YEARBOOK: Sponsorship Pages and Love Lines

YEARBOOK: Sponsorship Pages and Love Lines-Due March 1st

Click on the links below to read more about how you can help with publishing our yearbooks. Please contact and send Sponsorship Pages or Love Lines to Mrs. Zack, kzack@stellamarisacademy.org.

Sponsorship Page:
We are looking for page sponsors to offset the cost of printing our fabulous FULL-COLOR, ORIGINAL DESIGN yearbook. For $50 your family or business can show your support and school spirit by sponsoring the page of your choice in the yearbook!

Love Lines:
This is your opportunity to let your favorite SMA student know how proud you are of them and how much they mean to you.

Love lines are short messages addressed to a student and included on special pages in the yearbook. These messages mean a lot to the students and they hold lasting memories.

We are collecting socks!

This year we are partnering with Father Joe’s Villages. Students will be going and serving lunch at their facilities, making items for Father Joe’s, and helping out in various ways.

During the month of October, we will be collecting socks for Father Joe’s Sock Drive. Father Joe’s is in need of 1,000 PAIRS OF NEW SOCKS.

Please bring your donations to the office or to your child’s classroom.

Thank you so much for helping us with this great cause.

The Scholastic Book Fair is Almost Here

The Scholastic Book Fair is Coming Soon!

Save the Date!
October 8th through October 12th in our library

Can’t wait to see you there!

 

Come join us at our first PTO meeting!

Our first PTO meeting of the year will take place next Tuesday, September 11th in the STAR Center at 8:15. EVERYONE is welcome! Please hope to see you there!

USD Men’s Soccer ~ Catholic Schools Night with Pregame Experience

Save the date, November 9, for an amazing experience for your middle-school student soccer players!

The University of San Diego would like to welcome our Catholic school soccer players to a Men’s Soccer game against Santa Clara, which will include a pregame meet & greet with the new Head Coach, Brian Quinn, and the Director of Campus Ministry, Michael Lovette-Colyer.

Coach Quinn and Mr. Lovette-Colyer will share with the students what it takes to become a Division I soccer player and the importance of faith and spirituality.

Back to School Night

You are invited to join us this week for our Back to School Nights.

Our first Back to School Night will be for parents with students in Transitional Kindergarten through fifth grade on Wednesday, August 29th beginning at 6 p.m. in the Parish Hall.

6:00-6:25 Welcome from Principal and PTO in the Parish Hall
6:30-6:55 First Session of Back to School presentations
7:00-7:25 Second Session of Back to School Night presentations

Our second Back to School Night will be for parents with students in middle school (grades 6-8) on Thursday, August 30th beginning at 6 p.m. in the senior yard in your child’s homeroom.

6:00-6:10 Welcome from Principal and PTO released to homeroom after to follow schedule through until 7:40 p.m.

We hope to see you there!

Summer Mailing

Hello everyone,

Summer is quickly coming to an end and it is time to think about school supply shopping and the various forms the office will need in the coming weeks. Please click on the SUMMER MAILING link to see a copy of our newsletter and access to all our forms.

We hope you have had a wonderful summer and can’t wait to see all of you on August 22nd at 7:50 am.

Summer Work

Want to come back to school in the fall and attend our ice cream social? What about having the math department serve you pancakes? If either of these options interest you, please take a moment and check out the information below.

Every summer our students are asked to read and complete math assignments (grades 4-8) to help prevent the summer slide. Below you will find the links needed for these assignments.

Mrs. Marcelino’s Ice Cream Social Summer Reading Log – Students in kindergarten through third grade are asked to read and record 10 books. Students in fourth and fifth grade are asked to read five books, and middle school students are asked to read three books.

Middle School Reading (6-8) – We are asking all students to read at least two books over the summer and complete the work attached. Read the letter to find out more about what is being asked of our students.

Summer Math (4-8) – Students in fourth through eighth grade are asked to complete 8 ALEKS assignments over the summer with a score of 90% or higher. If students score lower, they can use the Quick Retake option to simply redo the problems they missed. Assignments can be found in the upper left hand corner of ALEKS by clicking on the three lines and selecting “Assignments”. It is strongly suggested that students complete the 8 ALEKS topics before working on their personal pie if they are close to finishing their pie so as to not lose their work on the assignments.

Thank you! We hope you have a wonderful summer and look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, August 22nd.

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April Kiva Update

We were able to complete a loan on Friday!  A woman named Gertrude from the Philippines needed $25 to get 100% funded and SMA was able to provide it!  The $200 loan will help Gertrude build a toilet for her family.  In a past Kiva lesson, the students learned about the importance of sanitation and hygiene.  Gertrude’s new toilet will help reduce health risks to her family.  We are so happy for her!

In keeping with Eco-friendly loans, the students used a recent Time for Kids issue on the pros of buying used rather than new to better understand the toll it takes on the environment to manufacture goods.  Students began comparing the prices of new items such as books to prices on Amazon for the same product just gently used.  What a savings!  Students then looked closely at how a pair of jeans is made.  It starts with the cotton being grown which requires land and water. Chemicals are used to dye the jeans which can be toxic to the environment.  Energy is used in the factories to manufacture the jeans.  The jeans are then packaged in materials such as plastic.  Finally,  the jeans are shipped to the store which causes pollution during transport.  Not only is there a cost to us when buying the jeans but there is a cost to our environment.  Students recognize the importance of becoming more eco-conscious and to do our part in reducing, reusing, and recycling for the well being of our wonderful planet.  And we can even save money in the process 🙂  Remember this rule…  “If it’s good for the planet, it’s good for you!”