Join SMA at the Denver Nuggets v Utah Jazz game on Tuesday, January 24, at 7:00 PM at the Pepsi Center. SMA families will receive special pricing and SAIMARAC will perform the National Anthem. If you arrive before the game, you can join the VIP Experience and get a close up view of the players warming up. Click here for more information or buy tickets here. For more information, contact Katie Wheeler.
Save the Date!
St. Mary's Academy 2017 Gala - Under the Big Top
Friday, April 28, at The Wildlife Experience
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Early Bird Tickets (through April 7): $125 per person
Regular Tickets: $150 per person
This event benefits the SMA Tuition Assistance Fund. Look for more information in the coming weeks.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Marade - January 16
For the 32nd year, the Loretto Community will participate in the annual marade (part march, part parade) in downtown Denver to honor the work and vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. You are invited to join Loretto in person or in spirit. For details and meeting location, please refer to the article in Faith Walk or contact Regina Drey SL.
Blood Drive - January 24
Donate blood and help save a life! Blood donors of all types are needed on a regular basis to help ensure Bonfils Blood Center can meet the needs of hospitals across Colorado. Bonfils will sponsor a drive in the HS Forum on Tuesday, January 24, from 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM. Donors ages 16 and up are welcome. To make an appointment to give blood at SMA, please call Bonfils' Appointment Center at 303-363-2300 or visit donors.bonfils.org and use site code B112. For more information please click here.
Updated Inclement Weather Policy
It's that time of year. We have added an addendum to our Inclement Weather Policy as follows:
"When overnight forecasts are ominous, we will preemptively cancel before-school activities for the following morning. Participants in these activities will be notified the evening before." Click here to read the entire SMA Inclement Weather Policy.
Giving Tree Project. Thank you!
In December, the Giving Tree project collected gift cards and donations totaling $2,050! The gift cards were given to families in need in our own community. Thank you for your generosity this Christmas season - we have a wonderful community.
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Congratulations to the students who auditioned for the HS musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, based on the book by Rachel Sheinkin. The director is Jennifer Condreay, musical director is Ken Goodwin, and Joyce Cole is choreographer. The show will run March 2, 3, and 4 at 7:00 PM. Save the date!
What's Happening at SMA - in pictures!
It's been a while! Click here to see pictures from the past few weeks including our pre-Christmas break festivities.
Who's Who at Our School?
As we settle into the second half of the school year, the Wildcat Weekly will start to feature a dedicated SMA faculty or staff member. We hope you will enjoy getting to know the wonderful members of our school community!
Florence Swanson - LS Principal
Florence discovered the power of education and how much she loved learning while attending Arizona State and Northern Arizona Universities. Being around motivated educators inspired her to become first a teacher and now the Principal of the Lower School. Florence believes that influencing students and mentoring and building leadership skills with the dedicated teachers at St. Mary's Academy is the best job in the world.
Giving back to the community is very important to Florence. Over the years, she has volunteered for food and clothing drives for the homeless and joined her children in their volunteer efforts with Habitat for Humanity and a childhood cancer group. St. Mary's Academy students have a special awareness for helping others, and Florence recently supported a student group in the Lower School with a project to raise funds for cancer research for children.
In her free time, Florence loves to read science fiction and is a huge fan of Star Trek, Star Wars, and Harry Potter. In 2016, she will complete her 14th half marathon, this time with her daughter, inspired years ago by watching her husband and others cross a marathon finish line. Florence believes anything is possible with hard work, dedication, and perseverance.
Last week, second through fifth grade students attended an assembly about online safety presented by Common Sense Media. It introduced many issues that students need to be aware of when they are online. Parents are encouraged to visit Common Sense Media's website for reviews of age-appropriate movies, apps, and video games for their students.
A Gala tradition at SMA is the Class Gifts. This year, each student in the Lower School will be making a Class Gift that will be for sale at the Lower School Family Picnic in April. Proceeds benefit the Gala and in turn the SMA Tuition Assistance Fund. Thank you to the Lower School Class Gifts Chairs! If you are interested in learning more about Chairing JK, K or second grade, please contact Gala Chair Marlo Wagner.
Jr. K: Still needed
K: Still needed
1st: Melissa Smetana and Matt Herrebout
2nd: Still needed
3rd: Stacie Straffon and Katy Truitt
4th: Anne Osborn
5th: Greg Reyes
Monday, January 16; Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - Academy Closed
Friday, January 27; LS Mass
Thursday, February 2; 12:00 - 7:00 PM; Parent/Teacher Conferences for JK, Grades 3 - 5
Friday, February 3; 7:30 AM - 12:00 PM - Parent/Teacher Conferences for JK, Grades 3 - 5
Middle School News & Events
The MS Robotics class enjoyed a game of Battle Bots! This Gladiator-like challenge involves pairs of students building robots and challenging other groups to a battle.
A Gala tradition at SMA is the Class Gifts. This year, each grade in the Middle School will create a themed basket that will be for sale at the Gala. Thank you to our Middle School Class Gifts Chairs! Please be on the lookout for an email from your grade's Class Gift Chair outlining how you can be involved.
Sixth Grade: Tricia Manley
Seventh Grade: Deanna Hopper
Eighth Grade: Casey Lloyd and Melissa McCormick
Please note the date for The Island has been changed to February 24
Friday, January 13; MS Prayer Service
Monday, January 16; Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - Academy Closed
High School News & Events
The Class of 2020 is excited to announce the third annual Mother- Daughter Tea Party on January 20 from 1:30 - 3:00 PM. The event is for current ninth graders and their mothers or another woman of importance if mom is unable to attend. Look for a Save the Date announcement and invitation in the mail. During the third week of January, the ninth grade members of Student Association will be asking ninth grade families to help make this occasion scrumptious and spectacular. With your help, it will be a wonderful afternoon of tea, cookies, and bonding. We also ask the ninth graders to email a childhood photo of them and their mothers. Please email the photo to firstname.lastname@example.org or Katie Frank.
A Gala tradition at SMA is the Class Gifts. This year, each grade in the High School will create a themed basket that will be for sale at the Gala. Thank you to our High School Class Gifts Chairs! Please be on the lookout for an email from your grade's Class Gift Chair outlining how you can be involved. If you are interested in learning more about chairing twelfth grade, please contact Gala Chair Marlo Wagner.
Ninth Grade: Rhondi Clark
Tenth Grade: Renee Loftus and Monica Lengyel
Eleventh Grade: Andrea Morrissette
Twelfth Grade: Still needed
Friday, January 13; HS Field Trip
Monday, January 16; MLK, Jr. Day - Academy Closed
Applicants and families interested in learning more about SMA, mark your calendars for the following Admissions events:
JK/K Group Visits are around the corner. Group Visits are an important part of the Admissions process for JK and Kindergarten. During the visit, teachers will work with prospective students in small groups, visit with each of them individually, and assess for school readiness. Reservations are required and registration is available through your Admissions portal. Click here to establish your portal access or to log in as a returning user.Please plan on joining us on one of the following dates:
Kindergarten Group Visit: January 12, 8:30 - 10:00 AM
Junior Kindergarten Group Visit: January 19,9:00 - 10:00 AM
Kindergarten Group Visit: January 24, 8:30 - 10:00 AM
The Financial Assistance Portal at sss.nais.org is now available. New and returning SMA families are encouraged to begin the process of applying for financial assistance. Please apply at sss.nais.org and begin uploading the documents requested. For additional information and to reference the list of documents needed, click here. If you have any questions, please email Gracie Carr.
The admissions department wishes to thank you for recommending parents and students to apply toSMA. A big shout out this week to: Fatima Zamora, HeidiHumber, Melinda Robinson, AnnaJonsen, KatyTruittand KarenHummel.
Welcome to our new students and families who joined us in January! Our newest SMA students are coming from New Zealand, Germany, Colorado Springs, and the Denver area. We're glad to welcome you into the SMA community. Please let us know if there is anything else we can do to help you get settled.
Iriana Reyes Corral '16 (second from right) worked as a fellow for the Colorado Democratic Party Coordinated Campaign in summer of 2016. Iriana reports, "This was incredibly important to me because not only was I able to uncover my passion for working on campaigns, I was also able to meet some of the most incredible people I have ever had the privilege of working with. The highlight of my summer was being selected to represent the state of Colorado at the Democratic National Convention in Philly as the Colorado State Volunteer Ambassador." Click here for Iriana's report about her fellowship.
SMA Swimming Takes First Place at Coaches Invite
SMAquatics has been putting in some serious work over the past four weeks. Their dedication and hard work has paid off. Before winter break, SMAquatics competed at the Coaches Invite at Veterans Memorial Aquatics Center where (left to right) Lindsey Fruhwirth, Sydney Silver, Alex Reddington, and Lillianna Brooks put it all on the line!
These four students faced tough competition and came out in first place in our 3A division. In addition, Lindsey qualified for state in the 100 Backstroke, while
Alex, Lillianna, and Sydney all bettered their already established state times. This weekend, the team will travel to Colorado School of Mines to take on more big schools and hopefully establish more state qualifying times. Read more in the Maxpreps Swim Article.
Wildcat Basketball Invitational Tournament
The inaugural Wildcat Basketball Invitational Tournament was held in Bishop Evans on December 15, 16, and 17. The tournament was a huge success with eight teams competing over three days. The Wildcats beat Alexander Dawson School on the first day and Denver West on the second day to advance to the championship game. Kent Denver also won their first two games, making for a great matchup on the final day of the tournament. The SMA Wildcats fought throughout the first three quarters and took the lead midway through the fourth quarter, before losing 71-66 to the hot-shooting Sun Devils. Dre Gentry led the Wildcats with 24 points in the championship game, and Dre and Raegan Rychecky were recognized for their play over the three days by being named First Team All-Tournament. Only five of the 80+ players who participated in the tournament earned this honor. The Wildcats will face Jefferson Academy on January 11.
Congratulations to our featured athlete: Eleventh Grader Daisy Lewis. A dedicated and talented dancer in her second year on the varsity dance team, Daisy is a hard-working athlete who truly loves the sport and is always ready to gives 110% and take on a challenge. She is a great team player and a role model for her peers. We are lucky to have Daisy's bright spirit and talent on the team!
Upcoming Home Game
Basketball: January 11
4:30 PM and 6:00 PM; SMA vs. Jefferson Academy in Bishop Evans