2018-19 Registration reminder: DUE MARCH 1st

Parents of students in Preschool through grade 7,

REMINDER:  2018-19 Registration Forms and deposits for next year's Kindergarten through grade 8 are due next THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 2018.

The following was sent to you earlier this month, as well as the attached Registration Form and, for those to whom it applies, Application for Parishioner Tuition Grant.

Remember, you have priority, but only if the form and deposit is received by March 1st.

If you have any questions, please contact the School Office or myself.

Mr. Lacerenza

February 5, 2018

Dear Parents, 

Once again, thank you for entrusting us with your children’s education and investing in their future. The success of our mission is evident in our standardized tests scores, testimonies of high school principals and teachers, alumni, service projects, etc.  And this success has been noticed by our community and validated by an increasing enrollment which saw many new students this year and the many applicants already for next year!

The purpose of this process is to insure that our present parents have a means to secure enrollment in St. Mary School for 2018-19  

Current families of St. Mary School will have first priority, but only if they follow deadlines and have no monetary delinquencies.  

The non-refundable Tuition Deposit for 2018-2019 will be $100 per student, but ONLY for current St. Mary families who complete the form and submit with deposit by March 1, 2018. After March 1st the deposit due will be $200.

AS ALWAYS, REGISTRATION IS CONTINGENT OF MEETING ALL FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS, TUITION AND OTHERWISE, FOR THIS OR PRIOR YEARS.

In May, those who have registered for next year will receive a packet which will include all necessary forms, as well as the Contract, which you will need to submit in order to complete the process.

Attached you will find the Registration Form for the 2018-2019 school year.  

This form must be returned with the non-refundable per student tuition deposit by March 1, 2018.

TUITION RATES:  Tuition rates for 2018-2019 will be announced sometime in March, well in advance of when you will be asked to sign a Contract. 

NOTE TO ACTIVE PARTICIPATING MEMBERS FOR PRECIOUS BLOOD PARISH AND OTHER ARCHDIOCESAN PARISHES WHICH HAVE NO SCHOOL:  

You are eligible for a Parish Grant recognizing your status as parishioners.  However, to be awarded this tuition assistance, you will need to submit the APPLICATION FOR PARISHIONER TUITION GRANT, signed by your Pastor/Administrator or his designee, and submit with the Registration Form as soon as possible.  The attached form is only for those who are applying for this grant.                             

Only those who have submitted the Application for Parishioner Tuition Grant, signed by the Pastor (or designee) of Precious Blood Parish or other Parish in the Archdiocese with no school, will be awarded this grant.

NOTE:  If you are a parishioner of Precious Blood Parish of Milford, the form can come to our School Office.  We will send to the Rectory Office for Father Donahue’s approval.

Kindergarten:

Once we receive the Registration Form and deposit, we will be contacting you for the Health Interview you will need to have with our School Nurse.  After that, the next step after this will be completion of the Tuition Contract and other forms which will be available in May (we will let you know).

If you have any questions regarding the process of re-registering your children for 2018-2019, please do not hesitate to contact the School Office.

Again, thank you for choosing Saint Mary School and being a part of a community where we Live the Message of Jesus!

Sincerely,

Mr. Frank Lacerenza                       Rev. Aidan Donahue

Grace Joseph
St Patrick parade coming soon!

The annual MILFORD ST. PATRICK PARADE is coming soon; this year on SATURDAY, MARCH 10th.

We need someone to coordinate our school's involvement (last year's chair, who did a great job, will be out of town that weekend).

If interested, please email me at flacerenza@smsmilford.com, or call the School Office at 203-878-6539.

Thank you,

Mr. Lacerenza

Grace Joseph
Congratulations Junior Varsity Boys Basketball Team!!

Congratulations to St. Mary School of Milford's 6th grade Junior Varsity Boys Basketball Team for winning the Our Lady of Fatima School Annual Tyler Ugolyn Memorial Tournament with a win against St. Thomas of Fairfield.  

6th Grade Boys JV.jpg

Team members (L to R kneeling) Tim Swanson, Derek Rainey, Chris Harry, Peter Swanson, John Gerrity, Peter Swanson, Max Lula.  (Standing L to R) Daniel Kron, Christopher DeProfio, Chase Bryant, Marko Joksovic, AJ Tkacs, Dylan Gregory, Griffin Fisher, Gauge Forget, Matt Savo, Michael Roney are currently enjoying an undefeated season. 

Grace Joseph
Spring Robotics Club Now Enrolling!

We had so much fun participating in the Wonder League Competition, so now it is time to try something new!  

This NEW club is all about exploring and trying different types of robots and coding. Join us this spring as we explore with Lego Boost, Sphero, Dot, Osmo, and Ozobot.

Each Spring Robotics day offers the same content, but we now have different options to fit each family’s schedule. You may sign up for Mondays, Tuesdays, or Thursdays.

Please see the attached flyer for more details.  

Grace Joseph
Mrs. Calendrillo

It is with a heavy heart that we announce that Mrs. Joan Calendrillo, our Preschool Director, will be retiring as of the end of this school year.  

Mrs. Calendrillo has been with our school’s preschool program since 1988 when, under the leadership of Sister Jane McGurkin, RSM, the Principal at the time, she began St. Mary School's Preschool Program.

Under her leadership, the preschool program at St. Mary’s grew from just a three day, half day program for four year old's, to the very successful program we have today, serving over 80 students.

We wish Mrs. Calendrillo a peaceful and well deserved retirement, not to mention expressing our gratitude and appreciation for her years of dedication and commitment to our Mission and our children.

If you would like to wish Mrs. Calendrillo and/or share a story or memory of her, you can do so using the button below.

Grace Joseph
Dress Down on Tuesday, February 13th

The 2017-2018 National Junior Honor Society of St. Mary School is sponsoring a Dress Down to support the American Heart Association.

This will be Tuesday February 13, 2018, so to coincide with Valentines Day being the next day.

We would be grateful if each child donated $2.00.  The AMH uses 80% of donations received to go directly to the fight against heart disease.

Because it is Heart Month, and because many will be celebrating Valentines day that day, we encourage at least one item of clothing to be red.

Simple Rule:  Your child must donate $2 that day in order to dress down.  If he/she does not, yet still dresses down, he/she will be denied this privilege the next time we have a Dress Down.

Also:  Your child's dress that day has to be in compliance with the policy for Dress Down as found in the Parent-Student Handbook; 2017-18.

NOTE:  If your child has Phys. Ed. on Tuesday, he/she may dress down, but he/she needs to wear sneakers and be dressed appropriate to having Phys. Ed. that day. Thank you in advance as we LIVE THE MESSAGE OF JESUS by helping more people to have a healthy heart!

Grace Joseph
Milford sponsoring "Minds In Motion"

We received the attached flyer and information packet regarding "Minds in Motion," an event for students in Kindergarten through grade 8, sponsored by the Milford Public schools, which will be happening at Jonathan Law High School on the afternoon of Saturday, March 3rd.  You might find it something beneficial for your children.

More info...

Grace Joseph
Valentines day and Ash Wednesday

Parents,

As you may realize, Valentines Day (Feb. 14th) falls on Ash Wednesday this year.

There are traditions associated with Valentines Day, especially for the younger the children.  However, Ash Wednesday for us Christians is a most solemn day -- a day on which we begin our Lenten journey of remembering what Jesus did for us and what he taught us when he accepted the agony of crucifixion and death.  On such a day, how could we who proclaim that we "Live the message of Jesus" enjoy candy, cupcakes and parties?

Therefore, we will still have a day on which we can do our Valentine activities.  However, that will be on Tuesday, Feb. 13th (see note below for what to wear that day).

In this way we keep Ash Wednesday, February 14th, low key, reverent and consistent with our Catholic Mission by attending Mass, receiving the symbol of the ashes, and discussing in age and grade appropriate ways what Lent should mean to us.

I will be announcing this to the students and will remind them, as will their teachers. 

NOTE:  The National Junior Honor Society will sponsor a special Dress for Charities on Tuesday, Feb. 13th, on which day students can dress down (following the school's Dress Down rules), but with at least one item being red.  For this privilege, a $2 donation will be requested which the NJHS will donate to the American Heart Association which does so much good for so many people.  You will get more information on this before next Tuesday. 

Thank you,

Mr. Lacerenza

Grace Joseph
AD Contest!

Hi Friends!  

TIME IS TICKING!!! We are getting so close DEADLINE time!! You don't want to miss an opportunity to put an ad in our tournament book!! If you are new to the school, and don't know what to do, please call me!! I'd love to help you either place ad for your family or for someone in the community who wants to take the opportunity to reach 100s of people who come to our tournament each year. 

Now is a perfect time to ask for your help in obtaining the ads for our 2018 Tournament Program book.  The revenue from the Program Book is essential for the overall success of our fun and competition filled tournament.  Your participation is crucial for the success of this annual event.

There will also be an exciting Ad Contest for the most Ads sold!  The goal for our 44rd Annual Tournament is 100% participation.  Every student should try their best to obtain at least one page Ad or one Business/Patron Ad.  This is a great and easy way to earn your fundraising dollars!!

50% of the value of your ads will be applied to your fundraising obligation!!

Contact the businesses in your neighborhood or anywhere you have contacts.  Be sure to tell them that this is a two-week tournament, with over 50 teams from many towns around Connecticut!  It’s not just a donation, its good business!  

Ad prices are as follows:

Full page Ad - $50, Half page Ad - $30, Booster Ad - $10 Tournament Web page Ad-$75

Last year we had over 5,000 hits on the Ad home page!!

PRIZE LIST

Most Ads Sold: 1st place - $50 gift card and 2nd place - $25 gift card

AD CONTEST DETAILS AND RULES

  1. Each student will receive one ad form attached to this letter (more forms are available in the school office and on the school website –www.saintmaryschoolmilford.org)
  2. Page Ads and Business Ads must be sent via e-mail attachment to mehayes@optonline.net
  3. Payment and a copy of the ad should be sent in to school in an envelope marked “Tournament Ad, c/o Meg Hayes.  Please make checks payable to St. Mary HSA.
  4. All ads must be received by Feb 12th in order to be included in the booklet.
  5. Web ads are easy!!  Information on how to provide a web page ad is available on-line at: www.eteamz.com/smsbasketballmilford/

Remember – All profits from the Basketball Tournament go to the HSA, which works to improve our school and reduce our tuition…It’s a WIN WIN!!  Go Jaguars!!

Grace Joseph
Two Dress Down Rewards

Dear parents,

     Those students of our school who wore their regular school uniform to St. Mary Church, St. Agnes Church or other Catholic Church church or other place of worship on Saturday-Sunday, January 27-28 were promised a FREE DRESS DOWN after Catholic Schools Week.

The day for that Dress Down will be THIS WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7TH.

Remember, this is only for those who wore their school uniform to Mass or Service on that weekend.

Also:

Those students of our school who wore their regular school uniform to Barnes & Noble on Saturday, February 3rd were promised a FREE DRESS DOWN after Catholic Schools Week. 

The day for that Dress Down will be THIS FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9TH. 
Remember, this is only for those who wore their school uniform to Barnes & Noble last Saturday.

Grace Joseph