PO Box 560 / 90 Alexander Lane, Solomons, Maryland 20688
Phone (410) 326-3171 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Fax (410) 326-9478
Our Lady Star of the Sea School is located in Solomons, on the beautiful Chesapeake Bay in southern Calvert County.
Our Lady Star of the Sea School, established in 1933, is a member of the Archdiocese of Washington and is a fully accredited private Catholic School for Pre-K through 8th grade. Our mission is carried out in a Catholic atmosphere, which promotes the spiritual, intellectual, emotional, and physical development of each child.
Our small class sizes enable us to deal with our students as individuals and work to meet their needs. By teaching morals and values, we develop a sense of personal responsibility and encourage leadership skills, which will make our students responsible adults. Students in the higher grades participate in a number of roles that support the school and mentor younger students, and help teach them the importance of responsibility and helping others. We believe that through a solid Catholic education, which incorporates instruction, discipline, responsibility, respect, and Christian example, our students will have a strong foundation on which to build their lives.
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Jesus Christ is the center of our school community, and the Person by whom we measure our life in its daily, physical, mental, and spiritual activities. It is, therefore, the mission of Our Lady Star of the Sea School, in conjunction with the parents and guardians of our children, to build a community which will reflect Gospel values, not only in the smaller school and parish setting, but also in the wider world society. Because we are also an academic institution, we strive for scholastic excellence by providing an organized and integrated curriculum which responds to the unique ability of each person. It is hoped that by providing a program that encourages spiritual, emotional, social, intellectual, and physical growth, the students will be able to meet the challenges that face them as they strive to become members of a democratic society.
DAILY PRAYER & MASS:
Our school day begins with grades K-8 attending Morning Prayer together in the Historic Church. On Friday afternoons at 2:00pm, children attend Mass together, led by Monsignor Michael Wilson (OLSS Pastor) and Deacon Christopher Jensen (OLSS School Principal). Each grade takes turns to do readings, leads songs, reads prayers of the faithful, and act out the Gospel. This helps children gain confidence in public speaking and experience in participating in Masses.
CLASS SIZE AND SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT:
We currently have one class for each grade. The average class size for the 2014-15 school year is 14 students. Tutoring services are available to students who need extra help in various subjects.
All grades, Pre-K through 8th, study core subjects of Math, Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, and Religion daily. Specials one day a week are Computer, Spanish, Art, Library, Physical Education, and Music. Instrumental music lessons and Band are available one day a week to students in Grades 4–8.
School hours are 8:00a.m.-3:00p.m. Monday–Friday. Before School Care begins at 6:45a.m.. After School Care is available from dismissal until 6:00p.m.
Students bring their own snacks for morning break, with the exception of Pre-K, whose snacks are provided. The school serves a Hot Lunch option every day, as well as sandwich and salad options (cost for each is $3). Milk, chocolate milk, & juice are available for purchase.
Students wear school uniforms daily. Gym uniforms are worn to school all day on the day the class has gym. The school also offers Tag Days, when students have the opportunity to wear regular clothes to school in exchange for a donation to a charity selected by the OLSS Student Council. Charities supported in the past are Wounded Warriors, an orphanage in Vietnam, and an animal shelter.
OLSS hosts Junior Varsity and Varsity basketball teams for boys and girls in Grades 4-8 as part of the Sunday Youth Basketball League (SYBL). All interested students are accepted onto the teams. Practices are held at local gyms, and games take place between teams from other local Catholic schools.
COMMUNITY SERVICE & CHARITABLE PROGRAMS:
Our students participate in a multitude of community outreach projects, such as food collections for SMILE, change collections to build wells in Madagascar, and the St. Jude Math-A-Thon. A food drive is held in November to provide Thanksgiving meals to needy families. During the Advent season, each class supports a humanitarian cause, such as a homeless shelter.
NATIONAL CONTEST PARTICIPATION:
Our students participate in a variety of contests, such as the National Geographic Geography Bee, Scripps Spelling Bee, Calvert County Science Fair, Southern Maryland Realtors Essay Contest, American Legion Americanism Essay Contest, Optimist Oratorical Speech Contest, and Robotics.
Every class has Field Trips during the school year. Examples include Grades Pre-K–2 going to a pumpkin farm, Grades 3-4 touring Historic Saint Mary’s City and Annapolis, Grades 5-6 visiting the National Museum of the American Indian, and Grades 7-8 visiting the Franciscan Monastery in Washington DC.
Parent volunteers are an essential part of the functioning of the school. Numerous volunteer opportunities are available, such as bake sale fundraisers, helping with the hot lunch program, and helping to organize and run special events such as Grandparents Day. All volunteers must complete the Virtus Child Protection Program in order to volunteer at the school.
One of the many ways we encourage responsibility in our students is by the Buddy Systems. Older children act as mentors to children in the lower grades. 6th graders have Kindergarten buddies, 7th graders have 1st grade buddies, and 8th graders have 2nd grade buddies. 5th graders also have Pre-K buddies. The buddies spend time reading and writing together, participate in various activities together throughout the school year, and learn a lot from each other.
Special events that take place each year include Grandparents Day, Muffins for Moms, Donuts for Dads, Earth Day planting, Talent Show, All Saints Day parade, Christmas Concert, and Santa Shop.
8th GRADE CLASS:
Members of the 8th grade class participate in a number of roles that support the school, and help them learn responsibility and helping others. Examples include acting as Safety Patrol during recess and afternoon dismissal, managing the school’s recycling program, helping serve and clean up during hot lunches, serving milk during lunchtime, running their own bake sales and ice cream sales every month, raising and lowering the American flag on the school grounds, and operating the Student Store.