Thank you to Michele Corr, Executive Director of Friends of Catholic Education for presenting Dr. Kilty with a plaque recognizing the MSS Faculty, Staff, Administration, and Students for the way we've adapted to the circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic. We share this with all of our parents who have been a great source of encouragement and support. Together we are truly SETON STRONG!
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Please pray for…
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.
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
From the Principal’s Desk…
I hope this note finds you and your family healthy and well.
Every February, Americans celebrate Black History Month. This tribute dates back to 1926 and is credited to a Harvard scholar named Carter G. Woodson, Ph.D. The son of former slaves, Dr. Woodson was the second African American to receive a doctoral degree from Harvard University. Dr. Woodson dedicated his life to ensuring that black history was accurately documented and disseminated, and he worked vigorously to establish Black History Month. The month of February was chosen by Dr. Woodson to honor the birth months of abolitionist Frederick Douglas and President Abraham Lincoln. Our school community is blessed by having a variety of races and ethnicities. We celebrate this diversity and the opportunities it presents to us.
The Seton Shrine is offering virtual tours. Some of our classes have participated in these opportunities to learn more Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, the Historic St. Joseph’s House, and the Stone Farmhouse. Public tours are available for families and individuals. Visit setonshrine.org/virtual-tours/ this month to register for a free virtual tour.
This weekend, we celebrate St. Valentine’s Day. There are numerous legends and stories surrounding his existence. What we know for certain, based on archaeological findings, is that there was a St. Valentine who lived in Rome during the early centuries of the last millennium. In 496 AD, Pope Gelasius marked Feb 14 as a celebration of his martyrdom. He has since come to be known as the Patron Saint of love, marriage, bee keepers, and (oddly enough) plague. May you celebrate his day surrounded by those you love.
Kathleen J. Kilty, PhD
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.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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!
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
· Soap/body wash
· 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 3/4 to our goal of $8000! But we are still 8 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:
- 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 (March 5) 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, 14 students will be SLIMERS!
PLEASE ENSURE YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION IN POWERSCHOOL AND SCHOOLADMIN IS UP TO DATE AND CORRECT!
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
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.