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, […]

Pursuing justice with a servant’s heart: 8th grade service and leadership exhibition

It’s the time of year when our eighth grade students have one foot firmly planted at Mustard Seed and one foot stepping toward high school. They’ve attended worship every day during their time with us. They’ve participated in service projects throughout the years. And now, they each have a message for us. Recently, it was […]

Turning pages: book recommendations for our staff and for you!

What are you reading these days? Is there a book that you’ve read recently that’s touched your heart? A “free” bookstore puts new books into the hands of staff The worship team and I asked members of the school leadership team and Christian leaders in our community to recommend books for the Mustard Seed School staff […]

Holy disruptions continue with gospel artist Trey McLaughlin

  Back in October, we told you about a Vital Worship Grant that Mustard Seed School received from the Calvin Institute for Christian Worship with funds from the Lilly Endowment, Inc. The grant funds a one-year program to shake things up in Middle School worship. Create some holy disruptions by exposing students to different styles of Christian worship, including worship […]

New worship experiences to bring holy disruption to Middle School students

During the MSS staff retreat in late August, speaker Mark Charles told a story. A member of the Navajo tribe and a pastor at the time, he attended a conference about contextualized Christian worship in indigenous cultures. At the conference, a group of native Māori who are Christians danced the haka, a traditional war dance, […]

A message for Mustard Seed’s class of 2016…(and all of us)

Last Saturday, we shared a beautiful Baccalaureate with our eighth grade students and their parents. After reading the homilies given by our eighth grade and considering the school theme for 2015-16 (flourishing), Rev. Melissa Hinnen (parent ’02) wrote this homily for our graduates. I was so touched by her words that I wanted to share them […]

Move over, there’s Plenty Good Room!

There’s a toe-tapping, finger-snapping spiritual that we sing at school.  You might know it. The lyrics go like this: Plenty good room. Good room in my father’s kingdom. Plenty good room. You just choose your seat and sit down. In early May, some of our preschool students visited Upper School worship and they brought along […]

How do you teach kindness? Part 3: “Just kidding!” and other middle school hazards

(This post is part of a series on teaching kindness in the Upper School. Here is Part 1: Fourth and Fifth Grade and Part 2: Pre-algebra, in case you missed them.) I’m always looking for a good joke.  Jokes can give us joy and bring us closer together. But sometimes they don’t feel quite right. […]

Sometimes professional development requires drumming and laughter

This past summer, Mustard Seed spent over $50,000 on professional development. Nearly everyone on the faculty and staff participated. That’s an extraordinary amount of money.  And it was worth every penny.  Why? Our most important “capital” is our people! And “capital” investment is important to maintaining the high quality teaching that marks Mustard Seed.  I […]

New video on faith & worship with Mustard Seed founder Shanna Pargellis

Have you ever wondered about faith and worship at Mustard Seed?  Why do we have worship every day?  Why so many celebrations?  And do you have to be a Christian to attend the school? I sat down with MSS Founder and Early Childhood Director Shanna Pargellis for an interview about faith and worship at Mustard […]