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Week of March 23, 2020

Virtue of the Month: Temperance

We hope everyone is staying safe and healthy. As previously sent, classes on the campuses of all diocesan schools are suspended through April 15, 2020. The school office will reopen on March 24 and teachers will be working hard to provide the best virtual instruction to students with distance learning beginning March 31, 2020. We are and will continue to be #SetonStrong.

Please see message below from school counselor, Dr. Dianne Fabii:

Dear Seton Families,

Thinking of all of you and wishing you the best as we navigate the corona virus pandemic together. Routines have been disrupted and all predictability seems to have suddenly dissipated. The unsettling feelings associated with uncertainty permeate nearly everything. Yet, we have the greatest teacher in Jesus who tells us, be not afraid. He is with us, and is guiding all our steps.

How do we get through this and help our children without unnecessarily escalating anxiety and stress? One of the most important things to do is to underscore the secure home environment that you already have in place. Parents can continue to be consistent, predictable, responsive, nurturing and affectionate – as usual. As adults model calm reassurance and thoughtful problem solving, children feel safe and comfortable. Remind everyone in the household of the social responsibility to abide by the guidelines that are set forth by officials, and explain to children why these are important. Social distancing does not equal social isolation. Help children keep in touch with loved ones and friends, while also maintaining guidelines for screen time and use of devices. It also is prudent to refrain from exposure to the 24/7 news cycle and too much information which can be overwhelming and create even more stress. Finally, create a structure for each day with regular times for learning, online classes, meals, play time and family time. The more you stick to a routine, the easier it will be for children to adjust.

As we acclimate to our new reality of the moment, keep in mind that recovery will come and we all will move forward from this. Think of the “afterwards”… everyone will have stories, and life lessons learned. But for now, wherever possible, choose peace over panic, and faith over fear.

Please know that along with the rest of our staff, I am available to support our wonderful students and families. This situation isn’t easy for anyone, so please feel free to reach out by phone (863-455-9905) or email (fabii@seseton.org) anytime. I also will be contacting everyone to check in. Please don’t hesitate to let us know if you need help in any way. May God bless you all, and keep you healthy and safe in His care.

Blessings,
Dr. Dianne Fabii, School Counselor

Event Rescheduling & Cancellations

Due to an abundance of caution, the following Seton events are being rescheduled or canceled:

  • Night in Havana Gala/Auction Event rescheduled for Saturday, April 25 is canceled. Future date to be determined and details to follow.
  • Donuts with Dad rescheduled to Wednesday, April 22nd, from 7:30-8:15am in the school gym.
  • Father (Special Friend)/Daughter Dancerescheduled to Saturday, May 16th, from 6pm-8:30pm in the gym.
  • SALCAA Contemporary Art Auction Event at Artis-Naples on April 3 (benefiting the Naples diocesan schools) will be rescheduled for a future date to be announced.

Message from Step Up for Students Scholarship

New families may now apply through Step Up For Students for an Income-Based Scholarship (either the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship or the Family Empowerment Scholarship) for the 2020-21 school year.

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Please note: If a family currently has the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship for the 2019-20 school year, the priority processing deadline for renewal families has passed meaning all income-based applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis in the order all documents are received, regardless of family scholarship status. Please apply as soon as possible as funding is limited.

Upon review of a family’s application and supporting documents, Step Up For Students will determine if the student qualifies for either the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship or the Family Empowerment Scholarship.

Reminder: If a family has a returning student on the income-based Family Empowerment Scholarship, please click here for more information.