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Dear Parents and Students:

            Welcome to a new school year!  You are going to be part of a very exciting year as Elizabeth Seton High School celebrates its 60th Anniversary.  Stay tuned for more news on a host of activities that we will have this year! For now, let us get everyone oriented for school year 19-20.
              We ask that you read this carefully, as there are many important dates and a tremendous amount of information. Please note that there are several documents linked throughout this letter containing more information. 

Sunday, August 18

Freshmen Ice Cream Social and Parent Social with Administration
(Please enter at the cafeteria entrance 3:00pm-5:00pm)
Wednesday, August 21
  Freshmen Retreat 8:00am-3:00pm
  Orientation for Transfer Students  10:00am-11:30am (Library)
Thursday, August 22

Orientation for Freshmen 8:00am-12:00pm
Orientation for Sophomores 12:15pm – 1:30pm
Orientation for Juniors 1:30 pm – 2:45 pm
Friday, August 23

7 Period Day; Dismissal is 12:15pm; Uniform required
Food service is NOT available

Please note:  Orientation Days are considered school days. Students who are not in attendance will be marked absent.  Parents must call or email Mrs. Jean Blorstad ( to notify her of an absence.                                         

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  • Back to School Nights

    On Thursday, August 29 at 7:00 pm, we will have a MANDATORY “BACK TO SCHOOL” NIGHT for freshmen and their parents.  Parents will follow their daughter’s schedule and meet teachers as well as participate in some other Seton traditions.

    On Thursday, September 5, at 7:00 pm, we will have A MANDATORY “BACK TO SCHOOL” NIGHT for parents of sophomores, juniors and seniors.  Parents will follow their daughter’s schedule and meet her teachers.  Please mark your calendars.
  • General Information

    Please note the start of the school day.  The first bell rings at 8:10 a.m., and period 1 classes begin at 8:15 a.m. Our regular schedule provides for a 2:45 p.m. dismissal.  On Schedule 2 days, dismissal is at 1:30 p.m. and on Schedule 6 days, dismissal is at 12:45 p.m.
    Early dismissals are discouraged.  We request that you arrange medical and dental appointments, job interviews, applications for driver's license, etc., either after school hours, on free days, on Saturdays, or during vacation periods.  Early dismissal notes are to be given to the Main Office before first period.  We strongly discourage the scheduling of family vacations during school time.  Please find our school calendar on our website.
    Student Handbook/Calendar
    On Orientation Day, students will receive their student handbook and calendar.  The handbook, which states and explains school policies, has a tear-out for you to sign and return by September 9 to your Study Hall Teacher. Your signature serves as an acknowledgement that you have read the handbook and that you agree to abide by the school policies.
    School Photos     
    Freshmen, sophomores and juniors will have school pictures taken on their Orientation Day.  All students must be photographed for their school identification cards. View and download the School Photo Order Form below for information regarding school picture purchases.  Students should download the purchase form and bring the form and the exact payment with them on Orientation Day.  Make-up day for pictures is October 8th. Senior make-up portraits will take place on October 14.  Please contact Mrs. Rohan with any questions regarding portrait scheduling by emailing her at
    Dress Code for orientation days:  Students should dress nicely for pictures.  We will not allow shorts of any style or length, strapless or spaghetti strap tops/dresses, ripped jeans, or any tops that do not cover the stomach, chest and shoulders. Only natural hair colors are allowed. Nose piercings or any other piercings are NOT allowed other than earrings.  The Dean of Students reserves the right to judge the appropriateness of attire.  Students will be sent home if they are dressed inappropriately. This includes hair color and pierced jewelry.

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  • Health Forms

    Physical and immunization forms are to be completed and returned to Mrs. Daly, the school nurse, by August 1 by dropping them off at the Main Office or by emailing them to These forms are required of all new students and all students who wish to try out for a sport.  No student will be allowed to start classes without having physical and immunization forms on file in our health office. Please download both the Physical Form and the Immunization Form below:

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  • Academic Information / Schedules

    Schedules are now available to students by visiting on their portal. If you are a new student, please click on the Student Portal Login Instructions below to log in to your Blackbaud account. Please note the instructions posted in your portal to help you find your courses for the 2019-2020 school year.
    If you open your account to view your schedule prior to July 1, you will have to manually change it to 2019-20 school year. After July 1st, the schedule should automatically be set for school year 2019-20.  

    Please remember that schedules are not open to students who have not completed their service hours from previous years, who are delinquent in tuition, or who have not re-registered or completed their FACTS information.

    Regarding course selections, we have done the utmost to honor her requests. If your daughter did not receive her course selections, it is most likely because she requested classes that run concurrently and have only one or two sections. When making substitutions, we tried to find a similar course or one that would fulfill her graduation requirements.  With this in mind, students may only request a schedule change, at this time, for two reasons:
    1. There is an academic ability concern that needs to be addressed.
    2. There is a requirement for graduation that needs to be addressed.
    Students who have the need to request a schedule change based on one of these two reasons may come to school at one of the following times to see a guidance counselor. (Please enter through the student lobby entrance.):

                                                     July 9th     3:00 to 7:00 pm
                                                     July 16th   3:00 to 7:00 pm
    Acceptable Use Policy
    All students and parents must view, download, and sign the Acceptable Use Policy. Sign and return the last page to your English teacher on the first day you meet with him/her.

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  • Closed Student Portals

    The student portal will not allow students to view their 19-20 schedule if there is any outstanding tuition or if their service hours from year 18-19 have not been completed.
    Service hours must be completed and service forms must be emailed to Mrs. Tarnoksy (  Once outstanding service hours are completed, Mrs. Tarnosky will request the portal to be opened.  A reminder that service hours will only be accepted if the service is to those in need. Please email Mrs. Tarnosky if you have any questions about whether a service will be accepted.

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  • Summer Assignments

    Most students were given subject assignments to complete over the summer.  Please check to see that your daughter has completed these assignments. Summer assignments can be found by clicking here. Students who fail to complete summer assignment with quality work often cannot recover their grades in the first quarter.

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  • Books

    The online bookstore (MBS Direct) is open for business on July 15th.  MBS Direct is the official book store for Seton books. MBS will offer free shipping on orders placed July 22nd—July 29th.  Orders for books should be placed by August 12th to ensure delivery prior to the opening of school.
    Used Book Sale
    Our annual Used Book and Uniform Sale will be held Saturday, July 13th from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm in the Cafeteria and Mahler Center. Used books are purchased with CASH ONLY. It is wise to bring small bills and plenty of change for the Used Book Sale. The booklist and book sale information for the 2019-2020 school year can be found by clicking on the links below:

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  • Financial Information

    Prior to the beginning of the school year, parents must have fulfilled the following financial responsibilities:

    Tuition Payments
    All parents who are paying monthly must be registered in FACTS and must have made two months payments by the student orientation date. Parents paying in one or two payments must also have made their first (or only) payment by July 1.  
    Student fee bills are invoiced through FACTS. You will receive an email invoice (to the email attached to your FACTS account) and you will also be able to view your bill by logging into FACTS. Student fee bills include school fees and fees for individual classes.  
    There are three possible procedures for paying fees.
    1. Parents who have chosen automatic withdraw in FACTS will have their financial account deducted on August l5.
    2. Parents can call FACTS and pay or parents can go online to their FACTS account and pay.
    3. Parents who wish to pay by credit card, cash, cashier’s check, or money order must come in person on August 15  noon to 8:00 pm. WE DO NOT ACCEPT ANY PERSONAL CHECKS!
    Questions about Fees, Tuition
    We are delighted to welcome Ms. Kristen Rundell as our Parent Liaison for fees and tuition. We thank Ms. Mary Lucian who has previously served in this role.  Ms. Lucian will now be assuming only the duties of a CFO, while Ms. Rundell handles tuition and fees.  To contact Ms. Rundell, please call 301-864-4532 ex. 7401.  Please do not call Ms. Lucian as she will have other financial tasks.If needed, please leave a message with Ms. Rundell, and she will return your call.
    Please note that if there is a schedule change with your daughter, the guidance office will notify Ms. Rundell and an adjustment of fees will be made if necessary.

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  • Service Learning Program

    Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors are encouraged to be involved in service opportunities during the summer.  Any service work completed after June 2, 2019 can count toward students’ requirements for the 2019-2020 school year.  The complete Service Learning Policy and Service Hour Verification sheets can be found on the school website under Student Life and Campus Ministry.  Service hour forms for all summer service hours will be due on Friday, September 6, 2019.

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  • Parent Communication

    Elizabeth Seton High School values parent communication tremendously and therefore uses a variety of means to promote effective communication.  Please read this carefully and participate faithfully:

    Parent Announce
    A weekly electronic communication is sent to all students and parents via their email address every Wednesday.  It is absolutely vital for parents to read this thoroughly to be sure you are aware of school business. If you have not been receiving these electronic announcements via your email, please email Terry O’Meara at and provide him with your information.
    Text Alerts
    As part of our effort to communicate with parents and students efficiently, we send text alerts in case of emergencies, school closings, timely reminders, etc. You will be automatically signed up to receive 'Text Alerts'. If you do do not wish to receive text alerts you may stop at any time by replying 'stop' to any alert. 
    Phone, Mailing, and Emailing
    Throughout the year, it is imperative that we are able to communicate with you by mail, phone, and email.  Please email Jean Blorstad ( if you have a change in any information once we start school.

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  • Transportation Information

    Bus Transportation
    Elizabeth Seton High School provides bus service to students in collaboration with DeMatha High School who provides the buses and the drivers.  Details for bus routes cost can be found on DeMatha’s website. Families who are interested in this service must register on DeMatha’s website: 
    Any further information regarding your bus transportation will be emailed to you from DeMatha. All Seton students registered for bus transportation through DeMatha will be billed quarterly based on registered rider lists provided by DeMatha Transportation through each Seton student’s family’s FACTS account. Once students have registered for the bus, questions about billing can be directed to Mary Lucian ( Any other concerns about the bus can be addressed to Nancy Hernick ( 
    Metro Transit
    Elizabeth Seton is accessible via the Metro orange line to New Carrollton Station or the red line to the Rhode Island Avenue Station.  The T-18 Metro Bus from either station drops off in front of Elizabeth Seton at the corner of Emerson Street and 58th Avenue.
    Carpool List Registration
    Please view and register the Seton Carpool Form to be added to the carpool list.  Forms should be completed no later than Friday, July 19, 2019 in order to be included in the Carpool Directory.  Please understand that by providing this information, it will be shared with other carpool candidates.
    Note: Elizabeth Seton High School does not arrange carpools.  This form is only to assist you in arranging a carpool.
    Morning Procedure
    All students are to be dropped off at the student lobby entrance to the school, which is the area around the flagpole.  Parents may enter through the hidden driveway entrance off of 57th Avenue or through the Emerson Street entrance.  Parents are to form a single drop off line as they drop off their daughter.  Parents may exit either entrance. Parents who need to park should do so in front of the school in a non-reserved space.
    Afternoon Procedures
    In the afternoon, cars should enter only through the Emerson St. entrance and pick up only around the flagpole area. Please be patient during the first few weeks as it will get very congested until students start staying after school for various activities.  It may be wise to call or text your student as you arrive on the property so that she knows you have arrived. It may also be wise to wait until 3:10 to pick up.
    Student Parking Tags
    Students who drive to school must purchase a parking tag for $125 from the Main Office starting on Friday, August 23, 2019.  Students who fail to display a tag by Tuesday, September 3, will lose parking privileges and/or will be fined $25.

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  • After School Information

    At 3:30 p.m, all students must be in a supervised activity or in one of the following areas as they wait for their rides:  the library, the computer room, outside by the track, or the cafeteria. At 5:00 p.m, all students must wait only in the cafeteria.  Seton provides after school supervision until 6:00 p.m. at no cost to parents. Any student who remains beyond 6:00 p.m., unless she has an approved reason for her stay, will receive one written warning to be signed by her parent.  (Approved reasons include: waiting for a sport or club to begin, waiting for a parent to come to attend a meeting, or return from a sport activity, club trip, or field trip.) Subsequent violations of this policy will result in a student being issued a three-hour Community Service Day and a $10.00 fee.

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  • Student Information

    Each day, students will be able to purchase a full entrée and lunch meal for $4.00, or students may buy specific items a la carte.  Students may purchase items with cash or with an electronic card. However, we strongly encourage parents to use the student electronic card payment as outlined in the Lunch Program Information.  More information on items and costs will be provided at a later date.
    Elizabeth Seton is a college preparatory high school.  A school uniform that is clean, of modest length and worn properly demonstrates professionalism as well as school and personal pride.   If uniforms and shoes have not been ordered, parents should do so immediately. The Flynn & O'Hara store is located at 8807 Annapolis Rd. in Lanham, Maryland.  The telephone number is 1-800-441-4122. Visit Flynn & O’Hara Ways to Order Your Uniform for more information.
    Please check your daughter's skirt to see that it is an appropriate length. Please refer to the student handbook concerning the wearing of jewelry and hair color. When your daughter is in uniform, she represents Elizabeth Seton High School.
    We hope that this letter serves to orient and welcome all our families.  We look forward to a dynamic year in Seton’s history! Our vision is to create a community that is bound together by the core values of academic excellence, creativity, integrity, respect, unity, and service to others

    May God bless all of us with the light to know and the grace to do!