Nativity School in the News

Do you have a news piece to share about the Nativity Community? Please let us know! Email Annie Fernandez at Also, read about Church of the Nativity Parish in the news here!

Office of Youth Ministry awards the men and women that serve youths

The Arlington Catholic Herald, December 2016 – More than 530 people packed into the dining hall of St. Joseph School in Herndon Tuesday night to honor the many volunteers, teachers, coaches, youth ministers and campus ministers who tirelessly labor to bring Christ to the youths of the Arlington Diocese…

Youth minister brings young people to ‘the well’

The Arlington Catholic Herald, September 2016 – If you walk down the halls at Church of the Nativity in Burke and meander in the direction of the youth ministry offices, chances are you will hear Ingrid Sánchez-Seymour before you see her. The self-described extrovert loves people and sharing her Catholic faith…

Students test theories at Arlington diocesan science fair

Nativity Students Take Home First Place

The Arlington Catholic Herald, April 2016 – Seventh- and eighth-graders from 31 schools and a home-school association participated in the annual Arlington diocesan science fair at Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax April 16…

Burke: Technology Welcomes Back Students: Nativity Catholic School focuses on advanced technology and innovation.

August 2015 – Located just off Old Keene Mill Road, Nativity Catholic School has been recognized as the Blue Ribbon School of Excellence since 2008. This is the award given by the U.S. Department of Education to only 50 private schools in the country each year. Maria Kelly, principal at the school, said they have STEM education in their academics – academic disciplines focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics…

Nativity Stars are the Diocesan Science Fair 2015 Champions

April 2015 – The Nativity team was very successful in their own categories, and their combined scores pushed Nativity Catholic School right to the top, earning the very prestigious “2015 Diocesan Science Fair 1st Place School” award. Forty-three other Arlington Diocese schools competed at the event.
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Congratulations to our XSTEM SeaPerch Team

March 2015 – With great pride, we are happy to announce that one of Nativity’s X-STEM SeaPerch teams has been offered a spot to participate in the National SeaPerch Challenge Competition. Click here to read about our students from the 7th grade class who will be competing at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth on May 29th to May 31st. Around 100 teams representing schools from all over the country will participate.

An International Flavor

The Arlington Catholic Herald, January 2015 – Principal Maria Kelly of Nativity School in Burke has been welcoming foreign exchange students into her international student program for the past eight years. Students come from a variety of Asian, European and South and Central American countries….

A new beginning in Burke

The Arlington Catholic Herald, September 2014 – A light rain couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm of students and parishioners at Church of the Nativity in Burke as they broke ground Sept. 13 for their new parish activities center….

Nativity’s Music Teacher, Mrs. Doyle and Healing Strings

The Washington Post, October 2010 – “The surgical unit at Sentara Potomac Hospital is no different from those of other hospitals: It’s fast paced. Patients need attention. Doctors have orders to be expedited. Nurses rush from room to room. But when Debbie Doyle arrives at the Woodbridge hospital with her Paraguayan harp, the pace seems to slow down.”
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Former Nativity Star Receives Japian Stevens Educational Foundation Award

June 2013 – Two years ago, a student from the Berlin British School, Japian Stevens, tragically died in a swimming accident. His parents wished to celebrate his life and in his memory established a fund to provide education to very poor families as well as an award in Japian’s name to celebrate his life. Nativity is so pleased to announce that former student Kathleen won and was even on the BBC recently! Kathleen also received an award from the British Council of International Schools for the highest achieving student. “Kathleen began at Nativity and we are so grateful for the education she received from our Nativity family, but also for the faith and values of the teachers. Kathleen has greatly missed Nativity and her friends who graduated this year,” stated Kathleen’s mother. Click title for original story.

Pinwheels for peace: Burke students promote peace through a school wide project

The Arlington Catholic Herald, September 2012 – Local students made an artistic statement for passing cars last Friday with “Pinwheels for Peace,” an international art project started by two art teachers in Florida in 2005 that has since spread to hundreds of thousands of schools in countries worldwide…click title for more details and pictures!

Nativity School Students Race for Education

The Burke Patch, November 2010 – Approximately $15,000 raised to pay for new hands-on science program…click title for more details and pictures!

Congratulations Nativity School!

September 2008 – The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes public and private elementary, middle and high schools where students perform at very high levels or where significant improvements are being made in students’ levels of academic achievement. Since 1982, the U.S. Department of Education’s National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has honored America’s most successful public and private elementary, middle, and high schools. A National Blue Ribbon Schools flag waving overhead has become a trademark of excellence, a symbol of quality recognized by everyone from parents to policy-makers in thousands of communities. In its 30 year history, the U. S. Department of Education has bestowed this coveted award on nearly 7,000 of America’s schools. Click here to read the official letter.