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Tuesday News 2/18/2020

Tuesday News 2/18/2020

Grade 8 enjoyed a special STEM activity with their Kindergarten Prayer Partners. Our Prayer Partner program pairs older students with younger students for mentorship and prayer. They meet regularly throughout the year.

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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.

Performance Series Assessments continue this week

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,

The Archdiocese of Baltimore requires all schools to implement a program of catechesis for family life in accord with Archdiocesan regulations and guidelines. Mother Seton School uses the RCL Benzinger Family Life program to comply with this policy.

RCL Benzinger Family Life is a comprehensive moral catechesis for kindergarten through grade eight students and is designed to complement our school religion program. Each grade presents lessons regarding Christian living, child safety, and healthy relationships in a manner appropriate to that grade. Teachers will begin teaching the ten lessons in the next few weeks.

Parents/guardians may examine any and all of the materials used in this program. Please contact your child’s homeroom teacher to schedule the opportunity to review the course materials.  

Thank you for your support as we comply with this Archdiocesan mandate that is put in place for the safety and well-being of all of our children.

Kathleen J. Kilty, PhD

Join us for MSS Night at The Mount!

Sunday, February 23 - Noon-6:00PM

Come cheer on the Men and Women Mountaineers in a double-header basketball game. Free tickets available in front office!

Tip off is at Noon. Wear your MSS shirt and show your Seton Pride!


Re-Enrollment/Registration News

Registration and Re-Enrollment is Underway!

FACTS applications are still being accepted, however, the first round of aid is closed. Families who submitted their FACTS prior to Feb 18th will be notified of their award by March 10th. Round 2 for aid will close March 31. After that time, aid cannot be guaranteed, even if you meet eligibility. New families who register after March 31 will receive priority consideration for remaining tuition assistance funds.

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

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


Ash Wednesday Mass

Please join us for Ash Wednesday Mass on Wednesday, February 26 at 10:00 a.m.

Prayer Requests

Please keep the following in your prayers…

Lester Wooden, brother of Sister Margaret Ann (gr 2), had a successful surgery! Please continue prayers for his recover.

Prayer Request Journal

In the atrium, there is a journal to write your prayer 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.

Spring Photo Day

Thursday, February 27

Strawbridge will return this month to take individual photos of students with a spring background. These photos tend to be full-length, so students may come out of uniform, including shoes, but should bring a change of clothes. No pre-payment required. A photo package will be sent home later with the option to buy all, some, or none of the photos.


Vision Screening

The Lions Club will be here on Feb 24 and 25 to conduct free vision screenings for all students. A letter will be sent home to each family with the results.


2020-2021 Calendar Dates

While the calendar is still being written for next year, we can share with you a few important dates so you can begin planning.

First Day of School: August 31

(The first and second day of school will be a Noon Dismissal)

Christmas Break: December 23-January 3 (students return on January 4)

Last Day of School: June 10

Be the "I" in KIND

IMG_6338 (1).jpgYou 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 or upload it to your social media and tag it #MSSKind so we can reshare it!


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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