Christmas Tree & Wreath Sale Volunteers Needed

Starting November 25th, hundreds of freshly cut 5ft - 9ft Premium Balsam & Fraser Fir Christmas Trees, wreaths and cemetery pieces will arrive after making their journey to us from Quebec. They will be available to purchase at St. Mary School located at 72 Gulf Street in Milford. Hours will be Mon-Fri 5:30pm–9pm and Sat. & Sun. 9am–9pm. We sell out quickly, so don't miss out! And please support our 3 partners Joey C's Roadhouse, Goodies and Jimmy's Apizza! After you eat at there, be sure to get your 10% off coupon for your tree. And when you buy your tree, don't forget to get your coupons for your future visits back at those restaurants!

All proceeds benefit the St. Mary School Home & School Association. 50% of your sale will go towards your fundraising assessment, so spread the word to family & friends and so will theirs!

New this year will be Christmas Carolers from our local high schools - stay tuned! 

We are looking for volunteers!  Hours that can fit your schedule.  Most help is needed on the weekends (4 hour shifts), but if you prefer weeknights, that would be great too. If you can’t commit to 4 hour shifts, that’s fine – anything you can give will be appreciated.

Want to work off that turkey dinner?  Join us on Nov 25th when the trees are delivered in the morning at about 9:00am.  This really is a great way to get to know other families from the school and have fun at the same time! Some dads come and don’t want to leave!  If you can volunteer any amount of time, please contact Jay Pinto for scheduling at jaypinto@aol.com or 203.506.4273.

Grace Joseph
Material Girls Fundraiser

St. Mary School Presents the 1st Annual

Material Girls Shopping Event

Thursday, November 30th 5:30-8:30 PM

Enjoy a night of socializing & shopping to support the St. Mary School Home School Association.  This is a great opportunity to shop for the holidays AND support our school.  Mention St. Mary School and 15% of all sales will be generously donated back to St. Mary.  

Invite your friends & family, shop til you drop, enjoy refreshments, and get ready for Christmas!

Material Girls has some of the hottest trends & unique choices in clothing, jewelry & unique gifts. Popular brands include Mantraband, Lokai, Luca & Danni, Scout bags, Clara Sun Woo & many more. Be sure to also check out their selection of custom monogram jewelry.  You can also make a 'wish list' and help family members purchase gifts that you really want.  Complimentary gift wrapping will also be available. 

Shop through December 10th for wish list items or if you are unable to make the event.  Be sure to mention St. Mary School!

Material Girls is located at 463 Boston Post Road in Orange (the left side of the building - right side is Kaoud Rugs) 203-298-9062

WE HOPE TO SEE YOU ON THE 30TH!!!

Grace Joseph
The Elf Store is Coming!

The Elf Store will be held on Wednesday, December 6th and Thursday, December 7th during school so the stduents can purchase Christmas gifts for their friends and relatives.  We are working on the schedule so that all the children will be able to have the best shopping experience possible. All gifts will be priced between $1 and $5.  

We will need volunteers to help at the store.  We will help the children shop and wrap all their gifts to bring home to their family and friends.  If you would like to volunteer, please contact Wendy Pinto at wpinto@mac.com

If you have any other questions, please contact Julie DeProfio at carldeprofio@sbcglobal.net.

Grace Joseph
Children’s Christmas Eve Liturgy
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Children's Christmas Eve Liturgy will be in the St. Mary School Gymnasium at 4:15 pm Mass. Sign up information has been sent to the students in the school and Religious Education program. Sign up forms can also be downloaded here. Hard copies are also in the basket outside the Rectory office.

Deadline is Tuesday, Dec. 12.

Dress Rehearsal - Friday, Dec. 22 at 4:30 p.m. in the school gym.

If interested, please return the form ASAP to St. Mary School or reply via email to stmarychristmasplay@icloud.com.

Questions? Call Ronnie Pendleton at (203) 874-8752; cell 203-610-2823

More info...

Grace Joseph
Pie Pick Up This Friday

Our Lyman Orchard pies will be delivered to the school this Friday, 11/17. We will be busy all morning separating and preparing all the orders for pick up starting at dismissal time. Order pick up will be available from dismissal at 12:45 till 5:30 PM, or whenever the last order is gone!  

NOTE:  To pick up your pies, please come to the Gym through the side entrance of the gym near the kitchen. 

A few things to keep in mind for this years delivery and pick up:

1) This year saw the most pies sold!  Plus, we have a new committee organizing this.  In addition, Friday is a half day, making it  more difficult for us to have the over 800 pies ordered ready in the few hours we have from delivery till dismissal.

-- So, if you are coming to pick up pies, we ask you to please be patient.

2) We DO NOT have the ability to store pies for anyone! There is not enough room in the school to store any pies not picked up. All pies MUST be picked up Fridayby 5:30!! 

Keep in mind, dismissal time is obviously the busiest time for pick ups, so please assume there will be a wait if you come at this time.  If you absolutely need to get your pies at pick up, be patient!  If you can possibly come later in the afternoon, that would be greatly appreciated!! 

Please call or email me if you have any questions at all!

Thanks!

Alyson Durand
(203)479-2786
alysondurand@icloud.com

Grace Joseph
2017 St. Mary School Milford H.O.P.E.S. Award Recipients

Archbishop Leonard P. Blair, Provost of Education Sr. Mary Grace Walsh, and Superintendent of Catholic Schools Dr. Michael Griffin saluted 76 volunteers from 38 Catholic elementary schools at the 40th annual HOPES (Help Our Parish Elementary Schools) Dinner on Monday, October 16th. Each volunteer received a St. John Neumann Award for their unwavering commitment to their schools. St. Mary School is proud to recognize Alberto Acevedo & Kristen Luzzi as this year's worthy recipients!  Al and his wife put 3 students through St. Mary School over the last 17 years.  They both have given countless hours to serving the school community.  Al served as President of the HSA for several years, but his lasting gift to the school was his chairmanship of the annual Carnival for so many years.  His leadership, organizational skills and good will have made that event among the most profitable both in dollars and cents, but also in good will and overall school and community spirit.  Kristen and her husband have had two sons go through our school.  In recent years she was the co-chair of the carnival running the food tent, the top money maker for this event.  In addition, she chaired the kitchen portion of the school annual Basketball Tournament.  Thanks to her help, these two events bring in almost half of the school fund raising dollars. 

Grace Joseph
Food collection - Friday November 3, 2017

Each month, we collect non-perishable food and other needed items for the St. Mary Parish John Rigiley Food Bank.  Our food drive this month will support the Scouts Thanks for Giving Food Drive.  This is the 13th annual food drive run by the scouts and will take place November 10th through November 12th.  We are focusing on collecting food ahead of time (Friday, Nov. 3rd) in order to contribute to the success of our event.

This event supports local charities such as Milford Food Bank, Cornerstone Christian Food Pantry, First United Church of Christ Food Pantry, Saint Gabriel Food Pantry, Food2Kids and the Beth El Shelter as well The St Mary Parish John Rigley Food Bank and individual families in the Milford area.

The families of St. Mary School have been very generous in this monthly activity. By supporting this food drive, we “Live the Message of Jesus.”

We will greatly accept any non-perishable food item.  We are also looking for specific food items in order to assist us with putting together a thanksgiving meal for our Milford families.

  • Stuffing
  • Canned vegetables
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Soup
  • Tuna Fish
  • Gravy
  • Boxed/canned potatoes
  • Peanut Butter/Jelly
  • Dessert Mixes
  • Pasta/Sauce

Thank you again for helping us to teach our children the importance of putting our Faith in Action by not just saying, but actually meaning it when we say:

LIVE THE MESSAGE OF JESUS

Grace Joseph
Extra candy from Halloween? Operation Gratitude can use it!

We need your help!  We are collecting your extra Halloween candy for Operation Gratitude.  Show your support of our troops this Holiday season by sending in your extra Halloween candy to SMS for inclusion in this year’s Operation Gratitude Holiday Care Packages for the men and women of our Armed Forces. 

Wrapped, unopened candy can be sent in ONLY Wednesday, November 1st and Tuesday, November 2nd.  Please also consider sending toothbrushes, toothpaste and dental floss to be a part of the care packages.  A collection bin will be in the school lobby.  If your child would like to include a note to our troops as part of their donation, it will be included in the package sent to Operation Gratitude. Our collections over the past several years have been an overwhelming success.   If you have any questions, please contact Julie.

NOTE:  To get what we collect to the troops, we can only accept candy, etc., on Wed., or Th., Nov. 1st or 2nd.

Grace Joseph
Mr. Lacerenza, and his recent award of Distinguished Administrator, is going to air this weekend!

The featured television piece on Mr. Lacerenza, and his recent award of Distinguished Administrator, is going to air the weekend of October 21st! There will be cameo appearances and footage of our school & classes. You can watch it on Crossroads Magazine which airs on WCCT TV (Fox 61) on Sunday 10/22 at about 10:40 am. It will also be streaming on our website after it airs at: http://www.ortv.org/streaming/Crossroads_stream.htm

The audio of the story will be played on WJMJ-FJ 88.9 on Sunday at 12:40 pm as well. The producer from ORTV, Inc. said "it was so nice to meet you all, you have a great school, wonderful staff and student body. A lot to be proud of." We sure are proud! Be sure to catch this interview and see who you can spot! 

Grace Joseph
New Robotics Club Openings

Many have asked for more openings in the Robotics Club so now there is a new Robotics Club on Thursday.  This club will be doing the same activities as the Monday and Tuesday but they are starting at Mission 2 so they will NOT be entered into the contest.  Since they will not be entered into the contest those students in 8th grade that would like to join can be part of the Thursday group.  The minimum age is still 1st grade.

If you are already signed up for the Monday or Tuesday club you will continue on that day. 

If you are 6-8 and need to sign up for the Monday group, please email me and I will look at the team dynamics to see if there is an opening on any of the teams that will fit.

If you are 9-12 and need to sign up for the Tuesdaygroup, please email me and I will look at the team dynamics to see if there is an opening on any of the teams that will fit.

To sign up for the Thursday group please fill out the sign up at this link.

If you need the other days please email me at sframpton@smsmilford.com.

Please see attached flyer for more details.

Grace Joseph