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HSA

Philosophy of Volunteering

Mary of Nazareth School’s mission is to prepare students for lives of service to God and neighbor. The philosophy of the Mary of Nazareth Volunteer Program is that our families are an example to our students, living out the Gospel teachings by serving the school, parish and larger community. Through the school’s vibrant and comprehensive volunteer opportunities, each family is asked to give of their time and talent at a minimum of ten hours per year.

HSA Programs

The Mary of Nazareth School HSA is able to support our community through several programs each year. We are thankful to all families for their participation in each area.

Race for Scholars

Our main event of the year is Race for Scholars. This activity involves a fun-filled afternoon where students run together through the beautiful Mary of Nazareth School campus. Funds are raised for the MoN Home and School Association, through family and business sponsorships, that provide for classroom activities and celebrations throughout the school year.

Box Tops

Mary of Nazareth School's Box Tops for Education program runs all year, and is divided into two individual competitions. The "summer challenge" ends in September and the "school year" challenge ends in April. The homeroom that collects the most Box Tops during each respective challenge will receive a Popsicle party. Please submit your Box Tops labeled with your child’s homeroom to the front office.

Coke Rewards

Save the caps and box codes from your Coca-Cola products. Codes may be submitted online at https://www.mycokerewards.com and points earned may be used to purchase classroom supplies.

Grocery Store Programs

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.

Here is the registration information: Harris Teeter - You can relink your HT card at the cashier checkout or by visiting www.harristeeter.com, click on the TIE link. Our school code is 6131. For more information or questions, please contact Paige at paige.dullaghan@verizon.net.

 

Restaurant Nights

Take a night off from cooking and enjoy dinner with friends from Mary of Nazareth School. On restaurant nights, which are held throughout the year, participating vendors donate a percentage of sales back to the HSA.

SCRIP Cards

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 Mary of Nazareth 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 60% of your purchase, depending on the merchant, will be donated back to the HSA.

Sign Up for SCRIP:

  1. Check the newsletter for SCRIP order deadlines throughout the school year.

  2. Print and complete the Scrip Order Form.

  3. Enclose your check made payable to Mary of Nazareth School and return it through backpack mail to Jennifer Stonesifer.

OR

  1. Set-up a free SCRIP account, put in an order anytime, and send in your check payment through backpack mail. See the attached document for detailed instructions.

For more information or questions, contact Jennifer Stonesifer.

 

School Celebrations and Activities

The goal of the Home School Association (HSA) is to enrich the experience of the children of MoN school and build and foster a sense of community. Our activities and efforts include:

  • Back to School Picnic

  • Breakfast with St. Nick

  • Catholic Schools Week Activities

  • Christmas Bingo

  • Communion Celebration

  • 8th Grade Graduation Celebration

  • Field Trips

  • Grandparents Day

  • Lunch Servers and Lunch Monitors

  • May Crowning

  • Restaurant Nights

  • Room Parent Classroom Support

  • School Dance

  • School Newsletter

  • Social Concerns Activities

  • Teacher Appreciation Efforts

  • Technology Purchases for the School

  • Used Uniform Sales

Child Protection Policy for Volunteers (NEW REQUIREMENTS)

As of July 2, 2019, the Archdiocese of Washington now requires that all employees and volunteers in schools and parishes who work with children or vulnerable adults must be fingerprinted. Electronic background checks will no longer be done or accepted.  Volunteers who were ONLY electronically background checked will have until January 31, 2020 to be fingerprinted and compliant with the new Child Protection Policy.  If the requirement (fingerprinting) is not met, the volunteers’ VIRTUS accounts will be inactivated and they will not be eligible to volunteer as of February 1, 2020 until they complete the requirement. Fingerprinting is now being outsourced and the Archdiocese is no longer providing fingerprinting services. Compliance_Checklist.pdf

In order to work with children in the Archdiocese of Washington, volunteers must be cleared through the Child Protection Program (VIRTUS):

  1. Go to www.virtus.org and click on the link for "registration".  Begin the registration process and choose "Washington, DC (Archdiocese).  Create a user name and password, and register to attend a child protection class somewhere in the Archdiocese.   Please choose "Mary of Nazareth School" as your location.  During the online registration, please read the Pastoral Code of Conduct and Contact with Minors.
  2. See Mrs. Wray (mwray@maryofnazareth.org) in the school office to pick up the Archdiocesan fingerprint authorization form.  Please bring the completed volunteer application and 2 forms of government-issued ID (driver’s license, passport, birth certificate, social security card, government employment ID- military ID’s are not accepted.)
  3. Schedule an appointment with any authorized fingerprint provider (see list of providers below).  We have negotiated a special price with American Identity Solutions, which has convenient locations in Rockville, Germantown, Bethesda, and Silver Spring.  You must bring valid, government-issued ID to the appointment.  Individuals will be personally responsible for the costs (estimated to be approximately $40-$60 per person) associated with the fingerprinting process. All volunteers must be fingerprinted under these requirements, even if you have been previously fingerprinted for another company or position. 
  4. Once you have attended the class, please turn in to the office the last page of the Child Protection Policy booklet you receive (Appendix E). Please complete the bottom section, “Employee/Volunteer”.  Your position is “volunteer”. 

     

    Previously cleared volunteers who simply need to complete the fingerprint requirement may simply email Mrs. Wray (mwray@maryofnazareth.org) to receive the authorization form via return email.  If you are unsure of your fingerprint status, please contact Mrs. Wray directly so that we may verify whether or not fingerprints need to be done.

     

    Thank you for your cooperation and patience as we transition to the new system.

Treasurer's Corner and Forms

Current HSA Treasurer: Valerie Reposa

2019-20 HSA Budget - as of 9/11/2019

2019-20 HSA Dues: $25 per family

2019-20 Class Activity Fee (CAF): $20 per child

Submit your CAF and HSA dues by downloading this form and returning it to the office.  Thank you for your support!  

To submit a Disbursement of Funds request:

  1. Complete Disbursement Request Form and attach your receipt(s).

  2. Submit completed form and receipts to HSA Treasurer through the main office.

  3. You will receive your check in backpack mail.

Please note that reimbursement to individuals may not exceed $250 for out-of-pocket expenses. Individual expenses exceeding $250.00 will be paid by check directly to the vendor. The expense for a single item may not be divided into multiple reimbursements of smaller amounts.

If you require a check in advance or have a bill that must be paid by the HSA, please submit a completed Disbursement Request Form and submit it to the HSA Treasurer with at least three day's notice. Please keep a copy of the bill for committee records. HSA checks must be co-signed by the HSA President and the Principal.

To Submit a Notice of Deposit:

If you are in charge of an activity that generates money, such as a fundraiser:

  1. Verify the total amount being turned in and complete a Deposit Notice Form.

  2. Two committee members must count cash before deposit can be completed.

  3. Deposit Notice Form and cash/checks must be submitted to the HSA President, Vice President, or Treasurer. This should be done at the end of the event or as soon as possible the next school day.

Please note that the Deposit Notice Form may be submitted to the Treasurer as an attachment to an e-mail.

Nominating and Elections Committee

This HSA committee is responsible for nominating candidates for officer positions and running the associated election.

Committee Members:

Colleen Shea

Julie O'Brien

Daniela Diaz

Restaurant Nights:
Germantown Ledos: October 2nd & 3rd
Tai Tanium: November 7th
Chick-fil-a (lunch): December 20th
 
Montgomery Village Ledos: TBD
Mission Barbecue: TBD
California Tortilla Kitchen: TBD
Chipotle: TBD

Fingerprinting Clinics
Monday, Oct 21st 4-7 at KFC
Monday, Nov. 18th from 4-7 at KFC
Tuesday, Nov 5 (scheduled HSA Meeting) from 6-8 in the MPR
 
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