On August 1, 1903, when the De La Salle Christian Brothers opened St. Joseph’s Academy Grammar School (est. 1870 in Oakland) for boys at the Peralta Park Hotel in North Berkeley, there were about five homes in the immediate vicinity of the campus. By 1925, when plans to move Saint Mary’s High to Berkeley from the campus it shared with Saint Mary’s College in Oakland got underway, there were about forty. Today, more than 125 homes border the campus. Begun in 1994, in part as a requirement of the City of Albany and as a courtesy to neighbors, Saint Mary’s sends a newsletter/calendar at least twice each year, currently to about 700 nearby addresses. Complete school calendar information is easily accessible on the Saint Mary’s web site, which neighbors are encouraged to visit for up-to-date information.
Use the links below to view the current newsletter and samples of past newsletters in PDF format.
Fall Term 2017 News & Calendar – Saint Mary’s 90th Year at Peralta Park
Fall Term 2016 News & Calendar Start of School, Streetcars, Pharmacies, and Barbers in the Neighborhood.
Fall Term 2015 153rd year of Lasallian Catholic education & 88th year at Peralta Park.
Winter and Spring Terms 2014-2015 Newsletter Year ends on high notes: music concert, fundraiser, service, and more.
Fall Term 2014 Saint Mary’s is part of new Christian Brothers’ District of San Francisco New Orleans.
Winter and Spring Terms 2013-2014 Stellar Student Fundraiser and Advent service projects.
Fall Term 2013 Saint Mary’s students and alumni make local and national news.
Winter-Spring Term 2012-2013 Activities in the local community.
Fall Term 2012 Saint Mary’s opens Sesquicentennial Year! The Albina Bridge circa 1903.
Spring 2011 Music at Saint Mary’s through the years.
Fall 2010 The Key System to BART – Neighborhood Transportation
Spring 2010 The view from Jefferson School / Mission in Action
Fall 2009 The Brickpile on Broadway / De La Salle Hall 1927
Spring 2009 Invitation to Brady Park track and field dedication
Fall 2008 The Pioneer Brothers’ 9,000 mile journey to Saint Mary’s, 1868
Spring 2008 Albina & Posen / McGee & Curtis / Catholic Education in Berkeley
Fall 2007 Cattle drives on Albina / Peralta Park Hotel fire 1946
Summer 2007 The Academy Comes to Peralta Park / Neighborhood Growth
Follow Saint Mary’s News in the Berkeley Times and on Albany and Berkeley Patch community web sites.
Pictured: Early Berkeley streetcar to Town Hall, Peralta Park, and West Berkeley (Berkeley Historical Society)