This is the last week of studies for our 8th graders! Though this year ended without the ability to celebrate in our traditional ways, we are working on ways to recognize the achievements of our amazing Class of 2020 grads. One way you can help celebrate them is by checking out our Class of 2020 spotlights on Facebook and Instagram! Look for #MSS2020 and like, share, and comment so the world can see how truly special our graduates are.
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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…
As we enter into the final weeks of distance learning, I pray that you and your family are safe and healthy. I appreciate your efforts in working with your children to complete assignments. Please note that students have until the final day of the third trimester, Friday, June 5, to turn in assignments. Report cards will be mailed to families no later than Wednesday, June 17.
Two Mother Seton School faculty members will not return for the 2020-2021 school year: Mrs. Cathryn Hinesley and Mrs. Rhona Stocksdale. Mrs. Hinesley accepted a teaching position at St. John Regional Catholic School in Frederick, MD. While Mrs. Hinesley is sad to leave her students and colleagues, she is excited for the opportunity to teach where her two daughters attend school. Mrs. Stocksdale is looking forward to retirement. She is excited to spend more time with her family and her bicycle business. In addition to her students and colleagues, Mrs. Stocksdale will miss field day and our annual walk-a-thon.
Please join me in thanking Mrs. Hinesley and Mrs. Stocksdale for their service to Mother Seton School and congratulating them on their new adventures. It is my hope to have them both back on campus as soon as we are able to celebrate their time at Mother Seton School.
Kathleen J. Kilty, PhD
We Love Our 2020 Graduates!
Check out our graduate profiles posted on Faecbook and Instagram this week and next!
Like, Comment, and Share them so the world can see how amazing our graduates are! Look for #MSS2020 to find all of them.
The Carnival Spirit Continues
Though we aren’t able to have the Mother Seton School Carnival this year, we are trying to keep the spirit of the carnival alive by sharing memories, photos, and performances from Carnivals past on our Facebook page! Come check it out and share your own memories!
Since 1981, our carnival has kicked off the carnival season in Frederick County and brought together friends, alumni, family, and community. It has also been one of our greatest sources of fundraising. In the spirit of the Carnival, would you consider making a gift to help offset our losses from having to cancel this year? Proceeds would benefit our urgent needs fund at MSS to help our families suffering pandemic-related hardship. Visit bit.ly/MSSCarnivalSupport to give today!
IF YOU ARE ONE OF THE FAMILIES WHO HAVE NOT YET COMPLETED YOUR REGISTRATION, PLEASE DO SO ASAP! WE NEED ACCURATE NUMBERS FOR PLANNING PURPOSES NEXT YEAR! IF YOU DO NOT PLAN TO RE-ENROLL, PLEASE SEND A LETTER IN WRITING TO MS. KILTY!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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.
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.