Mary of Nazareth Catholic School

Mary of Nazareth Catholic School Mary of Nazareth Catholic School is comprised of three age-focused programs: early childhood, intermediate and middle school. We are dedicated to providing students with a well-rounded curriculum, which focuses on educating the whole child.
During his tenure as Archbishop of Washington, DC, James Cardinal Hickey recognized a growing need for an elementary school to serve upper Montgomery County. He envisioned a regional school attended by children from numerous parishes. A meeting was convened with the pastors of seven upper county parishes: Our Lady of the Visitation, Darnestown; St. Mary’s Shrine, Barnesville; St Paul, Damascus; St. Rose of Lima, Gaithersburg; Mother Seton, Germantown; St. John Neumann, Gaithersburg; and Our Lady of the Presentation, Poolesville. The pastors unanimously agreed to the formation of a regional school – the first Catholic elementary school in the Archdiocese in 30 years. Mary of Nazareth School opened on August 29, 1994 in a converted barn on the old Boyer farm property in Darnestown, MD. The same property is home to one of our seven school parishes: Our Lady of the Visitation. The parish, led by founding Pastor, the Rev. Dr. Raymond Fecteau, postponed the building of the church until Mary of Nazareth School was open to students. Sr. Frances Stavalo, M.P.F, of the Religious Teachers Filippini was the first principal, leading the school for eight years. Sisters from her order helped staff the school, as well as teachers from the Sisters of St. Frances of the Martyr St. George, and lay teachers. Sr. Elaine Bebyn, M.P.F., another Filippini religious, succeeded Sr. Frances as principal for the 2002-2003 school year. Mr. Michael J. Friel, the first lay principal, has been leading our school since the 2003-2004 school year. The present school building, dedicated by Cardinal Hickey, was completed in 1996. It includes classrooms for kindergarten through eighth grade, a science lab, a computer lab, a multipurpose room, kitchen facilities, a health room, teachers’ lounges and administrative offices. Subsequent modifications provided space for the chapel, preschool, library, academic resource center, and rooms for the extended care program. Mary of Nazareth purchased the Katie Fitzgerald Center in 2012, which has been an invaluable asset to the school community. During the school year, the KFC is used as a gymnasium for physical education as well as school-wide events. Cardinal Hickey’s vision of a regional school for upper Montgomery County has grown into a thriving community. The school is faithfully supported by devoted families from seven parishes and a dedicated faculty and staff. Our current enrollment has grown from the first days in the barn with 87 children to over 500 students.
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Sean and his mom made Apple Dumplings which he learned about during his colonial unit.  Sean also learned that colonists...
06/03/2020

Sean and his mom made Apple Dumplings which he learned about during his colonial unit. Sean also learned that colonists ate squirrels, but didn't want to try that recipe 😂

06/02/2020
NASA

In case you missed it in Mr. Friel's announcements, here is the video of our 8th graders "in space"!

First grade learns about food safety during a virtual STREAM lesson with Chef Robert!
06/02/2020

First grade learns about food safety during a virtual STREAM lesson with Chef Robert!

Ryan (5th grade) made ginger cookies after learning about  Revolutionary War recipes that he researched for Social Studi...
06/02/2020

Ryan (5th grade) made ginger cookies after learning about Revolutionary War recipes that he researched for Social Studies. They look delicious!

Archbishop Gregory made a statement regarding the death of George Floyd.  His Excellency’s statement can be found below⬇...
06/02/2020
Statement from Washington Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory regarding the Death of George Floyd - Archdiocese of Washington

Archbishop Gregory made a statement regarding the death of George Floyd. His Excellency’s statement can be found below⬇️

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Washington Archbishop Wilton Gregory’s statement on the Memorial Day death of George Floyd is below: In astonishment, we are seeing the reactions of people across the United States as they express feelings of frustration, hurt, and anger in their cry for justice for George Flo...

Want to part a part of the HSA? Info below!
06/01/2020

Want to part a part of the HSA? Info below!

Some more MoN families cheering on OLVP & Fr. Ray!
05/31/2020

Some more MoN families cheering on OLVP & Fr. Ray!

Mr. Friel is ready to roll to congratulate OLVP on their anniversary!
05/31/2020

Mr. Friel is ready to roll to congratulate OLVP on their anniversary!

The 5th graders and their teachers would like to give a big Thank You to Mrs.Dziedzic, Mr.Antonetti and Mrs.Jimenez for ...
05/29/2020

The 5th graders and their teachers would like to give a big Thank You to Mrs.Dziedzic, Mr.Antonetti and Mrs.Jimenez for answering all our great questions today!

And the hat throw video!
05/29/2020
Mary of Nazareth Class of 2020 Hat Toss

And the hat throw video!

Congratulations to our 8th grade graduate class of 2020! What an amazing group of bold, creative people! Thank you for submitting your videos, I could not ha...

05/29/2020
Introducing the Mary of Nazareth Class of 2020

Here is the graduation opening video if you want to watch/share with family & friends!

Congratulations to each and every one of our graduates! The music is Wiz Khalifa's See You Again ft. Charlie Puth. I don't own the rights to this music.

Congratulations class of 2020! 🎉🎉🎉🎉
05/29/2020

Congratulations class of 2020! 🎉🎉🎉🎉

05/29/2020

✅ Virtual Banquet
✅ Virtual Graduation
✅ Diploma Pick Up
A class we will never forget ❤️

05/28/2020
Happy Graduation Day

Class of 2020, in case you missed it last night, the band Shaed wishes you all the best on your graduation today!! 👏🎉

05/28/2020
Flip Book

Sorya (5th Grade) created a flipbook showing someone with a parachute jumping our of a plane!

Some of our 8th graders received a very special note from their Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. McGregor, congratulating them...
05/28/2020

Some of our 8th graders received a very special note from their Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. McGregor, congratulating them on their graduation ❤️

05/28/2020
Mary of Nazareth Morning Announcements

Watch our Class of 2020 graduate tonight at 5!

Join us for our Mass and graduation ceremony celebrating the class of 2020! The waiting room will open at 4:45pm and the event will commence promptly at 5pm.

Our Class of 2020 is literally out of this world-- their names will be taken up to the space station today in honor of t...
05/27/2020
Live: Launch America — NASA's SpaceX Demo-2 Mission to the International Space Station

Our Class of 2020 is literally out of this world-- their names will be taken up to the space station today in honor of their graduation!

NASA.gov brings you the latest images, videos and news from America's space agency. Get the latest updates on NASA missions, watch NASA TV live, and learn about our quest to reveal the unknown and benefit all humankind.

Middle school students rocked it on IXL for language arts this year!
05/27/2020

Middle school students rocked it on IXL for language arts this year!

MoN alumnus, Camron Latham (Class of 2014), was recently promoted to Specialist in the Maryland National Guard.  His MP ...
05/27/2020

MoN alumnus, Camron Latham (Class of 2014), was recently promoted to Specialist in the Maryland National Guard. His MP unit was activated mid March and worked security at FedEx Field testing site.

4th graders have been working hard on some writing prompts about places they have traveled!
05/27/2020

4th graders have been working hard on some writing prompts about places they have traveled!

Create this paper airplane at home, post a picture or video of you flying it below! ⬇️
05/26/2020

Create this paper airplane at home, post a picture or video of you flying it below! ⬇️

Are you looking for a fun activity for National Paper Airplane Day? Well, we invite you to print and fold this #USNavy paper airplane for some fun and excitement!

1st grade did a unit on plants and weather! Planting seeds, writing directions for how to plant and tracking the weather...
05/26/2020

1st grade did a unit on plants and weather! Planting seeds, writing directions for how to plant and tracking the weather were just some of fun activities they did!

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05/25/2020

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7th grade drew pictures of underground churches in Lalibela, Ethiopia for a Social Studies assignment!
05/22/2020

7th grade drew pictures of underground churches in Lalibela, Ethiopia for a Social Studies assignment!

Future astronauts in PreK were busy during their space unit! 🚀Built rocket ships or space station/ground control for ima...
05/22/2020

Future astronauts in PreK were busy during their space unit!

🚀Built rocket ships or space station/ground control for imaginative play
🌍 Create a solar system on their driveway or sidewalk
🚀 Engineer a seltzer powered rocket
🗂️ Collect moon rocks and sort them

Here's a throwback for you! Mrs. Raschers book club in Baltimore with guest speaker, Mr. Huelbig. Can someone name the y...
05/21/2020

Here's a throwback for you! Mrs. Raschers book club in Baltimore with guest speaker, Mr. Huelbig. Can someone name the year?

Paloma (Kindergarten) got to pretend to be the big bad woof during the 3 Little Pigs house building (and blowing down) S...
05/21/2020

Paloma (Kindergarten) got to pretend to be the big bad woof during the 3 Little Pigs house building (and blowing down) STREAM activity!

3-2 grade saint projects!
05/21/2020

3-2 grade saint projects!

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14131 Seneca Rd
Darnestown, MD
20874

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Monday 08:00 - 15:30
Tuesday 08:00 - 15:30
Wednesday 08:00 - 15:30
Thursday 08:00 - 15:30
Friday 08:00 - 15:30

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(301) 869-0940

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Mary of Nazareth School is a Christ-centered environment where each child, nurtured by parent, parish and educator, is encouraged to follow the example of Jesus in all aspects of life. Our students thrive in an environment of regular worship, service, daily prayer, devotion to Mary, and consistent reference to the word of God. We welcome diversity among our inclusive student-body and stress the unifying concepts of tolerance, love and respect. Students are encouraged to seek knowledge through the teachings of the Catholic Church and apply those teachings to daily life.

Mary of Nazareth School is comprised of three age-focused programs: early childhood, intermediate and middle school. Within these programs, teachers collaborate to develop and strengthen relationships. These interdependent relationships within the school community are fostered through the leadership of administrators.

The curriculum of the Archdiocese of Washington is viewed from a Catholic perspective, with a central love for the wisdom that comes from the Holy Spirit. The faculty is aware that the manner in which we model our love of God and Church encourages our students in their own search for lasting faith. Families of our students and their individual parishes continue to foster a love for Christ and a respect for education. Parents are the primary educators; in partnership, teachers and parents strive for the overall success of each student.

We are dedicated to providing students with a well-rounded curriculum, which focuses on the spiritual, developmental, emotional, cognitive, and physical well being of our students. Recognizing the multiple learning styles and diverse needs present in each classroom, the educators differentiate with a variety of resources, teaching methods and assessments. Through reinforcement, praise and consequence, we foster an enthusiasm for education. As a result, our students develop the inner confidence to make choices that positively impact their world.

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MoN pride! 💕
Happy Teachers Day!! To the wonderful, amazing, helpful teachers in Mary of Nazareth School. Thank you for all your support and love to the students.
Beyond proud of our beautiful Victtorina!! You will rock at SJC! Thank you MoN for 11 wonderful years!!
I think we can all relate!
"And the people stayed home. And read books, and listened , and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still. And listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently. And the people healed. And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways, the earth began to heal. And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully, as they had been healed” --Kitty O’Meara
Today’s celebration of the Solemn Mass of the Annunciation from the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth reminded me of my trip to the Holy Land. The wall and steps behind the alter are believed to a portion of out Blessed Mother’s home when she was visited by the Angel Gabriel. If you look closely at the picture of me in front of the gate, you can see that I am wearing a Mary of Nazareth School shirt. I felt such a connection between Mary of Nazareth students, their families and Mary, our patroness when I was there. As we navigate through this very strange time, I am so grateful for being reminded of the important connection we all share. Thank you all for making our school community so wonderful.
The National Catholic Education Association, NCEA is offering a free 1 hour webinar today at 12:00 and 6:00, called Transitioning to Distance Learning for Parents. The webinar will cover the following: *Creating a learning space for your children. *Establishing and keeping routines. *Managing multiple grade levels. *Communication with the school. *Tools and Tips for keeping organized. *Time for Q&A with our presenters. *Resources Use the following link to register, https://event.on24.com/eventRegistration/EventLobbyServlet?target=reg20.jsp&referrer=https://wcc.on24.com/webcast/groupregistration/2232020&eventid=2232020&sessionid=1&key=5A369B627F4C4A1AA809EA60C07D353F®Tag=866524&sourcepage=register