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Tuesday News 1/21/20

Tuesday News 1/21/20

The 3rd Annual Kids Heart Challenge took place last week and the students had a blast running an obstacle course, jump roping, and having a dance party! Nearly $6000 has been raised so far for the American Heart Association. This is just one of the student-led charity drives we do at MSS because service to others is one of our core values. And because giving back is important!

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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.


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.

UPDATE: Performance Series Assessments Begin Wed

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.


A Note from the Principal’s Desk…

Dear Parents,

On Wednesday, January 22, Sister Nancy Cassidy and Sister Nora Gatto from the Daughters of Charity Sponsored Works Task Force will visit Mother Seton School. Both Sister Nancy and Sister Nora are former elementary school principals and look forward to visiting our school. They will be on campus from about 9:00 A.M–1:30 P.M. They will visit classrooms, talk with faculty and staff members, and Board members, and review various school documents.

Every few years, task force members visit Mother Seton School in order to have a better understanding of how our school’s mission and vision are being integrated into day to day school operations. I look forward to meeting Sister Nancy and Sister Nora and receiving their recommendations on how to best create a vibrant, Christ-centered community that strives to transmit the Gospel as reflected in the life of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton.

Kathleen J. Kilty, PhD

Re-Enrollment/Registration News

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.


God’s Little Gifts Pre-K 3 Program

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 

HSA Corner

Be Our Valentine at the next Vera Bradley/Coach Valentine Bingo!

February 8th. Doors open at 5:30pm; Games begin at 7pm. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Extra games and specials can be purchased at the door.

Call Terry at 301.447.3161 for tickets!

Daddy-Daughter Luau!

Saturday, February 22nd (snow date: Feb 29th). 6:30-8:30 p.m. $20 for father and one daughter; $10 each additional guest. Look for the flier and RSVP to come home soon!


Need a night out that is unique, fun, and entertaining? This is it!!! Mother Seton School HSA Cordially invites you to A NIGHT AT THE RACES!

March 21st at 5:30 p.m. at MSS. All are welcome, so bring your friends and place your bets on MSS! Tickets are on sale NOW! $35/person. Price of ticket includes admission, catering by Mission BBQ, beer, wine and non-alcoholic drinks.  Those dressed in derby style attire will be entered in a prize raffle. Parents of current students who attend will be automatically entered to receive one month's free tuition.

Contact Trish Robinson at for tickets or purchase online at



Be a Heart Hero and Help us reach out goal of $6000!

Register and donate at

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!

Highlights include:

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 Day! Prayer Partner Bingo at 1:45pm.

Wednesday - No Homework!

Thursday - Have a Heart Volleyball Game! $2 Tag Day: Wear jeans and a jersey, raise money for the FMH Cancer Patient Assistance Fund.

Friday - Mass at 10 a.m., followed by the dedication of the Seton-LaCroce Learning Center, then NOON DISMISSAL. Faculty/Staff and guest appreciation luncheon after school.

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 for more information. Donated supplies need to be submitted by January 28th. Thank You!


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.

Contact Mrs. Myers for more information or visit her Teacher Page.

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 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.

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