News Notes

Kerry Cafe and Book Store Reopens

The Kerry Cafe and Book Store has reopened for the year and will be open regularly on Fridays after school!  In addition to spirit wear, including fleeces, baseball caps, and hoodies, the store features many new items emblazoned with the Kerry logo, including drawstring bags, pencils, erasers, and double-walled tumblers.  To order, please visit the store after school on Fridays or download the order form here and return it to the PTSA mailbox at school any time.  Happy shopping!  And thank you to PTSA Secretary and School Store Manager Renee Chance and the entire PTSA team for all of their hard work!

Dine to Donate!

Mark your calendars for Thursday, October 20, 2016 and help SMSA by enjoying a delicious meal from the Recovery Sports Grill in Queensbury!  Fifteen percent of your pre-tax bill that night will be donated to SMSA.  (Coupon required.)  Even your take-out order will qualify. Share the coupon with friends and family.  October 20th will be here before you know it! Special thanks to the management of the Recovery Room and to the PTSA team for putting together this tasty fundraiser!

Celebrate the Family!

Bishop Edward Scharfenberger invites all families of the diocese to gather for a day of celebrating faith and family this fall.  Visit the website of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany for details and to register for the first ever Summit on the Family at the Shrine of the North American Martyrs in Auriesville.


Team is the Theme of This Year’s PTSA


A new leadership team has taken over the reins of the Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) at SMSA — and one of their first moves is to team up several items in the school store to create a “September Special.”

Cathie Barry (far right) is the new President of PTSA, Corissa Afsar-Keshmiri and Susan Lynch-Brodie (second and third from left, respectively) will serve as co-Vice Presidents, Renee Chance (far left) is the new manager of the School Store and Secretary of the PTSA, and Susan McCormick (second from left) will serve as Treasurer.

The PTSA has teamed up several items that will be bundled together and sold for $25 only through the month of September at the School Store.  The items, pictured below, are a nylon drawstring bag, a hot/cold cup (with straw), 2 SMSA Kerry Pride pencils and a Kerry Paw eraser.

SchoolStore Special




Craft Fair Slated for November 5, 2016

The Annual Christmas Craft Fair sponsored by the PTSA has been scheduled for Saturday, November 5, 2016, from 9 am to 3 pm.  Held in the school’s Great Hall, the fair features crafts and goods from dozens of vendors and a cafe of delicious lunch treats in the cafeteria.  Would you like to be a vendor?  There’s still time!  Find the vendor application form here.






Kerries Bike to Rid the World of MS



SMA alum David Geiger ’72 invites you to support his participation in the Hudson River Ramble bike ride as he raises money to help create a world free of Multiple Sclerosis. David rides in honor of his two SMA classmates stricken with MS. Show your Kerry support by donating here!



And riding in the same event will be Joan Fiore Flanagan ’69  — who is also looking to her Kerry friends to support her as she attempts to raise $10,000 this year. Joan has raised more than $124,000 for the cause since 1992.  You can support Joan here!


An SMSA Film Production!

The Class of 2016 stars in a new film illuminating the meaning of the various parts of the Great Hall’s magnificent stained-glass window.   The idea for the movie came from Elizabeth Little Hogan, a St. Mary’s graduate and parent of two current SMSA students and two graduates. Mrs. Hogan’s grandfather was a member of the St. Mary’s Class of 1932, at whose graduation ceremony the window was formally unveiled.

Using materials compiled by former teacher Betty Mainville and those she compiled herself —  almost all of which were supplied by Willet Hauser Architectural Glass, successor firm to Willet Studios, creators of the window — Mrs. Hogan created a 13-minute script, which the members of the eighth-grade class studied, rehearsed and then shared in front of the camera. Mrs. Hogan said she also owes a debt of gratitude to Director of Educational Technology Cassie West, videographer Kenny Hopkins of Aurora Cinema in Glens Falls and photographer Grace Endieveri for their work on the film, which premiered at this year’s graduation banquet.

The two-story window, which was designed and produced by Willet Studios of Philadelphia, illustrates many people and places important to Catholic life, particularly in the US, and outlines the critical components of Catholic education.

Watch this SMSA production on our YouTube Channel!


A Beacon of Hope at SMSA

Congratulations to Amber DelSignore, President of SMSA’s PTSA, who was awarded a Beacon of Hope Community Spirit Award by the Catholic Schools Office of the Albany Diocese for her “commitment of time and talent” to SMSA.   Mrs. DelSignore was nominated for the award by Principal Forti, but was unable to attend the diocesan event in March at which the Beacon of Hope awards were distributed.  At SMSA’s Middle School Awards Nights, Mr. Forti presented the award to Mrs. DelSignore, thanking her for taking on the “very public, very demanding, and very thankless” job of PTSA president at a time when no one else would.  He said that “good humor” and “enthusiasm,” were just two of the gifts she’s shared with SMSA in her countless hours of service to our school.  Thank you, Mrs. DelSignore — and congratulations!



The Beginning of Good-bye…

It’s hard to think about saying goodbye to the Class of 2016, but on Thursday night, we started to do just that at our annual middle-school Awards Night. A special thank you to all 25 eighth-graders for their hard work, determination and spirit. They’ve been not only great students, but also great role models for the rest of the school. We couldn’t be more proud of each and every one of them!   See more photos on facebook!




Congratulations, Mrs. Arcuri!

Congratulations to Mrs. Kathy Arcuri, Kindergarten teacher extraordinaire, for having this year’s yearbook — the 2016 Crown — dedicated to her!  The announcement was made at the end of last week’s Middle-School Awards Night and brought tears not only to Mrs. Arcuri’s eyes, but to many in the room as well.  A well-deserved honor, Mrs. Arcuri!