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Wildcat Weekly
A Weekly Newsletter from St. Mary's Academy 
Community News
Fall Festival, Sunday, October 4, 11:30 - 1:30!
Come join us for an afternoon of fun for the whole family at Fall Festival, sponsored by Academy Parents. There is fun for all ages!  Sunday, October 4, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
 
We are in need of cake donations for the very popular Cake Walk!  Drop off your cakes at carpool this Friday morning or afternoon. Academy Parents volunteers will be on hand to collect the cakes. Thank you!!

Click here to learn more about this event and purchase tickets. Click here to volunteer or contact Rhondi Clark
Lower School News & Events
News:
  • Last Friday, the LS celebrated our first mass of the school year. Students looked spirited in their blue and white attire. Fr. Bob presided over the mass and remarked how impressed he was with the students' joyous participation and respectful behavior. In his homily, Fr. Bob focused on the presence of the Holy Spirit at SMA and told students that they are each a product of love. 
  • This morning's assembly featured the first grade classes as they shared information, stories, song and prayer about Johnny Appleseed. Pictured below are just a few of the lively presenters! The next assembly will be Wednesday, October 7 at 8:10 AM.

Update From Florence Swanson, LS Principal:
Hello Parents,
Our faculty had a busy day on Monday for our Professional Development Day. We delved into our new program, Words Their Way, and all were trained to give the (DRA) Diagnostic Reading Assessment. All of the lower school students will be assessed and we will share those results with you at conferences.

The Fall Festival is this Sunday from 11:30 AM-1:30 PM.  I hope to see you there!

Sincerely,
Florence Swanson

Events: 
  • Thursday, October 1; 8:00 AM: MS Principal Coffee for 5th Grade Parents in the MS Commons
  • Sunday, October 4; 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM: Fall Festival at SMA
  • Wednesday, October 7; 8:10 AM: Assembly featuring Officer John Flaum, SMA's Resource Officer
Middle School News & Events
News:

The Middle School welcomes St. Mary's Academy fifth grade students this week! They are shadowing Tuesday and Thursday before their Friday half-day take over of the sixth grade pod and teachers. SMA's sixth grade will spend time with fifth grade teachers that morning.

Also, this week, the SMA eighth grade girls are shadowing at SMA's High School

Community Service continues to go very well. The elderly at Meridian, the little ones at Martin's and the hungry at St. Elizabeth's thank the students for their care and love. 

On Monday, October 5 at 6:30 AM, eighth grade students will be leaving for a collaborative service and leadership trip in the Cochiti Pueblo of New Mexico. They return around 6:00 PM on Friday, October 9. In the weeks leading up to the trip, students are learning about Native American culture, historical events, ethics and living the gospel values, the environment, flora, fauna, and the value of serving alongside of others in their community. The collaborative service project this year is the building of two hornos for baking bread. On Wednesday, the group will spend the day in Santa Fe where they will visit the Loretto Chapel, Governor's Mansion and museums. The Cochiti eighth grade class will share that day with SMA as well. Please visit the Cochiti 2015 Trip blog for the details of packing and itinerary. During the trip, please visit the World Leadership blog for photos and updates! Pictured at right are students during last year's trip.

Events:
  • Friday, October 2: Peru Airfare Due, and Peru Travelers meet in Mr. Blair's room at 12:08 PM
  • Sunday, October 4; 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM: Fall Festival at SMA
  • Monday, October 5; 6:30 AM: Eighth grade class departs for Cochiti
High School News & Events
News: 
  • Miss Ehrlich's AP U.S. History class had its first of many big debates in class today. Students moderated and organized their own debate whether early Americans should have kept or modified the government adopted by the Articles of Confederation. Like the Founding Fathers, the class decided to ditch the Articles of Confederation for a stronger central government! Debate MVPs were Kate Norton, Abby Clements, Ginny Jenkins, and Sarah Gamel. Pictured at right is the panel of judges as they prepared to hear their cases.
  • For all students interested in going on the Eastern Europe trip in June 2016, there will be a meeting for students and parents on Tuesday, October 6 at 6:15 PM in Ms. Bard's classroom. A representative from EF Tours will be there to provide details AND there will be snacks! Please email Ms. Bard or Ms. Ferguson if you have any questions!
  • Math Lab started as of last week.  Students may attend the following:
    • Tuesday mornings 7:45-8:15 with Ms. Iswari in Room 3
    • Wednesday lunch 12:05-12:35 with Ms. Hayden Room 4
    • Thursday mornings 7:45 - 8:15 with Ms. Zoellner in Room 24
Events:
  • Friday, October 2: HS Community Service Day
  • Sunday, October 4; 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM: Fall Festival at SMA
  • Tuesday, October 6; 7:30 AM: College Information Session for Juniors 
Admissions News & Events

Come learn about SMA at one of the many upcoming events and tours!

  • October 1: MS Principal Coffee for 5th Grade Parents at 8:15 AM in the MS Commons
  • October 14: 7th and 8th Grade Boys High School Fair Night at 6:00 PM in the Community Center
  • October 15: Middle School Preview at 9:00 AM-10:30 AM beginning in the Community Center
  • October 17: High School Open House at 10:00 AM-1:00 PM in the High School
  • October 21: Junior Kindergarten/Kindergarten Coffee and Tours at 9:00 AM-10:30 AM beginning in the Community Center
SMA 5th graders visit our Middle School this weekSeptember 29 Orange Group and October 1 Green Group! Please remember to pack a lunch and wear Middle School dress code.
 
If you have any questions please contact Gracie Carr or Seely Greenberg in the Admissions Office.
Advancement News
Join us for Bingo Night on Thursday, October 29!  Bring the whole family and enjoy bingo games, pizza, snacks, and beverages.  Door prizes, trivia question prizes, game winner prizes and fun all night long!  Click here for more information and click here to r.s.v.p.

Save the Date! Grandparents' Day 2015 will be held on Friday, November 20. The morning will include student entertainment, a pancake breakfast and classroom visits for all of our grandparents. To make sure your child's grandparent receives an invitation, please send grandparent addresses to the Advancement Database Manager, Kelly Pearson.

There is still time to order SMA apparel! We have extended the deadline to order apparel to Monday, October 5.  Click here to order online or contact Kathleen Hogan to get a paper order form.
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
A special congratulations to our SMA JV Volleyball team for their current undefeated season! Our Wildcats are off to an impressive 6-0 start after defeating league rival Kent Denver last night. Be sure to check them out at their next home game on Thursday, October 8 for their pink game. 

Come support our SMA Wildcat Field Hockey teams s as they play against Colorado Academy on Thursday, October 1. Varsity will play at 4:15 PM and JV at 5:30 PM. Please show your support on the turf by wearing pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 

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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