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


APRIL 2020


Bishop McNamara High School's Family Newsletter published monthly here on the website every month. Files may be viewed at any time. In an effort to support our green initiative, these documents will no longer be printed and mailed. We ask that our community consider viewing the document and resist the urge to print unless absolutely necessary, including the calendar.

April 4 - 13       Easter Break/No Remote Learning Classes

April 14             Remote Learning Resumes

April 22             Earth Day 

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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:

Bishop McNamara’s 2020-2021

Financial Aid Application

If you intend to apply for financial aid for the 2020-2021 school year please go to: You will first need to create an online account. If you already have a FACTS account click on “Sign In”. Then click on the Start Application button.

Financial Aid Instructions and Deadlines


● Final 2019 Federal Income Tax Return and all schedules due by 4/15/2020.

Please contact FACTS at 866-315-9262 if you have any questions regarding the FACTS financial aid application or how to submit your supporting documents. If you have questions about Bishop McNamara's Financial Aid process, please contact Lan Bui at

Scholarship Opportunity

KEO Scholarship

This scholarship opportunity for young men is awarded at the Mother/Son Brunch.  For further information:

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  





Sweatshirts and hoodies are fully stocked to keep you warm and cozy for the winter. We have something for everyone - from babies to Grandparents and everyone in between! 



Have health related questions for Ms. Stacey Slack, School Nurse  


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 if you have questions about parent service hours. Thank you!

Parents and Guardians

Mother & Son Brunch Planning Committee

It is not too late to join the Mother & Son Brunch planning committee! Earn Service Hours by planning a fun filled brunch for our young men. The brunch will be held on Sunday, May 3, 2020 in the Andy Mona Center. Please email, Mrs. La-Toya Barnes, Chairperson with any questions. 

Mother & Son Brunch Scholarship at the 19th Annual Mother & Son Brunch  

The KEO Memorial Scholarship will be awarded at the brunch. All male students currently attending McNamara are eligible to apply. The application deadline is April 3, 2020 and the guidelines are as follows:    

  • Mark your calendars! The 19th annual Mother and Son Brunch will be held on Sunday, May 3rd in the Andy Mona Student Center. 

  • Join us for a fun filled brunch celebrating our young men! Yes, Grandmothers, Aunts and any special mother figures are invited too! 

  • The cost of the brunch is $25. Tickets will go on sale mid-March.  

  • Need Parent Service Hours? Consider donating a themed gift basket or other items with minimum value of $40 for the silent auction and receive credit for one service hour. 

  • Donation may be left at the Main Office. Remember to specify your student's name and that it is for the Mother Son Brunch. 

  • Additionally, you may sign up as an event day volunteer to assist with set up, serving and clean up.       

  • Questions? Email    


The KEO Memorial Scholarship Essay Contest.  

This scholarship is sponsored Passports to College, Inc., and by the KEO Memorial Scholarship Fund..
The Scholarship is established in memory of Kevin Eugene O’Neil an honor student, National Merit Scholar, and recipient of a Morehouse College Presidential Scholarship in 2003. Kevin was active in academic clubs, as well as, a member of his high school swim, soccer and football teams. The scholarship is coordinated by his mother,  Mrs. Robin O’Neil, Co-founder of Passports to College, Inc. The mission of PTC is to collaborate with and successfully connect students, parents, schools and communities to college. This Scholarship honors the life and legacy of Kevin Eugene O’Neil. All male students are eligible to apply for the scholarship by writing an essay on the subject below keeping this theme in mind:

 "Harriet Tubman said, God set the North Star in the heavens.  This symbol served to guide Harriet in her work to forge a path for those seeking freedom. What is the North Star that Guides You?
a.  Explain in detail at least 3 symbols that have served as a beacon of light in your life up to this point;
b.  With every representation that you mention, tell how this symbol has motivated you to be a better person and to help others.

CRITERION:   Eligible students must complete the attached cover letter and submit their essay addressing the prompt.  The 500-750 word essay must be typewritten on 8 by 11 ½ inch paper with one-inch margins on all sides. The font may be 12 point Times Roman, Cambria or Calibri. Please provide your word count on cover page. Entries must be submitted online via email to the Passports to College, Inc. Scholarship Committee at no later than 11:59pm on Friday, April 3, 2020.

Submissions will be judged on style, content, grammar and originality, and the required word count. Judges will look for clear, concise writing that is articulate, logically organized and well-supported. Entries that are incomplete, incomprehensible, handwritten or less than 500 words will be disqualified for consideration.

The winning Essay must demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the Essay subject. In the event that there is an insufficient number of qualified entries or if the judges determine in their sole discretion there are no entries or too few entries that meet the quality standards established to award the scholarship, the sponsor reserves the right not to award the Scholarship. 

The winner will be announced at the Mother-Son Brunch and awarded no less than a $1,000 Scholarship. The winner must attend the Brunch. If the Scholarship is awarded to a senior student it must be used toward tuition and/or expenses related to his college education. If awarded to a 9th, 10th or 11th grade student, the Scholarship must be applied toward the student’s tuition for the 2019-20 school terms at BMHS. The Scholarship will be distributed on July 28th {Kevin’s Birthday} or upon enrollment at the applicable college or university. All students who submit a completed application will be eligible to receive a Certificate of Participation. If you have questions, please contact Ms. La-Toya Barnes via email:

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

May 12th – Parent’s Appreciation Night and Executive Board elections

Earn 1 Parent Service Hour just for attending the meeting!


If you have items to donate, please drop off in the main office – labeled Uniform Sale and we will pick up. Please be sure items are clean.

Thank you for your support of Used Uniform Sales!  Any questions please email


2020-2021 Scheduling Process

Course scheduling for the 2020-2021 school year has begun. We pushed back our start date, but students were given access to MACCESS to begin requesting classes on Wednesday, March 25th at 8:15 a.m. Counselors are available to help via Google Hangout or via email. In the meantime, students should be reviewing the Course Bulletin and choosing electives for next year. The deadline for students to complete their course selections is March 27. Students should contact their rising grade level counselor with any questions or concerns.

Distance Counseling

Counselors are communicating the same information a number of ways just as we always have. We are recording videos of information posted to YouTube. We are updating our social media accounts for quick news on Twitter. We are emailing families monthly. We are also able to chat with students directly through Google Hangouts. Students and families should be checking their email for updates.

3rd Quarter report cards will be posted to Maccess on Friday, April 3. If you have questions or concerns contact your student’s counselor. 4th Quarter progress reports will be posted to Maccess on April 29. If you’re unable to log in to Maccess email

Graduation Announcements

The Counseling Center has a limited supply of graduation announcements available for purchase by the Class of 2020. The cost is $1.50 each and they will be sold on a first-come, first served basis with a maximum request of 10 announcements. Please email Ms. Taylor if you would like to request announcements. Please note ~ these are not tickets and they do not allow recipients to attend the graduation ceremony.  

Parents: Make sure to update your profiles.

It is important that we have the latest information for communicating with parents and guardians as well as emergency contacts for your students. You don’t want to miss out on important school notices!

  • Log in to MACCESS from the website

  • Go to Update Household Info

  • Go to My Profile - follow directions for updating household information

  • Verify email address

  • Need support? 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 watch BMHS.ORG.

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.


 To Schedule a Mustang for a Day or Submit an Application you must first submit an inquiry in our new Enrollment Management System!

Once you submit an inquiry, our staff will generate a username for you.  After you access your account, you may schedule a Campus Tour, Mustang for a Day, or submit an application from the links on the checklist.

Please contact with any questions!

Please contact for help logging in to your account!


Campus Ministry Office Contacts

Mr. Sanneman: Director of Campus Ministry
Phone: 240-455-9627
Ms. Saunders: Asst. Director of Campus Ministry and Service Coordinator
Phone: 240-455-9626
Mrs. Herndon: Campus Ministry Assistant
Phone: 240-455-9604


What’s Going On

Remote learning and campus closure will continue at least until Monday 4/27.  It remains to be seen whether the closure will extend past that time.

Check out @bmhscampusmin on Instagram, created for our community to share reflections about where we are finding God during this time. 

While we hope to return to campus early enough to celebrate events such as our Senior Retreat (4/28), our Senior Farewell Service (Tues 5/19) and our Baccalaureate Mass (Thurs 5/21), and also to reschedule events we’ve already missed during the quarantine such as the Junior Commissioning Ceremony and  Kairos 50, we do not know at this time how much of this will be possible. Once we are back on campus, we hope to also resume Weekday Mass in the chapel.  

It is unlikely that we will be able to reschedule our school Masses from 3/16/20 and 4/20/20, but if we do, we will let you know.

If you haven’t yet listened to Dr. Clark’s video greeting in the daily email from Mrs. Carter on Wednesday 3/25, please do.  He mentions his hope to return to campus for all the remaining events, if safe, and his commitment to holding some of the end-of-year-events over the summer if necessary.  At this time, we aren’t prepared to specify which events or when - and we are still hoping to hold as many as possible as originally scheduled.

One final note, specifically about the Senior Retreat on 4/28. We have not yet cancelled with our guest speaker or with our facility, although they know it’s likely.  We hope to be able to tell more clearly after Easter break whether or not we’ll be able to move forward with this event. If we are, we will need help from Senior families over the course of the final week of Remote Learning to get a permission slip signed and returned quickly.  Mrs. Herndon will send these permission slips shortly if it still seems possible to hold the retreat as scheduled.

Holy Cross Service

  • Parent Service Hours are handled in the Advancement Office by Melissa Antonio-Huar. Please email her at with any questions.

  • Student Service Hours are updated and reported on students’ report cards and progress reports in Maccess. Please note that although class grades do not change after the end of the quarter, when service hours are recorded in Maccess, the updated hours information appears correctly on the report card.

  • Ms. Saunders may reach out in future weeks to update this policy as necessary based on further closures by BMHS or CDC guidelines.

  • Seniors: your hours are waived entirely. This has not been updated in Maccess at this time.

  • Every Freshman, Sophomore and Junior student has had 5 hours of their grade level requirement waived.

  • The 5 additional hours on students’ records for not completing the Service Agreement and Action Plan by October 2nd, 2019, has NOT been waived.

  • Remaining uncompleted hours of service (after accounting for the above) will be given an extension through next year. You will have until next spring to complete your grade level requirement for 2020-2021 plus any remaining hours from the 2019-2020 school year. Please note that you cannot begin earning your hours for 2020-2021 until summer (specific date will be in future communications).

  • We encourage you to be safe and to plan on doing any remaining hours starting in May or June, since you’ll have until next March to complete these hours and the CDC is encouraging social distancing for 2 months.

  • Please click here for a list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding the service program.

  • 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.

  • If a student desires to volunteer at a site that is not on the List of Pre-Approved Opportunities for his/her grade level, then the student must complete the “Approval Request Form” or hours with that unapproved site may not be accepted for credit.  Approval is only valid for the current school year and for the student submitting the request (anyone else wishing to get approval for the same site must submit their own request).



Watch for Prince Georges County Summer Youth Employment Program which will start registrations in early 2020.  To be notified of the opening of registration go to and submit your name and email.   Youth@Work/SYEP is a collaboration between Prince George’s County Government, Prince George’s Community College, Prince George's County Public Schools, The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Employ Prince George's, and over 250 nonprofit and faith-based organizations, businesses, municipalities and other governmental agencies who are committed to providing a quality and enriching work experience for our youth. The 2020 Youth@Work/SYEP will run from June 29 to August 7.   Students are assigned hours and wages based on age and year in school.