Notre Dame Marist – Middle Division – News & Notes

Friday, February 5, 2016

Upcoming Dates:

  • 2/10 – Ash Wednesday All School Liturgy – DRESS UNIFORM
  • 2/12 – End of Phase 4
  • 2/13-2/21 – Winter Break – NO SCHOOL
  • 2/22 – School Resumes


Your favorite Disney movie comes to life in this version based off the Broadway musical. This will be featuring students from our Middle and Lower Divisions. All ages are encouraged to attend!!

February 5th 7:00 p.m.
February 6th 3:00 p.m. / 7:00 p.m.
@ Lake Orion High School’s Auditorium

Tickets are available online.
$10 Student/Senior
$12 Adults

Mardi Gras
In celebration of Fat Tuesday, the student council will be selling Paczki's for $2.00 each before school and before 3rd hour.  There will be a variety of flavors including Strawberry, Custard, Apple, and Cream.  Come early to get the flavor of your choice!

International Day – Volunteers needed
International Day Event scheduled for May 23, 2016. The event is needing parent volunteers  (5 parents  total) for about 5 hours in the morning  on 5/23/16 to assist the speakers/guests. This volunteer commitment can be used for volunteer hours needed for this year of 2015-2016 or if any parents would just like to volunteer to help on this day. Please contact Martha Wagner at

Current 8th grade band Students
Save the date! The NDP Marching Band Camp is August 1st through the 5th 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. There are lots of fun activities like a water balloon fight and jello eating contests. We even have evening activities. Monday night we will go to CJ Berrymores, Wednesday night is movie night and Friday will be the Big Band Party! For more information, contact Mr. Joe Martin at

Winter Marist Athletes
The winter sports banquet is planned for Tuesday, March 15, at 5:45 in our cafeteria.  All winter CYO sports participants will receive an invitation via email from the athletic department.

CYO Baseball/Softball Rule Announcement
For the 2015-16 season the CYO Executive Board has instituted a rule change that players cannot play baseball or softball in the CYO while competing on a travel team at the same time (similar to the existing rules in volleyball, soccer, and basketball). Players are allowed to practice with travel teams and be on a travel roster while being on a CYO team but cannot participate in any travel games or scrimmages until the CYO season is complete. Once a player participates in a game or scrimmage with another program they become ineligible to play for Marist Academy. The CYO Baseball and Softball season runs from March 7th through (potentially) May 11th.  Select playoff qualifiers only may also get the opportunity to play a 50-minute game at Comerica Park on May 26th. Please keep this in mind when registering your son or daughter for baseball and softball this spring. Any questions, please email Aaron Crouse,

Leave home earlier if there is snow or ice.  Please drive safely for the road conditions.  Our families come from a wide geographic area and there is no way we can know the road conditions in your neighborhood so parents need to make the determination of whether or not it is safe to drive to school.  When it becomes necessary to call off school because of ice or snow we make that determination as early as possible and notify local media and send out notification through School Messenger to phones and other devices.  In the parking lot, please drive slowly and always follow the directions of the security guards who work hard to provide a safe environment for all of us.
Notre Dame Preparatory School has partnered with an educational service company, ghomestay, which facilitates home stays for international students who attend American high schools. Currently there are several international students attending Notre Dame and the school is planning to expand the program during the 2016-2017 academic year.

Host families receive a monthly stipend of $800 to cover any costs that arise with having an extra person in their home and also have access to ongoing support from a local residential coordinators. Interested families are welcome to host a student for one year, but there is also the opportunity of choosing to host again the following year. Additionally, a referral bonus is available from gphomestay for parents who refer other families who are later approved as host families.

If you are interested in becoming a host or just looking for more information, visit gphomestay’s website ( directly and fill out a Host Inquiry Form. You can also contact gphomestay directly at (781)996-0429, or

The NDPMA IT Department is now updating Student Surface devices to Windows 10 by appointment.  This update will be offered through the school year and ideally completed within that time frame.  Students and their family members should not attempt to update these devices on their own.  The IT Team will install all software provided by the school.  However please be aware, any personally installed software will need to be reinstalled by the user or parent.  Students are also responsible for backing up their data including files, videos, music, and photos.  A Windows 10 demo is being planned for January/February.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact IT at

Stylus pens are available for purchase in the bookstore for $30. IT is trying to get a supply of new chargers for sale in the bookstore.  Hopefully, they will be available for purchase soon. If a student has lost their charger in school, have them check with the Marist Office OR the IT Office Lost and Found.  If none were turned in, they will have to get a replacement.  If students damage their charger, they will have to replace it.  Until there is a supply in the Bookstore, parents may order an approved one on Amazon. If a student’s charger is not working, it can be replaced free under warranty.  Usually IT has a stock of chargers for warranty replacement purposes only.

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Are your children safe while online? Michigan families, especially minors, are becoming inundated with advertisements from alcohol, tobacco, pornography and gambling marketers through different internet and cell phone inboxes. Texting their advertisements is the newest marketing effort that many of these companies are using. Thankfully, the State of Michigan offers a free program to stop adult advertisements from reaching e-mails, mobile phones (text messaging ads) and instant messenger IDs. The Michigan Child Protection Registry, like the federal Do Not Call List, is a free do-not-contact service for Michigan's families and schools and can be located at

If you have a child who is not already enrolled at NDPMA but would like to attend next year at any grade level, please contact Dean of Admissions Kathleen Offer at, with your child’s full name, birth date, current school and grade.

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Notre Dame Marist Academy
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Pontiac, Michigan   48340

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