New Staff Spotlight: Meet Sister Patricia Dunne

 

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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!

New Staff Spotlight: Meet Willie Riley

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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!

New Faculty Spotlight: Meet Kelsey Kuykendall

KelseyOur 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!

Mother Seton School: A Community of Knowledge

DSCN6158The mission of Mother Seton School states that as a community of knowledge, our goal is to inspire students to strive for academic excellence. As an educational institution, we offer a variety of resources for children begin the journey of learning that will prepare them for high school and beyond. All learners begin with what they know and build on this foundation working with our dedicated and well prepared teachers who give our children tools needed to succeed. With these thoughts in mind note the following:

  • As an accredited school, we offer the core classes of Religion, Math, Science, Technology, Social Studies, Language Arts (reading/literature, English grammar, application and writing; vocabulary/spelling), and Physical Education. Our teachers are committed to assisting each child in meeting grade level benchmarks. 
  • We are very fortunate to offer our students quality special programs in the areas of technology, music, band, art, Spanish and library. Technology is integrated in all curriculum areas. Most recently, Chromebooks were added to our technology classes. Through the Penny Power fundraiser, we were able to purchase a  classroom Chromebook “lab” and cart that can be moved to any classroom and used in a variety of subject areas.
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    Our Chorus produces, directs, and performs at our Christmas Program

    Added to these are student activities and clubs that include: Art Angels, Chorus, Liturgy Chorus, Tech Crew, Instrumental Music and Band, Healthy Eating Club, Engineering Club, Science Club, STEM Club, Vincentian Marian Youth (VMY), Spanish Club, Student Council, Yearbook, Seton Scribblers Club, and a Book Club. We also have an after-school program that offers our students time to do homework and work collaboratively playing in a variety of educational games!

  • For students in need of academic support and/or enrichment, we are blessed to have the Mother Seton Learning Center. This program provides academic/social and consultative support, including speech and language services, support for English Language Learners, service and school-based learning plans, and enrichment opportunities to challenge our more advanced students. At this time over 70 of our students currently visit the Learning Center for support and enrichment.
  • A variety of educational contests are offered during the year that include Geography and Spelling Bees; contests that vary from writing assignments, art, music, and physical education.
Two of our 3rd-graders who won their classroom Spelling Bee.

Two of our 3rd-graders who won their classroom Spelling Bee.

In addition to the student learning community, our teachers are committed to being members of a professional learning community. Teachers and classroom assistants meet on a regular basis to learn about and discuss educational trends which can enhance what is happening in the classroom.

Mother Seton School is a community committed to growing in faith and knowledge. By partnering with the parents and grandparents we can work together to make sure our children succeed through these elementary and middle school years. As mentioned last week, we can not only put our faith into practice, but  together we can do our best to instill in our children the skills they need that will carry them onto higher learning in high school, college and beyond!

 

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!

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.