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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Mother Seton School: A Community of Service

13-14 CSW_Logo_Circle_CMYKWe have noted previously that MSS is indeed a community of Faith and Knowledge. Realizing that, like parents and grandparents, our teachers are committed to helping students not only learn the basic tenets of the faith, but also put their faith into practice. The action of putting our faith in practice can be seen throughout our school through a spirit of service and dedication to helping others. Without our Faith and Knowledge about God, our community of Service would have little meaning.

The bible has many notations regarding service. The gospel passage, Mark 10:45,  says “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” The primary lesson this passage is telling us is that each of us must strive to do as Jesus did: serve others.

If you look at MSS’s track record regarding service to others you would find it remarkable. The following are just a few examples of how the students help others:

  • In September there is a school-wide food drive for the Seton Center which provides services for people in need.
  • Kindergarten visits the elderly at St. Joseph’s Ministries (formerly St. Catherines Nursinc Center & the Villa at St. Michael) during the school year to show them their Halloween costumes, sing Christmas carols, and more!
  • K5PP-butter3One of the beloved examples of service at MSS is having older students partner with younger students (Prayer Partners) to pray with throughout the year, as well as work together on a variety of service activities. For example at Christmas, Grade 5 partnered with Kindergarten to create blankets for the Linus project that provides blankets to children facing surgery.
  • In another Advent Project, Grade 7 collected stocking stuffer items and made homemade cards for the children at John’s Hopkins Children Center, while 6th graders collected items for the Catoctin Pregnancy Center.
  • Putting faith into practice in the lower grades also includes making cards for people in nursing homes during the school year and collecting new items at Christmas time for families in need.VMY-hochschild-roberts-haller-EFB-PhyllisKelly-clever-Cropped
  • Vincentian Marian Youth: Seton Council (VMY) is comprised of Middle School members (Grades 6-8), who form teams of 4-5 students lead by an adult sponsor to work at service sites of their choice one or two times monthly outside of school hours.
  • Throughout the year, students in Grades 4 -8 take turns cleaning the cafeteria to prepare for the next lunch wave which includes and wiping tables, sweeping areas under the table so that it is ready for the younger students that follow them.
  • Among our in-house students services, we also have a tech crew, stage crew, chair crew, and safety patrol (who help younger students get to their buses, hold doors and so on) that are from our Middle School! Recently, we have trained 7th– and 8th-grade students as Ambassadors for special events which are coming soon.
  • All 8th-graders are required to make contact with a non-profit organization(s) to perform 5 hours of service learning by April 1, 2015.

An important part of our service learning is to also take time and help our students understand why they are called to serve and the spirit in which they should work to help one another. This is a wonderful tool for helping them to live the Golden Rule, also. These are some examples of service projects at MSS for this school year! Thinking of others, as Jesus did is a key trait that we want to develop in our children.

In conclusion to this Catholic Schools Week Theme, MSS truly is a Community of Faith, Knowledge and Service. Together as a school of wonderful teachers and staff working with parents and grandparents we will continue to foster these lessons into our children’s character!

Encouraging More than Simple Sacrifice for Lent

Beyond Sacrifice: Simple Ideas to Inspire Children to Do More than Give Up TV for LentLent is fast approaching! Have you already been considering what you want to give up? Will it be chocolate? Fast food? Or perhaps Pope Francis has inspired you to give up the gossip. Sacrifice is one of the hallmarks of the Lenten season, and it’s one part that our children seem to pick up on pretty quickly.

But there is another part to Lent, the part that calls on all of us to also give. And that may even be more difficult to teach our children to do because it involves adding something to your routine as opposed to taking something away. Between homework and sports and piano lessons and Scouts, the thought of having to add something may make you cringe. But trust us–by the time Easter rolls around, you’ll appreciate the lesson this will teach your children. It will add far more meaning to the season than merely having them give up TV for 40 days!

Here are a few ideas to inspire you. You can find more on our Lent and Easter Pinterest Board!

What are some of the ways you encourage your children to really embrace the spirit of Lent? Share with us on our Facebook page!