Joe Bales (2)

Welcome Families

Well, we are fully into spring and looking forward to our fourth and final quarter of the school year. As you probably know by now Morning Star is one of the best private schools in Bend and we strive to keep it that way through our excellent academics, community outreach, STEM focused projects and exciting electives. Speaking of electives, we finished up winter electives with snow sports as well as film critique and design which you can view photos of on our Facebook page.

Parent teacher conferences are April 9th and 10th, so please make sure to come in to the Elementary Building to sign up and meet with your children’s teachers to learn about all the amazing things they are doing here at Morning Star!! Remember there is no school on the 9th and 10th so spring electives will begin the following week. The students are excited to begin spring electives which includes a variety of fun activities such as paddle boarding, kayaking, bowling and experimenting with various art mediums.

Last semester I mentioned our annual Walk-a-Thon Fundraising Initiative that allows us to keep fundraising to a minimum. To kick off the event the students participated in a rowdy assembly where they learned all about the fabulous prizes they could earn by asking their friends and family to sponsor their completed laps around our school campus. There are even sponsorship and advertising opportunities for businesses which is a tax write off for the business as well as a REALLY great cause. The proceeds provide Morning Star the opportunity to continue purchasing much needed supplies and equipment for each grade level.

The Spring Concert and Project Night is coming up May 7th, so don’t forget to mark your calendars to be here to listen to all the songs the students are learning in music and see what projects they have invested in during the last few months! See you at 6pm!

4th Quarter also means overnight field trips for 4th-8th grades. Our 4th graders will head east to continue learning about Oregon History, while our 5th-8th grade students will travel south to Redding, CA to check out waterparks, investigate nature through the exploration of caverns and caves, and more importantly to hang out with fellow students at a beautiful campground! How fun!!

Finally our last quarter also means that we open enrollment for the following school year to new families, and boy have we had an amazing outpouring of interest this year!! Classes are beginning to fill up so we encourage you to call, tour, and get your paperwork in today to hold your spot!!

As I wrap up I wanted to point out a few other important dates to note for the remainder of the school year:

  • May 1st- Walk-a-Thon 8:00-3:15 pm
  • May 7th – Spring Concert – 6:00 pm
  • May 25th- No School- Memorial Day
  • June 9th- Preschool and Kindergarten Graduation 6:00pm
  • June 10th- Awards Ceremony/ 8th Grade Celebration 10am/2pm
  • June 11th- Field Day/ Last Day of School- Dismissal at 1pm

Educationally yours,

Joe Bales



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