"It's Not the 70's Anymore," a presentation for parents by attorney Karen Steinhauser
SMA is proud to present "It's Not the 70's Anymore." Ms. Steinhauser is a Denver lawyer who specializes in criminal defense cases involving juveniles and adults. She is an award-winning litigator with extensive trial experience as a Chief Prosecutor in the Denver District Attorney's Office.
"It's Not the 70's Anymore" Parent Presentation
Thursday, February 23, 2017
6:30 PM, High School Forum
"It's Not the 70's Anymore" helps educate kids and parents about the laws, constitutional rights, and issues such as sexting, drug and alcohol use. shoplifting, domestic violence, harassment, and sexual assault. The presentation also focuses on how Facebook and other social media can be used against its users. This presentation is targeted to the parents of HS and MS students. Ms. Steinhauser will also present to MS seventh and eighth graders and to HS students on Feb. 22. Click here for more information. If you are interested in attending, please contact Kathleen Hogan. There is no cost to attend and is not limited to SMA parents. Please invite your friends!
Need instructions for logging into the Parent Portal?
If this will be your first visit to the Parent Portal or you have forgotten your password, please follow these instructions.
Instructions for Accessing the PARENT PORTAL:
1. Click on the Parent Portal linkand click the orange reset password link to set your initial password.
2. You will need to enter your email address as your user name and check your email to go through the reset process; please check your SPAM folders if you have not received an obvious password reset.
3. Subsequently, you will be able to find a link to the PCR Portal under Resources on the St. Mary's Academy website (All Academy) - you will need to choose the Parent thumbnail.
4. Please bookmark your Parent Portal login page for easy access later!
5. From there, we invite you to tour and click around the portal. The site is self-explanatory and simple to use.
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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.
What's Happening at SMA - in pictures!
It's been a while! Click here to see pictures from the past few weeks.
Gala News You Can Use
It's time to start thinking about what you can donate to the auction.
Click here to see the Auction Item Wish List. Desired items include:
Hotel stays, both local and destination
Airline gift certificates or miles
Stays at your mountain home or condo
Sports tickets and memorabilia
Restaurant gift certificates
Vineyard Vines, Kate Spade, Tory Burch, and Kendra Scott accessories
Much, much more!
Donations are due to the Advancement Office by Wednesday, March 15. All donations must be accompanied by an Auction Item Donation Form. Thank you for your support!
Who's Who at Our School?
Kathryn McNamee - HS Principal
Kathryn holds a BA from Loretto Heights College and an MA from the University of Colorado. She is the High School Principal at St. Mary's Academy. "I'd rather learn from one bird how to sing than teach ten thousand stars how not to dance." - E. E. Cummings
At last Friday's assembly the Kindergarteners celebrated the Stock Show with wonderful dancing, singing, and a parachute show.
Last week the MS Orchestra performed for the Junior Kindergarten class. The students loved "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star."
Parent/Teacher Conferences for JK, third, fourth, and fifth grades are February 2 and 3.
Don't forget that any class that donates 10 or more gift cards to the Gala will win a special treat. Drop off your gift cards to Jackie Neal in the LS office today! Click here for more information.
Friday, January 27; 8:15 AM Mass
Wednesday, February 1; Spirit Day! The theme is Twin Day with students dressing alike (in dress code). Students may choose to dress the same as another student or many students may dress the same.
Middle School News & Events
Save the Date! Seventh and eighth grade boys and their fathers and/or significant male mentors are invited to Courage for the Journey on Thursday, February 8, from 3:30 to 5:30 PM in the MS Commons. With the theme of Fireside Chats with the Most Interesting Men in the World, attendees will come together for delicious food, stimulating conversation, and active fun in a must-not-miss afternoon.
Don't forget that any CAT that donates 10 or more gift cards to the Gala will win a special treat. Drop off your gift cards to Diane in the MS office today! Click here for more information.
If you have not signed up for Parent/Teacher conferences, please contact Diane Siennicki at the MS.
Please note the date for The Island has been changed to February 24.
High School News & Events
Stewart Devine spoke to the Middle East Studies class. Mr. Devine served our nation first as an Army office and then as a foreign service officer for the U.S. Department of State. He spoke about his experiences of working throughout the world to support other nations while representing the United States. Many of the students were inspired to pursue a future career in the foreign service. Middle East Studies benefits greatly from having professionals share their experiences and perspectives about the Middle East.
Today in the high school, the seniors in the National Honor Society hosted the annual Brain Brawl. In this lively competition, students answer trivia questions in various categories and dress up to match their team themes. Tomorrow night the winning team from each grade will compete in an ultimate "battle of the brains" showdown before the talent show.
Don't forget that any advisory that donates 10 or more gift cards to the Gala will win a special treat. Drop off your gift cards to Clare in the HS office today! Click here for more information.
HS Parent/Teacher Conferences will be February 1, 2, and 3. Click here to sign up.
Re-enrollment deadline is February 8. Re-enrollment contract information has been sent to your email. If you did not receive your student's re-enrollment materials through PCR, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you need assistance logging into PCR, please contact: email@example.com.
The LS and MS admissions deadline is this Friday, January 27. Please click here to log into the admissions portal and complete your application. If you have any questions, please contact the Admissions Office.
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.
Academy Parents is in the process of recruiting current families to serve as ambassadors to new families for this summer and fall. If you are interested in participating, please contact Seely Greenberg or Kathleen Hogan.
Last night SAIMARAC, SMA's Honor Choir, impressed the crowd at the Denver Nuggets game with their singing of the National Anthem. The students were thrilled to perform for such a big event and had a lot of fun doing so. Thank you to all of the families who came to support the students.
A great way for alumnae to support the Gala is through catalog advertising. The Gala catalog is distributed to 500 constituents of St. Mary's Academy and is an effective way to spread the word about your business! Ads range from $75 for a business card sized ad to $500 for a full page ad. Click here for more information.
Basketball Program Takes Down Peak to Peak
Congratulations to the SMA basketball players on their wins over Peak to Peak last week. The JV and Varsity teams beat out the Pumas 29-23 and 39-21, respectively. Show your Wildcat pride by cheering on the teams today, January 25, as SMA battles it out against SkyView Academy at 4:30 PM and 6:00 PM in the Bishop Evans Sports Center.
Swimming Seniors Honored at Home Meet
SMA's swimming seniors Alex Reddington, Molly Hamilton, and Julia Gabriele (pictured right) were honored at the home meet last week at Green Mountain Pool. Coach Pari Shaghaghi congratulated them for their hard work, leadership, and commitment to the team. Thank you, seniors!