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Notre Dame Prep – Upper Division

Irish Info- Kudos, Info and Reminders for NDP Families
Volume 8, Issue 5 | October 20, 2016


Oct. 21  Last day for gently used clothing and toiletries for Grace Centers of Hope 
Oct. 31  Late Start; 9:35-2:45 all classes meet  
Oct. 31  Students may dress up for Halloween; avoid weapons, clown costumes, anything inappropriate for our Catholic school
Nov. 1   All Saints Liturgy; dress up
Nov. 1-17  Great Give Collection of food and money for those in need
Nov. 4  end of grading phase
Nov. 6  NDPMA OPEN HOUSE 1:00-4:00 p.m.; please invite other families looking for a great Catholic education (JK-12)
Nov. 7  regular school day (Nov. 14 is a day off)

Link to school calendar:  http://www.ndpma.org/ndpma-calendar/

The NDP Upper Division is looking for substitute teachers for the 2016-17 school year.  Experienced subs can contact Shari Derico for more information –  sderico@ndpma.org     (248) 373-5300 x 8110

Please be sure to note that Notre Dame and Marist Academy will be in school on Monday, 11/7, the day after Open House. The school will take a day off the following Monday, 11/14.

Grandparents Day is October 25 beginning at 8:15 a.m. for mass.  We invite all 9th graders to join us for this wonderful morning honoring grandparents.  http://www.ndpma.org/grandparentsday2016/.  Breakfast will be served following mass and students will return to class.


Parent involvement is vital to student success.  As a parent you have access to Haiku (PowerSchool) Learning: Learn more about the Parent Portal:  https://support.haikulearning.com/hc/en-us/articles/202579673–p-VIDEO-How-to-Use-the-Parent-Portal-

Contact NDPMA Information and Academic Department for technical support via email at ITSupport@ndpma.org, we are here to support our school community!

Seniors and Parents – about 30% of seniors still have not completed any applications and will need to do so soon, in order to meet Nov.1 early action deadline requirements and reap the benefits, or not.  If you are stuck on the essay requirements and just can't seem to complete it, or just stuck, make an appointment to see your counselor soon.

Seniors – Keep your eye on the visiting colleges schedule on your Naviance "colleges" page.  Sign up for colleges you are considering before stated deadlines in order to receive a pass.  Go to your Naviance "colleges" page to register.  Majority of the visiting reps are the people who will be making admission decisions on your applications, so come and meet them.

Junior Parents – Thank you to those who attended the College prep meeting with Directors of admission from MSU and U of M where different aspects of the college admission process were discussed.  Small group Junior Parent with Counselor meetings are being set up now during the week of Oct. 24-28th.  Please RSVP to Mrs. Pizzo asap, spots are limited.  During these meetings we will discuss in detail the college admission process, college application process updates, Naviance program, Scholarships, college search, career search, resources and tips.

Juniors — A FREE Full length ACT practice test has been scheduled for Nov 1, here at NDP right after school at 3:00 p.m..  You must call 1-800-2review to register yourself for this event.  The Scores Back session has been scheduled at  6:30 on Nov. 15.    See attached flyer for more information.  https://goo.gl/siiwlJ

Juniors and Sophomores – Naviance ACT/SAT test prep has been updated and activated for you.  Find it on your home page under "resources" tab.  Please take advantage of this program and help improve your ACT/SAT scores.

Freshmen Self-Management Presentations – The Self-Management Team presents to Freshmen and Sophomores on block periods rotating through different subject areas each time.  The purpose of our visits is to give suggestions we have learned from previous students' experience to help students manage stress before getting too overwhelmed or tips to use to manage stress once already overwhelmed.  These are "take what you need" presentations covering a variety of topics.  

Discussed on 10/18 & 10/20:
-College admissions representatives from Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Wellesley, and University of Virginia shared at a workshop Monday 10/17 that to prepare 9th and 10th graders the best way for their caliber of college is to teach them to tame anxiety, stress management, and explore their many college options.  So we discussed Prioritizing responsibilities, roles, activities, etc. 
-Used Prioritizing Handout  https://goo.gl/Af2sOG  to rank the order of importance according to their own value and compare it to how much actual time each takes up in their life. 
-Reflected what need to do to keep things prioritized and in perspective.  
-Reviewed ways to approach their to-do list  https://goo.gl/blI4al  for most efficient, time management for healthy balance.  
-Reminder to email Mrs. Rodda A-L (jrodda@ndpma.org) or Mrs. Golliff M-Z (sgolliff@ndpma.org) anytime.  

All students and parents –
Kalamazoo College – A K Open House offers a great overview of the amazing opportunities offered at Kalamazoo College!  The day will include: Guided campus tour, presentations about the K-Plan, admission, and financial aid, student panel, lunch with current students, and plenty of opportunities to ask questions!  See the attached links for more information.
Saturday, November 12

Parent Bible Study – Please join us for this year’s Parent Bible Study “Follow Me – Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John.”  Come experience the joy of encountering Christ!  We will meet in the NDPMA chapel located next to the school cafeteria.  Our first meeting was Monday, October 3rd starting at 8:30 a.m. and ending at 10:00 a.m..  It’s not too late to join!  Dates for the remaining meetings are October 17th, November 7th, December 5th, January 9th and 23rd, February 6th, March 6th and 20th.  The cost for the bible study is $20.00.  Please make checks payable to NDPMA.  For questions contact Mary Watson at mwatson@ndpma.org.  To register please click on the following link:  https://goo.gl/forms/1lBF9WJ1MWURyX1N2

Christian Service – We implemented an automated communication piece for parents regarding their child's Christian Service entries.  Once the entry is read by one of our Campus Ministry staff, we will send an email to both the student and parent this year to keep parents informed along the way to the status of the entries.  Emails will be sent to students if there is a problem with their entry and when it has been accepted and recorded.  We are copying parents on these emails to keep parents in the loop; however, it is the responsibility of the student to follow up with Campus Ministry to rectify any concerns.  This should be done in a timely manner so as to not drag things along putting students in jeopardy of not meeting the deadline.  Please continue to encourage your children to think about, plan, and complete their Christian Service if they have not already.  First semester seems to go by quickly and before you know it, we are looking at deadline dates.  If you have any questions, please contact the Campus Ministry office.   

Senior Leadership Level Service Projects –  All Seniors should be well past the idea stage of this process.  Senior Plan forms should have been completed and submitted by now so we are certain students have a plan to complete their project and not be in jeopardy of a FAIL being on their transcript.  Seniors should be in the full planning or executing stage of their service project.  If there is any senior still in need of assistance with getting on a project they should be seeing Mrs. Zuccaro as soon as possible.   

Casual for a Cause – Clothes collection is going on now!  The casual day is this Friday, Oct. 21st.  This month will benefit Grace Centers of Hope after their devastating fire just a few weeks ago. 

THE GREAT GIVE!  We are gearing up for the Great Give that will kick off this year at the All Saints Day Mass.  The upper division students will be participating in the WE GIVE A HOOT! challenge for the Thanksgiving portion of the Great Give.  Ms. Glick is the reigning champion and the keeper of the coveted "OWL".  Who is up for the challenge this year? 
NET Ministries – Host Families needed!  
On November 10th, volunteers from NET Ministries will be visiting Marist Academy again this year to lead the 8th grade class on retreat.  The volunteers are young adults who are giving a year of service to Catholic communities across the country.   The design of NET Ministries is to have these young adults model their faith to young people by staying with families in our community.  For reference, last year Mr. McGreevy and Ms. Pittel hosted these volunteers in their homes the night prior to the retreat. 
We are hoping to have a few Notre Dame Marist families be a host family on Wednesday, November 9th.  You will provide a place to sleep and dinner to the young adult(s) that you are willing to host. **FYI, you do not need to host all 12 volunteers.  Even if you only want to host 2-3, that is great!
Please see the attached document with a picture of the NET team and their names and hometowns.  If you want further information regarding NET Ministries, feel free to click here to visit their website.
Please contact Ms. Alayna Manos –  amanos@ndpma.org or Ms. Amy McLeod amcleod@ndpma.org  if you are interested in being a host family for this wonderful ministry.  Your support is greatly appreciated! 

Please stop by the newly renovated St. Peter Chanel Media Center!
On our website, http://www.ndpma.org/media-center/, students can access our premium databases, ebooks, and Inter-Library loan through the Michigan Electronic Library's MelCat services.  Now you can borrow a book from Iron Mountain in the Upper Peninsula with the click of the mouse!  Find resources for completing research papers, citing sources and test preparation.

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  ext. 8054.  

Come in and check out our hot new items at 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.

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Contact Information:
Mary Jane Pasko: School Office Secretary –
Carrie Lytle: School Office Secretary – clytle@ndpma.org
Wendy Pizzo: Counseling Office Admin. Assistant – wpizzo@ndpma.org

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