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Special Mass and Blessing with Bishop Parkes

You are cordially invited to join Morning Star Catholic School at a special Mass, blessing and reception with Bishop Gregory L. Parkes.

Mass begins at 8:15 am at Sacred Heart Church, Pinellas Park.

Bishop Parkes will bless Morning Star’s newly built sensory room after Mass. Reception with light refreshments immediately following in the OTHERS Hall on the Morning Star campus at 4661 80th Avenue North, Pinellas Park, Florida.


Kendra Scott Gives Back to Morning Star

We at Morning Star are thrilled to be a part of Kendra Gives Back!

On Saturday, September 8th from 12noon – 3pm, you can enjoy sips and sweets all while shopping for jewelry and gifts at Kendra Scott at Hyde Park Village in Tampa.  The best news is that 20% of the proceeds from sales during that time will go to Morning Star. Please share with friends and family!


From the website:


Designer, CEO & Philanthropist

Kendra Scott is a loving mom, a driven entrepreneur, and a passionate designer who believes the truest form of success is giving back in a meaningful way.

As a creative mind with a love of natural gemstones, Kendra designed her first collection of jewelry in 2002. The foundation of Kendra’s success has been her infectious energy and entrepreneurial spirit, which took her from a $500 project in the spare bedroom of her home to a billion dollar fashion brand loved globally. Known for her unique use of color and quality materials, Kendra has created collections of timeless pieces that have won over loyal fans, media and celebrities alike.

Since she began her company, Kendra has lived by three core values: Family, Fashion and Philanthropy. She created a brand and culture that authentically values giving back and making a positive difference in the community. The Kendra Scott company maintains a focus on its customers and the causes close to their hearts, abiding by the mantra “What Matters to You, Matters to Us.”

Double-Down on Give Day Tampa Bay 2018



Please support Morning Star during this time of online giving and your donation will be matched by Guardian Trust.

Just follow these easy steps:

  1. Go to anytime between April 17th-May 1st.
  2. Select your donation level, enter your credit card info on this secured site and VOILA! You are supporting Morning Star! (Donations made before May 1st will post to the donor board on May 1st.)

Our friends at Guardian Trust will be matching donation up to a total of $10,000!! THANK YOU GUARDIAN TRUST!!

The Mad Science program was so successful this year that we are doubling-down. Proceeds raised during Give Day Tampa Bay 2018 will go towards bringing Mad Science workshops to our school in 2018-2019. Mad Science offers a turn-key, enrichment curriculum that makes science fun for our students. The program sparks imaginative learning through a hands-on, interactive, and inquiry-based approach to science. The workshops, presented by highly-trained Mad Scientists, align with STEM fundamental and Florida State Standards. 


Catholic Schools Week is Here

Monday, January 29th – Celebrate Community
Students are encouraged to dress in their favorite sports team shirt.
Walk-a- thon: Come cheer on our students as they walk to raise money for St Vincent De Paul Society. From 1pm to 2pm students will walk, jog and run as many laps as they can. There will be music, games and a surprise treat for all participating at the end!

Tuesday, January 30th – Celebrate Students

Students show your school spirit today by wearing as much yellow and blue as you can.
Teachers and staff will provide a pancake breakfast for students beginning at 8am-make sure they come hungry!
High School students will attend Mass at Clearwater Central Catholic High School.
Bess the Book Bus will visit our school at 10am. Students will have an opportunity to pick out a favorite book to take home.
Giving Tree Music is back! At 1pm the entire school will participate in a drum circle where students get a chance to show us their rhythm.

Wednesday, January 31st – Celebrate the Nation
Students show pride in our country by wearing red, white and blue today.
Our poetry reading will take place at 1pm in OTHERS Hall. All students are welcome to participate and parents are invited to watch.
Please note there is NO MASS today. It will be on Friday instead.

Thursday, February 1st – Celebrate Vocations
Mismatch Day: students are encouraged to wear as many mismatched clothes as possible!
Noah’s Ark petting zoo will be on campus from 10am to 12pm and students will get a chance to get “hands on” with animals from the farm.
Lunch will be provided to the teachers and staff by the HSA officers to celebrate the vocation to teach and work in a Catholic School!
Please write a short note to your child’s teacher to tell them how much you appreciate what they do.

Friday, February 2nd – Celebrate Families
Families, please attend Mass with your child at 9am.
Students may wear their “Sunday Best” to school today.
Come eat lunch with your child today. Families may come between 11:30am-12:30pm and eat a picnic lunch with their student. Please bring a blanket to sit on.

Open House and School Tour Scheduled for January 25th

Prospective families, are you interested in learning more about Morning Star? Then please attend our Open House on January 25th from 9:00am-10:00am. There will be a school tour and light refreshments too. Let us know you are coming! Call (727) 544-6036 or click here to register today.

Morning Star School provides an individualized education in a structured learning environment. We are a 1st-12th grade, accredited Catholic school that operates on a highly specialized level.
The administration, faculty, staff and parents work together to provide a safe and nurturing environment in which students can achieve their full potential academically, socially and spiritually.
We accept both the McKay Scholarship and Gardiner Scholarship.

2017 Annual Auction Fundraiser Success

Thank you to everyone who participated in our annual auction fundraiser on November 11th. Whether you sponsored, donated, volunteered, bid, won, prayed or all of the above you are the key to the success of our school and students. We are continuously humbled by the outpouring of love and kindness we are shown. Please know that it is together that we do so much. We grossed over $56,000 this year—our best outcome to-date.
#thankfulgratefulblessed #smallbutmighty

Jennifer K. Chenoweth Scholarship Fund

It was with very heavy hearts that we said good-bye to our friend, Jennifer Kelley Chenoweth, on July 21, 2017. Jenn, mother of Morning Star students Mariah and Jasmine, lost her courageous battle with cancer.  We were humbled and honored when we learned that her husband, Brian, wanted to start a scholarship fund at Morning Star in Jenn’s name.  “Education was very important to Jenn. She was one of the most amazing teachers ever. She gave 110% to her students. Her family would like to give a scholarship in her name to Mariah and Jasmine’s school, whom have been so supportive and dedicated through all of this. Every dollar goes towards helping another child (or children) get the education they so need.”  On August 15th, Brian presented Morning Star with $6725.  We are grateful and deeply touched by the outpouring of love to Jenn.  God be with you till we meet again. 

Her Journey’s Just Begun
Don’t think of her as gone away
Her journey’s just begun.
Life holds so many facets,
This earth is only one.
Just think of her as resting
From the sorrows and the tears
In a place of warmth and comfort
Where there are no days and no years.
Think how she much be wishing
That we could know today,
How nothing but our sadness
Can really pass away,
And think of her as living
In the hearts of those she touched.
For nothing loved is ever lost,
And she was loved so much.