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Tuesday News 3/10/2020

Tuesday News 3/10/2020

Vincentian Marian Youth (VMY) members walked the Prayer Labyrinth at the Seton Shrine. A Prayer Labyrinth is a tool for meditation, much like the Rosary. One way to pray a labyrinth is to worship and praise God as you walk to the center, then intercede for people and concerns as you walk back to the outside. VMY members prayed for those in need during this time. To learn more about the VMY, our student service organization, visit our page here.

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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,

A few weeks ago, I received a letter from the American Heart Association thanking the Mother Seton School community for donating $5,948.89 to the Kids Heart Challenge event. The American Heart Association wrote, “Your efforts make a tremendous impact and help millions of Americans through increased awareness of cardiovascular disease, lifesaving scientific research and critically needed education efforts.” Thank you for your generosity and thank you to Mrs. Rhona Stocksdale for leading this worthwhile endeavor. 

Please note that second trimester report cards will go home with students on Tuesday, March 17. Please discuss the report card with your child and contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions or concerns.

Standardized test week for all students in grades 2-8 will begin on Monday, March 23 and will conclude on Friday, March 27.  Please make sure your children get a good night’s sleep each night, a good breakfast each morning, and bring to school a supply of sharpened #2 pencils with erasers.

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!

All returning students must have their paperwork completed and $150 registration fee per student paid NO LATER THAN 3/31! Starting April 1, fees will increase to $300 per student. Round 1 tuition aid has been determined and families notified. If you have not received an email and you completed your FACTS prior to 2/18, please contact Albert at

FACTS applications completed by 3/31 will be considered for Round 2 of tuition aid.

If your Pre-K-Gr 7 student is NOT returning next year, please submit a note in writing. We need accurate numbers so we can best plan for next year! Please call Mrs. Smith at 301-447-3161 if you have questions. Thank you for your cooperation!



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!


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

For the repose of the soul of Mildred, the mother of Dan Hallinan, MSS BOD.

For the repose of the soul of Leslie Roberts, cousin of Nurse Marie Williams, and for the comfort of the Roberts Family.

For Sister Jane Graves, D.C., who is recovering from knee surgery.

For John, recovering from an operation, and for Joe, receiving cancer treatment.

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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