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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 for Education 

No matter where you shop, you can earn for the MoN HSA using the Box Tops app to submit a quick scan of your paper or digital receipt within 14 days of purchase. If you've ordered groceries for delivery or pickup, shopped through a store's app, or requested an email receipt, you can earn Box Tops with digital receipts too.  Download the Box Tops app here to start scanning receipts and earning now! 

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.



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 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 ( 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 ( 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: Gosia Leonarczyk

2022-23 HSA Proposed Budget - as of 8/25/2022

2020-21 HSA Dues: $25 per family

2020-21 Class Activity Fee (CAF): $20 per child


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:

Leslie Brown

Julie O'Brien


Meet the HSA!

Why do I volunteer?

"To spend time with my son and to feel like a valuable member of the MoN community."        - Melinda Doss

 "It was clear from the start that MoN had such a strong community and that's due, in large part, to the wonderful parents who give their time to make our school excellent. I wanted to be a part of that. Helping out at the school made me feel like a part of the MoN community, it gave me a sense of comfort and familiarity with the school, teachers, and other parents...and that makes it feel more like home for our family." - Krysia Novotny

 "I volunteer at school to share moments with my children and meet new people and hear their stories." - Stacey Seager

"I like to contribute any free time I have to our children school and my children enjoy me being there.  I feel very lucky and fortunate that I’m able to do that." - Dora Kessler

"The more involved we are, the more we become part of this school. I love catching glimpses of my kids in action with their friends at school."- Jenny McQuiston

 "I started it because I wanted to observe the school from the inside, to get to know kids, teachers, and staff better. I was impressed with the dedication professionalism. I keep volunteering to express my gratitude and to give help in a way that I can" - Julia Tarakanova

 "I volunteer because I love how excited my children are to teach me about the school environment that they know so much about (even more than me).  They are the experts here and I like how they take pride in showing me the ropes of how things work. I also really enjoy meeting the other parents and having that shared experience and community.  The laughing and sharing stories with other parents make the experience invaluable."          - Lisa Dsouza

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