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Notre Dame Marist – Middle Division – News & Notes

Friday, September 23, 2016

md_slider_news_9_23Many great, great times were experienced this week.

We celebrated mass with the lower division students and staff on Wednesday. Fr. Ron was our celebrant. He reminded us that, similar to the “messages” so many of us answer from parents, siblings, friends, teachers, coaches and more, (via phone, email, text, etc.) we should be aware of the unique message God has for each one of us. Part of God’s plan is for us to discover that message, our calling, so to speak. Attending school, learning new tasks, trying new things, that’s all part of the plan too.

I thought of Fr. Ron’s homily when I read an email Mrs. Patterson sent to parents this week. Mrs. Patterson copied me on an informative message to parents, a sort of “keep-you-in-the-loop” note. What specifically caught my attention was the recommendation to encourage students to approach their teachers should they have “any concerns or issues so we can try to tackle them together.” I thought to myself, “Ding, ding, ding! What a great idea, especially at this time of the school year.” The same email ended with this statement; “I know this can be tricky at times, but I encourage you to help them practice writing the e-mail or practice starting the conversation in order to learn how to speak and interact with adults in their lives.” I could not agree more. 

Middle school students face so many difficult situations for the very first time. I’m certain most students would agree that approaching an adult in the school setting ranks pretty high on the difficulty scale. Need I mention that, on any given day (for which there is no formula, pattern or warning) middle school students could classify just being as a difficult situation?

The way I see it, is that this is all part of God’s plan. Even the difficulties of middle school. And the timing (adolescence) is perfect. Students should be encouraged to seek ans​​wers, to try new things, to start over, to fend for themselves. That’s how they come to find their true gifts, which in turn, may open their eyes to their passions in life. This may seem too “far off” for you – “out there” but, I argue, if we don’t assist as our children begin experiencing the world on their own here, in this protected, faith-based environment, then when should we do so? Should we wait until they are in high school, college? Please, don’t make me think about college so soon!

Jill Mistretta

Upcoming Dates
26 Late Start students arrive after 9:15 a.m.; all classes meet 9:35 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. – DRESS DOWN due to 90% raffle ticket sales
29 End of Phase 1
30 Make it Matter Day – EARLY DISMISSAL at 12 noon
Uniform Pants
Any pants and shorts MUST BE from Dennis uniform. Several students are out of uniform without Dennis uniform pants on. Students will be sent home next week if they are not wearing Dennis brand pants or shorts.
Morning drop-off
Morning Drop-Off is in the circle or the main parking lot ONLY. Drop offs may not occur next to the Grimaldi or the Middle Division doors. The parking lots beyond the gates are for staff and bus use only, as indicated on the signs.

Food. . .Dancing. . . FUN!!
Oktoberfest is just around the corner.  It will be a fantastic event that you will not want to miss!  Please don't forget to respond by Tuesday, September 27, 2016.  Checks and cash are accepted.  Remember tickets are not distributed for this event. You simply check in the night of the event. If you have a question regarding Oktoberfest, please email Klaire Verbeke at Verbeke6115@att.net.

Audition and Parent Info for the MD's Musical: Peter Pan
Do you like pirates, alligators and don't feel like growing up? Great! You will fit right in! 

It is time once again audition time for our musical! No theatre experience is needed to join us and have fun on stage. Auditions are open to grades 6-8. Parents, please read the MD Drama Info Letter for all show dates, practice times and other important participation information. There will be sign-up sheets in the office for auditions and kids interested in stage crew. Audition materials will be posted on the theatre website soon. Have questions? Email Jenn Beaudoin at thewormwife@gmail.com. More information may be found HERE.

Important Dates:
Tuesday, 10/4, Audition Workshop (NOT REQUIRED) 3-4pm, Cafe
Wednesday, 10/5, Parent Meeting, 7pm, Media Center
Monday, 10/10, AUDITIONS, 3:15-6pm, Cafe
Tuesday, 10/11, AUDITION CALL BACKS, 3:15-5:30pm, Cafe
Wednesday, 10/19, First Practice, 12:30-2:30pm

Irish Bookstore
The Irish bookstore is open from 7:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. most school days. If you are interested in looking online at the store please go to www.ndpma.org/bookstore. You can take a look to see what the store carries for spirit wear. In addition, the store always has poster board, pencils, pens, notebooks, and basic school supplies for those last minute project emergencies.

Saturday, October 8 at 9 a.m.
Brought to you by the Notre Dame Alumni Association

The Notre Dame Alumni Association (NDAA) is excited for Homecoming weekend activities to continue on Saturday morning with the Notre Dame Fun Run.  This 5k run/walk will take place on the beautiful campus of NDPMA.  Pre-registration is available at www.ndpma.org/nd5k  as well as walk up registration on Saturday morning.  Cost is $20 per person and kids under age 10 are free.  Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the event will begin at 9 a.m.  We hope you will join us for this community wide event!

NJFL and Debate Showcase Next Wednesday (9/28)
Students interested in learning more about the National Junior Forensic League (for competitive public speaking and drama) and a sampler of several styles of debate competition are welcome to attend next week's Debate Showcase from 3:00 to 6:00 on Wednesday, September 28th.  The event will begin with a recognition of NDMA students who earned advanced honors last year, then continue with a sample of Congressional, Lincoln-Douglas, and Public Forum debate rounds.  Whether interested or just curious, all are welcome.  If you have questions, please contact Mrs. Schmidt at lschmidt@ndpma.org.

Did you know that Parents have access to Haiku (PowerSchool) Learning? Send an email toITSupport@ndpma.org the NDPMA IT Staff will provide you with credentials! Learn more about the Parent Portal, click here.

Parent Bible Study
Please join us for this year’s Parent Bible Study “Follow Me – Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John.”  Come experience the joy of encountering Christ!  We will meet in the NDPMA chapel located next to the school cafeteria.  Our first meeting will be Monday, October 3rd starting at 8:30 a.m. and ending at 10:00 a.m. Dates for the remaining meetings are October 17th, November 7th, December 5th, January 9th and 23rd, February 6th, March 6th and 20th. The cost for the bible study is $20.00. Please make checks payable to NDPMA.  For questions contact Mary Watson at mwatson@ndpma.org.  To register please click on the following link:  https://goo.gl/forms/1lBF9WJ1MWURyX1N2

Please stop by the newly renovated St. Peter Chanel Media Center! On our website, www.ndpma.org/media-center/, students can access our premium databases, ebooks, and Inter-Library loan through the Michigan Electronic Library's MelCat services.  Now you can borrow a book from Iron Mountain in the Upper Peninsula with the click of the mouse!  Find resources for completing research papers, citing sources and test preparation.

NDPMA Open House on Sunday, November 6th
The NDPMA Open House will take place on Sunday, November 6th. Please be sure to note that Notre Dame will be in school on Monday, 11/7, the day after Open House. The school will take a day off the following Monday, 11/14.

In need of a tutor for your student?
If your student is interested in a high school student tutor, please send Mrs. Yauch, jyauch@ndpma.org, an email with the following information:

  • Middle Division Student’s Name
  • Subject 
  • Days available (Tutoring typically takes place after school for approximately 1 hour)

NDP Dance Clinc
"You Can't Stop the Beat!" With 'Hairspray as the theme, students in grades K-8 will take lessons from the Notre Dame varsity dance team and coach. They will learn a routine, work on technique, play dance games and perform at a Friday night football game (October 21st v.s. Seaholm)! T-shirt for performance and snack during day clinic will be provided. Dinner will be served on performance night – please arrive at 5 p.m. for 7 p.m. game. Click here for more information. Click here to register.

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.

26 Late Start students arrive after 9:15 a.m.; all classes meet 9:35 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
29 End of Phase 1
30 Make it Matter Day – EARLY DISMISSAL at 12 noon

1 Oktoberfest – Parents only – invitation sent in the mail
5 Gold Block Day – Odd Hour Classes
6 Green Block Day – Even Hour Classes
13 Adoration Service – DRESS UNIFORM
13 Picture Retake Day
13 Early dismissal at 2p.m.; Parent/Teacher Conferences 5-8:30 p.m.
14 No School; Parent Teacher Conferences 8-11 a.m.
18 Gold Block Day – Odd Hour Classes
20 Green Block Day – Even Hour Classes
21 7/8th Grade Blarney Battle 6-7 p.m.
25 6th Grade Grandparent Day Mass/Brunch 8:30-11:30 a.m.
25 Middle Division Athletic Banquet Fall Sports
28 Middle Division Dance (3-5 p.m.; Cafetorium)

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Amy McLeod (amcleod@ndpma.org)
Administrative Assistant
Notre Dame Marist Academy
1300 Giddings Road
Pontiac, Michigan   48340

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Notre Dame 5K Fun Run - Saturday, October 8, 2016 - Register today!