RECENT NEWS AND HOLY REDEEMER HAPPENINGS
MRS. BOVICH NAMED THE ARCHDIOCESE OF WASHINGTON'S DISTINGUISHED PRINCIPAL OF THE YEAR
We 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.
2016-2017 SUPPLY LIST AND CALENDAR
The 2016-2017 Supply Lists are now available by following this link. The 2016-2017 School Calendar can also be exported from the website by clicking the "export" icon at http://school.holy-redeemer.org/calendar. The Brown Envelope/Packet Pickup will be held August 23-25 from 9am-12pm in the Art Room. The School Store will also be open at that time. Additionally, the Brown Envelopes will be available for pickup after Masses on August 27 & 28.
New Parent Orientation will be held Thursday, August 25. Pre-K & K parents will begin at 6:30. All parents will meet together at 7pm. The Used Uniform Sale will be held during this time, as well as the School Store Sale.
SCHOOL UNIFORM INFORMATION
Please follow the respective links to pricing and ordering information for the school uniforms through Flynn & O'Hara and Risse Brothers.
The following is the online uniform shopping link to Flynn & O'Hara for our school. You may use this link to create an account and place an order: www.flynnohara.com/school/md381.
In celebration of the start of summer, Flynn & O'Hara Uniforms is offering FREE SHIPPING for all online school uniform orders placed July 1-10.
Each company has a local store:
Risse Brothers, 9700 Martin Luther King Jr. Highway, Unit B, Lanham, Maryland 20706
Flynn & O’Hara, 8807 Annapolis Road, Lanham, MD 20706
Make sure that you allow enough time when ordering the uniform shoes, which can take upwards of 3 weeks to arrive.
HRS DAY AT THE BALLPARK
Holy Redeemer School is teaming up with the Bowie Baysox for a Day at the Ballpark! Kick off the school year with a fun day out. Learn more here: 16-HRS Day at the Bowie Baysox.pdf
HRS SCHOOL CLEAN UP DAY
On August 20th from 9 am- 12 pm, we invite everyone to join us for our annual School Clean Up day. We will be preparing the school grounds and playgrounds for the new year. This event counts towards your volunteer hours and we ask that you bring your own tools.
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 email@example.com if you are able to volunteer.
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
Be on the lookout for information about this year’s Walk-a-thon! This is one of the largest fundraisers for the school, and this year the event is going to be all-new! More details will be coming soon. STAY TUNED!
PRE-KINDERGARTEN AND KINDERGARTEN PROMOTION
Our Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students ended the year with wonderful promotion ceremonies. Thank you for a great year! You can watch the ceremonies here:
TUITION RATES ARE POSTED
The tuition rates for the 2016-2017 school year have been posted. Please see the Admissions tab for more information.
TUITION ASSISTANCE IS AVAILABLE!
If you are interested in enrolling your child at Holy Redeemer School, but are concerned about the financial commitment, please contact the school office at 301-474-3993 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We at Holy Redeemer are committed to keeping Catholic education affordable and will assist parents in meeting the financial obligation of school tuition. Also, the Maryland State Department of Education has just finished formulating the guidelines and procedures for the BOOST scholarship program and the State is now accepting online applications for scholarship awards the 2016-17 school year at www.marylandpublicschools.org/BOOST.
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
Watch the PK-3rd Grade: https://youtu.be/IlTGHTbFz8I
Watch the 4th-8th Grade: https://youtu.be/89e-OETTzVw
At this event, Grandparents Day and Very Important People are invited to come to our school, visit the classroom, and then attend a special presentation with refreshments and musical performances from each class.
THE WALK-A-THON IS A SUCCESS!
The Walk-a-thon this year raised nearly $10,000 for Science, Math and Technology enrichment programs at Holy Redeemer School. Thank you all for your very generous donations!
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