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September 11, 2019

Dates to Remember
Thurs., Sept. 12:  HSA Meeting 6:30 pm
     Gr. K-5 Back to School Night 7:35 pm 
Tues., Sept. 17:  8th gr parent mtg. 6 pm
     Middle School BTS Night 7:00 pm 
Fri., Sept. 27:  Fall Picture Day 
Fri., Oct. 4:  Mass 10:00 am KFC
Wed., Oct. 9:  Admissions Open House
     9:00 - 11:00 am
Thurs., Oct. 10:  Eucharist Day
Mon., Oct. 14:  Professional Day
     NO SCHOOL  for students
Fri., Oct. 18:  MoN Golf Tournament
The HSA would like to sincerely thank all the parent volunteers who helped Mrs. Rodgaard at the Back to School Carnival.  It was a huge success thanks to the help of many in our community.
 Notes From the Office
  • The first HSA meeting of the year is TOMORROW, Thursday, Sept. 12 at 6:30 pm, followed by BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT for parents of students in grades K-5 at 7:35 pm.  There will be 2 sessions to accommodate parents with multiple students in grades K-5.  The second session will begin at 8:10 pm.  Free childcare will be provided  during both the HSA meeting and Back to school night for Mary of Nazareth School students in Pre-K  and older.   Please contact Dayna Ingrassia to reserve a spot. 
  • Please review the HSA budget for 2019-2020 HERE.
  • Please remember that hot lunch is a DEBIT account.  Please maintain a positive balance in the account.  
  • Mary of Nazareth School follows Montgomery County Public Schools' decisions on closings and delays.  Please see the inclement weather policy for our school on the website HERE
  • In the unlikely event of an emergency, crisis, natural disaster, or evacuation we will use the guidelines HERE to reunite parents/guardians and students. Please read this document so you are familiar with the procedure in case it is ever needed.  Note that anyone whom you designate to pick up your child MUST be listed on your office emergency form. 

From Mrs. Schneider, Art Teacher
Dear Parents,
I am excited to begin another school year as art teacher here at Mary of Nazareth School. Please review the information HERE about art class this year. Also, I've set up a Facebook page called Art Class @MoN where I will share photos and information about what we are doing in class. This is a closed group for MoN families. Just answer a simple question to join.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Laura Schneider, Art PreK-8th

Contact Information Changes
If there have been any changes to your home address, email address(es), home or cell phone numbers since last school year, please send them to Mrs. Wray in the office (  

Student Absences from School

Parents are 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

Carpool Rules

We hope everyone read the email from Mr. Friel yesterday about carpool.  Our goal is to keep all students and parents safe at all times, but especially during arrival and dismissal.  Please see carpool rules HERE.

**Please remember you MUST have an office-issued yellow carpool number in each vehicle used to pick up students in the carpool line.  If you need replacement cards, please email Mrs. Wray.  **

First HSA Meeting and Back to School Night (Gr. K-5)
is Thursday, September 12th!

The first HSA (Home and School Association) Meeting of the year will begin at 6:30 in the Multi-Purpose (the social 1/2 hour will begin at 6:00 pm).   Back to School Night for grades K-5 will be immediately following the HSA meeting. There will be two sessions of BTS Night - the first will begin at 7:35 pm, 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  and older.    Please contact Dayna Ingrassia to reserve a spot. 

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!

Room Parents STILL Needed!
We are looking for a few more volunteers to serve as Room Parents for select classes. This is a fun role that allows you to be involved with your children and the MoN Community.

The following classes still need Room Parents:
2-2 (2 needed)
4-1 (2 needed)
5-1 (2 needed)
7-2 (2 needed)
8-1 (1 needed)
8-2 (1 needed)

If you are interested, please contact Julie O'Brien at Thank you!
HSA Events and Committees
Please click HERE for a link to all the HSA events for the year, and to see how you can help.  

Used Uniform Sale - October 18th (date change)
Save money on school uniforms through our Used Uniform program. Used uniforms may be dropped off in the office at any time.  (See tag template HERE.)  Join us for our Used Uniform Sale on Friday, October 18th for great deals.  Your help is needed for the sale. Contact Paola Ortiz-Iannini with questions or to help.  

Support Mary of Nazareth's Home and School Association

Box Tops
This program runs all year. Please submit your Box Tops labeled with your child’s homeroom to the front office.

Coke Rewards
Save the caps and box codes from your Coca-Cola products and points earned may be used to purchase classroom supplies.

Grocery Store Programs
Area stores offer reward programs to support the HSA. 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.

Help support the HSA 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.

Race for Scholars is October 25

Race for Scholars is the HSA's biggest fundraiser of the year.   This activity involves a fun filled afternoon where students run together through the beautiful Mary of Nazareth School campus. Funds are raised for the MoN Home and School Association, through family and business sponsorships that provide for classroom activities and celebrations throughout the school year. 

Don't miss out on this great day of Mustang Pride!!    Register for the Race, and place an order today for your child's shirt - and yours of course!  See this year's version of the t-shirt above.  (Registration form HERE.  Due date Thursday, October 10.)

Be one of our sponsors and have your company name on the back of our shirt.  (Sponsorship form HERE)

Donate an item to the raffle!  (Donation form HERE)
(Participation in the fundraising is optional, but much appreciated.  All students will have the opportunity to run, regardless of financial contribution.)

CBN Volunteer of the Year & Business Partner of the Year Nominations

Catholic Business Network of Montgomery County celebrates volunteers and business partners at their Annual Gala in November. Mary of Nazareth School is allowed a nominee from our community for each category. We are asking for your help in determining our representatives. Please note that the nominations are based on the 2018-2019 School Year and are not necessarily cumulative.

 Please complete the nomination form in the Wednesday packet and return by Friday, October 4th. The selection committee will be using your input to make the final decision by October 14th

Gala Silent Auction Chair

The Development Office is looking for a volunteer to be the Silent Auction Chair for the 2020 Benefit Gala Auction. The Silent Auction Chair would work closely with the development office to procure items for the auction, keep a record of items for the Auction booklet and help with set-up the day before the Gala itself. If you are interested in this volunteer position, please contact Colleen Shea in the Development office at


Join the Mary of Nazareth CYO Cross Country team! 

Join the Mary of Nazareth CYO Cross Country team this fall!  Enrollment is now open for the 2019 season.  Love to run? Or, want to stay in shape or get into better shape? Come be part of the team!   Open to all grades.  

Practice Schedule

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays after school until 4:45 PM
  • First practice begins 9/10
  • Running shoes or gym shoes are required to practice.

2019 CYO Cross Country Meet Schedule

  • 9/15 @ Pallotti (Supplee Field)
  • 9/22 @ Georgetown Visitation
  • 9/29 @ Villa Rosa Nursing Home
  • 10/6 @ TBD
  • 10/13 @ Franciscan Monastery
  • 10/20 @ Villa Rosa (Championships; must compete in 2 regular season meets to be eligible for championships
All meets will be on Sunday with races starting at 12:30pm; participants age is the age the runner is on August 31, 2018
  • 8U run 1 mile; 11U and 14U run 2 miles

Registration and Fees:

Cross Country Coaches Needed! 
We are still in need of coaches (2) for the 2019 Cross Country season.  All meets are on Sunday afternoons starting at 12:30. Practices are typically 2x / week and can be scheduled according to coach availability. The season runs from 9/8 through 10/20 with 6 regular season meets and 1 championship meet. If interested, please reach out to Julie Pietras ( or        704-562-1452).

Join the MoN Cheer Squad!
Open to girls in grades 4-8.  Please see flyer HERE and click HERE to register.

Join Cub Scouts-Parent Webinar Tonight!
Cub Scout Pack 76 is conducting a Parent Webinar (Sept 11 @ 9pm) for those families interested in hearing more about Cub Scouts. You can join from the comfort of your own home, by using the following link from your computer or smartphone: Or dial: (929)436-2866; Meeting ID: 930 936 817

8th Grade Cotillion Starts Saturday!!
Cotillion is a fun, interactive way to get ready for the more adult world of high school! Registration is closed on the website, but if you would still like your child to attend, please email Karen Woolery to be added to the roster. Send a check in the amount of $150 on Saturday with your child. Please see the attached invite for dates and dress code information.

Join Cub Scouts-Pack Meeting!
Jump Onboard Cub Scout Pack 76! Come meet us at our first Pack Meeting (Sep 16 7-8pm in the Multi-Purpose Room). For more information contact Mike O’Brien ( or Kevin Kasprzak (

Join Chess Club!
Would your child like to learn how to play chess?  Or does he/she already know how to play, but would like to strengthen his/her skills?  Your child should join MoN's 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!  Chess Club is open to all children kindergarten and above and meets on Thursdays after school.  Contact Laura Scaletti ( with any questions.  Online registration can be found here:

Girl Scouts at MoN!
The MoN Girl Scout Troops are excited for the 2019-2020 school year! At Girl Scouts, MoN girls have fun, make friends, and work together to make the world a better place through all kinds of activities. Girl Scouts aims to be girl-led while helping build girls of courage, confidence, and character. MoN has established troops in many grades at the school. For more information about getting involved in Girl Scouts, especially Kindergarten families, please e-mail Michelle Crispino at for more information!

Join Saddle Club!
Saddle Club is a wonderful opportunity for students of all ages to get out in the fresh air, learn a new hobby, or improve on existing horsemanship skills. Horsemanship develops self-confidence, improves self-efficacy, teaches
responsibility, and fosters empathy. It is also loads of fun!
  • Designed for students grades 1 through 8.
  • Saddle clubbers receive support with homework.
  • Students will ride in a group lesson setting for 30 to 45 minutes (length depending on students’ general level).
  • Each Clubber will have a chance to catch, groom and saddle their horses, learn interesting horse related topics and help with barn chores.
  • Our instructors at CHAP’s are certified, safety conscious, fun and loving!
  • No experience is required and returnees are welcome!
Wednesdays (10 sessions): Sept 18, 25, Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Nov 6, 13, 20 from 3pm to 6pm.
Transportation provided with pick-up at 3pm at Mary of Nazareth School and drop-off at 6pm at school. Barn located at Calleva Farm, 19120 Martinsburg Rd, Dickerson, MD 20842.
How do I sign up and how much does it cost?
Contact our CHAP’s director, Tess, at for any questions and
register online at
$400 for the 10-session season.

See Flyer here

Join Tennis Club!
Tennis Club will begin Tuesday, Sept. 17th at 3pm. It will continue thru Tuesday, Nov. 5th. 

Please note the price, $135. Location: KFC.
24 spaces available
K-5th gr.
  • All equipment is provided.
  • Classes taught by Tennis Plex Pro Players.
  • Children are placed in appropriate age groups.
If interested contact Rich Huelbig
MoN 2019-2020 Newsletter committee
Interested in helping out with the Newsletter?! Contact Stefanie Marques
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