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Saint Mary's Academy Alumnae Association
June 1, 2015
 (Vol. 3, Number 4)


Dear Alumnae: 
It is with great pleasure that we invite you to our annual reunion event.  Below are all the details.  We look forward to seeing you at our "tea" and can't wait to catch up with many of you.
Thank you,  
~Your SMAAA Board


Sunday, September 20, 2015  
1:00 pm: Private Mass celebrated for SMA Alumnae special intentions (see below)
in Whaley Auditorium, Bishop Ireton High School (wheelchair accessible)
Immediately following Mass: Ladies High Afternoon Tea
2:00-4:00 pm in Saint Mary's Academy
Hall (elevator available)
Catering by Bittersweet

WHERE:  St. Mary's Academy Hall

               Bishop Ireton High School

                    (elevator/wheelchair accessible)
               201 Cambridge Road, Alexandria, VA
COST:     $25.00 per person (except Religious
 and Class of 1965 are complimentary)
DEADLINE: September 14, 2015 for "Tea"
DUES:    $10.00 per year
              SCHOLARSHIP FUND
... This fund, established in 1992, assists with tuition for an eighth grade graduate of St. Mary's Catholic School to attend a Catholic high school of his/her choice.
1st Prize: $250   2nd Prize: $150   3rd  Prize: $75.00 
One chance for $1.00
(winner need not be present)
(Print out as many as you need)
Make checks for "tea" reservations, dues and raffle chances payable to St. Mary's Academy Alumnae Association, mail to Ms. Nicole DiLorenzo ('89), Treasurer, c/o Bishop Ireton High School, 201 Cambridge Road, Alexandria, VA 22314 (703-751-7606) DiLorenz@bishopireton.org
BI SMA logo
Bishop Ireton High
School appreciates
your support for the
Patsy Graham Scholarship
The purpose of the Patsy Graham Memorial Scholarship is to honor SMA alumna Patsy Graham, '86. The scholarship recognizes the importance of community service among young adults and encourages those active in supporting their community. The scholarship is need based, and will provide partial support for a Bishop Ireton student who demonstrates financial need. This year's recipient is Lauren Kennedy, Class of 2015. Lauren is a swimmer (as was Patsy Graham) and an active parishioner of St. Michael's Parish in Annandale.

Come Back to The Nest October 2 - 4 for a Weekend Jam-Packed with Special Events!

Friday, October 2, 2015: GOLF @ Mt. Vernon Country Club 

Saturday, October 3, 2015: VARSITY FOOTBALL VS. ST. STEPHEN'S/ST. AGNES on Fannon Field 
REUNIONS Classes of '70, '75, '80, '85, '90, '95, '00, '05 and '10

Sunday, October 4, 2015: ALUMNI HOMECOMING MASS in Whaley Auditorium 
BI-SONS REUNION JAM SESSION in Whaley Auditorium after Mass 
Please know that we have a 'home" at Bishop Ireton High School.  And, remember, keep in touch.  We would love to know what our alumnae are doing and how we can serve our alumnae in any way we can. 


Joanne Mazzarella Schiefer, '71, President(schieferj@bishopireton.org)
Sue Nelson Sargent, '72, Vice President (sgt_1976@yahoo.com)
Kay Deir Green, '82, Secretary (kaydeir@verizon.net
Nicole DiLorenzo, '89, Treasurer (DiLorenz@bishopireton.org)
Christine Stegmaier Byrnes, '71, Membership Chair (byrnesc@aol.com)

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In This Issue

Time to Say "So Long"

It has been my extreme pleasure to serve on your SMA Alumnae Association Board for the past twenty-six years; the last six as your President.  So, it is definitely with some sadness that I announce that my tenure as your President will come to an end effective June 30, 2015. I will be retiring from teaching here at Bishop Ireton and will be relocating to sunny, south central Florida to be with my husband in our beautiful lake house awaiting us there.

I met some of the original members of the SMAAA Board, Ann Godfrey, Grace Sweeney and Elizabeth Beall, when I began teaching at "Little" St. Mary's School in 1989 and I became a Board member at that time. Over the years, I have served as Board Member, then Vice President and upon Grace's "retirement", I stepped up to the position of President.

It was my great fortune to have Sue Nelson Sargent, '72, serve as my VP; Kay Deir Green, '82, as Secretary; Elizabeth Beall as Treasurer, and Chris Byrnes, '71, as Membership Chair. When we lost Elizabeth, Nicole DiLorenzo, '89, stepped in as Treasurer.  Believe me, I could not have successfully served these past six years without their invaluable assistance. 

I am confident that Sue, Kay, Nicole, and Chris will continue to serve admirably.  They, however, will need a Vice President in place shortly.  If you are interested in this position, please contact Sue at her email listed at the end of this newsletter.  All officers will be re-elected and/or installed at the September "tea" event; along with some other general business items that will be voted upon.  Please plan on attending...your vote is important. 

I hope to return as a "guest" for many tea events to come.  I will miss working with my SMAAA Board friends greatly, but I remain always available to help (albeit from a distance) in any way I can.

Thanks for the memories!
~Joanne Mazzarella Schiefer, '71
2015 SMA Ornament
2015 SMA Ornament

There has been a surge in interest for the SMA Ornament that was produced several years ago.  Unfortunately, we were out of stock for quite a while.  But wait!... good news...they have returned and will be available for purchase at the September "tea" event.

However, if you are interested in mail ordering a beautiful, white glass, satin finished globe ornament with the SMA logo in SMA blue, please just let us know.  Ornaments cost $10 each (with an additional $2 to cover shipping and handling).

Anyone wishing more information, or wanting to purchase ornaments, may contact B.I.'s Director of Alumni Relations, T.J. McBride, B.I. '90, at mcbridet@bishopireton.org or (703) 212-5184.

It's Never Too Early!
Info Request-SMA 50th Reunion-Class of 1967


Dear Joanne:  


I'm an alum from the SMA class of 1967.  My sister and I came to the alumni tea for the class of '63 which was her class.  We were both disappointed that no one else from her class was there.


A friend from my class and I have talked about our 50th reunion coming up in 2 years.  We'd like to plan something for the day/evening before the SMA/BI Sunday afternoon tea.  Do you know when that will be?   Can you or someone at BI get me a list of our classmates?  We only know where some of them are and we're hoping BI has records for others.


Thanks and we look forward to hearing from you.  Oh, both Joan and I use our maiden names so you'll see us on the '67 records.


Patty Hagan and Joan Moody 

Dear Patty:

Sunday, September 17, 2017 is the projected date for the 2017 SMA Tea Event.  Hopefully, this notice will find some your 1967 classmates emailing you to get in touch. 

Thank You

B.I. now has a complete digital set of
ChariSMA yearbooks. Thank you to those of you who lent us your precious personal copies.  They have all been scanned and are now archived here in Bishop Ireton's Office of Alumni Relations.  Should you ever need any information that can be printed out and emailed to you, please contract Mr. T.J. McBride at mcbridet@bishopireton.org.
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Alexandria, VA 22314

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