Preparing for Next Year
Posted March 1
Believe it or not, practice started last week for spring sports. Due to the weather, athletes were running the stairs and practicing in the gym. This week they will begin to travel to various sites to practice outdoors and soon begin to play games. As with the fall sports season, all spring sports will take place off campus due to the construction. This can prove challenging, especially for students leaving 8th period classes, however, students are responsible for getting their work from missed classes. Teachers are always available to help students and I encourage your daughter to take advantage of their teachers’ flexibility. To assist with their early dismissal, students will be permitted to change into their uniforms during lunch on game days. We look forward to a successful spring sports season.
The Drama Department has been working hard on our spring musical, “Hairspray.” Students have been spending many hours in practice and dress rehearsals, and from what I’ve heard, it is going to be a phenomenal show! Is your daughter using her time after school to get her homework completed before evening practices? As a reminder, students may use the Library and Computer Labs in the MLR building to complete assignments and homework.
Finally, I would like to remind you of the work of the Maryland Alliance of Catholic School Families and Teachers and our legislators in Annapolis. This Alliance continues to support scholarship funds for nonpublic schools and Maryvale has been approved to receive textbook funds for next year. Additionally, this tax credit can help in raising scholarship funds for nonpublic schools. If you have not heard of the BOAST tax credit, please review the following statement from http://www.mdnonpubs.org/boast.html:
The BOAST Maryland Tax Credit
The initiative, which is modeled after the successful Pennsylvania REACH program, would allow corporations and small businesses to claim a 75% state tax credit (rather than a charitable deduction) for donations to organizations that support Maryland’s K-12 public and nonpublic school students and teachers. The program would be capped at $5 million, providing $3 million in credits for donations to nonpublic scholarship organizations, and $2 million in credits for donations to organizations benefiting public school students and teachers.
Further details are available on the site mentioned above: http://www.mdnonpubs.org/boast.html
I encourage each family to register to receive information and to send a prepared email to their State Senator and Delegates using www.mdnonpubs.org
You and your families are in my prayers during this holy and solemn season of Lent.