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!

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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!

Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest 2015 – Cast Your Vote!

The students get to vote on their favorite Ugly Christmas Sweater and boy, do they have a lot of choices! Which one do you think is the ugliest? Cast your vote on our Facebook page and we’ll surprise the online winner with a treat at the end of the day!

The Real Cost of Education

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.

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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.

chelsie-cropIt 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.

Joseph-Layla.3x2.jpgDuring 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.

 

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Be a Social Media Ambassador for MSS on #GivingTuesday

 

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You’ve heard of Black Friday. And Cyber Monday. Now, there’s even talk of Red Thursday. It is ridiculous how shopping for sales seems to have replaced the birth of Christ as the focus of the Christmas season.

But there is an antidote: #GivingTuesday. Held on the first Tuesday after Black Friday/Cyber Monday (this year it falls on December 1st), #GivingTuesday is a global initiative to put the focus on charitable giving. From the FAQ page at the #GivingTuesday website:

What is #GivingTuesday™?

#GivingTuesday™ (#GT) is a movement created to celebrate giving on the Tuesday
following Cyber Monday. The third annual GivingTuesday is on December 1, 2015. In the
same way that retail sector takes part in Cyber Monday, we want the giving community
to come together for #GivingTuesday. We ask that partners create and commit to a
project for/on #GivingTuesday and then help spread the word to their networks.

What is #GivingTuesday’s mission?
#GivingTuesday™ is a movement that celebrates and encourages charitable activities,
volunteer opportunities and advocacy to support non-profit organizations.

Mother Seton School has joined the #GivingTuesday movement and we’re asking for your help in promoting our school and the #GivingTuesday mission.

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Click here to make your gift to the Annual Giving Appeal

With our Annual Appeal now underway, this is the perfect time to remind everyone of the Spirit of Giving that has become part of this season. We invite you to become Social Media Ambassadors and spread the word about giving to Mother Seton School’s Annual Appeal. The Annual Appeal, or Fund, is what allows our school to exist: it provides funds for operating expenses, tuition assistance, facility maintenance, and much more. For more information on what the Annual Appeal is, see our post on the subject here.

We have set a one-day goal of raising $1000 on December 1. No gift is too small–a donation of $1 counts toward the goal and we would be thrilled to have it, especially if it is from someone who is not a regular donor. Will you help us raise $1000 on #GivingTuesday?

Here’s how you can help by being a Social Media Ambassador:

  • Share our Facebook and Twitter updates with your own social media networks. Use the link http://bit.ly/MSSGive to direct people where to give.
  • Email your friends and family and ask if they would consider taking a dollar or two of the money they saved when shopping those deep discounts and donating to us.
  • Upload an “UNselfie” to Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook using the hashtags: #UNselfie, #GivingTuesday, and #MSS. What is an UNselfie?

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Click here for examples of #UNselfies

To download #UNselfie templates, visit our graphics page.

Watch our Facebook page beginning on Black Friday. We’ll be posting status updates for you to share on your own pages from Friday through Tuesday, December 1. Help us reach our goal by 11:59pm on December 1! With your support, we know we can rock this campaign!

New Faculty Spotlight: Meet Amy Incaprera

AmyWe’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.

New Faculty Spotlight: Meet Rhona Stocksdale

RhonaOur 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.