Wednesday, May 10, 2017

News for the Week of 5/10/17

Second grade looks forward to welcoming everyone to
May Crowning this Friday, 5/12/17.

Grandparents' & Special Person's Day & May Crowning will be held on Friday, May 12th.  Again this year, we are looking forward to welcoming special guests for a visit.  We hope many grandparents and people special to our students will join us for morning prayer at 8:45am in the Parish Center.  After a continental breakfast and some student entertainment, guests will be free to visit classrooms until 10:45am when the school community will transition to the church for our traditional May Crowning.  Guests will be free to depart after May Crowning as students return to school for the remainder of the academic day. 

Walk-In Wednesdays are here!  Do you know someone wondering if SMS is the right place for their family?  Encourage them to drop in to get acquainted during one of our upcoming Walk-In Wednesdays on May 24 or May 31 from 9-11:30am.  Please note that May 17th is not a Walk-In Wednesday since several grades will be out on field trips.

P.E. Club - IMPORTANT NOTICE - Due to end of the year schedules, there will be no P.E. club in May or June. Thank you to all of the participants that joined us this year!

Spring Band & Vocal Concert - This year our spring band & vocal music concert will be held on Monday, May 22nd at 7pm in the Parish Center.  There will be a dress rehearsal of the concert at 1:30pm on May 22nd.  Our FMI instructor, Mrs. Debbie Morse, will provide band students will directions regarding arrival time and concert attire.  All students in Kindergarten - Grade 8 participate in the vocal music portion of the concert and attendance is considered mandatory since the performance is part of the student's vocal music grade.  If an excused absence needs to be requested, please contact Mrs. Williamson.  "Sunday Best" is the dress expectation for the vocal music concert unless the teacher has provided other directives for dress.  "Sunday Best" for boys means a collared shirt and dress slacks or walking shorts with shoes and socks.  "Sunday Best" for girls means a dress, skirt, or skort of modest length or dress walking shorts (i.e., knee length) or slacks.  Dresses or tops should be of modest coverage (e.g., no bare shoulders, no open backed dresses).  Girls are expected to wear sensible shoes or sandals.  If "Sunday Best" is not available, the relaxed uniform may be worn.

Mark Your Calendars!  

Next week, our School Blog will be published on Thursday, 5/17.

Please mark your calendars that in May, we will worship with our Parish family at the 12:15pm Mass for the Feast of the Ascension.  Please keep in mind that no Physical Education uniforms should be worn to Mass.

Friday, May 26th is a 12:45pm Early Dismissal.  There will be no PreK Enrichment or Aftercare.  School is closed on Monday, 5/29, for Memorial Day.

We recently made a special addition to our prayer life. Mrs. Pabich-Phillips set up a simple prayer board in the hallway. Any member of the community may stop and write a prayer intention on a sticky note and put it on the wall. Today we started a new tradition at morning prayer where we will include the messages on the board as a group in our daily prayer intention. To be fair, we have borrowed this idea from a Catholic school in MA but imitation is the most sincere form of flattery!

It's Time to Order Your 2016-17 Yearbook - The SMS Yearbook is a great momento that features a photo of every student, club photos and candids from all our school year activities.  Don't miss your opportunity to own this important keepsake!  Yearbooks are ONLY available by presale and there are only a limited number of yearbooks printed for our school. Yearbooks are $28.   ONLINE ORDERING IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE BUT YEARBOOK ORDERS MAY STILL BE SENT INTO THE SCHOOL OFFICE.  A hard copy order form was sent home with all students on Friday, 4/28.   Additional order forms are available in the school office.  If you have questions, please contact Michelle Howard at

CHOICE News - The purchasing period for CHOICE for our current school year closed on April 30th.  If your family has a balance due for your CHOICE commitment for this year, a statement has been emailed to you.  Please send your balance due into the school office at your earliest convenience.  Your CHOICE obligation is part of your tuition commitment.  Purchases made after 4/30, are being credited to your family's CHOICE obligation for the 17-18 school year.  If you have questions regarding the CHOICE program or your family's CHOICE obligation, please contact Tammy in the school office.

Sale begins Thursday, 5/11/17.  SMS School Code is 900132150

Alumni News

Fifty-three Catholic high school seniors recognized for outstanding academic achievement shared honors with the teachers who inspired them most during the archdiocesan Summa Scholar Award ceremony and reception on April 24th at the Archdiocesan Center at St. Thomas Seminary.  Each year, the award is presented to high school seniors from eight Catholic high schools within the Archdiocese of Hartford. Summa Scholars placed in the top 5 percent of their graduating class, based on cumulative grade point average. Each school’s president or principal identifies the scholars.  We are proud to share that 3 of this year's Summa Scholars are alumni of SMS.  Our congratulations to Katharine Jessen, Sarah Jessen and Allyson Voelker, all SMS Class of '13.

We are also proud to share that Katharine Jessen (right)has received
as a CIAC Scholar-Athlete. 

Our congratulations to Gabriela Doskos, SMS Class of '13.  Gabriela has been accepted at and will attend Johns Hopkins University in the fall.  We love to hear about our alumnis' college decisions - if you have news to share, please send an email to
Community News -

Parish Picnic Planning - Calling all parishioners and St. Mary's school families; your talents and insights are needed to help plan the "best picnic ever", celebrating all the wonderful uniqueness of our parish community. Join us on Thursday, May 11, at 7:00 PM in the lower church for a short meeting to begin planning the picnic to CELEBRATE ST. MARY'S!

Please note that the opportunity to order tickets to the Yard Goats has been extended until May 15th!
Click here to download & print a ticket order form.

Kick off Summer with an Annual Tradition - The St. Mary's Carnival!
This year the carnival will run from June 7-10th.  Click here for more information and to learn how you can help.  Our school receives substantial financial assistance from carnival proceeds so this is a great community activity to support as a volunteer and as an attendee!

Tickets are available in the school office until Thursday, June 8th.

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