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

Welcome to the last edition of the Headmaster Update for the 2020 - 2021 school year. Thank you for your partnership over the past year. It has been challenging at times and now, with the pandemic subsiding, it has been tremendously rewarding to have our students back in the building for in-person learning. With the restrictions having been lifted, we are beginning the summer in a very positive way!

We will continue to provide school updates throughout the summer months and will keep you abreast of the progress we make on MC's construction projects and exciting plans for next year. Please look for emails and other announcements as we move forward.

The strength of our school has been built on positive interactions and personal relationships and one challenge that the pandemic created was the limited ability to create in-person connections for our community. Virtual meetings, emails and webinars all had their place, but face-to-face interactions and live events were missed. My prayer is that we will be able to return to normal next year with a host of MC community events, activities and functions in the fall.

Several well-known adages were coined during the 1920’s that still have relevance today in the 2020's. Horseracing was a very popular and exciting form of entertainment, with many people placing bets based on the appearance of the horses. Unfortunately, the external information was often inaccurate and was off the mark. For example, the best way to determine the age of a horse is to look at its teeth. A thorough examination of a horse’s teeth will identify the true age and condition of the animal. The adages, “don’t look a gift horse in the mouth” (don’t find fault when given a gift) and “being long in the tooth” (being older) were derived from such examinations. Another adage is “straight from the horse’s mouth.” This meant the information about the horse came from the most accurate source - the horse itself!

With this in mind, during the pandemic we had to rely on a variety of digital communication channels including emails, social media, etc. As we move to the post-pandemic future, Malden Catholic is committed to growing a healthy community by making sure any information we pass along comes “straight from the horse’s mouth.” Our official social media pages are our most accurate, up-to-date source of information and the Headmaster Update is our weekly news source for the school. I encourage our parents to follow these official Malden Catholic social media platforms:

If any of our families have questions, we ask that they call or email one of our administrators for accurate information rather than relying upon unofficial channels for information or hearsay.

Have a safe and restful summer!

John K. Thornburg
At a Glance
Monday, June 7
Community Days 11th Grade Girls | 8:30 - 11:30 AM
Community Days 11th Grade Boys | 10:20 - 1:30 PM

Tuesday, June 8
Community Days 10th Grade Girls | 8:30 - 11:30 AM
Community Days 10th Grade Boys | 10:20 - 1:30 PM

Wednesday, June 9
Community Days 9th Grade Girls | 8:30 - 11:30 AM
Community Days 9th Grade Boys | 10:20 - 1:30 PM

Thursday, June 10
Day of Giving Back

Friday, June 11
Office closed
MC bldg
What's New?
End of Year Awards Ceremony
Congratulations to all the students who were recognized at Malden Catholic's end-of-year Awards Ceremony on Friday! The livestream recording of the event is available on MC's YouTube channel.
Community Days at MC - June 7 - 9
During the last week of school, each grade will come together as a group to receive class and summer reading information for the next school year, participate in fun challenges and share MC memories with classmates before summer break. Please remember to bring a non-perishable food item for Catholic Charities.

Grade 11 will meet on Monday, June 7, Grade 10 will meet on Tuesday, June 8 and Grade 9 will meet on Wednesday, June 9. Each day, the Girls Division will be at school from 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM and the Boys Division will be at school from 10:20 AM - 1:30 PM. Breakfast treats and lunch treats will be served. We look forward to seeing you there!
MC's Day of Giving Back - June 10
Be sure to mark your calendar for MC's Day of Giving Back which will be held on Thursday, June 10. Pandemic restrictions are slowly being lifted, but the ability for so many talented students to receive a quality education remain well beyond the means of many. It is crucial - now, more than ever - to support these students who would otherwise fall behind. Our goal is to provide as many students as possible the superior quality education that Malden Catholic has to offer. 

This day is for community engagement and fundraising, and together, we can achieve this goal. Your support assures tuition affordability for students and their hardworking families, and provides programming that will benefit all students.
Tickets for In the Heights Movie Premiere - June 11
A limited number of Malden Catholic Students have been invited by Warner Brothers Pictures to premiere the vibrant musical, In The Heights, directed by Jon M. Chu from the award-winning Lin-Manuel Miranda musical! The film will premiere in theaters on Friday June 11 and the first 200 MC students to email a request for tickets will receive a Fandango QR code for (2) free tickets to watch In the Heights live at a local theater.
 
If you are interested in receiving the Fandango code for (2) tickets to attend the live movie premiere in a theater near you, email Ms. Reardon at reardonj@maldencatholic.org using your Malden Catholic email account by Wednesday, June 9.
Learn to Play Field Hockey Clinic - June 17
Malden Catholic will offer field hockey as a new sport this fall. If you are interested in learning how to play, the Athletics Department is offering a free Learn to Play Field Hockey Clinic on Thursday, June 17 at 4 PM on the MC Stadium Field. This is open for all students who want to try out, play or just learn more about the sport. If possible, please bring a stick to the clinic. See the link for information regarding how to pick the right stick for you.

To participate in the clinic, please register for Field Hockey on Family ID, and then be at the Stadium Field at 4 PM on Thursday, June 17. Preregistration is not required.
MC Parent Book Club - June 23
The final MC Book Club meeting of the 2020 - 2021 academic year will take place on Wednesday, June 23, and club members will discuss The Extraordinarily Lucky Day in the Unlucky Life of David Pryce by Howard Gardos. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34684078-the-extraordinarily-lucky-day-in-the-unlucky-life-of-david-pryce

The meeting will be held in person at the Meola family’s household this month and also virtually via Zoom through this link: https://sanofi.zoom.com/j/9307039967
Meeting ID: 930 703 9967.

Please feel free to bring your favorite snacks and refreshments. If you plan to join the meeting, please RSVP to Christina Saraiva-Fauci at csaraiva391@gmail.com.
Order Your 2020 - 2021 Yearbook
Grades 9, 10 and 11 students along with faculty and staff who are interested in purchasing a 2020 - 2021 Malden Catholic yearbook may order one by clicking this link. Yearbooks are produced over the summer and the Class of 2021 will receive their yearbooks in the fall along with anyone who purchases a yearbook through the link above.
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.
What's Happening Around MC?
MC Hosted Special Visitors, Mr. O'Hanley and Ms. Garcia from State Street Corporation
We would like to thank Mr. Ronald O'Hanley, CEO of State Street Corporation and Ms. Yvonne Garcia, Chief of Staff, for conducting student roundtable discussions at Malden Catholic in May. Mr. O'Hanley's late father, Ronald P. O'Hanley graduated from MC in 1946, and he is a strong supporter of MC and Catholic education overall. Ms. Garcia is also an experienced corporate leader and an advocate for diversity in the workplace. It was an honor to have these special guests join us and share inspiring stories regarding how to create a positive impact on the lives of others!
MC Summer Internship Program
As part of Malden Catholic's Center for Leadership, MC will provide opportunities for over 70 students to participate in real-world leadership experiences in business, STEM and the arts over the summer. 

Several Malden Catholic students had an early start and produced a promotional film for Urban Media Arts illustrating the need to clean the area surrounding Malden River. This film was used to launch a successful Earth Day environmental clean-up event for Malden in May. These students will continue to intern with Urban Media Arts this summer as well.

Led by Dr. Markus Buehler, MIT's Laboratory for Atomistic and Molecular Mechanics, selected MC students will participate in the MIT Moon Project. Through this internship, MC students will investigate ways to use lunar material to construct future moon dwellings as part of a NASA outreach initiative.

The Engineering Intensive will have students engaged in a summer engineering project that will practice concepts from engineering solution brainstorming to final product analysis. They will also discover how this process is applied in Civil Engineering by examining an actual construction project, learning from architects, engineers and contractors. 

A wide variety of Business Internship positions in the areas of marketing, technology, sports, legal and medical services, just to name a few have also been filled by Malden Catholic students. Students assigned to these internships will be required to attend an information and training session at Malden Catholic to prepare for their positions. Students will receive information on that session soon via their Malden Catholic email.
Alexander R. Vitale 2016 Memorial Scholarship Contribution
This week, the MC Swim Team made an outstanding contribution of $5,440 towards the Alexander R. Vitale 2016 Memorial Scholarship Fund which provides tuition support for qualified incoming MC students who are actively engaged in service in both their school and community.

This Memorial Scholarship Fund was established by Ronald and Robin Vitale in memory of Alex, a MC Senior in 2015, who tragically passed away from injuries sustained in an automobile accident when he was 17. We would like to thank the swim team and Coach Gaff for working so hard to make this donation possible!
Sherry Endicott Retires
For the past 20 years, Sherry Endicott P’99, 01, 04 and 06, has served many roles at Malden Catholic. Her journey began at the front desk where she was welcoming MC students daily. Later, she joined the Athletics Office as the Administrative Assistant supporting programs by managing transportation, correspondence and uniform/equipment distribution. As a result of her dedication to the school, Mrs. Endicott has earned the MC Adult Athletic Service Award, the Theodore James Ryken Award and received special recognition at MC’s 2021 Baccalaureate Mass. Last week, she was also honored during halftime at the MC Boys lacrosse game. We will all miss you, Sherry!
Spirit Days at MC
For the last full week of school, Malden Catholic Student Council hosted Spirit Week with themed dress-down attire for each day. This was a great way to end the school year!
Samaritans Breakfast
Inspired by Tom Burke, MC Class of 1959 and former Trustee, MC has for many years hosted representatives from Samaritans to speak in Theology classes regarding suicide prevention and the Samaritan's work in the community. Mr. Burke invited MC administrators and faculty to join him at his virtual table on May 25 for the 2021 Samaritan "Breakfast for Hope" in May. Tom is a longtime supporter of Samaritans as a Board Member and Crisis Hotline Volunteer. Eamonn Casey, Rose Maria Redman, Brother Thomas Puccio, Dustin Batista and Deirdre Foley attended the event and enjoyed presentations by Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts District-07 and Kyle Elizabeth Freeman, Anti-Shame Activist at The Company Keepers. 
Mission Moment
Mission Moment: Where Can We Find Jesus?

We wrapped up our Grade 9 Theology class this week with a simple question: “Where can we find Jesus in our world today?” If we were to go with a response suggested by St. Therese of Avila years ago, we would have an equally simple answer: “Look in a mirror”! God made us in His image, after all! We each carry a spark of divinity. With our baptism, too, we become members of the Church and join in Christ’s Mystical Body. We are meant to be reflections of God’s love.

We looked a bit further into the topic. What does it mean, then, to reflect God’s love? St. Paul captured the thought perfectly in his First Letter to the Corinthians in a passage familiar to many of us, often read at . . .

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