Grandparents Day 2014 Video Slideshow

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Grandparents Light the Way

seanmaz-lindamclaughlinGP13We have many traditions here at MSS. One of them is Grandparents Day, which is this Friday, September 26th. On this day each year, we open our doors to those special people who play a pivotal role in our students’ lives. Despite it being “Grandparents” Day, we intend for the day to include special relatives or friends who may not be grandparents, but who perhaps have taken a similar role in your family. Children can never have too many people to love them.

We couldn’t exist without our grandparents. Directly or indirectly, they influence who we are as people. Pope Francis says of grandparents:

“Like the Holy Family of Nazareth, every family is part of the history of a people; it cannot exist without the generations who have gone before it. Therefore, today we have grandparents and children. The children learn from their grandparents, from the previous generation.”

This annual event is our way of showing appreciation to grandparents and other influential people who have helped our students become the beautiful children of God that they are. It’s a token of our gratitude for their love and support.

We look forward to meeting these special people!

Our celebration of Grandparents Day will begin at 10 a.m. and end with an early dismissal at 12:30 p.m. for all grades, including Pre-K. If a grandparent will be taking a child home, please send a note in for your child’s teacher!

Our Alumni Give Back

On Friday, October 3rd, the ‘Angels Above’ Alumni Golf Tournament will commence for the 7th time. What makes this golf tournament stand out from the rest?

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Angels Above with studentsThe tournament is organized by the Little Family to benefit the Jack and Shirley Little Scholarship Fund here at Mother Seton School. It began as a memorial to Jack and Shirley, whose six children were educated at MSS in the 1970s and 1980s. The Littles were grateful for the help they received, and it was their wish to pay that assistance forward by helping other families meet their tuition needs. “We want to continue to help Mother Seton School grow and thrive, and not have money be an issue (for those families who wish to enroll),” said Tony Little, MSS Class of 1978. He joins his siblings—Tim, Mary Lou, Pam, Scott, and Ed—in a commitment to continue their parents’ dream. To date, the tournament has provided over $52,000 in scholarships to MSS students so far.

This is just one example of the phenomenal generosity of our alumni, and why we always say that Mother Seton School is more than just a school community–it’s a family.

We’d love for you to come out and play a round with us! You can register online or download a brochure and mail your registration in. We also have sponsorship opportunities–promote your business while supporting a great cause. For more information, visit the Angels Above page on our website.

Happy Golfing!

Remembering 9/11

9-11-flag-signIt is the 13th anniversary of 9/11 and here’s a sobering thought for you: with the exception of a handful of 8th-graders, none of our students were born when September 11th happened. And for those few 8th-graders who were, they would have been just infants themselves, with no recollection of that day.

Not like the rest of us. Like most, if not all, Americans who were old enough to understand what happened that day, the events of September 11, 2001 are burned in our minds and imprinted upon our hearts. For the generation before us, the question was always asked, “Where were you when JFK was shot?” Before that, it was “Where were you when Pearl Harbor was bombed?” For us, it will always be, “Where were you on 9/11?” Perhaps a better question would be, as Alan Jackson so eloquently sang, “Where were you when the world stopped turning?

Our current students have not known a time when our nation wasn’t at war. They have grown up hearing daily about Iraq and Afghanistan, the war on terror, drone strikes, and bombings. September 11th did more than shatter our innocence; it stole the sense of peace that we once knew. We have to work hard to show our children how to live in peace, to teach them about just war, to remind them of God’s goodness in this beautiful world He created. We must also be sure that, especially since they don’t have the personal recollections that we do, they understand the significance of that day and what can be learned from it.

So how will you answer your children when they ask about 9/11? Will you try to explain why it happened? Will you tell them stories of the heroes from that day? Most importantly, will you remind them that there is always hope, even in the wake of a tragedy like that?

“But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts. Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope.” 1 Peter 3:15

Join us today in prayer in remembrance of September 11, 2001.

Additional Resources:

http://www.911memorial.org/teach-learn
http://teachinghistory.org/spotlight/september11
http://www.911memorial.org/talk-children-about-911

Green School Pride: Monarch Waystation

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Our 2nd-grade class manages the Monarch Waystation/Butterfly Garden. On this sunny September day, they released the three monarch butterflies they raised into the garden.

One of the wonderful things that we take pride in as a Green School is our Monarch Waystation.

One of the wonderful things that we take pride in as a Green School is our Monarch Waystation.

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This little guy will be a butterfly for our future 2nd-grade class of Lepidopterists.

For more pictures from our Monarch Waystation and other events around school, visit our Facebook page.

8 Social Media Tips for Parents

8-sm-tipsEver hear the saying, “Don’t put down in writing what you wouldn’t want your mother to see“? In today’s digital world, that old adage couldn’t be more true–and we can also add to it. “Don’t put down in writing or take a picture of anything you wouldn’t want your mother to see.” Unfortunately for Jennifer Lawrence and a number of other celebrities, they didn’t adhere to that basic principle and are paying the price now, as intimate photographs of themselves were stolen from their online iCloud accounts and reposted for the world to see.

Some of those celebrities say they had deleted those photos years ago. Which goes to prove the truth behind another wise saying–the internet never forgets.

This unfortunate event provides the perfect opportunity to sit down with your children and teach them about staying safe and making good choices on social media. Below, we’ve provided some tips for you to help your child manage their social media accounts. But first, here’s a quick primer on the major social media platforms:

Facebook: This platform allows the user to connect with other Facebook “friends” throughout the universe, sharing “status” updates and photos, playing games, and instant messaging. You can set strict privacy settings, but they have to be reviewed every now and then to make sure they are still set.

Twitter: This is what they call a “micro-blogging” platform. Users can post thoughts & opinions and share links, but are limited to 140 characters in each “tweet”. You can set their account to private, but it still doesn’t keep your child from viewing all the other content that gets posted.

Instagram: This is a photo-sharing platfrom that seems to be most popular among our students. Again, you can set the account settings to private but it does not stop the user from seeing everyone else’s content. Users upload photos or videos and then others can comment on them.

Tumblr: Another “micro-blogging” platform that allows users to post videos, pictures, links, or short bits of text and easily share with friends or “followers”. It’s a cross between social networking sites and a blog. It’s become more popular than Facebook with teenage users.

Here are 8 social media tips to help you guide your kids through social media safely and wisely:

  1. Browse through the social media sites to get a feel for the content that is posted there. Then decide whether it would be appropriate to set-up an account for your child. Make sure you have their username and passwords for all their accounts.
  2. Set their accounts to “Private” so that they must approve whoever can view their profiles.
  3. Teach them not to accept “friend” or “follower” requests from people they don’t know.
  4. Never allow them to post any personal information, including their address, email, or phone number. For an extra layer of security, don’t allow them to use their last names on their profiles.
  5. Create an account on any social media site your child is on so that you can monitor what is being posted by and about them.
  6. Use this rule of thumb before posting: Is it true, helpful, neccesary, inspiring, or kind?
  7. Limit their social media time the way you limit their screen time or gaming time.
  8. Explain to them that anything you put on the internet, no matter how private, can be “hacked” or stolen and distributed without their permission, or even viewed by potential employers.

You may not be able to control every aspect of your child’s online presence, but teaching them good social media habits from the beginning can go a long way toward keeping them safe in the future.

Additional resources:
Technology Safety through the Eyes of Faith: A collaboration between the USCCB &
the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America
What is Tumblr?
Are Middle Schoolers too young for Facebook?
Cyberbullying
Stay Safe Online