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Tuesday News 1/4/22

Tuesday News 1/4/22

Happy Epiphany! Celebrated in the US on January 6 (or formally on the first Sunday after Jan 1st), commemorates the mysterious visit of the magi to the Baby Jesus. Here's what the Catechism says about the celebration:

The Epiphany is the manifestation of Jesus as Messiah of Israel, Son of God and Saviour of the world. the great feast of Epiphany celebrates the adoration of Jesus by the wise men (magi) from the East, together with his baptism in the Jordan and the wedding feast at Cana in Galilee.

In the magi, representatives of the neighbouring pagan religions, the Gospel sees the first-fruits of the nations, who welcome the good news of salvation through the Incarnation.

The magi's coming to Jerusalem in order to pay homage to the king of the Jews shows that they seek in Israel, in the messianic light of the star of David, the one who will be king of the nations.

May you have a Blessed Epiphany! 


Out-of-Uniform Day for Students on Tue, Feb 1st!

Bus 1 will not be running on Monday, Jan 31st.

REMINDER: Please bring a water bottle to school. It can be refilled at the Bottling Station.

Prayer Corner

Please Pray For...

Pat Stanislav, great-grandmother of Shea O'Connell (Gr 1)

the repose of the soul of Amy Eyler, aunt of Donna Schisler (K teacher) and great-aunt to Gabriella (Gr 7) and Bradley Brauning (Gr 5)

Please submit your prayer requests to Lynn at

There will no longer be a print version of the Tuesday News. It will be available on the website each Tuesday evening and you will receive an email notification once it is published. The provider we use will not allow us to manually enter emails that have previously been unsubscribed, so if you have previously unsubscribed from any of our mailings, you will need to re-enter your email address. Also, be sure to add advancement@mothersetonschool to your email client’s contact list so the newsletter isn’t caught in a Spam filter.

There will be no After Care on Friday, February 4, 2022.

A Message From The Principal

Dear Families,

Happy New Year and Happy Feast Day!

Today we celebrate the Feast day of our patroness, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. We are blessed to be in a place where many aspects of her life are memorialized. Elizabeth was a daughter, niece, wife, mother, widow, teacher, founder, formator, and saint. She experienced great joy and great pain in her 46 years of life. Setting an example for all of us, she trusted and carried out God’s will for her no matter what it may be. Elizabeth’s favorite scripture passage was Psalm 23: the Lord is my Shepherd.

Below is a brief biography of our patroness that was taken from the Seton Shrine website:

“Elizabeth Ann Seton is a saint. St. Elizabeth Ann Seton is an American. All of us say this with special joy, and with the intention of honoring the land and the nation from which she sprang forth as the first flower in the calendar of the saints. Elizabeth Ann Seton was wholly American! Rejoice for your glorious daughter. Be proud of her. And know how to preserve her fruitful heritage.” –Pope Paul VI

Elizabeth Ann Bayley was born in New York City on August 28, 1774 to a prominent Episcopal family, and lost her mother at the age of three. In 1794, at the age of 19, Elizabeth married William Magee Seton, a wealthy businessman with whom she had five children. William died of tuberculosis in 1803, leaving Elizabeth a young widow. After discovering Catholicism in Italy, where her husband had died, Elizabeth returned to the United States and entered the Catholic Church in 1805 in New York.

After a number of difficult years, Elizabeth moved in 1809 to Emmitsburg, Maryland, where she founded the Sisters of Charity of St. Joseph’s, the first community for religious women established in the United States. She also began St. Joseph’s Academy and Free School, planting the seeds of Catholic education in the United States. Her legacy now includes religious congregations in the United States and Canada, whose members work on the unmet needs of people living in poverty in North America and beyond.

Mother Seton, as she is often called, was canonized on Sunday, September 14, 1975 in St. Peter’s Square by Pope Paul VI. She was the first citizen born in the United States to be given the title of “Saint.” Her remains are entombed in Emmitsburg in the Basilica at the National Shrine that bears her name.

You can learn how Elizabeth Ann Seton became a saint in our animated video, Betty Bayley Becomes A Saint, especially for children and teens.

Have a blessed week!


Kathleen J. Kilty, PhD

Have you heard of Chalking the Door? It's an old Christian tradition that takes place on or near the Epiphany, January 6th. The chalking of the doors of a home encourages Christians to dedicate their life at home to God and to others. Seeing the symbols over our doors can help to remind us, while passing in and out on our daily routines, that our homes and all those who dwell there belong to Christ. It also serves as a reminder of welcoming the Magi gave to Jesus. We should strive to be as welcoming to all who come to our homes to visit us! (from St. Pius Appleton)

The act is simple: using chalk of any color, write the following above the entrance of your home:

20 + C+M + B + 22.

The letters have two meanings. First, they represent the initials of the Magi — Caspar, Malchior, and Balthazar — who came to visit Jesus in His first home. They also abbreviate the Latin phrase, Christus mansionem benedicat: “May Christ bless the house.”

The “+” signs represent the cross, and the “20” at the beginning and the “22” at the end mark the year. Taken together, this inscription is performed as a request for Christ to bless those homes so marked and that He stay with those who dwell therein throughout the entire year.

Send us photos of you and your family chalking your doors!

Re-Enrollment for 2022-2023

The financial aid application portal will open on January 1, 2022. The portal link can be accessed through our school website or you may access the portal directly.

To be considered in the first round of financial aid awards, your financial aid application must be completed on or before January 21, 2022. Applications will be considered after January 21, 2022; however, available funds will be limited.

Re-registration of current students for the 2022-2023 school year will open on January 13, 2022. Financial aid awards will be announced as early as February 4, 2022, for any family who has completed their FACTS applications by January 21, 2022. The 2022-2023 registration deadline is February 14, 2021. Registration details and the 2022-2023 tuition rates may be found on our Admissions page or downloaded here.

Applications Still Being Accepted for NEW PreK 3/4 2022-2023

Current Families are given preference for registering NEW students for our PreK 3/4 classes for next year. (Re-enrollment for current students will open January 13.) Spots are almost filled! If interested in enrolling your NOT CURRENTLY ENROLLED young child:

  1. Visit the SchoolAdmin Parent Portal
  2. At the bottom left of the screen, select "Add New Student"
  3. Follow the prompts

Please contact Laurie if you have any questions at 301-447-3165. If your child already attends Pre-K, they do not need to re-enroll. Re-registration will occur in January for existing students.

USHERS NEEDED! Help Out Our MSS Community!

The Mount has offered their partnership with us in a fun and exciting way - by paying our school per parent volunteer usher at Mount Basketball Home Games. Volunteers and their children can watch Mount basketball games FREE!

Be part of the action and sign up today! View the announcement above for more details.



As part of our Green School initiative, middle school science classes are collecting used mascara wands for wildlife!

The wands are shared with wildlife caregivers to use in providing care and treatment to wild animals. They use the wands in many ways including direct care of the animals and help with cleaning items like syringes.

Before you throw your mascara away, please clean off the wand and send it in to Mrs. Kuykendall (Mrs. K). One simple step to help wildlife and be a good steward of the earth!


Chicken Salad Sandwich, Chips, Bananas, Drink, Tomato Soup

January 31

Steak-ums, Waffle Fries, Pears, Drink, Chicken Noodle Soup

February 1

Pork Barbecue Sandwich, Baked Beans, Peaches, Drink, Vegetable Soup

February 2

Pizza, Chips, Oranges, Drink, Chicken Rice Soup

February 3

Tuna Sandwich, Chips, Pineapples, Drink, Tomato Soup

February 7

Afternoon Pick Up Procedures

We are doing our best to keep the car lines organized so we do not block Creamery Road. Please see the map below for how the flow is conducted for pick up.

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