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September 13th, 2017

Dates to remember
Thurs, Sept 14th: HSA meeting, 6pm MPR
Thurs, Sept 14th: Back to School Night for Grades K-5 7:35 and 8:10pm
Tues, Sept 19:  8th Grade Parent Meeting 6:00 pm Multi-Purpose Room
Tues, Sept 19:  Back to School Night Grades 6-8 7:00 pm
Wed, Sept 20th: First Sports Committee Meeting
Thurs, Sept 21st: Picture Day
Fri, Sept 22nd: Used Uniform Sale, 2-5pm
Notes From the Office
  • Please be patient as we all get used to afternoon carpool.  We are working to make the process run smoothly and appreciate your cooperation.  Please see carpool instructions and tips HERE.  This is useful information for new families and a good refresher for returning families.
  • Please note that the faculty/staff parking lot is NOT an alternate morning drop off location, especially in light of the Preschool drop off time of 8:15.  If you  need to to stop to unload your children and their belongings, please utilize the KFC parking lot.
  • Please familiarize yourselves with the "Parent Guidelines for Implementing the Parent/Child Reunification Process" which is the last page of the Parent and Student Handbook (found on the website HERE or under "Current Families", "Parent Resources".) We will use this in the event of a national or local emergency or evacuation to dismiss your children.  Under those circumstances, children may only be dismissed to those listed on your emergency card.   In cases of early dismissal due to weather or power outage,  we will dismiss through the regular carpool procedures.
  • ADJUSTMENT TO TOMORROW'S LUNCH MENU:  We will have chips instead of buttered noodles. 
  • Reminder:  Picture day is Thursday, Sept. 21.  Student must be in either fall or winter dress uniform for pictures.  No PE uniforms or birthday out of uniform dress.
MoN students had a great time at the HSA Back to School Picnic and Carnival Thanks to all the Volunteers who made it such a fun night!
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS
Reminder to Submit Your Extended Family Form
We think Grandparents rock… (so don’t hide them under one) The Mary of Nazareth School Development Office strives to maintain an updated list of our school’s extended families and friends. These names and addresses are used to mail invitations to Grandparents’ Day in November, as well as Development related news and correspondence throughout the school year. In order to stay in touch with your loved ones, it’s important we have accurate contact information. With the pending purchase of new donor management software, we are asking that every family complete the extended family form by Friday, September 29th. You can resubmit the form at any time throughout the year to let us know if there are any changes in your family’s contact information. For any family wising not to share their family's information, please select "Opt Out" on the form. Thank you in advance for your support! Questions? Please contact Sara Jamison, Director of Development, at sjamison@maryofnazareth.org or (301) 869-0940 ext. 6 at any time. 
IMPORTANT BACK TO SCHOOL REMINDERS
Back to School Night for Grades K-5 is Thursday, September 14th!
Back to School Night for grades K-5 will be immediately following the HSA meeting. There will be two sessions - the first will begin at 7:35, and the second session will begin at 8:10 to accommodate families with multiple children.  

Free childcare will be provided  during both the HSA meeting and Back to school night for Mary of Nazareth School students in Pre-K 4 and older.    Please contact Laura Dirlam at DIRLAMEMAIL@GMAIL.COM to reserve a spot. 
Back to School Night for Grades 6-8 is Tuesday, September 19th
Back to School Night for grades 6-8 will be held at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, September 19 beginning in your child's homeroom class.  

There is no child care available for the Middle School back to school night.

This meeting will be preceeded by the 8th grade parent meeting at 6:00 pm in the Multi-Purpose room.  
Carpool Information
Please see a letter from Mr. Friel concerning carpool HERE.   

If you need replacement cards, please email Mrs. Wray (mwray@maryofnazareth.org).  Please remember you MUST have a yellow carpool number in each vehicle used to pick up students in the carpool line.
Student Absences from School
Parents required to report child absences from school to the office no later than 8:45 am each day the child is absent.  Please call the main office number and leave a message on the absence line (Option 1), or email Mrs. Wray at mwray@maryofnazareth.org
Extended Care
NOTE:  Before Care will be held in the conference room at the KFC.
All students must be registered before they may attend extended care.  Forms must be filled out for each student EVERY year, even if the student has attended Extended care in the past.  Registration forms for Extended care are available HERE
HSA NEWS 
First HSA Meeting
The first HSA meeting will be on  Thursday, September 14 at 6:00 pm and will finish in time for Back to School Night.  Free childcare will be provided for Mary of Nazareth School students in Pre-K 4 and older.    Please contact Laura Dirlam at DIRLAMEMAIL@GMAIL.COM to reserve a spot. 

Please review the proposed 2017-2018 HSA budget and the summary of the budget prior to the meeting.  We will vote to approve the budget at the meeting.  If you have any questions, please contact Carmen Meyers, Treasurer, at carmenameyers@hotmail.com.
HSA Dues and Class Activity Fee (CAF)
Please pay your HSA Dues ($25.00 per family) and CAF ($20.00 per child).  Follow the directions on the form HERE to be sure we credit your payment to your family.  Thank you for your support!
Used Uniform Sale September 22nd from 2-5pm
The  used uniform sale that will be on September 22 from 2:00 - 5:30 pm. In the courtyard next to the teacher's parking lot. We are only receiving uniforms sizes 3,4,5 of anything. PE everything and in all sizes. We will need volunteers from 12:00-2:30. 2:30-5:30pm Questions and volunteers contact Paola.
Grocery Store Programs - Free Money!
Every year, MoN participates in both the Harris Teeter Together in Eductation (TIE) and Giant A+ School Rewards programs. All you need to do is register your card and shop as you always do and MoN earns money for your purchases. Last year, MoN earned $2341.36 from Harris Teeter with only 69 participants and $811.96 from Giant with only 41 participants. The HT program started on August 1st and runs through May 31st so you can start earning FREE money for MoN now! All you have to do is register your VIC card. The Giant program runs from October 6, 2017 through March 15th, 2018. You can start registering your card on September 11th - designate MoN and your purchases will start earning money for MoN starting in October. Ask your family and friends to register also!

Here is the registration information:
Giant - If you do not have your card number, please call 1-877-366-2668. If you wish to sign up online go click HERE. Our school code is 00792.

Harris Teeter - You can relink your HT card at the cashier checkout or by visiting HERE,click on the TIE link. Our school code is 6131.

OR, you can fill out the Parent Grocery Signup letter HERE and send it to Paige Dullaghan c/o Nolan (K-1). For more information or questions, please contact Paige.
BoxTops! BoxTops! BoxTops!!!!
The Summer BoxTop challenge is in full swing and ends September 22th, 2017. The class with the most BoxTops collected over the summer and turned in by the deadline will win a popsicle party. Send those BoxTops in right away and don't forget to mark your child’s homeroom clearly on the bag so the class can get credit for the party! BoxTops can be sent in all year long - any received after the Summer Challenge will count towards the School Year Challenge which ends in April. Don't let the BoxTops expire in your kitchen drawer!! Contact Paige Dullaghan with any questions.
HSA Calendar of Events
For a quick reference to the year ahead, including important dates and contacts, print out the calendar HERE.  We are looking forward to a great year!
HOT TOPICS
Calling for Room Parents!!
The following classes are in need of room parents for this school year 1-2 (needs 1 co-room parent) 3-1 (needs 2 room parents) 4-2 (needs 2 room parents) 5-1 (needs 2 room parents) 5-2 (needs 2 room parents) 6-1 (needs 1 co-room parent) 6-2 (needs 2 room parents) 7-2 (needs 2 room parents) If you are interested in becoming a room parent or if you have any questions please contact Shannon Merkle.
VOLUNTEER ROUND-UP 
Volunteers
Mary of Nazareth School's mission is to prepare students for lives of service to God and neighbor. Accordingly, each family is asked to give of their time and talent each year at a minimum level of ten hours per year.  

We manage our volunteer sign ups through Sign Up Genius.  Please visit our page HERE  to see how you can help.  The password for all MoN Events is Mustang. 
Lunch Volunteers Needed ASAP
Please sign up to assist with lunch as soon as possible.  To volunteer for a specific day, click below for the link to our Sign Up Genius pages. The password is Mustang.
Cheer Coach Needed
We are currently looking for a volunteer to coach our cheer squad this school year. Please contact Leslie Soto for more information.
 
Social Concerns Committee Parent Volunteers needed
The Social Concerns Committee is looking for 2 new parent volunteers. I have been a part of this committee for the last 2 years and it has been such a rewarding experience. If you are interested in volunteering for the position, please feel free to contact  Patrice Mills-Allport.
 
Basketball Coaches Needed
We are in need of coaches for the current basketball season. If interested in coach grades K-8, please reach out to Jon Torres.
Basketball Commissioner Needed
The Mary of Nazareth Sports Committee is looking for a K-1 Basketball Commissioner.    No experience is necessary.  If interested, please reach out to MoN SC Chair, Joe Beucher or Basketball Commissioner Jon Torres.
DEVELOPMENT
Love MoN? So do we!
Help us "spread the love" by texting your photos to 301-674-4653 throughout the school year, and we'll share them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. If you you're not already, make sure to do like and follow us - facebook.com/MONcatholicschool/ - @mon_catholicschool
Know a dedicated volunteer or business partner? Help us celebrate them!
The Catholic Business Network of Montgomery County celebrates volunteers and business partners at their Annual Gala in November. Mary of Nazareth is allowed a nominee from our community for each respective category. We are asking for your help in determining our representatives. Please note that the nominations are based on the 2016-2017 school year and are not necessarily cumulative. Please complete the nomination form and return c/o Development by Friday, October 6th. The selection committee will be using your input to make the final decision by October 13th. Thank You!
AFTER THE BELL
Join the MON Cross Country team!
Enrollment is now open for the Mary of Nazareth CYO Cross Country team. Love to run? Or, want to stay in shape or get into better shape? Come be part of the team! Register HERE or click HERE for more information
Math Olympiads
MoN Math Olympiads for 4th -8th graders is beginning October 2nd and will meet Mondays from 3-4 in the library. Math Olympiads is a series of monthly international math competitions. Please email Amy Skelton or call 301-448-5557 with any questions. Registration form is HERE
Join the all NEW Coding Club!
In Coding Club, you will learn to code your own interactive animations, stories and games using Scratch. Scratch is a fun and creative way to learn programming skills and computational thinking. If you’re new to programming, we will teach you the basics; if you’re an experienced coder, we’ll teach you more advanced concepts. When you’re coding with Scratch, the only limit is your imagination! Scratch is designed and maintained by the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab. What will you create? Questions? Contact Laura Scaletti. To register, visit www.skenrichment.com.
MoN Chess Club
 Chess Club is taught by experienced Silver Knights instructors using a curriculum development by National Masters. Each weekly session is a mix of learning and play. Playing chess is a great way to develop a child's critical thinking skills, sportsmanship, and patience -- all while having fun! Questions? Contact Laura Scaletti. To register, visit www.skenrichment.com.
4th Graders - Join Girl Scouts Today!
MoN Girl Scouts combine life skills, STREAM, the outdoors, and entrepreneurship with civic engagement to deliver crucial, life-changing, girl-led programming. Our girls have the opportunity to unleash their inner G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader), prepare for a lifetime of leadership, and change the world. Interested? Want to learn more? Contact Dante Preciado or 301-346-2401, Troop #398 Leader (4th Grade). Watch a short video. We meet on the second and fourth Monday of every month, right after school, 3:15-5:00 PM.
K-1 Soccer Registration
The fall soccer season is off to a great start. There is still time to sign up for K-1st grade soccer. Sessions began September 9th. For  more information and to register click HERE.
Soccer Skills Program Grades (2-8)
The Mary of Nazareth Sports Committee is offering an 8 week long soccer skills programs to all MoN students in grades (2-8).

During the clinic, coaches will work with players on  skills, such as dribbling, moves and control, shooting and teamwork. 

The clinic will be led by a professional coaching team with licenses/certification from the English Football Association, European Union Football Association and US Soccer.

Players will be grouped by age/ability and will focus on fundamental elements: Technical, Tactical, Social and Physical. 

The cost is $135 (8 sessions).
Sessions will be Wednesdays, from 3:15pm-4:45pm, starting September 13th.
Space is limited, so registration is on a first come, first served basis.

Please RSVP with your interest to monsoccerteams@gmail.com

To Register for the program click HERE
Tennis Club for Grades K-5
MON and The Montgomery Tennis Plex are proud to present a Tennis Club at the Katie Fitzgerald Center on Tuesday afternoons for students in Kindergarten through 5th grade.  The club runs from September 19 through November 14.  All equipment provided.  
 
Only 24 spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
 
Contact Rich Huelbig to reserve a spot for your child.
MoN 2017-2018 Newsletter committee
Lauren Farago
Andrea Lachin
Truong Lee
Stefanie Marques
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