Today it was announced that third grade has won the Spirit Run prize! Did you know that 100% of the third grade class brought in MORE than $100? That is pretty amazing third grade!! We hope you enjoy your picnic and silly string festivities.
Stella Maris would also like to thank all of our parents and students for exceeding our goal of $13,000 and raising over $14,000. Your generosity is truly amazing and you make our SMA community so wonderful.
Thank you once again to Jennifer Bonakdar for organizing this entire event. You are truly an inspiration to all of us!
We have raised 12,100 and are honing in on our target. If you have waited until the last minute to donate, this is it. Monies must be turned in tomorrow morning, February 15th to be counted.
Second and third grade chose to help in the area of Water and Sanitation this month. A woman by the name of Hien, who lives in Vietnam, is struggling with the absence of a toilet. Unfortunately, many in her community are in this same horrible situation. Building a toilet will improve the health of Hien and her two children. Quite simply, this loan will help prevent the spread of disease. Appropriate sanitation facilities are critical for these families!
After learning about germs and sanitation, students played The Germ Game! The object of the game was to keep the dreaded germs away by showing their understanding of what they learned during our Kiva lesson. Students understood we don’t notice when germs enter our bodies and were able to give examples of what could happen if they do. Students also saw the importance of practicing good hygiene such as washing their hands.
We were happy to help Hien and her family and we pray for their continued good health!
You are invited to a Viva Las Vegas Casino Night
Benefitting Stella Maris Academy
Saturday, March 10, 2018
6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
UCSD – The Great Hall
Hosted by the Stella Maris Academy PTO
RSVP by February 16, 2018
3rd and 7th Grade spent Friday morning discussing the challenges facing single parents around the world. These mothers and fathers are supporting their families without a partner. In small groups, students shared out their ideas regarding why they believe being a single parent is difficult. One group said, “It’s hard because you have to work by yourself and you have less income.” Another group said, “There is no one to help you.” Students showed sympathy and empathy as their classmates spoke.
Students were introduced to a man named Armando, a father from Boliva, who is supporting his three children working as a bricklayer and a driver. He is in need of a loan for a motor and maintenance of his vehicle. The students felt we should help him because “his car is probably run down and old.” They were impressed by how hard working he is by holding down two jobs to support his family. The students recognized the love Armando has for his children and that he is doing everything he can to provide for them.
Our SMA students continue to show their compassion for others and are always willing to help in some way. We will continue to learn the stories of these men and women in need and do what we can, no matter how small.
IT’S HERE – SMA’S SPIRIT RUN HAPPENS TOMORROW!!!
We can’t wait to see everyone at the La Jolla Rec Center Monday afternoon, filled with the Holy Spirit and ready to kick off Catholic Schools week with this FUNdraiser. Please remember that students may come to school in appropriate, comfortable athletic wear. Eat a sensible lunch (nothing too heavy) and bring sunscreen and a water bottle. We will have water at the park to refill bottles and gatorade and light snacks for after the run. Thank you to all who have volunteered to help at the event – it is not too late to join us. See the signup genius to see where you are needed, or just show up at the park and we’ll find a role for you! We especially need parents to help tally laps and cheer students on as they go go go!
Lastly,THANK YOU FOR YOUR FINANCIAL SUPPORT of the Spirit Run. Remember to keep collecting donations and pledges. We have raised over $5000 so far towards our $13K goal. Money must be turned in by Thursday Feb 15 to be counted toward any incentives, the taco lunch, the silly string battle, or any teacher prizes.
See you on the field – let’s do this SMA!
Spirit Run Coordinator/PTO Treasurer
Have you heard? The Spirit Run is just two weeks away. Monday, January 29 is the date for this FUNdraiser where students earn money for our school by running laps at the La Jolla Rec Center. Students should be collecting donations or securing pledges (i.e. $1 per lap etc) and all money can be turned in whenever received. If every family were to raise $100 in donations, we would meet our fundraising goal of $13,000 for this event.
Donations can be received in cash or check, or donors may pay through Paypal on the PTO page of the school website http://stellamarisacademy.org/parents/pto/
Remember, the class who brings in the most funds, determined by the per student average, will earn a walking field trip for a picnic in the park, capped off with an epic silly string fight! Additionally, any student who raises $100 or more can participate in the popular Taco Truck Lunch. All funs are due by February 15 to be counted.
We need family volunteers for a fun and smooth day – please see the SignUp Genius to find out where you can help:
Congratulations to our very own third grader, Ella. She designed a beautiful poster for the Knights of Columbus Poster contest – Keeping Christ in Christmas. We are so proud of you Ella!