Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Playground Grand Opening Delayed & Additional Information


Rain is expected for tomorrow and it is dampening our spirits and forcing us to reschedule our new playground's Grand Opening Summer Playdate & Uniform Exchange.  This event is now scheduled for Tuesday, 8/19/14 from 4-7pm.  A flyer is attached.  We are thinking sunny thoughts and hoping you will all be able to join us then!



Our New Family Welcome Night is scheduled for Monday, 8/25/14.  We are looking forward to meeting our new parents  at 6:30 at the Welcome Night.  For clarification, this is an opportunity for our new parents to meet their buddy parents, faculty, staff and Home and School Association.  We will be providing limited babysitting as a courtesy to our families but our hope is for the parents to have an opportunity to meet other parents and have their questions answered.  Please RSVP to Angie Connors at 860-658-9412.

iPad Deployment Appointments for all Middle School (Grades 6, 7 and 8) students are now underway.  If you have not signed up yet, please click here to learn more about these meetings and to schedule your appointment.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Summer Update - August 6th, 2014



Our annual "Back to School" mailing is on its way to you via U.S. mail as of Tuesday, August 4th.  If you do not receive your packet, please contact the school office.  You can view an electronic version of the packet's contents by clicking here.  As usual, there are lots of things to read and many forms to complete.  Please make every effort to return items by the date(s) requested to help assure a smooth start to our school year.


Nobody wants to see it end.....but....it's probably time to take a minute and check out the helpful "Back to School" tab on our school blog.  You will find everything you need to know about supply lists, suggested summer reading and Middle School Summer Assignments.  There are many helpful calendar reminders about upcoming events you don't want to miss including Summer Playground, "Meet & Greets", New Family Welcome Night and Morning in Middle School.  Why not pour a glass of lemonade and check it out right now?


2014-2015 School Calendar - Again this year our main school calendar is a Google on-line calendar.  The calendar has now been updated to list all upcoming school events for 2014-2015 based on today's planned schedules. The calendar is available using the tab located at the top of the blog.  Please check in frequently to stay up to date.  Calendar changes and updates are also announced via the weekly school blog and, when appropriate, via email and/or Remind text.

Hot Lunch News - The first hot lunch order form for the new school year is available now!  The order form and schedule have been sent out via email to all school families.  This information is also available on our school's website.  Click here
 Please note that ALL lunches must be preordered and prepaid. There is no cash and carry for lunches, including on "Pizza Fridays".  

All orders and payments for this lunch period must be received NLT 8/22/14.  Hot lunch will begin on Friday, September 19.  Until that time, all students must bring a brown bag lunch everyday. The milk program will begin on the first day of school.  All students are eligible to participate.  Click here for the milk order form.




H.S.A. News - Our Home & School Association is excited to begin  new school year and has a calendar full of events designed to build community and help support our students and school.  Click here to visit the H.S.A. page of the school website to read a welcome letter from this year's H.S.A. Executive Board, then scroll down and use the link to display the 2014-15 H.S.A. calendar.

SUMMER CHOICE SALES - Choice cards will be available for sale in the school office on August 7 - 9:00am-12:30pm & August 21- 9:00am-12:30pm.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Summer Updates - July 30, 2014

Summer Update from Mrs. Gannatti - An email has been sent out today using our school wide family & new family lists that contains an summer update from Mrs. Gannatti.  Please take a moment to read this letter.  If you do not receive this email, please let Mrs. Hatch know by emailing her at dhatch@stmarysimsbury.eduk12.net.



Summer Playdate & Uniform Exchange - The Home & School Association invites you to a summer playdate and uniform exchange on Wednesday, August 13th from 4-7pm.  Drop in as your summer schedule allows to play with old friends and make new ones!




Newly Enrolled Families   - Join us at our New Family Welcome Night on Monday, August 25th from 6:30-7:30pm in the Parish Center.   This is a great opportunity to get better acquainted with our faculty, staff and administration, meet with your "buddy family", and also to get to know some other families that are just joining our community.  We hope many of you will be able to attend.




Nobody wants to see it end.....but....it's probably time to take a minute and check out the helpful "Back to School" tab on our school blog.  You will find everything you need to know about supply lists, suggested summer reading and Middle School Summer Assignments.  Why not pour a glass of lemonade and check it out right now?

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Summer Reminders - 7/16/14





Nobody wants to see it end.....but....it's probably time to take a minute and check out the helpful "Back to School" tab on our school blog.  You will find everything you need to know about supply lists, suggested summer reading and Middle School Summer Assignments.  Why not pour a glass of lemonade and check it out right now?






Reminders Regarding Bus Transportation -  Bus transportation to and from school is available to Simsbury residents only. School Bus routes are generally published mid to late August on the Simsbury Board of Education's website. Please keep in mind that ONLY Simsbury residents are eligible for bus transportation. Non-Simsbury residents MAY NOT RIDE THE BUS even to be dropped off for a playdate or because they stayed overnight at a friend's house.  Click here to view all of the important information related to bus transportation.

If you are Simsbury residents and use bus transportation, please be reminded that any "special arrangements" (e.g., your child(ten) is(are) picked up or dropped off at a Simsbury address other than the home address) must be submitted to the town's transportation coordinator in writing prior to the start of school.  This must be done annually, even if the arrangements will be the same as last year's.  Please be sure to provide the school office with a copy of the information you share with the transportation coordinator.  Please do not contact Salter's Bus Company directly.

Please note that this does not refer to those occasional play dates or times that a Simsbury student needs to ride an alternate bus or needs to get off a stop early.  Those occasions are handled by sending a note to school to request a bus pass for that day's travel.

 Your request for special transportation arrangements must be submitted in writing and should be communicated to Susan Caccamo using the following contact information:

Susan Caccamo, Transportation and Enrollment Coordinator
Simsbury Public Schools
933 Hopmeadow St
Simsbury, CT  06070
860-651-4343 (Fax)




Field Hockey Camp is Coming Soon!



Summer CHOICE Sales -  There will be NO CHOICE Card sales on Thursday, July 24th.  The next CHOICE sale day is Thursday, August 7th from 9am-12:30pm at the School Office.  The final Summer CHOICE sales day is Thursday, August 21st from 9am-12:30pm at the School Office.   Cards may also be purchased by contacting Mrs. Budnick at tbudnick@stmarysimsbury.eduk12.net to arrange a mutually convenient date/time.

Summer Vacation Gallery - Incoming sixth grade students recently shared some summer fun at kayak camp.  If you have some photos of your favorite SMS student(s) or family having summer fun that you'd like to share, please send them along to Donna Hatch at dhatch@stmarysimsbury.eduk12.net and then look for our next blog post to see them shared with your SMS family.





Thursday, July 10, 2014

Field Hockey Camp is Coming Soon & a few other Summer Reminders


Summer CHOICE Sales
There are several other opportunities to stock up on CHOICE cards this summer.

July 24 -   9:00am-11:00am
August 7 - 9:00am-12:30pm
August 21- 9:00am-12:30pm

Ready to think about "Back to School"?  Check out the "Back to School" tab at the top of the blog to find all the supply lists, summer reading suggestions and Middle School summer assignments.



Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Summer Update - June 25, 2014 - A summer assignment for parents!

Getting Ready for 2014-15
Parent Summer Assignment - Update your blog subscriptions!

Why should kids have all the fun of summer reading and assignments?

Looking ahead to the new school year, we'd like to remind you of the importance of staying in touch with what is going on in your child(ren)'s classrooms by subscribing to the teacher(s) blog(s).  The way blog subscription works, there is NO automatic rollover of your subscription to your child(ren)'s new teacher(s) blog(s).  Here are the easy steps to follow to:  1. Unsubscribe from last year's teacher(s) blog(s).  2. Subscribe to the blogs you need for next year.

1.  To Unsubscribe from a Blog
   
NOTE - These steps must be done for each blog you wish to unsubscribe from, you cannot unsubscribe from several at a time.

Wait for the next blog post to arrive in your email.
Scroll to the bottom of the email and look for the sentence that says:
To stop receiving these emails, you may unsubscribe now.
Click on the "unsubscribe now" and follow the prompts you receive.

2. To Subscribe to a Blog

Go to the main page of the school's blog - http://stmarysschoolnews.blogspot.com/

On the right side of the screen you will see a "blog roll" that lists all of the individual teachers' blogs.  Click on the blog for which you would like a subscription (i.e., so that you will receive blog posts via email.)  Look for the "subscription box" on the teacher's blog.  It will look something like this:

Enter your email address to get blog updates sent to your email.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Summer Update - June 19, 2014

Final Report Cards have been sent home via U.S. mail on Thursday, June 19, 2014.  If you do not receive a report card(s) for your child(ren), please contact the school office.



Students completing first grade were awarded with class superlatives by Mrs. Jehnings.  Click here to see more photos of  "super" kids that are now second graders!










Summer Office Hours began on Tuesday, June 17th.  The school office will be routinely staffed Monday - Thursday from 9am-1pm and by appointment.  Voice mail and email will be checked regularly.




SUMMER CHOICE SALES - Choice cards will be available for sale in the school office on the following Thursdays:

June 26 - 9:00am-12:30pm

July 10 - 9:00am-11:00am
July 24 - 9:00am-11:00am

August 7 - 9:00am-12:30pm
August 21- 9:00am-12:30pm


Thinking Ahead to "Back to School" - We know it seems far away right now, but, we want you to have easy access to the information you will need when you are ready to begin to think "Back to School".  Teachers are in the process of posting their 2014-15 Supply Lists.  Middle School teachers have posted the Middle School Summer Assignments and suggested reading lists.  To easily locate all this information, please use the "Back to School" tab at the top of this blog.