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Saint Mary's Academy Alumnae Association
October 1, 2014
 (Vol. 2, Number 7)
Dear Alumnae: 
We had a wonderful turnout on a beautiful Sunday afternoon by our SMA alumnae, and were thrilled to have many members from the Class of 1964 join us while celebrating their 50 years of friendship. Many of us were able to tour the former St. Mary's Academy campus on Saturday and Sunday, and everything made for a delightful and very special weekend.

I hope if you were not able to make it this time, you will keep the tea in mind for next year. The Mass and Tea are always in September, the month of Our Blessed Mother. Keep an eye out for this newsletter for upcoming events, and for next year's "tea event" too.

Thank you,  
 ~Joanne Mazzarella Schiefer,'71, President

SMA Tea 2014
SMA Building

SMA Reunion Weekend

 Ah, the Senior Steps of St. Mary's Academy; can you imagine a better place to start a reunion?  On Saturday afternoon some of the class of 1964 gathered to begin our reunion. Some of us had not seen each other since we donned our caps and gowns for graduation; some had left the Academy prior to our senior year and had never climbed the prestigious steps. No matter how long or short our SMA tenure we all gathered to celebrate our time together. The first thing Scott Baytosh, Head of Alexandria Country Day School showed us was the library. It was during our years at SMA that the chapel was turned into a library to facilitate meeting the state's new regulations regarding the requirements for a high school library. The school maintains the positive atmosphere of SMA, but has added to its eye appeal. The once dingy institutional yellow halls are now bright white with art abounding on every wall and stairway. The classes that once housed thirty or so of us now have sixteen students. The hall clocks we were always checking still hang on the walls and a new cafeteria and gym have updated the school.


Our reunion gathering was Saturday night at the home of one of our classmates. We began our plans for a reunion with just thirty of us; by the time our reunion date came we had located seventy five of our class of one hundred. Hopefully our quest will lead us to the final twenty five of our class. Thanks to the efforts of Joanna Stover all the details of our get together were taken care of, from a wonderful catered buffet, with wine and beer and decadent desserts down to the paper hand towels commemorating our reunion. About half our class came from all over the US and Canada! From Seattle and San Francisco to North Carolina and New Hampshire we came. With the effort of Sharon Bradshaw Smith we all had nametags, most with our senior picture as we were pre-yearbook and had only a composite picture of our individual seniors in caps to remember our class. Thanks to Pat Seitz we each received a CD of all the Maryviews from the four years we spent at SMA. We also took home glass mugs with the SMA logo and 50th Reunion to remember our gathering. In addition Kathleen Kenny Pope took our individual bios and made us a website with our collective experience those four years and password protected individual bios. http://smaalexandria.wix.com/sma64 if you'd like a real picture of what the world was when we were at SMA you will find it very interesting, a real history capsule of our time. It also provides us with the means of making our reunion a starting place for renewed friendships; we have reached a point in our lives where we have very much in common once again as we did half a century ago.


The perfect end to our reunion was the SMA Tea at Bishop Ireton which has given us a new home. The Tea was preceded with Mass in the Auditorium followed by a gathering of any SMA graduate. The luncheon was a welcome farewell as we headed home. It was touching to see graduates before and since our class. The SMA Alumnae Association is alive and well through the efforts of the staff of Bishop Ireton; we cannot thank you all enough.  ~Barb Gross, '64 

Barb Gross

Barbara A. (Bearden) Gross, SMA 1964
 (pictured above)

Reunion Parties, Classes of '69, '74, '79, '84, '89, '94, '99, '04, & '09
Contact T.J. McBride, BI, '90, for further details and to RSVP.

Saturday, October 11 
Homecoming Football Game vs. Benedictine 
Fannon Field. 1 PM

50th Anniversary Gala
Hilton Alexandria Mark Center, 6:30 - 11 PM

Sunday, October 12, 2014
Alumni Homecoming Mass
B.I.'s Whaley Auditorium, 11:30 AM

Whaley Auditorium Foyer, 12:30 PM

BI-Sons Reunion Jam Session 
The BI-Sons Reunion and Party with Fr. Al Smith
Whaley Auditorium, 1-4 PM, RSVP: Joe Gartlan '79
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)

In This Issue
Class of 1964  
Presenting the Class of 1964~Celebrating their 50th Anniversary   
Comments from the "Tea" participants
-Roberta "Robin" Donaldson Ellison, '72

"The BEST!...good food, good speeches, beautiful table decorations, very good raffle prizes." -Sharon Bradshaw Smith, '64.
Table Decorations

"Very nice! Thank you...good food-great company." -Barbara A. (Bearden) Gross, '64.

"Thank you so much!" -Mary Spring, '64.

"Quite hospitable in spirit and delicious food...thank you for your continued outreach to all of us...50 years later!" -Carolyn Brennan Saucier, '64.

"As a member of the SMA Class of 1964, I thank you for the lovely time of reunion and renewal." -Patricia Seitz, 64.

"Very nice."
-Gail Mason Cicerini, '64.

"Very nice"
-Barbara Ann Hooper, '64.

"Thank you for all the hard work. Loved every minute...Keep up the good work!" -Alice Manor, '58.

"It was very nice!" 
-Mary Beth Murphy-Pagnella

-Colleen Thompson Nicoll, '82.

Thanks for all your hard work."
-Barbara Cline McNulty, '53.

-Jane Bednarek Torell, '65.

"What a lovely afternoon! thank you!" -Kathleen Fenwick Pablo, '60.  

 More Tea Pictures

Class of 1989

Pictured above are SMA graduates sitting at the table representing the 1980s. Featuring, second from the left, our alumnae association secretary, Kay Deir Green, '82, and on the far right, is our SMA alumnae association treasurer, Nicole DiLorenzo, SMA 1989.

Class of 1944

Celebrating their 70th anniversary are Evelyn Cantrell, Patricia McArtor, and Grace Slater Sweeney, members of the SMA class of 1944.  Looking lovely ladies!

Maag family
Mother and Daughter: Betty Barrett Maag, SMA 1941 and Mary Kate Maag Foley, SMA 1971. 

Class of 1969 Two members of the SMA class of 1969, Mary Augusta Thomas and Theresa Carroll Daly, reconnect. Great smiles!  

Class of 1972
Friends from the class of 1972, including our very own SMA alumnae association vice-president Sue Nelson Sargent (far right), enjoying a spot of tea.
Musical Interlude

Thank you to Dr. Randy Eyles and the BI Strings for providing a much welcomed musical interlude.
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