Wednesday, December 12, 2018

News for the Week of 12/12/18




December 12th is the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe.


Hot Lunch Order Period is open NOW for January hot lunches.  Orders may be placed via the Educonnect Parent Portal through Friday, 12/14/18.  This is your only opportunity to order hot lunches for January.  Please send in payment once your order is submitted.  NO late orders can be accepted.



Advancement News

It's never too late to join Advancement! Please join us for some Christmas cheer at our meeting tomorrow - Thursday, December 13th after drop off at  9am in the lower church. All are welcome! 

As we look forward to Christmas and the New Year please consider including St. Mary's School in your end of year donations. Your contribution is tax deductible and crucial to the operating budget. Everything from snow plowing, HVAC maintenance and cleaning supplies, to academic, athletic and arts programs (to name just a few!) are made possible through the generosity of our donors. 

Click here or contact Toni Chagnon (tchagnon@stmarysimsbury.eduk12.net) for more information on how you can help! 


ADVENT SERVICE PROJECTS - PJ DAY IS THIS FRIDAY, 12/14!
PLEASE READ GUIDELINES BELOW CAREFULLY!





Lessons & Carols will be held next Monday, 12/17/18, in the church.  This beautiful retelling of the Nativity story is a beloved SMS tradition involving all students in Kindergarten- Grade 8.  Student attendance is considered mandatory.  If your family has a conflict, please contact Mrs. Williamson. There will be a dress rehearsal at 10am and an evening presentation at 7pm.  Guests are welcome at either performance and the morning is especially suitable for preschool age siblings since it is much less crowded and easier to see the Nativity story unfold. Students in Grades 1-7 should wear their formal uniform - no sweatshirts or spirit wear.  Students in Kindergarten and Grade 8 follow dress guidelines provided by Miss Ciarcia and Mrs. Work.  The snow date for Lessons & Carols is Tuesday, 12/18/18.




PE Club - There will be PE Club on Wednesday, 12/19 and Thursday, 12/20.

School will be dismissed early at 12:45pm on Friday, 12/21/18.

There will be NO PreK Enrichment or Aftercare.  School is CLOSED from Monday, 12/24/18 through Tuesday, 1/1/19.  School reopens for a regular, full day of school on Wednesday, 1/2/19.





'Tis the Season to be Thankful!

Thank you to everyone who supported the 8th Grade Poinsettia Sale.  We appreciate it!  Thank you also to all of the students and parents who helped with the delivery and distribution of the poinsettias!  It takes a village and we have one special community!
                                 Donna Nolan and the 8th Grade Class

Thanks to all who participated in our "Believe" letters.  SMS sent 166 letters to Macy's which will be a $332 donation to Make A Wish.








Students in Grades 7 & 8 immersed themselves in the works of Shakespeare on 11/30.  A series of workshops presented by Shakesperience introduced students to the works of Shakespeare and provided an opportunity to interact theatrically.






'Tis the Season to be Clipping!  Don't forget to check for BoxTops for Education on some of those special holiday groceries & supplies.  Here's a few products you may not have thought about:
  • Annie’s® Baking Mixes
  • Fiber One™ Mixes
  • Reynolds® Bakeware Pans
  • Reynolds Kitchens® Oven Bags
  • Reynolds Kitchens® Parchment Paper
  • Reynolds Kitchens® Slow Cooker Liners
  • Reynolds® StayBrite® Baking Cups

BoxTops may be sent into school at any time.  All classrooms have collection boxes.




Still Shopping?  Making your List for Holiday Baking or Celebrations?  SMS CHOICE has gift cards for several department and specialty stores like Kohls, Macys, and Barnes & Noble, the Max group restaurants, Panera, Little City, Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks & Peachwave along with most local grocery stores. There are also gift cards for Amazon, Target and Walmart!  Send in your CHOICE order or stop by the office to browse through the CHOICE box and make your selections!


Alumni News - Our congratulations to Gavin Hughes, SMS Class of '17, on being named to the Simsbury High Honor Roll for the first semester.  Gavin's name was inadvertently omitted from last week's listing. 

We are also proud to share that Shayna Glazier, SMS Class of '16, was inducted into the Massaco Chapter of the National Honor Society at Simsbury High School.  She is also a member of the Spanish National Honor Society.  Congratulations, Shayna!

Thursday, December 6, 2018

A "Blue Ribbon" Day & Some Reminders


Saint Mary's School ~ Simsbury, CT
A 2018 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence


We were honored to have special guests for today's Blue Ribbon Recognition Ceremony.
From left -  Reverend Thomas E. Ptaszynski, St. Therese~Granby, Dr. Michael Griffin, Superintendent of Catholic Schools, State Representative (& SMS alum) John Hampton, the Most Reverend Archbishop Leonard Blair, S.T.D., Mrs. Margaret Williamson, Principal, Reverend Frank J. Matera~St. Mary's and Father Michael Whyte~St. Catherine of Siena.
Not pictured, but also present, was Mrs. Maria Maynard, Deputy Superintendent (and past Principal of SMS).
Important Reminders

Report cards will be available on the Educonnect Parent Portal on Friday, 12/7, at the close of the school day.  Please remember that no paper copy of the report card will be sent home.





Poinsettia Pick Up - Those that ordered poinsettias from the grade 8 fundraiser may pickup plants between 2 &4pm on Friday, 12/7, in the Parish Center.  Thanks to all who supported our 8th grade!



Hot Lunch Ordering for January Begins Monday, 12/10/18.  

Hot lunch orders for January may be submitted through the Educonnect Parent Portal from Monday, 12/10/18 - Friday, 12/14/18.  Payment should be sent into the school office as soon as your order is complete.  Please remember that this is your only opportunity to order hot lunches for January - NO late orders can be accepted.


Our Christmas Band & Chorus Concert will be held on Monday, 12/10/18, in the Parish Center.  There will be a dress rehearsal at 2pm and evening performance at 7pm.  Guests are welcome at either performance.  

Mrs. Morse has provided concert and dress guidelines to band students.  Mrs. Jalinskas has provided  guidelines to chorus members.  Attendance is considered mandatory if a student is a member of instrumental music/band and/or chorus.  If your family has a conflict, please contact Mrs. Williamson.  


All are welcome to come and enjoy an evening of festive music.  The snow date for this concert is Monday, 1/7/19.

Band students are reminded to bring their instrument, music and any accessories to school on Monday for practice and the dress rehearsal.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

News for the Week of 12/5/18






***Students that have gym class are requested to wear their formal uniform to school
& bring PE uniform to change into after the ceremony.***
Report cards will be available on the Educonnect Parent Portal on Friday, 12/7, at the close of the school day.  Please remember that no paper copy of the report card will be sent home.

Group Class Photos of students in PreK, K-7, will be sent home with students on Friday, 12/7.  Please be sure to check backpacks.

Click here to download the template for the "Believe Day" letters.

Click here to download & print the Advent Service Projects flyer.



Our Christmas Band & Chorus Concert will be held on Monday, 12/10/18, in the Parish Center.  There will be a dress rehearsal at 2pm and evening performance at 7pm.  Guests are welcome at either performance.  Mrs. Morse will provide concert and dress guidelines to band students.  Mrs. Jalinskas will provide guidelines to chorus members.  Attendance is considered mandatory if a student is a member of instrumental music/band and/or chorus.  If your family has a conflict, please contact Mrs. Williamson.  All are welcome to come and enjoy an evening of festive music.  The snow date for this concert is Monday, 1/7/19.



Lessons & Carols will be held on Monday, 12/17/18, in the church.  This beautiful retelling of the Nativity story is a beloved SMS tradition involving all students in Kindergarten- Grade 8.  Student attendance is considered mandatory.  If your family has a conflict, please contact Mrs. Williamson. There will be a dress rehearsal at 10am and an evening presentation at 7pm.  Guests are welcome at either performance and the morning is especially suitable for preschool age siblings since it is much less crowded and easier to see the Nativity story unfold. Students in Grades 1-7 should wear their formal uniform - no sweatshirts or spirit wear.  Students in Kindergarten and Grade 8 follow dress guidelines provided by Miss Ciarcia and Mrs. Work.  The snow date for Lessons & Carols is Tuesday, 12/18/18.





Poinsettia Pick Up - Those that ordered poinsettias from the grade 8 fundraiser may pickup plants between 2 &4pm on Friday, 12/7, in the Parish Center.  Thanks for your support!




"Every Brick Has A Memory To Share"
Sponsor a brick for our new St. Mary Courtyard

Brick Sponsorship Program ends December 31.
Please join the Darnowksi family in sponsoring a brick for the new St. Mary Courtyard.

"St. Mary's School has been an integral part of our family's life for so many years.  It's a special place for our children to be educated by amazing faculty who care about the growth of each child.  We feel so lucky to be part of this community and purchased a brick as a special memory."



Advancement News


As we look forward to Christmas and the New Year please consider including St. Mary's School in your end of year donations. Your contribution is tax deductible and crucial to the operating budget. Everything from snow plowing, HVAC maintenance and cleaning supplies, to academic, athletic and arts programs (to name just a few!) are made possible through the generosity of our donors. 

Click here or contact Toni Chagnon (tchagnon@stmarysimsbury.eduk12.net) for more information on how you can help! 

It's never too late to join Advancement! Please join us for some Christmas cheer at our meeting on Thursday, December 13th after drop off at  9am in the lower church. All are welcome! 



PE Club - There will be PE Club on Wednesday, 12/19 and Thursday, 12/20.


School will be dismissed early at 12:45pm on Friday, 12/21/18.

There will be NO PreK Enrichment or Aftercare.  School is CLOSED from Monday, 12/24/18 through Tuesday, 1/1/19.  School reopens for a regular, full day of school on Wednesday, 1/2/19.





The latest issue of the SMS Times is now available.
Click here to read all the news.
Signs of the Season here at SMS






Looking for a "Special Something" for Christmas?  SMS Class of 2019 has beautiful bracelets and key chains available.   Please send your check payable to St. Mary's School with "bracelet or keychain" in the memo section.



Need a Stocking Stuffer?  CHOICE has lots of great possibilities including $5, $10, or $20 denominations to Peachwave with a 15%  profit rate.  Peachwave is located in the Fitzgeralds shopping plaza and is owned by a SMS family. Here are a few other stocking stuffer ideas:  Starbucks, Dunkin' Donuts, Barnes & Noble, Panera, and Amazon.  There's also many, many options via GL Scrip special order.

Shopping for Your XBox Fanatic?  CHOICE also has 2, $25 Xbox ecards available at this time. Additional cards can be ordered if there is interest.

"Blue (Ribbon) Christmas"


Alumni News - Our congratulations to our alumni at Simsbury High School that have been named to the first quarter honor roll:  Gr. 9 Honors -Mason Burhoe, Francesca Cirielli, Greyson Keller, and Benjamin Rivera, all SMS Class of '18; Gr. 10 High Honors - Ellie & Mary McElroy, SMS Class of '17; Gr. 11 Honors - Shayna Glazier, SMS Class of '16; Gr. 12 High Honors - Mark Bedson and Patrick Sheridan, SMS Class of '15 and Gr. 12 Honors - Kurt Bedson, Justin Donnelly, Grace O'Bryan & Cristina Santillan, SMS Class of '15.


Community News

St. Mary's Parish Invites You  To Three Special Events-

Nativity Story Puppet Show
Saturday, December 8th from 9:30 – 11am

A Nativity Story Puppet Show will be offered in our Parish Center for our littlest parishioners along with their parents/grandparents. The event is most appropriate for Preschool age to Grade 2 children however older siblings would enjoy this as well and are welcome to attend. This special gathering will include a sing-a-long, craft and snack and is free of charge. We hope you will join us! Please contact Lori Oleasz, Director of Religious Education, at 860-658-7627 for questions and to RSVP so that the appropriate amount of supplies and snack can be provided.


Night in Bethlehem: A Living Nativity
Saturday, December 8th from 6-6:30pm following the 5pm Mass

Please join us as the children and teens from Saint Mary’s Religious Education program and Ignite Youth Ministry bring the Nativity story to life in this holy and beautiful reenactment. A reception with refreshments will follow in the Parish Center. All are welcome. Blessed Advent!


Wednesday, November 28, 2018

News for the Week of 11/28/18


Advent begins this Sunday, 12/2/18.


School Uniform Announcement - On a trial basis, Grades 6, 7, and 8 are allowed to wear gym clothes on Wednesday, their art class day, during the formal uniform season.

Hot Lunch Snow Day Makeup - We will be making up the pizza lunch from 11/16's snow day on Tuesday, 12/4. If your child ordered pizza on 11/16, they will be served it on Tuesday, 12/4.
Thank you to the volunteers who are willing to help serve!


First Trimester grades close on Friday, 11/30.  Report cards will be available on the Educonnect Parent Portal on Friday, 12/7, at the close of the school day.  Please remember that no paper copy of the report card will be sent home.


Looking Ahead to the Busy Month of December -

Formal Uniform begins for Grade 8 on Monday, 12/3/18.







Our December School Mass will be held on Tuesday, 12/4/18, at 9am in the church.  All are welcome to join us.  Please remember that no PE uniforms should be worn to Mass.






Please Join Us for a Blue Ribbon Recognition Event - We are happy to share that Archbishop Blair and several other distinguished guests will join us on Thursday, December 6, at 8:45am morning prayer in the Parish Center.  After prayer, there will be a brief presentation of our Blue Ribbon plaque and flag.  The Archbishop is also expected to pay a brief visit to our classrooms.  All are welcome to join us at this event.  There will be coffee and baked goods after the presentation for those that are able to stay and socialize.



Our Christmas Band & Chorus Concert will be held on Monday, 12/10/18, in the Parish Center.  There will be a dress rehearsal at 2pm and evening performance at 7pm.  Guests are welcome at either performance.  Mrs. Morse will provide concert and dress guidelines to band students.  Mrs. Jalinskas will provide guidelines to chorus members.  Attendance is considered mandatory if a student is a member of instrumental music/band and/or chorus.  If your family has a conflict, please contact Mrs. Williamson.  All are welcome to come and enjoy an evening of festive music.  The snow date for this concert is Monday, 1/7/19.




Lessons & Carols will be held on Monday, 12/17/18, in the church.  This beautiful retelling of the Nativity story is a beloved SMS tradition involving all students in Kindergarten- Grade 8.  Student attendance is considered mandatory.  If your family has a conflict, please contact Mrs. Williamson.  There will be a dress rehearsal at 10am and an evening presentation at 7pm.  Guests are welcome at either performance and the morning is especially suitable for preschool age siblings since it is much less crowded and easier to see the Nativity story unfold. Students in Grades 1-7 should wear their formal uniform - no sweatshirts or spirit wear.  Students in Kindergarten and Grade 8 follow dress guidelines provided by Miss Ciarcia and Mrs. Work.  The snow date for Lessons & Carols is Tuesday, 12/18/18.




School will be dismissed early at 12:45pm on Friday, 12/21/18.
 
There will be NO PreK Enrichment or Aftercare.  School is CLOSED from Monday, 12/24/18 through Tuesday, 1/1/19.  School reopens for a regular, full day of school on Wednesday, 1/2/19.






CHOICE Corner - Gift cards Make Great Holiday Gifts & Charitable Contributions.  SMS Choice can help you get all your shopping done.  Click here to download a Holiday Order Form.
                                                      

Announcing a Great New Storefront- We are excited to share that St. Mary's School now has a Shutterfly storefront thanks to a new partnership between Lifetouch Photography and Shutterfly.  Any purchases made with Shutterfly or Tiny Prints through this storefront will earn 8% for SMS. Shop now for Cyber Savings up to 50% off almost everything! The sale is from November 27-29 and the promo code is listed on our site.  So, if you are creating great photo memories or putting together Christmas cards, please shop through our storefront - Click here.


Grade 8 Fundraising - 

The annual poinsettia sale is currently underway and this Thursday you can enjoy a delicious meal at Puerto Vallarta in Avon.  See below.


Last call for Poinsettias!  Poinsettia orders will be accepted through Friday, 11/30/18.



Click here to download & print order form.

Click here to download and print a flyer.


Lost & Found - Did you bake a pie for the Senior Thanksgiving luncheon in a red Emile Henry stoneware pie dish?  If so, your pie dish is waiting for you in the school office!


Community News



The Omar family enjoyed Simsbury Celebrates over Thanksgiving weekend.
There are lots of celebrations coming up - If you'd like to share a holiday memory,
please send your photo to smsoffice@stmarysimsbury.eduk12.net.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

News for the Week of 11/21/18






School will be closed Thursday, 11/27, and Friday, 11/28, for Thanksgiving.
We are thankful for the gift of your family in our school community and
grateful for our opportunity to work in partnership with you.


First Trimester grades close on Friday, 11/30.  Report cards will be available on the Educonnect Parent Portal on Friday, 12/7, at the close of the school day.  Please remember that no paper copy of the report card will be sent home.

Looking Ahead to the Busy Month of December -

Formal Uniform begins for Grade 8 on Monday, 12/3/18.

Our December School Mass will be held on Tuesday, 12/4/18, at 9am in the church.  All are welcome to join us.  Please remember that no PE uniforms should be worn to Mass.

Our Christmas Band & Chorus Concert will be held on Monday, 12/10/18, in the Parish Center.  There will be a dress rehearsal at 2pm and evening performance at 7pm.  Guests are welcome at either performance.  Mrs. Morse will provide concert and dress guidelines to band students.  Mrs. Jalinskas will provide guidelines to chorus members.  All are welcome to come and enjoy an evening of festive music.  The snow date for this concert is Monday, 1/7/19.

Lessons & Carols will be held on Monday, 12/17/18, in the church.  This beautiful retelling of the Nativity story is a beloved SMS tradition involving all students in Kindergarten- Grade 8.  Student attendance is considered mandatory.  If your family has a conflict, please contact Mrs. Williamson.  There will be a dress rehearsal at 10am and an evening presentation at 7pm.  Guests are welcome at either performance and the morning is especially suitable for preschool age siblings since it is much less crowded and easier to see the Nativity story unfold. Students in Grades 1-7 should wear their formal uniform - no sweatshirts or spirit wear.  Students in Kindergarten and Grade 8 follow dress guidelines provided by Miss Ciarcia and Mrs. Work.  The snow date for Lessons & Carols is Tuesday, 12/18/18.

School will be dismissed early at 12:45pm on Friday, 12/21/18.  There will be NO PreK Enrichment or Aftercare.  School is CLOSED from Monday, 12/24/18 through Tuesday, 1/1/19.  School reopens for a regular, full day of school on Wednesday, 1/2/19.



Snow Gear Reminder - Winter has made an early start!  Please keep in mind that students wait outside each morning & go outside for recess each day unless the weather is inclement or below 20 degrees.  Children must have snowpants and boots to play in the snow.  Please be sure all winter gear is labelled with a name & encourage your children to wear their snow gear!


CHOICE Corner - Gift cards Make Great Holiday Gifts & Charitable Contributions.  SMS Choice can help you get all your shopping done.  Click here to download a Holiday Order Form.

                                                      


Announcing a Great New Storefront- We are excited to share that St. Mary's School now has a Shutterfly storefront thanks to a new partnership between Lifetouch Photography and Shutterfly.  Any purchases made with Shutterfly or Tiny Prints through this storefront will earn 8% for SMS.  So, if you are creating great photo memories or putting together Christmas cards, please shop through our storefront - Click here.


Grade 8 Fundraising


Last call for Poinsettias!  Poinsettia orders will be accepted through Friday, 11/30/18.

The annual poinsettia sale is currently underway and the week after Thanksgiving you can enjoy a delicious meal at Puerto Vallarta in Avon.  See below.
Click here to download & print order form.

Click here to download and print a flyer.







Supporting SMS  - As we enter a season that features a lot of grocery shopping, just a reminder that you can help SMS earn cash and/or classroom supplies if you participate in:

*   Big Y's Education Express
*   Shoprite for Education
*  Stop & Shop A+ Rewards
*  Fitzgeralds Educational Edge.

For more information about how to easily register for all these programs - click here.


Be sure to check for Box Tops on your holiday grocery items!  Box Tops may be sent
into school at any time.  All classrooms have collection boxes.




Community News

Simsbury Public Library has many events scheduled for December.  Click here.