I’d like to thank Sr. Jane Dominic for sharing her great knowledge and wisdom regarding the
importance of sound, classical literature at First Friday’s Family Formation Night. Sister’s
presentation completely supports and upholds our strong effort in K-8 to impart the importance
and use of the classics in our mission to aid parents in forming their children.
Families often present me with the question as to why classical literature is such a large
component of our Catholic liberal education . My response usually consists of some of the
following theories: 1) humans are hard-wired for stories that allow us to make sense of the world
and understand our place in it 2) stories present different cultures and historical perspectives to
the reader 3) quality books often contain thought-provoking situations or characters, thus
cultivating wisdom and virtue 4) reading well written literature will have a pivotal role in a
student’s ability to write 5) literature should support the mission of Catholic education and should not
lead students toward sin or confusion about basic human goodness.
As the ancient Roman writer Cicero once said, “Nothing is sweeter and more useful than the
study of literature” as it has the ability to illuminate the truth about the human person. Thus, we
are encouraging parents to read more of the classics themselves. In addition, we are asking
school families to consider such titles within “The Thousand Good Books” list by John Senior.
LIVING THE LITURGICAL YEAR
In the Church, April is dedicated to the Eucharist and the Holy Spirit. Since our 2nd graders are
preparing to receive the sacrament of First Holy Communion at the end of this month, we are
focusing heavily on the Eucharist and its amazing ability to nourish and transform our students,
families, and staff. Furthermore, for reading our newsletter this month, families have the
opportunity to win two prizes -Bishop Barren’s book, Eucharist and a pop up Mass kit for their
child. To enter into our drawing, email me the Latin word, EUCHARISTIA.
WITNESS OF THE WEEK
I would like to congratulate Elizabeth C from 1st grade for demonstrating the virtues
of diligence and patience in her artwork. Elizabeth created the winning poster for this year’s KC
Pro-life Poster Contest. Elizabeth’s masterpiece won first prize at the state level within her grade
level bracket. Elizabeth will be awarded her medal and gift this coming week (pictures to come
● OLSOS is excited to introduce our new Star Care Coordinator and Kitchen Supervisor,
Lucia Garcia to our school.
● Our Scrip Coordinator is looking for volunteers to sell Scrip after school on Tuesdays,
Wednesdays and Fridays.
● Afternoon bus service will not be available on Friday, April 8th.
● Please send food with your child if the hot lunch meal is not enough - students can
always return to the vegetable/fruit bar for seconds.
● Remember to frequent our school gift store after the 8 & 10 am Masses to purchase First
Communion, graduation, wedding, Mother’s Day gifts and much more
● $2 Rice and Bean Bowl (with cheese and salsa) every Wednesday in Lent as a fundraiser
for our sister parish in Uganda
● If you are a 7th grade parent and interested in planning the 8th grade graduation
reception, please contact Emily Shurtz
As a reminder our annual SCOPE auction is taking place Friday, May 6th at the Kitsap Golf and
● SCOPE Auction Tickets are ON SALE NOW! Purchase tickets at
● If you are in need of Childcare for the May 6th SCOPE Auction sign up using the link
● Reminder- Auction Donations are due Mon., April 4th. Families who have not donated
an item will be billed $175 in Facts.
● Wed., April 6th- LIFE Runner t-shirts to be worn by middle schoolers on first Wednesday
of the month - we still have a few free ones left
● Thurs., April 7th: 6th and 7th grade NET Retreat
● Fri., April 8th- No Afternoon Bus Service
● Sat., April 10th: Palm Sunday
● HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE
○ Spy Wednesday: Confessions at 5pm
○ Holy Thursday: Mass followed by Adoration in the Gym at 7pm
○ Good Friday: Tre Ore Service / Confession at Noon
Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3:30pm
Celebration of the Lord’s Passion at 7pm
● April 15th - April 22nd: EASTER BREAK
Track and Field will begin Tuesday, April 26th for students in 4th-8th grade
● If you are interested in coaching please contact Ernie - firstname.lastname@example.org
● Practice takes place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:35pm-5:00pm at Kiwanis Park
● This year’s Track Meet will take place on Thursday, May 26th at the Bremerton
Memorial Stadium at 3:30pm
● Students can sign up at hƩps://forms.gle/P61uLreRhjq7yshs8
○ $25 Athletic fee will be billed through FACTS
SCHOOL MISSION STATEMENT
Under the patronage of our Blessed Mother, the mission of Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic
School is to support parents in their role as the primary educators of their children. Our
classical training nourishes the students’ natural sense of wonder and guides them to know and
love what is genuinely good, true, and beautiful. Faithful to the teachings of the Catholic
Church, we form our students to be virtuous disciples of Jesus Christ and joyful witnesses to the