Headmaster Update
John Thornburg
Headmaster
thornburgj@maldencatholic.org
Dear Families,

Welcome to April break! I trust that you and your family are taking some time to rest and relax. This is a great time to recharge before we enter the last weeks of the school year. There are a lot of exciting things ahead, and time will pass by quickly. We have had a great year, and my prayer is we will finish strong as we move into summer.

Typically, we do not send a Headmaster’s Update during a school break, but there are important events and deadlines coming up and I want to make sure that everyone is informed. In this issue, you will find information regarding the following:

  • Baccalaureate Mass and Commencement Exercise Registration
  • Schoolwide COVID-19 Testing for Faculty, Staff, and Students (Monday, April 26)
  • Return to School Webinar (April 26 at 6:30 PM)
  • Return to School In-Person Learning Plan and Google Form for choosing your student's PHASE
  • Our 15th Annual Gala (April 29 at 7:00 PM)

I encourage all of our families to attend the Return to School for In-person Learning webinar on Monday, April 26 since it will feature Dr. David King along with our COVID-19 administrative team and provide us all an opportunity to discuss the details of the plan. Our 15th Annual Malden Catholic Gala will also be a significant event for our school community on April 29 at 7 PM.

My prayers are with your family this week, and I look forward to seeing our students return to school the following week.

Thank you for all of your support,


John K. Thornburg
At a Glance
Monday, April 19 - Friday, April 23
April Break
MC bldg
What's New?
Return to School for In-Person Learning Webinar - April 26
Last week, we distributed our Return to School for In-Person Learning Plan. Each grade will reenter Malden Catholic next week and students will need to choose either the GREEN PHASE or the RED PHASE on the Google Form by May 3.

Our Administrators will be hosting a Return to School in In-Person Learning Webinar on April 26, 2021 at 6:30 PM. This event will feature the following guests: Dr. David King, Nurse Elizabeth Paquette, Mr. Jeff Smith and Mr. James Grocki. Our speakers will discuss the Return to School plan and answer any questions parents and students may have regarding the school's transition to the GREEN PHASE. link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7732036660587688975
Schoolwide Saliva COVID-19 Testing - April 26
In preparation for returning to school, Malden Catholic will administer COVID-19 Pool Testing. On Monday, April 26, MC will require all students who plan on being in the GREEN PHASE to participate in a schoolwide COVID-19 testing initiative. We are also requiring all faculty and staff to participate in the testing. As part of our commitment to a Culture of Health and Safety, we require the testing of everyone who will be in the building next week when we begin our in-person learning model (GREEN PHASE). This will allow us to establish a baseline for the health of the current school community and return to the building in the safest possible manner. Any member of our school community who cannot make this mandatory event should contact either Nurse Paquette, Nurse Olive or Mrs. Redman.
 
Testing schedule and procedures:
All testing will be conducted outside under the tent outside the gymnasium. Students will be separated by divisions and also by homerooms. Boys Division will utilize the back parking lot by door #11 and then walk to the tent. Girls Division will enter the tent from the front of the building on Crystal St. The testing area will be separated by homerooms. Students will be directed to their designated tables, complete, the test, and then exit the testing area. The school will not be open to students.
 
8:30 - 9:30 AM - All Grade 9 Students
10:00 - 11:00 AM - All Grade 10 Students
1:30 - 2:30 PM - All Grade 11 Students

  • If you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 3 Months and the Nurse’s office has been notified- YOU DO NOT TAKE THIS TEST.

  • If you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 3 Months and you have not notified the Nurse’s Office - YOU DO NOT TAKE THIS TEST, but you do need to contact the Nurse’s Office with this information. You will most likely still be positive. You need to contact either Nurse Paquette or Nurse Olive, at paquettee@maldencatholic.org or olivec@maldencatholic.org.

  •  Please arrive during your assigned testing time. Remember that you must wear a mask, and keep a social distance of at least 6 feet.

  •  After the testing, no groups of any kind will be allowed to congregate on Malden Catholic property.

  • Take your Temperature in the morning. If it is 99.1 or above -STAY HOME.
 
  • If you have had close contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 14 days-STAY HOME.
 
  • If you or anyone in your home has been ill within the past 14 days with the following symptoms: sudden loss of taste or smell, fever, cough, shortness of breath, severe headache or gastrointestinal distress -STAY HOME.

  • If you or anyone you have been in contact with the symptoms listed above - STAY HOME.
Teacher Tribute for the MC Gala - by April 20
On April 29 at 7 PM, Malden Catholic will recognize 2021 Plus Ultra Award recipients, the Malden Catholic Faculty and Staff, as we celebrate our 15th Annual Gala.

All Gala proceeds will directly support Malden Catholic students - providing essential programs and opportunities that define the MC experience. Be sure to take a moment and write a Teacher Tribute for a special faculty member who has been instrumental in your student's life. We will publish all tributes received on or before April 20 in our virtual Gala program.

We are also excited that our event will feature an online auction this year with many tremendous items and experiences donated by our MC families, alumni and friends. Please register through this link to view the online auction catalog which will have new items added until April 29. The online auction opens on April 23, so remember to bid early and often!
Register for Baccalaureate Mass and Graduation - by April 23
We have a very busy month of activities planned for the Malden Catholic's graduating class of 2021. Senior parents, please register for the MC Baccalaureate Mass and Commencement Ceremonies by Friday, April 23 to reserve your seats. Due to COVID-19 protocols, contact information will be needed for each individual who registers.

  • Yard Sign Delivery - RAIN DATE - moved to Thursday, April 22 - Signs will be dropped off at Seniors’ homes.
  • Adopt-A-Senior Baskets - Saturday, May 1 - Basket deliveries will begin at 11 AM to Seniors' homes.
  • Senior Beach Party - Wednesday, May 12, at 11:30 AM - Music and games will be held on the Brother Gilbert Stadium field.  
  • Baccalaureate Mass and Awards Ceremony - Friday, May 14, at 4 PM - Mass will begin at 4 PM and will be held on the Donovan Field. The Awards Ceremony will immediately follow the Mass.
  • 2021 Commencement Exercises - Saturday, May, 15 at 1 PM - Commencement Exercises will be held on the Br. Gilbert Stadium field.
  • Commencement Rain DateSunday, May 16, at 1 PM

Click here to read the most recent "Letter to Seniors."
Click here to view information about Tuxedo Rentals.
If you would like more information about Senior events, please visit our Senior News and Events page on the website.
Business and STEM Leadership Applications - Due by May 7
As part of Malden Catholic's Center for Leadership, we are thrilled to officially announce competitive opportunities for up to 50 Malden Catholic students to participate in internships in Business, STEM, and the Arts over the Summer. In addition to invaluable benefits which include networking and resume-building, MC is launching this program to allow our students to gain a better sense of what career they want to pursue after college, what type of major they wish to pursue in college, and help them develop professional experiences to assist in their college applications.  

To learn more about these amazing opportunities, click here.
MC Summer Sports Camps and Classes for Grades 2 - 11
Summer is right around the corner! Malden Catholic is pleased to open the campus for the Summer of 2021 for Sports Camps and Summer Courses. These classes typically fill up quickly, so be sure to enroll soon! We look forward to seeing you at MC this summer!

To view the full list of Summer Class offerings and Sports Camps for 2021, click here.
Celebrate Their Year with a Senior Advertisement
Senior parents may purchase a personalized ad for their student which will be featured in the Malden Catholic 2020/2021 yearbook. You can create an account here and begin by uploading photos and a personalized message. Please visit Jostens Yearbook Ads page for more information.

For any questions regarding Senior ads, please contact Malden Catholic's Communications Coordinator, Ms. Amanda Beresheim at beresheima@maldencatholic.org.
Congratulations to all our Seniors!
Sports
NFHS Streaming Services
Streaming service is provided through NFHS for all home athletic events at all levels in both Doherty Gymnasium and Doherty Field. Both live streaming and on demand view back is available with a subscription. A month to month subscription is $10.99 and a portion goes back to Malden Catholic. Your subscription also allows you to watch any athletic event from any program in the country that uses the NFHS Network!
Fall II Sports Games Schedule