Notre Dame Marist – Middle Division – News and Notes

In the Middle Division, we use electronic correspondence as our main means of communication.  My current Announcements email, as well as pertinent information from past emails, is posted on our website at www.ndpma.orgAcademics – Notre Dame Middle Division. Please bookmark this page and refer to it first for the latest and greatest Middle Division news. Be forgiving – we have been known to make some typo's (remember the skirt length). We do our best :)

Calendar
There are only 63 more days until August 21st our first full day of school for all students! August 20th is our start day for students new to NDPMA.  If you are a parent like me who needs to know all the school year dates, please go to www.ndpma.org – Current Families – Calendar.  The dates that we know of now, are up and entered into the calendar. Please see the end of this email for August and September dates.

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 to www.ndpma.orgAthletics – Summer Camps for a complete list.

School Supplies for 2015-2016
Please go to www.ndpma.org – Current Families – Forms – 2015-2016 School Supplies – for needed supplies for your student's grade.  Once again Clarkston Paper will have items available for purchase with complimentary delivery to the school on their website:  http://www.clarkstonpaper.com/c-2375-notre-dame-marist-academy-middle-division.aspx.  Their website will be active for ordering by Wednesday, June 24th. Side note – I highly recommend – walking the aisles at the store gathering everything was a pain last year :) All supplies are needed by either Thursday, August 20th (new 7th and 8th graders and all 6th graders will organize supplies that day), or by Friday, August 21st (First day of school for all returning students).

Summer Reading Lists
Please go to www.ndpma.org – Current Families – Forms – 2015-2016 Summer Reading – 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 is located at www.ndpma.org – Current Families – Student Handbooks – 2014-15 Notre Dame Marist Academy – MIDDLE Division Handbook.  Our school uniforms can be purchased directly from Dennis Uniform.  Currently Dennis is having an Early Bird Sale.  June 18th – June 25th, 2015 you may save 15% in-store & online + FREE SHIPPING on orders over $85!  Shop online at www.dennisuniform.com 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 – owner's are found quickly.

We are in the process of updating the handbook, but the uniform changes are as follows:

SOCKS:  

    Girls:  Knee socks (pulled all the way up) or tights must be of a solid color (white, green, gray, or navy blue, without patterns) and are to be worn at all times. Natural color pantyhose are permitted.  Ankle (footie-style) and Nike Elite socks are not permitted.  

    Boys: Socks in SOLID black, khaki, navy blue, brown, or white must be worn at all times. Nike Elite socks are not permitted.

SHOES:

    Please go to www.ndpma.org – Current Families – Forms – Acceptable Shoes for 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 https://www.duolingo.com/ 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.  All current NDPMA students will receive an instructional handout in class before they leave for summer vacation.  In addition, all parents of students enrolled in NDMA Spanish or Mandarin grade 7 or 8 and NDP Spanish or Mandarin 3-4 and higher for next year will be emailed the instructions.  If you have any questions, please contact Sra. Anderson kanderson@ndpma.org for Spanish or Liu laoshi (Ms. Liu 刘老师) at jliu@ndpma.org. You may also access the instructions via the language websites, Mandarin http://ndpmasummerchinese.weebly.com and  Spanish http://ndpmasummerspanish.weebly.com.  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 (http://www.ndpma.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/State-of-Michigan-Health-Appraisal-form-3305.pdf) 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 the day before tryouts start.  http://www.ndpma.org/athletics/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/physical-form.pdf

Immunizations
Important legislation was passed on December 11, 2014 regarding parent/guardians wanting to waive vaccine/vaccines for nonmedical reasons.  I have attached an important document from the Oakland County Health Division regarding waivers.  This rule applies to all 6th & 7th grade students plus any NEW to NDPMA 8th grade students.

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:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0d4aafab2d6-notre1.

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 fguest@ndpma.org 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 31, the office will be open Tuesday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. August 3-14, 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 17th. Confused??!! Bottom line, please leave a message on the voicemail or email me at amcleod@ndpma.org with any questions or concerns.


August
10 Football practice begins – watch website for times and locations as they become available
12 Cross Country, Soccer, & Volleyball practices begin – watch website for times and locations as they become available
14 6th Grade Scavenger Hunt 9 – 11 a.m.
20 First Day of School for New students, 7:30-12 noon; Existing students – 12 noon – 2 p.m. – Locker Decorating; Pick up Schedules
21 First Full Day of School for ALL students – busing & cafeteria available, uniforms required
25 JK-12 Liturgy – DRESS UNIFORM
25 School Pictures Taken
27 Follow Your Students’ Schedule 6:30 PM – cafetorium

September
4-7 Labor Day Holiday – NO SCHOOL
8 JK-12 Liturgy – DRESS UNIFORM
9 Gold Block Day – Odd Hour Classes
10 Green Block Day – Even Hour Classes
11 Middle Division “Welcome Back” Dance (3-5; Cafetorium)
14 8th Grade Retreat (1st half of alphabet students as yet TBD)
15 8th Grade Retreat (2nd half of alphabet students as yet TBD)
21 Middle Division International Peace Day Ceremony during school; Morning Liturgy Middle Division only – DRESS UNIFORM
23 Gold Block Day – Odd Hour Classes
24 Green Block Day – Even Hour Classes
24 Year End Trip Parent Meetings – Room D3 (6th & 7th Grade 6-7 pm; 8th Grade 7-8 pm)
25 End of Phase 1
28 Late Start

TBD Tailgate party with students and parents – will be scheduled around a MD Football game


June 5, 2015

Exams are next week.
Each day is a 1/2 day – 7:30 – 10:45 a.m.
The schedule is as follows:
Monday 6/5 – 1st and 2nd hours
Tuesday 6/6 – 3rd and 4th hours
Wednesday 6/7 – 5th and 6th hours
Thursday 6/8 – 7th and 8th hours
Friday – nada, nothing, SLEEP IN!!!!!

Buses will run everyday – morning and 10:45 a.m. There will be NO cafeteria service.

Clothing – Students may dress down each of those days.  Students must be in Jeans or capris.  NO SHORTS – unless they are Dennis uniform shorts with a uniform shirt.  No flip flops, no halter tops, no tank tops, ……Please appropriate clothing.  Any questions, please contact Mr. Jezdimir.

Media Center Exam Week
The MC will be open until 1pm Monday, 8 June to Wednesday, 10 June. There will be no after school hours on Thursday, 11 June.

Used Uniform Sale – NEXT WEEK
See attached flyer for all the information :)

Math Summer Help
Please see attached flyer

SUMMER SPANISH AND MANDARIN ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES:
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.  All current NDPMA students will receive an instructional handout in class before they leave for summer vacation.  In addition, all parents of students enrolled in NDMA Spanish or Mandarin grade 7 or 8 and NDP Spanish or Mandarin 3-4 and higher for next year will be emailed the instructions.  If you have any questions, please contact Sra. Anderson kanderson@ndpma.org for Spanish or Liu laoshi (Ms. Liu 刘老师) at jliu@ndpma.org. You may also access the instructions via the language websites, Mandarin http://ndpmasummerchinese.weebly.com and  Spanish http://ndpmasummerspanish.weebly.com

Middle Division Robotics Teams
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:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0d4aafab2d6-notre1

Chinese Intern 2015-2016 School Year
The NDPMA World Language Department is looking for a maximum of four families to host the native speaking Intern Teacher for the Chinese courses in 2015-2016 school year.   You offer: a private bedroom / shared bath; meals; transportation to and from school; and companionship. In return, the family learns about Chinese culture and the student receives one-on-one help with the language.  Moreover, this service to the NDP community qualifies for the nine required Parent Commitment hours!​ Find out more about this exciting opportunity by emailing Joanne Liu, NDP coordinator of Amity Institute Intern Teachers.​​ (email:  jliu@ndpma.org )​

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES AT NDP
Joanne Widmaier is retiring. Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy is seeking a high energy and passionate Director of Information and Academic Technology to be part of a dynamic technology team. The candidate must have curricular understanding, high level educational technology and information system skills, plus the ability to communicate and collaborate with all stakeholders in an academic setting. Please submit resume and letters of recommendation to jwidmaier@ndpma.org.  For the full job description and responsibilities, please click here.


May 21, 2015

8th Grade Exam Schedule
Tuesday – 5/26 – 1st and 2nd hours
Wednesday – 5/27 – 3rd and 4th hours
Thursday – 5/28 – 5th and 6th hours
Friday – 5/29 – 7th and 8th hours

Each day exams are complete at 10:45.  Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, parents are expected to arrange transportation for their child home from school when exams are complete.  Friday, students will have lunch in the cafeteria and then load a bus to go to St. Mary of the Hills in Rochester Hills at 11 :30 a.m.  Students will be dismissed from the church at 1 p.m.  Please arrange transportation for your child from the church to home.  Please sign and return the attached field tip form for busing students to the church.  You may sign, scan and email back if you would like.

8th Grade Graduation
Please refer to your evite that you received for graduation for St. Mary of the Hills' address.  Graduation begins at 6 p.m.  Attire is as follows:
Boys – wear sport coats or suits, dress shirts, ties, and dress shoes. Hats, caps, and gym shoes are not allowed.
Girls – wear modest dresses, skirts or suits.  Skirt length – no shorter than fingertip length, with shoulders down (not raised to her ears, we saw a LOT of raised shoulders the morning of field day.  We had a lot of girls changing into gym shorts)
PLEASE adhere to the dress code.  It is a special night and and we don't want any inappropriate outfits.  Your student will be asked to change if he/she does not have on modest clothing.  If you or your student has any questions, please contact Mr. Jezdimir.

Sports physicals available on June 10 at NDP
On June 10 from 12:00pm to 2:00pm student-athletes can get their yearly sports physical on NDP’s campus. Dr. Rifat, a board certified Sports Medicine specialist and current Team Physician for US Figure Skating, will conduct physicals for a fee of $25.00. Students who are under the age of 18 and do not have a parent present with them at the time of the physical, must have a consent form signed by a parent or guardian. The Michigan High School Athletic Association requires student-athletes to have a valid physical dated after April 15 in order to participate for the following school year. 

Limited appointments are available. Please call Mary Jo Leseman in the athletic office at 248-373-9647 to make an appointment.  Student-athletes should meet in the athletic triangle prior to appointment. Checks should be made out to NDPMA.

http://www.ndpma.org/athletics/sports-physicals-available-on-june-10-at-nd

Used Uniform Sale
NDPMA has used uniform sale taking place the last week of school.  Please see the attached flyer.

NDPMA Summer Camp Registration
Notre Dame invites children entering kindergarten through 12th grade to participate in a number of athletic and academic summer camps beginning this June. We are pleased to offer camps ranging from art, debate, Lego robotics and musical theatre, to basketball, lacrosse, football and volleyball … and many more!
 
Our entire lineup and online registration form can be found by visiting this link:
http://www.ndpma.org/athletics/summer-camps/
 
We hope to see your student on campus this summer!

Notre Dame Golf Outing – June 2nd
The ND Booster Club Golf Outing is less then two weeks away and only 1 foursome remains.  If you are interested in playing and supporting ND Athletics please register today at http://ndgolfouting.eventsbot.com/

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES AT NDP
Joanne Widmaier is retiring. Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy is seeking a high energy and passionate Director of Information and Academic Technology to be part of a dynamic technology team. The candidate must have curricular understanding, high level educational technology and information system skills, plus the ability to communicate and collaborate with all stakeholders in an academic setting. Please submit resume and letters of recommendation to jwidmaier@ndpma.org.  For the full job description and responsibilities, please click here.


May
22-25 No School; Memorial Day Holiday
26-29 8th Grade Exams (10:45 Dismissal – NO BUSES) – School Uniforms required
29 8th Grade Graduation Practice 11:30-1PM; Students dismissed from church

June
2 8th Grade Graduation 6PM
2 Golf Outing
5 6/7 Grade Last full-day (empty lockers at end of day) 
7 Irish Up – New 6th Grade Students
8-11 Final Exams (10:45 Dismissal) – appropriate dress down clothes, no uniforms required


Amy McLeod
Administrative Assistant
Notre Dame Marist Academy
1300 Giddings Road
Pontiac, Michigan   48340
248-373-5371

 

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