Charity, Service, and Solidarity

Christianity calls for us to serve others. Catholicism implores that we serve our fellow man. Our school mission calls for us to model and inspire service within ourselves and the global community. This is carved deep into the foundation upon which our school sits as a structure to house this teaching. We trust that if we teach you why you serve others, you will be inspired, and if we show you how to serve others you will be capable. Finally, we trust that if we serve along side you, you will see the power of this action. With these elements in ...

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What It Means…

On the first day of school this year, we began with a service in the church, which I believe is the perfect place to begin the journey of a school year. At the end of the service, I asked students to reflect upon what it means to be a student at St. Mary Magdalen. Being a member of this community distinguishes us in a number of ways, and it is important for us to keep those at the forefront of our minds. I want to share the message I delivered to the students with you.   What does it mean to be ...

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The Rise of Addictive Technology

I had the opportunity to attend a presentation earlier this week at Town Hall Seattle on The Rise of Addictive Technology. I found it to be one of the most provocative and informative presentations I have ever experienced, and I want to share some takeaways with all of you. The primary theme/message was that people of all ages, but particularly school-aged children, are experiencing a compulsion to constantly be engaged with their devices. This has caused them to be less engaged with the people around them and less in tune with their immediate surroundings. In other words, mindfulness has reached an ...

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Advent

As we begin this Advent season, it is a great time to stop and reflect upon our lives and our relationship with God. It is also an important time to reflect upon the example we set for our children as teachers and as parents. The season of Advent grants us a wonderful opportunity to stop and prepare ourselves. In fact, the season calls for it. As many of you know, the word advent means “coming” or “arrival”. Since the arrival is weeks away, the season implies a waiting period, and anything we are waiting for requires preparation. Parents and educators ...

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How Was School Today?

I would imagine that most of you reading this have asked your child the following question: “How was school today?” It’s possible that as the words left your mouth you remembered a day when you were a student and you swore to yourself that you would never ask your own child that question when you were a parent. And there you were, asking it. However, you now have a better understanding of why your parents asked you this long ago. You realize that it is important for you to know how your child’s day was and what they did ...

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Our Children’s Children

My grandma believed in Catholic education. She believed in it so much that she dedicated much of her life to it. She believed with all of her heart that it was the single greatest investment she could make to ensure that her children grew up with the values that she knew were essential to being a person of Christ. She was a single mother in the early 1960’s, which resulted in her having to make enormous sacrifices in order to raise her four ...

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What is a saint?

As we approach All Saints’ Day, I thought it would be a good time to take a closer look at this group of people that our Catholic faith holds in such deserved high regard. I attended Catholic school for grade school, high school, college, and graduate school. All added up, that is 20 years of Catholic schooling. Yet, after all of those years, I never learned the answer to the question, “What is a saint?” It’s such a simple question, and its answer is such an integral part of our faith. I knew who many of the saints were, and ...

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Own It

A great deal of lessons are taught to students at SMM. If a student attends SMM from preschool through 8thgrade, they spend roughly 10,000 hours at school learning lessons. These lessons are taught in English, history, science, math, music, and all of the many subjects in a school day, but they are also taught at lunch, recess, concerts, and Christmas programs. Every moment at school is a learning moment. Students are constantly learning these lessons from their teachers and their peers. We have national standards, SLE’s, and various curriculum objectives, but I dare to say that there is one ...

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