Aloha Na Hoku Ohana,
As we wrap up another East Honolulu Food Festival season I would like to first extend my sincerest thank you to our PTG and parent and grandparent volunteers who spent endless hours preparing for and working at the silent auction. The memorable evening was filled with pony rides, delicious food, great music, and most importantly a wonderful community gathering. I would also like to thank the EHFF Committee along with all the attendees for making our 11th annual one and only school fundraiser a big success.
This Tuesday, May 3rd, is Teacher's Appreciation Day. Please encourage your children to show their appreciation to their teacher's on this day. In addition, our PTG will also be inviting you to participate in various ways to show thanks to your children's teachers during the week of May 9-13. I would also like to congratulate our Pastor, Fr. Frankie, who will be celebrating his silver jubilee this month. At last week’s mass gathering, our students showed their appreciation of his 25 years of service as a priest by presenting him with leis and cards.
Our primary playground structure has finally arrived from Germany and we are excited to announce that Mary, Star of the Sea School will be the first organization on the island to install the newest trend of playground structures. Representatives from the German Company, Berliner, will also be on campus to oversee and assist with the installation scheduled to take place during the week of May 9th.
We look forward to seeing you at our annual May Day is Lei Day School wide performance this Friday, May 6th at 9 am. Your floral donations can be dropped off by the art room throughout the day on Thursday and if you are available, we are always looking for extra hands to decorate the church Thursday evening.
Lastly, it is with great excitement to announce that Mary, Star of the Sea School has created a guiding coalition to lead our school forward over the next 6 years of strategic planning. The leadership team consists of parents, teachers, and administration with guidance and support from both our Diocesan and Hawaii Association of Independent Schools leadership. The purpose of strategic planning is to develop a blueprint for the school’s future. It will be used to guide strategic, long-term planning and will help to keep our school focused on ensuring that the never-ending and changing needs of our students are being met.
Blessings for a safe, successful and enjoyable remainder of the school year.
Margaret Rufo, Principal