A Message From The Principal: School Safety Meeting

Dear Parents,
I hope to see many of you at our School Safety Meeting tomorrow night at 6:00 PM.  This meeting is for adults only and will be facilitated by experts trained in school safety protocol in today’s society.  We will explain new mandated procedures and how we are preparing to keep your children safe in any situation. We will be meeting in the Star Center instead of the parish hall.
Are you planning on attending our Halloween Bash this Saturday?  It promises to be lots of fun for all ages….games…food…a bouncy for the young ones and a haunted library for the brave ones!  I hope to see you all there!
Many Blessings,
Francie Moss

A Message From The Principal, Mrs. Moss

Dear Parents,

Please indulge me as I take this opportunity to thank so many people that are going “above and beyond” to make Stella Maris Academy the very best it can be. 

A million thanks to Chiara Clemente and her committee for taking on the huge commitment of running this year’s “Family Fun Night”!  What an enjoyable evening.  Can you believe all of those amazing teachers that volunteered to be “pied and dunked”?  We absolutely cannot leave out our wonderful pastor, Fr. Pat.  What a great sport he is!!!  This is truly an amazing school and parish family!

More thanks to  Candie Kavanaugh and the entire PTO board as well as room parents for their work on the upcoming Halloween Bash.  It is gong to be so much fun!

Have you visited our Book Fair yet?  Special thanks to Mrs. Marcelino for all of her hard work and extra hours on campus to make this event open to all of our children and their families.

Additional thanks to past and present parents, staff members and parishioners for accepting positions on our 2019-2020 School Advisory Board.  Congratulations and much appreciation to:

President—Mr. Tom Horgan

Vice-President—Mr. Jack Beresford

Secretary—Mrs. Katie Zack

Treasurer—Mr. Derek  Anthony

Additional Members

Mrs. Liliana Galindo

Mr. David Oliver

Mrs. Fran Vargas

Mrs. Ann Wieczorek

Ex-Officio Members

Mrs. Julie Hollis

Mrs. Kelly Lange

Ms. Jennifer Ledfors

Mrs. Francie Moss

Reverend Patrick Mulcahy

Blessings for another amazing week ahead!  Mrs. Moss

Stella Maris Academy To Hold Enrollment Open House On October 9, 2019

On October 9, 2019 from 8-3pm, the public is invited to our Enrollment Open House. We invite you to tour our campus, see our facilities, and our student community. Hear directly from our principal, Mrs. Francie Moss, meet program teachers and students, and see for yourself why Stella Maris Academy is a warm, welcoming and safe environment for students.

This is a unique opportunity to see the Stella Maris Academy community in action outside of the structured school day. Please RSVP for the Enrollment Open House so we may properly plan for this year’s event. Tours can be scheduled by calling 858-454-2641.

Stella Maris Academy’s Enrollment Open House is for Transitional Kindergarten to Eighth Grade families. Meet our teachers and students, visit classrooms, learn more about the curriculum and hear firsthand how we inspire our students to be citizens for a better world. We look forward to meeting you!


  • Meet our Principal, Mrs. Francie Moss and hear her vision for Stella Maris Academy and philosophy on education.
  • Tour our beautiful campus and classrooms: explore our Library, Star Center, Junior Yard and Senior Yard.
  • Meet our dedicated faculty, and walk through our campus to understand why students love coming to school.
  • See current students and teachers who are passionate about Stella Maris Academy.
  • Hear about the students service and philanthropic programs.
  • Learn about our alumni their experiences at Stella Maris Academy, their college or university and beyond.

For more information, please contact Dr. Jennifer Ledfors, Director of Advancement, at 858-454-2461 or jledfors@stellamarisacademy.org .

October’s Blanket and Towel Charity Drive Has Started!

This Year, Stella Maris Academy students’ philanthropy project for Father Joe’s Village is to collect blankets and towels. From October 8th to October 18th we will be collecting new and gently used blankets and towels. Contributions can be made by families, parishioners, or anyone wishing to help. Please bring donations to the office during October 8th-18th. Thank you!


Dear Parents,

What a week it has been! We began celebrating the 72nd birthday of Stella Maris Academy this past Sunday at the 9:00 parish Mass followed by a cupcake celebration in the church courtyard. Many thanks to the families that attended and to the children that showed their school spirit by wearing their dress uniforms On Tuesday, we showed our love for our school by calling a “Spirit Wear Day”! Once again…Happy Birthday, SMA! We are all so blessed to be part of this school/parish family.

ATTENTION ALL PARENTS: Save the date of Thursday, September 26 from 8 A.M. to 9:00 A.M. and attend “Coffee With the Principal”. We will be welcoming Mr. John Galvan, the director for the Office for Schools of the Diocese of San Diego. Mr. Galvan will be speaking to us on the topic of adults and their “Faith Journey”. He is a dynamic speaker with a rich history in Catholic Schools. There will be time to chat and visit with me, Mr. Galvan and other parents as well. If you plan on attending, please email me at fmoss@stellamarisacademy.org by Monday, September 23 with the number of people attending. This will help to assist us in planning and set up for this event. I hope to see many of you there.

Don’t forget that our annual “Family Fun Night” is right around the corner! The fun will take place in the Junior Yard on Friday, September 27 from 6-9 P.M. Coming together for an evening of fun strengthens our community and creates lasting memories! I will see you there!

With Warm Blessings,

Francie Moss

Save the Dates!

Mark your calendars with the following special Stella Maris dates – more details to follow soon!

September 17th: Stella Maris Academy 72nd Anniversary!

September 27th: Family Fun Night, 6-9pm.

October 26th: Halloween Bash, 5-9pm.

November 1st: The Dad’s Club Wine Tasting Evening, 5-8pm, Parish Hall.

November 14th: Geppetto’s and Stella Maris Academy team up for a fun shopping evening, 5-8pm, where 15% of sale proceeds benefit SMA!

December 3rd: #GivingTuesday.

February 22, 2020: Annual PTO Masquerade Gala.

Stella Maris Academy Teams Up With AdoptAClassroom.org

Stella Maris Academy has teamed up with AdoptAClassroom.org, an education fundraising platform that has raised more than $36 million, providing funding for resources and materials to more than 200,000 classrooms across the nation since 1998. AdoptAClassroom.org connects corporate sponsors and individual donors to teachers and schools locally and nationally. They make it easy for teachers and schools to register, receive funds, and order the classroom supplies they need. If you would like to support Stella Maris Academy with a tax-deductible donation that will be available immediately to our school, please visit AdoptAClassroom.org, via this link https://adoptaclassroom.force.com/donors/s/designation/a1m0y000001vCKFAA2/jennifer-ledfors . You can also contact the Advancement Office at 858-454-2461.

If you would like to help us spread the word, you can share the link to our fundraising page with other people or businesses you know who may be interested in supporting Stella Maris Academy. Thank you!

Give Your Children The Gift Of Music

Stella Maris Academy’s student bandleader, Mr. Andrew Elstob of Paul Effman Music, was here yesterday to introduce children to the many instruments that are available for lessons. The flute, trumpet, alto saxophone, clarinet, trombone, tuba, bells, drums and piano are all available for lessons for grades 3-8 in the Star Center; violins are offered to grades 1-8. If you have any questions about your child’s participation in band, please contact Paul Effman Music directly at info@pemusic.com or 516-921-4543. Sign-up forms are due next Wednesday, September 11th.

Parents may know that the benefits of music education extend well beyond childhood, lasting a lifetime. Music education is shown to have a multitude of benefits. It helps sharpen attentiveness, abstract reasoning and creativity. Children who are musically trained have stronger every day listening skills. Music engages both sides of the brain and challenges children to simultaneously concentrate on multiple tasks. Music and math are highly intertwined. Music also helps children develop coordination and motor skills as well as self-discipline and self-esteem. Students that participate in music programs consistently score higher in English and mathematics than their peers.

I know that the most joy in my life has come to me from my violin. If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.”
Albert Einstein

Stella Maris Academy Celebrates the First Day of School with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony!

This morning at 7.30am a large group of parents, students, parishioners and members of the press gathered outside of the Stella Maris Academy administrative offices for our ribbon cutting ceremony.

Father Patrick Mulcahy, the Parish Pastor, greeted the crowd and blessed the new reception and offices, prior the ribbon cutting by Mrs. Francie Moss, Principal and Mrs. Patricia Lowell, former Principal and Mr. David West, who provided the construction services during the summer to the front office reception area and the new principal’s office.

After the ribbon cutting, the students went to their classrooms and parents and guests entered the school office to see the new office spaces, as well as the newly donated statues of Jesus with Children, Our Lady of Guadalupe and a beautiful double- heart cross that were all generously donated by parishioners of Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic Church. Everyone enjoy coffee and refreshments that were hosted by the Parent Teacher Organization in the Star Center.

The PTO also had several sign-up sheets for this year’s school programs and special events. To volunteer this year with the PTO, please contact Tania Ronchi, PTO President, at 858-333-9386 or taniahynesronchi@me.com.