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Tuesday News 2/16/21

Tuesday News 2/16/21

Science can be fun AND yummy! Second grade studied erosion by using a straw and water to simulate the effects of wind and water on "soil" (cookies).

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Prayer Corner

Please pray for…

Mike Collins, father of MSS alumni Matthew (2015) and Bridget (2017), in the ICU due to COVID-19

Marvin Hill, friend of Lynn Tayler (Marketing), in the ICU for a blood clot

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

Ed Stouter, grandfather of Ryleigh Stouter, diagnosed with cancer

Nick Monacelli, son of librarian Teri Monacelli and MSS alum, diagnosed with Stage 3 Hodgkins Lymphoma

Courtney Friesen, daughter of Ann Beirne, undergoing cancer treatment

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.

Tomorrow, Ash Wednesday, we begin our Lenten journey. The entire school will participate virtually in the St. Joseph Parish Mass at 10:15 AM and will then receive ashes. This year, in the Archdiocese of Baltimore, ashes will be sprinkled atop the head.

As we begin our Lenten journey, I would like to share with you an excerpt from a homily given by Pope Francis in 2014. I hope you find it helpful in pointing out the essential meaning of Lent, especially during the pandemic.

“... The first element is PRAYER. Prayer is the strength of the Christian and of every person who believes. In the weakness and frailty of our lives, we can turn to God with the confidence of children and enter into communion with him. In the face of so many wounds that hurt us and could harden our hearts, we are called to dive into the sea of prayer, which is the sea of God’s boundless love, to taste his tenderness. Lent is a time of prayer: of more intense prayer, more prolonged, more assiduous, more able to take on the needs of the brethren; intercessory prayer, to intercede before God for the many situations of poverty and suffering.

The second key element of the Lenten journey is FASTING. We must be careful not to practice a formal fast, or one which in truth “satisfies” us because it makes us feel good about ourselves. Fasting makes sense if it questions our security, and if it also leads to some benefit for others, if it helps us to cultivate the style of the Good Samaritan, who bends down to his brother in need and takes care of him. Fasting involves choosing a sober lifestyle; a way of life that does not waste, a way of life that does not “throw away”. Fasting helps us to attune our hearts to the essential and to sharing. It is a sign of awareness and responsibility in the face of injustice and abuse, especially to the poor and the little ones, and it is a sign of the trust we place in God and in his providence.

The third element is ALMSGIVING: it points to giving freely, for in almsgiving one gives something to someone from whom one does not expect to receive anything in return. Gratuitousness should be one of the characteristics of the Christian, who aware of having received everything from God gratuitously, that is, without any merit of his own, learns to give to others freely. Today gratuitousness is often not part of daily life where everything is bought and sold. Everything is calculated and measured. Almsgiving helps us to experience giving freely, which leads to freedom from the obsession of possessing, from the fear of losing what we have, from the sadness of one who does not wish to share his wealth with others…”

I hope that this 40 day season of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving is a period of preparation for you to celebrate the Lord’s Resurrection on Easter Sunday.


Kathleen J. Kilty, PhD


March 9: Fall Re-Take Photos

April 13: Spring Photos


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 

The deadling for current families to register AND pay registration fees is FEBRUARY 16!


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 - if you believe you completed an application prior to Jan 19 and did not receive your award notification, please contact Albert at

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 | Postponed

We are postponing CSW activities due to the quarantine necessities and the inclement weather we've had this week. Be on the lookout for ways to celebrate throughout the rest of the month!

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.

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


We have surged past our goal of $8000 and are looking at raising $10K for the AHA!

We are also only 4 students shy of receiving a $500 bonus for our PE program!

Here’s 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 American Heart Association.
  • Earn “Heart Hero” characters by completing the activities, plus the app brings your Heart Heroes to life!

Students who raise $150 by Feb 22nd will receive a special edition Agent KHC!

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 February 9. 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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