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Notre Dame Marist – Middle Division – News & Notes

Friday, October 21, 2016

md_newsDear Fighting Irish Families –

We are just about through another eventful week of middle school.

On behalf of all the middle division students, I'd like to thank our generous Parents Club for providing (and preparing, bagging, and delivering) healthy snacks during the testing break-time on Wednesday. There were many thank-you's and smiles shared in exchange for those snacks.

Sadly, I believe we experienced the last of the warm, warm weather days. We do, however, continue to send students outside for intramurals (half of the lunch period) until it gets a bit colder. We remind students to bring a light jacket or sweatshirt with them to lunch to wear outside. Is anyone surprised to hear that, if asked, numerous students will often say, "I don't need one."?  

Shhhh, I'm not trying to rat anyone out, I'm simply acting as the "mom-messenger." Those who kick around soccer balls, or play touch-football truly are hot and steaming when they return from intramurals and really do not need a jacket. Some, on the other hand, would rather stand and talk or casually walk with their friends around the athletic field. They would be more comfortable wearing a light jacket or quarter-zip. Once it is a bit colder, intramurals will move inside – to the Grimaldi Athletic Center. No jacket will be needed when that time comes. And that's all the thinking I'm going to do about that time for now.  

After a quick conversation last week at Parent/Teacher conferences, one of our parents sent me the link to an excellent 15-minute TED Talk. I'm grateful for this sense of "partnership" in education that exists in our NDPMA community. I could hardly wait until today to recommend the TED TAlk to all of you. I hope your reaction is similar to mine and then you will want to share it with your friends and your friend's friends.

Do you ever feel like you, or someone you know, is performing like a handler at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show? Lol, follow the link for clarification.

Have a safe weekend,

Jill M. Mistretta
Principal, Notre Dame Marist Academy – Middle Division

Halloween Dance
On Friday, October 28th from 3-5 p.m. the Middle Division is having a Halloween Dance in the cafeteria. Admission is $3 cash, payable at the door. Concessions with pizza, pop, and candy will be available. Students will need  additional money if they would like to purchase concessions. The dress code for Friday during school and the dance is: jeans or sweats; dark or Halloween themed shirt (orange, purple, black); Tennis shoes/close-toed shoes; no yoga pants or pants with holes.

Halloween Attire on Monday, October 31st
Students in the Middle Division are encouraged to dress up in appropriate, safe costumes.  Students must avoid weapons, clown costumes, pretend blood, and anything inappropriate for our Catholic school.  Girls with "short" costumes must wear leggings or tights underneath.  A costume contest will be held in the cafeteria at lunch.  Masks may be worn at lunch for the parade.  Any questions please ask Mr. Jezdimir, bjezdimir@ndpma.org.

Student's cafeteria Accounts
Please take a minute this weekend to check your student's cafeteria account balance online at MySchoolAccount.com. Several students have low or negative balances. You may replenish online or send in a check payable to "NDPMA" with your student to give to the cashier in the cafeteria.

​8th Grade Retreat – Host Families Needed
On November 10th, volunteers from NET Ministries will be visiting Marist Academy again this year to lead the 8th grade class on retreat.  The volunteers are young adults who are giving a year of service to Catholic communities across the country.  The design of NET Ministries is to have these young adults model their faith to young people by staying with families in our community.  For reference, last year Mr. McGreevy and Ms. Pittell hosted these volunteers in their homes the night prior to the retreat.

We are hoping to have a few Notre Dame Marist families be a host family on Wednesday, November 9th.  You will provide a place to sleep and dinner to the young adult(s) that you are willing to host. **FYI, you do not need to host all 12 volunteers.  Even if you only want to host 2-3, that is great!

Please see the attached document with a picture of the NET team and their names and hometowns. If you want further information regarding NET Ministries, feel free to click here to visit their website.

Please contact ​Amy McLeod in the Middle Division Office if you are interested in being a host family for this wonderful ministry.  Your support is greatly appreciated!

Year End Trips
There are 2 spots remaining on the 8th Grade Washington DC trip and 12 spots available on the 6/7th grade Ohio trip. The link to register was re-activated and you may register your student now if you haven’t already. Please click HERE. If you did register and did not submit your deposit, please do so now.

NDPMA Open House on Sunday, November 6th
The NDPMA Open House will take place on Sunday, November 6th. 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.

OK2SAY – Michigan Cyber Safety Initiative Presentation
The Michigan Attorney General’s office will be conducting presentations on student safety featuring the Michigan CyberSafety Initiative (CSI) and the student safety hotline, OK2SAY.  The presentation will be given for Notre Dame Marist Academy 6th grade and new 7th/8th grade students on November 2nd.  A one-hour seminar for adults has been scheduled for November 18, 2016 at 9:15 am in the Board Room.

The community seminar provides practical tools including Internet safety tips and how to: 1) access the Michigan Sex Offender Registry; 2) understand the impact of digital footprints; 3) realize the risk of sharing photos with embedded location information; 4) identify the possible privacy risks of different apps; 5) recognize the potential dangers and legal ramification of sexting; and 6) identify cyberbully warning signs and develop a plan of action. This presentation will also cover what the students saw in their respective presentations, as well as what OK2SAY is, and how it works. 

This presentation is open to all NDPMA families.  Due to limited seating we would ask that you kindly RSVP to Jessica Yauch (jyauch@ndpma.org) by November 14th.

Reminder, November 18th is a late start day.  Drop your students off and join us for an informative presentation by the dynamic Donald Ferguson.  

Make It Matter Day
Make It Matter Day made both the National and International Society of Mary bulletins.  Please see HERE and HERE.


  • 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.
  • Cold weather is coming and with that comes illness, vacations and missing school.  If your child is missing school for any reason, please let us know.  Your child should inform his/her teachers to find out assignments missed.  Parents make sure you either call or email the office.   
  • While there are adults in and around the school after school hours, students who remain in the building are NOT "supervised."  Some NDPMA students have been seen walking to the Lower Division and/or further off campus.  Make a point to discuss your family's rules about leaving campus with your student.

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)

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.

25 6th Grade Grandparent Day Mass/Brunch 8:30-11:30 a.m. (if registered)
25 Middle Division Athletic Banquet Fall Sports
28 Middle Division Dance (3-5; Cafetorium)

1 Liturgy JK-12 – DRESS UNIFORM
2 Gold Block Day – Odd Hour Classes
3 Green Block Day – Even Hour Classes
4 End Phase 2
6 NDPMA OPEN HOUSE 1:00-4:00 p.m.; please invite other families looking for a great Catholic education (JK-12)
7 Regular School Day
9 7th Grade Vision Screening
9 Winter Sports Parent Meeting 7 pm
10 8th Grade Retreat
16 Gold Block Day – Odd Hour Classes
17 Green Block Day – Even Hour Classes
18 Late Start 9:35 a.m.
22 Liturgy JK-12 – DRESS UNIFORM
23 NO SCHOOL – Incentive Raffle Day Off

5 Gold Block Day – Odd Hour Classes
6 Green Block Day – Even Hour Classes
7 Band Concert
8 Liturgy JK-12 – DRESS UNIFORM
12 Choir Concert at Avondale – DATE & Location Change
15 1st & 2nd Hour Exams – School 8am – 11:15am
16 3rd & 4th Hour Exams – School 8am – 11:15am
19 5th & 6th Hour Exams – School 8am – 11:15am
20 7th & 8th Hour Exams – School 8am – 11:15am
20 End Phase 3

MD News & Notes 2016-2017 Archive

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

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