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"Achieving for Today, Preparing for Tomorrow"
                                                                                                      August, 2015



Our back to school prayer service, on Thursday, July 30th, was themed "We are a Gift". The school-wide gathering celebrated the students' gifts and talents. It encouraged the students to think about their individual talents and to recognize the importance to share one's talents with others.
Gathering as a school community is an important practice at Star of the School. We welcome you to join us at our weekly mass celebrations on Fridays at 8am where each grade is given the opportunity to lead mass throughout the year.

Parent Orientation Night and BBQ Social
Wednesday, August 12
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Please join us for our back to school bbq social followed by an opportunity to meet your children's teachers and familiarize yourselves with Star of the Sea's Curriculum and Extra-curricular opportunities. Please look for a detailed letter including a BBQ order form in your child's brown envelope sent home the week of August 3rd.  The YMCA will be available to supervise your children, in the cafeteria, during the orientations, at no additional cost.
Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Star of the Sea Welcomes

5 New Teachers!

It is with great pleasure that we welcome 5 new teachers to Star of the Sea School.   Mr. Huddleston will be teaching Education Technology class to grades 1-8.  Mrs. Lewis and Mrs. Woodward have joined our Intermediate team; and Mrs. Schultz and Ms. Donndelinger are the newest members of our Middle School team.   Our excellent teachers and staff are committed to working hard to provide a 21st century learning environment that will help your child learn and grow this year and prepare them for their high school journeys that lie ahead.
What's New at Star of the Sea?

1.  Middle School 1:1 Chrome book Program.

2.  Star welcomes Chef Ivo from Ecce Ono,

      our in house cafeteria chef.

3.  Our grades 1-3 students now receive both Spanish and

     Hawaiian studies.

4.  Ukulele has been added to the Fourth and Fifth grade


5.  Mrs. Herrera is launching our Middle School Band Program for

     all Middle School Students.

6.  When you can, come visit our new 3D FAB Lab!


A Message from the Principal

As your partner in education, it is with great pleasure and excitement that I welcome you all to a new school year.  Star of the Sea continues to recognize the need to provide a competitive and challenging curriculum to best prepare our students for high school success.  On that note, it has been a very busy and productive summer, filled with exciting new curriculum initiatives and school improvements.  

Star of the Sea School is very fortunate to have an active and dedicated Parent Teacher Guild (PTG): a group of parents who will be working hard all year to promote and support the best educational environment possible for your children and to build solidarity among our Star of the Sea School families.  This summer they began phase one of our “Help Us Bloom” playground improvement project.  The playground is already beginning to look fantastic.   Members of our PTG Board for the 2015-2016 school year are:  Jennifer Wharton, Seong Won Bae, Meghan Buck, Lance Monroid, and Jennifer Thompson.  You will get an opportunity to meet this year’s PTG at our first official event which is Parent-Teacher Orientation Night, scheduled for Wednesday, August 12, 2015.   We will kick off the evening with a family BBQ social followed by the opportunity to meet your child’s teachers.   Your BBQ order forms will be sent home Monday, August 3.  
In closing, our mission at Star of the Sea remains to provide a quality education in a Catholic environment and to impart life-long Christian Values.  I encourage you to join us in this endeavor and to make a deep and genuine difference in the lives of your children, and through them, the future of our society.  

God Bless,
Margaret Rufo, Principal


Mark Your Calendars!

Aug 12 -   BBQ Social and Parent Orientation                            @ 5:00 pm
Aug17 -    Picture Day
Aug18 -    DC and NYC Info Night - Gr 7 & 8 
                   High School Prep Info Night  - Gr. 8  
Aug 19 -   Early Dismissal (11:45)
Aug 20 -   ACCE Conference for Teachers                                    (No School)
Aug 21 -    Admissions Day (No School)

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