Bishop Montgomery High School
5430 Torrance Boulevard, Torrance, California 90503 (310) 540 - 2021 www.bmhs-la.org
Parent Newsletter January 2013
From the Principal: Ms. Rosemary Distaso-Libbon, Principal Dear Parents,
Happy New Year! How exciting to begin a new year. It hardly seems possible that we are beginning the year of 2013 and that we are already in the second semester of this school year, well on our way to the graduation of the Class of 2013. I ask that you pray for the seniors and their parents as they continue with the college application process and await acceptance decisions. This is a particularly stressful and challenging time for our seniors and their parents, as they apply for college, for financial aid and other programs, await decisions, and finally, make their choices for the future. Our prayers of support are so important. You may have noticed the lights on the trees outside of my office in the front of the school. Each of those lights represents a donor who has contributed to the Queen of Angels Tuition Assistance Fund since last February through the present. The trees were lit on December 6th and will remain lit until January 6th, the Feast of the Three Kings, in honor of each donor and as a sign that each of those individuals and their intentions will be in our daily prayers. This celebration of the many gifts to the Queen of Angels Fund will become a Christmas tradition at Bishop Montgomery. Since February of 2012 when I sent the initial letter establishing the fund, we have received over $200,000 to support families who find themselves in crisis and need assistance to keep their students at Bishop Montgomery. “To believe in God is to know that there are wonderful surprises….” There have been so many wonderful surprises. Your generosity is overwhelming. We have been able to assist so many, many families and each time it has been such a gift of love. The need continues and so will the fund. Thank you. As you know, our last WASC Accreditation was six years ago and we were granted a full six year accreditation, the maximum number of years possible. We are now preparing for our next WASC Accreditation visit in February of 2014. Thank you for responding to our parent survey which is very helpful as we go through this process of self-study. There are always things to improve and new goals to set and strive to achieve. Please pray for all of the faculty and staff as we proceed through this selfstudy process. Excellence is always our ultimate goal and the effort to achieve that goal should never have a beginning or an end; it should be a goal that we pursue daily. Here are a few dates to remember in January: · January 9th, Classes Resume, 8:45 a.m. start · January 14th, Faculty Meeting, 8:45 a.m. start · January 21st, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, School Holiday · January 26th, High School Placement Exam, 8:00-11:00 a.m. · January 29th, Junior Ring Mass, 8:00 a.m.
As we begin this new year of 2013 and make our resolutions, make our own plans, it is good to remember that God has a plan for each of us. I always have to remember that my plan is not always God’s plan and it is my constant challenge to trust in His plan, not mine. There are many times when the way does not seem clear and we need only trust in God’s unconditional love and promise to care for us. I share this prayer because it reminds me that Christmas is a time to “feast on the refreshing waters, the rich food of the spirit” the strength that comes from prayer and from being with family and friends to get “strength to continue the pilgrimage,” to renew our faith and our trust in God’s plan for us and to renew our resolution to live that faith. “Once they saw a star that pointed to a promised land, to a land of peace: peacemakers set out to follow that star. It is both a joyful and an arduous journey. Sometimes the star shines brightly, the promise seems certain, and the pilgrims can sing, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring God’s peace.” Often the star disappears, clouded over, hidden from view, and the pilgrims grope blindly, grow discouraged, get weary, give thought to settling down, to forgetting the promise of peace. One thing is certain: All pilgrims need nourishment to sustain their journey. An occasional oasis for the spirit is essential, a time to feast on the refreshing waters, the rich food of the spirit, in order to get strength to continue the pilgrimage through darkness, starshine or not.”
Mary Lou Kownacki, OSB, of the Catholic Peace Movement, Pax Christi
On behalf of the Bishop Montgomery Administration, Faculty, Staff, and Students, I wish you a Happy New Year filled with the many gifts that God’s blessings bring. You are, as always, in my daily prayers.
Rosemary Libbon Principal
Guidance & Curriculum Ms. Yvette Vig贸n-Morffi - Vice Principal - ext. 231 Mrs. Casey Dunn - Guidance/Studies Coordinator - ext. 226
College News: The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is required for students who wish to receive financial aid from a given college or university. The online applications may be accessed at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/. Similar to the college application process, the electronic application is the preferred method of submission. We will have a financial aid workshop on January 17th at 7pm in the retreat center. This will begin with a general presentation that covers the role of financial aid, cost of attendance, expected family contribution, financial aid resources, and financial aid application processes. The evening will conclude with a FAFSA presentation that walks parents and students through the FAFSA, line by line. Work Permits: Is your student looking for work? Work permit applications are found in the Academics, Guidance section of the BMHS website. If you need a work permit you must first download and complete the form before making an appointment to see your counselor. Important dates: As we begin the new year, please be aware of the following calendar dates: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 Classes resume 8:45am start Wednesday, January 17, 2013 Financial Aid presentation in Retreat Center 7:00pm Monday, January 21, 2013 Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday We hope that the holiday season will bring together your family and loved ones. Please accept our wishes for a happy and healthy new year. Sincerely, Casey Dunn Guidance/Studies Coordinator
Carpool Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to include or take off a carpool request in the newsletter. 1. Carpool for Westchester/Ladera area: Contact: Rey Husband email@example.com 310-251-2221 cell
Discipline Ms. Betty Behen, Dean of Women, ext. 234 Mr. Lee Flores - Dean of Men - ext. 232
Attendance: Be sure to call in your student’s absence or tardy directly to the Attendance Office at 540-2021, ext. 233, or 540-3070 in the morning. We have 24-hour voice mail for your convenience. Also, a phone call does not necessarily excuse an absence or tardy. It merely lets us know that the parent/guardian was aware of the absence or tardy. The nature of the absence or tardy (excused or unexcused) will be determined by the Deans and Attendance Office. Failure to call the Attendance Office the day of your student’s absence will be unexcused. Refer to your Parent-Student Handbook (pages 11-12) for what constitutes an “excused” absence or tardy. Detentions: Detentions are to be served on or before the date indicated on the violation or referral slip. It is the responsibility of the student to make alternate arrangements for transportation if a detention is to be served. Disregard for assigned detentions may result in probation and detentions take precedence over sports practices and school activities (Parent-Student Handbook, page 13). No Messages. The Attendance Office and the Front Office staff do not deliver messages during the day. It is time consuming and disruptive to classes. Prom Time. Prom is just around the corner. As a reminder, “the school does not permit the renting of hotel rooms or other facilities for students’ use for activities before or after Bishop Montgomery dances... The school does not assume responsibility or liability for damages, loss of property, or injury caused when such rental agreements are incurred by students or their parents.” (Parent-Student Handbook, page. 20) Prom Dress Attire. The dance is formal. Gentlemen are required to wear tuxes or suits. Ties are required unless dress shirts with a mandarin collar are worn. Gentlemen may not wear earrings, sunglasses, hats, gloves nor may they carry canes. Ladies may wear two pairs of earrings but may not wear earrings in the upper earlobe. Fitted dresses may not be excessively tight. Dresses should be comfortable for dancing and sitting. The slit on the dress may not exceed two inches above the knee. The length of the dress MUST BE AT THE KNEE (MAY NOT BE ABOVE THE KNEE). Sleeveless and strapless dresses are permitted provided that the bodice appropriately covers the chest and back. Backless dresses are NOT PERMITTED AND may not fall below mid-back. Ladies are reminded that the display of excessive cleavage is inappropriate and unbecoming. Dresses may not show a bare midriff or contain cutouts, which expose the torso (FRONT OR BACK). Additionally, the dress material which covers the chest to KNEE area must be opaque not transparent (mesh or chiffon style material is not permitted in this area). Dress shoes are required for ladies and gentlemen. The hotel requires that shoes remain on at all times while on the premises. Students’ attire should be appropriate, modest and in good taste. Please do not assume any liberties with these guidelines when you or (in the case of gentlemen with guest passes) your date purchase dress attire. All non-BMHS guests are required to conform to these guidelines. Anyone not adhering to the above stated
Discipline cont. guidelines will not be permitted to enter the dance, and will be sent home. In these cases the bid money will not be refunded. Freshmen may not attend the Senior Prom dance. The school reserves the right to refuse admittance to any person not properly attired. *****STUDENT DROP-OFF & PICK-UP PROCEDURES***** Drop-off Procedures Parents driving west on Torrance Blvd. 1. Parents driving west on Torrance Blvd., who are making a left turn, can come into the campus. 2. Parents may not make a left turn into the East Parking Lot. 3. Parents must drive onto the campus and continue driving until they have arrived to the designated drop-off point located in the East Parking Lot. 4. Drop-offs are prohibited in front of the school. Parents must drop-off students in the designated passenger drop-off points located in the East Parking lot adjacent to the school. Parents will enter the East Parking Lot through the northeast entrance by the marquee. 5. The Security staff will be available to control traffic Parents driving east on Torrance Blvd. 1. Parents driving east on Torrance Blvd. cannot enter the campus. All parents driving east on Torrance Blvd. must proceed to enter the East Parking Lot in order to drop-off their students in the designated drop-off points. Students may not be dropped-off on Torrance Blvd. Please note that U-turns are not permitted. The only legal place to make a U-turn is on Torrance Blvd. and Prospect. Exiting the East Parking Lot 1. All drivers exiting the East Parking Lot must make a right turn only. Cars may not proceed onto the street until they have stopped at the stop sign. 2. Please do not merge to make a left on Henrietta, as attempting to do so will cause a delay for the other parents who are attempting to exit. Picking-up and Dropping-off Off-Campus: All parents should pick-up and drop-off their students on-campus. To avoid the last minute rush, we encourage you to arrive before 7:30AM. The traffic flow on Torrance Blvd. is heavier after this time and may affect how quickly you are able to exit the campus. If you decide to pick-up or drop-off your students anywhere else, please refrain from picking up or dropping off your students at our neighboring businesses or residential driveways as this creates an inconvenience for our neighbors. Please respect the property of our neighbors by refraining from moving trashcans, taking property, littering, or parking or pulling into our neighborsâ€™ driveways. Also, please make sure to drop-off your students in areas that are safe and legal. We have received many reports that there have been BMHS parents or carpools driving recklessly on Palos Verdes Boulevard and students are being droppedoff by their parents/carpool drivers illegally by the red curb zones, in front of fire hydrants or in the middle of the street. In the interest of the safety of all pedestrians and drivers and as a courtesy to our neighbors, students should be dropped-off on campus. Students whose parents fail to comply with the pick-up and drop-off procedures will be dealt with on campus. The Torrance Police Department has also been contacted and they have informed us that they will be citing drivers along Torrance Boulevard, Henrietta and Palos Verdes Boulevard. It is essential to give our neighbors the same respect and courtesy that we expect from each other on campus. Lastly, in the interest of our studentsâ€™ safety, we also would like for you to remind your children to obey all traffic and pedestrian laws. Many students are crossing the street when the signal light is red or are not using the appropriate crosswalks. We have received phone calls from parents, faculty, and residents concerned over our studentsâ€™ safety. Please remind them to follow all traffic and pedestrian laws.
Activities Mrs. Milana McDermott - Dean of Student Life - ext. 273
Happy New Year from the Activities Department! I hope that you have had a blessed and joyful holiday season and wish you a very prosperous 2013. BARNES AND NOBLE BOOK FAIR Thanks to those of you who supported the Bishop Montgomery Bookfair held at Barnes & Noble on December 5th. Special thanks goes to the students from ASB, Concordia, Key Club, Campus Ministry, Youth Elderly Alliance, Harbor Interfaith Services, Band and music production who participated by wrapping gifts, singing Christmas Carols and reading Christmas stories to children. This event helped raise money so Sacred Heart Elementary School can purchase new books for their classrooms and library. Your participation and support is much appreciated. Here are some important dates for this month: SHORT FLAGS January starts competition season for our talented short flag squad. They will be announcing their competition dates during morning announcements. We invite you to come support them as they represent Bishop Montgomery. JUNIOR RINGS Josten’s will be outside of the Activities Office in January to collect ring balances and distribute rings. Please note the date and remind your student that they should not miss this opportunity to pay their balance and pick up their ring so they have them for the Mass and Junior Ring Blessing on January 29th. Thursday, January 24th - Collecting payments and distributing rings Before school and during lunch NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY Bishop Montgomery is proud to announce its first chapter of the National Honor Society. “The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation’s premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character.” Information about Bishop’s Chapter - organization, qualifications, and requirements - can be found on the school website. Interested students should attend one of the informational meetings on either January 17th or January 23rd. Students should listen to announcements for more details. CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK/WINTER SPIRIT WEEK Bishop Montgomery will celebrate Winter Spirit Week during Catholic Schools Week January 28th – February 1st. This week will promote our Catholic identity, school spirit, recognize our winter athletic teams, and enjoy some fun activities. Everyone is looking forward to the 4th Annual Student vs. Faculty Volleyball Match on Friday, February 1st! Come out and support your favorite team! GO KNIGHTS!
Ms. Alexa Johnson - Athletic Administrator - ext. 269 Mr. Kareem Mutrie - Director of Athletics - ext. 255 Mr. Ed Hodgkiss - Director of Athletics - ext. 260
Winter sports are currently competing in Holiday Tournaments. Boys and Girls Basketball and Soccer are all looking forward to bringing back trophies before Del Rey League play starts in January. Boys Basketball is ranked 4th in Los Angles and in the top 20 in the state. Girls Basketball has started the season on a high note. The girls are undefeated playing in a tough opening Holiday tournament. Boys and Girls Soccer have started the season with high expectations. Both teams are excited about their potential this year. All times and dates for January games are included at the end of this newsletter. Please come out and support our athletes. Go Knights!
Mr. Andy Marafino - Marketing & PR Director - ext. 246 Mrs. Amy Traxler - Director of Development - ext. 249
Mrs. Dione Dierks - Assistant Director - ext. 244
A Night of Knights…PSI! Bishop’s “Black & Gold Gala” is coming soon on Saturday, March 9th at the Torrance Marriott South Bay, and with it comes a very simple way for BMHS families to fulfill PSI hours. These hours can easily be satisfied with a donation (or donations) to the silent or live auctions (1 hour of service per $17.50 increment of item’s retail value). Due to the size of the venue we do ask that each item auction have a retail value of $100 or more (with the exception of gift certificates and gift cards). If you are not planning to attend the fundraiser, you may also volunteer to work at the event itself. We have very limited availability for the event and few spaces left. If you’re interested in any of these opportunities, please contact Amy Traxler at 310-540-2021 x249. Black & Gold Gala Invitation Assembling On Wednesday, January 16th we will meet in the faculty house at 6:30pm to assemble invitations for the gala, stamp and label them. If you’re interested in volunteering for this evening, please contact Amy Traxler at firstname.lastname@example.org. It Takes a Village The success of our Black & Gold Gala would not be possible without the support of so many people and businesses in our school and local communities. We, in the Development Office, are often humbled by the generosity that is extended to us in support of this event, most of it coming directly from our own BMHS families. It is our sincerest desire, both leading up to and after the Black & Gold Gala, to publicly acknowledge those in our community who take the time and effort to help ensure the success of this very important event and to advertise whenever and wherever possible the goods and services they provide. We ask that when you see these families mentioned in BMHS publications to please consider patronizing their businesses and show your appreciation for their commitment and loyalty to BMHS.
BISHOP MONTGOMERY PRESENTS
GOT GIFT CARDS? Check
in your glove compartment.
Saturday, March 9 Torrance Marriott South Bay HOSTED COCKTAIL HOUR & HORS D’ OEUVRES SEATED DINNER LIVE & SILENT AUCTIONS HALL OF FAME INDUCTIONS DJ & DANCING
TICKET PRICE - $95 PER PERSON TABLE OF 10 - $950 PER TABLE Invitations will be mailed soon. Space is limited. Call (310) 540-2021 x249 for more
under your Christmas tree…
Your answer to PSI fulfillment might just be within arm’s reach! The “Balloon Burst,” a highlight of the annual
BLACK & GOLD GALA, is always in need of gift cards to fill our prize balloons. Cards in $25 increments are best, but any amount will do!
For every $17.50 of retail value donated, you will receive 1 hour of PSI credit. Gift cards are being accepted in the Development Office now until January 27.
email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org
Space is limited— Table reservations available now! Call (310) 540-2021 x249 for more information.
“It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” - Mother Teresa The same could very well be said about Bishop Montgomery, a community that through the support of so many people over the last 50 years has become a family-- individuals united by a mission of faith, service and academic excellence. This year three deserving members of this family, our school community, will be inducted into the BMHS Hall of Fame at the Black & Gold Gala on March 9, 2013. Dr. & Mrs. Richard Meehan, past parents of six alumni, will be honored for their unwavering commitment to Catholic education and, specifically, to Bishop Montgomery. We also look forward to inducting Fr. Mike McCullough ’64, Bishop alumnus and current LAPD chaplain. Fr. Mike will be honored for his Christ-like example of perseverance in the face of adversity and for his dedication to sharing the Bishop Montgomery’s mission through his service to the greater Los Angeles community. We are proud to honor these three inductees, each of whom is an amazing example of the BMHS motto to “Seek Justice, Speak Truth, and Serve with Honor.” We would like to extend to current parents, past parents, alumni and students who have been touched by these special people, the opportunity to place a congratulatory/tribute ad in the Black & Gold Gala’s program. Recognition of their achievements will certainly add to the significance of their induction into the BMHS Hall of Fame and provide memories that they will cherish long after the evening concludes.
Dr. & Mrs. Richard Meehan
Past Parents Meg ’81, Mike ’82, Molly ’86, Kerry ’88, Amy ’89 and James ‘95
Father Mike McCullough’64
LAPD chaplain and reserve officer
Full Page Half Page Quarter Page Business Card Outside Back Cover Inside Front/Back Cover
8” x 10½” 7¾” x 5 ¼” 3½” x 4 ½” 3¾” x 2½” 8½” x 11” 8½” x 11”
Rate $300 $250 $150 $75 $475 $400
Please submit your completed ad (graphics, etc.) via email to email@example.com. For printing purposes, we request that all business logos be submitted electronically in pdf format. Please return your ad/text, this signed contract, and your check (payable to “BMHS”) to the BMHS Development or Main Office.
DEADLINE: February 13, 2013 If you would like to submit your completed ad or any portion (graphics, etc.) via e-mail, please send to firstname.lastname@example.org
Name _________________________________________ Phone Number _____________________________ Address ________________________________________ E-mail ____________________________________ Ad Information:
Ad Size ______________________
Amount Enclosed $____________________
For more information, please contact Amy Traxler or Dione Dierks (310) 540-2021, ext. 249.
Bishop Montgomery High School presents the
Join parents, alumni, faculty & friends to toast Bishop Montgomery, our amazing students, and our fantastic future!
It’s an evening you won’t want to miss... SATURDAY, MARCH 9, 2013 at The Torrance Marriott
Open to all guests 21 and older.
For more information: Call BMHS’ Development Ofce 310.540.2021 x249
Festivities begin at 6:00 p.m. Hosted Hors D’Ouevres & Cocktails Seated Dinner Live & Silent Auctions Hall of Fame Inductions DJ & Dancing
Space is limited— Reserve your table now!
Performing Arts Eric Hankey - Music Director
The Most Important Things Students in activities always want other students to join with them – it’s human nature! If you know a student who would have a good time singing or playing an instrument, and they haven’t been contacted by one of our music students, please get them in touch with me. Most of the students in band, drumline, and guard never did their activity before starting here at Bishop – they just need to give it a try! Musical aptitude and talent are great, but confidence and desire are the most important qualities. The Knight Music Department is going to Washington, D.C.! We’re so pleased that all of the plans for the tour have come together, and we are really looking forward to taking our wonderful group of students, parents, teachers, and administrators to Washington, D.C., April 3-7th, 2013. Thank you for all of your support with all of our fundraisers, and we’ll be sure to make the Bishop community proud with our performances in our nation’s capital! BMHS Knight Band and Colorguard finishes first competition season in 12 years in style The newly revived Band and Colorguard is very proud of all of its accomplishments this season, and wishes to thank all of you for your support of everything we do. So, what was it we did again? - Aloha Assembly - Welcome Frosh Dance - Home Football Games - Homecoming - School Performance at St. Lawrence Martyr - School Performance at Our Lady of Guadalupe - UCLA High School Band Day - USC High School Band Day - West High School Band Invitational - Valencia High School Band Tournament - BMHS Open House - San Pedro Holiday Parade - Barnes & Noble Bookfair - El Segundo Holiday Parade
Performing Arts cont. Winter Ensembles & Schedules Our Winter Ensembles have already been rehearsing for their performances this semester – be on the lookout for all of our different groups at various competitions & venues throughout the springtime: - Winter Guard competitions: 1/19, 2/9, 3/22 - Indoor Drumline Competitions: 3/2, 3/23, 4/20, 4/27 - Wind Ensemble festival: tba - Jazz Band and Vocal Jazz competition in Santa Cruz: planned for 3/16 “Knight Music” Booster Club The “Knight Music” Booster Club includes parents of members of Band, Winter Guard, Jazz Band, Jazz Combo, Drumline, Vocal Jazz, and Music Production. Their meetings are usually on the last Monday of the month at 6:00 pm in the Conservatory (convent) – additional meetings are scheduled as needed. The next meeting is Monday, January 28, 2013 – please join them to help keep the many projects they organize rolling. Things We Need As always, we are grateful for any musical equipment and cash donations – they are also always graciously accepted, and are eligible for tax deductions. At this point, we are also outfitting more of the Conservatory’s (convent’s) rooms with recording equipment, and donations of amplifiers, headphones, and cables would be very useful. Thanks! “Like” Our Facebook Page! Remember – now you can go to the official BMHS Music Department Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/ Bishop-Montgomery-High-School-Music-Department/250295355054244 All of our pictures and videos from all of our groups, as well as up-to-the-minute information about events and activities – “Like” us! We’re always practicing, planning, and organizing, including school concerts, local performances, competitions, parades, tours, and lots of other important things – come on up any day before or after school, 6:30-7:50am or 2:15-3:00pm (although we’re often there earlier and later.) To get in touch with Mr. Hankey, please call the school, or email at email@example.com. What a Great Semester! Thank you to all of our supportive families and fans – enjoy a restful break & look forward to great things in the new year.
CELEBRATE THE START OF 2013… JAN 28th @ 7 PM! Our luncheon was dedicated to:
“Silver Bells” ~ Christmas Luncheon & Craft Fair Highlights! See more Facebook at “BMHS MOTHERS CLUB” Just a sampling of the beautiful tables at our Luncheon on Dec. 8th, which was a great success! All made possible by our hundreds of volunteers, creative and generous table hostesses, fantastic offerings by our loyal vendors, and a great on-site caterer Bevaris Alliance. There is not enough room here to thank each and every one of you personally, but you know who you are! Many of our BMHS parents, and alumni, went above and beyond the call, staying past their assigned shifts, to make this event a special time for all those attending. Thank you and God Bless you all!
We begin 2013 with our Student Appreciation Day February 1st... “Just Desserts” will be provided by the JUNIOR moms...!
Let’s start the New Year together and make 2013 a BMHS year to remember… PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT US IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS: LORI RODRIGUEZ
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16 (NIV)
Bishop Montgomery High School PARENT-SCHOOL INVOLVEMENT 2012-2013 (PSI) CHECK-OFF SHEET
Student Information Last Name ___________________First Name_________________________Grade_______ Parent Information Father’s Full Name ______________________________________ Wk# ( Address________________________________________________ Hm# ( Mother’s Full Name _____________________________________ Wk# ( Address________________________________________________ Hm# (
)______________________ )______________________ )______________________ )______________________
TOTAL HOURS ___________ * Please cross (X) out completed hours, MAXIMUM of 10 hours per sheet*
Each family is responsible for turning in the PSI credit form themselves. Please do not assume the chairperson will be responsible for handing in the hours. Return your completed form to the BMHS tuition office as soon as 10 hours have been completed. Partial payment cannot be applied. Credit will be given by TEN-hour increments only (a total of 20 hours for the school year). All credit for hours worked during the 2012-2013 school year must be turned in during the 2012-2013 school year. PARENT SIGNATURE________________________________________ DATE________________________
MESSAGE FROM THE TUITION OFFICE PAST DUE ACCOUNTS 路 Tuition accounts must be current by January 4, 2013 in order for your student to return to school 2nd semester. Please contact the Tuition office at 310.540.2021 ext. 225 if you have any questions. The Tuition office will be open from 9-2 during the Christmas Holidays.
YEARBOOKS 路 The deadline to purchase a yearbook is February 10, 2013.
AP TESTS 路 The deadline to pay for AP tests is February 10, 2013.
PARENT-SCHOOL INVOLVEMENT FEE (PSI) WHAT IS IT?
Parent School Involvement is a program instituted by Bishop Montgomery for several reasons: 1. To provide a platform for social activities among parents. As you know, a key indicator of an effective school is a high level of parental support of and involvement in curricular and extra curricular activities. 2. To provide parents with a feeling of ownership and investment. This is our school and we want it to be the best school possible. To provide necessary assistance for the school, its teachers, coaches, staff and students that would otherwise be an expense to the school. In this program, all parents are required to make a commitment to ten (10) hours to school involvement per semester. Involvement hours will be given for any physical hours volunteered at Bishop Montgomery high School on projects benefiting: Student Activities Team Activities Campus Beautification Activities Student Organizations Office Classroom Campus Security and Traffic Control Involvement hours may be given for refreshments only if these refreshments are needed by an organization or team. or if solicited by a school organization or team for a specific purpose. The maximum hours given for baked goods or refreshments is 2 hours, (unless a special need is met and this same need was pre-approved in writing by a BMHS administrator)
PLEASE REMEMBER, EACH HOUR IS WORTH $17.50 All parents will be assessed a fee of $175.00 per semester as a built-in accountability factor. The fee will be billed in August and January. Those parents who meet their involvement commitment will be credited on the following month's tuition. To ensure credit for your service hours, ask the coordinator of the event in which you are involved to sign the "PSI Check-Off Sheet". At the completion of your ten hours for each semester, please send the completed "PSI Check-Off Sheet" to the tuition office. *Please check your monthly newsletter if you are looking for events to volunteer your time.* Please Note - ALL PSI HOURS SHOULD BE TURNED IN PRIOR TO MAKING YOUR LAST PAYMENT. If you have any questions, please contact the tuition office at 540-2021 ext-225
Bishop Montgomery Garden Group Earn your hours and enjoy outdoor activity with the gardening group on a Saturday morning. Great for freshmen parents to meet new parents or if you just love gardening. The gardening group is dedicated to maintaining the beautification of the school landscape. Bring your hat, gardening gloves, gardening tools (hoe, rake, your favorite pruners) and come join us on a Saturday morning. PSI dates: Sat. Jan. 12th Sat. Feb. 2nd Sat. Mar. 2nd Sat. Apr. 13th Sat. May 4th Start Time 8:30am Lee Claudino/Trish Hoying
DRIVER’S EDUCATION - 2013 Tuesdays – Wednesdays – Thursdays (2:15 – 3:35) START: March 5 (Tuesday) END: May 9 (Thursday) 24 Total Days NO CLASS:
Wednesday, March 27 Thursday, March 28 Tuesday, April 2 Wednesday, April 3 Thursday, April 4 Tuesday, April 9
PRICE: $150.00 Textbook: $30.00 (Books must be ordered no later than Feb. 5) REGISTRATION: Begins in the Bookstore – January 28, 2013
11 P. 5
25 P. 3
E3 Mtg 1pm
24 P. 4
CSF Sign ups Jostens Jr. Ring delivery (before school, lunch)
31 P. 5
High School Placement Exam 8-11am
18 P. 1 #4 19 Winter Guard Comp. Midyear Reports/ 2pm Transcript Req. due Short Flag Comp.
10 P. 6 Newsletter due
7pm Financial Aid
9th gr apps due 10am Dept/E3 Mtg 1:40pm
8am-1:35pm 17 p. 5, 6, 1
23 P. 5 Last day for class changes
Curr/E3 Mtg 1:40pm
Lab Days wkshp sr. only (retreat ctr)
p. 2, 3, 4 Improv @ lunch TMH Denim day
9 P. 1 Classes resume 8:45 start
January 2013 Tue 1 New Years Day Tuition due Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
22 P. 6 Senior Valentine grams until 2/7
15 P. 3 8:00am Acad. Rev. Board
Christmas Vacation 14 P. 4 #2 7:45 Faculty Mtg 8:45 start
21 Martin Luther King Jr. Student Holiday
29 P. 1
Lunchapalooza 5 min. off 3, 4
Catholic Schools’ Week/ Winter Spirit Week
#9 30 P. 6 Denim Day
Faculty Talent Show 2:30pm & 6:00pm
Class color day
CSF Sign ups 28 P. 2
8am Jr. Ring Mass
Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas
6pm gym closed 6:00 Band Bst. Mtg.(Conv) 6:30 Athl Bst. (Lib) 7:00 Mothers’ Club Mtg. (Fac)