Wednesday, October 15, 2014

News for the Week of 10/15/14



Students in Mrs. Jehning's First Grade Class are making mathematical connections to real life experiences.  Building number sense is all about making math meaningful and interactive.  Last week, students were engaged in an activity titled, Math About Me. It was about  looking at numbers and realizing that numbers are a part of our lives. First grade also brainstormed all the places we see numbers. 














October is the Month of the Holy Rosary -  There will be a Rosary Prayer Service on Monday, 10/27, at 9:30am in the Church.  All are welcome and encouraged to join us at this service honoring our Blessed Mother.  No physical education uniforms should be worn on this day.  Students may bring sneakers if it is a PE day.

Our next school Mass will be on Friday, 11/7, at 9am in the Church.




Two additional VIRTUS training sessions have now been scheduled locally.  One class will be held at SMS in the 7th grade science classroom on Thursday, October 23 at 6pm.  To attend the training session at SMS, please RSVP to Mrs. Budnick via email at tbudnick@stmarysimsbury.eduk12.net or 860-658-9412.  

There will be an additional VIRTUS training session facilitated by Mr. Phil Mikan, father of Andrew and Marisa in grade 2, at St. Therese in Granby, on Sunday, October 19th at 11:30am.  If you interested in attending the session at St. Therese, please register on-line.  Click here.





Instrumental Music News- Advanced Band will meet on Thursday 10/16.  Due to the fact that school was closed on Monday in observance of Columbus Day, the Advanced Band will have rehearsal on Thursday, 10/16.  Please be sure your Advanced Band student(s) bring their instruments and music on Thursday this week. Cadet Band has no changes to their rehearsal schedule.



It is time for St. Mary’s School Fall Open House.  Open House is on Wednesday, November 5th at  6:30 PM in the Parish Center.   We need your help promoting this event to your friends, family and neighbors.   Please stop by the school office and pick up a yard sign to place in front of your house or business.  Please feel free to take 2!  Also, our families are our best school ambassadors.  If you know a family interested in St. Mary’s School, please invite them personally to attend the Open House.  It is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about our amazing school.


Please support the St. Mary’s School Annual Fund for 2014-2015.  Did you know the Annual Fund is the best way possible to help make a financial difference in the future of St. Mary’s School.  It helps keep tuition affordable.  The Annual Fund enhances programs and services offered to students and faculty.  Every gift counts, every child benefits with the Annual Fund.
 
Employee matching gift programs are a great way to support St. Mary’s
School..  Many employers offer their employees the opportunity to make charitable contributions through payroll deduction.  These corporations, large and small, either match contributions dollar-for-dollar or a set percentage of your paid gift. 

St. Mary’s School is also an eligible charity in the United Way Campaign.  If your corporation participates in the United Way Campaign, please consider selecting St. Mary’s School to benefit from your donation.

Donations can be made online - Click here.  Thank you for your support!



Winter and snow fun are coming soon and its time to sign-up for the Ski and Snowboard Club!  This is always a great time for students and parents.  Students need to be at least 8 years old on January 7, 2015.  The Club has a 5-session program from 3-8pm on Wednesdays at Ski Sundown in New Hartford that starts on January 7, 2015.  Roundtrip bus transportation from SMS, lessons and rental equipment are also available.  Please see the 2015 forms and FAQ on the school website - Click here.  As in past years, the Club will need chaperones and snack helpers.  Click here to use the Sign-Up Genius to select a time slot.  All registration forms and payment are due November 1st, 2014.



School Photos -Lifetouch Photography wants to know what you think about their service. Please, share your feedback. Take the parent survey

Also, it's not too late to order more copys of your school portraits.

1. Go to photogifts.lifetouch.com.
2. Choose "Claim your Lifetouch Images" and enter your Portrait ID and Access Code. You'll find this on the insert inside your Lifetouch portrait envelope.


Finally, keep in mind that Lifetouch will return to SMS on Monday, November 17th to take group class photos of students in Prekindergarten, Kindergarten - Grade 7.  All students in Kindergarten through grade 7 should be in formal uniform for this photo.  Lifetouch will also do retakes on this day and take photos of any student(s) that may have been absent on picture day on September 15th.  Click here for more information.


Athletics
The winter basketball ball season is approaching quickly. Here is some information you will need to know for the upcoming season.  If you have not yet done so, please return the registration form no later then October 24th. Click here  for registration form.
Practice begins the week of the Oct. 27th

Practices for grades 2-6 will be held during the week. Each team will have 2 practices M-F. The boys play Saturday morning and the girls play Sunday Afternoon.

Grades 7-8 (Varsity) Practice will be from 6-8pm on Mondays at Valley Sport Center in Canton and Saturday mornings at Westminster School in Simsbury. Games will be on Thursdays, Fridays or Sundays.

Fee for participation is the following:

JVC -  Grades 2-3 $50
JVB, JVA, Varsity  - Grades 3-8 $150

There is a maximum $275 cap per family

Any questions feel free to contact Mr. Gangloff at adirector@stmarysimsbury.eduk12.net.



Home & School Association News


HSA Monthly Meeting
We will be having our monthly HSA meeting this Thursday, October 16th at 6:30 p.m. in the 8th grade classroom.  All are welcome!






Rain Date for St Mary's Gardening Club
Do you have a green thumb? Come help make St. Mary's as colorful on the outside as it is inside!

Due to the pending rainy weather expected on Thursday, 10/16, our first meeting has been changed to Thursday, October 23rd from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  We will be doing a clean up, planting bulbs and sharing our friendship.  Contact Jennifer Pavlonnis at jpavlonnis@yahoo.com if you are interested in being involved!

Save the Date for Pumpkin Bingo - Please join us for our annual pumpkin bingo on Friday, October 24th from 6-8:30pm in the Parish Center  It's great fun for the whole family.  Come in costume and participate in our costume parade.  As always, we will be selling pizza by the slice from Little City.  Bingo cards will be sold $1 per card.  Please keep in mind that this is a family fun event - all children must have adult supervision.

Trunk or Treat!!!!
Grades pre K - 3rd will be attending "Trunk or Treat" on  Friday, October 31st from 2:00 - 2:45 pm.  Any parent in these grades who wish to participate in this volunteer event, please contact Jennifer Pavlonnis atjpavlonnis@yahoo.com


Thank you to all who helped make our Scholastic Book Fair a success!

Congratulations to Ruairi Stenson who guessed the exact number of mints in the jar.  He won the basket of books!  Happy Reading!  Congratulations to Gavin Hughes who had the next closest guess.  He won the jar of Andes Mints!

If you missed the Book Fair, or want to make additional purchases, please remember that the online fair continues until October 22
Click here to visit the online fair. All online purchases will benefit St. Mary's School.






Students in Mr. Cosham's Kindergarten welcomed their friends from Miss Kane's PreKindergarten this week to share some iPad activities.  


Mass Casualty Exercise at Hartford Children's Medical Center - Student Volunteers Needed -
The Hartford Children's Medical Center will be conducting a Mass Casualty Exercise on Tuesday, October 21. As the area's premier location for pediatric care, CT Children's holds a full scale mass casualty exercise every fall to help them refine their skills and improve on their systems. They have invited students from SMS to participate as "victims".  Approximately 30 children have participated in past drills and having real kids is tremendously helpful in making the drill more "real".  Being a part of this drill gives students an exposure to medical care and environments without the threat of being sick or being "poked at". 

The children are gathered before the drill, given a "triage tag" to wear on their wrist, which details the simulated injury and other information, and they are transported through the hospital system as if they were real patients. In the last drill, patients were transported to our PICU and the OR and actually placed in rooms and on cardiac monitors. Everyone remains dressed at all times. There will be snacks and beverages for the kids and they will be reunited with their adults in the same room that is used for check-in.

There are no age restrictions, but the medical center has found that under age 8 it can be a little intimidating because students will be placed on stretchers and treated as patients. A reminder that no invasive actions will be taken. They may be listened to and examined, but nothing inappropriate. All will remain dressed. Sometimes they are taken to the receiving unit (can be ICU, OR or a regular floor) and even placed on cardiac monitors. 

Participants should plan to arrive on Tuesday, October 21 at 6pm and check in at the ambulatory entrance (this is where the valet parking is, on Seymour Street across from the public parking garage, next to the emergency entrance). Upon arrival, participants will check in and receive name tags. Parents do not have to stay but are welcome to stay but must also check in.  If you are staying, a couple of chaperones would be most welcome.  

After check in, participants will go to a conference room where they will be preparedfor the drill.
The drill should be complete at around 8:00 pm, and participants should be picked up at the same location as drop off. The medical center will validate parking for any parents who decide to stay.

Your RSVP is Requested! We would like to provide the medical center with a list of students that plan to attend that includes the age of the child.  Additionally, if a parent is planning to stay and would be willing to act as a chaperone, we would like to share this information.  If your child is planning to participate, please RSVP to Donna Hatch at dhatch@stmarysimsbury.eduk12.net or 860-658-9412 NLT Firday, 10/17.  Please be sure to include the name of your child(ren), his/her/their age(s) and grade(s) and if you plan to stay and are willing to chaperone.

For further information, please feel free to contact:
Jennifer A. Tabak BSN RN CEN CPEN
Trauma Program Manager
Connecticut Children's Medical Center
(860) 545-9810  office



Wednesday, October 8, 2014

News for the Week of 10/8/14



October is the Month of the Holy Rosary - "The Rosary is the most beautiful and the most rich in graces of all prayers; it is the prayer that touches most the Heart of the Mother of God…and if you wish peace to reign in your homes, recite the family Rosary.” Pope Saint Pius X





Students in Mrs. Gillen's Grade 6 Literature are sharing "self to text" , "text to text", and" text to world" connections on the novel under study.  








School will be closed Monday, 10/13/14, in observation of  Columbus Day.



Instrumental Music News- Advanced Band will meet on Thursday, 10/9, and Thursday 10/16.  Due to the Mondays school is closed in October, Advanced Band will have 2 rehearsals on the Thursdays shown above.  Please be sure your Advanced Band student(s) bring their instruments and music on these Thursdays. Cadet Band has no changes to their rehearsal schedule.




It is time for St. Mary’s School Fall Open House.  Open House is on Wednesday, November 5th at  6:30 PM in the Parish Center.   We need your help promoting this event to your friends, family and neighbors.   Please stop by the school office and pick up a yard sign to place in front of your house or business.  Please feel free to take 2!  Also, our families are our best school ambassadors.  If you know a family interested in St. Mary’s School, please invite them personally to attend the Open House.  It is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about our amazing school.




Winter and snow fun are coming soon and its time to sign-up for the Ski and Snowboard Club!  This is always a great time for students and parents.  Students need to be at least 8 years old on January 7, 2015.  The Club has a 5-session program from 3-8pm on Wednesdays at Ski Sundown in New Hartford that starts on January 7, 2015.  Roundtrip bus transportation from SMS, lessons and rental equipment are also available.  Please see the 2015 forms and FAQ on the school website - Click here.  As in past years, the Club will need chaperones and snack helpers.  Click here to use the Sign-Up Genius to select a time slot.  All registration forms and payment are due November 1st, 2014.



Chess Club is Underway Chess Club will be held on Fridays from 3:30-4:30 pm in the 2nd grade classroom through November 21, 2014.  The club is limited to 12 participants per session and all participants must be registered for the session they attend.  Please click here for more information and to register.



New Third Grade Blog is now available - We are excited to announce that the new Thoughtful Third Graders Blog is now available.  Click here to access Miss Ehrhardt's blog.  Be sure to enter your email address in the subscription area and then follow the subscription directions you receive in order to receive all of her posts directly to your email in-box.


Grade 8 Fundraising - Flower Power Spring Flowering Bulbs 


40%
So far we've earned
$557

We are at the halfway point of our fundraiser and still need your help.

For every purchase you make:

• St. Mary's School 8th grade gets 50% of all product sales.
• You'll receive top-quality bulbs that will give you beautiful blooms.
• Your order gets shipped directly to your doorstep.
• You get a 100% money-back guarantee
Click here to place your order.  All orders must be received by 10/15/14.
HSA Monthly Meeting

We will be having our monthly HSA meeting on Thursday, October 16th at 6:30 p.m.
 in the 8th grade classroom.  All are welcome!

Fall Bookfair Continues in the Parish Center through Sunday, 10/12/14 and On-Line until October 22!

Remaining Schedule for School Bookfair & Class Visits is as follows - 

The remaining Fall Book Fair hours are as follows:

- Oct. 8, 9 Wednesday & Thursday 9a.m.-4p.m.
- Oct. 10 Friday 9a.m. - 3:30p.m.
- Oct. 12 Sunday 9 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. (after the 8:00, 9:30 and 11:00 a.m.Masses) Family Event with coffee and doughnuts

Again this year, students in grades Kindergarten - Grade 8 will visit the bookfair as a class. PreKindergarten students do not visit the bookfair as a class but parents are encouraged to bring their children to the bookfair at their convenience.

Schedule for remaining class visits is as follows:

Thursday, Oct. 9th
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Grade 1: 1:00-1:30PM
Grade 3: 2:00-2:30PM

Friday, Oct. 10th
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Grade 5: 9:00-9:30AM

Online Book Fair information for St. Mary’s School

Available Oct 2 - Oct 22 Only!



If you can't make it to our Book Fair or you are out of town, you can also help support our school by shopping online.

•   Send wish lists to family and friends
•   Saw something at the Book Fair and decided to buy later?
•   All orders ship free to the school
•   Browse an expanded book selection - all ages through adult
Please note that the online book fair extends beyond our in-school book fair! Help us make our goals and encourage your child to read.

Ladies Night Out

Thirty ladies joined us for our first Ladies Night Out. There was a lot of fun and laughter,  a lot of camaraderie and a room filled with extremely talented wine glass painters!   We want to give a special thanks to Numi from Messy Smocks for her time and incredible talents and John Andreo from Valley Fine Wines and Spirits for supporting our event. We also extend our thanks to Mrs. Beth Scully for organizing such an enjoyable event.  Keep your eyes posted for more exciting Ladies Night Out events in the future!  

St Mary's Gardening Club - Do you have a green thumb? Come help make St. Mary's as colorful on the outside as it is inside!

Our first meeting scheduled on October 16th at 9:00 a.m.  We will be doing a clean up, planting bulbs and sharing our friendship.  Contact Jennifer Pavlonnis atjpavlonnis@yahoo.com if you are interested in being involved!


Trail Race Committee

Good news!  Next fall, the HSA will be putting on their first annual St. Mary's School Trail Race!  We are currently looking to put together a race committee.  If you are interested in becoming involved in this exciting event, please contact Amy Lillis atamylillis73@gmail.com.


Social Saturday at SMS - 
Saturday November 8, 2014 from 6-9 pm
St. Mary’s Parish Center

Come, Sip and be Social
Wine, Beer and Food Tasting hosted by local establishments
Live music and auction items

$35.00 PP/ $60.00 per couple
Must be 21 to enter/ no children please



NWC Tri-M Inductees and Current Members including
Avery Hatch, SMS Class of '12 (front row, third from right.)
  New inductees not pictured, Mary Elizabeth Budnick & Sam Spak,
also SMS Class of '12.
Alumni News - Northwest Catholic inducted 22 students into the Tri-M Music Honor Society on October 2, 2014. To be invited into membership in Tri-M, students must maintain a minimum 3.33 grade-point average, exhibit leadership skills, be nominated by their music teacher, and demonstrate proficiency on their instrument or with their voice. Students should excel in music, and are required to give at least ten hours of service to the community each year.  The new inductees include SMS Alumni - Mary Elizabeth Budnick, Samuel Spak, and Avery Hatch, all SMS Class of '12.  If you have alumni news to share, please send it to dhatch@stmarysimsbury.eduk12.net.  We are always happy to share stories of our alumni's accomplishments.





Northwest Catholic High School Invites You  to attend a presentation on how to pay for college.  This is NOT  a sales pitch, but valuable information for parents to start or continue to plan for the high cost of a  college education.  If you have questions, please contact Katie Rose,Administrative Assistant to the Principal, Northwest Catholic High School 860-236-4221 ext 115 or krose@nwcath.org.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Reminders for the Week of 10/6/14

Today, in conjunction with our monthly fire drill, students in PreKindergarten, Kindergarten - Grade 4 spent some time with Simsbury's Volunteer Fire Fighters reviewing fire safety guidelines.  It's always exciting to watch those fire trucks roll into our parking lot!



School will be closed Monday, October 6, for a faculty in-service and Monday, October 13, for Columbus Day.


Individual Student Photos for Grades PreKindergarten, Kindergarten - Grade 7 from Lifetouch Photography are being sent home today (Friday, 10/3).  Please be sure to check backpacks.  If your child was absent on picture day or if you wish to have the portrait retaken, Lifetouch will be here on Monday, 11/17.  For retakes, please be sure to send the original package in with your child.  For absentee photos, please complete an order form prior to 11/17.  The school office has extra forms.  On 11/17, Lifetouch will also take group class photos for grades PreKindergarten, Kindergarten - Grade 7.  Students should wear the formal uniform for this class photo.  Students having an individual photo taken may wear "business casual" for their individual photos but should have their formal uniforms with them for the group class photos.  Grade 8 individual and class photos will be coming to school separately from Paul Cryan Photography.   For even more information about school photos, click here.




Kindergarten has had quite the week learning about graphing in their new Math Unit! They have learned how to graph data and explain what the graph shows about the data using the terms more, less, most, least, etc.  Students are working in teams on making real surveys and collecting data by asking students a survey question.  Students then look at the data and graph the data.  Once all the graphs are complete, each team will explain what the graph shows.  Students are also using our theme this week, Fall, to tie into our Math Unit! They brought in leaves from home and sorted the leaves by color and graphed their results! Students then worked with a math partner and compared their graphs with each other.  Kindergarten is definitely "FALLING IN LOVE WITH LEARNING!"



Grade 8 Fundraising - Flower Power Spring Flowering Bulbs 


40%
So far we've earned
$557

We are at the halfway point of our fundraiser and still need your help.

For every purchase you make:

• St. Mary's School 8th grade gets 50% of all product sales.
• You'll receive top-quality bulbs that will give you beautiful blooms.
• Your order gets shipped directly to your doorstep.
• You get a 100% money-back guarantee
Click here to place your order.  All orders must be received by 10/15/14.

Home & School Association News



Are you wondering what HSA has planned for fundraisers this year?  Wondering about the upcoming "Social Saturday"?  Click here for a full explanation of this year's HSA fundraising events.


Hear Ye, Hear Ye!
The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to St. Mary's!  October 7-12.

Come visit the Castle of Sir Readalot and enter the Kingdom of Books!  
Enter a raffle to win a basket full of books!
Pre-order Diary of a Wimpy Kid #9 The Long Haul due to be released on Nov. 4!  Copies will be shipped directly to St. Mary's in early November.

The Fall Book Fair hours are as follows:
Oct. 7  Tuesday 12-4p.m.
Oct. 8, 9 Wednesday & Thursday  9a.m.-4p.m.
Oct. 10 Friday  9a.m. - 3:30p.m.
Oct. 12 Sunday 9 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. (after the 8:009:30 and 11:00 a.m.Masses) Family Event with coffee and doughnuts

Again this year, students in grades Kindergarten through grade 8 will make a visit to bookfair as a group.  The bookfair committee welcomes parents to join their children during the class visit time. PreKindergarten students do not make a "class" visit to bookfair but parents are encouraged to bring their children at their convenience.  The schedule for class visits to bookfair is as follows -

Tuesday, Oct. 7th 
**********************

Grade 6: 1:15-1:45PM

Grade 8 : 1:55-2:25PM

Grade 7 : 2:35-3:05PM


Wednesday, Oct. 8th
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Grade 4: 9:30-10:00AM

Grade 2: 2:00-2:30PM

Kindergarten: 2:40-3:10PM


Thursday, Oct. 9th
*********************
Grade 1: 1:00-1:30PM

Grade 3: 2:00-2:30PM


Friday, Oct. 10th
*******************
Grade 5: 9:00-9:30AM

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

News for the Week of October 1, 2014


Our first month of the new school year is behind us!  We've shaken off the newness, found our strides and are moving ahead with smiles, so ready to welcome October at SMS and all that means - "Walk-In Wednesday, our annual Fire Safety visit, Columbus Day, Fall Bookfair, and, yes, Pumpkin Bingo!  Be sure to read the whole blog for all the details!

October is also the month dedicated to the Holy
Rosary.  All through this month, SMS students will be praying a decade of the Rosary each day during their Religion classes.  Mrs. Work will be sharing an interactive iPad app with faculty that will enhance this spiritual experience for our students.   On October 7, we will celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary.  Pope Francis has called the Rosary our "spiritual medicine."  "Don't forget to take it," he said.  "It's good for your heart, for your soul, for your whole life."  We hope many of you will consider incorporating the Rosary into your family's prayer time, especially during the month of October.


Our October School Mass will take place on Friday, October 3 at 9am in the church.  All are welcome to join us.  Please remember that no physical education uniforms should be worn to Mass.

School will be closed Monday, October 6, for a faculty in-service and Monday, October 13, for Columbus Day.



Students in Mr. Cosham's Kindergarten celebrated Johnny Appleseed's birthday last week.  
They shared their celebration with our school chaplain, Father Santiago, near the apple tree 
behind the rectory.



"Walk-In Wednesdays" are here!  Do you know someone who is wondering if SMS might be the right place for their family?  Invite them to stop by any Wednesday in October from 9-11:30am to get acquainted and experience a typical day here at school.  No reservation is required but we are happy to make note of expected visitors if people call ahead.  There will also be an Open House for Prospective Families on Wednesday, November 5 at 6:30pm in the Parish Center.  For more information or questions, please contact Angie Connors at aconnors@stmarysimsbury.eduk12.net.


Again this year, Paul Cryan is available take photos of  St. Mary's students and siblings at photo sessions that will be held on Monday October 20, 2014 at his Avon studio.

Paul Cryan Studios (located next to Riverdale Farms)
40 Avon Meadow Ln,
Avon, CT 06001    (860) 676-1350

Appointments begin at 3:45. Please contact Jennifer Pavlonnis at JPavlonnis@yahoo.com to book your appointments.  ***Photos are of individual students. Offer does not apply to group or family photos.




Sign Up Genius for Parent/Teacher Conferences in November is open.  Click here to sign up for your Parent/Teacher Conferences.  Please keep in mind that all conference days are 12:45 early dismissals.  Conference days are Monday, November 10 through Thursday, November 13.  PreKindergarten Enrichment will be available on conference days until 3:20pm but NO AFTERCARE is available.

Students in Mrs. Jehning's first grade were out and about on campus last week taking photos with their iPads of God's creation.  They were delighted to run into our school chaplain, Father Santiago.  What a fabulous photo op!

Educonnect Parent Portal Update - Please be aware that there was a concern regarding the security of individual student grade information brought to our attention by students.  We commend the honesty of these students and their responsible action in bringing the concern to light.  We are pleased to share that Educonnect has resolved this problem and all grading information is now strictly private regardless of  any alterations attempted in the URL line of the address.  If you have questions or concerns, please contact Donna Hatch, dhatch@stmarysimsbury.eduk12.net.

Home & School Association News


Hear Ye, Hear Ye!
The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to St. Mary's!  October 7-12.

Come visit the Castle of Sir Readalot and enter the Kingdom of Books!  
Enter a raffle to win a basket full of books!
Pre-order Diary of a Wimpy Kid #9 The Long Haul due to be released on Nov. 4!  Copies will be shipped directly to St. Mary's in early November.

The Fall Book Fair hours are as follows:
Oct. 7  Tuesday 12-4p.m.
Oct. 8, 9 Wednesday & Thursday  9a.m.-4p.m.
Oct. 10 Friday  9a.m. - 3:30p.m.
Oct. 12 Sunday 9 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. (after the 8:009:30 and 11:00 a.m.Masses) Family Event with coffee and doughnuts

Again this year, students in grades Kindergarten through grade 8 will make a visit to bookfair as a group.  Teachers will advise you when this visit will take place for your children.  PreKindergarten students do not make a "class" visit to bookfair but parents are encouraged to bring their children at their convenience.

Trail Walking/Running

We would love for you to join us!  Do you like to run or walk on trails, but need a partner to go with while the kids are at school?  We meet on Wednesdays right after drop off (8:50 am) at McLean Game Refuge on Salmon Brook Road in Granby (Rt. 10 - Hopmeadow Street becomes Salmon Brook Road when you cross into Granby).   We hope to have several groups running and walking various distances and paces.   If you have any questions, please contact Amy Lillis at amylillis73@gmail.com.


St. Mary's Gardening Club

 Do you have a green thumb? Come help make St. Mary's as colorful on the outside as it is inside! Our first meeting is scheduled on October 16th at 9:00 a.m.  We will be doing a clean up, planting bulbs and sharing our friendship.  Contact Jennifer Pavlonnis at jpavlonnis@yahoo.com if you are interested in being involved!



Trail Race Committee

Good news!  Next fall, the HSA will be putting on their first annual St. Mary's School Trail Race!  We are currently looking to put together a race committee.  If you are interested in becoming involved in this exciting event, please contact Amy Lillis at amylillis73@gmail.com.



Box Tops for Education News -  Starting October 1st, we will begin the first of our three Box Tops for Education Collection Contests this year.   The grade level that collects the most Box Tops from October 1st through October 24th will win the first contest, and their teacher will receive $25 for the classroom.  The second collection contest will be in February with the winning grade level teacher receiving $50 for their classroom.  The last collection contest will be in May/June.  The October, February and May/June totals will be added together for a final overall total.  The winning grade level teacher will receive $75 for their classroom.

Please send in the Box Tops to your homeroom teacher, but please do not send in any expired Box Tops as they will not be accepted.  The contest is for all grades PreK through 8.

To learn more about the program, please visit www.Boxtops4education.com.

Last year, we collected over $1,000 for our school, so let’s work together to beat that this year.

Any questions, please email Scott Sirianni at scottmary99@aol.com.  Thanks for your support!

Social Saturday at SMS
Saturday November 8,2014 from 6-8 pm
St. Mary’s Parish Center

Come, Sip and be Social
Wine, Beer and Food Tasting hosted by local establishments
Live music and Auction items

$35.00 PP/ $60.00 per couple
Must be 21 to enter/ no children please


Claude and Michelle Howard with Father Matera at the Annual HOPES (Help Our Parish Elementary Schools) dinner.  Claude & Michelle received the St. John Neumann Award for Volunteer Service.  Claude has served on the school board for the past two years and is currently the Board Chairman.  Michelle has chaired and co-chaired the St. Mary's Auction for the past two years.  The Howard family has also been involved in multiple other events generously offering their time, talents, service and ideas to help strengthen the St. Mary's School community.  We are blessed to have them here.




Congratulations to the SMS students that have chosen to perform in the FMI Regional Band this fall.  Rehearsals have begun providing these students with a wonderful opportunity to play with musicians from other Catholic schools under the direction of multiple conductors.  Our thanks to our FMI teachers, Mrs. Debbie Morse, for helping our students prepare for their auditions and to the "band parents" who are taking the time to drive their students back and forth to St. James School in Manchester on both Friday evenings and Saturday mornings. 


David Kalamarides, SMS Class of '11,
pictured front row, 3rd from left
Alumni News - Seven Northwest Catholic seniors have been named Commended Students by the National Merit Scholarship Program, based on their exceptional performance on the PSAT/NMSQTs they took in October 2013, when they were juniors.  Among them is David Kalamarides, SMS Class of '11. David's achievement places him among the 5% highest-scoring of the more than 1.5 million students who took the exam. Our congratulations to David along with warm wishes for continued success.  If you have alumni news to share, please send an email to dhatch@stmarysimsbury.eduk12.net.