Monthly Archives: January 2015

1.30.2015 Athletic Updates

PMA Families,

Our winter sports seasons are in full swing, with many of them nearing completion. I wanted to clarify a few policies and make you aware of a few upcoming events involving our PMA athletes.


*If school is cancelled because of weather, all athletic events on that day will also be cancelled.

*If you child is not in school because they are sick, they are not permitted to participate in any athletic events that day. If they are sick on a Friday, and are symptom free by the weekend, they would be able to participate in any games/practices that might fall on a weekend.


*Several of our CYO Basketball teams will be participating in the 2015 Catholic School Tournament. You can check the PMA Athletics Calendar for game times or visit the tournament website at

*Many of our Cheerleading programs will begin competitions this month. Please join me in wishing all of our cheerleaders good luck!


*Information on Spring Sports sign-ups will be going out in February. Stay tuned…

I appreciate your continued support of PMA Athletics. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at


1.30.2015 Locker Clean Up

Dear PMA Community,

We just wanted to make you aware that today after school the administration cleaned out the locker room. There had been a number of problems with too many left over lunches, scraps of food, drinks, and water bottles left in all of the lockers. This was becoming a health and sanitation issue. On Monday when the students return to school all of the lockers are empty. We wanted to make you aware of this so there will be no panic. All of the items that were personal, and in the lockers, (i.e. lunch boxes, sweater, sweatshirts, hats, boots, scarves, gloves, mittens etc.) Are all folded and organized on the table just outside the locker room. If your son or daughter had left something in their locker, it will be here for them to collect it. Please encourage your children to remember to take care of their lockers and to not leave any food or drink in them so we can avoid total clean outs like this in the future.

Your support and understanding in the matter are greatly appreciated.

Sister Maria

1.30.2015 Dress Down Days Rescheduled

Due to school being canceled two days this week, Sr. Maria has rescheduled the dress down days that were missed. The rescheduled days are Thursday, February 5, and Friday, February 6.

Please contact the school office with questions.

1.29.2015 Spirit Day at PMA

Tomorrow is Spirit Day at PMA!  Students participating in CSW Dress Down have the option of showing their PMA and/or Patriots spirit. Students can dress in their favorite PMA Spirit Wear or anything else that is Maroon and White!  Since the Superbowl is right around the corner your favorite Patriots shirt is more than welcome! Of course, all clothing must be within the PMA guidelines.  

1.27.2015 No School

Dear Staff and Parents,

Due to weather and hazardous road conditions, there  will be NO SCHOOL tomorrowWednesday, January 28, 2015.
Hope to see you all on Thursday.

Sister Maria Rosa, pm

1.26.2015 School updates

TO:      PMA Parents and Guardians

From:   Sister Maria Rosa, pm

Date:    Monday, January 26, 2015

RE:      Important Information


Happy Catholic Schools Week to all of you! Please read the following points of information as they are time sensitive and for the most part will impact your plans this week.

  1. SCHOOL CLOSINGS:  Please check the school list closings on the WMUR website for updated school cancelations.
  2. SKI CLUB: Ski club has been cancelled today, Monday, January 26, 2015.
  3. NO SCHOOL TOMORROW:  With the impending weather forecast, PMA will be closed on Tuesday, January 27, 2015.  This will give parents time to plan for day-care needs.
  4. The Student/Teacher Appreciation Breakfast scheduled for Tuesday is rescheduled for Thursday, January 29, 2015.
  5. The Mass scheduled for tomorrow will be rescheduled in February, date and time to be announced.
  6. SPELLING BEE:  In the event that we do not have school on Wednesday, the Spelling Bee will take place on Thursday, January 29 at 12:30 Pm in the Alumni Hall.
  7. BOOTS, BOOTS, BOOTS:  Several parents have raised concerns about the children not being able to wear boots on Dress Down Days:  I am not sure how much clearer I could have been in the January/February Newsletter, in bold and underline, I specifically stated NO BOOTS ALLOWED under the dress down section of the newsletter.  It has always been the policy at PMA (for decades) that students are not allowed to wear boots of any kind on any day in the school building.  It is a major safety issue.  While Uggs and the other types of boots may be fashionable, comfy, and very cute, they are not safe.  In the event of an emergency evacuation, children on the third floor need to exist the building swiftly and safely.  Cowboy Boots, Uggs, Combat Boots, 5 inch heal boots are anything but safe and swift.  Additionally, we have our beautiful hardwood floors that we want to maintain without spending thousands of dollars every year into refinishing them.
  8. FACEBOOK:  While social media is a wonderful tool for communication it can also be a very “incomplete” way of getting important information communicated accurately.  It leaves a lot of room for the transmission of “feelings” rather than “facts”.  Parents, if and when you have a passionate concern about any issue that you need answers for, please, please contact me directly.  One phone call can avoid numerous speculations, judgments, and opinions that do not always put PMA and/or its staff in a good light.
  9. PMA FACEBOOK:  Please use the PMA Parent Group Facebook to promote the school not demote it.

Thank you for your continued support, and PLEASE do not hesitate to ever contact me when and if you have an issue.

1.25.2015 Athletic Practices Cancelled

All athletic practices are cancelled for tomorrow which includes:

Jr. Mites Basketball – MAROON and WHITE
Mites Boys Basketball
Mites Girls Basketball (were not practicing anyway)
Cadets Boys Basketball
Sr. Griffin Softball Training at BG

1.24.2015 Movie Night Flyers

Movie Night is February 6. Send in your form to save a spot!

Movie Night Flyer (PDF)

1.23.2015 Cold and Flu Season

Dear Parent or Guardian:

The start of the cold and flu season is upon us. To prevent widespread flu in the school, we recommend that your child stay home from school if experiencing flu or cold symptoms. To decide whether or not to send your child to school, please consider the following guidelines.

Consider keeping your child at home for an extra day of rest and observation if he or she has any of the following symptoms:

· Very stuffy or runny nose and/or a cough

· Mild sore throat (no fever, no known exposure to strep)

· Headache

· Mild stomach ache.

Definitely keep your child at home for treatment and observation if he or she has any of these symptoms:

· Fever (greater than 100 degrees by mouth. Your child may return to school only after his or her temperature has been consistently below 100 degrees, by mouth, for a minimum of 24 hours). Keeping children with a fever at home will reduce the number of people who may get infected.

· Vomiting (even once)

· Diarrhea

· Chills

· General malaise or feelings of fatigue, discomfort, weakness or muscle aches

· Frequent congested (wet) or croupy cough

· Lots of nasal congestion with frequent blowing of nose.

To help prevent the flu and other colds, teach your children good hygiene habits:

· Wash hands frequently

· Do not touch eyes, nose or mouth

· Cover mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing, use a paper tissue, throw it away and then wash hands

· Teach your children not to share personal items like drinks, food or unwashed utensils.

· Get your child vaccinated against seasonal and H1N1 influenza. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has noted that young people are more susceptible to flu.

· Avoid close contact with people who are sick

PMA is taking steps to control the spread of flu-like illness and to protect the health of your child. These measures include:

· Encouraging frequent and correct hand hygiene—particularly after sneezing or coughing, before and after eating, after sensory play and after going to the washroom

· Thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting the commonly touched surfaces throughout the school on a routine basis

· Notifying parents immediately if their child has become ill while at school or arrives to school ill and isolating the child promptly in a separate, supervised area away from others until they are picked up by the parent/guardian

· Ensuring ill children are excluded from school for the recommended length of time

· Working closely with our local public health unit and following up-to-date control measures.

Visit the website for more information about the flu. Thank you for helping keep PMA a safe environment for all the students and staff by keeping your child home if he or she experiences any flu-like symptoms.


Sister Maria Rosa, pm


1.14.2015 Summer camp info

PMA Summer Camps will run June 15-19, July 13-17, July 20-24, July 27-31

More information to follow

1.13.2015 Girls Softball

2015 PMA Softball Flier

1.12.2015 Volunteer Training

The Diocese of Manchester has updated their online child abuse awareness training. We are no longer using Not On My Watch. The new training is called Shield the Vulnerable. If you have not yet completed the Not On My Watch course, please take the time to complete this new training. The instructions are attached.

STV Instructions (PDF)

If you have any questions please contact Kim Flint in the main office.

1.12.2015 Winter Car Line

As you all know, afternoon car line can be tricky. Even though it can be trying we must ask all cars to follow the rules. PLEASE do not attempt to bypass the cars in front of you. This creates an unsafe situation, especially for our staff members that are directing traffic. This applies to all cars, whether you are trying to enter the parking lot or the pick up area. Please make every attempt to arrive on time for your child’s dismissal, not early and not late. This will help the traffic flow.
If you have questions regarding this policy please contact the main office.

1.12.2015 Martial Arts

Martial Arts has been cancelled for Monday, January 12.

1.7.2015 Order your PMA Cheer Spirit Wear

PMA Cheerleading custom apparel is available here! Orders will be taken until January 13, orders ship January 15. Placing your order is only a click away…

1.5.2015 Smugglers Notch

Bidding is Open for the February Vacation at Smugglers Notch!!

We are accepting email bid offers for the 3 Bedroom rental at Smugglers Notch in Vermont during February Vacation. The rental is for Friday February 20th to Friday February 27th.
Added Bonus: One weekly lift ticket – donated by the Davis Family
Email your best offer bid to Joanne Young at Email bids will be accepted until 5pm on Sunday January 11th. You will be notified on Monday January 12th if you are the winner. Payment will be accepted by cash, check or credit card thru the PMA business office. Any questions email Joanne at Thanks for your support!

Click here for more details!

1.5.2015 Boys Spring Lacrosse

Hello PMA Lacrosse families. Registration is now open! To register, please send in a check in the amount of $95 made out to PMA. Please place it in an envelope that reads “Attention Steve Gaudreau / PMA Lacrosse”. Please send me an email at stating that you have sent in the check so that I can record who has and who has not done so.

Thanks so much and looking forward to a great season!
Coach Dumont


Capital Campaign Total $1,800,000!!!

Read all about the future plans for our new Gymnasium and Arts Center!  Newest gym picture2

Support our Capital Campaign! Donate online!

1.5.2015 Reminder – Gymnasium and Art Center Informational Meeting – Monday 1/12/15

Welcome back everyone!  I hope you enjoyed your Christmas and the nice long vacation.  I just wanted to send a reminder about the upcoming informational meeting about our new gymnasium and art center.  Please come and learn about how you may be able to help build the foundation that will support PMA for the next century.
Monday, January 12, 2015 at 7:00 pm, in the Auditorium.
Light refreshments will be provided.  For planning purposes, a reply would be appreciated if you plan to attend.  Please email me at
Thank you to all who have already replied!  I look forward to seeing all of you.
Best Regards,
Diana LaMothe
Capital Campaign Director

1.5.2015 Call for Gently Used Toys

Happy New Year to All PMA Parents:
Now that Christmas blessings have been fulfilled, you may be wondering what to do with an excess of gently used  toys. The After School program suggests sending them along for our children to enjoy. You may drop them off in the Main Office or cafeteria anytime. Please no puzzles or large-sized toys (due to space constraints) and thank you in advance for your generosity.
Mary McManus

1.5.2015 February Lunch Orders

February lunch orders are due by Friday, January 23.  Late orders will not be accepted.  Please take the time to enter your order and send in your payment. Be sure to double check your order for accuracy (including class code and/or House) before clicking “submit”.

1.5.2015 CSW Dress Down Passes

Catholic Schools Week Dress Down passes are still on sale.  If you were not able to purchase a pass prior to Christmas break you may still do so.  The pass is $10.00 for 5 days of dress down.  Order form is attached.

Dress Down Passes Christmas Letter

1.5.2015 Registration

Just a reminder that all 2015-16 registrations are due January 5, 2015. Registration will be open to the public beginning January 6, 2015.