#UKnighted! Play Off Games Schedule for This Weekend!




#UKnighted


Play-Offs are this weekend!

Friday: Tonight - February 26

7:00 pm Girls Varsity v. St. Brigid
8:00 pm Boys Varsity v. St. Brigid both @ ST. BRIGID, WH

Saturday: Tomorrow - February 27


If Girls win they will play at 12:00 pm v. Corpus Christi
If Boys win they will play at 9:00 am v. ? both @ ST. BRIGID, WH


JVA GIRLS - Saturday:  Tomorrow - February 27


St. Mary 1 plays at 11:00 am
St. Mary 2 plays at 12:00 pm both @ CORPUS CHRISTI, Wethersfield


Sunday: February 28


If Varsity Girls win Saturday they will play at 4:00 pm
If Varsity Boys win they will play at 5:00 pm both @ Ethel Walker


If JVA girls win Saturday they will play Tuesday, March 1st at 6:00 pm @ ST. BRIGID, WH

Check the school's Twitter feed for all the scores!

News for the Week of 2/24/16










Our next school Mass will be on Friday, March 4th at 9am.  All are welcome to join us.  Please remember that no physical education uniforms should be worn to Mass.


Hot Lunch Order Period for April-June is open now.  All orders and payments are due NLT  Friday, March 4th.  Late orders CANNOT be accepted. Click here for a hot lunch order form.




Walk In Wednesdays are back! Starting March 2, 2016 from 9:30am to 11:30am. Come take a look in our classrooms, meet our faculty and staff, and see all of the advantages a Catholic education has to offer. RSVP to Toni Chagnon at tchagnon@stmarysimsbury.eduk12.net or 860-658-9412 .




House of Bread Service Project - Lunch for 300!
This month,as part of our Lenten observance during the Holy Year of Mercy and as part of our continuing partnership with the House of Bread, the 8th Grade will spearhead a project that will make a brown bag lunch for 300 children.  On Friday, February 26th, the 8th grade will be assembling these lunches.  Thanks to everyone who donated items for this project.  Your response was overwhelming and we are so grateful!

PE Club Make Up Date - 

The 5th-8th grade session missed from last Thursday, 2/17, will be made up on Wednesday, March 2nd after school.


March Parent/Teacher Conferences are right around the corner!  Conferences will be held from Monday, March 7 - Wednesday, March 9.  Each of these will be a 12:45 early dismissal with NO PreK Enrichment or Aftercare.  

If you do not sign up for a conference, NO conference will be assigned for you.  If a teacher feels a conference is needed and you have not signed up, the teacher will be in touch with you to schedule a time. Click here to sign up for conferences or use the Conference Sign Up tab that appears at the top of the blog.  Thursday, March 10 and Friday, March 11 will be regular full days of school with both PreK Enrichment and Aftercare available.



"Moving Up Knight" Is Fast Approaching! Please join us on Monday, March 14th at 6:30pm as we lead the charge in looking ahead to the 2016-17 school year!
This important, informative evening gives you the opportunity to meet your children's teacher for the upcoming 16-17 school year and to visit their future classroom to learn more about what to expect for the coming grade. Look for more information to follow soon!






It's Play Off Time!  #UKnighted






Share in all the Play Off Excitement!  Follow us on Twitter - The Scoop@SMS_Knights and Facebook - Click here for all of the latest scores,schedules and highlights as JVA and Varsity Girls and Boys Basketball Teams Dribble,Shoot,Score and Rebound their way to victory in the League and State playoffs! #GoBlueKnights 







Students in Miss Bedard's Kindergarten have begun a new science unit -sink or float. To initiate the lesson, students made predictions about 7 different objects; which included a penny, paperclip, cork, sponge, pumpkin, apple, and a rock. With each of these objects, the students predicted whether they thought the object would sink or float. Then, students tested the objects and compared predictions. 



Please join us in congratulating Mrs. Joanne Gillen.  In addition to her 8th grade homeroom responsibilities, Mrs. Gillen teaches Middle School Language Arts & Honors Literature.  Mrs. Gillen has been invited to attend the Xavier High School's Teacher Recognition Breakfast on March 8th.  Xavier hosts this breakfast to honor teachers that have been nominated by past students for their dedication and commitment to education.  The breakfast will include a tour led by a former student and a recognition ceremony.  We are certainly proud of Mrs. Gillen's well deserved invitation to this event.

Alumni News - We are proud to share that a number of SMS Alums have made the Second Marking Period's Honor Roll at Simsbury High School.  Our congratulations to:

Jennifer Kornacki and Reed Schick, both SMS Class of '12, on achieving Honors for the second marking period of their Senior year.

Griffin Myslow and Willem Rooney, both SMS Class of '13, on achieving High Honors for the second marking period of their Junior year.  Nicole Gomez-Nieto, also SMS Class of '13, on achieving Honors for the second marking period of her Junior year.

Parker Myslow, SMS Class of '14, on achieving High Honors for the second marking period of his Sophomore year.  Spencer Bernard, also SMS Class of '14, on achieving Honors for the second marking period of his Sophomore year.

Mark Bedson, SMS Class of '15, on achieving High Honors for the second marking period of his Freshman year. Kurt Bedson and Cristina Santillan, also SMS Class of '15, on achieving Honors for the second marking period of their Freshman year.

News for the Week of 2/17/16







Making up our Snow Day - We will make up the Friday, 2/5, snow day on Thursday, June 9th. June 9th will be our last day of school (unless we have more snow days) and will be a 12:45pm early dismissal day with NO PreK Enrichment or Aftercare. Wednesday, June 8th, will be a regular full day of school with PreK Enrichment and Aftercare. At this time, we are still planning that school will be closed on Easter Monday, 3/28/16.

Hot Lunch Order Period for April-June is open now.  All orders and payments are due NLT  Friday, March 4th.  Late orders CANNOT be accepted. Click here for a hot lunch order form.




Walk In Wednesdays are back! Starting March 2, 2016 from 9:30am to 11:30am. Come take a look in our classrooms, meet our faculty and staff, and see all of the advantages a Catholic education has to offer. RSVP to Toni Chagnon at tchagnon@stmarysimsbury.eduk12.net or 860-658-9412 .




House of Bread Service Project - Lunch for 300!
This month,as part of our Lenten observance during the Holy Year of Mercy and as part of our continuing partnership with the House of Bread, the 8th Grade will spearhead a project that will make a brown bag lunch for 300 children. The House of Bread makes these lunches every Friday and hands them out at the local Boys and Girls Clubs.

On Friday, February 26th, the 8th grade will be assembling these lunches. We are hoping that school wide, we will be able to gather all the items needed to complete them. 

We are grateful for any help you could be in helping us gather the following items for this project:

35 loaves of bread (whole wheat or white)

7 packages brown lunch bags (50 count each)

4 boxes sandwich bags (100 count each)

27 boxes of granola bars (12 bars per box)

17 boxes of clementines

4 packages of napkins (100 each)

40 packages of juice boxes (8 boxes per package)

The 8th grade, along with Home and School will provide the sandwich materials necessary. All items must be sent to school by Thursday, February 25th to ensure we have enough for 300 children. If you would like to contribute an item, or for any questions, please contact Maribeth Mortillaro at Mortillaroj@comcast.net.
Thanks in advance for your help with this project!



NEW Altar Server Training

Are you interested in becoming an Altar Server for Saint Mary's?
All students in 4th grade and above are invited to attend our yearly training program. There will be four training sessions on the following Saturdays from 1:30-2:30pm in the Church:
February 20, 27, March 5,12

Candidates must attend all four sessions. Please contact the Parish Office (860-658-7627or Diana Kalamarides (ServerLeader@StMarySimsbury.org) with any questions. 

Altar Serving is a great way to grow closer to God and serve our community. We hope you will consider joining us in this ministry. 



 Munson's Fundraiser!!  ORDERS DUE NLT THIS FRIDAY!

The 7th Grade class invites you to participate in their Munson's Chocolates Fundraiser to benefit the class trip to Boston.  Extra order forms are available in the school office if you have mislaid the one that was sent home. All orders and payments are due NLT this Friday, 2/19/16.  Pick up will be during March Parent/Teacher Conferences. Please plan to purchase your Easter candy, chocolate bunnies, and jelly beans through our fundraiser. The cost of the candy is the same price as at the local Munson's retail shop. Thank you in advance for your support!


Students in Mrs. Jehning's First Grade celebrated Valentine's Day last week.



March Parent/Teacher Conferences are right around the corner!  Conferences will be held from Monday, March 7 - Wednesday, March 9.  Each of these will be a 12:45 early dismissal with NO PreK Enrichment or Aftercare.  

If you do not sign up for a conference, NO conference will be assigned for you.  If a teacher feels a conference is needed and you have not signed up, the teacher will be in touch with you to schedule a time. Click here to sign up for conferences or use the Conference Sign Up tab that appears at the top of the blog.  Thursday, March 10 and Friday, March 11 will be regular full days of school with both PreK Enrichment and Aftercare available.

The Saint Mary’s School Board Nominating Committee has started our process to identify potential school board members for next year. Potential candidates may self-nominate or be nominated by someone else. There is no requirement for board members to have children at Saint Mary’s School. We want to ensure we have the best talent serving on the board. The needs we will be looking to address for the upcoming term will include individuals with a financial or CPA background skills or individuals with skills focused on marketing, project management and strategic planning. Potential candidates must believe in and support Catholic education and be willing to serve a three year term. If you are interested in being considered to serve on the School Board, please contact Claude Howard at claudeoh@gmail.com. In your e-mail, please include information about your Parish (Town), Occupation, if you have or had students at Saint Mary’s School and the specific talents you will make available to the board.

The 2016 Talent Show is Coming! Audition Sign Ups are due NLT this Friday, 2/19!   Click here for a form to audition for the Talent Show.Students that have signed up will be auditioning between February 22 - 26.

The Talent Show is scheduled for Wednesday, March 30th, from 6-8:30pm in the Parish Center.




Tired of the winter weather! Are you dreaming about Golf?? Mark your calendars for our annual Fairway to Heaven Golf Tournament at the Hop Meadow Country Club in Simsbury on Tuesday, May 24, 2016.





Alumni News - We are proud to share that a number of SMS Alums have made the First Semester Honor Roll at Northwest Catholic High School.  Our congratulations to:
Mary Elizabeth Budnick, Avery Hatch, Abigail Herron, Ann O'Meara, Matthew Sottile and Samuel Spak, all SMS Class of '12 on achieving First Honors for the first semester of their senior year.

Brett Baker, Regina Chappano, Gabriela Doskos, Katherine & Sarah Jessen, Christopher Poniatowski and Allyson Voelker, all SMS Class of '13, on achieving First Honors for the first semester of their junior year.

Aaron Belletsky, Kathryn Krocheski, James & John Sullivan, all SMS Class of '14, on achieving First Honors for the first semester of their sophomore year.

Olivia Chappano, Joanna Kuziak, Emma Schumaker and Lindsey Voelker, all SMS Class of '15, on achieving First Honors for the first semester of their freshman year.

Christian Heiden and Jessica Nunez, SMS Class of '13, on achieving Second Honors for the first semester of their junior year.

Caroline O'Meara and Brendan Wlochowski, SMS Class of '14, on achieving Second Honors for the first semester of their sophomore year.

Caleb Budnick, SMS Class of '14, on achieving Honorable Mention for the first semester of his sophomore year.

We also extend our congratulations to Marty Wall, SMS Class of '15, on achieving the honor roll at Xavier High School for the second quarter.

If you have alumni news to share, please send it to dhatch@stmarysimsbury.eduk12.net.  We love to hear about and share the accomplishments and milestones of our alumni.




News for the Week of 2/10/16




 We began the holy season of Lent today at the 12:15 Parish Mass.  May this be a reflective and blessed time to draw closer to God through fasting, prayer and acts of kindness.


















School will be closed on Monday, February 15 & Tuesday, February 16 for a long winter weekend. School is open for regular, full days from Wednesday, February 17 - Friday, February 19.





Making up our Snow Day - We will make up the Friday, 2/5, snow day on Thursday, June 9th.  June 9th will be our last day of school (unless we have more snow days) and will be a 12:45pm early dismissal day with NO PreK Enrichment or Aftercare.  Wednesday, June 8th, will be a regular full day of school with PreK Enrichment and Aftercare.  At this time, we are still planning that school will be closed on Easter Monday, 3/28/16.





NEW Altar Server Training

Are you interested in becoming an Altar Server for Saint Mary's?
All students in 4th grade and above are invited to attend our yearly training program. There will be four training sessions on the following Saturdays from 1:30-2:30pm in the Church:
February 20, 27, March 5,12

Candidates must attend all four sessions. Please contact the Parish Office (860-658-7627or Diana Kalamarides (ServerLeader@StMarySimsbury.org) with any questions. 

Altar Serving is a great way to grow closer to God and serve our community. We hope you will consider joining us in this ministry. 



 Munson's Fundraiser!! 

The 7th Grade class invites you to participate in their Munson's Chocolates Fundraiser to benefit the class trip to Boston.  Extra order forms are available in the school office if you have mislaid the one that was sent home last week.  All orders and payments are due NLT Friday, 2/19/16.  Pick up will be during March Parent/Teacher Conferences. Please plan to purchase your Easter candy, chocolate bunnies, and jelly beans through our fundraiser. The cost of the candy is the same price as at the local Munson's retail shop. Thank you in advance for your support!



CHOICE NewsNordstroms cards are now available to us via special order at 6%.




March Parent/Teacher Conferences are right around the corner!  Conferences will be held from Monday, March 7 - Wednesday, March 9.  Each of these will be a 12:45 early dismissal with NO PreK Enrichment or Aftercare.  

If you do not sign up for a conference, NO conference will be assigned for you.  If a teacher feels a conference is needed and you have not signed up, the teacher will be in touch with you to schedule a time. Click here to sign up for conferences or use the Conference Sign Up tab that appears at the top of the blog.  Thursday, March 10 and Friday, March 11 will be regular full days of school with both PreK Enrichment and Aftercare available.

The Saint Mary’s School Board Nominating Committee has started our process to identify potential school board members for next year. Potential candidates may self-nominate or be nominated by someone else. There is no requirement for board members to have children at Saint Mary’s School. We want to ensure we have the best talent serving on the board. The needs we will be looking to address for the upcoming term will include individuals with a financial or CPA background skills or individuals with skills focused on marketing, project management and strategic planning. Potential candidates must believe in and support Catholic education and be willing to serve a three year term.  If you are interested in being considered to serve on the School Board, please contact Claude Howard at claudeoh@gmail.com. In your e-mail, please include information about your Parish (Town), Occupation, if you have or had students at Saint Mary’s School and the specific talents you will make available to the board.

The 2016 Talent Show is Coming!  Mark your calendar for Wednesday, March 30th, from 6-8:30pm in the Parish Center.  Interested in sharing your talent?  Click here for a form to audition for the Talent Show.  All sign ups must be turned into Mr. Gangloff  NLT Friday, February 19th.  Students that have signed up will be auditioning between February 22 - 26.



It's been a cold, wintry week!  Are you dreaming about Golf??  Mark your calendars for our annual Fairway to Heaven Golf Tournament at the Hop Meadow Country Club in Simsbury on Tuesday, May 24, 2016.






Alumni News - Congratulations to Alexandra McKenna, SMS Class of '09, on being named to the Dean's List at the College of the Holy Cross.

We also congratulate Sarah Jessen, SMS Class of '10 Sarah is currently a junior at Northwest Catholic and recently performed at the Berklee High School Jazz Festival in Boston with the NWC Big Band.  The Big Band earned first place in Berklee's Large Ensemble category. Additionally, Sarah was presented with an Individual Judge’s Choice Award. Sara was also recognized for Outstanding Musicianship in the Big Band’s Large Ensemble category.




Fun in ZakLand!  Students in grades PreK-4 enjoyed a very entertaining assembly with Mr. Zak Morgan on Monday.  Mr. Morgan is the second cousin of Ava C. in grade 3 and we are so happy he could come and share his musical talents with us!

News for the Week of 2/3/16











In February, we will worship with our parish family on Ash Wednesday, 2/10/16,  in observance of the start of the holy season of Lent.  We will attend the 12:15pm parish Mass.  All are welcome.  Please remember that no physical education uniforms should be worn to Mass.






Fun in February!   Students in PreKindergarten through Grade 4 will enjoy an assembly with Zak Morgan on Monday, February 8th at 10am in the Parish Center.  Mr. Morgan is a Grammy nominated musician with a signature brand of children's music.  Click here to learn more about Mr. Morgan.









School will be closed on Monday, February 15 & Tuesday, February 16 for a long winter weekend. School is open for regular, full days from Wednesday, February 17 - Friday, February 19.






NEW Altar Server Training

Are you interested in becoming an Altar Server for Saint Mary's?
All students in 4th grade and above are invited to attend our yearly training program. There will be four training sessions on the following Saturdays from 1:30-2:30pm in the Church:
February 20, 27, March 5,12

Candidates must attend all four sessions. Please contact the Parish Office (860-658-7627or Diana Kalamarides (ServerLeader@StMarySimsbury.org) with any questions. 

Altar Serving is a great way to grow closer to God and serve our community. We hope you will consider joining us in this ministry. 






 Munson's Fundraiser!! 

The 7th Grade class invites you to participate in their Munson's Chocolates Fundraiser to benefit the class trip to Boston. A fund raiser brochure and order form were sent home with your youngest/only child earlier this week.  A couple of extra order forms are also available in the school office. All orders and payments are due NLT Friday, 2/19/16.  Pick up will be during March Parent/Teacher Conferences. Please plan to purchase your Easter candy, chocolate bunnies, and jelly beans through our fundraiser. The cost of the candy is the same price as at the local Munson's retail shop. Thank you in advance for your support!




We are SO proud of our  JVA Girls Basketball Team!  On January 30th,  Mrs. Rushin and Mr. Davis coached Teams 1 & 2 as they played against each other during halftime of the UCONN vs.University of Memphis Women's Basketball game.  The girls played a great game in front of a packed XL stadium! #SMSUnited  #KnightsVictorious





March Parent/Teacher Conferences are right around the corner!  Conferences will be held from Monday, March 7 - Wednesday, March 9.  Each of these will be a 12:45 early dismissal with NO PreK Enrichment or Aftercare.  

If you do not sign up for a conference, NO conference will be assigned for you.  If a teacher feels a conference is needed and you have not signed up, the teacher will be in touch with you to schedule a time. Click here to sign up for conferences or use the Conference Sign Up tab that appears at the top of the blog.  Thursday, March 10 and Friday, March 11 will be regular full days of school with both PreK Enrichment and Aftercare available.

The Saint Mary’s School Board Nominating Committee has started our process to identify potential school board members for next year. Potential candidates may self-nominate or be nominated by someone else. There is no requirement for board members to have children at Saint Mary’s School. We want to ensure we have the best talent serving on the board. The needs we will be looking to address for the upcoming term will include individuals with a financial or CPA background skills or individuals with skills focused on marketing, project management and strategic planning. Potential candidates must believe in and support Catholic education and be willing to serve a three year term.  If you are interested in being considered to serve on the School Board, please contact Claude Howard at claudeoh@gmail.com. In your e-mail, please include information about your Parish (Town), Occupation, if you have or had students at Saint Mary’s School and the specific talents you will make available to the board.


The 2016 Talent Show is Coming!  Mark your calendar for Wednesday, March 30th, from 6-8:30pm in the Parish Center.  Interested in sharing your talent?  Click here for a form to audition for the Talent Show.  All sign ups must be turned into Mr. Gangloff  NLT Friday, February 19th.  Students that have signed up will be auditioning between February 22 - 26.










Thanks to Everyone Who Supported our First Art Show & Wine Tasting at the Hill-Stead Museum on 1/29/16.  Our Art Teacher, Mrs. Alane Powell, helped our students create some truly spectacular artwork. We are grateful for her creative direction and inspiration!  Our Advancement Committee and Advancement Director, Mrs. Toni Chagnon, did a great job selecting a fabulous venue for this event that really showcased our students' beautiful art work.  Delicious hor d'oeuvres were provided by Mrs. Belo, Mrs. McAnaney and The Bees Knees Catering in Avon.  Beer and Wine Tasting was provided by Valley Fine Wine & Spirits.  Other sponsors included:  Whole Foods Market, The Fresh Market, Stop & Shop, Big Y Supermarkets, and Avon Prime Meats.  

If you could not attend the art show and missed the opportunity to purchase your child(ren)'s professionally framed art work, you are in luck!  Framed artwork can be ordered until this Friday, February 5th.  No orders can be accepted after 2/5/16. 





Alumni News
Congratulations to Claire Keating, SMS Class of '09, on being named to the Dean's List at Assumption College.  Adrian Hatch, also Class of '09, has been named to the Dean's List at Syracuse University's iSchool.

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