Summer Work

Want to come back to school in the fall and attend our ice cream social? What about having the math department serve you pancakes? If either of these options interest you, please take a moment and check out the information below.

Every summer our students are asked to read and complete math assignments (grades 4-8) to help prevent the summer slide. Below you will find the links needed for these assignments.

Mrs. Marcelino’s Ice Cream Social Summer Reading Log – Students in kindergarten through third grade are asked to read and record 10 books. Students in fourth and fifth grade are asked to read five books, and middle school students are asked to read three books.

Middle School Reading (6-8) – Mrs. Fowler is asking all students to read one fiction book and one non-fiction book over the summer. Students entering seventh and eighth grade will be asked to be ready to speak about their book when they return. Read the letter to find out more about what is being asked of our students.

Summer Math (4-8) – Students in fourth through eighth grade are asked to complete 8 ALEKS assignments over the summer with a score of 90% or higher. If students score lower, they can use the Quick Retake option to simply redo the problems they missed. Assignments can be found in the upper left hand corner of ALEKS by clicking on the three lines and selecting “Assignments”. It is strongly suggested that students complete the 8 ALEKS topics before working on their personal pie if they are close to finishing their pie so as to not lose their work on the assignments.

Thank you! We hope you have a wonderful summer and look forward to seeing you on Monday, August 28th.

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End of the Year Party!

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We hope you can join us next Monday, June 5th from 5:30-7:30 for our end of the year bash! Come dance with our DJ, play carnival games, eat some food, and enter into raffles to take home a prize. Best of all, come hang out with all your friends as the school year winds down!
 
To make this celebration a success, we are asking parents to bring a dish to share. Pizza will be provided.
TK/K/1 – Desserts
2nd grade – Variety packs of chips
3rd grade – Veggie trays
4th grade – Veggie trays
5th grade – Fruit trays
6th grade – Salads
7th grade – Salads
8th grade – if you come celebrate, bring some popcorn!!

Spirit Week is here!

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Spirit Week is here! Make sure to show your school spirit! You will find the theme of each day listed below.

Tuesday – Red, White, and Blue day. Student Council speeches will start at 1:30 in the senior yard.

Wednesday – Wacky Wednesday/Talent Show attire. The Talent Show will start at 1 in the Parish Hall.

Thursday – Character Day – The student council will be hosting a Triwizard Tournament in the afternoon for the senior yard and will be reading various books and running different activities around the theme of each book in the morning in the junior yard.

Friday – Last Student of the Month at 8:15 in the junior yard.

We hope to see you tonight!

Tonight SMA is hosting the annual Night of Art and Music in the Parish Hall from 5-7 pm.

Also on campus, we will be offering a TK and Kindergarten information night from 5:15-5:45 in the kindergarten classroom.

We are also offering incoming 6th grade families to stop by the 6th grade classroom to learn about our middle school program and what we offer at SMA. This event will take place from 5:00-5:30 in the 6th grade classroom.

We hope you can join us!

Holy Week at SMA

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Just a reminder of the events scheduled this week at SMA.

Monday, April 10th – Middle School Penance Service

Tuesday, April 11th – Grades 2 through 5 Penance Service

Wednesday, April 12th – 8th grade presents Living Stations of the Cross at 2 p.m. in the church

Thursday, April 13th – Holy Thursday prayer service at 11:15 in the church

Spring Book Fair is Here!

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Greetings SMA Parents and Guardians:

Final Scholastic Book Fair of the year will be here Monday 3/27 – Friday 3/31.

This is a great opportunity to stock up on summer reading material, while also helping us earn Scholastic Dollars to help purchase books and materials for our classrooms and library. The theme is “Happy Camper”, so come join us as we get into the spirit of summer!

WE’RE TRYING SOMETHING NEW – TOY FREE SALES (Okay, mostly toy free…some of the books have toys/stickers and there will be a very limited amount of non-book items). We’ll be toy free through Tuesday, so please plan to come early in the week, if this is appealing to you as a shopper.

The Details:

Where: SMA Library

When: Monday – Open for sales after school

Tuesday – Open for sales before and after school

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday – Open before, after, and during senior yard recess and lunch. Bookfair will close about 1 PM on Friday.

TK – 5: As usual, your student’s classroom will visit the library during their regularly scheduled library time on Wednesday or Thursday. During this time period we will read one or two books from the book fair aloud and students will browse and create a “wish list. Parents are encouraged to shop after school with their student, but for your convenience, students are permitted to purchase items during library time, if you send money with them.

Thank you for helping to support our school and our wonderful community of readers!

With Appreciation,

Mrs. Marcelino

SMA Librarian

SMA Takes SECOND Place in Academic Decathlon!!!

Last weekend Stella Maris Academy placed second overall out of 22 participating schools in the 21st Annual San Diego Diocese Academic Junior High Decathlon. The Academic Junior High Decathlon is a competition for students in sixth through eighth grade and comprises of ten events. Two are collaborative team efforts – a logic quiz with 20 rigorous thinking problems, and a super quiz with 50 multiple choice questions on five broad academic themes. The remaining eight events test individual knowledge of the Roman Catholic doctrine, English, literature, science, mathematics, current events, social studies, and fine arts. Awards are given for individual and team performance.  We placed third in logic and took home two first place trophies in religion and social studies, as well as a second place in science and a fourth place in literature. We are so proud of our students and all of their hard work representing our school in this capacity.

The five goals of the Decathlon are:

  • to promote academic excellence
  • to promote collaborative spirit and cooperative learning skills
  • to promote logical and higher order thinking
  • to recognize the contributions of parents, teachers, school administrators, and business and community members in supporting high standards for all students; and
  • to celebrate the diversity, excellence, and tradition of Catholic schools

Great job SMA!!!

Lend a Hand

Yesterday our 3rd Grade looked closely at the Kiva site. They noticed that many loans were running out of time… If a loan isn’t fully funded before it expires, all contributing lenders will be refunded. So, they looked through the “Expiring Soon” section and found Edwin, a fisherman in El Salvador. He was in need of $25 and our site had $25 to lend! Four hours remained and they were able to make his dream happen with a click of the mouse! The students were thrilled to see his picture disappear knowing they made his day!

Side note… Edwin was the only one we could afford to help today, many were in need of hundreds of dollars….students believed God had a hand in today’s Kiva lesson :)

Waivers and Socks? Rockin’ Jump Tonight!

We really want your check in process to go smoothly tonight so your children can get right to jumping and enjoying all their friends.
If it has been awhile since your child has been to Rockin’ Jump, please make sure to take a minute and fill out the online waiver for your child to be able to jump.

If you already have Rockin’ Jump socks, please bring them tonight. Don’t have any but have other non-skid socks? Those will work too! Heck, you can even jump barefoot tomorrow night if you want. Socks will be available for purchase if needed.

Lastly, if you prepaid for tickets they will be waiting for you in an envelope to pick up at the venue!
Okay, that is it for now! Many thanks to all the families that have already started bidding on the auction . If you haven’t bid yet, make sure you go check it out!!

Kids Rock Family Gala is Almost Here!

We have Rockin’ Jump reserved exclusively for our school on Friday, February 24th from 5:00pm to 8:00pm.  This is just 2 weeks away!

Some event highlights include: Teacher challenges like rock climbing with Mr. K, pugil stick fighting with Mr. Guay, mini-golf with Ms. Griffin, and a final dodge ball battle – team Guay vs. Team Mr. K.  We will also have teacher stations where students can get their faces painted, decorate cookies, or get some crazy hairdos!

There will be an online auction for families to bid on items and our amazing class baskets. Some of the baskets include a “Summer is Fun” basket with a boogie board, surf lessons and other fun activities brought to you by our very own third grade class. Fifth grade has a “Reading is Magic” baskets with cool books, blankets, gift cards and a fire tablet. Eighth grade has a spa day with manicures, robes, and cream. Second grade has — Legos!!! Yes, the basket has 2 Lego Land passes, a Lego clock, a Lego container and over 6 Lego sets like Minecraft, Lego Friends, Angry Birds, Scooby Doo, and a Star Wars Millennium Falcon!!

We can’t forget to mention our Teacher Features!!! Teachers are putting together a lot of different experiences this year. Mrs. McGarry will be offering students the chance to paint their favorite zoo animal. Mr. K wants to take students rock climbing and diving. Mrs. Moreau will be returning with her fought over Escape Rooms and many more…

We hope you can join us on Friday, February 24th from 5pm-8pm at Rockin’ Jump!