Our campus may be closed, but our learning continues! It has been a big change moving from traditional classroom to distance learning, and we appreciate our families understanding and patience. Remember, if you have any questions about assignments or need help with accessing your children's classwork, please contact your child's teacher.
You don't have to be a member of Facebook to view posts and photos, or to share your own, of how your student is navigating this digital learning path. See how others are setting up their work stations, see what they're doing outside of the assigned work, share your own successes... AND lessons learned!
Are you feeling overwhelmed? Unsure? You are not alone! Please reach out to a fellow family. Many have offered to be "social distance buddies". Check out this thread on Facebook. If you would like to connect with one of these families, send them a private message or email us your information and we will pass it along!
Finally, check out our new Prayer and Gratitude Wall on this website. Leave a note of encouragement or a prayer or a photo for one another.
We are here for you. We are one community, in this together. We are Seton Strong!
May 7, 2020
I hope this letter finds you and your family healthy and well. As another week of distance learning comes to a close, I want to take this opportunity to again thank you for your support and partnership as we work to together to provide the best possible education to all of our students during this health crisis.
Following Governor Larry Hogan’s announcement yesterday that all Maryland public schools will be closed through the end of the 2019-2020 academic year, it has been determined that Mother Seton School will also remain closed for the duration of the school year. While this announcement is most likely not surprising to most of us, it is still upsetting.
I want to announce that 8th grade distance learning will conclude on Friday, May 22, and grades Pre-K – 7 distance learning will conclude on Friday, May 29. Teachers will accept all outstanding assignments until Friday, June 5, the final day of the 3rd trimester. Report cards will be mailed to families no later than Wednesday, June 17. In the next couple of weeks, you will hear from me regarding other end of the year plans, including when and how to pick up personal belongings from the school building and return school textbooks and computers.
This is a stressful and sad time for all students, especially our 8th graders who have missed out on a traditional and proper closure to their time as a Mother Seton School student. Plans are currently being made to ensure that our 8th graders’ accomplishments and tenure at Mother Seton School are honored and celebrated.
Please continue to pray for all those affected by this virus, and their families and caregivers. I look forward to the day that we are all together again.
Kathleen J. Kilty, PhD
April 16, 2020
Happy Easter! The Gospel readings this week proclaim the appearances of the Lord and how he offers those He encounters the messages of Peace and Do Not Fear. This is fitting for us to hear today and in our present situation. As all the days seem to flow into one another and we ask ourselves, “Is it Tuesday or Saturday?”, we know that every day is the Lord’s Day. For a full octave we live the Day of the Resurrection. Let us continue to celebrate with Easter joy!
As we enter our fourth week of remote learning, I would like to thank you again for your partnership and support. Please continue to reach out to your child’s teacher with any concerns or suggestions on how we can make this process as convenient as possible for you.
I want to take this opportunity to ensure you that the faculty and I understand that everyone’s home learning situation is different. While students will receive a third trimester report card using our normal grading scale, students’ grades will not be adversely affected by this closure. Students do, however, have the opportunity to positively impact their grades. To do this, students must show a “good faith effort” to complete assignments on time and to the best of their ability, and to stay in close contact with teachers if questions arise, students are in need of additional support, or if students are unable to complete an assignment either on time or at all, due to an unavoidable situation. We want students to be successful in continuing to learn, but we are aware that impediments to this exist.
Conversations with teachers regarding next school year are ongoing. We are discussing how to fill in the learning gaps this extended school closure has caused. We understand that each student will have different needs next school year, and missing concepts and skills will vary among students. We will work with each student individually to address these gaps and move forward with the curriculum. If permitted, we would like to invite the students into school for a few weeks this summer to get a head start on assessing academic needs and giving the students the opportunity for socialization.
I understand that this is a stressful and uncertain time for parents and students. Please continue to keep our community, our nation, and our world in your prayers.
Kathleen J. Kilty, PhD
April 2, 2020
Our Board of Directors met last week to discuss the effects of our extended school closure due to the Coronavirus and how we can best serve our families. While our faculty is working diligently to provide an appropriate and meaningful online education to all students, it is incomparable to the educational experience your children were receiving in school every day. We are also aware that this situation has caused financial hardship for many of our families.
To alleviate some of the financial responsibilities you have to Mother Seton School, the Mother Seton School Board of Directors, with the support of the Daughters of Charity, unanimously approved the following:
1. Waive the May tuition payment. Refunds will be given to families who have already paid the May tuition payment due to a one-time tuition payment or for any other reason. If you would prefer your paid May tuition payment to be credited to your 2020-2021 tuition in lieu of a refund, please contact Albert Nastasi (firstname.lastname@example.org).
2. Waive the 2020-2021 re-registration fee. Re-registration fees that have already been paid will be credited towards a family’s 2020-2021 tuition. Because of this waiver, we are asking families to re-register for the 2020-2021 school year at your earliest convenience. This will greatly assist school leadership in planning for the 2020-2021 school year.
3. Restructure the 2020-2021 tuition schedule. The August tuition payment will be waived. September’s tuition payment will be deferred until June 2021. The October payment will be reduced by 50%. This means your first tuition payment won’t be due until October 1, 2020 and it will be 50% of your normal payment. Regular full payments will be required November 1, 2020 through June 2021.
All changes to tuition payments and re-registration fees will be made to your SchoolAdmin account. You do not have to do anything to your account at this time.
Additionally, Mother Seton School will offer a gift card program for families in need. If you are in need of a grocery store gift card, please contact Albert Nastasi (email@example.com) or Miss Kilty (firstname.lastname@example.org). We will work to provide you gift cards in the most convenient way possible. This program will be in place throughout the summer and extended if needed.
Please continue to pray for our entire community and be assured of our continued prayers for you.
Kathleen J. Kilty, PhD
Daniel T. Hallinan
Board of Directors Chairperson
March 25, 2020
Following Governor Larry Hogan’s announcement that all Maryland public schools will remain closed through April 24, 2020, the Superintendent of the Schools for the Archdiocese of Baltimore, Donna Hargens, Ed.D, and the Chancellor of Education for the Archdiocese of Baltimore, James Sellinger, issued the following statement:
“Given the direction from the State Superintendent and Governor Hogan this morning to the state’s public schools, the Archdiocese will conform to the State’s guidance and continue the closure of our schools through Friday, April 24, 2020.”
I understand that this is a stressful and uncertain time for you and your children. Thank you for partnering with the school as we moved very quickly to distance learning. As already scheduled, the students will be on Easter break April 6-15. No new assignments will be given over this period; this time will be a break for faculty, students, and parents. I am in communication with our grade level faculty leaders to discuss how distance learning will continue over the next several weeks. You will receive another communication from me by April 16 regarding continuing instruction.
On this Feast of the Annunciation, let us be reminded to, like Mary, put our trust in God at this uneasy and confusing time. Please continue to pray for all those affected by this virus, their families, and their caregivers. Let us also pray for our government leaders, our community, doctors, nurses, emergency responders, and all those tasked with dealing with this critical situation.
Kathleen J. Kilty, PhD
March 17, 2020
I hope this note finds you and your family well. By now, all parents should have received a communication from their child’s teacher detailing how to access academic assignments during our school closure. Please contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions or concerns regarding the assignments or accessing the assignments. All teachers will be available by email during school hours. I appreciate your cooperation and the sacrifices you are making to ensure your children continue to advance in their education during this closure.
Second trimester report cards will be mailed tomorrow, March 18. Please contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s grades.
Due to the uncertainty of the next several weeks, the due date and billing date for tuition payments will be adjusted for families as needed. Please contact Albert Nastasi (email@example.com) to arrange for an adjusted tuition schedule. If your income is remaining steady at this time, I ask that you continue with your tuition payments in a timely manner. This will allow us more flexibility in assisting those families who are unable to meet the payment deadlines.
The re-registration deadline will also be adjusted for families as needed. If you are still able to re-register by March 31, please do. This will help in planning for the 2020-2021 school year. If you are unable to meet the March 31 deadline, no late fee will be charged until we have a better understanding of our current situation.
If you received a Friends of Catholic Education Scholarship application, please mail or email your child’s application to my attention at your earliest convenience. Friends of Catholic Education has not extended the deadline. I must submit all applications on or before April 3.
Beginning, tomorrow, March 18 at noon, the school building will be closed until further notice. If your child needs any textbooks or supplies, please contact the school prior to noon tomorrow to arrange a pick-up time.
Please continue to pray for all those affected by this virus, all those tasked with keeping our community safe and healthy, and each other. An empty school is a lonely place and I look forward to being back together soon.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kathleen J. Kilty, PhD