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March 22, 2023
Dates to Remember
The online school calendar is updated and available HERE and on the website under "Current Families".

Mar. 20 - 24:  Mobile Science Lab   Please see below.
Wed., Mar. 29:  3rd quarter report cards for students in grades 1-8 visible to parents
Mar. 31 - April 2:  Moana, Jr. Performances - SOLD OUT, LIVESTREAM AVAILABLE
Mon., Apr. 3:  Spring Uniforms begin
Tues., Apr. 4:  Last Day to buy tickets for "Night in NOLA" Gala
Wed., Apr. 5: 
NOON DISMSSAL - NO AFTERCARE  Beginning of Easter Break
Apr. 6 - Apr. 16:  Easter Break
Mon., Apr. 17:  Classes Resume
Wed., Apr. 19:  NJHS Induction Ceremony 6:00 pm  MPR
Thurs., Apr. 20:  School Mass  10:00 am  KFC  All are welcome
Sat., Apr. 22:  Gala - Night in NOLA  
Apr. 24 through 28:  STREAM in Action (see details below)
Fri., May 5:  May Crowning  10:30 am KFC
Tues., May 9:  Spring Band Concert 6:00 pm MPR
Fri., May 12:  Spirit Day! 
     K-5 Spring Dance - SAVE THE DATE!
Tues., May 16:  HSA Meeting 6:30 pm
Wed., May 17:  2nd Grade Communion Celebration
Wed., May 24:  Restaurant Night - GrillMarX in Clarksburg
Thurs., May 25:  First grade Jeep event
Fri., May 26: 
NOON DISMISSAL - Pastors' Holiday
     Last day for 8th grade students - Car parade 11:30 am
Mon., May 29: 
NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day Holiday
Mon., June 5:  Last day of Pre-K
Wed., June 7:  Kindergarten Graduation  9:30 am
Thurs., June 8: 
Fri., June 9:  Last day of school for grades 1-7  NOON DISMISSAL - NO AFTERCARE
     End of year Mass 9:30 am OLVP - All are welcome
Notes from the Office
  • Baby bottles for the annual Lenten Baby Bottle Collection to benefit Shady Grove Pregnancy Center were distributed by the SGA this week.  The bottles are due back to school on Friday - even if they're empty.  Please consider contributing what you can - coins, bills, or checks made payable to "Shady Grove Pregnancy Center" are accepted.  
  • The Mobile Science Lab will be here through Friday.  Students in grades K through 5 will attend.  A few volunteers are needed!  Please sign up HERE.
  • Please make an effort to get your children to school on time.  School starts at 8:20 am and students should be in the classroom, unpacked, and ready for the day by 8:20.
  • Please see the full MoN Inclement Weather policy on our website HERE.  
  • Volunteer!  Recess monitors HERE, Lunch Distribution and Monitor HERE.
Tuition Raffle Tickets on sale NOW!  Purchase Tickets HERE.

Mr. Friel thanks everyone who has joined the Krewe!
Every ticket is a chance to win $7,725 toward tuition for the 2023-2024 school year, or $5,000.

-Sell 10 tickets to Join the Krewe!
-Sell the most tickets and receive 10 free tickets and a waived registration fee for next year.

Let's crush last year's total of $41,000 in ticket sales!

Current status 
121 families have participated / 273 still to go
53 have joined the Krewe
$21,575 raised so far
Purchase Tickets HERE.

Volunteers Needed for Mobile Science Lab

Here through Friday, March 24th 

We are in need of some volunteers to assist with the set up, lesson monitoring, and clean up of the labs that will be taking place for the rest of the week. We are very excited to have the opportunity for our K-5 students to participate in this experience again! 

The investigations on the Mobile Science Labs are aligned with the NGSS, Environmental Literacy, and Common Core State Standards. The investigations also allow students to explore the NGSS Science and Engineering Practices as they work as scientists to investigate real world problems. All investigations address one or more of these practices.   Sign up HERE.

Used Books Drive through April 3

 5th Grade is very excited to share that many books have been dropped off at the designated boxes. Please continue to support this worthy cause and donate your gently used children's books you no longer need. These books will be delivered to underprivileged children (ages 0-18) served at Unity Health Care (Upper Cardozo location). We welcome picture books, historical tales, and all other subjects! The used books drive will run through 4/04/23. Thank you for your support!

Livestream Tickets Still on Sale

Saturday, April 1st at 7:30pm - $10

Enjoy the show!
Ticket Link:
Mon Presents Disney’s Moana, Jr. – Live Stream
MoN Moana JR Teaser:

** Special March 30th in-school dress rehearsal for Pre-K through 2nd grade students **

STREAM in Action
When:   April 24-April 28, during your child’s scheduled STREAM class
Who:  Grades Pre-K through 8
What to Expect:   Join your child and their class for fun and interactive activities based on Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Art, and Math.
Directions:   During the scheduled class period check in at the main office to get a volunteer badge. Mrs. Wray will bring the group down to the STREAM lab at the beginning of class.
Register Today!
Registration Closes Tuesday, April 4
    TICKETS         DONATE              
To volunteer, please email


We Need Volunteers!

The HSA is looking for volunteers! A number of chair positions and leadership roles are coming available and we need your help!  Our sports program is growing and we need additional volunteers on Sports Committee as well. Looking for a way to get more involved? We are looking to fill the following positions:
Host family coordinator
HSA 1st vice president
HSA President
Sports Committee:  Vice Chair
Sports Committee:  Secretary
Sports Committee:  Treasurer

Open Positions - HSA Executive Committee

President        1st Vice President       Treasurer

Please consider volunteering for one of these positions.  
For more information, please contact:

Krysia Novotny: 

Daniela Diaz:

Kara Hand:


Track and Field Updates

We’ve had great number of athletes interested in track but it’s not too late to signup!   However, due to the time and space constraints with getting 80+ kids dressed for practice, the practice time for track will change to 4:30-5:30 starting 3/27.  Practice days remain Monday and Wednesday.   Please reach out to or if you have any questions.

We are saddened to inform you of the passing of Jessica Okosun, sister of Faith Okosun (7-1).  Please keep the entire Okosun family in your prayers.

The funeral is Friday, March 24th, at Devol funeral home, 10 E. Deer Park Dr. Gaithersburg MD 20877.  Visitation is at 10:00 am, and the funeral service is at 11:00 am.  Private interment follows immediately at All Souls Cemetery in Germantown.

Eternal rest grant unto her, oh Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her.   May she rest in peace.  
May her soul, and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.   Amen.


Our Lady of the Visitation Parish is blasting off our STELLAR Vacation Bible School (VBS) program from June 19th-June 23, 2023 from 9:00 am - 12 Noon and it will offer a combination of fun inside and outdoor activities.
New this year are discounts for multiples from one family. Reach out to Erin Clegg at if you are interested in the discount codes!     
We are limiting registrations to the first 100 youth so don't delay on your registration.   Register Here

Please let Erin Clegg know if you have any questions or if you know of interested MS/HS youth who may want SSL hours for helping that week.  Adult volunteers needed, too! 
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