We hope everyone enjoyed their holidays! Don't forget to bless your homes on the 6th in honor of Epiphany. Share with us photos or videos of your family praying over your homes by posting them on Facebook and tagging MSS or by emailing email@example.com.
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Please pray for…
Sister Brenda Monahan, D.C., former MSS principal, battling cancer
the repose of the soul of Lester Wooden, brother of Sister Margaret Ann Wooden (Gr 2), who died Dec 26 after a long illness
the repose of the soul of Judith Piskura, great-aunt of Lynn Tayler, Finnian (gr 7) & Moira Tayler (gr 5), who died Dec 23 from COVID-19
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.
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.
MSS is Closed - Jan 26, 2021 - Snow Day
No virtual learning
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!
"God has given me a great deal to do, and I have always, and hope always, to prefer his Will to every wish of my own.”
Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton
From the Principal’s Desk
I hope you enjoyed your holidays!
I am delighted to welcome Mr. Chris Cosentino to the Mother Seton School community. Mr. Cosentino will teach fifth grade beginning on January 11, 2021. Please join me in welcoming Mr. Cosentino and in wishing Mrs. Chasten Oben well as she begins a new employment opportunity.
Mr. Cosentino has worked at the National Catholic Educational Association, the Archdiocese of Baltimore, St. John’s Catholic Prep, and St. Maria Goretti High School. He most recently served as a substitute teacher at Mother Seton School and taught for three weeks in the fifth grade in October. We are very blessed to have someone with Mr. Cosentino’s experience and enthusiasm join our community.
On Jan 4, we celebrated the Feast Day of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, our Patron Saint and Foundress. The National Shrine has put together special events to recognize the 200th anniversary of her death, including a new short film about her life that I encourage you to view with your family. It can be found at Seton200Years.org.
Elizabeth Scalia offers a beautiful reflection on the life of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, who sowed “seeds of hope” throughout the nation and the world. You can read it at here. She reminds us that, “Even today, several distinct religious congregations, seeded from the roots of Mother Seton’s first little community in Emmitsburg, carry on the work of serving the poor for love of Christ in North America and beyond.”
One seed grew to become the model for parochial schools in America and eventually the Mother Seton School you know today. We are blessed to continue to educate students here, where she lived, worked, and died. We have the opportunity to forge a personal connection with our Saint, to walk in her footsteps, and to grow in our faith. While we continue to face challenges and hardships due to the pandemic, we turn to Mother Seton for comfort and hope. As she has urged us, “We must pray without ceasing, in every occurrence and employment of our lives – that prayer which is rather a habit of lifting up the heart to God as in a constant communication with Him.” Let us pray that we will once again be able to gather all together and until then, that we remain healthy and strong in mind, body, and soul.
Kathleen J. Kilty, PhD
Please remember to sign and return the envelopes your child's report cards came in so we have a record that you received it!
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.
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.
New tuition rates and registration fees will be announced in the next week. Please contact Albert at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or concerns.
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 15 is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. There will be NO SCHOOL.
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
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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