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Tuesday News 2/4/2020

Tuesday News 2/4/2020

The Class of 2020 triumphed over the teachers during the annual Have-a-Heart Volleyball Game on Thursday, winning 2-1. But the real winner is the FMH Cancer Patient Assistance Fund, which will receive the proceeds from the out-of-uniform day!

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NEW this year… If school is on a 2-hour delay this winter, students will have the option to purchase a ham or PB&J sandwich and the soup of the day if they do not wish to pack.


Persons with temps 100° or greater may not enter the school building

The wellness form to be completed daily comes from the Archdiocese of Baltimore. The AOB threshold is 100.4, HOWEVER, Mother Seton School's threshold is 100. If your student has a temp of 100 or higher, please answer YES to that question and do not send them to school. Thank you!

Fairfield Area Students - Free Lunch

Fairfield Area School District has received a federal grant to provide lunches for all students who reside within Fairfield School District. This is regardless of what school the students attend and economic status. From Monday through Thursday, 11:30-1:00pm, parents may come to the Middle School entrance where cafeteria staff will be. The middle school entrance is on the other side of the building opposite of Fairfield Road. No need to sign anything or provide a name, just the number of lunches needed!

Cafeteria Update

Beginning October 1, students may now purchase a full lunch, entrée only, or entrée with drink. Please see the Cafeteria page for pricing.


Band Registration Opens This Week

Ms. Gries, the band instructor, will visit each grade 4-8 classroom, show an introductory video, and provide information on how to join the band. If your child is interested but finances are a hardship, please contact me.

UPDATE: Performance Series Assessments Begin Wed

The PSA replaces the IOWA basic standardized test. This fall, the test begins on Wed, Sep 23. Please visit the testing page for a list of which grades test on which date. As it's computer-based, you may opt to have the child complete the test from home. Please let your teacher know if this is your choice so they may give you the appropriate login information. *No new instruction will be given on test days. Students opting to remain home to test are only expected to complete the test. It is a series of 3 untimed tests (2 for Gr 1) which should take approximately 1 hour to complete. Breaks will be given in between testing.*

Please complete the AOB Income Survey!

The AOB will be using a google form survey to collect family income data for the 20-21 school year.
EACH FAMILY MUST COMPLETE THE SURVEY regardless of whether you believe you qualify for free or reduced fee lunch or not. Collecting family income data is also a requirement of MSDE and we must do so annually.
Visit to take the survey. The survey takes approximate 2-4 minutes and must be completed by October 15, 2020.


A Note from the Principal’s Desk…

Dear Parents,

Progress reports were sent home with your child on Tuesday. Please contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s progress.

While reviewing grades and attendance, I was concerned with the high number of students who have been late several times so far this trimester.

Mornings can be stressful times for families. Getting up and getting ready for school is not easy. Running just a few minutes behind can mean being late for school, which takes away from instructional time. Below are a few tips I hope will help make the mornings run more smoothly:

« Do as much as you can the night before – pack your lunch, pack your backpack, put out your clothes and shoes, decide what you will eat for breakfast.

« Create a checklist – write down what needs to be done each morning before leaving for school, this will help to create a morning routine and prevent wasted minutes.

« Use a timer – set a timer for different checklist items. This should avoid taking too long eating breakfast or getting dressed. It also helps children understand the concept of time.

« Get to bed on time – getting enough sleep is essential to getting to school on time. No matter the age, have a set bedtime.

I hope these tips will help you and your children have less stressful mornings and get to school on time, rested, and ready to learn.

Kathleen J. Kilty, PhD

Re-Enrollment/Registration News

Registration and Re-Enrollment is Underway!

A letter was sent home last week explaining the earlier process and including new tuition rates. READ IT HERE


If your family would like to be considered for a Friends of Catholic Education scholarship, you MUST complete FACTS by February 15th. FOCE makes its own determination based on your FACTS application. If you need any help with FACTS, please contact or call Albert at 301-447-3161. For re-registration issues, please call Terry at 301-447-3161.


God’s Little Gifts Pre-K 3 Program

We are expanding our pre-kindergarten program to include 3-year-olds*. The schedule and curriculum will be similar to the current Pre-K 4. LIMITED SPOTS are available.

Applications accepted starting January 15th.

*must be 3 by Sept 1, 2020 and potty trained 

​​​​​​​If you will have Pre-K 4 enrollees, you can begin the testing process for them before registering. Contact Laurie Szukalski at 301.447.3165 if you have a Pre-K 4 or a Kindergartener not previously enrolled in MSS who will require testing.

HSA Corner

Be Our Valentine at the next Vera Bradley/Coach Valentine Bingo!

February 8th. Doors open at 5:30pm; Games begin at 7pm. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Extra games and specials can be purchased at the door.

Call Terry at 301.447.3161 for tickets!

Daddy-Daughter Luau!

Saturday, February 22nd (snow date: Feb 29th). 6:30-8:30 p.m. $20 for father and one daughter; $10 each additional guest. RSVP by February 5th!  VIEW FLIER


Need a night out that is unique, fun, and entertaining? This is it!!! Mother Seton School HSA Cordially invites you to A NIGHT AT THE RACES!

March 21st at 5:30 p.m. at MSS. All are welcome, so bring your friends and place your bets on MSS! Tickets are on sale NOW! $35/person. Price of ticket includes admission, catering by Mission BBQ, beer, wine and non-alcoholic drinks.  Those dressed in derby style attire will be entered in a prize raffle. Parents of current students who attend will be automatically entered to receive one month's free tuition.

Contact Trish Robinson at for tickets or purchase online at


CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK: January 26-February 1

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Catholic Schools Week Service Project, Care for the Community! Our gratitude also to those who contributed to the SmART Masters service project, Caitlin’s Smiles!

“Charity is the cement which binds Communities to God and persons to one another.” --St. Vincent de Paul

Take-a-Tour Tuesday

February 11, 2020 - 9:00a-1:00p

Invite your friends and family to see why Mother Seton School is the best choice for strong academics and strong faith! If a family you refer enrolls, you receive a $200 tuition credit! If they’d prefer a private tour, please contact Laurie Szukalski at 301-447-3165.

Tiny Tots Happy Hearts

TinyTots_Hearts2020.pngFebruary 13, 2020 - 10:30-11:45a

FREE for Ages 2-5. Come enjoy Valentine stories, snacks, and crafts! RSVP to Laurie Szukalski at 301-447-3165 or email


Knights of Columbus Bruté Council #1860 Free Throw Contest

On Feb 7th, as part of Mrs. Stocksdale’s Middle School PE Classes, the KoC will hold their annual Free Throw Contest. Students ages 9-14 as of Jan 1, 2020 are eligible to participate and if successful, will proceed to the State championship. Students not meeting the age requirement can still participate, but will not advance in the competition. If you wish to participate, please return the form sent home last week or contact the front office for a replacement.

The State championship is March 14, 11:30a-2:00p at Archbishop Spaulding HS in Severn, MD.


Open to Middle School Students, Alumni,Parents and Teachers

Traveling to Germany, Italy, and Switzerland. Outstanding educational tour with EF Tours.

We only have a few seats left. DEADLINE IS MARCH 1ST.

Contact Mrs. Myers for more information or visit her Teacher Page.

Reminder of Weather Protocol

As we enter the winter season, please remember: We follow FCPS - if they close, we close. All weather alerts will be posted on our website. We will post on social media when we are able, but please follow the website for the most current info. You can sign up to receive alerts from FCPS through FindOutFirst, but the fastest way to receive information is to follow FCPSMaryland on Facebook or visit They post their weather calls by 5:05 a.m. We will repeat the information on our website and Facebook shortly after that. No SwiftAlerts will be sent for morning closures, only in extenuating circumstances.

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