Headmaster Update
John Thornburg
Headmaster
thornburgj@maldencatholic.org
Dear Parents,
 
I hope you had a restful weekend. We have moved on to the second quarter and Thanksgiving break is just around the corner. As the numbers of COVID-19 increase across the nation (and our state), we want to make sure we preserve our culture of health and safety at Malden Catholic. Therefore, today we are announcing our Holiday Guidelines for the end-of-year academic schedule. The holidays offer a well-deserved break, but they also present a hazard related to the potential spread of the virus. To make sure we are able to mitigate the risk and safely return to school, we will be holding fully remote classes (Red Phase) for a brief period after Thanksgiving break and after Christmas break. For more information, please view the video and PDF below.

We realize that students (and families) would prefer to attend classes in-person, but with the social gatherings planned during the holiday season, we need to take extra precautions to ensure the well-being of our entire community. If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to reach out to me.
 
To ensure the safest possible return to our campus, we are also looking into required COVID-19 testing after Christmas break for all students, faculty and staff. This plan is still in development and there will be more information regarding testing in the near future.
 
Thank you for all your support,
 
John K. Thornburg
MC Holiday Guidelines
At a Glance
Monday, November 16
Blue Cohort Day 1
Dress Down Day
Virtual College Visit: University of Massachusetts,
Lowell | 2:20 PM
Virtual College Visit: Manhattan College | 2:20 PM

Tuesday, November 17
Gold Cohort Day 1
Coffee with the Principal | 8:00 AM
Virtual College Visit: Bentley University | 2:20 PM
Virtual College Visit: University of California,
Irvine | 2:20 PM
Senior Parent Meeting | 3:30 PM

Wednesday, November 18
Fifth Day
Academic Enrichment | 8:00 AM
ROX Grade 9 Girls (mandatory) | 9:00 AM
Advisory | 11:55 AM
Mandatory for Grades 9 and 10 | 11:55 AM
Club Meeting | 12:45 PM
Virtual auditions for Drama Club’s Anxiety is Orange | 2:30 PM
Virtual College Visit: Fisher College | 2:20 PM
Virtual College Visit: University of Rhode Island | 2:20 PM

Thursday, November 19
Blue Cohort Day 2
Praying of the Rosary | 7:30 AM
Virtual College Visit: Fairfield University | 2:20 PM
Virtual College Visit: Elms College | 2:20 PM

Friday, November 20
Gold Cohort Day 2
Praying of the Rosary | 7:30 AM
Virtual College Visit: Mount St. Mary College | 2:20 PM 
Dear Malden Catholic Families,

I am very excited to be joining Malden Catholic as part of the Math and Technology Departments. I grew up in Somerville and attended Matignon High School. It was there that I was introduced to MC- since I tore my ACL during the first football game of my senior year while competing against the Lancers. Don't worry, I don’t hold a grudge! Upon graduation I attended Northeastern University where I studied Electrical and Computer Engineering and spent 30 years working in the semiconductor industry. 

I have been happily married to my wife Laura for 32 years. I have three sons, Kyle, Brock, and Alec attending Virginia Tech, Tulane, and UMass respectively, and a daughter Anya in her senior year at Masconomet High School.

So far, being part of MC has surpassed all of my expectations and I consider myself fortunate to be part of this community. I firmly believe that the best way to teach kids is to build a relationship with them and I enjoy doing that with my students every day. Thank you to the administration, faculty, staff, parents and the students who have contributed to the success of the Hybrid Model and for allowing us all to remain in school building. 

Mr. Reardon
Gary Reardon
Math and Engineering Teacher
reardong@maldencatholic.org
What's New?
Salute to Veterans Service
Thank you to Commander Jared Belliveau '97 for being our guest speaker in MC's Salute to Veterans which aired on Veterans Day. We would also like to thank all of the MC students who did a wonderful job with the ceremony.

In case you missed the event, here is a link to the video presentation on MC's YouTube page.

Coffee with Principal Redman Tomorrow at 8 AM
Join Principal Redman for a virtual coffee on November 17 from 8 - 9 AM. The coffee hour provides an opportunity spend some time with Mrs. Redman and share your thoughts and ideas regarding the school community. Please join via GoToMeeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: ​+1 (872) 240-3412
Access Code:​ 800-006-341 

Fifth Day Description
We have included a PDF explaining the purpose and outline of the Fifth Day schedule. 

Join the Official MC Parent Facebook Group!
We recently hosted our first MC Parent Council meeting with the Headmaster and we now have launched our official MC Parent Council Facebook Group. This page will serve to keep parents informed regarding Malden Catholic events, activities and key information for all MC parents.

Please join the MC Parent Council Facebook Group today! MC Parent Council FB Group page.
Senior Parent Meeting
We will be hosting a Meeting for Senior Parents on Tuesday, November 17 at 3:30 PM. This will provide an opportunity for senior parents to meet with Headmaster Thornburg, Principal Redman and the Boys Division Leader, Bob Bucchino to discuss the plans and events for celebrating and honoring our seniors throughout the year. The Senior Class Advisor, Mr. Robert Gregory, will be joining us as well. We look forward to seeing our senior parents tomorrow!

Please join the meeting through this link.
STEM Smart Glasses
Through Malden Catholic's STEM Program, Daniel Rodriguez '22 created and developed a working model of "smart glasses" designed to assist the elderly and those with limited eyesight. He originally displayed the glasses at MC's STEM Fair last spring and is continuing to refine and perfect his entrepreneurial working model in class. Way to go, Daniel!
Virtual Auditions for "Anxiety is Orange"
MC held in-person auditions for the Drama Club's production of Anxiety is Orange last week. The club will continue with virtual auditions this Wednesday, November 18 from 2:30 - 5 PM for students who were unable to attend the live auditions.

Please contact Ms. Keith at keithe@maldencatholic.org by Tuesday evening if you would like to audition and you will receive audition materials, a time block and link. 
Maintaining A Culture of Health
We have successfully navigated several months in school on campus and we would like to thank everyone for following the safety protocols designed to ensure the safety of our community. In particular, our maintenance team has done an outstanding job keeping all of our surfaces clean with the electrostatic sprayers that they use to disinfect surfaces in between each student lunch period.
Make-A-Wish Club Grants a Wish
We are delighted to announce that a very special wish was granted through Malden Catholic High School's Make-A-Wish Club’s 2019-2020 fundraising efforts. The club’s tremendous commitment to Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island provided a donation of $13,008 for Ivan’s Backyard Retreat wish.

Principal Redman will share the YouTube link with the entire MC community on Wednesday, November 18 at 11:55 AM.
 
The Make-A-Wish club will also begin fundraising for the next wish by selling Philip R's Ice Cream Bon Bons. Orders are due by Friday, December 4th!

Lawn Signs
We need your help spreading the word about Malden Catholic to families with students in the incoming Class of 2025! Last week we distributed lawn signs to MC families, and we ask that you display the signs in your window or yard.

The Class of 2025 applications are due by December 15. If you have not already picked up your sign, please see Mrs. Tracey at the front desk.
Bread of Life Food Drive
During this season of giving, Malden Catholic is supporting Bread of Life, a faith-based ministry serving the communities north of Boston with a food drive. We will be collecting non-perishable food items until Monday, November 23rd to support Bread of Life's mission "to feed the body and nurture the soul." Collection boxes are located in the MC front lobby and by Door 11. Please give generously!
Malden Catholic Sunshine Club
Malden Catholic would like assist MC families who are struggling during this challenging pandemic. We provide opportunities for families to help other MC families through our MC Sunshine Club. If you need short-term assistance in the form of gift cards/support for supplement food or supplies, please contact Principal Redman redmanr@maldencatholic.org or Mrs. DelGenio in MC's School and College Counseling Department, at delgenios@maldencatholic.org for a confidential discussion. 
Mission Moment
Brother Puccio - World Kindness Day and International Day for Tolerance
What’s in a name? A friend happened to tell me that this past Friday, November 13, was World Kindness Day, observed since 1997 in over 25 countries. I learned, too, that today, November 16, is the U.N.-recognized International Day for Tolerance. I wonder if it’s more than coincidence that “Kindness” and “Tolerance” embrace the same weekend on the calendar. The two certainly go hand-in-hand. And don’t we need more of both?! One day invites us to “make kindness the norm,” for instance, sending an uplifting text to a friend, or delivering an unexpected birthday card, or simply going out of one’s way to make someone smile. The Day for Tolerance asks each of us to make space for others’ opinions and diversity, to solve conflict by avoiding it. Simple, right? Apparently not, in our age of incivility! As educators (at home and at school) we have much to do to teach our children and students how to respect the “other.” We do so by modeling. Respect is at the core of our Malden Catholic code.

One may ask, “Why name a day for kindness or tolerance?” Shouldn’t both be second nature? Of course, but they’re not. So, why name? Well, there’s great power in naming! Did you know that the magical word “Abracadabra” that we first heard as children can translate in Aramaic as “I create what I speak”? Many of our mythic stories show that we hold power over who or what we can name. In many ways, something becomes real when we name it. So, let’s take a day to name those qualities we should live
24/7/365… and create what we speak!
COVID-19 Updates
COVID-19 Update
As you know, we are committed to establishing a culture of health and ensuring the safety and well-being of our entire Malden Catholic community. We appreciate the support everyone has demonstrated, and we can assure you that our students, faculty and staff have been following the safety guidelines. As part of our protocol, we are committed to notifying our entire community in the event that we become aware of a positive COVID-19 case and this communication serves to provide you with an update. 

We have recently been informed of one positive COVID-19 case within our school. We have pursued rigorous contact tracing procedures and have determined that this case provides NO RISK to our school.

Our Re-entry protocol guidelines state that Malden Catholic will communicate when a positive case of COVID-19 is identified, but due to privacy laws, we cannot reveal the individual’s identity. We ask that everyone in our school respect the privacy of all those within the Malden Catholic community. We also strongly encourage all families to diligently follow the guidelines set by the Department of Public Health and that all members of our community avoid travel, do not gather in groups and follow all social distancing protocols.

Sports Events This Week
Our sports season is in progress. If you have not already reviewed the guidelines for fall sports, please take a moment and read Malden Catholic's Return to Fall Athletics Plan found on our website. Click here for the Return to Fall Athletics Plan.

If you need MC masks, they are now available though our uniform supplier, Collegiate House.