Skip to main content

End of Year Letter from the Principal

May 30, 2018

Dear Families,
It is hard to believe how quickly the school year has passed and come to an end. I’d like to begin by thanking you for welcoming me to Seton and making this year memorable. I thank you for your faith, trust, and commitment to the mission of St. Elizabeth Seton School and your willingness to entrust your children to us. It is your belief in the values of Catholic education that help us sustain our school. We respect the sacrifices each family makes to send their child to St. Elizabeth Seton School, and we will continue to put your child first in everything we do! This was a busy and successful year and you as partners in education and faith formation have played a great role in making it a success.

Although it’s a hectic time of year, it is the time when I realize how blessed we all are to be part of the ministry of the church. Teachers and parents commit their time, talent, and energy every day to create a nurturing environment in which children thrive and feel safe. Hurricane Irma taught us lessons in patience and perseverance. Despite the damage to our school, the dynamic faculty didn’t allow the structural hardships to infringe on who we are. Irma may have damaged us, but she didn’t damage our core, our heart and spirit. We remain #SetonStrong. As we continue to rebuild, and improve our structure it’s a good time to reflect upon our forward movement and successes this year:

  • Seton received re-accreditation through the Florida Catholic Conference in November
  • We ran successful programs through the Home and School Association, Trunk-or-Treat, Father-Daughter Dance, Mother-Son Bowling, to name a few.
  • Seton made donations to Catholic Charities through our school’s “12 Days of Giving” Program,
  • We added Drama as a related art special for our middle schoolers,
  • NJHS attended the Lead Conference in Chicago in February and inducted 12 new members in April,
  • We successfully transferred our elementary building to temporary class rooms so renovations could begin,
  • Updated our Language Arts series in grade K-8, to a more rigorous challenging series,
  • Implemented Diocesan wide Language Arts and Math Standards,
  • We continue to score above average on national standardized tests,
  • Raised over $95,000 from our annual dinner auction which increased security at the school,
  • Seton girls Volleyball and Soccer teams won the Sunshine Athletic Conference championships!
  • Held successful middle school Religion NET retreat,
  • Held a 6th grade religious vocation retreat at St. John Neumann and,
  • 90% of our 8th grade graduates enrolled at St. John Neumann.

In closing, I’d like to once again say thank you. This has been a wonderful school year, filled with challenges and great memories. Our collective efforts have, I’m sure, made us all in need of some rest. I wish you peace, relaxation, and enjoyment these summer months. Those families not returning will continue to be in our prayers as you make your journeys to new places. I will be in touch over the summer with news about new staff, back-to-school events, and more. I am grateful to you and will be praying for you and your family. Have a wonderful summer.

With blessings,
Maria Niebuhr, M.A. | Principal

SES Summer Hours
Seton front office is open and busy working on plans for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year. Our summer office hours in June and July are M-F 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m and on Fridays in July, 9am -Noon. Please stop by anytime or you can always call the office at 239-455-2262

Important PLEASE READ!!!

EVERY FAMILY will need to set up a FACTS account, choose a payment plan and enter bank account information. This set up will be necessary even if you do not have a balance due to the school after receiving Step Up For Students or other assistance as FACTS will be used throughout the next school year to bill for incidental charges such as class trips, athletic fees, and after care. Please take the time to set up your account ASAP, by June 7thst. If you need any assistance, please contact our school accountant, Elaine Pearce at

Farewell 8th Grade Graduates
Congratulations to the 8th grade graduating class! The Seton Family wishes these students the best in high school. No matter where they roam, may they always remember their Seton years with fond memories!

Seton & Neumann Graduates
Congratulations to our Seton, now Neumann graduates of 2018

Promote Seton!
Thank you for trusting Seton to teach and nurture your child(ren) through their school-age years. Please share our wonderful school with your friends, family, co-workers, & neighbors. Seton is actively enrolling new students for the 2018-2019 school year. Staff is working diligently over the summer to provide campus tours and provide information. Please share the link below! If you have any questions, please contact Nichole Eastman (

Summer Camp with “Something So Yummy”!

Please consider this awesome opportunity… Youth Summer Cooking Camp 2018 with Something So Yummy!

Hello SES Families!
Get those kids off their devices and into the kitchen to learn how to make something so yummy (get it?)! Each week is different and we have 2 sessions based on age group to ensure everyone is challenged & engaged! Morning sessions are for ages 7-10 yrs old, and afternoon sessions are for ages 11-15 yrs. Your child will learn so many exciting things – like how to make most everything from scratch – pastas, sauces, dressings, etc., as well as baking & decorating techniques and so much more. Also – 10% of your camp costs is donated right back to SES! Enrichment for your kids while helping your school! Spots are FILLING UP FAST – sign up today online at
If you have any questions, please feel free to email or call us.

Thank you!
Something So Yummy! Fresh | Convenient | Affordable

Something So Yummy, LLC
1431 Rail Head Blvd Ste 1, Naples, FL 34110
(239) 449-6068 |

Summer Volunteer Opportunity
Every summer, Seton replenishes the playground with kid safe mulch. Mr. Ted and Mr. Santos will be ordering the mulch and having it delivered to the Seton playground. Volunteer parents are needed to assist with this project. Date will be sent out very soon via an Eblast and App alert. These hours donated can satisfy volunteer hours needed from the 2017-2018 school year or will be applied to the 2018-2019 school year. If you are interested, please email Nichole Eastman ( Date and time will be determined based on: availability of mulch delivery & weather. Please stay tuned!

HASA Announcement
During the 2017-2018 we made some great memories from the family HASA programs. Thank you to everyone who planned and/or assisted in volunteering at HASA events. Our monthly meetings rallied families together to carry out school-wide initiatives. Please consider attending HASA meetings next school year and/or serving on the HASA Board. More information will be sent out to Seton families later this summer!

More Summer Camp Opportunities!

St. Elizabeth Seton Church will be hosting Vacation Bible School (Monday, June 25th – Friday, June 29th. The church is also looking for Diocese of Venice approved volunteers to teach this week! Please click on link below to sign up as a volunteer or register your child to attend this great event!

Mr. Lyell is opening his new fitness center! He will be hosting a summer camp! Please see below for more details!