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Tuesday News 12/15/2020

Tuesday News 12/15/2020

Pre-K 4 enjoys their many opportunities to be creative! Here they are painting giant free art Christmas trees.

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Prayer Corner

Please pray for…

Sister Brenda Monahan, former principal of MSS, recently diagnosed with cancer

Kate Commiskey, aunt of Eva Doll (gr 5), beginning treatment for a brain tumor 

Courtney Friesen, daughter of Ann Beirne, who is undergoing treatment for breast cancer

All those suffering from COVID-19

For our first-responders, healthcare workers, and military, especially those separated from their families due to the pandemic

Please send any additional prayer requests to Lynn Tayler.

Announcements

Updated Jan 19: High Risk COVID-19 Areas

The following are High Risk areas/states for COVID-19. (Essentially every state/area but Hawaii, the Virgin Islands, Guam, and American Samoa). Travel to these places requires a 14-day self-quarantine before return to MSS: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, D.C., Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, 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, Vermont, 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.

COVID-19 TRAVEL POLICY

MSS is Closed - Jan 26, 2021 - Snow Day

No virtual learning

Re-Registration & Enrollment Now Open for Current Families!

Current families have until Feb 16 to re-register their children and pay fees. Please view our admissions page for important deadlines and the link to complete your FACTS application!


"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the holy Spirit." 
1 Thessalonian 5:16-18

From the Principal’s Desk

Dear Families,

I hope this note finds you and your family healthy and well.

Thank you for your participation in the Christmas Raffle Extravaganza. Your support helped us all get into the Christmas spirit while supporting our students. Thank you to Trish Robinson, Amber Reaver, and Terry Smith for organizing this fundraiser.

No in-school or virtual instruction will take place on Monday, December 21 and Tuesday, December 22. Students will, however, have assignments to complete that will be due when we return to school on January 4, 2021. As of now, we plan to offer in-school instruction on January 4, 2021. This could change due to current health and safety circumstances. Students will leave school on December 17 prepared for virtual learning. I will notify you as soon as I am able if there is any change in our schedule.

This Sunday, we celebrate the fourth Sunday of Advent, and as of tomorrow, Christmas is only eight days away. Praying the O Antiphons with your family is a great way to highlight and celebrate these final days of Advent. Below are daily prayers to recite with your family:

December 17 O Wisdom, coming forth from the mouth of the Most High, reaching from one end to the other, mightily and sweetly ordering all things: Come and teach us the way of prudence.

December 18 O Adonai, and leader of the House of Israel, who appeared to Moses in the fire of the burning bush and gave him the law on Sinai: Come and redeem us with an outstretched arm.

December 19 O Root of Jesse, standing as a sign among the peoples; before you kings will shut their mouths, to you the nations will make their prayer: Come and deliver us, and delay no longer.

December 20 O Key of David and scepter of the House of Israel; you open and no one can shut; you shut and no one can open: Come and lead the prisoners from the prison house,

December 21 O Morning Star, splendor of light eternal and sun of righteousness: Come and enlighten those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death.

December 22 O King of the nations, and their desire, the cornerstone making both one: Come and save the human race, which you fashioned from clay.

December 23 O Emmanuel, our king and our lawgiver, the hope of the nations and their Saviour: Come and save us, O Lord our God.

Want to learn more about the O Antiphons?

catholicculture.org/commentary/o-antiphons-fullness-time (for the adults) and catholicicing.com/o-antiphon-ideas-for-catholic-families-an-advent-tradition (crafts and ideas for the children)

With blessings for a joyous Christmas and a peace-filed New Year!

Kathleen J. Kilty, PhD
Principal


Congratulations to Our Patriot Pen Essay Winners

Each year, the VFW hosts an essay contest based on a theme. The 2020 theme was, "What is Patriotism to Me?"

Three of our students placed 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in the local VFW Auxiliary Post 6658 contest:

1st Place: George Beasley

2nd Place: Maryn Rajaski

3rd Place: Taylor Johnson

Attention Gala Ticket Holders

Please contact Lexi Burns at alexisottburns@gmail.com or Trish Robinson at tyoungblood@email.msmary.edu to either:

1. Receive a full refund of your purchase OR

2. Donate the cost of your purchase back to MSS. You will receive a donation receipt for your gift.

If you do not request a refund by December 31, 2020, your purchase will be considered a donation and you will receive a receipt.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Report cards will be sent home with students on December 15. Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held via Zoom on Thursday, December 17, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM, and on Friday, December 18, 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM. To schedule your time, please visit MotherSetonSchool.org/conferences.

Sign ups will close Wednesday, December 16 at 3:00 pm!

#GIVINGTUESDAY UPDATE

THANK YOU for your GENEROUS support during #GIVINGTUESDAY! We received 89 gifts totaling $22,200!



HSA Christmas Raffle Extravaganza

Thank you for your support of our Christmas Raffle!

Tonight (December 15), tune into Facebook Live as we draw the winning tickets! Facebook.com/MSSEmmitsburg

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.


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.


CALENDAR UPDATES

Friday Half-Days will continue past the Christmas break and until further notice. After School Care continues to be available until 6 p.m.

December 17, 5-7pm and December 18, 8a-3p, are Parent-Teacher Conferences. These will be conducted via Zoom; there will be no school, virtual or in-person, that day. Please sign up for your conference slot!

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.

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COVID-19 TESTING INFORMATION

NEW LOCATION: Drive-Through COVID-19 testing is available every other Tuesday, Noon-2:00pm at the Vigilant Hose Ambulance Building/Activities Hall (located next to the school). The next testing is on December 15. No appointment, referral, or insurance needed. Results in fewer than 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
240-566-3152

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.

Communications

Please ensure you are set up to receive emails through both the SchoolAdmin portal and Constant Contact. Important information is distributed through both channels. Also, be sure to check the website regularly for announcements and other news, as well as for answers to your questions. We have an FAQ for uniforms, general info, and for Learning During COVID.

To reduce the amount of materials sent home, we will not be printing the Tuesday News until further notice. It will be distributed each week through Constant Contact email, as well as posted on our website.

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