Tuition Assistance Program

Bishop Flores Scholars: Making a Difference

Last year, the Bishop Flores Scholars Fund will provide one million dollars in tuition assistance to children in the Diocese of San Diego. The 2018-2019 school year will mark the third year of the “Bishop Flores Scholars Tuition Assistance Program,” which provides limited tuition assistance to qualifying families. This assistance is available ONLY for families entering Kindergarten-8th Grade in September 2018; awards will not be given to children enrolling in Preschool in September 2018.

Families may apply for the Bishop Flores Scholars Tuition Assistance Program through February 28, 2018. It’s a short window, so do not wait to apply. If you plan on seeking tuition assistance from St. Mary, Star of the Sea Elementary School for 2018/2019, you must first apply to the Bishop Flores Tuition Assistance Program before applying to the school for assistance.

You may apply for this program through the website: If you have any questions, please talk to the elementary office at 760-722-7259.


  • January 2, 2018: applications available and application process begins
  • February 28, 2018: deadline for student applications
  • March 23, 2018: tuition assistance awards finalized. Schools and families will be notified via email late March through early April

Cub Scouts Christmas Tree Sale

Our St. Mary, Star of the Sea Cub Scout Pack is selling Christmas tree and wreath as part of a fundraiser! These beautiful, fresh cut Christmas trees and handmade wreaths, swags and garland are available for pre-sale through November 14th.

These trees are amazing and come directly from a farm in Oregon. The trees are so fresh that sometimes they are delivered with snow still on the branches! These trees are different than what you find at the tree lots in town or the store. They are nursery quality, premium trees, hand selected, cut, loaded and delivered within a few days and not sitting in storage for weeks before purchase.

Already have an artificial tree, cannot pick up the tree, or you live out of the area? No worries, you can help support us and a military family! The Trees for Troops program gives a donated tree to a military family and we keep a portion for our fundraising efforts, it is a win-win for everyone. There are even wreaths and swag available for purchase should you not want a tree.

If you plan to purchase a tree this year, please consider purchasing one to support our Scouts. Not only will you receive an awesome tree for your family to gather this Christmas, you are supporting our programs.

Please view the attached flyer for information on trees, wreaths, and purchase details. Thank you!!

Complimentary Parish Family Portraits

We all cherish our family pictures, so please don’t miss the opportunity to capture this particular “moment in time” for your family. Whether you need a new family portrait for your Christmas card, a gift for your children’s grandparents, or a photograph on the living room wall, come make a memory with us here at St. Mary’s this holiday season.

There are three easy ways to schedule your appointment:

  1. click here to sign up online
  2. sign up after weekend Masses: November 4-5, 11-12, and 18-19 & December 2-3, 9-10 and 16-17
  3. call at Lifetouch 760.576.8393

There is no cost to you or the parish, and each participating family receives:

  • complimentary professional sitting
  • opportunity to immediately view portraits
  • free 8×10 portrait
  • complimentary “Our Parish Family Directory” when it publishes in the spring
  • opportunity to purchase additional portrait gifts

No purchase is necessary, however additional photo packages will be available for you to purchase for yourself or to give as gifts. Please allow up to one hour for photo session and viewing of portrait selections. We look forward to seeing you there!

Location: at the Star of the Sea Center
(515 Pier View Way, Oceanside)
*photos taken on these 3 dates will be available for Christmas
– Friday Nov 24* 12:00 to 7:30
– Saturday Nov 25* 12:00 to 5:30
– Sunday Nov 26* 10:00 to 5:30

Location: at St. Mary’s School
(515 Wisconsin Ave, Oceanside)
– Monday Dec 18 12:00 to 7:30
– Tuesday Dec 19 12:00 to 7:30
– Wednesday Dec 20 12:00 to 7:30
– Thursday Dec 21 12:00 to 7:30
– Friday Dec 22 12:00 to 7:30
– Tuesday Dec 26 12:00 to 7:30
– Wednesday Dec 27 12:00 to 5:30

Lifetouch Flyer in English     Volante de Lifetouch en Español


Liturgy of the Word for Children

Your children (age 3-10) are invited to join the Children’s Liturgy of the Word each Sunday at the 10:00 a.m. Mass at our church. We will sing, dance, listen and reflect on the readings at an age-appropriate level. Come have fun and learn about our Lord!

Things to Bring for the First Day


We are so excited to have you as a part of our Preschool community.

Here is a list of items you will need to bring on your first day. Please remember to put your child’s name on everything:

  • One extra set of clothing in a zip-lock bag – with name
  • If staying for Lunch (to support your child to be successful – ensure they can open it themselves)
  • 5 x 7 photo of family for the room
  • One box of tissue (i.e. Kleenex)
  • If Napping – One fitted sheet – One small blanket for cots – optional a small pillow (in a bag with your child’s name on it). These will go home every Friday.
  • One box flushable wet wipes
  • Please make a “goodbye’ plan with your child. (Kissing Hand book available)
  • Please bring a water bottle for your child.
  • Children may not bring toys from home – (exception is a small cuddle toy to sleep)

New Parent Night

Join us for a new parent night on August 9th – it’s a great opportunity to connect with your teachers, see the school, and meet some new friends for both you and your children!

Now Enrolling for Summer and Fall Programs

Are you looking for a warm, loving, and faith-filled preschool for your child? We are open for summer and fall registration! Please give our office a call to schedule a tour. We can’t wait to welcome you to our school community!

End of the Year Preschool Celebration

Mark your calendars for Sunday, June 11, 12-2:30 PM for our  End of the Year Preschool Picnic!

All family members are invited to join us. Since it is a “bring your own lunch” picnic, there will be no cost to attend. Just bring your beach chairs and blankets and don’t forget to invite grandpa and grandma too! All preschoolers will receive a certificate and entertain you with a few of their very favorite songs.  We will have free preschooler photos, a Bouncetime Slide and the famous “Radical Reptiles” which older siblings  will love too. We’ll also have  family art activities and  Pockets the Clown, so the kids will be busy and you’ll have more time to socialize!  If you have any ideas for activities or family entertainment for the afternoon, please let us know.  So please HELP by making a donation  to the PICNIC to help cover the cost of the  entertainment. Every donation, big or small helps! You can put your donation in the tuition envelope and mark it “picnic donation”, or just add it to your May tuition.  Of course, your business can sponsor too!!! We’ll put a big beautiful Thank You Sign next to the event !

We will also have volunteer sign-up sheets for parents to help set-up and clean up the day of the Picnic. Please Help us make this a fabulous day for everyone. Thanks!                      


Preschool Priority Registration Closed

Preschool Priority Registration Closed

Just a reminder that the preschool priority Fall Registration is over and we are now in the process of filling the remaining spots for the Fall from the waiting list. Please let family and friends know that if they are interested in the preschool for their child in the Summer or this Fall to call us immediately!


St. Mary’s Church Food Bank

Our St. Mary, Star of the Sea Parish Community has asked for our help to fill their food pantry with basic staples for our families in need. Please consider picking up any of these items the next time you are shopping for your family and dropping them off in the office:

  • fresh fruit (apples, oranges)
  • fruit cups
  • 1-pound bag of rice
  • 1-pound bag of pinto beans
  • canned pasta (Chef Boy-r-Dee, etc.)

Thank you, as always, for your generosity!