Pre-K autumn activities included carving pumpkins and practicing their estimation skills to determine how many seeds they'd find!
One of my favorite spiritual reflections is on the season of autumn. There is something about the changing leaves, the brisk temperatures and the opportunity for change that stirs my soul to contemplate how God calls each of us to be transformed. The witness of autumn teaches me about the natural turning from one season to another. As nature enters into the dying and rising cycle, it welcomes a season of openness to transformation and change. The autumn leaves remind me that I can be open to the teachings of this season and turn as autumn does toward opportunities for my spiritual transformation.
“Autumn is a time when I reflect on and realize that when I accept only the beautiful and reject the tattered, torn parts of who I am, I treat things that are falling apart as my enemies.” It’s at times like this I need God’s spirit to enliven my heart and help me to accept all of what God created in me. “The example of the falling leaves reminds me about the power God’s creation has to re-energize the earth’s soil, and my soul.”
When I fear the loss of those things I hold close to me, I pray for the Lord to turn my face to the brilliant color of autumn trees. I pray that God will “open my spirit to the mellow resonance of autumn sunsets. Lord, brush your love past my heart with the beauty of golden leaves twirling from the autumn trees.”
When I refuse to wait with the mystery of the unknown and when I struggle to control rather than to let life evolve, I seek God that I may be wrapped in His embrace and encouraged to enter into stillness and silent mystery, to wait patiently for clarity and wisdom.
During this season I ask for the grace to gather a spirit of freedom into my heart. Let me be willing to leave my well satisfied place of comfort for the discomfort of a long flight into the unknown. Thank you, God of transformation, for all these lessons that the autumnal earth teaches me.
Quotes from Joyce Rupp. Fresh Bread
Congratulations to our Winners!
Big Pig Grand Prize
(Pizza Party, Out-of-Uniform, Trophy)
Ms. Brennan (Gr 6), $1565.31
Porky Pig Prize
(Popsicle Party and Out-of-Uniform)
Ms. Kuykendall (K), 97.5 LBS
Sister Margaret Ann, $954.22
Ms. Conway, $664.34
Mrs. Vines, $495.61
PENNY POWER A SMASHING SUCCESS
We didn't meet our goal of $5000 this year... we SMASHED it! In what may be the biggest Penny Power we've ever had, our students and families raised $7345.43 for the MSS Technology Fund! The proceeds will go towards the purchase of a 3D printer and to add to the 1:1 computing program in all grades.
1st Place: Vigilant Hose Co. - Bill Boyd, Kevin Boyd, Doug Myers, and Tim Clark
2nd Place: Tom Lynch, Paul Arneson, Rob Smith, Larkin Hollnke
3rd Place: Ralph Comi, Jeff Lemley, Stephanie Naymick, and Tracey Eurkea
4th Place: Chuck Little, Eric Little, Rich Noel, George DeFrahn
2018 Tournament Winners
The Annual Angels Above Alumni Golf Tournament was held on October 5th. Sponsored by The Little Family, proceeds from the tournament benefit the Jack and Shirley Little Scholarship Foundation at MSS. We are so blessed to have such generous alumni in our Mother Seton Family!
This year's numbers have not been released yet, but Tony Little and family will be at our Christmas Program on December 17th to present a check to the school. To date, the Tournament has raised over $110,000.
© Photographer Name
Straightest Drive: Doug DeGray
Men's Closest to the Hole: Tim Clarke
Men's Longest Drive: Bobby Phelan
Women's Closest to the Hole and Longest Drive: Stephanie Naymick
ANgels Above Alumni Golf Tournament
The Energized Guyz came to perform at our school. Sponsored by PotomacEdison, the performance aims to teach children about energy and resources, and how to conserve them.
World Peace Day: Pinwheels for Peace
All Saints Day Mass, 10:15a
Europe Tour Info Session, 6:00p
Book Fair Week
HSA Meeting, 6:30p
Veterans Day Program, 9:00a
Take-a-Tour Tuesday, 9:00-1:00p
Seton Scribblers, 3:00p
Science Club, 3:00p
Memorial Prayer Service, 1:45p
Jeans & Jersey Day
NO SCHOOL - Professional Day
smARTmasters Club, 3:00p
End of Trimester
Scrapbook Club, 3:00p
Theater Comes to MSS
As part of our World Peace Day celebration, students placed pinwheels containing messages and prayers of peace into the shape of a peace sign. Mrs. Myers, with the help of Middle School students, recited the Prayer of St. Francis and all reflected on what it means to bring peace into the world.
Pre-K Costume Parade
View Our Volcanic Eruptions
Our younger grades have had the opportunity to take advantage of our middle school science lab to conduct STEM experiments! They've built towers out of marshmallows, designed cities to withstand volcanic eruption, and even performed "gummy worm" science.
GROWING with STEM
It was a wonderful day for the annual Blessing of the Animals! Father Collin presided over the ceremony, which was led by Mrs. Kirby's 1st Grade. Friends, family, and neighbors brought their pets to be blessed. We welcomed species from dogs to horses to chickens and guinea pigs! The event is held on St. Francis of Assisi's Feast Day each year, October 4th.
Blessing of the ANimals
Afterward, the children were given their own fire helmets and coloring books to remind them of their safety lesson.
As our 3rd-grade classes began their science unit on weather, they were visited by retired Air Force SMSgt Lyle Tayler, who used to be a weather forecaster. He showed them how our new weather station works, discussed storms and weather patterns, and held a Q & A afterward. We're so fortunate to have a community of experts willing to take time to come in and speak with our students. Do you have special knowledge or expertise you'd be willing to share? Contact your child's teacher and let them know!
Our Pre-K had two very special visitors come to their classroom during Fire Prevention Week. Local firefighters gave them a lesson in safety and demonstrated how a firefighter dons his protective suit.
Weather Science in 3rd Grade
Fire Prevention Week in Pre-K
Saturday, Dec 1st, 8:00a-Noon
Tickets for pancake breakfast:
$7/ages 7+; $5/ages 3-6; ages 2 & under FREE - Photo with Santa ($5)
Limited space available for vendors! Contact Amber via email to request a table space.
Saturday, Nov 17th
Doors open at 5:00p
Games begin at 7:00p
Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door for 20 games
Contact Terry at 301-447-3161 to purchase.
Come to our next HSA Meeting!
Tuesday, Nov 6th at 6:30p
Home and School ASsociation
Upcoming HSA Events
Won't you come help us make a difference in our students' lives?
We are always in need of a few extra hands... whether it's chairing a committee or putting in a few hours at an event, the time and talent you donate makes a HUGE difference!
Parents Making a Difference
Can't visit the Book Fair this week? You can visit it online!
Shop HERE until Nov 13th!
Maryland 529 Info session
November 15th, 7:00 PM
at Mother Seton School
MSS Scholastic Book Fair
November 5-9, 2018
Visit the Maryland529 Website for more information
Come visit the Enchanted Forest and discover your next favorite author!
The Book Fair is open daily:
Mon, Tue, Thu: 8:00-4:00 PM
Wed: 8:00-6:00 PM
Join us to learn how to make the Maryland 529 (formerly College Savings Program) work for you! A representative from the state program will be here to give a presentation and answer any questions. Invite your friends and family to listen in!
Catholic Education: Great Values for a Great Value
As we mentioned in last month's edition, one of the ways in which we are able to keep tuition low is by supplementing our Annual Fund with income from various donation campaigns, most notably the Annual Fund Appeal. We ask all our families, staff, and faculty to participate, giving as much as you are able. Every donation is a blessing and we appreciate your generosity.
Coming soon is our one-day #GivingTuesday drive. Held on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving each year, the #GivingTuesday movement began as a way to move away from the creeping consumerism that seems to take over the holidays and remind people that giving back to their communities helps in keeping the spirit of the season. This November 27th, we ask you to consider making a donation to MSS. Proceeds will go toward our Annual Fund. Keep an eye out
If you would like information on setting up recurring donations, employer-matching contributions, memorial endowments, or other ways to support MSS, please contact us anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Did you know that children who attend a Catholic school are more likely to graduate high school and move on to higher education than their public school counterparts? In fact, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics, 62% of Catholic high school students went on to become college graduates or beyond by the time they were eight years out of high school. By contrast, just 31 percent of public school students ended up earning a bachelor’s degree or higher.
Catholic schools are also valued for their culture of service and strong moral foundation. At MSS, we have schoolwide service opportunities integrated within our curriculum. Additionally, our Vincentian Marian Youth chapter, one of only 4 in the U.S., encourages service and provides students in grades 5-8 opportunities to serve those in need. Students are inspired to care for one another and the world.
With all of those benefits, MSS continues to remain committed to offering a quality education for all who desire it regardless of means. That is why we not only have the lowest Catholic school tuition in Frederick, Washington, and Carroll County, but we offer a variety of scholarships and financial aid to help our families.
Notes from Advancement
Click for more information
Marie Williams, RN School Nurse
You can now make one-time or recurring payments for tuition, fees, field trips, & prepaid lunch charges ONLINE!
Marie is an Emmitsburg native and an MSS alum! She received her RN from Frederick Community College and spent ten years working for the states of Maryland and Pennsylvania, as well as 26 years for Villa St. Michael's/St. Joseph Ministries. Her personal motto is "Where there is a will, there is a way", something she learned from her 7th-grade teacher, Sister Patricia Ann Bozzle. Marie will be working in the nurse's office Wednesdays and Thursdays. We're so glad she's here!
This school year, we welcome two new staff & faculty members. Please meet:
November 19th • 1:45pm at MSS
Join us in honoring our loved ones who have passed away in the last year. You may submit the name of your loved one to be remembered during our Memorial Roll Call.
Elizabeth is no stranger to the Emmitsburg area. She graduated The Mount with a BA in Englsh and Secondary Education. She originally hails from the Poconos, plays the piano, and likes to read, hike, and play PUBG with her friends. You'll rarely see her without a cup of coffee in her hand! She wanted to teach because she loves to share stories with her classes and to see her students challenged creatively. We're excited to welcome her to the MSS family!
Elizabeth Brennan, Middle School Literature
The Last Word