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

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Notre Dame Marist Academy - News and Notes
…as of Friday, April 11, 2014
 
 
Dear Notre Dame Marist Academy families,
 
All new information is in black type; older information is in green.

Here are the places you may wish to bookmark:

http://www.ndpma.org/maristacademymiddle – The latest “News and Notes” will be listed on this page: You may also locate it by searching for “News and Notes” on our home page, www.ndpma.org.

http://www.ndpma.org/forms. – Forms and other needed documents.

http://www.ndpma.org/calendar. School calendar (updated periodically).

CALENDAR -
  


April 16 - Holy Week Prayer Service
April 17 - Raffle Incentive Day - No school
April 18-Aril 25 Easter Break
April 28 - Liturgy Day - Dress Uniforms required
April 29 - Late Start Day
April 30 - Admissions Coffee 9-11 AM
 
BLOCK DAYS:
          Gold (Odd) - 30
          Green (Even) - May 1

Dear Notre Dame Marist Academy families,

I know that you don’t want to start Easter Break without another “News and Notes!” Today the students had a fabulous day exploring other countries during our annual International Day! Thanks to all the generous parents and friends who helped make this day a success for our students. Here’s the latest and greatest info for you!

Service Opportunity - It is that time again for "Spring Cleaning" at Mt.Thabor Monastery. If you are free on Saturday, May 3rd or Saturday, May 10th from 9 AM -12:00 noon please join us.  The flyer with instructions and directions to the monastery has been uploaded to the “Forms” webpage on our website. All are welcome!!!  Students who need Christian service hours should  check with their religion teachers!  Contact  Laura Pangori at cell: 248-505-9280 with any questions.

Summer Camps - Notre Dame is pleased to announce our summer camps lineup has been finalized and registrations are being accepted. To learn more about our athletic and academic camps for students entering kindergarten through 12th grade, please follow this link: http://www.ndpma.org/drupal/node/249

To make things simpler for our families, this year we have moved to an online registration system. A direct link to the registration page can be found here:

https://campscui.active.com/orgs/NotreDamePreparatory0#/selectSessions/6...

Notre Dame welcomes students from all schools to participate in its summer camps

Opportunities at the University of Michigan for Girls interested in Research and Technology – Ms. Smith passes along the following link: http://www.swe.engin.umich.edu/

Magazine Drive for Beaumont Hospital - We have been asked by Beaumont Hospital's Volunteer Coordinators if we could collect magazines for their patients. We would greatly appreciate any magazines you no longer need which are dated within the past six months. We will hold this drive through the school year.  Students may bring donations to Mrs. Kambakhsh in room D12 where there will be a collection box. Thank you for your assistance in providing materials for hospital patients.

BIG BAND DINNER DANCE - The NDP Jazz Band Ensemble & Alumni present the 14th Annual Big Band Dinner Dance to be held on Friday, May 16th from 6:00pm - 10:00pm at The Lafayette Grande.  Tickets are $35 per person with limited seating and a cash bar.  Ticket order deadline is May 2nd. Tickets will NOT be sold at the door.  Please see the order form to http://www.ndpma.org/drupal/webfm_send/6344.

Course Requests for Academic Year 2014-15 - Course selection sheets were sent home with students on March 26. These are due in the Middle Division office by the start of classes Wednesday morning, April 2. Only REGISTERED 14-15 students' course selections will be processed. PLEASE register your student(s) as soon as possible to ensure first choice course availability. The master schedule is built around these requests; therefore it is imperative that students and parents consider course selection with great care. Note: If your student has misplaced their sheet, I have posted these documents on the "Forms" webpage http://www.ndpma.org/drupal/forms . The grade level on the form refers to the students' grade level next year.

Passing the Tiki Torch Dance Luau - This year's graduation dance will be held in the Caf on Friday, May 2, from 7-9:30 PM. Eighth graders attend for free; Seventh graders are welcome; tickets are $5 each. The parent volunteers are in need of lots of help and donations for this fun evening. More specifics are on the Tiki Dance flyer athttp://www.ndpma.org/drupal/webfm_send/6351.  Please contact Dance chairs:
                    Tracy Post 248-672-2293 tracy_post@comcast.net
                    Staci Gassman 513-314-1448 sgassman@comcast.net

People are needed to help decorate, serve, and clean-up (from all grade levels). Food donations are being asked for, as well. We also have a special request for a few dads to help with some of the heavier jobs.

Honors Math Placement Testing - If your student is in Honors Math this year, they are automatically approved for Honors Math next year. If your student is currently taking regular Math and wishes to take Honors Math next year, a Math placement test will be required. This test will be offered on Saturday, May 3rd, and Saturday, May 10th. The tests are from 9-10 AM ands will be held in room A-1 across from the NDP offices. Sign up by emailing Deb McCormick at dmccormick@ndpma.org with your students' name, current grade, and the date desired. If you have Math curriculum questions, please address those to Ms. Cindy Brown, Math chair, at cbrown@ndpma.org. Honors placement is based on:

  • Placement test score of 80% or better
  • Most recent achievement test scores
  • Teacher recommendation
Test results and placement for the 2014-15 school year will be available by the end of May.

Grieving with Great Hope - Grieving with Great HOPE is a five week grief support workshop series that offers a prayerful, practical and personal approach for anyone who is mourning the loss of a loved one. If you have lost a spouse, a child (including pregnancy loss), a grandchild, a parent, another family member or a friend, you are encouraged to attend. Presenters will include Fr. Mike Verschaeve, Fr. Joe Dailey as well as John and Sandy O’Shaughnessy from Good Mourning Ministry, a local Catholic bereavement apostolate. Visit www.goodmourningministry.net for registration details and registration form or contact the parish 248.693.0440With support from Modetz Family Funeral Homes * May 8, 15, 22, 29 and June 5from 7-9pm * St. Joseph Church ~ 715 N. Lapeer Rd., Lake Orion MI 48362 Seating is limited. Advanced registration by May 1 is $15, after is $20. Flyerhttp://www.ndpma.org/drupal/webfm_send/6327

Reading Skills and Speed Reading Programs - Reading programs such as phonics, comprehension, vocabulary, study skills, speed reading and the love of reading, will be offered this summer in Troy, Rochester and Bloomfield Hills.  Programs are offered by the University of Detroit Mercy Special Programs, which is a non-profit organization.  Classes are taught by professional instructors from the Institute of Reading Development.  All programs meet once each week.  Tuition and materials fees vary by program level, which goes from 4-year-olds to seniors, college students and adults.  For more information or to register, call 1-800-978-9596.

NDPMA Golf Outing - The 18th Annual Notre Dame Booster Club Golf Outing is Monday, June 2, at the beautiful Wyndgate Country Club in Oakland Township.  The Booster Club is seeking golfers, hole sponsors, silent auction donations and event sponsors.  Registration is now available at http://ndgolfouting.eventsbot.com/ For questions, please email Darren Audia @ irishbb20@yahoo.comThank you for supporting Notre Dame Athletics and we look forward to seeing you at the outing!

Spring Sports – Spring sports start next week! Please remember that there is a Spring Sports Parents Meeting tonight at 7 PM in the Cafeteria. If your student is planning to participate in a spring sport, he/she must have a current physical on file no later than Friday, March 14 with the Athletic office. To sign up to receive the NDPMA Athletic Newsletter on a weekly basis, please click on the link: http://www.ndpma.org/node/434

Lenten Rosary – We decided it would be good to pray the rosary every Wednesday at 3:30 PM. All NDPMA students, faculty, and families are welcome.

Parking Lot Safety - Please drive SLOWLY through our parking lots.  Despite the piles of snow and icy pavement, we want our campus to be a safe place for walkers and other cars.  Please drive slowly and stay off phones while driving.

Kroger Plus Card - Did you know that simply by using your Kroger Plus Card, NDP benefits from Kroger's Community Rewards program?  Please visit Kroger's website at http://www.krogercommunityrewards.com and register your Kroger Plus card and select Notre Dame Prep as your organization to receive these rewards.  This is at no cost to you and the school receives quarterly checks that become part of the school's general fund.  It's a win-win program so please register today!

Alcohol, Safety, NDPMA Safe Home Pledge - According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), "the most commonly used and abused drug among youth in the United States" is alcohol.  Underage drinking is illegal, and it "is a widespread public health problem," in this country.  Approximately 5,000 individuals under age 21 die from "alcohol-related car crashes, homicides, suicides, alcohol poisoning, and other injuries such as falls, burns, and drowning."  In 2008 alone, over 190,000 people under the age 21 were treated in emergency rooms for alcohol-related injuries.  The 2011 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that "25 percent of youth aged 12 to 20 years drink alcohol and 16 percent reported binge drinking."  Young people who abuse alcohol are more likely to have impaired judgment compared to those who do not. They are prone to making poor decisions, which can result in risky behavior such as driving while intoxicated, sexual activity, or violence. Young people who drink are also more likely to become victims or perpetrators of physical or sexual assault.  In addition, recent research has shown the human brain continues to develop well into a person's twenties. Alcohol use at a very young age can significantly affect brain development.  To help prevent underage drinking, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) offers, A Family Guide To Underage Drinking Prevention; it includes the following tips:

  • Parents should partner with the parents of other children within their child's network to make sure parties and other social events do not involve underage drinking.
  • Collaborate with other parents to create a culture in schools and your community that supports and rewards an adolescent's decision not to drink alcohol.
  • Parents should serve as positive role models for adolescents by not drinking too much; not drinking and driving a car, boat, or when operating machinery; and by consulting a professional if they have alcohol-related problems.

Reading Skills and Speed Reading Programs - Reading programs such as phonics, comprehension, vocabulary, study skills, speed reading and the love of reading, will be offered this summer in Troy, Rochester and Bloomfield Hills.  Programs are offered by the University of Detroit Mercy Special Programs, which is a non-profit organization.  Classes are taught by professional instructors from the Institute of Reading Development.  All programs meet once each week.  Tuition and materials fees vary by program level, which goes from 4-year-olds to seniors, college students and adults.  For more information or to register, call 1-800-978-9596.

SCRIP - NDPMA participates in the SCRIP Program, which is an ongoing fund-raising program that earns the school rebates, while providing families with the opportunity to receive tuition credits at the end of the year.  Groceries, clothing, toys, gifts and gasoline can be purchased with SCRIP and many retailers offer reloading options which are very convenient.  Please check the school website for some general information on the SCRIP Program and forms used in registering and ordering SCRIP.  The school calendar on the website provides all the dates that SCRIP is processed (Mondays) and delivered (Thursdays).   For more information, please also visiwww.shopwithscrip.com

Phase IV Progress Reports - Phase 4 grades are now available online through NetClassroom. On the top navigation bar click on your student Grades, then Report Card, there you will see your students’s Phase 4 Progress report, a cumulative percentage to date for each class as well as up-to-date attendance.
 
Welcome, Mr. David Heeringa - We welcome our newest staff member, Mr. David Heeringa, who will be teaching Math and Science for us. He is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University. In addition to teaching, Mr. Heeringa has corporate experience in a nuclear power plant, as well.
 
http://www.ndpma.org/calendar. School calendar (updated periodically).
 
Grades 6 and 7 Class trip - Reservations are being taken now for our Grades 6 and 7 class trip to Ohio. All information is posted on the forms webpage. Spots are available on a first-come-first-served basis. Please register directly with Bright Spark Travel.
 
Caf News - Just a reminder that we encourage students to take advantage of the POS system in the cafeteria. When students use theirr account instead of cash, the check out process is much faster and the students save time in line. Also note, that the caf serves breakfast from 7:00-7:20 AM and is open until 3:30 PM after school to accommodate students before practice or games, or while waiting for a ride home. A variety of food and beverages are available.
 
Grades 6/7 Class Trip Meeting - BrightSpark Travel was here on Wednesday, January 15, 2014, from 6-7 PM in Room D3 with information regarding this Spring's Class Trip for grades 6 and 7 to Cedar Point and Ohio. Look for all information on our "Forms Webpage."
 
NEWS FROM ADVANCEMENT – Annual Fund - The ND Annual Fund is the single largest fundraiser for the school and supports mission-critical functions such as technology enhancements, financial aid, and teacher development. Each family will be receiving either a letter or personal phone call in the coming weeks.  While parents are not obligated to a certain amount our expectation is 100% participation. Please contact the advancement office if you have specific questions.
 
IRISH BOOKSTORE AND CAFÉ – Parents, Students, Alumni and Friends! Irish Bookstore items make a wonderful Birthday or Christmas gift for that special someone or for yourself. There are many items to choose from in many sizes and colors. Many of the dozen items sold in the Bookstore are on hand; some may need to be ordered. Our items have a very small markup, making them available to you at an affordable price. Visit the Irish Bookstore and Café from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Mon-Fri. during regular school days. Call 248-373-5300 x8054 or email Mr. Jack aljack@ndpma.org
 
WEBSITE FOR NDP ATHLETIC WEAR AND ACCESSORIES – Check out  mylocker.net to order NDP spirit wear!  You can custom design and personalize your own wearables: hoodies, sweatshirts, t-shirts, custom backpacks, duffel bags and stadium blankets.  You can choose a sport or show your Irish pride in general!  Search by school or enter the NDP Locker #ds840.  The items offered on mylocker.net are great for parents, grandparents or anyone.  Go Irish!
 
ATHLETIC NEWS – To sign up to receive the NDPMA Athletic Newsletter on a weekly basis, please click on the link: http://www.ndpma.org/node/434
 
CLASS TRIPS – This year, Notre Dame Marist Academy has partnered with Brightspark Travel, a specialist in student tours, to organize our class trips. Our 6th and 7th graders will enjoy a trip to Cedar Point and other sights in Ohio on May 21-22. More information about this trip will be distributed at a later date.
 
For our 8th graders, We are planning a once in a lifetime experience for our students to visit Washington D.C from May 14-16, 2014. Students will tour many of the great landmarks and attractions. This educational and fun experience is an opportunity for students to expand their education beyond the classroom.Trip information is available on the forms page: http://www.ndpma.org/forms

MORNING DROP OFF – Students may be dropped off in the circle by our front doors, or in the parking lot. Please follow the security guard’s directions at all times. Students with band instruments must be dropped off in the circle; they may then walk to the Band room to secure their item. Please do not drop off students by the loading docks near the Grimaldi Center. Doing so creates a danger to our students who walk in this area. Do not stop along the drive that surrounds our parking lot. If you wish to stop, please park in a designated spot, and walk across to school. Again, wait for the security guard to direct you when it is safe to cross the outer drive. Please do not park in the circle in front of school during the morning drop off.  If the driver (parent) needs to go into school, even for “just a minute” please park in the lot.  If you leave your car in the circle during this busy time it can really back things up.  And, please, always follow the directions of our security guards who are here to help traffic flow and keep us all safe.

STUDENT DIRECTORY – The 2013-14 Student Directory is available as a link on NetClassroom. Those families who have signed the “Safe Home” Pledge are indicated with an icon next to their names.

ACADEMIC STATUS REPORT - Teachers and staff at Notre Dame Marist are dedicated to student success. During the 2013-2014 school year, teachers will monitor student grades through an Academic Status Report which is compiled every week by the counseling office and notes those students’ academic averages below 65 percent. Teachers work with students to create a plan of action, communicate with parents, and share information with the grade level team at early morning Academic Meetings. Teachers will continue to work to ensure students are staying on top of grades, keeping organized, and following the mission of Notre Dame. Our goal is to offer students an opportunity to improve their grades and notice the rewards of their efforts. There will no longer be Stuctured Study Hall. However, during lunch, Rooms D9 and D11 will still be available for study hall, student help, and special assistance. Study hall is open for everyone.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Brandon Jezdimir at bjezdimir@ndpma.org or Kim Smith at kimsmith@ndpma.org.

SECOND ID CARDS ISSUED – All students received a second ID card . Encourage the students to keep the extra one in their wallets for sports events, etc. The one on the lanyard should be kept in their locker.

PROTECTING GOD’S CHILDREN – IMPORTANT! – If you are active with the students in any capacity at school, such as helping with clubs, you are required to attend this program either here at Notre Dame, or at local churches in the area.Please email Ms. Joanne Widmaier for more information. Her email is jwidmaier@ndpma.org

CAF OPEN AFTER SCHOOL – Our cafeteria will be open after school most days beginning today from 2:55 – 3:15 PM. Hot and cold items will be available for purchase.

MIDDLE DIVISION OFFICE HOURS - 7:00 am – 3:30 PM, school days

CHRISTIAN SERVICE HOURS – This year, all mandatory Christian Service projects will be managed by your students’ religion teachers, Sr. Barbara Ann,  Mr. McGreevy, and Mr. Taylor. All permission slips are on the “Forms” webpage, http://www.ndpma.org/forms. Your student (not parent) must sign up with his/her teacher before sending in the corresponding permission slip. All openings are on a “First-Come, First Served” basis. Contact the religion teachers with any questions: Sr. Barbara Ann: bborkowski@ndpma.org, Mr. Mark McGreevy:  mmcgreevy@ndpma.org, or Mr. Eric Taylor: etaylor@ndpma.org.

EARLY DISMISSALS / DOCTOR APPOINTMENTS / TARDIES – Please email Ms. Deb McCormick at dmccormick@ndpma.org or call the office at 248-373-5371, attendance ext. 8203 by 8 AM, if your student will be tardy or absent. Please send in doctor notes for any visits during school hours. If you would like to pick up a student early, let us know when you will pick up your student; either call or email Deb or send in a note with your student. We will have your student ready for you in the office. All students must be signed in and out during school hours. Students may not meet you in the triangle or elsewhere—only in the office. The students have been notified by Mr. Jezdimir that effective immediately, any students leaving without their parent or parental designee meeting them at the office will receive detentions! Thanks for your help in this matter!     

FORENSICS - Forensics is open to any student wanting to improve their public speaking skills.  With forensic practice and competitions, students develop their communication and critical thinking skills allowing them to become more confident and articulate speakers.  Students, if interested, may participate in two state tournaments (held in December and April) and join the National Junior Forensics League for a nominal fee of $5.  Practice periods are generally held once a week with coaches during the school year.

WHERE IS EVERYBODY? – The Advancement offices has moved to “Colin House” at 1389 Giddings road (the tan house next to the lower division property).  The Business Office has moved outside to the portable building #2 (formerly occupied by Advancement).  The Admissions Office has moved into the former Business Office.  A few other administrative offices have also moved so please ask if you are looking for someone.

CLASS SUPPLY LIST Please see the posted lists for recommended supplies. This list is not all-inclusive. Specific teachers may require additional supplies at the start of the school and throughout the year. Clarkston paper will be working with us to provide school supplies, as a service to our families. All supplies are needed by either Wednesday, August 22nd (new 7th and 8th graders and all 6th graders will organize supplies that day), or by Thursday, August 23rd (First day of school for all returning students). Lists are on the “Forms” page (above).
 
MEDICATIONS – If your student requires medication at school, paperwork is necessary in the fall. See the “Forms” Page on the website for the following documents:
  • Release for Dispensing of Medication (only a parent’s signature is required for over-the-counter medications). Turn in with medication in a pharmacy container.
  • Student Allergy Assessment and Emergency Plan (where applicable)
  • Severe Allergy Assessment (where applicable for life-threatening allergies)
 

2013-2014 BUS FORMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE - Current Families - Transportation - scroll down to bottom of page to download PDF format form. Any questions, please contact Larry Jack, NDPMA Transportation Coordinator. http://www.ndpma.org/drupal/webfm_send/5374.

NOTE FROM VICE PRINCIPAL MR. BRANDON JEZDIMIR –
 
Dear Notre Dame Marist Academy families,
 
I’d like to take this opportunity to remind all families to firmly monitor their children’s online behavior. Please, take seriously your son/daughter’s profile online and monitor activity based on our NDMA Honor Code and as it outlines proper online behavior. NDMA’s honor code is written in our handbook and reads:
 
All NDPMA students are expected to be people of honor and integrity who are respectful toward others and their property. It is a sign of self-respect to be honest in speech and writing, especially in difficult circumstances. Honesty, integrity, and respect are the most important values within the NDPMA community. These are the basis of relationships and activities in all aspects of school life. The school Honor Code emphasizes the importance of personal responsibility for honesty, integrity and respectfulness. A situation is treated more seriously when these are lacking. The following are considered to be direct violations of the honor code: disrespectful speech or action toward staff or students, bullying, internet bullying or insults, cheating, lying, stealing, forgery, plagiarism, copying, vandalism, and graffiti. Students who support the behavior (participation in or laughing at misbehavior, loaning out homework to be copied, etc.) are also in violation of the honor code.
 
Technology, especially the social media world, is constantly changing. Please monitor your son/daughter while they are online, and when they use social media, and more specifically Facebook. Facebook does a magnificent job explaining their acceptable use policy. Read over the policy (http://www.facebook.com/legal/terms) and discuss proper usage and what to do if he/she sees something that doesn’t match with our school Mission. Our goal is to maintain a clean reputation for our entire school community.
 
God Bless,
 
Mr. Brandon M. Jezdimir
Vice Principal of Notre Dame Marist Academy
Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy
(248)373-5371

LATE START DAYS – During the coming year, we will have seven days when we will start school late to allow our faculty and staff to meet for two hours before classes. These late start days will be on a Tuesday of the month, and classes will begin at 9:35 AM. Dates scheduled are: Sept. 24, October 29, Nov 12, Jan. 28, Feb. 25, Mar. 25, and Apr. 29. On these days the school building will open by 9:15 AM so that students can arrive after that time and still get to class on time. The school day will still end those days at 2:45 PM. Students should not come to school earlier than 9:15 AM. Buses run two hours later in the morning on those days.
 
PHYSICAL EDUCATION – Only shorts and shirts from Dennis Uniform are permitted in PE class. We strongly encourage our students to write their name (with a black permanent marker) in the spaces provided on the shorts and shirts. If you are a returning family, the old style gym uniform is permissible, but students must write their name in sharpie on the front of the shirt and shorts. Families that are new to NDMA must purchase the new style of PE uniform.
 
BOYS SHOES – Boys may wear black lace-up oxford shoes (Doc Marten style) or Sperry Top-Sider (of solid light or dark brown color) – style shoes.  Laces of the same color must be worn in the shoes at all times and shoes are to be tied. Shoes should be clean and be polished regularly. A doctor’s note on file in the office is necessary for a variance from the shoe code.  On casual dress days, flip flops are not permissible.  
 
GIRLS SHOES – Girls may wear either saddle oxfords (black and white with pink soles) or Sperry Top-Sider (of solid light or dark brown color) – style shoes.   Laces of the same color must be worn in the shoes at all times, and shoes are to be tied. Shoes should be clean and be polished regularly. A doctor’s note on file in the office is necessary for a variance from the shoe code.  On casual dress days, flip flops are not permissible.
 
Any questions on shoes please contact Mr. Jezdimir  or send him a photo/picture of them: bjezdimir@ndpma.org.
 
ADD THE NDPMA CALENDAR TO YOUR COMPUTER/MOBILE DEVICE - Go to www.ndpma.org click on calendar, then, click on the +Google box, add the calendar to Outlook, Gmail and other mail services. You may then just check by division or all, plus Athletics.
 
ST. VINCENT DePAUL DROP BOX BEHIND SCHOOL - There is a St. Vincent DePaul drop box located behind the NDPMA caf for donations of usable clothing.
 
CAMPBELL’S LABELS / BOXTOPS -  We welcome your donations of Boxtops for Education and Campbell’s labels. You may drop them off in the Media center or at the NDMA office. Thanks!          
        
KHAN ACADEMY – Free Web-Based Study Videos for All Grade Levels - With a library of over 3,600 videos on everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, history, test prep, and hundreds of skills to practice, to help you learn what you want, when you want, at your own pace. http://www.khanacademy.org/  or watch a video on the overview of Khan Academy http://www.khanacademy.org/talks-and-interviews/v/overview-of-khanacademy-org
 
IRISH BOOKSTORE AND CAFE- Parents, Students, Alumni and Friends! Welcome to the “Irish Bookstore and Café.” Our items make a wonderful gift for that special someone or for yourself. There are many items to choose from in many sizes and colors. Many of the items are “on hand” and can get to you very quickly; others may need to be ordered — order forms are located in the Bookstore. Our items have a very small cost markup, making them available to you at an affordable price. If you would like to order items listed here or if you have questions or suggestions, e-mail Larry Jack at ljack@ndpma.org or call 248-373-5300, x8054. Spirit Wear available now! 18 New items in stock, including NIKE, and ready for pick up. Come into the Irish Bookstore & Cafe for a hot cup of Coffee, Cappuccino, Hot Chocolate, or Tea complimentary with any purchase. Bookstore Hours 7:30a.m. - 2:30p.m. (during regular school days).
 
DIGITAL FLASHCARD STUDY APPLICATION TOOL – StudyBlue, a digital study tool, is made for students; they've got access to all their study materials all of the time. Because you've got your digital backpack, right in your pocket and it’s FREE for all iPad, iPhone, iPod, and Android users. Not only can you make your own flashcards you can search for thousands of pre-existing cards. Just type in in the Search box, Periodic Table, up comes flashcards you can study anywhere, you can save them to your digital backpack, easily create a review sheet and even test yourself. So easy to study on a bus, car and even waiting in line somewhere.  http://www.studyblue.com/mobile-flashcards-app/.
 
CONFIRMATION PREPARATION – For many of our Roman Catholic families, this is a time to begin preparing for the sacrament of Confirmation. The Archdiocese of Detroit has specified that each parish has the primary responsibility of sacramental preparation. Please consult with your Director of Religious Education regarding your parish’s requirements.
 
MESSAGE FROM MR. McGHEE- P.E. teacher:
Greetings Irish Fans,
This note is to inform you of the protocol for when you student misses Physical Education Class at Notre Dame Marist Academy in the event of an absence or illness.  The link below will give you a form we use called the Physical Education Makeup Form.  The student does at least 30 minutes of physical activity to make up the day of activity missed from Physical Education Class, the parent or guardian signs the form, and the student returns the form to the instructor to receive credit for the day missed in PE.  The one stipulation is that the activity should not be school related, so NDMA sports practices or games would not count.  We are trying to promote being physically active away from school, and this form is designed to help makeup missed classes, and to get the students active away from school.
 
Jerry McGhee
NDPMA Health and Physical Education
 
NO PETS ON CAMPUS – Families are reminded that signs are posted on our property that pets are not allowed on campus before, during or after school nor on weekends.  Service animals are always welcome.
 
LUNCH MENU - Our daily lunch specials are posted online at: http://www.ndpma.org/drupal/node/1365. This is a side-bar on the calendar page of our website.
 
LOST AND FOUND - Please note that we have several "Lost and Founds" in the building, including by the ND Marist back door, the Prep office, in the Main gym, and in the Grimaldi gym. Please help us by putting your student's name in all clothing, shoes, jackets, backpacks, lunch bags, and anything else they might lose. While theft has not been a problem, encourage your student to keep all belongings in lockers and to shut their locks securely.
 
MORNING SNACKS - All students are welcome to bring a healthy "non-messy" snack to enjoy at the beginning of their third period class. Note that some classes may not allow snacks for practical purposes.
 
BIRTHDAY PASSES - We love to celebrate our students birthdays by giving them a Casual Day pass. We try to schedule the Casual Day as close to your students' birthdays as possible. We do not allow casual wear on "Dress Days." If schedules change and your student is unable to take advantage of their pass on the assigned day because the whole school has a casual day, or because of illness, have them see Mr. Jezdimir to get a new date. We want everyone to enjoy their special day.
 
SCHOOL CLOSING –  In the event of inclement weather, or any other reason that we may have to close school, Notre Dame Preparatory and Marist Academy uses a telephone broadcast system that will enable school personnel to notify all households and parents by phone or email within minutes of an emergency or unplanned event that causes early dismissal, school cancellation or late start.  The service may also be used from time-to-time to communicate general announcements or reminders. This service is provided by SchoolReach, a company specializing in school-to-parent communications
When used, the service will call all phone numbers in our selected parent contact lists and will deliver a recorded message or text from school personnel. The service will deliver the message to both live answer and answering machines. No answers (phones ringing over 4 times) and busy signals will be automatically retried twice in fifteen minute intervals after the initial call.
Please make every effort to provide the school with current and accurate phone/email information any time there is a change to ensure that our records are up to date.
 
TWITTER AND FACEBOOK - Get the latest school news on Twitter or Facebook! Looking for the latest in school news, athletic scores, alumni goings-on, etc.? Then click here and sign up! Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy is on Facebook and Twitter! By using the school’s Twitter account, Facebook, and the main website, interested parties should be able to access all the latest news  and information about NDPMA. Using these three online resources, we will share timely news, resources and information relative to our school and post critical updates pertinent to our world of advanced academics, science, language, mathematics, the arts, athletics and much more.
 
To access the NDPMA Facebook or Twitter sites from the main school website, click on the small logos in the upper right-hand corner of  any page on www.ndpma.org.
 
God Bless! Have an enjoyable weekend!
 
Deb McCormick
 
 
Notre Dame Marist Academy - Middle Division is an IB Middle Years Programme World School