News for the Week of 1/22/14

We are excited to celebrate Catholic Schools Week from January 26th - February 1st. St. Mary’s School is an amazing gift to our children, our families and our community. At St. Mary’s School, our children grow and learn their faith daily. St. Mary’s School provides educational excellence, helping students succeed through challenging classes, creative and innovative instruction and modern technology.

An exciting addition to our Catholic Schools Week celebration is outreach to our surrounding parishes. On Sunday, January 26th, St. Mary’s School will be highlighted at six local parishes. We will be at the following parish masses:

Immaculate Conception in New Hartford - 11:30 AM Mass

St. Ann in Avon – 9:30 AM Mass

St. Bernards in Tarriffville -10:45 AM Mass

St. Catherine’s in Simsbury -11:00 AM Mass

St. Mary’s in Simsbury – 9:30 AM Mass

St. Therese in Granby – 10:30 AM Mass

We are asking all of families to help with this outreach. If you are a parishioner at one of these parishes, please try to attend that Mass. We would like students to wear their uniforms to that Mass so parishioners can recognize St. Mary’s students. Please answer any questions people may have about St. Mary’s and encourage any interested families to attend the Open House on Tuesday, January 28th at 6:30. We will also have flyers, pencils and note pads to hand out at Mass.

 Open House for Prospective Families - Tuesday, 1-28-14 at 6:30pm in the Parish Center.  Please encourage anyone that you know that might be interested in our school to come to this friendly, informative Open House.  Please ask that they RSVP to the school office - it helps us plan if we know how many guests we are expecting.

It’s time to start thinking about warmer weather. Save the date for the St. Mary’s School Fairway to Heaven golf outing on Thursday, May 22, 2014 at Hopmeadow Country Club. We are planning a great day so start getting your foursome together! Look for more information to register to play or sign up for a sponsorship opportunity in the coming weeks!

Author & Illustrator Visits -

Author, Fern Michonski


 The HSA is pleased to announce two special visits in celebration of Catholic Schools' Month.  Author, Fern Michonski will visit with students in PreKindergarten through grade 2 on Wednesday, 1/29.  Please note that this is a change to the program's original date.

Illustrator, Christine Kornacki

Christine Kornacki, SMS Aluma and Illustrator, will be at
St Mary’s School on Friday, January 24th to share apresentation about the illustration process of her new book The Sparkle Egg with grades 3 through 8.

St Mary’s Church will be hosting a book signing for Ms. Kornacki

on Sunday, March 9th, just in time for Easter!


Family Pizza Lunch is scheduled for Friday, 1/31/14.  Everyone is welcome and invited to come and eat lunch with their favorite SMS student(s).  Student pizza lunches were ordered via the regular hot lunch menu.  The order period for guest lunches has now closed but you are welcome to join us with a brown bag lunch.

The lunch schedule for Family Pizza Lunch is as follows:

Prekindergarten, Kindergarten and Grades 1 & 2:  11-11:35am
Grades 3-5:  11:40am-12:15pm
Grades 6-8:  12:20-12:50pm

Upcoming School Masses - 
 February 7th at 9am
Ash Wednesday, March 5th at 12:15 - We will worship with our Parish family as the holy season of Lent begins.
April 4th at 9am
May 16th at 9am

Home & School Association News

The next H.S.A. meeting is scheduled for Thursday, 1/23/14.  Click here for an agenda.

Auction Tickets Now Available!  It's less than a month to our HSA Annual Auction.  Visit the auction's website for a preview of the evening's events and delicious menu, by clicking here.  The auction committee does recommend paying for your tickets by check to avoid credit card fees.  To do this, you may send your ticket request into school.  Click here for an order form like the one appearing to the left.

The Auction Committee invites you to join in the fun of this year's Olympic theme and feature a photo of your child demonstrating their "Olympian" skills.  Click here for more information.

Box Tops for Education- The next Box Tops collection will end on Friday, February 7th.  Please send all Box Tops to your child’s classroom collection box.  Happy clipping!

Alumni News - Congratulations to Alex Carter, Class of '09!  Alex has been named to the Dean's List at the University of Scranton for the fall semester.  Click here to read more about Alex and other alumni with notable accomplishments.  To share alumni news, please email

What's the buzz in grade 4? 

The relationship between producers and consumers and a chance to look at a bald faced hornets' nest up close!