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Tuesday News 1/26/21

Tuesday News 1/26/21

Our Middle School Spanish language students learn fluency through immersion. They practice their literacy through reading periodicals in Spanish and pronunciation through class presentations. Here, 8th-grader Gianna gives a presentation on her favorite cartoon character, based on an article read in the Spanish version of Scholastic News.

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Prayer Corner

Please pray for…

Sister Brenda Monahan, D.C., former MSS principal, who is in Hospice care

Courtney Friesen, daughter of Ann Beirne, undergoing cancer treatment

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

Our families at Mother Seton School

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.


Enrollment is NOW OPEN for NEW FAMILIES/Classes filling fast!

New families are now able to enroll students for next school year! Financial aid is available. Please refer to our admissions page for more information or call Laurie at 301-447-3165.

Current families may still complete their re-registration, however, families are subject to the late charge and are not guaranteed a spot in classes with waitlists.

Updated Feb 26: 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, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania (outside a 25-mile radius from Emmitsburg), Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia.

Based on Maryland restrictions of travel to areas with 20 or more cases per 100K in last 7 days.


Sister Brenda Monahan Scholarship Fund

A scholarship has been established at MSS in Sister Brenda's name. If you would like to contribute, please click on the link included with this announcement or visit the page on the website.

Give today to the SBM Scholarship Fund

From the Principal’s Desk…

Dear Families,

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

Grades 1-5 continue to complete the Performance Series Test this week. Scoresheets will be sent home with students as soon as they are available.

Interims will go home with students today. Please review the report with your child and contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions.

In honor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton’s Feast Day, the 200th anniversary of her death, I would like to share information or a short story about her life with you. Hopefully, this will allow all of us to get to know our role model, intercessor, and Patroness better.

The Eucharist was very special to Elizabeth. She received her first Holy Communion on March 25, 1805, at St. Peter’s Church on Barclay Street in New York. Visit to learn about this church’s rich history and to see many beautiful pictures.

After receiving Communion for the first time in the Episcopalian Church, Elizabeth wrote to her sister, Rebecca Seton, “the previous night was surely a foretaste of the next life. Yesterday shall, while I have any birthdays to keep, always be considered the Birthday of the Soul.”

Because of the pandemic, many of us have participated in online Mass and have not been able to receive the Eucharist. When circumstances prevent one from receiving the Eucharist, it is possible to make an Act of Spiritual Communion. This act serves as an act of faith and love and an invitation to receive Jesus into our hearts.

My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.

I love you above all things and I desire to receive you in my soul.

Since I cannot at this moment receive you sacramentally,

Come at least spiritually into my heart.

I embrace you as if you were already there

And unite myself wholly to you.

Never permit me to be separated from you.


Have a great week!


Kathleen J. Kilty, PhD

Congratulations to our Keep Christ in Christmas Poster Winners!

Ages 5-7: Claire Yu, Autumn Trout, Emily Williams

Ages 8-10:  Clark Faller, Gwyneth Yanike, Sydney Bowser

Ages 11-14: Peyton Faller and Vivienne Storch

Substitutes Wanted

We are now hiring substitute teachers! New hires will be VIRTUS trained, fingerprinted, and will complete a background check. Please contact Ms. Kilty at

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.


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.



Please contact Albert at if you have any questions or concerns.

Catholic Schools Week | February 1-5, 2021

Check out the attached flier and our website for details on celebrating CSW at MSS! We kick off the week with our Blessing Box Service Project and end with a day of appreciation for our staff and faculty. Throughout the week we’ll have special activities and surprises. Whether you’re learning at home or you’re in the class, we hope you’ll join us!

Our next Mass will be Feb 5 at 10:15 a.m. in celebration of Catholic Schools Week and the life of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. You can view it livestreamed on St. Joseph of Emmitsburg's YouTube Channel.

Blessing Box Service Project

The Ladies of Charity, a lay ministry of the Daughters of Charity, sponsor a Blessing Box outside the Shrine. It is free and open to the public 24/7 for our neighbors in need.

Our CSW service project this year is to collect items most in need. Please return the following items to school, either through your student or by dropping them off. OR you can order from Amazon and have them shipped directly to us!

· Dental care

· Deodorant

· Soap/body wash

· Shampoo

· Wipes

· Small detergent (laundry or dish)

· Winter hats/gloves/scarves

If you are interested in the Ladies of Charity ministry, please feel free to contact Mary Calis.

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 and runs through Mar 5th. 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:
  • 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 the March 5th 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!
EXTRA BONUS! Any student who raises $200 by Feb 9th will have the chance to SLIME Mrs. Reaver!



Feb 8 is Super Bowl Monday - NO SCHOOL - Enjoy a day of respite after the excitement of Catholic Schools Week, the “Super Bowl” of Catholic Education.

Feb 15 - NO SCHOOL - Presidents Day

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.


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

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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