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Standardized Testing for students in Grades 2– 8 will take place March 27-31.  We will no longer be using the SAT10 for student testing. The Archdiocese of Baltimore has changed to the Iowa Test of Basic Skills.

Testing Schedule At a Glance 3/27 - 4/4

Monday: Gr 2, 4, 6 - 9:00-10:00a; Gr 3,5,7,8 - 9:00-9:40 (Test 1) / 9:50-10:25 (Test 2)

Tuesday: Gr 2 - 9:00-11:00a; Gr 3-8 - 9:00-10:00a

Wednesday: Gr 2, 4, 6 - 9:00-10:00a; Gr 3, 5, 7, 8 - 9:00-11:30a

Thursday: Gr 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 - 9:00-10:00a; Gr 3 - 9:00-10:55a

Monday (4/3): Gr 2 - 9:00-9:45a; Gr 4, 6 - 9:00-10:45a; Gr 3, 5, 7, 8 - 9:00-11:30a

Friday (3/31) & Tuesday (4/4): Make-up Tests for Absent Students


It's Raffle Time! We’re asking each family to sell their tickets at $5/each. Top prize is $1000. All proceeds directly benefit our student programs. INCENTIVE #1: Sell all ten tickets by MARCH 22 and receive a Free Pizza Lunch and Out of Uniform Day on March 24.  You will also be entered into a drawing to win 2 wrist bands for carnival rides. PLUS ALL SUBSEQUENT INCENTIVES!


Lenten Canned Food Drive, March 22-28. As we journey through Lent, we are called to do acts of charity for those in need. Please give toward our canned food drive to benefit the local Food Bank. Canned tuna or chicken, peanut butter, mac n cheese, canned soup and fruit cups  are the items we are seeking.  We greatly appreciate your generosity!


Splash Day Opportunity for Middle School Students to Visit UMBC. Saturday, April 8, 2017. Splash UMBC is a non-profit organization held at University of Maryland Baltimore County and Splash Day is a one-day program that strives to inspire imagination and spark passion among high school and middle school students through the fun interdisciplinary classes taught by UMBC undergraduates. Our program allows both collegiate and 6-12th grade students to become more engaged in their education as they discover new interests, meet students from other schools, and explore the college campus.


This program is a great opportunity for students to get away from the usual conventional classroom environment to expand to unique classes such as “Biochemistry: Fire, Ice, and Everything in Between,” “Rockets and More,” “College Life 101,” “Zumbastic,” “Rugby,” “How to play the Ukele”, and “Human vs. Zombies.


The student registration on the Splash UMBC website is currently open and will remain so until Thursday, April 6, 2017. Students are required to pay a small fee of $10 as well as a signed liability and photo waiver made available on our website on the day of the program. The program will begin at 9am to 4pm, check in at 8:30am, with a lunch break from 11:00 AM to Noon. Parents or guardians may drop off or pick up the students at the UMBC Commons Loop. VIEW FLIER


Even More Amazing Alumni! Congratulations to Anna Eyler and Alex Dumm, who each received a Pillar Award from St. John's Catholic Prep. Alex received his for Leadership, Anna for Service. We are so proud of our alumni!


The Lions Club Supports MSS! Thank you to the Emmitsburg Lions Club for your gift of service in providing free vision screenings to our students! Reports were sent home recently from the school. We’re grateful to all who helped and especially to Bill & Rachel Wivell for coordinating the event for us!  Thurmont Lions Club is now accepting nominations for Teacher of the Year.  Students and parents are able to nominate a teacher whom you believe makes a difference in the life of your child.  A nomination form is being sent home to each family.  Nominations are due by April 7 and are sent directly to the Thurmont Lions Club. Download Nomination Form

Registration Packets have been sent home.  Please complete and return. Your participation in the registration process helps us to adequately prepare for the 2017-2018 school year. Please submit your family’s registration form and fees before April 13, to save money.

Registration fees are now $175 per child.  Pay for 1 child, in full, by April 13, balance due for additional siblings due by May 15.


FACTS Tuition Assistance applications are still being accepted. However,since it's past the deadline, financial awards are made based on remaining available funds. Tuition Assistance is awarded based on annual funding available and is not guaranteed year to year.  Please see our Tuition & Financial Aid page for more information.



2017-2018 Calendar. These dates may help you in planning for next year. A more detailed calendar will be sent home in June.

9/6 — First day of school for students

11/23-26 — Thanksgiving Break

12/22-1/2 — Christmas Break

1/15 — Martin L. King Day

2/19 — President’s Day

3/29 –4/8 — Easter Break

5/28 — Memorial Day

6/13 — Last day of school for students


Special Prayer Intention. We’ve been asking our MSS community for continued prayers for Tommy Laudani, a 2014 MSS alum. Tommy is currently a junior at Delone HS and was diagnosed with DSRCT, a rare and aggressive cancer. We are asking you, our families, to continue to pray and to add Tommy and his family to your special intentions this season. In addition, there are other ways to help if you are able. Donations of gas or grocery gift cards are always appreciated, especially since his family must commute regularly to Johns Hopkins for treatment. Our hearts go out to the Laudani family and we will continue to pray for his recovery during this Christmas season of miracles! *Delone HS has organized a meal train for the family. If you would like to contribute, please click here:






  • Drop Off Protocol. To keep our students safe and keep the line moving in the morning, please be mindful of the following:
    • Children must exit curbside. Our curbside staff member is there to assist them.
    • If your child requires you to get out of the car to assist them, please either park in the lot and walk them up or pull all the way forward past the front doors. This is both for safety reasons and as a courtesy to other parents waiting to drop their children off.
    • Do not speed around the circle, especially if passing other vehicles in the line. Be prepared to stop at a moment's notice.
  • Cell Phones: We live in a digital age and there may be exceptional times that a student would need to have a cell phone at school.  The policy in our handbook regarding  cell phones states, “Parents submit a written request to the principal for a student to have a cell phone at school.  Students are required to leave the phone at the front office in the morning and pick the phone up before leaving in the afternoon.  No cell phones are allowed in the classrooms." Additionally, students who carry cell phones on the bus are not permitted to have them out of the book bag during transport. If you have a reason for your child to have a cell phone at school, please e-mail your request to or
  • Help keep our students safe! Parent/Drivers at school bus stops for MSS are not to leave the parking lot before the bus departs. This is to insure all students are on the bus safely. There was a close call last week and as we begin school, let’s remember that students can sometimes be distracted when getting on the bus—as adults it’s our role to help keep them safe. Being patient and waiting for the bus to pull away first will help avoid accidents. Thanks for your help!
  • Keep collecting those Box Tops! Since 2012, we’ve raised over $13K for MSS. That’s 130,000 Box Tops! Keep an eye out for future Box Top challenges and rewards. In the meantime, keep clipping!
  • Got Old Markers? We want them! As part of our Green School initiative, we collect used markers and turn them in to Crayola for recycling. You can find the box in the atrium. We also collect used ink cartridges. Drop yours off in the box outside the library! Thank you for your support of our Green School efforts!


*RESCHEDULED TO MARCH 22nd* - Author Event: Caroline Hickey (writing as Nicholas O. Time). Students will hear a presentation by Mrs. Hickey in grade level assemblies and have an opportunity to have their books autographed after her presentation.


HSA Vera Bradley & Coach Bingo. Saturday, April 1. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Games begin at 7:00 p.m. $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Call Rebecca at 410.756.1815 for tickets! VIEW FLIER


living our mission

March 21, 2017

This morning I read an article on the purpose of fasting during Lent. The article spoke of the importance of our motivation when we enter into a fast ...our love for Jesus that draws us into fasting, not the desire to lose weight or break a habit.  In our pleasure seeking culture, fasting isn’t something that is talked about very often, but Lent is a good time for us to think about the reason we fast  -to live as God intends and show our love for Him through the fast. Many times when we think of fasting, we think of food, but below is a list of other things from which we can fast, in order to feast one day when we  enter the Kingdom of God.


Fast from emphasis on differences; feast on the unity of all life.

Fast from discontent; feast on gratitude.

Fast from anger; feast on patience.

Fast from pessimism; feast on optimism.

Fast from worry; feast on trust.

Fast from hostility; feast on nonviolence.

Fast from bitterness; feast on forgiveness.

Fast from self-concern; feast on compassion for others.

Fast from discouragement; feast on hope.

Fast from idle gossip; feast on purposeful silence.


Gentle God, during this season of fasting and feasting, gift us with your presence, so we can be a gift to others in carrying out your work. Amen.



We pray...

tor healing from cancer for: Alice Blonkowski, Mary Louise Hoban, Tommy Laudani, & Sr. Cynthia.

for the repose of the soul of Jay Wivell, uncle of Tim Wivell, maintenance.

for Lester Wooden, brother of Sr. Margaret Ann, who is recovering from a kidney transplant.

for continued healing for Ronnie Riley, brother of Willie Riley, maintenance.









MSS News



Everyone who entered the S.T.E.M. Fair should be super proud — you all did a fantastic job! Competition was fierce. Congratulations to the following students who placed:

Gr 3: Grace Hewitt (1st); Madison Ball and Ben Caretti (t-2nd); Thien-Y Pham (3rd)

Gr 4: Isaac Jenkins (1st); Faith Collins (2nd); Brady Koenig and Michael Metz (T-3rd)

Gr 5: Michael Hohenstein (1st); Wyatt Hill (2nd); Julia Wivell (3rd); Nathaniel Hand (HM)

Gr 6: Pearl Walker (1st); Jamie Price and Henry Greger (T-2nd); Nathan Kovalcik (3rd); Mackenzie Orndorff (HM)

Gr 7: Megan Adams (1st); Raphaela Smaldone and Keola Evans & Bella Rabaiotti (T-2nd); Aoife Nelson (3rd); Jacob Hartness (HM)

Gr 8: Matthias Buchheister, Jack Guinan, and Gavin Marshall (1st); Natalie Bosche (2nd); Averey Johnson (3rd); Liv Cliber, Grace Kovalcik, and Sydney McCarron (HM)

Grand Champions

Invention: Matthias Buchheister, Jack Guinan, Gavin Marshall
Experiment: Megan Adams



Congratulations to Chase Stull (Gr 8)! Chase placed 1st in Ski Liberty's "Do It for the Love" Freestyle Snowboarding event, ages 13-17 category. Way to go, Chase!


Mother Seton School Receives Donation from Culture of Good and TCC Verizon

Emmitsburg, Maryland -- The faculty at MSS were treated to a surprise on Valentine's Day courtesy of Culture of Good, the philanthropic arm of TCC Verizon. As part of a nationwide tour, the Culture of Good bus stopped at MSS to deliver boxes of Teacher Supplies, part of their Teachers Rock! initiative. Ryan McCarty, co-founder, met with Principal Sister Brenda Monahan, D.C., and presented her with his book, Building a Culture of Good. Former MSS alum, Ben Lambert (Class of '93), manager of a TCC Verizon store in Frederick, also gifted to the school an iPad Air. Mr. McCarty, Mr. Lambert, and their team, paid a visit to Mrs. Schisler's Kindergarten class, where Mr. McCarty talked to the children about the importance of always doing good in the world. MSS is grateful for Culture of Good and TCC Verizon, and their support of educators.


Congratulations, Larisa Tayler! Larisa took first place in the schoolwide National Geography Bee and will move to the next round. Good luck, Larisa!


Congratulations, Mia Ferraro! Mia will represent MSS at the Frederick County Spelling Bee. Good luck,Mia!


Congratulations to MSS seventh grader Sophia Stinson! Sophia's artwork placed First in the Lion's Club "Celebration of Peace" art contest. Her work will be sent to the district level. Good Luck Sophia!

Mother Seton School Welcomes New Members to Vincentian Marian Youth


Emmitsburg, MD – In a ceremony held on September 27, 2016, Mother Seton School welcomed six new students into its Vincentian Marian Youth (VMY) Seton Council chapter: Shae Archie (grade 7), Keola Evans (grade 7), Jacob Hartness (grade 7), Layla Metts (grade 6), Mackenzie Orndorff (grade 6), Raphaela Smaldone (grade 7), and Pearl Walker (grade 6). The new inductees join standing members Natalie Bosche (grade 8) and Larisa Tayler (grade 8). The VMY is an international youth service organization that is part of the world-wide Vincentian Family. Modeled after St. Vincent de Paul, the VMY encourages youth to become missionaries of Christ through outreach to their communities. Students in grades 5 through 8 interested in working side-by-side with friends and classmates to serve Christ by serving their neighbors are invited to join in September, and spend a year in service before taking their final pledge and being inducted as full members into. The Mother Seton School chapter is one of only four U.S.-based chapters.


The VMY has four principles that are woven into every activity and meeting: Community, Service, Marian Spirituality, and Formation to Service. Some of the outreach activities that members commonly perform include an annual food drive for the Seton Center in Emmitsburg, volunteering at the Catoctin Pregnancy Center and at the Seton Thrift Store, and spending time with the residents at St. Catherine’s Nursing Center.


MSS welcomed Vincentian family members and guests from the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Baltimore.




7 Rules for Online Etiquette

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Lots of kids -- and alas, adults -- treat the Internet like an anything-goes. That can be part of the fun -- within reason.

However, when people choose to make aggressively mean-spirited comments, hide behind anonymity to be cruel, send around photos to humiliate others, or just act in a way that would be considered rude in the “real world”, it creates an environment that doesn't allow kids (or parents) to experience the best of what the Web has to offer. The negativity can actually hurt people and harm reputations. Sure, there are times we all need to “vent”, but posting to social media only creates a stir and doesn’t work to solve the problem. It also makes that moment in time permanent so that the comments are forever tied to the individual and typically don’t represent the “best self”.


Social media isn’t the place for true concerns to be addressed. Our children need to understand that in “real life”, they would go to the source and discuss strategies to help resolve a problem or settle a disagreement. The tenor of our elections and the social issues we are faced with at this current time may give the impression that what we say doesn’t really matter – but it does.   Common sense says that problems aren’t solved through posts to Facebook, Instagram, or SnapChat accounts. In fact, many times we hide behind social media rather than step up and become involved to create solutions.


Helping our children demonstrate good moral character and virtue is an important part of what we teach at MSS. It’s important that we work together to ensure we are doing everything we can to help our children navigate the 21st-century tools available.  For example, we have to help our children understand that if you wouldn’t make the statement to the person, it wouldn’t be appropriate to post on social media.


Here are some guidelines to make our use of social media a bit kinder and gentler and to better reflect the values we want our children to imbue:


1. Context is everything. If kids want to have silly online names that conform to the convention of a particular online community and only their friends will see, fine. But for more formal communication -- like email addresses, posting comments, or anything to do with school -- have them choose a respectable screen name (though not their real name) that they wouldn't be embarrassed to utter out loud in front of, say, their grandmother.


2. Double-check before you hit "send." Could something you wrote be misinterpreted? Is it so littered with slang that it requires a Ph.D. in the Urban Dictionary to be understood? Is it rude, mean, or sarcastic? Don't send it.


3. Take the high road (but don't boast about it). Chatting, texting, and status updates are all "in-the-moment" communication. But if there's an escalating sense of rudeness, sign off. No good will come of firing off a nasty comment. You can always write out a response to get something off your chest ... without sending it.


4. Grammar rules. Rumors of grammar's demise have been greatly exaggerated. But again, context is key. An IM to a friend can dangle as many participles as you want, but anything more formal -- for example, a public online comment or a note to a teacher -- should represent your best self. This applies to capital letters, too. By now, everyone knows that writing in all caps means that you're shouting, but it bears repeating once your kid starts interacting online.


5. Keep a secret. In today's world, photos, texts, and videos can be posted, copied, forwarded, downloaded, and Photoshopped in the blink of an eye. If you think something might embarrass someone, get them in trouble, compromise their privacy, or stir up drama of any kind, keep it to yourself -- and maybe delete it for good measure.


6. Don't hide. For safety's sake, kids should use untraceable screen names, but using anonymity to cloak your actions can poison the atmosphere -- and hurt people. If your kids want to be contributing members of the online world, encourage them to post productively.


7. Remember the Golden Rule. Don't say something online that you wouldn't say to someone's face. And, according to BeyondNetiquette creator Marla Rosner, author of Digital Manners and House Rules for Kids: A Parent Handbook, you can actually take that a step further. If you do have something negative to say, discussing it in person is a better way to resolve your issues.


The Seven Steps listed above come from an article by Common Sense Media ( It’s a great tool to help us gain knowledge and teach our children become good digital citizens. Over the next several weeks we’ll be sharing more resources about this important topic in order to offer you tools to help your child understand the impact their online behavior can have now and in the future.




Mother Seton School Welcomes New Faculty

September 20, 2016


Mother Seton School announces the addition of four new faculty members to its staff. Amy Rarrick, Cicely Smith, and Erin Taylor have joined the Middle School team, while Julia Conway will be teaching fifth-grade.

Ms. Rarrick, whose area of concentration includes Language Arts (LA) and 7th-grade Religion, comes to the area from Greencastle, PA, where she previously taught in private and public schools in both higher education and middle school. She received her B.A. in Mass Communications from Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire and a Masters in Teaching at Marywood University in Pennsylvania. “I love to teach children because of their zest for life,” Ms. Rarrick said. “They are so eager to try new adventures.”

Ms. Smith is an Ohio native who worked in Ohio, Michigan, and North Carolina before moving to the area to work for Fort Detrick. She holds a B.A. in Middle Childhood Edcation from Lourdes University and earned a Master in Education Curriculum, LA and Social Studies Instruction, and Assessment. She was previously the Vice-Principal/LA and IB Coordinator at Visitation Academy. “I’m blessed and honored to be here at Mother Seton School,” Ms. Smith said. “I love to watch students excited about learning and become engaged in the content.” Ms. Smith teaches Literature and Vocabulary, and uses a collaborative approach with Ms. Rarrick to seamlessly integrate Language Arts and Literature instruction.

Rounding out the new Middle School faculty is Penn State graduate Erin Taylor. She is teaching the new Middle School math curriculum at MSS, Glencoe, which replaces the previously used Saxon Math program. She is certified in Middle Level Education (grades 4-8) in English and Math, though she says it’s Math that really excites her. “Children are so full of surprises and show so much potential,” Ms. Taylor said. “It’s rewarding to watch them grow. They aren’t the same at the end of the year as they were at the beginning.”

Mother Seton School’s current fifth-grade teacher is joined by Julia Conway, who says she has always had an interest in MSS and was delighted when an opening because available. A lifelong Maryland resident from New Windsor, the Towson graduate received a B.S. in Elementary Education and previously worked in Carroll County Public Schools. “What’s great about being here at MSS is that I am able to express my faith and share it with the children,” Ms. Conway said. “I love being a positive role model in a child’s life.”

Sister Brenda Monahan, D.C., principal of Mother Seton School, is grateful for the wonderful additions to the faculty. “Sister Joan (Corcoran, Assistant Principal) and I are looking forward to working with our newest faculty members, as we discover their gifts and develop a strong academic program to benefit our students.”



Mother Seton School Receives Donation from Silo Hill Car Wash

September 20, 2016

On September 1, 2016, the new owners of Silo Hill Car Wash in Emmitsburg presented Mother Seton School principal, Sister Brenda Monahan, D.C., with a $500 donation. The gift was the result of funds raised during the Mother Seton School Family Fun Day held at the car wash in July. For five hours, 100% of the proceeds made at the car wash were earmarked for Mother Seton School. The event was organized by Kirby and Tina Delauter, who recently acquired Silo Hill Car Wash.

“Kirby and I are grateful to be part of the Emmitsburg business community, and are happy to support Mother Seton School’s educational efforts,” said Tina Delauter, MSS Class of 1977. “We felt compelled to give back to my alma mater this year as a way of honoring my mother, Patricia Zanella, who loved all children and valued our Catholic education at MSS.”

“Our school community was very happy to benefit from the partnership with the Delauters,” said Sister Brenda. “Their generosity helps us to strengthen our mission in providing an academically-excellent, Christ-centered education to our children.”


Mother Seton School Students Earn First Place in Local Art Contest

September 13, 2016


Congratulations to Mia Ferraro and Natalie Bosche for a job well done! Mia and Natalie entered  artwork designed at school in Mrs. Myers’s art class and earned first place ribbons in contests sponsored by the Thurmont/Emmitsburg Libraries. At announcements on Monday, Mrs. Myers encouraged students to save their art projects and enter them in local contests.  She is soon to begin a milk carton project for a national contest.  Keep an eye out for more information in class!

Community News

Community Lenten Services

March 8, 2017 at 12:00 pm. Lunch in the Saint Anthony Shrine Hall (across the street from the church) followed by a service titled “Detours to the Cross” led by Rev. Heath Wilson.

March 22, 2017 at 12:00 pm. Lunch at Elias Lutheran Church followed by a service following the Taize Prayer format led by Rev. John Holliday.

April 5, 2017 at 6:00 pm. Dinner at Trinity United Methodist Church followed by a service on the Stations of the Cross led by Rev. Jon Greenstone.

Many parishes have Stations of he Cross and other services on Friday evening.  Check your local parish bulletin for more information.


Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Thurmont is hosting Lenten Fish Bake on March 10, 17, 24,31, from 5-7:30p in  Adults—$12.00, Children (ages 4-12) - $5.00.  Stations of the Cross will be held at 7p.


Emmitsburg Council of Churches Enlists Your Support for The Fourth Ecumenical Mission to Kenya June 10-27, 2018

We always welcome new members with new gifts and ideas.  Persons with skills in construction and electrical wiring, doctors, PA’s and nurses, sustainable farming or permaculture experts, teachers, pharmacists, students and anyone with a love for children and a heart for service can find a welcome spot on the team. Visit our page at or download a brochure for more information on joining the missionary team or donating toward the cause.







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