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




Bishop McNamara High School's Family Newsletter is published here on the website with changes made each month as they happen.  In an effort to support our green initiative, these documents will not be printed and mailed. We ask that our community consider viewing the document and resist the urge to print unless absolutely necessary, including printing the calendar.

If you notice any errors, please let us know at Departments and school programs may submit information to share with the community. Please keep your information brief or link to more information on another department or program page.  All information is subject to approval and editing as needed.

August 3 thru 8 - School/Campus Closed

August 7th, 10th & 11th - Senior Portraits


Setting Up Appointment for Senior Portraits

Hello students and families of the Class of 2021!  As a follow-up on Senior Portraits, we have heard that many of you had not received your postcards.  LifeTouch has confirmed that they went in the mail.  

However, you can still go ahead and sign up for your portraits before they arrive, by following these steps:  

  1. Click here.
  2. Scroll down until you see "Bishop McNamara High School" and then Click "Select" to the right of our school name.
  3. Type in your student's name where directed and click "Search".
  4. Click "Schedule Your Appointment" and follow the instructions on the next page to schedule your portraits.
  5. Any questions please contact:


For our first day of school in the 2020-2021 school year on Monday, August 31st, we will begin in a revised Stage 0 learning environment. The revised Stage 0 includes 4 live classes every day from 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM. This class schedule includes a robust extracurricular program that fully engages students virtually and provides full virtual learning. Students will have the freedom to study and connect with teachers, while faculty continue to support at-home responsibilities through virtual work between 12:30-3:30 PM. 

Our decision to begin school in a virtual setting was made in support with our Board of Directors, local and state health officials, and other local Independent Catholic High Schools. This pandemic has challenged us to revisit our instructional pedagogies head-on. We are confident that this revised Stage 0 approach will provide students with a top-of-class virtual learning experience and provide faculty with the resources necessary to support every student's unique needs. There will be additional purchases of books, materials, and online resources to improve virtual instruction. Our school counseling department will also enhance programs sponsored to deliver the same high level of social-emotional support to our students. Our current plan is to stay in Stage 0 for September and re-evaluate safety considerations for the month of October. We are totally committed to serving our students again, in-person, as soon as it is safe.

The following link/attachment to our Fall Opening Plan includes an overview summary of our reopening plan, which provides more detailed information. Please review the attached documents to gain clarity of efforts, systems, and policies our school will initiate to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Additionally, we will be holding virtual ZOOM Webinars during the week of August 3rd to provide an interactive opportunity to discuss and ask questions about our plan.  Click here to sign up for the virtual ZOOM Webinar. We are committed to ensuring our virtual experience is as valuable as our in person work. Students must attend virtual classes consistently so they can seamlessly transition to in person learning when local policy allows.  

This global pandemic has reminded us that we are resilient people with hope to bring as our school chooses to continue thinking with Christ. We will continue to provide regular updates, including any modifications to our plan, as conditions may warrant or as directed by county, state, and federal agencies. As a school, our mission remains the same, to educate hearts and minds in a dynamic, inclusive Catholic school community rooted in the Holy Cross tradition. Thank you all for your support, understanding, and cooperation as we navigate the best path forward for our community. 

Click on each of the links below to view these important documents:






Fall 2020 Reopening Stages


Stage 0 Snapshot

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Business Office Contacts

Ms. Lan Bui - Chief Financial Officer
Phone: 301-735-8401 ext. 125
Ms. Zelalem Geberu - Controller
Phone: 301-735-8401 ext. 117
Emails to:



Looking for something comfortable and cozy for teleworking?  Maybe you are looking to jump up from work right to your workout or just looking to update the "new" work wardrobe...look no further than some super soft McNamara sweats!  Comfortable and stylish!  Give us a call!  We are happy to fulfill all your spirit wear needs!  We have so many awesome items, let's keep the spirit alive!  Contact Katie Troyner at


It is that time of year again....please log in to Maccess and click on Magnus Health to complete the medical forms.


Once again we are requiring physicals for all students.  We encourage you to have one completed by your primary care provider, if that is not possible there are quite a number of urgent care centers that perform sports physicals.  
We ask that you please submit the following by Aug 1st:
1. Annual physical (sports physicals are fine)
2. A current copy of your student's immunization record. 
3. Over the Counter Medical Form - I need this signed by you and also by your primary care provider. Secondly, please sign aside of those medications you allow me to administer to your student throughout the school year.
4. If your student has asthma, allergies, chronic health conditions...there are additional medical forms to have completed.  There are also available on Magnus Health.
5. Please complete the medical history on Magnus Health.
6. Lastly it is imperative to have an emergency contact listed to call in case of any emergency 

If you have any questions or conerns please contact Nurse Slack at

Parents Service Hour Opportunities

Please contact Mrs. Melissa Antonio-Huar at  to volunteer.  

Used Uniforms

If you have any used uniform items that you would like to donate, please drop off at the Main Office Monday through Friday 8:00 to 1:00 pm.  Call t 301-735-8401 and someone will come out to take your donation.  Thank you for your support of Used Uniform Sales!  Any questions please email

Class Schedules

Class schedules for all students will be published on Maccess in July and updated throughout the summer. Schedule change appointments will be available in July and August. If students wish to make a schedule change they should schedule an appointment to meet virtually with a counselor, on a first-come, first-served basis. If students are having trouble seeing their schedule or logging into MACCESS, please email: 

All Fine Arts and Events Status is paused for the moment. We invite community members to visit the BMHS Fine Arts Website for News and Updates!

Students who wish to join Choir, Band/Orchestra, Classical Dance, and Traditional African Music & Dance must take an audition. We will be posting information for all of this in soon. Please go to BMHS.ORG/FineArts.

Students in many Fine Arts Classes will need to take Placement Auditions. We will be posting this information via MACCESS. See your Fine Arts Teachers for information.


Once you submit an inquiry, our staff will generate an account through our admissions platform and will provide you a username and temporary password via email.  After you access your new account, you may submit an application and upload most recent transcripts from the links on the admissions checklist.  Regrettably due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all school visits and campus tours are temporarily unavailable due to mandates and recommendations Bishop McNamara has received from national, state, and local officials.  We are working towards providing families with virtual campus tours and visits, so please stay tuned for details!

Please contact with any questions!   Please contact for help logging in to your account! 


Campus Ministry Office Contacts

Ms. Saunders: Director of Campus Ministry 
Phone: 240-455-9626
Mrs. Herndon: Campus Ministry Assistant
Phone: 240-455-9604


UPDATES: 2020-2021 Holy Cross Student Service Hours

  • Parent Service Hours are handled in the Advancement Office by Melissa Antonio-Huar. Please email her at with any questions.
  • There was an email sent out by Ms. Saunders on July 15 that outlined the new requirements for the Holy Cross Service Program. You can also find the new program requirements on the school website at Service Program Requirements.
  • Still have questions? Check out the Service Program FAQs
  • Please do not hesitate to email Ms. Saunders with your questions. 

What’s Going On

Check out this YouTube Channel by former BMHS board member Father Charlie Cortinovis, where he is celebrating Mass, Adoration, or the Liturgy of the Word each day along with a homily.

Peer Ministry Retreat: Ms. Saunders has been communicating with Peer Ministry students and families via email, so please check there for any new information. Whether or not this retreat is in person or virtual, programming will occur on Wednesday, August 12-Friday, August 14.  Please pray for the new peer ministers during this time of reflection and formation.


Teens in Action has gone VIRTUAL!   Youth and Adult Volunteer Opportunities.

We need expertise in the area of video production, virtual field trips and more.  Earn hours toward a Presidential Volunteer Service Award. The following opportunities for Virtual Service are available to students.

  1. Helping to create and conduct virtual field trips for children who are not able to get out due to stay at home restrictions or family illness.  Student/s would video and narrate a video of interesting places to go and do in the Metro DC area or elsewhere and present them during our Virtual Summer Program
  2. Assist as a Counselor Assistant for the Virtual Camp Program--We need individuals who can edit videos, create videos, and work with children
  3. Dance, Music or other fine art performers who would like to create 3 session of fine arts programs of 30 -45 minutes that teach children about music, engage them in dance, or teach drama activities.
  4. Sports and Fitness--We are looking for volunteers to help conduct virtual fitness programs for kids.
  1. Be trained and become a friendly visitor via phone with a Senior living in low income senior housing.  Check on them weekly and see how they are doing.  Keep a record of contacts and share with team leaders
  2. Music, Dance--create with a group of friends a presentation of dance or music that could be shared with seniors via online interaction. 
  3. Help create newsletters and information for Seniors about what is happening in the community.  
  4. Lead a virtual field trip for seniors to places of interest in the community--pre-tape or do it live in coordination with Camp Fire Staff. 
General Community Support
In a very secure and following CDC and local regulations, help pack up project packs for camp.  This could be a pick it up and take home and make the packets or in a small team wearing masks at one of the offices.
Teen Leadership Opportunity
 We will be hosting an online Teen Leadership Workshop with some youth from around the country. It is open to youth in Teens in Action.  Meet youth from various locations and create some global leadership opportunities and service learning

For more information contact Mrs Pezzuto at

Calling all Mustangs!  

One of the devastating impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic is that many members of our McNamara Family who were already struggling have been pushed past the brink.  We seek to rally together to help our friends, neighbors, and fellow Mustangs.  Bishop McNamara is doing everything possible to help, but much more is needed for emergency tuition and crisis support. 

Thank you for considering a gift of any amount to the Bishop McNamara Family Crisis Fund today.  Together, our #BMHSFAMILY will get through this unprecedented crisis!

Amazon Smile Logo

AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as  The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice, which we hope you will earmark as Bishop McNamara High School. For any questions how to do this, contact Dr. Van der Waag.


Annual Giving to the Bishop McNamara Fund or generous scholarship opportunities remain primary vehicles for members of the Bishop McNamara community to join together in a meaningful effort to support our mission to educate hearts and minds in a dynamic, inclusive Catholic school community rooted in the Holy Cross tradition.  

All gifts to the Bishop McNamara Fund impact the School’s ability to enhance its standards of excellence in student development, teaching, and facilities and helps Bishop McNamara High School flourish each year.  Your gift to the Bishop McNamara Fund upholds the spirit of philanthropy that since 1964 has sustained this School. Thank you for your generosity and faith in our mission!

The Legacy Courtyard at the La Reine Science and Innovation Center

As we make plans for the La Reine Science and Innovation Center, anticipated to open in 2021, we're introducing new Benches, Pavers, and Memorial Bricks that can be purchased for the Legacy Courtyard. 


As part of Bishop McNamara's Faith. Family. Future! Capital Campaign, we invite all members of the Bishop McNamara and La Reine communities to take part in creating a lasting legacy.   

Whether an alumni, current family or friend, these Benches, Pavers, and Memorial Bricks will be created for you.
  • Benches = $10,000 
  • Pavers = $500
  • Memorial Bricks = $500
To reserve your Bench, Paver, or Memorial Brick today click here to go online to purchase or contact Director for Mission Advancement Dr. Robert Van der Waag at (301)-735-8401, ext. 158 or

Make a gift that lasts a lifetime!  Thank you!

The La Reine Legacy Wall inside the La Reine Science and Innovation Center

All gifts of $100.00 or more designated to the Marco Clark '85 Society by La Reine High School alumnae, faculty, staff, and administration make you eligible to have your name on the Legacy Wall (rendering right) inside the La Reine Science and Innovation Center, anticipated to open in 2021. 


To reserve a space on the Legacy Wall today click here to purchase or contact Director for Mission Advancement Dr. Robert Van der Waag at (301)-735-8401, ext. 158 or


The 1964 Society: Planned Giving

Honoring the founding year of Bishop McNamara High School, The 1964 Society allows generous benefactors to give with the greatest impact and in the easiest way - include Bishop McNamara High School in your will or estate plans through planned giving.  These types of gifts - including wills, trusts, retirement plans, real estate, and insurance policies - are a wonderful way to ensure that the school’s mission will be carried on well into the future.
To learn how your legacy can transform the trajectory of Bishop McNamara students for generations to come through planned giving, please contact Ms. Sandy Mammano, Director of Development, at (301)735-8401, ext. 295 or by email