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

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I hope that you and your family are well-rested and ready for the next several weeks of classes. Today, we begin remote classes, and we will move back to our Hybrid model on Thursday, December 10.

As a reminder, students need to be ready each day to attend and fully participate in their courses. This means that students should have a productive work space with homework completed and be in the proper uniform for class. We ask that you also take a moment and check-in with your student to make sure he/she are prepared for the day ahead.

This is also the season of giving. Like all independent educational institutions, our tuition dollars alone do not cover what we need to operate our school. It takes the generosity of others to make up the difference between what we receive in tuition and what is required to keep our educational facility going. This “gap” is filled by what we raise in our Fund for Malden Catholic (FFMC). This important fund enables us to meet budget demands each year and allows us to provide value-added programming. Last year we raised over $750,000 and this year we are looking to surpass that goal.

During COVID-19, our ability to unite as a community is critical and it's your participation that matters most. Our goal is 100% participation by our families. Whether you are able to give $25, $250 or $2,500, our student body will benefit greatly from your contribution. If you are interested in more information about the Fund for Malden Catholic, please contact Sarah Hamilton (hamiltons@maldencatholic.org).

Also, today is Cyber Monday and you can help MC this holiday season by joining AmazonSmile. Amazon will donate .5% of eligible purchases to Malden Catholic - with no fees or extra cost. You can sign up for AmazonSmiles and choose Malden Catholic High School as your favorite charity or, simply follow this link and start shopping: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/04-2393983.

Thank you for all you do for Malden Catholic!

John K. Thornburg
At a Glance
Monday, November 30
Red Phase Schedule
Agape Latte | 7:30 PM

Tuesday, December 1
Red Phase Schedule
Coffee with the Headmaster | 4:00 PM

Wednesday, December 2
Red Phase Schedule
Lunch |10:45 AM
ROX - Mandatory for Grade 9 Girls | 12:00 PM
Leadership Panels - Mandatory for Boys Grades 9-12 and Girl Grades 10-11 | 12:00 PM
Founder's Week Service - Mandatory for Students | 1:15 PM
Advent Retreat | 7:00 PM

Thursday, December 3
Red Phase Schedule

Friday, December 4
Red Phase Schedule
Alexis Cole
School Counselor
colea@maldencatholic.org
Dear Malden Catholic Families,

I am very excited to begin my career in School Counseling at Malden Catholic and look forward to providing support and guidance to MC students. I am so happy and grateful to be here and part of such a wonderful school and community! 

I have always had an undeniable passion for school counseling, and I knew that this would be my dream career. I received my BS in Psychology and my Masters Degree in School Counseling from Salem State University. In this role, my primary responsibility is to assist with the students' academic, personal and social development. What I love most about working with teens is helping them discover and learn more about themselves. These years provide a tremendous opportunity for individuals to discover their interests, passions and begin a plan for the future. I always tell my students, “You've got this!” I am here to help guide them through any obstacle and learn that there is nothing they cannot overcome.

Parents and students alike are always welcome to reach out to me. Again, I am so excited to be here and look forward to working with the entire Malden Catholic community this year!

Sincerely,
Ms. Cole
What's New?
Agape Latte: Virtual Student Event - November 30 at 7:30 PM
Tonight, November 30th at 7:30 PM, our Campus Ministry team is introducing a new program, Agape Latte, a monthly faith storytelling series that was founded at Boston College. Beginning tonight, guest speakers will be invited to share powerful personal stories about times they saw God working in their everyday lives. 

Our first session will feature Fr. Michael Zimmerman, a graduate of Xaverian Brothers High School, who will share his faith story with the attendees.

Students can join Agape Latte through the attached Zoom link: https://maldencatholic.zoom.us/j/95809192475?pwd=NlRxUGZUNXVnN2pnaWpuZko5andjQT09 
Virtual Coffee with The Headmaster- December 1 at 4 PM
We will have our Coffee with the Headmaster tomorrow at 4 PM. Headmaster Thornburg will be joined by Bill Raycraft, MC's Athletic Director to discuss Malden Catholic's winter sports polices and answer any questions. 

You can also dial in using your phone. 
United States: +1 (646) 749-3122 
Access Code: 662-492-605 
Join from a video-conferencing room or system. 
Dial in or type: 67.217.95.2 or inroomlink.goto.com 
Meeting ID: 662 492 605 
Or dial directly: 662492605@67.217.95.2 or 67.217.95.2##662492605
Giving Tuesday
December 1st is Giving Tuesday, so please give generously to the Fund for Malden Catholic. Our goal is 100% participation by our families, so whether you are able to give $25, $250 or $2,500, our entire MC student body will benefit greatly from your contribution. Please give to FFMC!
MC Book Club - December 1 at 6:30 PM
The next MC Book Club meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, December 1st at 6:30 PM. This month, club members will be discussing The Redhead by the Side of the Road by Anne Tyler. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/46014983-redhead-by-the-side-of-the-road  

The Book Club event will be held live at the Nobility Hill Tavern in Stoneham for a socially distanced in-person meeting. For members who would prefer to join virtually, a video dial-in will be made available. All MC families are welcome to join! 

If you are interested in being part of this engaging group in person or virtually, please contact Missy Barrett at missybarrett727@gmail.com.
Leadership Panels - December 2 at 12 PM
MC's Center for Leadership is hosting an hour-long Alumni Leadership Panel for students on Wednesday, December 2 at 12 PM to supplement our already rigorous and successful academic programming. This Leadership Panel will present information regarding featured alumni and their journey to success in a variety of outstanding careers. The panel will also share tips and tricks to assist students in pursuing their areas of interest and passion.

Boys Division Leadership Panel: 
  • Joseph Sheehan: MC’89, Title Project Manager, Raytheon, Purdue University
 
  • Michael Mini: MC’89, Vice President - Service Operations and Delivery, Smiths Detection, part of Smiths Group, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • Christopher Caprio: MC’95, CFO, Focus Technology Solutions, Providence College

  • Robert Bucchino Jr.: MC’10, Project Manager, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC), Boston College 


Girls Leadership Panel:
  • Pat McWade: GC' 65, Dean of Student Financial Services and Associate Vice President for Student Loan Services at Georgetown University, Harvard University

  • Rosemary Phalen: GC' 69, RN at Board of Trustees Quality and Patient Committee- Boston Medical Center, MC Board of Trustees, University of Massachusetts

  • Pamela Leete: GC' 89, English Teacher - St. John's Prep, well-respected coach, College of the Holy Cross

  • Elle Gallo: GC' 89, Owner - Eve-Rising, Healing, Wisdom & Wellness, former Miss Massachusetts, Salem State University

Founders Day Service- December 2 at 1:15 PM
We will also be hosting a virtual Founder's Day Service on Wednesday, December 2 at 1:15 PM to celebrate Founder's Week and announce the Theodore Ryken Award winner for 2020.

Founder's Week is celebrated from November 26 (Death of Theodore Ryken, Founder of the Xaverian Brothers) through December 3 (Feast Day of St. Francis Xavier). This week reminds us that we are all partners in the shared Xaverian mission and history and calls on us to reflect upon the ways we exemplify the five core values of Humility, Simplicity, Compassion, Trust and Zeal in our lives. The Ryken Award recognizes a member of the Malden Catholic High School who, by his/her commitment and dedication, strives to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ and participates in the community of faith. We invite everyone to join us for this exciting event!

Advent Virtual Retreat for Adults- December 2 at 7 PM
We are proud to announce that we will be hosting an Advent Retreat for parents, faculty and staff. The Advent Retreat will begin on Wednesday, December 2 at 7 PM with subsequent sessions on the 9th, 16th and 23rd. Each hour-long session will include reading, prayers, questions and discussion.

Dr. Baccari, the Boys Campus Minister, will lead the Advent Retreat titled, ​Saying "Yes" to Incarnation. In the first session, "Mary, Courage Personified," the group will discuss Mary and the Angel Gabriel's encounter and Mary's visit to her cousin Elizabeth. We look forward to having you join us!

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (571) 317-3112
Access Code: 304-127-533
Join from a video-conferencing room or system.
Dial in or type: 67.217.95.2 or inroomlink.goto.com
Meeting ID: 304 127 533
Or dial directly: 304127533@67.217.95.2 or 67.217.95.2##304127533
Parent Teacher Conferences - December 2
Malden Catholic has scheduled Wednesday, December 2 for virtual Parent Teacher Conferences. Teachers are always available to talk to parents throughout the school year, so due to limited available times, we are requesting that December 2 conferences be focused on parents who have a particular concern regarding their student's performance in class.

Parents can request a conference with a teacher through email or phone. Teachers will send out their preferred mode of connecting to the parents.
National Honor Society Donates Gift Cards to Bread of Life
Over the years, the Brother Gilbert Chapter of the National Honor Society has worked with Bread of Life, a faith-based ministry serving the communities north of Boston, Massachusetts, to provide Thanksgiving baskets filled with student donations of turkeys, vegetables, desserts, and paper goods for the needy in our area. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, Bread of Life has been forced to change its traditional plans for the holidays. Instead of collecting items to fill turkey baskets, 36 senior members of the NHS collected gift cards for Dunkin Donuts and Stop and Shop for distribution through Bread of Life. Way to go, NHS!
MC Parent Council Meeting
We will be hosting our next Malden Catholic Parent Council meeting on Wednesday, December 9 at 4 PM. In the meeting, we will discuss several new committees that are being formed to create greater opportunities for student and parent engagement throughout the year.

Please use the attached Zoom Meeting link:
 
Meeting ID: 881 1703 2689
Malden Catholic Embroidered Wear and Gifts
The holidays are a perfect time to give the gift of MC gear! Malden Catholic has partnered with DeTucci Embroidery to provide our school community with a great selection of clothing, gifts and totes. Ms. Jen Algozzini, our representative, comes from a family with strong Malden Catholic roots and is excited to provide a tremendous variety of items featuring the MC logo.

Proceeds from DeTucci Embroidery sales currently support MC's Make-A-Wish Club, but in the future, will also support a variety of Malden Catholic charities. Click here to view MC items.
Locker Policy
Winter is here and MC is making accommodations for students to utilize their lockers in a safe and orderly manner. Students will be allowed to store coats and lunches in their lockers at the start of the day and go to their lockers at the beginning of the lunch period. Students will need to clear out the contents of their lockers at the conclusion of each day so that our facilities team can properly clean and disinfect.

Please note, locks will not be placed on lockers at this time and decorations are not permitted.
Mission Moment
The liturgical season of Advent, we know, calls us to a condition of “watchful readiness,” “preparedness” not simply for the birth of Jesus at Christmas but for his return as “king” and “judge” when, in the last days, we will all be called to judgment. There’s certainly an irony that this call for thoughtful reflection comes during days that for many of us have become frantic with activity – busy with work, family, shopping, decorating – and the list goes on! I suppose precisely because of that “busy-ness,” there is no better time to take some reflective breaks! The start of Advent gives us several special opportunities to pause and put things in perspective. Those occasions are the December 3rd Feast of St. Francis Xavier – embedded in what we call “Founder’s Week” at our Xaverian Brothers Sponsored Schools -- and our December 8th observance of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.

Founder’s Week marks the November 26, 1871 death of Theodore James Ryken, founder of the Congregation of the Brothers of St. Francis Xavier, and celebrates the work he started, and we continue today. St. Francis Xavier’s Feast puts us in touch with our School’s deepest roots, through the qualities of one of the Church’s greatest missionaries, the person whose zeal became part of the founding impulse for Ryken’s Congregation. Through remembrance of Xavier, we express thanks for the Brothers who have ministered in his name and for the schools like Malden Catholic they have established. We celebrate, too, the legacy of dedicated laymen and women who now continue the Mission. 

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception – through the Gospel reserved for December 8th -- reminds us of Mary’s willingness to empty herself of personal interest and become the vessel for bringing Jesus into the world. Her humble reply to God’s will, “Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be it done to me according to thy word,” invites us to listen for ways God may be speaking to us each day and to respond in selfless ways. 

Thankful for models like Mary, Xavier, and Ryken, may we begin this Advent season with a continued “watchful readiness” for ways we can act on God’s plan for us. The wonder of Christmas is that our God is among us, and that God has so graced us that we are able to share His love. May the preparations of Advent remind each of us of a God near at hand – Baby, King, and Judge – who invites us to manifest His care to a needy world.  
Malden Catholic Sports Information
Winter Athletic Policies
Students must be actively enrolled in either the BLUE or GOLD cohort by 12/10/20 to participate in Winter Athletics. Students in the RED cohort ​will not be​ allowed to participate in in-person activities including athletics. However, those students who wish to move from RED to in person learning must request this change to Mr. Smith (Girls Division)/Mr. Bucchino (Boys Division) prior to December 9th. Students who go RED for a particular school day or week, may NOT participate in athletics and/or extracurriculars.

Teams will be allowed to practice from the MIAA start date 12/14 - 12/23. Varsity teams that would like to resume team activities on 1/11/21 will need to participate in COVID testing. This means members of the team, including coaches, will need to have 2 negative tests beginning 1/2/21. Results must be given to Nurse Paquette or Nurse Olive in writing by 1/10/21. All sub-varsity teams will be permitted to resume team activities on 1/16/21. 
Sports Registration
FamilyID Winter Athletic Registration is open now for Boys and Girls Basketball, Boys and Girls Ice Hockey and Boys Swimming. The deadline for registration is Sunday, December 13th. Winter try-outs will begin on Monday December 14th. The links for registration can be found below or on the MC athletics website page. Information regarding times and locations for try-outs will be posted as they become available.