Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Summer Blog Post #3 - 8/15/18




"Immaculate Virgin, Mother of Jesus and our Mother, we believe in your triumphant assumption into heaven where the angels and saints acclaim you as Queen. We join them in praising you and bless the Lord who raised you above all creatures. With them we offer you our devotion and love. We are confident that you watch over our daily efforts and needs, and we take comfort from the faith in the coming resurrection. We look to you, our life, our sweetness, and our hope. After this earthly life, show us Jesus, the blest fruit of your womb, O kind, O loving, O sweet virgin Mary."  (https://www.catholic.org/prayers/prayer.php?p=117)


Summer Office Hours
The school office is on "summer hours".  The office will be routinely staffed on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9am-1pm and by appointment as needed.  Both email and phone messages will be checked regularly.

Summer CHOICE Sales - CHOICE cards will be available for sale whenever the office is open. 

School will reopen on Wednesday, August 29.  This will be a full day of school with both PreK Enrichment and Aftercare available. 

 "Meet & Greet" for younger students and "Morning in Middle School" for students entering grade 6 will be on Tuesday, August 28th.   PreK Meet & Greet for child and parent/caretaker will be from 9:30-10:30.  Meet & Greet for Grades K -4 for child and parent/caretaker will be from 10:30-11:30.  "Morning in Middle School" will be from 10-11:30 for students entering 6th grade. Students new to 7th & 8th grade are also invited to participate in "Morning in Middle School" from 10-11am.  Students attending "Meet & Greet" or "Morning in Middle School" are encouraged to bring in their classroom supplies.



Getting Ready for a New School Year - Again this summer,
the school blog has a "Back to School" page.  The "Back to School" page  is always available from the top menu bar of the school blog.   This page is your "go to" source for supply lists and summer assignments and summer reading.

Be sure to be on the look out for your "Back to School Mailing"  - Email Delivery Expected NLT Monday, 8/20/18.  Again this year, this "mailing" will be sent to you electronically at the email you have designated as your primary family email address. If you are not sure that the email address we currently have on file for your family is the "best one to use", please send the email you want used to smsoffice@stmarysimsbury.eduk12.net. Put "Back to School Mailing email"in your subject line and we will be sure to update our school database(s).  Please note - If you have not returned your Family Enrollment Form & Fee for 18-19, you will not receive a "Back to School" email packet since your enrollment remains incomplete until these are received.  Please contact the school office with any questions. 

iPad Orientation Meetings for Rising 6th Grade Students & Students New to Grs. 7 & 8 -  

All students entering 6th grade and students new to SMS for grades 7 and 8 are required to meet with Mrs. Hatch prior to beginning iPad use. Each student must be accompanied by at least 1 parent/guardian.  During this brief meeting, iPad use guidelines will be reviewed along with basic information regarding good digital citizenship. Students will also receive their school email credentials and if all required forms and the iPad coverage fee have been turned in, students will receive their iPad at this meeting. If required forms and fee have not been turned in, iPad use will begin upon receipt of all required items.  Click here to reserve your meeting time.


Summer Playgrounds - Catch up with your friends & meet some new ones!

There will be a playground play date for incoming PreKindergarten students on Thursday, August 23, from 6-7pm at the SMS playground.

All SMS families - new & returning - are invited to a "Back To School" Playground Playdate on Sunday, August 26, at 5pm at the SMS playground.  Families are encouraged to bring a picnic blanket and supper!

Please note that these playground playdates are not  "drop off" events. These are opportunities for our families to attend together to get acquainted and/or reacquainted as we start a new school year.

Virtus Training - Anyone who wishes to volunteer at school (including chaperoning field trips) or at after school events attended by students must complete Virtus® training and have a background check completed. There will be a Virtus® Training session on Tuesday, September 4th at 6:30pm in the 5th grade classroom. If you are planning to attend, please RSVP to smsoffice@stmarysimsbury.eduk12.net. If you need to attend Virtus® Training and cannot come to the session on September 4th, go to www.virtusonline.org/virtus/ and then click on First Time Registrant to find other training sessions in our area.
Hot Lunch Order Period for September will open on Friday, August 24th - Orders will be accepted until Friday, August 31.  This will be your only opportunity to order hot lunch for September.  Please note that the hot lunch program will begin serving on Friday, September 7th.  From August 29 - September 5, no hot lunch will be served and all students will need to bring a brown bag lunch.  Again this year, all orders for hot lunch must be placed via the Educonnect Parent Portal.  Your Back to School email packet will include your parent portal credentials.  Payment may be brought in when stopping in for "Meet & Greet"/Morning in Middle School or sent in on the first day of school.
Hot Lunch Volunteers are needed!  If you are Virtus trained and can help us serve hot lunch, we look forward to you volunteering.  Click here to sign up.  We are able to offer hot lunch only because volunteers step up to serve, so we hope you'll consider helping out, even just occasionally.   It's a great way to share in your child(ren)'s day!  Training is provided on your first day of volunteering.


Uniform Exchange - We are happy to share that the  "SMS Used Uniform Shop" is now open for business during regular summer office hours and by appointment!  There is a great selection of all uniform items available at all grade levels for both the relaxed and formal uniforms as well as PE uniforms. 

Please feel free to stop by during summer office hours (Tues-Thurs, 9am-1pm) or call to make an appointment if you need a different time frame for your shopping and we will try to accommodate your schedule. 



 
"Every Brick Has a Memory to Share"
Sponsor a brick for our new St. Mary Courtyard
Now through mid-September
                                                   

You can create your own personalized brick with an uplifting message, a memorial to a loved one, commemoration of a momentous occasion, or a recognition of your family name.

By sponsoring a brick for our exciting Campus Connection project, your brick will be placed in the circular pathway surrounding our beloved St. Mary statue within the new Courtyard. Please click here to learn more and place your order.


Grade 8 Fundraising - Each year, our 8th grade conducts a number of fund raisers to help defray costs associated with their graduation activities and field trip.  Two of these fund raisers will help us get our school year underway.  Thanks in advance from our 8th grade for your support!

Mark your calendar for Wednesday, September 5th
St. Mary’s School Grade 8 Fundraiser

Click here to download & print Joe Pizza flyer.





Please dine in or take out on September 5th from Joe Pizza and support the 8th grade class. A percentage of profits will be donated by Joe Pizza to support 8th grade activities.

All you need to do is bring in the flyer or just mention St. Mary's School to the server or when you place your order/pick up.












Click here to download and print an order form for beautiful fall mums!  Available in several sizes and colors, these will definitely put you in a "pumpkin spice" frame of mind and help our 8th grade!  All orders & payments must be received in the school office NLT Friday, 9/14.  Checks should be made payable to St. Mary's School with "Gr. 8 mum sale" in the memo line.  Mums will be available for pick up in the Parish Center on Friday, 9/21 from 2-4 pm and after all Masses during the weekend of 9/22-23.  Thanks in advance for your support!  

Summer Fun & Travel
Greetings from St Peter’s Church at Marien Platz (Saint Mary’s Square) Munich
from Clarissa, rising 7th, Sienna, rising K & Hutton, rising 4th.
Community News







Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Summer Blog Post #2 - 8/1/18





Summer Office Hours
The school office is on "summer hours".  The office will be routinely staffed on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9am-1pm and by appointment as needed.  Both email and phone messages will be checked regularly.

Summer CHOICE Sales - CHOICE cards will be available for sale whenever the office is open. 

School will reopen on Wednesday, August 29.  This will be a full day of school with both PreK Enrichment and Aftercare available. 

 "Meet & Greet" for younger students and "Morning in Middle School" for students entering grade 6 will be on Tuesday, August 28th.   PreK Meet & Greet for child and parent/caretaker will be from 9:30-10:30.  Meet & Greet for Grades K -4 for child and parent/caretaker will be from 10:30-11:30.  "Morning in Middle School" will be from 10-11:30 for students entering 6th grade. Students new to 7th & 8th grade are also invited to participate in "Morning in Middle School" from 10-11am.  Students attending "Meet & Greet" or "Morning in Middle School" are encouraged to bring in their classroom supplies.


Getting Ready for a New School Year - Again this summer, 
the school blog has a "Back to School" page.  The "Back to School" page  is always available from the top menu bar of the school blog.   This page is your "go to" source for supply lists and summer assignments and summer reading.

Be sure to be on the look out for your "Back to School Mailing" in August. Again this year, this "mailing" will be sent to you electronically at the email you have designated as your primary family email address. If you are not sure that the email address we currently have on file for your family is the "best one to use", please send the email you want used to smsoffice@stmarysimsbury.eduk12.net. Put "Back to School Mailing email"in your subject line and we will be sure to update our school database(s).  Please note - If you have not returned your Family Enrollment Form & Fee for 18-19, you will not receive a "Back to School" email packet since your enrollment remains incomplete until these are received.  Please contact the school office with any questions. 


iPad Orientation Meetings for Rising 6th Grade Students & Students New to Grs. 7 & 8 -  


All students entering 6th grade and students new to SMS for grades 7 and 8 are required to meet with Mrs. Hatch prior to beginning iPad use. Each student must be accompanied by at least 1 parent/guardian.  During this brief meeting, iPad use guidelines will be reviewed along with basic information regarding good digital citizenship. Students will also receive their school email credentials and if all required forms and the iPad coverage fee have been turned in, students will receive their iPad at this meeting. If required forms and fee have not been turned in, iPad use will begin upon receipt of all required items.  Click here to reserve your meeting time.

Summer Playgrounds - Catch up with your friends & meet some new ones!

There will be a playground play date for incoming PreKindergarten students on Thursday, August 23, from 6-7pm at the SMS playground.

All SMS families - new & returning - are invited to a "Back To School" Playground Playdate on Sunday, August 26, at 5pm at the SMS playground.  Families are encouraged to bring a picnic blanket and supper!

Please note that these playground playdates are not  "drop off" events. These are opportunities for our families to attend together to get acquainted and/or reacquainted as we start a new school year.

Virtus Training - Anyone who wishes to volunteer at school (including chaperoning field trips) or at after school events attended by students must complete Virtus® training and have a background check completed. There will be a Virtus® Training session on Tuesday, September 4th in the 5th grade classroom. If you are planning to attend, please RSVP to smsoffice@stmarysimsbury.eduk12.net. If you need to attend Virtus® Training and cannot come to the session on September 4th, go to www.virtusonline.org/virtus/ and then click on First Time Registrant to find other training sessions in our area.

Hot Lunch Order Period for September will open on Friday, August 24th - Orders will be accepted until Friday, August 31.  This will be your only opportunity to order hot lunch for September.  Please note that the hot lunch program will begin serving on Friday, September 7th.  From August 29 - September 5, no hot lunch will be served and all students will need to bring a brown bag lunch.  Again this year, all orders for hot lunch must be placed via the Educonnect Parent Portal.  Your Back to School email packet will include your parent portal credentials.  Payment may be brought in when stopping in for "Meet & Greet"/Morning in Middle School or sent in on the first day of school.

Hot Lunch Volunteers are needed!  If you are Virtus trained and can help us serve hot lunch, we look forward to you volunteering.  Click here to sign up.  We are able to offer hot lunch only because volunteers step up to serve, so we hope you'll consider helping out, even just occasionally.   It's a great way to share in your child(ren)'s day!  Training is provided on your first day of volunteering.

CHOICE News - The profit percentage for Lands End is now 15%.  Shopping for school uniforms with CHOICE cards is a great way to work on your family's CHOICE obligation.  Lands End cards are available in the school office in various denominations or may be ordered on-line using GL Scrip's Prestopay option.  Click here for more information.





Used Uniform Exchange - Click here for an updated inventory of items available from the Used Uniform Exchange.


Athletic News

Hurray for Fall Soccer -   Our program is 5th-8th Co-Ed soccer. We play Friday afternoons. It's an easy commitment and a fun opportunity for the students to play with their classmates. We will play 6 games 2 at the end of September and 4 in October. To sign up, just initial the box next to Fall Soccer on your 2018-19 Permission Slip for Physical Education, Field Day & Athletics Form.  This form will be part of your electronic Back to School Packet and must be completed for every student in grades K-8 each year.  The Back to School Packet will be emailed to you in mid-August.

We are also looking for a Soccer Coach.  If you are Virtus trained and have some soccer knowledge and have been inspired by the World Cup then let us know you are interested in coaching!  Please email - adirector@stmarysimsbury.eduk12.net or call the school office.



 
"Every Brick Has a Memory to Share"
Sponsor a brick for our new St. Mary Courtyard
Now through mid-September
                                                   

You can create your own personalized brick with an uplifting message, a memorial to a loved one, commemoration of a momentous occasion, or a recognition of your family name.

By sponsoring a brick for our exciting Campus Connection project, your brick will be placed in the circular pathway surrounding our beloved St. Mary statue within the new Courtyard. Please click here to learn more and place your order.


Alumni News -
Madeline Mancarella, SMS Class of '11, had the opportunity to spend some time in Italy this summer as part of a three week study abroad experience in conjunction with the Sant'Anna Institute in Sorrento. Madeline, along with twenty-one fellow Western New England University students, took two classes, Italian Cultures and Covering Italy. Students were immersed in the local culture, studied and reported on the country's rich history and contemporary culture, toured the beautiful Amalfi Coast and the Pompeii Ruins while learning about the Italian food and wine industry. Madeline is working toward a degree in Communication with a concentration in Media Theory and Production.


Some of the SMS Class of '14 enjoyed a pre-college send-off reunion.
It's wonderful to see so many great colleges & universities represented
in their choices!  We wish them all the best as they begin this exciting chapter.


Summer Fun -

Mrs. Gore and her daughter, Sarah,
 got chummy with the “Cubby Bear”
 at Wrigley Field in Chicago!

Sean O. (rising  Gr. 7) in Ek Baalam, Yucat√°n Peninsula Mexico. 
Tomb of Ukit Kan Lek Tok. 


Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Summer Blog Post #1 - July 18, 2018





Summer Office Hours 
The school office is on "summer hours".  The office will be routinely staffed on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9am-1pm and by appointment as needed.  Both email and phone messages will be checked regularly.

Summer CHOICE Sales - CHOICE cards will be available for sale whenever the office is open. 

School will reopen on Wednesday, August 29.  This will be a full day of school with both PreK Enrichment and Aftercare available. 

 "Meet & Greet" for younger students and "Morning in Middle School" for students entering grade 6 will be on Tuesday, August 28th.   PreK Meet & Greet for child and parent/caretaker will be from 9:30-10:30.  Meet & Greet for Grades K -4 for child and parent/caretaker will be from 10:30-11:30.  "Morning in Middle School" will be from 10-11:30 for students entering 6th grade. Students new to 7th & 8th grade are also invited to participate in "Morning in Middle School" from 10-11am.  Students attending "Meet & Greet" or "Morning in Middle School" are encouraged to bring in their classroom supplies.

Used Uniform Exchange - Get a jump on your 18-19 school uniforms!  The Used Uniform Exchange will be available Tuesday, July 31 and Wednesday, August 1 from 9-11 am for anyone who would like to come in and donate or get used uniforms.



Getting Ready for a New School Year - Again this summer, 
the school blog has a "Back to School" page.  The "Back to School" page  is always available from the top menu bar of the school blog.   This page is your "go to" source for supply lists and summer assignments and summer reading.

Be sure to be on the look out for your "Back to School Mailing" in August. Again this year, this "mailing" will be sent to you electronically at the email you have designated as your primary family email address. If you are not sure that the email address we currently have on file for your family is the "best one to use", please send the email you want used to smsoffice@stmarysimsbury.eduk12.net. Put "Back to School Mailing email"in your subject line and we will be sure to update our school database(s).


iPad Orientation Meetings for Rising 6th Grade Students & Students New to Grs. 7 & 8 -  


All students entering 6th grade and students new to SMS for grades 7 and 8 are required to meet with Mrs. Hatch prior to beginning iPad use. Each student must be accompanied by at least 1 parent/guardian.  During this brief meeting, iPad use guidelines will be reviewed along with basic information regarding good digital citizenship. Students will also receive their school email credentials and if all required forms and the iPad coverage fee have been turned in, students will receive their iPad at this meeting. If required forms and fee have not been turned in, iPad use will begin upon receipt of all required items.  Click here to reserve your meeting time.



Athletic News

Hurray for Fall Soccer -   Our program is 5th-8th Co-Ed soccer. We play Friday afternoons. It's an easy commitment and a fun opportunity for the students to play with their classmates. We will play 6 games 2 at the end of September and 4 in October. To sign up, just initial the box next to Fall Soccer on your 2018-19 Permission Slip for Physical Education, Field Day & Athletics Form.  This form will be part of your electronic Back to School Packet and must be completed for every student in grades K-8 each year.  The Back to School Packet will be emailed to you in mid-August.

We are also looking for a Soccer Coach.  If you are Virtus trained and have some soccer knowledge and have been inspired by the World Cup then let us know you are interested in coaching!  Please email - adirector@stmarysimsbury.eduk12.net or call the school office.

Alumni News -
Our congratulations to Jennifer Kornacki, SMS Class of  '12.  Jennifer has been named to the spring 2018 Dean's List at Stonehill College. To qualify for the Dean's List, students must have a semester grade point average of 3.50 or better and must have completed successfully all courses for which they were registered.

Our congratulations to Griffin Myslow, SMS Class of '13, who is majoring in General Engineering at Clemson University and has been named to the Dean's List for the spring 2018 semester. To be named to the Dean's List, a student achieved a grade-point average between 3.50 and 3.99 on a 4.0 scale.

Campus Connection - We are excited to share that construction has begun!  Construction fencing has been installed and, as you can see, soon there will be a foundation!  Please keep in mind that the main entrance to the school is now via the north (playground) parking lot.  Please ring for admittance and then proceed directly to the school office.



Vacation Highlights
Salla (rising 4th) and Penelope (rising 2nd) spotted
Our Lady at St Patrick’s Church Trim, Co. Meath, Ireland

Is your family having some summer fun here or away?  We'd love to share the highlights - please email photos to smsoffice@stmarysimsbury.eduk12.net.
Mrs. Hatch was lucky enough to visit the world famous home of
the annual New Year's Eve "Possum Drop" in Brasstown, NC!

Mrs. Williamson and her husband spent some time with "Elvis"!














Wednesday, June 20, 2018

News for the Week of 6/20/18







We want to hear from you!  - There's still time to participate in our end of year survey.  We've had some great responses but we are still waiting to hear from many of you!  As we wrap up the school year and make plans for the 2018-19 school year we need your help in determining what works for our community from volunteering and fundraising perspectives. These are both crucial pieces to making our community successful. If you could please take a moment and click here to take a quick survey it would be greatly appreciated!

Student iPad Summer Vacation - All student iPads remain at SMS for the summer.  All devices will be "refreshed" for the coming year to assure students have the necessary apps for next year's curriculum.  Please keep in mind that all devices and cases (and for 6th & 7th grade - chargers and cords) will be carefully inspected for damage.   If any damage to the iPad is noted, you will be billed $50 as outlined in the iPad Coverage Agreement that is signed each year and the iPad will be repaired over the summer. If the school issued charger/cord is not returned or there is damage to either or both parts, you will be billed $20 for replacement. If the iPad case is damaged, you will be billed $40 for replacement. You will be notified via U.S. mail if any damage or replacement fees are needed.

Reminder to Smart Tuition Account Holders who make payments via invoice:  as you begin making payments in June on your 2018-2019 Smart Tuition account, please remember to change the school year in your account number from 17 to 18.  Account numbers are broken down as follows:  02300 is the school code; 18 refers to the school year; and the last six digits reflect your individual family’s account.  If you continue making payments using the 17 school year, they will apply to your 2017-18 account, generating an overpayment status.  Your 2018-19 account will then appear delinquent, causing $50 late fees to accrue each month the payments are missing.  If you have any questions about this, please call Smart Tuition’s Parent contact center at 1-888-868-8828.

Note that this change occurs automatically for families who have Smart Tuition draw their payments from checking, savings, or credit card accounts.


Summer Office Hours - Our 17-18 school year is officially over! 

Beginning the week of 6/25/18,  the school office will be on "summer hours".  The office will be routinely staffed on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9am-1pm and by appointment as needed.  Both email and phone messages will be checked regularly.

Please note the school office will be CLOSED from Monday, July 2 through Friday, July 6. Please plan accordingly.

Summer CHOICE Sales - CHOICE cards will be available for sale on Wednesdays in the school office between 9am-1pm.

School will reopen on Wednesday, August 29.  This will be a full day of school with both PreK Enrichment and Aftercare available.  "Meet & Greet" for younger students and "Morning in Middle School" for grade 6 and students new to grades 7 and 8 will be on Tuesday, August 28th.  Additional details will be published as soon as times are finalized.

Final Report Cards for students in Kindergarten - Grade 8 will be available via the Educonnect Parent Portal.  An email will be sent when the report cards are available for viewing.

IOWA test scores for students in grades 3-7 will be sent out via U.S. mail during the week of June 25th.  This same mailing will contain class placement announcements for math and literature for students entering grades 6-8.

Supply lists, summer assignments and suggestions for summer reading will be available on both the teacher blogs and the School Blog "Back to School" page.  Look for this information beginning the week of 6/25.

Getting Ready for a New School Year - Again this summer, 
the school blog will have a "Back to School" page.  This page should be available the week of 6/25/18.  There will be Summer blog posts as needed but the "Back to School" page  is always available from the top menu bar of the school blog. 

Be sure to be on the look out for your "Back to School Mailing" in August. Again this year, this "mailing" will be sent to you electronically at the email you have designated as your primary family email address. If you are not sure that the email address we currently have on file for your family is the "best one to use", please send the email you want used to smsoffice@stmarysimsbury.eduk12.net. Put "Back to School Mailing email"in your subject line and we will be sure to update our school database(s).


iPad Orientation Meetings for Rising 6th Grade Students & Students New to Grs. 7 & 8 -  


All students entering 6th grade and students new to SMS for grades 7 and 8 are required to meet with Mrs. Hatch prior to beginning iPad use. Each student must be accompanied by at least 1 parent/guardian.  During this brief meeting, iPad use guidelines will be reviewed along with basic information regarding good digital citizenship. Students will also receive their school email credentials and if all required forms and the iPad coverage fee have been turned in, students will receive their iPad at this meeting. If required forms and fee have not been turned in, iPad use will begin upon receipt of all required items.  Click here to reserve your meeting time.




Used Uniform Exchange - Click here to view the most current inventory of items available from the used uniform exchange.



CHOICE NEWS - We are excited to share that the Simsbury Peachwave is now participating in CHOICE.  Beginning Thursday, 6/21, Peachwave gift cards will be available in $5, $10 & $20 denominations. Just in time for a delicious summer treat! Our special thanks to the Madrids - local owners & SMS family for participating in CHOICE!



Community News

You are Invited! 
Join us for a Light Reception as we celebrate the 50th Ordination Anniversary of Father Frank Matera.

Sunday, June 24th
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Parish Center

No gifts please, Blessings only!

Book of Well Wishes -During the reception we will have a table where parishioners can sign a book with their well wishes. If you are unable to attend but would like to include a message please stop into the Parish Office to sign the book.  If you have questions please contact Joanne Russell (joanne.russell@stmarysimsbury.org).

Everyone is invited to the official groundbreaking for the Campus Connection!  The ceremonial groundbreaking for the Campus Connection will be this Saturday, June 23rd after the 5pm Mass.  All are welcome to come and enjoy this special moment in our community's history!

COMING SOON - Campus Connection Brick Sponsorship Program


An opportunity for our Parish and school community to “leave a legacy”! All are welcome to purchase and personalize a brick to create a circular brick path surrounding our beloved St. Mary statue. Campaign will be held July-September. More information will be shared as the program gets ready to launch.




Again this year, families are invited to submit photos of summer trips and family fun to share with our community.  Photos may be sent to smsoffice@stmarysimsbury.eduk12.net and will be published in an upcoming summer blog post.