June 2, 2021

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Virtue of the Month for Students: Gratitude

Social Skills: Following Directions and Getting the Teachers Attention

Virtue of the Month for Adults: Temperance

Dear Parents,

We did it!!!!! As we count down these final hours of our COVID school year we remember all of the blessings that God has bestowed upon us.

*We have remained safe, and happy and healthy!

*We have shared special moments with our teachers, staff, students and parents.

*We kept on top of our academics.

*We persevered and came to realize how strong we are when we rely on our faith in God to get us through the most difficult of times.

*Thank you to the most amazing staff EVER! You are the rock and foundation of this school and the reason for its success. I am blessed to be working with you all!

*Thank you to Fr. Pat, Fran Vargas, and our parishioners. You had our backs this year in prayer and in generosity. For this we are forever thankful.

*And it is not possible to say a big enough THANK YOU TO OUR SCHOOL PARENTS! You respected the protocols, understood that so much was out of our control, and rolled with all of the constant changes. No wonder your children are so amazing!

Enjoy this summer, you definitely deserve it! I can’t wait to celebrate 75 Years of Stella Maris Academy in the upcoming school year. Our future is bright and our God is Good…All the Time!

Stay, Strong, Stella!


Francie Moss

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The Class of 2021!

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Another Fun Day at SMA!

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Library Summer Reading

Read the minimum number of books required for your entering grade level and you will be invited to attend our ICE CREAM SOCIAL in September 2021.

Fill out the Summer Reading log. Turn in your completed list to your classroom teacher the first week of school. You can read independently, listen to books on tape, read to someone or be read to by someone.

Read books from different genres. Ask friends and family their favorite titles and read something they liked or choose a book and read it together. Talk about the books you are

reading. Enjoy!!!

Click here for more info and the reading log!

Upcoming Birthdays:

Sivanna C. (2nd Grade) June 2nd

Kate C. (8th Grade) June 3rd

Natalie L. (5th Grade) June 4th

Summer Birthdays:

Aymar A. (7th Grade) June 5th

Alicia L. (6th Grade) June 6th

Karoline S. (TK) June 6th

William S. (TK) June 6th

Alaina K. (8th Grade) June 9th

Mrs. Stevens (Middle School Math Teacher) June 10th

Ines C. (3rd Grade) June 13th

Jerry J. (4th Grade) June 18th

Jonny A. (4th Grade) June 19th

Alessandro M. (8th Grade) June 25th

Oscar W. (8th Grade) June 25th

Chloe C. (Kindergarten) June 27th

Sophia V. (7th Grade) June 27th

Kyllian H. (4th Grade) June 28th

Carlin F. (7th Grade) July 2nd

Owen F. (7th Grade) July 2nd

Nico P. (8th Grade) July 2nd

Paulo B. (1st Grade) July 4th

Alexis S. (1st Grade) July 5th

Chimaobi O. (8th Grade) July 9th

Henry F. (2nd Grade) July 12th

Kaylynn K. (5th Grade) July 14th

Isla P. (2nd Grade) July 14th

Mariella S. (6th Grade) July 17th

Catherine P. (5th Grade) July 22nd

Weston W. (Kindergarten July 22nd

Maria G. (6th Grade) July 23rd

Javier P. (7th Grade) July 23rd

Muriithi S.(2nd Grade) July 23rd

Arjan S. (8th Grade) July23rd

Angelina T. (3rd Grade) July 24th

Mrs. Smith (Art Teacher) July 27th

Roxy W. (1st Grade) July 27th

Oliver H. (1st Grade) July 28th

Chloe C. (1st Grade) August 1st

Luciana B. (7th Grade) August 5th

Mrs. Zentmyer (Middle School ELA Teacher) August 6th

Mrs. Moss (Principal) August 9th

Mae S. (4th Grade) August 17th

Maria Fernanda C. (2nd Grade) August 20th

Prayer Requests

Tim Gamboa, family friend of Ms. Clariza

Repose soul of Aunt Maryann, aunt of Ms. Doesburg

Repose soul of Marina Lane, former SMA student

Betty Garcia, great grandmother of the Monicos

Roberto Amador, uncle of Dr. Amador

Felipe Cervantes, family friend of Mrs. Pina

Stacie Buechel, family friend of the Anderson Family

Jack Wilenchik, brother in law of Mrs. Pina

Mark Hollis, husband of Mrs. Hollis

Ellis Largent, friend of Ms. Clariza

Please send prayer requests to

Looking Ahead...

Thursday, June 3rd

12:30 Dismissal


Friday, June 4th

Last Day of School

Yearbook Signing

12:30 Dismissal


Mission Statement

The mission of Stella Maris Academy is to empower a community of 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


Diocesan and parochial schools of 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. Diocesan and parochial schools 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, scholarships and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs. Likewise, Diocesan and parochial schools do not discriminate against any applicant for employment on the basis of sex, age, disability, race, color and national and/or ethnic origin.

Virtues of the Month for Adults



November/December- Prudence





Virtues of the Month for Students

September: Respect

October: Building Peace

November: Empathy

December: Sharing

January: Celebration

February: Cooperation

March: Service

April: Stewardship

May: Gratitude

2020-2021 Family Handbook

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Safe Environment for Families and Students

All children who attend K-12 Catholic schools in the diocese or who participate in faith formation at parishes or other Catholic facilities participate annually in a program called “No-Go-Tell.” This program instructs children in grade-appropriate language what to do if “anyone touches my body in a way that makes me feel weird, or uncomfortable or worried or scared.” Its central rule tells them how to say “No,” where to “Go” to be safe and to “Tell” what happened to them to a trusted adult as soon as possible. This information is posted prominently at all schools and parishes.

Please click here for more information and parent packet.

Covid Testing Sites

Click here to see a list of Covid Testing sites near you.

La Jolla Library Summer Reading Program

Let reading Color Your World this summer by joining the Summer Reading Program at the La Jolla Library!

  • Readers of all ages are encouraged to sign up for this virtual event to be creative, try new things, explore art, and find beauty in diversity.
  • Complete a combination of 10 books, hours of reading, or activities to claim your prizes.
  • Sign up begins June 1st and the program will last through August 31st.
  • Sign up and keep track of your progress online here – it’s super easy! Or, if you prefer a physical reading log, you can pick one up at the La Jolla Library or print your own.
  • Pick up your prizes starting June 8th at the La Jolla Library.
  • For more information, including prize details, please visit

Dear Parents,