Wednesday, October 18, 2017

News for the Week 10/18/17





We are proud to share that SMS has begun a formal recycling program as part of
our commitment to care for God's creation.  Students attended an informational presentation
by Paine's, Inc. on Tuesday, 10/17, and then we kicked off our lunchtime efforts making sure that
all milk cartons, yogurt containers, juice boxes, aluminum foil and plastic fruit cup containers
are recycled instead of discarded as trash.  All classrooms and the office have also been provided with recycle bins.

Students in Mrs. Pabich-Phillips third grade show off their "personal" recycling bins.  Paines, Inc. provided a bin for each student as a helpful reminder to recycle.  Our thanks to Paines, Inc. for such a cute reminder!


Tonight is Open House! 

We hope you've encouraged your friends and neighbors
who may be wondering about SMS to stop in.
Last minute drop in guests are absolutely welcome!
Open House will begin at 6:30pm in the Parish Center.


There will also be one more Walk-In Wednesday on October 25th from 9-11am. 




The Hot Lunch order period for NOVEMBER is open now and will be open through Friday, October 20th.  This open order period is your only opportunity to order hot lunches, including pizza on Friday, for November.



HOT LUNCH SOS!  We are in desperate need of hot lunch volunteers on several days coming up soon -

3 volunteers needed on Wednesday, 10/25
3 volunteers needed on Friday, 10/27
3 volunteers needed on Wednesday, 11/1 (Holy Day of Obligation - Lunch begins at 11)
3 volunteers needed on Friday, 11/3

If you are Virtus trained and can help out on any of these days, please click here to visit the Sign Up Genius.  Thanks in advance!



It's Time to Sign Up for Parent/Teacher Conferences -  Our Fall Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held NEXT WEEK on Tuesday, 10/24; Wednesday, 10/25 and Thursday, 10/26. Each of these days will be a 12:45pm early dismissal.  

***Friday, 10/27, is also a 12:45pm early dismissal for Faculty Faith Formation.***

There will be NO Aftercare on Tuesday, 10/24 - Friday, 10/27.  PreK Enrichment will be available on Tuesday, 10/24 - Thursday, 10/26 but NOT on Friday, 10/27.  PE Club will be available to those that are signed up for October on both Wednesday, 10/25 & Thursday, 10/26 and will run from 1-2:15pm.

Parents with students in middle school, 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.




Spirit Wear Shop Will Be Open! Stop by the School Office.
Spirit Wear will be available to purchase during Parent/Teacher conferences on Wednesday and Thursday (10/25 & 10/26). Uniform approved sweatshirts, gym t shirts and fleece jackets to name just a few! All styles in both youth and adult sizes. Cash and checks accepted.

Tuesday - 10/24 - from 1-2:15pm - There will be a makeup session of PE Club for the session that was cancelled on Wednesday, 10/18.  



Hello to All the Children in the World!  Second grade students in Mrs. Keany's
class did a great job with their United Nations projects today.




Early Drop Off is available!  Our Early Drop Off program began on  10/16!  Click here for more information and registration forms and reservation calendars.




Health Office News - Fall is the time for health screenings!
Vision and Hearing  - K, 3, 4, 5
Posture - girls 5th and 7th
Posture boys - 8th

These screenings will be done over the next few weeks by the nursing staff.  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.


Social Sharing Survey Update

Parents, thank you for recently completing the social sharing survey. We had a great response rate and a small team is currently analyzing the results. As a reminder, the purpose of the survey was to gauge your interest and support in sharing our St. Mary's School story on social media. Our branding efforts are important to actively engage our community to ensure ongoing retention, attraction, and sponsorship.

If you haven't done so already, please like and follow St. Mary's School on Facebook
​St. Mary's School@SMSSimsbury​



SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR! Tuesday 10/24 -Thursday 10/26 
Stop by the Parish Center to shop a great selection of Scholastic's best books! The fall bookfair is an HSA fundraiser.

Tuesday & Wednesday 9am-3pm
Thursday 9am-1pm

Please check your child(ren)'s teacher(s) blogs for day & time of "class visit" to bookfair.

Would you like to work at the fair? Call/Text Jodie Burhoe 860-967-8842 or email Tricia Prausa at tricia.prausa@gmail.com.


Halloween is Coming! 
In an effort to have a little fun and build community among our students, we will allow everyone in the building to dress up for Halloween on Friday, October 27.
Here are our parameters:

- no clowns
- no weapons
- no masks or face makeup
- no high heels (especially high heels that come with princess attire)
- each grade or group of grades will determine the time that students will wear the costumes; some might change in school and some wear them to school - please follow your child's teacher's instruction.

Parties are only allowed in PreKindergarten and Kindergarten. These classroom parties may not involve food.

Halloween Pumpkin Bingo will take place on Tuesday, 10/31, during the lunch waves.
"Treat" for a neighbor in need. Again this year, our school will participate in the Jack Bannon "Turkey Trot" non-perishable food drive. We would like to encourage all students to bring a non-perishable food donation to school on Halloween, 10/31, as a treat for a neighbor in need. Collection boxes will be located in the primary unit and the middle school and also outside the school office. Turkey Trot donations will be accepted until Friday, November 3rd. 



In November, we will worship with our parish family at the 12:15 Mass on November 1 in observance of All Saints Day.  All are welcome to join us.  Please remember that no Physical Education uniforms should be worn to Mass.







Formal Uniforms are Coming Soon!  Students in grades K-7 will begin to wear the formal uniform on Wednesday, November 1.  Students in grade 8 are extended the privilege of wearing the relaxed uniform until December 1.  Click here to review the uniform code for formal uniforms.  Click here for an easy refresher about ordering your uniforms from Lands End.



The Advancement Committee is delighted to announce the creation of a brand new St. Mary's School Family Cookbook. We have seen first hand the many culinary talents of our families, faculty and staff here at St. Mary's School and are looking forward to creating a cookbook filled with tasty and creative recipes!  We invite you to submit at least two recipes in different categories.  The process is simple and we hope that as you head into the holiday season and are pulling out your favorite family recipes, you will take a few minutes to share some of them with us.  

Recipes can either be typed into a submission form or handwritten on a 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper. Recipes can be emailed to  tchagnon@stmarysimsbury.eduk12.net or dropped off in the office.  Click here for a submission form.  All recipes need to be submitted no later than January 6th. Our plan and goal is to have the cookbook available for sale late February and feature it at our Annual Art Show on February 23rd.
We are hungry just thinking about it!  Thank you in advance for your participation,


Thanks to all who supported the HSA Lyman Pie & Otis Spunkmeyer Cookie Dough Fundraiser.  Pick up of pies and cookie dough will be on Friday, 11/17/17.  If you can help sort and distribute pies and cookie dough, please use the Sign Up genius to volunteer - click here.



CHOICE News -  Going forward, CHOICE cards for Attilios and Joe Pizza will be available only by special order.  If you will be needing these cards, please let Michelle Howard know a week in advance to allow time for us to get the cards.  Thanks!

Big Y CHOICE cards are currently available at a 6% profit rate instead of the normal 2%.  Big Y cards are available for daily purchase.



Lost & Found - A Lost and Found bin is now available outside the school office.  Please have your students check there for things that may have gone astray.  You are also welcome to take a look whenever you stop in at school.  Please note that the size of the bin is limited and so items that are not claimed will not be saved forever.  When the bin approaches capacity, we will let you know that you have a week to claim what is in the bin and then the items will all be donated/discarded, depending on condition.  We'd also like to remind you that many, many items that are "lost" are never "found" because there is no name on or in them.  Please label all outerwear, sweaters, sweatshirts and uniform items.  We make every effort to return items that have a name on them.




Vintage "Lost & Found" Clear Out -  We have a substantial number of  "lost and found" items from last year still on hand.  During Parent/Teacher Conferences, these will be in a box outside the school office alongside the new "Lost & Found" bin.  Please take a minute to look through the box and see if any of the items belong to your children.  We are also encouraging you to feel free to take something that you might be able to use since at the end of conferences ALL vintage items will be donated and/or discarded depending on condition.


Community News

St. Mary's Parish - October Count - 

The Archdiocese is requiring all pastors to count the number of people attending Mass this weekend, October 21-22. The Archdiocese uses this "October Count" and other data to determine which parishes will remain open. Given the importance of this "October Count, families are encouraged to make every effort to be at Mass this weekend.


Your donations needed!  Again this year, we are collecting clean, gently used clothing for the St. Ann's Church Clothing Sale.  Donations will be accepted until Friday, 10/27.  Everyone is also encouraged to shop at the sale for some great bargains and to benefit a great cause!

Simsbury Public Library Announces November Calendar of Events for Teens & 'Tweens -




Have you always wanted to drive a Corvette? 
 There's still time to purchase tickets in the school office!


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

News for the Week of 10/11/17








Spread the word! Invite a Friend! 
October is Open House Month! 

Walk in Wednesdays: 9-11am every Wednesday in October.

Wednesday,October 18th: 6:30 pm Open House - Parish Center 

Live on a busy street? Can you take an Open House lawn sign? 
Please contact Toni Chagnon if you are able to give a sign a loving home!


Dinner is (will be) served On the evening of Open House (10/18), many of the faculty and staff will be staying at school from dismissal until the end of Open House. The HSA would like to provide a simple dinner for them, and we'd love your help! If you are able to provide sandwiches, chips, salad, dessert, drinks, paper goods, and/or your time, it would be very much appreciated! Click here for more details and to sign up via Sign Up Genius.






The Hot Lunch order period for NOVEMBER will be open from Monday, October 16 through Friday, October 20th.  This open order period is your only opportunity to order hot lunches, including pizza on Friday, for November.

Our new Early Drop Off program starts next Monday, 10/16!
  Click here for more information and registration forms and reservation calendars.






Order your holiday pies & cookie dough, too! Order forms were sent home on Friday, 10/6/17 - extras are available in the school office!

Delicious Lyman Orchard pies & Otis Spunkmeyer cookie dough are being sold by the St. Mary's School HSA. All products arrive frozen for you to bake fresh for your family & friends. Order forms & payment should be brought/mailed to the school office NLT Monday, 10/16/17. Pies and cookie dough will be available for pick up on Fri., 11/17 from 10am-4pm in the lower church. 

Help will be needed with pie sorting and distribution.  If you can help, please click here.






St. Mary's School is honoring Frank Conde and Blair Wlochowski this year as our special volunteers at this year's HOPES dinner.  Frank and Blair will receive the St. John Neumann award for their dedicated service to our school.  We extend our thanks for Blair and Frank's volunteer efforts and also want to take a moment to thank all of our school's volunteers - your gifts of time and talent are sincerely appreciated.



It's Time to Sign Up for Parent/Teacher Conferences -  Our Fall Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held on Tuesday, 10/24; Wednesday, 10/25 and Thursday, 10/26. Each of these days will be a 12:45pm early dismissal.  

***Friday, 10/27, is also a 12:45pm early dismissal for Faculty Faith Formation.***

There will be NO Aftercare on Tuesday, 10/24 - Friday, 10/27.  PreK Enrichment will be available on Tuesday, 10/24 - Thursday, 10/26 but NOT on Friday, 10/27.  PE Club will be available to those that are signed up for October on both Wednesday, 10/25 & Thursday, 10/26 and will run from 1-2:15pm.

Parents with students in middle school, 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.


Our basketball season is approaching quickly. All registrations must be finalized NLT Friday, 10/27/17.  Here is some information you will need to know for the upcoming season.

Participation permission was granted by the athletics permission form sent in the summer packet. A new permission form will not be sent out. If you need to submit an updated form to give basketball permission, click here.

Please note -To complete basketball registration for your child(ren), please send in your participation fee. Your child will not be added to the roster or receive a Jersey until the fee is received. (Fees Below)

-At the coaches discretion, practice will begin as early as the week of the Oct. 23rd.

-Practices for grades 2-6 will be held during the week. Each team will have 1-2 practices, M-F. 

-Grades 7-8 (Varsity) practice once during the week from 6-8pm on Mondays and on Saturday mornings at Westminster. Games will be on Thursday or Friday and Sunday. 

Fees for participation are the following:

JVC 2-3rd grades  -  $50

JVB, JVA, Varsity   -  Grades 3-8 $150

There is a maximum $250 cap per family. Checks payable to St Mary School.  Please put "Basketball" in the memo section.  Please contact Scott Gangloff with any questions - adirector@stmarysimsbury.eduk12.net .




SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR! Tuesday 10/24 -Thursday 10/26 
Stop by the Parish Center to shop a great selection of Scholastic's best books! The fall bookfair is an HSA fundraiser.

Tuesday & Wednesday 9am-3pm
Thursday 9am-1pm
Would you like to work at the fair? Call/Text Jodie Burhoe 860-967-8842 or email Tricia Prausa at tricia.prausa@gmail.com.



Halloween is Coming!

In an effort to have a little fun and build community among our students, we will allow everyone in the building to dress up for Halloween on Friday, October 27.
Here are our parameters:

- no clowns
- no weapons
- no masks or face makeup
- no high heels (especially high heels that come with princess attire)
- each grade or group of grades will determine the time that students will wear the costumes; some might change in school and some wear them to school - please follow your child's teacher's instruction.

Parties are only allowed in PreKindergarten and Kindergarten. These classroom parties may not involve food.

Halloween Pumpkin Bingo will take place on Tuesday., 10/31, during the lunch waves.
"Treat" for a neighbor in need. Again this year, our school will participate in the Jack Bannon "Turkey Trot" non-perishable food drive. We would like to encourage all students to bring a non-perishable food donation to school on Halloween, 10/31, as a treat for a neighbor in need. Collection boxes will be located in the primary unit and the middle school and also outside the school office. Turkey Trot donations will be accepted until Friday, November 3rd.



Grade 8 FundraiserThursday, November 2nd
Please come join us to support our 8th grade class!
Great food and great company!

Puerto Vallarta
15 West Avon Road
Avon, CT 06001
(860) 675-1999

11AM - 10:30PM

A percentage of the days sales will be donated by Puerto Vallarta to fund SMS 8th grade graduation festivities. All you need to do is mention St. Mary's School to your server.  Thanks in advance for your support!



Students in Mrs. Keany's second grade class are hard at work learning about countries around the world.  Students will share what they have learned later this month with projects displayed in the Parish Center.






7th & 8th Grade Students & Parents - Thinking About High School?
Northwest Catholic High School invites you to attend a Regional Information Session in Windsor (Oct. 17) or Rocky Hill (Oct. 25). These informal gatherings provide a valuable introduction to NWC’s academic and extra-curricular offerings. You will have an opportunity to hear from administrators, current parents and current students. To register for an Information Session, click here.  Also, be sure to attend NWC’s annual Open House on Sunday, October 29th from 1-3 p.m. Come for a student-led tour of our building, meet our teachers and coaches, explore exhibits on clubs and athletics, visit the academic department displays, listen to performing arts groups or participate in a science lab. Please contact Andrew Selig at aselig@nwcath.org with any questions.


Community News


Your donations needed!  Again this year, we are collecting clean, gently used clothing for the St. Ann's Church Clothing Sale.  Donations will be accepted until Friday, 10/27.  Everyone is also encouraged to shop at the sale for some great bargains and to benefit a great cause!


Have you always wanted to drive a Corvette? 
 There's still time to purchase tickets in the school office!



Thursday, October 5, 2017

News for the Week of 10/5/17




We're excited to announce SMS Early Drop Off 
beginning Monday, October 16th and available on every regular school day from 7:15 - 8:20am.  Click here for more information, annual registration form and monthly reservation calendars.



Calendar Reminder - School will be closed Monday, October 9th, in observance of Columbus Day.



Spread the word! Invite a Friend! 
October is Open House Month! 

Walk in Wednesdays: 9-11am every Wednesday in October.

Wednesday,October 18th: 6:30 pm Open House - Parish Center 

Live on a busy street? Can you take an Open House lawn sign? 
Please contact Toni Chagnon if you are able to give a sign a loving home!



Hot Lunch Volunteers are still needed!    If you are Virtus trained and can help out, even just once in a while, please click here to visit the Sign Up Genius and volunteer.  Training is provided and a lunch room coordinator is always on hand to help with questions.


The Hot Lunch order period for NOVEMBER will be open from Monday, October 16 through Friday, October 20th.  This open order period is your only opportunity to order hot lunches, including pizza on Friday, for November.





Order your holiday pies & cookie dough, too! Order forms are being sent home on Friday, 10/6/17 - please be sure to check backpacks!

Delicious Lyman Orchard pies & Otis Spunkmeyer cookie dough are being sold by the St. Mary's School HSA. All products arrive frozen for you to bake fresh for your family & friends. Order forms & payment should be brought/mailed to the school office NLT Monday, 10/16/17. Pies and cookie dough will be available for pick up on Fri., 11/17 from 10am-4pm in the lower church.

Help will be needed with pie sorting and distribution.  If you can help, please click here.




Students in Mrs. Jehning's first grade class used their iPads to take photos of God's creation for a book they will write using the Book Creator app.  They also stopped to take a photo of our beautiful Mary statue.















It's Time to Sign Up for Parent/Teacher Conferences -  Our Fall Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held on Tuesday, 10/24; Wednesday, 10/25 and Thursday, 10/26. Each of these days will be a 12:45pm early dismissal.  

***Friday, 10/27, is also a 12:45pm early dismissal for Faculty Faith Formation.***

There will be NO Aftercare on Tuesday, 10/24 - Friday, 10/27.  PreK Enrichment will be available on Tuesday, 10/24 - Thursday, 10/26 but NOT on Friday, 10/27.  PE Club will be available to those that are signed up for October on both Wednesday, 10/25 & Thursday, 10/26 and will run from 1-2:15pm.

Parents with students in middle school, 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.


Our basketball season is approaching quickly. Here is some information you will need to know for the upcoming season.

Participation permission was granted by the athletics permission form sent in the summer packet. A new permission form will not be sent out. If you need to submit an updated form to give basketball permission, click here.

Please note -To complete basketball registration for your child(ren), please send in your participation fee. Your child will not be added to the roster or receive a Jersey until the fee is received. (Fees Below)

-At the coaches discretion, practice will begin as early as the week of the Oct. 23rd.

-Practices for grades 2-6 will be held during the week. Each team will have 1-2 practices, M-F. 

-Grades 7-8 (Varsity) practice once during the week from 6-8pm on Mondays and on Saturday mornings at Westminster. Games will be on Thursday or Friday and Sunday. 

Fees for participation are the following:

JVC 2-3rd grades  -  $50

JVB, JVA, Varsity   -  Grades 3-8 $150

There is a maximum $250 cap per family. Checks payable to St Mary School.  Please put "Basketball" in the memo section.  Please contact Scott Gangloff with any questions - adirector@stmarysimsbury.eduk12.net .


Supporting SMS


Fitzgerald's Register Tapes for Education - Again this year, you can help us earn free teacher materials and supplies by shopping at Fitzgerald's and putting your register receipt into the SMS bucket.  The points we earn from the register receipts are redeemable for free teacher materials and supplies.










Box Tops for Education may be sent in at any time.  All homeroom classrooms have a collection box.  Keep those box tops coming!






PreK was excited to have a visit from Miss Raymond and
the Dot & Dash robots.


Community News


Talcott Mountain Science Center Invites You - TONIGHT, 10/5/17 - Mapping the Heavens with Professor Priyamvada Natarajan.  Click here for more information.


Auer Farm is hosting a Fall Festival on Saturday, October 14th from 11am-4pm. Click here to print the postcard below for $5 off your admission.


Your donations needed!  Again this year, we will be collecting clean, gently used clothing for the St. Ann's Church Clothing Sale.  Donations will be accepted beginning on Tuesday, October 10th until Friday, 10/27.
Everyone is also encouraged to shop at the sale for some great bargains and to benefit a great cause!


Have you always wanted to drive a Corvette? 
 There's still time to purchase tickets in the school office!