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Tuesday News 9/10/19

Tuesday News 9/10/19

Welcome Back to School! We're excited for a great new year!

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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.

Performance Series Assessments continue this week

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.


HSA Corner

Next Meeting - September 10, 6:30p

The HSA plans so many wonderful events and works hard to enhance our students’ education experience with their generous donations. But we need YOUR involvement! Please contact Beth or come to one of the next meetings (9/10, 10/8 at 6:30p).


Grandparents Day is a favorite tradition at MSS. But it's success depends on all our families pulling together! Please sign up to help at the event with set up and take down, or donate breakfast goodies and door prizes. Check out our Sign Up Genius to see what we still need!

Important Reminders

  • Please sign and return the back page of the Handbook acknowledging receipt by Sept 13th.
  • If you child needs medication, you are REQUIRED to return a completed form signed by your doctor and medicine MUST be in its original container.
  • Before School Care is available 7:00-8:00 a.m. Doors will not open until 8:00 a.m. Parents must sign their children into supervised care if they wish to drop their children off prior. After School Care is available daily 3:15-6:00 p.m.

Car Line RULES

  • ¨Children MUST enter & exit vehicles on the CURBSIDE. This is for everyone’s safety.
  • If you must assist your child or leave your car for any reason, PLEASE pull past the canopy or park in the lot. Show courtesy and respect to the other parents in the car line trying to quickly and safely drop-off their children.
  • Do NOT speed around the circle. Be prepared to stop at a moment’s notice.
  • Please do NOT use your cell phone while the car line is moving. This is for everyone’s safety!

PE T-Shirts

The PE t-shirts arrive this week. Orders will be sorted and delivered to the oldest (or only) student in each family who purchased them. A limited number  of shirts may be available through the front office on a first-come, first-serve basis. Cost is $8 per shirt.

In grades 1-8, the PE uniform may only be worn on PE days unless otherwise announced. Kindergarteners wear the PE uniform year-round.

New Addition to the Menu!

Students who wish to purchase a sandwich instead of an entrée now have the choice between Peanut Butter & Jelly ($1.00) or Ham & Cheese ($1.50).


From the Principal's Desk

Welcome to all members of our Mother Seton School community as we begin the 2019-2020 school year. I hope you had a restful summer and are ready for an exciting new school year. I look forward to working with you as we all work to help our students grow academically and spiritually.

Homework can often be difficult for students, especially at the beginning of the school year when routines are not fully established. From remembering to write the assignment down to remembering to bring home the necessary books and turning in the homework to the teacher, there is a lot of room for error, and GROWTH throughout the school year. I find the below Homework Chain, that I adapted from an article by John Taylor I recently read, to be a great resource for establishing a homework routine for students of all ages and abilities. 


{   }1. Realize an assignment has been given.

{   }2. Understand the assignment.

{   }3. Record the assignment accurately.

{   }4. Understand how to perform the assignment correctly.

{   }5. Check to bring correct books home.

{   }6. Arrive home with materials and the homework assignment.

{   }7. Begin the homework assignment.

{   }8. Complete the homework assignment.

{   }9. Check assignment for accuracy, neatness and completion.

{   }10. Set completed assignment in a special place.

{   }11. Take completed homework to school.

{   }12. Arrive at class with completed homework.

{   }13. Turn in completed homework on time.

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