Dear Members of the St. Mary’s School for the Deaf Community:
Last month our 5K Run / Walk was a huge success. We are so grateful to former Buffalo Sabre Great, Danny Gare, for starting the race! We are also appreciative of Maritime Charter School, University of Buffalo Audiology / Speech & Hearing Department, and Niagara University ASL Classes for volunteering during this event. Volunteer Joan Rice did an awesome job organizing the race and post race party.
Physical Education Teachers Jim Carmody and Bryan Booke were selected national winners for the Faye Biles Educational Award from the American Heart Association. Jim and Bryan have been instrumental in the implementation of Jump Rope for Heart for three years now. Both have displayed a level of integrity and commitment to the students of St. Mary’s School for the Deaf that is unmatched. To put this into perspective, over 30,000 schools participate in Jump and Hoops across the country and only ten win! More than 37 years ago, Faye Biles was instrumental with creating the Jump Rope for Heart program. Her passion and dedication for her students set a tremendous benchmark. Representing SMSD, Jim and Bryan have set the benchmark for WNY without a doubt.
On November 25th, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra will present their 29th Annual Holiday Concert at 10 a.m. in the Father Gallagher Gym. We ask that all who attend this free event bring food items for our Annual Food Drive to benefit local food pantries.
St. Mary’s School for the Deaf continues to partner with our many community organizations and acts as a valuable resource to Western New York. We are committed to our Belief Statement and our Mission Statement. We remain student focused and student centered in our approach to Deaf Education.
I look forward to seeing you on campus and working with you to support our students in 2015-2016. Together we can help our students become life-long learners and productive citizens.
Timothy M. Kelly