#Snowmageddon2016 Couldn’t Stop the March for Life

The impending blizzard couldn’t stop the March for Life, and it didn’t keep Amanda Calis and Lizbeth Bull from being a part of it. Amanda (MSS Aftercare Coordinator) and Liz (MSS Teacher Assistant) braved the elements to stand up for life because it’s more than a cause for them.

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“I’ve been going to the march for life since I was young, more than 15 years. It never ceases to amaze me the number of people and the energy and the love they have. It is a true witness of the hope we still have in this country. We are fighting for lives for both the babies and their mothers. It is encouraging to be amongst so many fighting for the truth.” Amanda

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“I think it was amazing to see thousands of people in the snow, supporting the same cause. The weather didn’t phase anyone…it was the least we could do for the lost lives of the unborn. It meant more to me this year since I am bearing a child, I just couldn’t imagine…” –Liz

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Have you ever attended the March for Life? Please share your photos and testimonies on our Facebook page!

A Thanksgiving Dinner Prayer

At Mother Seton School, we are grateful each day for every one of you for your generous support and prayers. We have been blessed in so many ways, and our hearts are full as we celebrate Thanksgiving with our family and friends.

As we gather with our loved ones around the table this week, let us also give thanks to the Lord, from whom every good and perfect gift comes. Please enjoy this simple prayer to share at dinner this year. The graphic used is a 1914 painting by Jennie Bascombe, entitled “The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth”.

Thanksgiving Day Prayer Happy Thanksgiving and May the Lord Bless You and Your Families!

Volunteers make a difference

We rely on volunteers for many things. From landscaping to assisting with classroom parties, to building a playground fence or helping raise funds for our technology program, our volunteers give so much to make students’ experiences at Mother Seton School as awesome as possible. Most of this is through our Home and School Association (HSA).

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Many of the traditions that we love–like Fall Fest, Father-Daughter Dance, and the Carnival–are only possible because there are people willing to step up and make sure it happens. We are all very busy with jobs, children, sports, and other obligations, and sometimes it seems that adding just one more thing to our already overflowing to-do list is impossible. How do you squeeze in one more obligation in an already-packed day? We never want people to feel overwhelmed. But the truth is, we are a small school community and we just don’t have the resources to continue these and other such events without help from our parents.

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We appreciate all our volunteers and we are forever grateful for the time, talents, and treasures that we receive from our community. If you haven’t yet had the opportunity to become one of our cherished volunteers, for whatever reason, we ask you to prayerfully consider sharing your time and talents. Many of our current volunteers have been involved for years and will be moving on, either because their children are graduating or they need a break, or they want to take on another challenge. We need people willing to step up and step into their shoes so that we can continue to give to our students the best possible experience.

If you have suggestions or would like to be contacted about volunteering, please email the HSA at hsa(at)mothersetonschool.org. (Replace (at) with the @ symbol) Also, watch for volunteer requests coming home for our end-of-year events, such as the Carnival and Field Day. Over the summer, a volunteer interest form will be sent home with more details about opportunities to volunteer.

Thank you for all you do to make our school community a welcoming place of learning!

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Where in the World is Mother Seton? A look back on her adventures

Last year during Catholic Schools Week, we launched an initiative to send Mother Seton (a flat version, like Flat Stanley) around the world. We sent her to families, friends, alumni–we even sent her to the Pope! She made it to some amazing places and met many wonderful folks. Thanks to Archbishop Lori and the staff at the Baltimore Archdiocese, she was even present at the canonization of the two Popes!

We have been surprised and touched by how many people eagerly participated. It shows us that the legacy of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton truly is far-reaching. Our thanks go out to all of you for the support you’ve given this project–and our school–this past year. Please enjoy this look back on her many adventures!

Please also enjoy our thoughts on being a Community of Faith, Knowledge, and Service, a three-part series in honor of Catholic Schools Week 2015.

Preparing for a 5K: How and What to Eat Before the Race

Last week, we shared some tips on how to begin preparing for a 5K. Today, we offer advice on the best foods to eat as you prepare for a 5K. Remember–the Mother Seton School Fall 5K Run/Walk is just around the corner!

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Join us for the MSS Fall 5K Run/Walk on Nov 8th. Visit http://bit.ly/MSS5K2014 for more information & to register!

Conventional wisdom has it that “carb-loading” is the best method for athletes-in-training to prepare for a race or other competition. While it’s true that runners need a full tank of energy, carb-loading is actually not the way to go about it. Too many carbs can have the unintended effect of slowing you down, especially if you pack them all in the day before a race.

Runners should instead aim to eat whole-grain and complex carbohydrate-rich foods in the weeks leading up to the race. A steady diet of moderate carb intake will provide the energy you need the day of the race, particularly if you are running a 5K, which does not require the energy and endurance that a marathon would. Livestrong.com recommends adults eat 3-5 grams of carbohydrates per pound of body fat each day, which would equal 480 grams of carbohydrates  for a 160-lb person. And make those carbs count–avoid starchy vegetables, such as potatoes and corn, which eat into your carb allowance but don’t provide the same nutritional boost that oats or whole-grain pasta do.

As the race nears, you can increase your carb intake to store more energy away, but again, be mindful of the types of carbs you ingest. Food with a moderate to high glycemic index help your body release energy slowly and steadily.

A healthy yogury parfait with organic granola, blueberries and raspberriesOn the day of the race, eat a light, healthy breakfast at least three to four hours prior to start time. Yes, that may mean getting up extra early; but, this will allow your body enough time to break down the nutrients and start releasing those energy stores for endurance. Small amounts of caffeine may help improve your overall performance, but the small benefit should be weighed against the risk of dehydration or stomach issues. Do not consume energy drinks like Monster or Red Bull before a race. These drinks can increase your heart rate dangerously and dehydrate you. Your best bet is to stick with cold cereals, fruits, and whole-grain toast. Add a small amount of protein, like yogurt, cottage cheese, or a scrambled egg. And avoid high-fat foods, which will hamper digestion.

Of course, remember to stay hydrated, but don’t overdo it! For a 5K, it should be enough to stick to the recommended 6-8 glasses of water a day.

Once the race is over, your body will need some recovery time. You can help yourself by eating within the first 30 minutes to help your muscles rebuild their energy stores that were depleted during the race. Protein bars, a whole-grain bagel smeared with peanut butter, or fruits can help give your body that post-race boost it needs. A few hours after the race, you’ll probably want a more substantial meal. But take it easy–don’t fill up on high-fat and simple sugars.

Happy Running!

For a sample menu of what to eat before a 5K, check out this 5K Meal Plan from Women’s Running.

It’s not too late! Register for the MSS Fall 5K Run/Walk by October 31st to receive your tee-shirt!

Helpful Tips to Prepare for a 5K

Have you wanted to run a 5K, but didn’t know where to begin? Or has it been a while since you last donned your Asics for a jog, and you want to get back into it? Bridget McCarthy, an MSS parent and organizer of the annual MSS Fall 5K Run/Walk, offers this advice for beginners and those out of practice. Just in time for the 5K on November 8th!

5K-tips.1The best way to begin preparing for a 5K is to start with run/walk intervals. It is tempting to just go out and start running when you’ve decided on a 5K. You’re excited and it’s a beautiful fall day, and you may even feel good the first time out. But you’ll soon realize that running doesn’t feel so good.

The best plan to feel stronger, run longer, and stay injury-free is to add short bouts of slow running to your regular walks and gradually increase the amount of time you spend running. Start with 1 minute of running to 4 minutes of walking. (i.e. run for one full minute, walk for four, then run again for one minute, followed by four minutes of walking, and so on.) Slowly increase the time spent running over the next couple weeks until you are running/walking about 50/50. If you continue to be injury-free (sore muscles are to be expected, but there should be no real pain anywhere) continue to do more running than walking. Don’t be discouraged if, after a while, you are still including walking intervals in your runs. Walking is always a good way to take a break during a running workout, even during a race. The important thing to remember is that you’re out there doing it. That’s half the race right there!

Have fun!

To register online for the MSS Fall 5K Run/Walk, which includes a 100m Kid Dash, visit bit.ly/MSS5K2014. A small processing fee applies. For more information or to register via mail, visit our website.