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.
1/4 - Classes Resume
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 January and re-evaluate safety considerations for the month of February. 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.
Christmas is coming...don't delay, stop by the virtual Mustang Shop today.
Check off all those Mustangs on your list with some fabulous McNamara gear.
We have something for everyone, from babies to grandparents and everyone in between.
Stay warm and cozy all winter in our sweats, blankets, hats and even mugs for your warm cocoa!
Orders are processed and ready for pick up or shipping within 24 to 48 working hours.
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, firstname.lastname@example.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.
JANUARY 19, 2021 General Session at 7:00 p.m. Virtual
Proposed Topic: Mental Health
Parents' Club General Sessions 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 email@example.com. We will be happy to address your concerns. We look forward to seeing you.
PROPOSED PARENT/STUDENT EVENT DATES
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
While college counseling updates and reorganizes our website, we still strongly encourage you to begin researching and applying to pre-college summer programs. Every summer, colleges invite high school students on their campus to live and learn. We highly recommend requesting financial scholarships for these programs. Pre-college programs offer high school students an opportunity to experience college life in a small group setting. Students will begin receiving updates about these programs via email as they are traditionally posted on the counseling suite bulletin board.
Diversity Fly-Ins for Rising Seniors
As colleges aim to create the college environment that mirrors the rest of the world, students are encouraged to apply for visits sponsored by the institution. Diversity Fly-Ins allow students from underrepresented groups (Black, Indigenous, Asian and Latino students or students of color, LGBTQ+ students, etc.) to visit campus and strongly consider enrolling in the institution they visit. Students considering these programs should work directly with their 11th or 12th grade counselor on their application as it is strongly recommended in the future college admissions process. HERE is a link to options.
Optional PSAT at McNamara for Juniors
McNamara is hosting a testing day for juniors only. In order to attend, students must sign up using THIS FORM by January 8th. No additional steps are necessary after signing up. McNamara incurs the fee for the exam. Students who have not signed up will not be permitted to test due to COVID19 restrictions. Not sure if you want to come into the building? There are alternative ways to practice for the SAT by using Khan Academy. Simply have an older parent or sibling mirror the testing environment using a timer and quiet testing space.
For students who choose to come into the building to test, a confirmation email with additional health-related instructions will be sent by Friday, January 15th. Please be sure you are checking your student email daily.
Do you receive extra time or other accommodations on exams? Please remind Mr. Frazier via email so we can make sure your accommodations are current!
11th Grade Family Night- The College Application Process
Every winter, college counseling begins to work with 11th grade students on the college application process. We host a family night so that parents and guardians can learn and discuss strategies to help support their students. Please join us virtually as we meet on January 21st at 6:30pm to formally begin the process. We will hear from colleges and universities about how COVID19 has shaped the admissions process and we will take questions from families as well. An invitation with Zoom link will be sent a day before the event.
Second Semester Schedule Change Policy
After December 17th, any "drop class" or "add class" schedule changes for 2nd semester must first be approved by the teacher, counselor and Assistant Principal of Academics. A letter from a parent and a $40 fee must be submitted to the Counseling Center before the change can be finalized. All changes must be submitted by January 15th, 2021. No changes to schedules will be honored after January 15th, 2021.
Students having trouble in a particular class may always speak with their teacher to schedule extra help during resource periods, or before and after school. The Counseling Center offers a peer tutoring program. Interested students should speak with his/her counselor to be matched with an appropriate peer tutor. The following departments offer regular after school help:
Math Power Hour
Wednesdays, 1:30 - 2:30pm
Request link from your counselor.
Second Quarter ends January 21st!!!
When we return in January, there are only 22 class days left in the quarter. Quarter 2 report cards will be available after Friday, February 5th on 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? Click on "Forgot login" on the login screen
Locked out? Email maccessHelp@bmhs.org
Fine Arts Endorsement Program Colloquia Guest Artist Series
Monday, January 25, 2021 at 7pm - Zola Williams (Dance and Actor)
Our Guest Artist Series list is published to the website and can be found here: https://www.bmhs.org/
Campus Ministry Office Contacts
Ms. Saunders: Director of Campus Ministry
Mr. Samuel Hardwick
Assistant Director of Campus Ministry
Mrs. Herndon: Campus Ministry Assistant
January 6: 12:15 pm - Virtual Liturgy for Brother Andre’s feast day
January 29: March for Life.
Mustang Ministry Memo: Check out our newsletter for current service opportunities, reflections, upcoming events, and more!
2020-2021 Holy Cross Student Service Hours
Parent Service Hours are handled in the Advancement Office by Melissa Antonio-Huar. Please email her at email@example.com with any questions.
Part 1: Identify Your Comfort Zone Challenge was due on October 13th and is now overdue!
2020-2021 program requirements can be found on the school website. Required hours: 5 with at least one hours in the student's Comfort Zone Challenge area. All service hours are due by March 17th.
Click on these links to access forms:
Please note that hours submitted on a Service Verification Form will not appear in Maccess until you have submitted the form Part 1: Identify your Comfort Zone Challenge AND you have completed and submitted at least one hour in your Comfort Zone Challenge (CZC) area...this is to reduce confusion or misinterpretation.
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. Current projects include a holiday meal basket program, outreach to senior citizens, a letter writing project, a stocking project for young children, and we are currently designing a virtual out of school program for kids. One team is working on a virtual drama activity and we are looking for local musicians, and singers who can help us with a virtual Christmas Caroling event for Senior Citizens and families. To register for Teens in Action go to https://www.surveymonkey.
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!
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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.
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.
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.
Jalyn Hayes-Moore '24 was elected by her fellow Members of Sea Scout Ship 1959, “Seafarers Commitment,” to be its Leader, or “Boatswain.”
Alum owned company has recently been named as one of the top twenty places to work in the Washington Metropolitan Area by The Washington Post.
Arthur Horne ‘79 received the Honorable James H. Taylor Award for his years of dedication and commitment to the law and Prince George's County