Notre Dame Marist – Middle Division – News & Notes

Friday, February 15, 2019

Upcoming Dates
Feb 15       Phase IV Ends
Feb 16-24  Winter Break
Feb 25       REGULAR SCHOOL DAY Late Start / Community Read Day – rescheduled from 1/28
Feb 27       Gold Block Day
Feb 28       Green Block Day
Mar 5         Parent Diversity Collaborative 6pm Rescheduled from 2/13
Mar 6         JK-12 Liturgy / Coffee with Jezdimir
Mar 7          International Day / NOON Dismissal / Parent/Teacher Conferences
Mar 8          No School / Parent/Teacher Conferences
Mar 12        Spring Sports Parent Meeting
Mar 13        Gold Block / Fashion Show
Mar 14        Green Block / Choir Concert
Mar 16        Scholar's Day (incoming 6th grade)
Mar 17        Irish Week begins!
Mar 18        JK-12 Liturgy / Coffee with Jezdimir / No Homework Assigned Day / Winter Sports Banquet
Mar 19        Band/Choir In-School Concerts
Mar 20        Talent Show
Mar 22         No School
Mar 24         Mother's Mass & Brunch
Mar 25         REGULAR SCHOOL DAY Late Start
Mar 27         Gold Block
Mar 28         Green Block

Calendar Changes
We will be changing Feb. 25, Mar. 25 and Apr. 29, to REGULAR schedule days. 
 (Those days had been listed as late start days)  School will begin at 7:30 a.m.  As of right now those will be the only changes to the school calendar.  We will also be rearranging some things within current school days to allow for more class time.  The record number of weather days that we have had this year have made it necessary to reclaim at least some time.  We appreciate the flexibility of teachers, students and families.

IF we have more days off because of weather we will look to add Mar. 22, (Friday of Irish Week) as a school day.  IF we have to do this we will talk about how to restructure the week.

Vote for Mr. Konja! 

Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy Director of Information and Academic Technology has been selected as a semi-finalist as an Emerging EdTech Leader in school technology for 2019. Show support by voting and sharing the link with friends, family, or posting on your social media platforms. Here is the link: Thanks and Go Irish!

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Middle Division 6th Grade Art Club
Ms. Zajdel will start the second semester 6th grade art club on Tuesday, March 5th, 3:00-4:00 pm after school. Art Club will run until Tuesday, May 21st. Art Club is limited to the first 20 students who sign up. A sign-up sheet will be outside of the Marist Art Room.

Mother's Mass and Brunch
This year's Mother's Mass and Brunch will be Sunday, March 24th at 9:30 a.m. Mass will be held in the NDP Chapel with brunch immediately following in the cafeteria. Click here to register.

7th/8th Grade Boys Lacrosse
Any 7th or 8th grade boy interested in playing lacrosse this spring should email coach John Sennett at:

Card Club
Meetings: Thursdays after school (January – April)
6th, 7th, or 8th grade students looking for a fun atmosphere to play a variety of card games to build community through teamwork and collaborative strategies. Limited to 12 students for the semester. If you are interested please see Mr. Atcho after school to sign up.

Lost & Found
Has your student mis-placed his/her 1/4 zip, fleece, or polo? Mrs. McLeod took an entire garbage bag filled with UNLABELED uniforms home to wash. We have 3 lockers filled with lost UNLABELED uniforms.

Head of School Blog
Mr. Guest is happy to announce that he is launching a new blog this week. The purpose of the Head of School Blog will be to share with you better insight into the school. It is important that you are well-informed of the hopes and dreams that we have for your children. He also want to share more regularly the Marist values and educational philosophy that drive our teachers and staff. The blog will include periodic posts from him, links to articles of note, occasional book recommendations, and snapshots of life around our beautiful campus. You can find it here.

Follow Mr. Jezdimir on Twitter
Looking for more pictures of your students during the day? Want to see what is happening in the MD? Follow Mr. Jezdimir on Twitter @MrBrandonJ27.

Middle Years Newsletter
The February edition of the Middle Years Newsletter is now available. Please click here to read.

Winter Sport Volunteer Hours
Have you signed up for your Booster hours for your students' winter sport? Please take a look at the open Winter Volunteer Positions. There are still several single game openings for those in need of completing hours: NDPMA Volunteer Signup.

Marist Talent Show
The Marist talent show will be Wednesday March 20th here at NDP at 6PM. If your child has a performing talent please encourage them to participate and share their gift. Auditions will be held in February after Winter break. A variety of acts is greatly encouraged from singing, playing an instrument, to a comedy skit or magic act. All participants will earn house points both for participating and for attending. Please contact Mrs. Carter with any questions.

NDPMA Ski / Snowboard Club
Skiing or Snowboarding is a great way to strengthen friendships and enjoy the outdoors.

NDPMA Ski / Snowboard Club night is Friday at Pine Knob Ski and Snowboard Resort.
It begins once the resort has good conditions and is open to the public. (Normally January – excluding holidays and other black out periods.)

On Ski Club night the table will be open from about 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.
*Student and adult memberships are $20
*Each student membership includes 2 ski group lessons or 1 snowboard group lesson.
*Membership entitles students and adults the ability to purchase a lift ticket for $20 on their designated ski club night at the NDPMA Ski Club table which is located in the Pinery Cafe.

This entitles you to:
$20 Lift Ticket
$20 Ski Rental
$20 Snowboard Rental
$10 Helmet Rental

*ON the other non-ski club nights (weekends and holidays are excluded) students may purchase a lift ticket at the ticket window with their ski / snowboard card.
*Adult memberships receive $5 off a regular priced ticket 7 days a week at the ticket office.
Club volunteer coordinator is Angela Kayi 248.225.6161 or

View flyer here. Sign up here.

Middle Division Door #19
The MD Door #19 is available for drop off and pick up between the hours of 8 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Students MAY NOT be dropped off at the door in the morning before 8 am. It is for staff ONLY during that time. If you have any questions, please email Mr. Jezdimir,

Time to clean out your closets!  If you have any gently used clothing that you would like to donate, you may drop it off right on campus.  For your convenience, there is a collection bin outside of the Grimaldi.

Please remember that the school day starts at 7:30 AM.  Students must be in class when the bell rings.  If your student is late he/she must stop in the MD office to check-in.  

Do you have any BoxTop$ for Education labels? Did you know each label is worth 10 cents to NDPMA? Please bring in any BoxTop$ that you may have to Mrs. McLeod.

Do you have a son or daughter that plays a sport for Notre Dame Marist or Notre Dame Prep? If so, you are a member of the NDPMA Athletic Booster Club. To learn what we do and how you can be involved, please check out our BOOSTERS CLUB webpage.

Year End Trips
At the end of the school year, students have the opportunity to travel to Chicago in 6/7th grades or Washington D.C. in 8th grade. For more information please look in the yellow menu bar for year-end trips or click here.

The mission of the Notre Dame Preparatory and Marist Academy Parents Club is to promote community building and provide support to the administration and staff of Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy. We support the goal of educating students to become Christian people, Upright Citizens and Academic Scholars who contribute to the community. As an organization, we accomplish this goal through fundraising, social events, and supporting Art and extra-curricular based programs. As a community of parents, we apply our God given talents to provide our children with the best educational and developmental opportunities possible.  Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns by email:

Did you know that simply by using your Kroger Plus Card, NDP benefits from Kroger Community Rewards program?  Please visit Kroger's website 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!  Please don’t forget to  renew your card to continue to earn rewards for NDP.

Busch's Grocery Store has made the Cash for Education program much easier.  Instead of using the red cash for education cards at checkout, starting November 1st, they will just need to provide their phone number listed on their account or your MyWay account key tag at point of sale.  If you are new to shopping at Busch’s Market all you need to do is log onto Busch’s MyWay and create an account, go to the Cash for Education page under the “My Account” tab where you may select NDP to earn rewards.  NDP will receive credit at the end of each quarter.

NDP Stadium Seat & Lawn Signs
Interested in supporting your Fighting Irish Athlete with a Lawn Sign? Interested in supporting your back when sitting in the bleachers? Please got to the Athletic Booster website and order a sign and/or a stadium chair!  Your back and athlete will be forever grateful.

Have you signed up for your Parents' Club volunteer hours yet?
1.     Take a moment and review all the activities in the Volunteer Catalog  and identify where your time and talents would be best utilized.
2.     This year we are using OnVolunteers.   Here is the link for the signups:

Each family is required to complete the equivalent of 10 hours of volunteer service per school year. Positions will be marked as FULL-TIME (10 hours equivalent) and PART-TIME (5 hours equivalent). You may choose one FULL-TIME position or two PART-TIME positions to fulfill your yearly commitment. Open Chair positions are also available and will fulfill your commitment.   

If you have any questions, please visit FAQs or feel free to contact Becky Ricci, Parents Club Volunteer Coordinator, at

Information and Academic Technology
Parents please ensure that you student has a protective case on their school issued device at all times. We have seen a steep decline on damages this year. The protective cases are working. Students found without a case will be warned and repeat offenders will be sent to discipline. Cases do have a warranty.
IT Support. Please let your students know that we are here to help. It is important that they come to us when they have issues for us to resolve them. Please remind them to restart their Surface Pro Tablet once a week at the very least. IT can be reached via email at or on site from 6:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. during the week.

Our spirit-wear items make a wonderful gift for that special someone or for yourself.  Our items have a very small cost markup, making them available to you at an affordable price.  If you have any questions or suggestions, email Larry Jack at or call 248-373-5000, x8054.  Come into the Irish Bookstore & Cafe for a cup of coffee, cappuccino, hot chocolate or tea, complimentary with any purchase.  Bookstore hours: 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (during regular school days) or make an appointment for additional bookstore hours.

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