The Morning Star Weekly Newsletter Vol 5, Edition 21 1/19/2021
Dear Morning Star Families and Friends,

I hope everyone had a restful three-day holiday weekend. Martin Luther King Jr. said in his “Where Do We Go From Here?” address, “I know that love is ultimately the only answer to mankind’s problems.” As we continue to navigate uncertain times, I pray that we will use his words as guidance to strive to love above all else. 

All students (primary-high school) are taking the STAR 360 Reading and Math assessment this week progress monitoring. Frequent progress monitoring allows us to see students’ academic growth as well as identify any areas in need of remediation.

Reregistration packets for the 21/22 school year went home Friday, January 15th. Please complete the packets and return to school no later than February 3rd. Current students have priority but completed paperwork must be in by the 3rd. On February 4th, registration will open to new students.

As we continue to follow health and safety protocol in school, I just want to take this time to remind everyone that we all play a part in keeping our school safe. If your child is not feeling well, please keep your child home until he or she is well. If a family member is sick, please consider keeping your child home until the cause of the illness is determined. Please communicate with the front office if your child will be absent due to illness. The health and safety of the entire school community is our top priority.

God Bless,
Elaine Shott, Principal
2021-2022 Registration
Registration packets have been sent home with your student. 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.
Catholic Schools Week
February 1st - 5th is Catholic Schools Week. National Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. Expect a week full of surprises! Faith, Service and Knowledge are the hallmarks of a Catholic education. We will express these values throughout a week of celebration!
“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!
A lesson for Martin Luther King Day taught our students about equality, to be kind to everyone, and not to judge people by their looks.
In religion class, Sister Else delivered hearts with the message "I love you", addressed to each student and signed by God. It was like everyone won the lottery. The students faces were priceless! 
Sonic, the MSS hedgehog paid a visit to Intermediate prep students.
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
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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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