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


Notre Dame Marist Academy - News and Notes
…as of Friday, June 27, 2014
Dear Notre Dame Marist Academy families,
At the end of this month, after over five years with Notre Dame, I am resigning in order to look for new opportunities. I have worked with the finest colleagues, and have truly enjoyed getting to know you and your students. I feel blessed by the many friendships I've gained among the Notre Dame family. I believe that Notre Dame is the finest school that my husband and I could have chosen for our children. I am proud of all that I have accomplished while working here and am forever grateful to have met you and your students along the way. I wish all of you God’s choicest blessings and know that I carry all of you in my heart and prayers. While my replacement is being sought, kindly email any questions for the Middle Division to principal Ms. Jill Mistretta at
Kind regards,
Deb McCormick


Welcome to the last News and Notes of the School year. We wish to congratulate our eighty-nine eighth grade students as they move on to the next phase in their education.

While this is the last News and Notes email that our eighth grade families will receive, this is also the first for many of our new incoming families. In the Middle Division, we use electronic correspondence as our main means of communication. My current News and Notes, as well as pertinent information from past emails, is also posted on our website at Please bookmark this page and refer to it first for the latest and greatest Middle Division news. On the webpage, any new information is in a green font; older information is in black. There will be no summer mailing--look for a welcome back News and Notes email in August!
Forms and other flyers, including supply lists, summer Spanish (for 7th and 8th grades) and summer reading assignments are on the Forms webpage: All information except the Spanish is under the Middle Division heading on the forms webpage. The Spanish summer homework form is listed under "Academics" on the forms page, since this is for the Upper Division, too.
Dates to remember for the fall:
August 14 - Sixth Grade Scavenger Hunt - 9-11, casual dress
August 20 - First Day for New Students, including all 6th graders - 7:30 AM-2:45 PM, casual dress 
August 21 - First Full day for All Students - Buses begin, caf opens. Uniforms required
August 21 - Fall Sports Parent Meeting - 7 PM
August 26 - Liturgy Day - Dress uniforms required
August 29 - No school - Labor Day Holiday
September 1 - No school - Labor Day Holiday
September 2 - Sixth grade retreat - during school day hours, more information in August
September 4 - Follow Your Student's Schedule - 6:30-8:30 PM
Remember to check out the online NDPMA Calendar for the latest calendar and information.
Eighth Graders - Extra Slideshow DVDs, Composite Pictures, and Mass booklets are available. Contact Ms. McCormick if you would like one. Supplies are limited.
Current students - Report cards will be mailed home during the week or so following the end of your final exams. In this mailing, please look for your emergency card for the 2014-2015 school year. All current students entering the seventh grade must have a state health appraisal form completed with current immunizations by the first day of school in August. This is new this year. All incoming 6th graders and any new incoming 7th and 8th graders received these forms in their orientation folder. All forms, except for the emergency cards, are available on the forms webpage. Emergency cards and Health appraisals are due the first day of school for all of next years' 6th and 7th graders. Eighth grade students only need to turn in the emergency card that first day.

Summer Camps - There still is time to register for our summer camps! Some of them start on June 16, If you haven't signed up, please do so before it’s too late! The website with information about camps and online registration can be found at:

School supply lists - School supply lists for the 2014-2015 school year have been posted to the "Forms" section of the website.Please see these 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. Look for more information about that in the August News and Notes. All supplies are needed by either Wednesday, August 20th (new 7th and 8th graders and all 6th graders will organize supplies that day), or by Thursday, August 21st (First day of school for all returning students). 
Summer reading - All Middle Division students have summer reading assignments. Please see the "Forms" webpage for these assignments.

Revised Summer Spanish homework link - . All students in grades 7-12 must complete Summer Spanish homework. Revised link: All students taking Spanish in the 2014-15 school year need to complete a mandatory on-line summer program for that language. Please address any questions to Sra. Anderson at
Medications - Sixth and Seventh graders who had medications in the office will bring them home on Tuesday, June 10th. Eighth graders brought theirs home on May 30th after graduation rehearsal.
Host Families Needed - The NDPMA World Language Department is looking for a maximum of four families to host the native speaking Intern Teacher for the Spanish courses in 2014-2015 school year.  Each host family will host at least 9 weeks. You may host the entire Fall semester or Spring semester as well.  Below time table provides the approximate dates range.

Host family 1

Aug. 20, 2014 – Oct.25, 2014  (Fall semester)

Host family 2

Oct. 26, 2014 to Jan. 5, 2015 (Fall semester)

Host family 3

Jan.6 2015 – Mar.20, 2015 (Spring Semester)

Host family 4

Mar.21, 2015 – June 10, 2015 (Spring semester)


Host families are vital to this program!  You offer:  a private bedroom / shared bath; meals; transportation to and from school; and companionship.  In return, the family learns about Spanish culture and the student receives one-on-one help with the language. Moreover, this service to the NDP community qualifies for the nine required Parent Commitment hours!  Find out more about this exciting opportunity by emailing Joanne Liu, NDP Coordinator of Amity Institute Intern Teachers. (email: ).  It is not necessary to have a student in Spanish course to be a host family.

Summer Hours - In June, the Middle Division office will be open beginning at 8 AM.From June 30 thought August 1, the office will be open Tuesday through Thursday from 8:00-00 to 2:00 PM. From August 4-15, the Middle Division office will be open Mondays through Fridays, 8:00-3:00 PM. Normal school office hours of 7:00-3:30 PM will begin on August 18th.
Notre Dame Middle Division designated as Official Michigan Green School - Notre Dame's Middle division has earned designation as an official Michigan Green School – Emerald Level (15 + points) for the 2013-2014 school year. Counselor Kim Smith, mentor for the group, shared that it is a small group (15 students) but they are all hard working students. Some of the E-Club activities included bake sales, school wide bottle/glass/paper recycling, Nike Reuse-A-Shoe recycle program, and printer cartridge recycle programs. A school wide Community Read day took place which included reading the book “Seed Folks”, collecting food for Gleaners, and role playing games, and community garden speakers. In May, the E-Club will be planting Spicebushes for our Monarch Butterfly Way station Garden.
Special thanks to faculity: Marna Nemon, Cathy Moras, and Ginny Pauwels for their continued support and help for the Environmental Club..
Summer Time Tutoring - If you are interested in finding a tutor over the summer for your student, please contact Kim Smith at

Take a Drive for the Booster Club - Notre Dame Prep Athletics (AAC) has joined forces with Dodge to raise money for our Athletic Department. Between5:00 AND 9:00 PM, during The Concert on the Hill, Golling Dodge will bring new Dodge vehicles for parents, faculty, and guests to test drive.  Take a short, 5 minute test drive in a Dodge Caravan, Journey, Durango or Dart, and complete a brief survey based on the experience.  For your time and input, Dodge will donate $20 to Notre Dame Prep Athletics. There’s no sales pressure at this friendly, low-key event.  Golling Dodge staff members have volunteered to work the fundraiser.

Kroger Card Benefits NDPMA - Did you know that simply by using your Kroger Plus Card, NDP benefits from Kroger Community Rewards program?  Please visit Kroger's website at  at 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!

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.

Used Uniform sale - Please see the Flyer at: for information
Dennis Uniform Flyers - Please see the Dennis Uniform flyers on our website at: 
                May 15% Off Sale -
                Early Bird Sale -
Michele's Shoes - Michele's Shoes offers the four styles of uniform shoes approved for the Middle Division. Michele's staff will be present at Notre Dame during this years' Used Uniform Sale on June 4th between 7:30-9:30 AM and 2:00-4:00 PM  and on June 5 from 7:30 - 10:30 AM. Orders must be paid in full and delivered to school before the start of the 2014-15 school year. Please note that you may purchase your students' shoes from the vendor of your choice, which does not have to be Michele's. If you have any questions about a given shoe, please send a picture of the style in question or email Mr. Jezdimir at See Michele's flyer at:
Annual Fund - From Mr. Gregory Simon regarding our Annual Fund:
Dear Notre Dame families,
Please take a moment to view the following video about the 2014 Notre Dame Annual Fund.

The annual fund works hand-in-hand with tuition to keep our school healthy, innovative, and accessible. While we understand each family’s ability to give varies, 100% participation from current families is an important goal each year. Participation in our current campaign is just over 40% participation.  Please consider making a tax-deductible gift to the 2014 annual fund today –

Thank you for your ongoing support. Go Irish!

Gregory P. Simon, NDHS '89
Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy
Advancement Office - Annual Fund Director
Phone: 248.373.2171

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.

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.

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

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.
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
WEBSITE FOR NDP ATHLETIC WEAR AND ACCESSORIES – Check out 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 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:

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 or Kim Smith at

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

CAF OPEN AFTER SCHOOL – Our cafeteria will be open after school most days 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

EARLY DISMISSALS / DOCTOR APPOINTMENTS / TARDIES – Please email Ms. Deb McCormick at 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!     

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)


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 ( 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
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:
ADD THE NDPMA CALENDAR TO YOUR COMPUTER/MOBILE DEVICE - Go to 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.  or watch a video on the overview of Khan Academy
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.
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.
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: 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
God Bless! Have an enjoyable weekend!
Deb McCormick
Notre Dame Marist Academy - Middle Division is an IB Middle Years Programme World School