Note from the Principal 1/9/20
NOTE FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Welcome back to school and to 2020! I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas and ample time to rest up for all of the busyness we have in store for this month! I was overwhelmed by the Christmas generosity shown to me by families this year, and as I continue writing my thank you notes, please know my gratitude for these gifts. I wish to thank all of our families, present and past, who have given generously to the Seton Foundation’s Annual Campaign. This campaign is vital to our school’s financial health. The campaign began before the break and the donations continue to come in! This is such a blessing to our children and our families as we continue to improve our instructional program and provide enrichment opportunities for our children! Your continued support of the Foundation and PTA are the reason for these opportunities!
In an effort to give our families the best possible registration procedure, our 2020-21 school year registration has been up-graded to be an automatic re-enrollment process! More information is forth coming but please know that you will no longer have to spend time filling out all of the registration forms for next year! With this new version, you are automatically enrolled for next school year!
OPEN HOUSES AND SCHOOL VISITS
Our Open House Days are a great way for prospective families to get a feel for who we are as a community. The next ones will be held this coming Tuesday and Wednesday (1/14& 1/15) from 9:00-1:00. No need for reservations!
Our Information Night for Kindergarten and Preschool will be held Wednesday, January 22nd at 6:00 PM. This is yet another great way for parents to check out our school!
If these dates and times do not work, we give tours of the school year-round. Interested families can call the school to set up a tour at their convenience.
Help us out! Come and be the voice of the parent! Prospective parents are always appreciative of hearing why an active parent has chosen to keep their child at Seton! Contact Karen Johnson to let her know you what times you’ll be available.
AMBASSADOR PROGRAM, PERSONAL REFERENCES & SOCIAL MEDIA
Be sure to spread the news about these important dates and how much you love our school! Personal references and our positive presence on social media are our best tools for increasing enrollment. Remember, our Ambassador program benefits both the new family and the recommending family! If a new family indicates that you recommended Seton, you both receive money off your tuition for next year!
Seton is Rochester’s best kept secret and we need to start spreading the news about our school and what it has to offer! Like us on Facebook and tell all your friends!
CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK
Catholic Schools Week is quickly approaching and on everyone’s mind! Our committee of parents, teachers and students is working to make this the best CSW ever! We will kick off with our Catholic Schools Week Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish on Sunday, January 27 at 10:30. Please plan on attending to celebrate mass with us. Be sure your child is wearing their school uniform so we can represent our school to the parishioners who so generously support our school! The agenda for CSW is included in this Brown Envelope! This is a great week for parents and students to celebrate our unique culture as an educational institution. Join us as much as you can!
Volunteering is a large part of our success at Seton. Without our parent and grandparent volunteers, not much outside of the classroom would be possible. Our gratitude for this is enormous! A friendly reminder to sign up for lunch duty is extended to those who have not yet committed a day or time. Please email the school office to get things started. And again, many thanks!
Some opportunities to consider are:
STEM Club volunteers: We’re looking for people to run our STEM Clubs. We have curriculum but no one to lead the sessions.
Seton Scoop: Our eager “future journalists” need an adult or two to lead them!
TELLING VS TATTLING
As part of our Social Emotional Initiative, our teachers are focusing on ways to help our students understand the social dynamics of being in a group. Part of that relationship is understanding of the difference between tell about a concern and tattling.
Tattling is reporting a peer’s wrongdoing when the situation is safe, and the child can handle it his/herself.
Telling is alerting adults that the situation is not safe and/or your child needs help managing the situation.
Tattling is used to get a peer in trouble and can be mean-spirited.
Telling happens to protect a peer from harm, is civic-minded, or showing concern for others.
As part of our effort to help our students understand the difference, I have included an article for your to reference. Together we can make this concept easier for all of our children to understand!
DATES TO REMEMBER
Jan 10 Elizabeth Ann Seton Prayer Service 8:30 gym
Jan 14 & 15 Open House 9-1:00
Jan 20 No School MLK Day
Jan 22 PK & K Information Night 6:30-7:30
Jan 26-Feb 1 Catholic Schools Week
Jan 29 Seton Family Open House 6:30-7:30