Outdoor Classroom Day - Friday, June 1st

Dear St. Mary School Families,

We are so excited to announce that St. Mary School will be hosting its very first Outdoor Classroom Day—a day entirely dedicated to outdoor learning—on Friday June 1st! Outdoor Classroom Day is a global campaign to celebrate and inspire outdoor learning and play across the globe. In 2017, over 2 million children in over 100 countries took part in Outdoor Classroom Day.  Please see attached for more details.

Please consider volunteering your time on this very special day. We will need all hands on deck as we create our own mini-treehouses, construct raised flower beds, craft a unity quilt and more!

We hope that we can together create a powerful and memorable learning experience for our children on June 1st, our very first Outdoor Classroom Day.  

Stay tuned for more information in the weeks leading up to Outdoor Classroom Day!

Sincerely,

The Outdoor Classroom Day Committee

Grace Joseph
Grandparents Day - Volunteers Needed!

It's hard to believe but Grandparents Day is next Friday, May 18th! We have a lot of fun planned for this day and we need your help!!! 

Calling all volunteers: We can use some volunteers for our raffle tables, refreshment corner and our crafts! If you need hours and want to have a little fun, this is the event for you! Email Toni Sowitcky at britbears1@yahoo.com today!

Memorial Table: It is always difficult when we lose a loved one. If your child has lost a grandparent, we will be displaying a memorial table this year for them to have a place to whisper their loved ones a message. If you would like to send in a photo of a late grandparent, we would be honored to display it. Please send in photos by Wednesday,  May 16th. Please put your child's name on back of the photo along with their grade and room number. You can send in your photo in an envelope with Attention: Cindy Carr on the envelope.

We have a special day planned and are looking forward to this fun day!

Thank you!

Grandparents Day Committee

Grace Joseph
Catholic School Action Alert

Parents,

Please see the email below from our Superintendent, Dr. Griffin.  We are asking all our parents to contact our State Senator and State Representative concerning a proposal for the State of Connecticut to further study the possibility of Educational Savings Accounts (ESAs) for families.            NOTE:  ESA's would provide funding for each family to use for the educational choice for their own children.  If a family chooses a Catholic school, the funds would go toward their tuition.

Scroll down, as there is an easy link you can use to let your Senator and Representative know your thoughts. 

We encourage all our parents, grandparents, and anyone who you want to include, to do this.

Mr. Lacerenza


On Behalf of the Superintendent of Catholic Schools Dr. Michael Griffin

Presidents/Heads and Principals,

Please see the information below regarding a proposal for the State of Connecticut to further study the possibility of Educational Savings Accounts (ESAs) for families.  ESAs would provide funding for each family to use for the educational choice for their own children.  If a family chooses a Catholic school, the funds would go toward their tuition.  The Connecticut Catholic Conference is working hard on our behalf to move this bill forward and asks our help in sharing this information with our school families.  They also provide a convenient way to get an email message of support to each person's legislator, the sooner the better. 

Thank you!

Michael S. Griffin, Ph.D.

Superintendent of Catholic Schools

Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis

Archdiocese of Hartford

467 Bloomfield Ave.

Bloomfield, CT  06002

(860) 242-5573 

www.catholicedaohct.org

 

Catholic School Action Alert:  Please ask your legislators to support HB 5340, An Act Concerning A Study of Education Savings Accounts.  

Click here to contact your legislators. On this page, you will see a brief backgrounder and a pre-written message.  When you provide your address and zip code, the program will pair your message with your state legislators.

Thank you for your efforts!

Grace Joseph
Mother’s Day Plant Sale - May 11th

Hanging Baskets, Herb Gardens and an Assortment of Plants

This year we will be holding a raffle with special gifts for Mother’s Day

1 free raffle ticket with purchase

*Please send in a shoe box or bag for your child to carry their gifts home.

*See attached wish list sheet for specifics. Please complete and send in day of plant sale. Hard copies will be sent home as well.

Thank you,

Event Chairs – Sonia Scudder & Paula Cerqueira 

Grace Joseph
2nd Marking Period Honor Roll

EIGHT GRADE

HIGH HONORS

Lily Bryant

Jazmyn Casiano

Matthew Dunn

Alex Hart

Juliana Vacca

Catherine Welch

HONORS

Shane Burton

Maggie Cody

Justin Cummings

Abigail Delaney

Katelyn Heslin

Danielle James

Katherine Mullaney

Quan Nguyen

Abby Nickolenko

Madeline Paine

Nicolas Pavelko

Jack Phelan

Nolan Piselli

Natalie Roney

Matthew Rosati

Katharine Wetmore


SEVENTH GRADE

HIGH HONORS

Shannon Crandley

Megan Dzialo

Chevintha Edirisinghe

HONORS

Grace Baird

Roger Coleman

Brian Connolly

Jensen Cretella

Luke Dana

William Ehlers

Lauren Lavin

Abigail Lawrie

Annabelle Logiodice

Katie Nguyen

John Paul Paiva

Matthew Piechota

Katelyn Piorek

Aidan Quirk

Evelina Rini

Guadelupe Shields

Alexa Socquet

Jacob Sogueco

Lauren Vitti


SIXTH GRADE

HIGH HONORS

Molly Ciuci

Danielle D’Avignon

Margaret Wetmore

HONORS

Andrew Benjamin

Chase Bryant

Edyn Casiano

Christopher DeProfio

Aida Ehlers

Griffin Fisher

Chloe Franke

John Gerrity

Christopher Harry

Fayrose Hussain

Marko Joksovic

Daniel Kron

Taylor LaFountain

Maya Pinto

Derek Rainey

Michael Roney

Gabriela Santiago

Matthew Savo

Abigail Savoie

Peter Swanson

Tim Swanson

Will Swanson

Atiana Tandon

Andrew Tkacs

Leni Wisniewski

Amanda Zurolo

Grace Joseph
End of the year dates

END OF THE YEAR INFORMATION FOR ST. MARY SCHOOL

There are of course many more activities, events and dates to come before school ends.  However, knowing how important it is for everyone to know the following dates we wanted you to have this information once it was official.

Don’t forget to check the website (www.saintmaryschoolmilford.org), emails and flyers addressing these and other various exciting activities over the next few months.

  1. Eighth Grade Graduation: Wed., June 6th, 6:00 PM in the Church
  2. Kindergarten Celebration Friday, June 8th, 11:00 in the Church
  3. Preschool Graduation Monday, June 11th, 10:00 in the Gym
  4. Last Day for grades 1-7: Friday, June 15th with Early Dismissals that Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Other details will come later.  Teachers of Preschool, Kindergarten and Grade 8 will be sending home details to those parents regarding their particular events, schedules, Early Dismissals, etc.

PRELIMINARY INFORMATION FOR NEXT YEAR, 2018-2019

Details for the following will be sent home during the summer, but for now so you know some important dates:

  1. St. Mary School's first day for students in Grades 1-7 will be WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29th.  
  2. First day for Kindergarten will be THURSDAY, AUGUST 30th, with an OPEN HOUSE on Wednesday, August 29th.  
  3. Open Houses for all the Preschool classes will be WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29th, with their first days later that week.
  • CHRISTMAS VACATION:  Monday, December 24 - Tuesday, January 1
  • WINTER BREAK:   Friday, February 15 & Monday, February 18
  • SPRING VACATION: Monday, April 15 - Monday, April 22 (Easter Monday) 

Other holidays, special activities, No School days due to Staff Professional Development, Early Dismissal Days, etc. will be part of the 2018-19 Calendar which those of you who are officially registered will receive in the summer.

Grace Joseph
2018 New England CYO Boys Junior Varsity School Championship!

St. Mary School in Milford won the 2018 New England CYO Boys Junior Varsity School Championship! This year's regional tournament was hosted by the Archdiocese of Hartford's Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis, as guided under the direction of the Archdiocesan Interscholastic Athletic Conference (AIAC), with 50+ teams competing over the weekend in gymnasiums across Waterbury.  With wins against schools from the Boston Diocese, Bridgeport Diocese and Manchester New Hampshire, the boys clinched the title on April 8th at Kennedy High School.  Coached by Carl DeProfio and Eric Swanson, this is the first time in school's 57 year history that this title has been won.  

 

Team: Bryant, DeProfio, Fisher, Forget, Gerrity, Gregory, Harry, Joksovic, , Kron, Lula, Rainey, Roney, Savo, Swanson, Swanson, Swanson and Tkacs

Coach: DeProfio, Swanson

Grace Joseph
Mohegan Tribe Members Visit School

St. Mary School in Milford has students Tatum, Tessa and Owen Santos who are descendants of a well known tribe here in Connecticut, the Mohegans. Their tribal heritage stems from their maternal grandmother and the children are culturally involved, themselves, throughout the year. This week former Mohegan tribal chairman, Bruce “Two Dogs” Bozsum made his way to St. Mary School and enlightened the students about tribal culture by giving a talk about its history, showing artifacts, and singing and dancing. The program ended with a lively Q&A with the audience! What a unique enrichment program for the students!

Grace Joseph
Panera Bread Fundraiser - Thur. 4/12, from 4 - 8pm

Dear SMS Families,

Take a night off from cooking and head to the Panera on the Boston Post Road on Thursday, April 12th between 4:00 - 8:00pm.  When you order please show them the attached flyer (a printed version will also go home in your kids backpacks on Monday) and Panera will donate 20% of the total sales to the HSA.  

As an added bonus, this Panera has a drive-through so you can get dinner on the go and not have to unload all the kids.  Or, you can also request Panera to deliver for a small fee.

Please share this email with any local friends or family.  Anyone who eats there or takes out can use the flyer that night between 4 and 8, thus directing 20% to our school.  Or, you or anyone arranging for delivery can use the code on the flyer to also direct 20% to the school. 

NOTE:  Unfortunately, we will not be able to hand out flyers at the store on the day of the event.  SO BE SURE TO USE THE FLYER AND TAKE WITH YOU THAT EVENING.

Feel free to contact me with any questions,

Warmly,

Grace O'Brien

on behalf of the HSA

GraceEleanorOBrien@gmail.com

Flyer

Grace Joseph
Food collection this Friday, April 6th

FOOD COLLECTION THIS FRIDAY:

Each month, we collect non-perishable food and other needed item for the Precious Blood Parish John Rigiley Food Bank.  These items help our Parish keep up with the ever growing demand of families in our area.  It is one of the many ways we “Live the Message of Jesus,” by giving Christian service to those in need.

The families of St. Mary School have been very generous in this monthly activity.  For this the Parish and the volunteers at the Food pantry extend their appreciation.

The collection this month is

THIS FRIDAY, APRIL 6th.

While anything you contribute would be gladly accepted, there are a few items the Food Bank can really use, they are (NOTE:  Nothing needing refrigeration):

  • Chile
  • Caned chicken
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste
  • Liquid dish detergent

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