Mary, Star of the Sea School

e-Connect                                  March 13, 2017 
A Message from your Principal

Aloha Parents and Guardians!
Pope Francis' recent Lenten message to the youth emphasized the importance to follow Jesus' request to "do good because it is good and not for the praise that follows."  This isn't to say that praise "for a job well done" is not important.  Pope Francis acknowledges that exterior things are also important, but we should always choose to live in the presence of God, who sees us, loves us, and awaits us.  The Lenten season provides us with a good opportunity to teach and help our students reprioritize their intentions of performing a good deed.   

Meanwhile, play time at recess gives students a wonderful opportunity to practice goodness... taking turns, helping a friend up, or wanting to cheer up a sad face sitting on the bench ... I absolutely love visiting our students out on the playground and I am so proud to witness their spirits of compassion and kindness on a daily basis.  Let us never underestimate the importance and value of play, laughter, and joy for our children;  as "the body heals with play, the mind heals with laughter,  and the spirit heals with joy."    

We will be launching our "Summer Extravaganza" enrollment this Wednesday, March 15.  Don't miss out on the excellent assortment of classes that are being offered.  In the meantime, as we wrap up the quarter, I would like to extend my blessings for a rejuvenating and fun-filled spring break.  

Mahalo and God bless you and your families!  

Mrs. Margaret Rufo

Mark Your Calendars

March 13-17
Scholastic Book Fair

March 14
Stations of the Cross @ 8 am 

March 15
Summer School Registration Begins

March 16
Boys and Girls Division I Basketball @ 3:30
(away- St. John the Baptist)

March 17

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!
( Wear Green!)

Jump Rope for Heart 
Third Quarter Ends

March 20 - March 31
Spring Break

March 23 
Boys and Girls Division I Basketball @ 3:30
(away - St. Theresa) 

April 3
4th Quarter begins



You ask... and they can make it! MSOS Fab Lab -  You are incredible!   Our recent VOG sparked an idea in our Fab lab students this week. Weather calendars don't come with a Vog image.. so our Fab Lab students decided to design and make one that is sized perfectly for our counter calendar in the main office. Come check it out!
Another proud day for our Na Hoku! Our select choral festival choir sang their hearts out at the 5th annual HCS festival. This year's theme was in honor of our blessed mother.  Directed by Mr. Keith Febraro, our students sang "Great Things" by Matt Maher and "Let It Be" by John Lennon and Paul McCartney.  
Ash Wednesday ....a time to reflect and share our thanks, for this is the time that we remember the greatest sacrifice.  Mahalo to Mrs. Young and our Fourth graders for leading us in prayer. 
A Complicated time in history ....Middle School Social Studies Instructor, Mrs. Higley, recently took the 8th graders to the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai'i. They learned about the internment of Japanese Americans and took a virtual tour of Honouliuli , one of the two internment camps on Oahu. It gave some great perspective to a complicated time in our history.
MSOS Bingo Night Fun! Thank you PTG!!
Mrs. Won from 3A and her third grade students celebrate Carter's "class pizza party" winning raffle ticket!
First graders teach us all about our theme for the month ...EMPATHY!
GIVING BACK 8th graders, along with Art Teacher, Mrs. McGrath,  are planning their design for their first grade buddies' playground mural . We can't wait to see the finished product!
Plans put into Action!
Mahalo to our 6th graders for Market Day Success!  As a follow up to the novel "Lemonade War" Middle School English teacher, Mrs. Green, puts project based learning into action.   Sixth graders were expected to use the entrepreneur lessons learned from their novel to design a product, create a business plan and sell their product at MSOS's  annual Market Day.   The school enjoyed spending their market dollars on yummy treats, squish balls, homemade slime and lots lots more!!!  Meanwhile,  6th graders celebrated by calculating their market day net profits!  

The Roots of Empathy babies who visit our 3rd grade classes monthly are almost 9 months old!  The students in 3A and 3B have enjoyed tracking their development since the early part of the school year, and have learned much about what it takes to care for these little ones. Harrison and his mom Natalie Smith visit with Mrs. Won and her 3A class, and Marcel and his mom April Hail visit with Mrs. Hitchcock and her 3B class. There are only three more family visits before the end of school!  

Happy birthday Dr. Seuss!!!  Primary Students had so much fun celebrating YOU and your great books. They even enjoyed trying green eggs and ham!! Yum!!
3 R's to Curriculum Development
Rethink, Redesign, and Build Relevance

Our beautifully updated Learning Commons Center venues monthly faculty meetings.  Led by MSOS's Curriculum Professional Learning Committee (PLC), faculty utilized their professional development time to collaborate and redesign curriculum that promotes student engagement and cross curricular relevance. 
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.  This Tuesday, your children will be given a  “rice bowl” along with a calendar of activities, and we invite you all to participate in this worthy service project.

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