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Weekly Newsletter


November 21, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!
Dear Parents,
Our community is abundantly blessed!  Enjoy this time with your children, giving thanks and praising His name.  I am thankful for my family at home and my family here at school.  Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!
Michael Friel
Dates to remember
NOW - Dec. 15:  Annual Giving Campaign
NOW - Dec. 15:  Toys for Tots Campaign
Nov. 22 - 24:  No School - Thanksgiving
Nov. 27 & 28:  Reconciliation for Gr. 3-8
Wed., Nov. 29:  Restaurant Night, 
      Thai Tanium 5:00-9:00 pm          
Sat., Dec. 2:  Breakfast with St. Nick
Fri., Dec. 8:  Feast of the Immaculate
     Conception - Mass 10:00 am  KFC
Fri., Dec. 8:  GS Pajama Party 6:00 pm
Thu., Dec. 14:  Christmas Concert 
      7:00 pm  KFC    
Fri., Dec. 15:  2 Hr. Delay  NO Hot Lunch
Mon., Dec. 18:  Class Geography Bees
Tue., Dec. 19:  Band Concerts
     1:30 pm (KFC) and 7:00 pm (MPR)
Wed., Dec. 20:  Christmas Bingo MPR
     Wear Red and Green
Wed., Dec. 20:
  Noon Dismissal
Wed., Dec. 20: 
Restaurant Day
     Chick-Fil-A Kentlands Noon-4:00 pm
Dec. 21-Jan. 1:  Christmas Break
Tue., Jan. 2:  Classes Resume
Notes From the Office
  • Thanksgiving Break begins after school today.  There is no school tomorrow, Wednesday, November 22.
  • Breakfast with St. Nick is Saturday, December 2nd.   Please use the form HERE to RSVP.  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 always go quickly.   We need many volunteers for a variety of jobs AND we offer SSL hours for our middle school student helpers.  Please take a minute to check the signup genius.  If you have any questions, please contact Paola Ortiz.  In advance, thank you for your help.
  • Please see the First Quarter Honor Roll HERE.  Congratulations to all!
  • The deadline for current families to apply for TUITION ASSISTANCE is Friday, December 1, 2017. Application is available HERE.  This is a hard deadline.  Don't delay!
  • Please note:  The first day of school for the 2018-2019 school year will be Wednesday, August 29, 2018.
  • Admissions applications for the 2018-2019 school year are now available on TADS.This is for students new to MoN ONLY - current students will re-register in December.   The Pre-K class is filling fast - please get your applications in NOW!  If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Wray in the office.
No Grandparent Left Out!
Help us make sure no grandparent is left out! We received feedback from a number of families whose extended family members did not receive invitations to Granparents' Day this year. Please submit our extended family form to make sure your loved ones are included in future mailings:
You shop. Amazon gives.
Shop for everyone on your gift list this holiday at and Amazon donates to Mary of Nazareth Catholic School. Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Mary of Nazareth Catholic School whenever you shop on AmazonSmile.

Yearbook Pictures 
We are in need of pictures for our yearbook.  Any pictures you have from sports, clubs, activities during and after school, would be appreciated!  Please send them to
Thank you!
Breakfast with St. Nick!
Breakfast with St. Nick is quickly approaching. Mark your calendars for Saturday, December 2nd. We need many volunteers for a variety of jobs. We offer SSL hours for our middle schoolers. Please take a minute to check the signup genius. If you have any questions please contact In advance, Thank you for your help.

Please use the form HERE to RSVP.
NEW On-Line Spirit Shop!
Check out our new on-line spirit shop! The link can be found here or by going to the HSA section of the website and clicking on the Spirit Shop Tab. You can now pay on-line for your items and they will be delivered to your student.


November Restaurant Night at Thai Tanium in the Kentlands on Wednesday, November 29th from 5-9pm.  

See flyer attached HERE.  Come out and support Mary of Nazareth and enjoy fantastic Thai food at the same time! We hope to see you there!

Order your Christmas gift cards through Mary of Nazareth!
SCRIP is a prepaid gift card program from national and local retailers, used just like cash, and are the same cards that you would buy at the store.  Except when you buy them from MON you are helping raise funds for our school!
No additional out-of-pocket expense outside of what you would normally spend on groceries, clothing, school and household supplies, pet supplies, dining out, and even travel and vacation!  Use them for yourself and family, your household, or gift them for birthdays and special occasions.
First Holiday Order is Due on Friday, Nov. 17th
Last Holiday Order is Due on Friday, Dec. 8th
For more information, an Order Form and how to submit SCRIP orders go to the SCRIP section of the MON website. (Go to Current Families, and click on Home and School Association (HSA).  You'll find Scrip Cards under the HSA Fundraising.)  Please notify Julie Fagan ( when you send your form through backpack mail or if you have additional questions
Christmas ball ornaments
The decorations team for Breakfast with St. Nick is in need of donations of Christmas ball ornaments.  If you are planning to change your ornament colors or if you need to get rid of the old or mismatched ones, please consider donating them to the school. You can drop off in the main office and we will pick them up. Thank you in advance!! 
Grocery Store Programs - Free Money!
Every year, Mary of Nazareth HSA participates in both the Harris Teeter Together in Eductation (TIE) and Giant A+ School Rewards programs. All you need to do is register your card and shop as you always do and MON HSA earns money for your purchases. Last year, we earned $2,341.36 from Harris Teeter with only 69 participants and $811.96 from Giant with only 41 participants. The HT program started on August 1st and runs through May 31st so you can start earning FREE money now! All you have to do is register your VIC card. The Giant program runs from October 6, 2017 through March 15th, 2018. You can start registering your card on September 11th - designate MoN and your purchases will start earning money starting in October. Ask your family and friends to register also!

Here is the registration information:
Giant - If you do not have your card number, please call 1-877-366-2668. If you wish to sign up online go click HERE. Our school code is 00792.

Harris Teeter - You can relink your HT card at the cashier checkout or by visiting HERE,click on the TIE link. Our school code is 6131.

OR, you can fill out the Parent Grocery Signup letter HERE and send it to Paige Dullaghan c/o Nolan (K-1). For more information or questions, please contact Paige.
Lunch Volunteers Needed ASAP
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.
Grades 3-8 Basketball Coaches Needed
We are still in need of coaches for the current basketball season. If interested in coaching grades 3-8, please reach out to Jon Torres.
This year's Gala will take place on St. Patrick's Day - Saturday, 03.17.18 - be sure to save the date! We are always looking to get new families involved in helping to plan the school's most exciting event and biggest fundraiser of the year! Please contact Sara Jamison at if you're interested in volunteering or sign up HERE
"If Mary of Nazareth has been home to your family's cherished life moments, we ask you to support us with any gift possible."
- Clair and Alan Englebrecht, 2017-2018 Annual Giving Chairs
2017-2018 Mary of Nazareth Annual Giving Campaign
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Wanted: Alumni Spotlight Stories
The "Alumni Spotlight" is a special publication on our school blog that features graduates who carry on the MoN tradition of excellence. Be it through their studies, athletic achievements, professional growth, service to the community, and beyond - our alumni continue to impress us with their impact upon the world... and we love to share their stories! If you have an alumni story you'd like to share, please send it to the Development Office.

"Keep Christ in Christmas" Poster Contest Returns 

Time to break out your markers, crayons, paints and pencils - the "Keep Christ in Christmas" poster contest is back for 2017. Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, students from kindergarten through 8th grade can compete for $200 in prizes by creating a unique poster (no larger than 12X18 inches) reminding people that Christmas is all about Jesus. Posters are due by Friday, December 8th. For more information, contact Donald Patti, Knights of Columbus Council #6901, at 866-478-8080 or All may participate. The event is FREE.


Register for MON's K-1 Basketball Program! 

Sign your child up today for MoN's Winter basketball program.  The K-1 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 5 through March 16, 6-7 PM and 7-8 PM at two Germantown area elementary schools – schedule to be determined at a later date.

Register today!

Please register through the Team Snap link below.  The registration fee is $65 and you can pay by credit card in Team Snap. (If you don’t have a Team Snap account, you’ll need to create on in order to register – it’s free).  Each player will receive a t-shirt with their team color & trophy at the end of the season.  The t-shirt is included in the registration fee. Registration deadline is December 8th!

Coaches Needed

If you'd like to help out, no experience is necessary but all coaches must be cleared through the Archdiocese Child Protection system (VIRTUS). If you are interested in coaching, please contact Alvin Duque,

If you have any questions, please contact Alvin Duque at



A job well done to our 8th graders who represented MON in the 44th Annual Math Contest at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School

MoN 2017-2018 Newsletter committee
Lisa D'Souza
Lauren Farago
Andrea Lachin
Truong Lee
Stefanie Marques
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