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November 14, 2018

Dates to Remember
Fri., Nov. 16:  Intramural Super Bowls
Mon. Nov 19: Grandparents Day
Tues., Nov. 20:  NO HOT LUNCH
Nov. 21, 22, 23: Thanksgiving Break
     No School
Fri., Dec. 7:
  Mass 10:00 am KFC
Thurs., Nov. 1 - Fri., Dec. 14: Annual Giving Campaign - Donate Now
Sat., Dec. 8Breakfast with St. NIck
Fri., Dec. 21: Noon Dismissal
Dec 23-Jan. 1:
 Christmas Break
Jan. 2:  Classes Resume
 Notes From the Office
  • The Sports Committee meeting originally scheduled for tonight is CANCELLED.  
  • Poinsettia order deadline is TODAY.  Please see below for details.
  • Parents are reminded that we follow MCPS guidelines for weather-related closings and delays.  
  • Food Drive donations accepted in the lobby through Friday, Nov. 16.
  • The Intramural Flag Football Superbowl (grades 6-8) is Friday, November 16.  Parents are welcome to join us on the lower fields behind the school.  Girls will play at 12:45pm, boys will play immediately after. Cheerleaders will perform during halftime of both games, and may wear their cheer uniforms to school.  All students may come to school in PE uniforms since they will be outside to watch.  Please dress for the weather, and bring a towel to sit on.
  • Grandparents' Day is Monday, November 19.  We will celebrate Mass in the KFC at 10:15; all are welcome to join us.  
  • There will be NO HOT LUNCH on Monday, Nov. 19 or Tuesday, Nov. 20.  Milk will be available.  Please send a lunch with your child. 
  • Aftercare IS available on Tuesday, November 20.  
  • Breakfast with St. Nick is Saturday, December 8.  This is a wonderful event for the whole family and one of the great Mary of Nazareth traditions.  Don't miss the fun!  Early seatings will sell out quickly, so please RSVP now.
  • Due to the change in music teachers, the Christmas Concert is postponed until the spring.  We will arrive ON TIME on Friday, December 14 (no 2 hour delay), and hot lunch will be served.  
  • SAFETY ALERT  -  Please drive carefully and slowly in our driveways and parking lots, and always keep an eye out for pedestrians - whether on sidewalks or crosswalks.  Also, students may not be dismissed to either the carpool line or the KFC without having their carpool numbers in the system.  Please do not instruct your child(ren) to meet you at the KFC without going through the proper procedures.  This is for the safety of all students.  
  • Financial Aid applications for the 2019-2020 school year are due on December 1. (See below)
  • Admissions applications for the 2019-2020 school year are now available on TADS. This is for students new to MoN ONLY - current students will re-register after Christmas.   If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Wray in the school office.   
  • Applications for Tuition Assistance for the 2019-2020 school year are open.  Please click HERE for the link to apply.  Applications for families with students currently enrolled in a Catholic school are due on December 1, 2018.  This is a hard deadline, and late applications will not be considered for ADW Tuition Assistance.  All tuition assistance obtained through the Archdiocese is based on financial need. Families must apply each year to receive assistance and need must be demonstrated each year to qualify.
  • Parents are required to report child absences from school to the office no later than 8:45 am each day the child is absent.   Unreported absences will be unexcused.
A day without the Annual Fund...
can you spot what's missing?

Current families of MON students donating $50 or more between November 1 and November 27 will be entered to receive a waived registration fee for the 2019-2020 school year.

Donate to the Annual Fund by Friday, Dec. 14 and turn a half-day into a day-off (and an early start to Christmas break). If we reach 75% participation in Annual Giving by Dec. 14, the following Friday (Dec. 21) will change from a half-day to a day-off.  *Reminder: When a scheduled half-day begins a major holiday break (e.g. Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter) there will be no after care provided.
Leave a 5-star review with comments on Great Schools and send your student(s) out-of-uniform on Tuesday 11/20.

Go to and search "Mary of Nazareth School." Open our school profile and click "Review" on the right-hand side.

Poinsetta Plants on sale now! 

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 the week of December 4th… just in time for the Holidays. All proceeds go directly to the Mary of Nazareth Class of 2020 New York Trip

See order form here. Deadline for orders is November 14th for delivery by December 7th.

Breakfast with St. Nick 

Breakfast with St. Nick Saturday, December 8, 2018 
Seating Times: 9:00, 9:45 & 10:30 
RSVP early to get your preferred seating time

The holiday season has arrived! What better way to celebrate than over a hot breakfast with your family and friends at Mary of Nazareth School? This year's Breakfast with St. Nick event will be held on Saturday, December 8. Come enjoy delicious food, photos with Santa, holiday shopping, cookie decorating, a miniature train display, holiday crafts and more.

. We are also recruiting a team of volunteers to help make this event a success. RSVP for the Event Here: (Link to Flyer) Sign Up to Volunteer Here: Contacts: Trish Purdy: 
Jessica Grondine:

Mixed Bags Designs For Sale 

Want to get all of your Holiday shopping done without having to leave home? Check out these amazing gifts from Mixed Bags Designs. They have just about the perfect gift for everyone! Just click on the link HERE to shop away! All proceeds benefit the class of 2020 NY trip.

Reminder from the Nurse

The Health Room has a limited inventory of loaner PE uniforms for those torn or soiled during the school day. Loaners are for emergency First Aid & damage exchange only; all are clean, but "gently used," old-style items & fitted as available. Original clothing & explanation note will be sent home; please promptly launder & return all loaned items to the Health Room.

Wanted: Yearbook Pictures!

 Sports photos, Holiday photos, Cotillion, Service projects, Clubs, Parish activities

Please submit all photos to



At Thai Tanium restaurant located in the Kentlands!
THURSDAY, November 15TH
5pm – 9pm


See Flyer here

Extended Care Positions Available

 We currently have an opening for an after care staff position. Please see more info here.

From the Nurse

 This is a friendly reminder that any food being brought in for school wide events or homeroom parties must be approved by Nurse Williams first. We have many children in our school with food allergies. This is for their safety. Thank you for your understanding!

Volunteer Opportunities

Grandparents Day Volunteers Needed!
Click HERE for the Sign-Up Genius link.

Lunch Volunteers Needed

Please sign up to assist with lunch as soon as possible.  To volunteer for a specific day, click below for the link to our Sign Up Genius pages. The password is Mustang.
Lunch Monitors 
Serve Hot Lunch 

Hot Lunch Guidelines for Volunteers here.

Santa Shop Items Needed

Planning for the Santa Shop at our annual Breakfast with St. Nick has begun! We are in need of wrapping supplies (gift bags, red and green tissue paper, and/or gift tags). We are also accepting NEW/UNUSED items that can be made available for purchase in the Santa Shop. All items will be priced $5 or less. Any donations would be greatly appreciated.

Feel free to contact Leslie Soto ( if you have any questions. Donations will be collected at the KFC on the morning of 11/19, the afternoon of 11/28, and the morning of 12/4. Items can also be sent via backpack mail to Ellie Soto 7-1.

Breakfast with St. Nick Volunteers Needed

Do you have the knack for arts and crafts? The Breakfast with St. Nick Committee is in need of volunteers to help with decorations. Most of the work can be done from home! Please email Marie Bunag at
Decorating sessions 11/14 and 11/16!
Volunteers Needed! Please come this Wednesday, 11/14 or Friday, 11/16 to the downstairs conf room to assist with decorations for Breakfast with St Nick. We have an exciting theme and are creating a winter wonderland our kids are sure to love. We need your help. Come any time between 12:00 and 3:00 and stay as long as you are able. All supplies provided.

Support Mary of Nazareth's Home and School Association:

This program runs all year. Please submit your Box Tops labeled with your child’s homeroom to the front office.
Save the caps and box codes from your Coca-Cola products and points earned may be used to purchase classroom supplies.
Area stores offer reward programs to support the HSA. If you are a frequent shopper at Giant and/or Harris Teeter, be sure to link your shopping cards to their A+ Rewards and Together in Education (TIE) programs respectively.

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.

Last Chance to 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 from January 4 through March 1, 6-7 PM or 7-8 PM at two Germantown area elementary schools – schedule to be determined after the registration deadline.

Registration Deadline is November 16, 2018
Register at:

Coaches Needed
We need coaches!! Please consider volunteering to help the K1 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 Alvin Duque at


Scouting for Food Drive

Cub Scout Pack 76 will be participating once again with the Boy Scouts of America’s Scouting for Food Drive. Our food drive will benefit St. Martin’s Food Pantry in Gaithersburg and will be held at the school November 7th through 16th. Collection bags will be handed out next week, please fill them with suggested items from the note attached, and return them back to school during the week. Thank you for supporting our community service project.

Service Hours Available

The Sports Committee will offer a service hours opportunity to middle school students this fall. The students would go to MoN Soccer games and sell the Spirit Scarves to those interested. The proceeds are used to fund CYO sports scholarships at MoN. Please contact Joe Beucher if you would like to participate.

Congrats to the Girls Varsity Soccer team on their CYO Championship win!
Matthew Caban represented MoN in the Knights of Columbus Fall Chess Tournament & placed 2nd in the 3rd-5th grade division!
MoN 2017-2018 Newsletter committee
Lisa D'Souza
Julia Tarakanova
Interested in helping out with the Newsletter?! Contact Stefanie Marques
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