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JANUARY 2022

Bishop McNamara High School's family newsletter is a valuable resource for our Mustang community. The McNews is a live document, so entries are updated throughout the month as information changes. Please check back often to be sure you have the most recent updates about on-campus events.

In an effort to support our green initiative, these documents will not be printed and mailed. We ask our community to please view the McNews here on our website and resist the urge to print, unless absolutely necessary, including the calendar.


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Breaking News
Change to COVID-19 Testing Requirement for January 2022
Due to the highly contagious nature of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, Bishop McNamara will require all students and employees to complete weekly COVID-19 testing during the month of January. In addition, employees and students are required to wear a mask with a minimum of two layers; N95/KN95 masks are encouraged. Testing will be offered on campus with LabTechMD. Those with last names A-L will test on Tuesday, January 18, Monday, January 24, and Monday, January 31. Those with last names M-Z will test on the following Thursdays: January 13, January 20, January 27 and February 3. Testing takes place from 7:00-9:00 a.m. in the Fine Arts gymnasium. You may also complete weekly testing at another testing site and email proof of negative test results to COVIDtest@bmhs.org no later than midnight each Thursday. Please click here to visit our COVID-19 information page.
 
Change to COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement Coming February 1
Beginning February 1, 2022, all students, employees, and contractors at BMHS will be required to be fully vaccinated in order to enter campus. For those people who are not yet vaccinated, the first dose must have been administered by January 10, 2022 to be fully compliant on February 1, 2022. The CDC recommends that people aged 16 years and older get a booster shot for the COVID-19 vaccine if at least six months have passed since their last dose.
 
Fine Arts Scholarship Application Deadline: January 25
Students applying to our Class of 2026 who are interested in applying for a Fine Arts scholarships should submit all application and audition materials by Tuesday, January 25, 2022.  Scholarships are offered in dance, music, theatre and visual arts for talented 8th grade students with experience in the arts. Click here to access the Fine Arts webpage, then click on Fine Arts Scholarships in the list of links.
 
KAIROS 53 Postponed
The Kairos retreat scheduled for January 12-14 has been postponed until April. Our Campus Ministry team will release more details as soon as plans for the rescheduled retreat are finalized.


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CLASS OF 2026 ~ We're looking for you!

The deadline for applications for the 2022-2023 school year was December 10.  Prospective students who have already established a Maccess account  should view their admissions checklist to:

  • See important due dates
  • Submit an application
  • Sign up for campus tours and Mustang for a Day Shadow visits
  • Sign up for information nights and other events.

If you don't have a Maccess account click here to submit an inquiry and create your account.   

School Uniforms
Bishop McNamara works closely with two uniform companies who provide safe options for ordering and delivering uniforms. Unfortunately, both companies are experiencing delays in receiving, filling and delivering orders ~ your patience is much appreciated. Please visit their websites for more details:

Carousel Uniforms 
FlynnO'Hara Uniforms

 

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. Visit their online store via the link on this page to shop. If you have questions or need more information call 301-735-8401, Ext. 114 or email MustangShop@bmhs.org.


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Business Office Contacts

Mr. Robert Nolte, Director of Business
301-735-8401, Ext. 125
Ms. Zelalem Geberu, Controller
301-735-8401, Ext. 117
Payment for all tuition and fees must be made through your FACTS Account.
 


Campus Ministry

Campus Ministry Contacts

Ms. Amanda Saunders, Director of Campus Ministry
240-455-9626          amanda.saunders@bmhs.org
Ms. Samuel Hardwick, Assistant Director of Campus Ministry
240-455-9627          samuel.hardwick@bmhs.org
Mrs. Sandra Herndon, Campus Ministry Assistant
240-455-9604          sandra.herndon@bmhs.org
 
 
Holy Cross Student Service Hours
Students may find both the required number of hours and the hours completed on the bottom right hand side of a student's report card (click here to see an example).  Please contact Mrs. Herndon at Sandra.Herndon@bmhs.org with any questions. Check out the Mustang Ministry Memo for updated information and current service opportunities. Click here to visit the Campus Ministry page on our website, where you will find all the answers to your questions about our Holy Cross Service Hour program.


Counseling Center
Official and Unofficial Record Requests
All financial obligations must be satisfied before records will be released.
  • Unofficial transcripts are viewable and printable from Maccess.
  • College Counseling will be using Parchment and SCOIR to send all official transcripts to colleges and universities for the Class of 2022. The processing fee is $5 per transcript.
  • Record requests for Bishop McNamara alumni should be submitted via Parchment. The processing fee is $5 per transcript.
Visit our Website Page
Please check the Counseling Center page on the BMHS website for updates regarding social-emotional learning, academic advising and scheduling, and college counseling workshops. Our Twitter feed is also a reliable source for real-time college counseling advice and scholarship information.

 

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Deadline Extended for Class of 2026 Fine Arts Scholarship Applications
Due to the recent weather and temporary return to virtual learning, the Fine Arts Department has extended the deadline for students interested in applying for one of their Fine Arts scholarships. The new deadline for auditions and application paperwork is January 25, 2022.  Scholarships are offered in dance, music, theatre and visual arts for talented 8th grade students with experience in the arts. Click here to access the Fine Arts webpage, then click on Fine Arts Scholarships in the list of links.


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Mustang Shop Contact

Mrs. Kathleen Troyner, Store Manager
301-735-8401, Ext. 114
 
Virtual Shopping Only During January
The Mustang Shop, in keeping with the school's current policy restricting visitors to campus, will only offer online shopping through the month of January. Customers will be notified as soon as their online orders have been filled. When you receive notification that your order is ready, please call the main office to arrange a time to pick up your items. One of our receptionists will be happy to meet you at the front door of the main building with your package. As always, please call or email the Mustang Shop with any questions.
 

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Parents' Club
The BMHS Parents' Club welcomes the active participation of all of our parents. We have a full schedule of meetings and events planned for the 2021-2022 school year; click here to see who we are and to access our meeting and event schedule.
 
Parents' Club January General Meeting Postponed
The general meeting of the Parents' Club, originally planned for Wednesday, January 19 has been postponed. Please continue to read Mrs. Carter's Sunday Update, and check back here. A new date and time will be published as soon as it has been determined.


Student Health Services
Dr. Jessica Nash, Director of Student Health Services
301-735-8401, Ext. 105
 
Health Records
Immunization records and physicals were due August 1; you may submit documents via Magnus, which you can access through your Maccess account. Families will receive weekly email reminders until health records have been submitted. Records must be dated after June 1. Please be aware that, although the COVID-19 vaccination does appear in the list of immunizations it is not required for Bishop McNamara students to return to campus. We do encourage families to let us know if their students are vaccinated so that we can track vaccination percentages for our community.
 

 

Student Life
Mr. Brian Brower, Director of Student Activities
301-735-8401, Ext. 112
 
Fundraiser/Dress Down Day January 20
Bishop McNamara will sponsor a dress down day on Thursday, January 20 to raise funds for the Forestville Pregnancy Center. The dress down day coincides with the annual March for Life, which will take place in Washington, DC on Friday, January 21. Students who wish to show their support and dress down may do so by donating $5.


Support BMHS
Bishop McNamara's Advancement Office coordinates a variety of giving opportunities for family, friends, alumni and corporate giving. Please visit their page on the BMHS website to see how you can help. Every gift we receive helps us to financially support our students, to ensure the quality of our programs and facilities, and to inspire others to give as well. We have been blessed by the generosity of our community.
 
The Bishop McNamara Fund
Donations to the Bishop McNamara Fund help support our tuition assistance initiatives, family support, and our academic, fine arts, and athletic programs. It is through your generous donations that we are able to ensure our Mustangs continue to have meaningful experiences throughout the school year. 
 
Pave a Path to the Future
Construction of the La Reine Science and Innovation Center is well underway, with visible progress made each day. You or a loved one can be a permanent part of this project when you purchase a commemorative paver or bench for the LSIC Legacy Courtyard. Click here to purchase a paver. We are also continuing to fundraise towards this construction project. If you'd like to support the LSIC construction please click here to make a gift.
 
Grow Our Scholarship Program
Scholarships have been established in honor of or in memory of a beloved family member, friend or teacher, or simply to celebrate the legacy of Bishop McNamara or La Reine. Click here to donate to one of our scholarships so we can continue to provide opportunities for our Mustangs.
 
Support BMHS When You Shop Amazon
Have you done Amazon Smiles? 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 designate to be Bishop McNamara High School!
 
Volunteer Service Opportunities
The administration has waived the parent service hour requirement for the 2020-2021 school year. Any hours earned this past year will be applied to the 2021-2022 school year's requirement of 10 parent service hours per family. We are hoping that, as COVID-19 recedes and we are able to return to regular operations, there will be plentiful opportunities for our families to volunteer during the upcoming school year. Your support is always needed and appreciated. Please contact our Ms. Tracy Fennell at tracy.fennell@bmhs.org with any questions.

 


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