A prayer by Kathy Hendricks has given me comfort in recent days and I think is worth sharing. She writes: “Gracious God, my love for you grows daily. Whenever I witness an act of kindness or receive an unexpected gift, I am reminded of your expansive heart.”
As we’ve gone through our days in February we’ve had many opportunities to see God’s love around us. Of course, Valentine’s day is a popular day to express our love to one another, however, it’s often the small acts of kindness that make a great impact – the smile of a stranger, someone holding the door for us, a warm hug from our children. These gestures don’t cost us anything except time and thoughtfulness, and yet can brighten a gloomy or stress filled day.
Tomorrow we begin the season of Lent, an opportunity for conversion and a time to reflect on what we’d like to do to grow closer to Jesus. At times we may think that our sacrifice needs to be something grand, yet it may be cultivating a habit of being thoughtful in small acts which really provides us many opportunities to practice our Lenten fast. As you pray in the opening of this season of change, consider making a commitment to small acts of kindness as a way to draw you closer to Jesus and those around you. St. Teresa of Calcutta loved the motto that we should “do small things with great love”. She is a great example by which these “small things” made a tremendous impact on the world.
the repose of the soul of Vernon Stabler, brother-in-law of Sister Brenda.
the healing and comfort of the mother of Sister Joan Corcoran.
the comfort of the mother of Louis Whitehead, one of our local deputies.
the quick recovery of George Brenton, DoC Campus Coordinator.
the healing of Doug Bull, father-in-law of teaching assistant Liz Bull.
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Mrs. Beard's 4th-graders took decorating their Valentine "mailboxes" to a new level by writing compliments on their classmates' bags to show their love!
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3rd-grade played candy heart bingo, made heart-shaped bird feeders, and had plenty of sweet treats to celebrate their day!
Love in Many Forms...
8th-grade met with their 1st-grade Prayer Partners in the STEM lab to engineer some Valentine fun together! They created catapults that would launch tiny heart erasers at the "walls" they built. As an added challenger, they had to design their walls into a heart shape! It was hard to tell who had more fun--the younger students or their mentors!
February is the month of love! Our students from Pre-K through Grade 8 showed their love through activities, crafts, parties, and--most importantly--care for one another. Take a look at the different projects they participated in!
Our Makerspace club was such a hit, we had to split it into two groups! Coordinated by Mrs. Beard, who's assisted by Mrs. Monacelli, the 3rd- through 5th-graders have been putting their curious minds to work--er, play?--and allowing their creativity to flow. A variety of mediums are at their disposal: clay, paints, robotics, circuit boards, LEGOs, laptops, iPads, and more! There's no end to the possibilities.
We were honored to host a reunion for members of the MSS Class of 1969 on February 15th. Following a school Mass, classmates enjoyed a light lunch, a tour of the school, and a visit with a few of their past teachers over at St. Joseph's Ministries. Pictured, L-R: Tim Holden, Tom Vaughn, Bob Hanke, Kate Marshall, Kevin Gorman, Martha Manning, Vida Antolin
The Mount Sends its Love with Supplies
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Read Across America
Ash Wed Mass, 10:15a
NO SCHOOL - Faculty Retreat
Take-a-Tour Tuesday, 9:00-1:00p
Gr 5 Shamrock Slam, 1:45p
Seton Scribblers, 3:00p
Science Club, 3:00p
HSA Gala, 5:30-10:00p
smART Masters, 3:00p
Young Authors Night/Talent Show, 6:00p
Welcome Back, Class of 1969!
Mount St. Mary's delighted us with a visit from Emmit, the Mount Mascot, who arrived bearing gifts of school supplies for our classrooms! We continue to be so grateful for their generosity. Pictured, L-R: Ian VanAnden, Emily Myers, Clare Tauriello, Lara Truitt, Emmit S. Burg, Sister Joan Corcoran, Gerald Rooth, and Lexi Burns.
We had a GREAT time again this year welcoming special guests from around the community to read to the students in honor of Dr. Seuss's birthday. We were delighted to have the President of NCEA, Dr. Tom Burnford; Assoc Superintendent of Archbalt Catholic Schools Margaret Dammeyer; Mayors John Kinnaird and Don Briggs; MSM athletes Ace Stallings, Tobi Osifesu, & Chris Gabor; Bridget Bassler & Becca Corbel from the Seton Shrine; Peter Ferguson from the Grotto; Barb Marinack, Dean of the Div of Education at MSM; Father Collin & Otto; MSS alums Kate Marshall and Patricia & Ned Remavege ; Michele Corr, FOCE; and Angela Shanton of St. Joseph's House.
A few highlights of our Readers in action!
A few of our esteemed MSS Alumni represented St. Maria Goretti High School with cookies and cocoa for our middle-schoolers earlier this month. Pictures, L-R: Caroline Mullineaux (MSS'15), Chloe Estrada (MSS'16), and Luke Manning (MSS'17).
Cookies and Cocoa
Read Across America 2019
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Kids Heart Challenge
2nd-graders spent time in the STEM lab devising ways to slow a bouncy ball down when dropped down a ramp. This put their creativity and problem solving skills to use!
We kicked off the Kids Heart Challenge, formerly Jump Rope for Heart, with an exciting assembly hosted by a rep from the American Heart Association. We're grateful that 5th-grader Breana Kendall told her personal story about how the AHA helped her and her family when she was born with heart issues. It helped bring home how important the work the AHA does is! Check out the packets your students brought home or contact Mrs. Stocksdale for more information! We will be doing the jump rope challenge March 13-14th.
Dr. Amaris Little, DDS (parent of Ellie (gr 3) & Maryn (gr 5) paid a visit to our PreK to give them a fun lesson in caring for your teeth!
Sister Margaret Ann's second-graders answered the question in their own way by describing the hero in themselves! They provided examples of how they are heroes and peacemakers, including confronting fears, never giving up when things get hard, and showing compassion and compromise.
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GR 2 "Slow Ball" STEM Challenge
Fun with the Dentist in PreK
What Makes a Hero?
Hungry, Hungry Humans!
Congratulations to Helen Hochschild (gr 8) and Cassidy Sill (gr 7)! They received Youth Essay Certificates of Merit (and a cash award!) from the Veterans of Foreign Wars and its Auxiliary at the recent state assembly for their Patriots Pen Essay.
Outstanding Young Spokespersons
Bet you never had this much in PE class! Though it's been too cold to take the students outside, Mrs. Stocksdale has done a great job of finding clever activities to help them expend their energy and receive a good, healthy workout! Here, 1st-graders enjoyed a rousing game of Hungry, Hungry Hippos---human style!
Do It For The Love Rail Jam
Congratulations to 7th-grader Mason Bowling for taking 2nd Place in the Rail Jam at Ski Liberty. The event was held during "Heart Week" and raised money for the Single Ventricle Survivorship Program at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
Pinning Down a First-Place Win
Kudos to second-grader Presley Green for winning the First Place trophy in the Chocolate Town Holiday Wrestling Championship Tournament.
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Saturday, March 23, 2019
The Links in Gettysburg
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Join us for an evening of fine dining, games, and live & silent auctions all to benefit Catholic education at MSS.
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Join us for a Kids Bingo! Admission is $10.
Prizes include LEGO, NERF, hand-held electronics, gaming, sport video camera, science fun, puzzles, games, crafts, Star Wars, and sports.
All tickets purchased by March 29th will be entered into a drawing for a $25 Walmart gift card.
Raffle prizes include a Nintendo Switch with Mario Smash Bros and a Kids Kindle. Raffle tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5. All players will receive a door prize!
April 6, 2019
OPENS March 6, 2019
New tuition rates for 2019-2020:
$5,495 Pre-K Full Day through Grade 8
$3,495 Pre-K Half-Day
Registration Fee: $175/student if paid by 5/15 ($250/student begins 5/16)
*IF YOU DO NOT PAY THE REGISTRATION FEES DUE BY 5/15, A NEW CONTRACT WILL BE GENERATED SHOWING THE INCREASE IN REGISTRATION FEES. The original contract will be considered void.*
Bus: $500/one-way and $800/two-way
After School Care fees remain the same.
Multiple opportunities for Financial Assistance!
Fill out your FACTS financial aid application NOW. Deadline for MSS aid is April 13th. The sooner you apply, the greater your chances of receiving the aid you need:
BOOST Scholarships for MD residents will open for application soon. BOOST awards are made by the State in addition to any tuition assistance received through MSS or parishes.
New this year: 10% tuition discount for Active Duty and Active Reserve Military! Proof of active service (active duty ID card or active duty orders) required. Contact Finance for more information!
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NEW Billing Management System
Beginning in the 2019-20 school year, we will be transitioning all tuition payment plans to an online Billing Management service through SchoolAdmin. The service itself is free. SchoolAdmin will only assess an annual fee of $40 per family if selecting an installment plan. This fee is payable regardless of how you choose to pay. (ACH, paper check, credit card, etc.)
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Payer Express, the current online payment processer through PNC bank, will be discontinued as of June 30, 2019. Please use SchoolAdmin for all payments beginning July 1, 2019.
Ash Wednesday Mass: Wed, Mar 6, 10:15a
Reconciliation: Thu, Mar 21, 9:00a
The season of Lent begins tomorrow. This is a time of prayer, fasting and abstinence, and almsgiving. We will be working with the students to create a meaningful Lenten journey for them at school and we invite you to be a part of it. There are many resources you can use to help you and your family come closer to Jesus during this time. Check our social media and website for tips throughout the season.
March 27th • 6:00p
Browse our Young Authors Fair...maybe you'll meet the next JK Rowling or Rick Riordan!
Then stay for our Talent Show, always a big hit!
It's a Night with Our Seton Stars!
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It's a Spring Thing!
April 16, 10:45-12:00p
Enjoy spring-themed crafts and activities, including kite-making, storytime, and snack! FREE for ages 2-5. RSVP to Laurie by Apr 11th to firstname.lastname@example.org or 301.447.3161.