We made it through our first and hopefully last “Pandemic Halloween”! Many thanks to the families that had the time to stop by my home Halloween night. What fun it was to see the children and to visit with parents outside of school. This may become a new SMA tradition! Now on to the holiday season. Please be watching for information coming from your room parents or classroom teacher regarding items we will be collecting for our annual Thanksgiving Basket donations. School, parish and additional struggling families will be the recipients of your generosity. Looking forward to our Christmas outreach…we will be sharing with those less fortunate via a “Gift-Giving Tree”. Additional information will be coming in the next couple of weeks. Many thanks to the PTO board, the room parents and the classroom teachers for their support of these opportunities for stewardship and outreach to our less fortunate brothers and sisters.
Additional thanks to all of the parents and students for your amazing efforts on this year’s saint costumes. The parade was great with lots of parent spectators.
In closing, I would like to extend appreciation to Mrs. Pina, Mrs. Sanchez, and Dr. Amador for all of their work on the beautiful Dia de los Muertos Ofrenda, located in the junior yard. Please be sure to take a peek…you don’t want to miss this! Is this an amazing school or what? We are so blessed!
It is hard to believe that October is drawing to an end and the holiday season is quickly approaching. We look forward to celebrating with our students and families over the upcoming weeks. It will look a bit different, but, nonetheless, it will be joyful and heartfelt. We began our celebrations with our Halloween fun today. The students and teachers looked festive and spirits were high! We are excited about Friday’s annual “Saints Parade”. Get those saints costumes ready! TK-5th grades will begin their parade at approximately 10:40. They will walk around the block, beginning in front of the junior yard. 3rd-5th graders will complete their parade at the church where they will join Fr. Pat to celebrate Mass. 6th -8th graders will participate in their parade at a separate time to allow for social distancing. The middle school teachers will communicate the time to these families. Let’s share the importance of living our lives as God wants us to by this simple act of evangelizing to our local community.
What a joyful week it has been to welcome our students, teachers and staff back on campus! God is Good!!!
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Many thanks to those of you that attended our “Coffee with the Principal” Zoom meeting last night. During these uncertain times, communication, compassion and the spirit of working together is more important than ever before. I remain vigilant in keeping your children and our staff safe as we continue on this ever-changing journey of implementing safety protocols, providing rigorous academic opportunities and modeling our Catholic values. I encourage you to continue to reach out to me with concerns, recommendations and affirmations of how we are doing. I will definitely pass any kind words on to our teachers. Please know that a kind word goes a very long way. Our teachers put in countless hours and we all realize the stress our school families are experiencing as well. Relying on our faith in God and the support of one another, will get us through this and we will be stronger for it! A million thanks for your continued patience and support!
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Although we are sad that we are unable to have an in-person book fair this year, we have decided to host an online book fair for the next two weeks.
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As we reach the midway point of another week, we continue to see your children growing in enthusiasm and enjoying their time at school with teachers that truly care for them and work hard each day to promote a rich academic environment where your children can grow and experience academic success.
I hope these weekly newsletter messages and my weekly videos have been helpful to you by keeping you up-to-date on new protocols or just providing clarification on existing regulations. It is understandable that you may continue to have questions, especially if you are new to our wonderful school. Therefore, I will be hosting a Zoom, “Coffee with the Principal” meeting on Tuesday, October 6 from 5:30-6:30 P.M. I encourage you to email me any topics that you would like covered so I can be prepared and respectful of your time. As always, my door is always open to meet with you in person if that is your preference. Communication is the key to a positive, productive home/school relationship. I remain committed to serving all of our school families through listening, action, and prayer. We are blessed to be together in this very special place.
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As we approach the second half of this second full week of in-person learning, thankfully, many things are beginning to fall into place. The children are smiling, laughing, and seem to be genuinely happy. This makes all of our hard work over the summer months well worth the effort.
There were some concerns and suggestions regarding drop-off and pick-up procedures that were shared with me following my Friday video message. I would like to thank those of you that reached out to me in the spirit of working together to find a solution. I want to let you know that I have been monitoring the before and after school carlines this week. So far, they seem to be going fairly well, with a couple hiccups. There has not been any back up on to Torrey Pines Road. This is a good sign. A couple recommendations would definitely help with the traffic flow to the senior yard alley…
1. Please do not make a left turn into the alley from Kline. Waiting to get in the line this way can quickly back up traffic. Instead, please make a right on Torrey Pines and then right on Herschel then proceed to Kline.
2. I have noticed that the final 5 minutes of drop-off and pick-up are fairly light traffic times. If you can schedule dropping off a bit closer to those times, it may help as well.
I will continue to monitor the traffic for the reminder of the week and revisit this in my Friday video message. I am also exploring the possibility of requesting that the entire curb in front of the senior yard be marked as a loading zone just as the junior yard is marked. The parking regulations have not been enforced recently due to the pandemic. I have heard that enforcement will start up again on October 1. This should clear the curb for pick-up in the junior yard.
I attended a Zoom meeting with the San Diego County Office of Education this morning. The protocols have remained relatively unchanged. One change is that if a student has any symptoms that could possibly be related to COVID and they do not see a doctor or get a COVID test, they are now obligated to remain home for 10 days, instead of 14 days after the symptoms have been resolved. We’ll take it!
As always, a million thanks to our amazing teachers, rock star students, and over-the-top supportive parents! We are so blessed to have this wonderful school and each other!
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We are half way through our first full week of school and all is well. Needless, to say, we are all exhausted!!! But it is so worth it! Your children have adapted beautifully. Please know that we are aware of the difficulty of getting back to a school day routine for all of us. One way that you can help is by making sure your children are getting plenty of sleep. Breaking the habit of later bedtimes during the summer is always a difficult adjustment to make. But we are finding out that the masks and all of the new protocols, tend to take their toll on the children.
Just a reminder, that if your child is experiencing any kind of difficulty adjusting to school “re-entry”, we do have a counselor on campus 2 days per week. If you are interested in taking advantage of this service that we are providing to our students, free of charge, please contact the school office for a consent form.
Finally, I would like to provide a bit more clarification on the policy issued by the local and state public health organizations regarding the procedures to be followed if a child or staff member is experiencing cold or flu type symptoms or loss or taste or smell or if they have a temperature of 100 or higher. We are obligated to follow the following steps…
>The child will have to remain at home and may return to school depending which of the following actions are taken…
*You may take your child to the doctor and request a test for COVID-19. If the results are negative, the child can return to school 72 hours after the symptoms are resolved.
*If you choose not to seek out your child’s doctor, the child must remain at home for 14 days
Please refer to the Decision Tree below for additional information regarding positive test results and chronic issues.
I am aware that I have sent this information home previously, but there are still many questions that are completely understandable.
I cannot stress enough how much we appreciate your understanding and cooperation regarding these procedures. I can imagine how frustrating it must be, but we must all fight this fight together to keep our school open and healthy.
Ending on a happy note…Tomorrow SMA celebrates its 74th birthday! We will have signage up, balloons flying at each gate and a special (pre-packaged) treat for our students as they leave school at the end of the day. 74 years and still going strong! We are so blessed!
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Today, we welcomed our T-K kids to their first day of in-person school! Everyone was excited to learn and we were all equally excited to see their faces in person!
For those of you who have kept up with our waiver process, we have some great news! We have been approved! What does this mean for Stella Maris Academy? We will go through with our re-opening as planned on September 8th for in-person instruction. Should the city of San Diego get itself back on the watchlist and the schools close down again, we have been granted permission to remain open.
Of course, we will continue to maintain all necessary health and sanitation procedures as well as closely monitor the wellbeing of each and every student and staff member at the school. Health and safety is our top priority but so is your child’s education. We are blessed at the school to be part of a team that believes in quality education and are excited to see what this school year has in store for us all!
Please see Mrs. Moss’ weekly video update here for the process in which we will be letting students in by phases. Have a great day!