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Tuesday News 2/2/21

Tuesday News 2/2/21

Vivienne Storch was one of the winners in the KofC Keep Christ in Christmas Poster Contest this year! She took 2nd place in the 11-14 year old category, while Peyton Faller placed 1st. Our other winners included Claire Yu (1st), Autumn Trout (2nd), and Emily Williams (3rd) in ages 5-7 category; and Gwyneth Yanike (1st), Sydney Bowser (2nd), and Clark Faller (3rd) in the ages 8-10 category. We are blessed to have such talented young artists among us!

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Prayer Corner

Please pray for…

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

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.

Announcements

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. https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#cases_casesper100klast7days

COVID-19 TRAVEL POLICY

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 healthy, well, and warm.

While the recent snow and class quarantines have caused us to postpone Catholic Schools Week, we can still celebrate the gift of Catholic education this week.

Catholic schools exist to transmit Catholic truths and values in an educational environment that is permeated by the Gospel spirit of freedom and love with the goal of forming children who will become good Catholic adults (Congregation for Catholic Education, 1988). This directive is consistent with our school’s mission statement and Mother Seton’s vision when she established schools in Baltimore and Emmitsburg. One of my favorite quotes regarding Elizabeth Ann Seton’s role in educating youth is especially timely as we celebrate the gift of Catholic education:

“In your role as educators, focus on the whole person – teach the lesson and touch the heart. Above all, my friends, teach your pupils about God’s love for them. Oh! Set your gaze on the future and always strive to “fit your students for the world in which they are destined to live.”

As a reminder, school will be closed for students, faculty, and staff on Monday, February 8. Originally, my intent for a “Super Bowl Monday” holiday was to give everyone a short respite after what is usually a busy Catholic Schools Week, which also happens to coincide with the Super Bowl on Sunday evening. With the challenges we have faced since coming back from Christmas break, we could all use a day to breathe and catch up on whatever we may need, be it classwork, prayer, or sleep.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. I look forward to being together again soon.

Sincerely,

Kathleen J. Kilty, PhD
Principal


National Shrine Virtual Book Club Feb 11 - Mar 18

Cozy up with a good book and good conversation.  In this six-week series conducted via Zoom, we'll be journeying through the life of the first American-born saint with Annabelle M. Melville's biography Elizabeth Bayley Seton: American Saint. Visit bit.ly/3awnNSl to register by Feb 4th.

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 kkilty@mothersetonschool.org.

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

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.

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

WE ARE STILL CONTINUING OUR 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!

Our Kids Heart Challenge officially kicks off on February 9th and thanks to all of you who started fundraising early, we are already more than halfway to our goal of $8000! But we are still 26 students short of our 100 participant goal.

Will you help push us past the goal line?

  • 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 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 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!

BONUS BONUS: Students who raise $200 before the Feb 9th kick off will win the chance to SLIME Mrs. Reaver! So far, 8 students will be SLIMERS!

 

CALENDAR UPDATES

Feb 8 is Super Bowl Monday - NO SCHOOL

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.

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 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
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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