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BISHOP McNAMARA HIGH SCHOOLA Catholic, Holy Cross, Coeducational, College Preparatory School for Grades 9-12

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JANUARY 2023

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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Fall 2021 Reopening Stage 3

COVID 19 FAQs

 

Breaking News
 

Support our Annual Food Drive from December 5th through 9th!  This charitable effort by our school supports seven different food pantries, shelters, and charitable organizations throughout our area as they work to provide aid to those experiencing food insecurity.  Please bring in unexpired, nonperishable food items, or make financial donations through a credit card, debit card, or Apple Pay on campus each morning before classes begin. 

As we prepare for exams, remember that study guides are provided for all classes.  All are welcome to check in before or after school in the library for test prep support and studying ideas.

 

Book Club for Break?  Come by the library with a friend, or two, or three, and check out the same book to read over Christmas break.  Sets of books are on display as you enter the library.


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News from Our Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships; Admissions

  •  Financial Aid:  
    • While financial aid applications were due by Friday, December 2nd, the BMHS Financial Aid Committee will still accept and review late applications (after making decisions for on-time applications). 

    •  Please note that as long as you have submitted your FACTS financial aid application (along with your 2021 tax documents, your 4506-T form, and two recent pay stubs) your application is considered complete by our Financial Aid Committee.  FACTS will mark your application as “incomplete” because the 2022 tax documents haven’t been submitted yet.  Please note that 2022 documents are due by April 15, 2023.

    •  Financial Aid decisions will be rendered with re-enrollment contracts for returning families on Friday, February 24, 2023.
    •  If you have any questions, please reach out to Ms. Isadore - kendall.isadore@bmhs.org
  •  Scholarships: 
    • Thank you to those who applied for scholarships this year using the BMHS Common Scholarships Application!
    • Scholarship Decisions will be released with re-enrollment contracts on February 24, 2023.
  • Re-Enrollment:
    •  Re-Enrollment Information, 2023-2024 School Year: We value each of our families here at McNamara and we work incredibly hard to retain all families from year to year. We are releasing the timeline for re-registration now so families can save these dates and avoid missing important re-enrollment deadlines. These deadlines are crucial in allowing our faculty and staff to effectively plan for the next school year. The Admissions Team is excited to announce the re-enrollment timeline and details:
    • Re-enrollment contracts for the 2023-2024 school year will be available via MACCESS on Friday, February 24 by 3:00 p.m.
    • The “early action” re-enrollment fee is $350 and the deadline is Friday, March 17.
    • Families who re-enroll after March 17 will be charged $450 for the re-enrollment fee.
    • All returning families must be re-enrolled by Friday, April 7.

 

 
 
School Uniforms
Bishop McNamara's uniform requirements are included in the Student Handbook. We work closely with FlynnO'Hara Uniform Company, a family-owned and operated business located in Lanham, Maryland, which has been serving Catholic and other private schools for over 50 years. Please visit their websites for more details:


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. Our Parents' Club also holds periodic sales of gently used uniform pieces. 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
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
 

2022-2023 HOLY CROSS STUDENT SERVICE HOURS

  • Students were able to start earning hours for 2022-2023 on June 11, 2022.
  • As a reminder, service hours for the 2022-2023 school year must be completed in person at either a pre-approved service site or at a nonprofit organization that must be approved by Campus Ministry using the Approval Request Form.
  • Check out or Mustang Ministry Memo for regularly updated service opportunities.

You can 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).  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 2023. 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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Spring Play Auditions for “The Mouse That Roared,” A Political Satire:

No Preparation Needed!

January 4 & 5, 2023, 3:30 - 6:00 in the Fine Arts Theatre

You must attend both days to be considered for a role!

Callbacks: Friday, January 6, 3:30 - 6:00 

Tech Crew applications will be available January 4 & 5. 

Performances: March 17, 18, & 19, 2023

Questions? email: Mary.MitchellDonahue@bmhs.org

 

Attention Music Trip Students: Your NEW ROOM/BUS FORM is due Thursday, January 5th 3:30 pm to Mrs. Hardy.  No exceptions.  If you do not turn in a form by January 5th, we will place you in a room.  Check your email for an email from Mrs. Hardy and/or Mrs. Shieh.  


 

 


Mustang Shop
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Don’t forget to stop by the bookstore in person or online and get your favorite Mustang some fabulous gear!!!    We have so many fantastic new items in the bookstore, from babies to Grandparents, we have you covered.  The bookstore hours are Monday through Friday from 7:30 am - 3:30 pm.

 

Mustang Shop Contact

Mrs. Kathleen Troyner, Store Manager
301-735-8401, Ext. 114
 

Mustang Shop


Parents' Club

2022-2023 SCHOOL YEAR SLATE OF EVENTS:

Your Parents' Club is pleased to share its planned calendar of events for the new school year. Six general meetings, each featuring a different topic, are planned and all of our families are invited; parents who attend will receive credit for one service hour per family for each meeting they attend. Meeting dates are January 25, February 15, March 14, and May 10.
 
In addition to these general meetings, the Parents' Club will host four special events for parents and students:
 
February 4: Father/Daughter Event
March 18: Mother/Daughter Event
May 6: Mother/Son Event
 
The BMHS Parents' Club welcomes the active participation of all of our parents and we look forward to meeting our Class of 2026 families in August.  Click here to visit our page on the BMHS website ~ see who we are and find more details about the meetings and events mentioned above.
 

Mark your calendars! The Father/Daughter event will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2023 from 1-4pm. Check the Sunday updates and the website for specific information soon for signing up to participate.


If you are interested in volunteering and are full of creativity, energy, talents, and gifts - We would love to have you! The goal of the event is to create a fun, engaging, and bonding experience for BMHS Fathers and Daughters. Please send an email to FatherDaughter@bmhs.org. Parent service hours will be given for your committee participation.


Student Health Services

Dr. Jessica Nash, Director of Student Health Services

301-735-8401, Ext. 105
 

HEALTH RECORDS

Immunization records and physicals are 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

 


Support BMHS

SUPPORTING OUR MUSTANGS

Bishop McNamara's Advancement Office coordinates a variety of giving opportunities for family, friends, alumni, and corporate giving. Please visit our 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 are so very grateful for the generosity of our community! 
 

SUPPORT BMHS WHEN YOU SHOP AMAZON

Have you signed up for Amazon Smile? 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

Please note the 2022-2023 school year's requirement of 10 parent service hours per family. Volunteers are needed to help with events throughout the year. Many of these volunteer opportunities will be announced in the principal's Sunday Update, with links to sign up. Please contact our Ms. Tracy Fennell at tracy.fennell@bmhs.org with any questions.

 


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