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January 15, 2020

Dates to Remember
Mon., Jan. 20:  NO SCHOOL
   MLK Birthday
Fri., Jan. 24:  End of 2nd Quarter
Sun., Jan. 26:  Admissions Open House
     1:00 - 3:00 pm
Jan. 26 - 31:  Catholic Schools' Week
Fri., Jan. 31:  NOON DISMISSAL
Mon., Feb. 3:
Sat., Feb. 8: 
International Night
Fri., Feb. 14:  St. Valentine's Day
     Early Bird Deadline for Gala Tickets
Mon., Feb. 17:  NO SCHOOL
     Presidents' Day
Sat., Feb, 22:  Father-Daughter Dance
Wed., Feb. 26:  Ash Wednesday
     Mass 10:00 am KFC
Fri., Mar. 6:  Mass 10:00 am KFC
Fri., Mar. 13:  NO SCHOOL
     ADW Professional Day
Sat., Mar. 21:  Benefit Auction & Gala
 Notes From the Office
  • Mr. Friel is looking for donations of SmartTrip cards for the Metro - empty or of any value.  We would like to use them to send our 8th grade students to the Rally and March for Life on Friday, January 24.  They may be dropped off at the office.  Thank you! 
  • Please note that hot lunch will be Popcorn Chicken Bowl on Thursday, January 23.  The menu is updated on the website.  
  • There will be no school on Friday, March 13 due to an Archdiocesan Professional Day.  This is an addition to the original calendar.  Please make a note of it.  
  • Pastoral Recommendation forms must be submitted every year to qualify for in-diocese tuition rates.  The form for the 2020-2021 school year may be found HERE or on the website under "Admissions", "Admissions Process and Forms".  Due date February 21, 2020.
  • Reminder that all volunteers must have been fingerprinted and the results must be posted to your VIRTUS account no later than January 31, 2020 in order to continue to volunteer at school.  You must be fingerprinted even if you were previously cleared to volunteer.  This is a requirement of the Archdiocese of Washington.  If you have a question about your fingerprint status, please contact Mrs. Wray in the office. 
  • Invite your friends to attend our Open House on Sunday, January 26 between 1:00 and 3:00 pm.  
  • SCRIP orders are due on Friday, January 17.  Please see below for details.
  • The Catholic Schools' Week Teacher Appreciation Breakfast is on Wednesday, January 29.  The HSA is requesting 2 volunteers per homeroom from 7:50 - 8:30 am.  This is a great opportunity to show our teachers how much we appreciate everything they do for our children!  We need your help to make it special.  Please see SignUp Genius HERE.
  • New sessions of Chess and Coding Clubs are enrolling now.  See details and links for registration below.
  • Please familiarize yourself with the “Inclement Weather Policy” on the website under “Current Families”, “Parent Resources”.  Mary of Nazareth School follows Montgomery County’s decisions on closings or delays.  There is NO HOT LUNCH on days when there is a 2 hour delay, and when there is a 2 hour delay Before Care will open at 9:00 am.  
  • If you have an incoming Pre-K student for the 2020-2021 school year, you are encouraged to apply NOW for admission.  The class is filling quickly.
CDC officials report fastest start to flu season in over 15 years
CDC officials say the rate of outpatient visits involving flu-like illnesses has reached or exceeded the national baseline for a month, and high activity was observed in 12 states , indicating the fastest start of flu season since 2003-04.
As a reminder, if your children are sick, please keep them home. 
They MUST be fever free and symptom free (without medication) for 24 hours before returning to school. 

  • Remind your children to wash their hands frequently and keep their hands away from their faces.
  • Use the new year as an opportunity to wash your child's lunchbox and winter jackets.
  • Remember to send a jacket to school with your child every day.  We have outdoor recess every day, weather permitting.


Father Daughter Dance

The MoN Father Dance is February 22nd from 5-7:30 in the MPR

Tickets are on sale starting 1/21/2020
$35 per family

See flyer for details.

E-mail Julia Tarakanova at
with any questions

Yearbook photos needed!

Have any good photos of your child and their classmates on a field trip, or at a school event, or even having fun at lunch? Send them to the yearbook!

Also 8th-grade parents please send in your 8th grader's baby photo to the yearbook!


4th Annual MoN International Family Night
Saturday, February 8, 2020

The MoN International Night celebrates the diversity and cultural heritage of our school community. It’s a feast for the eyes, a journey around the world. All families are invited to attend.  

Please RSVP by January 31st. Click here for RSVP form.

It's not too late to represent your favorite country at the event!
To sign up to represent a country and participate click here.  Please sign up to participate by January 24th. 


January Social Concerns

The social concerns committee, in support of MoN alumni Claire Beucher, Maya Yapur, and Kiley Rutland, is sponsoring a $2 dress down day and bake sale to help raise money for blood cancer research and awareness through the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. This event will take place Thursday, January 23. Students can come dressed down wearing the colors green (lymphoma), orange (leukemia), or red (blood cancers) and bring a $2 donation. Print out flyer here.

There also will be a bake sale fundraiser at the KFC from 2:30 PM-4 PM in which staff, students, and parents can participate. Thank you for continually supporting the social concerns in our community and beyond.


Cheers to 25 Years Benefit Auction

You're invited to our 25th Anniversary Benefit Auction: Cheers to 25 Years! Join us on March 21, 2020 to celebrate our school while raising money to launch us into the next 25 years. Dress code is business casual--we want everyone to be comfortable for a fun night of nostalgia, live music, and fundraising! We hope to see you there! Get your tickets on our website:

See flyer here!


MoN gear makes a great Valentine's day gift

Check out the new MoN gear! GrandMoN shirts, long sleeve Tshirts, MoN Mom shirts and popsockets just to name a few!!

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.


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 MoN 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 6% of your purchase, depending on the merchant, will be donated back to the HSA.

Next Order Deadline January 17th.  

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.

Join Chess Club!

Would your child like to learn how to play chess?  Or does he or she already know how to play and would like to strengthen his/her skills?  Your child should join MoN's Chess Club!  Chess Club is taught by experienced Silver Knights instructors using a curriculum development by National Masters.  Each weekly session is a mix of learning and play.  Playing chess is a great way to develop a child's critical thinking skills, sportsmanship, and patience -- all while having fun!  Chess Club is open to all children kindergarten and above and meets on Thursdays after school.  Contact Laura Scaletti ( with any questions.  Online registration can be found here:

Join Coding Club!

Does your child like computers?  Is he or she interested in learning to create mini-games and animations?  Is your child in at least second grade?  If the answer to these questions is “yes!”, then your child should join the Coding Club!  In Coding Club, kids learn to code their own games and animations using Scratch.  MIT developed Scratch 10 years ago to give kids a fun way to learn programming skills and computational thinking.  Each multi-week session includes all new projects that all kids will enjoy, from beginners to advanced coders.  Register soon, spaces are limited!  Contact Laura Scaletti ( with any questions.  Online registration can be found here:

All levels of Girl Scouts have a religious medal.  If your daughter is interested in earning a medal, classes will be offered on Sunday afternoons at St. Mary’s (Barnesville) starting in January.
Daisy - God is Love.  One session around 3 hours
Brownies - Family of God.  Two to three sessions of 2 hours each.
Juniors - I Live My Faith.  Three to four sessions of 2 hours each.
Cadette - Mary the First Disciple.  Four sessions of 2 hours each.
Senior /Ambassadors - The Spirit Alive.  Five sessions of 2 hours each.
All the classes are flexible in time and will depend upon the size of the class.
There is no charge for the books and supplies.

Please contact Brenda Murtha 301-452-2581
The MoN cheerleaders at the Wizards game!

Saint Mary's Parish's Annual Antique Show & Sale February 15th and 16th
Looking to raise a little extra money for your club, organization or yourself? There are many ways to participate in Saint Mary's Parish's (Barnesville) annual Antique Show & Sale.

Charitable organizations and individuals can sell antiques at their own booth, antiques can be sold in the silent or live auction, and you can sell antiques at a price you set. Booths start at $75 and individual listings at $10.

If you are an organization or individual interested in renting a booth or listing an item, please contact to learn more. Or, see the attached flyer.

P.S. We take donations!
MoN 2019-2020 Newsletter committee
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