From the Desk of the Principal
May 6, 2016
Jesus, divine Teacher, you have blessed us with many wonderful people in our lives. Today we thank you for our teachers. We thank you, not only for what they teach, but more importantly, how they teach. We thank you for their care, concern, guidance, and love; for their academic contributions and extracurricular contributions. In appreciation for all they do, that affect so many lives, we give thanks today. We ask you, Jesus, to bless our teachers. May they know that their example of faith and concern has a tremendous impact on the lives of our children. Grant them peace and strength, now and always. Amen.
From: 500 Prayers for Catholic Schools & Parish Youth Groups by Filomena Tassi & Peter Tassi, copyright 2004.
Dear Members of the SMS Community,
As Teacher Appreciation Week draws to a close, I want to personally and publicly thank my wonderful faculty and staff. Your children are truly blessed to have the most dedicated, caring adults watching over them and helping them grow spiritually, academically, physically, socially and emotionally. Please take a moment, and with your children, say a special prayer for these very special individuals. Thank you, SMS teachers and staff. May God bless you abundantly for your service to his children.
Congratulations: The Junior High class recently completed their participation in The Stock Market Game. Sponsored by the SIMFA Foundation and the Hartford Courant, it is an online simulation of the global capital markets that engages students in the world of economics, investing and personal finance.
Over a 3-month period, student teams developed investment portfolios and competed for the highest returns. The students researched, purchased, and traded $100,000 worth of stock and savings instruments using actual, up-to-the minute NYSE and NASDAQ data. Teacher advisors for the program were Mrs. Carroll and Ms. Mendal.
82 regional teams competed and we are very proud to share that our students placed as follows: Sam Baker & Michael Hathaway – 7th Place; Michelle DiCicco & Patrick Smith – 8th Place; Arianna DiCicco, Emilia Dugas & Lewis Santos – 30th Place; Adrian Reis, Angelina Zambrano, & Mina Torres – Onisto – 34th Place; Christopher Mills, Vicotria Lally & Keara Skoglund – 48th Place
Congratulations to the entire Junior High for a job well done!
Like Our New Facebook Page: Saint Mary School has a new Facebook page with a new look and we invite you to like us and share our page with your friends and family. The page contains photos and descriptions of all of the great happenings at our school. The new page name is St. Mary School Newington and be sure to look for the “We Love Saint Mary School” hearts logo shown on this page as our profile picture and a big yellow banner in our cover photo. Any other page is unofficial. The more likes the easier it is to spread the word about our wonderful school. (Please do not “check-in” on the page.)
New Website: Our beautiful and striking new website is also up and running! We still have a thing or two to add, but all the important information is there. Please take a look and let me know what you think!
Enrollment for 2016-2017: I am very excited about the large number of phone calls and drop in visits we have been getting each day from parents seeking a new school for their children. Not surprisingly, they are discovering what you already know – SMS is a great school, and they want to join our family. As delighted as I am with this interest, I am also concerned that current families who have not yet submitted an enrollment contract will find their child on a wait list. Please don’t let that happen to you; send your enrollment contract and deposit to ensure your child has a seat next year.
Box Tops: The last collection of Box Tops was fantastic! Last week we received a check for $303. So they really do add up. The next and final collection deadline for this year is May 23. Please send then in and let’s see which class earns bragging rights this time.
On the Calendar: Please take note of the important dates listed below.
Saturday, May 7 – Bingo Team 1
Tuesday, May 10– PLC dismissal – Pre-K at 1:15; K – 8 at 1:35
Friday, May 13 – 8th Grade Casual Clothing & Ice Cream Sundaes
Friday, May 13 – Mid-term Progress Reports issued
Saturday, May 14 – Bingo Team 2
Wednesday, May 18 – Lourdes Field Trip – Grades 3 – 8
Wednesday, May 18 – School Board Meeting 6:30- Lower Rectory
Thursday, May 19 – Grandparents/Special Friends and Multi-cultural Day
Friday, May 20 – 8th Grade Final Exam
Bingo News: Please contact Miguel at 860-573-7903 if you will not be able to make your scheduled bingo session. When you call him, let him know who will cover in your absence.
Saturday, May 7 – Team 1: Torres- Onisto, Arigno, Dougherty, Cruz/Duarte, Benjamin, Duplin, Longo, Nguyen, Nikiforov, Zambrano, Venero-Ramirez; Caller; Chalwell
Saint Mary Women’s Club: For as long as I can remember, the Saint Mary Women’s Club has been a very generous supporter of our school in so many ways. As a matter of fact, we have the SchoolMessenger program thanks to their generosity. I ask that you support their programs and activities whenever possible. Here is an opportunity:
St. Mary Women’s Club will hold its closing Mass and Banquet for the 2015-2016 season on Monday, May 23rd. Father will celebrate Mass for us in the chapel at 5 PM. The banquet will follow at Saybrook Fish House, 2165 Silas Deane Highway, Rocky Hill. The cost for the meal will be $20. For more information and/or to make a reservation, please call Vickie @ 860-667-2963 by Wednesday, May 18th.
Thank you for entrusting your precious children to us. May we be richly blessed for our efforts.
God’s Blessings and Peace,