Why we chose Mustard Seed School: the Haney family story

The day Bella visited Mustard Seed’s second grade class was the day she gave her heart to the school. Her family was moving from rural Pennsylvania to urban Hoboken mid-year. There were going to be a lot of big changes. Finding the right school was critical for a smooth transition. Bella’s parents, Becky and Dave, […]

3 Tips for a Healthier Lunchbox

Editor’s note: Following is a guest blog by Sonal Agarwal MS RD. Sonal is a MSS parent, a Pediatric Dietitian at the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, and mom of two very hungry and growing kids. Sonal loves to cook quick and easy recipes. She enjoys running and being outdoors with the family. It’s February! Are you […]

Sustaining Donors: The Glue That Holds Many Private Schools, Charities, and Non-Profits Together

Donors who make recurring gifts are the lifeblood of many organizations. They provide a reliable and regular stream of income that a school, charity, or organization can rely upon in good times and bad. Mustard Seed’s Sustaining Donors change the trajectory of childrens’ lives one day, one week, one month at a time by committing […]

Mini-term: a time to delight and try something new (or teach!)

    Ask any middle school student to name a highlight of the school year and you’re sure to hear two words: mini term. During the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas, the “regular” school schedule shifts to allow for special course offerings two hours a day. Faculty and staff, parents, and community members offer courses […]

Eliazar Hernandez ’09: “My struggle has become my pride and joy!”

  Eliazar Hernandez, MSS Class of 2009 knows what it means to struggle in school. Now a high school and college graduate, he looks back and says the things that he struggled with have become his pride and joy. Here’s why. What was it like to grow up bilingual? Growing up bilingual was hard. Home […]

I give because…Director of Development Ellen Francois

For me, there are really two questions contained in the question Why do you give to Mustard Seed School? The first is simply Why do you give? That’s easy to answer. I give because it’s one of the most enjoyable things I can do. I give because I have been the recipient of much grace, […]

Where’s the library? New cloud-based database puts resources at student fingertips

What do children need to support their ideas with research? A library, of course. The Mustard Seed School library looks a little different than you might expect.  Over the past few years, we’ve developed an innovative and flexible 21st Century library. The one-to-one laptop program in the Middle School has put online resources at students’ fingertips. Several years […]

Ligia Arias and Diego Alcazar, Parents ’19: why we give

by Ligia Arias and Diego Alcazar, parents ’19 We give to the Mustard Seed Fund because in our own lives, education has been such a powerful and positive influence. There’s nothing more important that we can give to our kids. We want other children and their families to benefit from a Mustard Seed education as […]

Share your voice for a new strategic plan

After 12 years working at Mustard Seed, I didn’t expect to find myself crying in The Nest. But there I was, singing Happy Birthday, along with many of you. Only this time, it was my son receiving the birthday book. Twelve years ago, I couldn’t possibly have imagined this moment: the blessing of our community […]

Advice, Hopes, and Dreams from the GRANDPARENTS of Mustard Seed

When our three children left for school each day, we sent them off with these words: “Have a wonderful day… and be friendly, helpful, and cooperative!” And now we offer this very same advice to our grandchildren: “Be friendly, helpful, cooperative!”  These words are advice, but they also express a hope and dream. Aspirational words, […]