Wednesday, November 8, 2017

News for the Week of 11/8/17

School will be open for a regular, full day of school on Friday, November 10th.  There will be a prayer service in observance of Veteran's Day.  All are welcome to attend this prayer service in the Parish Center beginning with Morning Prayer at 8:45am.

R.E.D.  (Remember Everyone Deployed) Friday - On Friday, November 10th, all students that bring in a non-perishable food item for the Jack Bannon Turkey Trot may wear red accessories with the uniform of the day Examples of acceptable accessories include red socks, red neckties (for boys), red hairbands & bows (for girls).  Please remember that these items must be worn with the uniform of the day.   This is not a dress down day.

Hot Lunch Order Period for December - The open order period for December hot lunch will be open Monday, 11/13/17 - Friday, 11/17/17.  This open order period is your only opportunity to order hot lunches for December. Please keep in mind that no late orders can be accepted.

Group Class Photos for Grades PreK -7 & Individual Student Retake & Make-up Photos for students in grades PreK - 8 will be taken by Lifetouch Photography on Monday, 11/13/17.  All students in K-7 should wear their full formal uniform for the group class photo.  If your child(ren) did not have a photo taken back in September, a photo can be taken of them on 11/13/17.  Order at using Picture ID EJ417010Q1.

For students in grades PreK - 7, if a individual retake is being done, the original portrait package must be returned to the photographer.   Special Note for Grade 8 - Lifetouch will bring necessary equipment to take retakes for any grade 8 student who wishes that. Please let Mrs. Williamson know if you wish to be included in that group. A student having a retake or make up individual photo may bring "Sunday Best" to change into for their photo but must wear their formal uniform for the group class photo.

School Board Meeting -
The School Board will meet on Wednesday, November 15th at 7pm in the lower church. All are welcome.

Our Annual Senior Citizen Thanksgiving Luncheon will take place on Wednesday, 11/15.  Many volunteers and many donations are needed to make our annual Senior Citizen Thanksgiving Luncheon a success.  This is a fabulous event with an opportunity for our whole community to assist.

If you would like to volunteer to come and help with the luncheon, click here.

Please use the links below to see what food & supply donations are needed by grade level and to sign up to donate.  Please note that many donations are needed for this event and that your support is important and counted on to make this wonderful tradition possible each year.

PreKindergarten Senior Luncheon Sign-up

Kindergarten Senior Luncheon Sign-Up

Grade 1 Senior Luncheon Sign-Up

Grade 2 Senior Luncheon Sign-Up

Grade 3 Senior Luncheon Sign-Up

Grade 4 Senior Luncheon Sign-Up

Grade 5 Senior Luncheon Sign-Up

Grade 6 Senior Luncheon Sign-Up

Grade 7 Senior Luncheon Sign-Up

Grade 8 Senior Luncheon Sign-Up


Do you know a Senior Citizen that would like to attend our Thanksgiving Luncheon? All they need to do is RSVP to the Simsbury Senior Center by calling  860-658-3273 Please note, reservations through the Simsbury Senior Center are required and this luncheon is limited to 200 guests and "walk-in's" cannot be accommodated.


Spirit Wear & Gear 
Show your school spirit! Sir Ted is now featured on our new car decals. 
Available for $5.00 each. They can go anywhere on your vehicle and be taken on and off as needed, and they won't come off in the car wash!

It's finally cold out there! Fleece jackets and pullovers are available in most sizes or can be ordered, see Toni Chagnon in the office for purchasing and ordering!  Please note that the fleece jacket is outer wear and may not be worn during the school day inside the building.

Just in Time for Holiday Decorating & Giving!  Get some shopping done and support the music program here at SMS!  We are excited to announce plans to introduce a new third grade recorder program that will be facilitated by our FMI instructor, Debbie Morse.  Additionally, we are planning to replace some of the older music stands used by our band students.  Your support of our music program through your voluntary participation in this Yankee Candle Fundraiser will help us defray the costs associated with these plans.  Your order will ship direct to your address!  No school pick up or sorting! How convenient is that?  Orders may be placed until 1/11/18  BUT orders placed after November 17th cannot be guaranteed to arrive for Christmas. All orders must be placed on-line.  Click here to start shopping!  Please feel free to share this link with friends or family that might like to support our school.  Please note - when checking out, no need to fill out a Seller ID, our group number will be prefilled and that is sufficient. (If, for some reason, you land on a "general" page, please use our group number - 999977285)

Thanks to all that supported the 8th grade's fundraiser at Puerta Vallarta last week. 
The fund raiser was a huge success. We also thank Mrs. Rodriguez for her support!

The weather has taken a turn toward autumnal temperatures.  Please be sure your child(ren) have the appropriate outdoor attire and please encourage them to wear it.  Unless the temperature falls below 20 degrees or the weather is wet or slippery, students do wait outside at morning arrival and do go outside for recess.  Hats and gloves and warmer jackets make recess and waiting outside for the opening bell more fun. When snow arrives, students are encouraged to enjoy the snow but must have boots and snow gear to do so.  Girls may wear uniform pants as part of their formal uniform.  Girls who choose to wear the formal jumper or skirt may wear sweatpants or windpants beneath their jumper or skirt while outdoors BUT these must be removed while they are in the school building.

Need to be somewhere bright & early?  Have just one child coming in for tutoring?  Our Early Drop Off Program is here to help you!  Click here for more information and registration forms and reservation calendars.

Thanks to all who supported the HSA Lyman Pie & Otis Spunkmeyer Cookie Dough Fundraiser.  Pick up of pies and cookie dough will be on Friday, 11/17/17.  If you can help sort and distribute pies and cookie dough, please use the Sign Up genius to volunteer - click here.

SMS Stars

Pictured from left - Sophie G., Hannah K., Francesca C.
Jenna G., Faith P. and our FMI Instructor, Mrs. Debbie Morse.
Congratulations to those students that represented SMS at the FMI Regional Band Concert on Saturday, 11/4.  Students representing SMS were - Hannah K. and Jenna G., Gr 8; Faith P., Sophie G.,  and Francesca C., Gr. 7.  Participation in the Regional Band gives these students the opportunity to audition for the All-State Bands. Our thanks to our FMI Instructor, Debbie Morse, for all her help and dedication in preparing these students for the regional concert and for helping them prepare for their upcoming auditions for All-State.  We also extend thanks and recognition to the parents of our Regional musicians for their support of the program that requires travel to Manchester on several Friday nights and Saturday mornings for rehearsals.

Community News

St. Mary's Parish Christmas Youth Choir Welcomes You to Participate!

The Christmas Youth Choir will rehearse on three Thursdays, 12/7, 12/14, and 12/21 from 4:30 - 5:15pm inside the church.  All children old enough to learn the words to traditional Christmas carols
are invited to participate.  The choir sings prior to the 6pm Mass on Christmas Eve starting at
5:30pm.  Please see Music Director, Gena Sullivan, after Mass if you have any questions.

Give Kids a Smile Day 2018 - Again this year, the Avon Wellness Center Dental Associates are participating in a children's free dental care day.   This year's Give Kids a Smile Day for children in need will be on Friday, February 2, 2018 beginning at 8am by appointment only.  Please call the Avon Wellness Center Dental Associates for more information and to schedule an appointment - 860~606~0066.

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