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.

Monday, June 16, 2014

SMS - Welcome Summer! 6-16-14





Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the  two most beautiful words in the English language. 
~Henry James













For their final Religion group project, the students in Mrs. Gore's fifth grade were asked to develop a poster depicting the 4 Marks of the Church. The 4 marks are that we are One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic. 

The students were all very creative and each group's poster was very unique.











End of Year Calendar Reminders

Final Report Cards will be sent home via U.S. mail during the week of 6/16/14.

iPad Summer Return - Middle school students in grades 6 and 7 were required to turn in both their iPad and their school issued charging cord and brick NLT Friday, 6/13/14.  All devices will be inspected for physical damage.  If any damage is noted, you will receive a letter explaining the nature of the damage and requesting a check for $49 made payable to St. Mary's School to pay for AppleCare+ repair of the device over the summer.  Students in middle school that fail to return their school issued charging brick and cord will incur a $40 replacement charge.  All students will receive the same iPad for use next year unless the device has to be replaced due to damage.

Summer Office Hours will begin 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.

Back To School Mailing will be sent via U.S. mail mid-August.  You can look forward to the many forms associated with all new beginnings!

Calendar Reminders for the start of the new school year -

Middle School iPad Deployment in August 2014- Middle School students (entering grades 6, 7 & 8) and students from lower grades that incurred a loss of iPad privileges during the 2013-14 school year and at least one parent/guardian will be required to meet with Mrs. Hatch for a brief (15 minute) appointment prior to the start of school to turn in the required iPad "Big 3" forms (i.e., verify that iPad insurance has been paid, return signed acknowledgements for Parent/Student Handbook and iPad AUP and signed Electronic Use Agreement).  During this appointment, Mrs. Hatch will also review key components of the AUP, use of the Notability App, school GMail and automatic backup to Google Drive and answer any questions.  A Sign-up Genius has been posted to allow you to sign up for a convenient appointment day and time.  There are morning, afternoon and evening appointments available during the mid-August time frame.  Click here to access the Sign-Up Genius for these appointments.  Families that do not meet with Mrs. Hatch prior to the start of school will need to be in touch with her to make alternative iPad deployment arrangements.  No student will be given an iPad for use - even once school begins -until this meeting has taken place.

First Day of School for Grades Prekindergarten - 8 will be Wednesday, August 27th.  Other important dates associated with the start of school are:

Monday, August 25 - Kindergarten Parent Meeting at 6pm in the Kindergarten classroom

Tuesday, August 26 - "Morning in Middle School" for all entering 6th grade students and new transfer students in grades 7 and 8 from 9-11:30.  Kindergarten - Gr. 3 "Meet & Greet", 10:30-11:30.

Instrumental Music Recommendation - The facilities sub-committee of the school board has made a recommendation to Father Matera to address concerns regarding practice space for our advanced band for next year.  Click here to read this recommendation.  This recommendation has also been sent out via email using our family distribution list.




SMS Stars - Congratulations to Shayna Glazier and Jonathan Heiden who were our school's winners of Senator Witkos' 6th grade essay contest. "If you were a Connecticut lawmaker, what bill would you propose and why" was the topic. They were recognized by Senator Witkos and Simsbury Bank for their outstanding essays. 




HSA News


Thank you to all volunteers for your hard work this year, especially to the auction committee who put on a great party that raised enough money for a new playground. 

Thank you to Maggie Domashinski and Lynn Mogielnicki, our outgoing HSA president and treasurer.  In turn, they thank the school and parents for their support.  Welcome to Beth Scully and Frank Conde, the incoming HSA corresponding secretary and treasurer.

Keep your eye out for exciting changes in the playground this summer.  It will be amazing!

Community News

Farmington Valley Arts Center Summer Programs - A wide variety of creative programs are available this summer for children and adults.  Click here for more information. 

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

News for the week of 6/11/14


Graduation 2014 - A Time of New Beginnings

St. Mary's Class of 2014 on Graduation Day - June 6, 2014

"There is good reason they call these ceremonies commencement exercises.
Graduation is not the end; it's the beginning."
 
Orrin Hatch
St. Mary's Prekindergarten Class of 2014 on their Moving Up Day - June 10, 2014

Yearbooks -  Yearbooks were distributed last Friday (6/6)  to all students in grades PreK - grade 7 that had books preordered for them (Grade 8 received their yearbooks prior to their graduation).  If you have questions about your yearbook order,please contact Donna Nolan -  Donna' phone is 860 653-6312,  Her email -donna.nolan410@gmail.com.

If a yearbook was not preordered and a student would now like to purchase a yearbook, we do have 17 extra copies available for sale in the school office, first come/first serve.  The cost is $30 and the check should be made payable to St. Mary's School with "Yearbook" in the memo section.  Books must be paid for before they will be given to a student.

iPads - Middle school students in grades 6 and 7 must turn in both their iPad and their school issued charging cord and brick NLT Friday, 6/13/14.  All devices will be inspected for physical damage.  If any damage is noted, you will receive a letter explaining the nature of the damage and requesting a check for $49 made payable to St. Mary's School to pay for AppleCare+ repair of the device over the summer.  Students in middle school that fail to return their school issued charging brick and cord will incur a $40 replacement charge.  All students will receive the same iPad for use next year unless the device has to be replaced due to damage.

End of Year Calendar Reminders

Our last day of school is Monday, June 16th and this day is a 12:45pm early dismissal day.  There is no PreKindergarten Enrichment or Aftercare.

There will be prayer service on our last day of school, Monday, June 16th at 8:45am in the church. All are most welcome to join us as we thank God for a productive, positive school year and pray for a relaxing, safe summer.  Everyone is also welcome to attend the annual student Award Service that will begin at 9:30 in the Parish Center.  Parents of students that will be receiving an award will be notified in advance by homeroom teachers.

Summer Office Hours will begin 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.

Back To School Mailing will be sent via U.S. mail mid-August.  You can look forward to the many forms associated with all new beginnings!

Calendar Reminders for the start of the new school year -

Middle School iPad Deployment in August 2014- Middle School students (entering grades 6, 7 & 8) and at least one parent/guardian will be required to meet with Mrs. Hatch for a brief (15 minute) appointment prior to the start of school to turn in the required iPad "Big 3" forms (i.e., verify that iPad insurance has been paid, return signed acknowledgements for Parent/Student Handbook and iPad AUP and signed Electronic Use Agreement).  During this appointment, Mrs. Hatch will also review use of the Notability App, school GMail and automatic backup to Google Drive and answer any questions.  A Sign-up Genius will be posted to allow you to sign up for a convenient appointment day and time.  There will be morning, afternoon and evening appointments available during the mid-August time frame.  A family email will be sent out when the Sign Up Genius is available.  Families that do not meet with Mrs. Hatch prior to the start of school will need to be in touch with her to make alternative iPad deployment arrangements.  No student will be given an iPad until this meeting has taken place.

First Day of School for Grades Prekindergarten - 8 will be Wednesday, August 27th.  Other important dates associated with the start of school are:

Monday, August 25 - Kindergarten Parent Meeting at 6pm in the Kindergarten classroom

Tuesday, August 26 - "Morning in Middle School" for all entering 6th grade students and new transfer students in grades 7 and 8 from 9-11:30.  Kindergarten - Gr. 3 "Meet & Greet", 10:30-11:30.


First grade received a beautiful surprise  from Mrs. Elliott and her 8th Grade Academic Literature class. They dedicated a book to the first grade class titled, The Orchid and The Igloo, which they wrote and illustrated themselves. First grade had the pleasure of listening to them read it aloud to them. The book and its message was spectacular! We are so grateful and touched by this wonderful gift. Thank you Katheryn,Lauren, Maddy, Amelia, Vanessa, Caroline, Kurt, Caleb and Liam from the bottom of our hearts!

Home & School Association News

The next HSA meeting will be held next Thursday, June 12th at 6:30 in the grade 8 classroom.  The proposed 14-15 HSA budget is available for review on the password protected Parent's Only Page of our school's website.  Click here to access the log-in screen.


The agenda for the 6/12/14  H.S.A. meeting is available on the school's website.  Click here.



Congratulations to our Jump Rope Club on 2 fine performances to conclude their season.  Our thanks to their coach, Mrs. Mary Liljedahl and to all the parents that helped turn the ropes!



Something's Cooking in Kindergarten!  

Pizza! Pizza! Pizza!



Kindergarten had a hands on experience last week making pizza with our in-house chef, Mrs. Hatch! Students began the morning reading a story about pizza and the students then got right to work rolling, flouring, and spreading their dough to be the shape of a small pizza.  Students then added the gooey sauce and cheese to make their personal pizza complete.  When the pizzas were cooked, students enjoyed talking about how many pieces they had and discussing fractions which we had been learning about in Math.  Students had a wonderful time baking! Thanks to Mrs. Hatch, Mrs. Spak, Mrs. Moreno, Mrs. Rushin, Mrs. McAnaney and Mrs. Markiv for their help. This week, Kindergarten will explore chemical reactions and states of matter by making ice cream in a bag.  Imagine having to wait a week for dessert after pizza!

















Community News 

St. Mary's Church invites  us to congratulate Deacon Arthur Miller and his wife, Sandy at a reception this Sunday, June 15th after the 9:30 Mass in the St Mary's Parish Center. We will celebrate the 10th Anniversary of his Ordination as a Deacon by offering our thanks for their service to God, his Church, and our Parish.   

Stop by after the 9:30 Mass or before attending the 11 AM Mass; coffee, juice and donuts will be served. 


The Avon Soccer Club offers a number of programs.  Click here for information about their Fall 2014 recreational schedule.















Northwest Catholic is offering youths entering grades 3-9 in the fall an opportunity to attend their All State Football Clinic.  This instructional, non-contact clinic will run from July 28-31.  Click here for more information and to download a registration form.







Martocchio's Music is offering Summer Jazz and Rock Camp.  Programs are one week long and are open to students entering grades 4 and up.  Click here for more details.









The "Officer Phil" Safety Program visited grades PreK - 4 on Wednesday.  His good advice included:
"Remember, don't talk to strangers, ask before going online, and always always always walk on the sidewalks!"  It was a great visit and his jokes really "quacked" the kids up.