News for the week of 4/1/15

 "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whomsoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life."  John 3:16

Calendar Reminders

Holy Thursday, April 2nd is a 12:45pm Early Dismissal.  There will be no PreKindergarten Enrichment or Aftercare.  

School is CLOSED on Good Friday, April 3rd.  

School is OPEN on Monday, April 6th.  This is a change to our original school calendar to begin our snow day makeups.

Please Join Father Matera & Mrs. Gannatti for an evening of conversation and celebration as the results of our recent school survey are shared.  Mark your calendars for Monday, April 6th at 7pm in the Parish Center.  This will also be your opportunity to pick up your 2015-2016 Family Enrollment Packet. 

 Just for fun, families who complete their Family Enrollment Form and submit their $250 Family Enrollment Fee before leaving the meeting will be entered in our drawing to win one of 3 great prizes:

First Prize - $250 worth of CHOICE cards of your "choice"!
Second Prize - A delicious dinner at our annual Golf Outing at the Hopmeadow Country Club on Monday, 5/18/15 - a $65 value!
Third Prize - $50 iPad Insurance Fee for 15-16 paid for your favorite SMS student!

Our April School Mass will be held on Friday, April 10th at 9am in the church.  Please remember that no Physical Education uniforms should be worn to Mass.

School will be closed from Monday, 4/13 - Friday, 4/17 for April Break.  When we return to school on Monday, 4/20, students may wear the Relaxed Uniform.

Kindergarten is Buzzing about Math! Kindergarten practiced their subtraction with the help of a bee. They started off with 10 pieces of "pollen". The bee would "take" some away and the children's job was to find out how many pieces were left. They then recorded their matching subtraction fact on their iPad. 

Application for St. Mary's School Trust Scholarships - The on-line application for the St. Mary's School Trust Scholarships is now available.  Click here.  The deadline for applications is April 30, 2015.  For more information regarding these scholarships and the qualification parameters, click here.   For a helpful guide from the PSAS about completing the on-line application, click here. 

7th Grade Munson’s Chocolates Fundraiser for Mother’s Day!
This year the money we raise will help subsidize the 7th Grade Class Trip to Boston.  Buy some chocolate for that special Mom, Grandmother, Godmother, Aunt, Like-a-Mother, Special Someone, or yourself and support Saint Mary’s students at the same time!  The cost of the chocolate is the same price as at the local Munson’s retail shop.

Order forms have been sent home -Please be sure to check your students' backpacks?  Please return your order to the school office by Monday, April 20th  Please make checks payable to: “St. Mary’s School” and note “Munson’s” in the memo section of your check.  Your order will be ready for pickup at school during the week before Mother’s Day, May 4th – May 8th, the exact date/time to be announced.  The 7th grade class thanks you in advance for your support!

"Fairway to Heaven" Golf Tournament - Enjoy the beautiful spring weather on Monday, May 18th at the Hopmeadow Country Club in Simsbury.  Golf Tournament Registration is OPEN!  Early Bird tickets are available now. Click here to register. Visit "" and "/" for more information and updates. 

THERE'S STILL TIME!  ORDER DEADLINE EXTENDED UNTIL TUESDAY, APRIL 7TH!!  This year's full color yearbook can be ordered online.  Order deadline has been extended until 4/7/15.  Our yearbook code is 9415315 and your order is payable with all major credit cards.  Click here to order your yearbook online.  You may also order your yearbook and pay with a check.  Click here for a downloadable order form that can be returned to the school office with your check for $28. YOU MAY ALSO ORDER YOUR YEARBOOK AT THE COMMUNITY MEETING REGARDING SURVEY RESULTS ON MONDAY, APRIL 6TH.  All yearbooks must be preordered.   Yearbooks will be distributed to students after the yearbook dedication is announced by 8th grade in June.  Yearbooks will be distributed in the classrooms as has been done in previous years.

Do you know someone who is wondering if SMS is the right place for their family?  Invite them to our Open House for Prospective Families on Wednesday, April 22nd from 8:30-11:30am.  Visitors will have a chance to see a regular school day and visit with our faculty and students.  An RSVP to the school office is appreciated at or 860~658~9412.

Looking Ahead to 2015-16!  Do you have a child who is eligible for Kindergarten in 2015-16 that is currently attending a Preschool other than St. Mary's?  If so, please let us know and we will send you an application form so that this child is included when you receive your Family Enrollment Packet early in April.  Please note - Students attending SMS PreK DO NOT NEED TO REAPPLY.  SMS PreK students are automatically "promoted" to Kindergarten unless we have received other instructions from your family.

Not Quite Ready for Kindergarten in the Fall?  St. Mary's PreKindergarten program has openings for the 15-16 school year.  Our PreKindergarten is a 5 day per week program designed for an older 4 or young 5.  Students in PreKindergarten follow normal morning arrival with drop off anywhere between 8:20 and 8:40am.  The program ends at 1:00pm and includes participation in specials like PE, vocal music, Spanish and library.  PreKindergarten Enrichment is available until 3:20pm and PreKindergarten students may also participate in Aftercare until 6pm.  Students that participate in our PreKindergarten program do not need to reapply for Kindergarten in the following year.

SMS Annual Fund - Just a friendly reminder….The Annual Fund is still accepting donations!

As stated in the tuition announcement letter last week, the Annual Fund is one of the school's major factors in our financial stability. SMS is grateful for your financial commitment and donations.  We are 70% of the way to our goal! Not to mention, that many corporations will match your donation! Please consider if you have not done so already!Click here to make your donation on-line or click here for a pledge card.

Home & School Association News -

Minutes from the 3-19 HSA Meeting are available.  Click here.

Mark your calendars for the first annual "Skeleton Scramble
5K and Kids Fun Run".
It is scheduled for October 24,
2015 at Stratton Brook State Park. You can also follow
us for more information on the following:

Community News

Thinking about summer? We are! Registration for Vacation Bible School is OPEN! Children entering grades Kindergarten - 5 are invited to join us as we journey to Hometown Nazareth where Jesus lived as a kid. There will be live music, crafts, outdoor games, and stories from His mom, Mary. You won’t want to miss this! Vacation Bible School will run from Monday, June 22 through Thursday, June 25. The program runs from 8:45am-12:15pm at St. Mary's School.  Cost is $40pp.  Click here to register. Questions? Contact VBS Coordinator, Kathleen Keating   

Simbury Public Library Announces Tween & Teen Programs for April -  The Teen Space at the Simsbury Public Library has a great lineup of offerings for April including paper quilling, duct tape crafts and a Minecraft party.  Click here for a brochure.