A Message from your Principal
Aloha Parents and Guardians!
I hope you all had a restful and rejuvenating spring break. It is hard to believe that we are already in the homestretch of the school year.
Given the busyness of this time of year, I encourage you to make note of the many activities scheduled over the next two months. I am excited to see you at our upcoming Food Festival and May Day Celebration. A great deal of hard work is going into the planning and preparations for the events and I would like to thank you, in advance, for your contributions and support.
Kudos to two of our middle school students, Victoria Hung and Owen Zitz. Along with the ultimate honor of presidential recognition for community service, Victoria received a personalized certificate, medallion, and a congratulatory letter from our 44th president of the United States, Barack Obama. We are also very proud of our school Geography Bee champion, Owen Zitz. Owen recently competed and placed in the top ten at the State finals geography bee! Way to go Victoria and Owen!
This time of year is always an exciting one for our eighth graders who have been anxiously waiting to hear from high school admissions departments. Our soon to be graduates have been accepted into top private schools in Hawaii including Punahou, Iolani, Mid-Pacific, Maryknoll, and Sacred Hearts. We are very proud of them all.
As part of our Lenten journey, the students will have the opportunity to make their very own pretzel with Chef Ivo next week. The pretzel, being symbolic of prayer and penance, is a small but powerful instrument in bringing children to God. 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."
Lastly, don't miss out on our amazing Knights of Columbus sponsored, Parish Easter Egg Hunt, scheduled to take place following the 8:15 am Easter Sunday Mass. I was informed that there will be over 4000 eggs placed throughout our beautiful big field for the children to collect. It is always such a joy to spend time with our Star families outside of our regular school day! I hope to see you there!
May God continue to bless you all with much happiness and health.
Mrs. Margaret Rufo