school newsletter: june 12, 2022
I would like to share my deepest gratitude to Star parents for supporting the school staff and overall mission. Teachers have enjoyed implementing the classical liberal arts education alongside parents who seek to understand and invest themselves in their child’s education. We look forward to our second year of adopting additional practices that will further suit each child’s developmental stage of learning. Please pray for our teachers as they will continue their professional development in the liberal arts philosophy through their attendance at the ICLE’s National Conference this July at Catholic University (Maryland). Finally, I pray that you will have a wonderful and safe summer!!!
UPDATED STAFFING INFORMATION
Sadly, we are saying goodbye to six teachers this year. We wish them well in their new adventures and want to share our gratitude for their service - thank you, Mr. Meloche, Ms. Ryalls, Mrs. Shipley, Mrs. Bennett, Sister Maria Caeli and Mrs. LaFrance. You will be missed by many families.
I would like to introduce and welcome new (and returning teachers) that will be joining our staff this fall.
Ms. Morgan Vincent - Third Grade Teacher
Mr. Cesar Castaneda - Latin/Literature Teacher
Mrs. Mary Castaneda - Music Teacher (Gr. 5-8)
Mrs. Meghan Pesely - Music Teacher (Gr. K-4)
Ms. Melissa Solano - Preschool Teacher
Mrs. Jackie Herring - Preschool Teacher
SUMMER PARISH ACTIVITIES
Wednesdays - Parish Family Hour 6–8pm (potluck)
Fri., June 24 - Rookie Altar Boy Boot Camp
Wed.-Fri., July 6-8 - Altar Boy Boot Camp
Mon.-Fri., Aug. 8-12 - VBS
SUMMER FAMILY TIME
It is my desire to see families take a well deserved break from the regular rigor of life and thoroughly enjoy each other over the summer months. Perhaps some families will have a greater opportunity to engage in more family-oriented activities and/or acquire new ones. Many folks travel during summer, but when not away there is often a chance for greater family bonding. Here are just a few suggestions of family activities:
● Cook a new recipe
● Plant a garden or pots
● Learn to play a new sport
● Build puzzles
● Read as a family (Aesop’s Fables is always a winner)
● Study our local geography through maps
● Perform a mini theatrical play
● Workout or hike together
● Learn a new chore and/or clean out closets
● Learn a new prayer or psalm together
● Watch Catholic saint movies on Formed https://formed.org/
● Celebrate feast days with a special dessert (see feasts listed below)
AWARDS FOR THE YEAR
Congratulations to students who were presented awards for the 2021/22 school year on Friday.
Pro-life Poster/Essay Winners
Division 1 (1st and 2nd Grade):
1st Elizabeth C
2nd Tessie H
3rd Nora N
Division 2 (3rd and 4th Grade):
1st Scarlett D
2nd Cecilia K
3rd Moira O
Division 3 (5th and 6th Grade):
1st Luciana R
2nd Trinity C
3rd Prescilla S
Division 4 (7th and 8th Grade):
1st Ben K
2nd Damien K
3rd Alexie L
St. Joan of Arc Award - in recognition of heroic moral courage and zeal for the faith.
St. Dominic Savio Award - in recognition of showing perseverance in living the Christian life.
St. Joan of Arc - St. Dominic Savio
Kindergarten -- Celine-May O - William F
1st Grade --Tessie H - Timothy H
2nd Grade -- Brenna P - Luke B
3rd Grade -- Julia R - Derek T
4th Grade -- Gabriela M - Patrick K
5th Grade -- Emilia P - Freddy T
6th Grade -- Veda S - Jack D
7th Grade -- Gwyn R- James P
We are still looking for an individual to run our Scrip program. If you have ideas how to make this fundraising program a greater success and would consider this position, please let the office know as soon as possible.
In order to best prepare parents for next year’s volunteer opportunities, a thorough list of activities has been given -allowing families to familiarize themselves with the possibilities and pre-plan their ways of earning volunteer hours (see attached flyer).
SUMMER READING REQUIREMENT
Summer reading is critical for students to retain knowledge and skills learned in this past school year. Parents should consider promoting reading as just another form of activity during the summer months so that this becomes second nature.
Teachers in grades 3-8 have provided a required book to be read by each student entering these grades before Aug. 30. Thank you for purchasing the book or finding it within your public library (see attached flyer).
An updated list of uniform items for the 2022/23 school year has been provided. Besides visiting Ideal Commercial Uniform in Bremerton, families can go online to order, email the office to purchase from our used closet, or wait for the New Parent Orientation on Aug. 21st (see attached flyer).
SUMMER MONTH FEAST DAYS
June 19 - Corpus Christi
July 29 - St. Martha (give up all chores)
July 31 - St. Ignatius
August 4 - St. John Vianney
August 6 - Transfiguration
SCHOOL MISSION STATEMENT
Under the patronage of our Blessed Mother, the mission of Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic
School is to support parents in their role as the primary educators of their children. Our
classical training nourishes the students’ natural sense of wonder and guides them to know and
love what is genuinely good, true, and beautiful. Faithful to the teachings of the Catholic
Church, we form our students to be virtuous disciples of Jesus Christ and joyful witnesses to the
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School Principal, Mrs. Tina Powell