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Home and School Association (HSA)

Philosophy of Volunteering

Mary of Nazareth School’s mission is to prepare students for lives of service to God and neighbor. The philosophy of the Mary of Nazareth Volunteer Program is that our families are an example to our students, living out the Gospel teachings by serving the school, parish and larger community. Through the school’s vibrant and comprehensive volunteer opportunities, each family is asked to give of their time and talent at a minimum of ten hours per year.

HSA Activities

The goal of the Home School Association (HSA) is to enrich the experience of the children of MoN school and build and foster a sense of community. Our activities and efforts include:

  • Back to School Picnic

  • Breakfast with St. Nick

  • Catholic Schools Week Activities

  • Christmas Bingo

  • Communion Celebration

  • 8th Grade Graduation Celebration

  • Field Trips

  • Grandparents Day

  • Lunch Servers and Lunch Monitors

  • May Crowning

  • Restaurant Nights

  • Room Parent Classroom Support

  • School Dance

  • School Newsletter

  • Social Concerns Activities

  • Teacher Appreciation Efforts

  • Technology Purchases for the School

  • Used Uniform Sales

HSA Fundraisers

The Mary of Nazareth School HSA is able to support our community through several fundraisers each year. We are thankful to all families for their participation in each area.

Race for Scholars

Our main fundraiser of the year, Race for Scholars, will take place this year on October 14, 2016. This activity involves a fun filled afternoon where students run together through the beautiful Mary of Nazareth School campus. Funds are raised for the school through family and business sponsorships. Contact Lisa Laffey with questions or to volunteer.  

Box Tops

Mary of Nazareth School's Box Tops for Education program runs all year, and is divided into two individual competitions. The "summer challenge" ends September 16th, 2016 and the "school year" challenge ends April 28th, 2017. The homeroom that collects the most Box Tops during each respective challenge will receive a Popsicle party. Please submit your Box Tops labeled with your child’s homeroom to the front office c/o Meredith Dullaghan. Contact Paige Dullaghan with questions.

Coke Rewards

Save the caps and box codes from your Coca-Cola products. Codes may be submitted online at https://www.mycokerewards.com and points earned may be donated to Mary of Nazareth School. Funds raised from Coke rewards can be used to purchase classroom supplies.

Grocery Store Programs

Area stores offer reward programs to support schools. If you are a frequent shopper at Giant and/or Harris Teeter, be sure to link your shopping cards to their A+ Rewards and Together in Education (TIE) programs respectively.

Restaurant Nights

Take a night off from cooking and enjoy dinner with friends from Mary of Nazareth School. On restaurant nights, which are held throughout the year, participating vendors donate a percentage of sales back to the school. Contact Bridget Riley with questions.

SCRIP Cards

Help raise funds for Mary of Nazareth School without spending any extra cash. The SCRIP program features gift cards to many popular stores, restaurants and retail establishments nationwide. SCRIP cards are used just like cash in stores, and most can be used to purchase from the retailer’s online store. Participating retailers may be viewed here.

How SCRIP Works:

Buy $100 worth of SCRIP from Mary of Nazareth School and spend the exact same $100 at stores, restaurants, gas stations, or hotels. Your additional cost of buying and using SCRIP is zero. Anywhere from 1.25% to 60% of your purchase, depending on the merchant, will be donated back to the school.

Sign Up for SCRIP:

  1. Check the newsletter for SCRIP order deadlines throughout the school year.

  2. Print and complete the SCRIP order form.

  3. Enclose your check made payable to Mary of Nazareth School and return it through backpack mail to Julie Fagan.

OR

  1. Set-up a free SCRIP account, put in an order anytime, and send in your check payment through backpack mail. See the attached document for detailed instructions.

For more information or questions, contact Julie Fagan.

Used Printer Cartridges

Recycle used printer and toner cartridges and cell phones to benefit the Mary of Nazareth School. The HSA participates in a recycling program that helps raise funds to support school programs. Contact Lisa Laffey with questions.

Opportunities to Volunteer

Mary of Nazareth School is successful because of our families! Volunteering your time is an inexpensive way to meet the needs of our school, make an effective contribution to your child’s school experience, and show your child that you value their interests.

Please take a moment to view and sign up for current volunteer opportunities (password: MUSTANG). Each family is asked to give of their time and talent each year at a minimum level of ten hours per year.

*For classroom sign-ups, please contact room parents

*For sports volunteer opportunities, please contact coaches

Child Protection Policy for Volunteers

In order to work with children in the Archdiocese of Washington, volunteers must be cleared through the Child Protection Program (VIRTUS). To be in compliance, a volunteer must:   

  1. Register to attend a child protection class in the Archdiocese of Washington. Please choose "Mary of Nazareth School" as your location.  

  2. Schedule an appointment to complete a Criminal Background Check with Mrs. Maryellen Wray. Please bring to your appointment a completed volunteer application, two forms of government issued ID (drivers’ license, passport, birth certificate, social security card, military ID, etc.), and a check for $13.50 payable to Mary of Nazareth School.

  3. Once you have attended the required child protection class, sign and submit the last page of the Archdiocese of Washington Child Protection Policy to Mrs. Wray.

Treasurer's Corner and Forms

Current HSA Treasurer: Carmen Meyers

2016-17 HSA Budget

2016-2017 HSA Dues: $25 per family

2016-2017 Class Activity Fee (CAF): $20 per child

Submit your CAF and HSA dues by downloading this form and returning it to the office.  Thank you for your support!  

To submit a Disbursement of Funds request:

  1. Complete Disbursement Request Form and attach your receipt(s).

  2. Submit completed form and receipts to HSA Treasurer through the main office.

  3. You will receive your check in backpack mail.

Please note that reimbursement to individuals may not exceed $250 for out-of-pocket expenses. Individual expenses exceeding $250.00 will be paid by check directly to the vendor. The expense for a single item may not be divided into multiple reimbursements of smaller amounts.

If you require a check in advance or have a bill that must be paid by the HSA, please submit a completed Disbursement Request Form and submit it to the HSA Treasurer with at least three day's notice. Please keep a copy of the bill for committee records. HSA checks must be co-signed by the HSA President and the Principal.

To Submit a Notice of Deposit:

If you are in charge of an activity that generates money, such as a fundraiser:

  1. Verify the total amount being turned in and complete a Deposit Notice Form.

  2. Two committee members must count cash before deposit can be completed.

  3. Deposit Notice Form and cash/checks must be submitted to the HSA President, Vice President, or Treasurer. This should be done at the end of the event or as soon as possible the next school day.

Please note that the Deposit Notice Form may be submitted to the Treasurer as an attachment to an e-mail.

Spirit Shop

Show your mustang pride! Our Mary of Nazareth Spirit Shop offers a variety of MoN spirit gear items including sweatshirts, t-shirts, uniform approved belts and quarter-zip pullovers, to name a few. Please check the current newsletter for hours of operation. Cash or checks are accepted methods of payment. Gift certificates are available. All unworn and unused items can be exchanged or returned.

For more information or to schedule a time to visit the Spirit Shop, contact:

Robyn Rutland

Isabelle Juhring

Karen Kelly

Used Uniform Sales

Support our HSA and save some cash by buying and selling gently worn used uniforms!   

For each used item re-sold, 75% of the sale price goes to the family and 25% goes to the HSA. We accept gently used uniforms that are in excellent condition. Each item must have a completed tag filled out and attached with a safety pin (no straight pins or staples, please). Blank tags are available here.

Sales are CASH ONLY. Our largest sale takes place in the fall; however, uniforms are available throughout the school year. If you are in need of a particular item please email uniforms@maryofnazareth.org. We will check our inventory and let you know if your request is available. Payment and receipt of all items can be completed through back-pack mail or other arrangements can be made.

Pricing is as follows:

Girls Kilts/Jumpers

$15

Girls Plaid shorts

$10

Girls Khaki pants

$10

Girls Blouses - Peter Pan or Oxford

$5

Boys Dress Shirts

$5

Cardigans/V-Neck Sweaters

$10

Middle School Girls sweater vest

$10

Boys Khaki Pants

$10

Boys Khaki shorts

$8

Boys & Girls Polo Shirt w/Logo

$6

Black MoN sweatshirt with Mary logo

$10

Dirty Bucks/Saddle Shoes

$3

PE Sneakers

$3

Hair Accessories, Ties, Belts

$1

PE shorts with logo

$5

PE sweat pants with logo

$5

PE T-shirt with logo

$5

PE sweatshirt with logo

$5

Mary of Nazareth Nylon Jackets

$20

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