100 Mile Running Club

The 100 Mile Club® was started 24 years ago by Kara Lubin, a public school teacher in the Corona- Norco Unified School District in Southern California. 100 Mile Club® is now a non-profit organization whose sole mission is to provide to all individuals the opportunity to experience fitness and personal success by Accepting the Challenge of running (or walking) 100 miles at school.

This year at St. Mary, Star of the Sea School, the 100 Mile Club will be open to all grade levels. Mrs. Lori Ruedi, 4th grade teacher, will be the St. Mary’s 100 Mile Club coach. 100 Mile Club sessions will take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00-3:30. Children who are interested in being a part of The 100 Mile Club should sign up with Mrs. Ruedi. Each child who signs up for the 100 Mile Club will receive an “Challenge Accepted” ID card, signifying that they are taking part in the 100 Mile Club® challenge. There is no cost to participate.

We have Accepted the Challenge, and we are so excited! Starting February 6th, participants will go out to the playground, stretch out, and earn some miles! The miles and love for running begin to build instantly! Through the journey toward 100 miles, your child will practice personal goal setting, team spirit, perseverance, poise, confidence, and honest self-evaluation. As your child reaches special MILEstones, we all celebrate together.

When your child reaches 100 miles, he or she will be celebrated at our Year-End Ceremony where every participant will receive a special certificate celebrating their total miles run. If you have additional questions about the 100 Mile Club, please contact Mrs. Ruedi at lruedi@stmarystars.com. If your child is interested in signing up for the 100 Mile Club, please return the registration form. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Tuition Assistance Program: Bishop Flores Scholarship

Bishop Flores Scholars: Making a Difference

Last year, the Bishop Flores Scholars Fund will provide one million dollars in tuition assistance to children in the Diocese of San Diego. The 2018-2019 school year will mark the fourth year of the “Bishop Flores Scholars Tuition Assistance Program,” which provides limited tuition assistance to qualifying families. This assistance is available ONLY for families entering Kindergarten-8th Grade in September 2018; awards will not be given to children enrolling in Preschool in September 2018.

Families may apply for the Bishop Flores Scholars Tuition Assistance Program through February 28, 2018. It’s a short window, so do not wait to apply. If you plan on seeking tuition assistance from St. Mary, Star of the Sea Elementary School for 2018/2019, you must first apply to the Bishop Flores Tuition Assistance Program before applying to the school for assistance.

You may apply for this program through the website: http://www.bishopfloresscholars.org. If you have any questions, please talk to the elementary office at 760-722-7259.

IMPORTANT DEADLINES

  • January 2, 2018: applications available and application process begins
  • February 28, 2018: deadline for student applications
  • March 23, 2018: tuition assistance awards finalized. Schools and families will be notified via email late March through early April

Catholic High School Applications and Placement Tests

Are you planning on attending a local Catholic High School? Here are upcoming dates to be aware of:

Christmas Break

Our school will be closed for Christmas Break from Monday, December 18, 2017 through Tuesday, January 2, 2018. School resumes on Wednesday, January 3, 2018. We wish you and yours a beautiful Christmas season and New Year!

We invite you and your family to attend Christmas Eve or Christmas Day Mass; multiple Mass times are available. Come home for Christmas to St. Mary, Star of the Sea!

All Student Mass: Immaculate Conception

Our students will be walking to St. Mary’s church on Friday as we celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, a Holy Day of Obligation. All families are invited to attend Mass with their child; we will begin walking at 11:40am and attending Mass at 12:10pm. Should you not be able to make this time with your child, other Mass times are available.

Why do we celebrate Mary’s conception? Church doctrine teaches us that God preserved Mary from original sin from the moment she was conceived; it was defined as a dogma of the Roman Catholic Church in 1854.

You Shop. Amazon Gives Back.

Do you shop on Amazon? We sure do! Did you know you can support St. Mary’s Parish with every purchase you make? Amazon donates a portion of every sale, at no cost to you, to any non-profit organization that you designate. CLICK HERE to set St. Mary, Star of the Sea Parish as your preferred charity/non-profit. Then, the next time you shop, start at http://smile.amazon.com and know that (at no cost to you) .5% of your purchase is going to support St. Mary’s Parish! What could be easier?

Cub Scouts Christmas Tree Sales

Our St. Mary, Star of the Sea Cub Scout Pack is selling Christmas tree and wreath as part of a fundraiser! These beautiful, fresh cut Christmas trees and handmade wreaths, swags and garland are available for pre-sale through November 14th.

These trees are amazing and come directly from a farm in Oregon. The trees are so fresh that sometimes they are delivered with snow still on the branches! These trees are different than what you find at the tree lots in town or the store. They are nursery quality, premium trees, hand selected, cut, loaded and delivered within a few days and not sitting in storage for weeks before purchase.

Already have an artificial tree, cannot pick up the tree, or you live out of the area? No worries, you can help support us and a military family! The Trees for Troops program gives a donated tree to a military family and we keep a portion for our fundraising efforts, it is a win-win for everyone. There are even wreaths and swag available for purchase should you not want a tree.

If you plan to purchase a tree this year, please consider purchasing one to support our Scouts. Not only will you receive an awesome tree for your family to gather this Christmas, you are supporting our programs.

Please view the attached flyer for information on trees, wreaths, and purchase details. Thank you!!

Complimentary Parish Family Portraits

We all cherish our family pictures, so please don’t miss the opportunity to capture this particular “moment in time” for your family. Whether you need a new family portrait for your Christmas card, a gift for your children’s grandparents, or a photograph on the living room wall, come make a memory with us here at St. Mary’s this holiday season.

There are three easy ways to schedule your appointment:

  1. click here to sign up online
  2. sign up after weekend Masses: November 4-5, 11-12, and 18-19 & December 2-3, 9-10 and 16-17
  3. call at Lifetouch 760.576.8393

There is no cost to you or the parish, and each participating family receives:

  • complimentary professional sitting
  • opportunity to immediately view portraits
  • free 8×10 portrait
  • complimentary “Our Parish Family Directory” when it publishes in the spring
  • opportunity to purchase additional portrait gifts

No purchase is necessary, however additional photo packages will be available for you to purchase for yourself or to give as gifts. Please allow up to one hour for photo session and viewing of portrait selections. We look forward to seeing you there!

PHOTOGRAPHY DATES
Location: at the Star of the Sea Center
(515 Pier View Way, Oceanside)
*photos taken on these 3 dates will be available for Christmas
– Friday Nov 24* 12:00 to 7:30
– Saturday Nov 25* 12:00 to 5:30
– Sunday Nov 26* 10:00 to 5:30

Location: at St. Mary’s School
(515 Wisconsin Ave, Oceanside)
– Monday Dec 18 12:00 to 7:30
– Tuesday Dec 19 12:00 to 7:30
– Wednesday Dec 20 12:00 to 7:30
– Thursday Dec 21 12:00 to 7:30
– Friday Dec 22 12:00 to 7:30
– Tuesday Dec 26 12:00 to 7:30
– Wednesday Dec 27 12:00 to 5:30

Lifetouch Flyer in English     Volante de Lifetouch en Español