Friday, 30 January 2015

Health Tips from the Windsor Essex County Health Unit

Primary Students Explore Careers in Science

Grade 1 and 2 students spent the afternoon on Friday exploring the periodic table and engaging in fun filled experiments with the help of Science teacher Laura Simmons.  They also learned about the importance of safety precautions, such as wearing protective goggles and aprons, while engaging in experiments.

February Calendar

Monday, 26 January 2015

Family Literacy Day

January 27th is Family Literacy Day

Tomorrow is Family Literacy Day so try to take 15 minutes out of your busy schedules to enjoy a favorite book together.  A love of reading is one of the greatest gifts you can give your children.
Happy reading!

Friday, 23 January 2015

First Stingray Spirit Day of the new year brings Crazy Hair!

Crazy Hair Day Styles Bring Smiles 

Students from Kindergarten to grade 8 proudly wore their creations for crazy hair day.  Even parent council members and volunteers participated in this fun day!

Check out our inventive styles...

Student Safety First - After School Traffic Concerns


Parents and students are reminded that all students should exit the school through the playground exit along William Street. There is ample room along the street for cars to park and parents to greet their children.  Primary students and/or early dismissals may be picked up at the front but parents are reminded to adhere to traffic and parking rules along Girard Street.  There has been an increase in congestion along Girard Street causing concern for student and adult safety as they cross the busy street to get to their cars.  Parents are also reminded to please be respectful of the private driveways across from our school.  Together we can ensure a safe dismissal and exit for all.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Kindergarten Registration Coming Soon!

Come one, come all!  

Kindergarten registration begins Monday February 9th and ends Friday February 20th.  Stella Maris Kindergarten Open House will take place on February 11 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Families already registered at Stella Maris can pre-register siblings so please call the office to have a pre-registration package sent home.  Looking forward to meeting new families and welcoming our newest Stingrays to Stella Maris School!

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Grade 8 Open House at Villanova

Please join me at Villanova High School on Thursday January 8th @ 6:30 p.m. for their Grade 8 Open House.  Looking forward to seeing you there!

St. Thomas of Villanova Spirit Day

Please be reminded that tomorrow is Villanova Spirit Day.  Our grade 8 students will be participating in some fun activities while getting a closer look at their future school environment.  

Head Lice - School Protocol

Please notify the school if your child has head lice.  Once notified, we will conduct a classroom check and inform the classrooms that may have been exposed to head lice.  The notes which are sent home are included below.  Please understand that your child will be checked prior to being allowed back into the classroom and will be sent home for further treatment if nits are found.


The information below is from the Windsor Essex County Health Unit.  

If your child comes home with head lice, you may have a lot of questions. It’s important to keep in mind that head lice are treatable with care, time, and patience. Speak with your doctor or pharmacist before using any chemical shampoos if:
  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Your child is under two years of age, has asthma, or allergies.

How do you get head lice?

  • Direct head-to-head contact.
  • Through indirect contact such as combs, hats, and brushes.

How do you treat head lice?

  • Use the specific chemical shampoo and remove all lice eggs or by using the wet combing method, which is non-chemical but less effective.

Should I sterilize the entire house every time my child comes home with head lice?

  • Wash combs, brushes, towels, and anything else used during treatment with hot soapy water.
  • Wash items used in the past two days (clothes, hats, pillowcases, sheets, and stuffed animals).
  • Seal items that cannot be washed in a plastic bag for two weeks.
  • Vacuum or wash your child's car seat cover.
  • Vacuum to pick up stray lice or eggs.
  • Excessive cleaning is not needed.
  • Do not use insecticide sprays.

Do I have to treat everyone in the house for head lice?

  • Only people who have head lice should be treated.
  • Pets do not get head lice.

How do you prevent head lice?

  • Check your child’s head routinely for head lice.
  • Discourage children from sharing clothing, towels, and combs.
  • Tea tree oil and hair styling products such as hair gel or mousse have not been proven effective in prevention of head lice.


The winter session of Math PALS has been cancelled due to a conflict with tutor availability and scheduling.  We are hoping to bring it back to Stella Maris in the spring.  Stay tuned!