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Wildcat Weekly
A Weekly Newsletter from St. Mary's Academy 
Loretto Foundation Day from the Academy President: 

On April 25, we celebrate the 204th anniversary of Loretto's founding.

Foundation Day recalls Loretto's first members and the community's first holy ground, on Hardin Creek at St. Charles, Kentucky. On April 25, 1812, Mary Rhodes, Christina Stuart and Ann Havern began their religious life together in a ceremony conducted by their friend and spiritual guide Father Charles Nerinckx. Could they or the neighbors filling the church have ever imagined that this small community would flourish 204 years later?

Deirdre V. Cryor
Academy President
T-Minus Nine Days to Gala

  • Click here for the Live Auction Preview! The Live Auction features many spectacular items including a viewing of a private Rembrandt collection, an escape to Los Angeles to see The Ellen DeGeneres Show, two rounds of golf and an overnight at Ballyneal Golf Club, a Circle Drive parking space at SMA and more!  Our Silent Auction has a number of great items as well. Click here to view the Auction Catalog. Highlights include:
    • Songwriter in the Round Party - For $100/person, enjoy beer, wine, a BBQ dinner and a one-of-a-kind experience listening to one of Nashville's hit-making songwriters, SMA grandparent Tony Haselden, play the songs that he as written and share the stories behind these famous songs. Only 50 spots available.
    • Four Tickets to a Broncos Game
    • Autographed Colorado Avalanche Memorabilia
    • Wine & Cheese Tasting in Your Home
    • Two Nights at Hotel Jerome in Aspen, CO
    • Custom Pet Portrait
    • Private Barre Class for You and 10 Friends
    • Science is for Kids Package of Activities
  • RSVP Deadline is this Friday, April 22Click here to purchase your Gala tickets.
  • Congratulations to our Pre-Gala Auction raffle winner, Linda Roberts! By bidding in the online auction and also signing in at the Pre-Gala Auction Display, Linda is the winner of a $50 Starbucks gift card. Thanks to everyone who participated.
Faculty visit the Loretto Motherhouse
Florence Swanson, Megan Honig '06Casey Zoellner '06
and Andy Blair had an inspiring time at The Loretto Motherhouse for the Teacher Immersion program last week.

This annual retreat introduces Loretto school faculty and staff members to the life and work of the Sisters of Loretto. This year's cohort, pictured at right, had a wonderful time listening to the Sisters tell about their faith and work, seeing the beautiful 800-acre Kentucky Farm that is their home, and meeting other Loretto teachers from Loretto Academy in El Paso, TX and Nerinx Hall in St. Louis, MO. 

Be sure to read President Cryor's blog this week, which features the Sisters of Loretto, the Motherhouse, and the upcoming Loretto Foundation Day.
Community News
  • The Coyle Gallery has a new show featuring our 2015-16 Scholastic Art Award winners, as well as work from Advanced 2D Studio. This will be a relatively short show (through the end of April), to make way for an exhibition of AP Portfolio/Senior projects in May. Come on by the gallery, located in the High School. 
  • Be part of a new tradition at SMA! Please mark your calendars for Wednesday, April 27 at 6:00PM for the first annual St. Mary's Academy High School Performing Arts Celebration in the Community Center. Join us for an evening of recognizing the many aspects of the Arts at SMA with music, singing and performances while enjoying dinner with family and friends. If you are involved in Thespians, choir, orchestra, jazz band, theatre, or the Standing O's, you won't want to miss this ground breaking event. Please RSVP to Kim Vance, 303-762-8300 X273.
  • High School Astronomy Club will be putting together a scale model of the Solar System near Sanders House May 9-13. Monday, May 9 will be the Transit of Mercury across the sun (from dawn to 2:00PM).  Friday, May 13 is when SMA will be celebrating Astronomy Day.  If you and your family are stopping by the Sanders House, please be sure young children are accompanied and supervised by an adult. 
  • 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 - 10:00PM. Tickets are a reduced price of $24.99 and must be purchased in advance.  If you have a season pass, you may use it, but you must mention that you are part of St. Mary's Academy as only Catholic Schools students will be allowed entrance on this night. Click here to purchase tickets online: Catholic Private Night or click here to fill out a ticket order form and mail to Elitch Gardens.
    This will replace SMA Lakeside Night.
  • Ceramic Bowls are still available from the High School Empty Bowls project.   Come by the High School to select one and make a donation to this very worthy cause!
Lower School News & Events
  • Check out the new LS artwork at the Starbucks on University and Orchard. The display rotates each month, and this month is a selection of six paintings from our Kindergarten students. 
  • SMA is providing Child Care during the Gala.  Friday, April 29, 5:30PM - 12:00AM 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 today, April 20. For more information, click hereTo register online, click here.
  • Monday, May 16; 7:00 PM: Save the Date.  Joyful Noise, the LS choir, will have a performance in the HS Forum.
  • Friday, April 22; 8:10AM: Lower School Assembly celebrating Earth Day. Wear blue and green.
  • Wednesday, April 27: Late Start for Students. Classes begin at 9:00AM.
Middle School News & Events
  • Today the World Leadership School met with the Middle School to observe classes and discuss issues they see in the world with students. Members from WLS and the students had a discussion about global matters and exchanged cultural perspectives.
  • Save the date! The Middle School will be having their Art Show May 6-13 in the Middle School.
  • Wednesday, April 27: Late Start for Students. Classes begin at 9:00AM.
  • Friday, April 29: Peru afternoon in the Middle School
 High School News & Events
  • On Friday, April 15, the High School girls enjoyed Field Day. It was a great success! Congratulations to the Student Council Representatives for a job well done. 
  • Attention incoming ninth graders: The 2016 Math and Spanish Placement Tests at St. Mary's Academy are just around the corner.  Current SMA Middle School students will take the placement test during the school day in May.  For all students not currently attending SMA, please take a look at the test details below:
    • MATH: To start your High School math courses with Accelerated Algebra, Geometry or Honors, you must take our Math Placement Test.
      • Date: Wednesday, May 18 6:30- 7:30PM (HS Room 3)
      • Alternate Date: Monday, June 6,1:00-2:00PM (HS Room 3)
      • Please contact Ms.Iswari Natarajan or by phone at 303-762-8300 x348.  Also, feel free to stop by the High School office for any questions.
      • Please be aware that a calculator is not allowed for the test. The topics are those of a typical Algebra1 textbook. Emphasis on the following: constructing, simplifying, and evaluating numeric and algebraic expressions, including those with integer exponents aspects of linear equations and inequalities, including systems in two variables, and simple application elements of quadratic expressions and equations (factoring, finding zeros), percents, square roots and similar triangles.
    • SPANISH: If you plan on registering for level 2 or above please take the placement test.  We will be looking at your comprehensibility, sentence structure, cultural awareness and how you handle different contexts or topics. The assessment will not be more than 1 hour.
      • Tuesday, May 17, 6:30-7:30PM (HS Room 2)
      • Alternate Date: Monday, June 6 1:00-2:00PM (HS Room 2)
      • We do ask that parents do not leave or go far as the evaluation frequently takes much less than the allotted hour.
      • Please contact Ms. Ms. Eliza Pfeifer or stop by the High School office for any questions. 
  • Wednesday April 20; 6:30PM: Poetry night at the Solid Grounds Coffee Shop.
  • Thursday, April 21; 2:00PM: Ring Ceremony in the Forum: Seniors will "ring" their Juniors.
  • Monday, April 25; 7:00PM: High School Concert in the Forum
  • Wednesday, April 27: Late Start for Students. Classes begin at 9:00AM.
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 today, April 20. The Sophomore Class will be the SMA Senior Sisters to the current seventh grade. Please join us for this brand new event! Sophomores, remember to RSVP to Gracie Carr. 
  • Due to the snow, the Practice High School Placement test scheduled for April 16 will now be on April 30 from 8:00-11:30 AM in the High School Forum.  
  • 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:  Melinda Robinson. 
Alumnae/i News
  • Alex Weil '15 and her Women's Tennis Doubles partner, pictured at right, were named Athletes of the Week at University of California at San Diego. The UCSD Women's Tennis Team will be going to the NCAA regionals in Hawaii in few weeks. If they win at regionals, they will make their way to the NCAA Championships, which happen to be taking place in Denver, CO! 
  • Congratulations to Middle School alum Austin Campbell MS '12 who made the news today for his successful track and field season at Regis Jesuit High School.  A senior this year, Austin will jump for Penn State starting in the fall. Click here to read the full story in the Denver Post.
  • Mrs. Hoogerwerf's first graders recently went to see the play "Art Dog." Alumna Rachel Graham '05 was in the show!
Athletic News
  • SMA Wildcats Upcoming Home Games:
    • Golf: Wednesday, April 20, 2:00PM v. Lutheran @ Lutheran
    • Tennis: Thursday, April 21, 4:00PM v. Palmer Ridge 
    • Lacrosse: Friday, April 22, 4:00PM and 5:30PM v. Denver East 
    • Soccer: Wednesday, April 27,  4:00PM and 5:45PM v. Frontier Academy
  • Fall Sports Interest Meetings Coming Soon! If you are interested in playing a fall sport for the upcoming 2016 season, please be sure to listen for announcements in the High School. The athletics department will be organizing interest meetings for SMA Cross Country, Field Hockey, and Volleyball! Our Athletic Director, coaches, and teammates will be there.  This is also a great time to check your paperwork and current physical exam to be prepared for August. Go Wildcats!
  • For details and schedules, contact the Athletics Office, check the calendar on the St. Mary's Academy mobile device App, or visit the website

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