The Love of Jesus Guides Us
The Archdiocese of Baltimore has declared this a Year of Service. Our theme this year complements the overarching theme of the AOB, "Created for Good Works". Service to others is one of our core Vincentian values and what separates MSS from other schools.
For our first service project, we put togther a school-wide Spiritual Bouquet for MSS alum Tommy Laudani ('15). Students, staff, and faculty decorated hearts and wrote on them what spiritual offering they had for Tommy's healing. Activities ranged from praying the Rosary to making a sacrifice. We have always taught our students the power of faith and prayer, but it's especially important to demonstrate these virtues for them.
Scenes from the first days back
All Twisted Up in Spanish
Dr. Fraga began the year with a Twist... literally! To help the students brush up on their language skills after the long summer, she engaged them in an entertaining game of Twister with all instructions given en Espanol.
New in Spanish this year, Dr. Fraga will host Spanish club monthly from 3:00-4:00pm. The first meeting will be Tuesday, October 9th. See Dr. Fraga's website for more information!
Also this year, Dr. Fraga will be giving 5th grade a taste of Spanish language learning with basic in-class lessons to help them prepare for immersion in middle school!
Mrs. Myers started the year in her art classes with team building activities. The goal is to help foster a strong sense of community in the classroom and with one another.
National Geographic Pilot Science Program Brings Interactive Learning to the Classroom
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Grade 8 ACRE Test
Blessing of the Animals, 1:30p
11th Annual Angels Above Alumni Golf Tournament
Columbus Day - No School
Take-a-Tour Tuesday, 9:00-1:00p
HSA Meeting, 6:30p
Engineering Club, 3:00p
School Mass, 10:15a
Science Club, 3:00p
No School - Professional Day
HSA Fall Fest, 6:30-8:30p
smARTmasters Club, 3:00
Energized Guys Theater (K-6)
Halloween Treats, 1:30p
Team BUILD-ing in 2nd Grade
This year, under the coordination of 3rd-grade teacher Kellie Marr, MSS will participate in a new science curriculum for grades K-5 through National Geographic. As a pilot school for the NatGeo program, textbooks and resources were provided at no cost to the school. Students will have access to online interactive elements to be used in class or at home with parents. Course materials include textbooks, science journals, and tools for science labs and experiments. NatGeo also provides in-service training and support for teachers.
“After reviewing all the curricula available, I’m really excited to be able to implement the National Geographic pilot program,” Mrs. Marr says. “My favorite part of it are the online interactive modules, where our students can learn directly from various scientists and engineers.”
Hands-On in Pre-K
Experiential learning is a huge part of our curriculum, especially in the earlier grades. Benefits include enabling more personalized learning, increase in engagement, and acceleration of learning. And it's fun! Recently, the Pre-K made applesauce in the classroom. They worked on their motor skills and following directions, and then experienced the tasty results of their hard work.
Second-grade students are responsible for monitoring our Monarch Waystation, under the supervision of Mrs. Mullineaux and Sister Margaret Ann. As part of their science and Green School curriculum, students plant milkweed (butterfly food) to attract butterflies, then collect eggs and larvae, which they keep in a special container in the classroom. In a few days, the eggs become caterpillars, after which they become pupa and attach themselves to the top of the container. Shortly after that, wings emerge and the butterflies are ready for release!
Butterflies go fluttering by, on colored wings that catch the eye...
Father Marty McGeough helped us celebrate the Feast Day of St. Vincent de Paul by presiding over a school Mass, led by members of our Vincentian Youth Group. Luke Buchheister and Vincent Reaver, Jr. (Grade 7) assisted Father Marty as Altar Servers.
Vincentian Marian Youth
On September 25th, we inducted new members to our Vincentian Marian Youth (VMY) group, recognized our long-time youth members, and welcomed a new batch of students to investigate and discover what this service organization is about. The VMY is an international youth service organization that is part of the world-wide Vincentian Family. Modeled after St. Vincent de Paul, the VMY encourages youth to become missionaries of Christ through outreach to their communities. The Mother Seton School chapter is one of only four U.S.-based chapters. Students in grades 5 through 8 interested in working side-by-side with friends and classmates to serve Christ by serving their neighbors are invited to join in September, and spend a year in service before taking their final pledge and being inducted as full members into the organization.
The VMY has four principles that are woven into every activity and meeting: Community, Service, Marian Spirituality, and Formation to Service.
(left) Our 5th-grade prospective members are Josephine James, Lilian Kave, Maggie Rabaiotti, Sophia Erdman, Maryn Rajaski, Grace Hewitt, Aubrey Harrington, Finnian Tayler, Madison Ball, and Gianna Kinnamont.
Our annual Grandparents Day Celebration on September 21st was a hit! Thank you to all the grandparents (and grand friends!) who came for a visit. The students loved performing and showing off their classrooms!
View Student Performances on YouTube
Grandparents Day 2018
Our Home and School Association plays a critical role in our school. Whether it's fundraising for enhancements to students' educational experience or FUNraising to promote school spirit and bring our community together, the HSA is there, working hard for all our students. We need you to be a part of the team! There is always some way to contribute that will fit your schedule and your budget:
Donate a baked item for an event
Volunteer time to set-up or break down an event
Lead a committee
Solicit donations for the silent auction
Read this parent letter to find out specific needs for this year!
Home and School ASsociation
2018-2019 HSA OFFICERS
President: Beth Brodsky
Vice-President: Kate Riling
Secretary: Lisa Hatch
Treasurer: Pat Harris & Mary Miller
All volunteers must complete child protection training and a background check. This includes parents who volunteer in the classroom. Training is conducted online and only takes approximately an hour. We have changed to a new, more efficient program to help our volunteers meet this requirement. In the next few weeks, you will receive details on how to complete these requirements to be certified and permitted to volunteer at the school!
Parents Making a Difference
Why You Should Join the HSA
Get Connected: There’s no better way to know what’s happening in your school.
Tap into a Network: PTA functions are opportunities to meet other parents and teachers, building rapport and discussing issues that are on your mind. You can share ideas, concerns, and experiences.
Watch Yourself Grow: By volunteering with your PTA, you put your skills and hobbies to use for a noble cause—your child and all children in the community.
Speak Up: PTA can be a way for you to more effectively suggest change at your child’s school.
Witness Improvement: By getting involved at your child’s school you’ll be part of the solution, helping make positive changes. Local PTAs play an important role by supporting building improvements through advocacy and play an important role in fundraising for curriculum based programs and social events.
Be a Role Model: By becoming a PTA member, you’ll be demonstrating to your child the importance you place on education.
Upcoming HSA Events
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Welcome to a Great New Year!
Our commitment to low tuition is part of our dedication to the legacy of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. But in order to maintain the lowest Catholic school tuition in Frederick, Washington, & Carroll County, we must supplement with other forms of income. Which is why you will see requests for donations from us for Penny Power Week (supports our Technology Fund); Giving Tuesday and the Annual Fund (supports operating expenses); and Teacher Wish List (direct donation to the teachers for their classrooms). Participation in the Annual Fund campaign is especially important because many of the foundations we apply to for grants use the percentage of families participating in annual giving as a benchmark for the involvement of our community.
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!
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Here in the Advancement Office, we are working hard to try to get the word out about how great Mother Seton School is! A more robust enrollment means lower tuition and fees and more opportunities for additional enhancements to our educational programs.
Did you know the number one way to recruit new families is through word of mouth? We would love your help in spreading the word! Invite friends and family to come check us out. We have a monthly Take-a-Tour Tuesday, as well as public recruiting events and outreach opportunities throughout the year. Enthusiastic parents are always welcome -- and needed! -- to participate. Some ways you can be involved in our enrollment initiatives:
Taking fliers to pass out in your local community
Serving as a Parent Ambassador or Parish Liaison
Represent MSS at parades and community fairs
Becoming a Buddy Family for new families
But we don't only focus new families. We are also here for YOU, our current parents. Some of the things you might not realize we are responsible for include: the Tuesday News, the Monthly News, social media management, drafting press releases, creating videos and slideshows, photographing events & students, maintaining the website, help organize Catholic Schools Week, compiling surveys, collecting and reporting on alumni news, and non-HSA fundraising, including grant proposals and memorial donations. Our small team does our best to help you stay connected to MSS!
Notes from Advancement
Bring your furry, feather, and scaly friends for a special blessing on the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi. Rain or Shine! Pets should be leashed or caged.
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For the repose of the soul of Paul Andrew Bowling, father of Mason (gr 7) and Haleigh (MSS'15) and husband of Tammy.
For the repose of the soul of Amanda Damskey, mother of Carter Loher (gr 8).
For the repose of the soul of Kenneth Bussey, grandfather of Mia (gr 2), Liam (gr 7), and Adrianna (MSS'15).
For the healing of Mrs. Corcoran, mother of Sister Joan; Betty Eyler, mother of Terry Smith, grandmother of Donna Schisler, and great-grandmother of Gabriella (gr 4) and Bradley (gr 2) Brauning; Linda McCleod, grandmother of Emma and Sarah Simmons (gr 4); John Shipley, father of Denice Vaught; and Tommy Laudani (MSS'14).
You can now make one-time or recurring payments for tuition, fees, field trips, & prepaid lunch charges ONLINE!
We continue to collect used markers and crayons for recycling! Drop them off in the boxes outside the front office!
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