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October 13, 2021
Dates to Remember
PLEASE NOTE:  ALL DATES AND EVENTS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE 
The online school calendar is updated and available HERE and on the website under "Current Families".
 
Thurs., Oct. 14:  Eucharist Day
Oct. 18 - Oct. 22:  Soles4Souls Shoe Collection (see below)
Wed., & Thurs., Oct. 20 & 21:  Restaurant Night - Ledo Pizza - details below
Fri., Oct. 22:  Race for Scholars (see more info below)
Thurs., Oct. 28:  NOON DISMISSAL - End of first quarter
     Halloween Parade 10:30 am - Front Circle
     Halloween Parties outdoors (weather permitting) 11:00 am
Fri., Oct. 29:  NO SCHOOL - ADW Professional Day for Teachers
Mon., Nov. 1:  TWO HOUR DELAY - Classes begin at 10:20, Before Care opens 9:00 am
     All Saints' Day Mass 10:45 am KFC
     Winter Uniforms Begin (See uniform requirements HERE)
Tues., Nov. 2:  Open House for Prospective Families 9:00 - 11:00 am (register HERE)
     Yay! Lunch begins for Middle School Students
Thurs., Nov. 4:  8th Grade Rocket Launch 1:15 pm
Nov. 5 - Nov. 12:  Book Fair
Sat., Nov. 6:  Fall Social (Adults Only) 6:00 - 9:00 pm  (more info to come)
Wed., Nov. 10:  Virtual HSA Meeting and Principal's Address 6:30 pm
     8th Grade Outdoor Pictures
Thurs., Nov. 11 & Fri., Nov. 12:   NO SCHOOL - Parent/Teacher Conferences 
Mon., Nov. 15:  Make-up Picture Day and 8th grade Cap and Gown Pictures
Mon., Nov. 22:  Virtual Grandparents' Day  Mass 10:00 am
Nov. 24 - Nov. 26:  NO SCHOOL  Thanksgiving Holiday
Notes from the Office
  • 2022-2023 applications for students in grades Pre-K through 7 who are NEW TO MARY OF NAZARETH SCHOOL are now open.  Please click on the link HERE to submit a new application.  Please do NOT submit an application if your child is currently enrolled at MoN - you will receive an email in January for re-enrollment.  Pre-K students must be 4 by Sept. 1, 2022, and Kindergarten students must be 5 by Sept. 1, 2022.
  • Uniform amnesty is ending - please ensure your children are in complete MoN uniforms.  See uniform requirements HERE.  As a reminder, all students must be in winter uniforms on November 1, regardless of the weather. 
  • Basketball assessments for the 2021-2022 season are scheduled.  Please see below under "After the Bell". 
  • Grandparents' Day 2021 (Monday, November 22) will be a virtual event.
  • Sign up to host a Teacher Appreciation Lunch - see sign up genius HERE.
Reminders:
  • If you have a child who is symptomatic, has been tested and is awaiting results, or has tested positive for COVID who does not attend Mary of Nazareth, we need to be notified immediately.  Fully vaccinated students are less likely to be identified as close contacts in the case of a COVID exposure.
  • Parents are required to report child absences from school to the office no later than 8:45 am each day the child is absent.  Please call the main office number and leave a message on the absence line (Option 1), or email Mrs. Colleen Shea at cshea@maryofnazareth.org. 
  • Please take a moment to review the school's Inclement Weather Policy on the website HERE. 
  • In the event of an evacuation of the building, we will implement the "Parent and Student Reunification Process".  Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with this process, just in case of an emergency.  This is on page 31 of the Parent and Student Handbook, or HERE for your convenience.  
  • All adult volunteers who work with children must be cleared through the Archdiocese of Washington Child Protection Program.  See requirements HERE.  Please contact Mrs. Wray in the office with questions.
  • Freed Photography - support@freedphoto.com or 301-652-5452
HOT TOPICS
OLVP Morning Mass - Tues & Thurs 8:30 am
Start your day off right!  Drop off your children and join your friends at morning Mass.  Fr. Greg Shaffer, OLVP Pastor, now celebrates Mass at 8:30 am on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the church.  All are welcome. 

Hot Lunch Update
We are excited to announce that we will begin hot lunch for MIDDLE SCHOOL students (Grades 6, 7, 8) and teachers on Tuesday, November 2, 2021.  As previously mentioned, we will begin using lunch distributor, Yay! Lunch. Yay! Lunch is a lunch distributor that partners with various restaurants to deliver quality, prepaid, personally selected lunch items to students.
 
Middle school parents will be able to access the Yay! Lunch portal and sign up their student on Thursday, October 28, 2021.  At this time, please do not sign up any student that is not in grades 6, 7, or 8 as the back end of the website will be adversely affected.
 
Lunches are pre-ordered and can be ordered up until the Saturday before the upcoming week delivery.
 
If you would like your student to participate in hot lunch, please use the link HERE to create an account with Yay! Lunch

See the flyer HERE for more information. 
 
Please email Lisa Payne-Abreu, lpayne-abreu@maryofnazareth.org, if there are any questions.

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS to help distribute lunches.  Please click HERE to sign up.  

Applications are now open for the 2022 – 2023 Archdiocese of Washington Tuition Assistance Program 

Applications (through TADS) will be due in early December 2020 for tuition assistance for the 2022-2023 school year.   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.  Aid is need-based, and families must apply yearly to qualify.  See link to the TADS application HERE.


Book Fair is Back in the House!!


The students are buzzing with excitement - it's Book Fair time at MoN.
We can not do this without the help of our parents.
 
PARENT VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED - Nov. 5th - 12th
Sign up HERE
Thank you for supporting our students and their love of reading.
 
Mrs. Nancy DeWitt, MON Librarian    ndewitt@maryofnazareth.org

Daily Health Check in PlusPortals
Please remember to complete the health check in PlusPortals EACH MORNING BEFORE your child walks into the school building.  You will receive an email reminder every morning at 6:00 am.  
If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Shea.
SOCIAL CONCERNS

Soles4Souls Shoe Collection Oct. 18-22
Time to look in your closets for gently used shoes that don't fit anymore! Collecting shoes of all sizes from October 18-October 22 for Soles4Souls. Drop off boxes will be located in the front foyer of Mary of Nazareth. 

All shoes will be donated to the non-profit organization Soles4Souls. Soles4Souls creates sustainable jobs and provides relief through the distribution of shoes and clothing around the world. Since 2006, Soles4Souls has distributed 40 million pairs of new and gently worn shoes in 127 countries.   
HSA NEWS


Race for Scholars 

Our Home School Association's (HSA) main fund-raising event for the year is "Race for Scholars".  It is a fun-filled afternoon where students run through our beautiful campus for camaraderie and to raise the money necessary to support classroom activities and celebrations throughout this school year.

Every student is invited to run!! Students who have purchased this year’s Race for Scholars t-shirt may wear their t-shirt to school on race day (with PE shorts).   T-shirt sales and t-shirt sponsors have been closed, but you can still support our team as a Blue Ribbon Sponsor (click HERE).   Please email Jarhead.Jenkins@gmail.com for questions or if you would like to volunteer.

The HSA would like to thank our Race for Scholars Sponsors! Let’s keep those sponsors coming!! Go Team MoN!!

Gold Medal Sponsors
The Carmen Family
BK Associates, Inc.
Simply Fresh Events
Fox Chapel Animal Hospital 
Empire Financial, Luis F. Farago III
Arthritis and Rheumatism Associates, P.C.
Johnny Diaz Group Realty Advantage
 
Silver Medal Sponsors
CTG Federal
Novotny Lending Team 
Thai Tanium
Jansen Family Medicine 
Wang Family 
Ann Boesch, RLAH Real Estate
 
Bronze Medal Sponsors
The Fix Family
CarePlus
Pruitt Title & Escrow
Private Prep
BoBaPop
The Kourmtingue Family
PL Nail Salon
 
Blue Ribbon Sponsors
The Reposa Family
The Gohrband-Sage Family
The Latimer Family
The Mylov Family
The Riley Family
The Willier Family
Kia’s Hair Salon
Rene, Cristina, and Ava Contreras
The Lachin Family


Volunteer to be a Recess Monitor!
We are seeking volunteers to monitor student recesses on full days of school between 11:40 am and 1:20 pm, Monday through Friday.  Available slots are 11:40-12:30 and 12:30-1:20.  All volunteers must be cleared through the VIRTUS Child Protection program.  
Recess Schedule by grade:
K:  11:40 - 12:10
1:   12:55 – 1:20
2 & 3:   12:30 – 1:00
4 & 5:  12:05 – 12:30
6,7,8:  11:40 – 12:10
Please click HERE to sign up to help!  Any time you can give is much appreciated.
PLEASE JOIN THE MARY OF NAZARETH COMMUNITY FOR A RESTAURANT NIGHT FUNDRAISER AT LEDO PIZZA IN GERMANTOWN
(Dine in & carry out)
 
Wednesday, October 20th &
Thursday, October 21st  

OPEN HOURS 11AM – 9PM BOTH DAYS
YOU ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND EITHER NIGHT (or both) AND A % OF THE TOTAL SALES WILL BE DONATED BACK TO THE MARY OF NAZARETH HSA
 

The Fall Social is Back!
Please join us on November 6th from 6:00 - 9:00 pm at Mary of Nazareth School for our Fall Social.  This is a great opportunity to get away for a while to connect with other parents.  We will have wine, beer, food trucks, and games.  
More information to come.  In the meantime, please feel free to contact Lauren Farago if you want to help out.
See flyer HERE.
DEVELOPMENT NEWS
Save the Date - MoN Benefit Auction 4/30/2022
 
Mark your calendars.   Our Annual Benefit Auction -- Havana Nights -- will be held on April 30, 2022. Break out your guayabera shirts, sundresses and dancing shoes, and get ready to raise funds for our school and enjoy a night to remember. We can't wait to celebrate with you!

The Development Office is always looking for great ideas and contributions for our silent and live auction. Thank you for your support!  kschultz@maryofnazareth.org

AFTER THE BELL
Mr. Rice to Run His Second 50 Miler!
Mr. Matt Rice, our computer teacher, will participate in his second 50 mile endurance run on Saturday, November 13 from 6:00 am until 7:00 pm.  This trail run showcases the beauty of both the Seneca Greenway and Muddy Branch trails in Montgomery County, Maryland and runs through the area of most of our supporting parishes. Part of it makes a loop around the MoN property.  The course traverses forested, rolling terrain on a primarily single track, dirt trail.  There are small stream crossings. 
See HERE for more information about the race as well as tips on how to watch the runners.

Join 
Chess Club!
Would your child like to learn how to play chess? Or does he/she already know how to play, but 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! Questions? Contact Laura Scaletti (laura.scaletti@gmail.com). Ready to register? Please click HERE.

Basketball Assessments Scheduled
Basketball is just around the corner and it is time to  sign up and be assessed.  Assessments are scheduled as follows:
  • Sunday, 10/17 
    • Grade 5/6 Boys, 3:00-4:00
    • Grade 7/8 Boys, 4:15-5:15
    • Grades 5-8 Girls, 5:30-6:30
  • Monday, 10/18
    • Grades 3/4 Boys and Girls, 6:00-7:00
  • Sunday, 10/24
    • Make-up: Grades 5-8 Boys and Girls, 3:00-4:00
Please save the date and click the link HERE to sign up.
 
If you have any questions, please reach out to Jennifer Loznak at LoznakFamily@me.com
 
If you are interested in coaching please complete the form HERE.
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