Notre Dame Marist Academy - News and Notes
…as of Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Dear Notre Dame Marist Academy families,
Here are a few notes as we approach the end of the week and prepare for a very busy next week. All new information is in black type; older information is in green.
February 28 - No school for students - Faculty In-service Day
March 3 - Meeting schedule - 1:40 PM Early Dismissal;
buses leave at 2:55 PM. All students report to caf, if remaining in the building after dismiss
al. No Media Center after school.
March 4 - School Day Open House - Invite your friends and family!
March 4 - ND Marist Sports Banquet - 5:45 PM
March 5 - Ash Wednesday - Liturgy day - Dress Uniforms Required
March 6 - Meeting Schedule - 1:40 PM Early Dismissal. Buses leave at 1:50 PM. Media Center openm until 3:30 PM.
March 6 - Parent / Teacher Conferences - 5:30-8:00 PM - Caf
March 7 - No School for Students
March 7 - Parent / Teacher Conferences 8:00-10:00 AM
March 20 - NDMA Talent Show
March 17-21 - Irish Week - More details closer to that time
March 23 - Mother's Day Brunch and Mass - See website for details
March 25 - Late Start Day - 9:35 AM start time. Please, no students before 9:15 AM.
Gold (Odd) - February 26, March 12, 26
Green (Even) - February, 27, March 13, 27
Notes for Early Dismissal days (March 3 and 6):
Monday, March 3 - School is out at 1:40 PM. Buses leave at 2:55 buses leave at 1:50 PM. All students remaining in the school after dismissal must report to Mr. Jezdimir in the cafeteria immediately following classes to wait for the bus or for their rides. Media Center is closed after school.
Thursday, March 6 - School is out at 1:40 PM. Buses leave at 1:50 PM. The Media Center will be open until 3:30 PM that afternoon.
Parent Teacher Conferences - Middle Division conferences will be held in the caf, We will use the same format as in the fall. Please note that the times on Friday, March 7 are earlier than in the past: 8-10 AM. Kindly remember to keep all conferences to 5 minutes each. Thanks!
Thursday, March 6 - 5:30-8:00 PM
Friday, March 7 - 8:00-10:00 AM
Year Book Pictures Needed - We are asking that if parents have any pictures of a sport or club that there child was involved in this year, we need them for our yearbook. Please put the pictures on a CD or flash drive and bring them into school to Ms. York. She will upload the pictures and return the CD or flash drive to the student. These are needed as soon as possible.
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.
Re-Enrollment for 2014-15 - If you have not yet re-enrolled online for next year we invite you to do so as soon as possible and return to the office the email acknowledgement with your registration fee or complete the payment process online. Course selection for 2013-2014 Registered Students begins in March.
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. He will be in the classroom full time beginning March 3rd and looks forward to meeting parents at the Parent/Teacher conferences.
Notre Dame Marist Athletics -
Spring Sports start the week of March 17th
, this includes track (grades 5-8), softball (grades 5-8), baseball (grades 5-8) and lacrosse (grades 7-8). There is a mandatory parent meeting March 11th at 7:00 PM
in the upper division cafeteria. At this meeting parents will meet the spring coaches and receive information about practices and game schedules. A reminder that an up-to-date physical form needs to be turned into the athletic department before March 17th
, otherwise the athlete may not participate until the completed form is turned in. Physical forms can be picked up in the athletic department or can be found online at www.ndpma.org
, click athletics, current news, scroll down and download Physical Form. To be considered "up to date" the form must be signed by a doctor and dated April 15, 2013 or more recent. Please contact the athletic department with any questions.
Grade Eight Composite pictures - Eighth grade parents please send in any orders by Friday, February 28. Order forms are on the forms webpage http://www.ndpma.org/drupal/webfm_send/6229. Please make checks payable to Life Touch.
Softball Coaches Needed - The Notre Dame Marist softball program is in need of two head coaches this spring. Both the 5th/6th team and 7th/8th team are currently in need of a head coach. Please contact Assistant Athletic Director Dean Allen to inquire about these positions at firstname.lastname@example.org
Yogurt Containers Needed - Save your yogurt containers! We are collecting individual size yogurt containers for a school-wide project in March. Bring clean individual size yogurt containers to D-13.
March Speech and Debate Tournament - Open to All! - For the third year, NDPMA will host the "Luck o' the Irish Invitational" on Saturday, March 15th for speech and debate competitors. We are pleased to announce this year that ANY student at NDPMA may enter the contest. If you did forensics in middle school and want to give it a try again, this is the opportunity. Musical and drama participants who have not tried the competition side of the craft now have their chance. Our high school debate moderator, Ms. LeAnne Schmidt, is willing to help interested students to find pieces, write speeches, or plan their debate strategy. See the flyer on our website for more information, and contact Mrs. Schmidt at email@example.com to participate. Student and adult volunteers wishing to help with hosting tasks are always welcome.
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 a
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Kim Smith at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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: email@example.com, Mr. Mark McGreevy: firstname.lastname@example.org, or Mr. Eric Taylor: email@example.com.
EARLY DISMISSALS / DOCTOR APPOINTMENTS / TARDIES – Please email Ms. Deb McCormick at firstname.lastname@example.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.
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: email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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!