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It's Raffle Time! We’re asking each family to sell their tickets at $5/each. Top prize is $1000. All proceeds directly benefit our student programs. If you need more tickets, contact Sister Joan. INCENTIVE #3: Sell all ten tickets by MAY 4th, and enjoy an out-of-uniform day on May 8th. You will also be entered into a drawing to win 2 wrist bands for carnival rides. PLUS ALL SUBSEQUENT INCENTIVES!

 

Gr 7 Parent Meeting, April 26th at 6:30 p.m. It’s a longstanding tradition at MSS that the 7th-grade parents organize the 8th-grade Awards Banquet & Graduation reception. Please join us for a brief informational meeting at MSS to discuss plans for this year’s events!

 

Help H.S.A. Plan for a GREAT year! On Tuesday, May 9, 6:30 p.m. we are inviting interested parents to join us for a planning meeting for the 17-18 H.S.A. events. Many hands make light work—we hope you’ll join us!

 

May Procession & Crowning. May 12th at 10:15 a.m. Please join us for our annual tradition in celebration of the Holy Mother, led by our Kindergarten. All students are invited to bring flowers for the May procession to be placed by the statue of Mary.

 

Mark your calendars! Plant and Flower Sale. May 15th at drop-off and pick-up. First-come, first-served. A list of plants for sale will be available in the next Tuesday News.

 

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 Planning. Everyone’s help is needed to make our carnival a success! If you missed the meeting last night and are able to help out, please see Mrs. Smith in the office.

 

2017-2018 REGISTRATION: Please note that after May 15, all registrations fees will increase to $200, including any remaining balances due.

 

FACTS Tuition Assistance applications are still being accepted. However,since it's past the deadline, financial awards are made based on remaining available funds. Tuition Assistance is awarded based on annual funding available and is not guaranteed year to year.  Please see our Tuition & Financial Aid page for more information.

 

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

*Mark Your Calendars!* Fine Arts Chorus and Band Performance. May 15th, 9:30 a.m. & 7:00 p.m. Come hear our fabulous student musicians and singers put on a *note*worthy performance.

 

Class picture day April 27th. More details to follow!

 

MSS Annual Walk-a-Thon. Friday, April 28th. (Rain Date: May3)

Mrs. Stocksdale is gearing up for our annual Walk-A-Thon. This year we will use our funds to benefit a children’s nutrition program in the Congo, the Catoctin Pregnancy Center and the Laudani family to help with medical expenses for Tommy. Pray for good weather and a successful Walkathon. Pledge sheets are due Monday, April 24th! We are asking for a minimum $5/student ($10/family) pledge to participate. Volunteers needed for various check-in stations. Refer to the volunteer sheet in Tuesday folders or contact Mrs. Stocksdale.

 

MSS Class of 2013 & Class of 2015 Seniors & Sophomores Reunion. Sun, Apr 30th • 5-7 p.m. at MSS

Join us & reconnect with old friends over pizza! Please RSVP to Jen Buchheister—advancement@mothersetonschool.org

 

Mother—Son Bowling.Thunderhead Bowl and Grill. Saturday, May 6th • 4:45p-7:00p. $10/person—includes unlimited bowling, slice of pizza & drink, shoe rental. Contact Amber Reaver at ambies186@msn.com or download registration from websiteVIEW FLIER

 

His Place, Inc. Annual Car Show. Saturday, May 6th. Registration 8:00 a.m., judging at Noon, awards at 3:00 p.m. Come see vintage automobiles and hot rods, enjoy refreshements, and win door prizes and raffles! If you have a classic car you'd like to register for the show or for more information, please contact Bill Kuhn, Jr. at billykuhn1971@yahoo.com or see the flier on our website. All proceeds benefit MSS and Hospice of Frederick County.

 

S.T.E.M.-tastic at MSS! Come get science-y with us and make a special gift for Mother's Day! Afterward, enjoy snack and free play with our Pre-K students. Ages 2-5. Tuesday, May 9, 9:00-10:00 a.m. RSVP to Amy at 301-447-3165 or amymyles@mothersetonschool.org.

 

living our mission

April 25, 2017

One of my favorite Easter season readings is the story from the gospel of Luke about the two disciples walking to Emmaus. Aren’t we all on this journey as we tell Jesus all about the events which have recently happened in our lives, trying to make sense of our experiences?

 

It wasn’t until the disciples stopped, paused and shared an intimate moment with Jesus that they recognized him. The opportunity to go to Mass and share in the Eucharist provides us with this intimate opportunity. Last weekend I had the opportunity to witness six of our students receiving their first communion. Their awe and excitement of receiving Jesus for the first time was a blessing to everyone present.

 

This week as you go about your daily tasks, I hope you’ll feel the presence of Jesus with you just as the two disciples on the road many years ago.

 

“Alleluia, Jesus is risen.”

 

 

We pray...

tor healing from cancer for: Alice Blonkowski, Mary Louise Hoban, Tommy Laudani, & Sr. Cynthia.

for the repose of the soul of Jay Wivell, uncle of Tim Wivell, maintenance.

for Lester Wooden, brother of Sr. Margaret Ann, who is recovering from a kidney transplant.

for continued healing for Ronnie Riley, brother of Willie Riley, maintenance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MSS News

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!


Mother Seton School Welcomes New Members to Vincentian Marian Youth

 

Emmitsburg, MD – In a ceremony held on September 27, 2016, Mother Seton School welcomed six new students into its Vincentian Marian Youth (VMY) Seton Council chapter: Shae Archie (grade 7), Keola Evans (grade 7), Jacob Hartness (grade 7), Layla Metts (grade 6), Mackenzie Orndorff (grade 6), Raphaela Smaldone (grade 7), and Pearl Walker (grade 6). The new inductees join standing members Natalie Bosche (grade 8) and Larisa Tayler (grade 8). 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. 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 Mother Seton School chapter is one of only four U.S.-based chapters.

 

The VMY has four principles that are woven into every activity and meeting: Community, Service, Marian Spirituality, and Formation to Service. Some of the outreach activities that members commonly perform include an annual food drive for the Seton Center in Emmitsburg, volunteering at the Catoctin Pregnancy Center and at the Seton Thrift Store, and spending time with the residents at St. Catherine’s Nursing Center.

 

MSS welcomed Vincentian family members and guests from the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Baltimore.

 

 

 

7 Rules for Online Etiquette

 

Download as .PDF

 

Lots of kids -- and alas, adults -- treat the Internet like an anything-goes. That can be part of the fun -- within reason.

However, when people choose to make aggressively mean-spirited comments, hide behind anonymity to be cruel, send around photos to humiliate others, or just act in a way that would be considered rude in the “real world”, it creates an environment that doesn't allow kids (or parents) to experience the best of what the Web has to offer. The negativity can actually hurt people and harm reputations. Sure, there are times we all need to “vent”, but posting to social media only creates a stir and doesn’t work to solve the problem. It also makes that moment in time permanent so that the comments are forever tied to the individual and typically don’t represent the “best self”.

 

Social media isn’t the place for true concerns to be addressed. Our children need to understand that in “real life”, they would go to the source and discuss strategies to help resolve a problem or settle a disagreement. The tenor of our elections and the social issues we are faced with at this current time may give the impression that what we say doesn’t really matter – but it does.   Common sense says that problems aren’t solved through posts to Facebook, Instagram, or SnapChat accounts. In fact, many times we hide behind social media rather than step up and become involved to create solutions.

 

Helping our children demonstrate good moral character and virtue is an important part of what we teach at MSS. It’s important that we work together to ensure we are doing everything we can to help our children navigate the 21st-century tools available.  For example, we have to help our children understand that if you wouldn’t make the statement to the person, it wouldn’t be appropriate to post on social media.

 

Here are some guidelines to make our use of social media a bit kinder and gentler and to better reflect the values we want our children to imbue:

 

1. Context is everything. If kids want to have silly online names that conform to the convention of a particular online community and only their friends will see, fine. But for more formal communication -- like email addresses, posting comments, or anything to do with school -- have them choose a respectable screen name (though not their real name) that they wouldn't be embarrassed to utter out loud in front of, say, their grandmother.

 

2. Double-check before you hit "send." Could something you wrote be misinterpreted? Is it so littered with slang that it requires a Ph.D. in the Urban Dictionary to be understood? Is it rude, mean, or sarcastic? Don't send it.

 

3. Take the high road (but don't boast about it). Chatting, texting, and status updates are all "in-the-moment" communication. But if there's an escalating sense of rudeness, sign off. No good will come of firing off a nasty comment. You can always write out a response to get something off your chest ... without sending it.

 

4. Grammar rules. Rumors of grammar's demise have been greatly exaggerated. But again, context is key. An IM to a friend can dangle as many participles as you want, but anything more formal -- for example, a public online comment or a note to a teacher -- should represent your best self. This applies to capital letters, too. By now, everyone knows that writing in all caps means that you're shouting, but it bears repeating once your kid starts interacting online.

 

5. Keep a secret. In today's world, photos, texts, and videos can be posted, copied, forwarded, downloaded, and Photoshopped in the blink of an eye. If you think something might embarrass someone, get them in trouble, compromise their privacy, or stir up drama of any kind, keep it to yourself -- and maybe delete it for good measure.

 

6. Don't hide. For safety's sake, kids should use untraceable screen names, but using anonymity to cloak your actions can poison the atmosphere -- and hurt people. If your kids want to be contributing members of the online world, encourage them to post productively.

 

7. Remember the Golden Rule. Don't say something online that you wouldn't say to someone's face. And, according to BeyondNetiquette creator Marla Rosner, author of Digital Manners and House Rules for Kids: A Parent Handbook, you can actually take that a step further. If you do have something negative to say, discussing it in person is a better way to resolve your issues.

 

The Seven Steps listed above come from an article by Common Sense Media (www.commonsensemedia.org) It’s a great tool to help us gain knowledge and teach our children become good digital citizens. Over the next several weeks we’ll be sharing more resources about this important topic in order to offer you tools to help your child understand the impact their online behavior can have now and in the future.

 

 

 

Mother Seton School Welcomes New Faculty

September 20, 2016

 

Mother Seton School announces the addition of four new faculty members to its staff. Amy Rarrick, Cicely Smith, and Erin Taylor have joined the Middle School team, while Julia Conway will be teaching fifth-grade.

Ms. Rarrick, whose area of concentration includes Language Arts (LA) and 7th-grade Religion, comes to the area from Greencastle, PA, where she previously taught in private and public schools in both higher education and middle school. She received her B.A. in Mass Communications from Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire and a Masters in Teaching at Marywood University in Pennsylvania. “I love to teach children because of their zest for life,” Ms. Rarrick said. “They are so eager to try new adventures.”

Ms. Smith is an Ohio native who worked in Ohio, Michigan, and North Carolina before moving to the area to work for Fort Detrick. She holds a B.A. in Middle Childhood Edcation from Lourdes University and earned a Master in Education Curriculum, LA and Social Studies Instruction, and Assessment. She was previously the Vice-Principal/LA and IB Coordinator at Visitation Academy. “I’m blessed and honored to be here at Mother Seton School,” Ms. Smith said. “I love to watch students excited about learning and become engaged in the content.” Ms. Smith teaches Literature and Vocabulary, and uses a collaborative approach with Ms. Rarrick to seamlessly integrate Language Arts and Literature instruction.

Rounding out the new Middle School faculty is Penn State graduate Erin Taylor. She is teaching the new Middle School math curriculum at MSS, Glencoe, which replaces the previously used Saxon Math program. She is certified in Middle Level Education (grades 4-8) in English and Math, though she says it’s Math that really excites her. “Children are so full of surprises and show so much potential,” Ms. Taylor said. “It’s rewarding to watch them grow. They aren’t the same at the end of the year as they were at the beginning.”

Mother Seton School’s current fifth-grade teacher is joined by Julia Conway, who says she has always had an interest in MSS and was delighted when an opening because available. A lifelong Maryland resident from New Windsor, the Towson graduate received a B.S. in Elementary Education and previously worked in Carroll County Public Schools. “What’s great about being here at MSS is that I am able to express my faith and share it with the children,” Ms. Conway said. “I love being a positive role model in a child’s life.”

Sister Brenda Monahan, D.C., principal of Mother Seton School, is grateful for the wonderful additions to the faculty. “Sister Joan (Corcoran, Assistant Principal) and I are looking forward to working with our newest faculty members, as we discover their gifts and develop a strong academic program to benefit our students.”

 

 

Mother Seton School Receives Donation from Silo Hill Car Wash

September 20, 2016

On September 1, 2016, the new owners of Silo Hill Car Wash in Emmitsburg presented Mother Seton School principal, Sister Brenda Monahan, D.C., with a $500 donation. The gift was the result of funds raised during the Mother Seton School Family Fun Day held at the car wash in July. For five hours, 100% of the proceeds made at the car wash were earmarked for Mother Seton School. The event was organized by Kirby and Tina Delauter, who recently acquired Silo Hill Car Wash.

“Kirby and I are grateful to be part of the Emmitsburg business community, and are happy to support Mother Seton School’s educational efforts,” said Tina Delauter, MSS Class of 1977. “We felt compelled to give back to my alma mater this year as a way of honoring my mother, Patricia Zanella, who loved all children and valued our Catholic education at MSS.”

“Our school community was very happy to benefit from the partnership with the Delauters,” said Sister Brenda. “Their generosity helps us to strengthen our mission in providing an academically-excellent, Christ-centered education to our children.”

 

Mother Seton School Students Earn First Place in Local Art Contest

September 13, 2016

 

Congratulations to Mia Ferraro and Natalie Bosche for a job well done! Mia and Natalie entered  artwork designed at school in Mrs. Myers’s art class and earned first place ribbons in contests sponsored by the Thurmont/Emmitsburg Libraries. At announcements on Monday, Mrs. Myers encouraged students to save their art projects and enter them in local contests.  She is soon to begin a milk carton project for a national contest.  Keep an eye out for more information in class!

Community News

 

Elias Lutheran Concert for the Hungry. April 30, 3:00 p.m. 100 W. Main St, Emmitsburg, MD. Bring a canned food donation for admission. To benefit homeless and hungry children.

 

Emmitsburg Council of Churches Enlists Your Support for The Fourth Ecumenical Mission to Kenya June 10-27, 2018

We always welcome new members with new gifts and ideas.  Persons with skills in construction and electrical wiring, doctors, PA’s and nurses, sustainable farming or permaculture experts, teachers, pharmacists, students and anyone with a love for children and a heart for service can find a welcome spot on the team. Visit our page at http://ecckenyamission.webstarts.com/index.html or download a brochure for more information on joining the missionary team or donating toward the cause.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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!


Mother Seton School Welcomes New Members to Vincentian Marian Youth

 

Emmitsburg, MD – In a ceremony held on September 27, 2016, Mother Seton School welcomed six new students into its Vincentian Marian Youth (VMY) Seton Council chapter: Shae Archie (grade 7), Keola Evans (grade 7), Jacob Hartness (grade 7), Layla Metts (grade 6), Mackenzie Orndorff (grade 6), Raphaela Smaldone (grade 7), and Pearl Walker (grade 6). The new inductees join standing members Natalie Bosche (grade 8) and Larisa Tayler (grade 8). 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. 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 Mother Seton School chapter is one of only four U.S.-based chapters.

 

The VMY has four principles that are woven into every activity and meeting: Community, Service, Marian Spirituality, and Formation to Service. Some of the outreach activities that members commonly perform include an annual food drive for the Seton Center in Emmitsburg, volunteering at the Catoctin Pregnancy Center and at the Seton Thrift Store, and spending time with the residents at St. Catherine’s Nursing Center.

 

MSS welcomed Vincentian family members and guests from the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Baltimore.

 

 

 

7 Rules for Online Etiquette

 

Download as .PDF

 

Lots of kids -- and alas, adults -- treat the Internet like an anything-goes. That can be part of the fun -- within reason.

However, when people choose to make aggressively mean-spirited comments, hide behind anonymity to be cruel, send around photos to humiliate others, or just act in a way that would be considered rude in the “real world”, it creates an environment that doesn't allow kids (or parents) to experience the best of what the Web has to offer. The negativity can actually hurt people and harm reputations. Sure, there are times we all need to “vent”, but posting to social media only creates a stir and doesn’t work to solve the problem. It also makes that moment in time permanent so that the comments are forever tied to the individual and typically don’t represent the “best self”.

 

Social media isn’t the place for true concerns to be addressed. Our children need to understand that in “real life”, they would go to the source and discuss strategies to help resolve a problem or settle a disagreement. The tenor of our elections and the social issues we are faced with at this current time may give the impression that what we say doesn’t really matter – but it does.   Common sense says that problems aren’t solved through posts to Facebook, Instagram, or SnapChat accounts. In fact, many times we hide behind social media rather than step up and become involved to create solutions.

 

Helping our children demonstrate good moral character and virtue is an important part of what we teach at MSS. It’s important that we work together to ensure we are doing everything we can to help our children navigate the 21st-century tools available.  For example, we have to help our children understand that if you wouldn’t make the statement to the person, it wouldn’t be appropriate to post on social media.

 

Here are some guidelines to make our use of social media a bit kinder and gentler and to better reflect the values we want our children to imbue:

 

1. Context is everything. If kids want to have silly online names that conform to the convention of a particular online community and only their friends will see, fine. But for more formal communication -- like email addresses, posting comments, or anything to do with school -- have them choose a respectable screen name (though not their real name) that they wouldn't be embarrassed to utter out loud in front of, say, their grandmother.

 

2. Double-check before you hit "send." Could something you wrote be misinterpreted? Is it so littered with slang that it requires a Ph.D. in the Urban Dictionary to be understood? Is it rude, mean, or sarcastic? Don't send it.

 

3. Take the high road (but don't boast about it). Chatting, texting, and status updates are all "in-the-moment" communication. But if there's an escalating sense of rudeness, sign off. No good will come of firing off a nasty comment. You can always write out a response to get something off your chest ... without sending it.

 

4. Grammar rules. Rumors of grammar's demise have been greatly exaggerated. But again, context is key. An IM to a friend can dangle as many participles as you want, but anything more formal -- for example, a public online comment or a note to a teacher -- should represent your best self. This applies to capital letters, too. By now, everyone knows that writing in all caps means that you're shouting, but it bears repeating once your kid starts interacting online.

 

5. Keep a secret. In today's world, photos, texts, and videos can be posted, copied, forwarded, downloaded, and Photoshopped in the blink of an eye. If you think something might embarrass someone, get them in trouble, compromise their privacy, or stir up drama of any kind, keep it to yourself -- and maybe delete it for good measure.

 

6. Don't hide. For safety's sake, kids should use untraceable screen names, but using anonymity to cloak your actions can poison the atmosphere -- and hurt people. If your kids want to be contributing members of the online world, encourage them to post productively.

 

7. Remember the Golden Rule. Don't say something online that you wouldn't say to someone's face. And, according to BeyondNetiquette creator Marla Rosner, author of Digital Manners and House Rules for Kids: A Parent Handbook, you can actually take that a step further. If you do have something negative to say, discussing it in person is a better way to resolve your issues.

 

The Seven Steps listed above come from an article by Common Sense Media (www.commonsensemedia.org) It’s a great tool to help us gain knowledge and teach our children become good digital citizens. Over the next several weeks we’ll be sharing more resources about this important topic in order to offer you tools to help your child understand the impact their online behavior can have now and in the future.

 

 

 

Mother Seton School Welcomes New Faculty

September 20, 2016

 

Mother Seton School announces the addition of four new faculty members to its staff. Amy Rarrick, Cicely Smith, and Erin Taylor have joined the Middle School team, while Julia Conway will be teaching fifth-grade.

Ms. Rarrick, whose area of concentration includes Language Arts (LA) and 7th-grade Religion, comes to the area from Greencastle, PA, where she previously taught in private and public schools in both higher education and middle school. She received her B.A. in Mass Communications from Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire and a Masters in Teaching at Marywood University in Pennsylvania. “I love to teach children because of their zest for life,” Ms. Rarrick said. “They are so eager to try new adventures.”

Ms. Smith is an Ohio native who worked in Ohio, Michigan, and North Carolina before moving to the area to work for Fort Detrick. She holds a B.A. in Middle Childhood Edcation from Lourdes University and earned a Master in Education Curriculum, LA and Social Studies Instruction, and Assessment. She was previously the Vice-Principal/LA and IB Coordinator at Visitation Academy. “I’m blessed and honored to be here at Mother Seton School,” Ms. Smith said. “I love to watch students excited about learning and become engaged in the content.” Ms. Smith teaches Literature and Vocabulary, and uses a collaborative approach with Ms. Rarrick to seamlessly integrate Language Arts and Literature instruction.

Rounding out the new Middle School faculty is Penn State graduate Erin Taylor. She is teaching the new Middle School math curriculum at MSS, Glencoe, which replaces the previously used Saxon Math program. She is certified in Middle Level Education (grades 4-8) in English and Math, though she says it’s Math that really excites her. “Children are so full of surprises and show so much potential,” Ms. Taylor said. “It’s rewarding to watch them grow. They aren’t the same at the end of the year as they were at the beginning.”

Mother Seton School’s current fifth-grade teacher is joined by Julia Conway, who says she has always had an interest in MSS and was delighted when an opening because available. A lifelong Maryland resident from New Windsor, the Towson graduate received a B.S. in Elementary Education and previously worked in Carroll County Public Schools. “What’s great about being here at MSS is that I am able to express my faith and share it with the children,” Ms. Conway said. “I love being a positive role model in a child’s life.”

Sister Brenda Monahan, D.C., principal of Mother Seton School, is grateful for the wonderful additions to the faculty. “Sister Joan (Corcoran, Assistant Principal) and I are looking forward to working with our newest faculty members, as we discover their gifts and develop a strong academic program to benefit our students.”

 

 

Mother Seton School Receives Donation from Silo Hill Car Wash

September 20, 2016

On September 1, 2016, the new owners of Silo Hill Car Wash in Emmitsburg presented Mother Seton School principal, Sister Brenda Monahan, D.C., with a $500 donation. The gift was the result of funds raised during the Mother Seton School Family Fun Day held at the car wash in July. For five hours, 100% of the proceeds made at the car wash were earmarked for Mother Seton School. The event was organized by Kirby and Tina Delauter, who recently acquired Silo Hill Car Wash.

“Kirby and I are grateful to be part of the Emmitsburg business community, and are happy to support Mother Seton School’s educational efforts,” said Tina Delauter, MSS Class of 1977. “We felt compelled to give back to my alma mater this year as a way of honoring my mother, Patricia Zanella, who loved all children and valued our Catholic education at MSS.”

“Our school community was very happy to benefit from the partnership with the Delauters,” said Sister Brenda. “Their generosity helps us to strengthen our mission in providing an academically-excellent, Christ-centered education to our children.”

 

Mother Seton School Students Earn First Place in Local Art Contest

September 13, 2016

 

Congratulations to Mia Ferraro and Natalie Bosche for a job well done! Mia and Natalie entered  artwork designed at school in Mrs. Myers’s art class and earned first place ribbons in contests sponsored by the Thurmont/Emmitsburg Libraries. At announcements on Monday, Mrs. Myers encouraged students to save their art projects and enter them in local contests.  She is soon to begin a milk carton project for a national contest.  Keep an eye out for more information in class!