Spring Book Fair is Here!

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Greetings SMA Parents and Guardians:

Final Scholastic Book Fair of the year will be here Monday 3/27 – Friday 3/31.

This is a great opportunity to stock up on summer reading material, while also helping us earn Scholastic Dollars to help purchase books and materials for our classrooms and library. The theme is “Happy Camper”, so come join us as we get into the spirit of summer!

WE’RE TRYING SOMETHING NEW – TOY FREE SALES (Okay, mostly toy free…some of the books have toys/stickers and there will be a very limited amount of non-book items). We’ll be toy free through Tuesday, so please plan to come early in the week, if this is appealing to you as a shopper.

The Details:

Where: SMA Library

When: Monday – Open for sales after school

Tuesday – Open for sales before and after school

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday – Open before, after, and during senior yard recess and lunch. Bookfair will close about 1 PM on Friday.

TK – 5: As usual, your student’s classroom will visit the library during their regularly scheduled library time on Wednesday or Thursday. During this time period we will read one or two books from the book fair aloud and students will browse and create a “wish list. Parents are encouraged to shop after school with their student, but for your convenience, students are permitted to purchase items during library time, if you send money with them.

Thank you for helping to support our school and our wonderful community of readers!

With Appreciation,

Mrs. Marcelino

SMA Librarian

SMA Takes SECOND Place in Academic Decathlon!!!

Last weekend Stella Maris Academy placed second overall out of 22 participating schools in the 21st Annual San Diego Diocese Academic Junior High Decathlon. The Academic Junior High Decathlon is a competition for students in sixth through eighth grade and comprises of ten events. Two are collaborative team efforts – a logic quiz with 20 rigorous thinking problems, and a super quiz with 50 multiple choice questions on five broad academic themes. The remaining eight events test individual knowledge of the Roman Catholic doctrine, English, literature, science, mathematics, current events, social studies, and fine arts. Awards are given for individual and team performance.  We placed third in logic and took home two first place trophies in religion and social studies, as well as a second place in science and a fourth place in literature. We are so proud of our students and all of their hard work representing our school in this capacity.

The five goals of the Decathlon are:

  • to promote academic excellence
  • to promote collaborative spirit and cooperative learning skills
  • to promote logical and higher order thinking
  • to recognize the contributions of parents, teachers, school administrators, and business and community members in supporting high standards for all students; and
  • to celebrate the diversity, excellence, and tradition of Catholic schools

Great job SMA!!!

Lend a Hand

Yesterday our 3rd Grade looked closely at the Kiva site. They noticed that many loans were running out of time… If a loan isn’t fully funded before it expires, all contributing lenders will be refunded. So, they looked through the “Expiring Soon” section and found Edwin, a fisherman in El Salvador. He was in need of $25 and our site had $25 to lend! Four hours remained and they were able to make his dream happen with a click of the mouse! The students were thrilled to see his picture disappear knowing they made his day!

Side note… Edwin was the only one we could afford to help today, many were in need of hundreds of dollars….students believed God had a hand in today’s Kiva lesson 🙂

Waivers and Socks? Rockin’ Jump Tonight!

We really want your check in process to go smoothly tonight so your children can get right to jumping and enjoying all their friends.
If it has been awhile since your child has been to Rockin’ Jump, please make sure to take a minute and fill out the online waiver for your child to be able to jump.

If you already have Rockin’ Jump socks, please bring them tonight. Don’t have any but have other non-skid socks? Those will work too! Heck, you can even jump barefoot tomorrow night if you want. Socks will be available for purchase if needed.

Lastly, if you prepaid for tickets they will be waiting for you in an envelope to pick up at the venue!
Okay, that is it for now! Many thanks to all the families that have already started bidding on the auction . If you haven’t bid yet, make sure you go check it out!!

Kids Rock Family Gala is Almost Here!

We have Rockin’ Jump reserved exclusively for our school on Friday, February 24th from 5:00pm to 8:00pm.  This is just 2 weeks away!

Some event highlights include: Teacher challenges like rock climbing with Mr. K, pugil stick fighting with Mr. Guay, mini-golf with Ms. Griffin, and a final dodge ball battle – team Guay vs. Team Mr. K.  We will also have teacher stations where students can get their faces painted, decorate cookies, or get some crazy hairdos!

There will be an online auction for families to bid on items and our amazing class baskets. Some of the baskets include a “Summer is Fun” basket with a boogie board, surf lessons and other fun activities brought to you by our very own third grade class. Fifth grade has a “Reading is Magic” baskets with cool books, blankets, gift cards and a fire tablet. Eighth grade has a spa day with manicures, robes, and cream. Second grade has — Legos!!! Yes, the basket has 2 Lego Land passes, a Lego clock, a Lego container and over 6 Lego sets like Minecraft, Lego Friends, Angry Birds, Scooby Doo, and a Star Wars Millennium Falcon!!

We can’t forget to mention our Teacher Features!!! Teachers are putting together a lot of different experiences this year. Mrs. McGarry will be offering students the chance to paint their favorite zoo animal. Mr. K wants to take students rock climbing and diving. Mrs. Moreau will be returning with her fought over Escape Rooms and many more…

We hope you can join us on Friday, February 24th from 5pm-8pm at Rockin’ Jump!

Grandparents’ Day is Tomorrow, February 3rd

This is just a reminder that we are asking all grandparents and special friends to gather at 8:30 in the Parish Hall. They will be served a light breakfast and some coffee and welcomed to our school. From there grandparents will visit classrooms and eventually return to the hall for some presentations from our students. We will end the day with our All School mass at 11:15 in the church. We hope you can join us tomorrow!


Save the Date! Family Gala 2/24 and Adult Gala 5/20!

PTO is hoping you are saving the date for our Second Annual Family Gala on Friday, February 24th from 5 pm – 8 pm at Rockin’ Jump in Mira Mesa.
Buy tickets to participate in teacher stations, eat food, and win prizes. There will also be some Teacher Challenges! What fun!
Classes are hard at work on collecting donations for their class baskets! The Lego basket in 2nd grad is coming together quickly and 4th grade is working on a staycation basket with a stay at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club?! These are going to be too good to pass up!! Also, don’t forget to bid on Teacher Features! Teachers are determining their activities now and I am certain there will be lots of students wanting to participate in all the fun they have in store!!
Please see the attached flyers for more information! Come jump and play with SMA!
Also, while I have you, pull out your calendars at Save the Date for Saturday, May 20th. Our Gala committee is hard at work on the adult gala as well. More information will be coming, but we want to make sure you are able to come celebrate with us!
Thanks PTO and all out SMA families for always making these events such a success! We hope to see all of you there!

SMA Dads’ Club 4th Annual Wine Tasting

Please join us for the 4th Annual Wine Tasting on Saturday, January 28th from 6 to 9 in the Parish Hall
Celebrate the New Year with our SMA family, Mary, Star of the Sea Parish and our La Jolla Neighbors. We will feature wine selections from San Diego County Wineries including: Highland Valley Vineyards, Old Survey Vineyards and Lenora Winery
Entrance includes a Stella Maris wine glass, wine tasting and appetizers. Tickets are $25 a person – Sponsor a teacher or staff for $25 and consider buying them a bottle of wine.
If you like the wine, buy a bottle or case to support our wineries and SMA. Also take a chance at our raffle which includes dozens of prizes from local wineries and restaurants. Buy tickets online on the Dads’ Club page or in the office.


Christmas Parade this Sunday, December 4th

This coming Sunday(December 4th) is the annual La Jolla Christmas parade. We are well under way with prepping our float for this year’s parade – the theme is “Christmas in the Future”.

We are planning to start the building/decorating process on Saturday(December 3rd, time will be sent out in a couple of days) and we will need help early Sunday morning as well for final float preparations – starting at 8 am . If you can join us for any of those times please email Jennifer Barber-Singh with details on how your family can help us – building/decorations/child riding (please include what they will be dressed as).

The float committee looks forward to another award winning float & we need all the help we can get!! Also, Jennifer will be in the Jr yard after school Tues-Friday for ornament decorating that will be used on this years Christmas tree on the float – feel free to hang out for a little bit and help us make our tree futuristic!

The Float committee