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

I hope this update finds you and your family well. It is hard to believe that we are already in the first week of November and moving into the second quarter. I am thankful for our strong first quarter of academic achievements and look forward to the second quarter remain just as strong. We are committed to the success of our students and these results reflect our wonderful, supportive school community.

I was amazed how quickly our New England fall seemed to turn into winter with the surprise snowfall we had last Friday. What began as a few flakes continued throughout the day until we had our first full blanket of snow covering the campus. The first snowfall seems to spark the need to prepare for what we all know lies ahead. Thankfully, we still have some pleasant weather ahead before we find ourselves in midst of the winter season.

This is going to be another great week at Malden Catholic! On Wednesday, we have some extraordinary programming with a Prayer Service and the launch of our Center for Leadership Speaker Series. I am thrilled to spend time with Command Sergeant Major Daniel Hendrex, and I look forward to his remarks regarding the development of personal leadership traits. On Wednesday, we will also be welcoming our new Student Council and hosting an organizational meeting for our Malden Catholic Parent Council. I am very excited about engaging our parents this year and allowing everyone to join together to provide additional support for MC student initiatives.

In addition, our new Malden Catholic lawn signs will arrive this week. We will be distributing the signs to our student body. I would like to ask all of our families to put a yard sign up near the street or in a window of their homes to share the enthusiasm and support we feel for MC.

Thank you again for all your support,

John K. Thornburg

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At a Glance
Monday, November 2
Blue Cohort Day 1
Virtual College Visit: Keene State College | 2:20 PM
Virtual College Visit: Merrimack College | 2:20 PM

Tuesday, November 3
Gold Cohort Day 1
Student Council Voting | 12:55 PM
Virtual College Visit: Emmanuel College - Boston | 2:20 PM
Virtual College Visit: St. Leo University | 2:20 PM

Wednesday, November 4
Fifth Day
Prayer Service & Student Council Officer Installation | 8:30
Leadership Presentation Live for Boys 9-12 and Girls Grades 10 & 11 | 10:00 AM
ROX Leadership Program for Girls Grade 9 | 10:00 AM
Academic Enrichment | 12:30 PM
Virtual College Visit: Rutgers University - New Brunswick | 2:20 PM
Virtual College Visit: Westfield State University | 2:20 PM

Thursday, November 5
Blue Cohort Day 2
Praying of the Rosary | 7:30 AM
Virtual College Visit: Sacred Heart University | 2:20 PM
Virtual College Visit: Fitchburg State University | 2:20 PM

Friday, November 6
Gold Cohort Day 2
Praying of the Rosary | 7:30 AM
Virtual College Visit: Salve Regina University | 2:20 PM
Virtual College Visit: Saint Anselm College | 2:20 PM
Reminders from Principal Redman
Dear Malden Catholic Families,

I am delighted to join Nurse Paquette in the Health Office as the School Nurse. Malden Catholic's enrollment has grown at such an incredible pace; it was the perfect opportunity for me to provide additional support for this amazing school.

I have a broad background in the medical field having worked at Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Medford from 1986 - 1988 on the medical surgical and telemetry floors and also in the ICU. I also worked in the Critical Care Unit for four years at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center and in the Hemodialysis Unit for six years. I then started working with children in a pediatrician's office for two years and joined Presentation of Mary Academy in 2016 as the school nurse. I am the proud mother of two sons, Russell, a 24-year-old professional baseball player and Stephen, who is 23 and plays football at Bryant College. We all also enjoy our Labrador Retriever, Slash, who keeps us entertained.

I absolutely love being one of the MC school nurses and I have truly enjoyed meeting the welcoming students and warm families at Malden Catholic!

Mrs. Carol Olive
Carol Olive
School Nurse
olivec@maldencatholic.org
What's New?
Student Council Elections and Prayer Service
Student Council campaign videos will be distributed to MC students today! Elections will be held tomorrow at 12:55 PM. Students will receive a Google form electronically so that all MC students can vote. We will announce the winners tomorrow at 2:15 PM.

On Wednesday at 8:30 AM, the students will also attend a Prayer Service to celebrate the Installation of the 2020/2021 Student Council Officers. A link will be sent to the students.
Center for Leadership Speaker- Command Sergeant Major Daniel Hendrex, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command  
To kick-off Malden Catholic's Center for Leadership Speaker Series, CSM Daniel Hendrex will be joining us on Wednesday, November 4 to speak to students about the essential characteristics required for personal leadership. His presentation will include the importance of leadership skills, ethics, grit, adaptation and ways to maintain focus in our daily lives. He will also discuss his personal leadership journey and role as Command Sergeant Major of the US Army Training and Doctrine Command, as well as his book, “A Soldier’s Promise, The Heroic True Story of an American Soldier and an Iraqi Boy”. The book tells a story of “sacrifice and courage by an Iraqi boy and the U.S. soldiers who protected him from certain death by bringing him to the United States....an astonishing tale of two countries and two very different kinds of people joining together against terror and tyranny, and of the young man who, against all odds, gave Dragon Company what they desperately needed - hope.” 

CSM Hendrex Student Presentation Link
Wed, Nov 4, 2020 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
MC Parent Council Organizational Meeting on Wednesday
On Wednesday, November 4 at 4:00 PM Headmaster Thornburg and Principal Redman will cohost a virtual MC Parent Council (MCPC) organizational meeting to share thoughts and ideas with parents and discuss volunteer opportunities. 

Malden Catholic has always been blessed with parents who are willing to contribute and create meaningful MC experiences for students and families. Our desire this year is to bring as much “fun and engagement" as possible to the school community while navigating with the safety precautions required by COVID-19. 

Malden Catholic Parents Council
Wed, Nov 4, 2020 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EST)
You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (224) 501-3412
Access Code: 286-685-389
Lawn Signs Distributed This Week
We are in the middle of MC's admission season and have created lawn signs to help promote our school during the pandemic. We would like to ask every Malden Catholic family to put a lawn sign in their yard, help spread the word about our fantastic school and encourage families with 8th graders to apply. 

The Class of 2025 applications are due by December 15.
Sophia Barchard, Class of 2023
Mock Trial Competes in Garden City Tournament
MC's Mock Trial Team participated in the first virtual Garden City Tournament this past weekend!
 
With less than two weeks of preparation, Students (Attorney/Co-Captain Lily Baglio (22), Attorney/Co-Captain Joe Meuse (’21), Witness/Co-Captain Emma Pohl (’22), Attorney Ashley Reardon (’23), Witness Olivia Gowrie (’22) and Witness Sophia Barchard (’23) marked history, participating in 3 separate 2+ hour trials completely on Zoom format, where performances included not only delivering opening and closing statements, direct and cross examinations, raising objections and a knowledge of sharing screens and properly entering evidence.
 
We are very proud of everyone’s performances and look forward to an amazing season ahead!
Samaritans: You Are Not Alone
As part of MC's Respect for Life curriculum for Juniors, on November 9th, MC will be hosting its annual suicide awareness and prevention virtual seminar presented by the Samaritans.

For over a decade, Malden Catholic has partnered with the Samaritans to speak to our students regarding this important issue. Thomas Burke '59 has served on the MC Board of Trustees from 1998-2004, continues to advocate for suicide awareness/prevention and is MC's personal connection to the Samaritans organization.
 
The program is designed to bring stronger awareness and open the pathway to honest conversation. “Suicide is now the second leading cause of death for young people (aged 10-24). Samaritans offers several different types of school-based suicide prevention training to foster conversations. Young people deal with countless stressful situations every day: bullying, harassment on social media, difficult coursework, unhealthy friendships, and others. Unfortunately, many students struggle to reach out or do not know where to turn when they have a crisis. Workshop topics include risk factors and warning signs; coping skills and resiliency building; facts, figures, and myth busting; best practices for talking to and helping someone who may be suicidal; and school and community resources.  Our free suicide prevention workshops aim to help students understand their emotions and feel less alone.” – (Samaritans’ webpage https://samaritanshope.org/ .
Baby Clothing Drive
Campus Ministry's annual Baby Clothing Drive to benefit the Friends of the Unborn in Quincy will be collecting donations until Friday, November 6.

The following items have been requested: baby girl and boy outfits, pajamas and onesies for newborns and 0-3 months, baby boy and baby girl snowsuits for newborns and 0-3 months, baby monitors, crib sheets for boys and girls, baby bottle brushes, sleep mittens, burp cloths and regular-sized toothpaste.

Thank you for all of your donations and support!  
Mission Moment
Brother Puccio
Yesterday, November 1, the Church celebrated All Saints Day, and today we remember All Souls. The Feast of All Saints originated as a celebration of martyrs. In fact, our word "martyr" comes from the Greek word for "witness." The Church has always honored those early Christian witnesses who gave evidence of their faith by their very lives! 
Though we know the names of some of these martyrs, there were thousands of early Christian martyrs, the majority of whose names are known only to God, and over time there have been countless others who really are saints -- who are with God in heaven -- even if their names are not on some list of canonized saints. 

Let us honor All Saints today in prayer:
Loving God, we thank you for the goodness of those who have journeyed before us in faith; who modeled holy lives worthy of our imitation; who struggled as we struggle, to seek you and find you in all that we do, and who now enjoy Your close company. We ask today that All Your Saints pray for us: that we too may become living witnesses -- a personal evidence -- of Your love at work in the world; that each of us can be the saints we are called to be! We remember with love all deceased member of our families and of our Malden Catholic-and-Xaverian communities. May they continue to work your loving purposes. We pray these things through Jesus and All your Saints… Amen.

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.