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April 2021

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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.


4/6 - Classes Resume - All Virtual

4/9 - Report Card Available in Maccess

4/14 - No classes for students/Professional Development Day

4/26 - Liturgy

5/9 - Mother's Day

5/11 - Parent's Club General Meeting

FALL 2020 OPENING STAGES QUICKVIEW

Stage 1 - Reopening Stages

Beginning March 15th, 2021, our school will operate in Stage 1, commonly referred to as hybrid-learning.


Magnus Health App

Instructions for First-time Users:
  • Only parents are able to create a Magnus Health account. Several students have tried to access it with their Maccess login info but that does not work for the app.
  • Create only one account, even if you have more than one child at BMHS. You will be able to choose the individual child for whom you are completing the health screening from the phone app.
  • We encourage you to set up your Magnus Health account with your child so you both know the login information.
  • To set up your Magnus Health account login credentials:
    • Parents should log in to their Maccess account and go to Magnus Health.
    • In the top left corner you will see your name. Click it and choose "Change credentials".
    • Set up a username and password for the account and click "Save". This will not change your login info for Maccess.
    • Once you've saved the new credentials you will be able to log in to the Magnus Health app on any phone to which the app is downloaded.
  • After you have created your Magnus Health account, download the Magnus Health app from the Apple App Store/Google Play 
    • Open the app on your phone, log in, and click the name of the student who is completing the screening.
    • In the middle of the bottom row you'll see a "COVID 19" icon. Click the icon to begin the screening.
    • Enter your child’s temperature and answer all questions then click “Submit”. 
    • If you see the "GO" screen, take a screenshot and text it to your child’s phone.  Your student must show the Go screen when checking in on campus.
    • If the screening result is a STOP message, your child will NOT be permitted on campus.
  • If you have downloaded the Magnus Health app on your child’s phone, log in with your credentials, complete the screening questions, and have your child show the “Go screen” displayed in the app when checking in.

ADMISSION NEWS

Thank you Class of 2025!

Scholarship News

Our Admissions team is happy to announce that they are accepting applications for the following scholarships described below. Please contact Mr. Nolte at robert.nolte@bmhs.org with any questions and best of luck! 

  • 2021 KEO Scholarship This one time $1,000 Scholarship will be used towards next year's BMHS tuition or college tuition! Mrs. Robin O’Neil set up the KEO Scholarship in memory of her late son, Kevin Eugene O’Neil ‘03, who was an honors student at Bishop McNamara and a Presidential Scholar at Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA. This is the 10th Anniversary of the KEO Scholarship, which is available to current BMHS male students in grades 9-12. Mrs. O’Neil has graciously provided a PDF form that shares a bit of Kevin’s story and provides you with all the information you need to apply. The application deadline of March 31st, 2021.  Click HERE to access the PDF document. The winner will be announced at the Mother/Son Brunch in May; if they are unable to hold the brunch due to the pandemic, we will announce the winner through a virtual Zoom event on May 2nd.


SCHOOL UNIFORMS

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:

Carousel Uniforms 

FlynnO'Hara Uniforms - Order link

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.

The Mustang Shop & Bookstore

 

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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: 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.

Time to freshen up your spirit wear and accessories for spring...fear not, we are up and running 24/7 here in the virtual Mustang Shop! 

Starting a new semester, time for gym class?

Don't forget to order your gym uniform from the virtual store and have it ready to pick up with your books and class supplies.

For your convenience, the virtual shop is open 24/7, pick up is available anytime Monday through Friday between 8am - 3pm from the main office.

MUSTANG SHOP


FROM STUDENT HEALTH SERVICES

Please log in to Maccess and click on Magnus Health to complete medical forms.

If you have any questions regarding these forms or any other medical concerns please email jessica.nash@bmhs.org

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.org with any questions. 

General Members’ Meetings

March

Thanks to the many McNamara parents who joined us for our most recent general meeting on Tuesday, March 23. The highlight of the evening was the annual “State of the School” address presented by Bishop McNamara’s President/CEO, Dr. John Barnhardt. Our next general meeting will be held on May 11. Be sure to read Mrs. Carter’s Sunday Updates, where we will share the topic and the Zoom link. Parents' Club General Sessions generally begin at 7:00 p.m. and end promptly at 8:00 p.m. Parents who attend will receive one service hour per family, per meeting. Parents signing in after 7:15 will not receive the service hour. If you have any questions, please contact the Parents’ Club at parentsclub@bmhs.org. We will be happy to address your concerns. We look forward to seeing you.

USED UNIFORMS

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 parentsclub@bmhs.org.

COUNSELOR'S CORNER

Mental Health & Wellness

Wellbeing is an integral part of every action step we take in counseling. With wellness in mind, we create and implement programs throughout the school year to support your student’s psychological and emotional strength. At home, please continue open dialogue with your student about ways in which they can de-stress, relax and refocus. These are lifelong tools that will serve them well in the future. 

2020-2021 Scheduling Process

Course scheduling for the 2020-2021 school year has begun. Students were given access to MACCESS to begin requesting classes on Monday, March 22nd 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 Friday, March 26th. Students should contact their rising grade level counselor with any questions or concerns.

Hybrid 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 and sent via emailed newsletters. We are updating our social media accounts for quick news on Twitter. We are emailing 12th and 11th grade families monthly. We are also able to chat with students directly through Google Hangouts and Google Meet. Students and families should be checking their email for updates.

3rd Quarter report cards will be posted to Maccess on Friday, April 9th. If you have questions or concerns contact your student’s counselor. 4th Quarter progress reports will be posted to Maccess on May 5th. If you’re unable to log in to Maccess email maccesshelp@bmhs.org.

Graduation Announcements

The Counseling Center has a limited supply of graduation announcements available for purchase by the Class of 2021. 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. She will package your request and hold them for pick up and payment at a date to be determined. 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

  • Review Household and Contact Info 

  • Email the Registrar, Ms. Jackson, lauren.jackson@bmhs.org to have info updated. 

To log onto Maccess:

  • Go to bmhs.org
  • Click on the MACCESS in the top right corner
  • Log in with your username and password
  • Click on your students Progress page and select Report Cards
  • Forgot username or password? Go to "BMHS Retrieve Username/Reset Password"
  • Locked out? Email support@bmhs.org 

Official & Unofficial Records Requests

All financial obligations must be satisfied before records will be released. At least 48 hours advance notice is needed to produce official or unofficial records for any student. Email the Registrar with questions.

Now is the season for course registration. Counselors will begin mandatory deans meetings in February to explain and detail the registration process for the 2021-2022 school year. These deans meetings are by grade level. Students and families will have a chance to learn more about the registration process, consider which courses they want to take next school year and ask questions. Students will also meet their counselor for next year. Please continue to read the Sunday Updates for more information. 

8 hours advance notice is needed to produce official or unofficial records for any student. Email the Registrar, lauren.jackson@bmhs.org with questions.

 

Fine Arts Courses 2021-2022 School Year 

It is almost time to select your courses for next year, think about enrolling in a Fine Arts Course! We have some amazing opportunities in Dance, Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts. Information will be available on the BMHS website for application/placement audition information soon. 

 

Fine Arts Department Fall Musical- The Golden Stage 

Did you miss the virtual streaming of "The Golden Stage" musical production? Please visit the BMHS Production and Concert Page to view the video. Please note, the video is only accessible using a BMHS student email account. We hope you enjoy and we would like to congratulate the performers, crew and staff who participated in the musical production, great job! 

Campus Ministry Office Contacts

Ms. Saunders: Director of Campus Ministry 
Phone: 240-455-9626
Email: amanda.saunders@bmhs.org
Mr. Samuel Hardwick
Assistant Director of Campus Ministry
Phone: 240-455-9627
Email: samuel.hardwick@bmhs.org
Mrs. Herndon: Campus Ministry Assistant
Phone: 240-455-9604

Email: sandra.herndon@bmhs.org

APRIL EVENTS

April 21: Parent Faith Sharing Group from 7:00-8:00PM. Information to join will be emailed.

Service Summary: Everything that you need in one place was an email Ms. Saunders sent out to students/parents/guardians in February! Please refer to it to answer your questions.

Mustang Ministry Memo: Check out our newsletter for current service opportunities, reflections, upcoming events, and more! 

Be sure to check your emails each Tuesday for Renew Our Grace, a weekly Campus Ministry initiative to bring a space of intentions, Scripture, prayer, and reflection straight to your inbox!

2020-2021 Holy Cross Student Service Hours

TEENS IN ACTION

Teens in Action continues to meet during this time.  We are working on a number of virtual service projects and social activities.  Membership is open to all youth in 8th through 12th grade.   Meetings are held in the evening as well as special projects at other times.  To register for Teens in Action go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CFTIA2020-1  if you have questions you may contact Mrs. Pezzuto at TeensinAction@campfirepatuxent.org.   Anyone interested in helping the teens with their holiday food basket drive should contact Mrs. Pezzuto at TeensinAction@campfirepatuxent.org or Rosemary.Pezzuto@campfirepatuxent.org

The Bishop McNamara Family Support Fund has served as a lifeline during the pandemic for a number of current Bishop McNamara families who have been pushed past the brink.  Our goal is to raise $103,141 by midnight on Pi Day, March 14th!  We are almost there! Please consider a  gift of $25 or $31.41 or more (click here) to the Bishop McNamara Family Support Fund by March 14. Share a piece of π! Please give!

 

Calling all Mustangs!  

Calling all Mustangs!  One of the devastating impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic is that many members of our Bishop 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 Support Fund today.  We are in this together!

Amazon Smile Logo

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 make as Bishop McNamara High School. 

BMHS FUND

Annual Giving to the Bishop McNamara Fund remains the primary vehicle 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.  Please give.  

 

Calling all State Farm Employees/Agents: Do you participate in the State Farm Foundation volunteer hours program? Employees/Agents of State Farm who volunteer 50+ hours to the school and submit paperwork to the foundation will enable Bishop McNamara to receive a check for $500 once information is confirmed.  Thank you!

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. 

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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 Advancement Sandy Mammano at (301)-735-8401, ext. 295 or sandy.mammano@bmsh.org.

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. 

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To reserve a space on the Legacy Wall today click here to purchase or contact Director for Advancement Sandy Mammano (301)-735-8401, ext. 295 or sandy.mammano@bmsh.org.

 

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 sandy.mammano@bmhs.org.  

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