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Dennis On-Site Uniform Sale - August 24, 10:00a - 2:00 p. See Terry to order Dennis Scrip before you buy your uniforms - receive a Tuition Reduction credit!

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.

 

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. To order your kit, visit www.SchoolToolBox.com and create an account. This is NOT a fundraiser… this is an optional service we’re offering our families to try to make life a little easier! Order by mid-August to receive your kit in time.

 

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.

 

SUMMER GROCERY/FOCE AND SCRIP ORDER PICK UP DATES

ORDER | PICK UP  (Office hours for pick up will be 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)

 

June 26th | June 29th

July 10th | July 13th

July 24th | July 27th

August 7th | August 10th

August 21st | August 24th

 

Cash and Carry Grocery Cards will be stocked and available for pick-up throughout summer months. You may place orders by phone 301-447-3161 or e-mail Terry Smith at tsmith@mothersetonschool.org

 

2017-2018 Calendar. These dates may help you in planning for next year.

9/5 — First day of school for students (12:30 dismissal - Pre-K and Kindergarten have a staggered start. More info will be sent to those parents)

9/6 -- 12:30 Dismissal

9/7 -- First full day for students. Afterschool Care Program begins.

10/9 -- No School (Columbus Day)

11/23-26 — Thanksgiving Break

12/22-1/2 — Christmas Break

1/15 — Martin L. King Day

2/19 — President’s Day

3/30 –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.

 

 

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

 

What happening this summer? VIEW FLIER

 

living our mission

June 2017

Love. Lead. Learn.

 

We began our year with this theme in mind and it’s been a guiding principle for every one of us at Mother Seton School, from students to faculty, to staff and administration. We’ve accomplished so much for and within our school community. Just to share some of what’s been happening at MSS:

 

Learn. All of our students, from Pre-K through Grade 8, add many opportunities for hands-on learning. Thanks to our successful Penny Power drives, we not only added more Chromebooks for in-classroom enrichment, but LEGO® Robotics, as well. Students have been practicing their programming skills, using Computer-Aided Design to create LEGO® robots that can spin, move, and do any number of things. These are our future engineers at work here – though it’s so much fun, it seems like play!

 

C.S.I. came to MSS this year. Our 8th-graders participated in a Forensic Science activity from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where they received fetal pig specimens and had to perform an “autopsy” to discover how each pig died. It was a fascinating, unique opportunity that resulted in at least one of our 8th-graders deciding that Forensic Science was going to be her choice of career.

 

Our S.T.E.M. Fair was a great success. Our Grand Champions of Invention even went on to participate in the Frederick County Science Fair, where they earned top honors for engineering and invention, and received an invitation to take part in the Broadcom Masters, an invite-only national science fair.

 

We’ve had special guests share their knowledge, such as Professor Simmons, who not only talked fossils with the second grade, but helped with our composting program as part of our Green School initiative. Justin Berk, former broadcast meteorologist and the scientist behind JustinWeather.com, gave a S.T.E.M. assembly for the entire school to talk about weather science. And children’s book author Caroline Hickey presented workshops for our students in addition to holding an assembly to discuss writing and publishing.

 

Lead. This year, we’ve begun integrating principles from the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People into our curriculum, from Pre-K on up. Students have been practicing being proactive and beginning with the end in mind, as well as working on their teamwork skills. We’ve been blessed to partner with The Mount in making the MSS Leadership Challenge Course a reality for our middle schoolers. Students in grades six through eight attend a Ropes Course at Capitol Camps in Waynesboro. The activities are varied based on grade-level, and are meant to give the students a chance to exercise their teamwork, problem-solving, and individual leadership skills. It is also a lot of fun!

 

Our Student Council has been an active voice for the student body this year. They’ve sponsored events such as Pink-Out Day, where students paid a small fee to wear pink to school, with the proceeds going to the American Cancer Society. They also showed their Seton Spirit in coming up with entertaining and exciting spirit ideas for Catholic Schools Week. They have even more big ideas for next school year, and I, for one, can’t wait to hear them!

 

Love. MSS has always been a warm and welcoming community, and that’s been evident in everything our students have done this year. Not only do they continue to visit the Nursing Home, bringing song and companionship to the residents, they’ve organized charity drives (like the aforementioned Pink-Out Day), collected coats for the FCPS Student Homelessness Initiative and canned food for the Food Bank, and volunteered at Seton Center and Catoctin Pregnancy Center. They have also shown heart for members of our community who are currently suffering, raising funds and awareness for cancer patients through our Have-a-Heart Volleyball Game and the annual Walk-a-Thon.

 

We continue our popular Prayer Partner program at MSS, which is perfectly complements our leadership development goals. One of the rewards of a Pre-K through Grade 8 education is the ability for our young students to benefit from the mentorship and care our older students can give. Likewise, our older students seem to genuinely enjoy being role models for their young prayer partners. “Getting together with our prayer partners is one of the things I will treasure about my time here,” said Emily Dewees, MSS Class of 2017.

 

We didn’t know last summer when we chose this theme that it would be the perfect selection for this year, but I have a feeling the Holy Spirit did. We have spent this year moving forward to Love, Lead, and Learn all for the Lord, and while I keep referring to it as our theme, it really become more like our mantra. Our prayer. It’s become a part of the heart of this school. When you look at our students moving up the next grade, you can see the positive effect it’s had on their happy faces. Our graduates will be moving on to nine different high schools, strong in their faith and prepared for their next great challenge, and ready to continue to love, lead, and learn. Yes, it’s been a great year. And I can’t wait to see what happens next, because it’s only going to get better!

 

 

On behalf of the faculty and staff, we wish you a restful summer that brings many occasions for gratitude and joy.  We look forward to seeing you in September!

 

 

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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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!