Welcome to Mother Seton Academy
Dear Mother Seton Academy Families:
I hope that you are finding time to spend with family and friends these last few weeks of summer. It has gone by quickly and our new Academy opens to our families and students in a few short weeks.
I would like to thank everyone that has been preparing our building for a new school year; but more importantly, for our new beginning. This is an exciting time with amazing educational possibilities for the children.
I recently spent a day with our new MSA faculty at St. Gregory the Great for a day of sharing, learning and prayer. It was a full day of break-out sessions, socializing, building new relationships, and enthusiastic discussions of new innovative teaching methods. I am very proud of the commitment to Catholic education that our teachers possess; they profess their faith and see Catholic education as a Ministry to the Church. I am very proud of their level of dedication to Catholic schools and I look forward to working with them.
The continuing education of the faculty is paramount for an academy; this includes me as well. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to attend a symposium on School Security held in June at Neumann University. It was sponsored through the US Department of the Secret Service. The guest speakers were from Homeland Security, State Representatives, various lawmakers, and many more. The day was extremely informative; if not at times a bit frightening. In August, during my vacation, I attended a two day seminar on Children’s Mental Health; in combination with behavior, classroom interactions, de-escalating situations, classroom management, peer interactions and much, much more. I also attended a Women’s Retreat for four days. I do my best to attend at least two a year it keeps me centered on my spiritual self.
The staff at MSA will have Professional Development opportunities. We just attended the PD Day at St. Gregory in Hamilton. This was presented by our Superintendent of School, JoAnn Tier; Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Margaret Boland; and Associate Directors Daniel O’Connell and Judy Nicastro. The topics included: Catholic Identity, Academic Excellence, Curriculum, Classroom Management, Reaching & Teaching Every Child, review of Policy, use of Genesis and the Teacher Extranet. As a faculty we have a great guest speaker coming to us in two weeks to promote Team Building and Social/Emotional learning. The presenter is very engaging and hands on with his team building session.
I am currently in the process of arranging Professional Development for the following:
Continue to develop the Team Building and Social/Emotional learning, Google Docs, Google Classroom, Genesis, SuperKids, STREAM development, brain based learning, review of classroom modifications for students, spiritual retreat, and many, many more. The teachers will also be given opportunities to attend presentations given by the Department of Catholic Education.
Upon returning to the building after vacation, there seemed to be quite a few questions focused on the same general topics, perhaps I can speak generally about them here:
MOESC Services – Yes, we will continue to be serviced by MOESC. I do not know if it is still the same staffing. Staffing lists come out about the end of August.
Uniform Orders – I have heard from Flynn & O’Hara that some items are back ordered for about 4 weeks. Do not panic. Your child can be in the gym uniform, use neat dress clothes, use various pieces from the old uniform, and you can always contact us.
Pre-School – Yes, they are wearing the gym uniform pieces, this includes them in the academy student body. The clothes are easy up and down for restroom use, and very comfortable for their program. This easy access gives your child an extra boost in self-confidence.
Bus Passes – The bus passes come from the transportation companies, usually mailed to you end of August.
Supply Lists – These will be posted to Facebook and on the website. The teachers are working together to coordinate their requests. If you see great bargains on the basics, (pencils, loose leaf paper, glue sticks, glue, crayons, scissors, pens, etc.) pick them up on sale.
Forms- The forms need to be updated for MSA, as well as school year. That is in the process and then they will be posted.
ILA Middle School- I am interviewing possible teachers for that position and will keep everyone posted.
We have a few updates to our Save the Dates:
September 3 – Opening Day, 1:15 Dismissal – No Extended Services
September 4 – Pre-School 4 and Kindergarten Orientation (More information to follow)
September 5 – Pre-School 3 Orientation and First Day for Kindergarten
September 7 – PTA Family Movie Night – The flyer will be sent out with information
September 9 – Back to School Night
September 10 – First Day for Pre-School 3
September 13 – First Mass as MSA. Bishop O’Connell will be attending.
September 28 – Parish picnic and MSA Family BBQ
The new Mother Seton Academy is alive and buzzing. There is cleaning and updates being made to the building. The landscaping is almost complete. There is a lot of teacher enthusiasm in the hallways. They are decorating classrooms, chatting with each other, hallways are bursting with vibrant colors and there is a presence of warmth, love, and family. I sat today feeling blessed to be here as Principal and have this wonderful opportunity to share in the enthusiasm of the teachers; it is a true sense of peace and feeling the presence of Jesus Christ and Mother Seton, together, planting our new seeds of faith, as we grow in love.
Enjoy this day that God has given us,