The Morning Star Weekly Newsletter Vol 5, Edition 37 5/19/2021
Rosary with the Bishop
Monday, May 24, at 11:00 am Bishop Estevez will be reciting a virtual Rosary on the Memorial of Mary, Mother of the Church for all of our Catholic schools from Sacred Heart Chapel at the Catholic Center. Everyone is invited to virtually attend

To join the livestream, click HERE on May 24, at 11:00 am.
School Supplies
School supplies are on sale now for the 2021-2022 school year. You may fill out the order form which was sent home and send it in with payment or click HERE to order online. Once you are on the website enter the ID code, MOR017, and follow the directions to complete your order.
New Mask Policies Starting June 1st
The Diocese of St. Augustine is pleased to announce that they will be relaxing mask protocols and policies beginning with all of their summer programs and into the 2021-2022 school year. The changes will go into effect on June 1, 2021.

Click HERE to learn more
Last Day of School!
Friday, May 28th is the last day of school, noon dismissal, and a non-uniform day!


Walsh Investment Consulting, J-Tech Institute, Nimnicht Buick GMC, Parliment Family Foundation, Ascension St. Vincent’s Hospital, Fidelity National Financial, Auld & White Constructors, Jorge Carillo, Maynor & Maynor CPA’s, The Mussallem Family, Knights of Columbus Blessed Trinity Council, Underwood's, Jellie Acedo, Knights of Columbus Archbishop Hurley Council, Melanie Love,
Bishop Kenny High School, Dr. Ted Brink & Associates, The Onasanya Family, Ray Ware Hardware, Laura and Jubeen Vaghefi and Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Tucker, 1910 General Store B&B

Senior Dinner Celebration

Our graduating class had a chance to celebrate with their friends and teachers at the Senior Dinner. The media room was transformed with beautiful decorations, music, and dancing. Out students had a blast!
Governor DeSantis Signs School
Choice Bill at Christ the King Catholic School
Surrounded by students, parents and elected officials on Tuesday, May 11, Governor Ron DeSantis signed into legislation HB7045 expanding scholarship eligibility for families and prioritizing military, foster and adopted students. The new legislation will make it affordable for all families to send their children to Catholic school. 

The bill combines three existing voucher programs, Gardiner and McKay which provide vouchers for students with disabilities and a third that assists low-income families, into one program under Step Up for Students. It also raises the income threshold to be eligible for vouchers from 260 percent of the federal poverty level to 375 percent, or from $68,900 for a family of four to $99,375.

Following is a list of students eligible as of July 1, 2021 and next steps to take NOW:

  • Students of families with higher income (i.e. nearly $100,000 for a family of 4) - APPLY NOW BY CLICKING HERE
  • Siblings of Gardiner Scholarship students - Sign up to be NOTIFIED WHEN YOU CAN APPLY by visiting our Legislative Update page here 
  • Dependent children of a member of the United States Armed Forces -
  • Sign up to be NOTIFIED WHEN YOU CAN APPLY by visiting our Legislative Update page here 
  • Students with one of the following diagnoses: speech impairment; language impairment; orthopedic impairment; other health impairment; emotional or behavioral disability; or specific learning disability, including but not limited to dyslexia, dyscalculia, or developmental aphasia - Sign up to be NOTIFIED WHEN YOU CAN APPLY by visiting our Legislative Update page here 

All Scholarships will eventually be under Step Up Empowerment. Starting July 1st, all but McKay will go into either Empowerment for low income or Empowerment for special needs. Next fiscal year, McKay will convert to Empowerment for special needs. 
Intermediate Prep and Primary students hosted a lemonade stand in their classroom to practice math money skills. Students from other grades stopped by to purchase the delicious lemonade. Each cup cost 25 cents and all money collected went to Project Chance.
In partnership with A21 and Her Story, sophomore students explore human trafficking and the impact is has on individuals and communities.
High School students participated in the VSA (Very Special Arts) Festival hosted by the The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens.
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.
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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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