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

Welcome to the second week of our second semester! 

This is the last week of our Red Phase and we are excited about welcoming MC students back into the building next week as we move into our Hybrid Model Yellow Phase. Even though we have spent two weeks in distance learning, with COVID-19 cases on the rise, this is a critical time to make sure Malden Catholic has taken every precaution possible to ensure the safety of our community.

To that end, we are requiring mandatory COVID-19 saliva testing at the school’s expense on Wednesday for all faculty, staff and students who plan to return to school during our Yellow Phase. The saliva test is a pooled sample that allows for very fast and accurate testing. It is also a much more comfortable and non-invasive way for us to take full population samples. Please be sure to check the letter that was sent to families last week with the schedule. Student athletes will need to be tested on Wednesday as well. 

These unprecedented times have been difficult for our students and our families. However, over the past year we have all pulled together, with each of us doing our part to get through the pandemic successfully. I thank you for everything you have done! I feel confident that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Plus, our faculty and staff continue to go above and beyond to ensure that every student receives an exceptional MC education! 

Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. – Galatians 6:9

Thank you for your support!

John K. Thornburg

Twitter: @MCHSHeadmaster
At a Glance
MC bldg
Monday, January 11
Red Phase

Tuesday, January 12
Red Phase

Wednesday, January 13
Fifth Day
Mandatory COVID-19 Testing
ROX for Grade 9 Girls | 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM
Girls with Impact for Grade 10 and 11 | 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM 
MC Parent Council Meeting | 4:00 PM
Junior College Kick-off | 6:30 PM

Thursday, January 14
Red Phase
Virtual Rosary | 7:30 AM

Friday, January 15
Red Phase
Chris McCarthy
Associate Director of
Advancement & Alumni Engagement
mccarthyc@maldencatholic.org
Dear Malden Catholic Community, 
 
I am thrilled to be back at Malden Catholic as the Associate Director of Advancement and Alumni Engagement. After graduating from MC in 2007 and St. Anselm College in 2011, I worked as a Senior Account Executive and Business Development Manager for Grand Circle Corporation, a firm that specializes in travel, philanthropy, social entrepreneurship and volunteerism. For the last five years, I worked in Tampa where I further developed the company’s constituent relationships and client base. Through this position, I also had the opportunity to explore my passion for travel through extensive trips across Europe, Africa, and even New Zealand.
 
I look forward to working with all our amazing alumni in my new position and hearing about their lives and career paths that have been shaped in part by Malden Catholic. My team and I will be launching an exciting new project, Alumnifire, with the goal of further engaging MC’s alumni network and creating new opportunities to deepen connections with our professionally-diverse alumni.
 
I am thankful for this wonderful community and look forward to meeting you soon!

Mr. Chris McCarthy '07
What's New?
Schoolwide Saliva COVID-19 Testing
All MC students are required to participate in mandatory COVID-19 saliva testing on Wednesday, January 13.

Girls Division
BLUE Cohort | 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM (All Grades)
GOLD Cohort | 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM (All Grades)

BOYS Division
BLUE Cohort | 11:15 AM - Noon (9th and 10th Grade Only), Noon - 12:45 pm (11th and 12th Grade Only)
GOLD Cohort | 1:15 PM - 2:00 PM (9th and 10th Grade Only), 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM (11th and 12th Grade only)

Varsity Athletes who were tested last week MUST test again. 

The classes assigned to the cafeteria testing location will enter and exit through door #1. The classes assigned to the gymnasium will enter and exit through door #11. Please see the letter that was sent to families for more specific information regarding testing. 
Junior College Kick-Off on 1.13 at 6:30 PM
This week, School of College Counseling is hosting the Junior College Kick-Off on Wednesday at 6:30 PM.

Virtual Junior College Kick-Off on January 13 at 6:30 PM. The Junior College Kick-Off event will provide an overview of the entire college application process, the context of the admissions landscape and other important information that will make applying to college easier. Please register here
 
Virtual College Admissions Panel on February 10 at 6:30 PM. Admissions representatives from Catholic University of America, Stonehill College, Syracuse University, Tufts University and University of Massachusetts, Lowell will provide information about the admissions process and take audience questions at the end of the panel discussion. Please register here. https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8551172820778079248
MC Parent Council Meeting on 1.13 at 4 PM
This Wednesday, the January Parent Council meeting will feature guests, Boys Division Leader, Mr. Robert Bucchino and Girls Division Leader, Mr. Jeffrey Smith. Please join the MCPC meeting through this link: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/446817501

MCPC Volunteer Sign Up Form
Interested in helping with MC events this year? 
Please sign up to volunteer for upcoming events using this Google link.

Official Parent Facebook Group
Be sure to join the official Parent Council Facebook Group for updated news and information. Click here to join the group or go to: https://www.facebook.com/groups/maldencatholicparents

The Malden Catholic Parent Council (MCPC) has open membership to any Malden Catholic parent who wishes to participate and support our school. The Parent Council meetings will be held on the second Wednesday of every month and although participation is not mandatory, it is strongly encouraged.
Crystal Highlights
The Malden Catholic's annual report, Crystal Hi-Lites, is now available for viewing on our website. The detailed publication features stories, alumni interviews and updated information regarding the 2020 school year. Click here for the website link.
Tomaz Silveira '23 Raises Money to Buy Socks for Children in Need
During the fall, Tomaz Silveira, an MC sophomore, demonstrated what it means to go Plus Ultra. Tomaz independently raised money to purchase 180 pairs of socks and donated them to Cradles to Crayons, a non-profit organization in Newton. Cradles and Crayons provides children with the essential items they need to thrive – at home, at school and at play. Way to go, Tomaz!
Green Team Cleans Up the Malden Bike Path
Malden Catholic junior girls on the Green Team worked together with Campus Ministry to clean the bike trails in Malden. Thank you for volunteering your time to take care of our local community!
Virtual Rosary on 1.14 at 7:30 AM
Please join us for our weekly virtual Praying of the Rosary on Thursday morning at 7:30 AM. You can join through the attached GoToMeeting link. https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/595751997
Hon. John T. Broderick Jr. - R.E.A.C.T. 
We would like to thank the Honorable John T. Broderick Jr. for joining us last week to discuss mental health awareness as part of our Leadership Speaker Series. During his time on the Court, the Broderick family experienced the devastating impacts of mental illness in a very public way. The Broderick family’s personal experience with undiagnosed and untreated mental illness is the driving force behind Judge Broderick’s dedication to sharing the 5 Signs of mental illness/R.E.A.C.T. to improve understanding and awareness of mental illness, to eliminate its stigma and to encourage discussion.

Judge Broderick's compelling story is one of leadership, compassion, faith and forgiveness. We are grateful for his insight, which included learning how to be more aware of our own mental health and the health of others. If you would like to view the presentation, please see the link on MC's YouTube page.
Club Spotlight - Robotics
The Malden Catholic Robotics Team began in the fall of 2005 through the efforts of Pat DeVito and Pat Napier, two students who had a passion for robotics. Since the start of the team, over a hundred students have benefited from learning Botball!

The Botball® Educational Robotics Program engages middle and high school aged students in a team-oriented robotics competition. In this club, students enjoy an inquiry-based, learn-by-doing activity that encourages creativity, preparedness, leadership, teamwork and evaluates robot design, programming, team dynamics and documentation.

The Robotics team's success over the years has brought positive recognition to Malden Catholic students' skills, which includes a third place showing at the Global Conference on Educational Robotics.
   
The team currently has 30 members who meet Tuesday afternoons from 3 - 4 PM in preparation for the season's competition. Please reach out to Mr. Caristinos caristinoss@maldencatholic.org if you are interested in joining.
Headmaster Coffee with Headmaster Thornburg and Br. Puccio on 1.21 at 8 AM
Please join us next week for the January Headmaster Coffee with Headmaster Thornburg and Brother Puccio. With Catholic Schools Week approaching, Brother will discuss his goals for MC's mission integration and how "Catholic Schools Support the Common Good."

Coffee with Headmaster Thornburg and Br. Thomas Puccio, CFX, Ed.D., H'18 
Thu, Jan 21, 2021 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM (EST) 
Please join through this link:
Flu Shot Reminder
Influenza immunizations are required for children attending schools in Massachusetts. Malden Catholic students are expected to have received a flu vaccine by February 28, 2021, unless an exemption letter is provided to Nurse Olive or Nurse Paquette for medical or religious reasons.
Mission Moment
Driving in this morning, I learned from a radio diet ad that there’s a thing called “Quitter’s Day,” the first Friday after New Year. Studies show this to be the day by which most people have abandoned their New Year resolutions! We’ve already passed that date – January 8 – and the riotous Capitol events only two days earlier, might tend to weaken, or at least discourage, one’s resolve for justice. Sunday’s reading from Isaiah, though, reminds us that God commissions us not to quit: to “bring forth justice,” not just to some but to “the nations” – to ALL; to do it not shouting in the street, but with the gentleness of one who can handle a fragile plant carefully enough so it won’t break; or with the patience of one who blows on a smoldering wick till it fans to flame.

Thus says the LORD: Here is my servant whom I uphold, my chosen one with whom I am pleased, upon whom I have put my spirit; he shall bring forth justice to the nations, not crying out, not shouting, not making his voice heard in the street. A bruised reed he shall not break, and a smoldering wick he shall not quench, until he establishes justice on the earth; the coastlands will wait for his teaching. I, the LORD, have called you for the victory of justice, I have grasped you by the hand; I formed you, and set you as a covenant of the people, a light for the nations, to open the eyes of the blind, to bring out prisoners from confinement, and from the dungeon, those who live in darkness. (Is. 42: 1-4; 6-7)

Filled with God’s spirit, formed for the very purpose of bringing light to those who live in darkness, we can take heart that God guides us even as He challenges us not to quit until we “establish justice on the earth.” May we continue to be instruments of God’s peace.
Sports
Sports Practices
Varsity winter sports are back including Boys Basketball, Swimming and Hockey programs and Girls Basketball and Hockey!

All sub-varsity teams will be resume team activities on 1/16/21.

As a reminder, students in the RED Cohort will not be allowed to participate in in-person activities including athletics.