The Morning Star Weekly Newsletter Vol 5, Edition 29 3/23/2021
Dear Morning Star Families and Friends,

As we are in the final weeks of Lent, I reflect upon the opportunities that our students and staff have had to take this time to turn their attention closer to God here at school and within their homes. Our students have prayed the Stations of the Cross weekly and reflected on Jesus’ love for us in their classes. 

Lent is also a time for us to consider the areas in our lives that we may struggle in and need to allow God to take control of. Our students have another opportunity to receive God’s grace this Lent. On Monday, March 29, Father Boddie will visit our school to hear confessions for our students. We are grateful to Father Boddie, because not only can our students receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation, but they are able to receive it in a comfortable, familiar place.  

Please encourage your children to seek Jesus’ forgiveness through the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Many blessings to you and your family as we continue to journey through Lent. 

God bless,
Elaine Shott, Principal
REMINDERS
Easter Holiday
Easter Break will begin on Holy Thursday, April 1st. Classes will resume on April 12th.
April Mass
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Thursday, April 15th, 10:00 am our school Mass will be held at Christ the King Church.
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.

CLICK HERE to access our Mass Link at 10:00 am.
We hope you enjoy this video created by MSS student Brandon!
FROM YOUR DEVELOPMENT TEAM
A HUGE thank you to our SPONSORS so far...

Walsh Investment Consulting, J-Tech Institute, Nimnicht Buick GMC, Underwood Jewelers, Parliment Family Foundation, Auld & White Constructors, Carillo Family and Fidelity National Financial

PLEASE HELP US CONTINUE TO FIND SPONSORS!
WE NEED PRIZES AND AUCTION DONATIONS!
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 development@morningstar-jax.org
ON CAMPUS
Our Morning Start therapy dog in training is happy, healthy, and growing strong. He is now 6 weeks old! You will start to see some items (kennel, toys,etc.) come into school as we prepare for Mission's arrival.
Our eighth grade Confirmation candidates, who are parishioners at Christ the King Parish, had the opportunity to join with youths from across the diocese to participate in MPact. MPact is a program which offers a day of service for middle schoolers which allows them to participate in meaningful service, prayer, worship, and fellowship.

Our students were assigned two different work centers for the day. First, we went to the Emergency Pregnancy Center. We raked and bagged leaves, weeded, and laid mulch in the planter areas. After breaking for a picnic lunch, we traveled to Somer’s Garden which is a community garden dedicated to a young girl who tragically lost her life. Here our students pulled weeds, planted herbs and vegetable plants, and laid compost and mulch. I was amazed at our students’ willingness to give of their time and talents and to work hard for others. What a wonderful example our students’ way of serving just as Christ served!

Jontai Binder, Assistant Principal
Will you lend a paw to a neighbor in need today?

Here are some quick ways YOU can help pets and their families without even leaving the couch:
 
1) Send food online via our Amazon wish list. Your donation will ship right to us!
 
2) Check out our Chewy wish list. Not to mention, first-time customers can use our referral link and Chewy will donate $15 back to Jacksonville Humane Society!
If you already have items at home you'd like to donate, simply drop them off during our business hours at 8464 Beach BlvdLearn more about items we accept. 
JUNIOR HIGH NEWS
Students participated in the social skill of having a conversation with eye contact, staying on topic, turn taking, and asking questions! 
Junior High 1 students measured, poured, and blended shamrock shakes to celebrate St. Patrick's Day! A team effort sprinkled with lots of green attire to make the day festive!
Junior High students showed their St. Patrick’s Day Spirit!
HELP US RAISE MONEY IN 2021!
WHEN SHOPPING ON AMAZON SUPPORT MORNING STAR SCHOOL BY SHOPPING ON AMAZONSMILE INSTEAD!
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.

A FEW THINGS TO REMEMBER...
  • 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 jaco_rodriguez@yahoo.com
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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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