The Morning Star Weekly Newsletter Vol 5, Edition 8 9/29/2020
Dear Morning Star Families and Friends,
Later this week we will welcome Mrs. Despres back to her 11th grade class. We are all looking forward to having her back. This is the last week of our Scholastic On-line Book Fair. Our dress like your favor book character day was a huge success! The students and teachers really out did themselves. On October 6th we will have our annual Literacy Night live streamed from 6:30 -7:30pm. Please email Jontai Binder if you are planning on attending. Reading to your child or having your child read at home for 10 to 20 minutes every night helps with language development and promotes brain development. Reading together at home strengthens family relationships and no child is ever too old to read with or to their parents.
Governor DeSantis announced Friday that Florida would be entering Phase 3 reopening. Phase 3 reopening does not include schools. Masks are still mandated, and we are staying consistent with the same protocols which have been in place since the beginning of the year. 
A reminder: The first Friday of every month are non-uniform days. October 2nd will be a non-uniform day. Also, please keep an eye out for information coming out soon about our Fall Fun Day.

Stay healthy and safe!
Elaine Shott, Principal
Literacy Night
Tuesday, October 6th, from 6:30 - 7:30 pm, our virtual Literacy Night will be live streamed. More information and a link to the live stream will be emailed to parents. Please make sure to email Jontai Binder at if you plan to attend.
Non-Uniform Day
Friday October 2nd, will be a non-uniform day.
Bottled Water to be Sold at School
Starting October 5th, Morning Star will start selling bottled water for $1. Water is the only drink that will be sold.
2020 Scholastic Book Fair
September 21st - October 4th, we will hold our Virtual Scholastic Book Fair.

Click HERE to learn more
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!
Dress Like Your Favorite Book Character

Students, teachers, staff and service dogs thoroughly enjoyed our "Dress Like Your Favorite Book Character Day", held to promote our virtual Scholastic Book Fair. Click HERE to learn more about how you can participate in the book fair.

Click HERE to see more fun pictures of our students and staff dressed as book characters!
If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It!

At the beginning of last school year, Nicole Haragutchi, 2019 Young Miss Florida American Teen and Abby Dickie, 2019 Miss National American Teen, came to Morning Star to deliver school supplies they collected for our teachers and classes. During their visit Nicole and Abby also spoke with Mrs. Huband’s class. One of the things Nicole discussed with the class was her favorite quote, “If you can dream it, you can do it!” When the class wrote thank you cards to the girls, one of the students, Christopher, wrote that his dream was to be a Texas Storm Chaser when he grew up. Because they felt it was a lesson that could benefit the whole class, both girls worked on raising money to pay for a class from the Texas Storm Chasers! For that purpose, Nicole created the "If You Can Dream" Foundation and Morning Star School is one of the recipients of her foundation. The class did not take place last school year due to Covid-19 but last week Christopher’s class had a Zoom visit from the Texas Storm Chasers! The class learned about tornadoes, lightning, flooding, and hail. Christopher was very excited and asked the storm chasers numerous questions, which they happily answered. 
Welcome New Teachers!

A huge welcome to our new Primary department teachers Austin Campbell (Primary 1) and Nikki Szwedzinski (Intermediate Prep). We would also like to welcome Ms. Szwedzinski's service dog Gunner Sky.
Nikki Szwedzinski
Gunner Sky
Austin Campbell
Development Department Sends Letters of Good News to Building Campaign Donors!

What great news to announce the completion of our 5 year, $1.6M "Building a Brighter Future" capital campaign to build our high school! It's hard to believe we are completely done - one year ahead of schedule. Kerry Brophy and Sister Elise spent hours stuffing letters that announced the news to each and every campaign donor. Thank you to all the families that supported us through this process! This year we have 15 students in our Senior class.
Primary class read the book “How do Dinosaurs go to School". It taught them lessons about how to follow rules at school and how to be kind.
Intermediate students engaged in a scientific inquiry and asked the question, “Do worms grow?” They used gummy worms and placed them in three different liquids/solutions - water, salt water, and sprite. They discovered that the worms in water "grew" the most. Knaeem had a great time conducting this experiment.
Guinea pigs Boo and Buttercup make a great addition to Mrs. Franqui's intermediate class. When students did morning work, Boo and Buttercup sat on their desk and helped them focus on the task at hand. Sometimes students will just request that they sit with them to keep them company. Click on the arrow below to see a video of Audra interacting with Buttercup.
Congratulations to Trip who earned his green belt in karate! Great job Trip!
Ms. Hurst’s JH-2 class learned about area and perimeter using the game Tetris!
Keeping up the Morning Star High School and Bishop Snyder High School (BSHS) tradition of getting together, our juniors and seniors met with the BSHS Campus Ministry team virtually last week. After getting to know each other, they came up with ideas to continue our great partnership during this time of social distancing. Next week our freshman will have their retreat virtually and after, BSHS Campus Ministry will meet with our Sophomores. There are also lots of plans for a fun Homecoming Week in the near future!
High School student Elizabeth has a reason to celebrate. She’s officially ready to learn to drive! Way to go. We’re so proud of you!
Luke presented his summer reading creations to both in-person and at-home learners during Team Service's reading lesson.
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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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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