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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.


UPCOMING EVENTS & REMINDERS

October 1st - Freshman Parent Meeting
October 3rd - Admissions Information Night
October 4th - Mustangs Go Pink!
Week of October 7th through the 12th - Spirit Week/Homecoming Game
October 8th - Sophomore Parent Info Night
October 11th - Hall of Fame Dinner
October 12th- Homecoming Game, Homecoming Dance
October 14th - School Closed (Columbus/Native American Day: Observed)
October 15th - Junior Parent Info Night
October 16th - Testing Day (Grades 9-11), Make-Up Picture Day, Senior College Applications Workshop
October 17th - Admissions Information Night
October 19th - 5K for the Arts
October 22nd - Parents Club General Meeting
October 24th - 2 Hour Delayed Opening, Father/Son Breakfast, Tri-M Induction
October 25th - School Closed (Professional Day)
October 26th - SAT Prep Boot Camp
October 29th - End of 1st Quarter, St. Joseph Program Info Night
October 30th - 2nd Quarter begins, Winter uniform begins

October 30th - November 1st - Kairos 


SCHOOL NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

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:

The Frederick M. Gossman Memorial High School Scholarship
Designed to assist those Brother Knights holding membership in councils within the jurisdiction of Maryland in paying tuition for their sons and daughters at accredited Catholic High Schools; three grants of $1 ,500.00 per year, for up to four years, will be awarded. Awards will be made on the basis of academic excellence, personal qualifications, and financial need. The children of deceased members are also eligible, provided the member was in good standing at the time of death.
 

The William J. O'Brien Jr. Memorial Catholic High School Scholarship
Three grants of $1,500.00 per year for up to four years will be awarded. This program is open to any Catholic student who is a resident of the State of Maryland to include children and grandchildren of a member of a Knights of Columbus council within the jurisdiction of Maryland. Applicants must have been officially accepted at or must be students at accredited Catholic High Schools. Applications will be judged on academic excellence, personal qualifications, and financial need.

Application period is from October 1, 2019 to February 1, 2020. All applications must be received by the Scholarship Committee no later than February 1, 2020.

Interested students and parents may obtain more information & applications by going to www.kofc-md.org and select High School Scholarship Programs.


FOR ALL SCHOOL NEWS, GO TO BMHS NEWS..

FOR ALL SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS, GO TO DAILY ANNOUNCEMENTS


MUSTANG SHOP

Please come visit us in the Mustang Shop! Check out our awesome new merchandise and expanded alumni section. We have something for everyone - from babies to Grandparents and everyone in between!

MUSTANG SHOP HOURS
Monday - 7:30 am - 3:30 pm
Tuesday - 10:00 am - 6:00 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 mustangshop@bmhs.org to set up an appointment.


FROM THE NURSE'S OFFICE

MAGNUS HEALTH INFORMATION

  • You may access your Magnus Health Forms and Information in the MACCESS Parent Portal. 
  • Log in and see the link to Magnus.
  • Reminder emails have been sent to parent email addresses of record.
  • Parents/Guardians may review their household profiles/emails in Maccess if needed.
  • If you are having difficulty navigating the Magnus system, entering data online, or downloading the hardcopy cover sheets and forms, or if you have any other questions, please contact customer support at Magnus Health SMR by phone at 877-461-6831 or by email at service@magnushealthportal.com
  • Please feel free to consult the Magnus Health page for Parents at   www.magnushelath.com/privacy-and-security/

Health related questions for School Nurse, Stacey Slack:  Email: nurse@bmhs.org 

Magnus Technology related questions:

Contact Magnus Customer Support: service@magnushealthportal.com 
Trouble accessing MACCESS: Email: MaccessHelp@bmhs.org

 


PARENTS' CLUB NEWS

Calling all Fathers, Grandfathers, Godfather, Uncles and Father-figures to the Bishop McNamara Father/Son Pancake Breakfast.  This year's theme is "Trust Your Grind".  A panel of successful McNamara men will answer questions about how staying the course brought them to this present moment in time.  For more information or to volunteer to assist with planning this event please email Fatherson@bmhs.org Get your tickets today at https://www.bmhs.org/about/parents/father-son-pancake-breakfast.  Tickets will be sold through October 18, 2019. 

The Hospitality Committee is looking for volunteers to assist with upcoming school activities and general body meetings.  If you would like to help with setting up, organizing and/or cleaning up, please email ParentsClub@bmhs.org. This is a great opportunity to get involved and also earn parent service hours!

USED UNIFORM SALE

The next Used Uniform Sale is scheduled for Tuesday October 22, 2019 From 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm. The sale will take place in the Leadership room (off the Andy Mona Center) and will occur prior to the Parent’s Club Meeting. 

We are in need of gently used uniforms especially the following items:

  • Mens Blazers
  • Mens and Ladies Shirts
  • Mens Ties
  • Girls skorts – we have 0 in stock
  • Girls Pants
  • Cardigans and Vests 

We will accept cash, check or credit cards for payment. 

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 parentsclub@bmhs.org

The Parents’ Club is looking for YOU! – We are hoping for a volunteer (or two) to step forward to Chair the Father/Daughter Social Event scheduled for Saturday, February 8, 2020. If you are interested, please send an email to parentsclub@bmhs.org and let us know. We hope to hear from you soon!!! 

Don’t forget to plan for your parent service hours!

Do you have gifts and talents that we can use? If you are interested in volunteering and/or assisting with any upcoming events (e.g. planning, set-up, needs for the day of the event, etc.) please email us today!


VOLUNTEER SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES


Parent Volunteer Service Opportunities
Volunteer Service Coordinator:  Melissa Antonio Huar 
Melissa.AntonioHuar@bmhs.org

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 All 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 dian.carter@bmhs.org 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 loretta.king@bmhs.org to volunteer.


STUDENT NEWS

 

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

MUSTANGS GO PINK! - Friday, October 4th

This dress down day is a 50% Go Pink day!  The donation is $4.00 per person to participate.  All proceeds benefit the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Mrs. Carter and students support the Mustangs Go Pink Campaign for Breast Cancer Awareness

Picture Make Up Day

Wednesday - October 16th 
  • Any student who didn't have their picture taken during Orientation & Book Days in August, must have their photo taken for the yearbook after testing.
  • Lifetouch will be available until 1:30 PM in the Main Concourse.
  • Students must be in uniform.
  • Students may pick up a form to purchase pictures when they arrive that day.
Senior Portrait Make-Up Day
Contact Lifetouch with any questions.
800-445-1189 or 410-644-7700 or email at  Answers@Lifetouch.com

 


COUNSELING NEWS

Standardized Test Day: Wednesday, October 16th

Our sophomore and junior classes will take the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT), which is a practice exam designed to prepare students for the SAT. The PSAT is one of the first steps your student will take on the college admissions journey. Junior students who score well on the PSAT will be eligible for the National Merit Scholarship recognition program.

Freshmen students will take the PSAT 8/9, which is designed specifically for ninth grade students to prepare for the SAT. 

Counselors have met with the students to prepare them for Testing Day.  Freshmen, sophomores and juniors received a practice test. The English and Math Departments will be spending some time in class helping to prepare our students for these tests. If you have any questions please call the Counseling Center.

 On Testing Day: 

  • All freshmen, sophomores and juniors will report directly to their assigned testing room at the regular time.  
  • Students must be on time; in accordance with testing guidelines, students who arrive after the first bell will not be permitted to test.
  • Room assignments will be posted throughout the school and on the counseling page of the BMHS website in the week leading up to the exam.
  • Students must be in full uniform with two sharpened #2 pencils (no mechanical pencils allowed) and their calculators. 
  • Students should be well rested and have eaten a nutritious breakfast. 
  • Testing will end at approximately 12:30 pm and students should arrange to be picked up immediately after testing. There will be no After School Program on Testing Day; therefore, all students must leave campus.
  • Students will NOT be able to go to their lockers after testing because it is a major distraction for those who are still testing.  This means students should avoid using their lockers all together on testing day. 

Counseling Center Hosting Parent Information Nights!

Freshman Parent Night, Tuesday, October 1
Sophomore Parent Night, Tuesday, October 8 
Junior Parent Night, Thursday, October 15 
 

Come meet your student's counselor, learn about upcoming PSAT testing, find out about the Naviance suite of software, and discover the grade-appropriate steps you can take to help your child navigate the year ahead. Each event begins at 6:30 p.m. and will take place in the Andy Mona Center. We hope to see many of our parents there.

Parents can also volunteer with the Counseling Center for our Scholarship Database. Call Mrs. Mendiola for details and earn your parent service hours!

Graduation Diploma Forms Due Immediately

Forms verifying students' correct names and spelling were distributed to all senior parents at College Information Night or to the students via in-school mail. They are due to Mrs. Mendiola in the counseling center by October 11th.

College Night for Students with Learning Differences

Families are invited to an evening of learning and fellowship as they begin to think and plan for college admission. All 10th, 11th and 12th grade families of students with learning differences are welcome to attend. We will be meeting on Thursday, October 10th, 2019 at 6:00 pm in the St. Joseph’s Resource Center at McNamara. We will have a guest speaker from Landmark College available to answer questions.

 Senior SAT Prep Refresher

12th grade students are invited to register for a one-day SAT Prep refresher course on Saturday, October 26th, 2019 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. The cost is $50 and students will practice test-taking strategies for reading and mathematics. See Ms. Oglesby to register by October 18th.


FINE ARTS NEWS

6th Annual 5K for the Arts

Saturday, October 19th, 2019
Watkins Park
REGISTER TO RUN - Closes on October 2nd
SPONSOR A STUDENT - Closes on October 18th
We hope you can join us!  For more information bmhs.org , click on Fine Arts, then 5K for the Arts.
 

Fall Musical

The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Book by Peter Parnell
Performances:  November 15, 16, 22, 23 at 7:00 pm
November 17 &  24 at 2:00 pm
Ticket Price: $10.00

Tickets available for sale online at BMHS.org on October 25.

FINE ARTS GUEST ARTISTS - Preview Calendar 

Here is a preview for you - MARK YOUR CALENDARS!  
These events are FREE and Open to the Public.
Events start at 7:00 pm and end at approx 8:15/8:30 pm. 
 
Rhythmaya Dance  - Cultural Dance - Monday, September 30, 2019
Casey Kaleba - Theatre/Stage Combat - Tuesday, October 15, 2019
BRAHIM! Band - featuring Tyrone Allen (BMHS  Alumni Musician) -Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Cindy Berry Sullivan - Artist - Thursday, January 30, 2020
Senior Showcase - BMHS FADE Seniors - Monday, February 10, 2020
Alisha Peek - Alvin Ailey II (BMHS Alumni Dancer) - Wednesday, February 26, 2020
 
FADE Colloquia Requirement . . . The above events serves as FADE Colloquia 
FADE Students in Grade 10 & 11 must attend at minimum of 4 of these events. 
FADE Students in Grade 12, must attend a minimum of 4, in addition to their Senior Showcase.

 


ADMISSION NEWS

ADMISSIONS OFFICE CONTACTS

Mustang for a Day registration and 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 admissions@bmhs.org with any questions!

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

Admissions Information Nights and Open House

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2019 @ 6:00 PM Information Night #1
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2019 @ 6:00 PM Information Night #2
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2019 11:00 AM-2:00 PM Open House
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2019 @ 6:00 PM Information Night #3
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2019 @ 6:00 PM Information Night #4
MONDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2019 @ 6:00 PM Information Night #5

RSVP HERE for Admissions Information Nights and Open House

St. Joseph Program Information Nights

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2019 @ 6:00 PM St. Joseph Information Night #1
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2019 @ 6:00 PM St. Joseph Information Night #2
Click Here to learn more about the St. Joseph Program
RSVP HERE for St. Joseph Program Information Nights
 

Interested in earning Parent Service Hours?

Parent volunteers are needed to assist at various Admissions functions throughout the year.
 

CAMPUS MINISTRY

Campus Ministry Office Contacts

Mr. Sanneman: Director of Campus Ministry, Phone: 240-455-9627  Email: peter.sanneman@bmhs.org
Ms. Saunders: Asst. Director of Campus Ministry and Service Coordinator, Phone: 240-455-9626  Email: amanda.saunders@bmhs.org
Mrs. Herndon: Campus Ministry Assistant, Phone: 240-455-9604  Email: sandra.herndon@bmhs.org

 

What’s Going On

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

Confession Opportunity offered on the 2nd and 4th Friday of the month from 1:15-1:45 PM in the Moreau Chapel.
Ask a Deacon! program offered on the 1st and 3rd Friday of the month from 1:15-1:45 PM in the Moreau Chapel.
Homecoming Liturgy: Monday, October 7th at 9:20 AM in our Main Gym – Join us!
Junior Kairos Retreat: Wednesday-Friday, October 30-November 1 - Pray for us!

Holy Cross Service

  • Please see here for a list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding the service program.
  • The maximum acceptable hours after school is 5 hours.  The maximum acceptable hours for a non-school day is 7 hours.  (You may not miss school to complete service hours.)
  • Summer Service Hours: Verification of any service work done over the summer should have been submitted to Campus Ministry by Friday, September 27th.
  • Service Agreement & Action Plan: Students are to complete the online form, Service Agreement & Action Planby 11:59 PM Wednesday, October 2nd.  Students that submit the Service Agreement & Action Plan after this time will have to complete additional hours of service.
  • During the school year, service hours must be submitted within one month of volunteering.
  • The Service Verification Form is available at the bmhs websiteComplete and submit the Service Verification Form within one month of service until your designated number of hours are completed before your class’ deadline in March.
Approval Request Form: 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 theApproval Request Form(available at the bmhs website) 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).
 

COMMUNITY EVENTS 

PODS of Prince George's County 8th Annual Down...

PODS of Prince George's County 8th Annual Down syndrome Awareness Angel Walk
Come Walk with Us!
Walk for Down Syndrome Awareness on Saturday October 26th at Bishop McNamara High School!
Join us to promote awareness, education, and advocate for inclusion in schools and
community for those with Down Syndrome and other special needs!
Register here to join us: 

 

TEENS IN ACTION

Teens in Action is a youth leadership and service program.  Students who participate in Teens in Action engage in activities that help them build skills that they can use for a life.  Our programs include Teen Driving Safety, Service Learning, working on the Congressional and Presidential Service Awards, and a variety of other activities that include recreational activities.

Teens pay a small membership fee and work with adult mentors who help them plan and implement projects.  Parents and adults are encouraged to volunteer.   Major activities include: MLK Day of Service , Teen Driving Safety Symposium,  Youth Leadership Workshop, and summer employment partnerships.  Our programs are open to all high school students at Bishop McNamara .  We also have community based programs for students in other schools.  

We meet weekly after school.   Register at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TIA19-20   

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