Wednesday, October 26, 2016

News for the week of 10/26/16






Halloween is Coming!  We are celebrating this Friday, 10/28.
In an effort to have a little fun and build community among our students, we will allow everyone in the building to dress up for Halloween on Friday, October 28.

Here are our parameters:

- no clowns
- no weapons
- no masks or face makeup
- no high heels (especially high heels that come with princess attire)
- each grade or group of grades will determine the time that students will wear the costumes; some might change in school and some wear them to school - please follow your child's teacher's instruction.

Parties are only allowed in PreKindergarten and Kindergarten.  These classroom parties may not involve food.

Halloween Pumpkin Bingo will take place on Mon., 10/31, during the lunch waves.




"Treat" for a neighbor in need.  Again this year, our school will participate in the Jack Bannon "Turkey Trot" non-perishable food drive.  We would like to encourage all students to bring a non-perishable food donation to school on Halloween, 10/31, as a treat for a neighbor in need.  Collection boxes will be located in the primary unit and the middle school and also outside the school office.  Turkey Trot donations will be accepted until Friday, November 4th. 




Students in Grades 2 and 5 have concluded their United Nation's study by sharing their presentation boards with families and friends. 

 It was exciting to see how much the students learned and how poised they were in their presentations. Click here to enjoy the second grade's welcoming song.











Formal Uniform Begins Tuesday, November 1 for students in grades Kindergarten - 7!  Students in 8th grade are given the privilege of wearing the relaxed uniform until December 1.  






Our November Open House is Coming Up Soon!  Do you know someone wondering if SMS is the right place for their family? Please encourage them to attend our Open House on Thursday, November 3rd at 6:30pm.  

An RSVP is appreciated, please email Toni Chagnon,   tchagnon@stmarysimsbury.eduk12.net  or call the school office at 860-658-9412.




The Advancement Committee is gearing up for our 60th Anniversary Celebration on Friday, April 21, 2017. This will be our most important fundraising event of the school year and we have several committees that need volunteers. It is a great opportunity to share your talent and time to help our school continue its mission and celebrate its rich history! For more information on how you can help please call or email Toni Chagnon, 860-658-9412 or tchagnon@stmarysimsbury.eduk12.net.





Art Club is Coming Soon!  Click here to download and print and registration form.  View details below.



2017 Ski & Snowboard Club Registrations are Now Being Accepted!Even though the leaves are just beginning to turn, it's time to think about Ski & Snowboard Club.

Preparations are underway for the 2017 season at Ski Sundown in New Hartford.  Click here for new information, FAQ and registration forms.

These forms can be completed and submitted beginning now. The deadline for submission without a late fee is TUESDAY NOVEMBER 1, 2016.

All students who are age 8 or older on 1/4/17, can participate. First timers are more than welcome.

Bus transportation to and from Ski Sundown will be available if enough bus riders register. Season pass holders can utilize the Club’s bus transportation. Please see the FAQ for cost information and discussion on alternate transportation.

Chaperones are also needed and can ski for free. A Sign-Up Genius site has been established. Click here.

Please consider this activity for your child(ren). We have a great time and welcome new and returning participants.



In Mrs. Jehning's first grade,  the children are learning about neighborhoods, different kinds of communities, community workers, laws and customs.  Students began this unit by constructing a house and writing four reasons why we love our homes.  First grade parents can look forward to seeing these constructions during their conferences next week. 




















Veterans' Day Observance - Please Join Us
On Friday, November 11, 2016, our children will be observing Veterans' Day with a special program after morning prayer. We would like to invite families and any veterans to our program that day. Please contact the school office if you plan to join us. Military uniforms are welcome and would be appreciated by our students. We hope to see you then!





SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR! 
The book fair is under way! There's one last day to stop by the Parish Center to shop a great selection of Scholastic's best books!  Thursday, 10/26 from 9am-1pm.  A special THANK YOU to all of the fantastic volunteers for contributing their time to our fair!

Can't stop in?  Click here to shop online from October 16th - November 1st.  All proceeds will benefit SMS!




Looking ahead, November will bring our annual Thanksgiving Senior Citizen Luncheon.  As always, many volunteers will be needed to assist with this event.  More information will be available soon!






Thanks to all who ordered from the Lyman Pie & frozen cookie dough fundraiser!    Frozen pies and cookie dough will be available for pickup on Thursday, November 17.  Pickup time will be announced.


Grade 8 Fundraising - St. Mary's  8th grade class would like to extend a special thank you to the Rodriguez family and their wonderful staff at Puerto Vallarta restaurant.  Their family restaurant provided a beautiful, relaxing and deliciously successful fundraising event!  Thank you to everyone who enjoyed a meal at Puerto Vallarta on Sunday in support of our 8th grade!



Calling All Student Volunteers - The Prudential Insurance Co. sponsors the Prudential Spirit of Community program and award each year. This is open to students in grades 5-12 who have made a difference through a volunteer project. 
Click here for more information.  The application deadline is November 8, 2016.







Jamie & Diana Kalamarides, seated right, celebrating at the
HOPES dinner with SMS friends, Scott and Mary Sirianni, seated left,
& standing from the left - Tom & Kristin Potter, Michelle & Claude Howard,
Principal, Margaret Williamson and Father Frank Matera.

Congratulations!  

Jamie and Diana Kalamarides, parents of Joseph, Gr. 5, and Hannah, Gr. 7,  were honored at the 39th Anniversary HOPES (Help Our Parish Elementary Schools) Dinner sponsored by the Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis, Archdiocese of Hartford, and held at the Aqua Turf Club, Southington on September 29, 2016. The gathering of over 470 included pastors, principals and volunteer leaders representing several school constituencies – parents, grandparents, past parents, alumni and friends. Eighty one representatives from 40 schools were honored with the 2016 St. John Neumann Award for Volunteer Service, in recognition of outstanding service to Catholic education at the parish school level.




Alumni News - Our congratulations to Tim Nolan, SMS Class of '14, on his induction into the National Honor Society.  Tim is a junior at Granby High School.








Community News
Clothes for a Cause -The St. Ann's Church Scholarship Committee provides partial scholarships to selected students from the Hartford area who want to attend a Catholic high school. The scholarships assist students (selected by the school staff) at Northwest Catholic High School, East Catholic High School, and St. Paul's High School in Bristol. Each student is guaranteed annual financial assistance throughout his/her high school career. The Scholarship Committee holds four annual fundraisers and the Clothing Sale will be this year's first fundraiser. A collection box is now available outside the school office.  Clothing donations will be accepted until Friday, 10/28. This is a great time to share some of your clean, gently used clothing and accessories for a great cause.  The clothing sale will take place at St. Ann's on November 4th and 5th. 





Simsbury Public Library Announces Programs for Teens & Tweens


 in November. 

































Thursday, October 20, 2016

News for the Week of 10/20/16





Important Calendar Notes for next week, the week of 10/24/16:
Monday, 10/24, is a regular full day of school.
Tuesday, 10/25 - Thursday, 10/27, are 12:45 early dismissals for Parent/Teacher Conferences.  See details below.  PreKindergarten enrichment is available and aftercare is available on a special fee schedule - Click here.
Friday, 10/26, is a 12:45 early dismissal for a Teacher In-Service.  There will be NO PreKindergarten Enrichment or Aftercare available.

Students in Mrs. Mortillaro's 4th grade created this
beautiful Student Pledge bulletin board.



Chess Club is cancelled this Friday, October 21st.  We will let you know when a make-up date is selected.

Carpool Safety Reminder -  Our carpool lot is a busy place in the morning and we appreciate that everyone is trying to drop off and get on with a busy day.  Nonetheless, it is important that everyone exercise caution and adhere to the safety rules we have put in place.  This is particularly true because our students encompass a wide age range and some of our youngest students are only 4 and have just started to get accustomed to being "dropped off" and walking to their "line". 

Please keep in mind that if you drop off your child(ren) and there are cars in front of you still unloading, you MAY NOT pull around these vehicles to exit.  Please wait until the cars in front of yours pull forward to exit before you do so.  We realize this may result in a delay in your departure but these few minutes help assure that all of our students are safe.  Thank you for your cooperation.








We will worship with our Parish family at the 12:15 Mass on Tuesday, November 1 for the Feast of All Saints' Day.  All are welcome to join us at Mass.  Please remember that no physical education uniforms should be worn to Mass.







Our annual Scholastic Bookfair is next week!

Setup will begin on Monday, October 24th at 7:30am.  Sales will begin at 9am - 2:30pm.  The schedule for class visits is still being finalized.

Sales continue on each school day from Tuesday, October 25th through Thursday, October 27th from 9am to 1pm each day.  These days are all 12:45pm dismissals due to Parent/Teacher Conferences.

Shop the bookfair for new releases, favorites, and great classics! Proceeds directly benefit our school.

Volunteers are needed to help students shop and to run the cash register.  Click here to sign up to volunteer.

Can't make it to the fair?   Click here to shop online from October 16th - November 1st.​


Parent/Teacher Conferences for students in grades 1 -8 will be held next week from Tuesday, October 25 - Thursday, October 27. 


 Each of these days will be a 12:45pm early dismissal for all students.  

PreKindergarten Enrichment is available AND WE ARE HAPPY TO ANNOUNCE THAT AFTERCARE WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE UNTIL 6PM.  THERE IS A SPECIAL FEE SCHEDULE & RESERVATION FORM FOR STUDENTS IN K-8 DUE TO THE ADDITIONAL LENGTH OF THE AFTERCARE PERIOD.  

CLICK HERE FOR CONFERENCE DAY AFTERCARE FOR STUDENTS IN K-8.  PreKindergarten students should reserve using the regular reservation calendar since they will be transitioning from Enrichment and will not be using the longer care period.

****PLEASE NOTE A MINIMUM OF 10 FAMILIES IS REQUIRED IN ORDER TO PROVIDE THIS AFTERCARE***  At this time, only one family has reserved conference after care.

Please click here to schedule your conference(s).

Kindergarten Conferences will be held in January from Tuesday, 1/17/17 - Friday, 1/20/17.  These conferences will be scheduled during the school day and will not be early dismissal days.  A Sign-Up Genius will be provided when the timing is appropriate.

Important Calendar Note - Please note that Friday, October 28, is also a 12:45pm Early Dismissal but will have NO PreKindergarten Enrichment or Aftercare because it is a Faculty In-Service meeting not conferences.





Do you know someone interested in learning more about St. Mary's School?


A final Walk In Wednesday will be held on October 26th from 9am to 11:30am.  Drop in visitors are welcome!

We are currently accepting applications for PreKindergarten - 8th grade for the 2017-18 school year.  Limited seats are also available for the current school year.


Students in Miss Ciarcia's Kindergarten are working
hard in cooperative "centers".



Our November Open House is Coming Up Soon!  Do you live on a busy street, in a large neighborhood or a neighboring town?  If so, we need you!
We have lawn signs available in the school office for our upcoming Open House on Thursday, November 3rd. If you would like a sign, please email Toni Chagnon, tchagnon@stmarysimsbury.eduk12.net.




The Advancement Committee is gearing up for our 60th Anniversary Celebration on Friday, April 21, 2017. This will be our most important fundraising event of the school year and we have several committees that need volunteers. It is a great opportunity to share your talent and time to help our school continue its mission and celebrate its rich history! For more information on how you can help please call or email Toni Chagnon, 860-658-9412 
or tchagnon@stmarysimsbury.eduk12.net.



Students in Mrs. Keany's second grade are busy preparing for the United Nations presentations they and their fifth grade will share on Monday, 10/24, with parents and friends.  The students are doing a great job using their iPads to research countries around the world.



Halloween is Coming!  
In an effort to have a little fun and build community among our students, we will allow everyone in the building to dress up for Halloween on Friday, October 28.

Here are our parameters:

- no clowns
- no weapons
- no masks or face makeup
- no high heels (especially high heels that come with princess attire)
- each grade or group of grades will determine the time that students will wear the costumes; some might change in school and some wear them to school - please follow your child's teacher's instruction.

Parties are only allowed in PreKindergarten and Kindergarten.  These classroom parties may not involve food.

Halloween Pumpkin Bingo will take place on Mon., 10/31, during the lunch waves.






"Treat" for a neighbor in need.  Again this year, our school will participate in the Jack Bannon "Turkey Trot" non-perishable food drive.  We would like to encourage all students to bring a non-perishable food donation to school on Halloween, 10/31, as a treat for a neighbor in need.  Collection boxes will be located in the primary unit and the middle school and also outside the school office.  Turkey Trot donations will be accepted until Friday, November 4th. 



Grade 8 Fundraising




This Sunday!  - October 23, 2016
St. Mary's 8th grade fundraiser at Puerta Vallarta Restaurant 

15 West Avon Rd.
Avon, CT 06018
Tel: 860-675-1999

Come support St. Mary's eighth grade class with great food and great company!  A percentage of sales will be donated by Puerta Vallarta to benefit St. Mary's 8th grade class.




Veterans' Day Observance - Please Join Us
On Friday, November 11, 2016, our children will be observing Veterans' Day with a special program after morning prayer. We would like to invite families and any veterans to our program that day. Please contact the school office if you plan to join us. Military uniforms are welcome and would be appreciated by our students. We hope to see you then!



Important Uniform Announcement!  Students in Kindergarten - Grade 7 will begin to wear the formal uniform on Tuesday, November 1.  Students in 8th grade are given the privilege of wearing the relaxed uniform until December 1.  

Please note that there are 2 important changes to our formal uniform code:

1.  Iron Knee Lands' End Straight Leg Pain-front Chino Pants in NAVY are now a formal uniform option for girls in Kindergarten - Grade 8.  Please note that the navy pants are a formal uniform option.  They do not replace the skirt or jumper.  Both the skirt (for girls in grades 5 and up) and the jumper (for grades K-4)  are still acceptable. The navy pants are acceptable uniform attire for days we are attending Mass.   Lands' End has added the navy pants to our school's uniform code so they will appear as an option when you order using our school uniform code -   9001-3215-0.

Little Girl - 442873-JUX        $30
Little Girl Slim - 442874-JU4 $30
Girl - 442875-JU9                   $30
Girl Slim - 442876-JU3          $30
Girl Plus - 442877-JU8          $30
Junior - 404343-JU5              $40
Women 6-16 - 403664-JU3   $40

Thank you for purchasing only this style of pants in navy from Lands' End.

2.  Flannel pajama pants may NO LONGER BE WORN beneath the formal uniform skirt or jumper for morning arrival or recess. Navy or white tights or navy blue sweatpants may be worn.

Community News

This year's Simsbury Celebrates! will take place on Saturday, 11/26/17 and will feature a gingerbread house competition open to area residents (both youth and adult) and businesses.  Entry forms will be accepted through 11/11/16.  Click here for more information & registration for the gingerbread contest.  For more information about Simsbury Celebrates!, click here.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Friday, 10/14/16 - Reminders & News



Please take a moment to read 
the arrival directions that appear below.

PARENTS AND STUDENTS!
St. Mary's School Day 
at St. Mary's Parish is this Sunday - 10/16/17! 

All are welcome even if you forgot to RSVP! 

We will worship with our Parish family at the 11am Mass. A simple reception will follow Mass in the Parish Center.

 Students are asked to report to the lower church at 10:40am to practice the song they will sing as a Communion reflection with Mrs. Jalinskas.

Please note that we will be arriving while the Parish's Sunday morning Religious Education program is underway.  To ease congestion in the the parking lot and help assure a smooth transition between events, please follow these arrival instructions -

*  Enter via the driveway near the rectory (if approaching from the south, this is the first of the driveways into the church parking lot BEFORE the church building and right after the exit from the Post Office.  If  approaching from the North, this is the last driveway, AFTER the church and before the exit from the Post Office). 

*  Drop off your student(s) at the rear of the church.  Students should enter the lower church via the double doors nearest the handicap ramp.  

*  Continue to park your car. If space is not available in the main church parking lot, please use either the town hall parking lot across the street or our north (playground) parking lot.

*  You can also just park your car at the town hall and cross the street with your student(s) and escort them into the lower church.

*  If you have a donation for the reception, please feel free to bring it to the Parish Center before going over to the Church for Mass.


Our annual Scholastic Bookfair is right around the corner!

Setup will begin on Monday, October 24th at 7:30am.  Sales will begin at lunch at 9am - 2:30pm.

Sales continue on each school day from Tuesday, October 25th through Thursday, October 27th from 9am to 1pm each day.  These days are all 12:45pm dismissals due to Parent/Teacher Conferences.

Shop the bookfair for new releases, favorites, and great classics! Proceeds directly benefit our school.

Volunteers are needed to help students shop and to run the cash register.  Click here to sign up to volunteer.

Can't make it to the fair?   Click here to shop online from October 16th - November 1st.​


Students in Mrs. Keany's second grade are working with their 5th grade buddies to explore our world as part of a United Nations study.



Important Uniform Announcement!  Students in Kindergarten - Grade 7 will begin to wear the formal uniform on Tuesday, November 1.  Students in 8th grade are given the privilege of wearing the relaxed uniform until December 1.  

Please note that there are 2 important changes to our formal uniform code:

1.  Iron Knee Lands' End Straight Leg Pain-front Chino Pants in NAVY are now a formal uniform option for girls in Kindergarten - Grade 8.  Please note that the navy pants are a formal uniform option.  They do not replace the skirt or jumper.  Both the skirt (for girls in grades 5 and up) and the jumper (for grades K-4)  are still acceptable. The navy pants are acceptable uniform attire for days we are attending Mass.   Lands' End has added the navy pants to our school's uniform code so they will appear as an option when you order using our school uniform code -   9001-3215-0.

Little Girl - 442873-JUX        $30
Little Girl Slim - 442874-JU4 $30
Girl - 442875-JU9                   $30
Girl Slim - 442876-JU3          $30
Girl Plus - 442877-JU8          $30
Junior - 404343-JU5              $40
Women 6-16 - 403664-JU3   $40

Thank you for purchasing only this style of pants in navy from Lands' End.

2.  Flannel pajama pants may NO LONGER BE WORN beneath the formal uniform skirt or jumper for morning arrival or recess. Navy or white tights or navy blue sweatpants may be worn.

Just in time for formal uniform shopping, Lands' End is offering 40% off all school uniform items.   The promo is underway and runs through next Monday, 10/17.  Our school uniform code is 9001-3215-0.








Used Uniform Exchange -  Click here for the most current Used Uniform Exchange inventory.