Advent Activities in the 11/30 Newsletter
This weekend, we begin our preparation for Christmas. During this beautiful
start to our liturgical year, join us for any of the following activities:
Advent Kick Off (Donut Sunday) at St. John’s, St. Michael’s, St. Benedict’s, and Cathedral
parishes. Go to Mass: what a powerful way for your family to start Advent!
Morning Advent Prayers in the classroom. Each homeroom will start their day with an advent
reflection and more intimate prayer time, building toward the glorious day of Christmas.
St. John’s Parish Food Drive. Classes are competing to bring in the most food to make sure
families in need have food during the Christmas holiday. Click here for details!
Adoration and Reconciliation and retreat. On December 10th and 11th, our students will experience
the beautiful gift of forgiveness with the sacrament of Reconciliation. On Thursdays,
students will have the opportunity for Adoration, to spend time in prayer and worship in His
Holy Presence. On December 19th, the 6th graders will have a day long advent retreat at the
Monastery on the College of St. Scholastica Campus.
Christmas Program—Mark your calendars for our upcoming Christmas Concerts. Look for
emails from your child’s fine arts teacher for attire details and arrival times for their performances.
Here is a link to the November 30th newsletter from Stella Maris/St. John’s campus:
Commissioned by the Catholic Church, the Stella Maris Academy community prepares lifelong learners who lead, love, and serve as Jesus taught—transforming our world one student at a time.
Highlights From The First Weeks of School
The students are into their daily class routines. Special events during the first few weeks have highlighted our mission in action. Check them out. Great things are happening at Stella Maris Academy.
We have received multiple compliments and thank you’s for our students’ involvement in volunteering at the Built on a Rock Concert, Donut Sunday, and the Cathedral’s fall parish picnic. Most recently, students relocated the 300+ reams of paper, Kleenex and Clorox wipes, and tons of wood chips (of which multiple hours came from students coming after school to make this happen). Students work toward achieving fifteen hours of service during a year, five hours of service for their church, their school, and their community!
Sentinels Cross Country Running
The first race of the year was held at Hermantown Middle School. Sixteen of our forty two racers were ready to compete in the 7th and 8th grade divisions last week. Ava Revoir (7th Grade), John Meyer (6th Grade), and Owen Hayden (7th Grade) raced in the top 25 of the their age group. Upcoming races include the LCA Invite on October 2, the Swain Invite (7th/8th Grade) and Harvest Run (5th/6th Grade) on October 6.
With the theme “strength in numbers”, the upper middle schoolstudents of Stella Maris Academy focused on the role of friendship in their faith and life. The day in- volved talks, games, small groups and time for pray- er. This was a great way to kick off the new year with Christ at the center of all relationships! This retreat was lead by the National Evangelization Team.
Stay Connected—as we venture through the first trimester, you may want more information about Work-thon, Chromebooks use, volunteer opportunities, daily routines, Rediker access/functionality, and elective options. Once a Trimester, Mr. Murray will be hosting a morning and evening open session to share highlights, discuss upcoming events, and answer questions to make sure new and current families are connected. Although very beneficial for new families, all parents are welcome to attend. The first trimester event will be October 10th following our 8:30am morning Mass and then again at 5:30pm that evening. An agenda will be emailed the week before the event.
Homework and weekly student progress — Students progress is updated every Thursday night by your child’s teacher. Friday is a great time to check in on weekly progress, student participation, and responsibility. Three im- portant windows you can monitor are the calendar (for daily homework), progress (current grade for each class), and recent scores (chronological log of student work). Click here for a generic image. Log into your Rediker account to view your child’s progress.
After School Study Sessions—On Monday, Tuesday and Thursday each week, a classroom has been dedicated to a quiet and focused study room. This room will be supervised by a teacher and is available for students to complete their homework, make up tests and quizzes. An activities bus will depart at 4:00pm to take students to Ordean to pick up their homebound route . There is no charge for the study session. Students must have homework, class- work or independent work to attend these sessions. Call the office or send a note with your child to attend one or more of the study sessions.
Work-A-Thon —The first fundraiser of the year starts today! Student packets (letter, pledge sheet, and sponsor let- ter) were sent home yesterday with all the information about the Work-A-Thon. The students will be participating in service projects in our community on Friday, October 12th. NEW this year: we have an online option for donations called Give Now. Copy this link and email to friends and families. This is a great way to have friends and families from outside of Duluth to support the students and this great service project. It is easy to give. You can also direct them to the SMA website and scroll down to “Give Now”. Please have donors add the student’s name for whom they would like the donation credited.
Family Association News—The Family Association meets monthly on campus. The next two meetings will be Oc- tober 11th and November 8th. Meetings are from 9:00am-10:00am. The Family Association is currently working on the upcoming dance dates and theme, donut Sunday events at our parishes, lunchroom support and upcoming teacher appreciation events. Be on the look out for details on these events. If you signed up at Parent Night using the helping hands sheets, you will be contacted directly by the coordinator of these events.
You are invited! – Stella Maris Academy all campus Mass will be held on Tuesday, October 2 at 10:00 am. Join us for Mass at 10:00am and stay for coffee and rolls following Mass to welcome new families to the Stella Maris Acad- emy community. This special Mass will be held at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary with Bishop Sirba pre- siding. Please join us in this awesome celebration.
School Pictures—Picture day is scheduled for Monday, October 8, 2018. Information from Lifetouch will be going home next week with your child. All students will have their pictures taken, but only those with orders will receive pictures. You must turn in the envelope with payment to order pictures. All students will be dressed in uniform for fall pictures.
St. John the Evangelist Campus Newsletter
St. John the Evangelist Campus Newsletter
Uniform Message—Just a reminder that pants and shorts with outside sewn pockets are not part of our uniform. The teachers have seen students in black jean-like pants. The policy states, “black or grey chino or dress pants in full -length style with internal seams and internal pockets.” View the uniform policy here.
Land’s End Uniform Sale—Friends and Family Sale—40% off regular priced items. Enter the promotional code LESUFRIEND and PIN 1470 at checkout to receive the discount.
Bishop’s Scholarship Dinner Volunteers The Bishop’s Scholarship Dinner is scheduled for Sunday, October 7, and the group responsible for planning the event has requested a few volunteers to help out during and after the event. Greeters, coat checkers, and thank you note writers are needed. The event is on a weekend, and the note writing can take place outside of the school day. This is a good opportunity for a flexible and evening/weekend volunteer opportunity. If you’d like to support this event, please follow the link Scholarship Dinner Sign Up. If you are interested in attending the event, contact Terese Kenny ([email protected]).
13th Annual Diocesan Assembly Have trouble discussing complex moral topics with your kids and others? Want to better understand God’s plan for love? Want to know why Humanae Vitae is important (and how to pronounce it)? Join the club!
Your opportunity to pray, learn, and worship with your Church family is on Saturday, October 13th at the Annual Di- ocesan Assembly. Join Bishop Paul Sirba at Marshall School in Duluth as international speaker Colin MacIver, LIVE from Ascension Press, presents “Made in His Image… Made to Love.” If you’ve heard of Theology of the Body (TOB) for Teens, Colin is an author and presenter in the videos. You can see his biography from the link on the Assembly website at www.dioceseduluth.org/Assembly2018.
Newly added: Mothers’ Room with live-streaming video of the auditorium in case babies need extra attention. Also added is a Rosary for reparation for our Church led by Bishop Sirba and others at the end of the lunch hour.
The Work-a-thon: Look for kids asking for support for the Academy. Our service day will be October 12th 8:30-11:00 am
Thursday, 9/27 7th Grade Laurentian Information Meeting
Tuesday, 10/2 SMA Mass at 10:00 a.m.
Tuesday 10/2– Friday 10/5 7th Grade Laurentian Field Trip
Thursday 10/4– Friday 10/5 8th Grade Earth Science Field Trip
Sunday, 10/7 Bishop’s Scholarship Dinner
Monday, 10/8 School Pictures
Wednesday 10/10 Parent Orientation with the Principal
Thursday 10/11 Family Association Meeting
Friday, 10/12 Work-A-Thon
Saturday, 10/13 Diocesan Assembly Day
Thursday & Friday 10/18 & 10/19 No School
Here is a link to the Stella Maris Newsletter from Holy Rosary Campus