Our second-graders have all the makings of becoming clever engineers in the future! Each of our students designed and built a leprechaun trap to (hopefully) catch one of those squirrelly little green imps. Most involve an elaborate system of trap doors and pulleys, while others have a psychological component to them. If anyone can outsmart a leprechaun, it’ll be one of our second-graders! Click on thumbnails below to enlarge.
This week, we’d like to introduce you to Sister Patricia Dunne. Sister Patricia joined our MSS family in the Learning Center around Christmastime.
Sister Patricia is a Chicago native, so she’s no stranger to the snow. As a Daughter of Charity, she has served missions in Chicago, Indiana, Illinois, Tennessee, Mississippi, and now here. She attended Marillac College in St. Louis, MO, where she earned a degree in Math with a minor in Education. She went on to receive her Masters in Social Work through Loyola University in Chicago.
She loves working with children because they “live in the present moment, they are quick to love and forgive, and quick to forget after they forgive.”
When she isn’t at the Learning Center sharing her gifts with the students, she likes to study genealogy, read, travel, walk, and be with friends.
Welcome to the MSS Family, Sister Patricia!
This week, we’d like to introduce you to Willie Riley. Willie has been with us as evening housekeeper for a couple of years and recently took over as day housekeeper when Mrs. Little retired in December.
Willie is originally from Medina, NY. He moved to the area in 1999 when he was looking for a comfortable place to live.
Before coming to MSS, Willie worked at Gettysburg College for six years. He has two daughters. What he loves best about his job is being able to create a clean environment for the children, and he works hard at doing a great job at that!
In his spare time, Willie likes to ride bikes. And don’t be surprised if you see him on a unicycle….it’s one of his hidden talents!
Welcome to the MSS Family, Willie!
Did you know that the cost to educate each student at Mother Seton School is $6442 per child? Yet, our tuition is set at $4950. That means before tuition assistance is even granted, each student receives a $1492 subsidy.
We could raise tuition to cover the actual costs, but Mother Seton School is committed to honoring the legacy of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, not just in words but in action. She believed all children should have access to Catholic education if their families so desired, regardless of financial means. We strive to make that possible for families today, which is why we have the lowest tuition in Frederick County.
It is only through the generosity of our donors we are able to continue to offer an affordable and incredible school experience, one in which our students excel academically, are encouraged to develop a deeper spiritual understanding and connection with their faith, and are appreciated for all their gifts and talents. This is why the Annual Giving Appeal is so important. It helps to bridge the difference between the true cost of education here at Mother Seton School and our tuition rate. Your gift to the Annual Giving Appeal allows us to remain accessible to more children without compromising our innovative curriculum or diminishing our outstanding fine arts program. It provides us the opportunity to reach more families and allows our students to thrive in a school environment that respects and treasures the whole child.
During this season of giving, we ask you to think about what it means to have your child educated at Mother Seton School and to prayerfully consider making a gift to the Annual Giving Appeal. We understand and appreciate the financial sacrifice many of you already make in sending your child here, but even a small gift–$5, $10, $25–would go a long way toward making sure the spirit of Mother Seton will continue to live on for future generations.
We’re welcoming back another face that might be familiar to many! Our new middle-school language arts and 7th-grade religion teacher, a Maryland native, has a BA in Education from the College of Notre Dame of MD and an MS in Educational Counseling from McDaniel College. She loves teaching because it gives her the opportunity to be creative and inspire students, and to witness her students’ growth. Married to Brian for the past ten years, she has a son (Ben) and daughter (Cassie) at home, along with cats, Bean and Autumn, and dog, Olive. She’s a bit of a renaissance woman, enjoying creative pursuits like reading, writing, and painting, as well as playing tennis.
Our new P.E. teacher was born in Ohio and moved to Baltimore when she was three-years-old. She now lives in her dream home, an old stone house in Cascade, with her husband, 2 children (Travis, MSS ’11, a Freshman at Shephard, and Nora, MSS ’13, who is starting her sophomore year ), 6 chickens, 2 hamsters, and a cat. She loves working with children because they have an openness that adults grow out of. Rhona has a passion for fitness and health, and is a certified personal trainer. When she is not at MSS teaching the students to be healthy, you can find her at Ft. Richie Community Center, where she’s been a personal trainer and fitness instructor for the past 12 years. Rhona is always up for a good challenge. She loves to bike ride and kayak, as well as sing and dance.
Our newest Pre-K teacher, Kelsey Kuykendall, is a local from Fairfield, PA. If her face and her name look familiar, it’s probably because of the family resemblance; her mother is our middle school science teacher, Danielle Kuykendall!
Kelsey received her Bachelor’s in Elementary Education from York College of PA, where she also minored in Special Education. Before joining us at MSS, she was a HeadStart pre-school teacher and a tutor at Enlightened Learning Center in Hanover, PA. Of being a pre-k teacher, Kelsey says, “I especially like working with younger children because everything is fun and exciting!” She states that as a teacher, she enjoys watching her students grow and learn new skills every day.
Kelsey lives with her spoiled Italian greyhound, Tony, and her turtle, Lola. In her spare time, she enjoys scrapbooking, skiing, snowboarding, and reading. Parents can access her teacher page for information and news from her classroom.
Welcome to the MSS Family, Kelsey!