The Morning Star Weekly Newsletter Vol 5, Edition 7 9/22/2020
Dear Morning Star Families and Friends,

I am happy to announce the addition of two new teachers to our faculty. Our new Primary 1 teacher is Austin Campbell. He comes to us with a BA in Psychology and a Master’s in Special Education. We are thrilled to welcome Mr. Campbell to the Primary 1 class and to Morning Star School. Our Intermediate Prep is a new class with a new teacher. Please welcome Ms. Nikki Szwedzinski (Ms. S to her students). Ms. Szwedzinski comes to us with a Master’s in Special Education. It is with pleasure I welcome Ms. Szwedzinski to our school. Ms. Kidd will now go back to being our Reading Interventionist. Please know that our goal is to continuously grow and improve Morning Star School for our students, families, staff, and community.

We are thrilled to announce that the new fitness center for the upper grades should be complete by the end of October, fingers crossed. And, our Building Campaign is also complete! Thank you to all the generous donors that made our high school dream come true. I would like to thank all the Morning Star families for supporting and cheering us on through this process. Lastly, we could not have accomplished this monumental task without Maria Johnson and Kerry Brophy, our development team.

We have a couple more weeks until the first nine weeks will end. It might be time to think about your child returning to brick and mortar learning. Remote learning is, and has been, the best way for some families, due to medical reasons, to keep the risk of COVID-19 to a minimum. We already have some students return to brick and mortar because remote learning, (though a blessing) was becoming too difficult of a learning environment for their child.
We will welcome any student back to brick and mortar, and continue to understand why some students need to remain remote learners until the end of December, as our Return to School Plan states. During this time of COVID- 19 I am here along with my staff and faculty to keep Morning Star students safe and healthy. I am proud to say that to date we have not had one student with COVID. This is due to hard work, set protocols, support of our families, and our amazing Morning Star students.

Thank you,
Elaine Shott, Principal
Virtual Tech Night Tonight!
Parents, please join Mr. Dodge for tech night tonight at 6:30. Click the link below to join the Google Meet meeting.

Order Your 2019-2020 Yearbook
Tomorrow, September 23rd is the last day to send in your order form and payment for last year's yearbook (2019-2020). Click HERE to print the yearbook order form.
Dress Like Your Favorite Book Character
Friday, September 25th students and teachers may dress like their favorite book character.
2020 Scholastic Book Fair
September 21st - October 4th, we will hold our Virtual Scholastic Book Fair.

Click HERE to learn more
Picture Retakes
Wednesday, October 14th we will have picture retakes. Make sure to mark your calendars.
High School AND Junior High Drop off/Dismissal Reminder
Junior High AND High school students should enter and exit the building through the glass doors leading to the junior high/high school building - NOT the main entrance. This precaution helps to limit germ exposure among groups of students. 
Diocesan Rosary Congress
Monday, September 28-29th, Assumption Parish will host a diocesan Rosary Congress.

For more information click HERE
Morning Star School on First Coast News!

We are so excited to share a wonderful news clip that was done on Morning Star School. A huge thank you to Mrs. Russell and Mrs. Fick for their participation. Please click the link below and be sure to view both videos. Part one is at the top of the page and part 2 is a bit further down.

What an amazing opportunity for Morning Star School to stand out and obtain some well-deserved attention. Congratulations to us!
Outdoor Fitness Center to be done by October!

Our outdoor fitness center is really coming along! Fitness equipment is going in this week!
New STEM Building Toy for Extended Day

Coach Bryan, always coming up with new ideas, surprised Noah and the students of after school care with a brand new ZOOB BuilderZ! Individualized gloves allow for creativity and imagination. It's just good for the mind!
Intermediate students created "About Me" mask art!
Junior High 1 students used their scientific observation skills to describe three minerals. They used vivid, detailed descriptions and analyzed hardness, color, texture and weight for each.
Lawrence, a senior, shared his summer reading projects with his class. He presented his "book trailer" as a movie-style trailer... but for a book. Click on the arrow to watch the trailer. It's definitely a must-watch! Great job Lawrence. Very creative!
It's exactly like Amazon but you'll make a difference!
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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