Mary, Star of the Sea School

e-Connect                                  February 27, 2017 
A Message from your Principal

Aloha Parents and Guardians!

I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Ted Dintersmith, the producer of the educational documentary, "Most Likely to Succeed".  This film inspires its audiences with a sense of purpose and possibility, and is bringing school communities together in re-imagining what our students and teachers are capable of doing in education today.  Mr. Dintersmith has travelled to all 50 States encouraging teachers and education leaders, to concentrate on real learning, character building, creative problem-solving, and the joy of discovery.

On this note, I had the most intriquing conversation with our 8th grade students a week ago.  We were discussing how to make their religion lesson relevant to their lives today.  Their assisgnment was to present their thoughts to their classmates.  One topic that came up was how the overindulgence of social media is sadly desensitizing them to what older generations once thought was strikingly shocking news.   In fact they even predicted that in 50 years society may become an "emotionless society".  WOW!

Catherine of Siena, 
 a scholastic philosopher and theologian once said, "Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on Fire".  Our children need to be reassured that there are many ways they can make a change in the world. They need to have faith that "just doing something can do a lot".  Hopefully with this being reinforced, they will grow up to become emotionally tolerant of nothing less than Jesus's teachings.  The Season of Lent is the perfect opportunity to help our students strengthen their character and faith.   What better gift from God could we ask for.    

Ash Wednesday marks the first day of Lent and is a day of penitence or cleansing of the soul.  At our Lenten service, the students will be marked with a cross of ashes on their forehead. This symbol is based on a concept from the book of Genesis that humankind came into the world from dust, and will return to it upon death.  This Wednesday, March 1,  I invite you to attend our Ash Wednesday Eucharistic Celebration, beginning at 8 am.

Mahalo and God bless you and your families!  

Mrs. Margaret Rufo

Mark Your Calendars

February 28
Shrove Tuesday

March 1
Ash Wednesday Mass @ 8am

March 2

Choral Festival
@ Maryknoll School
8 am to 12 pm

March 3
Re-enrollment due
to avoid a 100.00 late fee

March 6
Financial Aid Application Deadline

March 7 & 9
Safe Environment - Lockdown Workshops
for students

March 8
Early Dismissal @ 11:45

March 10  

March 15
Summer School Registration Begins

March 17
Jump Rope for Heart 
Third Quarter Ends

March 20 - March 31
Spring Break

April 3
4th Quarter begins

Don't forget to 
for the 
UPCOMING 2017-2018

Friday, March 3 ,  2017  
(to avoid a $100.00 late fee)
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.
A Message from our Grade Two Student Artists!
Hands on Discovery Learning in Middle School!
7th graders investigate tectonic plate movement using graham crackers and cool whip .
6th graders put their design and creativity skills to the test ..Whose homemade thermos contained the best insulation properties?
Mahalo Student Council for hosting our

first Waffle Wednesday Breakfast!
Local Artist, Lance Fairly, visits students at  Mary, Star of the Sea and shares his paintings that explore the color, light and grandeur of Hawaii.

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