Notre Dame Marist – Middle Division – News & Notes

Thursday, October 1, 2015

thursday100115_updatePlease see some of the happenings this week from Mrs. Mistretta.

Make it Matter Day – tomorrow
October 2nd is Make it Matter Day at NDPMA.  It is officially a jeans day.  Yes, we will have a liturgy.  The day is dedicated to making a difference in the community.  The day is a NOON Dismissal day.  Buses will leave the main campus at 12:10 p.m. The Media Center will close at 1 p.m. Students DO NOT NEED backpacks or surface pros. Pizza lunch and a morning snack will be provided to all students.  

Upcoming Dress Down Days
Here is a quick summary of upcoming dress down days.  Shorts are NOT ACCEPTABLE any of these days.  Any questions on any of the days, please email Mr. Jezdimir at

Friday 10/2 – Make It Matter – Jeans, Khakis, Sweats are ok to wear.  NO Yoga, Leggings or Jeggings – nothing tight on the "bottom". :)
Wednesday 10/7 – Powder Puff Football – Jeans with a red or yellow shirt.
Friday 10/9 – Homecoming – Jeans with a ND spiritwear shirt – green, gold, or white.

All of these dress down days are HIGHLY unusual.  Rest assured that the next one will not be until the Lions reach the Super Bowl!

Tuesday, 10/6 – Picture Retake Day
If your student would like to have his/her picture retaken or if he/she missed picture day, Tuesday is picture retake day. Please have your student wear his/her dress uniform to school.  After pictures, he/she may change into the normal uniform shirt.

Year End Trips
I emailed the handouts to all parents on Wednesday that contained all of the information.  The handouts may also be found at:

Hakuna Matata!
Auditions for the Marist production of Disney's Lion King Jr. will be held
Tuesday, October 13, 3:15-5:15 in UD Cafe
Friday, October 16 (during Parent Teacher Conferences) 9-11:00 am at the Lower Division
Call Backs on Saturday October 17, 11-2:00 in UD Cafe

Please sign up for an audition time in the MD office with Mrs. McLeod. No prior theatre experience is necessary. This is going to be a really fun production to be part of!
All audition materials and forms are online at

The parent meeting for the Middle Division Production of The Lion King Jr. will take place on Tuesday, October 6 at 7pm in the Media Center. I apologize for the confusion. If you have any questions please email me at…Thanks! Jenn Beaudoin

2nd Annual Homecoming 5k Fun run/walk
Saturday, October 10th
Registration begins at 8 a.m.
Race begins at 9 a.m.

The Notre Dame Alumni Association will be hosting the 2nd annual Homecoming 5k/run walk on October 10.  The cost is $20 and children 10 and under are free.  The race will begin at the lower division and span Giddings Road and the main campus.  Registration is online at

Grandparents Day
Grandparents Day will be November 10th for the lower division and 6th and 9th graders. Information may be found at:

St. Vincent DePaul – Clothing Drive
St. Vincent DePaul Society will have a truck on our property for donations of usable clothing items next week.  Please check your closets for items you or your family members are willing to donate and drop them off at the truck in the parking lot that week.

Donations for the Syrian Peoplesee attached pdf
On Friday Oct. 2, the director of Syrian Society for Social Development will speak at the Troy Community Center, 3179 Livernois, Troy at 7:30.  Donations can made to QUESTSCOPE, 615 1st Avenue NE, Suite 500, Minneapolis, MN 55413.

Spiritwear Store      New Online Store coming soon!
Our bookstore 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, e-mail Larry Jack at or call 248-373-5300, 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.  

The Spirit Store will be open from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (before and during) for the Homecoming Football Game on Friday, October 9th. Come in the store for special savings!

Admissions Information
If you have a child or know of a child who would like to attend Notre Dame next year at any grade level, please contact Dean of Admissions Kathleen Offer at Ms. Offer will need to know the child’s full name, birth date, current grade and current school, if applicable.

Paver Bricks
Want to make an everlasting impression with NDP.  Give a lasting gift to your child, grandparents, parents or a friend.  Honor a special coach, teacher or team.  You can do this any unique way you wish by purchasing a personalized brick paver from the NDPMA Booster Club.  Prices are $100 for a 4 in. x 8 in. brick and $150 for an 8 in. x 8 in. brick.  For more information, contact John Wood at  Forms are available on our website at:

Athletic Newsletter
The athletic department publishes a weekly newsletter with all of the happenings around NDPMA. If you are interested in reading past publications or if you would like to subscribe, please visit this link:

Northwestern University's Midwest Academic Talent Search (NUMATS)
NUMATS is a research-validated program that utilizes above-grade-level assessment, as a means of gifted testing, to help parents and educators better understand their students’ educational needs. NUMATS allows eligible students to take internationally recognized tests before the grade levels at which they are normally administered. The EXPLORE® test, designated for students in grade 8, is administered to students in grades 3 though 6.  ACT® and SAT®, designed for students in grades 11 and 12, are administered to students in grades 6 through 9. NUMATS identifies academic ability, measures growth and connects students to resources and opportunities for advanced students.

For more information or to register your child, please click on the link below.

National Honor Society (NHS) members are available for individual peer tutoring. Student and tutor typically meet in the Media Center or a classroom from 3-4pm. In order to request an NHS tutor for a student, contact the Middle Division Counselor Mrs. Yauch (

Student ID's
Students were given an ID with a NDMA lanyard on picture day.  In the office we have 1 spare ID per student.  Once they lose both ID's there is a $10/ID charge to make a new one.  Please help us in encouraging students to leave ID's in their lockers on a hook.

Christian/Community Service Hours
The Middle Division is not doing a separate Christian/Community Service hour requirement as we have in the past.  Teachers may be giving assignments in classes for students.  There will not be a separate reporting system for the students.

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.

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.

2 Make it Matter Day – Liturgy – Dress Down – NOON Dismissal
3 Oktoberfest
6 Picture Retake Day
7 Gold Block Day – Odd Hour Classes
8 Green Block Day – Even Hour Classes
8 Middle Division Fall Choir Concert 7 PM Cafetorium  
9 Homecoming FB Game – High School
10 5K Alumni Run
14 Early dismissal at 11 a.m. – MEDIA CENTER CLOSED
15 Early dismissal at 1:40; Parent/Teacher Conferences 5-8:30 PM
16 No School; Parent Teacher Conferences 8-11 AM
19 JK-12 Liturgy – DRESS UNIFORM
21 Gold Block Day – Odd Hour Classes
22 Green Block Day – Even Hour Classes
25 Open House
26 No School
27 Late Start 9:30 a.m.
27 Middle Division Fall Sports Banquet
30 Middle Division “Halloween” Dance (3-5; Cafetorium); Halloween Dress Up

2 8th Grade Retreat
3 Praise and Worship Service (during lunch;  main gym)
4 Gold Block Day – Odd Hour Classes
5 Green Block Day – Even Hour Classes
6 End of Phase 2
9 Winter Sports Parent Meeting 7 p.m.
10 Grandparents’ Day Liturgy (Lower Division, 6th Grade & 9th Grade ONLY)
13 Oakland County Vision Screening – 7th Grade Students
16 7th Grade Retreat (1st half of alphabet students)
17 7th Grade Retreat (2nd half of alphabet students)
18 Gold Block Day – Odd Hour Classes
19 Green Block Day – Even Hour Classes
20 Late Start
24 JK – 12 Liturgy – Dress Uniform
25 Incentive Day – No School?
26-29 Thanksgiving Holiday – No School
27 No School
30 Reconciliation week in religion classes

News & Notes Archive:
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Friday, September 18
Thursday, September 10
Thursday, September 3
Friday, August 28
Friday, August 21
Wednesday, August 19

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

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