Wednesday, March 22, 2017

News for the Week of 3/22/17







School Calendar Reminder - School is CLOSED on Wednesday, 3/29/17, for a faculty in-service.


TONIGHT! 

We are hosting an Open House for Prospective Families this evening, March 22nd at 6:30pm in the Parish Center.  Last minute guests are always welcome!








Living Stations of the Cross with Soup and Bread Dinner -  Again this year, our 8th grade will present the Living Stations of the Cross for both our student body and our Parish.  Students will attend the Living Station on this Friday, 3/24, at 9:30am in the Church.  All are welcome to join us.  The Living Stations will be presented for the parish on this this Friday, 3/24 at 7pm in the Church.  


Prior to the Living Stations, our 8th grade students will host a simple soup & bread dinner in the Parish Center.  The dinner begins at 5:30pm.  All are welcome. There is no charge but a free will offering may be made.











Student Council Lenten Service Project - Our Student Council is coordinating the collection of new adult socks as a Lenten Service Project.  All socks will be donated to the House of Bread.  Thanks in advance for your support.



Snow Day Makeup Days - So far, we have had 5 snow days.  At this time, we do not plan to use Easter Monday, April 17, as a make up day - it will remain a day off.  This brings our final day of school to Thursday, June 15th.  If we should have another snow day, it will be added on.    Our last day will be a 12:45pm early dismissal with no PreK Enrichment or Aftercare.




HOT LUNCH ORDER PERIOD FOR APRIL 2017 IS NOW OPEN!

April lunch orders will be accepted via the Educonnect Parent Portal until Friday, March 24th.  Payment should be sent into school as soon as order is submitted.  No orders can be accepted after Friday, March 24th.




The Sign Up Genius for Hot Lunch Volunteers from April - June is now available.  Click here.






Hot Lunch Make-Up Days -  On Thursday, March 23, the baked potato lunch scheduled for Wednesday, 3/15 (a snow day) will be made up.




Munson's Chocolate Pick Up -  Munson's chocolate orders from the grade 7 fundraiser will be ready for pickup on Thursday, 3/30/17, in the lower church from 2-4pm.  If you are not able to pick up your order during that time, please contact Angela Gomez-Nieto at nygrown@comcast.net.  Thanks again to all that supported this 7th grade fundraiser.




2017-2018 Family Enrollment  & SMARTAID application for Financial Assistance.
 2017-18 Enrollment packets were emailed to all families on Friday, 3/10/17.  If you did not receive your electronic enrollment packet, please contact the school office.  Please carefully review all of the attachments that accompany this email as there are several forms that must be printed, completed and returned. Additionally, there is important information about next year's tuition, financial assistance and your family's CHOICE obligation for 2017-2018.

This year, we are happy to announce that tuition assistance will again be available via several sources.  All requests for tuition assistance must be made via SMARTAID.   Click here for more information regarding the types of tuition assistance available and the SMARTAID application process. Click here for helpful information from SMARTAID regarding completion of the application.  Click here to access the SMARTAID application.  All SMARTAID applications must be submitted no later than April 28, 2017.

Moving up Night has been Moved!   
Moving Up Night has been rescheduled for Tuesday, March 28, beginning at 6:30pm in the Parish Center.  Book your babysitter! 

Moving Up Night is your first chance for a sneak peek into next year's curriculum and classroom for your child(ren). This event is for parents. Students will be enjoying Moving Up activities during the school day on 3/28 The event begins at 6:30pm in the Parish Center. 

If your bring your completed 2017-18 Family Enrollment Form and Fee to Moving Up Night, you may be one of two lucky families awarded with an Enrollment Fee waiver. Note - You must bring your $250 Family Enrollment Fee to be eligible to be awarded with the fee waiver.

Get ready to celebrate our 60th Anniversary! 

Tickets are now available for A Knight at the Gala at Farmington Gardens on Friday, April 21, 2017, at 6:30pm. The evening includes dinner, beer & wine, dancing, entertainment by speed painter Rob Surette (amazing heroart.com), and a silent & live auction.

- $100 per person, table of ten $1,000. 

To purchase your tickets using our preferred method, please send payment to Toni Chagnon in the school office.  Checks should be payable to St. Mary's School with "Gala" in the memo section.  If you wish to pay by credit card, click here.  Please contact Toni Chagnon for more information 860-658-9412tchagnon@stmarysimsbury.eduk12.net  Proceeds raised from this event will support our school technology program.

Community News -


Tickets are $16 (which includes all fees) and can be reserved here  After each show, you can have your picture taken with Ariel and Prince Eric. What fun!

We are proud to share that several SMS alums are part of the cast of this show including:  Joanna Kuziak, SMS Class of '15, as Ariel; John Sullivan as Prince Eric, James Sullivan as Scuttle, Brendan Wlochowski as Chef Louis, all SMS Class of'15Ally Voelker, SMS Class of '13 and Lindsey Voelker, SMS Class of '15 as Mersisters.



Northwest Catholic's Annual Jazz Cabaret Night is also coming up this spring on May 6th! 

Donations of wine or money to purchase a bottle of wine for the Wine Wall are being accepted at this time. 

You are also invited to reserve your seats for this very popular evening!

At the event, patrons can purchase a cork for $20 and choose the bottle of their choice from the Wine Wall. Wine donations can be of ANY amount. Proceeds from this fundraiser will go to refurbish the small Steinway piano that can be used by any NWC student, whether part of the music program or not. Mr. Luddy, Director of Instrumental Music, often hears students practice or try to write music on this piano right outside his office. The cost will be approximately $2,500, so our goal is at least 100 bottles of wine for this fundraiser. Please feel free to contact Noreen Kuziak at nkuziak@comcast.net with any questions about the night or donations.
  
To donate a bottle(s) of wine to the wine raffle, click HERE, or to make a cash donation to help with the purchase of wine, refreshments, or supplies, click HERE (let us do the shopping for you!).  Donations are requested no later than April 28th. 

To reserve your seats for Jazz Cabaret Night, click HERE. Please don’t delay – this event often sells out!  This year, several SMS alums will be participating including: Jazz Choir members: Allyson and Lindsey Voelker, SMS Classes of '13 & '15Brendan Wlochowski, and James and John Sullivan, all SMS Class of '13Jazz Band: Sarah and Kate Jessen, SMS Class of '13, Aaron Belletsky, SMS Class of '14.





Celebrating St. Patrick's Day 
at SMS
Again this year, students in Mrs. Jehning's first grade created
fabulous leprechaun traps hoping to capture the SMS
leprechaun.  Our leprechaun created plenty of mischief but
he managed to avoid all the traps again this year!




Self-proclaimed "Lord of the Leprechauns",
Kingston P., PreK made us all smile on
St. Patrick's Day!
Kindergarten celebrated St.Patrick's Day with special hats.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

News for the Week of 3/15/17




Student Council Lenten Service Project - Our Student Council is coordinating the collection of new adult socks as a Lenten Service Project.  All socks will be donated to the House of Bread.  Thanks in advance for your support.



Snow Day Makeup Days - So far, we have had 5 snow days.  At this time, we do not plan to use Easter Monday, April 17, as a make up day - it will remain a day off.  This brings our final day of school to Thursday, June 15th.  If we should have another snow day, it will be added on.    Our last day will be a 12:45pm early dismissal with no PreK Enrichment or Aftercare.




HOT LUNCH ORDER PERIOD FOR APRIL 2017 IS NOW OPEN!

April lunch orders will be accepted via the Educonnect Parent Portal until Friday, March 24th.  Payment should be sent into school as soon as order is submitted.  No orders can be accepted after Friday, March 24th.

Hot Lunch Make-Up Days - On Tuesday, March 21, the pizza lunch scheduled for Friday, 3/10 (a snow day) will be made up.  On Thursday, March 23, the baked potato lunch schedule for Wednesday. 3/15 (another snow day) will be made up.  If your children were scheduled to receive hot lunch on either of these days, please be sure they are aware of these make up days.


2017-2018 Family Enrollment  & SMARTAID application for Financial Assistance.
 2017-18 Enrollment packets were emailed to all families on Friday, 3/10/17.  If you did not receive your electronic enrollment packet, please contact the school office.  Please carefully review all of the attachments that accompany this email as there are several forms that must be printed, completed and returned. Additionally, there is important information about next year's tuition, financial assistance and your family's CHOICE obligation for 2017-2018.

This year, we are happy to announce that tuition assistance will again be available via several sources.  All requests for tuition assistance must be made via SMARTAID.   Click here for more information regarding the types of tuition assistance available and the SMARTAID application process. Click here for helpful information from SMARTAID regarding completion of the application.  Click here to access the SMARTAID application.  All SMARTAID applications must be submitted no later than April 28, 2017.

Moving up Night has been Moved!   
Moving Up Night has been rescheduled for Tuesday, March 28, beginning at 6:30pm in the Parish Center.  Book your babysitter!

Moving Up Night is your first chance for a sneak peek into next year's curriculum and classroom for your child(ren). This event is for parents. Students will be enjoying Moving Up activities during the school day on 3/28 The event begins at 6:30pm in the Parish Center.

If your bring your completed 2017-18 Family Enrollment Form and Fee to Moving Up Night, you may be one of two lucky families awarded with an Enrollment Fee waiver. Note - You must bring your $250 Family Enrollment Fee to be eligible to be awarded with the fee waiver.


Drama Club Invites You!  All are invited to see the SMS Drama Club perform A Reader's Theater version of Beauty and the Beast tomorrow -3/17/17 at 4:30pm in the lower church. 
Reminder for members of the SMS Drama Club Drama Club members must bring their costumes and all props to school on Friday,  3/17/17. Students must change directly after school and meet Mrs. Powell and Mrs. Elliott in the Parish Center by 3:45pm.


Blue Knight Night will be held on Tuesday 3/21/17.  The event will begin at 6pm.  This year, the event will be held at Ethel Walker School to take advantage of the extra space and bleachers available at their facility. There will be water and other beverages provided but food is not permitted in the gym. Blue Knight Night is a celebration of our Junior Varsity and Varsity Teams' seasons but everyone is invited to come and cheer our teams, enjoy the scrimmages between the teams and their coaches and parents and celebrate the great season our teams have had!






We are hosting an Open House for Prospective Families on Wednesday, March 22nd at 6:30pm in the Parish Center.  Please share this information with families that you think may be interested in learning more about our school.  RSVPs to Toni Chagnon are requested.







Get ready to celebrate our 60th Anniversary! 

Tickets are now available for A Knight at the Gala at Farmington Gardens on Friday, April 21, 2017, at 6:30pm. The evening includes dinner, beer & wine, dancing, entertainment by speed painter Rob Surette (amazing heroart.com), and a silent & live auction.

- $100 per person, table of ten $1,000. 

To purchase your tickets using our preferred method, please send payment to Toni Chagnon in the school office.  Checks should be payable to St. Mary's School with "Gala" in the memo section.  If you wish to pay by credit card, click here.  Please contact Toni Chagnon for more information
860-658-9412tchagnon@stmarysimsbury.eduk12.net  Proceeds raised from this event will support our school technology program.


A "pawsitive" help!  Students in Miss Kane's PreK continue to collect
newspapers for the Simsbury Veterinary Hospital as a Lenten service project.
Last week, Tejas and his mom and sister delivered the papers that had been collected.




SMS Stars - Our congratulations to Madelyn Z., Gr. 8!  Madelyn was selected to race for Team Connecticut (which is the top 8 girls of the Connecticut Youth Ski League) at the Francis Piche Invitational Championship, March 17-19th, at Gunstock Mountain Resort in New Hampshire. It is an alpine ski race where she will be racing slalom and giant slalom against teams from 8 other states.  Good luck Madelyn!



Madeline P., Gr. 4 & Lily P., Gr. 6
We had excellent participation in the regional spelling bee on Sunday, 3/12! James F. gave a strong effort in the gr 5 competition and both Madeline P. and Faith P. were runners up in gr 4 and 6. It was an excellent opportunity and everyone did great. Our thanks to Mrs. Mortillaro for coordinating our school's participation in this year's Knights of Columbus Spelling Bee!







Andrew M., Gr. 4, pictured far right
of first kneeling row of skaters.



Good Luck to Andrew M., Gr. 4 and the other members of the Simsbury Youth Hockey Squirt A Team. This weekend, the team is heading to Providence, RI to participate in the Tier 2 Regional Hockey Tournament. They were the winners of the State Tournament on March 5 when they defeated Greater New Haven.










Alumni News - 


Our congratulations to Paige Phillips, SMS Class of '16,  for being named to the Class B West All-Star basketball team.  Paige is a freshman at the Westminster School






Community News -


Tickets are $16 (which includes all fees) and can be reserved here  After each show, you can have your picture taken with Ariel and Prince Eric. What fun!

We are proud to share that several SMS alums are part of the cast of this show including:  Joanna Kuziak, SMS Class of '15, as Ariel; John Sullivan as Prince Eric, James Sullivan as Scuttle, Brendan Wlochowski as Chef Louis, all SMS Class of'15Ally Voelker, SMS Class of '13 and Lindsey Voelker, SMS Class of '15 as Mersisters.



Northwest Catholic's Annual Jazz Cabaret Night is also coming up this spring on May 6th! 

Donations of wine or money to purchase a bottle of wine for the Wine Wall are being accepted at this time. 

You are also invited to reserve your seats for this very popular evening!

At the event, patrons can purchase a cork for $20 and choose the bottle of their choice from the Wine Wall. Wine donations can be of ANY amount. Proceeds from this fundraiser will go to refurbish the small Steinway piano that can be used by any NWC student, whether part of the music program or not. Mr. Luddy, Director of Instrumental Music, often hears students practice or try to write music on this piano right outside his office. The cost will be approximately $2,500, so our goal is at least 100 bottles of wine for this fundraiser. Please feel free to contact Noreen Kuziak at nkuziak@comcast.net with any questions about the night or donations.
  
To donate a bottle(s) of wine to the wine raffle, click HERE, or to make a cash donation to help with the purchase of wine, refreshments, or supplies, click HERE (let us do the shopping for you!).

To reserve your seats for Jazz Cabaret Night, click HERE. Please don’t delay – this event often sells out!  This year, several SMS alums will be participating including: Jazz Choir members: Allyson and Lindsey Voelker, SMS Classes of '13 & '15, Brendan Wlochowski, and James and John Sullivan, all SMS Class of '13Jazz Band: Sarah and Kate Jessen, SMS Class of '13, Aaron Belletsky, SMS Class of '14.


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

News for the Week of 3/8/17








Report Cards for students in grades K - 8 will be available on the Educonnect Parent Portal on Friday, March 10th after 3pm.   Please contact the school office if you need a reminder regarding your Educonnect User ID and Password.  These are the same credentials that are used to sign in to order hot lunches.  No hard copy of the report card will be sent home.






PreKindergarten celebrated Dr. Seuss' birthday on March 2 with a guest reader.
Mrs. Hatch shared several of her favorite Dr. Seuss books.  Everyone looked
spectacular in their Cat in the Hat hats!


Policy Reminder - If your family is looking forward to a travel opportunity that will result in student absence, please take a moment to reacquaint yourself with our school's policy regarding "recreational absences".  This policy appears in our Parent/Student Handbook:

"Teachers are not required to give make-up tests or assignments for absences due to vacations.  No assignment will be given in anticipation of the vacation.  Teachers are not expected to reteach work or to tutor individual students for make-up work when a student returns from a recreational absence."

Calling all girls!
Here is a message from Amelie C. in the third grade:
“If you have long hair and are thinking of cutting it, DON’T. I, Amelie, in the third grade am donating my hair to Beautiful Lengths which is a program to help women battling cancer by donating real hair for wigs. I hope you will join me during Lent in this community project.”

On Monday, March 27th, St. Mary’s will sponsor a hair cutting event for girls (and women) to donate 8 inches of hair for this program.  Once the donation cut is complete, hair will be professionally styled.  Karen Holmes from Bee Trendy in Simsbury will be the stylist. If your child is interested in participating, please contact Karen Corriveau at karen@thecorriveaus.com so we can begin to get a preliminary count of participants.   Click here for a permission slip for this event. Permission slips must be returned to the school office NLT Monday, 3/13/17.



Basketball News -  Come Cheer on our Knights!  Join us for the State Play-offs on Saturday.  Varsity Girls will play at 12:30pm at Sacred Heart High School in Waterbury.  Junior Varsity girls will play at 1:15pm at St. Paul's High School in Bristol. 






Good Luck to our 4th, 5th & 6th Grade Spelling Bee Champions as they move on to the Regional competition this weekend.  Representing us are are Madeline P., 4th grade; James F., 5th grade & Faith P., 6th grade.  






2017-2018 Family Enrollment  & SMARTAID application for Financial Assistance.
 2017-18 Enrollment packets will be emailed to all families on Friday, 3/10/17.  Your enrollment packet will be sent to the email address the school office has on file as your primary family email.  Please contact the office if you wish to confirm what email address will be used.  Please carefully review all of the attachments that accompany this email as there are several forms that must be printed, completed and returned. Additionally, there is important information about next year's tuition, financial assistance and your family's CHOICE obligation for 2017-2018.

This year, we are happy to announce that tuition assistance will again be available via several sources.  All requests for tuition assistance must be made via SMARTAID.   Click here for more information regarding the types of tuition assistance available and the SMARTAID application process. Click here for helpful information from SMARTAID regarding completion of the application.  Click here to access the SMARTAID application.  All SMARTAID applications must be submitted no later than April 28, 2017.



Moving Up Night is Tuesday, March 14!  Book your babysitter! 
 Moving Up Night is your first chance for a sneak peek into next year's curriculum and classroom for your child(ren).  This event is for parents. Students will be enjoying Moving Up activities during the school day on 3/14.  The event begins at 6:30pm in the Parish Center.  

If your bring your completed 2017-18 Family Enrollment Form and Fee to Moving Up Night, you may be one of two lucky families awarded with an Enrollment Fee waiver.   Note - You must bring your $250 Family Enrollment Fee to be eligible to be awarded with the fee waiver.



We are hosting an Open House for Prospective Families on Wednesday, March 22nd at 6:30pm in the Parish Center.  Please share this information with families that you think may be interested in learning more about our school.  RSVPs to Toni Chagnon are requested.







Get ready to celebrate our 60th Anniversary! 

Tickets are now available for A Knight at the Gala at Farmington Gardens on Friday, April 21, 2017 at 6:30pm. The evening includes dinner, beer & wine, dancing, entertainment by speed painter Rob Surette (amazing heroart.com), and a silent & live auction.

- $100 per person, table of ten $1,000. 

To purchase your tickets using our preferred method, please send payment to Toni Chagnon in the school office.  Checks should be payable to St. Mary's School with "Gala" in the memo section.  If you wish to pay by credit card, click here.  Please contact Toni Chagnon for more information
860-658-9412tchagnon@stmarysimsbury.eduk12.net  
Proceeds raised from this event will support our school technology program.


SMS School Board News - The Saint Mary’s School Board Nominating Committee has started the process to identify potential school board members for next year. Potential candidates may self-nominate or be nominated by someone else. There is no requirement for board members to have children at Saint Mary’s School. We want to ensure we have the best talent serving on the board. The needs we will be looking to address for the upcoming term will include individuals with a financial or CPA background skills or individuals with skills focused on advancement, marketing and strategic planning. Potential candidates must believe and support Catholic education and be willing to serve a three year term.  If you are interested in being considered to serve on the School Board, please contact Claude Howard at claudeoh@gmail.com. Please include in your e-mail information about your Parish(Town), occupation, if you have or had students at Saint Mary’s School and your specific talents available to the board.


New Ice Cream Choices are available now!



"Pawsitively of Service!"  Emmett O. dropped off
newspapers at Simsbury Veterinary Hospital.
Students in Miss Kane's PreK are collecting newspapers for the
veterinary hospital as a Lenten project.  Newspaper donations can be sent to the PreK Classroom.

Alumni News - Our congratulations to three Northwest Catholic seniors just named 2017 Summa Scholars by the Office of Education, Evangelization & Cathechesis - Allyson Voelker, Sarah Jessen and Katharine Jessen, all SMS Class of '13.  The Summa Scholar represents the top 5% of his/her graduating class in terms of outstanding academic achievement from freshman year to the close of the first semester senior year, based on the cumulative grade point average (GPA).



We are also proud to share that Katharine Jessen has also been named a National Merit Finalist.



SMS Stars - Our congratulations to Dominic S. Gr. 7. Dominic was selected to participate in the Vermont State Championships in Alpine skiing. Dominic was one of 18 skiers from the Mid-Vermont ski council who qualified. The State Championship races took place on March 3-5 at Burke Mountain, VT.




Community News





Tickets are $16 (which includes all fees) and can be reserved here OR here where you will also have option to buy sponsorships (only a couple of weeks left to get those in), shoutouts, and tickets. After each show, you can have your picture taken with Ariel and Prince Eric. What fun!

We are proud to share that several SMS alums are part of the cast of this show including:  Joanna Kuziak, SMS Class of '15, as Ariel; John Sullivan as Prince Eric, James Sullivan as Scuttle, Brendan Wlochowski as Chef Louis, all SMS Class of'15; Ally Voelker, SMS Class of '13 and Lindsey Voelker, SMS Class of '15 as Mersisters.








Looking ahead to summer -






Additional flyers for iD Tech are available in the school office.