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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Check the newsletter for SCRIP order deadlines throughout the school year.
Print and complete the Scrip Order Form.
Enclose your check made payable to Mary of Nazareth School and return it through backpack mail to Jennifer Stonesifer.
For more information or questions, contact Jennifer Stonesifer.
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
8th Grade Graduation Celebration
Lunch Servers and Lunch Monitors
Room Parent Classroom Support
Social Concerns Activities
Teacher Appreciation Efforts
Technology Purchases for the School
Used Uniform Sales
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
- 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.
- See Mrs. Wray (firstname.lastname@example.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.)
- 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.
- 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 (email@example.com) 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.
Current HSA Treasurer: Gosia Leonarczyk
2020-21 HSA Dues: $25 per family
2020-21 Class Activity Fee (CAF): $20 per child
To submit a Disbursement of Funds request:
Complete Disbursement Request Form and attach your receipt(s).
Submit completed form and receipts to HSA Treasurer through the main office.
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:
Verify the total amount being turned in and complete a Deposit Notice Form.
Two committee members must count cash before deposit can be completed.
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.
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
"Hoping to make a positive impact even if it's only one person. Hoping to make a difference." - Anh Boesch
"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
"I volunteer to make the school the best it can be for my children. I wish I had more time to give!" - Kim Danley
"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
"When I was a kid, a young priest at the youth group I was a part of said that the word "Church" is derived from the Greek word for community, and while the church was the house of God, it was a community. Volunteering puts me in a community." - Kevin O'Rourke
"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 Tarkanova
"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