Wednesday, March 4, 2015

News for the Week of 3/4/15




It's finally March!  Please take a moment to double check that your calendars are current with upcoming school events.


Walk-In Wednesdays began today and continue each Wednesday in March.  If you know someone who has been wondering if SMS is the right place for their family, please encourage them to drop by for a walk in visit.  Hours are 9:30-11:30, no appointment is required but if they call ahead, we'll be sure to have an information packet all prepared for them to take home after their visit.








Our March School Mass will be held at 9am on Friday, 3/6/15, in the church.  All are most welcome to join us.  Please remember that no physical education uniforms should be worn to Mass.




  Saturday, 3/7/15, we "spring ahead"!  We may still feel very chilly, but we will have a whole extra hour of daylight for shivering ( or shoveling)!

“No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.” Hal Borland




"Moving Up Night" for Parents of Currently Enrolled Students -  On Tuesday, March 10th at 6:30, we will be hosting "Moving Up Night".  This evening is for parents and will give you an opportunity to learn a little bit more about the curriculum and classes your student(s) will enjoy in the coming 2015-16 school year.  Students will have an opportunity to visit their homerooms for next year to enjoy some math related activities on the morning of 3/10 during our school's Pi Day celebrations.





Students in grades 7 and 8 invite you to attend the performance that is the culmination of their Shakesperience residency.  This year's performance will feature scenes from A Midsummer Night's Dream.  The performance will be held on Friday, March 13 from 2-3pm in the Parish Center.


March Parent/Teacher Conferences will be here before you know it!  This year, our March Parent/Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Monday, 3/16 - Thursday, 3/19.  Each of these days will be a 12:45pm Early Dismissal and there will be NO PREKINDERGARTEN ENRICHMENT OR AFTERCARE.  Click here to sign up for conferences.  A conference is strongly encouraged for all students but unlike the Fall conferences, no appointments will be scheduled for you if you do not sign up on your own.  If you do not sign up for a conference and your child's teacher feels one is necessary, you will be contacted by the teacher.


Living Stations of the Cross

Again this year, our 8th grade students will present the Living Stations of the Cross. All are welcome and encouraged to attend this beautiful Lenten prayer service. The Living Stations will be presented on Friday, March 27 at 2 and 7pm in the church.






A simple soup and bread supper will be available from 5:30 to 6:30 pm in the Parish Center prior to the 7pm presentation of the Living Stations.  There is no charge for the dinner but free-will donations will be accepted. There will be at least one gluten-free soup option.


Grade 8 Parents please note - There will be a Sign-Up Genius to coordinate volunteers to provide soup, bowls, cups, napkins, etc. and act as the volunteer clean-up crew (parents-only since the students will be getting dressed for the Living Stations.) You will receive an invitation to this Sign-Up Genius once it is created.





Delving into Dental Health in Kindergarten In Miss Cole's Kindergarten, students are learning how they can take care of their teeth and about healthy food and drink choices for their teeth. To get a better understanding of food choices that might be damaging to teeth, students put eggs into solutions of vinegar, soda, coffee, juice, milk, and water. The next day, students observed the results of this experiment and used a toothbrush and toothpaste to try to remove any discoloration.  Students used the results  to rank the liquids from best to worst choices for dental health.
















Hot Lunch Volunteers Needed - There are several hot lunch days in March that are short one volunteer.  If you are able to help on any of these days, please click here to sign up or send an email to Mrs. Budnick at tbudnick@stmarysimsbury.eduk.net.
Dates an additional volunteer are needed -

Monday, March 9

Monday, March 16

Wednesday, March 25






Flag of Honor!  Students in Mrs. Jehning's first grade class designed flags this week as part of a Social Studies lesson about character.  Danylo's very clever flag included an acrostic formed with the letters of his name that represented the finest aspects of his character.  Great job, Danylo!


Fairway to Heaven Golf Outing - Monday, May 18th at the Hopmeadow Country Club
Believe it or not, Spring is around the corner!  Keep an eye out for the Golf Tournament Registration and Sponsorship Opportunities in the upcoming CHOICE mailing. And in the meantime, check out our website and Facebook page!  Save May 18 - there will be something for everyone.


Yearbook 2015 - Your photos are needed!  The SMS Yearbook is a very special keepsake.  It features photos of every student at SMS and many candid shots from the year's activities, athletic events and clubs.  If you have photos from this year's activities, please upload them now!  Photos may be uploaded at community.lifetouch.com.  The password/access code for our school is - WXBRRX (Please note, this is case sensitive.  Use all capital letters.)  Please note that up to 5 images may be uploaded at a time.  Your photos will be accepted until the end of March.  Please be sure that photos are identified by activity and/or grade and include teacher and or student names.

Community News


Simsbury Public Library has even more programs available in March.  Click here for an updated flyer listing all the events that will be open to students in grades 5 and up during the month of March.  Events include "arm knitting" on March 5, Intro to Scratch Programming on March 14, a showing of the movie BoxTrolls on March 19 and lots more!



This week,  the children in Kindergarten and First Grade got to meet Judge Jason Lobo. A Connecticut Superior Court Judge, Judge Lobo is also the uncle of Siobhan, Maeve and Thomas Rushin.  He came in to read to kindergarten and first grade. They listened to two favorites by Dr. Seuss - The Sneetches to learn to treat everyone equally and Oh The Places You Will Go to learn that they are on a journey through life.  Students also took the Read Across America's Reader's Oath.  Thanks, Judge Lobo for sharing some time with our students!

Home & School Association News

Minutes from the HSA meetings in October, November and January have been posted.  Click here.

Everyone is invited to the Home & School Association meeting on Thursday, 3/12/15 at 6:30pm in the 8th grade classroom.






Faces of SMS -
One of our everyday heroes is our amazing custodian - Mr. Stokes.  Not only does he keep our facility ship-shape, he even fixes lunch boxes.  Thanks, Mr. Stokes, for everything you do to help make SMS a great place to learn and work!



Wednesday, February 25, 2015

News for the week of 2/25/15









Join us for the Living Rosary - On Thursday, February 26th at 8:50am, the whole school will gather for morning prayer in the Parish Center and participate in a Living Rosary as part of our Lenten devotion. The students of Grade 8 will be leading us in prayer.  All are welcome to join us.  Our intention for this Rosary will be all veterans.









A sight for sore eyes!  Today, the temperature "soared" to 28 degrees with plenty of sun and minimal wind (felt like 20!) and our students were finally able to get outside for recess and play in our enormous piles of snow!

We are hoping for lots more "outdoor recess" days as winter finally (hopefully) begins to wane,  so please be sure your favorite SMS student(s) have all their winter gear so they can play in the snow!






















It's time to order hot lunches for April - June! Click here for the order form for hot lunches for April - June.  All orders and payments are due NLT Friday, 2-27-15.  PLEASE NOTE THAT NO LATE ORDERS CAN BE ACCEPTED.


Hot Lunch Volunteers Needed -  At this time, we have no one signed up to serve lunch on Monday, March 9th. We are also in need of one additional volunteer on the following dates:  Monday, March 2nd; Monday, March 16th and Monday, March 30.  If you can help us on any of these day, please click here to use the Sign Up Genius or email Mrs. Budnick at tbudnick@stmarysimsbury.eduk12.net. 



Looking ahead to March - 

Walk-In Wednesdays will begin on March 4 and continue each Wednesday in March.  If you know someone who has been wondering if SMS is the right place for their family, please encourage them to drop by for a walk in visit.  Hours are 9:30-11:30, no appointment is required but if they call ahead, we'll be sure to have an information packet all prepared for them to take home after their visit.

Our March School Mass will be held at 9am on Friday, 3/6/15, in the church.  All are most welcome to join us.  Please remember that no physical education uniforms should be worn to Mass.



March Parent/Teacher Conferences will be here before you know it!  This year, our March Parent/Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Monday, 3/16 - Thursday, 3/19.  Each of these days will be a 12:45pm Early Dismissal and there will be NO PREKINDERGARTEN ENRICHMENT OR AFTERCARE.  Click here to sign up for conferences.  A conference is strongly encouraged for all students but unlike the Fall conferences, no appointments will be scheduled for you if you do not sign up on your own.  If you do not sign up for a conference and your child's teacher feels one is necessary, you will be contacted by the teacher.




On Tuesday, students in grades K-4, received a special visit from Officer Phil. He gave an informative presentation on the topic of safety using magic tricks, puppets and humor. 




Yearbook 2015 - Your photos are needed!  The SMS Yearbook is a very special keepsake.  It features photos of every student at SMS and many candid shots from the year's activities, athletic events and clubs.  If you have photos from this year's activities, please upload them now!  Photos may be uploaded at community.lifetouch.com.  The password/access code for our school is - WXBRRX (Please note, this is case sensitive.  Use all capital letters.)  Please note that up to 5 images may be uploaded at a time.  Your photos will be accepted until the end of March.  Please be sure that photos are identified by activity and/or grade and include teacher and or student names.



Seventh Grade students work to perfect the scenery for the upcoming presentation of  Shakespeare's
A Midsummer Night's Dream.  This performance for the school on March 13 is the conclusion of
the Grade 7 & 8 Shakesperience residency.




Home & School Association News

HSA Monthly Meeting - Our next HSA meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 19th at 6:30 p.m. Meetings are held in the 8th grade classroom. All are welcome!


The Nomination Committee for the Home and School Association is looking for new Board Members for the 2015-2016 school year. The purpose of this team is to strengthen the bond between members of the SMS community, and between the SMS community and St. Mary’s parish.  Current Board Members will provide training and support for the incoming Board Members to ensure a seamless transition. Please consider being part of this vibrant and important organization!
 If you are interested, please contact Noreen Kuziak, Nominating Chair, at 860-416-7662 or nkuziak@comcast.net  OR Deb Poniatowski at 860-916-1335 or  lakewinnie@comcast.net


Community News


New St. Mary's Church Family Directory - Sign Up Now!

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St. Mary's Parish Members - Do you ever see people at church and wonder what their names are? Have you ever heard an announcement regarding a member and wished you could put a face with a name? Help is on the way! We are updating our membership photo directory this year, and it will not be complete without you!
There is no cost to our church. Each participating family will receive a complimentary 8 x 10 portrait as well as a new directory. Families will also have the opportunity to purchase additional portraits to share with family and friends.
PHOTOGRAPH DATES:
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Wednesday, 2/25 (2 PM – 9 PM)

Thursday, 2/26 (2 PM – 6 PM)

Friday, 2/27 (2 PM – 9 PM)

Saturday, 2/28 (10 AM – 5 PM)

Tuesday, 3/3 (2 PM – 9 PM)

Wednesday, 3/4 (2 PM – 9 PM)

Sign Up!  To sign-up for a time slot, [click HERE] to schedule your photo session online. It's quick and easy. Make sure to include your email address and you will automatically receive a confirmation email with your date and time, plus an email reminder a few days before your session which includes a link to a $10 discount off any photography you purchase.  Contact us at Portraits@stmarysimsbury.org if you have any questions.

Sylvan Learning Center in West Hartford is offering a FREE Lego Robotics Class on Saturday, February 28, 2015. The Robotics class utilizes Lego kits and basic computer programming to build and animate a robot from start to finish.  No prior experience is necessary, and Sylvan teachers will be leading the class.  The free classes are being offered for students in grades 2-5 in groups of 6-12 students.  Please call us for more information and to reserve a spot, (860) 231-2429.  See flyer below.

McLean Presents - Your Parents - Their Next Chapter - RSVP is requested.



Wednesday, February 18, 2015

News for the Week of 2/18/15





Snow Day Calendar Changes -  We have now had 4 snow days.  Since one snow day was built into our calendar, we have 3 days to make up. Our schedule for snow day makeups is as follows:

Monday, April 6, 2015 - School will be OPEN for a regular full day of school with PreKindergarten Enrichment and Aftercare available.  This is Easter Monday and was planned as a day off on our original school calendar .

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 & Thursday, June 11, 2015- School will be OPEN FOR A REGULAR FULL DAY of school with PreKindergarten Enrichment and Aftercare available. 

Friday, June 12, 2015 - This is now our TENTATIVE last day of school and will be a 12:45pm EARLY DISMISSAL WITH NO PREKINDERGARTEN ENRICHMENT OR AFTERCARE.

If we should have additional snow days, they will be added to our days in June and only the last day will be a 12:45pm early dismissal.





HOT LUNCH MAKEUPS  The hot lunch that was scheduled for January 12th (yes, that was also a snow day), will be served on Tuesday, 2/24.  We are still short one volunteer, so if you can help, please let Mrs. Budnick know at tbudnick@stmarysimsbury.eduk12.net.

It's time to order hot lunches for April - June! Click here for the order form for hot lunches for April - June.  All orders and payments are due NLT Friday, 2-27-15.  PLEASE NOTE THAT NO LATE ORDERS CAN BE ACCEPTED.



Bringing the Past to Life - Students in Mrs. Gore's fifth grade learned about the dress and artifacts from colonial times in a special presentation by Mrs. Elliott and her daughter, Lainey, Gr. 2.



Looking ahead to March - 

Walk-In Wednesdays will begin on March 4 and continue each Wednesday in March.  If you know someone who has been wondering if SMS is the right place for their family, please encourage them to drop by for a walk in visit.  Hours are 9:30-11:30, no appointment is required but if they call ahead, we'll be sure to have an information packet all prepared for them to take home after their visit.

Our March School Mass will be held at 9am on Friday, 3/6/15, in the church.  All are most welcome to join us.  Please remember that no physical education uniforms should be worn to Mass.



March Parent/Teacher Conferences will be here before you know it!  This year, our March Parent/Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Monday, 3/16 - Thursday, 3/19.  Each of these days will be a 12:45pm Early Dismissal and there will be NO PREKINDERGARTEN ENRICHMENT OR AFTERCARE.  Click here to sign up for conferences.  A conference is strongly encouraged for all students but unlike the Fall conferences, no appointments will be scheduled for you if you do not sign up on your own.  If you do not sign up for a conference and your child's teacher feels one is necessary, you will be contacted by the teacher.




Yearbook 2015 - Your photos are needed!  The SMS Yearbook is a very special keepsake.  It features photos of every student at SMS and many candid shots from the year's activities, athletic events and clubs.  If you have photos from this year's activities, please upload them now!  Photos may be uploaded at community.lifetouch.com.  The password/access code for our school is - WXBRRX (Please note, this is case sensitive.  Use all capital letters.)  Please note that up to 5 images may be uploaded at a time.  Your photos will be accepted until the end of March.  Please be sure that photos are identified by activity and/or grade and include teacher and or student names.


Tired of Winter?  Ready to plan for Spring?  Save the Date for the annual "Fairway to Heaven" Golf Tournament - May 18, 2015 at the Hopmeadow Country Club in Simsbury.  Golf and Tennis during the day, followed by a dinner at the club that evening. Click here for more information.


First Grade students had a compound word "snowball fight" -
Mr. G. joined in the fun!

Home & School Association News

Box Tops for Education -Collection contest closes this Friday, February 20.  The teacher of the winning class will receive $50 for classroom extras.  Please send Box Tops into homeroom teachers.  Please check the expiration date since expired Box Tops are not accepted.  This contest is open to all grades PreKindergarten - Grade 8.  Questions should be directed to Scott Sirianni at scottmary99@aol.com.


School Board News - The Saint Mary’s School Board Nominating Committee has started our process to identify potential school board members for next year. Potential candidates may self-nominate or be nominated by someone else. There is no requirement for board members to have children attending Saint Mary’s School. We just want to ensure we have the best talent serving on the board. Key eligibility requirements include having a genuine interest in Catholic school education and a willingness to support the school philosophy and mission. Potential candidates should also be a credible witness of the Catholic faith; a member of a parish; or if non-Catholic, not opposed to the tenets of the Catholic faith. The needs the board will be looking to address for the upcoming term will include individuals with a financial or CPA background skills or individuals with skills focused on marketing, project management and strategic planning. If you are interested in being considered to serve on the School Board, please contact Claude Howard at claudeoh@gmail.com. Please include in your e-mail information about your Parish(Town), Occupation, If you have or had students at Saint Mary’s School and your specific talents available to the board.

Athletic News


Jump Rope Club will begin Wednesday, February 25 under the direction of Mrs. Mary Liljedahl and Mrs. Amy Lillis.  The club will meet from 3:45-5pm in the parish center and is open to students in grades 1-8.  Jump Rope club will meet every Wednesday, when school is in session, from 3:45-5pm until June. If your child(ren) are participating in Jump Rope Club, please be sure to advise the homeroom teacher(s) that he/she/they will stay for jump rope every Wednesday unless you advise otherwise. There is a $15.00 fee to participate.  Please make your check payable to St. Mary's Booster Club. Older jumpers will be taught leadership skills and will assist Coaches Liljedahl and Lillis.  Volunteers are needed to turn rope at 4:30pm on practice days. Click here for permission slip.



Ski & Snowboard Club has finished its season for 2015.  Our thanks to the club's coordinator,
Mr. James Shanley and to all our parent volunteers.


Community News


Simsbury Public Library will be offering a number of great programs in March designed to appeal to middle and high school age students.  Click here for more information.