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Home and School Association


Welcome St. Mary School Families

The Home and School Association (HSA) welcomes you to the 2016-2017 school year at St. Mary School.

What is the Home and School Association?

The Home and School Association is a volunteer group of parents, faculty, and administrators. The purpose of the St. Mary School HSA is to provide a forum for the positive and productive exchange of ideas aimed at enhancing our children’s and parents spiritual, civic, and academic experiences. It also provides a means for regular and cooperative interaction for the purpose of planning and organizing fundraising and social (non-fundraising) activities, which are a necessary part of the operation of the school and building here at the St. Mary School Community. We serve the school and community much like a PTA in the Public School. Every Parent is a crucial part of HSA.

Why does the HSA exist, and why do they need ME?

Parochial schools do not receive any public funding toward their operation; therefore we must rely upon supplementary means for funding our day-to-day operations; tuition alone does not cover even the basic operating costs. In fact, most parochial schools start the year with a deficit to the Diocese. This is our “assessment”, which must be raised independently and paid off during the school year. HSA has successfully raised ~$65K in previous years. As with all parochial schools in Connecticut, we rely on our students and families to help accomplish this task. Therefore we require families to work at least 25 hours in various fundraising and school activities and to raise at least $300 in Profit Dollars. In order to fulfill your Service Hours you must be Virtus Trained (information is in the school Packet).

What is the Home and School Association Executive Board?

The Home and School Association Executive Board is comprised of 8 members presently with some open positions. The Board will meet on the first Monday of each month at 7:00 pm. ALL PARENTS ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND THESE MEETINGS. Child sitting is available upon request.

Members of the 2016-2017 Home and School Association Executive Board:

PositionNameStudent(s) GradeContactEmail
PrincipalSr. Annette(203) 488-8386Sr.Annette@smsbranford.net
PresidentCaryl BehmoirasHope, 5(203) 675-3831 call or textckpeck@hotmail.com
Vice-PresidentErica DePalmaChristopher, 1/ Gemma, PreK-4(203) 506-3939 call or textEricaCanestri@sbcglobal.net
TreasurersSajini JobyJoshua, 5/ Nora, 2(203) 747-2080 call or text sajinimathewp@yahoo.com
Joby ThomasJoshua, 5/ Nora, 2(203) 804-5247 call or text jobytv@yahoo.com
SecretaryKaren ModestoLara, 5/ Rafael, K(517) 285-2791 call or textKaren.Modesto@yahoo.com
Ways & MeansMeg FinleySybil, 2(203) 500-2648 call or textmegfinley1@yahoo.com
Kyle HabiniakAlessandra, 4/ Cristian, 2(203) 623-2438 call or texthabiniak.pe@gmail.com

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Since 1961, Saint Mary School has been providing the Branford, Connecticut community and neighboring towns of New Haven, East Haven, North Branford, Northford, Madison and Guilford with a quality Catholic education.  Whether you are a current student, parent, faculty member, alumni or interested in becoming a part of our community, welcome to the online home of Saint Mary School!


 As witness to our Catholic faith, Saint Mary School of Branford strives to develop every child in a nurturing, academic environment, emphasizing religion, respect and responsibility.

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Saint Mary School is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and welcomes children and adolescents of all faiths, ethnic groups and backgrounds. 

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) - The Nation’s Report Card - shows that Catholic school students achievement in Math and Reading are higher than national averages.