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Tuesday News 1/12/21

Tuesday News 1/12/21

The Kids Heart Challenge, which helps raise awareness for heart health and funds for the American Heart Association, officially kicks on on February 9th. But you can get a jump start on doing your part for heart health today! See more information below.

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Prayer Corner

Please pray for…

Sister Brenda Monahan, D.C., former MSS principal, who is receiving hospice care

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

Sarah Myers, daughter of Karolyne Myers, for  a safe delivery and healthy baby

Our nation and our political leaders

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!


“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.”

John 14:27


From the Principal’s Desk…

Dear Families,

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

This week, we began the second Performance Series Assessment with our middle school students. Grade 1-5 students will begin testing next week.

Please review the letter that will be sent to families today detailing the 2021-2022 tuition rates and registration process. It is important that registration deadlines are met to ensure proper 2021-2022 planning.

On January 4, 2021, we celebrated Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton’s Feast Day and the 200th anniversary of her death. This day also marked 46 years since Pope Saint Paul VI declared her a wife, mother, teacher, religious sister, and Catholic convert at her canonization.

Below is an intercessory prayer to Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, America’s first native-born saint, that our students say regularly in school. You may want to incorporate this prayer in your routine at home:

Lord God,
You blessed Elizabeth Seton with gifts of grace;
As wife and mother, educator and foundress,
So that she might spend her life in service to your people.
Through her example and prayers
May we learn to express our love for you
In love for our fellow men and women.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
Who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
One God, for ever and ever. Amen.

I look forward to having our in-school students back in the building next Tuesday and getting back to our regular routine. Stay well!

Sincerely,

Kathleen J. Kilty, PhD
Principal


Report Cards

Please remember to sign and return the envelopes your child's report cards came in so we have a record that you received it!

Re-Registration and Enrollment Information 

It’s that time of year to get ready for re-enrollment and registration season! This year will look a little different, with tighter deadlines for registration and financial aid. We have waiting lists for almost every grade—which means if you are used to registering late, you could risk a spot for your child.

IMPORTANT DATES:

Jan 1 - FACTS financial aid application opens

Jan 19 - Re-enrollment opens for current families

Jan 19 - Deadline for 1st round of FACTS consideration (families can still apply but each subsequent round will have less assistance resources available)

Feb 1 - Families who applied for 1st round of FACTS will be notified

Feb 16 - Re-registration for current families closes, registration fees must be paid

Feb 17 - Registration for new families opens

Feb 17 AND LATER - Late registration fees applied to current families. Students put on a wait list if classes are full.

FACTS SIGN IN

21-22 TUITION RATES AND FEES

Please contact Albert at anastasi@mothersetonschool.org if you have any questions or concerns.

Kids Heart Challenge

February is Heart Health Month and that means it’s time for the Kids Heart Challenge!

Our school is proud to support the American Heart Association and help kids with special hearts! Our Kids Heart Challenge officially kicks off on February 9th. But you can get a jump on helping save lives right now!

Here is how YOU can help:

  • Register on the free KHC app or go to our schools direct link: www2.heart.org/goto/motherseton
  • Send emails to friends and family and ask for donations to the AHA.
  • Earn “Heart Hero” characters by completing the activities, plus the app brings your Heart Heroes to life!
  • Students who raise $150 by deadline will also receive a special edition Agent KHC!
  • BONUS: If we get 50% of our school signed up and taking the challenge… our PE program will receive extra money for equipment!

 

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.

Jan 18 is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. There will be NO SCHOOL.

Feb 1-5 is CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK

Feb 8 is Super Monday - NO SCHOOL

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Travel Policy and Gatherings Reminder

Please be sure to review our travel policy. Check the announcements on the homepage each Tuesday for a list of states which are affected by the policy.

The CDC, along with state and county health departments, remind people to avoid gatherings with people outside your immediate household when you cannot physically distance and/or wear a mask. Please, as we see COVID numbers continue to increase and mass vaccinations are still months away, adhere to this advice. And as much as possible, try to avoid restaurants, bars, and other public areas where large groups of people will be mask-less.

Thank you for cooperating and for remaining vigilant so that we can continue to remain open for learning.

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 January 12. 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.

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