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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.


November 25-29   Thanksgiving Break/No School
December 2     Classes Resume/Admissions Information Night
December 4-6  Kairos 48
December 7       WAMTC Band Festival
December 9-13  Annual Food Drive
December 9       Advent Liturgy
December 9       National Honor Society Induction
December 10      Parents Club Meeting
December 11       Quarter 2 Progress Reports Published
December 12      Fine Arts Festival Rehearsal
December 13      Class of 2024 Application Deadline
December 13      Fine Arts Christmas Program
December 14      Saturday Detention
December 14     Fine Arts Christmas Program
December 16-19  Mid-Term Exams
December 19      Alumni Christmas Gathering
December 20     FACTS Financial Aid Application Deadline
December 20 - January 5  Christmas Recess
January 6           Classes Resume
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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

December 20, 2019

● Deadline for submission of completed financial aid application.

● Deadline for submission of copies of your 2018 Federal Income Tax Return and all schedules.

● Deadline for submission of two most recent pay stubs.

● Deadline for submission of signed (not dated) Form 4506-T, Request for Transcript of Tax Return.

● Deadline for submission of a letter detailing any relevant financial circumstances not discussed on the FACTS application (optional).

● 2019 W-2 forms due by 2/15/2020.

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

Early to Mid-February 2020

●  Notification: Financial Aid decisions will be made for families whose files are complete*.

● Your student’s financial aid award will be included with his/her 2020-2021 re-enrollment contract. Bishop McNamara reserves the right to adjust your student’s award if material discrepancies are found in your final 2019 tax returns and the information provided on your financial aid application.

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

*By December 20, 2019 if FACTS does not receive your financial aid application or is missing any of the required supporting documents listed above, your financial aid file is considered incomplete and will not be processed.

Archdiocesan Financial Aid Information

  1. The Archdiocesan Tuition Assistance Program is available for students in grades PreK-12 who are applying to or currently enrolled in Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Washington. All tuition assistance obtained through the Archdiocese is based on demonstrated financial need. The deadline to submit application is December 6, 2019.

Click here to apply:

  1. The FitzGerald Program offers tuition assistance to 9th-12th grade students currently enrolled in or applying to a Catholic high school in the Archdiocese of Washington Catholic schools. The Fitzgerald award honors students who have proven leadership characteristics that the Catholic Church and Catholic schools wish to foster. Students must demonstrate financial need and show promise as future leaders for our Church and society. Complete applications must be submitted electronically to by Friday, December 6, 2019. 

Click here to download an application form. 

If you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact the Manager for Funding & Enrollment at

Scholarship Opportunity

The Maryland State Council of the Knights of Columbus in partnership with the Knights of Columbus Insurance Advisors is the sponsor of several High School Scholarships for its members and for Catholic students in general. Below is a brief summary of these scholarships and information regarding eligibility for scholarship awards. Here are two scholarships:  Knights of Columbus Scholarships





The Mustang Shop is open and ready for the holidays!! Please stop in for a visit! Sweatshirts and hoodies are fully stocked to keep you warm and cozy for the winter, we have an expanded alumni section, including La Reine items, and tons of stocking stuffers! We have something for everyone - from babies to Grandparents and everyone in between! Come check out our awesome gear, we are bursting at the seams!

Special Hours on Tuesday, December 10th - Come visit us before you head to the Parent Club Meeting - We will be open until 8pm!  Spend $50 and get a free gift!!

We will also be open on Saturday, December 14th from 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm.

Come check us out before you enjoy the Fine Arts Christmas Festival. Spending $50 gets you a free gift!!


Monday - 7:30 am - 3:30 pm

Tuesday - 7:30 am - 3:30 pm

Wednesday - 7:30 am - 3:30 pm

Thursday - 7:30 am - 3:30 pm

Friday - 7:30 am - 3:30 pm

Additional hours are available by appointment.

Please email to set up an appointment.

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


Parent's Club Volunteer Opportunities

It may seem early;  however, planning for the following events are underway.  Please consider volunteering for:

Father/Daughter event, scheduled for February 8th, 

Mother/Daughter event, scheduled for March 14th, and 

Mother/Son event, scheduled for May 3rd

The individual committee chairs are looking for CREATIVE and FUN people to join! 

Please email the Parent's Club at, for further information! 

Keep in mind that every family needs 10 service hours each year!  These are great ways to get those hours!!  



The next two Parents’ Club Meetings are as follows:


Parent’s General Session, Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at 6:30pm

Topic:  Active Shooter Training



Parent’s General Session, Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 6:30pm

Topic:  How to Raise an Adult by Julie Lythcott-Haims Book Discussion

 The topics for the meetings are sensitive in nature, but necessary in today’s society.  The book for the January meeting is on sale in the Mustang Shop, but you can also find it at  Please take the time to read it.  This discussion will be very helpful.


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


Volunteer Service Coordinator:  Melissa Antonio Huar at

We are in need of parent volunteers for the 2 Hour Delays so our teachers, who monitor the Mona Center in the morning, can attend the Faculty/Staff Meetings and Department Meetings.  You would need to report to the Mona Center by 6:45 AM and stay until 9:45 AM.  Please contact Mrs. Carter at to volunteer.

We also need volunteers to assist with monitoring students in the Enrichment Zone, daily, from 3:00 - 6:00 PM.  Please email Mrs. Loretta King at to volunteer.



The Counseling Department is here to support the personal, academic, spiritual, college and career development of each student. Please check the Counseling Center page at BMHS Counseling for student enrichment opportunities, college and career fairs and workshops.

Midterm Exam Study CalendarMidterm exams will be here in just three short weeks so our counselors have prepared a study calendar to help students plan their study sessions. The calendar begins Thanksgiving week and breaks the studying into smaller, more manageable chunks. Research has shown that studying smaller amounts over a longer period of time yields better recall of information. Just 15-30 minutes is really all you need for each session.

During the first week of studying your child should: 

  • Make sure his notes are complete

  • Make sure she has all notes and materials needed to study

  • Make sure he has completed any associated reading

  • Organizes her backpack and binders as needed


After teachers hand out study guides (by Dec. 2nd) your child should:

  • Make sure his notes include all of the material covered on the study guide 

  • See her teacher for clarification and to ask questions

  • Attend study sessions

  • Have others (parents, friends, etc.) quiz him on the material

  • Go to St. Joe’s Resource Center for extra support

Before each exam day your child should:

  • Get a good night’s sleep

  • Eat an energizing breakfast

  • Be on time

  • Come prepared with the materials she needs

Paper copies of the study calendar are available in the counseling center if needed.

 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 at Ext. 147 with questions or to make an appointment. 

Graduation Diploma Forms Past Due!

Forms verifying students' correct names and spelling were distributed to parents at College Information night in September several are still missing. New forms were distributed in early November to those students who have not yet returned the form. Please have your senior return the completed form to Ms. Taylor in the Counseling Center immediately.


Please inform your counselor of any and all decisions you receive as soon as you receive them. Counselors keep data on all decisions (admitted, denied, wait listed, deferred) and we want to hear your good, bad or indifferent news!

WAMTC High School Fall Band Adjudication

Saturday, December 7th, 2019

Good Counsel High School, Olney Maryland

BMHS Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, 7 Concert Band will all take the stage along with band programs from other Archdiocesan affiliated high schools. 

     Student Performer Time: 11:00 am to 1:30 pm
     Performance/Stage Time - 11:50 am
      Student Performer Time: 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
     Performance/Stage Time - 3:00 pm
      Student Performer Time: 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm
     Performance/Stage Time - 5:30 pm

The Fine Arts Christmas Festival 

Mark your calendars for the The 2019 Bishop McNamara High School Fine Arts Christmas Festival. We hope you can join us for this annual Bisho McNamara High School family holiday tradition. You will not want to miss this joyous evening of music, dance, theater, and visual arts, as we celebrate this most wonderful time of the year. 

Friday, December 13th - 7:00 pm

Saturday, December 14th - 7:00 pm

Bishop McNamara High School - Main Auditorium 

Tickets are $10.00

Get your tickets fast, as this event sells out every year!

Tickets are on sale at  (seatyourself link) 

Note for Student performers! 

Dress Rehearsal will be on Thursday, December 12th - 3:30 to 6:30 pm  

2020 Music Trip to Disney

Payment Timeline Reminders (See MACCESS Pages for Conto, Hardy, Sutton for more info)

  • Payment 1 - October 31, 2019 (Passed)
  • Payment 2 - December 6, 2019 (Chaperon Deposit Due)
  • Payment 3 -  January 31, 2020
  • Payment 4 -  February 25, 2020 (Music Trip Meeting)


The Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare

Performance Dates - March 19 to 22, 2020

Auditions will be on Mon - Wed, January 6 to 8, 2020 at 3:30 pm

Students auditioning must be present at all three dates. 

Contact Ms. Mary Mitchell-Donahue with Questions  



Application for 2020-2021 School Year Deadline December 14, 2019

Mustang for a Day registration and the application for the 2020-2021 school year is now open!   

 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!



MONDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2019 @6:00 PM Information Night


To schedule your family interview, please access your MACCESS account, click on Interview>Schedule and select a date/time that works best for you.



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


Daily Mass is celebrated on school days on Tuesday and Thursday at 7:25am in the Moreau Chapel. All are welcome! Click here for Schedule of Exceptions to Daily Mass.

Junior Kairos Retreat: Wednesday-Friday, December 4-6 - Pray for us!

Advent Liturgy: Monday, December 9th at 9:20am in the main gym - Join us!
March for Life and Youth Rally Mass on Friday, January 24th: Students have the opportunity to attend the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., as well as the Youth Rally and Mass beforehand in the Verizon Center. This is an opportunity to stand up for the respect of all life, from conception until natural death. We will travel via Metro so students will have to bring a SmarTrip card (either their own or a family member's) and load it with $10.00 (either prior to, or upon, arriving at the Addison Road Metro Station). Students wanting to participate need to sign up with Mr. McClain before Christmas break. There is space for only 50 students. Students will not need to miss class for this trip (no school for students on January 24th) however, students attending Kairos 49 (January 22-24) will not be able to attend.  

Holy Cross Service

  • Students are encouraged to perform their Holy Cross Service Hours over the Thanksgiving Holiday.
  • Until Service Hours are available on Maccess, please feel free to email with your student’s name and she will respond with the most current information.
  • Please click on the link for a list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding the service program.
  • Summer Service Hours: deadline for submitting these hours is past. These hours can be submitted for “auxiliary” hours but not for “required” hours.
  • Further information and necessary forms are  available at


Teens in Action will be selling Holiday Flowers.  If you wish to order, please email Mrs. Pezzuto at   Teens in Action will also sell them at the Holiday Show in mid-December.

Teens in Action and the National Honor Society are collecting gifts for children and senior citizens during the month of December.  Toys and gift cards for children and families and toiletries for seniors citizens are needed.  Students will prepare packages and deliver them as a service project.  Parent drivers are also need for distribution days.

January 18-20 is the Martin Luther King Weekend of Service.  Teens will participate in a number of service project during this weekend.  Please contact Mrs. Pezzuto at or 301-346-7860 for further information.

Teens in Action continue to work on our Teen Driving Safety project and making a video to educate the community as well as hosting other safety activities.    


SAGE asks if  you haven’t already done so, please fill out this survey on the distribution of our biannual magazine, At Home with SAGE -  Your participation is very helpful, thank you!

SAGE also has a blog, please check it out his blog post -

Men's Soccer Fundraiser

The men's soccer team is once again selling the 2019 White House Historical Associations ornament.  Ornaments can be obtained by contacting Mrs. Walther in the Main Office or Ms. Peggy Shelton at 301-775-0302.  The cost of the ornament is $20.00  For a preview of this year's ornament


Bishop McNamara's Annual Food Drive runs from December 9th through December 13th.  We are asking for donations of cash or non-perishable food items to support eight different food pantries, shelters, and other charitable organizations.  We are also looking for parent volunteers to help us sort, box and total up the accumulated food during that week as well to prepare it for delivery.  This is a great way to earn your parent service hours!  Please email for more information or to volunteer.