Wednesday, January 16, 2019

News for the Week of 1/16/19







Mark Your Calendar for some Winter Family Fun at the Start of Catholic Schools Week!

Saturday, January 26th from 5-8pm ~ Family Mass & our Student Art Show Gallery.
 


Our annual art show will be presented after the 5pm Mass on 1/26/19.  Students should wear their uniform to Mass. Families are then invited to come across to the Parish Center to enjoy the art show along with a selection of snacks and appetizers.  Enjoy a cozy cup of cocoa from our hot cocoa bar while touring the "gallery".  The art show theme this year is in keeping with our Laudato Si initiatives.  Students are working hard and creatively to design and produce artistic pieces that will evoke taking care of our environment through recycling. Every student, PreK thru 8th grade, will have a piece of artwork on display for our community to enjoy.

Please click here to RSVP.  
Your RSVP helps us be sure we have enough food for this family event, so thanks in advance! 

More Catholic Schools Week Fun!

Again this year, we will celebrate Catholic Schools Week with several fun activities for both our students and our faculty/staff.  Look for additional details next week, but please take a moment to review what's in store!

Sunday, January 27th - Open House for Prospective Families from 2-4pm beginning in the Parish Center.  Additional details appear below.

Teacher Appreciation Week - We hope to pull together some small gestures of appreciation for our very dedicated faculty.  If you would like to help - please contact the school office. A committee is being formed to plan the details for these activities.

Student Appreciation Activities -  More details coming soon, but, we promise there will be plenty of fun for our very special students!

Thursday, January 31st - Family Lunch  Again this year, all families are invited to bring a brown bag lunch and join their favorite students at lunch.  Times for Family Lunch Day are:

11:00-11:35 PreKindergarten, Kindergarten, Grades 1 & 2

11:40-12:15 Grades 3, 4 & 5

12:20-12:50 Grades 6, 7 & 8




Calendar Reminders-

School Board Meeting - The School Board will meet tonight, Wednesday, 1/16/19, at 7pm in the lower church.  All are welcome to attend.

School will be closed on Monday, 1/21/19, in observance of Martin Luther King Day.








Carpool Pick Up Reminder - Please keep in mind that the first two parking spaces in the carpool lot are reserved for last year's auction winners.  These spots should always be left vacant for those that paid for the privilege of parking in them.  Thank you.




Winter Weather Reminder - It looks like some snowy or slippery weather may be on the way.  Please keep in mind that SMS follows the Simsbury Public Schools in regard to delayed openings, early dismissals and closures due to weather or other emergencies.  A Remind text will be sent when the weather affects our daily schedule and an announcement will appear on the school's website



IMPORTANT P.E. CLUB NEWS Thursday P.E. Club (Grs. 5-8) is on hold until the end of basketball season.  The plan is to resume Thursday P.E. Club the first week of March.  Wednesday P.E. Club (Gr. 1-4) continues as usual.





Students in grades 6-8 hosted their exhibition of Los Paises de Habla Hispana (Spanish Speaking countries)
today in the Parish Center.  It was great to see so many parents and grandparents.  Pictured here, Sara, Gr. 6,
with her mom.


Advancement News - 2019 Is Off to a Great Start!

Jumbled Fairy Tales Continue All Month at St. Mary's School! Please join us with your little one (all children under the age of 5 are welcome!) on Friday mornings for Story Time & Craft - 9:00 -9:30am   ~RSVP to Toni Chagnon at 860-658-9412 or sign up at  http://bit.ly/ftjumbled

*If winter weather forces a delay on Friday, 1/18, Jumbled Fairy Tales will be cancelled but we will look forward to seeing you on 1/25!




Encourage friends or neighbors who are wondering about SMS to come to meet our faculty, staff, parents and students. From cursive to coding, we'll be sharing what has made us a 2018 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence! Contact Toni Chagnon for more information or to RSVP 860-658-9412 or  tchagnon@stmarysimsbury.eduk12.net .  Don't forget about our Family Referral Program!  Click here to learn more.



We Need your Superhero Powers! 
Enter your best superhero themed drawing  by Thursday, January 24th and your design could win our contest to be featured on our t shirt for our biggest fundraiser and family event of the year, St. Mary's School Superhero Challenge! 

The winner will be announced at the Art Show on Saturday, January 26th and will receive a free t shirt! For rules and more information,click here .



Looking Ahead to 2019-2020 - Wondering how to sign up for PreKindergarten or Kindergarten at SMS? Here are a few things to keep in mind:

1.  Applications are now being accepted for PreKindergarten.  Our PreK program is designed for an older 4 or a young 5 year old. This includes children will be 4 or who will not turn 5 until after 12/31/19.  Exceptions are occasionally made to allow a younger student to attend our PreK, please just call the office to discuss.

* Children who will turn 5 no later than 12/31/19, are eligible for Kindergarten next year.  

2.  Kindergarten admission for our current PreK students is "seamless" - there is NO need to apply for Kindergarten if your child is attending our PreK.  Unless we are notified of other plans, an enrollment packet for Kindergarten will be sent to you automatically.

3.  Kindergarten admissions for a student attending another area preschool or for a student will begin their first school experience in Kindergarten is as easy as filling out an application form and returning it to the school office with the application fee.  If your application is received prior to early March, you will receive a Kindergarten enrollment packet during our normal spring enrollment period.


IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR THOSE USING VERIZON FOR CELL PHONES - Please take a moment to read this very important information that may affect your ability to receive our Remind texts.  NOTE - THIS APPLIES ONLY TO THOSE WITH VERIZON SERVICE.

We have received information from Remind that effective Monday, January 28th, those with Verizon will NO LONGER receive Remind text messages.  This is because Verizon will be charging Remind a new fee that makes it impossible for them to continue free service with this carrier.

IF YOU ARE  VERIZON CUSTOMER - you can continue to receive your messages if you download the Remind Mobile app or email enable email notifications - both of which are free of charge. 

Click here to read additional information.  We would also like to encourage you to contact Verizon and request that they exclude Remind from this new fee so that you can continue to receive your text messages from the school office & athletics.  Verizon Customer Service: 1-800-922-0204

We are sorry to have to share this news but want to STRONGLY RECOMMEND THAT ALL VERIZON CUSTOMERS TAKE THE NECESSARY STEPS TO CONTINUE RECEIVING REMIND COMMUNICATIONS.











Time for a Fresh Uniform?  If your child(ren) need a "mid-season" replacement or if you want to get a jump on relaxed uniforms for the spring, Lands' End is offering free logos until 1/29/19.  Logos are an optional addition on our polo shirts, athletic pants, crew necked sweatshirts and cardigan sweaters.

























CHOICE News - Winter weather's on the way!  Do you have all the necessities?  Bread, milk, hot cocoa, soup, a good book, cough drops, a movie, warm socks, mittens, ice melt, a shovel????  CHOICE has gift cards to every store you need to visit to be storm ready - Big Y, Stop & Shop, Shoprite, Barnes & Noble, Walmart, Target, CVS and many more! 





Avery Hatch, SMS Class of '12, is spending
Elon's winter term studying the works of
Dante in Florence, Italy.  When not
immersed in study, she is consuming
 all the pasta and bread she can!



Alumni News - Congratulations to Avery Hatch, SMS Class of '12, on being named to the Dean's List at Elon University for the Fall 2018 semester.  

We love to hear about our alumni's accomplishments and life experiences.  Please send your stories to smsoffice@stmarysimsbury.eduk12.net. 
















Wednesday, January 9, 2019

News for the Week of 1/9/19





Mark Your Calendar for some Winter Family Fun at the Start of Catholic Schools Week!

Saturday, January 26th from 5-8pm ~ Family Mass & our Student Art Show Gallery.
 


Our annual art show will be presented after the 5pm Mass on 1/26/19.  Students should wear their uniform to Mass. Families are then invited to come across to the Parish Center to enjoy the art show along with a selection of snacks and appetizers.  Enjoy a cozy cup of cocoa from our hot cocoa bar while touring the "gallery".  The art show theme this year is in keeping with our Laudato Si initiatives.  Students are working hard and creatively to design and produce artistic pieces that will evoke taking care of our environment through recycling. Every student, PreK thru 8th grade, will have a piece of artwork on display for our community to enjoy.

Please click here to RSVP.  
Your RSVP helps us be sure we have enough food for this family event, so thanks in advance! 

More Catholic Schools Week Fun!

Again this year, we will celebrate Catholic Schools Week with several fun activities for both our students and our faculty/staff.  Look for additional details next week, but please take a moment to review what's in store!

Sunday, January 27th - Open House for Prospective Families from 2-4pm beginning in the Parish Center.  Additional details appear below.

Teacher Appreciation Week - We hope to pull together some small gestures of appreciation for our very dedicated faculty.  If you would like to help - please contact the school office. A committee is being formed to plan the details for these activities.

Student Appreciation Activities -  More details coming next week, but, we promise there will be plenty of fun for our very special students!

Thursday, January 31st - Family Lunch  Again this year, all families are invited to bring a brown bag lunch and join their favorite students at lunch.  Timing for student lunches will be published next week.


Calendar Reminders-

School Board Meeting - The School Board will meet on Wednesday, 1/16/19, at 7pm in the lower church.  All are welcome to attend.

School will be closed on Monday, 1/21/19, in observance of Martin Luther King Day.

Hot Lunch Ordering Period for February is Open Now.  Orders for hot lunches for February may be placed through Friday, 1/11/19.  This is your only opportunity to order hot lunches for February.  All orders should be placed via the Educonnect Parent Portal.  Payment should be sent in as soon as your order is placed.



Advancement News - 2019 Is Off to a Great Start!

Jumbled Fairy Tales Continue All Month at St. Mary's School! Please join us with your little one (all children under the age of 5 are welcome!) on Friday mornings for Story Time & Craft - 9:00 -9:30am   ~RSVP to Toni Chagnon at 860-658-9412 or sign up at  http://bit.ly/ftjumbled

Keys to Kindergarten -  TONIGHT - Wednesday, 1/9/19 - families with students eligible for Kindergarten next year* are invited to join us for a special evening.  Beginning at 6pm, there will be a special storytime for children while parents attend an informative presentation regarding kindergarten readiness.  Children are invited to wear their PJ's for this evening storytime.


* Children who will turn 5 no later than 12/31/19, are eligible for Kindergarten next year.  Children attending our PreKindergarten DO NOT NEED TO APPLY for Kindergarten.  Unless we are notified of other plans, families with students of the appropriate age will receive an enrollment packet for Kindergarten in the spring.  Eligible children attending other area Preschools DO NEED TO APPLY for Kindergarten in order to receive an enrollment packet.  Applications are being accepted now.  Click here  for an application form.


St. Mary's School Open House for Prospective Families
 Sunday, January 26th from 2-4 pm
Encourage friends or neighbors who are wondering about SMS to come to meet our faculty, staff, parents and students. From cursive to coding, we'll be sharing what has made us a 2018 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence! Contact Toni Chagnon for more information or to RSVP 860-658-9412 or  tchagnon@stmarysimsbury.eduk12.net .  Don't forget about our Family Referral Program!  Click here to learn more.




We Need your Superhero Powers! 
Enter your best superhero themed drawing  by Thursday, January 24th and your design could win our contest to be featured on our t shirt for our biggest fundraiser and family event of the year, St. Mary's School Superhero Challenge! 

The winner will be announced at the Art Show on Saturday, January 26th and will receive a free t shirt! For rules and more information,click here .



Students in grades 6-8 will host their exhibition of Los Paises de Habla Hispana (Spanish Speaking countries) on Wednesday, January 16th from 11-11:30am in the parish center. Parents are welcome to attend.








Thursday, January 3, 2019

News for the Week of 1/2/2019










Congratulations to Father Matera who was one of nine priests in the Archdiocese of Hartford named "Monsignor". This title of Monsignor was granted by Pope Francis at the request of Archbishop Blair.  Click here to read the Hartford Courant's article. 



Our January school Mass will be held on Tuesday, 1/8/19 at 9am in the Church.  All are welcome to attend.  Please remember that no PE uniforms should be worn to Mass.







Hot Lunch Ordering Period for February Opens on Monday, 1/7/19.  The hot lunch ordering period for February will be open from Monday, 1/7/19 - Friday, 1/11/19.  This is your only opportunity to order hot lunches for February.  All orders should be placed via the Educonnect Parent Portal.  Payment should be sent in as soon as your order is placed.



Hot Lunch Volunteers Urgently Needed!  The success of our hot lunch program relies heavily on volunteer support to help serve student lunches.  More and more often, we are finding ourselves short of volunteer assistance.  Unless volunteers are reliably available, it may be necessary to reassess our ability to provide hot lunch 3 times per week.  If you are Virtus trained, and able to come in to serve lunch- even only occasionally - your help would be greatly appreciated.  Training is provided and SMS staff is always available for questions/concern or assistance.  Serving lunch is a great way to be part of our school day.  Click here to sign up.  Thanks in advance!



Advancement News - Getting 2019 Off to a Great Start!


Events for Little Learners & Children Entering Kindergarten next year are beginning this week & next!


It's Jumbled Fairy Tale January at St. Mary's School! Please join us with your little one (all children under the age of 5 are welcome!) on Friday mornings starting January 4th for Story Time & Craft - 9:00 am - 9:30 am   ~RSVP to Toni Chagnon at 860-658-9412 or sign up at  http://bit.ly/ftjumbled

Keys to Kindergarten -  Next week, families with students eligible for Kindergarten next year are invited to join us for a special evening.  Keys to Kindergarten will be held on Wednesday, 1/9/19, at 6pm.   There will be a special storytime for children while parents attend an informative presentation regarding kindergarten readiness.  Children are invited to wear their PJ's for this evening storytime.

St. Mary's School Open House for Prospective Families
 Sunday, January 26th from 2-4 pm
Encourage friends or neighbors who are wondering about SMS to come to meet our faculty, staff, parents and students. From cursive to coding, we'll be sharing what has made us a 2018 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence! Contact Toni Chagnon for more information or to RSVP 860-658-9412 or  tchagnon@stmarysimsbury.eduk12.net .  Don't forget about our Family Referral Program!  Click here to learn more.



Students in grades 6-8 will host their exhibition of Los Paises de Habla Hispana (Spanish Speaking countries) on Wednesday, January 16th from 11-11:30am in the parish center. Parents are welcome to attend.






Mark Your Calendar for some Winter Family Fun!
Saturday, January 26th from 5-8pm ~ Family Mass & our Student Art Show Gallery.
 Our annual art show will be presented after the 5pm Mass on 1/26/19.  Students should wear their uniform to Mass. Families are then invited to come across to the Parish Center to enjoy the art show along with a selection of snacks and appetizers.  Enjoy a cozy cup of cocoa from our hot cocoa bar while touring the "gallery".  The art show theme this year is in keeping with our Laudato Si theme.  Students are working hard and creatively to design and produce artistic pieces that will evoke taking care of our environment through recycling. Every student PreK thru 8th grade will have a piece of artwork on display for our community to enjoy.