News for the Week of 12/23/15

Merry Christmas to all!  School will reopen on Monday, January 4th and we will begin our celebration of Catholic Schools' Month. 

The St. Mary’s Ski and Snowboard Club is waiting for colder temperatures to arrive!  Due to the lack of snow and freezing temperatures, Ski Sundown is pushing back the start dates for all of the school clubs by 1 week.

As a result, our Ski & Snowboard Club will be starting Wednesday, January 13, 2016.

Parents of participants have received an email from group leader Jim Shanley regarding transportation and other preparations. Please be sure to respond to Mr. Shanley regarding the transportation options he has outlined in the email.  Anyone who would like to participate but was not able to register can still do so prior to the start date. Please contact Jim for more information on this (cell 239-989-6206).

Our January School Mass will be celebrated on Friday, 1/8/16, at 9am in the church.  All are welcome to join us.  Please remember that no physical education uniforms should be worn to Mass.

Hot Lunch Volunteers Needed!  The Sign-Up Genius for hot lunch volunteers is now available.  Over the last several weeks, we have had several occasions where only one volunteer has been signed up for lunch duty.  If you are Virtus trained and can find time in your schedule, please consider volunteering for lunch duty. The lunch program relies on volunteers and without them, we really cannot have a hot lunch program.  It's a great way to see your child(ren) and his/her/their friends during the school day. Thanks!  Click here to view the Hot Lunch Duty Sign-Up Genius.

Looking Ahead to 2016   - Save The Date! 
Book your babysitter & plan to join us on Friday, January 29, 2016 for an evening of Art, Food and Wine at the Hillstead Museum in Farmington, CT.  More information coming soon!

Fun in February!   Students in PreKindergarten through Grade 4 will enjoy an assembly with Zak Morgan on Monday, February 8th at 10am in the Parish Center.  Mr. Morgan is a Grammy nominated musician with a signature brand of children's music.  Click here to learn more about Mr. Morgan.

Alumni News

Congratulations to 9 SMS alums that were recently inducted to the Aquinas Chapter of the National Honor Society at Northwest Catholic High School:  From the SMS Class of '12- Lauren Mangine; From the SMS Class of '13 - Brett Baker, Regina Chappano, Christian Heiden, Katharine and Sarah Jessen, Gabriela Doskos, Allyson Voelker and Christopher Poniatowski.

Community News

The Simsbury Public Library has a great line up of programs for middle and high school students during the month of January.  Some programs do require preregistration.

Signs of  the Season

Kindergarten celebrated Christmas a few days early last week.  It was great to see so many parents enjoying the festivities.

Members of the SMS School Board were Santa's helpers this week treating the
faculty and staff to a delicious Christmas breakfast.  Thanks for such a wonderful treat!

O Emmanuel, our King and Giver of Law:
come to save us, Lord our God!