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Raising of the Flag on Flag Day 6/14/2017

Graduation Mass – Class of 2017 6/7/2017

Class Night – Class of 2017 6/5/2017

Eighth Grade School Gift – Repainting of Playground Map 6/2017

SMS Field Day 5/26/2017

Grade 5 Revolutionary War Presentations 5/25/2017

Albertus Visit 5/2017

First Holy Communion 4/29/2017

Grade 4 Trurtle Head Math, Division with Remainders and Series & Parallel Electric Circuits 2/17/2017

100 Days Of School Kindergartners 2/6/2017

100 Days Of School 100 Yrs Old 2/6/2017

Catholic Schools Week On Service 2/4/2017

February First Friday Mass 2/2/2017
First Friday Mass with Fr. Matt! Once again Fr. Matt has all the students, faculty, staff, and parishioners intrigued on what he is going to do/say next during his homily. He told the students how it wasn’t a nice thing to hear about what was done in today’s Gospel reading, and how King Herod let temptation get the better of him. How we are all tempted at different times in our life to say or do things we wished we hadn’t. Using a couple of props to further demonstrate his meaning, Fr. Matt concluded how God is here for us, he loves us, and we can bring to Him those things we wished we hadn’t done or said, feelings of temptation, frustration, etc. After the homily, our eighth graders Emily and Mark presented the gifts.

Faculty Appreciation Day Catholic Schools Week 2/2/2017
Some of our student council members and students distribute flowers to faculty & staff and Principal Sr. Annette D’Antonio, M.P.F. to show their appreciation for all they do.

SMS Choir Sings The Eyes ads Hands of Christ 2/2/2017
SMS Choir sings after mass to honor faculty as the theme for the last day of Catholic Schools Week

Fr Matt talks to Kindergarten through Grade 5 about God 2/2/2017

SMS Visits the Energze CT Center 2/1/2017
Some of our 3rd, 4th and 5th graders visited Energize CT Center during Catholic Schools Week. The center is an interactive facility with professionally staffed instructors that showed and taught SMS students the benefits of making energy efficient choices. The students were fascinated with Energize CT Center’s program as they learned about energy sources, electricity generation, and the important role energy plays in our daily life. They also had a fabulous time as they made their own circuit boards, rode bicycles to power on lights, and experimented with different types of light bulbs to learn which types were more efficient.

SMS Students’ Taekwondo Demonstration 1/30/2017
Pictured are Saint Mary School Students who attend World Champion Taekwondo demonstrating to SMS students their new martial arts skills on Monday during Catholic Schools Week. Monday’s theme was celebrating our Community. World Champion Taekwondo visited SMS to show what SMS students have learned, and also the Masters demonstrated some very difficult jaw dropping Taekwondo moves.

Catholic Schools Week’s Open House 1/29/2017

Getting Ready for Catholic Schools Week 1/27/2017

Albertus Visit 1/9/2017
Saint Mary School Students paid a visit to the Tagliatela Academic Center this morning to meet with Professor Compagnone-Post to learn how to load an Agarose gel with a sample to determine the genotype of DNA samples in a family. For the past three years Saint Mary School’s 7th and 8th grade students have partnered in science with Albertus Magnus College’s Professor Compagnone-Post. This is the first series of science sessions in 2017. Pictured are some of our students and Professor Compagnone-Post working in one of the state-of-the-art labs located in the Tagliatela Academic Center of Albertus Magnus College.

Father Matt First Friday Mass 1/6/2017
Fr. Matt explains the Gospel of Luke 3:23-38 pertaining to Jesus’ lineage during the very First Friday Mass of 2017, at Saint Mary School. He explained to students, faculty, staff and parishioners about the link between Adam and Jesus, and Jesus and us, and how we are all connected. He demonstrated this by his hand made paper link chain.
Fr. Matt spoke to the students after mass about the Eucharist in the Mass, and how to receive it. Did you know Fr. Matt has his own link on Saint Mary Church’s website – its called Catholic Chat with Fr. Matt. Here is the link to ask him that question (or questions) that have been puzzling you about Catholicism, etc., and get an answer! http://www.stmarybranford.org/Catholic-Chat

Grade 7’s 3D Map 1/5/2017

5th Graders Reading Fiction and Non-Fiction Books 1/4/2017

8th Gradeers Discuss Farenheit 451 1/4/2017
Some of our 8th Graders discuss dystopias and utopias in Miss Malanson’s class resulting from reading Ray Bradbury’s award winning book Fahrenheit 451. The dystopian novel presents a future American society where books are outlawed and “firemen” burn any that are found. The book is named after the assumed temperature at which paper combusts. Stay tuned – the 8th graders are discussing a dystopia and utopia game they are going to create in the coming weeks!

Christmas Party 12/23/2016

Angels Aware Christmas Concert – If It Were Up To Me 12/21/2016

Angels Aware Christmas Concert – Perfect 10 12/21/2016

Angels Aware Christmas Concert 12/21/2016

First Grade Learns About Day and Night 12/20/2016

Breakfastwith Santa 12/15/2016

Pre-K 3 Getting Ready for Christmas 12/14/2016

Eighth Grade Posada Tradition 12/13/2016
A tradition started with the Eighth Grade and Mrs. Mazon to help students prepare their hearts, during Advent and Christmas is Las Posadas. 8th Graders carry the statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe from class to class each day. The Eighth Graders sing throughout the halls as they take the statue into a new class each day, with Mary asking “Can I stay in your class today”? When the Eighth graders go to the classroom, and ask in Mary’s name, the children answer “yes” to Mary and the statue stays in that class for the day. So Mary and Joseph will be dressed in costume and there
will be a short reading by the Eighth Grade. We thank Mrs. Mazon who continues this tradition of Mexican origin.

SMS 8th graders carry on the tradition (started by Mrs. Mazon) of Las Posadas, to help students prepare their hearts during Advent and Christmas. The students carry the statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe from class to class each day. The Eighth Graders sing throughout the halls as they take the statue into a new class each day, with Mary asking “Can I stay in your class today”? When the Eighth graders go to the classroom, and ask in Mary’s name, the children answer “yes” to Mary and the statue stays in that class for the day. So Mary and Joseph will be dressed in costume and there will be a short reading by the eighth grade students. Thank you Mrs. Mazon for continuing this tradition of Mexican origin.

Kindergartners Learn Math By Playing 10 Frame Game 12/13/2016

Pre-K 4 Presidents 12/12/2016

Immaculate Conception Mass with Fr. Matt 12/7/2016
Miss Smith’s third grade class learned about the Feast of the Immaculate Conception during religion class. They made paper bag puppets of Mary and the angel Gabriel to tell the story of the Annunciation and why Mary was chosen to be the mother of Jesus. They presented their puppet show before the Feast of the Immaculate Conception Mass on December 8th to all who attended.

Fr. Matt once again captivated SMS students and parishioners with his homily about the Immaculate Conception during the Feast of the Immaculate Conception Mass. He explained to the students how Mary was chosen to be the mother of Jesus because she was exempt from original sin. He demonstrated with a cup, a pitcher of water, a pin and a pencil what sin does to the soul, and why it was so important for our perfect Lord to enter the world through His perfect Mother.

At the end of mass the children stood to sing the anthem of Saint Mary School.
Miss Smith’s third grade class learned about the Feast of the Immaculate Conception during religion class. They made paper bag puppets of Mary and the angel Gabriel to tell the story of the Annunciation and why Mary was chosen to be the mother of Jesus. They presented their puppet show before the Feast of the Immaculate Conception Mass on December 8th to all who attended.

Fr. Matt once again captivated SMS students and parishioners with his homily about the Immaculate Conception during the Feast of the Immaculate Conception Mass. He explained to the students how Mary was chosen to be the mother of Jesus because she was exempt from original sin. He demonstrated with a cup, a pitcher of water, a pin and a pencil what sin does to the soul, and why it was so important for our perfect Lord to enter the world through His perfect Mother.

At the end of mass the children stood to sing the anthem of Saint Mary School.

SMS Accepting Award for KOC Tree Decoration 12/7/2016

Fr. Matt 1st Advent Friday Mass and the Meaning of Christmas 12/03/2016

Champion Taekwondo Belt 12/03/2016

First Grade Mystery Reader 12/01/2016
SMS 1st Grader Loren’s mom Christina was the mystery reader, and totally surprised Loren! Every few weeks Miss Masiello has a mystery reader come to her class to read a book or two to her students. Loren’s mom read her favorite story The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson to all the 1st graders.

Decorating Tree at Knights of Columbus 11/27/2016

Branford Christmas Parade 11/26/2016

Kindergarten and Grade 3 Give Thanks 11/21/2016

Thanksgiving 11/20/2016

Grade 5 Earrly Native american Dwellings 11/20/2016

Huga Tuga Pep Rally for Reading 11/17/2016
SMS invited Joe Shandrowski of Huga Tuga Creations to visit it’s PreK-Grade 5 students for “A Pep Rally in Reading”. He asked the students if they thought they could write a book, or illustrate a book, and shared how he went about creating his books, and stories. He told them it all starts with reading—to be a really good writer you need to be a really good reader. Reading sparks imagination. He said “Dreams are made of imagination, if you follow your imagination, your dreams will come true!” All of the students loved the pep rally–it was truly inspirational! Some of our 3rd grade students wouldn’t let Mr. Shandrowski leave without having a photograph with him.

Boxes of Joy 11/10/2016
Saint Mary School is bringing a little Christmas to those that would not otherwise experience it. Thanks to our student council, and teacher Mrs. Mazon who organized “Box of Joy” toy drive, they collected enough toys to fill 34 boxes from students, faculty & staff at SMS. Additionally, they collected enough money to be allocated for shipping and distributed amongst the boxes mailed to Cross Catholic Outreach through whom this charity is sponsored and goods distributed through. Box of Joy will benefit poor children whose parents are too poor to provide them with anything but the most basic necessities, particularly during Christmas. The boxes will be sent to families in Haiti, Guatemala, and the Dominican Republic. This is one of many service projects Saint Mary School is fostering this year, most of which are local.
For more information on Cross Catholic Outreach, and the Box of Joy program, and other programs, here is the link to their website: https://www.crosscatholic.org/boxofjoy.

Father Keefe joins SMS for lunch 11/9/2016
Fr. Keefe and Sr. Annette enjoy spending lunch time with elementary ed students and recess inside during a rainy afternoon. Friends sit with friends while eating lunch — many alumni say they still are friends with their SMS elementary buddies from back in the day! Nothing like a good read, playing board games, tinker toys (for our future engineers), arts & crafts, and toys after lunch.

Pre-K 4 Profiles for President 11/7/2016
SMS PreK-4 students had fun learning about presidents and the election process. Pictured are some of their silhouette portraits with their photo and message about what they would do if they were president. The portraits and photos were hung in the hallway, and the voting box made by Mrs. Torres was set next to the photos for classmates to hold a mock vote for them on Election Day!

Spanish Lessons for Kindergartners t 11/7/2016

Dressing as Favorite Character in Book 11/6/2016
Saint Mary School Student Council proposed to their fellow students at SMS the Box of Joy holiday fundraiser they are organizing. The student council is organizing this charity so as to provide Cross Catholic Outreach with some toys for Christmas to benefit poor children whose parents are too poor to provide them with anything but the most basic necessities, particularly during Christmas. Each class will receive one box for a boy and one box for a girl. It will be up to the classroom to fill the boxes with small new toys and a small donation to help pay for shipping, and to help the churches and people involved in the program. The boxes will be sent to families in Haiti, Guatemala, and the Dominican Republic.
Pictured are some of the students who dressed up like a book character or a thing to show their willingness to participate in this charity, and each student brought $2.00 in. This money will be used to help defray some of the costs associated with the Box of Joy holiday program, being collected by the Student Council.

Third Grade Technology 11/3/2016
SMS 3rd grade students created this beautiful Geo Design using Geoboard, a software app that allows them to create their own geometric designs. The students are so engaged in learning with their iPads, and Miss Smith is big on using apps as a unique and interesting way to learn about math, geography, grammar, etc. Pictured — Miss Smith engages some of her students using a few different apps, and Osmo” kits. The kits include Tangram for geometry, Newton for scientific principles, Numbers to practice math facts, Words to increase their vocabulary, Masterpiece to create their own drawings, and Coding, which teaches logic skills and problem solving.
Throughout the year the children will be introduced to 25 apps that include everything from using QR codes to creating their own books.

Science Lab at SCSU 11/2/2016

Walking to Church All Saints’ Day 11/1/2016

All Saints’ Day Parade 10/30/2016

Erinstrong Breasst Cancer Fundraiser 10/29/2016
Saint Mary School students Maeve McConnell and Madigan Lawler making a difference — they participated in a breast cancer fundraiser for “Erinstrong” at Foote Park in Branford on Saturday, Oct. 29th! They came to play ball, and brought their gloves and a $5 donation. They had a great time playing for such a worthy cause — way to go Maeve & Madigan!

Halloween Party 10/28/2016

Science Lab at Albertus 10/28/2016

Science Lab at Albertus 10/28/2016

The Great Carved Pumpkin Contest 10/27/2016

STEM Grade 2 Combining Materials 10/27/2016

Kindergarten Learning About Pumpkins 10/25/2016
It’s pumpkin time! We have explored pumpkins quite in depth in Kindergarten! While learning the life cycle from seeds to pumpkin, to a field trip to Rose Orchards, and exploring then carving our class pumpkin from Rose’s while exploring the five senses. The outside, described by the students as hard, smooth, bumpy, orange and dented. The inside was described as gooey, slimy, wet, and seedy. The smell was described as pumpkiny and smelly. We could hear the cuts into the hard outside, and decided it was best to refrain from tasting it! The kindergarteners have also learned to make the religious connection between the pumpkin that grows on the vine and the fruit of the spirit.

Fife & Drum Corps at Woodwinds 10/20/2016

Kindergarten Learning Parts Of Our Church 10/20/2016

Kindergarten Using SMART Technology 10/19/2016

Taekwondo 10/18/2016
Here are some glimpses of SMS’ 8 week Taekwondo Club with Master Han. Master Han is Head Master of World Champion Taekwondo studio in Branford. Three of his seasoned students who are also students at SMS were Master Han’s assistants during club time. The students learned traditional Taekwondo training emphasizing respect, discipline, confidence and self-confidence.

Mrs Pecoraro’s 4th Grade Class Math Games 10/18/2016

Grade 6 Science with Bob 10/17/2016

Ride to School on a Fire Truck 10/14/2016
Kindergartner Michael Acquino and Fifth Grader Madigan Lawler took a ride on Branford’s Rescue 1 Fire Truck to SMS on Friday, October 14th. Both their parents won the ride for them at the Silent Auction/Wine & Beer tasting event sponsored by the Home & School Association held at The Woodwinds last year. Not only did they get a ride on the fire truck, the whole school got to hear about safety tips, and what to do in the event of a fire from Firefighters Raul Benavides-Espinal and Lieutenant Adam Hansen, of the Milford Fire Dept., Engine 7, and Captain Michael Rebmann, Branford Fire Dept. and Captain Michael Acquino from Branford Fire Dept., Rescue Squad 1. Lieutenant Hanson showed the younger students how quickly a fire fighter can get dressed, and showed them all the gear they have to wear in order to protect themselves. The younger ones also received a tour of Rescue 1 Fire Truck by Captain Acquino.

Audubon Society Field Trip 10/12/2016

Rose Orchards Apple Picking & Pumpkin Patch 10/11/2016

Mrs Pecoraro’s Class Visits the Monarchs 10/6/2016

Kindergartners Learning about Jesus 10/6/2016

Hopes Volunteer of the Year, Tony Grammatico – 9/29/2016

Release of the Monarchs 9/23/2016

Fr. Matt with the Students 9/22/2016

First Grade Talking About God’s Creations 9/15/2016

Pre-K 4 Metamorphpsos 9/12/2016

Fife & Drum Entertain at Parish Picnic 9/11/2016

First Day of School 8/30/2016

First HSA Meeting 8/29/2016

Fife & Drum Deep River Muster 7/16/2016

Fife & Drum Camp 7/15/2016

Camp for the Arts 6/17/2016

Graduation 6/3/2016

Class Night 6/2/2016


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