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May 12, 2021

Our Spirit Day video drops on Friday, May 14 at 8:20 during morning announcements. Tune in to watch and to see a special morning report from the Benson Boys! 
Dates to Remember
Thurs., May 13:  Virtual School Mass 10:00 am
     Grade Pre-K - 5  SPIRIT DAY!
Fri., May 14:  NOON DISMISSAL - Gr. 6-8 SPIRIT DAY!
 Book fee and/or Pre-K Admission fee charged to FACTS accounts
Sat., May 15:  Soccer Clinic for Pre-K thru 2nd gr. begins (see details below)
Mon., May 17:  BOOST Scholarship application deadline 
     Gala Out of Uniform Day #2
Wed., May 19:  2nd Grade Communion Mass 10:00 am 
Thurs., May 20:  Gala Out of Uniform Day #3
Mon., May 24:  Gala Out of Uniform Day #4
Tues., May 25:  Virtual HSA Meeting 7:00 pm  NEW DATE
Fri., May 28:  NOON DISMISSAL - Pastors' Holiday
     Last day for 8th grade students - 8th grade Car Parade
Mon., May 31:  NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day Holiday
Tues., June 1:  6th & 7th grade Blended Learners in School; K-5 full distance learning
Wed., June 2:  6th & 7th full day of distance learning 
Thurs., June 3:  8th Grade Graduation
Tues., June 8:  Gr. K-5 Distance Learners' Material Drop-off  9:00-11:00 am KFC 
     Save the date!  Rising gr. 3-8 soccer assessments (evening) 
Wed., June 9:
  Gr. 6-8 Distance Learners' Material Drop-off  9:00-11:00 am KFC 
       Kindergarten Graduation
       Save the date!  Rising gr. 3-8 soccer assessments (evening)
Thurs., June 10:  NOON DISMISSAL 
Fri., June 11:  NOON DISMISSAL - Last day of school - Virtual Mass 10:00 am
Tues., Sept. 7:  First day of school  2021-2022 school year
Notes from the Office
  • This is the last week to show some Spirit and "Raise the Paddle" to beautify the outside of our school.  See below.
  • Soccer is back for all grades at MoN!  Please see information under "After the Bell" below.  
  • Host Families are desperately needed!  We have over 60 new families joining our MoN family and need host families to pair them with.  This is a great opportunity virtually or in person to welcome a new family to our community.  Sign up HERE.
  • Applications for the Maryland BOOST scholarship for the 2021-2022 school year are due no later than Monday, May 17.
  • The rising 8th grade class is once again sponsoring the "Teacher Tailored Student Supply Kits" as a fundraiser for their class trip.  Please see details below.  Orders due by 6/25/21, school code 53493.  See details below.
  • Parents are reminded to put your cars in "Park" and TURN OFF THE INGNITION when you arrive to pick up your children.  We realize the weather is getting warmer and you would like to run the air conditioning, but this is a safety issue when we have many children walking to their cars through the parking lots.  Thank you for your cooperation and for keeping all our students safe.
  • Effective March 12, 2021, Maryland residents who travel outside of the state are no longer required to quarantine or have a negative COVID test when they return.  Maryland residents continue to be encouraged to get tested for COVID-19 upon their return from out-of-state travel.
  • Please check current, up to date positivity rates by state HERE.  

Spirit Day is this Week!

This year Spirit Day activities will be curbed due to Covid 19.  On the days we have scheduled for Spirit Day, Thursday, May 13 (Grades Pre-K though 5 - full day of school)  and Friday, May 14 (Grades 6 through 8 - noon dismissal), students will be encouraged to demonstrate their Mustang Spirit.  This includes:

Face paint, Accessories in School Colors, School Spirit Gear, Hair Dye, Silly costumes, Fun Signs, Decorated Cars, Etc.

All face paint and hair dye must be applied at home.  If faces are painted, they must be painted in both school colors, red and black.  We will not be competing for the Spirit Sticks in the KFC this year.

Materials drop off for DISTANCE LEARNERS

Please drop off all school issued hardback textbooks and school-issued chromebooks to the KFC on:

GRADES K-5 - Tuesday, June 8th from 9am-11am 
GRADES 6-8 - Wednesday, June 9th from 9am-11am 

Mrs. Afram will be on hand to inspect all returned chromebooks for damages.
Workbooks do not need to be returned.  If you have any questions about what should be returned, please contact your child's subject teacher.
All other questions should be directed to Mrs. Katie Schultz
As many of you know, one of our families had a devastating home fire last week.  Please consider helping this family with donations of gift cards to local grocery stores or restaurants, which may be dropped off in the lobby or the main office.  You may contact Maureen Tonczyczyn if you would like to help in other ways.  Thank you for your generosity.
FACTS Information for 2021-2022
  • The book fee ($235) and Pre-K admission fee ($235) for 2021-2022 school year will be invoiced through FACTS as an incidental billing.  The invoice will indicate that your account is set up for auto-billing so you will not need to click the link or send in a check.   The fee will be automatically charged to your credit card or deducted from the savings/checking account that you have set up for all of your FACTS payments on May 14, 2022.
  • If you have any questions about these fees,  please contact Andrea Murphy at

Picture proofs have been emailed to you from Freed Photography.  If you have not received an email from Freed, please contact them directly at or 301-652-5452.
Show your Spirit and Raise the Paddle

With a "Raise the Paddle" donation of $250 or more, you will be automatically invited to the Grand Opening Happy Hour of the Community Space in the Fall of 2021.  This new space and facelift to the front of the school will not only be more inviting for our current families, but also add to the curb appeal of Mary of Nazareth School to prospective families.

To donate, please click HERE or go to the school website under "Support MoN", "Benefit Auction", "Raise the Paddle".

You can also send checks to the attention of the Development Office.  If you have any questions regarding this, please contact Mrs. Schultz and Mrs. Shea in the Development office at  Thank you for your support of our school.

School Supply Kits for 2021-2022 School Year
They're back!  Once again this year we will be offering the Teacher Tailored supply kit program which offers pre-packaged, school supply kits filled with the exact supplies requested by your child’s teacher.  (see 2021-2022 supply lists by grade HERE.)  Why fight the hassle of retail when our kits are a cost-effective and convenient way of purchasing your back-to-school supplies?  This is being offered by the incoming 8th grade class as a fundraiser for their class trip, and is completely optional.  

Skip the lines this summer. Order your supplies with Teacher Tailored!

Click Here to Order- Pay directly online!  No checks!
Enter School Code # 53493
Order Online by 6/25/2021--The 8th grade Class of 2022 will deliver the boxes to your child's classroom before the start of school. 

Our MoN Host Family Program is back! 
Please help welcome new families to the Mary of Nazareth community. You will answer questions about uniforms, carpool, schedules, etc.  Please take a moment to look at the Signup Genius HERE and consider sharing your family's experiences with others.  It's a minimal time commitment!
BOOST Scholarship applications for the 2021-2022 school year are now open!  Click HERE to begin the application process.  The deadline is May 17, 2021.  
Used Uniform Store Open Virtually
The Used Uniform store is open for business, and happy to help you get through the next few weeks.     
Please email us at to let us know what uniforms you need and we will  either leave them in the foyer for you to pick up or send them home with your child.  
We will be back in regular uniforms next year, so get your orders in now!
Thank you!!   Elizabeth and Alice
Mrs. Carter's Counseling Websites
         Mrs. Carter's Counseling Website (for adults)
  This is the one started during the spring to help parents navigate health  and wellbeing, and online learning challenges during COVID 19.
         Mrs. Carter's Counseling Website For Kids
  I created this one at the request of students who wanted to view my weekly lessons at home. All the lessons are built on the idea that hard work and perseverance makes the brain grow stronger and promote social- emotional wellbeing.  

Get Involved!  HSA Needs Volunteers!

Do you have the "volunteer" spirit in you? The HSA is looking for new Chairs, Co-Chairs and committee members for the 2021-2022 school year.   We cannot hold events and support our teachers and staff without volunteers!  Please email Joy Dyer at if you are interested.  
(All volunteers must be cleared through the Archdiocesan Child Protection program, VIRTUS.  See details HERE.)
Shop in our Spirit Shop
Now that the weather is nicer your child may need new Spirit Wear!   Our Spirit Shop is stocked and ready to serve.  We have short sleeved t-shirts, long sleeve T's, hats and more!! 

Soccer Clinic for Pre-K - 2nd gr Begins Sat., May 15

Register NOW

The Mary of Nazareth Sports Committee is offering an 8 session soccer skills program for Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st, & 2nd grade students.   MoN students, as well as children from member parishes, are welcome to attend.

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

This spring’s 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 $130 (8 sessions).  Sessions will be Saturdays, at MoN, from 10 am to 11:30 am, starting May 15th.  Space is limited, so registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

More information and to register go to:
We will also be offering a clinic this fall.  If you have any questions, please reach out to MoN Soccer Commissioner Joe Beucher ( or Sports Committee Chair Paul Garrett (

CYO Soccer Assessments and Sports Planning for the Fall

Good news!  Fall CYO soccer is looking like a reality and we need to prepare. For our current 2nd through 7th graders, player assessments and team formation must be done by the end of school. We are working on the final details, but  we will probably hold assessments the last week of school on our fields - June 8, 9 and 10th (rain date). Look here next week for details and the registration link (Rookie 3/4, JV 5/6 and Varsity 7/8). Most families will need new uniforms as the kids have grown quite a bit since the 2019 season, so we will have a new order link for you to buy gear (Approximately $50). This will be in addition to the CYO registration cost and the uniform should be ordered with a two-year usage in mind.

We need coaches at all levels. If you are interested in coaching in the Fall or helping at the assessments in June, please reach out to Soccer Commissioner Joe Beucher - (  All coaches must be cleared through the VIRTUS Child Protection Program.

And lastly, we are recruiting for new Sports Committee members, especially from grades 1-4, to balance out the committee - so please contact Paul Garrett ( to get involved in a return to sports.  

(see Flyer HERE)

On Campus, Co-EdOne-Week Sessions June 14 - 18 and June 21 - 25
9:00 am - 3:00 pm • Cost: $300 • RISING GRADES 6 - 11
Sessions will be capped at 16 campers each. Classes and Activities include:
• Theater       • Music       • Dance       • Collaborative Theater-Making
More information available online

Basketball Clinic   June 14, 16, 18
Session 1: 6:00 - 7:00 pm, RISING GRADES 5 - 6
Session 2: 7:00 - 8:00 pm, RISING GRADES 7 - 8
Cost: FREE        Coach Walter Gray

Softball Camp, June 14 - 18
6:00 - 8:30 pm, RISING GRADES 3 - 8
Cost: $150        Coach Jen Roe

Field Hockey Goalie Camp, June 24
6:00 - 8:30 pm, RISING GRADES 5 - 11
Cost: $80

Youth Camp, June 28 - July 1
6:00 - 8:30 pm, RISING GRADES 3 - 8 
Cost $210        Coach Missy Eato

More information available online
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