News for the Week of November 25, 2015

Talking Turkey in Grade 1!  Last week, students in Mrs. Jehning's first grade class received a different word family. They had to compose a list of 5 words and then created a word family turkey! 

Calendar Reminders - December will be a busy month.  Please remember to check the school calendar often so you stay up to date in regard to school happenings.

Lifetouch Group Class Photos for Grades PreK, K-7 are being sent home today - Wednesday, 12/23.  Please be sure to check backpacks.

School is closed on Friday, 11/27.

 Formal Uniform begins for grade 8 students on Tuesday, December 1.

Poinsettia Sale Pick up is Friday, December 4th from 2-4pm in the Parish Center and after Masses on Saturday, December 5th and Sunday, December 6th.  Thanks to everyone who supported our 8th grade by purchasing poinsettias.

In December,  we will celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception with our Parish family at the 12:15pm Mass on Tuesday, December 8th.  All are welcome.  Please remember that no Physical Education uniforms should be worn to Mass.

Lessons & Carols, our annual Christmas Prayer Service, will be held in the church on Monday, 12/14 (snow date, Tuesday, 12/15).  There will be a dress rehearsal at 10am that is open to the public and an excellent opportunity for photos.  The evening prayer service begins at 7pm in the Church.  Every student in Kindergarten - Grade 8 participates in this beautiful retelling of the Nativity Story.  Absence from the prayer service is permitted only for illness or with permission from Mrs. Gannatti.  Students in Kindergarten and 8th grade should follow the dress guidelines provided by homeroom teachers.  All other students should wear their full formal uniform - no sweatshirts, please.

Christmas Band Concert will be held in the Parish Center on Monday, 12/21 (snow date, Tuesday, 12/22) .  There will be a dress rehearsal at 2pm and guests are welcome.  The evening performance will begin at 7pm.  Musicians should follow dress and arrival guidelines that will be provided by Mrs. Morse.  All are welcome to attend this festive concert and enjoy the "sounds of the season".

Christmas Break begins with a 12:45pm early dismissal from school on Wednesday, 12/23.  There will be NO PreK Enrichment or Aftercare.  School reopens and we begin our celebration of Catholic Schools' Month on Monday, 1/4/16.

Fifth Grade Service Project - Collection of new socks for the House of Bread continues until Monday, November 30th!

Students in Mrs. Gore's fifth grade class are collecting NEW socks for the House of Bread.  New, adult and youth socks are being collected until Monday, November 30th. 
Thanks in advance for your support!

CHOICE Cards for Christmas Giving - Gift cards make wonderful gifts and donations and the CHOICE program has a wide variety of gift cards available. In addition to the cards normally stocked in the office, many other cards are available by special order via GL Script. Click here and at the bottom of the displayed page select "Retailer List" under Quick Links to view a complete list of available vendors. If placing a special order for Christmas giving, please keep in mind that the last date for assured gift giving availability is Wednesday, 12/16/15. Please contact Tammy Budnick with any questions - 860.658.9412 or

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SMS SPIRIT WEAR MAKES A GREAT CHRISTMAS GIFT! Be the "Knight Before Christmas".  Orders are now being accepted to be delivered in time for Christmas. 

These NEW spirit wear items are NOT uniform items, they are designed for casual wear outside of school.  The only exception is that Middle School students MAY wear the spirit wear hooded sweatshirt as part of their school uniform.


 Any questions please call or email Toni Chagnon at 860-658-9412 or  Click here for more information and to download an order form.

Community News

Wreaths Across America - Wreaths Across America will be celebrated for the 7th consecutive year on December 12th, in Simsbury Cemetery on Plank Hill Rd. This ceremony, hosted by the Abigail Phelps Chapter NSDAR, with participation from the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign War, will begin promptly at 12 noon followed by a cookie reception in the Simsbury Library and all are welcome. Click here for a wreath sponsorship form and payment information.  If you would like to donate a photo/obituary or holiday photo of a deceased Veteran for our Simsbury WAA scrapbook, please send it along as well (COPIES ONLY). Wreath cost is $15 with $5 of each wreath forwarded to local veterans causes. Deadline to order is November 27th, as all wreaths are shipped from Maine directly to cemeteries nationwide. Orders for any Veteran’s grave located nearby but outside of Simsbury, are accepted on a pickup basis. A pickup time, after December 12th, should be coordinated with Angie Bautista at