Wednesday, December 12, 2018

News for the Week of 12/12/18

December 12th is the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Hot Lunch Order Period is open NOW for January hot lunches.  Orders may be placed via the Educonnect Parent Portal through Friday, 12/14/18.  This is your only opportunity to order hot lunches for January.  Please send in payment once your order is submitted.  NO late orders can be accepted.

Advancement News

It's never too late to join Advancement! Please join us for some Christmas cheer at our meeting tomorrow - Thursday, December 13th after drop off at  9am in the lower church. All are welcome! 

As we look forward to Christmas and the New Year please consider including St. Mary's School in your end of year donations. Your contribution is tax deductible and crucial to the operating budget. Everything from snow plowing, HVAC maintenance and cleaning supplies, to academic, athletic and arts programs (to name just a few!) are made possible through the generosity of our donors. 

Click here or contact Toni Chagnon ( for more information on how you can help! 


Lessons & Carols will be held next Monday, 12/17/18, in the church.  This beautiful retelling of the Nativity story is a beloved SMS tradition involving all students in Kindergarten- Grade 8.  Student attendance is considered mandatory.  If your family has a conflict, please contact Mrs. Williamson. There will be a dress rehearsal at 10am and an evening presentation at 7pm.  Guests are welcome at either performance and the morning is especially suitable for preschool age siblings since it is much less crowded and easier to see the Nativity story unfold. Students in Grades 1-7 should wear their formal uniform - no sweatshirts or spirit wear.  Students in Kindergarten and Grade 8 follow dress guidelines provided by Miss Ciarcia and Mrs. Work.  The snow date for Lessons & Carols is Tuesday, 12/18/18.

PE Club - There will be PE Club on Wednesday, 12/19 and Thursday, 12/20.

School will be dismissed early at 12:45pm on Friday, 12/21/18.

There will be NO PreK Enrichment or Aftercare.  School is CLOSED from Monday, 12/24/18 through Tuesday, 1/1/19.  School reopens for a regular, full day of school on Wednesday, 1/2/19.

'Tis the Season to be Thankful!

Thank you to everyone who supported the 8th Grade Poinsettia Sale.  We appreciate it!  Thank you also to all of the students and parents who helped with the delivery and distribution of the poinsettias!  It takes a village and we have one special community!
                                 Donna Nolan and the 8th Grade Class

Thanks to all who participated in our "Believe" letters.  SMS sent 166 letters to Macy's which will be a $332 donation to Make A Wish.

Students in Grades 7 & 8 immersed themselves in the works of Shakespeare on 11/30.  A series of workshops presented by Shakesperience introduced students to the works of Shakespeare and provided an opportunity to interact theatrically.

'Tis the Season to be Clipping!  Don't forget to check for BoxTops for Education on some of those special holiday groceries & supplies.  Here's a few products you may not have thought about:
  • Annie’s® Baking Mixes
  • Fiber One™ Mixes
  • Reynolds® Bakeware Pans
  • Reynolds Kitchens® Oven Bags
  • Reynolds Kitchens® Parchment Paper
  • Reynolds Kitchens® Slow Cooker Liners
  • Reynolds® StayBrite® Baking Cups

BoxTops may be sent into school at any time.  All classrooms have collection boxes.

Still Shopping?  Making your List for Holiday Baking or Celebrations?  SMS CHOICE has gift cards for several department and specialty stores like Kohls, Macys, and Barnes & Noble, the Max group restaurants, Panera, Little City, Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks & Peachwave along with most local grocery stores. There are also gift cards for Amazon, Target and Walmart!  Send in your CHOICE order or stop by the office to browse through the CHOICE box and make your selections!

Alumni News - Our congratulations to Gavin Hughes, SMS Class of '17, on being named to the Simsbury High Honor Roll for the first semester.  Gavin's name was inadvertently omitted from last week's listing. 

We are also proud to share that Shayna Glazier, SMS Class of '16, was inducted into the Massaco Chapter of the National Honor Society at Simsbury High School.  She is also a member of the Spanish National Honor Society.  Congratulations, Shayna!

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