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 30th - November 1st - Kairos
SCHOOL NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
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.
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FOR ALL SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS, GO TO DAILY ANNOUNCEMENTS
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
Additional hours are available by appointment. Please email email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com
Magnus Technology related questions:
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 and Ladies Shirts
Girls skorts – we have 0 in stock
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com 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
- Hall of Fame, Oct 11th 2:00 PM - 9:30 PM
- Homecoming BBQ, Oct. 12th 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
- Contact: 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com to volunteer.
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.
Picture Make Up Day
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.
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!
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
Tickets available for sale online at BMHS.org on October 25.
FINE ARTS GUEST ARTISTS - Preview Calendar
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions!
IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER
Admissions Information Nights and Open House
RSVP HERE for Admissions Information Nights and Open House
St. Joseph Program Information Nights
Interested in earning Parent Service Hours?
Campus Ministry Office Contacts
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.
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.
During the school year, service hours must be submitted within one month of volunteering.
Lists of Pre-Approved Service Opportunities for each grade level can be found online. Please confirm that a site is approved before committing to volunteer with them.
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.