Notre Dame Marist – Middle Division – News & Notes

Friday, February 24, 2017

Good afternoon Notre Dame families – 

If you intend to spend any time (this weekend or next week) managing your calendar and such please consider completing the following 2 NDPMA "items":

1. RSVP for the upcoming Big Announcement at NDPMA. Your RSVP is requested by March 1st at: NDPMA.ORG/BIGANNOUNCEMENT or 248-373-2171, ext. 6. I'm looking forward to seeing y'all there!
2. Complete your student's 2017-2018 Registration. Click on Current Families on the main page of our website. The "2017-2018 Registration" tab is listed at the top right of that screen.
Jill M. Mistretta
Principal, Notre Dame Marist Academy – Middle Division


27 Late Start 9:35 a.m. doors open to students at 9:15 a.m.

1 JK-12 Liturgy – Ash Wednesday
2 Early Dismissal 12 noon
2 International Day
2 Parent Teacher Conferences 5:30-8pm
3 NO SCHOOL – Parent/Teacher Conferences 8-10am
8 Gold Block Day (Odd Hour Classes)
9 Green Block Day (Even Hour Classes)
13 JK-12 Liturgy
13 Spring Sports Begin
13-16 Irish Week
14 Athletic Banquet – Winter Sports
21 Gold Block Day (Odd Hour Classes)
21 Spring Sports Parent Meeting 7 pm
22 Green Block Day (Even Hour Classes)
27 Late Start 9:35 a.m. doors open to students at 9:15 a.m.

Peter Pan Musical
Congratulations to all students involved in the production of Peter Pan, Jr. You were all AMAZING!! Your hard work, dedication and true love for theatre was evident on stage. BRAVO!!! Thank you to all parents involved also. Your tireless hours sewing, choreographing, chauffeuring, practicing lines, making sure homework was done, lunch was made, oh and going to your office everyday – Thank you! Your student may not say it, but we will “YOU ROCK!! We appreciate all the effort and sacrifices you make so that your student could be in the musical! Thank YOU!”

Parent Volunteers Needed Thursday
International Day at the Middle Division will be celebrated on Thursday, March 2.  Many room volunteers are needed to help our parent speakers present and share their cultural heritages with our Middle School students.  If you are available and would like to join in the festivities on March 2, from 7:30-11:30 am, please send an email to:  Julie Chow-Wah, or call Amy in the Middle Division office.   Also, if you've already signed up as a volunteer through Parent Club, please confirm your availability to: 

Spring Athletic Season Begins 3/13
As we approach the 2017 Spring CYO season Notre Dame Marist Academy would like to estimate the potential numbers for each of our athletic teams. This will help enable us to properly staff each sport and ensure that enough teams are offered to accommodate the participation needs of our students. Could you please take a moment to fill out this survey:

2017 Spring CYO Athletic Sign Up

The limited team membership rule still applies this season. Players cannot participate in contests for both CYO teams and travel/club teams of the same sport at the same time. Once a player participates in a travel/club game or contest they become ineligible for the CYO team.

Thank you for your time and Go Irish!

NDPMA Scripps Spelling Bee

The NDPMA school Scripps Spelling Bee was as exciting as ever. It took two days to crown a winner. Mia Daher, John Brykalski, and Stephanie Daher represented the 6th graders; Rahul Reddy, Angela Carraher, Marisa Ricci, and Brooke Cousins were the 7th grade spellers; Rebecca Chow-Wah, Devarshi Mukherji, Maria Donato, and Keely McLeod were spelling for the 8th grade. At the end of our first day of competition, there was a tie between Devarshi and Rahul. The next day, it looked like Ms. Knapp and Ms. Pauwels might have to resort to using random words from the dictionary. Lucky for them, Rahul came through and won the 2017 Marist Spelling Bee. The winning word was benzene. Congratulations to all our spellers. 

Summer Speed & Agility Camps
Coach Siebert is looking for feedback on summer speed and agility camps. Please take a moment to fill out the following survey.  Thanks in advance!

Big Announcement
The Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy Board of Trustees would be honored by your presence to witness and be part of THE BIG ANNOUNCEMENT on THURSDAY, MARCH 9, 2017. Please click here for more information and to RSVP.

Re-register Your Student for 2017-2018 School Year
The Registrar’s and Admissions offices remind you to complete your student’s re-registration as soon as possible. Please remember the February registration payment serves as the first tuition payment in the 12-month calendar. The second payment is due Wednesday, March 1. Questions? Please contact Ms. Nester ( or Ms. Offer (

Current 8th grade band Students
Save the date! The NDP Marching Band Camp is July 31 through August 4th from 8:00am to 5:00pm. This is a mandatory camp for all NDP band students enrolled in 1st semester Marching Band. At camp, students will learn all of the music and the marching maneuvers. For more information, contact Mr. Joe Martin at

Information & Academic Technology Department
Do you need or want the latest Microsoft Office software for home use? Did you know that your child has access to four licenses?

Our new Microsoft agreement allows students to install the software on multiple devices including Apple and Android devices. You will need to use your child’s school email address and password as the Microsoft account. To get started, use the following link to access the Microsoft Office installation page: – “Select Office for Business”.

If you have any technical questions or concerns, please send them to

Website News and Twitter Highlights
Is your child involved in something great that we may not know about at school?  Please email me articles or pictures, anything highlighting his/her accomplishments.  We would LOVE to have more Marist students on the website, facebook, and twitter feeds 

BoxTop$ and Campbell's Soup Labels
Yes, NDPMA collects them!  Bring them into the office. Thanks in advance.

Hollywood Market’s Apples for the Students
We are happy to announce Hollywood Markets "Apples for the Students" program has to date provided over $300,000 in the very best educational tools and equipment… FREE… to local schools.

Now through February 24, 2017, parents, families and friends of our students can earn points for our school by simply telling Hollywood Market cashiers the name of our school each time you visit and/or shop at a Hollywood Market store. Our school will use those points to receive FREE educational equipment from their Presidential award-winning program.

Our school will select the items on wish list (not yet selected) from the catalog. There are hundreds of items to choose from in categories such as computers/printers, audio/visual, sports and much more.

So, please shop NOW and often at any of our Metro Detroit "Hollywood Market" locations to earn points for our school!

Remember this program is FREE… and mention "Notre Dame Preparatory and Notre Dame Marist".

Kroger Community Rewards
NDPMA also is enrolled in Kroger Community Rewards.  Each time you shop at Kroger, Kroger will donate a portion of your purchase back to the school.  Please register your Kroger card online and select Notre Dame High School ID#82816 for directing your community reward. Kroger has people re-elect each year in April for Community Rewards.

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Amy McLeod (
Administrative Assistant
Notre Dame Marist Academy
1300 Giddings Road
Pontiac, Michigan   48340

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Big Announcement! Come see the future on March 9th! RSVP by March 1st!