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Social Media Workshop for parents

On January 17, Bishop Guertin will be hosting Mr. Andrew McPeak, an author and researcher on “Generation Z,” as well as media/technology.  He will be speaking to parents in the Keegan Leadership Center at 7 pm. This parent session (“Helping Students Navigate Technology in a Healthy Way”) is free and open to the public.

Attendees are asked to RSVP so they can switch to a larger space, if necessary.

Please click the below link to respond:


Bishop Guertin is located at 194 Lund Road in Nashua.


Sept. 27, 2018

A few reminders… 

*No school tomorrow, September 28, due to a teacher workshop. 
*The next and FINAL volunteer sessions for this school year will be help on Monday, October 1, at 9 am or 6:30 pm. You only need to choose one session. If you have completed this in the past there is no need to repeat. Please be sure to bring your photo ID and the $10.00 fee. If you have not yet completed the online training the instructions are attached. Please send your certificate to the office once it is completed. You can also bring it with you on Monday. Keep in mind if you plan to chaperon or coach a sport you MUST complete this process! 
*We still have a few Fun Fest dress down passes left. If you would like to purchase some please send your request in next week. Be sure to label it  “Fun Fest Dress Down” along with the students name and class code. The passes are $2.00 per. The max is 10 passes for $20.00. They expire on 12/21/18. Students can use one pass per week. The cannot be used on gym day, $2.00 dress down day or day of Mass/Prayer Service. 
Please feel free to contact the school office with questions at kflint@pmaschool.org

The lunch ordering system (myschoolaccount.com) has been re-opened for next week. It will remain open until midnight. The number of orders are way off from what we would normally make and order. For future orders we ask that you please keep track of what you have entered. We leave you the option of ordering weekly, monthly and beyond. Some parents find it helpful to set reminders on their phone. That way you never miss an ordering deadline (Wednesday night for the following week)

This is the only time this school year that we will override the system. Doing this delays the printing of reports for the cafeteria staff and the ordering of supplies. 
If you have questions please email kflint@pmaschool.org

Reminders & Updates

A few updates and reminders:
*All students MUST have updated Physical and Immunization records on file in the nurses office. If you have not sent this in PLEASE do so by next week. 

*Due to increase in costs, milk and water will be $0.75 in the cafe.

*If you have not yet pre-paid for assignment notebooks, dress down, or a recorder (Gr. 3-6 will use them in music class) please click on the below link. 
*The first shuttles will be given out during the Meet and Greet on Monday, August 27. They are full of car line and general information. We have attached much of that info here. Please feel free to read though, especially our new families, and let us know if you have questions.
*Parents of Students in Grades 1-8: Morning car line in the back of the school runs from 7:30 am-7:55 am. If you happen to arrive after that time you MUST park and walk your student into the office. Pre-Kindergarten car line begins at 8 am. Students in grades 1-8 cannot be dropped off in that car line. We thank you in advance for your attention to the car line procedures. 
*If you would like to get a head start on the volunteer training, the instructions for Safe Haven are attached. Once you have completed the online course, please print the certificate and send it in. You will then need to attend one training session on Sept. 24 or October 1, (9 am or 6:30 pm). If you have previously attended training (at which you would have done your background check form), and did not complete the online portion, please do so now. Keep in mind that the ONLY PMA activity you are allowed to volunteer at without the 3 requirements (online training, in person session, background check) is the Fun Fest. 
Sign-ups for the Fun Fest on (Sept. 22), will be emailed next week.
As always, please contact Kim Flint with any questions or concerns at kflint@pmaschool.org.

Fall sports 2018

PMA FALL Sports Registration 2018 for Grades 3 – 8 is NOW OPEN.

Please go to the following website to register: https://docs.google.com/…/1y0zDkJ8CTIRsZpJ0dP666fziCCzDwr23…


Tri-County Boys Soccer (Grades 6 – 8) – Tryouts will start on August 28th. Practice/games 3-4 days per week after school. 5th graders may try out upon request. Team competes in Tri-County League Division 4. $135

Tri-County Girls Soccer (Grades 6 – 8) – Tryouts will start on August 28th – Practice/games 3-4 per a week after school. 5th graders may try out upon request. Team competes in Tri-County League Division 4. $135

Tri-County Middle School Cross Country (Co-ed Grades 6-8) – Practice will start on August 28th. Practice/meets 4-5 days per week after school. Team competes in Tri-County League Division 4. $145

Jr. Griffin Cross Country (Co-ed Grades 3-5) – Practice will start on August 28th. Practice 2-3 days per week after school. Team competes in Catholic Invitational and occasional other smaller events. $75

Jr. Griffin Boys Soccer (Grades 3-5) – Practice starts on September 4th. Practice/game 2 days per week usually at 5pm. $75

Jr. Griffin Girls Soccer (Grades 3-5) – Practice starts on September 4th. Practice/game 2 days per week usually at 5pm. $75

*** Information about Instructional Soccer (Pre K-K / Grades 1-2) will be distributed in early August. ($45.)


Online payment can be found here: https://bngn.smarttuition.com/?id=xoaztwtoltm.

· For DEBIT/CREDIT CARD payments, you will be charged a 2.85% convenience fee.

· PLEASE NOTE THAT NO ADDITIONAL CHARGES APPLY for using a checking/savings routing and account number in lieu of a credit card payment.


· PHOTO POLICY: As a reminder, all PMA athletes may be photographed for marketing purposes. If you wish to opt out of this possibility, please contact Tracie Dumont at tdumont@pmaschool.org.

Please e-mail kbelbin@pmaschool.org with any questions.

2018-19 Information

***The Summer Reading Lists for students entering Grades 1-8 can be found here: https://pmaschool.org/summer-reading-2018/   
Upon return to school for the 2018 – 2019 school year, your child must bring the completed reading assignments to his/her teacher (by Aug. 30th).  Your child’s work will be graded on their completion and the quality of the work handed in.  The mark will become part of the first quarter grade for reading/literature.
***Student Supply Lists can be found here: https://pmaschool.org/supplies-lists-2018/
Student supplies should be brought into school on Meet & Greet Day which is Monday, August 27, 2018.  
***All new students must have certain documents on file in order to start the school year. We require your child’s birth certificate, Baptism record (if applicable), and Physical and Immunization Record. These documents should be turned in to the Admissions office. Missing documents could delay your child’s start date. If you have questions regarding this please contact June Nolet at jnolet@pmaschool.org. 
***All current students must keep their Physical and Immunization records up to date. When your child has their annual physical please be sure to retrieve the appropriate forms from your providers office. You may either mail in to the school, drop it off, or send it in with your student. 
If you have questions please do not hesitate to contact the school. Summer hours are Monday-Thursday 8 am-3 pm. We are closed the week of July 4. 
A copy of the 2018-19 school calendar is attached for your convenience. 
Thank you and have a great summer!

Walk-a-thon Results

Thank you to all the students, families and friends who contributed to the success of our PMA WALKATHON.  We raised a total of $22,808.25.  The most money ever raised in the HISTORY OF PMA WALKATHONS. 

Thank you, thank you.

The following students are PRIZE WINNERS:

  • Principal for the Day: Jameson McDowell  (5LT)  and Lunch with the Principal on May 24
  • Assistant Principal for the Day: Sean McDowell (3JC) and Lunch with the Principal on May 24
  • Third Place Winner: Emma Lanno (3VB) – Lunch with the Principal on May 24
  • Fourth Place Winner: Jolee Jussaume (KTP)- Lunch with the Principal on May 24

Lunch will take place at the Town Tavern on Lowell Road at 11:30AM.  Permission forms to follow.

Winner for the iPad mini:                                  Kenzie Legg (7AG)

Winner for the Barnes and Noble Card:          Penelope Keating (KTP)

TOP WINNING CLASS:  Choose a hair color for Mrs. Gaudreau and Sister Maria and get to watch them get it colored in the gym on June 12, 2018 at 10:00am:                                Grade 5 LT

ALL THE CLASSES met their goal and will get extra recess time on June 13 plus an ice-cream treat.

Again, thank you for your wonderful support of another amazing event at PMA!


Info & Reminders

*Mass is tomorrow (4/12) at 9:15 am for Kinder-Gr. 4 and 1 pm for Gr. 5-8. Junior High students must wear their blazers. No dress down passes may be used.

*Walk-a-thon is this Friday! Students should wear their gym uniforms. All sponsor sheets should be in by Friday morning. 

*Tuition Agreements are due Friday. Please email Mrs. DesRuisseaux with questions at ddesruisseaux@pmaschool.org

*The Father/Daughter Dance is this Friday from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. You may pay at the door if you have not yet paid the $10.00 per family fee. 
Please feel free to contact the school office with questions.

Walk-a-thon this Friday!

PMA’s Annual Walk-a-thon is on Friday, April 13th! This year we have some exciting incentives for the students to raise as much money as they can. If you are in need of mailers to send to family and friends please send an email to kflint@pmaschool.org. Keep in mind that in order for them to count towards the below goals we need to receive them back by the 13th! Please read the attached for walk details. The volunteer form is also in the attached document. 

Please contact the main office with questions at kflint@pmaschool.org.  

The three top highest pledges win: First Place Winner:  Principal for ½ day & Lunch at T-Bones with Sr. Maria

Second Place Winner:  Vice-Principal for ½ day & Lunch at T-Bones with Sr. Maria

Third Place Winner:  Lunch with Sr. Maria at T-Bones

Classes that meet their goal: Will earn an extra 15 minutes of recess and an outdoor ice-cream treat
The Class with the highest average total collection: Choose the color of Sister Maria and Mrs. Gaudreau’s hair for ONE DAY AFTER THE WALKATHON.  The class gets to watch Mrs. Dumont color their hair in the gym!
All students who participate in the walkathon by bringing in a donation: Every student who brings in a donation of at least $25 is entered into a prize drawing for a $50 gift certificate to Barnes and Noble.
Every pledge of $100 or more gets a chance to enter a raffle, $200=2 chances, $300=3 chances, $400=4 chances, etc. Every pledge of $100 gets one chance towards a raffle ticket for the grand prize drawing of an iPad Mini!


Night at the Wax Museum tickets on sale!

Night a the Wax Museum will be on Friday, May 4, at 7 pm. The ticket order form is below.



Extended Day begins Monday, March 5

Extended Day will begin on Monday, March 5.  The new dismissal times will be as follows:

  • Pre-Kinder:   2:25 pm
  • Kinder:          2:30 pm
  • Gr. 1             2:40 pm
  • Gr. 2             2:45 pm
  • Gr. 3             2:50 pm
  • Gr. 4             2:55 pm
  • Gr. 5             3:00 pm
  • Gr. 6-7-8       3:05 pm


*Attached is a schedule for the upcoming Catholic Schools Week (Jan. 29-2/2). Please review to be in the know regarding all of the fun things we have planned. A paper copy will also be in this weeks shuttles but the attached is the most accurate information.

*CSW dress down passes are still on sale. The order form is attached. 

*Due to recent snow storms we will not be placing Scrip orders this week.  The next order will be put in on February 1. 
Please feel free to contact the school office with questions. 

Christmas Lottery Calendars

Congratulations to Andrew Mason from KCS! He sold $500.00 in lottery calendars! Andrew receives a free registration fee for the 2018-19 school year and will go on a Hooky Day with Sister Maria. 

It was a pretty tight race this year.  Gemma Orlando in 6MZ(B) sold $465.00 in calendars and Brayden Murphy in 1JL sold $455.00! 
Thank you to all of our students for selling a total of $16,900!

Catholic Schools Week Activities

Catholic Schools Weeks is January 28-February 3. This years theme is Learn, Lead, Serve, Succeed.
The students will have a fun and exciting week of activities, in addition to their regular school day. Please read below for the daily theme’s that students can prepare for.  All other events are contained within the school day. The students are also able to purchase dress down passes for Mon/Wed/Thurs/Fri.  If you have not yet purchased a pass for your student please send in the $8.00 payment. The form is below.

Monday, January 29-Crazy Sock Day

Tuesday, January 30-Full uniform for Mass (including blazers for Junior High students)

Wednesday, January 31-Crazy Hair Day (nothing permanent, hair must be back to its original state by the next day)
Thursday, February 1-Wear something that represents a possible future career or job.   (Chef hat= chef, whistle=coach/PE teacher, lab coat/beaker=scientist etc)
Friday, February 2-Students will visit a class of a different age group to teach or show the younger students something they have learned.
Please contact the school office with questions


Dress Down this Friday, 1/5

This Friday, January 5, will be a dress down day to make up for the cancelled day on 12/22. For those that have not pre-paid for the year or did not send in your $2 on 12/21, please send in the payment on Friday morning. As always students should adhere to the PMA dress code, which can be found in the handbook (above link).


Mission Trip Presentation

Hello Presentation of Mary Parents,

My name is Nicholas Colvin and I am a sophomore at Windham High School.  I am excited to have been given the opportunity by Sister Maria to come in and speak on January 3rd to your junior high students about an exciting Mission Trip that I have participated in that travels with St. Matthews to the Dominican Republic.  During these mission trips the groups build gravity-based aqueducts and host medical clinics in the Western Mountains of the DR.  To date, the groups have successfully installed 9 aqueducts and will be returning in February to continue this work.  Last year I even got to travel with one of Presentation of Mary’s amazing teachers, Val Bauer.  My hope is that I can give your student a better understanding of what it means to do community service as a student and how the work does not only benefit those that we serve but can also really benefit ourselves.  I think that many students think of community service as a burden and I hope to dispel this myth.

In addition to speaking about the mission, I will also be telling them about the complimentary charity that my brother, Zac Colvin, and I have been running for the past 2.5 years.  To date we have provided over 525 lights to families so that they will have light for the next 3 to 7 years. This is an essential tool that allows them to see after dark and minimize the use of candles that have been responsible for multiple fires in homes. This year we are also expanding our donations to include water bottles to distribute at a school that recently opened.   The people we provide these to are truly the unserved and they are so grateful.  I am hopeful that you may take a few minutes with your child after the presentation and ask them about the work we do and consider a small donation to help us achieve our goal of bringing 300 more solar lights this year.  Donations can be made by writing a check out to St. Matthews and noting on the check DR Lights.  Sister Maria has offered to have her classroom teachers collect these donations from January 3rd through the 12th. In addition to your donation, Sister Maria has graciously offered to match your donations up to $500.  With your help I am confident that we can reach this goal. You can also learn more about our mission trip by viewing our website https://sites.google.com/view/jocarivervalley-dr-mission/home. During our mission trip this year which takes place from February 22 through March 2nd we will be sending one message a day via a satellite texting device to update our followers on the work we are doing and where we are. We would love you to follow our travels by visiting website daily during this.

Thank you in advance for your consideration.  Please feel free to contact me directly with any questions your may have.

Nic Colvin



Info & Reminders

*Please do not forget to enter your January lunch orders. The deadline to get the first week of January into the system is Wednesday, December 27th. 
*Breathe NH Fun Pass books will be going home in this weeks shuttles and all checks will be deposited this week also.  Any questions or concerns please email Parentgroup@pmaschool.org.
thank you for your support!
*This Friday, 12/22, is a $2.00 Dress Down Day.  Feel free to dress in Red and Green! 
*Lottery Calendars are due!  Please send payments and stubs into school tomorrow! We will also be collecting all unsold cards. 

CSW Dress Down Passes

Dress Down passes are on sale for Catholic School’s Week, which is January 29-February 2. All requests should be sent into school by Friday, December 15. 

·       The passes can be used during Catholic Schools Week –

·       January 29-Dress Down

·       January 30 is full uniform for Mass

·       January 31-Dress Down

·       February 1-Dress Down

·       February 2-Dress Down

·       $8 per pass ($2 x 4 days per student)

·       Deadline is December 15

Stocking Stuffer DDP 1st letter


Drama update

The PMA Drama Club is open to all students in grades 5 through 8, and applications for this year’s production of “Night at the Wax Museum” are due Friday, December 1st by 8:00 AM at the very latest. As of right now, there are 68 applications in for 31 cast positions and 15 crew positions.  Paper versions are available at school or by email.
Cast auditions will be on Monday, December 4th, and Cast/Crew announcements will be made on Friday, December 8th.
If you have ANY questions about Drama Club, feel free to comment below, or send an email to Mr. Desaulniers (kdesaulniers@pmaschool.org).

Christmas Concert Info

The Christmas Concert is on Wednesday, December 13.  The 1 pm show will be for Friends and Relatives and the 6:30 pm show for Parents.  The Junior and Senior Choirs will perform at BOTH shows.  The PMA Band (Experienced band only) will also perform at the 6:30 pm show.
Students will need to arrive at 6 pm dressed and ready to perform.  We will send out notices to each group with the details of where to report, where to pick up and so on.
The Senior Choir will be in full dress uniform to be provided by PMA. The girls should have black tights and black ballet flats. Girls should also have a black thin strapped undergarment. Boys should have black socks and shoes.
The Junior Choir and Exp. Band should wear black bottoms, black shoes and white long sleeve shirt/blouse.  A previous notice went out about the general style of skirt and shoes that are needed for the girls.  Boys should wear a festive Christmas tie of their choosing.
Please contact the school office with questions.

Info & Reminders

*Next week is the Scholastic Book Fair!  The students will be attending the book fair during the school day.  Students in Grades 1-8 are welcome to bring spending money with them!  Please be sure that cash is in an envelope with your child’s name on it!  All students in Gr. Prek4-Grade 8 are welcome to fill out a “wish list” to bring home. If your PreK4 or Kinder child brings home a wish list and you are unable to be here on Wednesday to make purchases, please contact your child’s teacher. They will be able to assist (as long as you send in the wish list with payment).   The fair is open on Wednesday, 11/29, from 8am-7pm, during P/T conferences.  This is a perfect time for parents to do Christmas shopping! 
In order to better prepare for sending money in with your student the schedule of classes is as follows: 
Monday: 1st, 2nd and 3rd Grade
Tuesday: PreK4 (wish list), Kinder (wish list) and Grade 4
Wednesday-Open 8am-7pm
Thursday: Grades 5-8
Friday: Last chance shopping from 8am-10am
***PreK3 does not go to the Book Fair as a class, but you are welcome to bring them on Wednesday! 

* During the Book Fair on Wednesday there will be a bin outside the gym door to drop off fish pond items, the bin will be marked FISH POND.  If they have any questions please email pmafishpond@gmail.com

*Breakfast with Santa is Saturday, December 9, from 9-11 am. The form is attached for those that have not yet requested a family ticket. 

*Please remember to be entering your lunch orders! If you order by the month your December order needs to be in the system by Wednesday, Nov. 29. 
*The Christmas Concert is on Wednesday, December 13.  The 1 pm show will be for Friends and Relatives and the 6:30 pm show for Parents.  The Junior and Senior Choirs will perform at BOTH shows.  The PMA Band will also perform at the 6:30 pm show. A separate email will go out to the Choirs and Band regarding arrival times and attire.  If you do not get this email please contact the mail office.
Please contact the school office with questions

Book Fair Bakers Needed

The Parent Group is looking for some baked goods for Wednesday’s (11/29) Family Book Fair day.  Baked goods or store bought goods should be finger friendly, as there will be no utensils out.  Goods can be breads, cookies, brownies, muffins, fruit, crackers or anything else you can think of.  Please DO NOT use any plates etc. that you want returned to you.  Goods can be dropped off in the office on Tuesday or to the gym anytime on Wednesday.  The Parent Group will also have coffee and goodies available for families who shop the book fair and for the staff who will be there all day.
Please indicate NO NUTS or GLUTEN FREE if your goodies are either of those.
Any questions please email ParentGroup@PMAschool.org

Important Forms

Dear PMA Community,

Please know that it it state mandated that all children in school have given the school they attend a copy of the student’s:
1. Birth certificate
2. Most recent physical
We at PMA also require a copy of the child’s baptismal certificate if they were baptized Catholic.
Please call the main office or our school nurse as soon as possible to submit these documents.
God bless,
Sister Maria Rosa, p.m.

Drama Club Grades 5-8

It’s that time of year! The Presentation of Mary Academy Drama Club is looking for CAST and CREW for the spring play (The title of the play is being held very, very, VERY secret, so don’t even ask.  Just kidding, we’re still in the process of finalizing the selection.)  Anyone (in grades 5-8) that is interested in joining, or just wants to hear what it’s all about MUST attend ONE (1) of the mandatory meetings that are being held on Monday, November 13th from 3:15-4:00, or Tuesday, November 14th from 3:30-4:00.  See the attached for COMPLETE details.  We will “pick-up” students from car line, and dismiss from the FRONT of the building.
If you have ANY questions, please contact Mr. Desaulniers via email (kdesaulniers@pmaschool.org) and he’d be happy (kinda) to get back to you ASAP (within a few days).

Info & Reminders

*If you order lunch for your student on a month to month basis please keep in mind that November 1 is next Wednesday!  Ordering for next week will shut down at midnight tonight.

*This Friday is a $2.00 dress down day.  The $2 dress down days are different than the Fun Fest Dress Down passes. If you prepaid for the $2 dress down days your child’s teacher will have their name on a list. If you did not prepay please send your $2 contribution in on Friday. Students are invited to dress in the “Down on the Farm” theme on Friday.
*PMA’s Annual Pumpkin Stroll is this Friday night from 6:30 pm-8:00 pm. Please drop off your carved pumpkin (one side only please) and treats to share in car line on Friday.
*Next Tuesday, 10/31, is the last day for the “warm” weather uniform.  If you have questions about the PMA uniform please click on the below link for the PMA Handbook.
*Please remember to contact the school office if your child will be out sick or tardy.  Please either leave a message at 603-889-6054 Opt. 1, then Opt. 2 or email attendance@pmaschool.org
*The office has recently had many “forgotten” items dropped off during the school day.  We have also had many phone calls with the purpose of “reminding” students of things.  In order for us to help instill a sense of responsibility in your child we respectfully ask that parents refrain from this. We ask that you help prepare your child prior to arriving at school each morning.  This includes whether they are going to car line or the after school program. If they are in the younger grades a note to the teacher (instead of an email to the main office) would be appropriate. The office only needs to be aware of last minute changes.
As always, please contact the office if you have any questions at kflint@pmaschool.org

Henry’s Halloween

PMA will be accepting Halloween candy and gently used costumes from Halloween to November 9th.  Please view the below flyer.

‘s Halloween


Info & Reminders

*Last Call for Fun Fest Dress Down passes!  They will NOT be sold after this Friday.

*As of midnight tonight next week’s lunch orders will be closed.  Please log in to be sure you have ordered.

*Junior High car line…please be sure you are not pulling up into the circle until Kindergarten has completed their car line.
*Picture retakes are this Friday. If you have questions regarding this please email June Nolet at jnolet@pmaschool.org by end of day Thursday!

Ski Club

First 50 to sign up are in! After that, you are put on the wait list.


CYO basketball registration

To all parents of students interested in basketball at PMA in 2017-18:
PMA basketball registration 2017-18 for grades 3-8 is now open! (Registration for Grades PK-K-1-2 will be sent next week.)

** The DEADLINE is FRIDAY, October 20th at 5:00 p.m. **

Please go to the website link that follows to register. PLEASE NOTE the last page of the registration page includes a link for payment.

If, rather than pay on-line, you intend to pay via check, please address your envelope to Ken Belbin, Director of Athletics. While I am allowed to accept cash payments, payment via on-line credit card or check is highly preferred.

** NEW POLICY ON CASH PAYMENTS: Cash payments must be made in person to the Director of Athletics, who will provide a written receipt. PLEASE DO NOT SEND HARD CASH TO SCHOOL WITH YOUR CHILD.

Registration page (payment link located on final page):



Additional note:
Clicking on the payment link from the registration form will open a new page in your browser, so make sure you hit SUBMIT after you fill out your registration.  You will get a payment confirmation e-mail after you have paid, but not after you register.

Schedules will be communicated to you via your respective coaching staff within the coming days.

For any additional questions about registration, please e-mail Ken Belbin at kbelbin@pmaschool.org.

Thank you and we look forward to another great season!

Ken Belbin
Director of Athletics
Presentation of Mary Academy

Grades 1-5 Boys Dress Down Reward

The boys in Grades 1-5 have won Sr. Maria’s Bathroom Challenge for last month.  So far, they have done the best job of keeping their bathroom neat and clean.

As a reward the boys in Grades 1-4 can have a free dress down day on Wednesday, October 11.  The boys in Grade 5 can dress down on Wednesday, October 18.
If this is on your gym day please wear appropriate clothes for gym class.