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July 2020


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.

June 29 - First Day of On-Line Summer School

July 3 - 4th of July Observance - School and Offices closed

July 15 - Used Uniform and Bookstore Clearance Sale

July 24 - Last Day of Summer School

August 3 thru 8 - School/Campus Closed

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Calling all Mustangs!  

One of the devastating impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic is that many members of our McNamara Family who were already struggling have been pushed past the brink.  We seek to rally together to help our friends, neighbors, and fellow Mustangs. 

Bishop McNamara is doing everything possible to help, but much more is needed for emergency tuition and crisis support. 

Thank you for considering a gift of any amount to the Bishop McNamara Family Crisis Fund today.

Together, our #BMHSFAMILY will get through this unprecedented crisis!


AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as  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 earmark as Bishop McNamara High School.

The Bishop McNamara Fund remains the primary vehicle for members of the Bishop McNamara community to join together in a meaningful effort to support our mission to educate hearts and minds in a dynamic, inclusive Catholic school community rooted in the Holy Cross tradition.  

All gifts to the Bishop McNamara Fund impact the School’s ability to enhance its standards of excellence in student development, teaching, and facilities and helps Bishop McNamara High School flourish each year.  Your gift to the Bishop McNamara Fund upholds the spirit of philanthropy that since 1964 has sustained this School. Thank you for your generosity and faith in our mission!

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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:

The Legacy Courtyard at the La Reine Science and Innovation Center

As we make plans for the La Reine Science and Innovation Center, anticipated to open in 2021, we're introducing new Benches, Pavers, and Memorial Bricks that can be purchased for the Legacy Courtyard. 


As part of Bishop McNamara's Faith. Family. Future! Capital Campaign, we invite all members of the Bishop McNamara and La Reine communities to take part in creating a lasting legacy.   

Whether an alumni, current family or friend, these Benches, Pavers, and Memorial Bricks will be created for you.

  • Benches = $10,000 
  • Pavers = $500
  • Memorial Bricks = $500

To reserve your Bench, Paver, or Memorial Brick today click here to go online to purchase or contact Director for Mission Advancement Dr. Robert Van der Waag at (301)-735-8401, ext. 158 or

Make a gift that lasts a lifetime!  Thank you!

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

All gifts of $100.00 or more designated to the Marco Clark '85 Society by La Reine High School alumnae, faculty, staff, and administration make you eligible to have your name on the Legacy Wall (rendering right) inside the La Reine Science and Innovation Center, anticipated to open in 2021. 



To reserve a space on the Legacy Wall today click here to purchase or contact Director for Mission Advancement Dr. Robert Van der Waag at (301)-735-8401, ext. 158 or

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 how your legacy can transform the trajectory of Bishop McNamara students for generations to come through planned giving, please contact Ms. Sandy Mammano, Director of Development, at (301)735-8401, ext. 295 or by email  





Looking for something comfortable and cozy for teleworking?  Maybe you are looking to jump up from work right to your workout or just looking to update the "new" work wardrobe...look no further than some super soft McNamara sweats!  Comfortable and stylish!  Give us a call!  We are happy to fulfill all your spirit wear needs!  We have so many awesome items, let's keep the spirit alive!  Contact Katie Troyner at


Senior Polos and Pullovers are on sale now until July 20th ONLY. Class of 2021 order today!

Senior Polo & Pullover

It is that time of year again....please log in to Maccess and Magnus Health to complete the medical forms.


Once again we are requiring physicals for all students.  We encourage you to have one completed by your primary care provider, if that is not possible there are quite a number of urgent care centers that perform sports physicals.  

We ask that you please submit the following by Aug 1st:

1. Annual physical (sports physicals are fine)

2. A current copy of your student's immunization record. 

3. Over the Counter Medical Form

I need this signed by you and also by your primary care provider. Secondly, please sign aside of those medications you allow me to administer to your student throughout the school year.

4. If your student has asthma, allergies, chronic health conditions...there are additional medical forms to have completed.  There are also available on Magnus Health.

5. Please complete the medical history on Magnus Health.

6. Lastly it is imperative to have an emergency contact listed to call in case of any emergency 

If you have any questions or conerns please contact Nurse Slack at

Parents Service Hour Opportunities

Volunteers are needed for the following dates for a Stand Up and Deliver Food Pop Up:

June 25th, July 2nd, July 9th, July 16th, July 23rd and July 30th.

These events run from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  In front of Alumni Hall.  Please contact Mrs. Melissa Antonio-Huar at  to volunteer.  

The Uniform Exchange Committee needs your help!

If you are available to help with any of the following events listed below or have questions, please send an email to Tracye Mitchell ( . Thank you! 

  1. We have several bags of donated uniforms that need to be laundered. The bags are pre-sorted and bagged for easy distribution. You will receive 2 hours of service for each bag you wash, dry and fold! 

We will have bags available for distribution on Wednesday July 1st and Thursday July 2nd from 10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon ONLY (or until all bags are distributed). Please arrive in the front circle and the bag(s) will be delivered to your car.

Limit of 2 bags per family. All bags MUST be returned by Tuesday, July 7th to the school office.

  1. The annual summer Used Uniform Sale is scheduled for July 15, 2020 from 4:00 – 7:00 pm. We are in need of several volunteers to help with the sale, set up and clean up. We ask a minimum of 1 time slot and you will earn 1.5 hours per time slot. You can sign up for more than one slot. We have the following volunteer time slots available:
  1. Set Up: 2:45 pm  – 4:00 pm (4 volunteers needed)
  2. Sale Volunteer: 3:45 pm – 5:00 pm (4 volunteers needed)
  3. Sale Volunteer: 4:45 pm – 6:00 pm (4 volunteers needed)
  4. Sale Volunteer: 5:45 pm – 7:00 pm (4 volunteers needed)
  5. Clean Up: 6:45pm – 8:00 pm (4 volunteers needed)

If you are able to assist, please send  your name, email address , phone number (mobile is best) and hours of availability for the uniform sale.  You will receive a confirmation email as well. 


If you have any used uniform items that you would like to donate, please drop off at the Main Office Monday through Friday 8:00 to 1:00 pm.  Call t 301-735-8401 and someone will come out to take your donation.  Thank you for your support of Used Uniform Sales!  Any questions please email


July 15, 2020 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm.  Used uniform and Bookstore sale.



Class of 2020

Final transcripts were submitted to the college of your choice via mail or Naviance on June 15th. Final transcripts were uploaded to the NCAA Clearinghouse website for all registered scholar-athletes on June 12th. Please contact your college if you have told us where you are attending but your college hasn’t marked your transcript as received. If you have not told us where you are attending, please email your counselor. An unofficial copy of your final transcript has been posted to Maccess. Be sure to download and print a copy as soon as possible;  Student log-in accounts and access to BMHS computer drives will become inactive in July. Google accounts (including student gmail addresses) will become inactive on September 1.

College Acceptances for the Class of 2020 are posted on our website. Go to the Academics page on, click on Counseling, then Happy List to access college acceptance/scholarship information.

Class of 2021

Get a head start on the college application process by taking part in the Counseling Center's virtual College Application Workshops on August 4-6 and August 11-13. Our counselors will host a 60-minute Google Meet each of the three days covering a variety of topics from campus visits to application essays to letters of recommendation. There are only 25 slots available for each session so choose the time that works best for you (either 10 a.m. or 1 p.m.). You only need to register once to be signed up for all three days of that workshop. You will receive an invitation to the Google Meet via your student email on July 27th. Just click the link in the invite and take the first step toward your college dreams!


Schedules for the 2020-2021 school year will be posted to Maccess in early July. While every effort is made to schedule students in the classes they selected, on occasion unscheduled courses do occur. There is no charge to meet with a counselor to try to add unscheduled courses; students will be charged $40 to change their schedules for any other reason starting September 14th, 2020. See the directions below for summer schedule change procedures for each class.

  • Class of 2021 ~ Every effort will be made to resolve schedule conflicts for seniors via telephone conference. Seniors with unscheduled courses should contact Ms. Taylor via email so that she may coordinate this process with a senior counselor.

  • Classes of 2022, 2023 ~ A counselor will be available virtually to meet with underclassmen on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. until noon throughout July. To schedule an appointment visit, click on the search icon in the top right corner of their home page, then enter in the “Search for a Sign Up” box. Click “Not a Robot”, then click the search button. Click on the link to the BMHS Summer Schedule Change Appointment calendar. The counselor will contact you at your scheduled appointment time.

  • Class of 2024 ~ Schedules will be released to parents/guardians in July. Students with requested courses that were not scheduled may follow the directions above to schedule an appointment. Parents/guardians will receive an email notification with directions for accessing the parent/student portals in the near future.  For questions regarding scheduling an appointment email .

All Fine Arts and Events Status is paused for the moment. We invite community members to visit the BMHS Fine Arts Website for News and Updates!

Students who wish to join Choir, Band/Orchestra, Classical Dance, and Traditional African Music & Dance must take an audition. We will be posting information for all of this in soon. Please watch BMHS.ORG.

Students in many Fine Arts Classes will need to take Placement Auditions. We will be posting this information via MACCESS. See your Fine Arts Teachers for information.


To Submit an Application you must first submit an inquiry in our Enrollment Management System!

Once you submit an inquiry, our staff will generate an account, username and temporary password for you.  After you access your account, you may schedule a Campus Tour, Mustang for a Day, submit an application, and upload transcripts from the links on the checklist.

Please contact with any questions!

Please contact for help logging in to your account! 

Campus Ministry Office Contacts

Ms. Saunders: Director of Campus Ministry 
Phone: 240-455-9626
Mrs. Herndon: Campus Ministry Assistant
Phone: 240-455-9604


What’s Going On

Check out @bmhscampusmin on Instagram, created for our community to share reflections about where we are finding God during this time. 

Check out this YouTube Channel by former BMHS board member Father Charlie Cortinovis, where he is celebrating Mass, Adoration, or the Liturgy of the Word each day along with a homily.

2020-2021 Holy Cross Student Service Hours

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

  • We are in the process of revising the requirements for the 2020-2021 school year and hope to have the updated information posted on the Holy Cross Service/Program Requirements page in early July. Please be patient with us, if you have any questions please email Amanda Saunders at


Teens in Action has gone VIRTUAL!   Youth and Adult Volunteer Opportunities.

We need expertise in the area of video production, virtual field trips and more.  Earn hours toward a Presidential Volunteer Service Award. The following opportunities for Virtual Service are available to students.


  1. Helping to create and conduct virtual field trips for children who are not able to get out due to stay at home restrictions or family illness.  Student/s would video and narrate a video of interesting places to go and do in the Metro DC area or elsewhere and present them during our Virtual Summer Program
  2. Assist as a Counselor Assistant for the Virtual Camp Program--We need individuals who can edit videos, create videos, and work with children
  3. Dance, Music or other fine art performers who would like to create 3 session of fine arts programs of 30 -45 minutes that teach children about music, engage them in dance, or teach drama activities.
  4. Sports and Fitness--We are looking for volunteers to help conduct virtual fitness programs for kids.


  1. Be trained and become a friendly visitor via phone with a Senior living in low income senior housing.  Check on them weekly and see how they are doing.  Keep a record of contacts and share with team leaders
  2. Music, Dance--create with a group of friends a presentation of dance or music that could be shared with seniors via online interaction. 
  3. Help create newsletters and information for Seniors about what is happening in the community.  
  4. Lead a virtual field trip for seniors to places of interest in the community--pre-tape or do it live in coordination with Camp Fire Staff. 

General Community Support

  1. In a very secure and following CDC and local regulations, help pack up project packs for camp.  This could be a pick it up and take home and make the packets or in a small team wearing masks at one of the offices.

Teen Leadership Opportunity-- We will be hosting an online Teen Leadership Workshop with some youth from around the country. It is open to youth in Teens in Action.  Meet youth from various locations and create some global leadership opportunities and service learning

For more information contact Mrs Pezzuto at