Helpful information for our new families at SMA
We are thrilled to have your family join the St. Mary’s Academy community. As you anticipate the first weeks of school, you are likely thinking of many details and may have some questions about preparing for your family’s transition. The information below helps to answer many new families’ frequently asked questions. If you have additional questions not already addressed on this page, please email Admissions (Admissions@stmarys.academy) and we would be happy to be of further assistance.
Everyone at SMA including the Admissions staff, your Division Heads, teachers, and fellow parents are committed to helping your family settle into this special community. Please ask any questions you may have throughout your first year at SMA, as each part of the school year brings different events, activities, and surprises! Welcome to SMA, home of the Wildcats.
2017-2018 Orientation Dates
Lower School Orientation – August 25 & 28, 8:00 – noon
Middle School New Student Orientation – August 25, 9 – 11 a.m.
Middle School Returning Student Orientation – August 28, 9 – 11 a.m.
Middle School Sports Orientation – August 28, 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
High School Orientation – August 24 & 25, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
2017-2018 New Family Events
JK/K Parent Dinner – Wednesday, August 30, 5:30 p.m. in the Community Center
HS New Parent Dinner (including ALL 9th grade parents) – Thursday, August 31, 5:30 p.m. in the Forum
New Parent Breakfast – Thursday, September 7, 8:15 a.m. in the Community Center
New Parent Breakfast – Friday, September 8, 8:15 a.m. in the Community Center
Meeting SMA Families
Academy Parents, the parent association on campus, works to ensure that every new family gets connected with a family whose child is already attending St. Mary’s Academy. Designed as a parent-to-parent buddy system, we try to make matches by gender, and approximate age of your respective children to foster an opportunity for families to get together, exchange information, and share experiences.
Your buddy family will be available for any questions or introductions you would like to help acclimate you and your family to your new SMA community and environment.
SMA utilizes the service Way To Go to help connect families who live in proximity to one another for carpools, ride-arranging, and playdates. You will receive an e-mail from Way To Go in June or early July. In addition, the Admissions Office is always happy to run zip code lists for you so that you can identify which SMA families live near you to perhaps arrange playdates or carpools to school.
Academic Year Calendars
SMA maintains an All Academy calendar and specific Division level calendars throughout the year to provide additional information about important dates, events, and other activities taking place. Click here to access the school calendars. In addition, click here to access the list of important dates for the entire 2017-18 school year.
First Day of School
Lower School: Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Middle School: Tuesday, August 29, 2017
High School: Monday, August 28, 2017
Back-to-School Nights for Parents…Save the Date!
The Lower School Back-to-School Night for parents is Wednesday, August 30, 2017 from 6:45 to 8:00 PM.
The Middle School will host Back-to-School Night for parents on Thursday, August 31, 2017 from 6:30 to 8:00 PM.
The High School Back-to-School Night for all ninth grade families is Wednesday, September 6, 2017 from 6:30 to 8:00 PM.
High School Athletics
High School Fall Tryouts – Monday August 14th (tryout times vary per sport)
How can I get involved?
We encourage you to visit the Volunteers page on our website and plan on dropping by the Academy Parents table during orientation days. In addition, please come to an Academy Parents meeting to learn about various committees and meet parents active in this parent group. The Academy Parents hold monthly business meetings at which all are welcome on the third Thursday at 8:15 AM in the Community Center Duncan Lunchroom.
New families always say that the best way to get to know people at school is to volunteer. Volunteer opportunities vary depending on the age of your child, so we advise letting your child’s teacher know about your availability and interests.
Click here for High School FAQ.
If you have additional questions not already addressed on this page, please email Admissions (Admissions@stmarys.academy) and we would be happy to be of further assistance.