February 15, 2016
Mary, Star of the Sea School
"Achieving for today...Preparing for tomorrow"
A Message from your Principal

Aloha Na Hoku Ohana!
One of life’s biggest challenges is keeping up with all of the changes and obstacles thrown our way while maintaining our identity and remembering where we came from.  Can you imagine Hawaii without its aloha spirit and celebrations?  Can you imagine Mary, Star of the Sea School, without its mission to provide quality education in a faith-enriched Catholic environment?  
Last week, I had the privilege to visit one our sister-island Catholic Schools for four days and serve on the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and Western Catholic Education Association Accreditation Team.  The process of accreditation determines and verifies the Catholic educational quality and identity of the school.  Not only does it benefit the school being accredited, but it is also a powerful experience for those who serve on the team.  This experience provided me with the opportunity to observe successful research and programs in action and to develop and cultivate new professional relationships.   Most importantly, it reinforced how blessed I am to be part of Catholic Education. 

This month has also been a busy one for our teachers and students.  Mahalo to all of you who were able to participate in our Catholic Schools’ Week activities.  It was a wonderful week-long celebration of our school, community, nation, and our faith.  Meanwhile, teachers have also been busy attending professional development workshops to learn more about best practices. 


Mahalo to Sacred Hearts Academy and The Augustine Foundation for recently hosting the annual iTeach808 workshop.   Last week, our 5th graders, who hosted our Ash Wednesday Mass, exampled our discipleship theme of the month with eloquence and style.   This day marks the beginning of our 40 day journey with Jesus.

The goal of every Christian is to leave Lent a stronger and more vital person of faith than when we entered.  This can be achieved in many ways; through prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.  Each year, Catholic Relief Services provides communities the opportunity to participate in “Operation Rice Bowl” an annual Lenten service project that reaches out to societies throughout the world in need.  Last Wednesday, our students were given a “rice bowl” along with a calendar of activities, and we invite you all to participate in this worthy service project.  
Now that our re-registration for the upcoming 2016-2017 school year has begun, may I remind you to visit our website for our the financial aid programs that are being offered at Mary, Star of the Sea School.  Our summer school program will also be posted online shortly.  This five week enrichment program is scheduled to take place from June 13 to July 15, 2016. 
Like the Lord walked from wilderness to light, may you overcome every obstacle and be led unto happiness, peace, and joy.  Wishing you a blessed Lenten Season.

God Bless, 
Margaret Rufo, Principal


Catholic Schools Week Highlights
Mahalo to our Catholic Schools Week Committee for making our week-long celebration a huge success!

Fifth grader, Nahoa AhYo, dressed in his hero costume, deep in thought as he thinks about "the challenge"

Local Athletes Kevin Wong and Carissa Moore visit our Middle School students and inspire that to set high goals and work hard to make  their dreams come true!

Our luncheon was enjoyed by over 200 very important guests.... Our parents and grandparents!

Our lunchtime entertainment was provided by Mary, Star of the Sea School's very talented students!

Students enjoying their time reading Catholic based literature from Daughters of St. Paul Pauline Book Store!

8th graders assisted their first grade buddies to make roulade for the Next Step Homeless Shelter. 

Firemen are our heroes!

Celebrating our Nation with guest readers from the Military!

Grades 1-8 Students, joined by parent volunteers, took time to make food for the "Next Step" Homeless Shelter.  Thank you Chef Ivo for all of your help!

Student Council shares pointers on how students can show their mercy

Top Middle School Door Prize was awarded to Mrs. Fox and her 8th grade students!



(tickets are available at the front office)

Support your MSOS Middle School Students' DC and NYC Trip!


Mahalo to Mrs. Toni Bissen for spearheading this school event.  We look forward to seeing even more of our MSOS families at the finish line next year! 
We look forward to seeing you at our 
East Honolulu Food Festival
"Paniolo Night"

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Building Fellowship... One step at a time!

Mark Your Calendar!

February 18
Group Picture Day (this includes teams and clubs)

February 19
School wide Mass @ 8 am (hosted by Grade 4)
Frank DeLima Presentation @ 8:45

MIddle School Edge Night

5:30 - 8 pm (Social Hall)

February 20
Huli Huil Chicken at Church Parking Lot
9 am - 2 pm  
(7th/8th grade DC and NYC trip)

February 23
Spring Photos

February 26
School wide Mass @ 8 am (hosted by Grade 8)

 February 29
Re-registration for 2016-2017 deadline