Notre Dame Marist Academy - Middle Division - Grades 6-8

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Notre Dame Marist Academy - News and Notes
 

All School Liturgy Monday, 3/16 - dress uniform with green socks
 
Irish Week Details - see attached
 
Themes:
6th Grade - Music Apps
7th Grade - Social Media Apps
8th Grade - Games Apps
Sunday - hallway decorating 2-4 p.m.
Monday - Dress uniform with green socks
Tuesday - Twin Day - students match at least 3 items with another student
Wednesday - Theme Day - students wear 3 items related to their class theme, above
Thursday - Class t-shirts (to be provided Tuesday, 3/17) 
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday - if shorts are worn they must be fingertip length or longer.  If shorts are shorter than that, leggings, jeggings or spandex MUST be worn underneath.  Shirts must be appropriate and cover shoulders.  Wednesday and Thursday - tennis shoes MUST BE WORN.  Questions, please ask Mr. Jezdimir or simply bring another layer :)
 
Uniform Reminder
 
Uniform pants must be "Dennis" brand pants.  With the weather warming up, please make sure your daughter's skirt is not shorter than 2 inches above her knees.  Again, any questions, please ask Mr. Jezdimir.
 
Community Service and Christian Service Hours
 
There have been several emails to me, regarding volunteer hours.  If you ask your student and they are truthful with their response, they will tell you that they are reminded about the hours at length in their religion class.  These hours are talked about and reported in their religion classes.  Any questions should be directed to your student's religion teacher. 
 
Volunteer hours - consist of 2 parts:  Christian Service hours and Community Service hours. 
 
Christian Service - sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c48acaf28a6f49-christian1  Every student MUST attend one session.
 
Community Service Hours - 5 total hours for the school year - very liberal.  Volunteering in the community doing anything!  Shoveling neighbor's walk, babysitting, working at a soup kitchen.  As long as no money is exchanged, it counts. All students have the link to the doc to report the hours.  
 
From the Athletic Department - see attached
 
Spring Sports Parent Meeting TONIGHT 7 p.m.
 
CYO Spring Sports begin the week of March 16.  We offer baseball, softball, boys lacrosse (7th & 8th grades only), and coed track & field.  Participants must have a current sports physical (dated after April 15, 2014) on file in the athletic department before the start of practice or tryouts.  If you are not sure whether your child has a current physical please contact Mrs. Leseman atmleseman@ndpma.org.  Specific dates, times, and location will be posted on the website and announcements made during school.  
 
Boys 5/6 Grade Baseball
 
Mr. Patterson is coaching 5/6 grade boys baseball.   If you are interested in playing baseball, the tryouts are on the following dates:
Monday, March 16th 4:00 - 5:15 p.m. at Lower Division Gym
Tuesday, March 17th 4:00 - 5:15 p.m. at Lower Division Gym
Thursday, March 19th 3:45 - 5:00 p.m. at Batting Cages (937 N. Opdyke Rd., Auburn Hills)
 
You must be at all three practices to make the team.  There is a parent meeting Thursday, March 12th at 7:00 p.m. at ND Prep.  You must have a physical on file with the athletic department before March 16th in order to practice.   If you have any questions, contact Mr. Patterson at rpatterson@ndpma.org.  Bring to practice: glove, gym shoes, hat, and any other equipment you may need.
 
"Wild About Fashion" RSVP date extended to 3/13
 
There’s still time to purchase your tickets to the 2015 Spring Fashion Show “Wild About Fashion!” on Tuesday, March 17th, at Cherry Creek Golf Club.  Bring your friends and enjoy dinner, shopping, a silent auction, and viewing the latest fashions modeled by students and their parents.  If you prefer to register online, click here to go to the invitation and registration form.  Tickets are $55.00 per person with a limit of 12 seats per table.  Hope to see you at this fun event!
 
In need of Metal Jar Lids
 
The sixth graders will be completing a fresco in Western World class at the end of March.  Please save and bring in metal jar lids to Ms. Knapp or the office for the project.  Thank you for your help.
 
Notre Dame Golf Outing
 
The ND Golf Outing is fast approaching and the committee is seeking sponsorships for this years outing.  For more details please visit:  http://ndgolfouting.eventsbot.com/
 
 
March
12 Green Block Day - Even Hour Classes
12 Spring Sports Meeting 7 p.m.
16-19 Irish Week - see attached calendar
16 JK - 12 Liturgy - DRESS UNIFORM 
18 Middle Division Talent Show 7 p.m. Cafeteria
20 No School; Teacher In-Service
23 8th Grade Retreat (Last Name A-K)
24 8th Grade Retreat (Last Name L-Z)
25 Gold Block Day - Odd Hour Classes
26 Green Block Day - Even Hour Classes
31 Late Start
 
April
1 Prayer Services
2 End of Phase V
2-10 Easter Holiday Break - NO SCHOOL
15 Gold Block Day - Odd Hour Classes
16 Green Block Day - Even Hour Classes
24 International Day - Middle Division
24 7/8th grade Dance 7-9 PM Cafetorium
27 Late Start
28 Peter Chanel Liturgy JK-12 - DRESS UNIFORM
29 Gold Block Day - Odd Hour Classes
29 Admissions Coffee (MD/UD 9 - 11)
29 Parent Workshops “How to Hug a Porcupine”  9AM & 7 PM
30 Green Block Day - Even Hour Classes

Parent/Teacher Conferences

 
With conferences Thursday night and Friday morning, I wanted to give you a couple reminders. Please carefully respect the five-minute rule at each table. Also, please be courteous at the end of your conference. If your teacher-conference ends later than 7:45 PM/9:45 AM, please do not join another teacher’s conference area. If you are unable to meet with one of your son/daughter’s teachers, please email that teacher, and he or she will set up a separate conference.   The staff appreciates your support in your child’s education and hopes you find these conferences beneficial.
 
No School, Friday 3/6 
 
All School Liturgy 3/16
 
The calendar at the end of announcements had liturgy on 3/17.  It is actually 3/16, sorry for the mistake.
 
In need of Metal Jar Lids
 
The sixth graders will be completing a fresco in Western World class at the end of March.  Please save and bring in metal jar lids to Ms. Knapp or the office for the project.  Thank you for your help.
 
From the Athletic Department
 
CYO Spring Sports begin the week of March 16.  We offer baseball, softball, boys lacrosse (7th & 8th grades only), and coed track & field.  Participants must have a current sports physical (dated after April 15, 2014) on file in the athletic department before the start of practice or tryouts.  If you are not sure whether your child has a current physical please contact Mrs. Leseman atmleseman@ndpma.org.  Specific dates, times, and location will be posted on the website and announcements made during school. 
 
Boys 5/6 Grade Baseball
 
Mr. Patterson is coaching 5/6 grade boys baseball.   If you are interested in playing baseball, the tryouts are on the following dates:
Monday, March 16th 4:00 - 5:15 p.m. at Lower Division Gym
Tuesday, March 17th 4:00 - 5:15 p.m. at Lower Division Gym
Thursday, March 19th 3:45 - 5:00 p.m. at Batting Cages (937 N. Opdyke Rd., Auburn Hills)
 
You must be at all three practices to make the team.  There is a parent meeting Thursday, March 12th at 7:00 p.m. at ND Prep.  You must have a physical on file with the athletic department before March 16th in order to practice.   If you have any questions, contact Mr. Patterson at rpatterson@ndpma.org.  Bring to practice: glove, gym shoes, hat, and any other equipment you may need.
 
SAVE THE DATE!!  2015 Mother's Mass & Brunch:
 
The 2015 Mothers' Mass and Brunch "Pearls of Wisdom" ~ a meaningful Spring tradition for students and their moms takes place on Sunday, March 22nd. Mass will be at 9:30 a.m. in the Chapel with a catered Brunch immediately following.  All divisions welcome. Please click the following link to view the invitation and to register: http://www.ndpma.org/mass_and_brunch.
 
Notre Dame Golf Outing
 
The ND Golf Outing is fast approaching and the committee is seeking sponsorships for this years outing.  For more details please visit:  http://ndgolfouting.eventsbot.com/
 
 
March
5 Early Dismissal: 12 NOON (Middle Division); Parent/Teacher Conferences 5:30-8:00 PM
6 NO SCHOOL - Parent/Teacher Conferences; 8-10:00 AM
11 Gold Block Day - Odd Hour Classes
12 Green Block Day - Even Hour Classes
12 Spring Sports Meeting 7 p.m.
16-19 Irish Week
16 JK - 12 Liturgy - DRESS UNIFORM - PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE!
18 Middle Division Talent Show 7 p.m. Cafeteria
20 No School; Teacher In-Service
23 8th Grade Retreat (Last Name A-K)
24 8th Grade Retreat (Last Name L-Z)
25 Gold Block Day - Odd Hour Classes
26 Green Block Day - Even Hour Classes
31 Late Start
 
April
1 Prayer Services
2 End of Phase V
2-10 Easter Holiday Break - NO SCHOOL
15 Gold Block Day - Odd Hour Classes
16 Green Block Day - Even Hour Classes
24 International Day - Middle Division
24 7/8th grade Dance 7-9 PM Cafetorium
27 Late Start
28 Peter Chanel Liturgy JK-12 - DRESS UNIFORM
29 Gold Block Day - Odd Hour Classes
29 Admissions Coffee (MD/UD 9 - 11)
29 Parent Workshops “How to Hug a Porcupine”  9AM & 7 PM
30 Green Block Day - Even Hour Classes
 

School starts promptly at 7:30 a.m.

 
We are seeing an alarming number of students strolling in after 7:30 a.m. each morning.  1st hour tardies are on the rise.  We understand being late due to traffic or weather, like this morning.  However, many days students are simply tardy.  Please be aware and have your student here ahead of our 7:30 a.m. start.  Any questions, please see Mr. Jezdimir.
 
Phase IV Progress Reports Are Now Available on NetClassroom
 
Phase IV progress reports are now available on NetClassroom under your “Student Name Grades” top navigation bar. This year all progress reports and semester report cards will be available online only.
 
Parent/Teacher Conferences
 
With conferences Thursday night and Friday morning, I wanted to give you a couple reminders. Please carefully respect the five-minute rule at each table. Also, please be courteous at the end of your conference. If your teacher-conference ends later than 7:45 PM/9:45 AM, please do not join another teacher’s conference area. If you are unable to meet with one of your son/daughter’s teachers, please email that teacher, and he or she will set up a separate conference. The staff appreciates your support in your child’s education and hopes you find these conferences beneficial.
 
From Technology - please see attached
 
As of March 1st, 2015, NDPMA will no longer loan out Surface Pro 2 devices, chargers, keyboards when a student forgets to bring them to school. NDPMA has been flexible up to now due to the newness of the 1:1 program, but we simply do not have the inventory.   Bringing your Surface Pro 2 charged to school each day is part of our curriculum and should be treated as such.
Our IT department will continue to loan devices and parts when one of those products are defective and/or broken and need replacement through Microsoft. 
 
Half Day, Thursday 3/5; No School, Friday 3/6 
 
Classes for the Middle Division (6-8th grades) will end at 12 noon on Thursday.  Buses will take students home at 1:40 p.m. when the 9th and 10th graders finish in the Upper Division.  If you need busing that day, please pack a lunch for your student.  We will have a room available for them to eat and study in quietly before dismissal.  
 
Late Start Added on April 27th
 
There will be a late start on Monday, April 27th.  
 
In need of Metal Jar Lids
 
The sixth graders will be completing a fresco in Western World class at the end of March.  Please save and bring in metal jar lids to Ms. Knapp or the office for the project.  Thank you for your help.
 
From the Athletic Department
 
Any Marist Athletes interested in playing a Spring Sport please indicate your participation intention. The athletic department is trying to estimate its CYO numbers for the Spring: Notre Dame Marist Academy Spring Sports Interest
 
Any Marist 7th or 8th graders interested in the NDP Hockey program please contact Coach Aaron Crouse, acrouse@ndpma.org.
 
2015 Spring Fashion Show
 
Don’t forget to purchase your tickets to the 2015 Spring Fashion Show “Wild About Fashion!” on Tuesday, March 17th, at Cherry Creek Golf Club.  Bring your friends and enjoy dinner, shopping, a silent auction, and viewing the latest fashions modeled by students and their parents.  If you prefer to register online, click here to go to the invitation and registration form.  Tickets are $55.00 per person with a limit of 12 seats per table.  Hope to see you at this fun event!
 
SAVE THE DATE!!  2015 Mother's Mass & Brunch:
 
The 2015 Mothers' Mass and Brunch "Pearls of Wisdom" ~ a meaningful Spring tradition for students and their moms takes place on Sunday, March 22nd. Mass will be at 9:30 a.m. in the Chapel with a catered Brunch immediately following.  All divisions welcome. Please click the following link to view the invitation and to register: http://www.ndpma.org/mass_and_brunch.
 
National Junior Honor Society Induction - May 5th
 
Please correct the National Junior Honor Society's Induction date to May 5th.  The date is incorrect on schedules and letters given to new members.
 
Notre Dame Golf Outing
 
The ND Golf Outing is fast approaching and the committee is seeking sponsorships for this years outing.  For more details please visit:  http://ndgolfouting.eventsbot.com/
 
March
3 Middle Division Sports Banquet
4 School Day Open House
5 Early Dismissal: 12 NOON (Middle Division); Parent/Teacher Conferences 5:30-8:00 PM
6 NO SCHOOL - Parent/Teacher Conferences; 8-10:00 AM
11 Gold Block Day - Odd Hour Classes
12 Green Block Day - Even Hour Classes
12 Spring Sports Meeting 7 p.m.
16-19 Irish Week
17 JK - 12 Liturgy - DRESS UNIFORM
18 Middle Division Talent Show 7 p.m. Cafeteria
20 No School; Teacher In-Service
23 8th Grade Retreat (Last Name A-K)
24 8th Grade Retreat (Last Name L-Z)
25 Gold Block Day - Odd Hour Classes
26 Green Block Day - Even Hour Classes
31 Late Start
 
April
1 Prayer Services
2 End of Phase V
2-10 Easter Holiday Break - NO SCHOOL
15 Gold Block Day - Odd Hour Classes
16 Green Block Day - Even Hour Classes
24 International Day - Middle Division
24 7/8th grade Dance 7-9 PM Cafetorium
27 Late Start
28 Peter Chanel Liturgy JK-12 - DRESS UNIFORM
29 Gold Block Day - Odd Hour Classes
29 Admissions Coffee (MD/UD 9 - 11)
29 Parent Workshops “How to Hug a Porcupine”  9AM & 7 PM
30 Green Block Day - Even Hour Classes
 

Late Start Added on April 27th

 
There will be a late start on Monday, April 27th.  
 
Middle Division Phone and Fax Numbers
 
The Middle Division has its own phone number, 248.373.5371.  Middle and Upper Divisions now share a fax number, 248.373.8024.  Please update your records.
 
Talent Show - March 18th
 
It is Talent Show Time!!  Auditions Feb 23, 24 ,25 during lunch and after school.  The Talent Show is Wednesday March 18, at 7:00pm. All are welcome.  See Mrs. Smith for details.
 
Spring Sports Interest Survey
 
Athletics asked that we pass along a Sprint Sports Interest Survey.  Please take a couple of minutes to complete the survey by clicking on the following link.
 
DENNIS Valentine's Special
 
February 12th - 17th, 2015 - save 15% on DENNIS sweatpants & sweatshirts, in stores & online. FREE SHIPPING on orders over $85! shop online www.dennisuniform.com
 
Toilet Paper and Paper Towel Rolls
 
A sincere thank you from Mrs. Pauwels and the 6th grade class for all of your donations.  The snowflake project is complete and we are no longer in need of the rolls.  Thank You!
 
Pictures needed for Yearbook
 
Yearbook is looking for any and all pictures you may have of students - candid, events, anything.  Please email them tokthomas@ndpma.org.  Thanks in advance.
 
2015 Spring Fashion Show “Wild About Fashion!”
 
Don’t forget to purchase your tickets to the 2015 Spring Fashion Show “Wild About Fashion!” on Tuesday, March 17th, at Cherry Creek Golf Club.  Bring your friends and enjoy dinner, shopping, a silent auction, and viewing the latest fashions modeled by students and their parents.  If you prefer to register online, click here to go to the invitation and registration form.  Tickets are $55.00 per person with a limit of 12 seats per table.  Hope to see you at this fun event!
 
Student ID's on lanyards
 
Student ID's are part of a student's uniform.  Each student was given an ID at the beginning of the school year and had a spare available in the office.  Once the student lost/broke/??? the original and the spare, a new ID is available for $10, charged to the student's tuition account.  Please make sure your student wears their ID everyday, regardless if it is a dress down or normal uniform day.
 
National Junior Honor Society Induction - May 5th
 
Please correct the National Junior Honor Society's Induction date to May 5th.  The date is incorrect on schedules and letters given to new members.
 
Notre Dame Golf Outing
 
The ND Golf Outing is fast approaching and the committee is seeking sponsorships for this years outing.  For more details please visit:  http://ndgolfouting.eventsbot.com/
 
February
16-20 Winter Break - NO SCHOOL
25 Gold Block Day - Odd Hour Classes
26 Green Block Day - Even Hour Classes
28 Middle Division Scholars Day
 
March
3 Middle Division Sports Banquet
4 School Day Open House
5 Early Dismissal; 1:40, Parent/Teacher Conferences 5:30-8:00 PM
6 No School; Parent/Teacher Conferences; 8-10:00 AM
11 Gold Block Day - Odd Hour Classes
12 Green Block Day - Even Hour Classes
16-19 Irish Week
17 JK - 12 Liturgy
18 Middle Division Talent Show 7 p.m. Cafeteria
20 No School; Teacher In-Service
23 8th Grade Retreat (Last Name A-K)
24 8th Grade Retreat (Last Name L-Z)
25 Gold Block Day - Odd Hour Classes
26 Green Block Day - Even Hour Classes
31 Late Start
 

Tomorrow, 2/6 - Middle Division Jeans Day & Winter Wonderland Dance

 
In honor of the Middle Division dance tomorrow afternoon, the day is a jeans day.  Tops are to be ugly sweaters or a blue or white shirt to fit in with the Winter Wonderland dance theme.  The dance admission is $3 and there will be concessions available for purchase.
 
Student ID's on lanyards
 
Student ID's are part of a student's uniform.  Each student was given an ID at the beginning of the school year and had a spare available in the office.  Once the student lost/broke/??? the original and the spare, a new ID is available for $10, charged to the student's tuition account.  Please make sure your student wears their ID everyday, regardless if it is a dress down or normal uniform day.
 
Using the back entrance
 
The back entrance to the Middle Division is available only during classroom hours.  Please do NOT use the entrance for drop off in the morning or pick up in the afternoon.  Buses must park in the pen located in back of the school.  Drop off and Pick up before and after school is ONLY IN THE CIRCLE.  Please be patient and wait in the car line.
 
Pictures needed for Yearbook
 
Yearbook is looking for any and all pictures you may have of students - candid, events, anything.  Please email them to kthomas@ndpma.org.  Thanks in advance.
 
Media Center Closed 2/11 after school
 
The Media Center will be closed after school  on the 11th to prepare for the Admissions event that evening.
 
Notre Dame Golf Outing
 
The ND Golf Outing is fast approaching and the committee is seeking sponsorships for this years outing.  For more details please visit:  http://ndgolfouting.eventsbot.com/
 
8th Grade Student Composite
 
Lifetouch photography has created an eighth grade composite of students and is making it available for families to purchase. Composites are $12 each and contain all of the eighth grade students.  Please return the bottom portion of the attached flyer with your payment to the office by Friday, 2/13.  Payment is by check payable to "Lifetouch" or cash only.
 
Surface Pro Case
 
We are seeing MANY broken tablets in the Marist Division.  If you are wanting a virtually indestructible case, the IT department recommended the Urban Armor Gear Case.  If you would like more information, here is the link from Amazon.
 
Lost & Found
 
Several pairs of tennis shoes, school shoes, clothes, books are located in the lost and found.  We are going to make a donation of all items on February 13th.
 
Empty Paper Towel and Toilet Paper Rolls - Needed
 
Please save any and all empty paper towel and toilet paper rolls.  Mrs. Pauwels is doing a recycling project in her 6th grade classes.  She would greatly appreciate your donations.  Thanks in advance!
 
Used Athletic Shoes - Needed
 
The Environmental Club is having their USED athletic shoe collection through February 13th.  The soles are recycled and used to create Nike Grind, a material used to create athletic and playground surfaces.  Please have your student bring in OLD athletic shoes and give them to Mrs. Smith.  Students will fill out a ticket for each pair of shoes and names will be entered in a drawing to win prizes!
 
Hole-In-Fun Foot Golf Tournament for Poverty, 2/7
 
I am Matthew Wood from Notre Dame Prep Marist Academy, in Pontiac, MI. As 8th Graders we have to do a thing we call, a “Community Project” where we try to help an area in our community. The project that I have decided to work on is poverty. We realize that poverty is a huge problem in our community, especially Pontiac. So, what I have decided to do is create an event I call “The Hole-in-Fun Foot Golf Tournament for Poverty.” At this event, we will be playing nine-holes of foot golf, and all of the money will be going to Grace Centers of Hope in Pontiac. My goal for this event to have 100 people, and I need your help! This event is open to the public, and I would love for you to come! If you have any questions, concerns, or would like to sign up for a tee-time, please feel free to email me at holeinfunfootgolf@gmail.com, visit my Google+ page, +Hole in Fun Foot Golf Event, visit my Facebook page, at www.facebook.com/holeinfunfootgolfevent, or call me at 248-683-8649. Remember to dress properly for the event, as IT WILL GO ON IN THE SNOW, and please bring your own soccer ball.  Please see the attached flyer for more details.
 
National Junior Honor Society Induction - May 5th
 
Please correct the National Junior Honor Society's Induction date to May 5th.  The date is incorrect on schedules and letters given to new members.
 
February
6 Middle Division Dance (3-5; Cafetorium)
10 JK - 12 Liturgy - DRESS UNIFORM
11 Gold Block Day - Odd Hour Classes
11 Parent Workshops “How to Hug a Porcupine”  9AM & 7 PM
12 Green Block Day - Even Hour Classes
13 End of Phase IV
16-20 Winter Break - NO SCHOOL
25 Gold Block Day - Odd Hour Classes
26 Green Block Day - Even Hour Classes
28 Middle Division Scholars Day
 
March
3 Middle Division Sports Banquet
4 School Day Open House
5 Early Dismissal; 1:40, Parent/Teacher Conferences 5:30-8:00 PM
6 No School; Parent/Teacher Conferences; 8-10:00 AM
11 Gold Block Day - Odd Hour Classes
12 Green Block Day - Even Hour Classes
16-19 Irish Week
17 JK - 12 Liturgy
20 No School; Teacher In-Service
23 8th Grade Retreat (Last Name A-K)
24 8th Grade Retreat (Last Name L-Z)
25 Gold Block Day - Odd Hour Classes
26 Green Block Day - Even Hour Classes
31 Late Start


Adventures of a Comic Book Artist


The Notre Dame Marist Academy Players proudly presents "Adventures of a Comic Book Artist". Friday and Saturday, January 23 and 24, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, January 25, at 2 p.m. in the Cafeteria. Tickets available at the door, Adults $8, Students $6. All students attending the play earn a Jeans Day on Tuesday, January 27. Come out and support our thespians and enjoy a great show!

Catholic Week

Catholic School Week is Monday, January 26 through Friday, January 30.  We have several in school events planned for the students.  There will be a Middle Division mass on Monday, January 26th.  Please have students wear dress uniforms on Monday. Friday we will show 3 different movies, one to each grade.  We are looking for "When the Game Stands Tall," "Heaven Is For Real," and "Chronicles of Narnia."  If you have any of these movies at home, or know someone who does, we would LOVE to borrow any or all of them.  Thanks!

Empty Paper Towel and Toilet Paper Rolls - Needed

Please save any and all empty paper towel and toilet paper rolls.  Mrs. Pauwels is doing a recycling project in her 6th grade classes.  She would greatly appreciate your donations.  Thanks in advance!

Used Athletic Shoes - Needed

The Environmental Club is having their USED athletic shoe collection through February 13th.  The soles are recycled and used to create Nike Grind, a material used to create athletic and playground surfaces.  Please have your student bring in OLD athletic shoes and give them to Mrs. Smith.  Students will fill out a ticket for each pair of shoes and names will be entered in a drawing to win prizes!

Irish Night

7th and 8th grade parents, please be sure to sign up your student online for Irish Night on January 30th.  There will be pizza, Irish Week-style games and then students will be able to cheer on the NDP boys basketball team in a rivalry game against Bishop Foley. They won’t want to miss it! If you have any questions, please see Mr. Jezdimir.  The link is http://www.ndpma.org/drupal/irishnight

National Junior Honor Society Induction - May 5th

Please correct the National Junior Honor Society's Induction date to May 5th.  The date is incorrect on schedules and letters given to new members.

Hole-In-Fun Foot Golf Tournament for Poverty

I am Matthew Wood from Notre Dame Prep Marist Academy, in Pontiac, MI. As 8th Graders we have to do a thing we call, a “Community Project” where we try to help an area in our community. The project that I have decided to work on is poverty. We realize that poverty is a huge problem in our community, especially Pontiac. So, what I have decided to do is create an event I call “The Hole-in-Fun Foot Golf Tournament for Poverty.” At this event, we will be playing nine-holes of foot golf, and all of the money will be going to Grace Centers of Hope in Pontiac. My goal for this event to have 100 people, and I need your help! This event is open to the public, and I would love for you to come! If you have any questions, concerns, or would like to sign up for a tee-time, please feel free to email me at holeinfunfootgolf@gmail.com, visit my Google+ page, +Hole in Fun Foot Golf Event, visit my Facebook page, at www.facebook.com/holeinfunfootgolfevent, or call me at 248-683-8649. Remember to dress properly for the event, as IT WILL GO ON IN THE SNOW, and please bring your own soccer ball.  Please see the attached flyer for more details.


January
23-25 Adventures of a Comic Book Artist
26-30 Catholic School Week
26 Middle Division Liturgy - DRESS UNIFORM
27 Late Start - Jeans day for students that attended "Adventures of a Comic Book Artist"
28 Gold Block Day - Odd Hour Classes
29 Green Block Day - Even Hour Classes
30 Spirit Day - Jeans with a NDPMA colored shirt

February
4 Notre Dame Info Night (NDP, MD, LD) 6-7 PM
6 Middle Division Dance (3-5; Cafetorium)
10 JK - 12 Liturgy - DRESS UNIFORM
11 Gold Block Day - Odd Hour Classes
11 Parent Workshops “How to Hug a Porcupine”  9AM & 7 PM
12 Green Block Day - Even Hour Classes
13 End of Phase IV
16-20 Winter Break - NO SCHOOL
25 Gold Block Day - Odd Hour Classes
26 Green Block Day - Even Hour Classes
28 Middle Division Scholars Day
 

Spelling Bee

 
Wow!! After thirty intense rounds of spelling, we finally have the 2015 Marist Academy Spelling Bee winner. Congratulations to Devarshi Mukherji for being the top speller in Marist Academy. Runner-ups, Rhianna Hensler and Amelia Cumming, were tough competitors. The Bee was at Round 11 with just those three spellers left. It was not until round 30 that Devarshi finally prevailed. Congratulations to everyone who participated in this year's Spelling Bee. 
 
Irish Night
 
7th and 8th grade parents, please be sure to sign up your student online for Irish Night on January 30th. There’ll be pizza, Irish Week-style games and then students will be able to cheer on the NDP boys basketball team in a rivalry game against Bishop Foley. They won’t want to miss it! If you have any questions, please see Mr. Jezdimir.
 
Catholic Week
 
Catholic School Week is Monday, January 26 through Friday, January 30.  We have several in school events planned for the students.  There will be a Middle Division mass on Monday, January 26th.  Please have students wear dress uniforms.
 
Adventures of a Comic Book Artist
 
The Notre Dame Marist Academy Players proudly presents "Adventures of a Comic Book Artist". Friday and Saturday, January 23 and 24, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, January 25, at 2 p.m. in the Cafeteria. Tickets available at the door, Adults $8, Students $6. All students that attend the play will earn a Jeans Day on Tuesday, January 27. Come out and support our thespian classmates and enjoy a great show!
 
January
19 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - No School
23-25 Adventures of a Comic Book Artist
26-30 Catholic School Week
26 Middle Division Liturgy - DRESS UNIFORM
27 Late Start - Jeans day for students that attended "Adventures of a Comic Book Artist"
28 Gold Block Day - Odd Hour Classes
29 Green Block Day - Even Hour Classes
30 Spirit Day - Jeans with a NDPMA colored shirt
 
February
4 Notre Dame Info Night (NDP, MD, LD) 6-7 PM
6 Middle Division Dance (3-5; Cafetorium)
10 JK - 12 Liturgy - DRESS UNIFORM
11 Gold Block Day - Odd Hour Classes
11 Parent Workshops “How to Hug a Porcupine”  9AM & 7 PM
12 Green Block Day - Even Hour Classes
13 End of Phase IV
16-20 Winter Break - NO SCHOOL
25 Gold Block Day - Odd Hour Classes
26 Green Block Day - Even Hour Classes
28 Middle Division Scholars Day


Semester 1 Report Card are now available on NetClassroom

 
Semester 1 report cards are now available on NetClassroom under your "Student Name Grades" top navigation bar.  This year all progress reports and semester report cards will be available online only.  
 
Lost and Found
 
The bin in FULL.  In fact more things came in over break including 2 pairs of boy's sperrys.  Please come in and have a look.  Remember to label student's clothes - much easier to get back to them. 
 
Free Throw Shooting Contest
 
The Waterford Knights of Columbus will be hosting a free throw shooting contest open to all kids ages 9-14 this Saturday (January 10th) from 10:00-2:00 in the Grimaldi Center.  They have been hosting this event for several years now and do a great job running and promoting it.  We would like to encourage as many of our athletes to participate as possible, especially since all of our teams have home games on Saturday.  Entry forms are available in the athletic office and there will also be some available on Saturday at the event.  
 
Geography Bee:
 
We completed the annual NDPMA National Geographic Bee this week.  Congratulations to our winners!  Isaiah has the opportunity to advance to the State competition.
1st place - Isaiah Thummel
2nd place - Garrett Moran
3rd place - Ishwar Surendran
 
NDPMA Players present the Adventures of a Comic Book Artist
 
Please see the attached flyer for Special Reserved Seating Pre-Sale.  Performances will be in the cafeteria:
Friday, 1/23 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, 1/24 at 7 p.m.
Sunday, 1/25 at 2 p.m.
 
Community Project for the Children's Cancer Centre at Beaumont
 
Hi my name is Jonmikal Dragojevic and I am an 8th grade student. We were assigned an community project for Technology/Design 8 and I decided I wanted to raise money for the Children's Cancer Centre at Beaumont. My brother Seth had a former classmate from Oakville, Ontario pass away from cancer last year at the age of 10 and that it us all pretty hard. I designed this sock and sure hope you like it enough to help me in my quest to support the kids at the hospital. Initially, I wanted to buy bandannas for the children but having met with the director at the hospital , she explained to me that they are in need of books, movies, itunes cards, arts and crafts and maybe some socks too!! I intend to take the proceeds and put together baskets for the hospital.  Please see the attached flyer for ordering information.
 
Blue Lake Auditions
 
The Blue Lake representative will be at NDPMA the morning of the 14th holding auditions for the fine arts camp program scholarships. The kids that already signed up in November DO NOT NEED TO DO SO AGAIN. However, the will most likely NEED A REMINDER:)  Anyone who has not signed up still can do so and be added to the schedule, SO LONG AS I have their name, grade and instrument by noon, Monday, January 12th. 
 
Dennis Uniform New Year Sale
 
January 8th – 15th, 2015, save 15% in-store & online and FREE SHIPPING on orders over $85!  See attached flyer.


New Baby Boy

 
Mr. and Mrs. Jezdimir welcomed their third son Isaac William into the world on Tuesday, 12/9, at 3:14pm.  Isaac weighed 7 lbs. 4 ounces and was 20.5 inches long. Congratulations!!!!
 
Final Exams
 
Final Exams will be given Tuesday, 12/16- Friday, 12/19.  The days will begin at 8 a.m. and dismissal will be 11:15 a.m.  Buses will run one half hour later those 4 days in the morning.  Tuesday will be hours 1 & 2; Wednesday 3 & 4; Thursday 5 & 6; and Friday 7 & 8.  Students will wear school uniforms for exams (not formal).
 
Media Center Hours
 
Monday, 12/15: until 5
Tuesday, 12/16: until 1
Wednesday, 12/17: until 1
Thursday, 12/18: close at 10:45
Friday, 12/19: close at 10:45
 
Personal Hygiene Item Drive
 
We are collecting personal hygiene items for the Catholic Community Response Team.  Please have the items here by Wednesday, December 12.  See the attachment for items needed.
 
Attendance and Sports
 
In order for students to participate in sports, they must attend either 5 classroom hours on regular school days or 3 classroom hours on block days.  If you student does not attend those classroom hours, he/she may not participate in sports for that day.  Students must attend those hours on Friday to participate in sporting events on the weekend.
 
Year End Trips
 
Space is still available - make sure you sign up now!!!  6th and 7th grades to Ohio.  8th grades to Washington DC.
 
Blue Lake Auditions
 
Due to illness the Blue Lake Auditions had to be rescheduled.  The new audition date is January 14th.
 
December
16-19 Semester Exams - 8 - 11:15 a.m.
20- Jan 5 Christmas Break - NO SCHOOL
 
January
6 Classes Resume; JK - 12 Liturgy - DRESS UNIFORM
14 Gold Block Day - Odd Hour Classes
14 Blue Lake Auditions
15 Green Block Day - Even Hour Classes
19 No School
23-25 Middle Division Musical
27 Late Start
28 Gold Block Day - Odd Hour Classes
29 Green Block Day - Even Hour Classes
 


Halloween - Friday, 10/31

 
Students in the Middle Division are encouraged to dress up in appropriate, safe costumes.  Students may not wear scary costumes.  Any weapons that are part of the costume must be left at home.  Pretend blood or play weapons will not be allowed nor will any inappropriate costumes.  Girls with "short" costumes must wear leggings or tights underneath.  A costume contest will be held in the cafeteria at lunch.  Masks may be worn at lunch for the parade. Any questions please ask Mr. Jezdimir.
 
School Closings-
 
NDPMA WILL TEST THE AUTOMATIC BROADCAST SYSTEM THIS SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 2nd BETWEEN 7 AND 8 PM. THIS IS ONLY A TEST.
 
In the event of a school closing NDPMA uses School Reach, a telephone broadcast system. Within minutes of a planned or unplanned event that causes early dismissal, school cancellation, late start or information that needs to reach families, NDPMA will notify you by phone and/or email.  The Call ID will display 248-373-5300 NDP main office number for all three divisions.  In addition to School Reach, you may see the closing on the news channels.
 
November 3rd - Praise & Worship Service
 
NDPMA will have a Praise and Worship Service in the Main Gym on Monday, November 3rd from 11:10-11:45 AM.  Please have your student wear his/her DRESS UNIFORM on that day.
 
Sewing Help Needed
 
Mrs. Pauwels is needing tablet keyboard covers sewn for her design classes.  The stitching needed is simply a straight seam, nothing too high tech :)  If you are able to help, please let us know.  Thanks in advance for your help!
 
Middle Division Trips
 
Information for the Middle Division Trips to Ohio and Washington D.C. was emailed to parents on Tuesday, 10/28.  If you didn't receive the email, please let us know. 
 
Blue Lake Auditions
 
On Monday November 17th, Mr. Gene Engler, from Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, will be visiting NDPMA. Scholarship auditions for the summer program will take place at this time.  A sign-up sheet is posted in the Middle Division office for interested students.
 
Basketball Tryouts
 
If your student is interested in playing basketball, tryouts begin Monday, November 3rd.
 
Reminders
  • Cold weather is coming and with that comes illness, vacations and missing school.  If your child is missing school for any reason, please let us know. Your child should inform his/her teachers to find out assignments missed. Parents make sure you either call or email the office.
  • While there are adults in and around the school after school hours, students who remain in the building are NOT "supervised." Some NDPMA students have been seen walking to the Lower Division and/or further off campus. Make a point to discuss your family's rules about leaving campus with your student.
  • Morning drop-off is in the circle or the main parking lot ONLY. Drop offs may not occur next to the Grimaldi or the Middle Division doors. The parking lots beyond the gates are for staff and bus use only, as indicated on the signs.
November
3 Praise and Worship Service - DRESS UNIFORM 
5 Gold Block Day - Odd Hour Classes
6 Green Block Day - Even Hour Classes
7 End of Phase 2
7 Middle Division Dance (3-5; Cafetorium)
13 Vision Screening - All 7th Graders - in school
15 IOWA Entrance Testing/HS Placement testing: 8:30-11 AM
18 8th Grade Sneak Peek; 7:30-9:15 AM
18 Late Start
19 Gold Block Day - Odd Hour Classes
19 Parent Workshops "How to Hug a Porcupine" 9 AM or 7 PM
20 Green Block Day - Even Hour Classes
25 JK - 12 Liturgy - DRESS UNIFORM
26 Incentive Day - NO SCHOOL
27 Thanksgiving - NO SCHOOL
28 NO SCHOOL
 
December
1-5 Reconciliation
3 Upper & Middle Division Admissions Coffee 9-11 AM
3 Gold Block Day - Odd Hour Classes
4 Green Block Day - Even Hour Classes
5 5th Grade Shadow Day
8 JK - 12 Liturgy - DRESS UNIFORM
8 Christmas Choir Concert; Gym  7-8:30 PM
9 In-School Christmas Concert & "Hour of Code" (altered schedule)
9 MD/UD Family Band Concert; Gym 7-9 PM
16-19 Semester Exams - 10:45 Dismissal
20- Jan 5 Christmas Break - NO SCHOOL
 
 

Hello Parents,

 
Thank you for your participation in our fall conferences. We appreciate your enthusiasm in your student's education and welcome your communication with teachers and staff.
 
Media Center will be closed all day Friday, October 24th
 
NDPMA - Green Volleyball team - FINALS
 
The NDPMA Green Volleyball team made it to the finals.  They play tonight, Wednesday, 10/22 in the main gym.  Their first game is at 6 PM.  If they win their game at 6 PM, they will play again at 7:30 PM.  Any Middle Division student who attends the game tonight will earn a jeans day for tomorrow, Thursday, 10/23.  GO GREEN TEAM!!!!
 
Parent Meetings for End of Year Middle Division Trips
 
We have scheduled information meetings for parents with regards to the End of Year Middle Division Class Trips (optional) on Thursday, October 23rd in room D-3.
 
6 PM - 6th & 7th Grade trip to Ohio
7 PM - 8th Grade trip to Washington DC
 
Marist Bowling
 
The Marist Bowling Program will be starting its 3rd season next month. Our coaches hope to get an idea of how many kids will be interested in participating this season.  Our numbers doubled from first season into last year and coaches hope for another strong turn out of Marist bowlers.  Last year there were three varsity teams, two of them won division titles and the other finished in 2nd place.  The top varsity team was runner up at CYO Championships in the spring of 2014.  The JV team won the division for the past two seasons.  
 
The coaches' goal of the Marist bowling program is to develop quality players to compete at the high school level.  Marist Bowling is a co-ed sport and no experience is necessary.  If you think your son or daughter would like to participate, please email, Darren Audia,  at irishbb20@yahoo.com.
 
Looking forward to another great season!
 
Halloween - Friday, 10/31
 
Students in the Middle Division are encouraged to dress up in appropriate, safe costumes.  Students may not wear scary costumes.  Any weapons that are part of the costume must be left at home.  Pretend blood or play weapons will not be allowed nor will any inappropriate costumes.  Girls with "short" costumes must wear leggings or tights underneath.  A costume contest will be held in the cafeteria at lunch.  Masks may be worn at lunch for the parade.  Any questions please ask Mr. Jezdimir.
 
October
23 Green Block Day  -Even Hour Classes
24 Media Center Closed
25  Prep Bowl
26  Open House 
27 No School
28 Late Start  - classes begin at 9:35 a.m. - buses will run
28 Middle Division Fall Sports Banquet
 
November
3 Praise and Worship Service (during lunch;  main gym)
5 Gold Block Day - Odd Hour Classes
6 Green Block Day - Even Hour Classes
7 End of Phase 2
7 Middle Division Dance (3-5; Cafetorium)
13 Vision Screening - All 7th Graders - in school
15 IOWA Entrance Testing/HS Placement testing: 8:30-11 AM
18 8th Grade Sneak Peek; 7:30-9:15 AM
18 Late Start
19 Gold Block Day - Odd Hour Classes
19 Parent Workshops "How to Hug a Porcupine" 9 AM or 7 PM
20 Green Block Day - Even Hour Classes
25 JK - 12 Liturgy
26 Incentive Day - NO SCHOOL
27 No School
28 No School


ACT Aspire Testing

We were prepped and ready to go.  All teachers had been trained and students assigned to testing rooms.  Last week all students logged on to the ACT Aspire test sight to complete a trial run in one of their subject area classes.  Just yesterday, religion teachers made time for visitors from our IT department to walk each class through a "system check" on all of the student's devices.  
 
The process of implementing the ACT Aspire on-line test began, believe it or not, was last October.  Finally, yesterday faculty and staff left the building excited, yet anxious to see our students complete their first ever on-line, middle school, standardized test.
 
And then, so the saying goes, life happened.  At 9 PM last night I read an email from ACT stating that the platform, Java, through which our students would access the test, was to undergo an update.  I read again, a "Critical Patch Update that will be released on October 14, 2014" which could have "significant impact on the Computer Based Testing participants...during the ACT Aspire 2014 Fall test".  
 
And a significant impact it did have.  Watching through classroom windows, students could be seen listening carefully to proctors.  Screens were all at the log-in page. Then, hands went up, here and there. After a few minutes, more hands were raised.  As students waited patiently for the next set of instructions, their computers went into sleep mode or automatically "exited" them from the test site. Before long, an estimated 75% of our students had received an error message on their computer screen.   
 
Though we tried, we were not successful in solving the situation via phone. There was no way to get around (or ignore) the Java update.  By 8:15 AM the decision was made to return to the regular class schedule.  We will continue the week as planned, an 11:00 AM dismissal tomorrow, (students attending class periods 1-4) and  a 1:40 dismissal on Thursday (Liturgy on Thursday as well).  
 
At the end of the day, I am, again, thankful for the faculty and staff of the Middle Division.  They are an admirable group.  Time after time they remind me that it is often one's attitude that determines the final outcome in a given situation. Such great role models they are, especially for middle school students.    
 
When I know what will become of our "lost" day of testing, I will share that with you.  For the time being, I must view this experience as a learning opportunity for all involved.    
 
Sincerely,
Jill M. Mistretta
Principal, Notre Dame Marist Academy - Middle Division
 
Parent/Teacher Conferences
Thursday 10/16 from 5-8:30 PM
Friday 10/17 from 8-11 AM
Middle Division Teachers will be located in the Cafetorium with the exception of:
Pat Fox & Bobbie Hall (PE) - they will be in the Main Gym
Joe Martin (Band) - will be in the Main Gym on Thursday night and the Cafetorium Friday morning
Eric Taylor (Chorus) - will only be available for conferences on Thursday evening.  If you have questions for Mr. Taylor and can only come to conferences on Friday morning, please email him at etaylor@ndpma.org.
 
Irish Bookstore and Cafe
The Irish Bookstore and Cafe will be open during conferences.  Hot beverages will be for sale and will be complimentary with any purchase.
 
Oktoberfest:
Anyone who is attending the Oktoberfest event on October 18th will not receive tickets in the mail.  Your name(s) will be on an RSVP list at the check-in tables located in the main campus courtyard.  You will need to check-in before you enter the event.
 
Yearbook Pictures Needed
If you have any pictures from any sports or clubs at Marist, or any sports or activities you do outside of school that you would like to be put in the yearbook, please email : Katherine Thomas kthomas@ndpma.org or Nadine Loria nloria@ndpma.org.  Thanks from the Yearbook Club
 
8th Grade Students planning on attending NDP
Parents, if you are planning on having your student apply to NDP, please do not worry about the application process.  Your student is automatically considered and you will save the $40 application fee.
 
Parent Meetings for End of Year Middle Division Trips
We have scheduled information meetings for parents with regards to the End of Year Middle Division Field Trips on Thursday, October 23rd in room D-3.
6 PM - 6th & 7th Grade trip to Ohio
7 PM - 8th Grade trip to Washington DC
 
St. Joseph Catholic Church in Lake Orion - 7th Grade Students
If you plan on receiving the sacrament of Confirmation at St,. Joseph Parish in Lake Orion, you and a parent are invited to attend a meeting in Myrick Hall, Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 6:30 PM.  If you have any questions, please call the Religious Education Office at 248.693.9555.
 
October
15 periods 1-4 in the a.m. - Early Dismissal 11 - NO LUNCH TODAY; Media Center Closed
16 Early dismissal; 1:40, JK-12 Liturgy; Parent/Teacher Conferences 5-8:30 PM; Media Center closes at 3 PM
17 No School; Parent Teacher Conferences 8-11 AM
18 Oktoberfest
22 Gold Block Day - Odd Hour Classes
23 Green Block Day  -Even Hour Classes
25  Prep Bowl
26  Open House 
27 No School  
28 Late Start  - classes begin at 9:35 a.m.
28 Middle Division Fall Sports Banquet
 
November
3 Praise and Worship Service (during lunch;  main gym)
5 Gold Block Day - Odd Hour Classes
6 Green Block Day - Even Hour Classes
7 End of Phase 2
7 Middle Division Dance (3-5; Cafetorium)
13 Vision Screening - All 7th Graders - in school
15 IOWA Entrance Testing/HS Placement testing: 8:30-11 AM
18 8th Grade Sneak Peek; 7:30-9:15 AM
18 Late Start
19 Gold Block Day - Odd Hour Classes
20 Green Block Day - Even Hour Classes
25 JK - 12 Liturgy
26 Incentive Day - NO SCHOOL
27 No School
28 No School


Dear Parents:

 
ACT Aspire Test
New this fall, all Notre Dame Marist Academy Middle Division students will complete three sections of the ACT Aspire Test.  The purpose for this test is to track student progress through middle school, both individually and on a broad scale.  Ideally, each student will benefit by becoming more familiar with standardized, on-line testing and, in the long run, gain confidence and exhibit less anxiety in such situations.  
 
Tuesday, October 14
All students in grades 6-8 will complete three sections (Mathematics, Reading and English) of the ACT Aspire on-line test. Testing will take place from 7:45 - 10:50 AM followed by a regular schedule of lunch and classes (periods 5-8) in the afternoon.  
 
Below are some points for students to follow in preparation for the morning of testing:
 
- Surface Pro's should be fully charged
- bring a pencil 
- get a good night's sleep
- eat breakfast
- dress in regular school uniform
- no phones will be permitted in testing rooms
- calculators are not necessary/not permitted
 
Wednesday, October 15 - Early Dismissal:  11:00 AM - buses will run
Middle Division students will attend class periods 1-4.  Students are encouraged to bring a snack or a light lunch on Wednesday the 15th.  There will be no cafeteria service on Wednesday.
 
Thursday October 16 - Early dismissal:  1:40 PM - buses will run 
Middle Division Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held in the cafetorium from 5-8:30 PM. The Middle Division Office will close at 2 PM Thursday, October 16.       
 
Friday, October 17 - NO SCHOOL
Middle Division Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held in the cafetorium from 8-11 AM. The Middle Division Office will not be open.
 
Conferences:
Parent/Teacher conferences are a great place for two way communication about your student.  Please have your questions ready for each teacher.  We hold conferences in the cafetorium and appointments times are not scheduled.  We respectfully request that students not attend conferences and that a five-minute rule with each teacher is adhered to. Also, please be courteous at the end of your conference. If your teacher-conference ends later than 7:45 PM/10:45 AM, please do not join another teacher’s conference area. If you are unable to meet with one of your son/daughter’s teachers, please email that teacher, and he or she will set up a separate conference.   The staff appreciates your support in your child’s education and hopes you find these conferences beneficial.
 
Drama Auditions are COMING!!
The sign-up sheets are on the middle division office door. Please have students sign up for EITHER Wed. Oct. 22nd OR Thurs. Oct. 23rd and stay for the whole audition - 3:30 to 5:30. There is no need to prepare anything for the audition, students will come and meet the director and learn about the show and read parts, sing and dance. If we need to call anyone back for a second audition, it will be on Friday Oct. 24th from 3:30 to 5:30 PM. If you cannot make that, please tell the director at the first audition – we will work it out. There will be a parent meeting in the media center on Monday Oct. 27th  from 6:30 to 8:00 to give information and answer questions. Note that there is no school on this day but the building will be open for the meeting. Practices will generally be on Tuesdays from 3:30 to 5:00 PM; Fridays from 3:30 to 5:00 PM; and Saturdays from 1:00 to 3:00 PM. Performances are January 23, 24 and 25 – the last weekend in January. If you have any questions please email Jennifer Beaudoin - thewormwife@gmail.com.
 
Media Center next week
Wednesday 10/15 - will be closed the entire day
Thursday 10/16 - will close at 3 PM
 
Sportsmanship Pledge
If you have not already taken the sportsmanship pledge, please do so now.  There are only six days left to pledge and NDPMA sits in 4th place.  Remember, the top five organizations receive $2,500. This will be used for athlete and coach education. 
 
Click on the link and please make sure to go back into your email and verify it.  Some people have had issues using their NDPMA account - you may want to try your personal email account.  Feel free to pass along to family and friends.
 
Link: http://bit.ly/1CuSUXw
 
Basketball Tryouts will happen the week of November 3rd.  Times, dates and locations have NOT been announced from athletics.
 
Oktoberfest Update:
Anyone who is attending the Oktoberfest event on October 18th will not receive tickets in the mail.  Your name(s) will be on an RSVP list at the check-in tables located in the main campus courtyard.  You will need to check-in before you enter the event.
 
October
14 ACT Aspire Testing Grades 6-8 in the a.m.; periods 5-8 in the p.m.
15 periods 1-4 in the a.m. - Early Dismissal 11 - NO LUNCH TODAY
16 Early dismissal; 1:40, JK-12 Liturgy; Parent/Teacher Conferences 5-8:30 PM
17 No School; Parent Teacher Conferences 8-11 AM
18 Oktoberfest
22 Gold Block Day - Odd Hour Classes
23 Green Block Day  -Even Hour Classes
23 Parent Meetings Rm D-3     6 PM:  Ohio (grades 6 & 7) trip meeting; 7 PM:  DC (grade 8) trip meeting
25  Prep Bowl
26  Open House 
27 No School
28 Late Start  - classes begin at 9:35 a.m.
28 Middle Division Fall Sports Banquet
 
November
3 Praise and Worship Service (during lunch;  main gym)
5 Gold Block Day - Odd Hour Classes
6 Green Block Day - Even Hour Classes
7 End of Phase 2
7 Middle Division Dance (3-5; Cafetorium)
13 Vision Screening - All 7th Graders - in school
15 IOWA Entrance Testing/HS Placement testing: 8:30-11 AM
18 8th Grade Sneak Peek; 7:30-9:15 AM
18 Late Start
19 Gold Block Day - Odd Hour Classes
20 Green Block Day - Even Hour Classes
25 JK - 12 Liturgy
26 Incentive Day - NO SCHOOL
27 No School
28 No School

 

 

Hello Parents!

Thanks to everyone who voted in the WDIV Click on Detroit Game of the Week!  We were 2nd, but it was a valiant effort :)

  • Tonight is the Middle Division Fall Choir Concert at 7pm in the Cafetorium.  Any middle division students who attend will have a dress down day on Monday, 10/6.
  • Tomorrow, Friday, 10/3, is homecoming here at NDPMA.  We will be having a pep rally in the afternoon to cheer our Irish on to victory.  Students may wear JEANS (only) tomorrow with a green, gold, white or Notre Dame shirt.  It must be ND colored, i.e. no red, blue, etc....  Any questions please email Mr. Jezdimir or simply wear a uniform shirt. All divisions will be dismissing from our building tomorrow.
  • Picture retakes will be on Tuesday, October 7th.  If your student is having his/her picture retaken or if he/she was absent and needs a picture taken, please have them wear the dress uniform.  
  • Lost and Found - WOW!!  We have quite an awesome selection of lunchboxes, uniform sweatshirts, shoes, clothes, notebooks, planners, etc...  PLEASE have your child check the bin - even better - PLEASE LABEL items.  With every student wearing the same clothes, it is impossible to tell everything apart.  
  • As per the parent handbook, if your student misses school and goes to see a doctor, please bring a doctor's note to the office. 
  • Marist Musical Auditions: October 22-23!

Adventures of a Comic Book Hero

Everyone loves comic book superheroes, so both cast and audience will love this action-packed spoof of the comic book genre complete with hysterical singing superheroes and dancing villains.  

We have awesome costumes, fun sets planned and of course there is a great cast party when its all done! The auditions will be Wednesday, October 22 and Thursday, Oct 23 from 3:30-5:30 in the Choir Room. Please sign up for an audition day in the Middle School Office and pick your 5 minute audition time, plan on being there the full time. You don't need to have prior drama experience to participate. Come and join the fun! The show dates will be January 23-25, 2015.

We are also in need of people to work on sets, props, lights, makeup or backstage support...If the stage isn't for you but you want to work on this fun show, send a message to Jennifer Beaudoin at thewormwife@gmail.com! Anyone that helps gets a ticket to the cast party too! 

October

2 Middle Division Fall Choir Concert 7 PM Cafetorium  

3 Homecoming

4 5K fun run/walk

7  JK - 12 Liturgy

7 Picture Retake Day (MD 10-11:30)

8 Gold Block Day - Odd Hour Classes

9 Green Block Day  -Even Hour Classes

14 ACT Aspire Testing Grades 6-8 in the a.m.; periods 5-8 in the p.m.

15 periods 1-4 in the a.m. - Early Dismissal 11 - NO LUNCH TODAY

16 Early dismissal; 1:40, JK-12 Liturgy; Parent/Teacher Conferences 5-8:30 PM

17 No School; Parent Teacher Conferences 8-11 AM

18 Oktoberfest

22 Gold Block Day - Odd Hour Classes

23 Green Block Day  -Even Hour Classes

25  Prep Bowl

26  Open House 

27 No School

28 Late Start  - classes begin at 9:35 a.m.

28 Middle Division Fall Sports Banquet

 

November

3 Praise and Worship Service (during lunch;  main gym)

5 Gold Block Day - Odd Hour Classes

6 Green Block Day - Even Hour Classes

7 End of Phase 2

7 Middle Division Dance (3-5; Cafetorium)

13 Vision Screening - All 7th Graders - in school

15 IOWA Entrance Testing; 8:30-11 

18 8th Grade Sneak Peek; 7:30-9:15 AM

18 Late Start

19 Gold Block Day - Odd Hour Classes

20 Green Block Day - Even Hour Classes

22 IOWA Entrance Testing; 8:30 - 11 

25 JK - 12 Liturgy

26 Possible Incentive Day (???)

27 No School

28 No School

 


• Tomorrow, Friday, September 26, is "Make it Matter Day" here at NDPMA.  School will be dismissed at 12 noon.  Tomorrow, students may wear JEANS ONLY on the bottom (no athletic pants or shorts) and any appropriate shirt onthe top.  No flip flops for shoes.  When in doubt bring extra clothes or wear a uniform  Questions, please email Mr. Jezdimir, bjezdimir@ndpma.org. Students will be served snack and lunch at the school,  you do not need to pack them any food :)  Actually, there is no need for them to bring ANYTHING to school - no books, no Surface Pro's, no notebooks - NOTHING!  

 
• All Super Raffle tickets are due tomorrow, Friday, September 26.  The students may earn a jeans day on Monday and have the Wednesday before Thanksgiving off of school if 100% of tickets are turned into the school.  We will let you know tomorrow if Monday is a jeans day.
 
• Help NDPMA Earn $2,500 from Liberty Mutual Insurance Play Positive!
     - Liberty Mutual Insurance Play Positive is awarding $2,500 as part of their Play Positive Pledge program which promotes sportsmanship in youth sports.
     - Here’s how it works:
Every person (18 and older) who takes the Pledge to promote sportsmanship earns one point. The five (5) organizations around the country that get the most points at the close of the period will earn $2,500. 
     - Let’s all work together! Simply click on the link: http://bit.ly/1CuSUXw and pledge to promote good sportsmanship. As an ADDED BONUS, students will earn a jeans day if there is 100% participation from parents.  Click and take the pledge today!
 
• Christian Service dates and locations have been sent to your child's email accounts along with a link to sign-up.  Before your student signs up, be sure they check their schedules for sports conflicts and other activities.  This is a required event and will take priority over any extracurricular activity.  If you need to switch events because of a conflict, it will be your responsibility to make that happen.  
     - Parents can use the link sent to the students or the link below to sign up as chaperones. 
     - There will be a reminder each month on the Haiku Calendar with the link.
 
• School pictures - your student received their school portrait this week.  If you are unhappy with their portrait, retakes will be on October 7th.  If you didn't order yet, there is still time.  Follow the instructions below:
     1. Go to mylifetouch.com
     2. Log in with your Portrait ID and Access Code, which is on your portrait package insert.
 
• Open to all mothers with children in any of the three divisions at NDPMA is the new Marist Moms group. The group will meet twice a month on Mondays from 8:00am to 10:30am in the cafeteria at the Upper Division.  We will be starting on Monday, October 6th and this year we will be doing the bible study “Mary- A Biblical Walk with the Blessed Mother.”  Filmed on location in the Holy Land, this study will place you in the midst of the powerful drama of Mary’s earthly life. You will learn how our Blessed Mother works in our lives today, drawing us ever closer to her Divine Son.  Please send in your registration form (click here) and include a check for $30.00 to cover materials to the Campus Ministry department.  If you have any questions please contact Mary Watson at mwatson@ndpma.org.
 
• The Notre Dame Alumni Association is proud to host the 1st ever Notre Dame 5k fun run/walk.  The event will take place right here on campus on October 4 at 8:30 a.m. starting at the lower division parking lot spanning both campuses.  This event is open to the entire Notre Dame community (students, parents, faculty, staff and alumni).  The cost to register is $22.  Children 10 and under are free.  You may register online at ndmpa.org.
 
Upcoming Dates for your calendar:
 
September
26 End of Phase 1 
26 "Make it Matter Day" - Whole School Liturgy and Early Dismissal (12 noon) 
30 Late Start  - classes begin at 9:35 a.m.
 
October
2 Middle Division Fall Choir Concert 7 PM Cafetorium  
3 Homecoming
4 5K fun run/walk
7  JK - 12 Liturgy
7 Picture Retake Day (MD 10-11:30)
8 Gold Block Day - Odd Hour Classes
9  Green Block Day  -Even Hour Classes
15 ACT Aspire Testing Grades 6-8;  Dismissal 11:30
16 Early dismissal; 1:40, JK-12 Liturgy; Parent/Teacher Conferences 5-8:30 PM
17 No School; Parent Teacher Conferences 8-11 AM
18 Oktoberfest
22 Gold Block Day - Odd Hour Classes
23 Green Block Day  -Even Hour Classes
25  Prep Bowl
26  Open House 
27 No School
28 Late Start  - classes begin at 9:35 a.m.
28 Middle Division Fall Sports Banquet
 

Amy McLeod
Administrative Assistant
 
Notre Dame Marist Academy
1300 Giddings Road
Pontiac, Michigan   48340
248-373-5371