Weekly Update
John Thornburg
Headmaster
thornburgj@maldencatholic.org
Dear Parents,
 
I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother’s Day yesterday. Even though it might not have looked like the traditional celebration, I hope you found time to join together with family both in person and virtually, took walks in the sunshine (wearing masks) and felt the glow of appreciation that all moms so deserve this day and all of the days of the year. We celebrate and love all of our MC moms. 
 
We are committed to honoring our Seniors and have kicked off the first step in doing so with the delivery of MC Senior Lawn Signs slated for tomorrow. Next week, we will have a special MC visit day where students can come to school to clean out their lockers, receive a Senior t-shirt and safely take a photo in the courtyard with me, Brother Puccio and select administrators while social distancing. You will receive more information regarding the MC visit in an email tomorrow. Other special gifts and deliveries are planned for our Seniors throughout May.
 
As you might have heard, we conducted a Senior survey last week to gather information regarding how Seniors and their families would like to move forward with MC graduation events. We received excellent feedback and will do our best to incorporate the comments and as many of the creative ideas as possible into our final plan. Our administrators are meeting this week to discuss the data and will iron out the details. Thank you for your patience as we all wade through this challenging time together. 
 
Thank you for your prayers and support.
 
John K. Thornburg
Headmaster 
What's New?
Keeping Students Engaged Through Zoom
For the last number of weeks, MC’s distance learning model and daily Zoom classes have helped to ground me and have become a stable constant amidst everything that is happening around us. In many ways, Zoom classes are very different from what lessons would be like in the classrooms at MC, but what has kept me motivated through it all has been the students’ engagement and willingness to support the many changes. In our AP European History and AP World History classes, we’ve been in “review-mode” for the past few weeks, while getting ready for the exams taking place May 13th and May 21st respectively. The Zoom classes have been a great place to answer questions, provide feedback, and see the students face-to-face, which is always a plus. 
 
This past week, I wanted to change things up a bit. In our history classes, we played an AP Review Scavenger hunt. The game acted as both content review and skills practice for the students. In each round, they were tasked with finding household objects they could relate to a historical prompt and explain how and why it is relevant. I was thrilled to see the students immediately bought into the game and came up with extremely clever and creative objects. In a round where they needed to find an object related to the French Revolution, one student came running back to the webcam with a loaf of bread symbolizing the bread shortages, one of the revolution’s causes. For an object related to Martin Luther, a student turned up with a hammer representing Luther’s nailing of the 95 Theses on the church doors at Wittenberg. In one of the most surprising rounds, one student, within seconds and seemingly out of nowhere, pulled out a sabre and explained it as representing the Age of Exploration and European conquest of the Americas. 
 
Across my classes, it has been great to see our students so engaged, creative, and willing to jump into a virtual Zoom game. Although I miss seeing everyone (students and staff alike) in the halls at school, this week was a fun reminder of the essence and strength of the MC community.

Mr. Tim Endicott
Chair, Social Studies Department
Senior Lawn Signs & Photo Gallery
Attention Senior Families: be on the lookout for a special delivery coming tomorrow, May 12. Members of MC's faculty and administration will be delivering Senior Lawn Signs honoring the Class of 2020. We wanted to make them special, so we proudly featured the Senior photos on the signs.

Also, be sure to check out the Senior Photo Gallery on MC's website, located under the Student Life tab. On social media we will be highlighting each of our Seniors over the days to come.

Every week we will have something special for our Seniors including a Senior t-shirt on locker clean-out day, gifts delivered to the home and other surprises in store.

Congratulations to everyone in the Class of 2020!

Happy Mother's Day
Hooray for all the moms in our MC community! Hooray for the mothers, grandmothers, godmothers, stepmothers, mothers-in-law, aunts, wives, sisters, friends, mentors and women who love with a mother's heart.

We hope all of our beautiful Malden Catholic moms had a lovely Mother's Day. Thank you for everything you do for your child, your family and our community.
Friday Funday - MC's Got Spirit Photo Challenge
Our next Friday Funday challenge will be "MC's Got Spirit" photo challenge. Put on your MC gear, make a fun sign and go MC all the way. The winner will be announced Friday, May 15 and receive a $20 Amazon gift card. May the best spirit wear win!

Please submit all photos to Mr. McCormack at mccormackj@maldencatholic.org by Friday at noon.
MC TikTok Challenge Winner
Congratulations to Christina Autilio '22 and her parents for winning this week's Friday Funday TikTok Challenge! We also want to give a big thank you to Ms. Foley, Mrs. DelGenio, and Ashley Reardon '23 and everyone else who sent us your dance-off challenge video.

Our Friday Funday games have also been a real hit and we would like to thank Sebastian Vasquez '23 for participating in all of the games over the past three weeks. Way to go!
Our MC Heros
Ellen Bartone McPhail GCHS '88, Pharmacist, at Green Street Pharmacy in Melrose talks about having a positive impact on the community by working in health care.

“Much of our time during the day is spent just talking with people, giving them advice, offering them reassurance and a friendly person to chat with when they may be alone during this very challenging time. I feel lucky and blessed to be able to have an impact on my community in a positive way. I fully believe that my time at Girls Catholic gave me my foundation to be a caring and compassionate pharmacist.”

At MC, we thank you, Ellen, for everything you do!
MC Volleyball Passes the Ball
The chain of connections at MC is strong and steady. Check out Malden Catholic's Volleyball team as they participate in the "Pass the Ball" video challenge and have lots of fun along the way.

Click on the video attached and you can see other great inspirational videos on MC's YouTube page.
Campus Ministry
Morning Prayer
Campus Ministers, Dr. Baccari and Ms. Foley, have provided us with a morning prayer that reminds us to fully experience the virtue of humility. P rayers are created Monday through Thursday and available on MC's YouTube Channel.

Virtual Lunch with Campus Ministry
Campus Ministers, Ms. Foley and Dr. Baccari, will be hosting a Campus Ministry Virtual Lunch on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11:30-12.

If you are interested in attending, please email campusministry@maldencatholic.org.
Moms in Prayer - Tuesday at 5 PM
Ms. Foley and Dr. Baccari will be hosting Moms in Prayer at 5 PM on Tuesday, May 12. This is a great way to connect with other members of the MC community.

Way To Be Plus Ultra!
Marina Ribeiro '22 and her family have found a terrific way to reach out and help those in need during the quarantine. Marina was concerned that patients at Boston Children’s Hospital feel isolated from their family and friends right now and wanted to support them during this difficult time. So M arina started creating and sending electronic cards to patients at Boston Children’s Hospital as an easy was to brighten day for young patients. Way to go Marina, you have inspired us all!

Let’s follow Marina’s lead on this! Take a moment and create a patient card using the link below:
Information for All
Sign Up For Summer Classes
Malden Catholic has become a leader in remote learning and provides a model for fun, interactive, summer courses taught by veteran teachers on a secured Zoom platform. MC Summer Classes will be offered for students grades 7 – 11 with exciting and engaging remote courses in Math, Science, English, Social Studies, Foreign Language, STEM, College Applications and a variety of electives. This is a perfect way to keep your child busy and to build important skills during the summer season.

Classes run from June 29 – July 31 and prices for classes vary. Find out more about MC Summer Classes here .
COVID-19 Dashboard
The Worldometer dashboard provides an up-to-date dashboard with COVID-19 facts and figures from around the world and in America by state. Please see the link below for daily updates regarding Massachusetts. Let's all say a prayer that the curve begins to flatten for our area very soon.