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February 24, 2021
Dates to Remember
Fri., Feb. 26:  Pastoral Recommendation forms for 2021-2022 are due
Mar. 1 - 5:  Wine Bottle collection continues
Tues., Mar. 2:  Grades K-2 "Read Across America" Day  -  Dress as a book character
Fri., Mar. 5:  School Mass 10:00 am
Thurs., Mar. 11:  K-5 Virtual Classes, 6-8 Blended Students in person
Fri., Mar. 12:  NO SCHOOL for students  -   ADW Professional Day for Teachers
Wed., Mar. 17:  St. Patrick's Day - Wear GREEN
Fri., Mar. 19:  NOON DISMISSAL - End of 3rd quarter
Wed., Mar. 31:  NOON DISMISSAL - Start of Easter Break
Thurs., Apr. 1 - Sun., Apr. 11 - NO SCHOOL, Easter Break
Fri., Apr. 16:  6-8 Picture Day, 8th gr cap & gown and "tree" pictures (weather permitting)
Tues., Apr. 20:  Pre-K through 5th grade Picture Day (weather permitting)
Sat., April 24, 2021:  SAVE THE DATE!  2021 Gala, "La Dolce Vita"

The Middle School pizza party has been rescheduled for this Friday, February 26.

Notes from the Office
  • Pastoral Recommendation forms for the 2021-2022 school year are due on FRIDAY.  This for must be submitted each year by families wishing to qualify for Archdiocese of Washington tuition rates.  See detailed information below.
  • Wine bottle collection for the 2021 Gala continues all next week during morning carpool.  
  • On Tuesday, March 2, students in grades K-2 will celebrate "Read Across America Day".  Students may come to school or virtual class dressed as a book character.  
  • Delayed opening schedule HERE .
  • IMPORTANT - PLEASE READ:  The State of Maryland has updated their requirements for travel and COVID testing effective December 17, 2020.   All Marylanders who travel outside of Maryland or any individuals who travel to Maryland must either obtain a negative COVID-19 test result or self-quarantine for 10 days. This applies to all states, with the exception of Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, DC.  Any student of a family who travels to any state other than those mentioned MUST present a negative COVID-19 test or proof of quarantine to Mrs. Phillips before returning to the blended learning environment.  
  • Please check current, up to date positivity rates by state HERE.  See the link HERE for COVID testing resources in Montgomery County.

Comfort Cases Collection

The National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) is 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 Wednesday, March 3rd. The NJHS thanks you in advance for any donations you are able to make to this worthy cause.

  • Bibs
  • Blankets/throws  (Baby sized up to 40 x 60)
  • Baby washcloths
  • Baby toothbrushes
  • Deodorant (travel size)
  • Toothpaste and toothbrushes
  • Travel size shampoo and conditioner, soap, body wash and/or lotion
  • Pajamas (newborn - Adult 3X) must be new with tags
  • Journals
  • Pens and pencils
  • Coloring Books and Crayons
  • Stuffed animals (must be new with tags)
  • Small duffel bags or backpacks (must be new with tags)

* New, unopened travel size toiletry items only please.

** Complete toiletry, dental, and pen/pencil kites can be donated. Must contact them for assembly directions

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.  

Wine Bottle Collection Continues

The Development Office will continue collecting bottles during morning carpool next week, Monday, March 1st - Friday, March 5th.  Just hand your bottle to any staff member taking your child's temperature at your car!  We ask that bottles be of a $15.00 or more value and can of any wine type. Thank you for your support.

Rollin' in the Dough!
If your grade sells the most tickets by March 26th, your entire grade will get a pizza party on March 29th or 30th! 
After the auction, the grade that sells the most tickets overall will receive a pizza party on April 29th or 30th.

Want a chance at $5,000 or FREE tuition for next school year? You could be Rollin' in the Dough!  Mr. Friel is challenging you to sell the most raffle tickets out of everyone in the school-- the victor of this achievement will have a waived registration fee next year as well as be given 10 additional raffle tickets in their name for the raffle! Check out more information HEREIf you need additional tickets to sell, please contact  Mrs. Colleen Shea in the Development Office.

Students who sell raffle tickets will put their name(s) on the Rollin' in the Dough Board in the front lobby! Distance learners who sell raffle tickets are encouraged to print out the pizza slice HERE, write their name on the slice, take a picture and send it
Pastoral Recommendation Forms 2021-2022
Pastoral recommendation forms for the 2021-2022 school year are due to the MoN office by Friday, February 26, 2021.  This form must be submitted each year for those families wishing to qualify for the Archdiocese of Washington tuition rates.  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.  You will be notified by Mrs. Wray once it is received.  Please contact Mrs. Wray with any questions.
Mother Seton ParishEmail to Ruth Chavez at   Or, drop off form at parish office M-F 9-3. 
Our Lady of the Presentation Email to, drop off in the black mailbox at the church office attached to the rectory, or mail to P. O. Box 428, Poolesville, MD  20837
Our Lady of the VisitationMail completed forms to the parish office, 14135 Seneca Road, Darnestown, MD  20874, Attn: Pastoral Form. 
St. John NeumannEmail 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).  In either case, please specify how you would like the form returned to MoN. 
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 LimaEmail 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, 117010 Clopper Road, Gaithersburg, MD   20878  attn:  Mary Carey.
Get Involved!  HSA Needs Executive Officers
The Mary of Nazareth Home and School Association (HSA) has several open Executive positions for the 2021-2022 school year.  The HSA is a vital part of the success of our school, and serving on the executive committee is a great way to give back, meet new people, and have fun.  
Please see available positions and their duties HERE, and direct questions to one of the members of the nominating committee listed in the flyer. 
Shop in our Spirit Shop
Have your children outgrown everything you bought in the fall?! Our Spirit Shop is stocked and ready to serve.  We have cute winter hats, sweatshirts, long sleeve T's and more!! 
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