Wednesday, September 15, 2021

News for the Week of 9/15/21

 




Calendar Reminder - School will be closed on Tuesday, 9/28/21, for a teacher in-service day.


School Board Meetin
g - All are invited to tonight's (9/15) School Board meeting at7pm in the Art/Music Room of the Magowan Center. It will be an in-person only meeting.


Knights uKnighted News -
 If you couldn't make our Knights United Family & School Association meeting on Thursday, 9/9/21,  we will be hosting a virtual meeting tomorrow -Thursday, September 16th at 7pm.   Please join us and learn more about our community and upcoming events!  The invitation link for this Zoom meeting was sent out to all parents from Toni Chagnon via email on Friday, 9/10/21.  If you need this information, please contact the school office.


Instrumental Music Lessons begin tomorrow - Thursday, 9/16 for Cadet (Beginner) musicians.  Lessons for advanced students also continue.  New students are still welcome to join.  Click here for an FMI registration form.

Mum Pickup- Thanks to all that supported the 8th grade mum sale.  Mums will be available for pickup this Friday, 9/17, from 2-4pm in the Parish Center.  If picking up your mums at dismissal time, please note that you cannot park in the Parish Center lot to get your mums and then also get your students.  Please plan to either pick up mums before going to the carpool lot for your children OR pickup your children in the carpool lot and then stop in the Parish Center lot to get your mums.

CHOICE Program News  - ThankScriping Day is coming September 16 – 17!

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Annual Asbestos Management Notification - Click here to read our annual notification regarding the school's asbestos management plan. 



Wednesday, September 8, 2021

News for the Week of 9/8/21

 






We are so happy to have our new school year underway!  


Thanks to all for sharing your fabulous back to school photos.



We had a great first few days and are excited for all the growth and learning we will be seeing in the days and weeks ahead.



Thanks to all our SMS families for our continued partnership.

                     #uKnighted









Back to School Forms Reminder - Thanks to all that have returned their "Back to School" forms.  If you have not already done so, please make every effort to complete and return your forms as soon as possible.  Of particular importance are the student and field trip emergency cards and the directory verification form.  Please note that the directory verification form is personalized with your family's contact information.  Please review it carefully, update as needed and sign and return.  Please sign and return even if there are no changes!  Thanks!


Instrumental Music News - DATE CHANGE!  Meeting for parents with students new to the instrumental music program was originally scheduled for Wednesday, 9/8.  THIS MEETING WILL NOW BE HOSTED ON ZOOM ON THURSDAY, 9/9 AT 6:30pm.   An email has been sent to parents of students in grades 4-8 with the time and Zoom invitation.  If you need us to resend this email to you, please contact the school office.

Parents NEW to the FMI instrumental music program are invited to this meeting to meet our FMI instructor, Mr. Richard Shonty and learn more about the FMI program.  You can also visit the FMI website to learn more about their program - click here.

Parents of students already enrolled in the band program do not need to attend this meeting.

Instrumental music lessons for advanced (year 2+ of studies) students will begin on Thursday, 9/9.  These students should bring their instruments and accessories to school on Thursday. Lessons for beginning students will begin on Thursday, 9/16.

Back to School Night for Parents  - Again this year, our "Back to School" Night for Parents will be hosted virtually. Each teacher, along with Mrs. Williamson, our Principal, and Toni Chagnon, our Admissions and Advancement Director, has prepared an informative video that can be viewed at your convenience beginning today - September 8.  Links appear below:



Presentations by Grade Level -









Teacher Introductions


 










Friday, 9/10/21 - Last day to order mums from the Gr. 8 mum sale.  Click here for an order form.






Monday, 9/13/21 - Lifetouch student photos for students in PreK, Kindergarten - Gr. 7.  Students in PK3's and grade 8 will have photos taken on a separate day.  Picture order forms were sent home at Meet & Greet (or on the first day of school).  Pictures may also be ordered online - click here.  Our School ID is EVTXJ9H72.  Please note that a picture is taken of each student, even if no pictures are ordered.  This photo is then used in our school yearbook.  Students in PreK, Kindergarten - Gr. 7 may wear "Sunday Best" or the uniform of the day on Picture Day.

Tuesday, 9/14/21 - School Mass, 9am  All are welcome to join us in church but all, regardless of vaccination status, are requested to wear a mask.  Please also remember that no physical education uniforms should be worn to Mass.

All families are strongly encouraged to regularly check the school's Google calendar to stay up to date in regard to all school activities.


Spirit Wear News
 - If you need to order gym tee shirts or quarter zips for the cooler weather that will be here soon - click here.








Guidelines regarding appropriate face masks in school  -  
In accordance with the requirement and guidelines issued by the Connecticut State Department of Education, St. Mary’s School requires that all individuals entering the school building or on a district transportation vehicle wear an appropriate face covering.  An appropriate face covering shall consist of a cloth mask (2 or more layers of washable, breathable fabric) or disposable procedure-style mask that completely covers the individual’s nose and mouth.  An appropriate face covering shall not include bandanas or exhalation valve masks.  Please click here to review the CDC's guide to masks.

Questions about whether your child is well enough to go to school?  Concerned about Covid-19?

Click here to view, download and print the most current version of the Farmington Valley Health Department's Parents' Daily Checklist.  This information can help guide you in determining if you should send your child to school if there are symptoms suggestive of Covid and/or suspected exposure to Covid.  It is ALWAYS best to discuss any concerns related to Covid symptoms or possible exposure to Covid with the school nurse prior to sending your child to school.



















Community News - 










Wednesday, September 1, 2021

News for the Week of 9/1/21

 




Click here to read the SMS Opening Plan for 2021-22 - This plan outlines the daily plans and procedures for our school in regard to Covid-19 restrictions and protocols.

Click here to view, download and print the most current version of the Farmington Valley Health Department's Parents' Daily Checklist.  This information can help guide you in determining if you should send your child to school if there are symptoms suggestive of Covid and/or suspected exposure to Covid.  It is ALWAYS best to discuss any concerns related to Covid symptoms or possible exposure to Covid with the school nurse prior to sending your child to school.



















September is a busy month!  Here are some key dates to keep in mind -

Monday, 9/6/21 - School CLOSED for Labor Day.

Tuesday, 9/7/21 - Lunch Program begins for those who preordered.

Wednesday, 9/8/21 - Meeting for Parents New to Band & Back To School Night  - More information appears below.

Thursday, 9/9/21 - Instrumental lessons begin for Advanced students (second year of study & beyond)

Friday, 9/10/21 - Last day to order mums from the Gr. 8 mum sale.  Click here for an order form.

Monday, 9/13/21 - Lifetouch student photos for students in PreK, Kindergarten - Gr. 7.  Students in PK3's and grade 8 will have photos taken on a separate day.  Picture order forms were sent home at Meet & Greet (or on the first day of school).  Pictures may also be ordered online - click here.  Our School ID is EVTXJ9H72.  Please note that a picture is taken of each student, even if no pictures are ordered.  This photo is then used in our school yearbook.  Students in PreK, Kindergarten - Gr. 7 may wear "Sunday Best" or the uniform of the day on Picture Day.

Tuesday, 9/14/21 - School Mass, 9am  All are welcome to join us in church but all, regardless of vaccination status, are requested to wear a mask.  Please also remember that no physical education uniforms should be worn to Mass.

All families are strongly encouraged to regularly check the school's Google calendar to stay up to date in regard to all school activities.


Spirit Wear News
- If you need to order gym tee shirts or quarter zips for the cooler weather that will be here soon - click here.







Back to School Night for Parents Information - Again this year, our "Back to School" Night for Parents will be hosted virtually with each homeroom teacher preparing an informative video that can be viewed at your convenience beginning on Wednesday, September 8th.

SMS Robotics Team News

Click  here to view the Competition Overview mentioned above.


Wednesday, August 25, 2021

News for the Week of 8/25/21

 


Our first day of school for the 21-22 school year will be next Wednesday, 9/1/21.  (Our PK3 program, which meets only on Tuesdays and Thursdays, will have its first day on Thursday, 9/2/21. ) September 1 will be a regular, full day of school with both early drop off and aftercare available.  Click the Student Life tab from the home page of our website  for information about these programs and for annual registration and reservation forms.  



Sir Ted's 3 Important Dates You Need to Know! 
 

1. PreKindergarten Popsicles on the Playground! Calling all Prekindergarten 3's and 4's to join Mrs. Howard at the SMS playground tomorrow - Thursday, August 26th from 6-7pm for some fun and a sweet treat!

2. Summer Fun for SMS Families: Sunday, August 29th - SMS Playground 5-7pm
Bring a picnic, connect and reconnect with new and current families! 

3. Morning Meet & Greet: Tuesday, August 31st  9am

All students should be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Meet & Greet  will be divided up alphabetically into 3 groups: 

GROUP 1 Families with last names starting with the letters A thru D -
9:00 am to 9:20 am 

GROUP 2  Families with last names starting with the letters F thru O -
9:30 am to 9:50 am 

GROUP 3  Families with last names starting with the letters P thru Z - 
10:00 am to 10:20 am

PARKING:
1.  Please enter and park in the North parking lot (where the playground is located). The North parking lot entrance is located at the lighted intersection at Hopmeadow St. & Seminary Rd. Please park facing the building, pulling into open spaces closest to the 1st and 3rd grade classrooms.

CHECK IN:
There will be a check in table to stop by first to receive name tags, and you may hand in any paperwork/checks (Health forms, Hot lunch/milk payments, iPad insurance, etc.) you might have. 

Once you have checked in, we will direct you to your child(ren)'s classroom(s).

**Uniform exchange will be available for you to take anything you may need or to drop off uniforms you don't need. 
Gym t-shirts and 1/4 zips will be available to purchase as well. 

IMPORTANT MASK INFORMATION: As the state mandate is still in place, masks will be required for both adults and children, vaccinated and unvaccinated, in order to enter the building. 
   


Back to School  Forms - Back to School email packets were sent to all fully enrolled families (i.e., families that have returned a completed Family Enrollment Form AND $250 Family Enrollment Fee) from the SMSOffice email on Thursday, 8/19/21. The packets were sent to the email address we have on file as your "family email address".  If you have not received your email packet, please contact the school office.  Thanks in advance for carefully reviewing this important packet and returning all required forms in a timely way!


Bus Transportation Information
- The 21-22 bus routes have now been posted by the Town of Simsbury.  Click here.   A passkey is required to view the bus routes. The passkey was emailed to families eligible for bus transportation on Monday, 8/23/21.  If you need the passkey, please contact the school office.   All concerns regarding bus routes should be reported to the town's transportation coordinator, Laura Shellman.  Please remember that both the school office and the town's transportation coordinator must be notified in writing annually if your child(ren) will be picked up or/add dropped off at an address other than your home address (e.g., a child care facility, a babysitter's house).

Other important reminders - Only Simsbury residents, grades K-8, may ride the bus. A written note to school or email to the school office and teacher is required if a student needs to ride a different bus or exit the bus at a stop other than the usual daily stop (e.g., being dropped off at a friend's house).

Finally, please keep in mind that each year, there are several days that the Simsbury public schools will either be closed or will be closing early when our school is having a regular full day. When this occurs, the buses may bring your child(ren) home significantly earlier than usual - perhaps as much as 15-20 minutes. Please plan to be home in time to greet your child(ren) on these days or be sure you have established a plan for safe arrival if he/she/they get home before you do.


The dates when this may occur this year are:
Wednesday, September 1 - Friday, September 3
Tuesday, September 7
Thursday, September 16
Wednesday, October 20
Tuesday, November 2
Wednesday, November 17 - Friday, November 19
Wednesday, December 8
Tuesday, March 15 -Friday, March 18
Wednesday, April 27
Wednesday, May 18

It's almost mum time!  Again this year, our 8th grade is selling mums for gorgeous fall color!  This fundraising helps defray costs associated with graduation activities.  Click here to download your order form.  Thanks in advance for your support of our 8th grade.


Wednesday, August 18, 2021

News for the Week of 8/18/21

 


Summer office hours are in effect at this time. The school office is staffed Tuesday - Thursday from 9am-1pm or by appointment.  CHOICE cards will be available during office hours.

Our first day of school for the 21-22 school year will be on Wednesday, 9/1/21.  (Our PK3 program, which meets only on Tuesdays and Thursdays, will have its first day on Thursday, 9/2/21. ) September 1 will be a regular, full day of school with both early drop off and aftercare available.  Click the Student Life tab from the home page of our website  for information about these programs and for annual registration and reservation forms.  Simsbury residents should expect that the town of Simsbury will publish bus routes on their website a week or 2 before school begins.  An email will be sent to families eligible for bus transportation when the routes are available that will include the annual passkey to access the routes.


Sir Ted's 3 Important Dates You Need to Know! 
 

1. PreKindergarten Popsicles on the Playground! Calling all Prekindergarten 3's and 4's to join Mrs. Howard at the SMS playground on Thursday, August 26th from 6-7pm for some fun and a sweet treat!

2. Summer Fun for SMS Families: Sunday, August 29th - SMS Playground 5-7pm
Bring a picnic, connect and reconnect with new and current families! 

3. Morning Meet & Greet: Tuesday, Aug. 31st  9am

All students should be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Meet & Greet  will be divided up alphabetically into 3 groups: 


GROUP 1 Families with last names starting with the letters A thru D -
9:00 am to 9:20 am 

GROUP 2  Families with last names starting with the letters F thru O -
9:30 am to 9:50 am 

GROUP 3  Families with last names starting with the letters P thru Z - 
10:00 am to 10:20 am

PARKING:
1.  Please enter and park in the North parking lot (where the playground is located). The North parking lot entrance is located at the lighted intersection at Hopmeadow St. & Seminary Rd. Please park facing the building, pulling into open spaces closest to the 1st and 3rd grade classrooms.

CHECK IN:
There will be a check in table to stop by first to receive name tags, and you may hand in any paperwork/checks (Health forms, Hot lunch/milk payments, iPad insurance, etc.) you might have. 

Once you have checked in, we will direct you to your child(ren)'s classroom(s).

**Uniform exchange will be available for you to take anything you may need or to drop off uniforms you don't need. 
Gym t-shirts and 1/4 zips will be available to purchase as well. 

IMPORTANT MASK INFORMATION: As the state mandate is still in place, masks will be required for both adults and children, vaccinated and unvaccinated, in order to enter the building. 
   

Back to School  Forms - Back to School email packets will be sent to all fully enrolled families (i.e., families that have returned a completed Family Enrollment Form AND $250 Family Enrollment Fee) from the SMSOffice email account later this week.  The packets will be sent to the email address we have on file as your "family email address".  If you would prefer we use a different email address or you are unsure what email address you have put on file, please contact the school office.


Looking for Summer Assignments or Supply Lists?
  Click here to visit our "Back to School" page.  Supply Lists are available for all grades.  Not all grades have summer assignments, but those that do can find their assignments on this page as well.


 

Lunch Program Information - Order your September lunches during the Open Order Period for September:  Monday, August 23rd - Thursday, September 2nd.  This is your only opportunity to order lunches for the month of September.  No late orders can be accepted.  All orders are placed via the Educonnect Parent Portal.  Portal credentials will be included in your Back To School email packet.  First day of lunch service is Tuesday, September 7th.  Please click here for more lunch program information and click here for September's menu.  Until the lunch programs begin, all students must bring a lunch from home (nothing that requires heating).

CHOICE Program Information - Ordering Choice Cards has never been easier!  Click here for all the program details.







Wednesday, August 11, 2021

News for the week of 8/11/2021

 




Summer office hours are in effect at this time. The school office is staffed Tuesday - Thursday from 9am-1pm or by appointment.  CHOICE cards will be available during office hours.

Our first day of school for the 21-22 school year will be on Wednesday, 9/1/21.  (Our PK3 program, which meets only on Tuesdays and Thursdays, will have its first day on Thursday, 9/2/21. ) September 1 will be a regular, full day of school with both early drop off and aftercare available.  Click the Student Life tab from the home page of our website  for information about these programs and for annual registration and reservation forms.  Simsbury residents should expect that the town of Simsbury will publish bus routes on their website a week or 2 before school begins.


Sir Ted's 3 Important Dates You Need to Know! 
 

1. PreKindergarten Popsicles on the Playground! Calling all Prekindergarten 3's and 4's to join Mrs. Howard at the SMS playground on Thursday, August 26th from 6-7pm for some fun and a sweet treat!

2. Summer Fun for SMS Families: Sunday, August 29th - SMS Playground 5-7pm
Bring a picnic, connect and reconnect with new and current families! 

3. Morning Meet & Greet: Tuesday, Aug. 31st  9am
   Families will be assigned alphabetically to one of 3 time slots with 20 minute increments starting at 9:00 am. Check your inbox for an email coming soon!  This event is for parents and students. It is a great opportunity to drop off school supplies and meet teachers! 

Back to School  Forms - Back to School email packets will be sent to all fully enrolled families (i.e., families that have returned a completed Family Enrollment Form AND $250 Family Enrollment Fee) from the SMSOffice email account during the week of August 16.  The packets will be sent to the email address we have on file as your "family email address".  If you would prefer we use a different email address or you are unsure what email address you have put on file, please contact the school office.


Looking for Summer Assignments or Supply Lists?
  Click here to visit our "Back to School" page.  Supply Lists are available for all grades.  Not all grades have summer assignments, but those that do can find their assignments on this page as well.


Lunch Program News - The lunch program will begin on Tuesday, September 7.  Until the program begins, all students will need to bring a lunch from home each day. There will be one ordering period per month (e.g., all lunches for September will be ordered during one ordering period at the end of August).  All lunches will continue to be ordered via the Educonnect parent portal.  Portal credentials remain the same for returning families.  Newly enrolled families will receive portal credentials in the Back to School email packet. Ordering periods will be announced via the school blog and Remind text.  Late orders cannot be accepted so if you miss an order period, your child(ren) will not be able to get lunches for that month.


Changes to Uniform Dress Code - We've made a couple of changes to our uniform dress code for the coming year. 

1.  Polo shirts are no longer part of the physical education uniform at any grade level.  On gym days, all students in grades Kindergarten - Grade 8  should wear the gray tee shirt sold via our Spirit Wear Shop.  These tee shirts are $18 each and can be purchased in the school office during summer office hours. Spirit Wear quarter zips are also now in stock!

Gym T shirts:  $18 each
Navy 1/4 zips for PreK-5th are $30
Heathered 1/4 zips for middle school are $45 

Cash or checks are accepted.  Checks should be made payable to St. Mary's School with "Spirit Wear" in the memo section.

2.  Girls in grades 5-8 may now wear the Land's End polo dress in classic navy ONLY (girls in grades PreK-4 may wear either blue or classic navy).  Please keep in mind that the polo dress is ONLY acceptable as part of the Relaxed Uniform that is worn from the start of school until November 1 (December 1 for grade 8 only) and from the day after April vacation ends until the close of school.

Here are the Land's End item numbers for the polo dress:

Toddler Girls - 473151-BP1

Girls 4-6x -393667-BP9

Girls 7-16 - 393668-BP3

When shopping at Land's End, please always be sure to put in our school code:  900132150.  This will assure that you will only see approved items and styles for our school.  Also, please keep in mind that if you use Land's End gift cards from the CHOICE program for your uniform shopping, you will be working toward the completion of your family's annual CHOICE commitment.  Land's End cards carry a 15% profit rate!  Land's End cards are available either by coming into the school office or using the Raise Right app.  Click here if you need more information about CHOICE or contact Tricia Prausa in the school office.

Do you have questions about what uniform items your child(ren) need?  Click here to view our entire school uniform code.





Used Uniform Exchange - 
The Used Uniform Exchange is now available at school during summer office hours.  Please feel free to come by and see if there are any items available for your child(ren).  This is a free service and all we ask is that if/when you have uniform items that have been outgrown but that are in clean, good condition that you donate them to the Exchange so others may make use of them.

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

News for the Week of 8/4/21

 



Summer office hours are in effect at this time. The school office is staffed Tuesday - Thursday from 9am-1pm or by appointment.  CHOICE cards will be available during office hours.

Our first day of school for the 21-22 school year will be on Wednesday, 9/1/21.  It will be a regular, full day of school with both early drop off and aftercare available.  Simsbury residents should expect that the town of Simsbury will publish bus routes on their website a week or 2 before school begins.

Back to School Fun!  Mark your calendars and then look for more information coming soon about a PreK Playground on Thursday, August 26, a Family Picnic and Playground on Sunday, August 29 and a Meet & Greet morning for all students on Tuesday, August 31.

Back to School  Forms - Back to School email packets will be sent to all fully enrolled families (i.e., families that have returned a completed Family Enrollment Form AND $250 Family Enrollment Fee) from the SMSOffice email account during the week of August 16.  The packets will be sent to the email address we have on file as your "family email address".  If you would prefer we use a different email address or you are unsure what email address you have put on file, please contact the school office.


Looking for Summer Assignments or Supply Lists?
  Click here to visit our "Back to School" page.  Supply Lists are available for all grades.  Not all grades have summer assignments, but those that do can find their assignments on this page as well.


Lunch Program News - The lunch program will begin on Tuesday, September 7.  Until the program begins, all students will need to bring a lunch from home each day. There will be one ordering period per month (e.g., all lunches for September will be ordered during one ordering period at the end of August).  All lunches will continue to be ordered via the Educonnect parent portal.  Portal credentials remain the same for returning families.  Newly enrolled families will receive portal credentials in the Back to School email packet. Ordering periods will be announced via the school blog and Remind text.  Late orders cannot be accepted so if you miss an order period, your child(ren) will not be able to get lunches for that month.


Changes to Uniform Dress Code - We've made a couple of changes to our uniform dress code for the coming year. 

1.  Polo shirts are no longer part of the physical education uniform at any grade level.  On gym days, all students in grades Kindergarten - Grade 8  should wear the gray tee shirt sold via our Spirit Wear Shop.  These tee shirts are $18 each and can be purchased in the school office during summer office hours. Spirit Wear quarter zips are also now in stock!

Gym T shirts:  $18 each
Navy 1/4 zips for PreK-5th are $30
Heathered 1/4 zips for middle school are $45 

Cash or checks are accepted.  Checks should be made payable to St. Mary's School with "Spirit Wear" in the memo section.

2.  Girls in grades 5-8 may now wear the Land's End polo dress in classic navy ONLY (girls in grades PreK-4 may wear either blue or classic navy).  Please keep in mind that the polo dress is ONLY acceptable as part of the Relaxed Uniform that is worn from the start of school until November 1 (December 1 for grade 8 only) and from the day after April vacation ends until the close of school.

Here are the Land's End item numbers for the polo dress:

Toddler Girls - 473151-BP1

Girls 4-6x -393667-BP9

Girls 7-16 - 393668-BP3

When shopping at Land's End, please always be sure to put in our school code:  900132150.  This will assure that you will only see approved items and styles for our school.  Also, please keep in mind that if you use Land's End gift cards from the CHOICE program for your uniform shopping, you will be working toward the completion of your family's annual CHOICE commitment.  Land's End cards carry a 15% profit rate!  Land's End cards are available either by coming into the school office or using the Raise Right app.  Click here if you need more information about CHOICE or contact Tricia Prausa in the school office.

Do you have questions about what uniform items your child(ren) need?  Click here to view our entire school uniform code.





Used Uniform Exchange - 
The Used Uniform Exchange is now available at school during summer office hours.  Please feel free to come by and see if there are any items available for your child(ren).  This is a free service and all we ask is that if/when you have uniform items that have been outgrown but that are in clean, good condition that you donate them to the Exchange so others may make use of them.