February 2018
Family Newsletter
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Letter from the Head of School 

Dear Marist Families:
 
Welcome to the Second Semester!!  Report Cards and Honor Lists are being formulated as I write this letter!  Hopefully, you'll be receiving good news!  Although we do not host parent-teacher conferences at the end of this quarter, don't let that stop you from contacting the teachers via email!
 
Let's use this second semester as a second chance to put our best foot forward.  To this end, I want to address two very important issues:
 

1.    Please talk to your sons and daughters about kindness to one another, both in person and on social media.  So often we hear that "Marist is family", yet we do not always act lovingly toward one another as family should.  Harsh words can hurt for a very long time.  Please speak to your sons and daughters about the golden rule, "Do unto others as you'd have them do unto you."  I think we'd see fewer hurt feelings, if we just got back to the basics.

 

2.    You already received a separate e-mail concerning safety and security.  Marist may be "the school that never sleeps," but, realistically speaking, we must maintain boundaries for effective supervision.  Please be aware that your sons and daughters are safest when they are in a supervised activity.  Ask them what they're involved in and when that activity ends.  And remember, you can always call the school for verification!  It is the parents' responsibility to know the whereabouts of their child.  Just a reminder:  after-school activities end at 4:00; extended activities occur only with a coach/teacher present, and the late bus will now leave the school at 5:30, not 6:00. 


 

As you are aware, students and families who receive Marist financial aid are required to fulfill certain obligations:
  •  Maintain at least a B average: GPA   83.0;
  •  Be involved in at least one activity, sport, or part-time job;
  •  Accrue no more than 5 unexcused absences or 5 unexcused tardies per year;
  • Perform service inside or outside the school;
  • Parent/Guardian should become an active member of the Parent Association.
 
At this time, we'd like to review each case for accountability. We'd also like to see how we can help you fulfill those criteria. If you have been a recipient of Marist Financial aid during the 2017-2018 school year and plan to reapply for aid next year, please complete the following survey:  https://goo.gl/forms/Kz97AV78d9mkPECc2    And just a reminder, you must reapply for Marist Aid and SFIC annually.  You'll be sent a link by SFIC soon so that you can reapply on-line.  Be mindful of their deadlines.  SPA scholarships repeat annually without your need to renew.
 
Our International Student Program is now in its fourth year and flourishing. The companies that we partner with are always looking for homestay families. If you have an extra room in your house and extra room in your heart, it is an opportunity to consider: the homestay family earns $1200 a month. For more information, please reach out to Jeanette Begin at jeanette.begin@thecambridgenetwork.com or Anicia Ariza at aariza20@yahoo.com .
 
            Let's commit ourselves to getting off to a good start in this new semester

Sincerely,

 
  
Ms. Alice J. Miesnik
Head of School

Academic News

Report cards  will be mailed home on Thursday, February 1st. If your son/daughter made our Dean's List, the Dean's Breakfast will be at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 6th. All of our Honor Roll students will be acknowledged during our year level assemblies that same day.   
 
Study Hall will begin on Wednesday, February 7th. Study Hall is mandatory for anyone who failed two or more subjects for the second quarter.  Students in Study Hall are academically ineligible for participation in sports and activities. See Mr. Cassaro with any questions . Cost is $ 25.00.

Activity Period   takes place Wednesday, February 21st.  Ask your son/daughter what activity they are participating in and how much fun they are having!  
 
Communicate  with your son's/daughter's teachers via e-mail or voice-mail, especially if he/she did not do well in a given subject. Now is the time to devise an improvement plan. Help is available: ask a teacher for extra help, go to the Library Media Center for tutoring after school Monday through Thursday, or go to Study Hall (mandatory for those who fail 2 or more subjects).  
 
Progress Reports will be emailed home on Thursday, March 1st. These grades are an assessment of how your son/daughter is doing at the mid-point of the third quarter.  If you do not receive your son's/daughter's progress report, please call Mrs. De Poalo (201 437-4545 Ext. 201).  Also, please contact a teacher if your son/daughter did not do as well as expected.  Now is the time to remediate any problem that may exist. The end of the 3rd Quarter is March 23rd.
Campus Ministry News 

Jersey Cares:  Are you a student looking to do service and help your local community? If so, come to any of 7 brief after school information sessions on signing up with our partner JerseyCares. They are a local organization who finds service for people who have the itch of helping others. JerseyCares brings service opportunities to neighborhoods or find sites that need man-power. Mr. Power will be guiding you through the quick 2-minute process of signing up and finding service! Any further questions, please reach at to Mr. Power at Ext. 220.  
Encounter: On the last weekend in January, ten (10) of our upperclassmen spent the weekend in Esopus at the Marist Brothers Center learning more about this special Marist spiritual tradition. This is a time for our students to reflect on their time here at Marist and on new transitions and upcoming journeys in their lives. Please pray for these students as they return to school and work together to continue the mission of St. Marcellin Champagnat.

Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Service:    On January 30th, as a school we celebrated the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We reflected on his life and our duty as citizens and believers to make the world a better place! We heard the inspiring word of Dr. King and reflected on the job that is yet to be done in our communities. Thank you to family members who stopped by to join in this day with us.   
Lent:   As we prepare for the season of Lent, Campus Ministry will be hosting a prayer services throughout the day on February 14th, which is Ash Wednesday. Ashes will be distributed from 8:30am-2:30pm. Please come join our students in prayer as they reflect during their religion classes!

Counseling News

College Contacts : It has been a busy year so far, with Lunch Visits, instant decision days, college fairs, and even a visit to Marist College for a tour. We will continue this pattern on Thursday, February 1st, when we will take a group of Junior and Seniors to The College of St. Elizabeth's in Morristown for a tour and optional Instant Decision Day for the Seniors. It should be a promising experience for the students to get a feel for a college campus, and learn more about a school in our area.
FAFSA DAYS:  For any Seniors who have yet to fill out their FAFSA for college, please check out the following link http://www.hesaa.org/Pages/NJFAFSAGO.aspx for a variety of assistance regarding this important piece of the college application process. Regardless of your financial standing, ALL colleges require that you fill out this form. Why not take advantage of this free resource to help you through the process!  Kean University will be hosting 3 FREE events this spring to help you fill out this important document: February 2nd, March 2nd, and April 6th; from 10am-3pm. Let your counselor know if you have any questions! 
Summer Opportunities:  Please make sure your son or daughter has been checking their email for Summer Program opportunities. The counselors forward any opportunities that come in through the student email accounts. If you are at a loss of where to begin, and would like to know more about a program in a specific career field, or academic setting, please let your counselor know, and she'd be happy to help you!
Summer Opportunities are a wonderful way to set yourself apart when it comes to college and scholarship applications. So, think seriously about applying to such a program. We also encourage students to spend the summer volunteering--be it at a camp, through their local Boys and Girls club or local Y, at a sports camp, local church, or hospital--as there are many ways for students to gain valuable experience in an area that interests them.
College Acceptances and Scholarships Many in the Senior Class have gotten their applications in, and have heard back with positive results from most colleges on their lists. They have already earned $ 3.1 million in scholarship and grants, and are well on their way to financing their college education.  Our Seniors have reported 160 college acceptances so far this year, with many awaiting a March 1st decision day-and many of those are into Honors programs, and Pre-professional programs that will award them with Doctorates upon completion!  If your son or daughter has an acceptance letter gathering dust at home, please remind them to bring it in, so that we are able to celebrate their accomplishment with them!  We are incredibly proud of this group of young men and women--they are a true testament to your continued support!
Student Council 
News 

Valentine's Day Semi-Formal: On Friday, February 9th, the Student Council will be hosting their annual Valentine's Semi-Formal Dance from 7:30-11pm. Tickets will be $5, in advance, and $7 at the door. Dress up and celebrate love!!

Other News

 
Summer CampMarist A+ Summer Camp is fast approaching with registration now open. Session 1: July 9th to July 27 and Session 2: July 30th to August 17th, both days 8 am to 4 pm with after care available from 4 - 6 pm. Sports, arts and crafts, talent shows, academic enrichment, field trips, breakfast and lunch available for students entering grades K-9. Early Bird registration ends February 23, 2018. Register early and receive 50% off the registration fee. Register online at www.marist.org/a+camp or in person at the school between 8 am - 4 pm. For more information please visit our website or email A+summercamp@marist.org .
 
Marist Financial Aid Obligation Survey:   Again If you have been a recipient of Marist Financial aid during the 2017-2018 school year and plan to reapply for aid next year, we ask you to please complete the following survey: https://goo.gl/forms/Kz97AV78d9mkPECc2

Athletic News
 
Spring Season is almost upon us. "A NEW SPORTS PHYSICAL PACKET" will be distributed by each spring season coach and must be completed and returned before any student/athlete can participate.

Also Pre-Concussion Protocol will now be administered in-house for all students participating in ALL sports.

Also some exciting news, our Baseball team will travel to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina from March 22nd to March 25th for Spring training.

Our Softball, Boys' Tennis and Boys' & Girls' Track Teams are all preparing to compete for championships.

Finally, as our Winter Sports Season winds down, both the Boys' and Girls' Basketball Teams will compete for the County and State Championships.




Good Luck to both teams!!
Marist Parents' Association News
 
 
Next Parents' Association Meeting  w ill be on Tuesday, February 13 at 6:30 in the cafeteria.

Annual Card Party will held on March 10 @ 6:30pm. We appreciate any and all donations to make this event a success. Donations can be dropped off to Ms. DePoalo or brought to next MPA meeting on Feb. 13. Tickets are also available for purchase on the school website or from Ms. DePoalo for $40.  

 
Advancement

All Year's Marist Skybox Mixers
 
Thursday, February 1st from 4pm - 6pm
Girl's Basketball Game Marist High School vs. Bayonne High School  
 
Thursday, February 7th from 6pm - 8pm
Marist High School vs. North Bergen High School.
 
Join the Advancement Department during the game for an exclusive mixer in the Skybox Lounge. Refreshments will be served. Space is limited. 
 
If you plan to attend, please RSVP by contacting Brandon Walsh '12 at:
201-437-4545 ext. 208 or  bwalsh1@marist.org
 
All Alumni and their guests are welcome to attend.
 



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