Carnival Is Almost Here!! Calling all Volunteers!!

The 2017 SMS Carnival is almost here!

Friday, Sept. 22, 6pm-11pm

Saturday, Sept. 23, 1pm-11pm **Fireworks at 10pm

Sunday, Sept. 24, 1pm-5pm

**Wristbands for rides $25/day and good for entire day of purchase**

Just a few reminders-

  • Calling all volunteers!  We need your help! **Parking attendants especially needed Friday and Saturday nights**, Kitchen and Food Tent volunteers needed for all shifts, Baked Goods Tent volunteers needed for Saturday night** Please contact
  • Baked Goods for the Bake Tent- all items must be wrapped (cookies individually wrapped).  All items must be labeled with all ingredients and the family name.  Please bring box with ingredients if it is available.  Please drop off Friday 9/22 between 8am-1pm.  Any questions or to help out please contact Tara Boyle at 203-343-1889 or tbeth@optonline.net
  • Car Raffle- please keep selling!! Tickets available at the Carnival also!  

The weather predictions for the weekend look great so far!!

We are all looking forward to a great 2017 SMS Carnival!!

Grace Joseph
Arts & Crafts Fall Sessions are back!

All Grades Welcome!

Days: Tuesdays
Duration: 4 weeks - 2:45 (dismissal) until 4:15

Oct. 3 - Bundled Q-Tip Autumn Tree
Oct. 10 - “Happy Fall” Door Hanger
Oct. 17 - Friendly Frankenstein
Oct. 24 - Thanksgiving Project

Location: Session to be held in Grade 3 ~ Room 8

Classes taught by: Mrs. Birge & Mrs. Creatore

To register, please return bottom portion of the registration form with $50 payment to school office in an envelope marked “Craft Session.” Checks can be made payable to: CASH.

Grace Joseph
NEW Morning Protocol for the Main Building

Parents of Kindergarten through grade 8:

NOTICE:  NEW SECURITY PROTOCOL FOR BEFORE 7:30 AM

After discussion with the Milford Police Department representative who helps us with insuring the safety and security of our children, it has been determined that WE SHOULD NOT ALLOW CHILDREN IN THE BUILDING PRIOR TO 7:30 (when supervision is provided).

We realize there may be special circumstances.  Therefore, if you have a special situation, I ask that you send this to us in writing (could be by email). 

If this special exception is necessary, please know that:

  1. The front doors will be locked. You will need to ring in at the Call Box and wait till someone lets you in.
  2. The student(s) will have to wait in the lobby until 7:30.
  3. There is no direct supervision provided until 7:30.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us.

Grace Joseph
Bake Tent at the Carnival

As you know one of our biggest fundraisers, the St. Mary’s Carnival (Sept 22 – 24) is quickly approaching.  As always, it can’t be a success without your help. Thank you!!

In order to stock up our Bake Tent, every family is asked to bring in baked goods for the Carnival.  Some great sellers are:

  • cookies (chocolate chip, oatmeal, specialty cookies, etc.)
  • brownies, blondies
  • cakes
  • muffins
  • breads (cinnamon, pumpkin, banana nut, etc.)  

Ask friends and relatives who have a gift for baking and are willing to share to make a special baked item for our event.

ALL ITEMS MUST BE WRAPPED (cookies must be individually wrapped or in a baggie for a serving). 

All items must be labeled with all ingredients and the family name.  Please bring the box with ingredients if it is available. 

Please drop off all goods at the school gym (use Kitchen entrance) on Friday, Sept. 22nd between 8am- 1pm.

Remember – sometimes frosting does not look very appetizing after sitting in the heat, so please no frosted cupcakes.

In addition, we are in need of volunteers! Please consider working the bake tent for a few hours, it’s a great time and a great way to earn some points!

If you have any questions or would like to volunteer please call me, Tara Boyle at 203-343-1889 or tbeth@optonline.net or Heather Unger at 203-530-5248 or h_unger@sbcglobal.net 

Thanks in advance for all your help and enjoy the carnival!

Bake Tent Chairs

Heather Unger and Tara Boyle

Grace Joseph
Interested in joining Cub Scouts??

Boys in grades 1-5: Interested in joining Cub Scouts ??

Saint Mary’s School has a Cub Scout Troop, Pack 721, and we going to have a great new year!  We are looking for any boys interested in joining any of our dens! Please join at at the Saint Mary Gym September 19, 2017 at 6:30-8.

Scouting is FUN! Each den would have meetings about twice a month, as well as a pack meeting once a month. We enjoy two weekends camping locally at Camp Cedarcrest in Orange, CT as well as our own Scout Olympics, Pinewood Derby races and Rain Gutter Regattas with the boats that you make with your boys. All of the boys have a great time and enjoy spending some time with their friends and just being boys!! 

This year we are going to have a new Pine wood Derby track and lots of adventures and fun!

If you would like to be part of our cub scout troop or you have any other questions, please send me an email tbeth@optonline.net.

Thanks for your time and we hope to see you this year in cub scouts for an exciting adventure!

Tara Boyle

Cub Scout Leader for Pack 721

JOIN US AT SMS GYM September 19, 2017 @6:30

Grace Joseph
"Boxtops for Education" is back!

I would like to thank our veteran families for their continued support of the Boxtops for Education program. Please continue to clip your boxtops because I will again be collecting them again in this year.      

 

For those of you new to our school and those of you who may have forgotten, the Boxtops for Education program sends us a check based on the number of boxtops we submit, so the more you collect and send – the better off we are. With this money, the HSA is able to provide many special things for our school.

So, please continue supporting Boxtops for Education. Thank you for your continued support of this valuable program.

You can send your boxtops to me by sending to the Office.  They will give to my daughter who will get them to me.

Sincerely,

Elisa Rice

 

NOTE:  See the attached for more information.  However, although that information refers to a special promotion during September, you can collect and submit throughout the year. 

Grace Joseph
St. Mary School Grandparents Club

We are proud to announce that the St. Mary School Grandparents Club is heading into it's 6th year with over 285 current members!  This important addition to our school family has been vital to our success and we couldn’t be happier to have such enthusiastic and involved grandparents!  Our vision has come to fruition with our Grandparents sharing their time, talent and treasures with our students.

Do you have a family member who would be interested in being a part of our Grandparents Club?  Being a member means they will receive letters every month or so with information on events, Masses, service projects, fundraisers, stories about what the students are doing and updates on what’s happening here at SMS.  In addition we let them know about the many opportunities to get involved and volunteer should they be interested.  They are not obligated to do anything but will enjoy receiving our notes, photos and videos about all the great things going on at our school.

If interested, please send grandparent name(s), mailing address, email address, and the name of their SMS student to advancement@smsmilford.com.

For more information, check out the Grandparents Club page.

Grace Joseph
Basketball Sign up Forms for Grades 3-8

The basketball 2017-2018 Basketball sign up forms were distrusted on Thursday, August 31st.   This is a friendly reminder that they are due on Wednesday, September 13th.  Please be sure you received them and, if your child will be participating, that you submit the form and payment.

RETURN ALL FORMS BY WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13TH   

NOTE:  Due to administrative personnel changes, the games may start earlier in the year  than previous years and uniform orders must be placed.  Hence the critical due date.

***5TH GRADE- PLEASE RETURN THE JERSEY NUMBER FORM (new this year) ALONG WITH ALL OTHER PAPERWORK.

NO ORDERS WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER SEPTEMBER 13TH

If you have any questions, please contact Robin Zsampar.  She will be available at the HSA meeting on Thursday evening.

Uniform samples are now in the office and it is recommended you try them on if you are unsure of a size, as they may not be returned.

Grace Joseph
Hurricane Relief for Catholic Schools & Dress Down Day

We have been informed that the NCEA (National Catholic Education Association) is organizing a way for students in Catholic Schools to help the Catholic Schools in Huston, Texas, and the entire area devastated by Hurricane Harvey.

This is from the NCEA:

Our hearts and prayers are with Catholic schools and all those affected by Hurricane Harvey. In keeping with our mission to serve others, wehavebeenintouchwithdiocesanleadersintheaffected storm areas to determine their needs. In addition, we have heard from others asking how they can help.

The National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) is answering this question by launching a campaign asking every Catholic school family around the country to contribute at least $1 per student to help Catholic schools impacted by the storm to rebuild, reopen and re-enroll students. "Student to Student: A Catholic School Response to Hurricane Harvey" is a powerful opportunity to engage students in living the Gospel message of compassionate service and generosity to others.

Therefore, THIS FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8th, will have a Dress Down for this purpose.

We ask each student to bring in $1 (more if one can afford to do so).  If you use a check, make payable to St. Mary School and in the memo write Hurricane Relief.

IMPORTANT:  As with all such Dress Downs, if your child is found in Dress Down without a donation or in violation of the Dress Down policies, they will not be allowed to Dress Down the next time the school has a Dress Down or some other day where the students may alter their uniform.

Please see below for our Dress Down rules and policies.

In advance, we thank everyone for their donation.  It is one of the many ways we as a Catholic School live out our mission to LIVE THE MESSAGE OF JESUS.

Thank and God bless you,
Mr. Frank Lacerenza, Principal


DRESS DOWN POLICY:

On dress down days, students must still be clean, neat, and presentable. There should never be any words, language, or logo on any part of the clothing that contradicts the purpose, mission, and nature of St. Mary School.

The following are not permitted on dress down days, or any other days:

  • Shorts may not be worn November through the beginning of April vacation. Shorts are permitted August-October and after April vacation.
  • See-through style and/or mesh style clothing.
  • Underwear that is visible or worn as outerwear
  • Ripped jeans or cutoffs
  • Dresses, skirts, or shorts MUST be worn within 3” of the knee.
  • Spandex clothing, unless worn underneath another acceptable garment.
  • Sunglasses worn indoors, unless prescribed by a physician.
  • Tank tops with spaghetti straps unless worn under another acceptable shirt.
  • Sleeveless shirts with oversized armholes, unless worn under/over another acceptable shirt.
  • Footwear considered unsafe by the school (such as, but not limited to, flip flops, Crocs, sandals, and open backed shoes.
  • Pants not worn at the waist.
  • Anything that the school considers unsafe or a distraction to the educational process, or not in conformity to the purpose, mission, and nature of St. Mary School.

Grace Joseph