News Notes

Viva Il Papa!

Mrs. Gregorio’s second-graders have been celebrating the Pope’s visit to the US in true Francis style. Today, they brought their rolled coins across the street and donated them to the St. Mary’s parish food pantry before attending 8:05 mass… Proud of you, Kerries!







Fall Into Christmas Craft Fair


Mark your calendars: SMSA’s popular “Fall Into Christmas” Craft Fair will be held on Saturday, November 7, 2015 from 9 am to 3 pm.  Santa will make a special appearance between 11 and 1.  Come start the holidays on a festive note!

Thank You, Captain Jack!






A huge thank you to Captain Jack Ponticelli, his wife, Debbie, and their crew from Firefly Balloons for visiting SMSA for the 15th year!  Mr. Forti and the students all enjoyed getting an up-close view of the beautiful balloon, which Captain Jack was able to inflate on the school’s playground.  And thank you to Noah’s Ark teacher, Mrs. Lynne Albano, a longtime friend of Captain Jack, for setting up this very special visit!.

The Harley is Here!



The beautiful 2015 Harley Road Glide pictured above can be yours if your lucky ticket is drawn on the last Saturday of Americade, June 11,2 016.  Call school today ( 5180792-3178) for your tickets!  Don’t ride?  You can choose to take a gift of $10,000 instead!

The Magazine Drive Begins

Today we welcomed Chuck Guzielek of Great American Opportunities back to SMSA for his 28th year of leading the magazine drive, one of our most popular fundraisers. Students and teachers alike joined in the fun during the brief assembly; you can join in the fun, too, by ordering or renewing your magazine subscriptions (most including digital versions) through SMSA. Great prices. Great selection. Easy ordering. Go to and use ID# 2533792 or call school at (518) 792-3178 and we’ll send you a catalog. Thanks for supporting SMSA!



For more photos of the magazine drive assembly, visit our Facebook page.

VIRTUS Training Scheduled

Parents, Guardians and Grandparents, please don’t forget that in order to volunteer in school or chaperone field trips, you must be VIRTUS trained.  The Albany Diocese has released the schedule of upcoming sessions, and registration can be done online through their website.  Select Albany Diocese from the drop down menu and then select which session you’d like to attend.  Thanks for your cooperation in keeping our students safe!

VIRTUS Training Registration

Class of 1985: It’s Time to Reunite!




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New Principal Named!

Timothy Forti, a teacher at Boston College High School, a Jesuit preparatory school outside of Boston, has named Principal of St. Mary’s – St. Alphonsus Regional Catholic School!  Click below for the announcement from the Albany Diocese.  Welcome, Mr. Forti!






Principal Fowler to Retire at the End of the School Year

It’s hard to say goodbye… and thank you. We love you, Mrs. Fowler

Some Good Sports

Miss Lanci and Mrs. West were amazingly good sports last week when faced with, well, a couple of pies. As a fundraiser for the 8th grade class trip, students paid to cast votes for which teacher should be the recipient of a creamy confection to the countenance. So many votes were cast that three random ballots were selected, instead of just one, and Miss Lanci’s name was picked twice! Thanks to her for her great sportsmanship and to Mrs. West for hers, and thanks to all who voted. With your help, the 8th graders garnered more than $200 for their trip! Sweet!