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Wildcat Weekly
A Weekly Newsletter from St. Mary's Academy 
Academy President's Blog: Security Procedures at St. Mary's Academy

This morning at our faculty/staff meeting, we reviewed security procedures in the event of an emergency on campus.  I offer a synopsis here on this week's blog.

Deirdre V. Cryor
Academy President
Community News
St. Mary's Academy Time Capsule
St. Mary's Academy's Wildcat has "buried" our time capsule! During our 150th year last year, students in the Lower School assisted Mrs. Frederick in organizing and gathering up specific items to commemorate our 2014-15 school year.  Photos, yearbooks, special items were all included.   How exciting to think about the students of SMA opening it in 50 years??  100 years??  Thanks Wildcat!

Artists of St. Mary's Academy
Don't forget to check out Andrew Beckham's exhibition of new work opening Friday, September 11, at Goodwin Fine Art here in Denver.  To learn more click here.

Lower School News & Events
Update From Florence Swanson, LS Principal:

Hello Parents!
Thank you for your generous donations for Judi's House this week.  The items will be delivered and greatly appreciated. 

Our next Lower School Assembly will be on September 16th.  The teachers and some students will be presenting a dress code runway show!  This is a fun way for all of us to learn about our LS dress code.  

Florence Swanson
Middle School News & Events
  • The MS begins weekly CAT community service this Thursday.  Two CATs serve at Meridian Retirement Home, one CAT attends Martin's Preschool to enhance reading acquisition and four eighth-grade students from a CAT serve the homeless at the St. Elizabeth's sandwich line.
  • Loretto Leaders are leading a MS prayer service this Friday at 11:40am.  The theme is the sacredness of earth in preparation for Diamond Tail and Cochiti trips.
  • Parents:  Please bookmark the Diamond Tail Ranch Trip Blog http://sma-ms-diamondtail-2015.blogspot.com.  You will find the packing list and other information to prepare you for the experience. During our time at the Duncan's ranch, you will find daily updates. We ask with great hope that you will use the blog to ascertain when your student's estimated return time will occur rather than calling us.     Mrs. Siennicki will receive regular updates from teachers on the returning coaches and she will immediately post them on the blog.
  • Sixth grade, please be in the parking lot at 6:30am on Monday, September 14, busses depart at 6:45 a.m.
  • Seventh grade, please be in the parking lot at 6:30am on Wednesday, September 16, busses depart at 6:45 a.m.
  • Sixth grade returns on Wednesday, September 16.  Please watch blog for timeline (3:30-4:00pm is an approximate return time).
  • Seventh grade returns on Friday, September 18.  Please watch blog for timeline (4:00pm is an approximate return time)
  • Eighth grade students are involved in an integrated study across the disciplines in preparation for their service, learning and leadership trip to the Cochiti Pueblo. A blog site is under construction for parents and students to prepare for this trip. 
  • 2015-2016 Gold Crown Basketball Tryouts: Thursday, September 17 and Sunday, September 20, 7:00-8:00pm.  Gold Crown basketball is intended to help in the development of athletes who desire to play for their High School basketball program.  Girls in 6th-8th Grades are welcome to participate.  Students from area schools are also welcome to try out for the SMA Gold Crown team.  For more information contact Head Coach, Phil Gentry at pgentry@stmarys.academy 
High School News & Events

High School students left campus on Thursday morning to head to Snow Mountain Ranch and spend time with their schoolmates and teachers.  As they returned Friday afternoon, they were a little tired, but shared good reports from the retreat.  As one teacher mentioned, "it rained a bit, but the girls are so great that it didn't matter."  And everyone was so thrilled that the rain held off in the evening so that the campfire wasn't interrupted!  The weather cleared Friday morning and the scheduled activities of hiking, zipping, rock climbing, ropes and other activities were able to go on as normal.  It was a great retreat and the STUCO reps did a fantastic job of getting all the girls to bond and enjoy the time together.


Upcoming Events:
  • September 10, 4:00pm, Field Hockey at St. Mary's Academy on new Pam Bent Turf Field
Fall is in the air and we have begun another wonderful school year.  Parents, please mark your calendars for the following Admission dates.  We need volunteers for the events, and we welcome you to share these events with neighbors and prospective SMA parents.
  • September 24 and October 21, 9-10:30am: Junior Kindergarten/Kindergarten Coffee and Tours.  This is for parents looking at enrolling their children for the fall 2016-17
  • September 29, 6:30pm: Eighth Grade Girls Student/Parent High School Info Night
  • October 14, 6:00pm: Seventh and Eighth Grade Boys High School Fair Night
  • October 15, 9-10:30am: Middle School Preview
  • October 17, 10:00am-1:00pm: High School Open House
SMA fifth grade and eighth grade girls will start individual shadow days at the end of September.  We look forward to sharing the next step of their educational journey!

If you have any questions please contact Gracie Carr or Seely Greenberg in the Admissions Office.
Advancement News

12th Annual Graham Family Golf Tournament benefiting St. Mary's Academy
Monday, September 21, 2015
Columbine Country Club
Register now for the 12th Annual Graham Family Golf Tournament benefiting St. Mary's Academy.  The tournament is limited to 120 players and is filling up fast.
Hole Sponsor opportunities are still available.  Click here for more information.

We need you!
There are a wide variety of volunteer needs for the 2015-2016 school year.  Sign up for as many or few as you want.  Click here for Volunteer Opportunities.

Need gift cards?  Grocery cards?  
Support SMA at no cost to you.  We have a variety of grocery and other gift cards available for purchase in the Business Office and SMA receives three percent of the purchase amount.  If you need more information, contact Carolyn Wilson at cwilson@stmarys.academy.

Alumnae News
Reunion Weekend 2015

October 2-4
A great weekend is planned.  The weekend includes events such as the Golden Graduates Luncheon, Blue & White Reception and Family Day at SMA.  We hope you can make it!  For more information, click here.


Athletic News
Congratulations SMA Wildcats

The Wildcat Cross Country team has picked up right were it left off the 2014 season--making tracks and chasing the competition.  Congratulations to the 2015 Cats, who finished second at the Wildcat Invitational led by Isabella Morrissette and Lauren Banko running in fourth and fifth place.  Friday, the team will be running at the Liberty Bell fast course at Heritage High School.

Special thanks to our cross country coaches: T.S. Berger and Donna Miller.  The Wildcat Invitational requires endless hours of behind the scene paperwork, meetings, set up/clean up, timing system coordination, race results, and MORE. We are so very lucky to have them as coaches here at SMA.

Cheers to the Varsity Field Hockey team for a nail bitting 2-2 tie against Grandview for the season home opener on the new Pam Bent Turf Field!  Our Wildcats fought hard to take it into overtime against the Wolves and tied it up twice for an exciting finish. 
Congratulations to our JV and Varsity Volleyball teams for strong wins last night in the CatDome against Englewood High School. JV won their games 2-0 and Varsity finished night night strong winning 3-0!

For details and schedules, contact the Athletics Office, check the calendar on the St. Mary's Academy mobile device App, or visit the website.  Go Wildcats!
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