November 3, 2021

Virtue of the Month for Students: Empathy

Virtue of the Month for Adults: Prudence

Social Skills of the Week: Following Instructions & Staying on Task

A Message From Our Principal

Dear Parents,

What a busy time of the year! So many celebrations and changes to schedules both at home and in the classrooms.

A reminder concerning class parties during this holiday season ...please communicate with your child's teacher and your room parent regarding any treats you plan on sending for the class. We would like to avoid an overload of sugar for our students. Additionally, please refrain from serving soda to students. Water and fruit juice are great choices.

I would like to review some of our Extended Care procedures that may have been eased up on a bit over the past year.

>Students are checked in at 3:00PM on Monday-Thursday and at 12:40 on Fridays and early dismissal days.

>If your child is staying for Extended Care on a Friday, please send a lunch

>Parents or emergency contacts must sign out each student that has been checked in

before exiting the school yard. If an emergency contact is picking up for the first time, please ask them to be ready to show identification to Extended Care staff.

Mask Mandate/Recommendation Reminders and Update!

>Students, staff and volunteers must still remain masked when indoors.

>If parents are volunteering in the classroom or outside and interacting with students, they must be vaccinated or submit to a test before volunteering.

>Important Update is no longer a requirement for parents to wear a mask when entering the school grounds as long as they remain outside and are not volunteering or directly interacting with students. This means that parents are no longer required to wear masks on campus while walking children to their classrooms or picking them up from Extended Care. I am aware that this is a small step forward, but it is in the right direction!


Please join us Monday morning, November 8 at 8:30AM as we welcome San Diego City Council member Mr. Joe LaCava to our school. He has issued a proclamation for a Stella Maris Academy Day in the city of San Diego in honor of our 75th Anniversary. We will gather together on the sports court for the presentation. Parents are encouraged to attend to show your spirit and support.

In closing, did you know that we have a hero in our midst? Our very own Mrs. Zack has received an Honorable Mention from the La Jolla Town Council for being nominated as one of La Jolla's Hometown Heroes. Congratulations to Mrs. Zack will always be a hero in our book!


Francie Moss

Christmas Float - WE NEED VOULUNTEERS!

The La Jolla Christmas parade will be on Sunday, December 5th. We need some volunteers to help construct our float. Please sign up here to help! Great way to get volunteer hours!

Free Covid Testing in the School Office

If you haven't done so already and would like to have have your child(ren) tested for Covid (when needed), please register on this link

Please make sure you fully complete the consent form.

Blue Ribbon Awards

  • Noah A. (4th Grade): "Offering to help and showing great leadership qualities." -Mr. Fugitt on 10/29
  • Mackenzie B. (2nd Grade): "Mac is a great student! She is always prepared and participates often! Great work, Mac!" -Mrs. Campagna on 10/29
  • Leo C. (2nd Grade): "Leo was very helpful when we made a mess while making our treats for animals at the Humane Society! Thank you for sweeping!" -Mrs. Campagna on 10/29
  • Jesse C. (5th Grade): "Jesse reminded classmates to line up and wait for the teacher to finish their conversation with another adult." -Mrs. Marcelino on 10/27
  • Alexandre D. (1st Grade): "Alexandre is working so hard to complete all his work and participating in class discussions." -Mrs. Whitten on 11/1
  • Lukas H. (Kindergarten): "Thank you for listening to the teacher and following directions!" -Ms. Ingrao on 10/27
  • Vivian K. (3rd Grade): "Vivian has worked very hard during 1st trimester. She has mastered many skills and has given her best effort! Well done!" -Mrs. K on 11/1
  • Ava K. (Kindergarten): "Thank you for doing the right thing even when no one is looking." -Ms. Ingrao on 10/27
  • Sofia M. (4th Grade): "For being respectful and showing effort." -Mr. Fugitt on 10/19
  • Stryker P. (4th Grade): "Saying you're sorry and having a great attitude." -Mr. Fugitt on 10/29
  • Lily P. (6th Grade): "Thank you so much for volunteering yesterday, Lily! You set off a chain reaction for others to also volunteer!" -Mrs. Zack on 10/25
  • Genevieve Q. (1st Grade): "Genevieve continues to be a shining example of respect in our classroom." -Mrs. Whitten on 11/1
  • William S. (Kindergarten): "Thank you for working hard." -Ms. Ingrao on 10/28


Hi there,

We participate in the Catholic Sports League of San Diego.

Our SMA winter sports season is coming soon. We need of coaches for our soccer and basketball teams here at SMA. The season games are on Saturdays in January and February and practices are once a week afterschool starting in December or earlier. We participate in the Catholic Sports League of San Diego. I need to have coaches in place before I send out permission/registration slips out to our students. The teams will be confirmed by the beginning of November. Please if you are interested in coaching contact Mr. Guay.

We cannot put teams together unless we have coaches. Many of our students want to play. Please help out!

Please email me: What I need to know is which team you can coach and which day afterschool M-Th 3-5pm or Fridays anytime between 1-5pm you can have your practices.

Here is a list of our soccer and basketball teams.

TK/Kindergarten coed soccer team

1 / 2 grades peewee girls’ soccer team –

1 /2 grades peewee boys’ soccer team –

3 / 4 grades peewee girls’ soccer team –

3 / 4 grades peewee boys’ soccer team –

5/6 grades JV girls’ soccer team –

5/6 grades JV boys’ basketball team –

7/8 grades Varsity girls’ soccer team -

7/8 grades Varsity boys’ basketball team –

Volunteer coaching is a great way to fulfill your service hours to SMA

Please contact me ASAP

Mr. Guay, PE/AD teacher ,

Running Club is EVERY Tuesday!

Running Club for TK-5th graders is every Tuesday mornings 7:30am with Mrs. Flores (8th Grade Teacher) on the Sports Court. Come have some fun learning how to run/walk some laps. Please fill out permission slip and bring to your first day at Running Club

Running Club for Middle School 6th - 8th graders is every Tuesdays after school with Mrs. Flores. Learn how to run, pace, and have some fun on the Sports Court and off campus. Please fill out permission slip and bring to your first day at Running Club.

Parent Volunteer Requirements


-Fill out the Parent Driver Form

-Copy of your driver's license and car insurance

-Go on this website: and complete the following training videos (please associate your account with Stella Maris Academy not Mary, Star of the Sea)

1. Background Check

2. Safe Environment Training

3. Defensive Driver Training

-TB Clearance (if you answer no to all the questions, a TB test is not required).

-Copy of Covid vaccination and negative Covid test 72 hours prior to field trip.



-Copy of Covid vaccination OR Negative Covid Test

Join Our SMA Dads' Club !

Calling all SMA dads! If you are interested in joining our Dads' Club, please email Mrs. Moss,


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Happy Birthday To:

Gemma F. (2nd Grade) November 4th

Tiago R. (2nd Grade) November 4th

Valeria T. (8th Grade) November 4th

Genevieve Q. (Kindergarten) November 9th

Kimathi S. (6th Grade) November 10th

Joaquin T. (2nd Grade) November 14th

George F. (TK) November 17th

Elena M. (8th Grade) November 18th

Lazarito C. (4th Grade) November 24th

Sydney L. (3rd Grade) November 25th

Macy W. (TK) November 27th

Patrick R. (TK) November 30th

Prayer Requests

For Paola's Great Uncle Denny Pastega, for continued healing.

For Will’s great grandmother, Cecelia Turek, may she rest in peace.

Please email prayer requests to

Upcoming Events:

Friday, November 5th

11:20 School Mass-CANCELLED

12:30 Dismissal

Sunday, November 7th

Daylight Savings - "Fall Back"

Thursday, November 11th

NO SCHOOL-Veteran's Day

Friday, November 12th


8:05 Student of the Month Assembly - Parish Hall

10:30-11:15 Saints Parade

11:20 School Mass

12:30 Dismissal

6:00-9:00 Halloween Bash

Tuesday, November 16th

Spirit Wear Day

12:30 Dismissal

Parent - Teacher Conferences - Cub Care Available

Wednesday, November 17th

12:30 Dismissal

Parent - Teacher Conferences - Cub Care Available

Thursday, November 18th

12:30 Dismissal

Parent - Teacher Conferences - Cub Care Available

Friday, November 19th

11:20 School Mass

12:30 Dismissal


Monday, November 22nd - 26th

Thanksgiving Break

Mission Statement

Our mission is to empower a community of service-oriented, diverse learners to achieve their God-given potential by providing a Christ-centered, academically excellent, and safe environment.

Statement of Philosophy

The parents, administration, faculty, and staff of Stella Maris Academy believe that Christ is the center of our lives and that we are called to proclaim the Good News, to create community, and to be of service to all of God’s people.

We acknowledge that parents are the primary educators of their children.

We foster a supportive environment that balances high expectations with the respect for individual differences.

We commit ourselves to challenge students to become life-long learners while developing a healthy attitude of personal value and self-worth.

We prepare students for higher education, responsible citizenship, and moral integrity in an ever changing world.


  • Pray Everyday
  • Live like Jesus and the Holy Family
  • Understand, share, and participate in the teachings and traditions of the Catholic Church

Life Long Learners Who:

  • Communicate effectively
  • Works independently and collaboratively
  • Demonstrate critical, creative, and original thinking skills
  • Integrate fine arts
  • Persevere through challenging experiences

Community and Global Ambassadors Who:

  • Utilize social skills
  • Resolve conflicts peacefully
  • Care for all of God’s creations
  • Treat everyone with respect
  • Demonstrate a spirit of service

Virtues of the Month for Students

September: Respect

October: Building Peace

November: Empathy

December: Sharing

January: Celebration

February: Cooperation

March: Service

April: Diligence

May: Gratitude

Virtues of the Month for Adults



November/December- Prudence





Asbestos Disclosure Notice

In accordance with Federal asbestos regulations, our school maintains a

file with the results of asbestos surveys of various building materials at our

school. This file is available for review with prior appointment.

Policy of Non-Discrimination by Schools in the Diocese of San Diego 2021-2022

The Catholic Schools in the Diocese of San Diego, mindful of their mission to be witnesses to the love of Christ for all, admit students of any race, color, and national and /or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the schools. The Catholic Schools in the Diocese of San Diego do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, and national and/or ethnic origin, age, sex, or disability in the administration of educational policies, scholarship, and loan programs, and

athletic and other school-administered programs.

Likewise, the Catholic Schools in the Diocese of San Diego do not discriminate against any applicant for employment on the basis of sex, age, disability, race, color and national and/or ethnic origin.

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