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BISHOP McNAMARA HIGH SCHOOLA Catholic, Holy Cross, Coeducational, College Preparatory School for Grades 9-12

Updated March 28, 2020 at 9:00 am


Please be advised, as we continue to follow the directive of Governor Hogan, it was announced on March 25th that schools in the state of Maryland will remain closed until April 24, 2020.  While in this state of emergency, Bishop McNamara High School will also remain closed until April 24, 2020.   As noted, we will continue providing remote learning for all students.  Thank you for your continued cooperation and support. 


 

A Message from our President/CEO
Dr. Marco Clark '85


Lockdown

By Richard Hendrick
Brother Richard Hendrick, a Capuchin Franciscan living in Ireland,
has penned a touching poem about coronavirus.

 

Yes there is fear.
Yes there is isolation.
Yes there is panic buying.
Yes there is sickness.
Yes there is even death.
But,
They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise
You can hear the birds again.
They say that after just a few weeks of quiet
The sky is no longer thick with fumes
But blue and grey and clear.
They say that in the streets of Assisi
People are singing to each other
across the empty squares,
keeping their windows open
so that those who are alone
may hear the sounds of family around them.
They say that a hotel in the West of Ireland
Is offering free meals and delivery to the housebound.
Today a young woman I know
is busy spreading fliers with her number
through the neighbourhood
So that the elders may have someone to call on.
Today Churches, Synagogues, Mosques and Temples
are preparing to welcome
and shelter the homeless, the sick, the weary
All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting
All over the world people are looking at their neighbours in a new way
All over the world people are waking up to a new reality
To how big we really are.
To how little control we really have.
To what really matters.
To Love.
So we pray and we remember that
Yes there is fear.
But there does not have to be hate.
Yes there is isolation.
But there does not have to be loneliness.
Yes there is panic buying.
But there does not have to be meanness.
Yes there is sickness.
But there does not have to be disease of the soul
Yes there is even death.
But there can always be a rebirth of love.
Wake to the choices you make as to how to live now.
Today, breathe.
Listen, behind the factory noises of your panic
The birds are singing again
The sky is clearing,
Spring is coming,
And we are always encompassed by Love.
Open the windows of your soul
And though you may not be able
to touch across the empty square,
Sing.

Parents, Students, Faculty and Staff - check Maccess and your email box several times per day for important information!

BMHS Remote Learning

Weekly Update from our Principal

Principal Dian Carter

For week of March 23 through March 27

Hello BMHS Family!

I pray that your family is doing well and enjoying your extended time at home together.  Special thanks to our faculty and staff for their hard work and dedication to making sure this virtual learning experience is well-planned & meaningful for our students. 

On this 4th Sunday of Lent, today’s second reading comes from Ephesians 5:8-14:  “We are to walk in the light which shows goodness, justice, and truth.  Christ gives this light whereby we live.”  It is hard for children, adults too, to understand these dark times, but as promised, we will soon walk in the light again.  Let’s all continue to love, support and pray for each other.

Here is this week's schedule:

Monday, March 23 - Maroon A - Remote Learning Day 3
Tuesday, March 24 - Gold A:  End of 3rd Quarter - Remote Learning Day 4
Wednesday, March 25 - Maroon B:  Start of 4th Quarter - Remote Learning Day 5
Thursday, March 26 - Gold B - Remote Learning Day 6
Friday, March 27 - No Classes for Students - Remote Professional Day for Faculty:  No Remote Learning for Students today!

Note:  3rd Quarter Grades will be posted in MACCESS on Wednesday, 4/1/2020
Thank you very much and have a wonderful week!


Notes

Parents Service Hour Update:

The Advancement Office has decided to waive 5 of the current parent service hours due for this year.  This means parents are only required to do 5 service hours for the 2019/2020 school year.  Please contact Mrs. Melissa Antonio-Huar at melissa.antoniohuar@bmhs.org if you have questions about parent service hours. Thank you!

Technical Difficulties?

Please contact your counselor or grade level administrator if you are experiencing any technical difficulties with your classes.

Course Registration

Course Registration is open until March 31st for 9th, 10th and 11th grade students. If there are concerns, students should reach out to their counselor.


Email Updates


School Gatherings: Postponements, Cancellations, and Reviews

  • Continue to monitor the School Calendar for cancellations, postponements and updates
  • Check email inbox daily for important announcements

This is based on current best-practices regarding social distancing as a prevention strategy for disease transmission. We will seek opportunities to enable certain events through live-streaming or other platforms.

  • Easter Recess Trip to France - Canceled
  • Music Trip - Canceled (Watch your email for follow up information) 
  • Dance Trip - Canceled
  • Spring Productions/Performances - Postponed Indefinitely
  • Kairos - Postponed
  • Please know that the school will convey to you final decisions about cancellations. Check email inbox daily.

Athletics

Hand-Washing the
Bishop McNamara Way!

Hand-Washing the BMHS Way!

Created courtesy of Mr. Jim Monahan using the Bishop McNamara Code recited each morning by our community


Travel Guidance

We are taking proactive steps to address a number of health concerns to include recent travel (domestic and international). Please take a moment to report your travel by clicking 

We ask that you report recent or planned travel outside the State of Maryland to include Domestic and International travel. The travel report should cover periods January 1, 2020 to current, any planned and upcoming arrangements as well.

Johns Hopkins Medicine: Video Hand-washing Steps Using the WHO Technique


Outside Resources


Daily Announcements

Daily Announcements will be sent directly to email inbox for all Parents, Students, Faculty and Staff every day at 9:00 am. Please check daily for all updates and for the calendar of events for the week.

Weekly Updates

Weekly Updates will be sent directly to email inbox for all Parents, Students, Faculty and Staff every week on Sunday and will be posted to this page. 


SCHOOL CALENDAR


Keeping Up with the Mustangs!

This is how Mustangs are Staying Connected! Help us continue by submitting fun pictures of you and your family: show us tips on your remote learning; share ways to spend time while safely at home; send to BMHSphotos2020@bmhs.org to share with our school community. Thank you to all those who have already submitted photos.