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Wildcat Weekly
A Weekly Newsletter from St. Mary's Academy 

Time Passes so Quickly, Doesn't it? from the Academy President:

There is a favorite memory of mine that comes from a vacation at Corolla, North Carolina, many years ago. It was a rainy day so our little group decided to go for a tour of the area, including a climb up the stairs of the Lighthouse. As it turned out, the day included a life lesson that I have carried with me since then.

141st Commencement Exercises at St. Mary's Academy

On Saturday, May 21, St. Mary's Academy celebrated its 141st commencement exercises underneath a sunny, blue sky. This year's 59 graduates of aspiring engineers, writers, doctors and more will move on to an impressive range of colleges and universities across the country. High School Principal, Kathryn McNamee presented the seniors to Academy President Deirdre Cryor and the Board of Trustees Chair Bob Flynn who bestowed the diplomas before the festive recessional. 

Alumna Katherine Felsburg Wong PhD '03 delivered this year's inspiring Commencement Address, and this year's student speaker was Marian Award recipient Sophie Anne Finke.  

We congratulate the Class of 2016, their families and friends who have challenged these young women to be courageous and powerful agents of change!
Community News
  • Last week the students of the St. Mary's Academy Performing Arts Group were invited to sing a Broadway Cabaret for St. Thomas Episcopal Church. Songs were from Grease, Les Miserable, Phantom of the Opera and Little Mermaid.
  • The Standing O's would like to thank the following parents who supplied refreshments for the spring High School and Middle School concerts: Maria Perez, Michelle Biggs, Stephanie Largan, Claudia Ursua ,Cecilia Tanoni, Kim Hartman, Traci Sanders Leigh Hickerson, Brian Brieske,
  • Todd Larabee, Elizabeth Hill, Kate Schroepher, Adriana Williams, Stacy Rechtin, and Shara Castle. The final school concerts were filled with beautiful music followed by nice receptions. It has been a terrific year!
  • Stop by the Coyle Art Gallery! The Class of 2016 includes some extraordinary artists. The Visual Arts Department is pleased to complete the exhibition schedule for the 2015-2016 academic year with a focus on these exceptional young photographers, illustrators, and ceramicists. These students have all grown tremendously over their tenure at SMA, and their accolades include Gold and Silver Keys in the Scholastic Art Awards, participation in the Empty Bowls Project, and completed AP portfolios that are of the highest caliber. 
  • 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.
Lower School News & Events
  • At last week's assembly, the Junior Kindergarten class performed their adaptation of Leo Lionni's book, Inch by Inch. The students created their own script, costumes (with their parent's help), and masks (with their fifth grade buddies help). The children enjoyed saying their lines into a microphone in front of the entire Lower School before singing The Garden Song, and enjoying a slide show highlighting their phenomenal year. 
  • Last week, the first graders celebrated Donuts with Dad. Dads wore capes, with an "S" for Super Dad. They enjoyed, coffee, juice and of course, donuts!
  • Please come visit the Lower School hallway and library for the End of Year Art Exhibit May 23- May 27. Just a few more days to come take time to enjoy our students' artwork before or after school. Each student was asked to consider presenting an art piece that would best share the greatness of who they are. 
  • Friday, May 27; May Pole celebration and ice cream social
  • Monday, May 30; Memorial Day. Academy Closed
  • Thursday, June 2; Last Day of School, No EDC or ASA
  • Friday, June 3; 1:00 PM: Fifth Grade Continuation Ceremony in the Forum
Middle School News & Events
  • Bravo to those who participated in the Middle School play! The story of the play is about a bullied townsperson who becomes the Prince due to his pure heart and honest ways. The bullies (the Knights of the Kingdom) become the kitchen stewards because as stated in Matthew 20:16"So the last will be first, and the first will be last." Isabella Flores and Kristian Burger (seated) as Queen and King. DSL (kneeling) is Karina Holguin as the princess; the Jester (Isabella Bhamre) and the Drummer Boy (Marina Mesropov).
  • Congratulations to the boys who participated in this year's mentoring program. The boys mentoring program serves Lower School boys through the guidance and friendship of Middle 
    School boys. The vision is to see Lower School boys thriving as a result of these unique relationships that offer classroom and playground interactions. Overall, the Middle School mentors serve as role models and big brothers through this experiential leadership opportunity. Teachers Andy Blair and Zac Hood helped to initiate and guide this program throughout the year.
  • Sixth and Seventh Grade Summer Math and LA Boot Camps:
    Keep your child engaged in academics over the summer! Sixth and seventh grade summer math and language arts boot camps will review the prior year's math and curriculum in preparation for a strong start the next year in middle school. You can sign up for one subject, or both. 
    • 6th Grade Math and LA Camps
      When: July 11-22
      2 Sessions: 8:30-10:00 AM and 10-11:30 AM
      Cost: $200 each
    • Seventh Grade Math and LA Camps
      When: June 20-July 1
      2 Sessions: 8:30-10:00 AM and 10-11:30 AM
      Cost: $200 each
For more information contact Meg Tobler or call 720-351-2923.

  • Monday, May 30; Memorial Day. Academy Closed
  • Thursday, June 2; Last day of school
  • Friday, June 3; 8:00 AM: Eighth Grade Continuation Ceremony in the Quad
High School News & Events
  • High School Final Exam Schedule:
    • Wednesday, June 1 
      • 9:00 - 11:00 AM: Block C
      • 12:30 - 2:30 PM: Block D
    • Thursday, June 2
      • 8:30 - 10:00 AM: French I; Spanish II; Chinese
      • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM: Faith
      • 12:30 - 2:30 PM:  Block B
    • Friday, June 3
      • 10:00 -11:30 AM:  Spanish I; French II; Women in Religion; Social Justice
      • 12:30 - 2:30 PM:  Block A
  • Monday, May 30; Memorial Day. Academy Closed
  • Thursday, June 3; Last day of finals
Admissions News & Events
  • New JK/Kindergarten families, save the date!  SMA will be hosting a JK/K play date on Wednesday, June 8 at 10:00 AM. Parents and future Wildcats are invited to join us on the Lower School playground to meet fellow families who will be enrolling next year. The JK/K teachers, Mrs. Swanson, and the Admissions team will also be available to help answer any other questions you might have as you prepare for school in the fall.
Advancement News
  • THANK YOU! The Advancement Office would like to thank you for your support of the Annual Fund, Golf Tournament, Gala, Bingo Night, Grandparents' Day, Nuggets Night and the Capital Campaign. St. Mary's Academy is thriving thanks to your generosity.
  • Remember to save the date for the 2016 Graham Family Golf TournamentSeptember 19, 2016!
  • We have gift cards for dorm shopping! Bed, Bath & Beyond, Target, The Container Store and other gift cards are available for purchase in the Business Office in the Sanders House. Stop on by!

Alumnae News
  • On Saturday, St. Mary's Academy graduated another class of prestigious young women. As the Class of 2016 start their next chapter and next adventure they carry with them the Loretto School Value of community. Many alumnae joined Saturday's festivities to celebrate the Class of 2016 joining the Sisterhood and community of St. Mary's Academy alumnae. This week, donate and represent your own graduating class in the Decade of Giving Competition. Celebrating the joy and relief of completing course study and earning St. Mary's Academy diplomas with fellow classmates is a unique memory. There is a bond formed with your fellow travelers during the journey of high school. Each graduating class enjoys its own personal community within the larger St. Mary's Academy community as they continue on their life adventures and many chapters along the way.
  • The Alumnae Decade Giving Competition results are in for Week 3! The 1960s maintained their lead this week with total amount raised while the 2010s continue to lead with number of donors!
Athletic News
  • Soccer Coach Allie Galoob '07 trains for the 2016 Deaf World Cup in Salerno, Italy! Allie played for Denver Skyline and eventually the Colorado Storm all the way until her senior year of high school. She played three years on JV at SMA and lettered in her senior year in 2007; receiving the Bob Knauf Award. She received an email during her first semester at Saint Louis University formally inviting her to the team's training camp in Santa Barbara, California. She had never experienced playing soccer with other deaf athletes and needless to say, she fell in love with the team. This is her ninth year playing for the US Deaf Women's National Deaf Soccer Team. She played in the 2009 Deaflympic Games in Taipei, Taiwan, the 2012 Deaf World Cup in Ankara, Turkey and the 2013 Deaflympic Games in Sofia, Bulgaria. In all of the tournaments, her team won gold medals! See her schedule below and wish our coach luck!
    • 2016 Deaf World Cup - Salerno, Italy, June 19 - July 2, Women's Tournament
      • Group A:
        • Italy
        • Turkey
        • Great Britain
      • Group B:
        • USA
        • Russia
        • Poland
        • China
      • Group Play Schedule:
        • June 22 USA v Poland
        • June 24 USA v. Russia
        • June 26 USA v. China
  • Middle School Girls Lacrosse Team Water Bottle Project: Middle School lacrosse coaches Mary Kolbach and Sara Griffin and their sixth, seventh, and eighth grade athletes completed their water bottle project this week. Each athlete took an old water bottle and recycled each one by filling them with items for those in need. Many include new socks, hair ties, granola bars, gum, sunscreen, and lip balm. Each athlete will assist their coaches in passing the filled water bottles to those individuals in our community who need it most this summer. Congratulations Wildcats!

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