News Notes

A Night at the Oscars!



Please join us on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at the Queensbury Hotel for “A Night at the Oscars!”  The evening will feature a cocktail hour (6-7 pm) with appetizers and plenty of time for browsing a fantastic array of silent auction items. A live auction will be the highlight of the evening, which will also include Dining Stations of Italian fare, and music by Total Entertainment and DJ Mark. Dress is California Casual or black tie and gown.  Come, join us for a memorable evening!  Call school at 792-3178 for reservations. Tickets are $75.

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

January 12, $100: Tom Dougan

January 13, $150: The Whelans

January 14, $200:  The Varneys

January 15, $250:  Jennifer Neilands

January 16, $300:  Tamara Stapley

January 17, $350:  Donna VanSchaick

January 18, $400:  The Simons Family

January 19, $450:  Victoria Allen

January 20, $500:  David Buchsbaum

January 21, $50:  Theresa Mangona

January 22, $100:  Jennifer Leland

January 23, $150:  Angela Cugini-Girard

January 24, $200:  Karen Morphis

January 25, $250:  Linley Crist

January 26, $300: The Majors

January 27, $350: Val Inglee

January 28, $400:  Liam Jones

January 29, $450: Mary Anne Westfall

January 30, $500:  Jenny-Lee Smith

January 31, $1,000:  Kathleen Carlton





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.”

The Harley is Here!

This year’s Harley-Davidson has arrived — a beautiful 2016 HD Heritage Softail to be raffled off on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at Americade in Lake George!  Tickets are $20 each and will be available by calling school (518-792-3178), at Americade, or through SMSA students. Buy early and often! This beautiful bike could be yours!


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.