Wednesday, October 17, 2018

News for the Week of 10/17/18




#uKnighted - The Advancement Committee wants you! Join us tomorrow - Thursday, 10/18 -at 9am or 6:30pm in the lower church for our first official meeting of the school year. The Advancement Committee is a great way to meet other parents and learn more about our community. We have some really fun family oriented events planned this year and we need many hands to make them happen!

Looking Ahead to November -  November is right around the corner and as always, it will be a really busy month.  Here's a few highlights to look forward to and think about.  Look for additional specifics about these events as they get closer.

*  Non-Perishable Food Collection for Jack Bannon Turkey Trot - Again this year, students will be asked to bring in a non-perishable food donation as part of Pumpkin Bingo.  Look for additional details next week.

*  Formal Uniforms begin for students in grades K-7 on Thursday, November 1.  Grade 8 begins to wear the formal uniform on December 3.

*  We will worship with our parish family at the All Saints Day Mass at 12:15pm on Thursday, November 1.  All are welcome to join us.  Please remember that no PE uniforms should be worn to Mass.

*  The first New England Catholic Schools Week will be held from November 4th -10th.  We will kick off this week with a Family Mass & reception on Saturday, November 3.  Join us for the 5pm Mass and then come across to the Parish Center to enjoy a casual family dinner and visit the bookfair!  More details coming soon.  If you can help with the reception, please contact the school office.

*  Fall Bookfair will be open after all Masses on November 3 and 4 and then through Thursday, November 8.  See details below.  Virtus trained volunteers are needed!

*  SMS is OPEN on Election Day on Tuesday, November 6,  for a regular full day of school and we will also host an Open House on that day and in the evening.  See details below.

*  SMS is OPEN on Veterans Day Observed, Monday, November 12th.  Group Class Photos and Individual Student makeup/retake photos will be taken by Lifetouch Photography.  Frozen Pies and cookie dough ordered from the Lyman Pie Fundraiser will be available for pickup. More details soon.

* The annual Senior Thanksgiving Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, 11/14.  This annual event provides a delicious Thanksgiving meal to over 175 area senior citizens.  Look for more information soon about food donations that will be requested from each class and about ways you can volunteer to help.  Please note that NO HOT LUNCH is served on this day since the kitchen is very busy making Thanksgiving dinner!


Walk-In Wednesdays are here! - Families interested in learning more about SMS are invited to drop in Wednesday mornings in October.  If you know someone who would like to get to know more about us, please encourage them to drop by and be sure to register for our Family Referral ProgramYour support of our school is greatly appreciated.

We will also be hosting an Open House for Prospective Families on Tuesday, November 6th.  Interested families are invited to drop in at any time during our school day or to attend our evening event that will begin at 6pm in the Parish Center.  An RSVP to the school office is appreciated but not required.

Please help spread the word about our 2018 Blue Ribbon School! Do you live, or own a business on a busy street that would be good for a lawn sign? Do you know some good public venues that will allow flyers to be hung up? Click here to sign up for a lawn sign and/or flyers advertising our upcoming Open House on Tuesday, November 6th!  



Parent/Teacher Conferences are Next Week.

Our Fall Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held on Wednesday, 10/24, Thursday, 10/25 and Friday, 10/26.  Each of these days will be a 12:45pm Early Dismissal.


Click here to access the Sign-Up Geniuses for conferences.


Since PreK will not have conferences at this time, there will be PreK Enrichment available on these days BUT there will be NO AFTERCARE.

PE Club will meet next week from 12:45-2pm.

Both SMS Spirit wear & Choice cards will be available for sale in the school office during conferences.






Mrs. Sirianni's New Art Blog is now available!  Click here to visit Art a la Carte & be sure to subscribe to see receive all of Mrs. Sirianni's posts.









Annual Lyman Pie & Otis Spunkmeyer Cookie Dough Fund Raiser is underway! 
 All orders and payments must be returned to the school office 
no later this Friday, October 19th. 

Just in time for the holidays, our Home & School Association is selling frozen Lyman Pies & Otis Spunkmeyer Cookie Dough.  Order forms were sent home with all students on Friday, October 5th but can also be downloaded.   Checks should be made payable to St. Mary's HSA.  Orders may also be placed online - click here.  Pies & cookie dough will be available for pickup on Monday, 11/12/18, 1-4pm in the Parish Center.  Please note - all products arrive frozen and must be picked up on 11/12.  The school does not have freezer space for products that are not picked up and will not be responsible for products that thaw.




Just in Time for Holiday Celebrations & Giving -- Again this year, Yankee Candle Fundraising is helping us raise money to support our instrumental music program including the FMI Recorder program in grade 3.  Shop now for the best selection of holiday items.  Click here and then enter our group number - 999977285 - where requested under "Start Shopping".  All products will ship directly to your home.


CHOICE Corner -- Formal Uniforms begins on 11/1 for students in grades K-7 (12/3 for Gr. 8).  Land's End is offering 40% off all school uniforms from 10/18-10/23.  Save 40% AND help meet your CHOICE tuition obligation by using Lands End gift cards (15% profit) purchased from CHOICE.  Our school code is 900132150.




We Want Your Old Markers! Crayola ColorCycle is a marker recycling program in which schools collect markers of any brand or kind, including traditional markers, dry erase markers, highlighters, and permanent markers. Crayola pays the shipping cost to mail them back to them. This program is a sustainability initiative that recycles markers and eliminates placing hundreds of tons of markers into landfills. The bin is located in Mrs. Gore's fifth grade room.  For more information, contact Anna in Mrs. Gore's class. Click here to learn more about Crayola ColorCycle.




Athletic News - 






Running Club members participated in the 1st Annual Great Pumpkin Race 5k in Salmon Brook Park in Granby on Sunday, 10/14. What a perfect way to end the season - Congratulations to all who ran!  Our thanks to Coach Laura Williams for another great season of running club!














2018 Altar Server Training for New Servers -New altar servers are needed at Saint Mary’s Church and School. Are you interested in joining this wonderful ministry? Classes will meet on Saturdays, time to TBD, on October 20th, 27th, and November 10th. All children in 4th grade or above are invited to join us. You must RSVP by email to Sheila Garilli, altar server coordinator, via email at ServerLeader@StMarySimsbury.org.


Fall Bookfair is Coming Soon!  Your help is needed!



Did you know? Reading just 20 minutes a day exposes your child to about 1.8 million words per year. Reading helps students develop a stronger vocabulary, and in addition, students who read for pleasure average higher grades in English, mathematics, science, and history!

Encourage your child to read books for fun by attending our upcoming Scholastic Book Fair. Allow your child to choose the books they want to read! It’s a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level.
Book Fair dates: Saturday, November 3rd - Thursday, November 8th


Thank you in advance for signing up to volunteer at our Fall Book Fair!
Click here for Volunteer Sign Up.





Alumni News - Maria Nolan, SMS Class of '16, has been nominated for The Hartford Courant’s athlete of the week.  Please click here to vote for Maria.  Voting is open now!  Maria plays varsity soccer for Granby High and recently scored two goals and had two assists to win over Ellington, marking her 50th high school career goal!









Community News


Clean, Gently Used Clothing, Shoes & Accessories Needed!  Again this year, we will be collecting gently used clothing( all seasons), shoes, handbags, accessories, jewelry, jackets and coats (infant/youth/teen clothing especially needed) for the St. Ann's Clothing Sale.

 Items may be brought into school from Thursday, 10/18 - Friday, 10/26/18, and put into the donation bin that is in the school office.  

The Clothing Sale will be held on November 2 &3 and benefits the St. Ann Scholarship Program which provides partial tuition support for Hartford students attending area Catholic high schools. Begun in 1979, the program has helped over 100 young people get their high school diplomas in a safe, supportive and spiritual environment.

Westminster School Invites Middle School Students -  FUNDAMENTAL BASKETBALL CLINIC


Age Groups: Co-Ed middle & high school athletes
Where: Westminster School Gym
When: Sunday Mornings
Time: 9:30AM to 11:30AM
Price: $25
Coach: David Pringle (Westminster Varsity Head Basketball Coach)

Looking to take your game to the next level?  Sign up for the Sunday morning clinics at Westminster School.  We will work on improving your basketball IQ, conditioning, dribbling, shooting, and your ability to finish around the rim.  The purpose of this clinic is for you to gain confidence in yourself as a basketball player, while learning new skill sets.

*Please bring your own basketball and water bottle.

Contact Information: 
Cell: (203) 606-5917
Email: Dpringle23@yahoo.com
Twitter: @WestyBBALL



After our October fire drill on 10/11, students learned about fire
prevention and safety during a visit with the Simsbury Volunteer Fire Department.


Wednesday, October 10, 2018

News for the Week of 10/10/18







Our official 2018 National Blue Ribbon School Certificate!

Click here to read the Simsbury Patch's announcement of our Blue Ribbon Award!


Hot Lunch Order Period for November is OPEN now through Friday, October 12 - The hot lunch order period for November opened on Monday, October 8.  Orders will be accepted through Friday, October 12.  All orders must be placed via the Educonnect Parent Portal.  Payment should be sent in promptly when your order is placed.  This is your only opportunity to order hot lunch for November.  No late orders can be accepted.


Walk-In Wednesdays are here! - Families interested in learning more about SMS are invited to drop in any Wednesday morning that school is open in October.  If you know someone who would like to get to know more about us, please encourage them to drop by and be sure to register for our Family Referral Program!  Your support of our school is greatly appreciated.

We will also be hosting an Open House for Prospective Families on Tuesday, November 6th.  Interested families are invited to drop in at any time during our school day or to attend our evening event that will begin at 6pm in the Parish Center.  An RSVP to the school office is appreciated but not required.

Please help spread the word about our 2018 Blue Ribbon School! Do you live, or own a business on a busy street that would be good for a lawn sign? Do you know some good public venues that will allow flyers to be hung up? Click here to sign up for a lawn sign and/or flyers advertising our upcoming Open House on Tuesday, November 6th!  

VEX ROBOTICS ARE HERE!

Parent/Teacher Conferences are Coming - Our Fall Parent/Teacher Conferences for students in
grades K-8 will be held on Wednesday, 10/24, Thursday, 10/25, and Friday, 10/26.  Each of these days will be a 12:45pm Early Dismissal. Since PreK will not have conferences at this time, there will be PreK Enrichment available on these days BUT there will be NO AFTERCARE.  Click here to access the sign-up geniuses for conferences.  Both SMS Spirit wear & Choice cards will be available for sale in the school office during conferences.



Annual Lyman Pie & Otis Spunkmeyer Cookie Dough Fund Raiser is underway!  

Just in time for the holidays, our Home & School Association is selling frozen Lyman Pies & Otis Spunkmeyer Cookie Dough.  Order forms were sent home with all students on Friday, October 5th but can also be downloaded.  All orders and payments must be returned to the school office no later than Friday, October 19th.  Checks should be made payable to St. Mary's HSA.  Orders may also be placed online - click here.  Pies & cookie dough will be available for pickup on Monday, 11/12/18, 1-4pm in the Parish Center.  Please note - all products arrive frozen and must be picked up on 11/12.  The school does not have freezer space for products that are not picked up and will not be responsible for products that thaw.



Just in Time for Holiday Celebrations & Giving -- Again this year, Yankee Candle Fundraising is helping us raise money to support our instrumental music program including the FMI Recorder program in grade 3.  Shop now for the best selection of holiday items.  Click here and then enter our group number - 999977285 - where requested under "Start Shopping".  All products will ship directly to your home.






CHOICE Corner - Celebrate our Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Award with dinner (or lunch) out.  The CHOICE box has gift cards available to Max Group restaurants, Chili's, Chipotle, Little City,  or Panera.  Even more great restaurants are available via GL Scrip.  Click here to discover more choices!



Scholastic Fall Bookfair is Less than a Month Away! 


Reading for pleasure unlocks the power of information and imagination and helps children discover who they are. Here’s what you can do to help children develop stronger reading skills and a love for reading:
·   Set the example. Let children see you read.
·   Have a collection of books in your home. Update this collection routinely to keep up with changing tastes and reading skills.
·   Support our school’s Book Fair. Allow your children to choose their own books to read.


Our Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that brings the books kids want to read right into our school. It’s a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. Please make plans to help and visit our Book Fair and be involved in shaping your child’s reading habits.
Book Fair dates: Saturday, November 3rd - Thursday, November 8th


Click here for Volunteer Sign Up.

"Every Brick Has A Memory To Share"
Sponsor a brick for our new St. Mary Courtyard
Don’t miss out on personalizing your brick for the new St. Mary Courtyard.

Click to listen why Greta and Noelle sponsored their brick.  Sponsor yours today. Click here to learn more and order your brick.





2018 Altar Server Training for New Servers -New altar servers are needed at Saint Mary’s Church and School. Are you interested in joining this wonderful ministry? Classes will meet on Saturdays, time to TBD, on October 20th, 27th, and November 10th. All children in 4th grade or above are invited to join us. You must RSVP by email to Sheila Garilli, altar server coordinator, via email at ServerLeader@StMarySimsbury.org





Community News



Gently Used Clothing, Shoes & Accessories Needed!  Again this year, we will be collecting
gently used clothing( all seasons), shoes, handbags, accessories, jewelry, jackets and coats (infant/youth/teen clothing especially needed) for the St. Ann's Clothing Sale.  Items may be brought into school from Thursday, 10/18 - Friday, 10/26/18 and put into the donation bin that will be located near the faculty mailboxes.  The Clothing Sale will be held on November 2 &3 and benefits the St. Ann Scholarship Program which provides partial tuition support for Hartford students attending area Catholic high schools. Begun in 1979, the program has helped over 100 young people get their high school diplomas in a safe, supportive and spiritual environment.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

News for the Week of 10/4/18




Click here to view TV coverage of our Blue Ribbon Announcement.

Click here to listen to Mrs. Williamson's radio interview on WTIC AM 1080.

Click here to read The Hartford Courant article about the announcement.




Calendar Reminders -

School will be dismissed early on Friday, 10/5, at 12:45pm for faculty faith formation.  There will be NO PreK Enrichment or Aftercare.  Don't forget the Peachwave 8th Grade Fundraiser - What a great early dismissal treat!

Click here to download & print flyer.

School will be closed on Monday, 10/8, in observance of Columbus Day.




There was some "fowl play" in Mrs. Jehning's
first grade when Aiden H. introduced the
class to one of his family's chickens.

Hot Lunch Order Period for November Opens Monday, October 8 - The hot lunch order period for November will open on Monday, October 8.  Orders will be accepted through Friday, October 12.  All orders must be placed via the Educonnect Parent Portal.  Payment should be sent in promptly when your order is placed.  This is your only opportunity to order hot lunch for November.  No late orders can be accepted.


Walk-In Wednesdays are here! - Families interested in learning more about SMS are invited to drop in any Wednesday morning that school is open in October.  If you know someone who would like to get to know more about us, please encourage them to drop by and be sure to register for our Family Referral Program!  Your support of our school is greatly appreciated.

We will also be hosting an Open House for Prospective Families on Tuesday, November 6th.  Interested families are invited to drop in at any time during our school day or to attend our evening event that will begin at 6pm in the Parish Center.  An RSVP to the school office is appreciated but not required.









Blue Knight - The Magazine of Saint Mary's School has been mailed to all SMS family & friends. The magazine is also available as a pdf - click here.






Annual Lyman Pie & Otis Spunkmeyer Cookie Dough Fund Raiser Starts This Friday, 10/5!  Just in time for the holidays, our Home & School Association will be selling frozen Lyman Pies & Otis Spunkmeyer Cookie Dough.  Order forms will be sent home with all students on Friday, October 5th.  All orders and payments must be returned to the school office no later than Friday, October 19th.  Checks should be made payable to St. Mary's HSA.  Orders may also be placed online - click here.  Pies & cookie dough will be available for pickup on Monday, 11/12/18, 1-4pm in the Parish Center.  Please note - all products arrive frozen and must be picked up on 11/12.  The school does not have freezer space for products that are not picked up and will not be responsible for products that thaw.


Fall is the time for health screenings!

Vision and Hearing K, 3, 4, 5
Posture girls 5th and 7th
Posture boys 8th

On Tuesday, October 23, 2018, members of The Simsbury Lions Club will conduct vision screening.  The school nurse will conduct the hearing and postural screenings.  If any irregularities are found, a note will be sent home asking you to follow up with your physician.  If you do not want your child to be screened for any of the above, please make a request in writing to St. Mary’s school nurse, Kim Tyrrell, RN.

2018 Altar Server Training for New Servers -New altar servers are needed at Saint Mary’s Church and School. Are you interested in joining this wonderful ministry? Classes will meet on Saturdays, time to TBD, on October 20th, 27th, and November 10th. All children in 4th grade or above are invited to join us. You must RSVP by email to Sheila Garilli, altar server coordinator, via email at ServerLeader@StMarySimsbury.org.




Parent/Teacher Conferences are Coming - Our Fall Parent/Teacher Conferences for students in
grades K-8 will be held on Wednesday, 10/24, Thursday, 10/25, and Friday, 10/26. 
Each of these days will be a 12:45pm Early Dismissal. Since PreK will not have conferences at this time, there will be PreK Enrichment available on these days BUT there will be NO AFTERCARE.  Click here to access the sign-up geniuses for conferences.  Both SMS Spirit wear & Choice cards will be 
available for sale in the school office during conferences.



CHOICE Corner 

It's time to think about Halloween candy!  If you buy it now, there's still time to eat it all and then buy some more for trick or treaters!  Here are some CHOICE vendors who can help you get those treats in stock at your house-

Big Y
CVS
Geisslers
Shoprite
Stop & Shop
Target
Walmart

Send in your order via kidmail or stop by the school office!

Alumni News
Our congratulations to Patrick Sheridan, SMS Class of '15, on being named as one of this year's Commended Students in the 2019 National Merit Program. Approximately 1.5 million students take the PSAT as juniors each year and the College Board selects the top 32,000 individuals for recognition. Those students in the top 16,000 are identified as Semi-Finalists, and students in the second half of the grouping are deemed Commended Students.  Patrick is a senior at Simsbury High School.