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Tuesday News 3/24/20

Tuesday News 3/24/20

The unexpected school closure has presented unique challenges for our students, but also opportunities! Teachers are connecting with students through Google Classroom and other online apps to ensure continuity of learning. If you are unable to connect or experiencing any difficulties, please don't hesitate to reach out!

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Announcements

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.

CAFETERIA PAGE

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 bit.ly/IncSurvey2021 to take the survey. The survey takes approximate 2-4 minutes and must be completed by October 15, 2020.

TAKE THE SURVEY


A Note from the Principal’s Desk…

Dear Parents,

As we enter into the second week of school closure, I pray that you and your family are safe and healthy. I appreciate your efforts in working with your children to complete assignments. I know that this is a stressful time that includes many pressing worries and concerns. The Mother Seton School faculty and staff are committed to supporting you and your children through this closure and beyond.

During trying times, we look for our faith in God for strength. “He gives us every grace, every abundant grace; and though we are so weak of ourselves, this grace is able to carry us through every obstacle and difficulty,” wrote Mother Seton. These times are extra challenging with churches closed, large gatherings forbidden, and our routines in disarray. I have spent the past two Sundays, and weekdays when I am available, “participating” in online Mass. There are many Masses to choose from, however two of my favorites have been Bishop Robert Barron’s daily 8:15 AM Mass or the 2:00 PM Sunday Mass at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine. If you are unable to “attend” an online Mass, I encourage you to make an act of Spiritual Communion:

My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.

I love you above all things and I desire to receive you in my soul.

Since I cannot at this moment receive you sacramentally,

Come at least spiritually into my heart.

I embrace you as if you were already there

And unite myself wholly to you.

Never permit me to be separated from you.

Amen.

Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has asked the world to pray the Our Father with him at 7:00 a.m. (EST) on Wednesday, March 25. Let us join Pope Francis and all Christians throughout the world in saying the Our Father either as a family or individually.

Please contact me if you have any questions, or if I can be of assistance to you. God Bless you and your families!

Kathleen J. Kilty, PhD
Principal


Re-Enrollment/Registration News

Due to the uncertainty of the next several weeks, the due date and billing date for tuition payments will be adjusted for families as needed. Please contact Albert Nastasi (anastasi@mothersetonschool.org) to arrange for an adjusted tuition schedule. If your income is remaining steady at this time, we ask that you continue to make your payments in a timely manner. This will allow us more flexibility in assisting those families who are unable to meet the payment deadlines.

The re-registration deadline will also be adjusted for families as needed. If you are still able to re-register by March 31, please do. This will help in planning the 2020-2021 school year. If you are unable to meet the deadline, please let us know by contacting Albert.


HSA Corner


A Night at the Races has been Postponed. Please stay tuned for further information.

HSA CASH BINGO

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. 

Friends of Catholic Education Scholarships

Applications for the FOCE scholarships are due from Mother Seton to FOCE by April 3. As of now, they have not extended the deadline. If you are interested in applying, please send completed applications to Ms. Kilty by 10 a.m. March 25. You can scan and email, or fax, them. These applications are on blue paper and were sent home in Tuesday folders at the end of February.

Check In With the Community

Are you feeling overwhelmed? Unsure? You are not alone! Please reach out to a fellow family. Many have offered to be "social distance buddies". Check out this Facebook thread. If you would like to connect with one of these families, send them a private message or email advancement@mothersetonschool.org your information and we will pass it along!

Pope Francis Prayer for Relief

O Mary, you shine continuously on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope.

We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick.

At the foot of the Cross you participated in Jesus’ pain,

with steadfast faith.

You, Salvation of the Roman People, know what we need.

We are certain that you will provide, so that,

as you did at Cana of Galilee,

joy and feasting might return after this moment of trial.

Help us, Mother of Divine Love,

to conform ourselves to the Father’s will

and to do what Jesus tells us:

He who took our sufferings upon Himself, and bore our sorrows to bring us, through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection. Amen.

We seek refuge under your protection, O Holy Mother of God.

Do not despise our pleas – we who are put to the test – and deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.

 



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