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November 18, 2020

  • MoN will be virtual only on November 23 and 24.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 24 is a half day of school.  Virtual classes will end at noon.
  • MoN will be virtual only between Monday, Nov. 30 - Friday, Dec. 4.
  • MoN will return to a blended learning model on Monday December 7.
  • We will maintain the same class schedule we have followed all year during this virtual learning period.
Dates to Remember
Thurs., Nov. 19 & Fri., Nov. 20:  "Scouting for Food" - morning drop off at KFC 
Mon., Nov. 23 & Tues., Nov. 24:  Virtual Learning for ALL Students 
Mon., Nov. 23:  Virtual Grandparents' Day - Announcements 8:10 am,  Mass 10:00 am
Tues., Nov. 24:  NOON DISMISSAL
Wed., Nov. 25 - Sun., Nov. 29:  Thanksgiving Break
Mon., Nov. 30 -  Fri., Dec. 4:  Virtual Learning for ALL Students
Tues., Dec. 1:  Giving Tuesday
Fri., Dec. 4:  Tuition Assistance Applications due for 2021-2022 school year (see below)
Sat., Dec. 5:  Sleigh Ride with St. Nick  (Details below)
Tues., Dec. 8:  Feast of the Immaculate Conception  Virtual Mass 10:00 am
Mon., Dec. 14:  Classroom Spelling Bees for Grades 6, 7, and 8 (study guide HERE)
Tues., Dec. 15:  Classroom Spelling Bees for Grades 3, 4, and 5 (study guide HERE)
Fri., Dec. 18:  Virtual Mass 10:00 am       Virtual Christmas Bingo
Dec. 19 - Jan. 3:  Christmas Break
Mon., Jan. 4:  Classes Resume for Blended and Distance Learners
Notes from the Office
  • The HSA is sponsoring a restaurant fund-raiser TODAY at California Tortilla on Darnestown Road (near Quince Orchard intersection).  See information below for times and ordering. 
  • Cub Scout Pack76 volunteers will be accepting donated bags of food for those in need on Thursday and Friday (Nov 19 & 20) after carpool morning drop-off in the KFC parking lot. 
  • We are finding that wearing hats and having high heat on in the car during the colder weather is resulting in abnormally high temperatures in the morning carpool line.  Please pack your child's hat in the backpack and turn the heat down before you arrive to prevent delays.
  • Congratulations to our 5th-8th grade students who have made the Honor Roll for first quarter.  View list HERE
  • Tuition Assistance applications for families with students currently enrolled in a Catholic school are due no later than Friday, December 4.  This is a hard deadline.  Please see information below. 
  • Please see opportunities to loan and/or donate outside Christmas decorations and lights for the "Sleigh Ride with St. Nick" HERE.
  • The 2020-2021 Annual Giving Campaign is in full swing.  Please see information under the "Development" tab below.  
  • 2021-2022 applications for students in grades Pre-K through 8 who are NEW TO MARY OF NAZARETH SCHOOL are now open.  Please click on the link HERE to submit a new application.  Please do NOT submit an application if your child is currently enrolled at MoN - you will receive an email in January for re-enrollment.  Our Pre-K class is filling quickly.  Please apply for your Pre-K sibling NOW.
Important Information for Travel Related to COVID-19

The holiday season is just around the corner and we all know that traveling to visit family and friends is an important holiday tradition to many of us. 

Please see information from the CDC on Thanksgiving travel and events HERE 
As you may be aware, navigating through the many guidelines and protocols set forth surrounding Covid-19 can be confusing and exhausting. Mary of Nazareth follows the guidelines established by the ADW and the MD Department of Health. 
The Maryland Department of Health has issued a travel advisory for Maryland residents. This travel advisory suggests that any Marylander returning from out-of-state should promptly be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival in Maryland. 
The travel advisory also indicates that any Marylander who travels to a state with a COVID-19 test positivity rate above 10% should get tested and self-quarantine at home until the test result is received.  These states are considered “hot spots”.  Please check current, up to date positivity rates by state HERE.
If travel to a “hot spot” state occurs, Mary of Nazareth requires a COVID-19 test to be performed and the results to be submitted to the school.  Please see the link HERE for COVID testing resources in Montgomery County.
Please stay safe and enjoy all of the upcoming holidays with your friends, family, and loved ones!! 
Thank you,  Erin Phillips, RN

Updated COVID-19 FAQ

Virtual Grandparents' Day - Monday, November 23

We will have a live streamed Mass at 10:00am from Our Lady's Chapel on Monday, November 23.  Additionally, all grandparents and family members are invited to a special edition of morning announcements at 8:10am for Grandparents Day (please note time change).  Please click on the link HERE for both events on Nov. 23.  
In order to celebrate our community's diversity on Grandparents Day, Mr. Friel is asking for pictures and stories depicting your culture, history, and/or ancestry.  Please send your information directly to Mr. Friel.  We are looking forward to creating an amazing slideshow!
Read Mr. Friel's complete letter to Grandparents HERE
Annual Giving Campaign 
Our Annual Giving Campaign for the 2020-2021 year has begun! Donate or make a pledge today to support Mary of Nazareth school. Each family who donates $25 or more to the campaign gets a chance to win a MoN Yeti and a surprise gift card. There will be 3 drawings on December 18th!

Cub Scout Pack 76 - Scouting for Food

Families in our community need your help during the pandemic. Food banks, such as St. Martin of Tours, are seeing a record increase in the number of people needing help, Cub Scout Pack76 hoping to help out as part of the annual 'Scouting for Food' initiative. 

Pack76 volunteers will be accepting donated bags of food for those in need on Thursday and Friday (Nov 19 & 20) after carpool morning drop-off in the KFC parking lot.  You can also drop-off donations on Saturday (Nov 21) between 2-4 at Kaufmann Park in Montgomery Village (9607 Wightman Rd,). 

Items Needed: 

Macaroni & Cheese; peanut butter; jelly; Jell-o; pudding; crackers; canned vegetables; canned fruit; canned soup; instant potatoes; pasta; spaghetti sauce.  No glass containers, please.

Please help us meet our goal to collect over 1000 pounds of food!  Thank you for supporting Pack 76's community service project.  

Volunteer of the Year 2020 - Sarah Scherer

Sarah Scherer has been an instrumental part of our community by volunteering in many roles throughout her 15 years at Mary of Nazareth. She has served as HSA President and continued volunteering in many capacities after her term was completed. This fall, she was the onsite coordinator for the HSA Teacher Appreciation efforts where she coordinated lunches for the first two weeks of teacher professional development. Her dedication, kindness, and willingness to help in any way has made MoN a better place!

Business Partner of the Year 2020 - Planet Technologies

Planet Technologies Inc. in Germantown, MD has been generous stewards for the past seven years at Mary of Nazareth School. Scott Tucker has sponsored many community events such as our Annual Benefit Gala and Race for Scholars.  In addition, they have completed a network assessment for our school, donated 10 laptops towards our STREAM initiative and provided consistent on call support.  Personally, Scott Tucker has shared his musical talents for community fundraisers and lends equipment for our eighth grade banquet.  We are blessed to have Plant Technologies Inc. supporting Mary of Nazareth Catholic School in so many ways!

Shop for the Holidays and support the 7th Grade
Need to get some Holiday shopping done early? The 7th grade class in partnership with Boon Supply can help! Since we can't go door to door this year and sell from the catalog, there is an online link to shop directly from the site and have products delivered straight to your door. Holiday shopping couldn't be any easier! Click on the link HERE and feel free to share with others!  Fundraising profits go directly to the class of 2022 for their future 8th grade trip.

ADW Tuition Assistance 
Applications are now open for the 2021-2022 Archdiocese of Washington Tuition Assistance Program.  Please click HERE for the link to apply through TADS.

Applications for families with students currently enrolled in a Catholic School are due no later than Friday, December 4, 2020 for tuition assistance for the 2021-2022 school year.   Please note that you only need to complete one form for all children in a family, whether elementary school students or high school students, even if seeking tuition assistance for children attending different schools.  Aid is need-based, and families must apply yearly to qualify.

Sleigh Ride with St. Nick - Sat., Dec. 5
Mark your calendars for December 5th from 5:00 - 7:00 pm.  Please join us for an evening of Christmas joy on a Sleigh Ride with St Nick!

Drive through Christmas lights and decorations on our beautiful MoN campus!  Stop and wave to Santa and drop off a letter with your wish list! Visit all the attractions in our outdoor Christmas village:  Pick up a craft to complete at home at our craft station.  Visit our Christmas bakery for a gingerbread cookie kit to decorate at home.  Stop at our Christmas shop for your goody bag!

All visitors will remain in their vehicles throughout to ensure a safe and fun experience for all.

There's no charge to attend. Bring the family and share in our strong community spirit of Christmas joy.

Volunteers will be needed.  If you're interested, please contact Trish Purdy.

Please RSVP for the sleigh ride so we know how many children to expect. 

Are you excited for Christmas decorating? Do you have lights and decorations coming out of your ears?  The Sleigh Ride with St. Nick committee could use your help.  Check out opportunities to loan and/or donate outside Christmas decorations and lights HERE
California Tortilla Restaurant Night - TODAY!

Please plan to support our school and order from California Tortilla TODAY, November 18 between 11 am and 8:30 pm.  All orders must be placed online for in-store pickup, curbside pickup, or delivery.   CalTort will donate 25% of the group's sales back to Mary of Nazareth School.  Please see ordering instructions HERE.
Spirit Shop News!
The HSA and our Spirit Shop is excited to announce our brand new Mary of Nazareth Christmas Ornament!! Your tree just won't be complete without one.
We have restocked our shop just in time for your holiday shopping.  Don't forget to buy your MoN winter hat.  Check out the link to the Spirt Shop HERE.
HERO Teacher Lunches
We had an overwhelming response for our Hero Teacher Lunches!! Thank you all.   If you would still like an opportunity to provide our HERO teachers lunch please contact Joy Dyer

In Remembrance...
At times, our lives are forever inspired by the kindness and love of a family member or a friend whom God has called home. Often, we want to do something special to honor our loved one but we aren’t exactly sure what to do. Mary of Nazareth School’s Memorial Program honors our loved ones while enhancing the spiritual, academic and the character growth of our students. The Mary of Nazareth School Memorial Program offers families a unique opportunity of prayer for the souls of their departed loved ones. Inscribed upon a brass plate, your loved one’s name is posted on the school’s entry wall. All individuals named will be included in the prayers of our faculty, staff, and students. This opportunity is available for a contribution to the school of $250.00. All contributions are tax-deductible. Please consider making a contribution and adding your loved one to the memorial. Visit our website for more information:  
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