News for the Week of September 17th

Kindergarten went on a Teddy Bear Hunt!
Searching in 2nd Grade

Graphing those Gummy Bears!
Searching in the office
 On Friday, 9/12/14, Kindergarten formed a search party to look for their missing teddy bears.  Their search took them throughout the whole school building! They searched high and low throughout the classrooms and the main office until they were directed outside where the teddy bears were having fun on the new playground! They shared a picnic lunch with their stuffed animal friends outside on a beautiful day! 

After the picnic lunch, the kindergarteners worked with a math partner and sorted gummy bears into groups and worked together to fill out a graph to show how many of each color gummy bear they had!

Happily Reunited with Teddy Bear Friends

Hot Lunch begins on Friday, 9/19/14.  Hot lunch will be served on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays to those that preordered and paid for lunches.  No lunch orders can be accepted at this time.  The next ordering period will occur in December for hot lunches beginning in January 2015.  For more information about our hot lunch program, click here.

Hot Lunch Volunteers Needed!  On our second day of hot lunch, Monday, September 22nd, we only have one person signed up to help!

If you can spare a couple of hours (and have had your Virtus training) please consider signing up for Monday. Please click here to sign up!!

School Board News - The Saint Mary’s School Board is excited to begin our work during the new school year. Our first meeting is scheduled for September 24th at 7:00 pm in the Lower Church. All are welcome to attend our school board meetings. We are looking to enhance the development of our meeting agenda items. With that in mind we would ask that members of the Saint Mary’s community that would like to address the board during the meeting submit those inquiries to the School Board Chair, Claude Howard (, for review one week before our scheduled meeting. This will allow us to plan our meetings accordingly. Click here for a list of our upcoming meetings and our current board member roster. 

"Walk-In Wednesdays" are coming soon!  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

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.

Show your St. Mary’s School Pride!  The SMS oval car magnets are back.  They are available to purchase for $5.00 from the school office.  They will also be available for purchase at the St. Mary’s HSA Fall Festival. 

Students in Mrs. Gore's Fifth Grade  are learning about the ancient Native American tribes called Mound Builders of the Upper Mississippi River Valley, the Anasazi of the desert southwest and the Inuit of present day Alaska.  They are constructing models of their homes.

Grade 8 Fundraising

The 8th Grade is also having a car wash on Saturday, September 20th from 9am-2pm in the North (Playground) parking lot.  The rain date is 9/27.  Your car will thank you and so does our 8th grade!

Home & School Association News

Fall Festival 

The Fall Festival is this Friday - September 19 from 5:30-8pm!  There will be food, games, arts and crafts and other fun activities.  This is a great opportunity to meet new friends and socialize with our school community.  We will be collecting non perishable foods for the Simsbury Food closet.  They are in need of the following:

toilet paper
coffee and tea (Reg & Decaf)
canned chicken
canned stew
canned or bottled juices
canned fruit
spaghetti sauce
maple syrup
pancake mix
cereals and oatmeal

Ladies’ Night Out

Registration ends Friday, September 26th. We hope you can join us for a night of painting and FUN!!  Visit with old friends, make new friends or bring a friend with you.   You will bring home an original wine glass painted by you!  Don't miss out on this exciting night!  
 Click here for more information.

St. Mary's Gardening Club

 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 October 16th at 9:00 a.m.  We will be doing a clean up, planting bulbs and sharing our friendship.  Contact Jennifer Pavlonnis if you are interested in being involved!

Trail Walking/Running

Do you like to run or walk on trails, but need a partner to go with while the kids are at school?  Come meet at McLean Game Refuge on Salmon Brook Road in Granby (Rt. 10 - Hopmeadow Street becomes Salmon Brook Road when you cross into Granby) on Wednesday mornings right after drop off.  We hope to have several groups running and walking various distances and paces.  Our first walk/ run will be on Wednesday September 17th at 8:50 a.m.  Hope to see you there!  If you have any questions, please contact Amy Lillis at

Save the Date - Mark your calendars - Saturday, November 8th is St. Mary's second annual wine and beer tasting event with silent auction. More information to come at a later date.

Students in Miss Kane's PreKindergarten combined the flavors of the season with science to create apple volcanos!  Apples, baking soda, vinegar and cinnamon led to an autumnal eruption!

Help our School Earn Free Educational Equipment - Again this year, we invite you to register your Shoprite customer card designating SMS as your school of choice.  Your purchases help our school earn free educational equipment.  You do need to complete a new registration each year to continue particpating in the program.  Click here to register your card.  Our school code is 18436.

It is also time to register for Stop & Shop's A+ School Rewards.  Click here to complete the annual registration required for this program.