Notre Dame Marist – Middle Division – News & Notes

Friday, December 7, 2018

Upcoming Dates
Dec 12        Coffee with Jezdimir / JK-12 Liturgy
Dec 14        2nd & 3rd Hour Exams (School 8-11:15a.m.) – Media Center open until 1:30 pm
Dec 15        VEX Tournament
Dec 17        4th & 5th Hour Exams (School 8-11:15a.m.) – Media Center open until 1:30 pm
Dec 18        6th & 7th Hour Exams (School 8-11:15a.m.) – Media Center open until 11:45 pm
Dec 19        1st & 8th Hour Exams (School 8-11:15a.m.) – Media Center closes at 11:15 pm
Dec 20        Christmas Break / MD Make up Exams -if needed
Dec 21 – Jan 2 Christmas Break
Jan 3          Classes Resume
Jan 7          Coffee with Jezdimir / JK-12 Liturgy
Jan 14        7th Grade Retreat (BOYS)
Jan 15        7th Grade Retreat (GIRLS)
Jan 16        Gold Block Day
Jan 17        Green Block Day
Jan 21        NO School – Martin Luther King, Jr Day of remembrance
Jan 25        Dance 6p.m.
Jan 27-Feb 2 Catholic Schools' Week
Jan 28        Late Start / MD Community Read Day
Jan 30        Gold Block Day
Jan 31        Green Block Day
Feb 1          Coffee with Jezdimir / JK-12 Liturgy / Bring Friend to School MUST CONTACT ADMISSIONS / No Homework Assigned Day / Irish Night 7th & 8th Grades
Feb 2          IOWA/HSPT Testing

Great Give 2018
HUGE THANKS parents for your food donations to St.l Damien of Molokai Parish's food bank. Please read the card the parish sent.

From the Head of School, Andy Guest
As we approach the Holiday Season, please remember to drive safe, especially around school grounds. There is nothing more important to us, than the safety of your children.
A Driver's Prayer
by Anonymous
Dear Lord—before I take my place
Today behind the wheel,
Please let me come with humble heart
Before Thy throne to kneel
And pray, that I am fit to drive
Each busy thoroughfare,
And that I keep a watchful eye
Lest some small child be there.

And keep me thinking constantly
About the Golden Rule
When driving past the playground zone
Or by some busy school
Then when I stop to give someone
His right to cross the street,
Let me, my brother's keeper be
And spare a life that's sweet.

Please make me feel this car I drive
You gave me to enjoy,
And that its purpose is to serve
Mankind, but not destroy.

Christmas Collection 2018
The Middle Division is sponsoring  a Christmas Collection for Oakland County Children’s Village Mandy's Place.  Mandy’s Place is short-term housing for children ages 0-18 who have been removed from their homes by the court due to neglect, abuse and status offenses. The children are waiting to return to their family, go to foster care, be placed in Children’s Village live-in program or to another agency.

The drive will be divided up by house and the house with the largest number of donated items will receive
House Points
The Christmas Collection will begin on Monday,December 3rd and end on Thursday, December 13th.
Each house will have one classroom that is their drop off location (see below).  Collection Receptacles will be provided.

A pair of black penny loafers, a pair of nike tennis shoes were found size 8 and lots of uniform pieces. PLEASE LABEL YOUR STUDENT'S CLOTHES, SHOES, NOTEBOOKS, WATER BOTTLES, ETC.

Label Clothes
With winter weather here, please be sure that all of your student's clothes are labeled with his/her name. We have several 1/4 zip sweatshirts and SHOES on the lost and found table.

Marist Bowling looking for more bowlers
We are still open to having girls and boys in 5th – 8th grade join the bowling team. Come out to Classic Lanes on Wednesdays or Fridays from 3:45 – 5:00 PM. Email Coach Sheri Yanik @ for more information.

Marist Talent Show
The Marist talent show will be Wednesday March 20th here at NDP at 6PM. If your child has a performing talent please encourage them to participate and share their gift. Auditions will be held in February after Winter break. A variety of acts is greatly encouraged from singing, playing an instrument, to a comedy skit or magic act. All participants will earn house points both for participating and for attending. Please contact Mrs. Carter with any questions.

NDPMA Ski / Snowboard Club
Skiing or Snowboarding is a great way to strengthen friendships and enjoy the outdoors.

NDPMA Ski / Snowboard Club night is Friday at Pine Knob Ski and Snowboard Resort.
It begins once the resort has good conditions and is open to the public. (Normally January – excluding holidays and other black out periods.)

On Ski Club night the table will be open from about 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.
*Student and adult memberships are $20
*Each student membership includes 2 ski group lessons or 1 snowboard group lesson.
*Membership entitles students and adults the ability to purchase a lift ticket for $20 on their designated ski club night at the NDPMA Ski Club table which is located in the Pinery Cafe.

This entitles you to:
$20 Lift Ticket
$20 Ski Rental
$20 Snowboard Rental
$10 Helmet Rental

*ON the other non-ski club nights (weekends and holidays are excluded) students may purchase a lift ticket at the ticket window with their ski / snowboard card.
*Adult memberships receive $5 off a regular priced ticket 7 days a week at the ticket office.
Club volunteer coordinator is Angela Kayi 248.225.6161 or

View flyer here. Sign up here.

Middle Division Door #19
The MD Door #19 is available for drop off and pick up between the hours of 8 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Students MAY NOT be dropped off at the door in the morning before 8 am. It is for staff ONLY during that time. If you have any questions, please email Mr. Jezdimir,

MD Yearbook
If you have any photos that you would potentially like included in the Marist Middle Division yearbook, please e-mail them to They can be pictures of school activities, sports, clubs, and competitions. Also, many students are in activities outside of school (gymnastics, dance, hockey, piano, etc.) that deserve as much recognition as the things they do in school, so we want to include those as well.

Do you have any BoxTop$ for Education labels? Did you know each label is worth 10 cents to NDPMA? Please bring in any BoxTop$ that you may have to Mrs. McLeod.

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

Do you have a son or daughter that plays a sport for Notre Dame Marist or Notre Dame Prep? If so, you are a member of the NDPMA Athletic Booster Club. To learn what we do and how you can be involved, please check out our BOOSTERS CLUB webpage.

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.

Did you know that simply by using your Kroger Plus Card, NDP benefits from Kroger Community Rewards program?  Please visit Kroger's website at and register your Kroger Plus card and select Notre Dame Prep 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!  Please don’t forget to  renew your card to continue to earn rewards for NDP.

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.

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
Parents please ensure that you student has a protective case on their school issued device at all times. We have seen a steep decline on damages this year. The protective cases are working. Students found without a case will be warned and repeat offenders will be sent to discipline. Cases do have a warranty.
IT Support. Please let your students know that we are here to help. It is important that they come to us when they have issues for us to resolve them. Please remind them to restart their Surface Pro Tablet once a week at the very least. IT can be reached via email at or on site from 6:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. during the week.

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.

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

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