Notre Dame Marist Academy - News and Notes
…as of Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Dear Notre Dame Marist Academy families,
Welcome back from the Thanksgiving break. We hope everyone had a blessed and relaxing time with loved ones. 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/drupal/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/drupal/forms. – Forms and other needed documents.
http://www.ndpma.org/drupal/calendar. School calendar (updated periodically).
December 4 - NDPMA Admissions Coffee - 9:00 AM
December 7 - IOWA Admissions testing for incoming students
December 11 - 7:00 p.m. - NDPMA Christmas Choir Concert at Lake Orion High School
December 12 - Our Lady of Guadalupe Liturgy Day – Dress uniforms
December 12 - 7:00 p.m. - NDPMA Christmas Band Concert in main school gym
December 13 - In school band and choir concert for students
December 17-20 - Semester Exams -Early dismissal at 10:45 AM each day; buses leave at 11:00 AM
December 21 - January 6 - Christmas vacation
January 7 - New semester begins
Gold (Odd) - December 4
Green (Even) - December 5
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE NDP VOLLEYBALL TEAM - STATE CHAMPIONS!.
FINAL EXAMS - Final Exams are scheduled December 17-20 from 7:30 AM to 10:45 AM. (School buses leave at 11:00 AM.) Please notify the Middle Division office no later than Friday, December 6th if a student must miss one of these days. Students wear uniforms during exams.
Tuesday, December 17 Periods 1 and 2 exams
Wednesday, December 18 Periods 3 and 4 exams
Thursday, December 19 Periods 5 and 6 exams
Friday, December 20 Periods 7 and 8 exams
NDPMA BARNES AND NOBLE BOOK FAIR – Shop online or in store during the NDPMA Barnes and Noble Book fair Monday, December 9th through Sunday, December 15th. B&N will contribute to Notre Dame a percentage of the sales for items purchased in the store and online during this week. The funds collected from this event will go toward the Scholarship fund. Enter our school ID 11171154 at the online check-out. For in store purchases, present the attached book fair voucher or tell the cashier you are supporting NDPMA. The NDPMA B&N in store complimentary gift wrapping will be Saturday, December 14th 9:30 am – 9:30 pm and Sunday, December 15th 2:30pm – 7:30pm at the Rochester Hills location. This year there will also be a NDPMA Teacher Book Wish List table if you would like to purchase a book to donate to a teacher.
NDMA BOWLING TEAM - The ND Marist Bowling team will be starting practice this Thursday at 4:30 PM. Practices will be held at Classic Lanes, located off of Crooks / North of M-59. The Middle Division PM Bowling team will be practicing every Thursday and Friday from 4:30-6:00, with an optional day of Monday if needed. The league events start on Saturday, January 4th and run for 10 weeks. All league events are held at Thunderbird Lanes in Troy. The Saturday league matches run from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Both the Varisty and JV Teams had outstanding seasons last year, however, we are looking for more bowlers. No experience is necessary, and this is a co-ed sport. So if your son or daughter is looking for something to do during the winter months, please consider having them bowl for Notre Dame Marist. Feel free to contact Coach Audia with any questions at email@example.com.
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.
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL TELETHON – Dec. 4, on WXYZ - A video of NDP students doing Christian service will play on WXYZ-TV as part of the St. Vincent de Paul Telethon on Dec. 4. This is a great organization that helps families in need in the metro Detroit area. We have a drop box behind the caf for donations of clothing in good shape or other household items.
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 at firstname.lastname@example.org
NEED CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS? –
The Booster Club contributes to the athletic department budget through selling items such as personalized spirit wear (mylocker.net) and personalized bricks (http://www.ndpma.org/drupal/webfm_send/4049
). These make great Christmas Gifts! Support the Boosters and Athletics by purchasing any of these items!
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!
SCRIP PROGRAM –
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 visit www.shopwithscrip.com
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
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 email@example.com or Kim Smith at firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com
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.
WEBSITE FOR NDP ATHLETIC WEAR AND ACCESSORIES – Announcing a website for NDP athletic wear and accessories! mylocker.net is now live and ready for your order! What makes mylocker.net so great is that you can custom design and personalize your own wearables: hoodies, sweatshirts, t-shirts, custom backpacks, duffel bags and stadium blankets, just to name a few. You can choose from a sport or just show your Irish pride in general! Most orders ship within 5 business days. You can search by school or enter the NDP Locker #ds840. The items offered on mylocker.net are not just for athletes - they are great for parents and grandparents or anyone who wants to support NDP. Go Irish!
SCRIP PROGRAM – Notre Dame Prep and Marist Academy participate 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; even gasoline can be purchased with SCRIP and many retailers offer re-loading 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. In addition, the school calendar on the website provides all the dates that SCRIP is processed (Mondays) and delivered (Thursdays). For more information, please also visit the Shop With SCRIP website at www.shopwithscrip.com
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/drupal/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: firstname.lastname@example.org, Mr. Mark McGreevy: email@example.com, or Mr. Eric Taylor: firstname.lastname@example.org.
EARLY DISMISSALS / DOCTOR APPOINTMENTS / TARDIES – Please email Ms. Deb McCormick at email@example.com 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.
Mr. Brandon M. Jezdimir
Vice Principal of Notre Dame Marist Academy
Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy
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: firstname.lastname@example.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!
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 email@example.com 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.
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!