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July 12, 2021
 
 
Dear Parents and Students:

We are happy to welcome you all to the 2021-2022 school year! Elizabeth Seton is excited to welcome 100% of our students and staff back to the building in August. Please note that there is not yet a schoolwide policy in place regarding masks. School administration will determine guidelines in August, in consideration of local and state recommendations. Families will be notified in Parent Announce. 

To receive this letter and associated documents in Spanish, please email Mrs. Barreto at pbarreto@setonhs.org.

This letter contains many important dates and information, so please be sure to read this carefully and visit the links provided. 
 
Sunday, August 22- 2025 Freshmen Ice Cream Social and Parent Meeting (Further details to come)

Tuesday, August 24- Orientation for Sophomores 9:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.
Lunch provided for sophomore/senior Big & Little Sisters 12:00 p.m.- 1:00 p.m.
Orientation for Seniors 1:30 p.m.- 3:00 p.m
                                           
Wednesday, August 25- Freshmen Retreat 8:00am-3:00p.m.
Orientation for Transfer Students 10:00a.m.-11:30a.m. (Library)
 
Thursday, August 26- Orientation for Freshmen 8:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
Lunch provided for all Freshmen & Big Sisters 12:15 p.m.- 1:15 p.m.
Orientation for Juniors 1:30 pm – 3:00 p.m.                                          
 
Friday, August 27- 8 Period Day, dismissal at 12:15 p.m., uniform required, food service is NOT available

Monday, August 30- First full day of school (Scarlet Day)
 
Please note:  Orientation Days are considered school days. Students who are not in attendance will be marked absent. Parents must call the Main Office or email attendance@setonhs.org to notify any absences.


Back to School Nights
On Thursday, September 2 at 7:00 pm, we will have a MANDATORY Back to School Night for freshmen and their parents.  

On Thursday, September 9, at 7:00 p.m., we will have a Back to School Night for parents of sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
 
GENERAL INFORMATION
 
Attendance
Please note the start of the school day.  The first bell rings at 8:10 a.m., and first hour classes begin at 8:15 a.m. Our regular schedule provides for a 2:45 p.m. dismissal.  
 
Early dismissals are discouraged.  We request that you arrange medical and dental appointments, job interviews, applications for driver's licenses, 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 or emailed to attendance@setonhs.org before first hour.  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 10 to your Advisory Teacher. Your signature serves as an acknowledgment that you have read the handbook and that you agree to abide by the school policies. Please note that students who are delinquent in tuition, fees, or service hours will not be able to attend orientation or school until those obligations are fulfilled. They will receive their student handbook on the first day they are permitted to attend school and be able to take photos during the make-up day. The handbook is also accessible on the student Blackbaud portal.
 
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 the School Photo Order Form for information regarding school picture purchases. Make-up day for pictures is October 5th. Senior make-up portraits will take place on October 11.  Please contact Mrs. Rohan with any questions regarding portrait scheduling by emailing her at arohan@setonhs.org.
 
Dress Code for Orientation Days
Students should dress appropriately for orientation days. Please see the dress code policy below:
Whatever the situation or event, attire must be appropriate for the occasion and setting. Some occasions and settings, as well as some professions, allow for more individual expression in terms of attire. As part of our mission in regards to integrity, respect, and creativity, the administration and faculty expect students to thoughtfully consider the appropriateness of their dress standards as it applies to a professional school setting. On days when students are allowed to be out of uniform, they must abide by the following dress code:
  •  Dresses, blouses, skirts, dress slacks, capri pants, and jeans may be worn.  Low cut dresses or shirts and tight-fitting clothing or clothing containing holes, cuts, tears and/or rips that expose undergarments or skin are not permitted.
  • Articles of clothing with explicit or suggestive writing/pictures or any accessories that contradict the values of a Catholic school may not be worn. 
  • Flip-flops/shower types shoes, bedroom slippers, or any shoe of this type /style may not be worn due to safety concerns.
  •  Skirts and shorts must not be shorter than 2 ½ inches above the knee. Pajama bottoms, halters, tank tops, strapless or spaghetti strap tops and midriff shirts may not be worn. 
  • Sunglasses, hoods, hats, bandanas, bonnets and sleep scarves may not be worn. 
  • Earrings, necklaces, and bracelets must be modest in size. Ear piercings and small nose studs are permitted. Visible tattoos and body marking/writing are not allowed.
  • Hair must be a natural color, including extensions. Colors such as pink, purple, green, orange, blue or variations of these colors are not allowed.  Only modest makeup may be worn.
Seton reserves the right to judge the appropriateness of attire.  Students will not be permitted to attend scheduled field trips or activities if they are dressed inappropriately.

Dress Code- Uniform Policy
School Uniform - Fall Uniform: Aug. 30-Oct. 28
  • Cardinal Polo
  • Uniform skirt or uniform pant
  • White “ES” crew socks or cardinal knee-high socks
  • Cardinal V-neck sweater vest or cardinal V-neck pullover sweater
  • Sperry or “dirty” buck uniform shoe* (Sperry shoes should be in the "linen/oat" color family and should have no designs, prints, or patterns
Students must purchase all pieces of the required, official uniform (except for the Sperry) from Flynn and O’Hara Uniform Company. 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.

There will be no variation on the uniform requirement.  The Elizabeth Seton monogram is required on all uniform pieces.  Sweaters are to be worn in the proper fashion or not at all. The uniform skirt must not be shorter than 2 ½ inches above the knee.  Black spandex shorts are recommended for wear under the skirt. Skirts are not to be rolled at the waist. Uniforms should be clean and pressed, with blouses tucked into the waistband of the skirt or slacks.  Uniform gray slacks are permitted all year round.  Slacks must be hemmed to
the appropriate length.  Only a plain white or black t-shirt may be worn under the uniform blouse; the sleeves on the plain white/black shirt should not extend beyond the length of the sleeves of the shirt.  Students are not permitted to wear bold colored undergarments
that show through uniform blouses.

Earrings, necklaces, and bracelets must be modest in size. Ear piercings and small nose studs are permitted. Visible tattoos and body marking/writing are not allowed.  Headbands of 2” or less with any logos or designs may be worn.  Headbands must be flat on the head.  Any tie to the headband must be kept at the back of the head.  No excess tie may be visible from the front.  Sunglasses, hoods, hats, bandanas, bonnets, and sleep scarves may not be worn with the uniform.  Hair must be a natural color, including extensions. Colors such as pink, purple, green, orange, blue, or variations of these colors are not allowed.  Only modest makeup may be worn.

 
Health Forms
Physical and immunization forms are to be completed and returned to the school nurse by August 1 by dropping them off at the Main Office or by emailing them to schoolnurse@setonhs.org. 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.
  
Athletics
Cheerleading Tryouts are Saturday, August 7, 10:00 - 1:00. Contact setoncheer@setonhs.org if interested. Fall sports tryouts are August 12-14. If your daughter makes a team, practices will begin immediately. All students MUST have a current physical (less than 1 year old) on file in the clinic before they may try out for a 2021-2022 sports team. The physical MUST be completed on Seton's form and needs to be submitted prior to tryouts. Coaches are not permitted to accept physicals. Paperwork can be dropped at the school, emailed to schoolnurse@setonhs.org, or mailed to Seton. Please see both forms linked in the section above.

ACADEMIC INFORMATION
 
Acceptable Electronic Device and Network Use Policy
All students and parents must view, download, and sign the Acceptable Electronic Device and Network Use Policy. This document will be available at the beginning of the school year, and students must sign and return the last page to your Advisory teacher by September 10.
 
2021-2022 Courses
Course lists are now available to students by visiting their Blackbaud portal. If you are a new student, please click on the Student Portal Login Instructions to log in to your Blackbaud account. Please note the instructions posted in your portal titled “Viewing Your Classes” to help you find your courses for the 2021-2022 school year.
 
Please remember that the Blackbaud portal will not be accessible to families and 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 all 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 if there is a requirement for graduation that needs to be addressed.

Once students receive their schedules, no changes will be made until closer to the school year. Seniors who wish to request a schedule change will be able to do so on August 20th. All underclassmen will be able to request schedule changes beginning the first day of classes, August 27th. Please do NOT contact guidance counselors, administrators, or portal help prior to your designated schedule change date.
 
Summer Assignments
Summer assignments can be found on the Blackbaud portal on the student home page titled “Summer Assignments 2021”. Students who fail to complete summer assignments with quality work often cannot recover their grades in the first quarter, so please be sure to check your assignments as soon as possible and turn them in on time. 
 
Books  
The online bookstore (MBS Direct) is open for business on July 19th.  MBS Direct is the official book store for Seton books.  MBS will offer free shipping on orders placed July 25th—July 31st.  Orders for books should be placed by August 12th to ensure delivery prior to the opening of school. Students may buy books from other vendors, as long as they ensure the ISBN number and editions are correct.
 
Used Book and Uniform Sale
Our annual Used Book and Uniform Sale will be held Saturday, July 17th 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 for the Used Book Sale. The booklist and book sale information for the 2021-2022 school year can be found by clicking on the links below:


Reading the Book List
To read the Book List (linked above), please look at the left hand column to identify the courses, sorted by academic departments. The subsequent columns will provide information for the books needed for each course. If a course is listed multiple times, there are multiple books needed for that particular course. If a course is not listed, students are not responsible for purchasing a book for that course. Please note that some courses list optional textbooks- families are not required to purchase optional textbooks.

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.  
 
Fees Bills    
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  15.
  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 directly to Elizabeth Seton can contact Kristin Rundell at krundell@setonhs.org.
  4. Parents who wish to pay via cash, cashier’s check, or money order must make arrangements with Mary Lucian at mlucian@setonhs.org.  WE DO NOT ACCEPT ANY PERSONAL CHECKS!
ALL FEES MUST BE PAID BY AUGUST 15TH.  STUDENTS WHOSE FEES ARE UNPAID WILL NOT BE ADMITTED TO THEIR ORIENTATION SESSION OR THEIR FIRST DAY OF CLASSES.

SERVICE LEARNING PROGRAM

Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors are encouraged to be involved in service opportunities during the summer. Any student who did not complete their service hours this past school year must complete them during the summer. Please note that students who are delinquent in tuition, fees, or service hours will not be able to attend orientation or school until those obligations are fulfilled. For those who did complete last year's service requirement, service work completed after June 3, 2021 can count toward their requirements for the 2021-2022 school year.  The complete Service Learning Policy can be found on the school website under Student Life and Campus Ministry. All summer service hours should be recorded on the MobileServe app by Wednesday, September 8, 2021.
 
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 tomeara@setonhs.org 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. Families are automatically enrolled in text alerts using the information on the Blackbaud portal. Please ensure your cell phone information is up to date in the Blackbaud portal. 
 
Phone, Mailing, and Emailing
Throughout the year, it is imperative that we are able to communicate with you by mail, phone, and email.  If you have any changes to your contact information through the school year, please edit your information through the Blackbaud portal or call the Main Office.

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: dematha.org/parents/bus-transportation.

Information and updates about bus transportation will be updated in the Parent Announce and be available on DeMatha’s Transportation webpage. 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 (mlucian@setonhs.org). Any other concerns about the bus can be addressed to Nancy Hernick (nhernick@setonhs.org). 

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, August 6 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 contacting other Seton families to arrange a carpool.
 
Pick Up and Drop Off Procedure
When dropping off and picking up your students, please only use the entrance on Emerson Street. Only students and staff who are parking on school grounds will use the entrance on 57th Avenue. For both drop off and pick up, all cars are to enter through Emerson Street and proceed around the flagpole. Students are to be dropped off and picked up at the student lobby entrance to the school, which is the area around the flagpole. Please go around the flagpole and pull all the way up to the sign. All cars will exit back around to Emerson Street. When picking up students after school, please arrive closer to 3:15 to allow students who park on school grounds to exit first. Please note that 9th graders are dismissed last. It is important for the safety of all to follow the traffic pattern. Staff will be out there the first few weeks to assist you.
 
Student Parking Tags
Students who drive to school must purchase a parking tag for $125 from the Main Office. Seniors can start purchasing tags starting on Friday, August 27. Juniors can start purchasing a parking tag starting on Monday, September 13.
 
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, outside by the track, or the cafeteria. At 4:00 p.m, all students must wait only in the library or 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 $10.00 fee.
 
STUDENT INFORMATION

Cafeteria
Each day, students will be able to purchase a full entrée and lunch meal, 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.  Class of 2024 parents, please note: this account is typically set up when your student starts her freshman year. Because there was no lunch service last school year, please make sure you are aware of this lunch account program! 

More information on items and costs will be provided weekly in Parent Announce and will be posted on the Blackbaud portal regularly.

We hope that this letter serves to orient and welcome all our families. 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!

Sincerely,

The Leadership Council of Elizabeth Seton High School

Angela Rohan - Director of Student Activities, arohan@setonhs.org
Candy Cage -  Director of Athletics, ccage@setonhs.org
Dana Cunningham - Dean of Academics, dcunningham@setonhs.org
Mary Lucian - Chief Financial Officer, mlucian@setonhs.org
Maureen McDonough - Dean of Students, mmcdonough@setonhs.org
Melissa Landini - Dean of Admissions, mlandini@setonhs.org
Nancy Hernick - Dean of Operations & Staff Relations, nhernick@setonhs.org
Vanessa Cooke - Dean of Guidance and Student Support, vcooke@setonhs.org