Just before Christmas, our Student Council took goodies over to the retired Sisters at the Villa St. Michael. This is just one of the many service projects our students participate in. Look for our upcoming Catholic Schools Week project, Care for the Community Collection, and for the SmART Masters Art Club's outreach project, Caitlin's Smiles!
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NEW this year… If school is on a 2-hour delay this winter, students will have the option to purchase a ham or PB&J sandwich and the soup of the day if they do not wish to pack.
Reopening Plan for 20-21 School Year
Please click on the link to download the letter sent to our families on July 23 regarding reopening plans for our school.
Uniform Update and More
Students may choose to wear either the regular school uniform or the PE uniform every day. The PE uniform will continue to be required on PE days. The school shoe must be a white tennis shoe, with white or light non-marking soles. The shoe itself may have colored markings, such as logos. Our uniform closet has an ample supply of uniforms. Please contact the school office at (301) 447-3161, Monday – Thursday, to set up a time to visit the closet. If you need additional PE T-shirts, they must be ordered through the front office no later than August 3. A form was mailed home with report cards or you may download it from the website.
A Note from the Principal’s Desk…
In the spring of 2019, Mother Seton School was awarded a grant from the Maryland State Department of Education Nonpublic Aging School Program Safety Improvements Program. Using the funds from this grant, new door locks, cameras at each entrance, and a security alarm system were installed over the Christmas holiday break. The new door locks are keyless and can be deactivated, or activated, at any time.
The camera system is able to monitor all who enter and exit Mother Seton School. Camera footage is available for 30 days and can be viewed only by school personnel or law enforcement. The security system works in coordination with the door locks and is also active on windows near entrance and exit points.
I believe these security upgrades will help to keep our students, faculty, and staff safe during the school day, and will also help protect the school when school is not in session.
I would like to thank our Accounting Manager, Albert Nastasi, for applying for this grant and for applying for an additional safety and security grant for the 2020-2021 school year.
Kathleen J. Kilty, PhD
Registration and Re-Enrollment begins January 15th!
A letter was sent home last week explaining the earlier process and including new tuition rates. READ IT HERE
Be prepared to fill out your FACTS applications early! You may register your children beginning January 15th or you can choose to wait until you receive your final financial aid determination, which will occur by March 10th IF YOU COMPLETE FACTS NO LATER THAN FEBURARY 15TH!
If you will have Pre-K 4 enrollees, you can begin the testing process for them before registering. Contact Laurie Szukalski at 301.447.3165 if you have a Pre-K 4 or a Kindergartener not previously enrolled in MSS who will require testing.
NEW FOR NEXT YEAR!
We are expanding our pre-kindergarten program to include 3-year-olds*. The schedule and curriculum will be similar to the current Pre-K 4. LIMITED SPOTS are available.
Applications accepted starting January 15th.
*must be 3 by Sept 1, 2020 and potty trained
Our next HSA Meeting is Tuesday, Jan 14 at 6:30 PM. We NEED more active parents! Please join us and become involved in planning for our school year.
TICKETS ON SALE FOR THE ANNUAL DINNER AND AUCTION!
A NIGHT AT THE RACES
March 21 @ 5:30 PM AT MSS
$35/person. Sponsorships are also available and help keep costs down so we can raise more money for Catholic education at Mother Seton School. BUY TICKETS NOW
Come win with MSS! Check MotherSetonSchool.org/gala for updates and details as they come!
KIDS HEART CHALLENGE IS THIS WEEK
Be a Heart Hero and Help us reach out goal of $6000!
Register and donate at american.heart.org/kidsheartchallenge
Students will participate in the schoolwide activity challenge on January 15th!
CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK: January 26-February 1
We have a week of fun events to celebrate Catholic education at Mother Seton School! Keep your eye on the website and social media for Spirit Day reminders and special announcements!
CSW Service Project: Care for the Community Collection! Collecting much needed personal care items for the Emmitsburg Food Bank. January 21-31, 2020.
Tuesday - Out of Uniform Team Spirit Day! Wear your favorite team, activity, or hobby top with pants and shoes of your choice.
Wednesday - No Homework!
Thursday - Have a Heart Volleyball Game! $2 Tag Day: Wear a red shirt with jeans, school shoes—See enclosed flier!
Friday - Mass at 10 a.m. and NOON DISMISSAL
Art Club Service Project
The SmArt Masters Art Club will be completing a service project at their next meeting, January 29th. We are looking for donations of unused crafts items to assemble bags for "Caitlin's Smiles". Please do not buy anything new. We are looking for craft items your child no longer uses or has an abundance. Ex.colored pencils, modeling clay, stencils, beads, stickers etc. Click on http://www.caitlins-smiles.
SEE EUROPE THIS SUMMER!
Open to Middle School Students, Alumni,Parents and Teachers
Traveling to Germany, Italy, and Switzerland. Outstanding educational tour with EF Tours.
We only have a few seats left. DEADLINE IS MARCH 1ST.
Reminder of Weather Protocol
As we enter the winter season, please remember: We follow FCPS - if they close, we close. All weather alerts will be posted on our website. We will post on social media when we are able, but please follow the website for the most current info. You can sign up to receive alerts from FCPS through FindOutFirst, but the fastest way to receive information is to follow FCPSMaryland on Facebook or visit FCPS.org. They post their weather calls by 5:05 a.m. We will repeat the information on our website and Facebook shortly after that. No SwiftAlerts will be sent for morning closures, only in extenuating circumstances.