January 2019

Happy New Year!

School Resumes on Monday, January 7th

Weather Closing Policy

  • Bishop McNamara High School generally follows the Prince George's County Public School Winter Weather Policy. 
  • We reserve the right to make decisions that best serve the safety and interest of our over all school community.
  • See our Weather Closing Policy on the website for more information.

Sign-Up for Alerts!

    • The Alert page on the website is updated with information about School Closings, Delays, Early Dismissals or any other school emergencies. 
    • Sign up HERE for ALERTS to be sent directly to your email or phone as a text message.

Change of Date

State of the School Address

Tuesday, January 29th

6:30 PM

Andy Mona Student Life Center

Junior Commissioning Ceremony

Thursday, January 31st

Mt. Calvary Church at 6:30pm

More information under Campus Ministry!

Driver's Education Classes

Classes offered through Greg's Driving School

Classes beginning on January 7th and February 4th

Register HERE 

Quarter 2 ends January 23rd!

When we return to school on January 7th,

there are only 13 class days left in the quarter.

 BMHS Enrichment Zone!

An afternoon, extended-day program designed to provide an exciting, interactive, dynamic, and fun environment for students from 3:30 PM to 6:00 PM.  

    • NO COST for students that are picked up by 6 PM
    • $3.00 per minute late fee after 6 PM
    • Students check into the EZ via a web page


Email Enrichment Zone! Coordinator, Ms. Loretta King 

Please remind your student:

Participation in the Enrichment Zone!

is mandatory unless they are otherwise involed in a club or sport.


Below: The SEE Club ( Science and Ecology Explorers Club) trying out recipes!


Interested in earning Parent Service Hours?



Enrichment Zone Toastmasters Graduation Showcase

Monday, December 10th 

  • 17 BMHS students participated in and completed the Toastmasters Youth Leadership Program.
  • This 8-week program taught leadership skills and public speaking.
  • Students demonstrated their new skills by running the entire program and presenting impromptu and prepared speeches.
  • Click HERE for complete news article on the BMHS website.

School Calendar

Jan. 7  Classes Resume

Jan. 7  Spring Play Auditions Begin

Jan. 12 Moreau Scholarship Testing

Jan. 18 March for Life

Jan. 21 No School

Jan. 22 Parents' Club Meeting

Jan. 23 End of Quarter 2

Jan. 23 Kairos Retreat Begins

Jan. 24 Two Hour Delay

Jan. 29 State of the School Address

Jan. 31 Junior Class Commissioning 

Catholic Schools Week January 28th - February 1st

Admissions Office 

Shadow Visits

Admissions is extending Shadow Visits through January 15th

for students with applications on file.

Contact to schedule your visit

Interested in earning Parent Service Hours?


Parent volunteers are needed to assist at various Admissions functions throughout the year.


Business Office 

Questions about your tuition account?

Contact Mrs. Garber

Financial Aid

2019-2020 School Year

Bishop McNamara High School Tuition Grant Program

Application Deadline was December 21st, 2018

  • Applications submitted/completed after December 21, 2018 will be considered in the SECOND round of allocations in the spring, if funds remain available.
  • Families must apply on-line and submit the necessary supporting documentation directly to FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment.
  • Paper applications are not available.
  • The online application is available at
  • Fax supporting documentat to FACTS at 866-315-9264 or mail to:

Facts Grant & Aid Assessment

PO Box 82524

Lincoln, NE 68501-2524

Second Semester Tuition Payments 

  • Participating in the semester tuition payment option? Payment is due on or before January 15th.
  • Students whose tuition accounts are not current will not be permitted to begin Semester 2 on January 24th.

Parent Service Hours

  • Families are required to perform 10 hours of volunteer service to Bishop McNamara High School each school year. 
  • The year ends on April 30, 2019.
  • The parent/guardian will be required to pay a $40 fee for each service hour not completed. 
  • This is considered a financial obligation to the school.
  • Service hours do not carry over from one year to the next.

Overnight Field Trips

  • The BMHS Handbook states: "Students whose tuition is not up-to-date will not be allowed to attend overnight field trips."
  • Applies to all school trips ~ class related, fine arts, sports, service projects, etc.
  • Questions?

Counseling Center 

Please check the Counseling Center page at BMHS Counseling for student enrichment opportunities, college fairs, college visits, and work shops.

PSAT Test Results

  • Students will receive an email from College Board with score results within the next few weeks.
  • Email will include instructions on accessing the online test scores.
  • Counselors will meet with freshman, sophomore and junior students after Christmas break to distribute printed score reports and the actual test booklets.
  • Please review the scores with your students and call your child's counselor with any questions.

Semester 2 Schedule Change Policy

  • Any "drop class" or "add class" schedule change for Semester 2 must first be approved by the teacher, counselor and Academic Dean.
  • A letter from a parent and a $40 fee must be submitted to the Counseling Center before the change can be finalized.

Deadline: January 18, 2019

 Resource Help

  • Students having trouble in a particular class may always speak with their teacher to schedule extra help during resource periods, PRIME Time Office Hours, before or after school.
  • The Counseling Center offers a peer tutoring program. Interested students should speak with his/her counselor to be matched with an appropriate peer tutor.
  • The following departments offer regular after school help: 

 Math Power Hour

Wednesdays, 3:15-4:15

St. Joseph Resource Center

Modern & Classical Languages "Super Jueves"

Thursdays, 3:15-4:00

Room 111 

Quarter 2 Ends on January 23rd!

Quarter 2 Report Cards on Maccess Tuesday, February 5th.


To log onto Maccess:

  • Go to
  • Click on the M in the top right corner
  • Log in with your username and password
  • Go to "My Documents"
  • Forgot user name or password? Go to "BMHS Retrieve Username/Reset Password"
  • Locked out? Email

Official and Unofficial Records Requests

All financial obligations must be satisfied before records will be released. Contact our registrar, Ms. Shannon Brown, to request records. At least 48 hours of advance notice is needed to produce official or unofficial records for any student.

Parents and Guardians

Parents' Club Meeting Schedule

All meetings are held on Tuesdays with dinner served at 6:30 PM, & meeting at 7 PM.

Meetings held in the Andy Mona Student Center

January 29th

February 19th

March 26th

May 7th 

Earn 1 Parent Service Hour just for attending the meeting!


January 29th 

Join us for Dr. Clark's State of the School Address 

Parent Volunteer Service Opportunitites

Volunteer Service Coordinator 

Melissa Antonio Huar

Attention Senior Parents

 A gift that will last a lifetime! 

  • Have you ever noticed the engraved Pavers and Bricks in front of the Fine Arts & Athletic Center?
  • We invite those interested to consider purchasing a commemorative Paver or Brick to celebrate their senior student's success and legacy at BMHS.
  • Must be ordered and paid for by January 31st to insure installation prior to 2019 Senior Week Activities.
  • Questions? Contact Dr. Van der Waag 301-735-8401  or
  • Click HERE to order.

Nurse's Notes

When your student is sick, please keep them home when they:

  • complain about feeling hot and cold
  • are extremely tired and have body aches
  • are vomiting or have diarrhea
  • have a distracting pain from a headache, ear ache, sore throat or recent injury
  • have yellow or green drainage from their eye


Students with a fever need to stay home until they are fever free

for 24 hours without the use of Tylenol or Ibuprofen.

CPR Classes

  • Classes held after school
  • Taught by Nurse Slack
  • If your student is interested in learning CPR email


How To Access Your Magnus Account: 

  1. Log into MACCESS  - Note: you must log into MACCESS to get to your forms. Problems logging into MACCESS? Email
  2. Click on Burgundy Tab: Magnus Health
  3. This will automatically take you to Magnus Website
  4. You will see your student's name, a message in red, then an orange rectangle that says complete now - click "Complete Now"
  5. All your forms to be completed will appear
  6. Click on each on and follow the instructions  

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your student's health

 please contact our school nurse:

Stacey Slack, RN

301-735-8401 x160

Campus Ministry 

Catholic Schools Week Liturgy

 Monday, January 28th

9:20 in the Main Gym

All are welcome!

Daily Mass

Tuesdays @ 11:15 AM

Wednesdays @ 11:15 AM

Thursdays @ 11:50 AM 

All are welcome to join the celbration in the Moreau Chapel!

Confession Opportunity

Friday ~ January 18

11:15 AM ~ 12:15 PM

Moreau Chapel

March for Life & Youth Rally Mass

Friday, January 18th

  • Annual March for Life in Washington D.C
  • Youth rally and Mass beforehand in the Verizon Center.
  • This is an opportunity to stand up for the respect of all life, from conception until death
  • Cost is $15.

Sign up in the Campus Ministry Office.

Space for only 35 student!


 Note to Students that would like to attend with their own church group:

  • Bring an official note, on church letterhead, to the Attendance Office before January 19th
  • Insures the day is counted as a field trip rather than a day of absence

Anniversary of the Death of Fr. Basil Moreau, CSC

Sunday, January 20th

Junior Kairos Retreat

Wednesday January 23rd - Friday January 25th

Pray for us!

Junior Commissioning Service

 An important time when the entire Junior Class

comes together for a time of prayer and celebration!


Every Bishop McNamara student is a leader, and we challenge our students to be Christian leaders that strive "to think with Christ."  Upperclassmen specifically have the responsibility and privilege of serving as role models and trailblazers for the student body–and we believe this ought to begin with prayer and celebration of their gifts.

At the ceremony, there will be blessing for all the Juniors and the McNamara pins which they each will receive. This is also the opportunity for students with class rings, or any item with family or spiritual significance, to have them blessed.  Then the Juniors are sent out, "commissioned," as leaders of the school for their final three semesters.


We strongly encourage parents/guardians to join us in support and prayer for their students. Don't miss this important ceremony!

Mt. Calvary Church

6:30 pm

Thursday, January 31st


Reception following the Ceremony

Andy Mona Student Center

Sponsored by the Class of 2022



Peter Sanneman,  Director of Campus Ministry


Holy Cross Service

Frequently Asked Questions 


  •  Lists of Pre-Approved Service Opportunities for each grade level can be found online. Please confirm that a site is approved before committing to volunteer with them. These lists are being updated over the summer.
  • If a student desires to volunteer at a site that is not on the List of pre-approved opportunities for his/her grade level, the student must complete the Approval Request Form or hours with that unapproved site may not be accepted for credit.
  • The Service Verification Form was updated in May. Students need to use the most updated version. Please make note of the fact that the maximum acceptable hours for a non-school day is 7 hours. The maximum acceptable hours after school is 5 hours.



Teens In Action 

Upcoming Service Opportunities

  • There will be a number of service activities for Teens during January.
  • If you are not on Mrs. Pezzuto's service Email list, click HERE to enter your information.

Volunteers are needed ~ NBC Health Fair

  • January 12th and 13th
  • We will be doing a display on Good Health, Seatbelt Wear. and Children's Games.
  • Students will also assist those with Disabilities navigation of the Health Fair.
  • This is a 2 day event; each day is 7 hours.
  • Contact Ms. Pezzuto if interested. 

Upcoming Service Project 

During Martin Luther King

Days of Service

Interested in helping plan this event? Email Mrs. Pezzuto.

Registration Information

Camp Fire Website 

Rosemary Pezzuto  

Office - 301-346-7680

Fine Arts 

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