Notre Dame Marist – Middle Division – News & Notes

Friday, October 20, 2017

Pictures of the Week




22  Praise and Worship Family Prayer Service
23  Praise & Worship Service In School
24  NO Homework Assigned Day
24  Fall Sports Banquet
25  Gold Block Day
26  Green Block Day
27  Dance
31  In-School Guest Speaker
31  Late Start


1    Coffee with Jezdimir
1    JK-12 All Saints Liturgy
3    End Phase II
5    NDPMA Open House 1-4pm
6    Regular Day of School
7    MD ONLY Liturgy – Date change was 10/24
8    Gold Block Day
8    Winter Sports Parent Meeting
9    Green Block Day
17  Late Start
18  8th Grade HSPT
21  Coffee with Jezdimir – Guest Speaker Don Ferguson
21  JK-12 Thanksgiving Liturgy
22  NO SCHOOL – Raffle Incentive Day
23-26 – NO SCHOOL Thanksgiving Holiday
28  Gold Block Day
29  Green Block Day


1    NO Homework Assigned Day
2    8th Grade HSPT
5    Parent Diversity Collaborative 6pm
7    In School Band/Choir Concert
7    Hour of Code
7    MD/UD Family Band Concert
8    Coffee with Jezdimir
8    JK-12 Immaculate Conception Liturgy
12  Choir Concert
18  1st & 2nd Hour Exams – school 8-11:15a.m.
19  3rd & 4th Hour Exams – school 8-11:15a.m.
20  5th & 6th Hour Exams – school 8-11:15a.m.
21  7th & 8th Hour Exams – school 8-11:15a.m.
21  End Phase III
22  Make-up Exams (if needed)
23-1/3 – Christmas Vacation – NO SCHOOL

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.  OK2SAY is a student safety initiative available to Michigan students in grades K−12 and enables students to confidentially report potential harm or criminal activities aimed at students, teachers, staff or other school employees. The program is operated through a partnership between the Department of Attorney General, Michigan State Police, state agencies, schools, parents, law enforcement, and community leaders. Anyone can confidentially submit tips 24/7 using the OK2SAY app, online (, texting 652729 (OK2SAY), email (, or by calling 8-555-OK2SAY. Marist Academy Middle Division welcomes Mr. Donald Ferguson back to present to our 6th grade and new 7th/8th grade students on October 31st

A one-hour seminar for adults is scheduled for November 21, 2017 at 7:45 am in the Media Center. The seminar coincides with Mr. Jezdimir’s Coffee with the principal. The community presentation is open to all NDPMA families.  Due to limited seating we would ask that you kindly RSVP to Jessica Yauch ( by November 17th.

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. 

Girls’ Basketball Workouts

Female students wanting to be on the Girls basketball team have the opportunity to workout with Coach Siebert. Workouts are available  in the weight room daily from October 23-27 from 5-6pm.

Halloween Attire on Tuesday, October 31st 

Students in the Middle Division are encouraged to dress up in appropriate, safe costumes.  Students must avoid weapons, 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 Ms. Patterson,


The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program is the United States’ largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service. Created in 1995 by Prudential and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), the program honors middle level and high school students for outstanding service to others at the local, state and national level.

For more information or how to apply, see below or visit  Prudential Spirit of Community Awards  at


To apply for the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards:

  • Complete the application and the student/parent agreement. Deadline: November 7, 2017. 
  • Go to the “Certification” page to email or print out instructions for your certifier. You must deliver these instructions to your certifier by November 7, 2017. Your certifiercan be your school principal or the head of a county 4-H organization, Girl Scout council, American Red Cross chapter, YMCA or Affiliate of Points of Light's HandsOnNetwork. 
  • Your certifier has until November 17, 2017, to review applications online and select Local Honoree(s) from the applicants in your school or organization, and nominate them for state-level judging. 


In the United States, each program year begins in September, when information and application instructions are mailed to all middle-level and high schools in the 50 United States and Washington, D.C., and to these officially designated local organizations: 

Local Honorees are selected at participating schools and organizations in November. From these winners, an independent judging organization – International Scholarship and Tuition Services – names the top volunteers in each state and Washington, D.C. Results are announced in February. 

Ten National Honorees are then chosen by a panel of prominent public figures, and announced in late April at a special ceremony in Washington, D.C

Dennis Uniform Fall Savings Event

Dennis Uniform is offering 15% off all purchases October 19 thru the 21st. Free Shipping on all orders over $25 (not hard to do!!). The sales in online, in-store, and mail order.

Praise and Worship Family Prayer Service

This year we are excited to add a family component to our Praise and Worship Eucharistic Adoration Prayer Service. Each year we offer this service for the Middle and Upper Divisions. It was designed and modeled after the "Awaken" prayer services that travel around to local parishes. The service is an uplifting experience that involves singing of Contemporary Christian Praise and Worship music, reflection, prayer and Eucharistic Adoration. In years past, students have wanted to open it up to families in and around our community and they are glad to have the opportunity to provide that this year.

On Sunday, October 22nd  from 7-8pm our 9th hour choir and Christian In Action Team will host a special prayer service for NDPMA families, friends, alumni and staff to attend. It will be an extension of what will be done in school for our students the following day. We hope you will consider attending and bringing your family and friends to share in this faith experience together.

Winter Sport – Basketball

If your student is interested in playing basketball this winter, please take a moment to fill out this google form for the Athletic Department. Link: Thank you in advance.

K-6th Grade Intramurals

Registration has begun for intramurals at NDPMA. Please go to for all of the information.

Year End Trips

The deposit deadline for the year end trips is here! Click here for the webpage full of information on the trips. Any trip questions, please contact our travel agent David Johns at Any school related questions, please contact Mr. Jezdimir at Currently, there will not be school for students not attending their grade’s year end trip.

Information Technology

Did you know that Parents have access to PowerSchool (Haiku) Learning? Watch this video tutorial: Contact NDPMA IT for technical support via email at, we can help you get access!

Teacher Office Hours

Beginning Monday, October 9th the Middle Division teachers will have lunch time "office hours.” These hours are intended to be a time that teachers will be in their classroom during lunch to provide extra assistance or clarification to students.

*Students may be strongly encouraged to attend based on academic performance.


Office Hour Day


Amanda Knapp



Jill Mistretta



Mark McGreevy



David Morehead



Meredith Gifford


Email for location

Nadine Loria



Felicia Guest






Melissa York


Office in IT department

Ginny Pauwels



Joan Cross



Marisol Aguilar



Jerold McGhee


Email for location

Lauren Zajdel



Sheila Huang



Need a tutor for your student?

If you are interested in utilizing the Upper Division Student tutors, please email Mrs. Yauch,, the following information:

  • Student name
  • Subject(s) that need assistance
  • Day(s) available after school

Tutoring typically takes place after school for approximately 1 hour in the Media Center. 

NDPMA Open House on Sunday, November 5th

The NDPMA Open House will take place on Sunday, November 5th. Please be sure to note that Notre Dame will be in school on Monday, 11/6, the day after Open House. The school will take a day off the following Monday, 11/13.

Remind Communications

Remind is a free, safe, and simple messaging tool that helps teachers share important updates and reminders with students & parents. Subscribe by text, email or using the Remind app. All personal information is kept private. Schools will never see your phone number, nor will you see theirs. Please CLICK HERE subscribe to your student's appropriate grade.  Make sure your students subscribe too.

Student ID's

Students were given an ID with a NDPMA lanyard on picture day.  In the office we have 1 spare ID per student.  Once they lose both ID's there is a $10/ID charge to make a new one.  Please help us in encouraging students to leave ID's in their lockers on a hook.

Need to pick up your student during the day?

Please call or email the office and let us know what time.  We will give your student an early dismissal pass to come to the Middle Division Office.  The person picking your student up MUST COME to the Middle Division office to sign him/her out of school. The person MUST be authorized on the student's Emergency Information Card.

Spiritwear Store

The Spiritwear store is open typically from 7:30-2 p.m. each day.  It is located in the cafeteria. The store does sell basic school supplies like poster board in case your student calls home needing something that they have forgotten  There are NEW items available for sale. Please check the online store out at:

News & Notes Archive

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

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