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

I would like to be the first to say Happy Easter and offer you well-wishes for a blessed Sunday! I have added a Headmaster's Reflection that reminds families to discuss the importance of this weekend so that the true message of Easter is front and center in our lives.
 
We have had a very smooth transition to schoolwide Zoom classes. Our teachers are reporting that students seem comfortable with the revised schedule and fully engaged in their schoolwork. I am so grateful for your support and encouragement as we continue to evolve and excel in this new distance learning environment.
 
As a quick reminder, this  Friday (Good Friday) is a holiday and we will not have school.  Next Monday, April 13, was originally a day off from school but we will have school that day and host online classes. All students should plan on having a regular school day on Monday, April 13 and Spring Break is scheduled on the original dates from April 20 - 24. 
 
Thank you for your prayers and support,
 
John K. Thornburg
Headmaster

Headmaster's Reflection : The Essence of Easter
MC Community Donates iPads for Tufts' Patients
Part of the devastating aspect of testing positive with COVID-19 diagnosis is the isolation it causes for the victim and the sense of separation.

Malden Catholic and the other schools in the Catholic Conference Connects are asking families, friends and alumni to donate fully functioning iPads to Tufts Medical Center between Tuesday, April 7 through Friday April 17. The iPads must be able to run a FaceTime call and Tufts will be accepting donations at 830 Washington St. in Boston. Individuals are asked to drop off the iPads to the security officer at the Emergency Room Monday through Friday from 2:00 – 4:00 PM.

Please consider donating an iPad if you have one available for this great cause.
What's New?
Inspiration from Mr. Kissel
Latin Teacher
My students have made this transition to distance learning very smooth for me. Fortunately, Latin is a heavily text-based subject that lends itself well to remote learning. Although I already had a fairly healthy cache of online resources, I needed to create new materials, particularly in the form of screencasts for instruction and even more online assessment tools to ensure that the experience was very robust. Moreover, the switch to distance learning has provided a great opportunity for me to learn more about and implement other resources such as Duolingo, SocrativePro, and Lumina. I had intended to research these programs, but put them on the backburner since they were not immediately needed. So, far, the students have been utilizing and completing assignments quite impressively well.  
Of course, while there have been many positives that emerged from this experience, one negative is that I miss seeing my students and colleagues every day. My appreciation for the outstanding community we have at Malden Catholic continues to grow daily and look forward to returning to school. Another challenge has been learning how to balance the many aspects of life with our entire family working from home, including me, my wife and my children. In addition to teaching MC students, I have been homeschooling my two kids, which is itself a full-time job, and talking to them about the strange new world in which we all find ourselves, Luckily, I have a great team at home, and we are enjoying having so much quality time together (well, most of the time).
MC Family Makes Masks for Essential Workers
Over the past several weeks, Anthony Laurenza '21 and his family have done an amazing job making cloth masks and delivering them to Children's Hospital, Everett Fire and Police Department, State Police and Boston Fire. Anthony cuts the patterns and his mother, Andrea, sews on the strings. It is a very time consuming endeavor, but the whole family gets involved and enjoys working together on this tremendously valuable project. Way to go!
180 New Lancers at MC Next Fall
The Malden Catholic Class of 2024 is off to a great start. In preparation for next year, the Admissions team along with Headmaster Thornburg, Principal Cenca and Principal Puccio held a virtual webinar last week for 180 new Lancers to share information regarding placement testing and plans for orientation. We are thrilled to welcome these new studeents to our Malden Catholic family!
MC Students at CPA Conference
The Malden Observer story on April 2, 2020.

In early March, the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants hosted the “Is Accounting for Me?” conference at Suffolk University for 78 students, including eight from Malden Catholic. Teachers selected the students based on their aptitude for accounting and in attendance from MC were: Cameron Abbot, senior; Francesca Callahan, sophomore; Elena Chronopolous, sophomore; Julia Federiconi, sophomore; Robert Ford, senior; Hannah Gately, sophomore; Genarro Giardullo, senior; and Lily Mineo, sophomore. See the attached story in The Malden Observer.
Holy Week
Virtual Rosary - Wednesday at 2 PM

Please join Campus Ministry for a Virtual Rosary on Wednesday at 2 PM.

Meeting ID: 922 150 896
Password: 328671

Hunger for Justice Virtual Retreat
Campus Ministry invites students to the Hunger for Justice Virtual Retreat starting on Friday, April 10 at 5 PM and continues until Saturday, April 11 at 10 PM.

If you are interested in attending, please email Ms. Foley or Dr. Baccari at campusministry@maldencatholic.org.
Virtual Holy Thursday Prayer Service
Campus Ministry will be hosting a virtual Holy Thursday Prayer Service on Thursday from 3-4 PM. This day commemorates the Washing of the Feet and Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles and this is a great opportunity for us all to join together on this special day.

Easter Sunday Mass at St. Raphael Parish in Medford
To allow us all to maintain a proper practice of social distancing and to pray and worship from our homes, the rituals of the Triduum will be “livestreamed” from Saint Raphael’s Church onto Facebook. This includes Holy Thursday “Mass of the Lord’s Supper” April 9;
Good Friday “Passion of the Lord” April 10; and the Easter Vigil April 11. Each of these three services will be “livestreamed” to Facebook at 7:00 PM in the evening.

On Easter Sunday morning, Mass will be available on Facebook and also on Medford Community Cablevision (Comcast Channel 3 and Verizon Channel 47) both at 8:00 AM and 11:00 AM.

To access on Facebook go to: www.facebook.com/SaintRaphaelParishMedford

To access on Vimeo go to:
Information for All
Here's a few tips on how to keep Easter special during our at-home quarantine.
Here are some ways to make sure the food you that you have delivered from grocery stores and service providers are safe when you bring them inside your house.