Notre Dame Marist – Middle Division – News & Notes

md_hallwayWednesday, July 20, 2016

Hello NDPMA Families 🙂

There are only 33 more days until August 23rd our first full day of school for all students! August 22nd is our start day for 6th grade and all students new to NDPMA.  If you are a parent like me who needs to know all the school year dates, please look to the right and click on CALENDAR. The dates that we know of now, are up and entered into the calendar. 

Summer Camps
If your student is new to NDPMA and is anxious about meeting and making friends, please consider signing him/her up for one of our summer camps.  Summer camps are a GREAT way for students to meet one another.  Or if you are looking for your child to have some fun and adventure, we have SEVERAL camps available.  Go here for a complete list.

School Supplies for 2016-2017
Look right and click on the Summer & Supplies link for needed supplies for your student's grade.  Once again Clarkston Paper will have items available for purchase with complimentary delivery your student’s locker on their website. Side note – I highly recommend – walking the aisles at the store gathering everything was a pain last year 🙂 All supplies are needed by either Monday, August 22nd (new 7th and 8th graders and all 6th graders), or by Tuesday, August 23rd (First day of school for all returning students).

Summer Reading Lists
Again look right and click on the Summer & Supplies link for the mandatory Summer Reading list for your student's grade.  Questions on the reading lists should be directed to the Language teacher directly.

School Uniforms
Our school uniform policy on the right in the Student Handbook.  Our school uniforms can be purchased directly from Dennis Uniform.  Shop online at or visit their store in Auburn Hills.   Any items that you do buy, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE label with your student's name.  Label everything right down to shoes.  You can't believe how stocked our Lost and Found becomes.  When items are labeled – owners are found quickly. Again click on Summer & Supplies for a link to the Dennis Uniform handbook.

On the Summer & Supplies link, there is a link to acceptable shoes in the Middle Division. There are MANY choices available and may be purchased anywhere you can find the shoes. They do NOT sell the shoes at Dennis Uniform.

Summer Language 

Incoming 6th Grade Students: During your student's 6th grade year, they will have one semester of Spanish and one semester of Chinese.  We assume they are starting without a background in the language.  If your child has some Spanish background, he/she could use the site to help stop summer backslide.  There is NOTHING mandatory for 6th grade students.

Incoming 7th & 8th Grade Students:  Research and experience demonstrate that ongoing use and practice of a language is the best way to facilitate the basic skills.  As a result, the NDPMA Modern Language Department has implemented a mandatory summer on-line program as part of our Spanish and Mandarin curriculum.  This is a wonderful opportunity to maintain and even improve language skills over the summer, and should make the transition back into the Spanish or Mandarin classroom much smoother and easier in the fall.  Please click on the Summer & Supplies link for Spanish and Chinese summer work.  Any questions, PLEASE email the instructors stated.

Health Appraisals
All incoming 6th grade, and new 7th & 8th grade students must have a state health appraisal form completed with current immunizations by the first day of school in August. Each of these students received the form in their orientation folder. If your student is playing sports at NDPMA, your student must also have a Sports Physical Form turned into the Athletic department by August 1, 2016. All health forms must be dated AFTER April 15, 2016.

Middle Division Robotics Team
The middle school robotics teams for next school year are forming now.   If your child is interested in being on the robotics team, or if you would just like to get more information, then follow this link to get started:

Cross Country
If you have a student interested in running on the Marist team, one of our Humanities teachers, Ms. Guest, is the coach.  Please email her at and she will place you on her email distribution.

Summer Hours
In June, the Middle Division office will be open 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.  July 1 through July 29, the office will be open Tuesday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. August 1-12, the office will be open Monday through Friday, 8:00-3:00 PM. Normal school office hours of 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.  will begin on August 15th. Confused??!! Bottom line, please leave a message on the voicemail or email me at with any questions or concerns.

2016-17 Parents Club Volunteer Sign-Up Deadline: June 15th
All 2016-17 Registered Families should have received an email with a link to the all new 2016-17 Volunteer Sign-Up.  A link to the form can be found here or on the Parents Club page of the website. Although positions are filling up fast, there are still plenty of spots available if you haven’t signed-up yet. All families who are not signed up for either one full-time or two part-time positions by June 15th will be charged at a rate of $35/hour for a total of $350 on their August statement. Please direct questions to

A favorite of students, the Math Conditioning Camp is running this summer from 8/8 to 8/12.  Get ready to fracture fractions, decimate decimals, pulverize proportions, vaporize variables, exterminate exponents, and eliminate equations and inequalities!  One week of calculator calisthenics will have students ready for a winning math season. Don’t miss your chance to use math for fun!  Check the website or contact Mrs. Caroline Morgan at for additional information.

A new camp is running this summer and is sure to be very popular: Introduction to Material Science from 8/1 to 8/5.  Material Science content is extremely important to students looking to student science and engineering in college.  Through fun class demos, activities and presentations, students will learn the basic classes of materials (metals, ceramics, polymers, composites) and how they differ from one another, considering concepts such as stress, strain, ductile, brittle, deformation and fracture.  Practical examples will help students understand how each material is applied.   Check the website or contact Mrs. Caroline Morgan at for additional information.

Hockey Summer Camp
For the first time Notre Dame Hockey is offering a summer camp for middle school students. This camp is open to players entering grades 5-8 and will be run by the Notre Dame Prep coaching staff and players. Skates are July 18-21 at the Troy Sports Center from 6:30-7:30. Full hockey equipment is required. Please feel free to contact Coach Crouse with any questions – To sign up please visit the link below:

WHO: Students Entering grades 5-8
WHEN: July 18-21 from  6:30-7:30 PM
LOCATION: Troy Sports Center (1819 Big Beaver, Troy, MI 48083)
COST: $100 per participant

NDP Hockey – Middle School Camp 2016

Fall Football
You may know me, Brandon Jezdimir, as the vice principal at the Middle Division, however today, I am writing you as the coach of the NDMA varsity (7th/8th grade) football team. I hope I can interest your son in joining our Fighting Irish family on the gridiron this fall.

I have coached football at various levels and also played the sport during my youth. This is my fourth year as part of the NDMA football program and I am really looking forward to getting back to it and working to mold these boys into fine young men.

My coaching priorities:

1.       Live and impart the school mission.
2.       Foster positive and meaningful relationships amongst teammates and coaching staff.
3.       Emphasize fundamentals and hard work.
4.       Have fun!

My highest expectation is for every boy on the team to join me in demonstrating the school mission in the classroom, through the hallways, and on the field of play for both practices and games.

If your son is interested in football or you have any questions, please feel free to email me at

The NDPMA World Language Department is looking for a maximum of four families to host the native speaking Spanish Intern Teacher in 2016-2017 school year.   You offer:  a private bedroom / shared bath; meals; transportation to and from school; and companionship.  In return, the family learns about Spanish culture and the student receives one-on-one help with the language.  Moreover, this service to the NDP community qualifies for the ten required Parent Commitment hours!

Find out more about this exciting opportunity by emailing Joanne Liu, NDP coordinator of Amity Institute Intern Teachers. (Email:

Notre Dame Preparatory School has partnered with an educational service company, gphomestay, 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 Notre Dame FundPlease make your annual contribution before June 30

June 30 is the final day of The Notre Dame Fund for this school year. We ask all of our families to make one, tax deductible contribution to the fund each school year.  The fund, and each of the "ways," provide funds essential to the operation and health of the school.  As before, donors are welcome to choose a "way" of make a gift to "where Notre Dame needs it most."  For more information or to make a donation, click here:

Parents and current students are reminded that your help is appreciated in letting your friends and neighbors know that NDPMA is a great place for an outstanding Catholic education (JK-12).  If you know anyone considering the education of their children please put them in touch with our Admissions Office.

If you have selected an organization for your Kroger community rewards, you need to re-enroll every April with Kroger. Please visit Kroger's website at and register your Kroger Plus card and select Notre Dame Prep (82816) 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! 

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.

Want to make an everlasting impression with NDP.  Give a lasting gift to your child, grandparents, parents or a friend.  Honor a special coach, teacher or team.  You can do this any unique way you wish by purchasing a personalized brick paver from the NDPMA Booster Club.  Prices are $100 for a 4 in. x 8 in. brick and $150 for an 8 in. x 8 in. brick.  For more information, contact John Wood at  Forms are available on our website at:

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

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