The Chinese New Year was on January 25th. Mrs. Brown, the mother of Elliot, visited Kindergarten and told them about the legend of Nian and gave hongbao (red gift envelopes) to each child, the traditional gift given to children on Chinese New Year. We are so lucky and grateful to share in and learn about various cultures!
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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!
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.
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.*
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 bit.ly/IncSurvey2021 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…
Since 1974, Catholic schools across the United States have celebrated Catholic Schools Week. The week traditionally begins on the last Sunday in January and concludes on the following Saturday. Catholic Schools Week events give schools the opportunity to recognize and highlight the fourfold purpose of Catholic education – to provide an atmosphere in which the Gospel message is proclaimed, community in Christ is experienced, service to our brothers and sisters is the norm, and thanksgiving and worship of our God is cultivated.
We would love to have you celebrate Catholic Schools Week with us and there are several ways to do so. Please join Mother Seton School in caring for our brothers and sisters in Emmitsburg by donating personal care items to the Emmitsburg Food Bank as part of our commitment to service. Experience our Community in Christ during the annual Have-a-Heart Charity Volleyball Game between the 8th-grade and teachers on Thursday at 1:45 P.M. Come worship with us at Mass on Friday at 10:00 A.M. and stay for the dedication of the Seton-LaCroce Learning Center. We are grateful you chose Mother Seton School for your child and we look forward to a strong, bright future with you.
Kathleen J. Kilty, PhD
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
Be prepared to fill out your FACTS applications early! You may register your children beginning January 15th or you can choose to wait until you receive your final financial aid determination, which will occur by March 10th IF YOU COMPLETE FACTS NO LATER THAN FEBURARY 15TH!
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.
NEW FOR NEXT YEAR!
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
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!
Saturday, February 22nd (snow date: Feb 29th). 6:30-8:30 p.m. $20 for father and one daughter; $10 each additional guest. Look for the flier and RSVP to come home soon!
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.
Midterm Progress Reports
Look for Midterm Progress Reports in your child's Tueday folders on January 28th. Conferences may be requested by parents or teachers.
CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK: January 26-February 1
We have a week of fun events to celebrate Catholic education at Mother Seton School! Keep your eye on the website and social media for Spirit Day reminders and special announcements!
CSW Service Project: Care for the Community Collection! Collecting much needed personal care items for the Emmitsburg Food Bank. January 21-31, 2020.
Tuesday - Out of Uniform Day! Prayer Partner Bingo at 1:45pm.
Wednesday - No Homework!
Thursday - Have a Heart Volleyball Game! $2 Tag Day: Wear jeans and a jersey, raise money for the FMH Cancer Patient Assistance Fund.
Friday - Mass at 10 a.m., followed by the dedication of the Seton-LaCroce Learning Center, then NOON DISMISSAL. Faculty/Staff and guest appreciation luncheon after school.
Chorus resumes February 4th at 3:00p
VMY will meet February 6th from 3:00-4:00p
Spanish Club will meet February 18th at 3:00p
SEE EUROPE THIS SUMMER!
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.
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 FCPS.org. 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.