January 19, 2017   
Dear Parents
All of our faculty and staff are devoting energy this week to finalizing preparations for MSW School's celebration of our school's Cultural Diversity and Catholic Schools Week, which will kick off this year on January 29th. The entire Archdiocese of Chicago joins in this annual celebration of the good work and successes of our network of schools.
This year as we have been preparing for Catholic Schools Week, we have decided to celebrate the cultural diversity that has become so evident in our school community. Each section of the school has been assigned a continent. Each homeroom has been assigned to learn about a specific country from that continent. Students are also being offered the opportunity to tell their classmates about their own national customs, language, foodstuffs, etc. We anticipate the students will have a greater appreciation for their own heritage in the context of the diversity they see. The teachers and students have been working hard on this project. Wait until you see how nicely that hallways have been decorated to show what the students have been learning!
I cannot emphasize enough how important your role is as Ambassador for MSW School. WORD OF MOUTH is our best PR tool. We look to each current parent (as well as our alum community and our alum parents) to help spread the Good News of our school and the successes our graduates have as they move on to high school, college, career and family. With 56 students graduating this year, there will be room for pre-schoolers as well as students at many other grade levels. THANK YOU for helping us keep enrollment healthy!
MSW is blessed to have several thousand graduates who have succeeded in a huge variety of career paths from nurse, policeman, fireman and teacher to Mayor and Medical School Dean, from carpenter and plumber to priest to prize-winning journalist. A strong academic education enriched by its religious environment and an awareness of social justice and the call to which each of us is asked to respond is instilled into the lives of each of our students and it begins at Mary, Seat of Wisdom School.
Social justice and school outreach are important hallmarks here at MSW. This week we celebrated the birthday of Martin Luther King who was one of the leaders of the Civil Rights Movement, protesting against racial discrimination in federal and state law. While known primarily for his Civil Rights work, Dr. King also fought for an end to poverty on behalf of people of all colors. He encouraged all protest to be peaceful. Some celebrate MLK Day by completing some volunteer service in honor of Dr. King. Such service need not be limited to one day. At MSW we work with our students from the time they are very young to encourage their awareness of people in need all around them. We want our students to know that they are responsible to be God's hands and arms in this world. Our families are encouraged to work together on service and outreach projects. Donating food to a food pantry, making placemats for a local PADS or Catholic Charities dinner, gathering toothbrushes, toothpaste and chapstick to be distributed at a homeless shelter, collecting gently used books for donation to WINGS, or making lunches for Uncle Pete are all opportunities that families can tackle together.  
This coming Lenten season there will be a wonderful opportunity for our school family to reach out to the people of Zambia again this year. Last year's very successful Lenten campaign focused on the transportation needs of the people of the Chipata Diocese. This year the focus will be on a more basic need---clean water. Mary, Seat of Wisdom will again be partnering with Father Wilfred Phiri of the Chipata Diocese. Father Gunderson will come to the school's February 22nd assembly to show slides of the bicycles received this past year and to thank our school community on behalf of the people of Zambia for the wonderful contribution to daily life that has been achieved by the distribution of bicycles. The people there are very grateful! Father Gunderson will then kick-off the new Lenten project. Parents are invited to attend the assembly and to support the parish-wide effort to raise funds for clean water.
Tomorrow is Inauguration Day. Our nation's new president, Donald Trump, will be sworn into office. The swearing-in ceremonies in Washington, D.C. and the transition of our nation's leadership is of historical significance. Our teachers will be discussing the events in the course of their classes and will work with the children on worksheets or writing exercises that relate to the Inauguration of President Trump.   Since classes will be held as usual tomorrow and the inauguration ceremonies will be crossing class periods, some teachers may elect to tape the speech and show it to their students on Monday.
As some of you may know, there have been struggles with our morning drop-off procedures. There are some days when there have been a significant number of tardy students. As you know, as students walk into classes late it can be disruptive. We ask that you please make every effort to leave a few minutes earlier so that your child(ren) arrive in their classrooms on time.
We have also noticed that cars arrive very early for afternoon pick-up; some arrive as much as an hour before dismissal. If you must come so early, it is requested that you not block the church and school parking lot driveways and yellow gates or any of the residential driveways of our neighbors. We must keep all driveways clear.
Particularly on cold winter mornings, we ask that you be patient and follow the direction of our traffic control team. The team sometimes includes some parent volunteers who receive no compensation for their time trying to assure a safe smooth entry for YOUR child. They are cold standing outside. Please be courteous to them and understand that they are working in the best interest and safety of everyone---including your child. Please thank them for their service.
I look forward to seeing you on January 29th!

God Bless,
Julie Due
Next Sunday, January  29th, the 9:30 a.m. Mass will kick-off the school's annual week-long celebration of Catholic Schools Week.  As you can imagine parking is congested, especially if families staying for the Open House park in the west lot.
In consideration of our elderly and others in need who will be attending the 11 a.m. Mass next Sunday, we ask that you please park in the East Parking Lot if you are able, particularly if you plan on staying for the Open House.
Parent Volunteers are needed to help (in shifts) at the Sunday Open House which will run from l0:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. on January 29th.  Many hands are needed, from tour guides to hallway monitors to hospitality and food donations.  Sign up here if you are able to help.
Looking Ahead
Tuesday, January 24:
  • 6:00 p.m. - Maine South Open House Parents/Students of Current 8th Graders
  • 6:30 p.m. - Maine West High School Orientation Meeting - Maine West Auditorium.  Information has been sent home with 8th graders.
Wednesday, January 25: 
  • All School Assembly (7th Grade) 8:30 a.m. Brian Barry Gym - CI T-Shirts
Thursday, January 26: 
  • Kids Who Care PIZZA FUN LUNCH.  Orders due 8 AM


Monday, January 30: 
  • Classroom Observations  8:45 - 11:15
Tuesday, January 31: 
  • Classroom Observations  8:45 - 11:15
Wednesday, February 1: 
  • 8:40 AM Mass in Church
Saturday, February 4: 
  • Knights of Columbus FREE THROW CONTEST 9 - Noon Barry Gym
Monday, February 6: 
View the school calendar for up-to-date activities.
Homework Help resumes for Grades 1 - 3.

Grades 4 - 8 GROUP TUTORING 
Charge increasing to $7.50 per hour 
Thank You to our Special Sponsor!
Mary, Seat of Wisdom School is grateful to  
DiFranco Orthodontics
for Sponsor support of our parish and our school. 

Catholic Charities Thanks MSW
Catholic Charities thanks MSW families for the generous contributions of food donated to the Food Pantry in Des Plaines. THANK YOU MSW FOR YOUR CONTINUED OUTREACH!
MSW Alum Jack Harmon Thanks YOU!
MSW students raised funds at the December Christmas Carnival which were donated to the  Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  A formal presentation was made at LAST week's student assembly. Listen to Jack's heartfelt message thanking everyone for their support and generosity.

FSA Paper Recycling Update
For the months of September, October and November of 2016, the five
pap er  recycling  bins on the parish grounds received 24.64 tons of paper earning FSA  $123.20 in FREE money.   Help increase the earnings from this program.  Bring junk mail, catalogs, paperback books, and fill our bins!  THANK YOU!
Dennis Uniform Sale
JANUARY 19 - 26, 2017
15% off all purchases.

KWC Pizza Fun Lunch
Thursday, January 26, 2017
We are asking that families place their lunch orders ONLINE! There is no need to fill out a paper form or send your child with payment.
Orders must be received by 8 AM on Thursday the 26th.
Fun Lunch payments will be billed directly through your FACTS account. DO NOT send cash or checks to the office.
Girl Scouts Serve
Some of our 8th Girl Scouts volunteered at Bessie's Table in Des Plaines. They helped set up for dinner, serve the meal, visited with patrons and cleaned up. We had a lot of fun and are proud of our girls.
3rd Grade Multiplication Mania Week
Mary Seat's third graders rang in the New Year by celebrating the second annual "Multiplication Mania Week." Teachers Katie Gaughan and Daniela Romano planned a full week of activities to keep their students busy. During MMW the third graders were immersed in multiplication. From reading to music to writing, all subjects were centered around multiplying. Some of the activities included reading various stories like, Sea Squares by Joy N. Hulme, and discussing how these stories connect to multiplying. Students used iPads to help with memorizing their facts and wrote and illustrated their own multiplication stories. Every day they were given a timed fact test and kept track of their progress on a bar graph. Amazingly everyone's scores went up everyday! Multiplication Mania Week was a wonderful introduction to the third grade's latest math unit and a fun time was had by all.  Happy Multiplying!!!
Winter Sports Injury Prevention Tips
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Winter sports like skiing, snowboarding, and hockey are thrilling and fun for all ages, but high speeds and slippery surfaces can lead to serious injuries. These injury prevention tips will help you and your family play safely.
  1. Always wear a properly fitted helmet and replace it after a serious fall.
  2. Have fun, but know your limitations. If it's your first time out, take lessons from an expert.
  3. Be aware of your surroundings.
  4. Know the warning signs of concussion: headaches; weakness; numbness; decreased coordination and balance; confusion; slurred speech; nausea; and vomiting. If you or someone with you notices these symptoms, seek medical attention right away. 
Interested in joining the MSW Wellness Committee, or do you have health or wellness expertise that you would like to share with our community? If yes, please contact Annie Lombardo at

Our next Wellness Committee Meeting is scheduled for February 9 from 6:30 to 7:30 PM in Room 111.
Box Tops 
We recently finished the Box Tops Dog Dash contest. Mrs. Noble and her 4th Graders took 1st place by turning in the most Box Tops.  They will soon have a classroom celebration.

The other winning classes that will receive coupons and prizes.
                               2nd place - Mr. Wolff's 7th graders
                               3rd place  - Ms. Gross' 2nd graders
                               4th place  - Mrs. Olsen's 5th graders.

There will be one more contest this year, a Box Tops March Madness or Stanley Cup in tournament style.  Keep submitting Box Tops.  Remember to submit all Box tops on collection sheets, Ziploc bags or in envelopes with Student name and room number attached.

For any additional information about this fundraising program, go to and stay tuned to the weekly email newsletters, the MSW room parent memos, and MSW School Facebook page for information, contest deadlines and pictures. 
Thanks for your continued support!

Your Box Tops Coordinator,
Kim Marrese (
Students from the top four classes with their trophies and the numbers of Box Tops submitted. (Alexis Brown, Gr. 4, Vincent McCormick Gr. 2, Julia Conte Gr. 4, Joanna Labedz Gr. 2, Maggie Gaughan Gr. 7, Zach Calcagno Gr. 7, Anna Schloss Gr. 5 and Sean O'Dowd Gr. 5)
8th Grade Graduation Photographs
Color Portraits will take photographs of the Class of 2017 on Thursday, February 9th.  More information will be sent home.
Customize Your Yearbook!
Capture Your Memories in this Year's MSW Yearbook!
Add Photos & Memories to Your 2 Free Custom Pages

WE NEED YOUR PHOTOS!  Do you have photos of the Washington D.C. Trip, Springfield Trip, Guardian Angel Mass, or any other school event?  Upload your photos to TreeRing today! 
Free Throw Contest
The Knights of Columbus will be sponsoring a Free Throw Contest at MSW's Brian Barry Gym on Saturday, February 4th, 2017 from 9:00 AM to Noon.  The contest is open to any girl or boy, ages 10 to 14 on the day of contest.

Our School Has Heart
Mary Seat of Wisdom is proud to partner with the American Heart Association!
Our Upcoming Events:
Jump Rope for Heart with K- 5 in PE during the week of Feb. 13th
Hoops for Heart with 6-8- in PE during the week of Feb. 13th.
Pins with My Princess
Sunday, February 19, 2017, 6:30-8:30 PM (No school on Monday, February 20)

MSW Girls...grab your dad, uncle, grandfather, or guardian and come out for a night of bowling, food and fun at Habetler Bowl!

Park Ridge Baseball/Softball
Registration is now open online at or register in person on Saturday, February 11th from 9 AM to 1 PM at the Park Ridge Community Center, 1515 W. Touhy.   Open to  boys & girls age 5 through 17 years of age. Must turn 5 on or before August 31, 2017.
FACTS Tuition Yearly Summary
Log into your FACTS account and follow these directions to get your tuition  payment summary for the year.
Prayers Requested
Please pray for our deceased friends and family . null

Please pray for family and friends who are ill including:
Jean Sloan, MSW resource teacher
Kathy Nikas,
mother of Stella (6th) and Alexander (5th)
Jack Houghteling,
grandfather of Arran (7th) and Isaak (4th) Barliant
Laurence Butler,
father of teacher Theresa Connoll y
Jack Harmon (MSW Alum)
Katherine Banich, daughter of teacher Laura Frayn
Pearl Cahill, mother of Janet Cahill 

Mary, Seat of Wisdom, pray for us.