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APRIL 2022

Bishop McNamara High School's family newsletter is a valuable resource for our Mustang community. The McNews is a live document, so entries are updated throughout the month as information changes. Please check back often to be sure you have the most recent updates about on-campus events.

In an effort to support our green initiative, these documents will not be printed and mailed. We ask our community to please view the McNews here on our website and resist the urge to print, unless absolutely necessary, including the calendar.


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Fall 2021 Reopening Stage 3

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Breaking News
EASTER RECESS ~ APRIL 11-18
Our Easter Recess begins Monday, April 8. We wish a safe and blessed Easter holiday for all of our Bishop McNamara employees, students and their families. Classes resume on Tuesday, April 19. Please see the information below about required COVID testing prior to returning to campus.
 
COVID TESTING REQUIRED
All students and employees must complete a COVID test on Monday, April 18, before returning to school on April 19, after Easter break. Each student and employee received a rapid COVID test kit at school to enable them to comply with this requirement. Only positive test results should be emailed to Dr. Jessica Nash, our Director of Student Health Services, @jessica.nash@bmhs.org.
 
EASTER LITURGY HELD APRIL 7
The BMHS community celebrated our Lenten Journey at Mass on Thursday, April 7. Our 10th and 12th grade students took part in the Liturgy in the Main Gym, while the 9th and 11th grade students view the Mass in the classroom. We were happy to invite the entire Bishop McNamara family to join us virtually for the Mass via our BMHS YouTube channel. 
 
BOOK CLUB TO SPONSOR BOOK DRIVE
The BMHS Book Club is celebrating World Book Day on April 23rd by participating in their first annual book drive from April 19-April 22. Donate your gently used or new books to the main office. Donations will be distributed to elementary schools through the non-profit organization Books for America. If you have any questions email adam.greer@bmhs.org
 
PREVIEW CALENDAR FOR 2022-2023 SCHOOL YEAR PUBLISHED
BMHS administrators have begun planning for the next school year, and many important dates have already been scheduled, including student orientation days, the first day of classes, holiday breaks, the exam schedule, graduation and more. Visit the Student Life page on bmhs.org, click on "School Calendars", then click the button at the top labeled Preview Calendar SY 2022-2023 to view the preview calendar.
 
LIVESTREAM SANKOFA'S  VOICES IN EXILE: MAKEBA & SIMONE
Tickets have already sold out for our Traditional African Music and Dance's annual Sankofa production, but our Fine Arts Department is pleased to announce that a free livestream of the April 30 show will be broadcast. Please join us, from the comfort of your own couch, for this always awesome production. There is no cost for the livestream but you must register. Click here to visit the Fine Arts webpage, then click on the link at the bottom of the page for the Sankofa production. You will find the livestream link at the bottom of that page.
 
LIBRARY BOOKS DUE MAY 1
All library books must be returned to the library by May 1 to ensure student financial accounts are cleared prior to the end of the school year. Students are encouraged to make time this month to check their lockers, at home, and in their gym bags for any books they may have checked out.


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RE-ENROLLMENT IS UNDERWAY
We are 80% enrolled across all grades for the next school year!  Thank you to the returning families who have already signed your contracts!  If you have not yet enrolled your student for the 2022-23 school year, please sign your contract and pay the registration fee as soon as possible so that the Admissions and Administrative Teams can adequately plan for the next school year.  Please note that the registration fee is now $450, which includes the $100 late fee.  Feel free to direct any questions to admissions@bmhs.org
 
School Uniforms
Bishop McNamara works closely with two uniform companies who provide safe options for ordering and delivering uniforms. Unfortunately, both companies are experiencing delays in receiving, filling and delivering orders ~ your patience is much appreciated. Please visit their websites for more details:

Carousel Uniforms 
FlynnO'Hara Uniforms

 

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. Visit their online store via the link on this page to shop. If you have questions or need more information call 301-735-8401, Ext. 114 or email MustangShop@bmhs.org.


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Business Office Contacts

Mr. Robert Nolte, Director of Business
301-735-8401, Ext. 125
Ms. Zelalem Geberu, Controller
301-735-8401, Ext. 117
Payment for all tuition and fees must be made through your FACTS Account.
 


Campus Ministry

Campus Ministry Contacts

Ms. Amanda Saunders, Director of Campus Ministry
240-455-9626          amanda.saunders@bmhs.org
Ms. Samuel Hardwick, Assistant Director of Campus Ministry
240-455-9627          samuel.hardwick@bmhs.org
Mrs. Sandra Herndon, Campus Ministry Assistant
240-455-9604          sandra.herndon@bmhs.org
 
 
SERVICE HOURS DUE THIS MONTH!
The deadline to turn in service hours is fast approaching. Students in the 9th and 10th grades should plan to have all service hours completed and turned in by Wednesday, April 20. Our 11th and 12th grade students should complete and turn in their service hours by Wednesday, April 27. If you have any questions please visit the Campus Ministry office.
 
KAIROS 54 PRAYER REQUEST
Over 40 11th and 12th grade students will participate in the Kairos 54 retreat from April 20-22, led by our 12th grade Peer Ministers and employee chaperones. We request your prayer support for all of the retreatants as they deepen their faith journey.
 
SENIOR RETREAT SCHEDULED FOR APRIL 25
The Class of 2022 will travel off campus for their annual retreat on Monday, April 25. Permission slips for the retreat are due to the Campus Ministry office by April 7.
 
DO YOU STILL NEED TO COMPLETE YOUR HOLY CROSS STUDENT SERVICE HOURS?
Please check out the Mustang Ministry Memo for in-person and virtual volunteer service opportunities. Students may find both the required number of hours and the hours completed on the bottom right hand side of a student's report card (click here to see an example).  Please contact Mrs. Herndon at Sandra.Herndon@bmhs.org with any questions. Click here to visit the Campus Ministry page on our website, where you will find all the answers to your questions about our Holy Cross Service Hour program.


Counseling Center
OFFICIAL AND UNOFFICIAL RECORD REQUESTS
All financial obligations must be satisfied before records will be released.
  • Unofficial transcripts are viewable and printable from Maccess.
  • College Counseling will be using Parchment and SCOIR to send all official transcripts to colleges and universities for the Class of 2022. The processing fee is $5 per transcript.
  • Record requests for Bishop McNamara alumni should be submitted via Parchment. The processing fee is $5 per transcript.
VISIT OUR WEBSITE PAGE
Please check the Counseling Center page on the BMHS website for updates regarding social-emotional learning, academic advising and scheduling, and college counseling workshops. Our Twitter feed is also a reliable source for real-time college counseling advice and scholarship information.

 

Fine Arts
 
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CONGRATS!!
26 phenomenal BMHS musicians performed on Saturday, April 2 as members of the 2022 Washington Archdiocesan Music Teachers Council High School Honor Band & Orchestra. Bishop McNamara is proud to have the largest number of students selected from any school for this year's Honor Band & Orchestra. Click here to see the full list of students who represented BMHS and to learn more about this honor. 
 
JOIN OUR FINE ARTS PROGRAM: Students in all grades are invited to join any of our Fine Arts programs (band, orchestra, choir, African dance, classical dance). Visit the Fine Arts Enrollment Page today. There is a form on the page to complete. Note: some programs require a video submission by April 22, 2022.
 
 


Mustang Shop
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Mustang Shop Contact

Mrs. Kathleen Troyner, Store Manager
301-735-8401, Ext. 114
 
SWEATS GALORE!
The Mustang Shop recently received a large shipment of sweatshirts and pants so please stop in to see what's new. (Hint: BMHS socks!) we welcome you to come on in and browse. If you'd rather shop from your couch, our online store remains open as well; just click the button below. We will pack up your order and notify you when it's ready to pick up from the Main Office. As always, please call or email the Mustang Shop with any questions.
 
BSN SPORTS SIDELINE ORDERS ARE ARRIVING!
We are beginning to see some of the unique sport and activity-specific logos popping up on spirit wear throughout the building, courtesy of our BSN Sports Sideline Store. The store offers a variety of gear from manufacturers like Under Armour, New Era, North Face and Russell Athletic, with unique designs for the Fine Arts, athletic teams, clubs, etc. Place your order directly with BSN, who controls shipping, price, and availability of merchandise. We encourage you to continue shopping at the Mustang Shop for BMHS-branded gear.
 

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Parents' Club
The BMHS Parents' Club welcomes the active participation of all of our parents. We have a full schedule of meetings and events planned for the 2021-2022 school year; click here to see who we are and to access our meeting and event schedule.
 
EXECUTIVE BOARD NOMINATIONS
The Parents' Club Executive Board is looking for motivated and committed parents interested in helping to further the mission and vision of the school.  Several positions must be filled, including 2nd vice president, treasurer, corresponding secretary, and two fundraising chairs. These positions require a minimum commitment of 50+ hours of volunteer time, including attending monthly Board meetings, general Parents' Club meetings, serving on committees and working at Parents' Club events. Please consider nominating a worthy candidate or nominate yourself for one of these two-year terms, which will run from 2022 to 2024. Please email any questions to ParentsClub@bmhs.org
 
BRUNCH IN THE GARDEN ~ APRIL 23
The Parents' Club's annual Mother/Daughter Event will take place on Saturday, April 23 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. The afternoon will feature a fashion show with our students (and a few parents!) serving as models, a silent auction, and a vendor showcase. The cost to attend is $40 per student/adult pair. Sign up here and then go to the MySchool Wallet app, choose Make a Payment, select Parents’ Club and be sure to put “2022 Mother Daughter Event” in the Notes section.
 
MOTHER/SON EVENT ~ MAY 7
Our final event of the school year, our annual Mother/Son Event, will be held May 7 from 2-4:30 p.m. A fun afternoon is planned; more information will be coming soon. If you're interested in volunteering, please send an email to parentsclub@bmhs.org.


Student Health Services
Dr. Jessica Nash, Director of Student Health Services
301-735-8401, Ext. 105
 
HEALTH RECORDS
Immunization records and physicals were due August 1; you may submit documents via Magnus, which you can access through your Maccess account. Families will receive weekly email reminders until health records have been submitted. Records must be dated after June 1. Please be aware that, although the COVID-19 vaccination does appear in the list of immunizations it is not required for Bishop McNamara students to return to campus. We do encourage families to let us know if their students are vaccinated so that we can track vaccination percentages for our community.
 

 

Student Life
Mr. Brian Brower, Director of Student Activities
301-735-8401, Ext. 112


Support BMHS
MUSTANG CUP GOLF TOURNAMENT
We’re so excited for the 36th Annual Mustang Cup! This year’s event will be held on Friday, June 17th at Renditions Golf Course, and it promises to be a wonderful day! We’ll have the golf tournament as well as a wonderful Sip and Swing event. For more information or to register, please click here. We also have opportunities for individuals or companies to become a tournament; just email Sandy Mammano at sandy.mammano@bmhs.org with any questions. 
 
SUPPORTING OUR MUSTANGS
Bishop McNamara's Advancement Office coordinates a variety of giving opportunities for family, friends, alumni, and corporate giving. Please visit our page on the BMHS website to see how you can help. Every gift we receive helps us to financially support our students, to ensure the quality of our programs and facilities, and to inspire others to give as well. We are so very grateful for the generosity of our community! 
 
SUPPORT BMHS WHEN YOU SHOP AMAZON
Have you signed up for Amazon Smile? AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon.com. 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 designate to be Bishop McNamara High School!
 
VOLUNTEER SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES
The administration has waived the parent service hour requirement for the 2020-2021 school year. Any hours earned this past year will be applied to the 2021-2022 school year's requirement of 10 parent service hours per family. We are hoping that, as COVID-19 recedes and we are able to return to regular operations, there will be plentiful opportunities for our families to volunteer during the upcoming school year. Your support is always needed and appreciated. Please contact our Ms. Tracy Fennell at tracy.fennell@bmhs.org with any questions.

 


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