News Notes

A Musical Tribute to Mary and Moms

Words can’t adequately express our gratitude to music teacher Erin Dove and Band Director Marianne Facklam for this year’s beautiful Spring Concert, a musical tribute to mothers and to Mary, our Blessed Mother!  The selection of music was wonderful, the students’ execution of it was flawless, the audience was enthralled, and the Great Hall was packed!  What a night!  Thanks to all!





Don’t Be a Blockhead!

Don’t be a blockhead and miss this year’s middle school musical production, “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown!” Under the direction of our music teacher, Erin Dove, the students will take to the Great Hall stage on Wednesday, May 25, for a 12:30 dress rehearsal and a 6:30 nighttime performance.  All are welcome to join us for either performance.  The cost of admission?  A non-perishable food item (or two!) for the St. Mary’s parish food pantry. Hope to see you here!



It’s Kerry Hustle Time!

Only two weeks until the annual Kerry Hustle!  Join us on Saturday, May 14, for our annual 5K race and half-mile kids’ fun run!  Pre-register today at or register that morning, beginning at 8 am.  The 5K starts at 9 am; kids’ race will follow at approximately 10 am.  Don’t miss the fun!


Have a Ball for a Great Cause!

Honorary Chairman Bishop Edward Scharfenberger and Superintendent of Schools Michael Pizzingrillo invite you to attend this year’s Beacon of Hope Ball on April 22 at the Albany Country Club in Voorheesville, NY.  All proceeds will be used to provide scholarships for students in Catholic schools throughout the Albany Diocese.  To learn more, purchase tickets, or donate an auction item, click here. Can’t go but like to participate?  How about bidding on one of the many great silent auction items? Find the auction item list here. Bidding has opened on more than 50 items, including two nights at a Cape Cod resort, dinner for 8 with the Bishop at 677 Prime in Albany, and two tickets to a Yankees vs. Red Sox game! Click here before 5 pm on Wednesday, April 20, to bid on your favorite item!

Living Stations of the Cross

Watch our eighth-grade students give a moving presentation of the Living Stations of the Cross.  Special thanks to religion teacher Dave Miele, music teacher Erin Dove, and retired teacher Mickey Luce for coordinating this presentation. And thanks to Judy Lebel for her videography skills!

A blessed Good Friday and a Happy Easter to all!

Mr. Pizzingrillo Visits

Mr. Michael Pizzingrillo, Superintendent of Catholic Schools, spent the day at SMSA, speaking with Principal Tim Forti, visiting classrooms and touring the building.  Hope he enjoyed his visit as much as we did!



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Putting Some Pep in our Step

Principal Forti and PTSA President Amber DelSignore led a pep rally on Friday afternoon to kick off the Race for Education season. The Race is an annual fundraiser in which students jog or walk around the Elizabeth Doyle Playground for sixty minutes and earn a donation from family and friends. Do you know a student at SMSA? If so, he or she would undoubtedly love your support in the Race, which will be held May 6. Your donations will go towards a new roof for the school! Call the Main Office at 792-3178 or your local student’s family for information on how you can help!


An Invitation from the Pulpit…

d8f20db8-f8ac-4656-a5d8-cd6018d69660A special thank you to all of our students who spoke from the pulpit at Masses across the area on this last weekend of February.  The students wrote and delivered their own talks on why they love their school and then invited congregants to attend next weekend’s Open House, Sunday, March 6, from 1-3.  Great job, Kerries!  And thank you to the local priests and parishioners who welcomed them!

Ski Club Celebrates

Our Ski Club members finished their fun season with a potluck supper at West Mountain Lodge this week. Thanks to West Mountain for keeping the trails covered with snow despite Mother Nature’s uncooperativeness and to all the chaperones and parents who helped make this program a possibility for more than 25 SMSA students. The wonderful spirit of friendship and community shared by SMSA parents and students was commented upon by other onlookers at the lodge.

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Our Mathletes Are Victorious!

Congratulations to the members of our Mathcounts team, who once again took first place at the regional competition!  Coached by parent volunteer Elizabeth Little Hogan ’85 and math teacher Angela Slaterpryce, the team members also had a great showing individually, with seven SMSA students placing among the top ten finishers! The team was competing against 50 students from Saratoga, Corinth, Greenwich, and Schuylerville.  Congratulations, all!