Mary, Star of the Sea School

   e-Connect                                April 6, 2017 

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

Mark Your Calendars

April 6
Stations of the Cross @ 1 pm 
(Middle School)

April 7
Division 1 boys and girls basketball games
Home @ 3:30 

April 9
Palm Sunday

April 10
Grade 7/8 Intertidal Study

April 11
Stations of the Cross 
Division 1 boys and girls basketball games
Home @ 3:30 

April 12
PTG Meeting 

April  13
Hansel and Gretel - Hawaii Opera @ 1 pm

April 14
Good Friday - No School 

April 15 - 30
MSOS Art Show Exhibit @ Kahala Mall

April 16
Easter Sunday
Children's Mass @ 8:15
Easter Egg Hunt @ 9:15

April 17
MSOS Art Festival Family Night
@ Kahala Mall 

April 29
East Honolulu Food Festival 
Lent offers us all a very special opportunity to grow in our relationship with God and to deepen our commitment to a way of life.  On Tuesday, April 4, students participated in a Lenten prayer service of reconciliation.  Pictured is Father Frankie who assisted the students in the burning of the sins that students wrote down on paper.  Burning the pieces of paper symbolizes the doing away of sins and the readiness to face a new year clean and ready to do better. 
Middle School Stations of the Cross

Middle School students performed The Stations Of The Cross using a mime program.  The Stations of the Cross is a Catholic devotion which commemorates the Passion and death of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  The 14 devotions, or stations, focus on specific events of His last day, beginning with His condemnation.  Pictured is Station 4: When Jesus meets his mother, Mary, and Station 7:  Jesus falls down the Second time. 
Look what happens when you
put students in charge!

Our Fab Lab Design Class takes learning to the next level. Seventh Grade student, Abraham Marsh, teaches fellow classmates a step by step process to 3D design and printing;  and take a look, everyone was listening!  Research proves that students who shoulder more responsibility for their own learning are more prone to develop the critical thinking skills required for "real world" success. As a result, advocates of student-centered learning say it provides superior preparation for both college and career.  Feel free to stop by our Maker's Space/Learning Commons Center to check out what our fabulous designers are creating! 

MSOS Middle School Students prove to be top in knowledge and service!
Owen Zitz, Grade 6            
Top 10  Finalist                                               
State Championship Geography Bee               
Victoria Hung, Grade 7                              
Presidential recognition for community service
"Halo" from Suribaya
The students of third grade's first set of pen pal letters have arrived! Students enjoyed looking at pictures and reading the scanned personal letters.   The digital email was printed out for our students to enjoy and have as a keepsake. 
Mahalo MSOS for all of your support toward a great cause, The Heart and Stroke Foundation!  Our Jump Rope for Heart Day took place on the final day before spring break.   Student's celebrated all of their hard work and service contributions with a day filled with fitness, fun, and well... even a wee bit of friendly, teeth grinding tug of wars!  This year we also included various activities such as CPR training, obstacle course challenges, and 4-leaf clover searching! 
"Let your smile change the world; but don't let the world change your smile."

Mahalo to both our girls and boys basketball teams for representing our school with spirit, style, and sportsmanship!  Good luck with the remainder of your seasons!  
"It's time to BOOGIE WOOGIE WOOGIE, till you just can't BOOGIE no more! "

Don't delay.. Purchase your tickets or VIP tables today!
Please send in your rice bowls by Monday, April 10th!
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.  Mahalo for your participation!

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