Though they aren't in school with us, our remote learners are a treasured and important part of our school community! Check out our Facebook and Instagram pages over the next few weeks as we highlight some of our Virtual Learning Stars! Search for #MSSVLS to pull up all the posts.
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Please pray for…
Sister Brenda Monahan, former principal of MSS, recently diagnosed with cancer
Kate Commiskey, aunt of Eva Doll (gr 5), having surgery for a brain tumor on Nov 11
Courtney Friesen, daughter of Ann Beirne, who continues to recover from breast cancer treatment
Claude Beaudoin, sister of Sister Martha Beaudoin (Seton Center), being treated for heart complications
Please send any additional prayer requests to Lynn Tayler.
#GivingTuesday is a worldwide one-day campaign for good. Unleash your generosity and make a gift to Mother Seton School's Annual Fund! Last year, 85 donors gave. This year, we would like to reach 100 donors! Join us!
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.
VIRTUAL LEARNING FOR ALL STUDENTS Nov 30-Dec 4
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
PART-TIME BUS DRIVER NEEDED
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 email@example.com to apply.
We are looking for help in the cafeteria as a substitute for other assistants. Please contact Ms. Kilty at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"If the good Lord wishes to prolong the hour of trial, do not complain or look for the reason; but remember always, that the children of Israel had to remain forty years in the desert before reaching the Promised Land.”
Saint Padre Pio
Two weeks ago, I sent a letter to families regarding our school’s travel policy. The letter can be found here, while the list of affected areas based on Maryland and Daughters of Charity guidelines can be found in the Announcements section on the homepage. I understand this policy is an inconvenience and many of you will have to sacrifice spending time with family and friends this holiday season, but I believe it is the best way to keep our community safe and our school open for instruction.
This past April, I shared with you a letter the Archbishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, Most Reverend Bernard A. Hebda, wrote to the faithful in his Archdiocese. I believe his words are still relevant and I would like to share them with you again:
“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. 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.’”
We will have an all school virtual Mass on Monday, November 23 at 10:15 AM. You may join the celebration here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7SM6oKbIaALPNiRxrZVsog. Thank you to Father Marty for celebrating this Mass for our school community.
I wish you and your family and safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday.
Kathleen J. Kilty, PhD
Virtual Learning Stars
From this week until Christmas Break, we would like to highlight our virtual learners on our website and social media! We will also hang the students’ “Star” in the school as a way to connect them with our in-person learners. Please check your email for a questionnaire for your virtual learners to complete and return, with pictures, to Mrs. Tayler NLT December 4. While this is voluntary, we hope your family will take part in this!
Holiday Travel Policy
Please review 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. High Risk areas will be posted in the announcements section on the home page (also found above) and updated each Tuesday.
HSA Christmas Raffle Extravaganza
It's that time of year again, the holiday season is upon us! This year has been quite unique and with that in mind Mother Seton School HSA wanted to do something to help keep up the holiday spirit.
This year, we ask you to join us for a fun raffle event (COVID safe) that not only will raise money for the school, but will also give you the chance to gift someone special that perfect present!
Raffle sheets and present package information will be sent home with each student on Tuesday, November 24th. All raffle sheets and money need to be submitted to MSS by December 11th to qualify for the drawing.
The raffle drawing will take place live on the MSS Facebook Page, December 15th. You do not need a FB account to view the MSS Page!
If you have family and/or friends that would like to participate, you may request more raffle sheets to be sent home with your child.
We appreciate your support during this troubling time and hope this event will bring back some of the fun and joy normally experienced with past Mother Seton School events.
Let's make this a December to remember!
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.
COVID-19 TESTING INFORMATION
Drive-Through COVID-19 testing is available every other Tuesday, Noon-2:00pm at Seton Center (located behind the school). The next testing is on December 1. 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
Snow Day Policy
We’ve had to make a change to our inclement weather policy, since FCPS will not be in session for the foreseeable future. MSS will make a determination of school delays or closures and will post the information by 6:00 a.m. via SwiftAlert, the website, and social media.
In the event we close for a day, there will be no in-school or virtual instruction. With all the uncertainty and anxiety related to COVID-19, we feel it’s important to maintain the hope of a snow day for children, and to allow both in-school and virtual learners the chance to just be kids by playing in the snow, drinking hot cocoa, snuggling in with a good book or movie, or enjoying whatever favorite snow day tradition your family might have.
Should we need to close for consecutive days, we will institute virtual learning for all.
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