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JUNE 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.


6/1 - Peer Minister Induction

6/2 - Class of 2021 Graduation/ No classes

6/3 - Junior Commissioning Ceremony & Honors Assembly/Virtual

6/7 - Sophomore Honors Assembly/Virtual

6/8 - Freshmen Honors Assembly/Virtual

6/10 - Last Day of Classes

6/18 - Mustang Cup Golf Tournament

 

FALL 2020 OPENING STAGES QUICKVIEW

Stage 1 - Reopening Stages

Since March 15th, 2021, our school has been operating in Stage 1, commonly referred to as hybrid-learning.


BISHOP MCNAMARA SUMMER CAMPS

Our summer program information (& cool brochure) with dates, times and prices is on our website!  You can choose from 8 different sports with full day (8 am - 3pm) or half day options (morning or afternoon).  Our summer program offers your child the opportunity to learn a new skill, interact with other children (in person) and have some summer fun!  Whether you choose a full or half day program, lunch is included.  Basketball programs are restricted to rising 3rd through rising 10th graders and all other programs are open to rising 5th graders through rising 12th graders. Please note: there is no before care or aftercare and all state and county COVID protocols will be in place.  Feel free to send an email with any questions to SummerPrograms@bmhs.org

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 and Welcome Class of 2025!

We can't wait to have you join us in the halls of Bishop McNamara in the Fall!


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

Mr. Robert Nolte
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.

Need some summer swag?  We have restocked tee shirts, sweatshirts, windbreakers, you name it, we got it and we got it with McNamara on it!

Recently graduated?  Just checking back because you miss us?  Come get  yourself an alumni tee shirt!  Show your Mustang Pride to your new university pals, get yourself a cozy blanket for your dorm room and a tote bag for all those heavy books!

Want to come see how fabulous the Mustang Shop is?  Email mustangshop@bmhs.org to set up an in person shopping spree appointment!  If you can't make it in person, everything is online at https://shop.bmhs.org/ for your 24/7 shopping convenience.

Hope to see you soon!

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!!!

 

Please contact Mrs. Melissa Antonio-Huar at melissa.antoniohuar@bmhs.org with any questions. 

 

 Mother/Daughter Event

While we weren’t able to host our annual Mother/Daughter brunch this year due to COVID restrictions, we did hold a fun and creative “Couture” Faux Fashion Show on May 15. The event was held outside on campus, the weather was gorgeous and the teams had a great time!!! Our mother/daughter pairs demonstrated impressive creativity and even greater competitive spirit!!! Congratulations to the winning team, Sugar and Spice Make Everything Nice (Ms. Tracie Garnett and Miss Erin Wright, Class of 2022). They were "crowned" Ms. and Miss Mustang '21." Thank you to Rhonda Johnson Adams, Parents' Club President, Tawanda Maignan, Sergeant-at-Arms, and volunteers Carla Partlow, Iyalua "Eve" Gilgeous and Ivy Williams for a wonderful Mother/Daughter event!

Executive Board Election Results

Congratulations to the newly elected officers of the Executive Board of the Parents’ Club at Bishop McNamara High School. The current president, Rhonda Adams, was re-elected by write-in vote with 57% of the votes. The other officers elected were: 

 

1st Vice-President: Shantelle Coleman - Class of 2023 

Recording Secretary: Alice Szczepanski - Class of 2023 

Hospitality Co-chairs: Evie Adams Simmons - Class of 2023 

Lynnette Coles - Class of 2023 

Sergeant at Arms: Gena Bracey-Stokes - Class of 2024 

Nicole S. Clifton - Class of 2024 

Thank you to all who voted and to those who volunteered to participate on the board. We still have two vacancies for the Sergeant at Arms position. If interested, please contact the Parents Club at  Parentsclub@bmhs.org. See the full list of current officers on the BMHS website. There will  be plenty of opportunities to assist in all capacities during the year; we look forward to working with all of our BMHS parents. Thank you for your time and attention!

Used Uniform Collection

The Parents’ Club will be collecting used uniforms during textbook turn-in days, which are scheduled for Wednesday, June 9 from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Thursday, June 10 from 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Please consider donating any gently used uniform pieces your child may have outgrown or no longer wears.

COUNSELOR'S CORNER

Report Cards Posted to MACCESS

  • Senior report cards were posted Wednesday, May 26

  • 9th through 11th grade report cards posted Wednesday, June 16th 

  • All financial obligations must be cleared prior to the release of final report cards. 

  • If you cannot view your report card, please contact the Business Office.

  • Trouble logging into MACCESS? Email maccesshelp@bmhs.org

 

Class of 2021

Please download your unofficial transcript from Maccess before Friday, June 26th. Counselors will be unavailable to forward transcripts at various times throughout the summer and your patience is greatly appreciated. 

 

Schedules for the Classes of 2022, 2023 and 2024 

Schedules for the 2021-2022 school year will not be posted to Maccess until July due to the specifics of courses that may not align with a possible virtual learning environment. While we have worked to minimize the number of unscheduled classes that arise due to scheduling conflicts, some bumped classes inevitably occur. You will receive an email notice to review your schedule within the next month (no charge will be incurred).  

Schedule Changes

The Counseling Center will be virtually open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. until noon beginning July 13th until August 7th for students who have a selected course that was not scheduled. Any parent or student initiated changes other than bumped classes will incur a $40 fee after September 25th. Instructions for scheduling a summer appointment will be posted to the BMHS website as soon as the summer appointment calendar goes live on www.signupgenius.com. Please review the BMHS website to sign up for an appointment.

Schedules for the Class of 2025

Parents/guardians will receive an email notification later this summer with directions for accessing their students' schedules.

 

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 or to make an appointment.

Summer Plans

 As we prepare to close out another school year and turn our sights to summer, may we suggest students continue to grow and develop intellectually even if solely online. 

  • Look at virtual summer school for enrichment or grade improvement in academic areas.

  • Participate in virtual summer programs such as pre-college and intern experiences. 

  • Prepare for SAT and PSAT using KhanAcademy.org should the exam be offered this fall.

  • Volunteer or start virtual community service projects.

  • Obtain a virtual summer job.

  • Read, Read, Read!

 

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

 

Peace be with you this summer and always. Thank you for your prayers and support of our department! 

2020-2021 Holy Cross Student Service Hours

  • All Service Requirements are due by June 10th.

  • Parent Service Hours are handled in the Advancement Office by Melissa Antonio-Huar. Please email her at melissa.antoniohuar@bmhs.org with any questions.

2021-2022 Holy Cross Student Service Hours

Please be on the lookout for an email from Amanda Saunders during the last week of classes outlining the Holy Cross Student Service Hour Requirements for next year!

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

Our last Renew Our Grace email will go out on June 8. This has been a great point of connection for us in our community. We have loved virtually praying for and with you. We look forward to picking it back up in September! 

 

TEENS IN ACTION

Teens in Action has a number of leadership and service opportunities available for students during the summer months.  These include:

  1. Assisting with a Hybrid Summer Camp Program
  2. Creating Virtual summer camp activities for children using video and other means
  3. Helping with outdoor gardening activities at various locations to help create community gardens
  4. Helping to build LITTLE LIBRARIES for low income areas-- (WE really need help here with individuals who know how to read plans and create the Boxes for books-Great opportunity for a parent with these skills to mentor youth)
  5. Teen Leadership Program--(Small Fee for materials and oversight)
  6. Teen created projects to be determined by youth. 
  7. Leadership Opportuntiies for youth on the Camp Fire Board 

For more info send an email to TeensinAction@CampFirePatuxent.org   Mrs. Pezzuto is the advisor of Teens in Action and will respond to your emails. 


BMHS FUND

The Bishop McNamara FundAll gifts to the Bishop McNamara Fund impact the School’s ability to enhance its standards of excellence in student development, teaching, and facilities and help Bishop McNamara High School flourish each year.  Thank you for your generosity and faith in our mission!  Please Give!

 

The Bishop McNamara Family Support Fund 

Calling all Mustangs! Since August 2020, Bishop McNamara has helped more than 75 Mustang families with food aid and emergency tuition support through the Bishop McNamara Family Support Fund.  We've surpassed our goal to raise $103,141.59, yet more Mustang families need your help!  Please make a gift today to the Bishop McNamara Family Support Fund! Please Give!

  

Legacy Pavers

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 & Innovation Center.  Whether an alumni, current family or friend, these Legacy Pavers will be created for you. Legacy Pavers are $500.00 each, but you can pay for them in monthly installments of $42.00 over 12 months.  To reserve your Legacy Paver today click here 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!

 

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The La Reine Legacy Wall inside the La Reine Science & Innovation Center

All gifts of $100.00 or more by La Reine High School alumnae, faculty, staff, and administration make you eligible to have your name on the Legacy Wall inside the La Reine Science & Innovation Center. 

To reserve a space on the Legacy Wall today click here 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 more about planned giving, please contact Director of Development Sandy Mammano at (301)735-8401, ext. 295 or sandy.mammano@bmhs.org.  

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AmazonSmile

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.

 

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