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This Week at MSS

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Dear Families,

Tomorrow, we celebrate the Feast of St. Vincent de Paul. We owe our legacy to St. Vincent de Paul and St. Louise de Marillac, who, in 1633, founded the Daughters of Charity. It was their example of serving poor and marginalized people that inspired our Foundress and Patron Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton to establish a similar order, the Sisters of Charity. It was the Sisters of Charity who established the first parochial school in the United States, St. Joseph’s Academy and Free School, from which eventually became our Mother Seton School. In 1850, the Sisters of Charity merged with the Daughters of Charity, who remain our sponsors. We continue to promote a Vincentian education.

We will honor St. Vincent de Paul tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. with an all-school Mass and the induction ceremony for our newest National Junior National Honor Society members. Father Harry Arnone, C.M. will celebrate the Mass. Please join us if you are able.

The 16th Annual Angels Above Alumni Golf Tournament happens next Friday. This event raises money for the Jack and Shirley Little Scholarship Fund, which provides financial assistance to Mother Seton School students. While we have reached our maximum capacity for golfers, please consider becoming a tee sponsor. You can do so to promote your business, honor your family, or pay tribute to a loved one. Visit our Golf page for more information.

Have a Blessed Week!


Kathleen J. Kilty, PhD

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Dismissal is a hectic time and our utmost concern is for student safety. As such, please take note of the following new procedures if you are walking up to collect your child:

1. Please give your child's name to the staff member outside coordinating dismissal. If you arrive early and there isn't a staff member outside yet, please wait.

2. Wait outside for your child to be called. Once the dismissal coordinator acknowledges their dismissal, you can take your child with you.

Parents are no longer be allowed to wait inside the atrium at dismissal time. It makes it difficult for our staff to monitor who is coming in and out, which is a safety issue. The seating area also needs to be reserved for parents and visitors coming in for tours or meetings.

Thank you for helping keep all of our students safe!

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All students must be dropped off between the library and main entrance.


When you stop at the playground, you cause the drop off line to be held up. Please be considerate of your fellow parents who also have places to go.

Additionally, we've noticed cars driving too fast around the circle once they've dropped off their student. SLOW DOWN. Be mindful of other cars and watch for children.

Safety is our utmost concern. Speeding around the circle, not paying attention, and failing to follow our procedures not only disrupts everyone at drop off and pick up time, it also puts our students at risk. 

Kindness and responsibility are values we strive to instill in our students. Help us by modeling these virtues for your children. Follow our procedures, such as not getting out of your car and ensuring your children enter and exit the vehicle curbside only, and be considerate of your fellow parents and guardians in the car line.

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Students should come to school with their water bottle filled. They may refill at lunchtime and after recess or PE. 

There have been too many disruptions in the classrooms. 

Picture Day Change

School picture day has changed from September 27 to September 29.

These are for individual student pictures. Students may come out of uniform that day, to include shoes. If your child has PE on that day, they should bring an appropriate change of clothes.

Please refer to the Handbook for out-of-uniform guidance.

All families will receive a basic photo package and yearbook per student.

Tee Sponsors Needed

The 16th Annual Angels Above Alumni Golf Tournament is just around the corner and we're short some tee sponsors! Funds raised from tee sponsors goes directly to the Jack and Shirley Little Scholarship Fund at MSS. As a sponsor, you will be recognized on event signage, in the event program, and in the Mother Seton School Annual Report.

Become a Tee Sponsor Today!


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An addendum to the Parent-Student Handbook is now available which discusses updated COVID-19 protocols and procedures for the 23-24 school year. In summary:


1.      The person infected shall remain home for a minimum of 5 days following the onset of symptoms (or, in the case of no symptoms, a positive test) and follow CDC guidance on isolation and quarantine. (

2.      Once an infected person no longer exhibits symptoms, they may return to school provided they remain masked for at least five additional days post-infection.


1.      Exposed individuals must be masked while indoors for at least five days.

2.      If no symptoms develop and further exposure has been prevented, the individual may discontinue mask-wearing.

3.      If symptoms develop, the individual must test negative and continue wearing a mask for five days beyond the negative test to return to school.

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The HSA Spaghetti Dinner has been rescheduled to OCTOBER 22. The dinner will take place at Mother Seton School!

Look for more details, including a volunteer sign up, in Thursdays HSA Happenings!

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Love basketball? Want to help MSS raise money? Volunteer a couple of hours at any of the men’s and women’s games, standing by and assisting people with questions on their seats, all while enjoying the game! Volunteers can bring their kids and a supervising adult to any game for free that they help at. PLUS for every game you volunteer, you’ll earn an out-of-uniform pass for each of your MSS students.

Choose your games to volunteer at hereIMPORTANTEnter Mother Seton School in the organization section when signing up.

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It’s band registration time! .

Brian Smolinski, our new band teacher, led a band demonstration for students in grades 4-8. Mr. Smolinski will be reaching out via email/phone to assist those who are interested in registering. Please visit the band website for information regarding registration, instrument rental, and the band schedule.

For more information about the Band Program:

●      Band Website:

●      Registration form

●      Instrumental rental info

●      Email:

●      Phone: (443) 671-8864

If your student is interested in joining band but your situation makes it a hardship financially, please contact Ms. Kilty.

Let's Go Band!


Win Books for Our Library

Catholic Teen Books is giving away 2 book bundles to 2 participating Catholic School libraries:
1 bundle for young readers and 1 for high school.

These bundles include books in a variety of genres, written by various Catholic Teen Books authors. Some stories follow the lives of saints, those who dared to live counter-culturally and give themselves entirely to God. Others provide contemporary role models and bring the Faith to contemporary issues. Some shine a light on the beauty and power of the unique aspects of the Catholic faith. The Catholic element is pronounced in some and more subtle in others, allowing the worldview and themes to convey the message of truth.

Click here to vote for Mother Seton School! Contest ends September 30.

Prayer Corner

Please pray for...

Amy Baker, who is dealing with a serious illness of a family member, and for her family for peace and healing

Casey Swartz, 3 years old, cousin of Colton (gr 6) and Paisley (gr 5) Walker, who is recovering from open heart surgery


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Community News

SJCP is hosting its first Middle School Night of the year on Wed, Oct 4th. All 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students and families are invited. Come watch Volleyball or Boys or Girls Soccer. Starting at 4:30pm. VIEW FLIER

The next Open House will be Sun, November 5 from 12-2:30 p.m.

The Seton Center (located behind MSS) is collecting food through the month of September for their Day of Action Project: Food Giveaway on October 6, 2023. Donations can be dropped off at the Seton Center, Mason-Dixon Mixin' in Emmitsburg, or Cousins Ace Hardware in Thurmont. Visit for a list of suggested items and other information.

Donations of fresh produce is appreciated and can be accepted only on October 5th. Please bring to Seton Center directly or call 301-447-6102 to make arrangements.

Registration is open for the Father Didier Memorial Run to benefit the Catoctin Pregnancy Center on September 30, 2023. Register in advance or onsite beginning at 7am on September 30. 1-mile Fun Run begins at 9am; 5K begins at 9:30am.

Register as an individual or as a family.

Visit the Catoctin Pregnancy Center website or download a flier for more information. Paper copies to mail in your registration are available in the front office at MSS.


You are cordially invited to attend the 14th Annual FCRTL Banquet on Friday, September 29, 2023

Reception • Buffet Dinner (Buffet includes Salmon, Beef, & Chicken)

Where: Dutch’s Daughter, 581 Himes Avenue, Frederick, MD

Appetizers and cash bar will be available at 5:30 PM, with dinner at 6:30 PM

Complete and Return this form or find more information on the FCRTL website.

Sacred Hearts School in Lahaina, Maui, was among those affected by the wildfires that ripped through the Island last month. They are seeking gifts toward their fire recover fund.

If you feel so moved to give, please visit their website.