We are well into our first week of full days. As expected, the weather decided to heat up a bit just in time for our return to classes. Please make sure your child brings a water bottle to school each day. We no longer have drinking fountains, although we do have water bottle filling stations in each yard and in the admin building. Keeping hydrated helps to keep our students alert and ready to learn.
I am looking forward to seeing all of you at our Back-to-School evening this week (TK-5/ Wednesday & 6-8/ Thursday). It has been a wonderful beginning to our new school year and the teachers are excited to share their year plans and daily expectations for your children. Please remember that we will begin the evenings promptly at 6:00 PM in the parish hall.
An additional reminder that we will observe the upcoming 3-day Labor Day weekend. Please note that there will be no aftercare this Friday due to the holiday. Regular aftercare hours will resume upon our return on Tuesday.
I hope your calendars are marked for Wednesday, September 6 at 5:30 PM in the parish hall for our Safety Net (Internet Safety) presentation for parents provided by the San Diego Police Department. Our students will participate in age-appropriate presentations throughout that day. This evening presentation is for adults only due to some sensitive topics that will be discussed. We are providing this opportunity for our parents to learn more about how to keep their children safe from the dangers of popular platforms and social media sites. This is just one more step we are taking to keep our students as safe as possible here at school and to assist you with safety at home.
Happy First Day of School! I saw all of you doing the “Happy Dance” this morning! What a joy it is to have our students back, joined by 21 new students as well. Welcome one and all to this wonderful school family!
Please know that we are aware of the many delays with the uniform orders from Dennis Uniform. We will work through this together. Please keep the lines of communication open with your child’s teacher. We may have what you need in the used uniform cupboards as well. Feel free to stop by the office to take a look.
Just a reminder that all three days this week will be 12:30 dismissal days. After care will be
available. Parents are welcome to attend our first school Mass this Friday at 11:20
I am looking forward to a great year filled with excitement and many engaging learning experiences at Stella Maris Academy, where….”Learning is Divine at Herschel and Kline”
The final countdown is on! We are preparing to welcome our students back in only one week! The staff has been in meetings and working in classrooms to make sure our school year gets off to a great start! We even received a special blessing from Fr. Pat at yesterday’s morning Mass.
I am looking forward to meeting with our new families on Monday, August 21 at 5:00 PM in the gym, located in the admin building (Building “A”). Please note the change of venue due to a different meeting scheduled in the parish hall.
Don’t forget to drop off student supplies this coming Tuesday between the hours of 9:00 and 11:00. This will help to make the first day of school less hectic. While you are here, feel free to stop by the office to check out our new “spirit wear”! We have some fun new styles.
Finally, please plan on joining us for coffee and sweet rolls in front of the school office on the first day of school after you drop your children off to their new classrooms. Let’s make this the best “first day of school” yet!
We are excited to share with you the new digital forms to be used for this school year. No more printing out forms and remembering to bring them to the office!
You will find two types of forms, one is Google Forms and the other is payment forms through FACTS. You are now able to submit information online without the need to print the forms and walk them into the office. The payment forms will be used for Pizza Lunch and Cub Care/After School Care Registration. Click on the links below to complete all the forms.
Below you will find links to forms that will be due on or before the first day of school, Wednesday, August 23rd. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Mrs. Elicia Bailey in the front office, email@example.com or phone: 858-454-2461.
Emergency Form: Mandatory.
Walking Field Trip Permission Slip: Mandatory for all grades.
Cub Care/After School Care Registration and Fee Payment Form: Mandatory, for families who use Cub Care/After School Care. There is a $55.00 non-refundable registration fee per family. 2023-2024 Cub Care Extended Day Care Handbook
Pizza Lunch: Optional. We have an all-school pizza lunch almost every other Tuesday. Payment is made for the whole year upfront through FACTS. We are unable to accept payment on a lunch-by-lunch. Click the following link to sign up: Pizza Lunch Sign Up & Payment Form
F.I.S.H. (Family Involvement & Service Hours): Mandatory. Service Hours Tally (25 hours per family, or 12 for single parents) will be required from all families by the end of the school year. Please log in volunteer hours on School Speak throughout the school year. You will find this tool under the menu “FISH Hours“.
Walking Pass: Optional, for 6th 7th, and 8th grades only.
Medication: Only if applicable.
Allergy Packet: Only if your student has any food or other serious allergies. Please notify the office and teacher of your child(ren)’s allergy.
Tonight, is the big night …our first annual Spring Sing! It will be wonderful to hear the uplifting music and see all our students performing one last time before our summer break. Our program begins at 6PM. Students should arrive no later than 5:45.
Please remember that tomorrow evening at 5:30 we will be hosting a special presentation for parents regarding social media and how to keep our children safe. All parents of children in grades TK-8th are welcome. Please feel free to bring friends who want to learn more as well. PLEASE, NO CHILDREN. There will be extremely sensitive topics addressed that may not be appropriate for children.
Aftercare reminder…because of the Memorial Day long weekend, there will be NO AFTERCARE this Friday. All students should be picked up at the 12:30 dismissal time.
Many thanks to all of you who participated in today’s International Lunch! Another SMA tradition has returned!!! Special thanks to Senora Pina, Miss Debbie, and Mrs. Moreau for organizing this wonderful event celebrating our many cultures!
Speaking of delicious food…don’t forget to support SMA and a local business today beginning at 3:00 today. Please see the flier in today’s newsletter for American Pizza Manufacturing. A portion of the proceeds will go back to SMA! This is a great way to support our school as well as a great local business. Order online for quick and easy pick-up.
Coming up next week…
Wednesday, May 24 – Our 1st Annual Spring Sing! 6:00 PM in the parish hall. All students will be performing. You don’t want to mis this fun-filled evening of show tune music!
Thursday, May 25 – Parent presentation regarding the dangers of social media and how to keep our children safe. 5:30 in the parish hall. This is for parents only…please no children due to the sensitive content that will be discussed by our school therapist Kelly Dobelstein MA. Med. PPS. Al parents are welcome TK-8th grade.
Aloha and Mahalo to all our parents, friends, teachers, and parishioners that supported our “Aloha Nights” Gala last Saturday. What an enjoyable evening filled with music, food, beverages, and support for our wonderful school! We are currently running a “Second Chance Silent Auction” for items that were not bid on or for items that were purchased and re-donated for another round of bidding. Please note that this auction is located on the same site as the previous auction. It will be active through May 15. Special thanks to Bianka Escobedo, our gala chairperson as well as her committee members…Mayling Garrison, Karla Onstott, Elena Rubio, Shannon Mann, Jessica Duran, Meghan Matthews, Jessica Wackenstedt, Laurence Frost, and Lisa Greene. What an amazing team! Let’s not forget our auctioneer, Fr. Pat, and his assistant Jim Watson!
I hope to see many of you at this evening’s “Night of Art and Music”. Our school band will perform from 5:00-5:40 then our student art will be on display from 5:40-7:00 PM. This is a wonderful opportunity to come together to show our appreciation for the amazing fine arts opportunities our students participate in.
This is such a busy month! Summer will certainly be here before we know it! Please mark your calendars for the following events…
May 12 – Student of the Month Assembly (8:05)
Fr. Pat’s Birthday
May 13 – 1st Eucharist (11:00)
May 17 – International Lunch
May 23 – Parent Presentation Regarding Online Safety for Children (5:30)
May 24 – Spring Sing (6:00)
Whew! I am tired just looking at this list!
Aloha SMA Parents,
We are just days away from our “Aloha Nights” Gala. Please make sure you have registered for the silent auction. There are so many amazing items up for bid. Did you know that you don’t have to attend the event to place a bid? Just scan the QR code in today’s newsletter, register, and begin the bidding fun. I must admit…it is rather addicting in an enjoyable sort of way! I am looking forward to seeing many of you there decked out in your Hawaiian attire and enjoying the “Island” atmosphere. So, let’s all get ready to have an enjoyable evening while supporting our wonderful school and our window replacement project! Special thanks to our Gala chair, Bianka Escobedo and her amazing, hardworking committee members for putting so much work and time into this important fundraising event.
Happy Easter to everyone! I hope you all had time to enjoy some rest and relaxation! We are now in the “home stretch”! This school year has flown by! These final weeks will be filled with several events that will celebrate our wonderful school community.
Congratulations again to Coach “D” and all our students and their families on an incredibly successful “Spirit Run”! The total raised, after expenses, was $18,000! These funds will be used to purchase some new athletic team uniforms for next year’s teams representing SMA. We will also access these funds to celebrate and thank our parents that volunteered their time to coach our students this past year with a dinner this evening. Some additional, and much-needed, sports equipment will be purchased as well. Well done SMA and Coach “D”!
We are anxiously awaiting the evening of our “Aloha Nights” gala! There are so many amazing items for silent and live auctions. Remember, you do not have to be present to bid and win! Just click on the link in today’s newsletter or scan the QR code on your ticket. This will be the only way you can bid on silent auction items. So, register to participate today!!!
Happy day after Valentine’s Day! We had many wonderful celebrations at school. It’s hard to believe that we have a little over one trimester left before our school year comes to an end. It will go very quickly.
Please make sure you complete your registration paperwork for the upcoming school year by February 28. We will begin accepting applications from new families beginning March 1. This will limit some of the space available in some of our classes that are near capacity. It is important that we offer current families the ability to register prior to new families.
Please mark your calendars for our first, post-Covid, “State of the School” presentation. It will take place on Tuesday, February 28 at 6:00 PM in the church. We will share current news and information regarding budget, tuition, and capital improvements as well as future plans moving forward. This is an important tradition at SMA which I am happy to bring back. I look forward to sharing the great news about our amazing school.
I hope you have a restful Presidents Day break (it used to be called Ski Week). We will see you back on Ash Wednesday. You are welcome to attend our 10:30 school/parish Mass.