A Message from our Principal, February 5th

Dear Parents,
Well we survived one of the busiest weeks of the school year…Catholic Schools Week! What an amazing celebration of our school family and parish community. I cannot let this eventful week go into the history books without thanking some very dedicated people. Thank you to Fr. Pat for his constant support of our school and always reminding our parishioners that we are “One Parish, One School”. Thank you to our parishioners who keep us in their prayers and are supportive of our accomplishments. Thank you to all of the teachers, students and parents for the gifts and cards that overwhelmed myself and Fr. Pat on Staff Appreciation Day. Many thanks to Mrs. Zack for organizing the special day and the decorating of the office. Thank you to Mrs. Ronchi for all of her work to make the teacher appreciation breakfast so special. Many thanks to the Allen/Clyons family for making Student Appreciation Day delicious by sponsoring the Taco Truck! Thank you, Mrs. Ronchi for helping to serve as well. Grandparents’ Day was a huge success…special thanks to Tania Ronchi, Elizabeth Allen and Michelle McKenna for setting up a wonderful breakfast. A million thanks to Mrs. Oliver for taking the beautiful pictures of our students with their grandparents. What a special way to remember a great day together. Stella Maris Academy is truly a special place!
Time is running out to purchase your Gala tickets! Please do not wait until the last minute. We need to get a head count to the country club. Knowing how many guests to plan for will help us with our preparations. Stop by the office to see some of our silent auction baskets. While you are here, you can purchase your ticket. Cash, checks and credit cards will be accepted. You can even pay through your FACTS account. Our school depends on everyone’s support for this major fundraiser. Let’s make this Gala the best one yet!!!!

Francie Moss

A Message from Our Principal, Mrs. Moss

Dear Parents,
I am overwhelmed and so incredibly touched by the kindness from you and your children on this “Staff Appreciation Day”. What a blessing it is to be here! I want to take this opportunity to express my appreciation to the entire faculty and staff of Stella Maris Academy. What an amazing group of talented and dedicated people! Additionally, we count our blessings daily for our pastor Fr. Pat. He is truly, the “captain” of this ship. I am looking forward to celebrating our students tomorrow and our grandparents on Friday. Then a restful weekend for us all!
Special thanks to our Dad’s Club for a successful Wine Tasting Event last Friday. It was wonderful to come together as a school and parish family to support SMA. This year’s proceeds will go to support our new tech based Spanish program. I have come to realize that our “Dads” are the absolute BEST!
Don’t forget to purchase your Gala tickets in the front office and at the junior yard gate on Fridays at pick-up. We still have raffle tickets for sale in the school office. $20 for a chance at $1,000 in gift cards to great restaurants in La Jolla. Our school depends on this fundraiser, so I urge you to come and enjoy good friends, feast on fine food and drink, appreciate great music, take part in our live and silent auctions and of course…dance the night away! What a great deal! You won’t want to miss out on this! Get your tickets by February 1 to be included in a drawing for free registration fees for one child for the upcoming school year (a $650 value). This promises to be quite a memorable evening!
Francie Moss

Catholic Schools Week – January 26th – 31st

Sunday: Family Mass at 9 am and Open House from 10-12

Monday: Thankful for our Community

Tuesday: Thankful for our Parents (8:00-9:00 Star Center)

Wednesday: Thankful for our Pastor, Principal, Teachers, and Staff (8:05-Presentation in Parish Hall for Fr. Pat and Mrs. Moss)

Thursday: Thankful for our Students (free dress and taco truck lunch)

Friday: Grandparents and Special Friends Day (9:00-Meet in Parish Hall)

Message from the Principal, Mrs. Moss

Dear Parents,

Each year as Thanksgiving approaches, we become more “mindful” of the blessings that God has bestowed upon us. For so many of us, family and friends are at the top of our list.  We give thanks for the food that we have on our tables and the homes that shelter us from the weather.  Let us add the special blessing of Stella Maris Academy to our list as well.  We are so grateful for the support of our pastor, Fr. Pat and the parish community of Mary, Star of the Sea, along with the dedication and love of all the faculty and staff at this very special school.  May we all have a joyful, peace-filled Thanksgiving holiday with loved ones, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Holiday Blessings,

Francie Moss

A Message From the Principal, November 6, 2019

Dear Parents,

Happy November!  Many thanks to all of our wonderful resident “Saints” that participated in our All Saints Day celebration and parade.  What an amazing way to show our admiration and respect for those who live their lives as Jesus asks of us.  Additionally, it was an incredible way to “witness”  the importance of living lives devoted to God to the community of La Jolla. Way to go SMA!

I hope you can join us on Monday, November 11 for our Veteran’s Day prayer service.  It will take place at 9:30 in the junior yard (weather permitting).  If you are a veteran or active military, I encourage you to come in uniform.  We will thank you and celebrate your service to our country.   God has blessed us with such a beautiful country and brave men and women to protect it and the freedoms we have as Americans. 

Have a great rest of the week!  I pray you have the opportunity to thank a veteran for their service this weekend!


Francie Moss


A Message from the Principal, Mrs. Moss

Dear Parents,

Many more thank yous are in order for all of the exciting things happening at Stella Maris Academy!  The events that are enjoyed by our school community would not be possible without the dedication of parents that volunteer hours upon hours of time to make it happen!  Thank you to Mrs. Kavanaugh and  our PTO for chairing the Halloween Bash.  Additional thanks to Mrs. Anthony, Mrs. Helliar  and Mrs. Ronchi for  going above and beyond as well.  To our room parents and their helpers…you are amazing!  The games were so much fun and really added to the evening’s festivities.  Many thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Garrison for the use of their popcorn machine and for working that station all evening! Thank you to Mr. Moss for all of his assistance in making sure we had power supplied to everything without “tripping” any circuits.  A very special thank you to Mercedes Stalsby, Leslie Furrier, Vanda Poirier and Rosemary Nakamura…these wonderful ladies from our parish “Women’s Guild” volunteered their time to serve the food on this evening.  One School-One Parish!!!!!

I hope to see many of you at our “Coffee With the Principal” tomorrow morning at 8:00 A.M. in the Star Center.  Deacon Jim Vargas, the president and CEO of Father Joe’s Villages will be our guest speaker.

As we look forward to the fun of Halloween tomorrow, we also prepare to remember those who have lived lives devoted to God.  I encourage you to join us for our All Saints Day celebration and school Mass on  Friday.  We will begin in the parish hall at 10:45 with a brief Litany of Saints, then proceed with our Saints Parade around the block and into the church for Mass by 11:20.   We will also be drawing the winning ticket for our Dad’s Club raffle for San Diego Aztec  game tickets at the end of Friday’s school Mass. Don’t forget to stop by the junior yard to see the beautiful Dio de los Muertos altar.  Many thanks to Ms. Sanchez and Mrs. Pina for coordinating this amazing tradition for our children.

So much to be thankful for….so much to celebrate here at Stella Maris Academy!


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 .