Middle School – Blarney Stone

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17-20 Homecoming Special Dress days – see below
20 NDP Homecoming FB Game
21 6th Annual Notre Dame 5K Fun Run
23 MS Late Start

2 MS Coffee with Jezdimir / All School Liturgy
4 MS Early Dismissal
5 Oktoberfest – Ticket Required
7 MS Guest Speaker Don Ferguson New Students
10 Early Dismissal 12:15pm / JK-6th & 9th Grades Grandparents Day Brunch & Mass / Parent/Teacher Conferences
11 No School / Parent/Teacher Conferences
15 Picture Retake Day
16 Testing Day – Early Dismissal 12:15pm / Choir Concert
20 Open House for prospective families
21 Parents come to lunch / Praise and Worship Service
22 – 25 8th grade trip to Washington D.C., Students NOT attending will have school
29 Fall Athletic Banquet
30 7th Grade Vision Screening
31 Early Dismissal 12:15pm

1 All School Liturgy / Coffee with Jezdimir – Guest Speaker Don Ferguson
4 Winter Sports Begin
5 NDPMA Family Movie Night
15 MS Student Night out at Urban Air
18 Late Start
20 Winter Sports Parent Meeting
23 HSPT Testing for 8th grade students
26 All School Liturgy / Coffee with Jezdimir
27 NO SCHOOL Possible Incentive Day off
28 – 12/1 No School – Thanksgiving Holiday

Homecoming Week Special Dress Days:
In the Middle School we are celebrating Homecoming week with special dress days. Any questions please email Mrs. Patterson, kpatterson@ndpma.org.
Tuesday, 9/17 – Constitution Day – Red, White, and/or Blue shirt with uniform bottoms
Wednesday, 9/18 – Team Shirt or Jersey with uniform bottoms. ANY team professional, college, NDPMA
Thursday, 9/19 – Favorite Color Shirt with uniform bottoms
Friday 9/20 – Spiritwear NDPMA shirt with casual bottoms

Super Raffle Tickets
It is that time of the year.  The time that your Super Raffle tickets are coming due.  Please read the Super Raffle checklist at http://www.ndpma.org/super-raffle-checklist/

Key Dates:

  • Friday September 20, 2019 (60% Incentive Date) – If 60% of families turn in their Super Raffle tickets by this date, the students will have Thursday, April 9, 2020 (Holy Thursday) off from school.
  • Friday September 27, 2019 (100% Incentive Date) – All tickets must be turned in for the drawing.  If 100% of the families turn in their Super Raffle tickets by this date, the students will have Wednesday, November 27, 2019(day before Thanksgiving) off from school.
  • Saturday October 5, 2019 at 9:00 PM (Oktoberfest Super Raffle Drawing)

Marist Basketball Interest Survey
Does your student have an interest in playing basketball for the winter season? Please take a minute to fill out this interest survey for Athletics. 

Vaping 101
On Monday, September 30, the ND MS will have a guest speaker from St. Joseph Mercy Health System during Community Time. The speaker will present a program "Vaping 101" to discuss the facts about vaping. Parents are welcome to attend. The speaker will be speaking from 11:55am-12:25pm, the location in the school is TBD. Attendees will learn what a vape is, what are the effects of its use, and what are the legal issues surrounding vaping. Any questions? Please email Ms. Yauch, jyauch@ndpma.org, or Mr. Jezdimir, bjezdimir@ndpma.org.

6/7th Grade Year End Ohio Trip
This school year's trip includes a Ford Field Stadium Tour, Toledo Zoo Admission, a visit to Kalahari Waterpark where they will spend the night, and regular admission to Cedar Point with an All Day Soft Drinks Wrist Band. Students will leave, Thurs, 5/28, and will return on Fri, 5/29. No School for students NOT attending the trip. All of the details may be found on our website at: http://www.ndpma.org/marist-middle-school-trips/. Please go to the 6/7th grade trip section and click on Itinerary & Letter.

6th Annual 5K Fun Run/Walk – Saturday, September 21
Students, parents, alumni and friends are invited to join us. Please park across in the main campus parking lot at 1300 Giddings Road. 8 a.m. Registration opens at Notre Dame Lower School. 9 a.m. Fun run/walk starts in the lower school parking lot. The fee is $20 per person. Children 10 and under are free. Register online here.

Mental Illness Community Presentation
On Wednesday, October 16, Clarkston High School will be hosting nationally recognized speaker Eric Hipple for a parent/community presentation at 6:30pm. While you may remember Mr. Hipple as quarterback for the Detroit Lions for 10 seasons, his most fulfilling work came after he lost his 15-year-old son to suicide.  Since then, he has devoted his life to building awareness and breaking the stigma surrounding mental illness. Along with national speaking engagements, Mr. Hipple has devoted his time to expanding education about mental health, including:

  • Working with the University of Michigan’s Comprehensive Depression Center outreach program.
  • Helping to create Living Life on the Offense, a school-based education program sponsored by MIRA (Mental Illness Research Association).
  • Serving as Director of Outreach for After the Impact, a charity he co-founded based on the After the Impact Program.
  • ​Authoring a book, Real Men Do Cry, which chronicles his life of football, tragedy, and return to triumph.

He has also participated in academic studies and received numerous awards for his work, all while working with students, current/former military, and amatuer/professional athletes to bring awareness to mental health issues.

Parent/Community Presentation: Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 6:30pm at Clarkston High School. All parents and community guests are welcome to attend.
For additional information, please visit: http://www.erichipplespeaks.com/.


12th Annual NDPMA Oktoberfest – Saturday, October 5
Please join your friends for a fun evening of dinner, dancing, cocktails and door prizes! Don't forget to respond by Monday, September 30, 2019.  Remember tickets are not distributed for this event. You simply check in the night of the event. If you have a question regarding Oktoberfest, please email Kristal Grossi, jgrossi2210@sbcglobal.net. Register online here.

In need of a tutor for your student?
If your student is interested in a high school student tutor, please send Mrs. Yauch, jyauch@ndpma.org, an email with the following information:

  • Middle School Student’s Name
  • Subject 
  • Days available (Tutoring typically takes place after school for approximately  1 hour)

Grandparents' Day 2019 Thursday, October 10th, 7:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

All grandparents and special persons of Notre Dame Marist Academy Lower School, Middle School 6th graders and NDP 9th graders. Please register at ndpma.org/grandparentsday2019.

7:45 a.m. Registration begins (enter at the main entrance)
8:15 a.m. Mass in the Gym
9:30 a.m. Dismiss for food and pictures in the Grimaldi Center
10:45 a.m. Event completion, students return to classes
12:15 p.m. Middle School and NDP students dismissed from school.

Mosquito Warning from Oakland County Health Division and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS)
Oakland County Health Division and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) are reminding residents to protect themselves from mosquito bites as seven cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) were recently confirmed in Southwest Michigan. Three of the cases were fatal. No cases of EEE have been reported in Oakland County; however, five mosquito pools and a blood donor have tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV). Mosquito-borne diseases, such as EEE and WNV are seasonal and flare up in the warm summer months and continue into the fall.

“Protect yourself from mosquito bites until the first hard frost of the year,” said Leigh-Anne Stafford, health officer for Oakland County. “Whether you are at home or an outdoor event, there are simple steps that residents can take to reduce their risk of disease.”

Follow these prevention tips:

  • Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellent. All EPA-registered insect repellents are evaluated for safety and effectiveness, and will contain DEET, picaridin, IR3535, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol as the active ingredient. Repellents containing a higher percentage of the active ingredient typically provide longer-lasting protection. Always follow the product label instructions. Be careful using repellent on the hands of children as it may irritate the eyes and mouth.
  • Wear protective clothing such as long-sleeved shirts and pants.
  • Limit outdoor activity from dusk to dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Maintain window and door screens to keep mosquitoes outside. Do not prop open doors.
  • Empty water from mosquito breeding sites around the home, such as buckets, unused kiddie pools, old tires or similar sites where mosquitoes may lay eggs.
  • Use nets and/or fans over outdoor eating areas.

EEE is one of the most dangerous mosquito-borne diseases in the United States, with a 33 percent fatality rate in people who become ill. People can be infected with EEE from the bite of a mosquito carrying the viruses. Persons younger than age 15 and over age 50 are at greatest risk of severe disease following infection. Signs of EEE include the sudden onset of fever, chills, body and joint aches which can progress to a severe encephalitis, resulting in headache, disorientation, tremors, seizures
and paralysis. Permanent brain damage, coma and death may also occur in some cases.

Anyone experiencing these symptoms should visit their physician’s office. West Nile Virus is a mosquito-borne virus. Mosquitoes are infected with the virus by biting an infected bird. The virus is then spread to humans through the bite of the infected mosquito. Most people who are infected with the virus have either no symptoms or experience a mild illness such as fever, headache, and body aches. However, in some individuals, a more serious disease-causing inflammation and swelling of the brain can develop. People over the age of 50 are more likely to develop serious and potentially life-threatening symptoms of West Nile Virus if they do get sick.

For more information about Eastern Equine Encephalitis or West Nile Virus, visit www.oakgov.com/health or call Nurse on Call at 800-848- 5533, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. For up-to-date public health information, follow @publichealthOC on Facebook and Twitter.

Gamer's Un-plugged
For 6th, 7th, or 8th grade students looking for a fun atmosphere to disconnect from technology for a while and make connections with other students through playing a variety of card and board games using teamwork and collaborative strategies. This is a drop-in club so students can come when their schedule allows. If you are interested, stop on by room E2 on Monday after school (goes until about 3:30) and join in on the fun. Please see Mr. Atcho with any questions or email at fatcho@ndpma.org.

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 School Office.  The pick-up person MUST be authorized on the student's Emergency Information Card and be prepared to show ID.

Please make sure you are signed up for Remind texts/emails. Any last minute announcements or DRESS DOWN or DRESS UNIFORM days are announced on it. Make sure parents and students sign up 🙂 Sign up here.

Michigan Youth in Government
Are you ready to join Michigan Youth in Government — a simulation event held at the State Capitol with students in the roles of senators and representatives?  This three-day event (11/24-11/26/19) provides a hands on approach to learning the law-making process and how every citizen can play an important role.  No debate experience is necessary.  Application deadline is 10/1.  Cost is $225 (covers hotel, transportation, and dinners).  If interested, please see or email Mrs. Schmidt (lschmidt@ndpma.org). 

Join The Robotics Team!  Marist Academy has an after school competitive robotics program, and teams are forming now.  If your child is interested in being on the robotics team, then please follow this link to get started:  https://forms.gle/YztGG9jzNmkFnp2e6

Information and Academic Technology
Parents please ensure that you student has a protective case on their school issued device at all times. 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 ITSupport@ndpma.org or on site from 6:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. during the week.

Yard Signs
Don’t forget to pick up a complimentary “Proud to Be Part of the Notre Dame Family” lawn sign at the main entrance of both campuses. Planting a sign in your front yard will help you show your Notre Dame pride while promoting our school in your neighborhood.

Make sure you frequently check out the home page of the school's website (ndpma.org). There are fresh news items about NDPMA posted nearly every day.

Looking for the latest in school news, athletic scores, alumni goings-on, etc.? Then click here (https://twitter.com/NDPMA) and sign up!
To access the NDPMA Facebook or Twitter sites from the main school website, click on the small logos in the upper right-hand corner of any page.
Using these three online resources, we will share timely news, resources and information relative to our school and post critical updates pertinent to our world of advanced academics, science, language, mathematics, the arts, athletics and much more.
Get the latest news and updates on your cell phone, too! It's simple. Just text the words "follow NDPMA" (without the quotation marks) to phone number: 40404. Stopping tweets on your phone from NDPMA is just as easy. Simply text the words "off NDPMA" to 40404 and you will not receive tweets from NDPMA.

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.

Middle School Door #19
The MS 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, bjezdimir@ndpma.org.

Time to clean out your closets!  If you have any gently used clothing that you would like to donate, you may drop it off right on campus.  For your convenience, there is a collection bin outside of the Grimaldi.

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.

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.

The mission of the Notre Dame Preparatory and Marist Academy Parents Club is to promote community building and provide support to the administration and staff of Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy. We support the goal of educating students to become Christian people, Upright Citizens and Academic Scholars who contribute to the community. As an organization, we accomplish this goal through fundraising, social events, and supporting Art and extra-curricular based programs. As a community of parents, we apply our God given talents to provide our children with the best educational and developmental opportunities possible.  Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns by email: volunteer@ndpma.org

Did you know that simply by using your Kroger Plus Card, NDP benefits from Kroger Community Rewards program?  Please visit Kroger's website at http://www.krogercommunityrewards.com 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.

NDPMA 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.

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 ljack@ndpma.org 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 (amcleod@ndpma.org)
Administrative Assistant
Notre Dame Marist Middle School
1300 Giddings Road
Pontiac, Michigan   48340