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May 16, 2018

Dates to remember
Thurs., May 17:  VIRTUS training class 
     6:30 pm  MPR (Must be registered)
Thurs., May 17:  Auction out of uniform
Fri., May 18: HSA K-5 Dance  6-8 pm
Wed., May 23:  2nd Grade
     Communion Mass 10:30 KFC
Fri., May 25:  Noon Dismissal
     Last day for 8th graders
     Dismissal car parade
Mon., May 28:  No School
     Memorial Day Holiday
Thu., May 31:  Field Day Gr. P-3​
Tue., June 5:  Field Day Gr. 4-7
Fri., June 8: Kindergarten graduation 9:30 am
Tue., June 12: Noon Dismissal
Wed., June 13: Noon Dismissal
Notes From the Office
  • Mary of Nazareth School will host a VIRTUS Child Protection training class on Thursday, May 17 at 6:30 pm in the Multi-Purpose Room.  This is a great opportunity to attend a class in upper Montgomery County!  You must pre-register to attend.  Please go to to create an account and register for the class.  Spaces are limited.  Please contact Mrs. Wray with any questions.
  • Yearbook orders are being taken now.  See order form HERE.
  • The first day of school for the 2018-2019 school year is Wednesday, August 29.
Congratulations 2nd Grade! 2018 Spirit Stick winners
Thank You from the Library
Please allow me to extend a heartfelt thank you to all the parents and grandparents who volunteered to work Book Fair this year. It is always such a big success due to your unwavering support. I can't express enough how grateful I am to all of you. Secondly, to all my Library Mystery Readers. I thank you for your time, talent, and enthusiasm. This program allows a fantastic "Home / School Connection"  as well as a wonderful way to model the love of reading to the children. I hope to see you all next year, back in the Library! To those of you who haven't had a chance, please come join us! Sincerely, Mrs. DeWitt Librarain
We STREAM Summer Camp at MoN-Registration now open
Why do giraffes have super long necks? Why do zebras have stripes? What is the largest animal on Earth? What animals live on the continent of Asia? What is your favorite animal? Join Ms. Devlin, Mrs. Gray, Mrs. Ryba, Mrs. Schneider, Mrs. Schultz, and Ms. Massey for a week of fun at the 2nd annual STREAM camp! More details can be found in the registration form. Questions? Contact Ms. Massey at
Book Fee and FACTS Information 2018-2019
  • Mary of Nazareth School has been approved to participate in the Nonpublic Student Textbook Program and will receive a textbook allotment from the State of Maryland.  This credit, $65 per student, will be passed on to the families through a reduction in the book fee.  K-8 Book and technology fees for the 2018-2019 school year will be $235 per student. 
  • K – 8 Book and technology fees for the 2018-2019 school year will be charged to your current FACTS account in May.  This applies to all returning students as well as new students whose families have a current FACTS account.   Please do NOT send a check to the office for your child’s book fee.  
  • Preschool Admission Fees for the 2018-2019 school year will be charged to your current FACTS account in May.  This applies to all returning students as well as new students whose families have a current FACTS account.  Please do not send a check to the office for your child’s admission fee.  The Preschool Admission fee for the 2017-2018 school year is $300 per student.
It's time to Order a Yearbook
Yearbooks are available to all students and are a great memento of the school year.  Every student and class is pictured.  Pre-order yours now.  A limited number will be ordered and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.   They are $30 each, and will be delivered in late May.  Please see order form HERE and contact Mrs. Wray with any questions.
Field-Day 2018
Thursday, May 31, 2018        PK-– 3rd
Tuesday, June 5th, 2018         4th – 7th
We are looking forward to a great day of FUN Water Everywhere Activities!!  We have divided classes to best meet the needs of students’ at each grade level.  There will be a variety of exciting water adventure activities and Fun for everyone!
Thank you parents for sharing your time and talents!  We really do appreciate the joy and enthusiasm that you provide.   We are seeking Parent and Alumni Volunteers! It will be a fun filled adventurous afternoon of Water Slides, and Challenges for ALL students Enjoy!
The sign-up link is below:
Schedule of Events and detail descriptions will be available soon.  The day will be filled with Fun games and water events- So we are praying for a lot of Sunshine!  More details can be found here.
Sports Committee Executive Board Elections
The Sports Committee is holding elections for 2 open Sports Committee Executive Board positions for the 2018-19 school year.  This election will be at the final SC meeting of the year on May 16th. 
  • President - Please contact the Sports Committee or Rich Huelbig if interested 
  • Vice President - Bridget Riley (current 2 year term)
  • Treasurer - Patrice Allport (current 2 year term)
  • Secretary - Please contact the Sports Committee or Rich Huelbig if interested
We are grateful to all past and nominated members of the Sports Committee for their service to the school.  We are staggering elections of the committee members so that the entire board does not turn over at the same time.  This will help ensure stability and continuity from year to year.  
Host Families needed
We are seeking host families to help acclimate new families to the MoN Community. Host families answer questions on everything from uniforms to carpool to sports and help support the transition to our school. To volunteer to be a host family, please go to the MoN website sign up via
Sign Up Genius.  Any questions  or concerns please contact Kim Maffeo. Thank you!
Note from the HSA Treasurer: This is just a reminder to all who have made purchases on behalf of the HSA, please submit your receipts along with a Disbursement of Funds Request form and send to the front office to the attention of the HSA Treasurer. We appreciate all who have volunteered this school year!
NEW On-Line Spirit Shop!
Check out our new on-line spirit shop! The link can be found here or by going to the HSA section of the website and clicking on the Spirit Shop Tab. You can now pay on-line for your items and they will be delivered to your student.
This year's Annual Giving campaign raised a $110,000 in pledged donations and set a new level of participation at 75%.

Additionally, the Benefit Auction welcomed 270 members of our school community, and raised a total of $145,000.

On behalf of the students, faculty, and staff at Mary of Nazareth:
A heartfelt thank you to each and every individual for your generous and continued support. The collective contributions of our stakeholders enable us to continue providing the best educational experience possible for our students!
 Spring Dance For K-5th Grade May 18th

Don't miss this year's K to 5 glowing dance party May 18 from 6 to 8.  Come listen to your favorite songs and show off your dance moves and get your glow on!  The cost is $5 per child and includes glow bracelets.  The 7th grade will be providing concessions (cash only)
Cub Scout Pack 76 - Carnival Night
 The school's Cub Scout Pack 76 will hold their final meeting of the year on Monday, May 21, at 7pm in the multi-purpose room. The pack would like to invite any students in grades K thru 4 this year to attend and see if they are interested in joining the pack at the start of school next year. Students and their families are invited to come, and if there are any questions or to RSVP please contact Michael O'Brien at Thank you and Happy Scouting!!
Summer Tutoring
If you are considering a summer tutor for your child to help him/her with iXL, the reading project, or to improve the skills that he/she learned this year, these Mary of Nazareth teachers are willing to assist you.  The following teachers are experts in the MoN curriculum and the academic expectations and they are available to tutor during the summer months.  If you are interested, please email the teacher using her MoN email address to make arrangements.  
  • Ms. Angelika Clark ( reading & math Grades K – 5
  • Mrs. Nancy DeWitt ( reading, grammar, writing
  • Ms. Theresa Finucane ( reading & math Grades K-3
  • Mrs. Michelle Himes ( 
  • Mrs. Jennifer Koutsos ( math & HSPT
  • Mrs. Holly Magidson ( reading, grammar, writing Grades 2-8, HSPT Grammar
  • Ms. Jennifer Massey ( reading & math Grades 4-8,   HSPT
  • Mrs. Victoria Posner ( reading & math Grades3 - 8
  • Mrs. Cecilia Rajnic ( reading, grammar, writing 
  • Grades 2-8, HSPT Grammar
  • Mrs. Barabra Ryba ( reading, math, writing Grades K-5
Last call for Chess Club!
Join the Mary of Nazareth chess club! The club meets on Thursday after school. This session started last week, but there is still time to register.

Your child will learn chess from a Silver Knights Chess coach! We teach more than 4,000 children each week. State and national champions have come from our programs, but most of our students are just looking to have fun! Class time is split between lesson and play. Lessons range from learning the rules to advanced tournament strategies, depending on the children. Play time is structured to pair each student against an opponent of similar skill. All grades and skill levels are welcome. Silver Knights will supply all the equipment during chess club. Students will have the opportunity to play in tournaments.

To request financial aid, please contact Silver Knights with student's name, grade, and school.

Registration is available here. We hope to see you there!
Below are some links to summer camps in the area:

Whitman Summer Camp at Mary of Nazareth School
TK Sports Camp at the Katie Fitzgerald Center
St. John's College High School Basketball Camps (see flyer HERE)

Congratulations to our Math Olympiads! Many of our participants were awarded with special pins, patches, and certificates. A special shout out to Kyle Merkle for earning a perfect score and earning the George Lechner Award, the trophy for the highest Individual Score.

Sign up for Vacation Bible School!  


Coming to Mother Seton this Summer!

When: July 23-27, 2018.
Who: PreK 3/4 (potty trained)- rising Grade 5
Cost: $75.00/child
Time: 9:00am-12:30pm
Registration will be online at:

Download the flyer HERE! For questions, please contact Mary Beth DeLuzio at: 301.924-3838 ext. 234


VBC at Our Lady of the Visitation Parish
At Shipwrecked Vacation Bible Camp, kids discover how Jesus rescues us through life’s storms.  Shipwrecked is filled with Incredible Bible-learning experiences kids see, hear, and touch. We have team building Games, Cool Songs and lots of standout activities that help faith flow into real life.  (Since everything is hands on, kids might get a little messy (like creating slime last year).  Be sure to send them in play clothes and safe shoes).   Plus, we’ll help kids discover how to see evidence of God in everyday life something we call God Sightings.  Get ready to hear that phrase a lot!
Your kids will also participate in an outreach project, through a program called Connecting Kids to Justice that will provide seeds for families around the world. TBA
So, save the date:  June 18-22, 2018. 
 The fun starts at 9:00am – 1:00pm.  
To register your child or children for this life changing event, go to
Fee per child   $75.00 
MoN 2017-2018 Newsletter committee
Lisa D'Souza
Lauren Farago
Andrea Lachin
Truong Lee
Stefanie Marques
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