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 McNews@BMHS.org. 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.
10/16 - Mustangs Go Pink!
10/19 - Liturgy 12:00 - 1:00 pm Live Event. Archbishop Gregory - celebrant
10/20 - Parents Club General Session (7:00 pm - virtual)
10/25 - Bishop McNamara's Open House (11:00 am to 1:30 pm - virtual)
10/28- Admissions Information Night (6:00 pm - virtual)
10/29 - End of 1st Quarter
10/29 - Mustang Pop Up Shop (4:00 - 7:00 pm)
10/30 - No Classes/Teacher Professional Day
11/1 - Daylight Savings Time begins
11/1 - All Saints Day
11/3 - No classes/School Closed Election Day
11/5 - Admissions Information Night (6:00 pm - virtual)
11/7 - Father/Son Challenge
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 October and re-evaluate safety considerations for the month of November. 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. 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:
We have multiple options for parents to purchase uniforms for this school year. We have two companies we use that have safe options for ordering and delivery. Check out their websites for more details:
You may also order PE Uniforms, Dance and African Dance Uniforms, socks, and some additional uniform items along with spirit wear from the Mustang Shop & Bookstore. For more information call 301-735-8401 Ext. 114 or email at MustangShop@bmhs.org.
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: BusinessOffice@bmhs.org
Payments for all Tuition and Fees are made through your FACTS Account.
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Come Visit the Mustang Shop!
The virtual shop is open 24/7. Enjoy the beautiful fall weather while keeping warm and cozy in one of our classic sweatshirts or brand new 1/4 zips! Plenty of gifts for that Mustang in your life! Orders are processed and ready for pick up or shipping within 24 to 48 working hours.
Our next POP UP Shop is going to be on Thursday, October 29th from 4pm - 7pm. Make sure to come out and join the fun. The Parents Club will also have used uniforms available for purchase during this time.
Class of 2021 Senior Polo and Pullovers are also available for order on the website as well. We are anticipating a late November arrival for those orders. Don't miss out if you think you might need an extra one or two, the link for those senior items closes on October 23rd.
This is a friendly reminder: We are way past our due date for submission of medical forms. If you have not completed these, please do so now and submit forms to the Magnus Health website. Please log in to Maccess and click on Magnus Health to complete the medical forms.
If you have any questions regarding these forms or any other medical concerns please email Nurse Slack, email@example.com
Thank you-stay safe and healthy!!!
Parents Service Hour Opportunities
Parents, all service hours are currently on hold, there are no opportunities at this time. Once we move out of stage zero we will re-evaluate the amount of hours due for the 2020-2021 school year.
Please contact Mrs. Melissa Antonio-Huar at melissa.antoniohuar@bmhs.
Congratulations to the newly elected officers of the Executive Board of the Parents’ Club at Bishop McNamara High School.
BMHS PARENTS' CLUB MEETING SCHEDULE - FIRST SEMESTER
OCTOBER 20, 2020
General Session at 7:00 pm. Topic: Chat & Chew with BMHS Administration
DECEMBER 8, 2020
General Session at 7:00 pm. Proposed Topic: Active Shooter Training
JANUARY 19, 2021
General Session at 7:00 pm. Proposed Topic: Mental Health
Parents' Club General Session begins at 7:00 pm and ends promptly at 8:00 pm. Parents receive service hours for attendance. One hour per family, per session. Parents signing in after 7:15 will not receive the service hour. If you have any questions, please contact the Parents Club at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be happy to address your concerns. We look forward to seeing you at the sessions.
PROPOSED PARENT/STUDENT EVENT DATES
Father/Son Social Event, Saturday November 7th.
Father/Daughter Social Event, Saturday, February 6th
Mother/Daughter Social Event, Saturday, March 13th
Mother/Son Social Event, Saturday, May 1st
If you have any clean, used uniform items that you would like to donate, please drop them off at the Main Office Monday through Friday 8:00 to 1:00 pm. Call 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 email@example.com
Please check the Counseling Center page at BMHS Counseling for updates regarding social-emotional learning, academic advising and scheduling, and college counseling workshops.
Our Twitter page is also a reliable source for real-time college counseling advice and scholarships @BMHS_To_College
The period for scheduling courses has ended. Students should meet their teacher during office hours to address any concerns they may have about the course.
Counseling Center Hosting Parent Information Nights!
Freshman Parent Night, Tuesday, September 29th
Sophomore Parent Night, Tuesday, October 1st
Junior Parent Night, Thursday, October 6th
Come meet your student's counselor, learn about expectations during this stressful time, find out about the ways in which counselors are supporting your student, and discover the grade-appropriate steps you can take to help your child navigate the year ahead. Each event begins at 6:30 p.m. and will take place via a Zoom link that will be sent to families prior to the event. Bring your questions and positive energy!
Graduation Diploma Forms Due
A form verifying students' correct name and spelling was distributed to all senior parents after Senior Family Night in the September/October Edition of the College Counseling Newsletter. Please submit these important graduation forms electronically by October 13th at 9pm EST. For further information: Diploma Form
Counseling has been in communication about the increase in anxiety among parents and students during this difficult, transitional time. While school counselors are tasked with guiding students toward wellness, we hope to share useful resources with parents to alleviate the stresses of this pandemic and social unrest. We encourage parents to be a model of resilience and integrity for students and we intend to help foster those values ongoing.
Standardized Testing for the 2020-2021 School Year
Saturday SATs have been cancelled for the 2020 fall season. Half of the senior class was able to take the SAT on Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020. The second half of the senior class will be able to take the SAT, if they choose, on Wednesday, October 28th, 2020 only if they sign-up using the google form included in the College Counseling Newsletter.
All 11th grade students will have the option to sign up for the January PSAT to take place at McNamara in the new year, pandemic-permitting. Juniors and Junior parents should be on the lookout for updates in Mrs. Carter’s Sunday Family Updates.
Counseling Support Groups
Support groups for students suffering loss and for female student empowerment will begin the second week of October. Select students and families will receive an email notifying them to consent to services from the counseling office. Please email Ms. Oglesby with referrals.
Fine Arts Endorsement Program Colloquia Guest Artist Series
October 8 - Thursday - Karla Garcia (Dancer/Choreographer)
October 26 - Monday - Jon Donato (Artists/Muralist)
Our Guest Artist Series list is now published to the website and can be found here: Guest Artist Series
Campus Ministry Office Contacts
Ms. Saunders: Director of Campus Ministry
Mr. Samuel Hardwick
Assistant Director of Campus Ministry
Mrs. Herndon: Campus Ministry Assistant
October 19 Liturgy:
We are excited that on October 19 Archbishop Gregory will be celebrating Mass with us at 12pm. Mustang Mix will not meet that day, we will all move from 4th period to watching the Mass on a livestream link. The link will be shared with our community that day!
2020-2021 Holy Cross Student Service Hours
Parent Service Hours are handled in the Advancement Office by Melissa Antonio-Huar. Please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 as well.
What counts as virtual/remote service? The short answer is almost anything that involves helping anyone outside of your family. The long answer is all of these things that other students/schools have done:
Write letters to veterans or troops
Check out the App Be My Eyes that that connects blind and low-vision people with sighted volunteers
Contact Mr. Hardwick (email@example.com) to ask about environmental volunteering working in an urban garden in DC
Contact Camp Fire Teens in Action, they are participating in a variety of virtual service opportunities. Email Rosemary Pezzuto at Rosemary.Pezzuto@campfirepatuxent.org
Catholic Charities has in-person and remote volunteer opportunities.
Sign up to be an online tutor with TeensGive
Call a local assisted living home to see if they are connecting their patients with volunteers to chat. Similarly some places are connecting people to be pen pals!
Ask yourself these questions:
Is there a place collecting food or making care packages that I can help with?
Is there something I can do for my neighbors to serve my community?
TEENS IN ACTION
Teens in Action continues in a virtual setting and with some non-contact opportunities. Opportunities include GET OUT THE VOTE DRIVE ON SOCIAL MEDIA, VIRTUAL CONCERTS FOR ISOLATED SENIORS, AFTER SCHOOL -PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN LIVING IN POVERTY--VIRTUAL CLUB PROGRAM, SERVICE ROUNDTABLE WHERE YOUTH WILL WORK WITH A MENTOR TO CREATE A SERVICE PROJECT FOR CHILDREN OR FAMILIES OR SENIORS OR THE COMMUNITY AT LARGE. Youth will also have an opportunity to participate in a regional leadership conference and a national youth conference virtually. FOR MORE INFORMATION EMAIL Rosemary.Pezzuto@bmhs.org or Rosemary.Pezzuto@
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. 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 to the Bishop McNamara Family Crisis Fund today. We are in this together!
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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
Immortalize your name, family name, or that of a loved one by purchasing a Legacy Paver to be placed into the Legacy Courtyard, which will be located next to the La Reine Science and Innovation Center, anticipated to open in 2021.
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 robert.vanderwaag@bmsh.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bishop McNamara High School announces the “Men In It to Win It!” Father/Son Challenge 2020 on November 7th.
Bishop McNamara to participate in Annual Mustangs Go Pink Virtually! for Breast Cancer Awareness on October 16th
The entire BMHS community is encouraged to go all out to dress in pink to show our support of Breast Cancer Awareness month!
Dr. John Barnhardt published in NCEA Momentum Magazine: Student Perceptions Should Inform Fall Planning
Dr. John Barnhardt weighs in on school planning for the fall and the impact it has on our students.