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.
Weekly Update: June 30, 2017
Mission Moment

O Mary, Star of the Sea,
light of every ocean, guide
seafarers across all dark and
stormy seas that they may
reach the haven of peace and
light prepared in Him
who calmed the sea.
As we set forth upon the
oceans of the world and cross
the deserts of our time, show us,
O Mary, the fruit of your womb,
for without your Son we are lost.
Pray that we will never fail
on life's journey, that in heart and mind,
in word and deed, in days of turmoil and in days of calm,
we will always look to Christ and say,
"Who is this that even the wind and sea obey him?"
Our Lady Star of the Sea,
Pray for us.
-  Pope John Paul II 

School Crest and Mascot Revealed

The Stella Maris Academy Board has approved and adopted a new school crest and mascot design. Reminiscent of the Shield of Faith, the crest represents the Star of the Sea through the Marian M and offset star. The cross and sword stand for our role as defenders of our faith.

"In all circumstances, hold faith as a shield, to quench all [the] flaming arrows of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. With all prayer and supplication, pray at every opportunity in the Spirit. To that end, be watchful with all perseverance and supplication for all the holy ones."  Ephesians 6:16-18

The Mascot design represents strength, guardianship and vigilance. As the name implies, the image signifies defenders or watchmen of the faith, those who guard, protect and preserve. In conjunction with the 'Stella Maris' name, it is said that the Virgin Mary intercedes for us as a guide and protector - our 'Guardian.'

On behalf of the Board we extend a large Thank You to the Flint Group in the design of Stella Maris Academy's new look.
New Uniform Options for 2017-2018

In accordance with the new school colors, Stella Maris Academy has adopted a new uniform for the 2018-2019 school year. In addition, the previous uniform of khaki pants and skirts; red, navy, white shirts, and green plaid options are acceptable this year. 

The new uniform options are available through our preferred vendors: Donald's and Lands End. The new uniform options will be available through our preferred vendors beginning the end of July.
The new uniform includes:
  • Marian (cobalt) blue, grey and white short or long-sleeved polo shirts
  • Black or grey bottoms: pants, skirts/skorts, shorts
  • Solid grey or blue plaid jumpers
  • Plaid also available in skirt/skort and tie
  • Black or grey sweaters: V-neck, crew neck, cardigan, or vest
  • Marian (cobalt) blue and grey fleece
  • Spirit wear will also be available in black, grey, or blue with and without school crest
A visual guide and link to the full policy can be found here. New uniform samples will be available at the Donald's Uniform Sale at the St. James Campus on Wednesday, July 19th from 3-6pm. For more information see the Donald's flyers here. 

Mark Your Calendar for SMA's Back-to-School Activities
  • Tuesday, August 29- St James: Welcome Back and Parent Orientation (4:30-7:00 pm)
  • Wednesday, August 30- St. John's: Welcome Back (3:00-4:30 pm 5th and 8th grade), 4:30-6:00 6th and 7th grade)
  • Thursday, August 31- Holy Rosary: Welcome Back (1:00-3:00 pm) and Parent Orientation (5:30 pm)
  • Monday, September 4- Labor Day: Offices closed
  • Tuesday, September 5- First Day of School
  • Thursday, September 7- St. John's: Parent Orientation (6:30 pm)
School Day Times and Busing Information

Start and end times for each campus are still being determined based upon District Transportation information, however it is anticipated that times will be similar to last year's school day start and end times. 

Generally, District Transportation works on bus routes until mid- August. Routes and schedules will be published for families as soon as they are made available. There will be an inter-campus bus between Holy Rosary and St. John's, as well as an option of a late afternoon activity bus for all campuses. 

Class Supply Lists 
Supply lists for each grade are available here to help you plan ahead for the start of the school year. 

Upcoming Events 

July 24-28: The Great Move, Stage II
October 22: Feast of Faith Annual Scholarship Dinner

Summer Hotline, Back-to-School Packets, Next Blast

Looking for information over the summer?  Our next informational blast will be published the week of July 17th. Back-to-School packets will be mailed in August. Parents will be receiving SMART registration information regarding tuition payments over the summer as well.

Know a new family coming to town that would benefit from daily Catholic school education?  Someone wants to know more about our great academy? The hotline will be checked over the summer at  or call (218) 724-8565. 

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