Notre Dame Marist – Middle School – News & Notes

Friday, April 17, 2019

Upcoming Dates
18          End Phase V/ Holy Thursday NO SCHOOL
19-28     Easter Break
29          Regular School Day
30          Coffee with Jezdimir / JK-12 Liturgy / 2019-20 Middle Division Orientation (new incoming students)
1          Spring Uniform Begins
3          Band Concert / Spring Play IN SCHOOL
7          No Homework Assigned Day 7th grade ONLY / MD Only Liturgy Crowning / NJHS Induction
8          8th Grade Retreat (1/2 students)
9          8th Grade Retreat (1/2 students) / Spring Play
10        7/8 Grade Party – invitation here
11        Honors Math Placement Testing
14        Art Night
17        8th Grade Last full day / Yearbook Signing & Distribution
20        8th Grade 1st & 2nd Hour Exams
21        8th Grade 3rd & 4th Hour Exams
22        No Homework Day / 8th Grade 5th & 6th Hour Exams / 6/7 Grade Liturgy / Spring Sports Banquet
23        8th Grade 7th & 8th Hour Exams / 8th Grade Grad Practice / Choir Concert
24-27   No School Memorial Day Holiday
28         NO Homework Day / 8th Grade Graduation
29- 6/1  8th Grade Class Trip
30 – 31 6/7 Grade Class Trip
3          NDPMA 23rd Annual Golf Outing
5          6/7 Grade last full day of school
6          6/7 Grade 1st & 2nd Hour Exams 8 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
7          6/7 Grade 3rd & 4th Hour Exams 8 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. / Used uniform sale drop off
10        Used Uniform Sale / 6/7 Grade 5th & 6th Hour Exams 8 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
11        Used Uniform Sale / 6/7 Grade 7th & 8th Hour Exams 8 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Head of School Blog
Two blog articles have been posted recently on the head of school blog.  The first, titled “academic philosophy”, talks about how to view the college selection process and the second “who to call” lays out the chain-of-command protocol for families. Both can be read at:

Uniform Pants
Are your kids uniform pants getting too tight? Too short?  Too stained?  Too many tears? Most of our students are blessed with a few new pairs when this happens.  This is not the case at Rogers Elementary, one of our neighboring Pontiac elementary schools.  The kids at Rogers get, maybe, a couple pairs to last the entire school year. Again this year, we are asking Marist families to consider donating to Rogers the uniform pants/shorts their kids outgrow.

If you would like to donate, please bring any pants or shorts to Mrs. McLeod in the Marist office.  A Marist parent will deliver them to Rogers.

2019-2020 8th Grade trip to Washington DC
Next year the 8th grade trip Washington DC will take place October 22-25th. To find out more information please go to the year end trip page – the 2019-2020 section.

Technology Showcase
Notre Dame Preparatory and Marist Academy is hosting our first ever Student Technology Showcase Event.  We invite you to come see how students are enhancing their learning in the classroom and throughout our school using technology.

Lunch Accounts
Please make a note to deposit money into your student's lunch account. Many students are negative or very close to being negative. 
Payment – either Online or in School
The Online Payment solution gives parents and schools the ability to manage their students’ lunch accounts, make secure deposits, pre-order meals and more! 
Click here to visit
If you would like to make a deposit in school, please have your student bring a check payable to "NDPMA" to the lunch line – ONLY.  Payments are not accepted in the offices, only in the lunch line.

Parent Club
The 2019/2020 Parent Club Volunteer Signups are on track to be released on May 1st.   You will be receiving an email from Notre Dame in the very near future that will detail how to prepare for the May 1st signup releases.In the meantime:

  1. You are invited to login to the system and get familiar with the OnVolunteers website.   If you have trouble logging in, please see item #3 below.  If you are still having trouble, please send me an email and I will address/resolve your issue before the signups are unlocked.  This will ensure you are ready to sign up as soon as the schedule opens on May 1stPlease note:  You will not be able to see any 2019/2020 volunteers’ tasks prior to May 1st.
  2. You are invited to browse the 2019/2020 Volunteer Catalog:  If you see an “OPEN” coordinator position that you are interested in, please contact me @ and I will sign you up early.  Great way to beat the rush!
  3. Please visit our new OnVolunteers – Tips & Guidelines:

Summer Camps
Academic Summer Camp registration is now open,

Athletic Summer Camp registration is now open,

Used Uniform Sale
Need "new" uniforms for next year or want to sell "old" uniforms? We have the perfect solution for you, the NDPMA Used Uniform Sale. This year the sale and drop off will take place in the LOWER DIVISION ASSEMBLY HALL. Details on drop off times and sale times may be found on the flyer here.

FIRST Robotics State Championship
The Killer Bees are competing in the FIRST Robotics State Championship starting Thursday and ending Saturday afternoon at SVSU. If you would like to watch the webcast, please check it out:

23rd Annual Golf Outing
Enjoy 18 holes at Pine Knob Golf Club 80’s style! Monday, June 3, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner provided. Join us for an 18-hole scramble 80’s style! Information on the golf outing may be found here

Yard Signs
Don’t forget to pick up a complimentary “Proud to Be Part of the Notre Dame Family” lawn sign at the main entrance of both campuses. Planting a sign in your front yard will help you show your Notre Dame pride while promoting our school in your neighborhood. 

Spring Sport Volunteer Hours
Have you signed up for your Booster hours for your students' spring sport? Please take a look at the open Spring Volunteer Positions. NDPMA Volunteer Signup.

Summer Bowling Leagues
Interested in a summer bowling league? Classic Lanes has a summer bowling league for grades 5 and above. Click here to read the flyer. Any friend can participate with your bowler, does not have to be Notre Dame kids. Please let Coach Yanik know if you have any questions,

Book Talk for MD Students
On May 1st & 2nd, the Media Center is hosting a MD Book Talk during lunch for students. Students are invitied to bring their lunch and share with others about a book they have read or are reading. There are LOADS of books available in the NDPMA library for students to read. Please come join the conversation. Students must register at to attend.

Make sure you frequently check out the home page of the school's website ( There are fresh news items about NDPMA posted nearly every day.

Looking for the latest in school news, athletic scores, alumni goings-on, etc.? Then click here ( and sign up!
To access the NDPMA Facebook or Twitter sites from the main school website, click on the small logos in the upper right-hand corner of any page.
Using these three online resources, we will share timely news, resources and information relative to our school and post critical updates pertinent to our world of advanced academics, science, language, mathematics, the arts, athletics and much more.
Get the latest news and updates on your cell phone, too! It's simple. Just text the words "follow NDPMA" (without the quotation marks) to phone number: 40404. Stopping tweets on your phone from NDPMA is just as easy. Simply text the words "off NDPMA" to 40404 and you will not receive tweets from NDPMA.

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.

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 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 a.m..  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.

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.

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