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Tuesday News 3/3/20

Tuesday News 3/3/20

We celebrated Read Across America Day/Dr. Seuss's Birthday on March 2nd with members of our community! It's such a joy to have guest readers come and share favorite Dr. Seuss stories with all our students from Pre-K through Grade 8! Here, Sister Patricia Nee, D.C. reads "Hop on Pop" to an enthralled Pre-K class.

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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,

Yesterday, Mother Seton School students participated in Read Across America Day. Since March 2, 1998, schools, churches, libraries, and bookstores have participated in this day that focuses on motivating children to read. Our students enjoyed Dr. Seuss tales read by guest readers from the MSS Board of Directors, the Daughters of Charity, and other members of our community, including Mount student-athletes and MSS alumni. Please ask your child to tell you something about their guest reader and the book that was read to them.

School will be closed for students on Monday, March 9. Sister Betty Ann McNeil, D.C., a leading expert on the history of Vincentian tradition, especially Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, will lead the faculty and staff in a spiritual retreat.

If you have not already done so, I strongly encourage you to purchase a ticket to the March 21st gala event, A Night at the Races. The evening will include Mission BBQ catering, horse racing, and a silent and live auction. It looks to be a fun and exciting event, and I hope you will be able to support this event that raises money for programs that directly benefit our Mother Seton School students. 


Kathleen J. Kilty, PhD


We will be collecting items to help fill Easter baskets for families in need as part of Seton Center’s Helping Hands program. The following items are needed (please, no already packaged baskets):

•Easter baskets

•Easter “grass”

•Plastic Eggs

•Bags of individually-wrapped candy

• Small toys or stuffed animals

We will be collecting starting March 10th through April 1st.


Band Make Up

BAND MAKE UP DAY IS FRIDAY, MARCH 13th! Please bring instruments to school!

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

Our next HSA Meeting is March 10, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. Please join us and help make a difference for our students!


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 and win with MSS! Tickets are on sale NOW! $35/person. Price of ticket includes admission, catering by Mission BBQ, beer, wine and non-alcoholic drinks.

Visit our Gala Page to see the awesome items up for auction!!!

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. Purchase a horse and stable for $25. If your horse wins it's race, you'll double your money!

The night of, cash bets for horses are $2 per ticket, $1 per tip jar ticket and $5 for our 50/50 raffle.

You must buy your tickets by March 5th! Please do not delay and miss out on this exciting experience! Contact Trish Robinson at for tickets, horse/stable purchase orders, and questions. You can also purchase online at

We are looking for volunteers and donations for the night of the event. Volunteers will receive free admission to the event, and still enjoy the benefits of being at the gala. Donations are needed for our school silent auction baskets. Please provide one of the items listed so we can auction off some great packages! You can find the volunteer list, items needed for the night of, and silent auction basket items on our sign-up genius:



Join us April 19th at the VHC Activities Building next door to Mother Seton for a chance to win cash prizes at our next Bingo! Doors open at 1pm, games begin at 2pm. Price based on number of cards purchased; payout based on number of players. Contact Tina Ryder for more info: 301.943.7512. 

Prayer Requests

Please keep the following in your prayers…

For the repose of the soul of Margy Myers, aunt of Pat Orner

For the repose of the soul of Sandy Greenstone, wife of Rev Jon Greenstone of Elias Lutheran Church

For the repose of the soul of Nancy Durda, mother of Mrs. Danielle Kirby

Mark Koontz, uncle of Harper Ott, who is fighting cancer

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.

Upcoming Spirit Week

March 10-13

The Student Council will be hosting a Spirit Week with $1 TAG days to raise money for Acute Flaccid Myelitis. AFM is a rare neurological disease much like polio, and it has affected one of our own--Eli Yanike (Gr 1). Students hope to raise money and awareness of AFM!

Tue, Mar 10 - Decade Day ($1 to dress in gear from your favorite decade)

Wed, Mar 11 - Superhero Day ($1 to dress as your favorite superhero)

Thu, Mar 12 - Twin Day (free, dress as a "twin" with your prayer partner)

Fri, Mar 13 - Dress Down Day ($1 to dress down)


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.

Back to School Morning: August 28, 8:30-10:30 a.m. (drop off supplies, meet your teacher)

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)

Easter Break: April 1 (Noon Dismissal); April 2-11 (students return on April 12)

Last Day of School: June 10

Upcoming Calendar Notes

Reconciliation will be available for students on Thu, Mar 12th.

Report Cards issued Tue, Mar 17th.

School Mass will be held on Fri, Mar 20th.

Standardized Testing occurs Mar 23-31.

Gr 7 Parent Meeting to be held on Mar 26th.

Gr 8 Living Stations of the Cross will be Fri, Apr 3rd at 10a.


Field Trip Reminders

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Please remember that due to liability and space issues, ONLY STUDENTS AND CHAPERONES ARE ALLOWED TO RIDE THE BUS ON FIELD TRIPS. No siblings are allowed. Chaperones bringing siblings are asked to use their own transportation.

Additionally, all chaperones must be VIRTUS compliant!

Thank you for your cooperation!

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