Pelican Press

February 7, 2017 - Volume 1 - Issue No. 6

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We Celebrate Catholic Schools Week!

From the Principal's Desk

Dear Families,

Before my arrival as principal in August of 2008, plans for expanding our school had been developed. Included within those plans were a Middle School Science Laboratory, Art Room, and Music Room. While years had passed, the dream of expanding our school still remained. On Saturday, January 9, 2016 at the State of SEAS address, construction plans were communicated. I have included a picture below from that presentation.

Late in the summer of 2016, those plans and dreams began the process of becoming a reality for our students.

On Monday, February 6, 2017, K-8 students will begin to attend classes in the Art and Music Rooms. On February 13, 2017, Middle School students will begin to attend class in the Science Laboratory.

As a result of the new construction, we will now have additional space to better accommodate existing programs. As you may know, we are in the 4th year of our implementation of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS). We have simply outgrown our single atrium to accommodate all of the students at all of the levels. Therefore, the previous Music and Art Rooms will be replaced with the necessary additional Catechesis of the Good Shepherd atria. Moreover, we have increased Spanish to 4-days a week for all of Middle School and added 1-day per week for K-5th grade. At Middle School, the teacher has had to travel from class-to-class. Now, the previous Science Room in the Middle School POD will become the 3-8th grade Spanish Room.

I am thoroughly excited for the students!


Dr. Carey W. Roybal-Benson


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Second Graders Celebrate First Reconciliation

The fruits of their labor came to fruition at the First Reconciliation Service on January 28th. After weeks of spiritual preparation that culminated in three True Vine retreats, the students received the grace of God during this Sacrament of Reconciliation. Congratulations!
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Outreach Volunteer Opportunities

Sundays are a great time for people who work or attend school to volunteer at St Elizabeth Ann Seton Outreach Ministry! Individuals, Couples, Families, Groups are encouraged to Sign Up! The times have been created so people may attend mass and volunteer following the service..

After 8:00 am Mass IMMEDIATELY AFTER AT 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Meet at Sprouts (Lake Mead and Buffalo) to rescue and sort food.

After 10:00 am Mass IMMEDIATELY AFTER AT 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Meet in Outreach Pantry to sort and shelve food donated from masses.

After 12:00 pm Mass IMMEDIATELY AFTER At 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Meet in Outreach Pantry and assist with food distribution.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Patti McGuire-Outreach Coordinator 702-804-8311



In honor of Catholic Schools Week, our SEAS staff members reflected on why they teach. Read their inspiring thoughts below. Thank you all for your dedication to the students of SEAS!
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Upcoming Events

January 29-February 3 Catholic Schools Week

February 3 Noon Dismissal/Pep Assembly

February 3 Artesia

February 7-9 Middle School Finals

February 16 Diocesan Science Fair

February 17 Second Trimester Report Cards

February 20 No School: President's Day

February 24 No School: Religious Education Conference

February 24 Yearbook Orders Due

March 1 Ash Wednesday

March 3 Noon Dismissal

March 3 Talent Show--Parish Hall

Hospitality Schedule

February 4 Seventh Grade

February 5 Student Council

March 5 Student Council

March 11 Third Grade

March 18 Eighth Grade

March 19 Faith Formation

March 25 Kindergarten

March 26 Youth Ministry

April 1 NJHS

April 2 Seventh Grade

April 22 SEAS Student Art Show

April 23 Specialists

Personal Responsibility

One of the biggest challenges to any household or classroom is teaching children personal responsibility. How easy is it to say it’s not my fault and blame it on someone else? Personal responsibility is one of those LIFE skills that just never goes away, and carries even more importance as children enter adolescence, teen years and adulthood.

If you haven’t made it important in your home, please take time to rethink that and understand it is VITAL to character development. If children are taught personal responsibility early in their lives effectively, this will likely make growing up easier, and parenting more pleasurable and less dramatic.

Here are a few tips to remember:

1. Consequences are very important, and they can be highly motivating negatively or positively.

2. Mistakes are opportunities to learn, let children make mistakes; sometimes mistakes are the best teachers. Do explain that everyone makes mistakes, including adults.

3. When your child makes a make mistake, correct them but avoiding nagging or being overly negative. Just let the consequence follow with” I am sorry you made that choice.”

4. If your child argues, which is normal, give a short time out and discuss it later in a few minutes after they have had time to “calm down.”

5. Do be consistent with boundaries, and explain the child adults have rules in the world also and we all need to respect them.

6. As children grow older, privileges increase, and so with freedom come boundaries. It is also helpful to not only verbally tell them, but also write the rules down so they can read them every day. Teaching them to apologize, and forgive as part of growing up.

7. Reach out to community, school, or church resources by phone, email or attend a class on subjects like parenting, school events or adult help sessions. We are all life long learners. Maybe a book or video on specific subjects would help you better understand.

Most of all… MODEL responsible, productive behavior for your child to follow. It is imperative they learn coping skills at an early age.

Beverly Winterfeld


Helping Students Become Effective Communicators!

On January 6th, SEAS teachers participated in a diocesan-wide professional development training for the Jane Schaffer Writing Program. Held here at SEAS, teachers in grades 3-8 received training on expository (informational) writing and teachers in grades K-2 received training in narrative writing.

Youth Ministry News

Rummage Sale

Youth Ministry is hosting their largest fundraiser of the year, the Rummage Sale! There are lots of ways to help out, get those parent and student volunteers hours as well as cleaning up the house a little. Parents we need your help picking up the large items and bringing them to the sale. If you are interested please sign up here: If you are interested in helping us price and sort the items, please sign up here: Please see flyer below for a list of items we are able to accept. All donations can be brought to the Youth Ministry Office! For questions please call 702-804-8313.

VBS Leader Applications

Vacation Bible School will be here before we know it and we want YOU to be a leader! If this is your first time being a leader please fill out the New Team Member Application. If you are returning for another amazing year at Vacation Bible School please fill out the Returning Team Member Application. Anyone entering the 7th grade and older in the Fall of 2017 is eligible to apply to be a VBS Leader for this summer. We hope you can join the team this summer and provide an epic experience for the youth participants!

Just 5 Days

This event will be held June 19-23 at Christ the King! Come on this awesome service experience with us! We go out and serve in the community, experience Catholic Social Teaching, have fun and make new friends! This is a wonderful experience for anyone entering 7th, 8th, or 9th grade in the Fall of 2017. To register please call 702-804-8313 or email

Living Station Actors NEEDED!

Would you like to join us in this devotion we provide for the parish? You’re help is needed as we present the Living Stations to the Church on April 5th. Please check out the flyer below for all of the practices, rehearsals and requirements. We would love for you to join us!

God Bless, Meghan and Sean!

Spelling Bee

The Diocesan Spelling Bee was held on January 24th for fifth through eighth grade. SEAS was represented well at all grade levels. Maia Marshall was named co-champion of the Spelling Bee. Ethan Goroza won third place. Congratulations!
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Science Fair and Invention Convention

All SEAS middle school students participated in our school Science Fair and Invention Convention on January 26th. The winners are pictured below. First and second place winners will represent SEAS in the Diocesan events on February 16th. All winners will represent SEAS at the UNLV Science Fair and Invention Convention. Well done!

Diocesan Chess Tournament

The Diocesan Chess Tournament was held at St. Viator School on January 28th. Overall our SEAS team won third place. We also had 10 students win medals. Way to go SEAS!
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Parents in Partnership Update

Dear Families,

Artesia was held last week, Friday, February 3! We had a fun filled night to raise funds for our school. A million thanks to everyone for the countless volunteer hours you provided to help prepare for Artesia!

Our Winter Box Tops Collection is due on Friday, February 10th. Turn your Box Tops in on the collection sheet or in a baggie with your name and your teachers name on it. There are many exciting prizes you could win!

If you have not already signed up and you shop at Smith's please consider signing up today. Our last quarter check was in the amount of $557.98 with 176 Supporters. The more supporters we have the larger our checks become. Call 1-888-876-4847 or Visit Use code ID# 29407 to link your card to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School

The following SCRIPP gift cards are still available to purchase. If you are interested in buying gift cards you can contact Cindy at:

$25 Dillard’s

$25 Journeys

$25 Macy's (3)

$10 Panera (8)

$25 Pottery Barn

SEAS next restaurant night is Wednesday, Feb 22nd at Islands Restaurant in Summerlin, 10810 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89135 from 4 PM to 11 PM. We hope to see you there!

Salena Savarda

PIP President


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Student Council Happenings

All Schools Mass

The 7th and 8th grade students attended a mass with all of the Catholic School in our diocese at Our Lady of Las Vegas on February 1st to celebrate Catholic Schools Week. To thank Bishop Pepe for his dedication and service, our Student Council presented a framed picture of the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton statue in our school and poem.

Student Council Hospitality

SEAS Student Council hosted a special hospitality event on February 5th after the 8:00 and 10:00 a.m. masses to celebrate Catholic Schools Week. In addition to donuts, coffee, and juice, students in all grades were invited to participate in several fun activities led by the members of Student Council.

Activities / Stations

  • Coloring page to inspire and encourage faith. (Bible Verse)

  • Gods Eye Cross – Background Information handout

  • New American Bible Scavenger Hunt

  • Beaded Rosary - Joyful Mysteries Handout

  • Thank You Cards for clergy

Food Drive:

Let’s help our parish serve those that are hungry. The Student Council is sponsoring a food drive to help support the parish Outreach Program. Please help the many families in our community that benefit from Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton’s food pantry. We will be collecting canned goods and nonperishable food items.

Catholic Schools Week Activities

Games: Student Council hosted games at recess to celebrate Catholic Schools Week. Games included, limbo, jump rope and hula hoop contests. First, second and third place winners received a prize.

Pep Assembly: The Student Council hosted its trimester pep assembly on Friday, February 3rd. Students in grades 1, 4 and 7 prepared a “Shout” performance. Basketball and table tennis teams were featured through a video presentation. The Knights of Columbus presented the Basketball Shootout winners. Finally, students in each grade were chosen to participate in special games: Disney Princess Trivia, Pie Face Challenge and Lip Sync Battle.

Valentine’s Dance

The Student Council will be hosting a Valentine’s Dance on February 10th at St. Francis de Sales for students in 7th and 8th grades. Proceeds from the dance will go to the Diocese Joint Student Council.

Thank you,

Ms. Mitchell

Mrs. Kiger

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National Junior Honor Society

Trimester 2 finals are coming up! In the spirit of service, NJHS members hosted mentoring sessions after school from January 30-February 6. These tutoring opportunities are important to help middle school students prepare for their finals with content specific help as well as general study skills. See the pictures below.

Who doesn't like a sweet treat? NJHS will be sponsoring Valentine Candy Grams. Your support of our fundraiser is greatly appreciated.

Mrs. Marquez

Mrs. Rooney

NJHS Advisors

Coach's Corner

The Pelican Paddlers Table Tennis Team won first place in the Diocesan tournament, ending a nine year run by St. Viator! Their practice and dedication paid off. Congratulations!

The girls basketball season is well underway and both teams have hit their stride and are winning games. Their season continues into February and will conclude with a Diocesan tournament. Keep up the good work!

Let's get ready for volleyball! JV tryouts will be held on February 3rd and varsity tryouts will be held on February 6th. Best of luck!


A Peek in the Classrooms

Second Grade Uses Skype To Connect

In the spirit of being faith-filled Catholics, effective communicators and global citizens, the second grade class participated in Skype sessions with St. Thomas Aquinas Grade School (Phoenix, AZ) and St. John Vianney Catholic School (Goodyear, AZ) in honor of Catholic Schools Week.

Lunch Time!

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Fifth Grade Math

Students self evaluate their learning to determine if they are a novice, apprentice, practitioner or expert on a given topic. Experts can teach the concept to someone else. Here is a video of a student explaining how to add fractions with unlike denominators.

Evan Add and Subtract Fractions with unlike Denomanators

Seventh and First Graders Working Together for Catholic Schools Week

Fifth Grade Social Studies

To honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. the fifth grade participated in a virtual viewing party with Discovery Education. See the video below for more information.
Fifth Grade Honors MLK

Eighth Graders and Kindergartners Working Together for Catholic Schools Week

Fifth Grade Catholic Schools Week Video

Kindergartners LOVE to Read!

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Fifth Grade Explorers Projects

Explore with Explorers

Catholic Schools Week Pep Rally

We had an exciting pep rally to end our Catholic Schools Week.