Congratulations to 5th grade teacher, Julia Conway! She was the recipient of the Teachers Award of Excellence from the Friends of Catholic Education. (photo credit: Michele Corr, FOCE)
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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…
Every February, Americans celebrate Black History Month. This tribute dates back to 1926 and is credited to a Harvard scholar named Carter G. Woodson, Ph.D. The son of former slaves, Dr. Woodson was the second African American to receive a doctoral degree from Harvard University. Dr. Woodson dedicated his life to ensuring that black history was accurately documented and disseminated, and he worked vigorously to establish Black History Month.
The month of February was chosen by Dr. Woodson to honor the birth months of abolitionist Frederick Douglas and President Abraham Lincoln. For more information on Dr. Woodson and information on many historic black Americans, both past and present, visit www.biography.com/blackhistory. I encourage you to talk to your children about the accomplishments of black Americans, especially those like Madame CJ Walker and Matthew Henson, whose contributions are often overlooked.
Our school community is blessed by having a variety of races and ethnicities. We celebrate this diversity and the opportunities it presents to us to both understand and appreciate one another.
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
IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT FACTS
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 email@example.com or call Albert at 301-447-3161. For re-registration issues, please call Terry at 301-447-3161.
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
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.
Thank you to the HSA and Volunteers for making it a LOVEly BINGO on Saturday!
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.
Please keep the following in your prayers…
Lester Wooden, brother of Sister Margaret Ann (gr 2), who is undergoing surgery on 2/11.
Abbey, granddaughter of a close friend of John Cecil, a member of our finance committee, who is struggling with a brain tumor.
Prayer Request Journal
Look for a leather-bound journal in the atrium for those wishing to write prayer requests and intentions. We will do our best to include them in Tuesday News and morning announcements, and we will have a page on the website. Families may also read the recent intentions in the book and privately pray for the individuals.
ARchbalt Schools Visit
On February 14th, the Associate Superintendent for Archdiocese of Baltimore Catholic Schools, Karen Murphy, will visit Mother Seton School. We are excited to show her our outstanding students and teachers in action in the classroom!
Tiny Tots Happy Hearts
February 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be the "I" in KIND
You might have noticed the Be Kind sign hanging outside the front office is "missing" it's "I". That's because we want YOU to be the I in KIND. Take a photo of your student (or YOURSELF!) in place of the "I" and send it to us at email@example.com or upload it to your social media and tag it #MSSKind so we can reshare it!
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.