Announcement of Position Opening

October 2019

POSITION: PRINCIPAL, ST. MARY SCHOOL (MILFORD, CT)

Saint Mary School, a ministry of Precious Blood Parish in Milford, Connecticut, is seeking to hire a Principal
to successfully lead the school (preschool – grade 8) into the coming years.

ANTICIPATED START DATE: JULY 2020

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Interested applicants should possess experience in advancing the mission of Catholic schools through strategic planning, communication, and advancement, including constituent relations. Will also have strengths in faith commitment, academic expertise, fiscal management, marketing, and the ability to articulate a vision for the school in the short and long term.

Applicant will also be expected to provide the appropriate environment designed to maximize student competencies and skills while offering guidance in the areas of spiritual, intellectual, emotional, and social growth.

Applicant must be a team player who is passionate, driven, and focused on building a productive and compassionate school community. Must also have relevant administrative experience, a Master’s Degree in Education or Administration, and be a practicing Roman Catholic.

Applicants who do not meet the minimum qualifications as stated are encouraged to put in writing precisely how their background and experience have prepared them for the responsibilities of this position. Exceptions to the degree requirements may be made for compelling reasons.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

A detailed description of expected position responsibilities will be forwarded to applicants who meet the minimum requirements and are chosen for interview.

TO APPLY:

Please submit the following packet:

  1. Cover Letter

  2. Resume

  3. Names and contact information of three professional references

Electronically submitted packets preferred to: dcn.hoffman@aohct.org

(Please reference the job title in the subject line when submitting electronically).

Or mail to:

Precious Blood Parish
Attn: Deacon John Hoffman
Pastoral Associate Christian Formation 70 Gulf Street
Milford, CT 06460

Only complete application packages received will be accepted for consideration.

Grace Joseph
Listening Session

Father Aidan Donahue, pastor of Precious Blood parish, and the Saint Mary School Board of Precious Blood Parish, have posted the position of principal of Saint Mary School to begin in July 2020. Father Aidan and the Saint Mary School Board are most interested in selecting the best candidate for the position, and would welcome your input into the qualities that should be prioritized in the new principal. A listening session for interested parents, who are very important stakeholders in who is selected, will be held on October 29, 2019, at 7:00 PM, in Saint Mary Church. This meeting will be moderated by Deacon John Hoffman, and will focus on eliciting from the parent community the attributes and qualities most desired in a new principal. Members of the search committee of the Saint Mary School Board will attend to listen, as well.

Please join us if you are able, so Deacon John can compile a profile of the attributes and qualities that parents value in a new principal. If you cannot attend, but would like to share your ideas, please contact Deacon John Hoffman at dcn.hoffman@aohct.org. Hope to see many of you in Saint Mary Church itself at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, October 29, 2019.

Grace Joseph
Scholastic Book Fair

Our Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that brings the books kids want to read right into our school. It’s a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. Please make plans to visit our Book Fair and be involved in shaping your child’s reading habits.

Book Fair dates: Monday October 14th through Wednesday October 16th

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Wednesday October 16th: will be used for individuals with specific business, those who missed their times, and other odds and ends.

If you are unable to attend the Fair in person, we invite you to visit our online Book Fair at scholastic.com/fair. Our Online Fair is available from October 9th to October 22nd.

We look forward to seeing you and your family at our Book Fair! Remember, all purchases benefit our school.

Grace Joseph
Halloween

Halloween Bash

St. Mary School families in preschool to grade 8 are invited to a crazy, fun night Friday, October 25th from 7-9:30pm in the gym!

Music, crafts, raffles, games and contests for the whole family! $5 per person or $20 per family taken at the door.

(SMS families ONLY)

Volunteers wanted for kitchen, help, games and Raffles between 6:30pm and 9:30pm

Trick or Trunk

  • Saturday, October 26, 2019

  • 12:30 PM 1:30 PM

A NEW tradition is coming this month! On Saturday, October 26th in the parking lot behind the school will be our inaugural SMS Trick or Trunk! We will be gathering in the gym at 12:30 for some games, crafts and snacks and then will be going out as a group to Trick or Trunk!

Decorate your trunk and bring candy to pass out and earn 25 volunteer points towards your assessment. Trophies will be given to the 2 best decorated trunks! Anyone decorating a trunk must arrive between 10:30-11:30am. A quick google search presents hundreds of great ideas!

Invitations & sign up forms with details coming home soon.

(SMS families ONLY)

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:

  • Decorate a trunk and bring goodies or candy to pass out.

  • Kitchen help and crafts between 12pm and 1:30pm

  • Clean Up help is needed between 2:30pm and 3:30pm

To volunteer at either or both events, email Cindy at cindylou2000@sbcglobal.net or Toni at britbears1@yahoo.com

Grace Joseph
HOPES (Help Our Parish Elementary Schools) RECOGNITION
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This year's St. Mary School recipients of the St. John Neumann Award for outstanding volunteer service went to two of the school's former parents: Diane Piechota and Michael Delaney. They were celebrated, along with other award winners from 34 other local catholic schools, at the 42nd Annual HOPES dinner hosted by the Hartford Archdiocese Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis held on September 24th at Aqua Turf in Southington. They are pictured here with Principal Frank Lacerenza and Assistant Principal Liz Plasky.

Grace Joseph
Steve Valiquette Visits St. Mary School

He is a CEO, former NHL Goaltender & Consultant, and Analyst for NY Rangers on MSG, but more importantly, he is a St. Mary School dad, and Steve Valiquette recently served as guest speaker for the monring. He spoke about healthy living and how to achieve one's goals. His presentation was inspiring and his tips on how to reach the highest level applies to all ages! Thanks for taking time to uplift the young students of St. Mary School.

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UCONN great and SCSU Men's Basketball Coach Scott Burrell Visits St. Mary School
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Scott Burrell, one of the greatest all-around athletes in CT sports history, visited the middle school students at St. Mary School in Milford last week. A former NBA World Champion, UCONN legend, and current men's head basketball coach at SCSU, he talked about his days playing basketball at UCONN, being teammates with Michael Jordan, and the highlights & lessons of his career. Most interesting was what he looks for in an athlete now. He stressed the most important things are being a good person, putting school & your studies first, being coachable, respectful, a hard worker, a good team mate and ended sharing valuable pieces of advice.

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St. Mary School Visits City Hall
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The kindergarten classes from St. Mary School were invited to meet Mayor Ben Blake and take a tour of his office on a recent field trip. After walking to Town Hall, they were treated to some interesting Milford history from the Mayor and then a Q & A where the children got to ask tough questions like "how many police officers does Milford have?" Thank you Mayor Blake and all the friendly people at City Hall!

Grace Joseph
It's time for the SMS Lyman Orchard Pie Fundraiser!!
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Fall is here and that means it’s time to sell some yummy Lyman Orchard pies! Attached is your order form. The pies will arrive just in time for Thanksgiving!

This is a big fundraiser for our school! 100 families sold over 800 pies last year, raising over $5000 for our school! We have 200 families in our school, if we can get the families that haven’t sold pies in the past to sell JUST one pie, we can easily sell over 900 this year! Our profit increases with the number of pies we sell, and, as always, 50% of what you sell goes towards your fundraising assessment. It’s an easy way to get points, because who doesn’t love pie?!?

The sale will go from 9/30 to 10/14. All order forms MUST be back to the school by Monday 10/14!! We ask that you write out ONE CHECK per order form (checks made out to SMS HSA). Please have anyone that orders from you pay you directly, then you can write out one check and send it in with your order form. Please DO NOT send cash!!

Pies will be delivered on Thursday, November 21st. They are delivered frozen and will be picked up in the gym. More details on pie pick up will be sent out closer to delivery.

If anyone has any questions, feel free to contact Alyson Durand at (203) 479-2786 or alysondurand@icloud.com.

Looking forward to another successful fundraiser!



Grace Joseph
Mr. Lacerenza To Retire In June 2020
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On behalf of Father Aidan Donahue and the St. Mary School Board, it is with deep gratitude that we announce the upcoming retirement of St. Mary School's Principal, Frank Lacerenza.  Mr. Lacerenza has served as Principal since 1991 and is set to begin retirement from Saint Mary School at the end of the new school year in June 2020. 

 Frank has been a constant in the school for 28 years and his resolve to never miss a meeting or school function is admirable.  He has spent his time at St. Mary leading the school by example as a Catholic educator.  With the support of his fine staff, Mr. Lacerenza leaves the school very strong academically, financially, and spiritually.

The search for a new Principal will begin immediately and we will seek the input of staff, parents, students and alumni to ensure that St. Mary School continues to flourish and respond to the times. 

Please join our school family, both past and present, and wish Frank and his wife Arlene all the best as they enter a new phase of their life's journey. 

 

Grace Joseph