March 26, 2016
Mary, Star of the Sea School
"Achieving for today...Preparing for tomorrow"
A Message from your Principal
Aloha Na Hoku Ohana and Easter Blessings to you all!

I hope your children's spring break is off to a great start! Although we are officially on school break, I do invite and welcome you to participate in Star of the Sea Church's annual easter egg hunt following the 8:15 Easter Sunday mass that is graciously sponsored by the Knights of Columbus.

Students wrapped up third quarter by participating in a number of events that reflect their Lenten journey of almsgiving, fasting, and prayer.  I have included a few classroom and school-wide highlights in this Easter e-Connect issue.  Mahalo to all students who participated in Operation Rice Bowl and who made efforts to collect donations for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.  
The remarkable thing about giving to others is summed up in a short, sweet statement by Anne Frank: “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world” . 

Research has proven that hands on experiences is the best way to retain knowledge.  Students had the opportunity to make their own pretzels during the last week of school and learn about its historical Lenten meaning.  You may have been lucky enough to get to try your child's pretzel; but if not, I hope you at least heard about it!  Mahalo to Chef Ivo for sharing your baking secrets with us! 

Next week, I will be attending the NCEA (National Catholic Education Association) Conference that offers Catholic educators from across the country the opportunity to connect with each other, exchange ideas and discover new technology and resources.  I look forward to this opportunity to grow in knowledge, faith, and inspiration.  

Fourth quarter begins on April 4th.  We will be busy preparing for our annual Food Festival on April 30 followed with our traditional School wide May Day Performance on May 6.  Mahalo, in advance, for your continued support and I look forward to seeing you at both of the events.   A special thank you is also extended to our Homeroom Parents who assist us with the preparations of our silent auction baskets.    

May this Easter Holiday bring blessings of joy, love, peace and health to you and your families. 

God Bless, 
Margaret Rufo, Principal
Mark Your Calendar!

Monday, April 4
4th Quarter Begins

Re-registration packets sent home

Tuesday, April 5
Boys and Girls Basketball games @ 3:30 (home)

Wednesday, April 13

Early Dismissal @ 11:45

Friday, April 15
Boys and Girls Basketball games @ 3:30 (home)

Silent Auction Basket Contributions due to Homeroom Teachers

Tuesday, April 19
Lion's Club - Eye exams (Grades 1-3, 5)

 Wednesday, April 27
Early Dismissal @ 11:45

Saturday, April 30

It takes HEART to be a hero!
Middle School Students give Jump Rope for Heart a Thumbs up!   Jumping isn't as easy as it looks!  Our amazing first through eighth grade students were showing off their double dutch, triple unders, and cross-overs talents.   Great Job Na Hoku!
Grades 1-8 Personal Pan "Pretzel" Making 

The pretzel has a deep spiritual meaning for Lent. In fact, it was the ancient Christian Lenten bread as far back as the fourth century. In the old Roman Empire, the faithful kept a very strict fast all through Lent: no milk, no butter, no cheese, no eggs, no cream and no meat. They made small breads of water, flour and salt, to remind themselves that Lent was a time of prayer. They shaped these breads in the form of crossed arms for in those days they crossed their arms over the breast while praying. Therefore they called the breads "little arms" (bracellae). From this Latin word, the Germanic people later coined the term "pretzel."  

Thus the pretzel is the most appropriate food symbol in Lent. It still shows the form of arms crossed in prayer, reminding us that Lent is a time of prayer. It consists only of water and flour, thus proclaiming Lent as a time of fasting.

Easter Entertainment from our Intermediate Ukulele Ensemble!