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A Weekly Newsletter from St. Mary's Academy 
On Gratitude for Loretto and St. Mary's Academy in the Academy President's Blog: 

On Friday, before our long weekend, the St. Mary's Academy faculty and staff gathered for our staff retreat.  This isn't just a normal in-service for our adult community.  It is a day that we gather as a community of Loretto educators.  The day includes prayer, conversation, reflection and inspiration.
 

Deirdre V. Cryor
Academy President

Mary Kolbach Named 2016 Recipient of Dorothy Mauk Pioneer Award
Associate Athletic Director and Physical Education Department Chair, Mary Kolbach is the 2016 recipient of the Sportswomen of Colorado Dorothy Mauk Pioneer Award. This special category award is given "for exceptional pioneering contributions to athletics, recreation or sports in general, over a period of time."

Mary is in her 38th year of enriching the lives of countless girls and young women through her coaching and leadership, 34 of those years have been spent here at SMA. Mary will receive this award at the SOC awards dinner on Sunday, March 13.

Founded in 1974 by the YWCA of Metropolitan Denver, in cooperation with Gart Brothers Sporting Goods Co., Sportswomen of Colorado is recognized as the first community-based organization in the nation to solely honor female athletes, celebrate their achievements and recognize those whose efforts have advanced girls' and women's individual and team sports endeavors. With a mission to promote, honor and empower Colorado girls and women in sport, Mary is the perfect recipient for this year's recognition.

Here is an excerpt from Mary's nomination...
"Each year, Sportswomen of Colorado honors girls and women who have achieved high levels of greatness in their respective sports - we honor what they have become. I ask you to also consider where the journey of these athletes began - the foundation on which these achievements have been built. Somewhere in the past of each of the SOC honorees, is a "Mary Kolbach," a teacher, coach and mentor who fostered the love of competition, grit, determination, and provided an environment to flourish and achieve." 

Congratulations, Mary, on this well-deserved lifetime achievement award.
SMA Swim & Dive Makes a Splash at State Meet! 
SMAquatics finished competing at States with a 6th place finish overall, new school records and state records!

The 4A State Meet was held February 12-13 at Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center in Thornton, CO.  

Lillianna Brooks made her State debut a memorable one as she made finals in the 500 Freestyle, with a season best of 5:15.20, taking 7th overall, and placing 8th in the 100 Backstroke. 

Senior, Co-Captain Claire State rounded out her high school career. Claire made finals in the 200 Individual Medley, where she was seeded 5th and finished with a amazing 3rd place, with a new school record of 2:04.85- an All American Consideration.

Junior, Alex Reddington, certainly put on a show at the State Meet in both the 200 Freestyle and 100 Butterfly. In the 200 Freestyle, Alex was seeded second, but not to disappoint her teammates, Alex pulled out the fastest time of 4A swimmers taking 1st the this event, creating a new school record with a time of 1:51.52 and receiving an All American Consideration. 
For Alex's second event, and specialty 100 Butterfly, was the event of the meet!.  Alex out touched her opponents by less than half a second, creating yet another school record, with a time of 55.05, a new 4A State Record, and receiving a second Automatic All American nod. 

The relay teams of Lillianna Brooks, Isa Faddick, Alex Reddington and Claire State performed with such grace in the 200 Medley Relay, stacking a 4th place finish and establishing an amazing new school record beating the previous time by 4 seconds with a time of 1:48.80. The same four girls swam the 400 Freestyle Relay at State as well, beating the old school record by 9 seconds with a new time of 3:35.95 placing them 4th overall. Finally, they swam the 200 Freestyle Relay early in the season and broke the school record again- the new school record is 1:42.79.

This season was filled with impressive athletes, swims and new records.  SMAquatics established six new records, placing 4th in Tri-Peaks League, and 6th out of 34 schools in the 4A State Division. Next season, SMAquatics will be competing the 3A Division, and will be sure to have more swimmers to represent St. Mary's Academy.
Last Chance to Take President Search Survey
President search consultants Mathew Heersche and Risa Oganesoff Heersche of Educational Directions are off to a wonderful start during their two-day visit to campus. 

Parents are invited to attend one of two parent forums that will be taking place during their visit: 
  • Tonight, Wednesday, February 17 from 6:00 to 7:00 PM in the Community Center
  • Thursday, February 18 from 8:15 to 9:15 AM in the Community Center

If you are interested in attending either of the forums, kindly RSVP to Lindsey Lopez via e-mail or by phone at 303-762-8300 ext. 223. While RSVPs are not required to attend, your response will be helpful in determining how many guests to anticipate.


In addition, if you have not had a chance to complete the anonymous online survey please take a moment to do so. It is available by clicking here. The survey will be open until tomorrow, February 18, 2016 and is an important way to share your thoughts with the consultants.
Have you Purchased Your Tickets?
The All Academy musical is just around the corner...and down the yellow brick road! To buy your ticket to The Wizard of Ozclick here and choose "Standard" ticket. Tickets are $10 each and sold exclusively online. 

The performance schedule is as follows:
    • Thursday, March 3 at 6:30 PM
    • Friday, March 4 at 7:00 PM
    • Saturday, March 5 at 7:00 PM
    • Sunday, March 6 at 2:00 PM
Community News
  • Currently featured in the Coyle Gallery is Colorado artist Johanna Mueller (daughter of the High School's very own Mary Pat Mueller). She has shared a selection of her woodblock engravings installed in a beautiful show here at SMA, up through the end of March. Johanna will be conducting a workshop at the High School with Andrew Beckham's Illustrated Book class on February 19. For more information about her work, you can visit her website at johannamuellerprints.com. From Johanna's website: The prints of Johanna Mueller are imbued with personal mythology as she draws from her own narrative, cultural and historical references, pattern and design, and ancient myth and legend. The animals in her work are elevated from beast to mythic status as they take on human emotions and become metaphoric portraits of the artist and others.
  • Academy Parents is once again sponsoring "The Island" one of the most anticipated events by our Middle School students.  We are going to have a wonderful event on February 19 for the Middle School students, made even better with your participation. To volunteer the evening of the event please click here to sign up.
  • SMA Nuggets Night is March 8! Join the Denver Nuggets for the annual St. Mary's Academy Community Night with the Nuggets on Tuesday, March 8 at 7:00 PM. All participants can join in the VIP Experience prior to the game and 40 select students will be able to take part in the Red, White and Blue Crew and SAIMARAC will sing the National Anthem. Don't miss it. Click here for more information.
  • Nationally recognized parent educator Vicki Hoefle will be at the South High School Library in Denver on April 15 & 16, 2016 to lead an interactive and dynamic intensive parenting workshop. Click here for more details and registration.
    • DATE: April 15 & 16, 2016
      • Friday 6:00 PM Registration; 6:30 - 9:00 PM Workshop
      • Saturday 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM (1 hour break for lunch at noon)
    • PLACE: South High School Library (1700 E. Louisiana Ave., Denver)
    • COST: $275 per person, $400 per couple
    • Program Materials Included
Lower School News & Events
News:
  • Andre Snyman (current parent of Cuan and Keira), and a team of coaches from the Glendale Raptors visited our Physical Education classes last week to introduce RUGBY skills to students. The Raptors had every student engaged in passing and scoring activities during their presentation. Each session included some skill development, history of the game and the rules for scoring a TRY. The Glendale Raptors invited our students out to Infinity Park to attend a game or to check out their youth rugby programs. Thank you to all of the Raptors!
     
  • SMA is asking each Lower School family to donate a $25 gift card to the Gala to be used in the Spin the Wheel Game the night of the Gala. Each Lower School Class that donates 7 or more gift cards will win a special treat! Bring your gift cards to Jackie in the Lower School Office by Wednesday, March 16. Remember that you can buy a variety of gift cards in the Business Office.  Eight classes are already in the running to win a special treat!
    • Kindergarten - McGown: 2 gift cards donated
    • 1st Grade - Hoogerwerf: 4 gift cards donated
    • 2nd Grade - Irwin: 4 gift cards donated
    • 3rd Grade - Smith: 1 gift card donated
    • 4th Grade - Hamilton: 4 gift cards donated
    • 4th Grade - Honig: 4 gift cards donated
    • 5th Grade - Deits: 3 gift cards donated
    • 5th Grade - Rand: 2 gift cards donated
Events: 
  • Tuesday, February 23: 4th and 5th Grades Visit AmeriTowne!
  • Wednesday, February 24: Late Start for Students. Classes begin at 9:00 AM.
Middle School News & Events
News: 
  • Last week, Mardi Gras spirit paraded through the Middle School! Mrs. Newman, mother of Moira, brought King Cake from New Orleans to Mrs. Rutan's class. The kids had a great time learning about Mardi Gras and the King Cake tradition. Students decorated and enjoyed eating King Cake in class, as pictured at right.
  • SMA is asking each Middle School family to donate a $25 gift card to the Gala to be used in the Spin the Wheel Game the night of the Gala. Each CAT that donates 7 or more gift cards will win a special treat! Bring your gift cards to Diane in the Middle School Office by Wednesday, March 16. Remember that you can buy a variety of gift cards in the Business Office. Eight CATs are already in the running to win a special treat!
    • C. Garcia: 2 gift cards donated
    • M. Garcia: 3 gift cards donated
    • McVie: 3 gift cards donated
    • Pattison: 1 gift card donated
    • Pritchard: 2 gift cards donated
    • Sanders: 4 gift cards donated
    • Schmitt: 5 gift cards donated
    • Rutan: 3 gift cards donated
  • Calling all current seventh graders! We invite you to take the PRACTICE High School Placement Test on Saturday, April 16 in the Community Center from 8:15-11:30 AM. This test is normed for seventh graders but it will prepare students for the HSPT in December 2016. You can register online or email Gracie Carr to reserve your seat. Questions? Call Gracie Carr at 303-762-8300 ext. 205. 
  • The Middle School Academy Parents Island Social is Friday, February 19 from 6:00 - 8:30 PM at 2233 S. Geneva St., Denver, CO. The cost is $20 if received by February 18 or $25 at the door. Click here to purchase tickets and please review IC for additional information. Parents! There are still opportunities to volunteer. Please click here to sign up.
Events:
  • Friday, February 19; 6:00 - 8:30 PM: Island Social at 2233 S. Geneva St., Denver, CO
  • Wednesday, February 24
    • Middle School Health Fair
    • Late Start for Students. Classes begin at 9:00 AM.
    • Middle School Concert; 7:00 PM in the Forum
High School News & Events
News: 
  • High School students felt the love at last week's Valentine's Day themed SNACK ATTACK.  Thank you, parents, for making it so special!
  • Students! The American Foreign Service Association's National High School Essay Contest, now in its 18th year, encourages students to think critically and write a research paper about building peace through diplomacy. New this year is the partnership between AFSA and the United States Institute of Peace, through which they are offering this year's contest winners exciting opportunities. They are pleased to continue a partnership with Semester at Sea and the National Student Leadership Conference, offering full scholarships to their programs. Click here to learn more and consider submitting before the March 15 deadline. 
  • SMA is asking each High School family to donate a $25 gift card to the Gala to be used in the Spin the Wheel Game the night of the Gala. Each advisory that donates 7 or more gift cards will win a special treat! Bring your gift cards to Clare in the High School Office by Wednesday, March 16. Remember that you can buy a variety of gift cards in the Business Office.  One advisory is already in the running to win a special treat!
    • 9th Grade - Pfeifer: 2 gift cards donated
Events:
  • Thursday, February 18; 4:30 PM: Varsity Basketball vs. JFK High School in BESC
  • Tuesday, February 23; 8:30 AM: Ninth grade PSAT Exam
  • Wednesday, February 24: Late Start for Students. Classes begin at 9:00 AM.

Admissions News & Events
  • Did you know that we are sending out decision letters to High School applicants on February 18March 2 for our Middle School and March 9 for our Lower School? If you have not had a chance to re-enroll your student, there is no time like the present to submit your contract and deposit. If you misplaced your child's enrollment contract, contact the admission office. We are happy to email or mail you a new copy.
  • Seventh graders! We invite you to take the PRACTICE High School Placement Test 

    on Saturday, April 16 in the Community Center from 8:15-11:30 AM. This test is normed for seventh graders but it will prepare students for the HSPT in December 2016. Click here to register online or email 

     to reserve your seat. Questions? Call Gracie Carr at 303-762-8300 ext. 205. 
Advancement News
  • Do you have a business that you want the SMA Community to know about? Do you want to give a shout out to your favorite teacher? Do you want to support the SMA Gala? Purchase an ad in the Gala catalog! The catalog is distributed to more than 500 constituents of SMA and advertisements range from a $75 business card sized ad to a $500 full page ad.
    Click here for more information.
  • We're looking for HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS IN LOS ANGELES for the Gala Auction. If you have any leads, please contact Molly del Monte. Thank you! 
Alumnae News
  • Alumnae are invited to come to SMA to see the new exhibit in the Coyle Gallery. Colorado artist Johanna Mueller (daughter of High School teacher Mary Pat Mueller) has a selection of her woodblock engravings installed in a beautiful show in the Gallery, up through the end of March. For more about her work, you can visit her website at johannamuellerprints.com.
  • Join us for the Alumnae Brewery Crawl on Saturday, February 20! This event is open to alumnae of legal drinking age and their guests. We will head to the RiNo neighborhood to check out some of Denver's best breweries. We'll meet at Zephyr at 1:45 PM, make our way to Our Mutual Friend and end the afternoon at Stem Ciders. Click here to RSVP.
    • Zephyr Brewing Company: 421 26th St. Denver, CO 80205, 1:45 - 2:30 PM
    • Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew: 2810 Larimer St. Denver, CO 80205, 2:45 - 3:30 PM
    • Stem Ciders: 2811 Walnut Street Denver, CO 80205, 3:45 - 4:30 PM
Athletic News
  • For details and schedules, contact the Athletics Office, check the calendar on the St. Mary's Academy mobile device App, or visit the websiteGo Wildcats!


   
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