information.
 







Come Explore an Ocean of Books!
At the Book Fair Under the Sea
Get ready for summer reading at our BOGO Scholastic book fair:




Spring Book Fair hours:

Tues. May 26                12:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Wed. & Thurs. May 27 & 28            9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

 Fri. May 29                         9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

 Sun. May 31                        9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


Classes will be visiting the Book Fair at the following times:

Kindergarten  - Wed., May 27th @9:15AM
Grade 1   - Thurs., May 28th@10:45AM
Grade 2   - Tues., May 26th@1:15PM
Grade 3    -Wed., May 27th @2:00PM
Grade 4   - Wed., May 27th @10:15AM
Grade 5   - Wed., May 27th @1:15PM
Grade 6   - Thurs., May 28th @2:35PM
Grade 7   - Tues., May 26th @2:35PM
Grade 8   - Tues., May 26th @2:00PM


We still need volunteers, so if you are available please contact Karen McKenna at kdsm1120@comcast.net   or Bridget Shanley  (860-738-8965)  bashanley@charter.net  if you are available to help.

Special Event for the book fair:


Our thanks to our vocal music teacher, Mrs. Patty Lepak, for a beautiful spring vocal concert last week.  Students looked well turned out in their Sunday best and their performances were wonderful!  We also thank our art teacher, Mrs. Ellen Raposo for beautifully showcasing our students' art work in this year's Art Show.


Pictured left and below, our first grade class looking spectacular in concert attire!
















Community News

Simsbury Public Library Announces Summer Teen Events -  You can download a copy of the flyer below on our website.  Click here.









A few more special memories from this year's Grandparent's & Special Person's Day.















Friday, May 15, 2015

Special Friday Edition ! News for the Week of 5/13/15







Students in Mrs. Jehning's first grade class celebrated Cinco de Mayo by designing their own serapes.  Pictured are first grade students with our Spanish teacher, Maestra Puerta.



Hot Lunch Help Needed!  Do you have a few hours to spare to help us serve lunch? We need the following help -

2 volunteers for this coming Monday, May 18
1 volunteer for Weds., May 20th
1 volunteer for Weds., May 27th
Please click here to sign up.





The Golf Tournament is on Monday - May 18th at the beautiful Hopmeadow Country Club in Simsbury!  

Morning Coffee, Day of Golf, Delicious Dinner, Auction - Join us for a full day or whatever part of the day works for you!


***Last chance to register***

Remember that in addition to golf we have a casual coffee gathering in the morning (please RSVP so we have a headcount for coffee) and a dinner and auction in the evening - feel free to choose any event! Click here to visit our website for more information or click here to go directly to our online registration site.  We look forward to seeing you there!  Take a look at some of the fabulous auction prizes!











The School Board will meet on Wednesday, May 20th at 7pm in the lower church.  All are welcome.

Our Spring Band concert will be held on Thursday, May 21st in the Parish Center at 7pm.  The concert will feature selections by our Cadet (Beginner), Advanced and Jazz Bands as well as some special performances.  Information regarding student arrival time and dress is available here.  There will be a dress rehearsal of the concert for the entire student body on Thursday, 5/21, at 2pm in the Parish Center.  Guests are also welcome at this performance.  All musicians should be sure to bring their instruments, music, stands and necessary supplies to school on Thursday for this dress rehearsal.

All Musicians & Parents of Musicians - Please CLICK HERE for important information from Mrs. Morse regarding the school day dress rehearsal, evening arrival time and concert dress.







Friday, May 22nd is a 12:45 early dismissal to begin the Memorial Day holiday.  There will be NO PreKindergarten Enrichment or Aftercare.  School is CLOSED on Monday, 5/25/15, for Memorial Day.







Damien H, Kindergarten, with his Grandma Dot
demonstrates his iPad proficiency.




Grandparents' & Special Person's Day was a huge success!  It was so wonderful to see so many grandmas and grandpas along with other special guests. We commend our second grade for the beautiful May Crowning which was a wonderful tribute to our school's patroness, the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Thanks to all who helped organize and present the event!


















CHOICE NEWS - Final statements for families with a CHOICE balance due for the 14-15 school year were sent home with students on Friday, 5/8/15,  Please be sure to check your child's backpack if you still have money owed for your 14-15 CHOICE commitment.  Final payments are due NLT Friday, 5/15.  Reminder - All CHOICE purchases since April 30, 2015 are being credited to your CHOICE obligation for 15-16.  If you have questions, please contact Mrs. Budnick at the school office (tbudnick@stmarysimsbury.eduk12.net)



Looking Ahead to 2015-16 - Are You Interested in Serving as a Room Parent Next Year?  

Room parents typically help homeroom teachers coordinate classroom volunteers if they are needed for a special event or project.  They also support class activities or communicate important information by sending out emails to parents when requested to do so by the teacher or Mrs. Gannatti.  In an emergency, room parents may be asked to assist with phone notifications.  Room parents for 8th grade have additional responsibilities associated with the many activities associated with graduation and the New York field trip and yearbook.  If you are interested in serving as a room parent next year, please email Mrs. Gannatti at mgannatti@stmarysimsbury.eduk12.net NLT Friday, 5/22.  She will meet with each homeroom teacher about room parent needs for the coming year and selections will be made by the end of May.  If you have being serving as a room parent either this year or within the last 3 years, please be sure to let Mrs. Gannatti know that.  We would like to be sure that people who have not yet had the opportunity to serve are given a chance.


Mrs. Gore's 5th grade students enjoyed a field trip on 5/12 to
Old Sturbridge Village.


Home & School Association






Come Explore an Ocean of Books!
At the Book Fair Under the Sea
Get ready for summer reading at our BOGO Scholastic book fair:




Spring Book Fair hours:

Tues. May 26                12:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Wed. & Thurs. May 27 & 28            9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

 Fri. May 29                         9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

 Sun. May 31                        9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


Book fair volunteers are still needed!  If you are available please contact Karen McKenna at kdsm1120@comcast.net or Bridget Shanley (860-738-8965bashanley@charter.net if you are available to help.

Special Event for the book fair:




Students in Mrs. Tunsky's 4th Grade went on their field trip last week.
These students visited the State Capitol building and Bushnell Park.

A Day at the Beach!  6th Grade students investigated Hammonasset State Beach with
Miss Tockstein, Mrs. Work, and Maestra Puerta as part of their exploration of marine biology. 


St. Mary's Stars -

Maria Nolan, far left row, & the rest of the Granby Rovers.

We want to wish Maria Nolan and her Granby Rovers U13 soccer team good luck.  They are traveling to Slippery Rock, PA to compete in the Regional Soccer Championships.  They are representing CT as the number one travel soccer team in the state. 


Community News

Talcott Mountain Science Center invites you - 

 Click here for more information.




St. Catherine of Siena invites you to the 2015 "I am Loved" Tour of Destiny Africa. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, June 10th from 7-9pm at St. Catherine of Siena Church in West Simsbury. Don’t miss this dynamic and uplifting performance filled with hopes and dreams brought to you by amazing young performers from Uganda who love to share their passion of lively singing, creative African dance and drums! Coming from the toughest of situations, children’s lives are being restored and transformed at the Kampala Children’s Centre, the home of Destiny Africa. The performance will include singing, dancing and stories of transformed lives and an opportunity to donate. A selection of African crafts and other merchandise will be available. All money raised will go to further the work of Kampala Children’s Centre in order to rescue and save more precious children.  For more information, contact Maggie Domashinski at 860-752-9875.



The Simsbury Public Library has a number of terrific programs planned for teens and preteens throughout May and through June.  Planned programs include "Keep Calm and Choose a Career" for older teens,  "Tween Karaoke"  for grades 4-8, the popular Nerdfest along with some other great options.  There will also be a series of Summer programs announced before Memorial Day. There will be 4-6 programs a week for 8 weeks.  Programs will include Technology/Science programs, a series of crafts, a series of Nerdfests and a 4 part yoga series. Additional programs are still being planned.  Click here to visit the Library's calendar for event details. 








Congratulations to Mary M. & ERIK W., Grade 6, on their winning essays in Senator Kevin Witkos' annual essay contest!!  We accidentally gave credit to Erik's brother, Kevin, in last week's post!