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BOX TOPS BONANZA IS HERE! If we collect an average of 75 Box Tops per student, an anonymous donor will once again treat us with the Ice Cream Truck! Collection baggies are being sent home. Each student who sends in their 75 Box Tops will receive a Golden Ticket to the Ice Cream Truck. Excess tickets can be applied toward tickets for fellow students, teachers, or staff members. If you've already sent Box Tops in this year, send a note to Mrs. Smith in the Front Office so she can count them. Deadline is May 30th!

 

CARNIVAL HELP STILL WANTED! Be a part of making our 35th Carnival the best ever! Please refer to the volunteer/donation lists and sign up for your preferred spot! Please contact Terry Smith for more info!

 

FIELD DAY OLYMPICS. Friday, June 2nd, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Mrs. Stocksdale is looking for volunteers to help with working stations, set-up and clean-up. If you are interested in helping, please complete this form and return it by Friday, May 26th. If you would like to donate popsicles for your class after the event, contact your homeroom parent.

 

H.S.A. is looking for your help

We are in need of chairpersons for Fall Fest and for Bingo next year.  We are also in need of a Bingo Caller.  If you can help out, please contact Beth Brodsky at: sbw79@comcast.net  Considering teaming up with a friend or creating a group to help with the event. Parent Volunteers are the cornerstone of H.S.A.—we would like to involve as many people as possible!

 

What’s happening at MSS this summer?

We are renovating the cafeteria by: replacing the floor, painting, adding new shelving and replacing the old tables and benches.  A new kitchen hood will be installed in the kitchen to increase our fire safety prevention.  We will also be replacing the gym floor to continue the work we started at Christmas when the dividing wall was replaced between the gym and cafeteria.

 

Summer Camp Opportunity

We would like to see if there is an interest in having a summer camp experience at our school. Please fill out this form and return to school. Once we have numbers interested, we’ll send home information for signing up. Space will be limited, so please let us know if you would like to participate.

 

New for next year! Order prepackaged school supplies ONLINE and have them shipped to your home!

We’ve contracted with School Tool Box to offer an option for parents who wish to order their supplies in a prepacked kit.  Each kit is also customizable. Ordering details will be sent home in summer packets. This is NOT a fundraiser… this is an optional service we’re offering our families to try to make life a little easier!

 

8th-Grade End of Year Schedule

Here are key events for our graduating class:

  • May 23-25: Gr 8 Exams
  • May 30: Hershey Park
  • May 31 & June 1: Graduation Rehearsal—Dismiss at 12:30p
  • June 1: Awards Banquet, 6:00p
  • June 4: Graduation (Basilica), 4:00p; Reception at MSS immediately following

 

Important Upcoming Dates

  • Last Day of After School Care is Tue, Jun 6th
  • End of Year Mass , Tue, Jun 6th, 10:15a
  • Pre-K Graduation & Last Day, Wed Jun 7th
  • Awards Ceremony, Jun 9th, 9:00a
  • Last Day of School, Jun 9th , 11:00a Dismissal

 

Summer Office Hours

Summer office hours will begin on Monday, June  19 and end on Friday, August 18.

The office will be open :

Monday—Thursday, 8:30—Noon.

The office is closed every  Friday.

If you need something outside of office hours, please call and leave a voicemail or e-mail us.

 

2017-2018 Calendar. These dates may help you in planning for next year. A more detailed calendar will be sent home in June.

9/6 — First day of school for students

11/23-26 — Thanksgiving Break

12/22-1/2 — Christmas Break

1/15 — Martin L. King Day

2/19 — President’s Day

3/29 –4/8 — Easter Break

5/28 — Memorial Day

6/13 — Last day of school for students

 

Special Prayer Intention. We’ve been asking our MSS community for continued prayers for Tommy Laudani, a 2014 MSS alum. Tommy is currently a junior at Delone HS and was diagnosed with DSRCT, a rare and aggressive cancer. We are asking you, our families, to continue to pray and to add Tommy and his family to your special intentions this season. In addition, there are other ways to help if you are able. Donations of gas or grocery gift cards are always appreciated, especially since his family must commute regularly to Johns Hopkins for treatment. Our hearts go out to the Laudani family and we will continue to pray for his recovery during this Christmas season of miracles! *Delone HS has organized a meal train for the family. If you would like to contribute, please click here: https://www.mealtrain.com/trains/zq7koe

 

 

Reminders

  • If you plan on volunteering at school or chaperoning field trips, you MUST have STAND training completed. This is an Archdiocese requirement. Please contact Terry Smith to schedule your training! 301.447.3161
  • Drop Off Protocol. To keep our students safe and keep the line moving in the morning, please be mindful of the following:
    • Children must exit curbside. Our curbside staff member is there to assist them.
    • If your child requires you to get out of the car to assist them, please either park in the lot and walk them up or pull all the way forward past the front doors. This is both for safety reasons and as a courtesy to other parents waiting to drop their children off.
    • Do not speed around the circle, especially if passing other vehicles in the line. Be prepared to stop at a moment's notice.
  • Cell Phones: We live in a digital age and there may be exceptional times that a student would need to have a cell phone at school.  The policy in our handbook regarding  cell phones states, “Parents submit a written request to the principal for a student to have a cell phone at school.  Students are required to leave the phone at the front office in the morning and pick the phone up before leaving in the afternoon.  No cell phones are allowed in the classrooms." Additionally, students who carry cell phones on the bus are not permitted to have them out of the book bag during transport. If you have a reason for your child to have a cell phone at school, please e-mail your request to principal@mothersetonschool.org or sisterjoan@mothersetonschool.org.
  • Help keep our students safe! Parent/Drivers at school bus stops for MSS are not to leave the parking lot before the bus departs. This is to insure all students are on the bus safely. There was a close call last week and as we begin school, let’s remember that students can sometimes be distracted when getting on the bus—as adults it’s our role to help keep them safe. Being patient and waiting for the bus to pull away first will help avoid accidents. Thanks for your help!
  • Keep collecting those Box Tops! Since 2012, we’ve raised over $13K for MSS. That’s 130,000 Box Tops! Keep an eye out for future Box Top challenges and rewards. In the meantime, keep clipping!
  • Got Old Markers? We want them! As part of our Green School initiative, we collect used markers and turn them in to Crayola for recycling. You can find the box in the atrium. We also collect used ink cartridges. Drop yours off in the box outside the library! Thank you for your support of our Green School efforts!

Events

35th Annual MSS Carnival - May 22-27, 2017 on the grounds of Mother Seton School. Nightly 6:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Please check our Facebook page in the event of weather cancelations. DOWNLOAD FLIER

 

8th-Grade Graduation - June 4, 2017, 4:00 p.m. at the Basilica of the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. Reception at MSS afterwards for graduates and families.

 

End of Year Mass - June 6, 10:15 a.m. at MSS.

 

Awards Ceremony - June 9, 9:00 a.m. (Last Day - Dismissal at 11:00 a.m.)

living our mission

May 23, 2017

As we approach the end of the year . . .

 

It’s hard to believe how quickly the school year is coming to an end—it seemed I blinked and we went from January to almost June.

 

As adults, around New Year’s, the end of the calendar year, we often stop and pause to think about what the year has been for us—the joys, the challenges the blessings. The end of the school year brings the same opportunity for our children. Below are some questions you can use to help your child end their year on a positive note.

 

Helping your child to reflect on the highs and lows helps to bring closure and put to rest anything that may be lingering from their experience of the year. Some of these things you know well, others might be a surprise. Depending on the age of your child, this could be done as a one time activity, or maybe they are questions sprinkled across conversations at the dinner table, while riding in the car to school, on a drive to vacation, or in those quiet moments just before bedtime.

 

We truly care about the experience of our children at MSS and hope that we’ve demonstrated that throughout the year. We hope you’ve experienced the joys of the MSS traditions and the many wonderful activities during the year. We know mistakes are made and along with hearing about the joys, we also want to continue to improve so if there are things we’ve gotten wrong or maybe there were disappointments, please take the time to share those with us  also, as we move toward summer. The Parent survey is an opportunity to let us know how your experience has been and helps provide feedback as we plan for the future.  If you haven’t filled it out, we are extending our response time until May 26. Check your email for the link or email advancement@mothersetonschool.org.

 

Here’s a few questions to help  recall some great memories and spark a conversation with your child:

 

What are your favorite memories of being in _____ grade?

What is the funniest thing that happened at school?

What did you learn about yourself?

What did you learned about others?

Were there any disappointments during the year?

Was there an “Aha” moment for you?  What was it?

What surprises were there about being in ____ grade?

If you could change one thing about the year, what would it be?

What lesson do you want to carry with you from this year?

What are you looking forward to as you prepare for next year?

 

 

We pray...

for those graduating from high school and college as they continue the path upon which God has placed them.

for peace in our world, particularly in those areas experiencing war and violence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MSS News

 

Mother Seton School Students Take Top Honors at Frederick County Science and Engineering Fair

 

Emmitsburg, MD – At first glance, it looks like a simple cell phone case. But The Scorch Case is so much more—a 3-D printed cell phone case engineered to be a rechargeable hand warmer, flashlight, and phone charger. Mother Seton School eighth-graders Matthias Buchheister, Jack Guinan, and Gavin Marshall designed and created their invention for their school’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Fair and walked away with the Grand Champions of Invention award.

 

On April 1, 2017, the trio took their invention to the Frederick County Science and Engineering Fair at Tuscarora High School, and came away with First Place in the Engineering Mechanics Division. They also earned the ThermoFisher Outstanding Middle School Project Award and the Middle School Engineering Design Champion Award. In addition to these honors, they were nominated to compete in the 2017 Broadcom MASTERS, a program for the top 10% of middle school science fair participants in the nation. Gavin says competing at the county level “was a fun experience, and I was proud to represent MSS at the event.”

 

All of it has been exciting, and a little overwhelming, for the young engineers, who came up with the idea during a brainstorming session. “We wanted to make the greatest phone case ever,” said Matthias. The three students, who will be graduating Mother Seton School and moving on to different high schools (Matthias to St. Maria Goretti in Hagerstown, Jack to St. John’s Catholic Prep in Frederick, and Gavin to Frederick Scott Key in Taneytown), have been friends since Kindergarten. Their dynamic collaboration made for a successful team project. “It was a little challenging trying to coordinate our schedules, but doing this as a group project was so much better than going it alone,” Matthias said.

 

The students are grateful for the help they had along the way. “We couldn’t have done it without our mentor, Mr. Hatter, and our families who supported us along the way,” said Gavin. After receiving feedback from the judges at the school fair, the boys made adjustments to their invention before the county event. “We worked right up to the last minute,” Jack said. “Honestly, we didn’t think we’d win.” The boys say they were somewhat intimidated when they showed for the event and took a look at the competition. “There were project that looked incredible,” Matthias said. “But we all agreed that even if we didn’t win, it was fine. We did this for fun and for the experience.”

 

“Utter disbelief” is how Jack describes their feelings when their names were announced as winners. “It took a while to sink in.” The boys said the experience taught them that if you’re doing something you love, you’re going to be great at it. “Because we liked what we were doing, we had the drive to go farther, and I think that’s why we were successful,” explained Matthias.

 

(L-R) Jack Guinan, Matthias Buchheister, Gavin Marshall

 

S.T.E.M. FAIR WINNERS

Everyone who entered the S.T.E.M. Fair should be super proud — you all did a fantastic job! Competition was fierce. Congratulations to the following students who placed:

Gr 3: Grace Hewitt (1st); Madison Ball and Ben Caretti (t-2nd); Thien-Y Pham (3rd)

Gr 4: Isaac Jenkins (1st); Faith Collins (2nd); Brady Koenig and Michael Metz (T-3rd)

Gr 5: Michael Hohenstein (1st); Wyatt Hill (2nd); Julia Wivell (3rd); Nathaniel Hand (HM)

Gr 6: Pearl Walker (1st); Jamie Price and Henry Greger (T-2nd); Nathan Kovalcik (3rd); Mackenzie Orndorff (HM)

Gr 7: Megan Adams (1st); Raphaela Smaldone and Keola Evans & Bella Rabaiotti (T-2nd); Aoife Nelson (3rd); Jacob Hartness (HM)

Gr 8: Matthias Buchheister, Jack Guinan, and Gavin Marshall (1st); Natalie Bosche (2nd); Averey Johnson (3rd); Liv Cliber, Grace Kovalcik, and Sydney McCarron (HM)

Grand Champions

Invention: Matthias Buchheister, Jack Guinan, Gavin Marshall
Experiment: Megan Adams


Congratulations to Chase Stull (Gr 8)! Chase placed 1st in Ski Liberty's "Do It for the Love" Freestyle Snowboarding event, ages 13-17 category. Way to go, Chase!

 

Mother Seton School Receives Donation from Culture of Good and TCC Verizon

Emmitsburg, Maryland -- The faculty at MSS were treated to a surprise on Valentine's Day courtesy of Culture of Good, the philanthropic arm of TCC Verizon. As part of a nationwide tour, the Culture of Good bus stopped at MSS to deliver boxes of Teacher Supplies, part of their Teachers Rock! initiative. Ryan McCarty, co-founder, met with Principal Sister Brenda Monahan, D.C., and presented her with his book, Building a Culture of Good. Former MSS alum, Ben Lambert (Class of '93), manager of a TCC Verizon store in Frederick, also gifted to the school an iPad Air. Mr. McCarty, Mr. Lambert, and their team, paid a visit to Mrs. Schisler's Kindergarten class, where Mr. McCarty talked to the children about the importance of always doing good in the world. MSS is grateful for Culture of Good and TCC Verizon, and their support of educators.

 

Congratulations, Larisa Tayler! Larisa took first place in the schoolwide National Geography Bee and will move to the next round. Good luck, Larisa!

 

Congratulations, Mia Ferraro! Mia will represent MSS at the Frederick County Spelling Bee. Good luck,Mia!

 

Congratulations to MSS seventh grader Sophia Stinson! Sophia's artwork placed First in the Lion's Club "Celebration of Peace" art contest. Her work will be sent to the district level. Good Luck Sophia!

Community News

 

Catoctin Cougar Soccer Camp, June 26-29, 2016 at Catoctin High School.

$100 per player, Grades 3-9

$70 for additional family members

$45 per player, Grades K, 1 & 2

$40 for additional family members

$5 off per player if registered by June 5th!

High quality coaching from our experienced coaching staff! Free camp t-shirt and soccer ball!

Additional details and online registration can be found at www.catoctinsoccercamps.com

 

 

St. Maria Goretti Summer Sports Camps for Boys and Girls. Looking for a fun way to improve sports skills or try out something new? Check out the multiple sports camps offered by Goretti at goretti.org/athletics/sportscamps/

 

 

 

 

 

 

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MSS News

 

Mother Seton School Students Take Top Honors at Frederick County Science and Engineering Fair

 

Emmitsburg, MD – At first glance, it looks like a simple cell phone case. But The Scorch Case is so much more—a 3-D printed cell phone case engineered to be a rechargeable hand warmer, flashlight, and phone charger. Mother Seton School eighth-graders Matthias Buchheister, Jack Guinan, and Gavin Marshall designed and created their invention for their school’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Fair and walked away with the Grand Champions of Invention award.

 

On April 1, 2017, the trio took their invention to the Frederick County Science and Engineering Fair at Tuscarora High School, and came away with First Place in the Engineering Mechanics Division. They also earned the ThermoFisher Outstanding Middle School Project Award and the Middle School Engineering Design Champion Award. In addition to these honors, they were nominated to compete in the 2017 Broadcom MASTERS, a program for the top 10% of middle school science fair participants in the nation. Gavin says competing at the county level “was a fun experience, and I was proud to represent MSS at the event.”

 

All of it has been exciting, and a little overwhelming, for the young engineers, who came up with the idea during a brainstorming session. “We wanted to make the greatest phone case ever,” said Matthias. The three students, who will be graduating Mother Seton School and moving on to different high schools (Matthias to St. Maria Goretti in Hagerstown, Jack to St. John’s Catholic Prep in Frederick, and Gavin to Frederick Scott Key in Taneytown), have been friends since Kindergarten. Their dynamic collaboration made for a successful team project. “It was a little challenging trying to coordinate our schedules, but doing this as a group project was so much better than going it alone,” Matthias said.

 

The students are grateful for the help they had along the way. “We couldn’t have done it without our mentor, Mr. Hatter, and our families who supported us along the way,” said Gavin. After receiving feedback from the judges at the school fair, the boys made adjustments to their invention before the county event. “We worked right up to the last minute,” Jack said. “Honestly, we didn’t think we’d win.” The boys say they were somewhat intimidated when they showed for the event and took a look at the competition. “There were project that looked incredible,” Matthias said. “But we all agreed that even if we didn’t win, it was fine. We did this for fun and for the experience.”

 

“Utter disbelief” is how Jack describes their feelings when their names were announced as winners. “It took a while to sink in.” The boys said the experience taught them that if you’re doing something you love, you’re going to be great at it. “Because we liked what we were doing, we had the drive to go farther, and I think that’s why we were successful,” explained Matthias.

 

(L-R) Jack Guinan, Matthias Buchheister, Gavin Marshall

 

S.T.E.M. FAIR WINNERS

Everyone who entered the S.T.E.M. Fair should be super proud — you all did a fantastic job! Competition was fierce. Congratulations to the following students who placed:

Gr 3: Grace Hewitt (1st); Madison Ball and Ben Caretti (t-2nd); Thien-Y Pham (3rd)

Gr 4: Isaac Jenkins (1st); Faith Collins (2nd); Brady Koenig and Michael Metz (T-3rd)

Gr 5: Michael Hohenstein (1st); Wyatt Hill (2nd); Julia Wivell (3rd); Nathaniel Hand (HM)

Gr 6: Pearl Walker (1st); Jamie Price and Henry Greger (T-2nd); Nathan Kovalcik (3rd); Mackenzie Orndorff (HM)

Gr 7: Megan Adams (1st); Raphaela Smaldone and Keola Evans & Bella Rabaiotti (T-2nd); Aoife Nelson (3rd); Jacob Hartness (HM)

Gr 8: Matthias Buchheister, Jack Guinan, and Gavin Marshall (1st); Natalie Bosche (2nd); Averey Johnson (3rd); Liv Cliber, Grace Kovalcik, and Sydney McCarron (HM)

Grand Champions

Invention: Matthias Buchheister, Jack Guinan, Gavin Marshall
Experiment: Megan Adams


Congratulations to Chase Stull (Gr 8)! Chase placed 1st in Ski Liberty's "Do It for the Love" Freestyle Snowboarding event, ages 13-17 category. Way to go, Chase!

 

Mother Seton School Receives Donation from Culture of Good and TCC Verizon

Emmitsburg, Maryland -- The faculty at MSS were treated to a surprise on Valentine's Day courtesy of Culture of Good, the philanthropic arm of TCC Verizon. As part of a nationwide tour, the Culture of Good bus stopped at MSS to deliver boxes of Teacher Supplies, part of their Teachers Rock! initiative. Ryan McCarty, co-founder, met with Principal Sister Brenda Monahan, D.C., and presented her with his book, Building a Culture of Good. Former MSS alum, Ben Lambert (Class of '93), manager of a TCC Verizon store in Frederick, also gifted to the school an iPad Air. Mr. McCarty, Mr. Lambert, and their team, paid a visit to Mrs. Schisler's Kindergarten class, where Mr. McCarty talked to the children about the importance of always doing good in the world. MSS is grateful for Culture of Good and TCC Verizon, and their support of educators.

 

Congratulations, Larisa Tayler! Larisa took first place in the schoolwide National Geography Bee and will move to the next round. Good luck, Larisa!

 

Congratulations, Mia Ferraro! Mia will represent MSS at the Frederick County Spelling Bee. Good luck,Mia!

 

Congratulations to MSS seventh grader Sophia Stinson! Sophia's artwork placed First in the Lion's Club "Celebration of Peace" art contest. Her work will be sent to the district level. Good Luck Sophia!