News for the Week of 3/9/16

Our Spring Parent/Teacher Conferences concluded today (Wednesday, 3/9).  Thursday, 3/10 and Friday, 3/11, will both be regular full days of school with both PreK Enrichment and Aftercare available.

School will be CLOSED next Wednesday, 3/16/16, for a faculty in-service.

Daylight Savings Time begins this weekend.  Don't forget to "spring ahead" one hour!

Hot Lunch - Snow Day Makeup - If your child(ren) were scheduled to receive hot lunch on our snow day (Friday, February 5th), a pizza hot lunch "make-up" will be held on Tuesday, March 22.  Our thanks to Mrs. Corriveau and her mom for providing the volunteer lunch support we need to make this make up day possible.

Pep Rally/Spirit Day this Friday, 3/11/16 - Celebrate all our basketball teams & cheer on our Varsity Girls as they head into the semi-finals this weekend!  See game details below. 

Student Pep rally at 2:50 in the Parish Center on Friday, 3/11.

Varsity Players approved wear for Friday, 3/11:

Blue sided Jersey w/ blue/white undershirt
Blue Sided Jersey shorts
Warm- up shooter shirts
Athletic pants Royal or navy blue or black
Spirit wear accessories- headband, ribbon, etc...

Students (Non JVA and Varsity) approved wear for Friday, 3/11:
Gym Clothes
Plain Royal blue or white shirt
Royal Blue or Navy SMS gym pants/shorts
Spirit wear accessories- headband, ribbon, etc...

EVERYONE - NO Hats, No Make up, No Sunglasses

Congratulations Girls Varsity Basketball on their win against St. Mary's Milford in the State Playoffs. The girls will be heading to the semi finals this Saturday @ Sacred Heart High School in Waterbury at 12:30 pm. Come on out and help cheer them on to victory!

Walk In Wednesdays are Underway!  For the rest of March, every Wednesday from 9:30am to 11:30am,  guests are invited take a look in our classrooms, meet our faculty and staff, and see all of the advantages a Catholic education has to offer.  Please note that school is closed Wednesday, 3/16/16, for a faculty in-service. RSVP to Toni Chagnon at or 860-658-9412 

2016-17 Tuition Announcement - After careful deliberation, our School Board has finalized the tuition rates for the upcoming school year.  Click here for this information.

It's almost time for 2016-17 Enrollment Packets!  This year, your Family Enrollment Packet will be emailed to you at the email address you have provided to us as your family's primary email. If you wish to verify the email address that will be used, please contact the school office at

You should expect your electronic Enrollment Packet to arrive in your email inbox on Thursday, March 10th after 12noon. All forms should then be downloaded and printed for completion and return.  Families that bring their completed Family Enrollment Form and fee to "Moving Up Knight" on March 14th will have a chance to be awarded a "paid" Family Enrollment Fee.  Two lucky families will be told that their  Family Enrollment Fee has already been "paid" (your check will be returned to you with a smile).

"Moving Up Knight" Is Monday, March 14th at 6:30pm.  It's an important evening of grand unveilings & special opportunities!

In April 2018, our school will be visited by an NEASC (New England Association of Schools and Colleges) Accreditation Team. We have already begun preparing for the reaccreditation process by reviewing, revising and rewriting our school's Mission Statement.   All vested constituencies: Father Matera, our school board, faculty and staff, students, and parent representatives from each grade level were involved in this process.  Our new Mission Statement evolved via a collaborative process designed to foster consensus through discernment and deliberation. Our upcoming strategic plan will be aligned with our new Mission Statement.

We are proud to announce that on Monday, March 14, 2016, at "Moving Up Knight" we will be unveiling our new Mission Statement, and also a new student pledge, school logo, and retooled website! Please join us for a "spirited" evening as we "charge" in to looking at the school year ahead! #uKNIGHTed 

Great News! The SMS Spirit Shop will be open Monday, March 14th, at "Moving Up Knight". Sample sizes will be available, please stop by and check out all of our fabulous Knight Wear!  

Bring your completed Family Enrollment Form and Fee to "Moving Up Knight" and you may win a "paid" Family Enrollment Fee. 

Last week, kindergartners celebrated Dr. Seuss's birthday! Kindergarten students enjoyed reading Dr. Seuss books with the fifth graders. The kindergartners also had the opportunity to solve "I Spy" puzzles, which were all created by the fifth grade students.

We have been advised that the application for the 2016-2017 
St. Mary's School Trust Scholarships is now available.


Who can apply:

Any family whose children have completed a year's enrollment in kindergarten or above and will be enrolled in grades 1 through 8 at St. Mary's School during 2016-2017 is eligible to apply. There are no requirements regarding parish or religious affiliation.

Applications must be submitted no later than April 30, 2016. Click here for a  helpful reference guide. Additional instructions are provided when you access the application link. The link for the scholarship application is:

If you have any questions regarding the application process for the St. Mary's School Trust scholarships or about other financial assistance that may be available, please contact the school office.

SMS Stars -
Congratulations to our FMI All-State Band Musicians -

5th Grade - Faith P. - flute
6th Grade  - Francesca C. - clarinet, Sophie G. -clarinet, Jenna G. -trombone
7th Grade - Lily P. - clarinet
8th Grade - Hanna C. - flute , Shayna G. - saxophone

All these students will be performing with the Future Musicians All-State Symphonic Band.  Special mention goes out to Hanna C.  who will also be performing in the flute choir as well. We also congratulate Ben R., 6th Grade - Percussion.  Ben will play with the All-State Gala Band.  The 2016 Future Musicians All-State Band Program  concert will be held on Saturday, March 19, 2pm at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain. The doors open for seating at 1:30 p.m.
Tickets are $6.00 and will also be available at the door.  The Future Musicians All-State Symphonic and Concert Bands will also be performing on Monday, May 23, on the Plaza at Lincoln Center, New York City at 12 noon. The All-State Jazz Band will be performing on Friday, May 27, at 12 noon on the lawn of the Old State House, Hartford.

Out thanks to the parents that have supported these musicians in this endeavor.  The All-State bands rehearse on Friday nights and Saturday mornings. There is always a lot of driving to coordinate! We also thank our FMI Instructor, Mrs. Debbie Morse, for all her help and support.  Mrs. Morse helps students prepare for their All State auditions and also helps them prepare for the concert.

Living Stations of the Cross & Soup and Bread Dinner -  Again this year, our 8th grade will present the Living Stations of the Cross for both our student body and our Parish.  Students will attend the Living Station on Holy Thursday, 3/24, at 9:30am in the Church.  All are welcome to join us.  The Living Stations will be presented for the parish on Friday, March 18th at 7pm in the Church.  

Prior to the Living Stations, our 8th grade students will host a simple soup & bread dinner in the Parish Center.  The dinner begins at 5:30pm.  All are welcome.  There is no charge but a free will offering may be made.

March Service Project - Our March service project for House of Bread will be coordinated by Grade 6. They will be collecting boxes of pasta. Donations will be collected through the end of March. The House of Bread uses 60 pounds of pasta  for every meal. 

Students in Mrs. Jehning's first grade also celebrated Dr. Seuss' birthday.

Ski & Snowboard Club Has Concluded -  Despite "challenging El Nino" conditions, our Ski & Snowboard Club enjoyed their outings to Ski Sundown this year.  Our thanks to Jim Shanley for all his hard work coordinating the club.  Mr. Shanley also shares this message -  I wanted to close the season out with a brief note expressing my thanks to all the parents who helped make this possible. Between the transportation, snack delivery and chaperoning we had it well covered. Our children could not have enjoyed this activity without your help. If your child missed a session remember that they can make them up on any weekday or evening until Sundown closes. Please let me know if you have questions on this."

St. Mary's Parish Vacation Bible School – We’re taking a trip to Egypt with Joseph and the pharaoh from June 20-23! Your children will love our live music, outdoor games, and stories of pharaoh’s crazy dreams. Registration opens soon! Click here. Questions? Contact Kathleen Keating, Youth Minister and VBS Coordinator, at

Talcott Mountain Science Center Invites You -

Grade 3 Authors -
Ava (l) and Hailey (r) had an opportunity to share the book they co-authored,
The Land of Gizmo & Spots, with their classmates.  

SMS Drama Club - The first session of the SMS Drama Club was so much fun!  Our thanks to Mrs. Elliott and Mrs. Powell for moderating the club and assisting with the club's first production of "The True Story of the Three Little Pigs".