Monthly Archives: October 2014

10.29.2014 Jr. Mites Basketball

Please have your child bring (all of this stays in their locker during school):
Basketball with their name on it (28.5″ is what they use)
Water bottle with their name on it
Comfortable clothes – shorts and t-shirt work best.  On gym days, they should just wear their gym uniform.  Please remember: less time changing means more time to start their homework. 
Dismissal Procedure:
1)  Players go down to the locker room with their class and get ALL of their things (coats, lunch boxes, etc.)
2)  Players then come back up to first floor and report to Mrs. Ribeck’s room (last year’s Art Room).
3)  They will have an opportunity for a light snack and get some homework done while players take turns changing.
4)  The teams will be escorted down to the gym for practice.
Picking Up Your Child:
1)  If your child is to go into After Care, please make sure they know that.
2)  In order to not clog up the Pickup Circle, Sr. Maria has asked all afterschool activities to have parents wait in the parking lot.
3)  When you see your child come out, you may proceed to leave the parking lot and enter the Pickup Circle.  OR you can meet them on foot and take them back to your car.
Please pass this info along to any/all who may pick up your child.
1)  Practice time is very important for team success, as it affects not only physical progress, but just as importantly, the team’s cohesiveness.  Also, coaches volunteer their very valuable time to plan these practices.

Please make attendance a priority and let the coaches know when your child cannot attend (Mike Barnhart: ;  Paul Soucy: ).

10.29.2014 Bake Sale on Friday, October 31st

The 8th grade class will hold a bake sale at all 3 lunches on Friday, October, 31.  The bake sale will benefit their trip to Washington, DC.  Please send your children to school with pocket money.  Most of the baked goods will be sold for $0.50 per item.  For the younger grades it is best to put the money in their lunch box so they will have it when they go to the cafeteria.  Pre-K does not go to the bake sale as a class.  However, if you would like your child to purchase a treat please send money in on Friday marked “bake sale $”.

10.29.2014 Halloween Candy Collection

Next week we will be collecting Halloween candy to send to our troops!  After you have chosen a few of your favorites please send the rest in to the school office.

10.26.2014 Catholic Invitational Meet

We had many victories at our 11th annual Cross Country Invitational meet this past weekend. The 4th & 5th grade girls took 1st place and our 6th – 8th grade girls took 2nd in their respective races.  The boys did great as well! Most runners had Personal Bests and many Top 10 medals went to our own team. If you see a PMA Cross Country runner, give them a high five!

PMA Athletic

10.23.2014 Co-ed Soccer Game

The co-ed soccer game with Nashua Christian has been moved from 7:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on October 24, 2014.

10.23.2014 Cancellations

Cross Country practice and Sr. Griffin Soccer practice have been canceled for today, October 23, 2014.

10.22.2014 Lost and Found

The Lost and Found box located in the cafeteria is full.  Please take a few minutes to look through the box if you are missing any items.

10.22.2014 Flag Football Canceled

Flag Football has been CANCELED for today, Wednesday, October 22.

If your child now needs to go to After Care, please let Kim Flint in the Main Office know (603) 889-6054 .

10.20.2014 Cafeteria volunteers needed

Cafe volunteers are needed for Mondays and every other Thursday.  The hours are 10:50 am to 12:45 pm.  If this fits into your schedule please contact Kim Flint in the main office.

10.20.2014 Instructional Basketball

Hello Preschool – Grade 2 Parents,

In this week’s shuttle, you will receive information and a registration form for our Instructional Basketball Program. If you are interested, it will be very important that you respond (send in registration form and fee to the Main Office) very quickly to ensure your child’s spot.  If the trend of participation in PMA Sports continues, this program could fill in a day or two! To give all of the children the best experience possible, we must limit enrollment to the first 20 student in the following groupings:

Pre-K & Kindergarten
Grades 1 & 2

Registrations with payment will be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis until enrollment is full.  An email will go out through this address when each session (see below) fills up.
Each group will play on 5 Friday nights in the PMA gym.  Pre-K & Kindergarten will play from 6:00 – 6:50 p.m. and Grades 1 & 2 from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

There will be 2 sessions from which to choose, and to give the maximum number of students an opportunity, we only allow parents to choose one session or the other.

The sessions are:
Session 1: November 14 – December 19
Session 2: January 9 – February 20

Players need to bring:
Basketball, size 26.5″ or 27.5″
Comfortable clothes
Water bottle

10.17.2014 Vendor Shopping Night

The Parent Group is putting on a vendor night on November 14 in the cafeteria from 6:30-8:30pm in an effort to help raise money for our new gymnasium. The vendor tables are $25 a piece and ask that each vendor donate an item or two to be raffled off as a “door prize” for those who buy the raffle tickets. We are looking for parents of PMA students first who might be a vendor of goods or services before we open it to the public for different vendors. This event will be a public event and we hope to advertise outside of the school itself.

So far we have these vendors already showing interest:

Monica Rosario- Mary Kay
Denise Smith-Longaberger
Mandy O’Brien- Arbonne
Katina Swan-Lia Sophia
Kristina Willet-Thirty-One

If any PMA parents have other goods or services that they would like to represent, please reach out to Danielle Toupin at for more information. It will be a first come first serve basis for vendors and we will be reaching out to outside vendors this weekend.Hope to see everyone there !!!  It’s a great opportunity to start some of your Holiday shopping early!

10.17.2014 Box Tops, Labels for Education & Hannaford Dollars

Support PMA by sending in your Box Tops, Labels for Education or Hannaford Dollars!  Please clip your Box Tops or Labels for Education as neatly as possible and send them in.  Each month the class that collects the most will earn a free Dress Down Day!  The Hannaford Helps Schools program runs until December 6, 2014.  The “dollars” are received with your receipt when you purchase participating products at your local Hannaford. Your “dollars” may be sent to the school office or placed in the collection tower located in the Hannaford’s on Derry Rd. in Hudson.

10.17.2014 Ski Club Registration

Registration for Ski Club is now OPEN!

Ski Club is open to students in grades 1-8. Attached you will find the packet of information on how to register your student online and the required permission forms. Please feel free to ask questions before registering as Pat’s Peak will not allow any refunds once registration is complete.

Students in grades 3 and up will be required to take the chaperoned bus. An additional bus fee will be collected (approximately $100 per student) when the total number of students has been determined. Students in grades 1 and 2 will need to be driven to the mountain each week by a parent and remain at the mountain.

Registration is completed online only. We filled quickly last year with a wait list for our wait list. Registration will be open for two weeks and will close on Friday, October 31st. Rentals and lessons are available to those seeking them. *Helmets are not included in the rental package. They must be rented or purchased separately. If you are not sure if your child needs rentals, they can be added later, but will not be refunded later. Café cards are available at registration time in the Perks section of registration. You can purchase cards good for $40.00 for a cost of $33.00 at the time of registration. These are good for purchasing food at the at the mountain (not good for the sport shop or candy counter).

Please contact Deanne Tardif at with any questions.

Ski Club Information Packet (PDF)

10.15.2014 Book Bingo

Come support our 8th grade trip to Washington DC! This is a fun, family event that sells out. Click on the bingo flyer for all the details.

Book Bingo Flyer (PDF)

10.14.2014 Make a Difference Drive

Make a Difference Drive! We are collecting Food, Household  & Winter Weather Items! 

October 20-24, 2014

Click here for a list of items needed (PDF)

10.14.2014 Scrip Orders

Scrip Card Order Week:  Order by Thursday, October 16th 8:00 AM.  (Receive cards on Wednesday, October 22nd)

You may use the attached form and send a check made payable to PMA or order online with more stores to choose from at

To create an online account use PMA code #697674E916231.
Online orders may pay with 2 options:  Pay with Presto Pay (for 15 cents service fee) or send a check payable to PMA
See attached flyer for additional online features include Reload gift cards and ScripNow. We process all orders on Thursday morning before noon and your cards will be sent home in your white shuttle envelope on the following Wednesday.

*Countrybrook Farms gift certificates available (10% rebate)

Grocery Card Orders:  Order every week by Thursday.  (Receive cards on Thursdays)
Tear off one form each week and return it with your separate check payable to PMA in your Wednesday white shuttle envelope.  Gift cards will be given to your child on Thursday in their backpack.  Orders will only be filled on Thursdays. If you have any questions, please contact the business office at 603-889-6054, option #4 (ext 204) or email at

10.14.2014 Junior High Dance

The first Junior High Dance (6th, 7th and 8th grade)  for this school year will be held this Friday, October 17, from 7 pm-9:30 pm at PMA.  The admission fee is $5.00 per student.  We will have soda, water and snacks for sale.  Absolutely no outside food or drink will be allowed. The dance will be chaperoned by PMA staff.  Please contact the school office with questions.

10.9.2014 Lasting Impressions

What is Lasting Impressions? Lasting Impressions provides a special opportunity to leave your permanent mark on PMA’s campus. Bricks will be placed in the walkway leading to the Athletic Field. Inscribe a 4” x 8” brick with a special message to show your support of PMA. Honor a graduate, remember a loved one, special occasion, or pay tribute to someone who has made a lasting impression on your life. Order as many bricks as you like! Sponsorship of 4″x 8″ brick is $125. Lettering allows for 3 lines per brick: up to 15 characters per line including spaces. See form for more details. One form per brick.

Bricks are available to order during the school year and will be installed Spring 2015.

Lasting Impressions Brick Order Form (PDF)

10.8.2014 Lunch Orders

It is very important to submit your lunch orders on time. We order our inventory based on the number of students that have pre-ordered lunch. We will no longer allow lunch purchases once the deadline has arrived. If we allow this then the inventory is wrong and the reports are wrong. There is a lot that goes into the lunch process and it is not as simple as adding one student. We appreciate how busy everyone is. However, plenty of time is given for the orders to be sent in. If you have trouble with the ordering process please contact Kim Flint in the main office.

10.8.2014 No Choir Today

Choir practice has been canceled for today.

10.7.2014 Hudson bus

Hudson bus will not be available on Thursday (10/9) afternoon or all day on Friday (10/10). If you are a PMA student that relies on the Hudson bus, please make alternate arrangements.

10.6.2014 Parent Alerts with Engrade

Parents of Students in Grades 3-8,

As we continue to develop and advance our use of the EngradePro online grading system, we will soon begin using a new component known as “Parent Alert” for the students in grades three (3) through eight (8). The Parent Alert system will use a combination of email and SMS (text) messages to send notices to the email address and/or cell phone number that you have provided.

If you have already provided an email address and/or cell phone number to be used for the “Parent Alert” system, it has been added. If you have not, you may do so by sending in the attached form. At this time, EngradePro can only utilize one email address and one cell phone number per child. If you are not sure whether or not your information has been added, you may contact the main office and your account can be reviewed.

The “Parent Alert” notices include a “Low Average Report”, a “Missing Work Report”, and a “Progress Report”. The first of the “Low Average” and “Missing Assignment” reports will be sent out on Wednesday, October 8 at or around 12:00 PM for students in grades three (3) through eight (8), via SMS (text) message. These reports will continue to be sent out every Wednesday. The “General Grade Report” will be sent out once per month for students in grades six (6) through (8), via email.

It is our hope that you will find these reports helpful and useful tools.

Engrade Parent Alert Notice (PDF)
EngradePro Grades 3-5 (PDF)
EngradePro Grades 6-8 (PDF)

10.6.2014 Family Directory

The PMA Family Directory is now available in the Parent Portal In our ongoing efforts to conserve, we will not be selling paper copies. The directory, and all of the other information in the Parent Portal, is password protected. All users that wish to gain access must be registered with the Parent Portal. If you have any concerns please do not hesitate to contact Tracie Dumont at As always, please feel free to contact Kim Flint in the main office with questions.

10.5.2014 This week in Sports

The week ahead:
Monday, October 6
5:30 p.m. – Jr. Griffin Girls soccer game vs. Nashua Youth Soccer League (at PMA)

Tuesday, October 7
5:30 p.m. – Sr. Griffin Boys soccer game vs. Hudson United U13 (at PMA)
7:00 p.m. – Sr. Griffin Girls soccer game vs. Hudson United U12 (at PMA)

Wednesday, October 8
5:30 p.m. – Jr. Griffin Boys soccer game vs. Litchfield (at PMA)
5:30 p.m. – Jr. Griffin Girls soccer game vs. Hudson Rec Soccer (at PMA)

Thursday, October 9
3:30 p.m. – Cross Country Team – meet at Litchfield Middle School
5:30 p.m. – Sr. Griffin Girls soccer game vs. Hudson United U14 (at PMA)

Friday, October 10
5:00 p.m. – Boys game vs. Litchfield U13 (at PMA)

Saturday, October 11
1:30 p.m. – Nashua South High School / Mines Falls
Our team is primed and pumped and ready to go for it all! We know that weekday meets at other schools can be difficult to make, but please root on this incredible team in their first of 3 consecutive Saturday meets!

Please come out and show your support! Go Griffins!

10.2.2014 Lego League and Chess Club help needed

Calling all LEGO fans! PMA would like to start a Lego League. We are looking for volunteers to run the program and/or help out with the process. It would be one day per week, right after school (2:30-3:00 start time). The duration can be flexible based on your availability. You need to have fulfilled all the volunteer requirements.
Know anything about chess or willing to assist? Let us know! We are looking for volunteers to lead our after school Chess Club. It would occur once a week, right after school (2:30-3:00 start time) and duration to be determined. Lend us your expertise! You need to have fulfilled all the volunteer requirements.

If you are able to assist with either of these programs in any way, please email Kathryn Gaudreau, Assistant Principal.

10.2.2014 Uniform update

Just a reminder that the winter uniform policy begins November 1 each year. Please review the uniform policy section of our handbook for clarification.

PMA Handbook (PDF)

10.1.2014 Grade 8 Retreat Letter

In today’s shuttle, the 8th grade should have received an informational letter from Sr. Maria regarding their overnight retreat. Attached is a copy.

Gr. 8 Retreat Parent Letter 2014 (PDF)

10.1.2014 No Hatchling Soccer or Flag Football

After checking various sources of weather information, there will be NO HATCHLING SOCCER OR FLAG FOOTBALL today (Wed, Oct. 1).

A decision will be made later in the afternoon regarding Jr. Griffin Soccer.

If your child now needs to go to the Aftercare Program because of this cancellation, please let Kim Flint in the Main Office know (603 – 889 – 6054).