The Morning Star Weekly Newsletter Vol 5, Edition 29 3/16/2021
Dear Morning Star Families and Friends,

Please help me welcome our new Behaviorist, Lauren Gianino. Mrs. Gianino comes to Morning Star highly recommended as a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst. Mrs. Gianino will work collaboratively with teachers to facilitate social skills programs in the classroom, while providing direct therapy to individual students as needed. She will give consultation and feedback on the
implementation of students’ behavior protocols and classroom management strategies. I am thrilled to have Mrs. Lauren Gianino at Morning Star working with our teachers and students.

Many Blessings,
Elaine Shott, Principal
We hope you enjoy this video created by MSS student Brandon. He has included teachers and staff in his latest video for St. Patrick's Day! It will put a smile on your face.
A HUGE thank you to our SPONSORS so far...
Walsh Investment Consulting, J-Tech Institute, Nimnicht Buick GMC, Parliment Family Foundation, Auld & White Constructors, and Jorge Carillo

Please help us find Sponsors! We need a Putting Contest sponsor, a Dinner sponsor, a Golf Ball sponsor and a Cigar Lounge Sponsor.
Games and Silent auctions are a great way to maximize revenue for our school. And no event would be complete without fun prizes and a few tables filled with exciting auction packages. Items such as travel/dining experiences, sporting event tickets, beauty and spa certificates, sports memorabilia, music and entertainment venues, family outings, technology, gift baskets, jewelry and high-end items are just a few ideas. And of course, monetary donations are always appreciated. No item is too small or too large. We will put anything you provide to good use. 
In addition to items your family donates, please ask the businesses you frequent to also help out. Click HERE to print a “Community Partner” letter that you may use when speaking to a business. Please make sure to also complete a donation form so we can thank you (and others) properly. Click HERE to print the donation form.
To discuss sponsor packages, prize donations or other ways you can help, please contact Maria Johnson, Director of Development, at (904) 962-5080 or
Every year, on March 14, the world celebrates Pi Day to recognize the mathematical constant, Pi. It defines as the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter. The value for Pi is 3.14. High school students celebrated by playing a game to see who could memorize the most digits of Pi. Click HERE to watch.

Congratulation to 9th grader Kemi who memorized and recorded the first 114 digits of Pi.
A blessing was bestowed upon the high school rings by Father Boddie at our March Mass. The students loved showing off their rings.
One of our very own Morning Star families was featured on the RedefineEd blog.The article discusses how much scholarships can help children's education. Click HERE to read the article.

You many be eligible for McKay, Step Up for Students, and Gardiner Scholarships. To find links and more information about these helpful scholarships on our website click HERE.
Students continued their study of ocean habitats by presenting the dioramas they made. Part of their presentation included what they discovered about whales, sharks, and dolphins.
Social Skills class can also be a Life Skills class! Each student learned how to fold a t-shirt and pair of socks. One student said, “Could we please do this every afternoon?” 
Twelfth grade science class learned to separate mixtures. Distant learners using what they have at home to do the same. 
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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