News for the week of 5/28/14

OUR ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT IS TOMORROW - THURSDAY, 5/29/14. The weather is predicated to be spectacular and we can accomodate "walk-up" golfers. Enjoy a fantastic day of golf at the Hop Meadow Country Club and then a delicious dinner! The cost of $175 includes lunch, a golf shirt, happy hour and dinner. Click here for further details.

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The application period for the 14-15 Trust Scholarships closes this Friday, 5/30/14. The guidelines for scholarship eligibility are available on our school website. Click here.
The application form was sent to all families using the SMS Families 13 email distribution list on Monday, April 28, 2014.  It is also available on our school website. Click here to access the application form.  ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE POSTMARKED NO LATER THAN THIS FRIDAY, MAY 30, 2014.

Our next school Mass will be tomorrow (5/29) for the Feast of the Ascension.  We will worship with our Parish family at the 12:15 Mass.  Everyone is welcome to join us.  Please remember that no physical education uniforms should be worn to Mass.

Our June School Mass will be on Friday, June 6th at 10am.  Friday, June 6th is Graduation Day here at SMS and this Mass will give us an opportunity to come together as a community of faith to celebrate the Class of 2014 and bless them on their way.  We hope many of you will join us at this special liturgy. Click here for a detailed agenda of graduation day events.  Please note that in addition to Mass, everyone is most welcome to attend the 8th grade Class Day Assembly which will feature the presentation of 8th grade academic awards.

There will be prayer service on our last day of school, Monday, June 16th at 8:45am in the church. All are most welcome to join us as we thank God for a productive, positive school year and pray for a relaxing, safe summer.  Everyone is also welcome to attend the annual student Award Service that will begin at 9:30 in the Parish Center.  Parents of students that will be receiving an award will be notified in advance by homeroom teachers.

Thanks to our Hot Lunch Volunteers - Thank you to everyone who signed up to cover hot lunch. We now have coverage through the end of the school year! Our volunteers are the BEST!!

Middle School (Grades 5-8) Field Day is scheduled for Monday, June 2nd.  Middle School students will walk to Memorial Field for a softball tournament.  Hot lunch will be delivered to the fields for students that have ordered for this day.  Volunteers are needed.  We need a minimum of 8 home plate umpires to run field day. We would also like to have an additional umpire in the outfield to help keep the game flowing.  Even if you can only commit to part of the day Mr. Gangloff can still use the assistance. We will not be able to run field day without enough umpires. Please contact Mr. Gangloff  if you can help at  

Field day for grades K-4 will be on June 12th in the north parking lot from 9-11am.  If the weather fails to cooperate, field day will take place indoors.

Instrumental Music - Schedule Change - Since the Middle School Field Day is scheduled on a Monday, Cadet (Beginner) Band have instrumental lessons on Monday, 6/2/14.  Advanced Band students will have their instrumental music lessons on Thursday, 6/5/14.  Please be sure your instrumental student brings his/her instrument and music on the appropriate day during the week of 6/1/14. 

Home & School Association News

The HSA meeting scheduled for Thursday, June 5th has been rescheduled.  The new date for this meeting is Thursday, June 12th at 6:30pm in the grade 8 classroom. 

Science Day, June 3rd, is being presented by Mad Science of Western New England.  Grades K-3 will be presented with a Life Sciences workshop entitled Bugs!  Students will be  introduced to the world of entomology.  Grade 4-5 will be presented with a Physical Sciences workshop titled Fun-damental Forces.  Students will discover what makes the world go ‘round in an introduction to the concepts and basics of forces—gravity, inertia, centrifugal and centripetal forces.

Box Tops for Education:  Please send your clipped Box Tops to your child’s classroom for the end of the year collection.  All Box Tops will be collected on Friday, June 6th Happy clipping!

Jump Rope Club:  The boys and girls in the Saint Mary’s Jump Rope Club have been working hard on their tricks and routines and are excited for the two shows they have coming up.  Please come cheer them on at The McLean Home on Great Pond Road in Simsbury at 6:00 pm on May 28th, or at River Ridge Home at 101 Bickford Extension in Avon at 7:00 pm on June 4th.

Please note that Lands End cards can NO LONGER BE USED to purchase uniforms AT the Sear's location. Lands End cards may continue to be used to purchase uniforms on-line via

Gift certificates are now in stock in the CHOICE box to the Attilio's Restaurant a.k.a. The Maple Tree cafe with a 5% profit.

CHOICE still has 6% Big Y cards in stock.

Eagle Scout Project to Benefit SMS!  Ethan Meskill, SMS Alumni, Class of '12, is currently working on his Eagle Scout Project.  Ethan's project will be to construct brand new picnic tables for SMS.  We are grateful that he has chosen to focus his time and energy on a project that will directly benefit the students of SMS. Click here to read a letter from Ethan about this worthwhile project.

We hope you will consider supporting Ethan's project at a Car Wash and Bake Sale from 8-1 on Saturday, June 7th in the St. Mary’s School Parking Lot.  If you cannot make it to this event, Ethan would also be grateful for a donation. Donations should be made out to Troop 175 with a notation in the memo line that it is intended for Ethan Meskill’s Eagle Scout Project.  Donations should be mailed directly to Ethan at 12 Phelpscroft Rd., Simsbury, CT 06070.

St. Mary's Adult Enrichment Committee invites you to join them on Saturday, 5/31/14.

Saint Mary's 35th annual Spring Carnival will be held from June 4th - 7th at 34 Hopmeadow Street in Simsbury (Field South of Connecticut Light & Power.

Hours of Operation on Wednesday, June 4 - Friday, June 6 are 6-10pm.  On Saturday, June 7, 5-10pm

Ride all night!  Wristbands are available every night: Wednesday & Thursday - $20, Friday & Saturday - $25  Click here for further details.

Carnival Sponsors are still being accepted. Click here to download and print a sponsorship form.

Northwest Catholic High School's Scholarship Scamper 5k Road Race will take place on Saturday, June 22 at 10:00 am, beginning and ending on the Northwest Catholic campus. With all of the proceeds going to support scholarships for deserving NWC students, this chip-timed event is competitive for serious runners, welcoming for casual runners and walkers, and fun for the whole family. The race/walk will be followed by a picnic and activities for children of all ages until 1:00 pm.

Participant registration is available securely on-line here or printable registration forms are available here. Pre-register by June 10 to guarantee you'll receive a race t-shirt and to take advantage of early bird pricing.  Registration is also available on race day from 8:30 - 9:30 am at NWC. We hope you will consider this opportunity to support NWC while enjoying family fitness and fun! Questions? Contact Patricia Walsh, NWC Dir. of Advancement at

You are Invited to the Second in the Series of:  The Catholic Church in the Public Square.
Save the Date:  June 8, Sunday 1 - 3:00pm at St. Catherine of Siena Church in West Simsbury
 Featured Panelists: Rev. Msgr. John J. McCarthy, Chancellor, Archdiocese of Hartford; Daniel P. O’Connell, Chairman, Saint Francis Care Board of Directors; Jeff Mateer, Esq., General Counsel of The Liberty Institute
The panelists will address the Affordable Care Act and its moral, legal, and health care implications in light of Catholic Teaching and Religious Freedom.

Looking ahead to "Back to School"!  Mr. Cosham wants you to know that he has a few spots available for beginning piano students when school re-opens in August.  To reserve a space now, please send him an email at

Make a difference in the life of a child - Wheeler Clinic's Foster Care Program is looking for Foster parents. There are over 4,000 foster children in Connecticut and almost 800 children in temporary placements waiting for a family.  In our immediate area, 44 children need homes at this time.  To learn more, contact the Wheeler Clinic at 860-793-7277 or 203-755-4963 or visit

Congratulations to our instrumental musicians, and our thanks to Mrs. Debbie Morse for another delightful Spring concert.