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JANUARY 2020

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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.

 
January 20 - Martin Luther King Day Observed/School and Offices Closed/Teens in Action Service Day
January 21 - End of the 2nd Quarter
January 21 - Parent's Club Meeting 
January 22 to 24 - Kairos #49
January 22 - Start of the 3rd Quarter
January 23 - 2 Hour Delayed Opening
January 24 - No Classes/Professional Development
January 25 - Saturday Detention
January 26 to 31 - Catholic Schools Week
January 31 - Catholic Schools Week Liturgy
February 1 - Annual Bull Roast
February 2 to 8 - Holy Cross Week
February 4 - 2nd Quarter Report Cards Published
February 4 - PCEB Meeting
February 5 - National Signing Day
February 5 - Board of Directors Meeting
February 6 - Sophomore Retreat
February 7 - Sophomore Retreat
February 8 - Father/Daughter Social
  
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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: BusinessOffice@bmhs.org
 

Bishop McNamara’s 2020-2021

Financial Aid Application

If you intend to apply for financial aid for the 2020-2021 school year please go to: Online.factsmgt.com/aid. You will first need to create an online account. If you already have a FACTS account click on “Sign In”. Then click on the Start Application button.

Financial Aid Instructions and Deadlines

 

● 2019 W-2 forms due by 2/15/2020.

● Final 2019 Federal Income Tax Return and all schedules due by 4/15/2020.

Early to Mid-February 2020

●  Notification: Financial Aid decisions will be made for families whose files are complete*.

● Your student’s financial aid award will be included with his/her 2020-2021 re-enrollment contract. Bishop McNamara reserves the right to adjust your student’s award if material discrepancies are found in your final 2019 tax returns and the information provided on your financial aid application.

Please contact FACTS at 866-315-9262 if you have any questions regarding the FACTS financial aid application or how to submit your supporting documents. If you have questions about Bishop McNamara's Financial Aid process, please contact Lan Bui at businessoffice@bmhs.org

*By December 20, 2019 if FACTS does not receive your financial aid application or is missing any of the required supporting documents listed above, your financial aid file is considered incomplete and will not be processed.

 

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:  Knights of Columbus Scholarships

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. 

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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 robert.vanderwaag@bmsh.org.

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. 

 

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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 robert.vanderwaag@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 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 sandy.mammano@bmhs.org.  


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The Mustang Shop is open and ready for the 2nd semester!!

Please stop in for a visit! Don't forget to pick up your gym uniform before your class starts!

Sweatshirts and hoodies are fully stocked to keep you warm and cozy for the winter. We have something for everyone - from babies to Grandparents and everyone in between! Come check out our awesome gear, we are bursting at the seams!

MUSTANG SHOP HOURS

Monday - 7:30 am - 3:30 pm

Tuesday - 7:30 am - 3:30 pm

Wednesday - 7:30 am - 3:30 pm

Thursday - 7:30 am - 3:30 pm

Friday - 7:30 am - 3:30 pm

Have health related questions for Ms. Stacey Slack, School Nurse  

Email: nurse@bmhs.org 

Parent's Club Volunteer Opportunities

It may seem early;  however, planning for the following events are underway.  Please consider volunteering for:

Father/Daughter event, scheduled for February 8th, 

Mother/Daughter event, scheduled for March 14th, and 

Mother/Son event, scheduled for May 3rd

The individual committee chairs are looking for CREATIVE and FUN people to join! 

Please email the Parent's Club at, parentsclub@bmhs.org for further information! 

Keep in mind that every family needs 10 service hours each year!  These are great ways to get those hours!!  

 

GET READY, GET READY, GET READY!!!!

The next Parents’ Club Meeting is:

JANUARY 2020

Parent’s General Session, Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 6:30pm

Topic:  How to Raise an Adult by Julie Lythcott-Haims Book Discussion

 The topics for the meetings are sensitive in nature, but necessary in today’s society.  The book for the January meeting is on sale in the Mustang Shop, but you can also find it at www.amazon.com.  Please take the time to read it.  This discussion will be very helpful.

USED UNIFORMS

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

PARENT VOLUNTEER SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

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

The Archery Club is looking for 5 or 6 parent volunteers for an event on Saturday February 22, 2020 from 9:00 to 5:00.  This indoor event is being held in the Fine Arts Gym.  Parents are needed to help with scoring (instructions given) and a concession stand.  If you are interested/available please email Ms Stephens at brenda.stephens@bmhs.org

If there are parents that work for Booz Allen Hamilton please contact the Advancement Office at advancement@bmhs.org  reference a project we are working on.  

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 Faculty/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.

COUNSELOR'S CORNER

Please check the Counseling Center page at BMHS Counseling for student enrichment opportunities, college and career fairs and workshops.  Now is the time to begin thinking about what your student is doing over the summer.  As part of a college-prep high school we believe that it is important that your student participate in meaningful summer enrichment opportunities, internships, and/or jobs whether near or far. Stay tuned to our website for testimonials from students who have attended such events.

12th Graders

All seniors should be showing or making a copy of their acceptance letter to give to Mrs. Yemofio or Ms. Oglesby as soon as possible. Financial Aid Award Letters typically arrive 3 - 6 weeks after the acceptance letter. If students need help deciphering those letters, they should see their counselor. Lastly, all decisions (yes, even denials) should be shared with counselors. Has your student not applied anywhere yet? It’s still not too late! Schedule a meeting with their counselor at your convenience. We look forward to seeing you.

SCOIR & Naviance

McNamara is becoming a SCOIR school which means students will soon receive information on how to register for our new database that mirrors Naviance. Naviance will be phased out by the Class of 2024. SCOIR is a tool for college counseling and will be used in replacement of or in tandem to Naviance. Parents, please be on the lookout for a set-up email by February 14th.

College Visits

We continue to host visits with admissions representatives from a variety of colleges. These visits are now open to the Class of 2021 as we encourage them to begin creating a list of colleges in which they are interested. Students may sign up for a visit via their Naviance account or by meeting with their counselor. Students should see their counselor or Ms. Taylor if they need help accessing Naviance or signing up for a visit. Our Annual Jesuit Excellence Tour- College Fair is scheduled for March 3rd at 11am. All students are welcome to attend and sign up is not necessary.

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.

Resource Help

Students having trouble in a particular class may always speak with their teacher to schedule extra help during resource periods, or before and after school. The Counseling Center offers a peer tutoring program. Interested students should speak with his/her counselor to be matched with an appropriate peer tutor. The following departments offer regular after school help: 

Math Power Hour

Wednesdays, 3:15-4:15

St. Joseph Resource Center

Quarter 2 Report Cards Posted February 4th!!!

Quarter 2 report cards will be available on Maccess on Tuesday, February 4th. To see your child’s report card:

  • Go to bmhs.org

  • Click on the MACCESS in the top right corner

  • Log in with your username and password

  • Click on your students Progress page and select Report Cards

  • Forgot username or password? Go to "BMHS Retrieve Username/Reset Password"

  • Locked out? Email support@bmhs.org

 

2020 Music Trip to Disney

Payment Timeline Reminders (See MACCESS Pages for Conto, Hardy, Sutton for more info)

  • Payment 1 - October 31, 2019 (Passed)
  • Payment 2 - December 6, 2019 (Passed)
  • Payment 3 -  January 31, 2020
  • Payment 4 -  February 25, 2020 (Music Trip Meeting)

SPRING PLAY AUDITIONS!

The Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare

Performance Dates - March 19 to 22, 2020

Auditions will be on Mon - Wed, January 6 to 8, 2020 at 3:30 pm

Students auditioning must be present at all three dates. 

Contact Ms. Mary Mitchell-Donahue with questions  

 

ADMISSIONS OFFICE CONTACTS

Application for 2020-2021 School Year Deadline December 14, 2019

Mustang for a Day registration and the 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!

Please contact MaccessHelp@bmhs.org for help logging in to your account!

ADMISSIONS INFORMATION NIGHT

RSVP HERE

MONDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2019 @6:00 PM Information Night
 
 

INTERVIEW DATES ARE NOW OPEN FOR DECEMBER 

To schedule your family interview, please access your MACCESS account, click on Interview>Schedule and select a date/time that works best for you.
 

HSPT TESTING AT BISHOP McNAMARA ON DECEMBER 14, 2019

 

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 7:25am in the Moreau Chapel. All are welcome! Click here for Schedule of Exceptions to Daily Mass.

  • Anniversary of the Death of Fr. Basil Moreau, CSC: Monday, January 20th.

  • Junior Kairos Retreat: Wednesday-Friday, January 22-24 - Pray for us!

  • March for Life and Youth Rally Mass on Friday, January 24th: Students have the opportunity to attend the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., as well as the Youth Rally and Mass beforehand in the Verizon Center. This is an opportunity to stand up for the respect of all life, from conception until natural death. We will travel via Metro from the Addison Road Metro Station). Permission slips can be obtained from Mr. McClain and are due by January 10th.

  • Catholic Schools Week Liturgy: Friday, January 31 at 9:20am - Join us!  

Holy Cross Service

  • Students are encouraged to perform their Holy Cross Service Hours over the Thanksgiving Holiday.
  • Until Service Hours are available on Maccess, please feel free to email sandra.herndon@bmhs.org with your student’s name and she will respond with the most current information.
  • Please click on the link for a list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding the service program.
  • Summer Service Hours: deadline for submitting these hours is past. These hours can be submitted for “auxiliary” hours but not for “required” hours.
  • Further information and necessary forms are  available at https://www.bmhs.org/faith-service/holy-cross-service-program
 

Junior Commissioning Ceremony

Thursday, March 12th

Mt. Calvary Church at 6:30 pm(doors open at 5:30)

The Junior Commissioning Service is an important time when the entire Junior class comes together for a prayer service and celebration ceremony, followed by a reception. Every Bishop McNamara student is a leader, and we challenge our students to be Christian leaders that strive “to think with Christ.”  Upperclassmen specifically have the responsibility and privilege of serving as role models and trailblazers for the student body–and we believe this ought to begin with prayer and celebration of their gifts.

At the ceremony, there will be blessing for all the Juniors and the McNamara pins which they each will receive. This is also an opportunity for students with class rings, or any item with family or spiritual significance, to have them blessed.  Then the Juniors are sent out, “commissioned,” as leaders of the school for their final three semesters. The ceremony is followed by a reception in the cafeteria, provided by the sophomore class. We strongly encourage parents/guardians to join us in support and prayer for their students.  Don’t miss this important ceremony in Mt. Calvary Church at 6:30 pm on Thursday, March 12!  If you have any questions, please contact the Director of Campus Ministry, Peter Sanneman, at 240-455-9627 or peter.sanneman@bmhs.org.

TEENS IN ACTION

Teens in Activities for Jan 2020

Teens will be conducting the following service activities during January.

January 18 & 19:  NBC 4 Health Fair--(Assisting the disabled, conducting children's activities, promoting health awareness in the area of Driving Safety and Mental Health.)  Parent volunteers are also needed to assist.  Signups for activities at  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TIaServesdec-Jan 

January 20  at BMHS Martin Luther King Day of service 930 to 2 pm in the Mona CEnter and beyond.  WE will be hosting our 2nd annual MLK Day of Service.  There wlll be a variety of family oriented activities and learning.  Cost is $5 per person includes Pizza Lunch.   Sign up and register by Jan 12 at  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2020MLK  

Upcoming events:  April  National Service Learning Conference in New Orleans.

Watch for Prince Georges County Summer Youth Employment Program which will start registrations in early 2020.  To be notified of the opening of registration go to http://bit.ly/2PvPB0b and submit your name and email.   

Youth@Work/SYEP is a collaboration between Prince George’s County Government, Prince George’s Community College, Prince George's County Public Schools, The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Employ Prince George's, and over 250 nonprofit and faith-based organizations, businesses, municipalities and other governmental agencies who are committed to providing a quality and enriching work experience for our youth. The 2020 Youth@Work/SYEP will run from June 29 to August 7.   Students are assigned hours and wages based on age and year in school.  

SAGE DINING SERVICES

SAGE asks if  you haven’t already done so, please fill out this survey on the distribution of our biannual magazine, At Home with SAGE - https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/AHWS2  Your participation is very helpful, thank you!

SAGE also has a blog, please check it out his blog post - https://www.sagedining.com/blog/post/120278/sage-defines-the-food-service-standard

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