The Week That Was – Feb. 27 Edition

And the Week to Come


This week Emma Brentjens explores the origins of names at SEM – teachers and their children’s and of our students from the US and Korea. She’s done a thorough job researching American and international trends over time for context. Emily Marie Jimenez has illustrated two more Black History month female icons. In a spring preview, Brook Sillart positions us for ice cream opportunities in WNY.

Fans at SEM v. Mount Mercy

SEM is killing it in sports this year! On Sunday, the basketball team beat Mount Mercy to advance to the Monsignor Martin FINALS v. Nardin on Saturday at 4 p.m. at Villa Maria College. Read The Buffalo News coverage here. Eva Cunningham said she thinks SEM hasn’t done this well at basketball since 1993.

Needed! More donors for the Unyts blood drive on Wednesday! Parents, alumnae and friends are all invited.

SEM will participate in the 2017 national Youth Risk Behavior Survey. Parents, if you do not want your daughter to participate, please sign the opt-out form she should have brought home or go to the portal to download one. Opt-outs must be returned to SEM by 3:30 PM on Thursday, March 1.

Don’t forget Our Town opens on Thursday night.

The annual Mother/Daughter Brunch is March 5 at the Twentieth Century Club. Don’t miss this opportunity to visit this historic women’s club founded by SEM alumnae. Please RSVP by February 23. Reserve and pay online here.

The International Dinner is March 9. Freshmen: Main dishes. Sophomore: Appetizers. Junior: Salads. Senior: Desserts.

 The SEM Parent Association (PA) annual Mother’s Day plant sale is underway!

A variety of annuals, herbs, tomatoes and gorgeous hanging baskets are available. The deadline for ordering is Friday, March 17 (the day before spring break starts).  Pick-up is Friday, May 12 in front of school between 11 AM – 4 PM.

As always, order early as the hanging baskets sell out quickly!  If you are able to help on the date of delivery please let the PA know.

All orders can be dropped off or mailed to the SEM front office or ordered online. Here is the link to the downloadable order form  and here is a link to the website order form where you can pay online.

Legacy Residential Scholarship

Do you know a girl who would be a great SEM girl? A great Hornet or Jacket? She doesn’t have to be from Buffalo anymore… Because whether she’s from around the block or around the world – Buffalo Seminary has a place for her in our 5- or 7-day boarding in the beautiful historic homes next door to the school. Scholarships are now available for residential girls referred by a graduate, trustee of the school, or SEM family for the 2017-18 school year. The purpose of this scholarship is to build our SEM community with talented young women who have a connection to the school.

To nominate a candidate, contact Director of Admission Laura Munson ‘79 at 716.885.6780 or email [email protected].

Summer at SEM Registration is Open

New this year is a sailing class offered at the Buffalo Yacht Club. And, for the second year, the first week of camp is only for girls entering grades 5 and 6 with special programming and orientation just for them. Find out more here.

How to Donate to SEM at No Cost!

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