Week of January 18, 2021

This year’s theme for Catholic Schools Week is Faith, Excellence, Service. As we prepare to celebrate CSW in the upcoming weeks, we are reminded of the many benefits a Catholic education provides and its impact in a child’s life…

Benefits of a Catholic Education:

  • Catholic school students learn that God is present and active in their lives and in the world.
  • Catholic school students learn that excellence is a response to God’s blessings.
  • Catholic schools promote service as an essential component of their curriculum.
  • Catholic schools promote self-discipline through clarity of moral vision based on the Gospel.
  • Catholic school students learn to experience God’s grace and presence in their lives through their relationships with family, friends, and teachers.

Catholic schools are ranked #1 in the percentage of graduates who actively participate in civic and community activities such as voting, volunteering, letter writing to legislators, Catholic Concerns Day, and donations to charity, not just for a tax write-off, but out of a sense of the requirements of justice.

~Rev. Ronald J. Nuzzi, Ph.D., Dir. Catholic Leadership Programs, Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE), Univ. of Notre Dame

Thank you believing in Catholic education and for the partnership we share…#SetonStrong! Stay Tuned for re-registration information for 2021-2022 school year coming home soon.

Mark your Calendars:

  • Jan. 18 – No School MLK Day
  • Jan. 31 – School Open House for new prospective families 10am-1:30pm
  • Feb. 1-5 – Catholic Schools Week
  • Feb. 1 – Used Uniform Closet open from 3:30-4:30pm in the school cafeteria
  • Feb. 8 – No School
  • Feb. 10 – Christian Character awards at mass

Coaches needed for Track & Field AND Boys and Girls Soccer!

The seasons start in late February and we need coaches in order to have our teams. Volunteers require fingerprint clearance and safe environment training. If you can help, please contact Coach T at tenbarge@seseton.org. Thank you!

Please help us spread the word about our great school—invite family and friends who are looking for quality education for their children to join us:

SETON SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE (for New Families)

Sunday, January 31, 2020 from 10am – 1:30pm

Counselor’s Corner

Please click here for this week’s Counselor’s CornerPeace of Mind in Chaotic Times from Dr. Fabii. Or visit the bottom of this page.

Building a Culture of Catholic Stewardship

Our school community needs donors and sponsors to support our mission. Please refer anyone who believes in the importance of affordable, quality Catholic education now and for future generations, to:

VISIT THE SES GIVING PAGE

Amazon Smile – Seton H.A.S.A. Fundraiser

While shopping, don’t forget Amazon Smile – Seton H.A.S.A. Fundraiser

AmazonSmile is a way to support our school every time you shop with Amazon. Shopping at smile.amazon.com is the same (same products, same prices, no cost to you) with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of eligible purchases to Seton. Signing up is easy – please share with your family and friends!

Here’s how to shop AmazonSmile:

1. Visit smile.amazon.com
2. Sign in with your Amazon.com credentials
3. Under charitable locations choose (St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic School)
4. Select your charity
5. Start shopping!
6. Add a bookmark for smile.amazon.com to shop here every time!

Counselor’s Corner January 18, 2021

Peace of Mind in Chaotic Times

Pandemic related anxiety and depression have risen considerably in recent months according to psychiatrist, Dr. Sue Varma. Symptoms include difficulty sleeping and a spike in feelings of fear and uncertainty. Additionally, changes in mood, appetite or energy, lack of concentration or memory recall, and feeling guilty or unmotivated have afflicted adults and children alike. Combatting stress takes determined effort, and Dr. Varma suggests practicing the “4M’s of Mental Health” to alleviate symptoms:

  1. Movement – doing anything fun that gets the body moving for at least 20 minutes – walking, cycling or playing sports. This activity will help break the cycle of symptoms, and raise endorphin levels in the brain.
  2. Meaningful Engagement with people – having open conversations with family or friends and sharing vulnerability, without spending too much time on negative talk.
  3. Mindfulness – spend at least 10 minutes a day to practice deep breathing to relax the mind and body. Doing this outside in nature is even better.
  4. Mastery – do something creative and enjoyable to engage the brain and focus on the activity rather than ruminating over anxious or depressive thoughts.

Note that anxiety and depression can coexist, and are exacerbated by isolation and inability to engage in usual activities without numerous precautions. And as always, seek professional help if these efforts are insufficient to alleviate ongoing symptoms.