Immaculate Heart of Mary School is fortunate
to have been chosen as one of more than 300
schools, across seven archdioceses and dioceses,
participating in the Catholic Alumni Partnership
(CAP). CAP is a groundbreaking initiative that
is enabling us to reconnect with and reengage
our alumni. In the Archdiocese of New York, we
are one of 51 schools participating in a pilot
program. Immaculate Heart of Mary School is
working closely with CAP staff to identify our
alumni and create opportunities for those
individuals to once again become active members
of our school community.
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about the Catholic Alumni Partnership, or to
make a donation to Immaculate Heart of Mary
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In January, the U.S. House of
Representatives passed a resolution honoring the
contributions of Catholic schools to the nation
– recognizing the academic and moral excellence
instilled in students and congratulating schools
for contributing to a brighter, stronger future
for the country. We need your help in ensuring
that Immaculate Heart of Mary School remains a
viable alternative to families who feel the same
Today, we are struggling
to keep tuition levels stable while costs
continue to increase.
On average, tuition in
the Archdiocese of New York’s elementary schools
covers only 65% of student costs. We receive
approximately $300 a student (or 6%) from
government sources. The balance must be funded
by our supporters.
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IHM School has
recently celebrated its 80th Anniversary. We
would like to organize an Almuni Association. If
you or your children graduated from IHM School
or know someone who did, please send us their
name (include maiden name), address and year of
You can send them to:
IHM School Alumni Association
201 Boulevard, Scarsdale, New York, 10583
50 Years After
Graduating, Immaculate Heart of Mary Students
The Journal News; May 27,
2007; By LEN MANIACE (firstname.lastname@example.org)
SCARSDALE - For the
former students of Immaculate Heart of Mary
School, five decades dissolved within minutes of
entering the elementary school auditorium for a
reunion marking the 50th anniversary of their
Dorothy Mahaffey Schoeler, known by classmates
as Dossie, admitted to some difficulty
recognizing the faces of classmates, but that
didn't last long.
"Once you heard their names, then you could see
their old faces," said the 63-year-old, who made
the trip from Naples, Fla., where she and her
husband recently moved from New Canaan, Conn.
Those fresh faces that seemed so elusive were
featured on the cover of the 50th anniversary
directory, a group picture of the class's 73
students on their graduation day.
That photo, which did not bear any of the names,
was the only thing Roger Forasté had to go on
when he got the idea of the reunion some two
So Forasté, who lives in Hingham, Mass., outside
Boston, contacted the only classmate he could
locate, Raymond Burke Jr., a New York City
attorney. Burke, in turn, knew Mahaffey, who
proved to be a key to hunting down the
"Dossie is a pack rat," Foraste said.
Mahaffey had saved an old article in the
Scarsdale Inquirer that listed the graduates'
names under the photo, and she had a copy of the
Immaculate Heart of Mary Herald, a typed,
hand-drawn and mimeographed document that served
as the class's graduation yearbook.
Mahaffey also knew four female graduates, each
of whom knew other graduates.
Then Forasté and several volunteers set out to
track down the rest of the class of 1957,
turning, where else, but to the Internet.
"There is no way we could have done this without
the Internet," said Forasté. Nor could it have
been done, he said, if he had not retired from
his career in sales for Xerox Corp.
Forasté and his volunteers were able to find 53
students living in 17 states. They also learned
that 11 had died.
"When I started calling people up," Forasté
said, "after I said my name I got that pregnant
pause, and then they would say, 'Your name
sounds familiar,' and I would say, 'It's only
been 50 years.' "
One person who remembered Forasté's name
immediately was Steve Springer, who held a party
at his East 57th Street home Friday night for
the graduates. Springer, a 63-year-old money
manager, said he was eager to see his
classmates, including many who went on to
"We were kind of a homogenous group, given the
nature of the school, and I wanted to see what
directions people went in," Springer said.