The Morning Star Weekly Newsletter Vol 5, Edition 20 1/12/2021
Dear Morning Star Families and Friends,
Happy New Year! Everyone at Morning Star School is excited to start 2021 with our students and families!

As you know, it is time to begin the registration process for the 2021-2022 school year. Registration packets will be going home Friday. It is extremely important that you return your registration paperwork by February 3rd. We will begin accepting new applicants on February 4th. We have a waiting list for grades 5-12. If your paperwork is not returned by February 3rd, we cannot guarantee enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year. PLEASE turn in your registration paperwork by February 3rd.

Students entering 7th grade or Junior High 2 must have their 7th grade shots before the first day of school. Please make sure the doctor indicates on your child's shot record that immunizations are complete for 7th grade.

We have a very limited amount of tuition assistance available. You may request a tuition assistance application from the front office. These should be returned with your registration paperwork.

I wish you a happy, blessed and healthy new year.

Elaine Shott, Principal
Friday Noon Dismissal and Parent Teacher Conferences
Friday, January 15th is a noon dismissal and dress down day. Parent/Teacher conferences will also be held that day. After school care will be available.
No School on Monday
Monday, January 18th school will be out for Martin Luther King Day.
“Shoot for the Stars” on May 24th at San Jose Country Club! The fun begins at 10:00 a.m. with a shotgun start at noon. Tee off with family, friends and colleagues to support special education. Players enjoy lunch, complimentary cocktails, games, prizes and a memorable celebration dinner! And, through February 28th get $50 off your foursome. Click HERE for complete player/sponsorship details and to register on-line!
Thank you to the Knights of Columbus from San Juan Del Rio Parish who arranged for Santa to travel from the North Pole before the holiday break to visit our students and staff! He also talked to some of the distance learning students virtually and remembered to check in with some of our furry friends.
The final component of our brand new outdoor fitness area was installed last week. A huge 13x29 school logo! A big thank you goes out to Safe 4 Play and Perfect Turf for their hard work and commitment to this amazing project! A ribbon cutting ceremony is planned for later in the year. Stay tuned!
Students showed off their drawings of presents they received from Santa!
It's a new year and our Primary students were eager to get back to learning.
Mrs. Powell’s students learned to understand the importance of teamwork. They also learned about failure in science and engineering by building towers out of marshmallows and toothpicks. They learned that even weak materials can be made stronger with good design techniques, and that distribution of mass is an important consideration when building a tower. After the towers were built, they placed coins on top to see if the towers would support the weight of the coins. After the lesson the students got to eat the left- over marshmallows, which of course they loved!
Mrs. Brock nominated Nicholas, a Junior at Morning Star High School, for "student of the week" on First Coast News and he won!

Ms. Brock told First Coast News that Nicholas was one of the hardest working students she has ever known.

To see the news clip, click HERE.
Will, a High School freshman, put his building and teaching skills to good use by helping Ms. Brock’s son Dylan build a PC. Great job Will!
Bodies and minds were at work on the new outdoor fitness center as students tried the fitness equipment for the first time. After a great workout session they recorded their thoughts. See below...
If you shop on Amazon, make sure you shop on AmazonSmile. It's exactly the same Amazon you love but a portion of your purchase price will be donated to our school each time you shop!

1. Visit AmazonSmile
2. Select Morning Star School of Jacksonville as your charity of choice and start shopping! 
3. Bookmark the AmazonSmile link and use it each time you shop with Amazon!  (Proceeds will only be donated if you are logged into AmazonSmile).
Download the NEW Box Tops App Today!
Box Tops is a great way to earn fundraising dollars! And now there is a new phone app which makes it easier to earn points for our school! Shop as you normally would, then simply scan your store receipts to find participating products. The app will automatically credit your school's Box Tops earnings online. It's a much easier way to help us earn dollars.

Download the new Box Tops App HERE.
Watch a video about the new process HERE

You may still clip Box Tops and send them to school. Physical Box Tops clips are being phased out of production but may continue to be found on many products throughout the store.

  • Turn in your box tops weekly. They do expire.
  • Be sure to NOT cut the code off. We cannot use it if the code is missing even one of the digits.
  • Place them in a zip lock bag and send them in with your student.

Thank you for supporting our fundraising efforts! Questions? Please reach out to Jackie Rodriguez, our Home & School Box Tops Coordinator at
If you have a great story, please share it with us. We love showcasing the many talents of our students and their families. To submit a story, click the button below.
Our School Mission Statement
Rooted in the Gospel and strengthened by the sacraments, the mission of Morning Star School is to provide a unique, inspiring education empowering students with learning differences to achieve their full potential.
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