Wednesday, May 2, 2018

News for the Week of 5/2/18

Join Us This Saturday, Cinco de Mayo!
7pm Hartford Golf Club
Dinner, Dancing, Margaritas, Raffle, Auction & More

Tickets can still be purchased in the school office or at the door
 $100 per person  
MC, Visa & Discover along with cash or checks accepted

Casual Attire, Flexible Seating
Wine, Beer & Margarita Open Bar

Click here for even more important event information.

IOWA Testing began today (5/2/218)  for students in grades 3 -7.

Continuing through Tuesday, 5/8/18, students in grades 3-7 will be taking the IOWA Tests of Basic Skills. Wednesday, 5/9/18 and Thursday, 5/10/18, are reserved for "make-ups" due to illness. While these tests are one important indicator of a student's academic progress, we do strongly encourage you to help your child(ren) approach these tests with a positive outlook of relaxed confidence. Unlike many regular assessments, these tests cannot be "studied" for and the best preparation for them is a good night's rest and a healthy breakfast.

Students that may feel anxious should be reminded that these tests are just one measure of progress. Please also keep in mind that it is very important for students to arrive at school PROMPTLY by 8:40AM on IOWA testing days. Late arrivals will not be permitted into a classroom if the testing has begun until there is a break. Additionally, we ask that you try to avoid scheduling doctor and dentist visits during the testing period. Students cannot be called out of class during a testing period and no announcements will be made into classrooms during testing.

CHOICE News - The 2017-18 CHOICE program concluded on 4/30/18. Participation in the CHOICE program is a mandatory part of your family's financial commitment to SMS if your children are in grades K-8.  CHOICE statements have been provided to all families with an outstanding balance.  CHOICE purchases made beginning 5/1/18 will be credited to the 18-19 CHOICE program.

New Stores Now In Stock in the CHOICE Box -  You can now buy cards for Chipolte ($25, $10), Nordstrom ($100, $25) & Nordstrom Rack ($100, $25) by stopping in the office or sending in a kid mail order.

Ascension Thursday - We will attend Mass at 12:15pm on Thursday, May 10th for the Feast of the Ascension.  All are welcome to join us.  Please remember that no physical education uniforms should be worn to Mass.   The relaxed uniform is acceptable for Mass.

Grandparents' & Special Person's Day & May Crowning will be held on Friday, May 11th.  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 10:30am 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. 

SMS Family Day with the YardGoats - Ticket orders due this Friday, May 4th!  Click here to download this flyer and complete your ticket order.  All orders and payments should be sent into the school office NLT May 4th.

It’s Almost Book Fair time!  Kids love picking out their own books to read, and this is the perfect opportunity. Everything is Buy One - Get One Free!  Our Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that brings the books kids want to read right into our school. It’s a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. Please make plans to visit our Book Fair or send your child with payment (cash, check to St. Mary’s School, or credit card) and be involved in shaping your child’s reading habits.  Please check teacher blogs for information regarding days and times for class visits.
Book Fair dates: Tuesday, May 29th - Thursday, May 31st

Shopping hours: Tuesday: 11:00 - 3:30
Wednesday: 8:30 - 3:30
Thursday: 8:30 - 3:30
We need your help! Please use this sign up link to volunteer: Book Fair Volunteers
Thank you so much!

Supporting the Class of '19! Our rising 8th grade is selling beautiful SMS logo bracelets and keychains. Bracelets are $20 and keychains are $10. The colored crystal beads on the bracelet are clear and dark blue (brighter than indicated in the picture). Proceeds from this fundraiser will help these students begin to save for the expenses associated with their 8th grade field trip and graduation activities. Click here for order form. Payment may be sent into the school office. Checks should be made payable to St. Mary's School with "bracelet/keychain" in the memo section. Sixty-five bracelets and fifty keychains are in stock. Once these have been sold we will be able to place an order for additional items but there will be a short wait for delivery, so - send your orders in quickly to take advantage of existing inventory.

Community News

Women's Guild of St. Mary's Invites Your Family to our Living Rosary!  Be a bead on the rosary!  Sunday, May 20th at 6:10pm in the Church Parking Lot.  Please park your car in the north (playground) parking lot.  This rosary will specially honor our youth that have made the Sacraments of First Communion and Confirmation this spring.

St. Catherine of Siena Charity "Halo Open" Friday, 6/1/18 - St. Catherine's invites you to enjoy their annual charity golf tournament, while at the same time making a positive difference in the lives of others by supporting The Men's Club Ministry Charities. Your support will help the Men's Club Ministry make substantial contributions to families in need, shelters, and local Farmington Valley charities.  Click here for more information and to register.

Looking Ahead to Summer

Expedition: Xavier is an enrichment camp for young men entering grades 5-8 held at Xavier High School. 
 For Summer 2018, there will be two week-long sessions offered (the first week is full day and the second week is half day). Students may attend one or both sessions.  Click here for more information and to register.

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