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

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 .  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.

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