News Notes

Kerry Kash Winners!

The month of Kerry Kash has begun!  Each day’s lucky winner — listed below — is notified by phone.  Thank you to all who participated in this important fundraiser!

January 1, $50: Beth and Tom Portuese

January 2, $100: Jason Doyle

January 3, $150: Mary Schwenker

January 4, $200: Bev Gutowski

January 5, $250: Donna VanSchaick

January 6, $300: Derek Bray

January 7, $350: Carolyn Schanz

January 8, $400: Gregg Smith

January 9, $450: Diane Erck

January 10, $500: Dave Mattes

January 11, $50: Greg McWain



We Just Can’t Wait to Be King!

The SMSA Players will take to the stage at the Charles R Wood Theater in Glens Falls on the weekend of January 27-28 for a presentation of Disney’s, “The Lion King Jr,” an 80-minute adaptation of the beloved Broadway play. Directed by our own music teacher Erin Dove, the show features many current SMSA students and graduates.

Tickets are available through the Wood Theater Box Office,  They’re selling fast.  Get yours today!



A Winning Combination: SMSA and the Adirondack Thunder

Join us at the Glens Falls Civic Center on Friday, January 13, 2017 for a night of hockey as the Adirondack Thunder take on the Manchester Monarchs.  Tickets are available at the Main Office for $15, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit SMSA.  Mark your calendars for January 13, 7 pm, and call school at 792-3178 today for your tickets!



At SMSA, it’s Game On!

SMSA students are benefitting from a healthy dose of health advice this year, thanks to a grant from the Action for Healthy Kids organization’s “Game On” project. School nurse Amy Mignot procured the grant and has developed a yearlong wellness program to help SMSA students learn to make smart food and exercise choices. The posters below are just a sampling of the practical reminders from which our students are benefitting. Thank you, Mrs. Mignot!






Nature’s Classroom

A large group of fifth-, sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-graders spent a couple of great days at Silver Bay last week, enjoying a fantastic outdoor educational experience — and the beauty of the Adirondacks.  Thanks to all who made the trip possible, including Cady Kilpeck, who not only chaperoned but also photographed the adventure!  For more of Cady’s great photos, visit our facebook page!





Flapjack Fundraiser at Applebee’s

Join us at the Queensbury Applebee’s between 8 and 10 am this Saturday, December 3, for a Flapjack Fundraiser benefitting our eighth-graders’ class trip.  Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at school; a limited number will also be available at the door on Saturday.  Hope to see you there!  And thank you, Applebee’s!



These SMSA Parents Couldn’t be Happier!

Admissions Director Mary Kay Ilowiecki has released some of the replies she’s received from current parents regarding their satisfaction with SMSA.  Asked to rate on a scale of 0-10 (with 10 being the highest) how likely they would be to recommend SMSA to a friend or colleague, respondents answered with an average score of 9.875!

“St. Mary’s nurtures the entire child – mind, spirit and body,” one 10 wrote.  “The faculty and staff take time to know students and actually care about them.  The curriculum is rigorous and the teachers have high expectations for students. They love and care about children…”

Another 10 wrote, “Wonderful school full of great educators, friendly staff, polite children and parents who are interested in their children’s lives and futures.  Love the Christian education and values taught as well.”

And from a third 10, a special note of thanks, “SMSA is a wonderful place for a child to not only learn but to feel loved and secured.  We love the small classroom sizes, the discipline, and the most important thing, which is learning about God and Jesus.  It’s the whole package at SMSA…I love the small community feeling and as a working mom, I feel like I have some extra help in raising my little girl.  So, I thank you, SMSA, from the bottom of my heart.”

Revised Academic Calendar Released

Please see below a revised calendar for the 2016-17 academic year.  There will be no classes on Monday, May 19, as faculty will be attending the Diocesan Faith Formation Day.


Kerry Cafe and Book Store Reopens

The Kerry Cafe and Book Store has reopened for the year and will be open regularly on Fridays after school!  In addition to spirit wear, including fleeces, baseball caps, and hoodies, the store features many new items emblazoned with the Kerry logo, including drawstring bags, pencils, erasers, and double-walled tumblers.  To order, please visit the store after school on Fridays or download the order form here and return it to the PTSA mailbox at school any time.  Happy shopping!  And thank you to PTSA Secretary and School Store Manager Renee Chance and the entire PTSA team for all of their hard work!

Celebrate the Family!

Bishop Edward Scharfenberger invites all families of the diocese to gather for a day of celebrating faith and family this fall.  Visit the website of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany for details and to register for the first ever Summit on the Family at the Shrine of the North American Martyrs in Auriesville.