Pre-K got to say hello to their friends and Ms. Miller on a Zoom call! Nothing beats being in the classroom, but as our learning continues in this unprecedented time, we are always seeking ways to remain connected as best we can.
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Highlights from Remote Learning
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…
Per Governor Larry Hogan’s April 17, 2020 announcement that all Maryland public schools will be closed through May 15, 2020, Mother Seton School will be closed through May 15, as well. Remote learning will continue, and I ask that you continue to contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions or uncertainty regarding assignments.
Since our first school closure was announced on March 12th, many of you have expressed your support, but also sadness, confusion, and anxiety regarding the school and business closures, the suspension of public Masses, and the administration of the Sacraments. It’s a trying time for all of us and it can be difficult some days to make sense of it all.
Recently, I read a letter that the Archbishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, Most Reverend Bernard A. Hebda, wrote to the faithful in his Archdiocese on April 17th. While Archbishop Hebda, in the following paragraph, is specifically referring to public Masses and the administration of the Sacraments, I believe we can apply his message to our school closure and the many restrictions and closures that have been placed on our society:
“Amidst this pain, I remain convinced that the restrictions that have been placed on public Masses and the administration of the Sacraments are consistent with our faith. The Gospel calls us to respect and defend the lives of our families, neighbors, and especially the most vulnerable. This sometimes requires sacrificing our own desires for their good. ‘There is no greater love, than to lay down your lives for your friends,’ Jesus said the night before He died. How could we as his disciples receive the Sacraments without thought or care for the safely of others? The Eucharist is representation of Jesus’ own sacrifice, and He commands us to follow His example by making sacrifices in how we live out our faith and enter into the Church’s sacramental life. ‘As I have done, you must also do.’”
The health and safety of the Mother Seton community remains top priority. Please continue to pray for all those affected by this virus, our community and government leaders, nurses, doctors, emergency responders, and all those tasked with dealing with this critical situation.
May God continue to bless you and your families!
Kathleen J. Kilty, PhD
Last week, the Board of Directors, with the support of the Daughters of Charity, announced a tuition restructuring plan to help alleviate some of the financial responsibilities for our families during this time of crisis. Please read the complete letter for details.
Additionally, the following message was sent to each family. If you did not receive it, please ensure we have your correct address in the database by emailing email@example.com.
- We already credited each student’s account $150 for the 2020-21 registration fee. If you have not finished registering, the credit will offset the charge when the enrollment is completed.
- We already credited each student’s account for their May tuition payment. Please email me if you made this payment and wish to have the credit applied to 2020-21.
- August, September, and October credits and adjustments will be made in similar fashion in the coming month once the financial aid process and enrollment process is completed.
- Food assistance is available through voucher and/or gift cards for those of you who may be in need. We are finalizing arrangements with Jubilee to make this available directly through the store. Please email us if you need assistance.
- BOOST deadlines have been extended to June 1st. Please apply asap and let us know when you do. We will contact these families to discuss and assess their financial aid situation.
CHECK US OUT!
#FRIDAYFITNESS with MRS. STOCKSDALE
Check out our FB page every Friday morning for a fitness session with Mrs. Stocksdale! Healthy fun for the entire family!
Pre-K’s monkey, Morton, has gotten lonely without his friends! Follow his adventures through the school each Monday on our Facebook page.
#MONDAYMOTVATION, #WISDOMWEDNESDAY, and #THANKFULTHURSDAY
Follow us on Social Media Mon, Wed, and Thurs for a reflection or encouraging thought.
MSS Prayer and Gratitude Wall
Visit our website and add your prayer or thanks, or any encouraging thought, to our virtual Prayer and Gratitude Wall.
ALL HSA ACTIVITIES HAVE BEEN POSTPONED. We will release more information as we receive it.
Is your family experiencing fiancial hardship because of the current situation?
We want to help!
Mother Seton School will offer a gift card program for families in need. If you are in need of a grocery store gift card, please contact Albert Nastasi or Miss Kilty. We will work to provide you gift cards in the most convenient way possible. This program will be in place throughout the summer and extended if needed.
Are you able to give at this time?
If you are in a position to help others in the community, we invite you to give to our Urgent Needs campaign, which will help our school and our families in this time of need. Visit bit.ly/MSS-Urgent to make your gift today.