Spirit Run time!!


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:


December KIVA update

On Friday, the 3rd graders met with their 6th grade buddies to learn about a man by the name of Vincent who lives in Spokane, WA.  Vincent is creating a mobile farmers market app which will enable his neighbors to have access to healthy foods and his business will support the local farmers.  Vincent learned the importance of investing in his community as a young boy scout.  Now, as an entrepreneur, Vincent is concerned about the wellness of those around him and is doing something about it!

A recent Time For Kids issue had a cover story about “companies that care.”  In addition to learning Vincent’s story, the students


5th Annual Wine, Beer and Dessert Tasting on Saturday, December 2nd

Celebrate the holidays with our SMA family, Mary, Star of the Sea Parish and our La Jolla Neighbors in the recently remodeled Parish Hall
We will feature wine selections from San Diego County Wineries including: Highland Valley Vineyards, Principe di Tricase Winery, Lenora Winery and Mission Brewery

Entrance includes a Stella Maris wine or beer glass, tastings, appetizers, and desserts including our chocolate fountain.
Tickets are $25 a person ($35 CASH ONLY at the door)

Sponsor a teacher or staff for $25 and consider buying them a bottle of wine.

Raffle with dozens of prizes from local wineries and restaurants (with a special thank you to prizes donated by Dick’s Liquor). We will even be raffling off 2 new 40 inch Sony televisions!

Music by local musicians and jazz composer Josh Weinstein, PhD

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.

The wine tasting proceeds will be used to buy a new chromebook cart.

We hope to see you there!


For more details contact Robert Bonakdar or David Oliver

Auditions for the Christmas Play

Christmas is coming!!

Hello Stella Maris Families!
This is Mrs. Misleh and it is time to audition for our yearly Christmas Play!  All classes will be involved in the music part of the play, and grades 4-8 are invited to audition for the speaking parts. In addition 8th grade will be helping as stage hands, lending their invaluable help to Mrs. Misleh the day of the play.
The play this year is called  “Sheep in Heavenly Peace,” and it will be a lot of fun!
The character list is attached along with a page from the script.  Your child does not have to memorize it for the audition, however if they would like to that is fine too!
I am almost done rewriting the play so that there are more characters, thereby creating more roles for more students and creating an easier time of it for those with a large amount of lines.
Auditions will be this week and next,  on Monday and Wednesdays during lunch.  Let’s plan to meet in the library, if that changes an announcement will be made in the morning.
God bless!



 IT’S FINALLY HERE!  The Kids Rock Halloween Bash On-Line Silent Auction! Get ready, Go, Click! Auction open until this Friday at 7 pm! You may find a clickable link on SMA’s school website and/or use this Auction Link:


The Auction includes Spooktacular Teacher Features, School Experiences, and Auction Items like:

=        Tickets to a Harry Potter Concert at Copley Symphony Hall

=        A Fiesta Bonfire at La Jolla Shores with Dr. Carrasco

=        An authentic Tamale-making Party

=        Escape Room experiences

=        Season Passes to Universal Studios

=        Sailing Lessons

=        Dinner + Tour at Fire House Station 9

=        “Principal of the Day” Experience

=        Freaky Friday

=        Teacher Dresses as a Student

=        Your Wish Is Granted

=        The Sorcerer’s Chamber of Secret’s Scavenger Hunt

…And Much Much More!

And a New Bonus Feature this year“Voting” for Zany Teacher Shenanigans!

Ø “Vote” with your wallet for a Zany Teacher Shenanigan your child would like to see! Go to the office and put your money in the pot and hope it reaches the top! The teachers have set a mystery goal for each Shenanigan to be carried out. Don’t miss this opportunity!

*Cauldrons will be in the front office all week and then at Rockin’ Jump on Friday night. (1). SILLY STRING THE PRINCIPAL & VP (2). FACULTY TALENT SHOW (3). TEACHER CRAZY HAIRDO STYLING (4). DUDE LOOKS LIKE A LADY (MR. GUAY)

The Scholastic Book Fair is HERE!


Reading for pleasure unlocks the power of information and imagination and helps children discover who they are. Here’s what you can do to help children develop stronger reading skills and a love  for reading:

· Set the example. Let children see you read.

· Have a collection of books in your home. Update this collection routinely to keep up  with changing tastes and reading skills.

· Support our school’s Book Fair. Allow your children to choose their own books  to read .

Our Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that brings the books kids want to read right into our school. It’s a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. Please make plans to visit our Book Fair and be involved in shaping your child’s reading habits.

Book Fair dates: Monday, 10/16 – Friday, 10/20; onsite fair closes on Friday at 2 pm.

Shopping hours: Before school Tuesday – Friday & Afterschool Monday – Friday.

Special activities: Toy Free Shopping Monday after school.

Adult only shopping Events on Tuesday 2 – 3 & Thursday 8:15 – 9:30 am.

If you are unable to attend the Fair in person, we invite you to visit our online Book Fair at scholastic.com/fair or by going directly to our link:http://www.scholastic.com/bf/stellamarisacademy3 Our Online Fair is available from Wednesday, 10/11 to Monday, 10/23 at noon.

We look forward to seeing you and your family at our Book Fair! Remember, all purchases benefit our school.


Pat Lowell


Please join us on Sunday, October 15th at the 12 o’clock mass


We hope you can join us THIS SUNDAY at the 12 o’clock mass!

This Sunday will be the first Stella Maris Family Mass at Mary, Star of the Sea 12:00 noon Mass. Please join us for this wonderful opportunity for families young and old to participate in prayer and worship together.
Also, we need students to participate in the choir for this Mass. Please email Ms. Julie Misleh jmisleh@stellamarisacademy.org if your son or daughter would like to participate in the choir for this Mass.
We hope all SMA families are able to attend the first Stella Maris Family Mass!

Hats (headwear) for Hope – October 13th

Hats (headwear) for Hope – Friday, October 13th
Recently our world has been faced with several natural disasters and our SMA families are all asking what we can do as a site to help. We have been praying each and every day for those impacted and we would like to offer the opportunity for our families and students to help support Catholic Charities organizations in the areas impacted and to support a local family in need.
On Friday, October 13th we are offering the students a chance to wear a hat or fun headwear, as long as they bring in a donation. We will also be asking our students to simply donate to help the families impacted by these disasters. A collection is being started in the office and each classroom teacher will also be collecting donations over the next two weeks. We will announce how much has been raised at the Student of the Month assembly on Friday, October 13th.