Friday, 30 November 2012

St. John the Baptist Parish Notices for December

December News

Lost and Found Our Lost and Found Box is overflowing with clothes and shoes. Students have been repeatedly told to check for missing items but the amount of material does not decrease! As a parent you may want to come to the school to check our Lost and Found. All unclaimed articles will be shipped to a local charity. Advent Mass Christ our Light is Coming! The true Light of the World is near! Advent leads us through the darkness to the birth of our Saviour! Come Lord Jesus! We are an Advent People! Please join us for an Advent Mass on Wednesday, December 19th at 1:15 p.m. in the school gym. Thank you to Mrs. Maitre’s Grade 2 class and Mrs. Vipond’s Grade 7/8 class for preparing the mass. All are welcome to attend. Heartfelt Thank You Thank you to all the families who donated so generously to our Christmas Toy Drive. Your generosity will not be forgotten. Thank you to Mrs. Durocher for overseeing this project. CATHOLIC SCHOOL ADVISORY COUNCIL Next Meeting is Monday January 22nd at 6:00 p.m. All are welcome to attend. Christmas Family Dinner Reminder of the Christmas Family Dinner at the Verdi Club on Thursday, December 13th at 6:00 p.m. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Hope to see you there. Several classes will be performing a variety of entertainment. Student of the Month Assembly Our December Student of the Month Assembly will take place on Thursday, December 20th at 8:45 a.m. All are welcome to attend. Do You Know This Person? Description: Uses really innovative teaching methods Supports students who face difficult challenges Builds strong relationships with parents and the community to help students learn Fosters a culture of equity and respect Encourages students to explore new possibilities, take risks, and solve problems in a creative way. Last seen: In schools and school boards across Ontario If you know someone who fits this description, please visit for more information. The Premier’s Awards for Teaching Excellence celebrate outstanding school and school board staff. The awards are a great way to thank the people who make a difference in your school. The deadline for nominations is January 31st, 2013. The deadline for nominations is January 31st, 2013 Best Wishes for a holy and blessed Christmas are extended to all members of the Stella Maris Catholic School Community. May your hearts be filled with peace and wonder of that first Christmas.

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Stella Maris Toy Drive

It is Christmas every time you let God love others through you...
Yes, it is Christmas every time you smile at your brother and offer him your hand.                             Mother Teresa

November, 2012

Dear Families,

As we prepare for the coming of Christ, we realize there are so many that need our help, not only locally but globally.  As a loving and caring community, Stella Maris School would like to touch the hearts of others with our annual Christmas Toy Drive.  

We will be collecting contributions for our Stella Maris Toy Drive with the beginning of Advent, starting Monday, December 3rd until Friday, December 14, 2012.  Donations may be brought to your child's classroom or the school office.  

While all toys are appreciated, gifts for older children and teens are especially needed.  Please remember this group as well when making your shopping list.

Thank you in advance for your generosity in making this holiday season a happy and Holy time for children in Amherstburg as well as other children within our Catholic School Community who are less fortunate.

May God bless you and your family.

Stella Maris Toy Drive Committee

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Hot off the press from Gr. 4/5M

HOUSE OF SHALOM TRIP... Recently, at the House of Shalom, our Grade 8 students spent the day participating in leadership activities. They also got to explore the House, do skits, give each other positive labels, and debate various topics. They also had a great lunch. Kyra Breshamer and Chris White both said that "it was a great experience and a lot of fun." We thank the House of Shalom for being such wonderful hosts!

GO STINGRAYS! ... Both volleyball teams have begun their seasons. The girls's team played against St. Bernard and St. Anthony, winning one game and losing five. The boys' volleyball team also played both schools, and recently defeated Holy Cross. Our model club is going great so far. A couple of students are done their model, but Mr. Way says they still have to make their stands. We are proud of all of our students who participate in these extra-curricular activities.

LEST WE FORGET... On Friday, November 9, Stella Maris held a Remembrance Day Liturgy in our gymnasium. We showed our respect by having readings, songs and a wonderful video called "Pittance of Time". Our school community is extremely thankful for the freedom of life that we enjoy. Many in attendance said the Liturgy was great. A big thank you to Mr. Dethomasis' 6/7 and Mr. Mathieson's 4/5 classes for leading us in this special event.

BULLY AWARENESS WEEK... On Monday, November 12 and Thursday, November 15, Constable Melissa Taylor of the Amherstburg Police Department came to our school for "Bully Awareness Week". She spent time in most of our classes and told us about how bullying is wrong. She also talked about cyberbullying, verbal bullying and physical bullying. Many people have been bullied over the years for how they look, what they wear, and many other things. Every year, our school wears pink T-shirts to represent this week. Bullying should never happen because other people are different, or for any reason. Just because they are different doesn't mean they should get bullied!

DECEMBER PREVIEW... On December 3, Mrs. Maitre and Mrs. Pietrangelo are bringing their students to John R. Park Homestead for a field trip. Stella Maris will be having our annual Christmas family dinner on December 13 at the Verdi Club. It will be an exciting two days on the 17th and 18th for our JK/SK classes as they will go to the Verdi Club and have breakfast with Santa! We will also be having an Advent Mass on December 19 at 1:15 PM in our gymnasium. Our Student of the Month assembly will be on December 20. We at Stella Maris want to wish our entire community a safe and happy holiday. Merry Christmas to all!

Contributing Writers: Cassandra P, Elizabeth S, Brett M, Keaton C, Carlie D, Michael S, Sebastian S, Bryan S, Brysen V, Hannah W, Oliver C, Spencer D, Ty Q, Tristiano C


Through the cooperative effort of  students at Stella Maris, the annual
fundraiser generated $6,500.00

The three top prizes were awarded to the following students:
1st place prize of a $200.00 Walmart Gift Card to Zachary C.
2nd place prize of a$100.00 Walmart Gift Card  to Chris W.
3rd place prize of a $75.00 Walmart  Gift Card to Mia D.

The family prize of a gift basket filled with barb-e-que sauces, tools and a $25.00 gift certificate to Montanas and Family Movie Passes to Rowan & Brenna J.

Top Class
Winners of a Pizza Party

Grade 2/3P

Individual Prize Draw

Lunch Bag and Water Bottle – Abby S., Chris W., Jordan M., Tanner H., Maya V., Mia D., Hunter H.,
Andrea P.
Soccer Ball – Amira C., Mia K., Maya V.
Basketball – Brett M., Steven C.,
Football – Steven C.
Spitfire Tickets – Zachary C., Cassie P., Keaton C., Maya V.
Webkins – Cayden H., Calista W., KylieP.
Pillow Buddy – Emily C., Elizabeth S.
Baseball Hat – Cameron W., Carly P.
EyeOn Video Basket – Zachary C.
LaSalle Vipers Basket – Zachary C.
Rexall Gif t Basket – Natalie S.
Waterfront Ice-Cream Gift Certificate – Gabby V.
NoFrills Gift Certificate – Adelaide H
Sobeys Gift Baskets – Joshua J., Jonathan J., Landin S.

This year’s prize table was stocked with amazing and varied prizes due to the kind and generous response of businesses in and out of  our community.  We sincerely thank and acknowledge the following  businesses for their tremendous support.

Waterfront Ice cream Parlor
Eye On Video
Montana’s – The VanderHoven Family
Bulk Barn – The Village Shop
Susan Sammat from Norcard
The Windsor Spitfires
Racicot Chrysler
Rexall Pharma Plus
Rafih Automative Group
Reaume Motors – LaSalle
No Frills
LaSalle Vipers
Mary Ellen Plouffe from Edge Imaging Photography

Thank you!

The students and staff of Stella Maris Catholic School

Stella Maris’s Family Christmas Dinner

Please join us as we come together to celebrate the Christmas season.

Where : Verdi Club
When : Thursday, December 13th , 2012
Time: Doors Open at 5:30 p.m.
Buffet Dinner  6:00 p.m.

Rolls and Butter
Penne with Meat or Meatless Sauce,
Tossed Salad
Coffee or Tea

Cost: Adults $11.00
Children (ages 5 -10) $6.00
Children under the age of 5 - Free

We ask that you bring a small dish of baked goods (nut free) to share with one another. 

A form was sent home today, November 22nd.  Please fill out the form and return by December 3rd with the money.  No tickets will be sold after this date.