News Notes

Social Media Expert to Visit SMSA

Parents, students and staff will be learning about the positive uses of many different social media platforms next week, when Chris Vollum of CMV Socialmedia visits SMSA.  Mr. Vollum will meet with students on Thursday, January 28 during the school day, and with parents that evening at school.  Faculty and staff will spend the day with him on Friday, January 29, a Professional Development Day.  Parents, please mark your calendars and join us on the 28th!  Curious?  Visit Mr. Vollum’s website to learn more about him.

Month of Kerry Kash Winners!

Congratulations to our Month of Kerry Kash winners:

January 1: Travis Earl, $50

January 2: Lois Butler, $100

January 3: Christie Sabo, $150

January 4: Dan O’Keeffe, $200

January 5: Kelly Murphy, $250

January 6: Reagan Lyon, $300

January 7: Jeff and Nikki Nastke, $350

January 8: Bob Landry, $400

January 9: Kamal and Paul Westfall, $450

January 10: Elisabeth and Riley Mahoney, $500

January 11: Graham Brewer, $50

January 12: Jim Franco, $100

January 13: Ashlee Mahoney, $150

January 12: Jim Franco, $100

January 13: Ashlee Mahoney, $150

January 14: John Wilkening, $200

January 15: Patrick Van Schaick, $250

January 16: Peter Van Voast $300

January 17: Gwen O’Hanlon $350

January 18: Darlene Urbanowicz $400

January 19: Susan Whittemore $450

January 20: Tori Eldred $500

January 21: Kamal and Paul Westfall $50

January 22: Bonnie Harrington $100

January 23: Ann Hughes $150

January 24: Adrian Bethel $200

January 25: Jeff Purner $250

January 26: Nancy Looby $300

January 27: Bill and Cindy Garrow $350

January 28: Michael and Janelle Gipson $400

January 29: Judson Zachar $450


Thanks to all for purchasing your raffle tickets!  Enjoy your winnings!

Have Robot, Will Travel!

Best of luck to SMSA’s first ever First Lego League Challenge Team as they head to Clarkson University this weekend to compete against hundreds of other students.  There, they’ll show off the Lego robot they designed and present their solution to this year’s vexing question: how to solve the world’s trash problem. Go, Kerries! We’re proud of all of you — and thankful for your coaches, Mara Powell and Amy Campopiano!



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!.