Notre Dame Marist – Middle Division – News & Notes

Friday, October 19, 2018

Upcoming Dates

Oct 18           Early Dismissal NOON / Grandparent Mass JK-6 & 9th grades / Parent/Teacher Conferences 5 – 8:30pm
Oct 19           NO SCHOOL / MD Parent/Teacher Conferences 8 – 11am
Oct 22           Parent Come to Lunch / MD No Homework Assigned Day / In School Praise & Worship Service / MD Fall Sports Banquet 5:45 – 8pm
Oct 23           Lowering the Cost of College 6-8 p.m.
Oct 26           MD Dance 3 – 5pm
Oct 29           MD Guest Speaker Don Ferguson for new students 7:30 – 9am
Oct 31           Early Dismissal NOON
Nov 1            Coffee with Jezdimir with guest speaker Don Ferguson / JK-12 Liturgy
Nov 4            School Open House 1 – 4pm
Nov 7            Winter Sports Parent Meeting 7 – 8pm
Nov 9 & 12    No School
Nov 16           Late Start / MD No Homework-8th Grade ONLY
Nov 20           Coffee with Jezdimir / JK-12 Liturgy
Nov 21           NO SCHOOL – Incentive Day off
Nov 22-25      No School – Thanksgiving Holiday
Nov 30           MD Only Liturgy, parents invited to attend / MD No Homework-8th Grade ONLY

Parent/Teacher Conferences: 10/18 5-8:30 p.m. & 10/19 8-11 a.m.
Parent/Teacher conferences are a great place for two way communication about your student.  Please have your questions ready for each teacher.  We hold conferences in the cafetorium and appointments times are not scheduled.  We respectfully request that students not attend conferences and that a five-minute rule with each teacher is adhered to. Also, please be courteous at the end of your conference. If your teacher-conference ends later than 8:15 PM/10:45 AM, please do not join another teacher’s conference area. If you are unable to meet with one of your son/daughter’s teachers, please email that teacher, and he or she will set up a separate conference.   The staff appreciates your support in your child’s education and hopes you find these conferences beneficial.

Family Praise and Worship Adoration Prayer Service
MD parents are welcome to join their student for lunch on Monday, October 22nd. Lunch is from 10:30-11:05 and then there is a Praise and Worship service following at 11:10-11:45am. If you are unable to attend on Monday, all NDPMA families are invited to attend our student led Praise and Worship Adoration Prayer service on Sunday Oct 21 from 7-8pm in the Main Gym. Families of all ages are welcome to join us on Sunday evening.

Looking for Coaches
NDPMA is looking for Marist (7th and 8th grades) boys basketball and bowling coaches for this season. If you are interested, or know of someone, please email Maureen Radulski at

Congratulations to the 2018-2019 Student Council
President – Julia Housey
Vice President – Beck Silver
Treasurer – Kerrentin Murphy
Secretary – Teegan McLeod 

8th Grade Representatives – Mia Daher, Madison Fraser, Aaron Palardy, Jackson Plas, Lilly Urban

7th Grade Representatives – Alaina Byrne, Alexis Carlisle, Aidan Cusac, Romy Dybowski, Matthew Housey, Katie Leuchtmann, Grace Simon

6th Grade Representatives – Haleigh Campbell, Eric Davis, Paolo Fergoli, Sehaj Gill, Reagan Plas

Lowering the Cost of College – Tuesday, October 23
Finding the right college isn't easy. Figuring out how to pay for college is even harder. And with the cost of college increasing by more than twice that of average incomes on a yearly basis, it's critical to find ways to go "Beyond the 529" when paying for college. Join us where we will show you 5 FREE strategies to position your student to get into the schools they want at the lowest price possible. Click here for more information.

Winter Sports
Boys and girls Marist basketball will begin the week of Oct 29. Bowling – please see next blurb smiley

You DO NOT need to know how to bowl. We will teach you the fundamentals. Teams are co-ed. The first meet is in the first week of January and and meets continue through mid-March. The first practice starts right after Thanksgiving. We plan on having 2 practices a week (with the high schoolers) after school from 3:45-5:00 at Classic Lanes. Meets are on Saturday mornings, the meet location is TBD.

Want to bowl and be in the musical? Not a problem! Mrs. Scott will work with the bowling schedule.

If you still have questions or are interested in coaching, please email Sheri Yanik at

Counseling Newsletter (Middle Years Newsletter)​
Please click here to read the October issue of the Counseling Newsletter.

Year End Trips
At the end of the school year, students have the opportunity to travel to Chicago in 6/7th grades or Washington D.C. in 8th grade. For more information please look in the yellow menu bar for year-end trips or click here.

Tennis Program
Boys & girls grades 3-6 are invited to try tennis for free. Sessions are instructed by NDP boys & girls head tennis coach, Pete Riley. This program is offered Tuesday's and Thursday's from October 23 to November 15  3:15-4:30pm at the outdoor tennis courts (across from the NDP main parking lot). All sessions are weather dependent. Some tennis racket's are available to borrow. Please notify Coach Riley at if your child would like to borrow one. Register at:

Register for NDP Intramurals! Boys & girls grades K-6 are invited to register for basketball, volleyball and/or baseball. Details can be found at:

Academic Study Hall
Academic Study Hall begins this week.   If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mrs. Yauch or Mrs. Patterson.  

What is the purpose of Study Hall?
To provide students an opportunity to improve low grades(below 69%). To encourage students to complete missing assignments.  To provide a productive study environment during the lunch period.

Why am I on the Study Hall list?
Students on the Mandated (Academic) Study Hall list have a grade below 69%, or have multiple missing assignments as reported by a teacher.

How do I get off the Study Hall list?
When students have completed and submitted the assignment(s), they will complete the orange “Study Hall Form” supplied by the study hall monitor. The student must fill out the form, have the selected teacher verify (sign or initial) that the assignment has been completed, and turn the completed “Study Hall Verification Form” into Mrs. Yauch.

How do I report to Study Hall?
6th Grade–>
Students are expected to report directly to Study Hall (D6). They may leave to go to the cafeteria at 11:10 on White days and 10:50 on block days.  On other alternative schedule days, they will report to Study Hall for 20 minutes and then be dismissed.
7th/ 8th Grade —>Students must report to Study Hall (D12) no later than 11:00 on White days and 10:40 on block days. This will allow time for them to purchase lunch.

Can I leave when I finish my assignment?
All 7th and 8th grade students must remain in study hall for the entire lunch period, even if they finish and submit the assignments. It would be beneficial to bring a book to read or other study materials.

What happens if I do not show up for Study Hall?
Students that do not show up for Mandated (Academic) Study Hall
1st time- Student warning (email notification)
2nd time- After School Study Hall (Referral from office)
3rd time- Saturday Study Hall

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.

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.

Have you signed up for your Parents' Club volunteer hours yet?
1.     Take a moment and review all the activities in the Volunteer Catalog  and identify where your time and talents would be best utilized.
2.     This year we are using OnVolunteers.   Here is the link for the signups:

Each family is required to complete the equivalent of 10 hours of volunteer service per school year. Positions will be marked as FULL-TIME (10 hours equivalent) and PART-TIME (5 hours equivalent). You may choose one FULL-TIME position or two PART-TIME positions to fulfill your yearly commitment. Open Chair positions are also available and will fulfill your commitment.   

If you have any questions, please visit FAQs or feel free to contact Becky Ricci, Parents Club Volunteer Coordinator, at

Information and Academic Technology
Need Microsoft Office 2016? With our Microsoft Office License Agreement, each student has five licenses of Microsoft Office. One is used on their device, which leaves four to be installed on other devices. The license is associated to their school email address account.  

Use this link to get started, Once at the site, you will land on a set of instructions. Families will need to use their student's login information. You can change it to PC or Mac “step-by-step” for detailed guidance.

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.

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

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