Our first month of the new school year is behind us! We've shaken off the newness, found our strides and are moving ahead with smiles, so ready to welcome October at SMS and all that means - "Walk-In Wednesday, our annual Fire Safety visit, Columbus Day, Fall Bookfair, and, yes, Pumpkin Bingo! Be sure to read the whole blog for all the details!
October is also the month dedicated to the Holy
On October 7, we will celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. Pope Francis has called the Rosary our "spiritual medicine." "Don't forget to take it," he said. "It's good for your heart, for your soul, for your whole life." We hope many of you will consider incorporating the Rosary into your family's prayer time, especially during the month of October.
Our October School Mass will take place on Friday, October 3 at 9am in the church. All are welcome to join us. Please remember that no physical education uniforms should be worn to Mass.
School will be closed Monday, October 6, for a faculty in-service and Monday, October 13, for Columbus Day.
Students in Mr. Cosham's Kindergarten celebrated Johnny Appleseed's birthday last week.
They shared their celebration with our school chaplain, Father Santiago, near the apple tree
behind the rectory.
"Walk-In Wednesdays" are here! Do you know someone who is wondering if SMS might be the right place for their family? Invite them to stop by any Wednesday in October from 9-11:30am to get acquainted and experience a typical day here at school. No reservation is required but we are happy to make note of expected visitors if people call ahead. There will also be an Open House for Prospective Families on Wednesday, November 5 at 6:30pm in the Parish Center. For more information or questions, please contact Angie Connors at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Again this year, Paul Cryan is available take photos of St. Mary's students and siblings at photo sessions that will be held on Monday October 20, 2014 at his Avon studio.
Paul Cryan Studios (located next to Riverdale Farms)
40 Avon Meadow Ln,
Avon, CT 06001 (860) 676-1350
Appointments begin at 3:45. Please contact Jennifer Pavlonnis at JPavlonnis@yahoo.com to book your appointments. ***Photos are of individual students. Offer does not apply to group or family photos.
Sign Up Genius for Parent/Teacher Conferences in November is open. Click here to sign up for your Parent/Teacher Conferences. Please keep in mind that all conference days are 12:45 early dismissals. Conference days are Monday, November 10 through Thursday, November 13. PreKindergarten Enrichment will be available on conference days until 3:20pm but NO AFTERCARE is available.
Home & School Association News
The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to St. Mary's!
Come visit the Castle of Sir Readalot and enter the Kingdom of Books!
Enter a raffle to win a basket full of books!
Pre-order Diary of a Wimpy Kid #9 The Long Haul due to be released on ! Copies will be shipped directly to St. Mary's in early November.
The Fall Book Fair hours are as follows:
- , 9 Wednesday & Thursday
- (after the , Masses) Family Event with coffee and doughnuts
Again this year, students in grades Kindergarten through grade 8 will make a visit to bookfair as a group. Teachers will advise you when this visit will take place for your children. PreKindergarten students do not make a "class" visit to bookfair but parents are encouraged to bring their children at their convenience.
We would love for you to join us! Do you like to run or walk on trails, but need a partner to go with while the kids are at school? We meet on Wednesdays right after drop off (email@example.com.) at McLean Game Refuge on Salmon Brook Road in Granby (Rt. 10 - Hopmeadow Street becomes Salmon Brook Road when you cross into Granby). We hope to have several groups running and walking various distances and paces. If you have any questions, please contact Amy Lillis at
Do you have a green thumb? Come help make St. Mary's as colorful on the outside as it is inside! Our first meeting is scheduled on firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in being involved! We will be doing a clean up, planting bulbs and sharing our friendship. Contact Jennifer Pavlonnis at
Trail Race Committee
Good news! Next fall, the HSA will be putting on their first annual St. Mary's School Trail Race! We are currently looking to put together a race committee. If you are interested in becoming involved in this exciting event, please contact Amy Lillis at email@example.com.
Box Tops for Education News - Starting October 1st, we will begin the first of our three Box Tops for Education Collection Contests this year. The grade level that collects the most Box Tops from October 1st through October 24th will win the first contest, and their teacher will receive $25 for the classroom. The second collection contest will be in February with the winning grade level teacher receiving $50 for their classroom. The last collection contest will be in May/June. The October, February and May/June totals will be added together for a final overall total. The winning grade level teacher will receive $75 for their classroom.
Please send in the Box Tops to your homeroom teacher, but please do not send in any expired Box Tops as they will not be accepted. The contest is for all grades PreK through 8.
To learn more about the program, please visit www.Boxtops4education.com.
Last year, we collected over $1,000 for our school, so let’s work together to beat that this year.
Any questions, please email Scott Sirianni at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for your support!
Social Saturday at SMS -
St. Mary’s Parish Center
Come, Sip and be Social
Wine, Beer and Food Tasting hosted by local establishments
Live music and Auction items
Must be 21 to enter/ no children please
Claude and Michelle Howard with Father Matera at the Annual HOPES (Help Our Parish Elementary Schools) dinner. Claude & Michelle received the St. John Neumann Award for Volunteer Service. Claude has served on the school board for the past two years and is currently the Board Chairman. Michelle has chaired and co-chaired the St. Mary's Auction for the past two years. The Howard family has also been involved in multiple other events generously offering their time, talents, service and ideas to help strengthen the St. Mary's School community. We are blessed to have them here.
Congratulations to the SMS students that have chosen to perform in the FMI Regional Band this fall. Rehearsals have begun providing these students with a wonderful opportunity to play with musicians from other Catholic schools under the direction of multiple conductors. Our thanks to our FMI teachers, Mrs. Debbie Morse, for helping our students prepare for their auditions and to the "band parents" who are taking the time to drive their students back and forth to St. James School in Manchester on both Friday evenings and Saturday mornings.
|David Kalamarides, SMS Class of '11, |
pictured front row, 3rd from left