News for the Week of 11/2014

Calendar Reminders

Friday, 11/21/14 - Last meeting of Chess Club for those signed up to participate.  Our thanks to Mr. & Mrs. Markiv for coordinating this club.

Wednesday, 11/26/14 - 12:45pm Early Dismissal for Thanksgiving holiday.  No PreKindergarten Enrichment or Aftercare.

Thursday, 11/27 & 28 - School is closed for Thanksgiving.

Monday, December 1 - Formal uniform begins for Grade 8.

Thanks to everyone that supported the Grade 8 Poinsettia Sale - Poinsettia pick up will be in the Parish Center Thursday, December 4th from 2-4pm and after all Masses on Saturday, December 6th & Sunday, December 7th.

Monday, December 8 - Feast of the Immaculate Conception - We will attend the 12:15pm Parish Mass.  Please remember that no PE uniforms should be worn to Mass.

Used Uniform Exchange - Click here for an updated spreadsheet of available used uniforms.

The regular registration period for the Ski and Snowboard Club is now closed.  Late registration will be available until the program starts January 7. Late registration requires a $25 late fee and completion of the required forms - click here.

Room is available on the bus to Ski Sundown for anyone who has a season pass.  Please contact the group leader Jim Shanley at or the school office for additional information.

The program will start on Wednesday January 7, 2015 and runs each Wednesday through 2/4/15. If a cancellation is necessary due to weather conditions or school closure, the program is extended to the following Wednesday.

Yearbook Photos Needed!  The SMS Yearbook is a fabulous keepsake that contains photos of all students and all the year's events.  The Yearbook committee encourages you to share any photos you may have of this year's events.  To submit photos for publication consideration, please email Gina McDonald at

Annual Coat Drive - Grades 7 and 8 are hosting a coat drive on behalf of the Hispanic Health Council of Hartford. We are collecting new and gently-used, washed or dry cleaned coats or winter jackets of all sizes. The coat drive is underway and will run through Monday, December 1st. Donations may be sent into your child(ren)'s classrooms. Eighth grade students will collect donations each day. Thanks in advance for supporting this important community service project.

Athletic News

The SMS basketball season is underway! The Girls' Varsity team opened their season with a win against Our Lady of Mount Carmel.  The Boys' Varsity team played a great game but had a tough loss to Our Lady of Mount Carmel.  We are all looking forward to an exciting season!

Home & School News -

Thank you to everyone who sent entries for the Skeleton Scramble Logo Design Contest!  Due to an error on the date listed on the paperwork, we will extend the contest to the end of this week.  If your child would still like to submit an entry, please send completed artwork with the accompanying paperwork to Amy Lillis via Sophie Lillis in Grade 1 by this Friday, November 21st. No entries will be accepted after this date. Click here for contest details and entry form.

Fundraiser at the Shoppes at Farmington Valley, Canton
Let your Christmas shopping help St. Mary's. We invite you to come to Barnes & Noble, Dish N Dat and Ben & Jerry's in Canton on Thursday, December 4th from 4-9pm. A portion of all sales from each of these establishments will benefit St. Mary's Home and School Association. There will also be musical entertainment performed by our very own SMS students along with a display of student Eric Carle themed artwork. Come join the fun and get some Christmas shopping done at the same time!

Family Fun Night - Thursday, December 11th from 4 - 7pm is family fun night. Please join us at Blue Fox Rock N Bowl on the Simsbury/Granby town line. Tickets will be sold for $15/person which includes unlimited bowling and laser tag!

Neckers - Another opportunity for Christmas shopping! We invite you to come to Neckers Toy Store in Simsbury on Thursday, December 11th. A portion of all sales will benefit St. Mary's Home and School Association.

Social Saturday is Coming Soon!  
Click here for a ticket reservation form.

Community News

St. Mary's Parish CHRISTMAS YOUTH CHOIR will rehearse on three Thursdays -12/4, 12/11, and 12/18 - from 5:00 - 5:45pm in the church. All children old enough to learn the words to traditional Christmas carols are invited to participate. The choir sings prior to the 6:00pm Mass on Christmas Eve starting at 5:30pm. Please see Music Director, Gena Sullivan after Mass if you have any questions.

Simsbury Public Library Teen Space has some fabulous programs coming up -  The month of December will feature SAT workshops and practice exams, a Hobbit party, an opportunity for art students to work on portfolio development & an showing of that Christmas favorite, Elf.  Click here for all the details.

Student Volunteers Needed -

The Hartford Children's Medical Center will be conducting a Mass Casualty Exercise on Tuesday, December 2nd.  Click here for more information.  All volunteers must RSVP to NLT Tuesday, 11/25/14.

Wreaths Across America will be celebrated for the 6th consecutive year on Saturday, Dec 13th in Simsbury Cemetery on Plank Hill Rd. This ceremony, hosted by the Abigail Phelps Chapter DAR, with participation from the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign War, will begin promptly at 12 noon followed by cookie reception in the Simsbury Library and all are welcome. For more information or for a form to purchase a wreath, please click here.