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November 6, 2019

Dates to Remember
NOW thru Nov. 8: Scout Food Drive
Thurs., Nov. 7:  Thai Tanium Restaurant 
     Night 5:00 - 9:00 pm
Fri., Nov. 8:  Intramural Super Bowl
Mon., Nov. 11:  Picture Make-up Day
Nov. 11-15:  Book Fair
Tues., Nov. 12:  Poinsettia Orders Due
Nov. 14 & 15:  Parent/Teacher
Sat., Nov. 23:  B&B Audition Workshop
   10:00 am - 3:00 pm MPR
Mon., Nov. 25:  Grandparents' Day
     Mass KFC 10:30 am
Nov. 25 & 26:  NO HOT LUNCH
Nov. 27-Dec. 1:  Thanksgiving Break
Wed., Dec. 4:  Classroom Spelling Bees 
Fri., Dec. 6:  Financial Aid Applic. Due
Sat., Dec. 7:  Breakfast with St. Nick
Thurs., Dec. 12:  Christmas Concert 
     7:00 pm  KFC
Fri., Dec. 13:  2 Hour Delay
Tues., Dec. 17:  Band Concert 7pm MPR
Fri;, Dec. 20:   NOON DISMISSAL

Dec. 21-Jan.5:  Christmas Break
Mon., Jan. 6:  Classes Resume
MoN Halloween 2019
 Notes From the Office
  • Picture Make-up day (and 8th grade cap and gown pictures) is Monday, November 11.  Make-up pictures will be taken between 8:30 and 9:15 am.  If your child missed the original picture day, or if you are unhappy with the original picture, your child should come to school in the dress uniform of your choice.  (Polo shirts are acceptable for the picture day.)  Please make sure your child knows he is to have his picture retaken and send an email to your child's homeroom teacher.   If you have not received an email with a link to your child's proofs (check your spam too), please contact Freed Photography at or call 301.652.5452.   If your child would like to participate in the Veterans' Day "Red, White, and Blue" out of uniform day, he/she may bring a change of clothes.
  • Parent/Teacher conferences are being scheduled online now.  Please click the link HERE or on the website under "Quick Links" to sign up for a conference with your child(ren)'s teacher(s).  Conferences will be held on Thursday, November 14 and Friday, November 15.  There will be NO SCHOOL for students on those days.  
  • First quarter report cards for students in grades 1-8 will be available on PlusPortals on Wednesday, November 13.  In order to view your child’s report card, all outstanding balances due to the school must be paid.  This includes tuition, hot lunch, extended care, library, and book and registration fees.  If you cannot access your child’s report card, please contact the office.
  • We need volunteers for Grandparents' Day (Monday, Nov. 25).  Please see sign up Genius HERE.
  • If your child's grandparents did not receive an invitation to Grandparents' Day, it's not too late for them to join us.  Please contact Tisha Finniff to reserve a spot!
  • Spelling Bee words have been distributed to students by their homeroom teachers.  Classroom spelling bees will be held on Wednesday, December 4. 
  • Pastoral Recommendation forms for the 2020-2021 school year may be found HERE or on the website under "Admissions", "Admissions Process and Forms".  This form must be submitted every year to qualify for in-diocese tuition rates.
  • Please make an effort to get your children to school on time.  Students who are tardy (arrive after 8:20) disrupt the rest of the class
  • Admissions applications for the 2020-2021 school year are now available on TADS. This is for students new to MoN ONLYPreschool and 6th grade spots are going quickly
  • Tuition Assistance applications for the 2020-2021 school year are available NOW.  Click HERE for the link to the application.  Due date is December 6, 2019 for families with students currently enrolled in Catholic Schools.  

Scholastic Book Fair Volunteers Needed!

Please support another successful Scholastic Book Fair this year.  When parents volunteer, our kids get the latest books in the library and it also demonstrates to the children the importance of reading.  To sign up,click HERE

Lunch Volunteers Needed!

Volunteering during lunch is a great way to get a peek at your child's day to day life at MoN.  We are in need of more volunteers to help with serving hot lunch. No experience needed and no food preparation involved! Slots are available everyday from 11 am to 1 pm. 

To sign up to serve or monitor hot lunch, click HERE for the link to our Sign Up Genius page. The password is Mustang.
Hot Lunch Guidelines for Volunteers here.


Grandparents Day is coming soon-we need your help!

We all LOVE grandparents!!  Your help is needed to make our Grandparents Day celebration a memorable one for all!  Please take a moment to see what opportunities work with your schedule.

PK Extended care is hiring!

Please contact Nurse Williams if you are interested in working before care and after care in Preschool.

Scouting for Food

Cub Scout Pack 76 will be participating once again in the Boy Scouts of America’s Scouting for Food Drive. Collection bags will be handed out Oct 30-Nov1. Our food drive will benefit St. Martin’s of Tours Food Pantry in Gaithersburg. Please send in your donated items during the week of November 4 - 8.  Please fill them with suggested items on the note attached to the distributed bag and return them back to school during the week (Nov4-8). Please help us meet our goal to collect over 1000 pounds of food! Thank you for supporting our community service project.


THURSDAY, November 7TH
5pm – 9pm


657 Center Point Way
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Kentlands Market Square Shop
301-990-3699 / 301-990-3688

See Flyer here

Support MON Cub Scouts Pack 76!

Support Pack 76 with the annual Popcorn Campaign, we still have some products left. For more information on products and inventory, please email Martin Yapur at


Saturday, November 23rd - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Mary of Nazareth Musical Theatre is pleased to announce we will present BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Jr. in Spring 2020! To help students prepare for auditions, Mrs. Stone, Ms. Bayer and Mrs. Humphries are holding an Audition Workshop on Saturday, November 23rd, 10:00am to 3:00pm at school. Students in grades 5-8 are eligible to attend. At the workshop, students will learn songs from Beauty and the Beast, work on a dance number and do some fun improv games. No preparation is needed for the November 23rd workshop. Attendance is not required in order to audition. Auditions for Beauty and the Beast Jr. will be held Saturday, December 14th. Details will be announced in the upcoming newsletters. If you or your student have any questions, please contact Mrs. Stone or Mrs. Humphries at


Order Poinsettia Plants by November 12th

Beautifully decorate your home for the holidays, order your Poinsettia Plants now!

  • Lovely Red or Marble Poinsettias.
  • 7” pot, 14”-16” high, 8 – 10 blossoms per plant …with decorative pot cover!
  • Delivered December 4th… just in time for the Holidays.

All proceeds go directly to the Mary of Nazareth Class of 2021 New York Trip.

Only $15 each!

Order form here

Fingerprinting Clinic - Slots still Available for Nov. 18

 Monday, November 18 from 4-7 at KFC conference room 

Please click HERE for the link to the Sign Up Geniuses and to
fill out the pre-appointment paperwork.

Breakfast with St. Nick needs you!

Do you have the Christmas spirit all year long? The breakfast with St. Nick needs your help!  From decorations to organizing activities.  Please contact Trish Purdy, or Joy Dyer,

ADW Tuition Assistance - Applications Available NOW

The Archdiocesan Tuition Assistance Program is available for students in grades PreK-12 who are applying to or currently enrolled in Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Washington. All tuition assistance obtained through the Archdiocese is based on demonstrated financial need. Financial need must be demonstrated each year to qualify. Families apply each year to receive tuition assistance. Applying for tuition assistance has no bearing on whether a student is admitted to a school.

Applications are available NOW (click HERE for link) and are due on December 6, 2019 for tuition assistance for the 2020-2021 school year.  TADS financial aid and assessment manages the process on behalf of Archdiocese of Washington Catholic schools. 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.

Father Daughter Dance needs you!

Anyone interested in chairing our Father Daughter Dance this year? It takes place in February this year.  It's a wonderful opportunity for Dad's and Daughters to make memories to cherish.  Please contact Joy Dyer,

Veterans Day Dress Down

Let's support our military in the month of November by donating your leftover Halloween candy and doing a chore around your house to earn $2 that will go towards a red, white & blue dress down day on November 11.

Throughout the week,think about how you can help someone and earn $2 to bring to school to help mail care packages to our military members.
Money will be collected by your homeroom teachers from November 5 to November 11. Halloween candy can be dropped off in the front lobby on November 11. For more information go to


Open HSA Positions for 2020-2022 Term

The HSA Nominating Committee is looking for parents who would like to be nominated for the HSA Executive Committee positions that will be open at the end of the school year.

The open positions all have a two-year term.

The Positions that will need to be filled are:

  • Treasurer
  • Second Vice President
  • Secretary
Each of these positions is vitally important to the running of the Home and School Association. If you are interested in any of these positions, please contact any of the members of the HSA Executive Committee. Or you can contact one of the members of the Nominating Committee: Colleen Shea ( Daniela Diaz ( Julie O'Brien ( Please consider serving in these rewarding positions and keep the HSA running strong.

Spirit Shop News

We just got new stock in for our 1/4 zip sweatshirts and a brand new shipment of our MoN Mom shirts!  New merchandise is coming soon ... stay tuned!  If you haven't seen our Spirit Shop display case in the front lobby, take a moment and see what we have to offer! Many thanks to Mr. Carr for constructing it for us!

Please save the date!
On January 13 the Mary of Nazareth will welcome Kelsey Tainsh! Kelsey Tainsh has, at the age of 28, been through more than most will endure in a lifetime. Instead of letting her challenges weigh her down, Kelsey passionately spreads the message of what persistence and perspective can achieve - despite all obstacles. Her humorous and authentic speaking style causes both smiles and tears - and empowers her audience to bravely face their own challenges.  

It's not too early to start your Christmas Shopping or Stock up on Gift Cards for yourself!!


Help support the HSA without spending any extra cash. The SCRIP program features gift cards to many popular stores, restaurants and retail establishments nationwide. SCRIP cards are used just like cash in stores, and most can be used to purchase from the retailer’s online store. Participating retailers may be viewed here.

How SCRIP Works?  Buy $100 worth of SCRIP from the Mary of Nazareth HSA and spend the exact same $100 at stores, restaurants, gas stations, or hotels. Your additional cost of buying and using SCRIP is zero. Anywhere from 1.25% to 60% of your purchase, depending on the merchant, will be donated back to the HSA.

For more information or questions, contact Jennifer Stonesifer.

Box Tops are going digital!
As you've probably noticed during your grocery shopping, the Box Top program is changing. Eventually the Box Tops program will become digital-only. Participating brands are starting to change their packaging from a traditional Box Tops clip to the new Box Tops label. CLIP IT!

The traditional Box Tops  (above) are being phased out of production, but may continue to be found on many products throughout the store. You can still clip them and send them to school.

Every valid Box Tops clip is worth 10¢ for MoN. Send those Box Tops in right away and don't forget to mark your child’s homeroom clearly on the bag so the class can get credit!

Don't let the Box Tops expire in your kitchen drawer!! SCAN IT! When you see the new Scan it Box Tops label on packages (above), use the NEW Box Tops app to scan your store receipt and our school will automatically earn Box Tops for any participating products purchased at any store and will instantly add cash to MoN's earnings.

Box Tops are still worth 10¢ each for our school. There's no need to clip Box Tops labels or send them to school! GIVE CREDIT! Each time you scan a receipt, be sure to look for the credit icon in the Box Tops app and give credit to your child's class!

Contact Paige at with any questions.

Annual Giving Kickoff!
Annual Giving Campaign has begun! All families who donate $25.00 or more to the Annual Giving Campaign will be entered for a drawing. There will be three winners: 1st drawing: A MoN Yeti, $50 Visa gift card, and 2 tickets to the Annual Benefit Auction 2nd drawing: A MoN Yeti and $25 Visa gift card 3rd drawing: A MoN Yeti.

Newsletters and Pledge Cards were sent home Tuesday with families' oldest or only child.  Please check their backpacks.

Please consider making a donation or pledging to support our wonderful school. There is no place like MoN!

In Loving Memory...

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:

Register for MON's K-1 Basketball Program!

Sign your child up today for MoN's Kindergarten-First Grade (K-1) basketball program.

The K1 basketball program is a really fun introductory program for this age group and a great way to get to know fellow classmates & parents. Practice/Games take place on Friday nights starting January 3, 6-7 PM or 7-8 PM at two Germantown area elementary schools – schedule to be determined at a later date.

Register today! Please register through the Team Snap link below.
The registration fee is $80 and you can pay by credit card in Team Snap. (If you don’t have a Team Snap account, you’ll need to create one in order to register – it’s free). Each player will receive a t-shirt with their team color & trophy at the end of the season.

Registration deadline is Friday, November 16, 2018! Register at:

Coaches Needed
No experience is necessary to coach, but all volunteers must be cleared through the Archdiocese Child Protection system (VIRTUS). Contact Mrs. Wray for further information regarding VIRTUS training. If you are interested in coaching or have any questions, please contact Alvin Duque at

MoN soccer teams give it their all!
  • All of the MoN's JV and Varsity Girls and Boys soccer teams made it to their champsionship games!
  • JV girls A won the City Champsionship and JV girls C won the Bronze final!
  • 2nd-grade boys won the the SAM Sportsmanship Award!
So proud of our mustangs!!
Middle School Youth Rally

Join teens from across the Archdiocese of Washington for food, music, fun, and prayer! Middle School School Rally, 11.16.19 at St. Mary of the Mills from 9:30 am - 5:30 pm. Check with your parish to see if a group is going!

For more info see flyer
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