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Wildcat Weekly
A Weekly Newsletter from St. Mary's Academy 
The New Book on Girls Has a Great SMA Twist from the Academy President: 

There is a new book about girl development. It is being received very well by critics and was well received at the National Coalition of Girls Schools conference in February. The book is titled, Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood. The author is Lisa Damour, PhD.

Deirdre V. Cryor
Academy President
The Gala is Fast Approaching!

  • Gala Tickets On Sale Now! Click here to purchase your Gala tickets. RSVP deadline is Friday, April 22.
  • Pre-Gala Online Auction Closes Friday April 15. Visit  32auctions.com/walkonthewildside to place your final bids. Although all bidding takes place online, visit the Pre-Gala Auction Display in the Sanders House Auxiliary  Board Room to check out the great items available. Anyone who signs in at the auction display and also places a bid online is eligible to win a $50 Starbucks gift card. Happy bidding! Items with no bids include:
    • $100 Gift Certificate to Cucina Colore
    • Four Lift Tickets and Ski Lessons at Crested Butte
    • Eyelash Extension Package
    • Sweet Tooth Culinary Package
    • Tickets to Five Seconds of Summer Concert
    • Downtown Denver Date Night
  • Special Opportunity to Honor Your Favorite Teacher. Is there a teacher at SMA who has made a difference in your child's life? Honor him or her by purchasing a Faculty Sponsorship for the Gala! The cost of a Faculty Sponsorship is $300 and it covers the cost for the faculty member and his or her guest to attend the Gala. Email Molly del Monte to become a Faculty Sponsor.

 

St. Mary's Academy Welcomes New Staff
St. Mary's Academy welcomes new employees to the Sanders House! Janet Christensen is now in the Business Office and JJ Cleaver joins the President's Office. 

Janet, pictured on the left, comes to SMA from Homewatch Caregivers International. She has a B.S in Accounting from the University of Phoenix.  Janet joins us as a staff accountant.

JJ Cleaver, pictured on the right, has stepped into the role of Assistant to the Academy President, replacing Lindsey Lopez who transitioned to Admissions. JJ is the mother of fourth grade student Camille Werfelmann. JJ has worked as a substitute across campus. She has a B.A. in Philosophy and Art from St. Edward's University.  

Please be sure to welcome both to SMA!
Community News
  • The next Academy Parents meeting will be on Thursday, April 14 from 8:00-9:30 AM in the Community Center.  All parents are invited and encouraged to attend! Kelli Logan, the High School Athletics Director will be the guest speaker.   
  • Academy Parents are looking for various volunteer roles for next year's board.  If you are interested in helping in any capacity please contact Academy Parents President Rhondi Clark.
  • Save the date!  All SMA families are invited to participate in Catholic School night at Elitch Gardens on Friday, May 20 from 5:00 - 10:00 PM.
  • SMA's fourth graders will be junior docents at History Colorado Center on Sunday, April 17, portraying important historical figures. Dressed in period attire, the students greet visitors and take on the persona of famous Coloradans such as Chief Ouray, Clara Brown, Zebulon Pike and Emily Griffith. There will be two presentations. Half the class presents from 1:00 to 2:00 PM and the other group from 2:00-3:00 PM. Tickets: adults,  $12; children (ages 6-12), $8; students (ages 13-22), $10. Come by and see SMA's creative, poised fourth graders!
Lower School News & Events
News:
  • Congratulations to all the Destination Imagination teams that competed last Saturday at the Colorado State finals! We will be cheering for the Rainbow Girls + One, who won first place in the Fine Arts category and receiving the Renaissance Award. They will be moving on to the Global Finals in Knoxville, TN on May 23-27. SMA also had one Middle School team compete and qualify for Global Finals.  They are featured below in Middle School news.
  • The Pre-Gala Online Auction Closes Friday! Visit 32auctions.com/walkonthewildside to place your final bids. Items available in the auction include:
    • Lower School VIP Parking Space
    • Lower School Street Sign
    • Fifth Grade Continuation Front Row Seats
    • Spots at Snakes and Critters in the Lower School Wednesday, May 11, 3:00 - 4:30PM
    • Spots at Backyard Movie Night Saturday, August 27; open to current second graders and their siblings
    • Spots at the Back to School Party Saturday, August 27; open to current third grade families
  • SMA is providing Child Care during the Gala! Friday, April 29, 2016; 5:30 PM - 12:00 AM at the SMA Community Center/EDC Room. The cost is $50 per child and $35 per sibling after the first child. This opportunity is open to currently enrolled first - fifth graders with only 40 spots available! Drop off your kids at SMA for a night of fun while you attend the Gala! They'll spend the evening with friends playing outside (weather permitting), playing board games, making crafts, eating pizza and watching movies. There are limited spots available so sign up sooner rather than later! Registration deadline is Wednesday, April 20. For more information, click hereTo register online, click here.
Events: 
  • Sunday, April 17; 1:00-3:00 PM: Fourth Grade Junior Docents at the History Colorado Center
  • Friday, April 22; 8:10 AM: Lower School Assembly celebrating Earth Day.  Wear blue and green!
Middle School News & Events
News:
  • Congratulations to the Middle School Destination Imagination team, Beyond D.I. Can See. They won second place in the scientific category at the recent State Finals competition. Along with the Lower School D.I. team, they will be heading to the Global Finals in Tennessee in May. The team is pictured at right.
  • On Thursday, March 31, seventh grade student Anabelle Stevens successfully tested, passed and received her 3rd degree (poom) blackbelt in Taekwondo. Congratulations, Anabelle!
  • The Pre-Gala Online Auction Closes Friday!
    Visit  32auctions.com/walkonthewildside to place your final bids. Items available in the auction include:
    • Middle School Continuation Front Row Seats
    • Middle School Street Sign
    • Spots at Middle School Four Fabulous Fun Days (May 16-19; only 6 spots left!)
    • Spots at Ski Day with Mr. Pritchard and Mr. McVie (Friday, May 6; only 5 spots left!)
     
  • Middle School Talent Show coming soon! Click here for more details.
  • A SPECIAL Invitation to ALL SEVENTH grade girls! The SMA Sophomore class would like to invite you to an evening of food and fun on Friday, April 22 from 6:00-8:00 PM in the HS Forum. We will provide dinner and activities. Please RSVP to Gracie Carr by April 19. The Sophomore Class will be the SMA Senior Sisters to the current seventh grade. Please join us for this brand new event!
Events:
  • Friday, April 15; 6:00-8:00 PM:  Middle School Social in the Forum
  • Tuesday and Wednesday, April 19 - 20: Terra Nova testing
 High School News & Events
News: 
  • Congratulations to the High School mock trial team who competed at the 2016 Colorado State Mock Trial Tournament! The girls competed in four rounds on April 1-2 in Pueblo, CO. This was the first year these students participated as a team and they had some very close rounds. They are already planning for next year! The team is pictured at right re-enacting a portion from their case.
  • On Monday, March 21 the APES/Bio II class took a field trip to the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) in Boulder. While at NCAR the students had a tour of their interactive displays on weather and climate and they also had an opportunity to see 3D images created by the supercomputers used to collect data about the earth and the sun. At NEON, the students were able to observe data collection about vegetation, landforms, climate, and ecosystem performance. This was an extremely educational opportunity that taught the students about their research.
  • Throughout the month of April as part of their class unit on family, sixteen seniors in the High School Women's Studies class will be experiencing the sleepless nights that new parents endure. Using RealCare babies, each class member will be responsible for an electronic infant that simulates the schedule and needs of newborns over an entire weekend. They will be responsible for simulated feedings, burping, diaper changes, and comforting, all while being monitored via the computer inside the infant. Students lose points for any missed events, for not supporting the infant's head, and/or for neglect. The RealCare babies and accessories (including car seats!) are being provided by the Life Connections Office at Catholic Charities of Central Colorado.
  • The Pre-Gala Online Auction Closes Friday! Visit 32auctions.com/walkonthewildside to place your final bids. Items available in the auction include: 
    • High School VIP Parking Space
    • High School Graduation Front Row Seats
    • Custom SMA Class Ring
    • High School Street Sign
    • Off Campus Lunch Package
    • I Love Starbucks Package
  • Empty Bowls and Outreach Clubs will continue to sell bowls outside the High School lunchroom April 14, from 12:10-12:30 PM for $15 (price includes lunch on April 15). There will be an Empty Bowls luncheon Friday, April 15 from 11:30 AM-1:00 PM in the Forum. All proceeds will go to the Loretto Hunger Fund.
  • Quarter 3 grades are available for viewing and printing on the Infinite Campus portal.  To view: Reports>Report card.  To Print: File>Print.
Events:
  • Thursday, April 14
    • Incoming 9th Grade Registration in the High School, 6:00 PM
  • Friday, April 15 
    • Empty Bowls Luncheon, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM 
    • Field Day, 1:00 - 3:30 PM 
Admissions News & Events
  • SEVENTH grade girls! The SMA Sophomore class would like to invite you to an evening of food and fun on Friday, April 22 from 6:00-8:00 PM in the HS Forum. We will provide dinner and activities. Please RSVP to Gracie Carr by April 19. The Sophomore Class will be the SMA Senior Sisters to the current 7th grade. Please join us for this brand new event! Sophomores, remember to also RSVP to Gracie Carr. 
  • We welcome all new families to SMA!  In just a few weeks, you will be receiving a call from a member of Academy Parents to answer any questions you may have.  In the meantime, let us know if we can help in any way. 
  • The Admissions Office wishes to thank our SMA community for recommending St. Mary's Academy to friends and family.We extend a very special thanks this week to: Marelyne Chung, Buffy Naake, Charlotte Swenson, Annabelle Swenson, Lillian Swenson and Melinda Swenson.
Alumnae News
Athletic News
  • Please be sure to sign up for our St. Mary's Academy Sports Camps! Our talented and creative coaches will be offering skills, drills, and games, for Lacrosse, Field Hockey, Cross Country, and Volleyball! 
  • Challenger Sports: The coaches on your summer camps will stay with local families in your community for the duration of the camp week. This is one of the most popular elements of Challenger Sports' programs and truly does create life-changing experiences and friendships for your whole family. Each year, we receive hundreds of emails from families telling us what an unbelievable time they had hosting one of our coaches. During the summer, you will receive an $80 credit to be used on either programs, merchandise or to be converted into a rebate check. More importantly, at whatever point during the year you host a coach, we know that you will enjoy a unique experience hearing about another culture, learning about soccer, and building incredible relationships with our staff. If anyone is interested in hosting a coach or hearing more about the program please contact Grant Hall via email or by phone at 720-204-4053.

    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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