News Notes

Price Chopper Tools for Schools

With Thanksgiving on the horizon, it’s a great time to help SMSA earn FREE educational equipment and supplies from Price Chopper!  All you have to do is link your Price Chopper AdvantEdge card to our school code – 16295 – and then shop at Price Chopper!  Linking your card takes less than a minute and your support will help our students.  Visit Price to order a new card or to link your existing card to SMSA’s code: 16295.  Thank you from all of us at SMSA – and Happy Thanksgiving!


Noah’s Ark Reaches Out for Thanksgiving

This is this season for giving thanks, and the Noah’s Ark staff would like to thank our preschool families for donating the toothbrushes and toothpaste needed for their Thanksgiving community service project.  The generous families gave a little help and undoubtedly brought some smiles to the families staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Albany – and the Noah’s Ark pre-schoolers had fun making adorable turkeys to brighten their stay! File_000 2




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Once-a-century, stuff-from-storage, clutter-from-closets & oddities-from-the-archives sale!

We’ve been cleaning out closets and storage rooms here at St. Mary’s – St. Alphonsus Regional Catholic School, and we’ve gathered hundreds of items, including holiday decorations, pre-school furniture, office furniture, books, etc… Now it all must go! Join us at school this Saturday, November 14, from 8 am – 2 pm for a “Once-A-Century, Stuff-from-Storage, Clutter-from-Closets and Oddities-from-the-Archives” Sale. 
No checks, no credit cards, no delivery. No wooden furniture or items of historical significance will be sold. Unfortunately, our building is not handicapped accessible.

Thank You from Second Grade

A special thank you from the second graders in Mrs. Gregorio’s class to
everyone who supported them at the craft fair.  Whether you purchased a
craft, bought a raffle ticket or made a donation, you helped them to
help others.  Their first project will be to participate in Operation Christmas
Child. They will send shoe boxes filled with toys, hygiene products
and religious books to children in a third world country.  Their next
project will be to help The Glens Falls Code Blue Center this winter.
Thank you again for your donations!




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, 2016.  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