A weekly newsletter from St. Mary's Academy | October 25, 2017
Middle School Teams Excel in Competitions
Congratulations to the MS Destination Imagination and Robotics teams for their success in tournaments this past weekend. The Destination Imagination team placed first in the After Dark competition. The Robotics team placed first in the Rocky Mountain BEST Robotics 2017 Competition for the Most Robust Robot. Congratulations to both teams!
The DI team members are
Maggie Gesler, Rishika Kartik, Claire Malik, Isabelle May,
Annie Peragine, Caley Tamendong. The coaches are Kartik Dakshinamoorthy and Chelsea May.
The Robotics team members are Lydia Brieske, Rishika Kartik, Nicco Larabee, Braden Fitzpatrick, Isabelle May, Maggie Meschia, Joe Miller, Mensah Barrett-Millett, Maggie Gesler, Emma Seneshan, Kate Seneshan, and Hannah Reyes. The coaches are Dave Gesler and Iswari Natarajan.
Reminder! SMA Prayer Group
Please join the SMA Prayer Group on Thursday, October 26, at 9:15 AM in Our Lady of Loreto Oratory in the HS.
Gala Survey - Help us to create the best Gala yet!
In an effort to continually improve our annual Gala, we are seeking your feedback to gain a better understanding of why you, our parents, choose to attend/not attend the Gala. We intend to use the results of this survey to help shape our marketing, communications, and over-all planning of this event to ensure we are meeting the needs of our community and creating the best possible experience we can.
Click here to complete the online survey. Your responses will be anonymous unless you choose to provide your email address.The survey is user-friendly and you should be able to complete it within five minutes, or less. We appreciate your willingness to participate and value your feedback before October 31.
Academy Parents Meeting
Join other SMA parents on Thursday, November 2, 8:00 - 9:30 AM, in the Community Center. MS Principal Mrs. Ashley will be the guest speaker. This is a great opportunity to learn about what is happening in the MS.
Reminder! Mark Your Calendar for the High School Play!
The HS will present Shooting Stars on November 2, 3, and 4 at 7:00 PM in the Forum. Tickets are $10 and will only be sold at the door the night of the performance. SMA students, alumnae, and faculty receive one free ticket to one performance.
Lower School Veterans Day Assembly
At 8:15 AM on Friday, November 10, a special Veterans Day assembly will honor the brave men and women who have served our country in the military. We would like to invite any veterans who are able to come and spend about 30 minutes with us at a short program prepared by the second grade students. If you know a veteran who could join us that morning, please email Marla Giardinowith his/her name and branch of service by Nov. 6 so that we will have a headcount. Veterans and their families are welcome to stay for light refreshments after the assembly. Thanks so much for your help in recognizing as many veterans as possible!
Daren earned his BA in English Literature and his teaching licensure in the Urban Community Teacher Education program from the University of Colorado at Denver. His children, Tenley and Channing, are a part of the SMA community in the kindergarten and junior kindergarten programs. Prior to SMA, Daren was a fifth grade teacher in Parker, Colorado.
Daren has a passion for literature and film and believes increasing our strength in the arts truly helps us develop into self-reflective individuals with a deeply seated passion for the absolute beauty of life. His favorite genre of novels is sci-fi/fantasy and his favorite films are anything that can make him cry! His favorite way of being active is going to the gym and sitting in the sauna afterwards. He also enjoys hiking with his family and dogs through the mountains of Colorado and skiing in the winter. Quiet time to sit and just be is essential for his daily life and sanity, and he takes joy in yoga from time to time.
Daren loves to have fun in the classroom takes every opportunity to foster that love for life and learning within each and every student who enters his classroom. He loves teaching every subject area but especially reading and writing. Daren believes in a relationship-driven classroom management system and in creating a culture where it is cool to be kind and compassionate towards one another. He encourages his students to strive for excellence and to truly discover who they are as individuals and as part of a community. Teaching is his passion and profession and he feels truly blessed to have the opportunity to grow in such an awe-inspiring environment.
The SMA LS Presto Orchestra will again have the honor of performing at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House prior to Colorado Ballet's production of The Nutcracker on Saturday, December 9. The matinee begins at 1:00 PM with the SMA musicians performing in the lobby for 40-45 minutes prior to the ballet, beginning at noon when the doors open to the general public. Join us, support our young musicians, begin a holiday tradition, and get your holiday groove on! To place a ticket order, please click here or contact Cherie Swisher. Tickets will sell out!
Now through October 31, the HS is conducting a pad and tampon drive to help women at The Gathering Place. These products are very expensive and many women cannot afford them so donations are greatly appreciated. Place the items in your grade's box by the library and the winning grade will get a prize. Please bring in donations to help women in our community!
It is possible to register for any admissions event through your admissions portal or by contacting the Admissions Office via e-mail or by phone at 303-762-8300.
Tonight! MS Boys' High School Fair for seventh and eighth grade boys at 6:15-7:00 PM in the SMA Community Center. If you have not already registered, please RSVP via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
SMA will host ISEE Test on Saturday, November 11, for prospective MS students. This entrance exam is a required step to the MS admissions process. Registration is available through October 27. Click here to register.
Thank you to all the students, parents, faculty, and staff who helped to make Saturday's HS Open House a wonderful success! We had a great turnout, and prospective students and families truly felt the wonderful energy and spirit that exudes from the HS community.
November 1: SSS Financial Aid Application Portal Opens
November 14: HS Info Night, 6:30 PM
December 2: HS Placement Test, 8:00 AM -12:00 PM
If you already have a username and password (for example, you have applied previously or are the parent of a current student), please use your current login credentials to RSVP for admissions events or to begin the application for a new child.
This all-ages event is fun for the entire family! In addition to prizes for each Bingo round winner, there will be door prizes and a costume contest. Pizza, snacks, and beverages will be served. Doors open at 5:30 PM and the first game starts at 5:45 PM. There is no charge to attend. Click here to RSVP by Thursday, October 26.
Grandparents' Day Volunteers Needed
We are looking for a few more volunteers to help with set-up on Thursday, November 16, from 2:00-3:00 PM and also on Friday, November 17, from 8:30-9:30 AM to help with breakfast. Please click here to sign up today!
Donate your car to SMA through Cars Helping Charities
In just three quick and easy steps you can donate your old or used car to SMA, no matter what the condition, and receive a 100% tax deductible receipt. Click here to donate your car today!
Six Weeks of Giving
The 2017-2018 Annual Fund Six Weeks of Giving is almost here!
With your help we can achieve our goal of raising $350,000 for SMA between October 30 and Colorado Gives Day on December 5.
The Annual Fund Supports:
STREAM (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Arts, and Math)
Be on the lookout for information, videos, handouts, and more over the next six weeks. Thank you for your support!
The St. Mary's Academy Six Weeks of Giving campaign will culminate with Colorado Gives Day on December 5. Colorado Gives Day features a $1 million incentive fund. St. Mary's Academy will receive a percentage of this $1 million fund - the more money we raise on Colorado Gives Day, the higher the percentage we will get!
Several alums gathered last Wednesday night for an alumnae social at Upstairs Circus in the Denver Tech Center. It was a fun night of crafting, laughing, and reconnecting.
Volleyball Program Celebrates Senior Night
Congratulations to the high school volleyball program for a great Senior Night against Jefferson Academy on Friday. The C team won a comeback 2-1 thriller to end the season on a high note. JV followed with tough play and a competitive match, getting edged out 1-2. The varsity team honored seniors Katherine Crise, Maggie Dubus, Caitlin Feldewerth, Darby Kelley, and Hannah Pogue for their outstanding volleyball careers. Parents and players decorated the gym, and younger players presented the seniors with gifts and notes. The seniors led the varsity team to a thrilling victory with set scores 25-22, 27-25, and 29-27! This incredible win moved the Wildcats to #36 in the state, and now they head to the Metro League tournament to fight for a bid to regionals. The Metro League Tournament will be played on Friday night and Saturday at Peak to Peak (schedule TBD).
Sports Awards Night
Please join SMA Athletics to honor our fall sport athletes at the Sports Awards Night on Tuesday, November 7, at 6:00 PM.Click here for more information!
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