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Principal's Letter


Dear Parents,

I’m writing with two brief updates which I wanted to communicate prior to my November letter. 

I am sad to say that Mrs. Lori McCoy, my Administrative Assistant, has accepted a position with the Capital District YMCA. Though short in duration, our time together in the office has been wonderful. Mrs. McCoy hit the ground running and has been a fabulous addition to our SMS family. I appreciate that the opportunity presented to her is simply too good to pass up but I will miss having her in the office, as her efficiency was second to none, and her sense of humor kept me coming back each day! Mrs. McCoy has agreed to stay on until a replacement is identified, for which I am very thankful. 

Secondly, it seems practical at this time to run a “TEST” of our School Messenger system, the automated notification system used to inform you of a school closure or emergency. The School Messenger system generates a phone call, email or text message to you when we are communicating time sensitive information, like closures. I will initiate this TEST on Thursday, October 26th at 3:15 p.m. Your caller ID will identify “St. Mary’s  School” as the caller. Should you miss that call, your first instinct may be to call the school back. However, we are purposefully doing this at the end of the day so that parents realize it is the TEST and not return the call during school hours, thereby tying up the phone lines. The system will initiate a callback twice if the initial is not ‘received’ by you. The purpose of the test is to make sure every family is contacted on the correct contact number. If you don’t receive the test or wish to have a different number contacted, please let Mrs. McCoy know in the days that follow the test. 

Until my next communication, I wish you all a good week. 


Mary Rushkoski