Summer Updates - July 30, 2014

Summer Update from Mrs. Gannatti - An email has been sent out today using our school wide family & new family lists that contains an summer update from Mrs. Gannatti.  Please take a moment to read this letter.  If you do not receive this email, please let Mrs. Hatch know by emailing her at dhatch@stmarysimsbury.eduk12.net.



Summer Playdate & Uniform Exchange - The Home & School Association invites you to a summer playdate and uniform exchange on Wednesday, August 13th from 4-7pm.  Drop in as your summer schedule allows to play with old friends and make new ones!




Newly Enrolled Families   - Join us at our New Family Welcome Night on Monday, August 25th from 6:30-7:30pm in the Parish Center.   This is a great opportunity to get better acquainted with our faculty, staff and administration, meet with your "buddy family", and also to get to know some other families that are just joining our community.  We hope many of you will be able to attend.




Nobody wants to see it end.....but....it's probably time to take a minute and check out the helpful "Back to School" tab on our school blog.  You will find everything you need to know about supply lists, suggested summer reading and Middle School Summer Assignments.  Why not pour a glass of lemonade and check it out right now?
Harvard Summer Pops Band at the Hatch Shell, Boston MA

Harvard Summer Pops Band at the Hatch Shell, Boston MA


It's amazing how 130 strangers recently came together together for the first time ever and six weeks later created musical magic with the Harvard Summer School's Harvard Summer Pops Band concerts.

From high school students to senior citizens, these musicians started rehearsing in late June 2014 at the Sanders Theater at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., en route to playing fabulous late July 2014 concerts at Harvard Yard in Cambridge and the Hatch Shell in Boston, Mass. Mark Olson, interim director of bands at Harvard University, not only conducted with brilliance but made the process meaningful for all players by working them hard yet connecting in a pleasant, personable manner.

In the video above, the Harvard Summer Pops Band performs Mozart's Rondo alla Turca from Sonata in A with an amazing tuba solo by world-renowned composer and performer, Kenneth Amis. Bravo!

The Harvard Summer Pops Band is now in its 42nd year -- truly a grand tradition for brass, woodwind, and percussion musicians and the audiences blessed to see them play through the years.

Editor's note: log onto the Harvard Summer Pops Band web page to find out about future performances and how to join the band.

Mike's Pastry Cannolis Sweeten the Boston Travel Experience

Mike's Pastry Shop, a landmark Italian bakery in the North End of Boston, Mass., specializes in cannolis that will sweeten any Boston visit.

This mouthwatering, made-fresh-daily-on-the-premises cannoli bursts with flavor, courtesy of homemade filling, crunchy shell, and a dusting of confectioner's sugar. It's addictive. so much that you'll often see lines out the door at any time of the day or night. What also separates Mike's cannolis is the variety that includes ricotta cheese, yellow and chocolate cream, New York Cheesecake, Oreo Florentine, chocolate dipped, chocolate mousse and chocolate chip, espresso, pistachio and amaretto. With perfect texture and an ample serving at a reasonable price, Mike's cannolis definitely stand as a must-try when visiting Boston!

Mike's Pastry is located at 300 Hanover St. in Boston MA. Tel. (617) 742-3050


Summer Reminders - 7/16/14





Nobody wants to see it end.....but....it's probably time to take a minute and check out the helpful "Back to School" tab on our school blog.  You will find everything you need to know about supply lists, suggested summer reading and Middle School Summer Assignments.  Why not pour a glass of lemonade and check it out right now?






Reminders Regarding Bus Transportation -  Bus transportation to and from school is available to Simsbury residents only. School Bus routes are generally published mid to late August on the Simsbury Board of Education's website. Please keep in mind that ONLY Simsbury residents are eligible for bus transportation. Non-Simsbury residents MAY NOT RIDE THE BUS even to be dropped off for a playdate or because they stayed overnight at a friend's house.  Click here to view all of the important information related to bus transportation.

If you are Simsbury residents and use bus transportation, please be reminded that any "special arrangements" (e.g., your child(ten) is(are) picked up or dropped off at a Simsbury address other than the home address) must be submitted to the town's transportation coordinator in writing prior to the start of school.  This must be done annually, even if the arrangements will be the same as last year's.  Please be sure to provide the school office with a copy of the information you share with the transportation coordinator.  Please do not contact Salter's Bus Company directly.

Please note that this does not refer to those occasional play dates or times that a Simsbury student needs to ride an alternate bus or needs to get off a stop early.  Those occasions are handled by sending a note to school to request a bus pass for that day's travel.

 Your request for special transportation arrangements must be submitted in writing and should be communicated to Susan Caccamo using the following contact information:

Susan Caccamo, Transportation and Enrollment Coordinator
Simsbury Public Schools
933 Hopmeadow St
Simsbury, CT  06070




Field Hockey Camp is Coming Soon!



Summer CHOICE Sales -  There will be NO CHOICE Card sales on Thursday, July 24th.  The next CHOICE sale day is Thursday, August 7th from 9am-12:30pm at the School Office.  The final Summer CHOICE sales day is Thursday, August 21st from 9am-12:30pm at the School Office.   Cards may also be purchased by contacting Mrs. Budnick at tbudnick@stmarysimsbury.eduk12.net to arrange a mutually convenient date/time.

Summer Vacation Gallery - Incoming sixth grade students recently shared some summer fun at kayak camp.  If you have some photos of your favorite SMS student(s) or family having summer fun that you'd like to share, please send them along to Donna Hatch at dhatch@stmarysimsbury.eduk12.net and then look for our next blog post to see them shared with your SMS family.





Field Hockey Camp is Coming Soon & a few other Summer Reminders


Summer CHOICE Sales
There are several other opportunities to stock up on CHOICE cards this summer.

July 24 -   9:00am-11:00am
August 7 - 9:00am-12:30pm
August 21- 9:00am-12:30pm

Ready to think about "Back to School"?  Check out the "Back to School" tab at the top of the blog to find all the supply lists, summer reading suggestions and Middle School summer assignments.



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