What you need to know to start school


Star of the Sea Catholic School is committed to providing families with all the resources necessary as their student begins the school year.

Children from grades K through 8th are required to wear a uniform. Uniforms can be purchased through Tommy Hilfiger. Additionally, SOS will host Used Uniform Sales which allows parents to obtain gently-used uniforms worn by students who have outgrown them or are no longer at the school and therefore have no more need for them. If you have any used SOS uniforms you wish to donate to the school, contact the school office to arrange a drop-off.

For a complete breakdown of school uniform guidelines, click the link to view the Dress Code Uniform page.

New Parent Information Night

We invite our new families to attend this meeting to learn all about what to expect at Star of the Sea School. The Principal along with some of the faculty and representatives of various groups, i.e. School Board, Home & School Association, Athletics, etc., will be here to answer questions. We will also go over how morning drop-off and afternoon pick up as well as the dress code.

Meet the Teacher

During the first few weeks of the first semester, all families are welcome to stop by to meet the teachers. This informative meeting with your child’s teacher is a fantastic opportunity to chat one-on-one and have any questions answered in regards to your child’s education.

First Week of School

  • All grades begin school usually in the third week in August or roughly two weeks before Labor Day. Full day students attend from 8am–3pm.
  • Early Learners and Jr. Kindergarten enrolled as Half Day Students attend school Tuesday – Friday 8am–12pm.
  • Early Learners enrolled as Three Day Half Day Students attend Wednesday, Friday 8am–12noon. Three Full Day students attend Wednesday and Friday 8am–3pm.

Back to School Night for Parents

This a time for parents to learn about classroom procedures. There are two classroom sessions for PK to Grade 5 parents in order to accommodate families with more than one student enrolled. There is only one session for grades 6-8.

School Hours

Class begins promptly at 8:00 am and students will be dismissed at 3:00 pm Monday through Friday.

Students may report to the classrooms beginning at 7:40 am. Any student arriving before 7:40 must be signed in at the Before School Care Program by the parent/guardian who brings the child to school. Students arriving after 8:00am are tardy and must be brought to the main office for a late slip, by the parent/guardian responsible for bringing the child to school. The reason for tardiness must be given. If a student is late due to an appointment, doctor, dentist, etc., a note from the doctor/dentist, etc. must be given to the office staff upon signing in. Unaccompanied children may be required to contact a parent/guardian prior to being admitted to class.

Any student remaining after 3:10 pm will be brought to the After School Program where a parent/guardian must sign the student out. All students brought to the After School Care Program will be charged the appropriate fee ($5.00 per hour, per child), for which you will be billed at the end of each month. The bookkeeper will email the bills and they are payable upon receipt.

Medical Forms/Procedures

Students who take medication (prescribed by a physician or over the counter) or have allergies, asthma, etc. must return the necessary forms, completed and signed by physician and parent/guardian, by the first day of school, August 22, 2023. Click on the Medical forms link below.

  • Attention Parents/Guardians of Preschool, Kindergarten: All students entering preschool and kindergarten are required to have a physical prior to the start of school. Click on the Medical forms link below for the State of VA School Entrance Physical Form.
  • Attention Parents of Rising 6th Grade Students: All students entering 6th grade must show proof of having the Tdap booster shot prior to the start of school.

Emergency Forms – All Families Must Complete

All families are required to complete the Emergency Form (one per child). We also ask that you enter this information in your RenWeb Parents Web account. If you intend to use the Before/After School program on the first day of school, forms must be submitted before the first day of school.  If you are unable to send the forms on time, please contact the school office. Click to download the emergency form.

Lunch Menu

The lunch menu for August will be posted at least one week prior to the start of school so that you may place orders for your child(ren). Remember, all orders must be placed in advance online and paid via check or cash sent to the school office at least one week prior to the first order. No money is collected in the cafeteria.