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

I hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend! As we are move toward the close of year, I look back with awe and appreciation for the strength and fortitude of our Malden Catholic community. Just three months ago we were confronted with the seemingly impossible task of re-engineering our academic and student life program from an on-campus to a virtual school experience overnight. The entire MC community has risen to the occasion with grace and fortitude.

Our underclassmen have done an amazing job staying on track and we have compiled a End of School Year List of  information and events for the remainder of the year, which will culminate in a Virtual Award Ceremony on June 3 for the MC girls and June 4 for the MC boys.

As we all know, it has been a very challenging year for Seniors across the country and one of MC's generous benefactors and inspired leaders, Mr. O'Donnell, was also kind enough to share a message of hope and encouragement to our graduating Class of 2020. Mr. O'Donnell, we are so blessed to have you in our MC family!

John K. Thornburg
Headmaster 

Headmaster's Reflection - Paddling in a Straight Line
What's New?
Senior Spotlight
Malden Catholic is honoring the leaders of the Class of 2020 at the Brother Gilbert Stadium with a Senior Spotlight. This week, members of our Student Council joined us at 8:20 PM on the field to recognize their accomplishments over their four years at Malden Catholic. Thank you to Sean Noonan, James Guinee, Jake Morrow and Ralph Carbone for representing our students throughout the year.

Next year, Noonan will attend Trinity College, Guinee will attend Bates College, Morrow will attend College of the Holy Cross, and Carbone will also attend College of the Holy Cross.
MC's Friday Funday
Congratulations to Alex Mesquita '23 for winning our Friday Funday Art Contest! Alex drew a colorful image from the popular anime television series, Dragon Ball Z. Way to go, Alex!

Be sure to join us for the last Friday Funday contest of the year. This week will be the "Pre-quarantine Photo Contest." Share with us the last photo you took in/around Malden Catholic before we left for quarantine. Please send all photos to Mr. McCormack at mccormackj@maldencatholic.org by Friday at noon. The winners will receive a gift certificate and announced next Monday.
MC's Masked Singer
Last week's masked singer was... Theology teacher, Mr. Casey! We received over 100 guesses from students, faculty and parents and most of them identified Mr. Casey. Thank you to everyone who participated!

Do you think you can guess who is behind the mask this week? Enjoy the performance and send your best guess to mccormackj@maldencatholic.org. We will reveal this talented woman or man in next week's Weekly Update. Good luck, everyone!
End of the Year Events
As we make our way to the end of the year, please be aware of the following important events and information for underclassmen:

Grammar Textbook Reminder to All Students:  Please do not sell your grammar textbooks. You will need them through your senior year.
 
Vocabulary Workbook Reminder to All Current Freshmen and Juniors:  Do not sell or discard your vocabulary workbooks. Freshman will need Vocabulary Workbooks through sophomore year and juniors will need them through senior year.
 
Vocabulary Workbook Reminder to All Current Sophomores:  You may discard your vocabulary workbook since you will need to purchase new books for your junior/senior years.

Book Rentals - Book Buyback or Book Rental Return: If you have rented a textbook, please note that they should be returned soon. Please visit the Follett website to request free shipping labels. The books should be mailed back on time to avoid late fees. There is no cost for students to return the books.

Summer Reading: Friday, May 29, students will be receiving an email with the summer reading list and descriptions. Students will need to choose a book from the list. The SignUpGenius link/form will open at noon on Monday, June 1. The book selection will be on a first-come, first-served basis, so please make sure you sign up for the book you want to read before the spots fill up. If you do not sign up for a book, you will be assigned one and notified via email.

Underclass Locker Pick-Up: Students can pick up items from their locker on the following days: June 9 for Grade 11, June 10 for Grade 10 and June 11 for Grade 9. Click here to review the days and times for Locker Content Pick-Up. Additional information regarding the socially distanced distribution process will shared prior to the event.

Report cards: Report cards will be emailed on Friday, June 12.

Fall Re-opening Webinar: We will host an informational MC Fall Re-opening Webinar on June 12 at 2 p.m. This webinar will discuss the structure and detailed plans for returning to Malden Catholic for September 2020. Register for the G oToWebinar here: 
Underclass Virtual Awards Ceremonies
Underclass Virtual Awards ceremonies will be hosted next week. On Wednesday, The Girls' ceremony will be held on Wednesday, June 3 at 4 PM. The Boys' ceremony will be held on Thursday, June 4 at 4 PM. Please join us!

The registration for the the ceremonies are as follows:

Register for the Girls Awards - Wednesday, June 3, at 4:00 PM for Girls

Register for the Boys Awards - Thursday, June 4, at 4:00 PM for Boys
Virtual Leadership Summit
MC faculty members, along with renowned leadership coach Julie Carrier, hosted a Virtual Leadership Summit for the 9th and 10th grade girls. The Summit featured two nationally acclaimed filmmakers and Monique Coleman of High School Musical. Click the video icon and enjoy the highlights from this fantastic summit.
Campus Ministry
Ascension Thursday Prayer Service
Last week, MC Campus Ministers, Principal Cenca and Fr. John Wronski hosted our Ascension Thursday Prayer Service. Thank you to everyone who participated in this event!

Morning Prayer for Wednesday
Campus Ministers, Dr. Baccari and Ms. Foley have provided us with a morning prayer called, "To Be a Witness" by Cardinal Emmanuel. Prayers are created Monday through Thursday and available on MC's YouTube Channel.

Virtual Lunch
Students are invited to check-in and connect with Campus Ministry on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for Virtual Lunch from 11:30-12 PM.

If you are interested in attending, please email campusministry@maldencatholic.org.
Virtual Rosary - Today at 2 PM
All are invited to join Campus Ministers, Ms. Foley and Dr. Baccari for a virtual Rosary every Wednesday at 2 PM. This is a great way to connect with other students and teachers during the week.

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Information for All
Summer Classes - $100 for MC Students
Malden Catholic is offering an extensive selection of classes this summer and the discounted rate for MC students is $100/class. Keep your skills sharp and your mind engaged with core classes and exciting electives such as STEM: Engineering Everywhere, Introduction to Python Programming, Music History, Contemporary and Commercial Dance with Video Production, College Application 101, Public Speaking, Musical Theater Workshop and much more.

Classes are filling up, so sign up soon!

The Surge is Behind Us
On Tuesday, May 26, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker proclaimed that the COVID-19 surge is "behind us."

Massachusetts begins its first week in Phase 1 with a three week minimum until Phase 2. We are all excited that businesses can begin opening again soon.