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November 30, 2022
Dates to Remember
PLEASE NOTE:  DATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
The online school calendar is updated and available HERE and on the website under "Current Families".
 
Fri., Dec. 2:  Tuition Assistance Applications due (see below)
Sat., Dec. 3:  Breakfast with Santa - SOLD OUT
Dec. 3 through Dec. 9:  Toys for Tots Campaign (boxes in lobby)
Tues., Dec. 6:  Band Concert 6:00 pm MPR
Wed., Dec. 7: Open House for Prospective Families 9:00 - 11:00 am
     Deadline to register for K & 1 Basketball (see below under "Sports News")
Thurs., Dec. 8:  Feast of the immaculate Conception  Mass 10:00 am KFC - all welcome
Tues., Dec. 13:  Christmas Concert KFC 7:00 pm for Grades Pre-K - 5th
     Art Showcase 6:30 pm KFC
Wed., Dec. 21:  Christmas Bingo -
NOON DISMISSAL  - NO AFTERCARE
     Restaurant Night - California Tortilla, Quince Orchard location
Dec. 22 - Jan. 2:  Christmas Break
Tues., Jan. 3:  Classes Resume
Fri., Jan. 6:  School Mass 10:00 am KFC   All are welcome
Tues., Jan. 10:  Restaurant Night - Gringos and Mariachis, Park Potomac
Fri., Jan. 13: 
NOON DISMISSAL   End of 2nd Quarter
Mon., Jan. 16: 
NO SCHOOL  MLK Birthday observance
Jan. 29 - Feb. 4:  Catholic Schools Week
Sun., Jan. 29:  Open House for prospective families 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Fri., Feb. 4:  NOON DISMISSAL
Mon., Feb. 13:  2 HOUR DELAY

Out of Uniform (TAG) Day, Friday, Dec. 2
 
Cheer on USA Soccer and come to school Friday, December 2 in RED, WHITE, AND BLUE!  Bring in a $1 donation to raise money for Fisher House.  
Fisher House Foundation builds comfort homes where military & veteran families can stay free of charge, while a loved one is in the hospital. These homes are located at military and VA medical centers around the world.
Notes from the Office
  • DUE DATE:  THIS FRIDAY, December 2 - Tuition Assistance applications for the 2023-2024 school year for families with students currently enrolled in a Catholic School.  See below for details. 
  • In order to qualify for the "Active Parishioner Grant", Catholic families in the Archdiocese of Washington must submit a Pastoral Recommendation form each year.  The form for the 2023-2024 school year is due on February 24, 2023 but may be submitted at any time before then.  Why not do it now?  See form HERE
  • The Mary of Nazareth School 8th grade photos and the make-up day student portraits are now online for viewing and ordering! You should have received an email from Freed Photography with your student's private gallery information.  If your have not received this (check your spam too), please contact them at support@freedphoto.com or call 301-652-5452.
Reminders:
  • Please remember to put your child's full name in EVERY PIECE OF CLOTHING you send to school.  
  • Please make sure your children are at school on time.  The bell rings at 8:20 each morning.  Late students disrupt the entire class and delay the beginning of instruction.  Please plan for traffic in the mornings and in the school driveway.  Please do not get out of your car when dropping off your children.
  • If your child will not be in school (for illness or any reason), you are required to notify the main office by phone or email (cshea@maryofnazareth.org) no later than 8:45 on the day your child will not be in school.  You may also notify your child's teacher via email.
  •  We are again providing an opportunity for you to show your appreciation to our dedicated teachers and staff by providing lunch.  Sign Up HERE.
  • Volunteer!  Recess monitors HERE, Lunch Distribution and Monitor HERE
HOT TOPICS

Tuition Assistance Deadline is this Friday, Dec. 2

Tuition assistance for the 2023-2024 school year applications for students who are currently enrolled in a Catholic school must be submitted by Friday, December 2, 2022. 
THIS IS A HARD DEADLINE. 
One application per family qualifies you to be considered for assistance from the Archdiocese of Washington (grades Pre-K through 8th) and Mary of Nazareth School (grades K through 8th). 
Please click
HERE to begin the application through TADS.  If you have any questions about the process, please contact Mrs. Andrea Murphy at amurphy@maryofnazareth.org.

Annual Giving Campaign 2022-2023

The Annual Giving Campaign at Mary of Nazareth Catholic School is a community tradition. Annual Giving was established to assist in covering the school's operating expenses that are not covered by tuition income. Gifts to the campaign supplement everything from teacher and staff salaries, to extracurricular activities, and maintenance of our beautiful campus. Mary of Nazareth is grateful to all donors for allowing our community to sustain its academic excellence in the Catholic tradition through their participation in Annual Giving.

DONATE NOW:  bit.ly/3ELtN8X

Toys for Tots

Bring your donations of new unwrapped toys to Breakfast with St. Nick this Saturday!  The Toys for Tots Campaign will run from this Saturday, December 3rd through Friday, December 9th. There will be boxes at the entrance to the school ready to be filled with new unwrapped toys.  Let’s help Cub Scouts Pack 76 and Toys for Tots to bring some Christmas Joy to Children in Need! 

Christmas Concert & Art Showcase Tues., Dec. 13

The Annual Christmas Concert and MoN Art Showcase will be held on Tuesday, December 13  in the KFC.  Please note the following:
  • All students in grades Pre-K through 5 are expected to participate.  
  • Doors to the KFC will open at 6:30.  The Showcase opens at 6:30 and the Concert will begin at 7:00 pm
  • Students should report to their homerooms at 6:30 pm.
  • Students should wear their Christmas best clothing or school uniform
  • 5th grade actors and narrators should report to the Music Room at 6:15 pm
  • No tickets are necessary, all are welcome
  • Seating is first come, first served.  Please park in a designated parking spot - overflow parking is in the OLVP parking lot.  It will be dark - please use caution while walking on the driveway and in the parking lots. 
Please see flyer HEREIf your child is unable to attend the concert on the 13th, please complete the form on the back of the flyer and return to Mr. Friel no later than Friday, December 9.
Please direct specific questions to Miss Gentile (kgentile@maryofnazareth.org).

Boon Supply (Mixed Bags) and Gifts Fundraiser

ENDS TONIGHT!

Check out these amazing gifts from Boon Supply (aka Mixed Bags) Designs. They have the perfect gift for everyone! Just click on the link HERE to shop away! All proceeds benefit the class of 2024 class trip. Please shop through tonight, 11/28/22, to ensure holiday delivery. If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Echeandia: lisaech5@gmail.com.
HSA NEWS

SANTA SHOP OPEN ON SATURDAY!

EXCITING NEWS:  This year our Santa Shop will be open during Breakfast with St. Nick on December 3rd.   Most items will be between $1-$5 dollars for students to shop and have their gifts wrapped - CASH ONLY.  We are so excited to give this opportunity to our students!   We need parent AND student volunteers to help in the Santa Shop and at the event - please click HERE to sign up.  Middle School students who volunteer will receive service hours for the amount of time they worked.  

California Tortilla Restaurant Fundraiser - Wed., Dec. 21

Please join the Mary of Nazareth community for a RESTAURANT DAY AND NIGHT FUNDRAISER at California Tortilla in Gaithersburg (QO Location) WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 21 from 11 am to 9:30 pm 12211 Darnestown Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20878

Remember! This is a noon dismissal day. A great chance to have lunch or dinner with family, friends, and classmates! 25% of group sales gets donated to Mary of Nazareth Catholic School!

HOW? www.CaliforniaTortilla.com Orders must be placed in-store* or online for in-store pickup, curbside pickup, or delivery. (Third party delivery services such as Door Dash are not counted toward MoN sales.)
*If ordering in-store, inform the cashier that you are with the MoN Fundraiser.

Steps for Ordering: 1) Go to www.CaliforniaTortilla.com or the app 2) Scroll to the bottom, find and click on the category called “Spirit Night.” 3) Click on the avocado labeled “Spirit Night and add to cart. This will be a $0 item. 4) Complete your order and enjoy!
See flyer HERE

The Spirit Shop is Open and Stocked!

 
Check out the Spirit Shop online (HERE) for new ribbon belts, 1/4 zip pullovers, long sleeved mustang shirts, sweatshirts and more.  Orders will be filled and sent home with your child.  If you need other arrangements, please let us know.  Questions? 
FROM THE HEALTH ROOM

Flu, RSV, HFMD Information for Parents

This is the time of year when we start to see contagious illness at school.  Please see the attached documents regarding the flu, RSV, and Hand Foot and Mouth Disease.     Ways to prevent all illnesses are to wash hands frequently, stay home when ill, and cover coughs and sneezes. The flu vaccine is one of the best protections against the flu.  Please contact your pediatrician or our nurse, Mrs. Erin Phillips, RN (ephillips@maryofnazareth.org) if you have any questions.
SPORTS NEWS

REGISTER NOW 
for MON's K & 1st  Basketball Program!  
 
Sign your child up today for MoN's Kindergarten-First Grade (K&1) basketball program. The K&1 program is a really fun introductory program for this age group and a great way to get to know fellow classmates & parents. Practice/Games will take place on Friday nights from January 13 through March 3, 6-7 PM or 7-8 PM at two Germantown area elementary schools. The exact schedule to be determined after the registration deadline.

Registration Deadline is December 7, 2021.
Register at TeamSnap [https://go.teamsnap.com/forms/346481]

Coaches Needed
Our program’s success is based on volunteer coaches. Please consider volunteering to help the K&1 basketball program. No experience is necessary to coach but all volunteers must be cleared through the Archdiocese Child Protection system (VIRTUS).
If you are interested in coaching or have any questions, please contact Mike Zwolak at mpzwolak@gmail.com.

MoN Pom Squad

My name is Yoceline Connor. I am a 3rd grade teacher at MoN. I have been dancing for as long as I can remember and was part of a Poms Squad in High School. I am so excited to start a Pom Squad at MoN.  I would like to focus on 5th - 8th grade initially with the possibility of expanding to other grades in the future.

If you are interested in becoming part of MoN Poms Squad email 
yconnor@maryofnazareth.org 
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