News for the Week of 1/21/15

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WELCOME WEEK SUNDAY MASS - On Sunday, January 25th we will be reaching out to some area parishes to invite them to our next Open House on Thursday, January 29th and to tell them a little bit about St. Mary's School.  We have coordinated with the priests of these parishes and have some students lined up to speak at the end of the Mass.  We will also have some items to give to the parishioners as they leave Mass and would like to ask for your help in handing these items out.  We are also asking the students to wear their formal uniform to Mass that day to help represent St. Mary's School.  Any student who does wear their uniform to Mass can participate in a school appropriate, casual dress day on Friday, February 13th.  A parent will need to send a note into school by February 11th stating that you attended Mass in uniform on Sunday, January 25th in order to participate.  The churches that we will be represented at are:
St. Mary's (Simsbury) at 9:30am
            St. Catherine's (West Simsbury) at 11am
            St. Ann's (Avon) at 9:30am
St. Therese (Granby) at 10:30am
            St. Patrick's (Collinsville) at 10am
Immaculate Conception (New Hartford) at 11:30am Mass.
If you have any questions, please contact Sue Zordan at or 860-379-3154.  Thank you for helping to spread the word about St. Mary's School.

Farmington Chief of Police - Paul Melanson

Celebrating Catholic Schools' Month -

Please take a moment to enjoy these photos from last week's Career Day presentations.  Our sincere thanks to Mr. Michael Domashinski, Mr. Jeffrey Corriveau and Mr. Paul Melanson!

JetBlue pilot - Michael Domashinski

Cartoonist - Jeffrey Corriveau

Our celebration continued today with Student Appreciation Day.  Students had fun this morning playing board games in cooperative mixed age groups and enjoyed an ice cream treat at lunch.  Our thanks to the HSA for providing the games and ice cream for our fabulous students!

On Friday, 1/23, we will share our community of faith and learning with Archbishop Blair.  Mrs. Gannatti reminds all students that a red shirt may be worn with the uniform of the day as we Remember Everyone Deployed.  The theme of this year's Catholic Schools' Month celebration is  - Knowledge, Faith & Service.  Our RED
Fridays help us remember to keep those that serve our country in our prayers until they are home from deployment around the world.

Calendar Reminders -  

Tonight - Wednesday, 1/21/15 - School Board Meeting, 7pm, Lower Church.  
                 Click here for agenda.

Friday, 1/23/15 - Report Cards distributed
                            Final Day to participate in SMS Parent Survey - details below.

Friday, 1/30/15 - Family Pizza Lunch - details & link to family order form below.  
                            All orders must be turned in NLT Friday, 1/23/15.

Hot Lunch - Snow Day Makeup -  Due to the snow day on Monday,  January 12th, we would like to serve a makeup hot lunch next week.  We will serve the make up lunch on either Tuesday, 1/27 or Thursday, 1/29 depending on which day volunteers are available to help serve.  If you can help on one of these days, please contact Tammy Budnick NLT Friday, 1/23 at  We will announce whether the make up lunch will be Tuesday or Thursday once we know when volunteers are available.  Thank you!

"Snow" much fun in First Grade!  Students in Mrs. Jehning's first grade class read the book, Snowballs by Lois EhlertAs an extension activity, students created a snow person using a multitude of materials Mrs. Jehnings brought in from home. Students really used their imaginations, creativity and "thought outside the box".  Students made an important connection to their Religion lessons as well - God created each one of us unique and special. We are all a part of God's family! 

SMS Parent Survey - Final Days to Participate - Survey closes this Friday, 1/23/15

This is a reminder to participate in the Saint Mary’s School Survey. By now, you should have received an invitation to participate in the survey. As I noted in the previous email invitation, the results from this survey can be a powerful tool to drive our school strategic plan. 

The attached link will lead you into the school survey. There should be only one response per family. You will have the ability to provide feedback either on the per grade level or from an overall basis. The survey should take approximately 10 - 15 minutes to complete. Your responses are anonymousand all information will be analyzed in aggregate (non-individual) form only. The survey will remain open until Friday January 23rd. 

This is an opportunity for you to give feedback on how Saint Mary’s School is doing. Your feedback will help improve our strategic plan for Saint Mary’s. On behalf of the St. Mary's School Board and Administration, thank you for your participation in this important survey.

Please click here to begin the survey.

Family Pizza Lunch  - Our annual Family Pizza Lunch is scheduled for Friday, 1/30/15, & we hope many of you will join us for lunch with your favorite student(s).   You may either order a pizza lunch or bring a brown bag.  Click here for a Guest Order form.  Some families have already ordered a student pizza hot lunch for this day. If you did not order pizza lunch on this date for your student and you would like to, please also use the Guest Order form to order lunch them. 

All lunches must be pre-ordered, so please do return this order to me at the school office prior to January 23rd. 

For your reference, the schedule of lunch waves will be as follows:

11:00-11:35 - PreK, Kindergarten, 1st & 2nd grade
11:40-12:15 - 3rd, 4th & 5th grade
12:20-12:50 - 6th, 7th & 8th 

Help is always needed!  If you can help for a little while before or after the time you are enjoying your lunch, please let Mrs. Budnick know at  Thanks!

Home & School Association News -

Next Week - Monday, 1/26 - Friday, 1/30 - the HSA is Hosting Teacher Appreciation Week.  There are a lot of ways you can help make this week special.  A special Sign-Up Genius has been created to make it simple for you to choose how you would like to help and what you would like to contribute.  Click here to access the Sign Up Genius.  Thanks in advance for making this a special week for our teachers and staff!

Ladies' "Bunco" Night

Come join the fun and bring a friend!  Friday, February 6th from 7-9 p.m.   Click here to download and print this reservation form.

Paint Night - This fun filled event has been  moved to the spring.  Watch for more details at a later date.

Community News

Simsbury High School invites you to Thoroughly Modern Millie featuring SMS Alumna, Emily Bautista, Class of '11 in the role of Millie.  Tickets can be ordered online by going to the Simsbury High School Website and clicking the Thoroughly Modern Millie icon or by clicking here.

Showtimes are as follows: 

January 30 & 31 & February 6 & 7 at 7PM

February 1 & 8 at 2PM

Give Kids a Smile Day -

The American Dental Association's Give Kids a Smile Day will be held on Friday, February 6, 2015.  Avon Wellness Center Dental Associates-the office of Dr. Jerry Graham and Associates- will be opening their practice to children in need on this date. Together with their team, they will host a day of  FREE dental care by appointment starting at 8am.  Click here for a list of available services and more information. 

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