Presentation of Mary Academy  ePathways 

January 2016
PMA Friends and Family,

In this edition of ePathways you will see what PMA students and staff have been up to this past month.  Students have been busy with midterms, basketball, skiing, and rehearsing for the Spring Theater production of Just So. There are always many things going on at PMA...we hope you enjoy reading about them. 

PMA Today
It's a Twin (and Triplet) Thing
Catholic education can be a difficult balancing act between value and cost.  Knowing that a Catholic education is right for a child is one thing, but making the decision to sacrifice and send your child is another, especially for parents who have more than one.   This year at PMA we have fifteen sets of siblings, plus an astonishing amount of multiples enrolled.  The freshman class alone has four sets of twins, the sophomore class has two sets of twins and the junior class has triplets!  

We are grateful and recognize that each and every PMA parent makes a significant sacrifice when they choose to send their child to our school.   The commitment for those families who have two, even three children simultaneously enrolled, is a significant and difficult financial undertaking.  These parents have double, or triple the tuition costs for all four years their children are at PMA.  
To all of these parents, we thank you for  making PMA a place for families. 

Twins in the freshman class

All of our multiples  * missing from photo, triplet, Helana Castillo, '17
Lab Work with Mrs. MacGregor
  In Mrs. MacGregor's Biology class, s tudents took cheek swabs from an animal cell and dissected onions for plant cells.  Afterwards they were given a Mystery Cell which they determined based on their discoveries under the microscope and cell knowledge. 

Tech Club
The Tech club held their annual XBox and Wii game day after school on January 13.  Over twenty students participated in this video game challenge and it is easy to see why...

Ski Trip
When midterms end you are allowed to reward yourself with a little fun 3,000 feet up in the air.  Twenty five PMA students accompanied by Mr. Klayman, Mrs. Zygmont, and Mrs. McGuinness, did just that.  Friday, January 22, this large group traveled bright and early to Loon Mountain in Lincoln, NH for a fun filled day of skiing and snowboarding. 

The PMA students were a great mix of our international and domesti c stu dents, ranging from expert to beginner skiers, some taking a first lesson that day.

No matter what level the students  could ski or what country they were fr om, one thing was for certain, they all had fun on this trip.  They needed a day in the snow after a long week of exams.   

Upcoming PMA Productions
The High School Years: a Cabaret
Save the Date:  
The High School Years - a Cabaret 
Friday, February 5, 2016
PM A  Dupre Center - 7 pm

Tickets a re $10 each and the cost includes a tasty dessert buffet.
Just So
Rehearsals have started for  Just So: the annual PMA Spring Drama Production
Mark your calendars for April 1 and 2
PMA Dupre Center - 7 pm

The students are working hard!  This musical by Anthony Drew and George Stiles was written in 1984, based on the "Just So" stories by Rudyard Kipling. Set to an eclectic, upbeat score, you are sure to love this story! 

Quick Pics
 Pageant Tree 
Mere hours before Christmas break started, PMA held its annual Pageant Tree. Students performed songs, dances, and skits to get us all in the mood for Christmas and the upcoming break.  The faculty and staff also had a surprise for the students....  




The staff had something special to share with the students as well....could this be a new PMA tradition? 

Thank you for taking the time to keep up to date with our PMA news and happenings.  
We hope you enjoyed this edition of ePathways.   Please watch for our next edition of ePathways.
Rose Maria DiFiore Redman '85
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How You Can Help
Yankee Candle Fundraising Drive
PMA grossed $11,000 with the Yankee Candle fundraiser.  Thank you for your support.  Yankee Candle has committed to help PMA all year long.  Anytime you shop online they will make a donation to our school.  Visit and enter group #99896054 in the "start shopping" box.  
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Upcoming Events
PMA Calendar
Click here to view the latest events on the  PMA CALENDAR.

Grandparents Day
Wednesday, January 27
Catholic Schools Week
February 1 - February 5
Marie Rivier Feast Day
Wednesday, February 3
February Break
February 15 - 19
Alumni Basketball Game
Sunday, February 28
PMA Dupre Center
1:00 p.m.
*Alumni, to register to play on the alumni team, email Paula at

Online Auction
March 23 - April 7, 2016

Spring Gala Legacy Evening 
Friday, April 8, 2016

Alumni, if you graduated in a year ending in 1 or 6, it is your reunion year..How exiting!  We know you are busy so leave the planning to us.  We will reserve tables at the Spring Gala for you and your class members.  This will be a chance to catch up, enjoy a fabulous meal, and maybe see of few of your old teachers. 

If you are not celebrating a reunion year, but love to gather with your fellow classmates, we can reserve a table(s) for your class as well.  

There is also an Alumni Wine and Cheese  Reception before the Gala begins open to all graduates. 

 For more information regarding any of these alumni opportunities at the annual PMA Spring Gala, contact Sarah Previte Hamilton, '82 via email at

Auction Donations
Annually, the online and live auction help PMA     r aise substantial funds to assist with many student related programs.  If you have anything you would like to donate to help make the auctions a success, we would greatly appreciate it.  Items such as gift certificates, sports memorabilia, jewelry, time share, in-kind services, electronics, and day trips are examples of popular auction items.
If you don't have anything to donate but still want to support PMA and this event, Gala sponsorship opportunities are also available.  

To donate an item or for event sponsorship information,  please contact Sarah Previte Hamilton, '82 at 

T he 2015-2016 Annual Fund

falling_change_giving.jpg The Annual Fund Drive is under  way. Thank you to those who have already donated.  We are almost half way towards our goal of $50,000. 

If you would like to support PMA you
can do so with the secure link below.  Your gift can help fund PMA student programs in the year to come. We appreciate your support and generosity. We couldn't do what we we do without your help. 

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