The Morning Star Weekly Newsletter Vol 5, Edition 9 10/6/2020
Dear Morning Star Families and Friends,

We are excited to have the opportunity to take approximately 20 minutes on October 7th at noon to pray the Rosary with our Bishop. This will allow us to stop our busy day and pray the Rosary for the Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary. We will be praying for our country during very challenging times. Every classroom at Morning Star will participate. All are welcome to join us virtually for this gathering that will include the entire Catholic school system of the Diocese of St. Augustine. Please pass this information along to anyone in your community, including families and students, so they too can join us on this very special occasion. What a great opportunity to come together in unity.

Click HERE to join us virtually.

This Saturday, October 10th is our Campus Clean-Up day from (9:00 to 11:00 am). We need lots of volunteers and 30 bags each of pine straw and brown mulch donations ( $250). Please click HERE to sign up to volunteer and/or email Maria Johnson HERE if you can help the school with a product donation. Thank you for caring about our school and God bless.

Elaine Shott, Principal
Cookie Dough Fundraiser Items
Wednesday, October 7th, the cookie dough fundraiser items will be sent home or will need to be picked up.

In School Students: Items will be sent home with your student at dismissal. Please plan accordingly since many items are cold and need to be refrigerated. 

Remote Students: Please plan to pick up your orders between 3pm and 5pm tomorrow. Please understand we do not have the facilities to store your cold items.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Mrs. Binder at
Get Ready for Cooler Weather
Please remember to put names on sweaters, coats and jackets! 
Campus Clean Up
Saturday, October 10th, from 9:00 - 11:00am we will have a "Campus Clean Up" day. Please come help us maintain our amazing campus! Click HERE to sign up!
School Photo Retake Day
Wednesday, October 14th, we will have picture retakes.
Fall Fun Day Donation Sign Up
Friday, October 30th, we will have "Fall Fun Day" (more information below). Please help by signing up to donate trinkets and candy.

Click HERE to sign up to donate!

All donations are due on Friday, October 23rd. Please mark the donation with your child's first and last name so you can receive credit. Unfortunately, due to health and safety guidelines, we are unable to allow parent volunteers inside the school for the Fall Fun Day, but we promise to take pictures!
Donate Towards our Teacher Wish List!
Our teachers need many items the school just cannot afford. And in a pandemic economy, with many unexpected expenses, the needs are even greater. The wish list items total almost $20,000. If you would like to help, please make a monetary donation or purchase a 'Wish List" item as a gift to a teacher. You can mail your check or item to the school or drop off your donated item(s) at the front office. All wish list items have been specifically requested by teachers. Please check with individual teachers if you require more details. A huge thank you to everyone who has donated so far. We are very appreciative!

Click HERE to view the list
October Mass
Thursday, October 15th, 10:00 am our school Mass will be held at Christ the King Church. It is a uniform day for all students. 
Mass will be live streamed and distance learning students are required to attend virtually. Attendance will be counted towards their religion grade. Parents and families are also welcome to view virtually.
Follow the link below to join Mass at 10:00 am. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact the school. Thank you so much for being a part of this celebration,
CLICK to access our Mass Link HERE at 10:00 am.

NOTE: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, only students and faculty may attend Mass in the church. 
Celebrating Birthdays at School
Students may bring in individually wrapped store bought snacks to celebrate birthdays such as Little Debbie Snack cakes. If snacks are brought in that are not store bought and/or individually wrapped, they will be returned home. Please understand the importance of these guidelines. As always, contact your child’s teacher before sending in a birthday treat. If you would prefer your child not eat treats sent in by his/her classmates, please send your child’s teacher a note and explain this to your child.  
WHAT: Fall Fun Day
WHEN: Friday, October 30th
WHERE: Morning Star School (students only)
One of Morning Star School's favorite events is our annual Fall Festival. Due to circumstances this year we are not able to continue our traditional Fall Festival Day but will have “Fall Fun Day” which allows us have fun while following our new school safety guidelines. Unfortunately, due to health and safety guidelines, we are unable to allow parent volunteers inside the school for the Fall Fun Day, but we promise to take pictures!
  • All students may wear a costume to school. Costumes must be school appropriate-no gory, scary, or inappropriate costumes will be permitted. If your child prefers not to wear a costume, he or she may dress in orange and black. 

  • Activities will be planned throughout the day. Students will remain with their class, keeping cohorts together during activities. It will not be a whole school event as it has been in the past. 

  • Our everyday health and safety guidelines will be followed during this event. Any snacks or drinks provided will be store-bought and individually pre-packaged. Students will collect candy and trinkets throughout the day. Teachers typically allow students to eat one or two pieces of candy, and the rest is sent home. If you would prefer your child not partake in the snacks provided, please email your child's teacher and send in separate snacks for your child for this day. 

  • If your child is remote learning during the 2nd nine weeks, we will have a packet for them so he or she can partake in activities as well. Packets may be picked up on Wednesday, 10/28 or Thursday, 10/29 during school hours (8am-3pm). If you need to pick up after that, after school is until 6pm, but please reach out to us and let us know if you are coming during after school care hours. 

Click HERE to sign up to donate trinkets and candy!
Our Pet Food Drive was a Success!

Thanks from Corbin to all who donated dog and cat food for our local shelters!
Miss Graham Helps MSS Battle Covid-19

Miss Graham has a new position at Morning Star School as our maintenance assistant. Miss. Graham helps ensure the health and safety of our students, staff, and faculty by sanitizing the school. Before COVID-19 Miss Graham was our library aide but due to the many changes this year Miss Graham is most needed in her new role.
Fun P.E. Games Improve Building Skills
Primary created back scratchers of their own design! Each student put their back scratcher together with five items they picked from the art room. When completed, they evaluate each one to see if they worked, or if they needed to try other materials.
Primary had a fun time on the playground with Ms. Kidd last week!
Intermediate 1 students engaged in a project about maps and geography. The students shaded in the back of the map, traced the United States of America’s map with marker, then with pencil. When they did this, they transferred the image of the map on to another piece of paper.
Junior High 1 students designed “campaign posters” of their favorite fairy tale which included how the theme applied to their own lives. After presenting their posters to the class, they filled out ballots to vote for their favorite. 
Students enjoyed the cooler weather while testing the reaction between mint Mentos and Coke and then baking soda and vinegar. The Coke and Mentos combo shot up over six feet high!
Using the Pixton program, High School Team Service students adapted the 14th century morality play of Everyman into Every Student as a way to relate to literal figures who are meant to represent every man or every one of us. 
Seniors kicked off Homecoming Week with March Madness Monday. They were able to wear a jersey of their favorite sports team or sport of choice. They also voted for Homecoming Court!
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
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