Expanded Edition Vol 8
For two years our school theme has been “Love, Lead and Learn”. Each day after Morning Prayer and announcements I remind students that we are here “to love, lead, and learn all for the Lord”. It’s become a mantra that students in classes now join in on as we begin our day together.
As I reflect on my time at Mother Seton, I realize that this daily reminder helps me to keep focused on what is most important in my ministry with children and families. We are all called to share the gift of God’s love with each other – whether we do that through a smile, a word of affirmation, offering an act of kindness that’s unexpected or taking time be of service to others. Being a witness of love isn’t always easy and often requires us to put the good of another ahead of our own needs and desires.
In a recent homily, Fr. Harry Arnone reminded the congregation of an old song whose refrain said, “What the world needs now is love, sweet love!” Wouldn’t it be great if we could all take up this refrain and share it with everyone we meet? It’s a lesson our faculty and staff strive to teach our children daily in countless ways and it’s a witness many of our children demonstrate in their interactions with each other. Helping children to develop a loving attitude toward others begins at home – with the patience, guidance and the discipline required to help children understand that their words and actions have the power to bring life or cause hurt. Working together with parents, that’s how values are instilled over the long haul – modeling, teaching, re-directing – it all takes sacrifice realizing whether direct or indirect, the lessons we teach now will bear fruit later.
To have the privilege of serving in the “cradle” of Catholic education with a wonderful community is a gift and one I will always cherish. I have been blessed with four years of being able to lead our school community and to get to know our students. I have often remarked in my reflections about the generosity, love and spirit of community that is present at MSS and it is one of the things I will miss most. After it’s all said and done, my service here as a Daughter of Charity has been “all for the Lord” and for this I am grateful. Be assured of my love and prayers for you as we journey forward into the summer and I ask you to please pray as we search for a new principal who will continue the legacy of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.
for the repose of the soul of Wayne Warthen, father of teacher Ann Warthen and grandfather of bookkeeper Mary Miller.
for the repose of the soul of Frank Kotchlas and his wife Marie, close friends of teacher Lynn Kraje.
for the healing of Kevin Vaught, husband of Denise Vaught
for Tommy Laudani and his family
Grade 5 goes out of this world
One of our favorite science programs is Trout in the Classroom. Each year, the seventh-grade raises trout from eggs to fingerlings, then releases them into the wild. This important program teaches ecological connectivity and fosters an appreciate for water conservation and environmental stewardship.
Free the trout!
Students demonstrated their planetary prowess with presentations on the solar system.
Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble Entertains & Educates
Students were treated to a fun and quirky performance by the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble as part of the Theater in the Classroom program. The play told the story of American inventors who, because of race or gender, are not well-known. Thanks to Barbara Martin who donated the performance in honor of Lorraine and James Wivell, and Jeff Wivell.
Learn More About Trout in the Classroom
Spring Challenge Course
See more photos from the challenge courses on our Facebook page!
As part of our leadership development curriculum, Middle School attends the MSS Leadership Challenge Course at Capital Camps in Waynesboro in fall and spring. It's a great opportunity for team building and for putting the 7 Habits into action. It's also crazy fun!
5th-Grade Goes to carlisle
Our 5th-grade classes toured the US Army Heritage Museum in Carlisle, PA. The students enjoy the hands-on learning experience about the history of our military and our country
6th Grade heads to Charm City
Taking our learning on the road
6th-graders made a learning voyage to Baltimore, where they visited the Walters Art Gallery to see an exhibit and the Maryland Science Center.
Click to see video of highlights from Fine Arts
Fine Arts Program
Our student artists and musicians put their creativity and talent on display for our biennial celebration of fine arts. Performances by our chorus, band, and gifted 8th-grade singer/songwriters captivated our guests, while the various art on exhibit throughout the halls were a treat to behold! Thanks to Mrs. Myers, Mrs. Carney, & Ms. Truitt!
Delone HS Band Demo, 9:00a
Carnival Meeting, 7:00p
Mother-Son Bowling, 4:30-7p
Take-a-Tour Tuesday, 9-1p
HSA Meeting, 6:30p
AOB Spelling Bee
K Moms & Muffins, 8:30a
May Procession & Crowning, 9:30a
Engineering Club, 3:00p
VMY Closing Ceremony, 3:00p
K Renfrew Field Trip
Pre-K Mother's Day, 10:30a
Seton Scribblers, 3:00p
Spanish Club, 11:45a
Science Club, 3:00p
Grade 2 Family Mass, 7:00p
May 25, 30, 31
Gr 8 Exams
School Mass, 10:15a
Explore and more!
Please join us in welcoming Mary Miller to the MSS Family! Mary has taken over for Donna as our Bookkeeper. She hails from Pennsylvania and received her MBA from The Mount. She lives with her dog Bo and her cat Tasha. When she’s not counting money, you can find her counting stitches while she practices her favorite hobby, crocheting. Welcome, Mary!
One of our younger students' most favorite places to visit is Explore & More in Gettysburg. There is much hands-on learning and fun to be had! You can see the pure joy on our Pre-K students' faces!
Beyond Just Say No
Sophomores & Seniors
We enjoyed welcoming back our MSS alum from the Class of 2014 & Class of 2016 for a mini-reunion!
Commander Danieley of the Commissioned Corp of the US Public Health Service spoke with our Middle School students about the dangers of drugs, particularly opioids. Her talk is part of the Surgeon General's National Prevention Strategy which seeks to address the opioid crisis. It's important for our students, especially those in these critical preteen/early teen years, to hear the hard, honest truth about how devastating this epidemic is. She also spoke about other vehicles of addiction, such as nicotine, and the hazards of vaping and pot use.
May HSA Meeting
Tuesday, May 8th @ 6:30p
HSA Corks & Canvas
Saturday, June 2nd @ 6:00p
June HSA Meeting
Tuesday, June 5th @ 6:30p
This is the ONLY direct sale fundraiser we have and ask for 100% family participation. We ask every family to please sell 10 raffle tickets. GRAND PRIZE: $1000! Winners drawn May 26th at the Carnival
Pencil it In...
Planning has begun for next year! Get involved now to help us make it the best year yet!
We are looking for volunteers for our officer slots, committee volunteers, and anyone who just wants to pitch in for the kids!
Join us at our meeting on May 8th at 6:30p!
Contact Beth (email@example.com) or Kate (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Enjoy a relaxing evening with your friends creating art and sipping wine!
$40/ticket includes canvas and supplies, 2 glasses of wine, and hors d'oeuvres.
Only 60* spots available! Purchase your tickets by May 25th by calling Terry at 301-447-3161.
Refunds will only given in the event a minimum of 30 tickets are not sold.
Corks & Canvas
Saturday, June 2nd • 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Grade 2 Family Mass at the Basilica
Thursday, May 17th at 7:00p
2nd-graders are invited to attend a special Mass in their honor with their families. See your child's homeroom teacher for more details.
June 8th: Field Day / LAST DAy for Aftercare
June 11: Pre-K Graduation / 12:30p Dismissal
June 12: 12:30p dismissal
June 13: LAST DAY of School / 11:00a dismissal
Middle School Dance
6:30-8:30 (Gr 6 & 7); 6:30-9:00 (Gr 8)
June 5, 6, 7
Grade 6 & 7 Exams
End of Year Awards Assembly
Items of Interest
The Final Countdown
May 8th • 9:00a - 1:00p
Our students grow strong & true. Invite your friends & family looking for the best educational environment for their children to visit us and see the MSS difference. Referring families receive a $200 credit upon registration of referred family.
Chorus: May 8th
Engineering & VMY: May 10th
Seton Scribblers: May 16th
Spanish & Science: May 17th
May 25, 30, 31: Exams
June 5: Hershey Park (Rain Date 6/6)
June 7: Grad Practice & Awards Banquet
June 8: Grad Practice
June 10: Graduation @ Basilica
Final Club Meetings
May 21 - 26
Raffle Drawing May 26th!
8th Grade Activities