RECENT NEWS AND HOLY REDEEMER HAPPENINGS

MRS. BOVICH NAMED THE ARCHDIOCESE OF WASHINGTON'S DISTINGUISHED PRINCIPAL OF THE YEAR
Distinguished Principal AnnouncementWe are so proud to announce that Mrs. Maria Bovich has been named the Archdiocese of Washington’s Distinguished Principal of the Year for her superior leadership and strong commitment to academic excellence.

This prestigious award is presented to a principal who demonstrates accomplishment in six categories: balancing management and leadership roles, setting high expectations and standards, stressing content and instruction that ensures student achievement, creating a culture of professional development for teachers, using multiple tools to apply and assess instructional improvements and actively engaging the school community.

Mrs. Bovich was surprised with the announcement at Mass this morning, surrounded by the students, teachers, parents, members of the Archdiocese of Washington’s Catholic Schools Office, and her family. Watch the announcement here

Mrs. Bovich has been the principal of Holy Redeemer School since 2008. She earned her Master's degree in Educational Administration from the University of Maryland. She has been an educator for over three decades. Prior to coming to Holy Redeemer School, Mrs. Bovich was the vice principal at St. Pius X School in Bowie, Maryland. Mrs. Bovich has also served at Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Institute in Washington D.C. and Prince George’s County Public Schools.  She is a certified special education teacher and holds state certification in Elementary Education and Educational Administration, with a state Principal Licensure. Mrs. Bovich and her husband, Michael Bovich, have raised three children and have four grandchildren.  

Her commitment to Catholic education is not only seen in her work at Holy Redeemer School, but in sending her children to Catholic school - Kindergarten through College.  She brings to Holy Redeemer her belief and motto of Excellence in Education with the Power of Faith.

Holy Redeemer School, now in its 85th year of educating students in the faith, is now the home of a Distinguished Principal of the Archdiocese and a Golden Apple recipient. (Fourth grade teacher Mrs. Christina Harrington received this distinguished award from the Archdiocese of Washington’s Catholic Schools Office in May 2016.)
Read the Archdiocese of Washington's Press Release here.
Visit our Facebook page for pictures from the day's events.

OPEN HOUSES
Holy Redeemer School will be hosting Open Houses on the following dates:
-November 16, 2016 7-8:30pm
-January 29, 2017 9:00am-12:00pm
-January 31, 2017 8:30-11:00am
-March 7, 2017 8:30-11:00am
-March 14, 2017 8:30-11:00am
-March 21, 2017 8:30-11:00am
-March 28, 2017 8:30-11:00am
-April 4, 2017 8:30-11:00am
-April 11, 2017 8:30-11:00am
-April 25, 2017 8:30-11:00am

You may also call the School Office at 301-474-3993 to schedule a tour.

THANKSGIVING DAY OF SERVICE
On November 21 after our Monday Morning Prayer Service, all students gathered to make sandwiches for Martha's Table, an organization dedicated to fulfulling the needs of low-income and homeless children, families, and individuals. We set out to make 500 sandwiches. Because of the generosity of our community, our students were able to make over 1,300 sandwiches! 

 
The students were excited and eager to help in any way they could. It was a beautiful sight and a very happy, joyful morning here at Holy Redeemer School.
 
Here are some more of the photos from today. 

November Service Project
 
WALK-A-THON
Thank you to all who donated to the Walk-a-thon! This year was our best ever! Thanks to all our great supporters and sponsors, we exceeded our goal of $15,000! The Halloween Costume Parade coincided this year with the Walk-a-thon. It was a very fun day for all involved! The funds raised will go towards the new, state of the art Music Studio!
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TRUNK OR TREAT
On Friday, October 28 from 6-8pm, the Holy Redeemer CYO hosted the annual Trunk or Treat for the Holy Redeemer community and beyond. We had a turnout of more than double from our first Trunk or Treat.
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RESTAURANT NIGHT
Thank you to all who attended our Restaurant Night at Blaze Pizza. At one point, the entire restaurant was full of Holy Redeemer families! We hope to have the same turnout at the next Restaurant Night, which is November 2 at Chick Fil-A on Contee Road from 5-9pm. Mention "Holy Redeemer" to the casher, whether you are dining in or at the drive-thru, and a portion of the proceeds will go to Holy Redeemer School!

SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES:

PIZZA LUNCH VOLUNTEERS
We are in need of VIRTUS-trained volunteers to help serve pizza from 11:30am-12:30pm on Tuesdays this school year. This fundraiser helps to pay for the 8th grade graduation activities. Volunteers do not need to commit for the entire year. Please email Ms. Eller at jeller@holy-redeemer.org if you are able to volunteer.

HARVEST BAZAAR
If you are looking for a way to get your volunteer hours without VIRTUS training, please consider one of these two opportunities at the Harvest Bazaar on November 11-12. 
Sponsor Booklet- Put together the Sponsor Booklet that details the events of the Bazaar and get sponsors for the booklet. 
Pop the Balloon Game-Be the Chairperson of this game at the Bazaar, decorate the booth and set up the game the week of the Bazaar. 
Contact the Parish Office at 301-474-3920 if you are interested.


END OF THE YEAR ACCOLADES

The representative from the College Park American Legion, Angie Rodriguez, recently visited our school to give out awards from an essay contest, sponsored by the American Legion. She told us that 175 essays were collected from schools throughout the College Park and Beltsville area. Out of those 175, 17 received awards for their essays. Out of those 17 that received awards, 16 of the students were from Holy Redeemer School. "This is a testament to the teachers and Mrs. Bovich of the quality education that they are providing to the students," said Ms. Rodriguez.

Meanwhile, our 8th grade graduates are going on to a diverse mix of schools. The Class of 2016 at Holy Redeemer School had a 100% acceptance rate to the Catholic high school of their choice. Also, this year, 14 students were accepted into the prestigious Science and Technology Program at Eleanor Roosevelt and Charles Flower High Schools.
The Class of 2016 is attending:
Academy of the Holy Cross
Atholton High School
Bowie High School
Charles Flowers High School - Science and Technology Program
DeMatha High School
Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School
Eleanor Roosevelt High School
Eleanor Roosevelt High School- Science and Technology Program
Elizabeth Seton High School
The Field School
La Plata High School
Montgomery Blair High School
Prince Georges Community College of Health and Sciences
Severna Park High School
St. John's College High School
St. Vincent Pallotti High School





HOLY REDEEMER SCHOOL TEACHER WINS ARCHDIOCESE'S GOLDEN APPLE AWARD
Holy Redeemer School is proud to announce that our very own Fourth Grade teacher, Mrs. Christina Harrington, is the recipient of the Archdiocese of Washington's Golden Apple award! Mrs. Harrington is one of just ten teachers selected from all of the teachers in the archdiocese.

Entering her 25th year as a teacher at Holy Redeemer School, Mrs. Harrington is the fourth grade Homeroom Teacher, the fourth and fifth grade Mathematics and Science Teacher, and she is also the Intermediate Level Coordinator. Additionally, she is a certified Catechist, the Chess Club moderator, member of the NJHS Faculty Council and a parent of two children who both have attended Holy Redeemer School.

Mrs. Harrington makes learning fun in her classroom, with unique experiments and demonstrations.  As one parents, said, 'She has the uncanny ability to meet every student she teaches precisely where they are at that moment, and she tailors her lessons to educate and challenge them every day. Her lessons are all rooted in the Catholic ideals of faith, hope and charity. She recognizes each student's unique talents and challenges and makes sure that each and every one of them strives for excellence. Most impressive is the almost magical sense of inner grace and calm that Mrs. Harrington possesses. Her quick wit and easygoing style make her a joy to be around.'

Congratulations, Mrs. Harrington, and well deserved!

Watch the surprise announcement here: https://youtu.be/eVxpJiEF0WY


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Hear what some of our parents have to say about Holy Redeemer School:
"My husband and I looked into a lot of area schools trying to find the perfect fit, not only for our children, but for our whole family.  When we visited Holy Redeemer in January 2014, we knew without a doubt that we had found the absolute best environment for our children.  Worried that there would be no more spots available, we went straight to our car, opened up our laptop and completed the online application. Our son started Kindergarten in August 2015 and was immediately enveloped by friendly classmates, teachers, and administrators. When he was chosen as the “Superstar,” Mrs. Ervin sent home a list compiled by his classmates that listed all the reasons why he was a superstar to share with us.  I am so glad she did, because it only confirmed what I already knew.  He loves school, and we love it too! Our younger son will start Pre-Kindergarten in 2015, and he is so looking forward to joining his brother.  I encourage anyone I know that is looking for a great school to check out Holy Redeemer!" -Kelly

"This was a great school year for our children. They have thrived and flourished in a caring and spiritual environment filled with varied activities and learning opportunities. Our family had grown spiritually as we shared the religious growth with our children. To our Pastor, Principal, Teachers and Staff we appreciate you. We Thank You!"- Annette

"Holy Redeemer School has offered my children a high quality education, a strong supportive community, and a grounding sense of spirituality during a challenging year for our family. I feel very blessed that my children were with such skilled, nurturing, and caring teachers and administrators at HRS. My daughters grew and flourished at HRS and their little brother can't wait to join them this upcoming year!"- Shannon

Welcome to Holy Redeemer School

I am truly blessed to be the principal of such a welcoming school known for its excellence in education both within our community and the Archdiocese of Washington. Holy Redeemer School is a Catholic parish school rooted in Gospel values, and is committed to excellence in education with the power of faith.  Holy Redeemer School offers an educational program for Pre-Kindergarten through eighth grade designed to respect the dignity of all students, recognize individual differences, and promote social justice and other Gospel values as integral elements of Christian living. 

Through worship and study of scripture, Holy Redeemer School celebrates the relationship between God and our faith community. Our standards-based curriculum, combined with innovative instruction, leads to higher individual achievement and academic excellence.  Our students are happy, excited learners with a great respect for their teachers and administrators.

The parents are the primary educators of their children.  I invite our parents to volunteer and be a part of the learning process here at Holy Redeemer.  It has become obvious to me that the parental support and energy I witness is an integral part of our school’s reputation for excellence and fosters such a strong sense of family and community.

With God’s blessings,
Mrs. Maria C. Bovich, Principal