September 27, 2016
Mary, Star of the Sea School
"Achieving for today...Preparing for tomorrow"
A Message from your Principal
Aloha MSOS Parents,
It is hard to believe that we are already wrapping up our first quarter of the school year.

It is wonderful to witness how much your children have grown in mind, body and spirit in such a short period of time.  For example, our first graders are becoming more confident in their presence and skills and our 8th graders are demonstrating ownership in their learning and maturity in their demeanors.   

First quarter report cards will be mailed home on Wednesday, September 28 and I encourage you to have your children open up the envelope and review the report card with you at a time that allows for review and discussion.

As I mentioned in my previous e-connect, our theme for this month is compassion.  As a parent and educator, I cannot stress enough how important it is that we nurture this important trait in our children.  How can this be done?  Literature stresses the three important methods:  education, model, and experience.  We, as the primary educators need to become in tune with the opportunities that allow us to show compassion, to model compassion in our daily lives, and of course give our children the opportunity to practice and experience it firsthand. This link will direct you to a resource that you may find useful.

I am also thrilled to announce that our Roots of Empathy Program has been launched in our third grade classroom.  Roots of Empathy is an award-winning charitable organization that brings empathy-based (and evidence-based) programming to children.  Roots of Empathy is internationally acclaimed and has shown dramatic effect in increasing positive social behavior and decreasing aggression and bullying. The organization's mission is to create a caring, peaceful and civil society through the development of empathy in children and adults. For more information, see

Upon returning from the break, Grades 2-8 will be taking a weeklong series of standardized tests called Terra Nova.  There is no need to prepare for the test except to insure that your children eat well and get plenty of sleep.  The tests are scored at a scoring facility on the mainland and results are usually returned by December.

Our 8th graders began their high school search by visiting both St. Louis and Sacred Hearts Academy.  Damien Memorial also presented their Fast Track High School Proposal to our 8th grade families on September 19.  Maryknoll and St. Francis are also scheduled to visit our students upon return from the break.

A Middle School Information night has also been scheduled for our 5th Grade parents.  Our middle school program provides a solid and competitive curriculum that prepares our students for high school success in both Catholic and Non-Catholic High Schools and it is very important that you attend this meeting scheduled for Tuesday, October 25th to learn more about it.

On behalf of the MSOS Faculty and Staff, we wish our students and families a safe and rejuvenating Fall Break. 

Blessings to you and your families! 

Margaret Rufo

 Mark Your Calendar!

Tuesday, September 27
End of Quarter 1
Report cards mailed home

Wednesday, September 28
Fall Break Begins

Monday, October 10
Columbus Day - No School   

Tuesday, October 11
2nd Quarter Begins 

Tuesday, October 11
Wednesday, October 12

Catholic High Schools Visit our 8th grade students 

Thursday, October 13
Aloun Farm Pumpkin Patch Excursion
(Primary and 8th grade buddies)

Monday, October 17-28
Terra Nova Testing  

Wednesday, October 19
Early Dismissal @ 11:45 am 

Mary, Star of the Sea School joined Hawaii Association of Independent Schools (HAIS)  Membership this year. This year we will be sending 7 teachers to the HAIS Schools of the Future Conference in October.  Mahalo to our Fab Lab for setting up their Maker's Space Corner at the recent Education Fair!  We are also very proud of our Alumni, Kainalu Iaea and Liam Esteban who were selected to represent their schools.

Middle School Electives concluded their first quarter with lots of exciting activities.  Pictured are the week's highlights!   
The Environmental Science Group tested out their solar ovens.  
The Fitness Club participated in circuit and skills training while the Debate Club prepared for their "Clinton vs. Trump" Debate. 
The Communication Etiquette Class was busy practicing their speaking skills; meanwhile the Photography Club hosted a pet photo shoot. Their models included the first grade's guinea pigs and seventh grader, Keau Thompson's dog. 
The French Club enjoyed practicing their restaurant serving skills.  The students enjoyed a variety of French cuisine... du fromage, le pain, and even some cafe au lait!
First Graders Celebrate Johnny Appleseed Day
Our Young Authors in Third Grade Celebrate!  
Middle School Science Exploration
From Earth to Table 
Mahalo Chef Ivo for making the students a surprise Papaya sorbet.  Chef collected the papaya from the school garden and when he had enough, he made a special treat for the students. 
It Is Too Good
To Go Unnoticed
Follow our amazing Art Program on Instagram.  Just click on the link!

Kimmy Cantrel inspired "My Personality" collages

Author Carmen Anderson visited Mary, Star of the Sea School and shared her newly released children's book, "The Pumpkin that Chose Me".   The primary students enjoyed her interactive story telling and the intermediate students were given the opportunity to contribute to her next book.  Meanwhile, the Middle School students learned about green screen technology that was used to create her book.  Ms. Anderson selected Sean Kim's pumpkin to be the intermediate winner of the coloring contest.  Sean received an autographed copy of the author's book. 
Parent Reminders
SAFETY FIRST!   There are two designated  drop off and pick up areas on campus .  For the safety of your children, please inform the office if your child will not be picked up or dropped off in either of these locations. Mahalo.

FLU SHOT UPDATE:  Although a date has not been confirmed, we have been informed that there is a possibility that flu shots will be available in January.

PARKING LOT SAFETY:  Please abide by the one way markers.  The School Parking lot is accessible from either Malia Street or Marist Lane.


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