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Please see important letter from Mr. Friel HERE.
January 26, 2022
Dates to Remember
The online school calendar is updated and available HERE and on the website under "Current Families".
Jan. 30 - Feb. 4:  Catholic Schools' Week  -  See daily schedule below, including dress code
Sun., Jan. 30:  Open House for Prospective Parents 1:00 - 3:00 pm - NO CHILDREN PLEASE
Mon., Jan. 31:  Living Rosary 9:00 am KFC
WEEK OF JAN. 31:  Report cards for gr. Pre-K - 8 visible to parents  UPDATED
Jan. 31 - Feb. 4:  Gently used coat collection to benefit "A Wider Circle" (see below)
Thurs., Feb. 3:  School-wide Spelling Bee 1:30
Fri., Feb. 4:  NOON DISMISSAL    
     Catholic Schools' Week Mass 10:00 am  WINTER DRESS UNIFORM REQUIRED
Sat., Feb. 12:  "Date Night with Dad"  See information and registration below
Mon., Feb. 14:  2 HOUR DELAY - Before Care opens at 9:00 am
     Valentine's Day - Wear Red or Pink with jeans or sweatpants - Accessories encouraged
Tues., Feb. 15:  Tennis Club begins (see info below under "After the Bell"
Fri., Feb. 18:  Make-up Picture Day and 8th grade Cap & Gown Pictures  - UPDATED
Mon., Feb. 21:  NO SCHOOL - Presidents' Day Holiday
Friday, Feb. 25:  Pastoral Recommendation Forms for Active Parishioner Grant are due
     See submission instructions by parish below
Sat., Apr. 30:  SAVE THE DATE!  MoN Benefit Auction
Fri., May 20:  SAVE THE DATE!  MoN "Golf for Sports" Outing
Notes from the Office
  • Re-registration emails were sent on Monday from TADS to families of current students.  If you intend for your child(ren) to return to MoN for the 2022-2023 school year, they MUST be re-registered no later than Friday, February 4.  We have many new applicants for our school.  If you did NOT receive an email for each of your children, please contact Mrs. Wray immediately.  
  • We do not need an updated copy of your child's medical forms UNLESS he/she has had additional immunizations since the forms were submitted.  If applicable, you may submit updates to Mrs. Wray or Mrs. Phillips at
  • We look forward to full participation by our students and their families in parish Catholic Schools Week activities. Please watch for an email from your parish liaison for more details about how your parish is celebrating. Students who wear their winter dress uniform to Mass on Sunday, January 30th may dress out of uniform on Tuesday, February 1st. Thank you for representing our school! 
  • In order to qualify for the in-diocese tuition rate (now called the "Active Parishioner Grant"), Catholic families must submit a Pastoral Recommendation form each year.  The form for the 2022-2023 school year is due on February 25, 2022.  See form HERE and guidelines for submission to your parish below.
  • The Development Office is soliciting Silent Auction items for the Gala on April 30.  Please see list of needed items below.
  • COVID Positivity Rates as of 1/26/22:  Students - 1.65%, Staff - 0%
  • The Federal Government has made COVID 19 Rapid at-home test kits available at no cost. The limit is 4 kits per household and will be sent via the US Postal Service. To order these tests please click:
  • Make-Up Picture Day and 8th grade Cap and Gown Picture day has been rescheduled for Friday, February 18.
  • Volunteer to be a recess monitor.  Sign up HERE.
  • Teacher Lunches - Show your appreciation to our dedicated teachers and staff by providing lunch.  Sign Up HERE.
  • Please take a moment to review the school's Inclement Weather Policy on the website HERE.

Catholic Schools Week Schedule  1/30 - 2/4

During Catholic Schools Week, students are encouraged to volunteer in their neighborhood.  Submit a photo to make the MoN "Wall of Fame" in the front lobby and earn a lollipop (maybe two!).  Volunteering examples include picking up trash, helping an elderly neighbor with a task, etc.
Sunday, Jan. 30:  Open House for new families  1:00 - 3:00 pm
Monday, Jan. 31:  Dress - PE sweatpants and sneakers with any MoN Spirit wear
                               top, sweatshirt, or MoN sports jersey

          - Living Rosary 9:00 am (Live-streamed on YouTube - link HERE or
          - Comfort Cases & Coat Collections begin (See details under "Social Concerns 
Tuesday, Feb. 1:  Dress - Students who wore dress uniforms to Mass on 1/30 may be
                                           out of uniform 
SGA Election Day with speeches in MPR at 1:35 pm
          -  NO PARENT OPEN HOUSES (per COVID protocol)
Wednesday, Feb. 2:  STUDENT APPRECIATION DAY   Dress - Out of Uniform 
          - Reptile presentation in KFC for grades Pre-K through 8
          -  Fun Activities for all students
          - No Homework/assessments
Thursday, Feb. 3:  TEACHER APPRECIATION DAY  Dress - Pajamas or Comfy
          -  Morning Homeroom activity showing teacher appreciation
          -  Teacher Lunch provided by the HSA
          -   Schoolwide Spelling Bees 1:30 pm   
Friday, Feb. 4:  Dress - Winter dress uniform for all students   
          -  Mass 10:00 am with Virtue Awards
          -  NOON DISMISSAL (aftercare available)

Date Night With Dad
For our Father-Daughter event this year, the HSA is hosting a Father-Daughter night at Cinépolis Movie Theater in Kentlands!  Dads, bring your girls for a movie and dinner (Cinépolis has a full service menu and a full bar)!

When:   Saturday, February 12, 6pm
Where:  Cinépolis Movie Theater
               629 Center Point Way, Gaithersburg, MD 
What:     "Sing 2" (movie is subject to change)  
Cost:       $15/ person

Food and Beverages are available for sale during the movie. 

Click HERE to register, or go to the website under "HSA".  Tickets are limited so order yours today!  Questions? E-mail Dayna Ingrassia
Vaccine Card Upload to TADS

Please take a moment to upload your child's COVID vaccination card into the TADS system. See steps below:
1.  Log into your TADS account at or HERE
2.  On the left side menu, click on "Required Documents".
3.  Find the line that says "Optional COVID vaccination document request".  Go to the right and click on "Upload".  
4.  Click on "Choose File".  Locate the electronic copy of your child's vaccination card and add it to your account.  
5.  Click on the "Upload" button.

Or, you may email a copy of the card to Mrs. Wray or send a hard copy to the office.  We will add it to your child's account for you.  Thank you to all parents who have already completed this task.

Thank you for your cooperation and help in keeping all of our students and staff safe and healthy.

Help Your Child Handle Stress

Wondering how to help your kids build motivation and stress tolerance? 
Check out these two Washington Parent Magazine articles on helping kids solve their own problems and helping teens manage stress. 
Let Kids Solve Their Own Problems: Take Off Your Super Hero Cape!

Check Out These 7 Anxiety Busters, Help My Teen is Anxious  

You may also find this free PEP Class helpful - "Why Don't My Kids Listen To Me" at the link below.
Pastoral Recommendation forms due February 25

Families wishing to qualify for the Active Parishioner Grant (formerly “in-diocese tuition rate”) must submit a Pastoral Recommendation form each year.  Forms for the 2022-2023 school year are due to the MoN office by Friday, February 25, 2022.  Please access form HERE (pdf) and HERE (word doc) or on the website under “Admissions”, “Admissions Process and Forms”.  Fill it out completely, and follow the submission instructions below for your parish.  (Don’t forget the family picture.)  If your parish is not listed, please contact that parish office for guidance.  The parish office will return the form to Mary of Nazareth School unless otherwise noted, and you will be notified by Mrs. Wray once it is received.  Please contact Mrs. Wray with any questions.
Mother Seton Parish – Email to Ruth Chavez at   Or, drop off form at parish office M-F 9-5.
Our Lady of the Presentation – Email to, or drop off in the black mailbox at the church office attached to the rectory.  Parents will be notified when the forms are ready and must be picked up at the parish office.
Our Lady of the Visitation – Please submit to the Parish Office no later than Monday, February 14.  Forms can be emailed to, mailed to the Parish Office at 14139 Seneca Road, Darnestown, MD  20874 or dropped off at the parish office in the lower level of the church (email first to set a time).  Be sure to include your family photo. 
St. John Neumann – Email to Gloria Fernandez at, drop off at parish office (place in envelope marked “Gloria”) at 8900 Lochaven Dr. Gaithersburg, MD 20882 M-F between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm (closed noon -1:00 pm for lunch). 
St. Mary’s (Barnesville) –  Email to, drop off at Parish office 9:30 am – 3:00 pm, or mail to St. Mary’s Parish, P.O. Box 67, Barnesville, MD 20838.
St. Paul Parish –  Drop off at the Parish office.  Place completed form in an envelope marked "Mary of Nazareth Pastoral Recommendation,  Attn: Cindy Mengle".  If the office is closed, put the envelope in the mail slot.  Questions should be directed to  
St. Rose of Lima – Email to Mary Carey at or, drop off at parish office M-F  9:00 to 3:30 (If you go to the office (lower level office) and no one is there please leave forms in the holder on the wall outside the lower level office door), fax to 301-869-2170, or mail to St. Rose of Lima Parish, 11701 Clopper Road, Gaithersburg, MD   20878  attn:  Mary Carey.

Yay! Lunch for students in Grades K-8

Students in grades K-8 are eligible to order hot lunch daily.  All orders must be placed by Saturday at midnight for the following week.  Please see the flyer HERE for more information on the service.  If there are any additional questions, please email
Sign up today.   Sign into your account at Yay Lunch, check out the menu, and place your orders. 

Volunteer to Serve Yay! Lunch

Volunteers are needed to assist with the receiving and distribution of hot lunch to all grades from 11-12:30.  Please sign up HERE and contact Carina Vergara  ( with any questions. All volunteers must be VIRTUS compliant.

Mary of Nazareth Social Concerns Events in 2022

A glance at 2022.  Please make a note of upcoming collections as you're organizing for the New Year.

January 31 - February 4:  Collect gently used coats, scarves, mittens and gloves for  A Wider Circle.
February:  Collect both puzzles and board games for Children's Hospitals
March:  Collect gently used women's and men's dress apparel for A Wider Circle
April:  Collect gently used books to donate to Velocity of Books
May:  Collect school supplies for The Wish List Depot.

"Comfort Cases" Collection 1/31 - 2/4
We are collecting items for Comfort Cases, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides children ages 0-21 who are in the foster care system with a case filled with essential and comfort items. Donated items must be newly purchased or unopened. Donations can be placed in designated bins at the school’s entrance anytime through Friday, February 4th. The NJHS thanks you in advance for any donations you are able to make to this worthy cause.  Questions?  Please contact Mrs. Schultz (

Suggested Items:
  -  Small duffel bag or backpack (no suitcases)
  -  Pajamas or sleepwear (sizes Newborn through Adult XXL)
  -  Small blanket up to throw size (40" x 60")
  -  Toothbrush (Youth and Adult)
  -  Toothpaste *
  -  Travel size shampoo and conditioner *
  -  Travel size body lotion *
  -  Deodorant *
  -  Stuffed Animals
  -  Coloring book
  -  Crayons
  -  Journal
  -  Pens and Pencils
  -  Book

* New, unopened travel size toiletry items only, please.

Complete toiletry, dental, and pen/pencil kits can be donated.  Must contact Comfort Cases for assembly directions.

Open Positions - HSA Executive Committee
2nd Vice President            Secretary
Please consider volunteering for one of these open positions.  HSA Executive Committee terms are 2 years.  Please see flyer HERE for more information on the job responsibilities.
Looking to get involved in HSA events? The Home and School Association is looking for volunteers to be Event Chairs for several upcoming events:
  • Father Daughter dance (February 12)
  • International night (March - COVID permitting)
  • Communion celebration (May 18)
  • K-5 dance (May 13)
You do not need to have experience or even have attended these events in the past. Chairs work with a member of the HSA Executive Board to help plan these events.

If you would like to get involved, please fill out the Google form HERE or email HSA President Krysia Novotny (

Sacred Relics of the Saints - OLP

Our Lady of the Presentation Parish presents a teaching and exposition of Sacred Relics on Sunday, February 27 at 2:00 pm. Father Carlos Martins, a Vatican-appointed expert on relics will be here with an extraordinary Vatican collection of over 150 relics, some as old as 2,000 years. Among the treasures will be relics of St. Joseph, St. Ma ria Goretti, St. Therese of Lisieux (the “Little Flower”), St. Fran cis of Assisi, St. Anthony of Padua, St. Thomas Aquinas, and St. Faustina Kowalska. There will also be a portion of the Veil of Our Lady and one of the largest remaining pieces of the True Cross in the world. Those in attendance will be able to examine and venerate each relic. Throughout history, many healings have been worked in the presence of relics; and thou sands have occurred through this ministry. Do not miss this opportunity. You are encouraged to bring your articles of devotion (such as rosaries, holy cards, etc.) and pictures of ill friends/family members, which you will be able to touch to the reliquaries as a means of intercession. This is a once-in-a lifetime opportunity. Please spread the word.
Tennis Club is Back!
Tennis Club is offered to all K-5 MoN students.  24 spaces are available on a first come, first served basis.  The club meets every Tuesday in the KFC between 3:00 and 4:00 pm for 8 weeks from February 15 through April 8. 
Professionals from the Montgomery County Tennis Plex provide instruction and equipment.   Cost: $135.00. 
If interested, contact Rich Huelbig

MoN "Golf for Sports" 2022
Save the date!  Coming this Spring of the 2021-22 school year is the MoN “Golf for Sports” outing. This event will take place on Friday, May 20, 2022 at the beautiful golf course at Bretton Woods.  Proceeds from this event will support the MoN sports programs.  Registration information will follow in the coming months.   For more information, contact Alvin Duque at
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