Get to know Katie Eades, new Development Director

Katie Eades joined the Mustard Seed School community as Development Director in early March. Where are you from? I am born and raised in Sterling, Illinois, but Chicago will always be home to me. Tell us a little bit about your experience. First and foremost, I am a teacher. I taught high school history in […]

What’s in the 2018-2023 Strategic Plan? Thriving and flourishing…

(Note: this is the speech given by Tom Postema, Head of School, at the the Strategic Plan Celebration Party on September 24, 2018) At the start of this 40th year of Mustard Seed School, we’re kicking off a new season in the life of the school. We’ve just launched our Strategic Plan and I’m eager […]

The annual partnership report: financial aid, fundraising, and a look back at 2017-18

Dear Life-changer, Your kindness and compassion transform lives through education. Because of your support, the students who walk through the doors of Mustard Seed go on to high school, college, and beyond. They succeed and flourish. And they give back to their communities. As we prepare to move forward with this school year, we also […]

Why we give: the Armand family

All children deserve the education and experience that Mustard Seed provides. The school is beyond welcoming and the community spirit is infectious. It makes us want to do all we can to contribute to the warm and open environment. We’re proud supporters of the school. Here are just a few of the reasons why we […]

Video! The Cassadayho family: How an answer to prayer brought them to Mustard Seed

When the time came for Shannon and Calvin Cassadayho to send their son, London, to kindergarten, they did their research. Lots of it. An educator in the New York City public schools, Shannon had very clear ideas about the learning environment that she and Calvin wanted for their family. One school rose to the top […]

Video! Jabari ’14: Giving voice to those who are overlooked

Jabari Yemonja-Olukun ‘14 feels compassion for people who are often overlooked. She wants to tell their stories and let them know know that they matter. To use her voice to make a difference in the world. She also wants to capture history and document important issues in the media and politics. This fall, she’ll attend […]

Donna and Peter Dykstra: 40 years of changing lives

When I see so many things going well as we educate children, I think about you, the MSS supporters. You’re as much a part of school life as the teachers and students. A Mustard Seed education would not happen without you. I’m filled with gratitude. I have the privilege of knowing many of you personally, […]

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 […]

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, […]