2018 St. Mary School Milford H.O.P.E.S. Award Recipients
 Seated is Linda Hart, St. John Neumann Award Recipient Tracy Hart, St. John Neumann Award Recipient Dennis Riordan, Ryan Riordan SMS '15. Standing Assistant Principal Liz Plasky, Deacon John Hoffman, Maureen Riordan, Tyler Riordan SMS '13, Arlene Lacerenza and Principal Frank Lacerenza. 

Seated is Linda Hart, St. John Neumann Award Recipient Tracy Hart, St. John Neumann Award Recipient Dennis Riordan, Ryan Riordan SMS '15. Standing Assistant Principal Liz Plasky, Deacon John Hoffman, Maureen Riordan, Tyler Riordan SMS '13, Arlene Lacerenza and Principal Frank Lacerenza. 

Hartford Archbishop Leonard P. Blair and Superintendent of Catholic Schools Dr. Michael Griffin saluted 98 volunteers from 36 Catholic elementary schools at the 41st annual HOPES (Help Our Parish Elementary Schools) Dinner on Tuesday, September 25th. Each volunteer received a St. John Neumann Award for their unwavering commitment to their schools. St. Mary School is proud to recognize Mr. Tracy Hart & Mr. Dennis Riordan as this year's worthy recipients.  Dennis and his wife, Maureen, are the parents of two SMS alumni. While a parent at the school, Dennis served as a basketball coach and, later, as chair of the Annual St. Mary School Basketball Tournament for which he remains a co-chair to this day even though his children have long since graduated. Thanks to him and many others, this event raises close to $20,000 annually for the school, not to mention the school spirit it raises.   Tracy and his wife, Linda, are also the parents of two SMS alumni. During their time at the school, they were active parent volunteers in many capacities, with Tracy being a big promoter of the basketball program. He was an assistant coach for his son, and head coach for his daughter’s team. We thank Tracey, Dennis and their wives for their dedication to all the children of St. Mary School. 

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.

Wednesday October 17th: will be used for individuals with specific business, those who missed their times, and other odds and ends.
Special Date/Time for Parents: Thursday October 18th 1pm to 3pm & 6pm to 8pm during parent/teacher conferences

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 10th to October 23rd.

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


Katy Ciuci and Lisa Davignon Book Fair Co-Chairs

Grace Joseph
SMS Annual Halloween Bash


7:00PM -9:30PM in the SMS gymnasium

For St. Mary students and immediate family members ONLY

Pay at the door – no money needs to be sent ahead of time.

Raffles, costume contest, crafts, games and great music with DJ -V!

To help defray the cost of the event, we are asking each family to donate a bag of chips, pretzels, or store-bought snacks that can be shared at the party. Please no home baked goods. School Safe treats are also welcome! For health reasons, and to protect those with various dietary restrictions and allergies: NO LOOSE BAGS OF CHIPS – PLEASE ONLY SEND IN INDIVIDUAL SNACK PACKS. AND NO PRODUCTS WITH NUTS. Please send in your donation with your child the morning of the party - there will be a bin in the school lobby for them.

We also need volunteers!

Help is needed for set up during the day, during the party and breakdown at the end of the night. Please contact us as soon as you know your availability so we can make a schedule. Set up begins around 9am in the gym the morning of the party!

If you’re in need of points and want to be part of the fun, or have any questions, contact Toni Sowitcky at (203) 996-3679 or Britbears1@yahoo.com.

The official flyer with all the details will be coming home soon in backpacks and will also be on the website.

Looking forward to another fun night!

Your Co-Chairs,

Toni Sowitcky & Cindy Carr

Grace Joseph
High School Night

St. Mary School in Milford is hosting their Annual High School Night on Thursday, October 11th at 7:00pm in the school gym.  Come meet representatives from our area's Catholic high schools and learn about what they have to offer.  Open to all local 7th and 8th graders.  Come meet representatives from:

·      Fairfield Prep, Fairfield

·      Lauralton Hall, Milford

·      Notre Dame, Fairfield

·      Notre Dame, West Haven

·      Sacred Heart Academy, Hamden

·      St. Joseph, Trumbull

Students attending must be accompanied by a parent/adult.


Grace Joseph
It's time for the SMS Lyman Orchard Pie Fundraiser!!

Fall is here, and that means it's time to sell some yummy Lyman Orchard pies!!You will be receiving an order form in backpack mail (link to copy in margin) for a variety of delicious pies to sell to friends, family, neighbors, etc. The pies will arrive just in time for Thanksgiving!

This is a big fundraiser for our school, so the more pies you sell, the better!! 107 families sold 838 pies last year, which is huge! I’m hoping we can reach 1000 this year!!! We have over 200 families in our school, so if every family that sold a pie sells one more, and every family that didn’t sell any pies, sells JUST one, we will be over the 1000 pies mark! Our profit increases the more pies we sell, and, as always, 50% of what you sell goes towards your assessment. It's an easy way to get those points, because who doesn't love pie?!?

Order forms must be returned by Monday October 15th. We ask that you write out ONE CHECK per order form (made out to St. Mary HSA), so please have anyone that orders pay you directly, then you can write out one check and send it in with your form (please DO NOT send CASH!!)

Pies will be delivered on Tuesday, November 13th. They are delivered frozen and can be picked up in the gym. More pick up details will be sent out as the date approaches.

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

Grace Joseph
Special drop off & pick up instructions for this week

As anyone driving to school can see, the set up for the carnival has begun!

The way the rides are set up is designed to always allow for access, especially in the event of an emergency, to the school. However, we need your help to maintain safety and an orderly traffic flow.

For grades kindergarten - 8:

The rides are set up so that the buses, and those driving students to school, can follow the usual path of driving along the front of the building from the usual direction, and exiting in the usual direction.

As a reminder, all cars should be entering in the morning on the far entrance next to the preschool and proceeding past the playground and up past the school entrance to the flag pole to allow students to exit the cars and into school. Having said this, we strongly encourage all families to drop off this way this week so that there is minimal parking and foot traffic in the parking lot during drop off.

Once morning drop off is complete, NO ONE SHOULD BE DRIVING TO THE FRONT OF THE SCHOOL BUILDING - INCLUDING BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER DISMISSAL. This includes picking students up from after care or other after school activities (we of course will make allowance for a handicap or other health emergency).

Those picking up students in the afternoon should park either in the areas near the church or on the grass across from the preschool (where the Christmas Tree Sale takes place) and walk to the front of the school to pick up your student.

For preschool:

There will be limited spaces available in the regular parking lot, but you will be able to park in the grass area across from the preschool (where the Christmas Tree Sale takes place). However, DO NOT PARK ON THE CURB as this is a safety issue and can block the flow of traffic.

Thank you for your cooperation in keeping our students safe!

Grace Joseph
Robotics is open to students in grades 2-8!

If you would like to join the Wonder Workshop Robotics competition with Dash and Dot that will meet on Tuesdays! More information about this will come after October 11th when the official contest rules are released. If interested please email me so I can get an idea of numbers. The Dash and Dot competition is for grades 2-7.

This year there is a special contest using the new CUE robot, you need to be in eight grade (or have special permission) for this special CUE contest.

This year I will also be running shorter sessions. These sessions are designed to use the Dash and Dot robots in a fun way. We will be completing challenges with friends and learning basic coding concepts. These will run on Mondays and Thursdays, the content is the same on both days.

Grace Joseph
St. Mary School Milford Car Raffle

This year's raffle is underway!   

A $5 ticket gives you the chance to win one of the following:

  1. 2018 Nissan Altima 2.5S
  2. Apple 9.7 iPad 128GB w/wifi
  3. $250 Shoprite gift card

Tickets can be picked up at either St. Mary School (72 Gulf Street) or the Precious Blood Parish Office (70 Gulf Street). Tickets will also be available for sale after most Masses at St. Mary and St. Agnes Churches every weekend. The drawing will take place at the carnival on Sunday, September 23rd at 4:30pm. 

Grace Joseph
St. Mary School Milford Carnival

This year the carnival will take place Friday, September 21st from 6-11pm, Saturday the 22nd from 1-11pm and Sunday the 23rd from 1-5pm.  

Enjoy delicious food, baked goods, 50/50 raffles, live bands Friday & Saturday night, exciting rides & games. Wristbands for rides are available at the carnival for $25 per day and good the entire day of purchase. The Annual Fireworks Show will take place on Saturday at 10pm, and the car raffle drawing happens on Sunday at 4:30pm. 


Grace Joseph