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Tuesday News 11/03/2020

Tuesday News 11/03/2020

Congrats to our MSS students who participated in The Mount's virtual 5K race, Run the Mount! They received bonus points in PE and are eligible for a special raffle from Mrs. Reaver. Our partnership with Mount St. Mary's University has endured for over 200 years and we are so grateful we can continue to find ways to connect even during challenging times.

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Prayer Corner

Please pray for…

the repose of the soul of William Bugbee, grandfather of Joseph and Kate Cleaver, who died October 30

Dave Benjamin, husband of teacher assistant Kim Benjamin, as he continues his cancer treatment

Judy Piskura, great-aunt of Lynn Tayler and great-great-aunt of Finn and Moira, recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer

all candidates running for office, for all those voting, and for our country in whole

Please send any additional prayer requests to Lynn Tayler.



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Updated Dec 1: High Risk COVID-19 Areas

The following are High Risk areas/states for COVID-19. Travel to these places requires a 14-day self-quarantine before return to MSS: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania (outside a 25-mile radius from Emmitsburg), Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.

Based on Maryland restrictions of travel to areas with 20 or more cases per 100K in last 7 days and DOC policy of travel restrictions to areas with 15K or more cases in last 7 days.



All MSS students will switch to virtual learning for the week of Nov 30-Dec 4 to allow for a deep clean and sanitize of the school, and as a precautionary measure should anyone be traveling or attending large gatherings. Your child's homeroom teacher will be in contact with details on accessing the virtual learning resources. If you have any issues, please contact your child's teacher. Thank you for your cooperation and patience! We will see our in-school students return on Dec 7th.

Part-Time Job Opportunities - Bus Driver & Cafeteria Assistant

MSS is seeking a part-time bus driver for Taneytown & Frederick Routes. Must be CDL B or A licensed, qualified for Passenger and School Bus, and possess Air Brake certification. Must pass background check, drug test, and a DOT physical. Please contact Beth Gilbert at to apply.

Cafeteria Assistant
We are looking for help in the cafeteria as a substitute for other assistants. Please contact Ms. Kilty at

“First of all, then, I ask that supplications, prayers, petitions, and thanksgivings be offered for everyone, for kings and for all in authority, that we may lead a quiet and tranquil life in all devotion and dignity.” 
1 Timothy 1:1-2


Dear Families,

Karen Murphy, the Assistant Superintendent of School for the Archdiocese of Baltimore, will be on campus on Thursday, November 5. She will meet with me and tour the school. While our school is sponsored by the Daughters of Charity, we welcome our partnership with the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

The weather is getting cold! Students will go outside for recess and PE class. Please dress accordingly. Only uniform sweaters and sweatshirts are permitted to be worn in the classroom. Thank you for your adherence to our uniform policy. Students may continue to wear their PE uniform every day.

Each week, I would like to highlight a virtual learner in Tuesday News. Please be on the lookout for more information. I look forward to your participation!


Kathleen J. Kilty, PhD


Friday Noon Dismissals Continue. After School Care is available until 6:00pm.

No School, November 25-27 - Thanksgiving Break

December 18 is Parent-Teacher Conferences. These will be conducted via Zoom; there will be no school, virtual or in-person, that day.

December 21 & 22 will have no live instruction, either virtually or in-school. However, teachers will post assignments to complete that will be due after the break.


Holiday Travel Policy 

Please be on the lookout for a letter later this week outlining MSS’s holiday travel policy in regards to the pandemic this year. If traveling by air or to certain areas of the country, in-school students may be required to self-quarantine for 14 days upon return. More details and information to follow.

Our tuition covers only 55% of the actual cost to educate a student? We appreciate our donors and benefactors who helps fill the gap so we may keep MSS affordable and accessible to all who seek a quality Catholic education?!


Sometimes the audio or video in Zoom becomes choppy or distorted. What can I do to improve my Zoom experience?

1. Restart your computer if possible. This is not absolutely necessary, but it may help close unknown background processes that are left running as a result of previous activity.

2. Use the best Internet connection you can. In general:

  • Wired connections are better than wireless (WiFi or cellular) connections.
  • WiFi connections are better than cellular (3G/4G/LTE) connections.

 3. Plan ahead for Zoom meetings, and as often as possible, join Zoom meetings from a location where you can use a fast, reliable, wired Internet connection.

4. Mute your microphone when you're not speaking.

  • When your microphone is on, Zoom will devote part of your Internet connection to an audio stream for you, even if you are not speaking. Mute your microphone when you do not need it, and you will allow Zoom use your Internet connection more effectively.

5. Stop your webcam video when you don't need it.

  • If your instructor is okay with you doing so, start your video only when you need to show yourself on webcam, and stop your video when it isn't needed.

6. Disable HD webcam video.

  • Sending high definition (HD) webcam video requires more bandwidth than sending non-HD. Disabling HD video will free up more of your Internet connection for other parts of your Zoom meeting.

7. Close other, unneeded applications on your computer.

  • Zoom meetings can demand significant memory and processing power from your computer. Closing other applications, ones you do not need during the session, will help Zoom run better.
  • Control-Alt-Delete will bring up Windows Task Manager. Under Processes, Google is often an unneeded hog. Right Clicking on all Google browser or Chrome processes and clicking “End Task” usually has no affect on your Zoom meeting once it has started and you have a Zoom window open. Only end other tasks if you are absolutely sure they are not being used by system.
  • If your anti-virus program as a Sleep Mode or allows you to end background processes for an hour (or more if needed), this will improve performance.

8. Avoid other activities that will steal bandwidth.

  • Don't start other bandwidth-intensive activities just before, or during, a Zoom meeting. This goes for your computer and any other computers, smart phones, or any other devices that share your Internet connection
  • AVOID:
    • - large downloads
    • - large uploads
    • - streaming video (e.g. Netflix, Hulu, YouTube)
    • - cloud backups (e.g. Carbonite, CrashPlan)
    • - cloud file synchronizations (e.g. OneDrive, Dropbox)
    • - other high-bandwidth activities

9. Communicate with the teacher of your Zoom meeting ahead of time if you know your internet connection is going to be slow.

  • If the best Internet connection you have for Zoom is a slow one, such as a weak cellular data connection, let the person or people running your session know ahead of time.

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COVID-19 testing is available every other Tuesday, Noon-2:00pm at Seton Center (located behind the school). The next testing is on November 17. No appointment, referral, or insurance needed. Results in 7 days. Conducted by the Frederick County Health Department. *The FCHD will continue to offer testing in our backyard as long as need is demonstrated. We encourage all our families to use the service!

Rapid testing is available at Frederick Health, 7a-2p 7 days/week. You must present a driver’s license and insurance card:
1 Frederick Health Way
Frederick, MD 21701

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