March 2017
Family Newsletter
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Letter from the Head of School 
Dear Marist Families:

Today, March 1, is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the solemn season of Lent.  Lent is a time of year when we prepare for the Resurrection of our Lord on Easter Sunday by engaging in fasting, prayer, and almsgiving.  "Giving alms" is an old expression, but the concept is ever new:  as Christians we are called to take care of one another. 

And so . . . this month, in honor of the 200th anniversary of the Marist Brothers, we are participating in a National Day of Service program that has been designed for all the Marist schools in the United States.  Read more about the particulars of the service we'll be doing in the Campus Ministry section of this newsletter. This National Day of Service will culminate in a Prayer Service on Wednesday, March 29 at 1:45 in the gym.  Join us if you can. 


The Super 50/50 is well underway.  If you need more raffle books, contact Ms. Small in the main office at jsmall@marist.org or ext. 200.  Also, remind your son/daughter to submit the completed raffle books with payment by check, if possible, to his/her homeroom teacher by May 1.  If all goes well and we reach our $70,000 goal, the three winners will be sharing $35,000!!  "You have to be in it to win it!" as they say!

If you plan to apply for Marist Financial Aid for the first time or renew your present assistance, please do so by April 15. Just go to the Marist Website and click on Quick Links: Facts icon>Grants and Aid>2017-2018. Remember, completing a re-application form is required for Marist Aid.

Thanks also to those who completed the Financial Aid Survey announced in the weekly email blasts. Ms. Small will be emailing the link again to those who did not submit. Please do so by March 15. Remember, only those re-applying for Marist aid need to complete this survey.

If you are a recipient of SFIC assistance, please note that they have a new process for re-application.  You should have received a link directly from them.  Contact SFIC at (973) 497-4279 if you have questions.  Their deadline is April 30.

Many of you receive Transportation Reimbursement from your town by filing a B6T.  If you'd like to petition the Governor to raise the amount of the reimbursement, click here:  http://njcatholic.org/faith-in-action .  Seriously, this only takes a minute.

Despite this being the start of Lent, the early spring weather has reminded me of just how much I love this time of year in the school cycle!  This is when all the hard work starts to pay off!  I am looking forward to seeing our students compete in Model U.N. this month, the staging of our Spring Musical, Les Miserable, on March 31 and April 1, and the hustle and bustle of preparation of our fantastic Arts Festival on April 6.  And for our parents, don't forget Comedy Night on March 11 and Casino Night on April 29.  Not to mention State Championships for both girls and boys basketball and the start of the new athletic season.  Spring is definitely in the air!!  Enjoy!

Sincerely, 

 
   
Ms. Alice J. Miesnik
Head of School

Academic News

Model UN will compete in the annual Model UN competition held at St. Peter's University on March 13th and 14th.  Mr. Murphy and the students have been working hard to prepare them for this competition all year.  Good luck to all participants!
 
Progress Reports will be emailed home on Thursday, March 2nd.  These grades are an assessment of how your son/daughter is doing at the mid-point of this third quarter.  If you do not receive your son's/daughter's progress report, please call Mrs. DePoalo (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 24th.
 
National Honor Society Candidates:  During the month of March, Ms. Heymer and Mrs. Pagano, the NHS moderators, will be notifying Juniors and Sophomores of their eligibility to apply to the National Honor Society based on their current GPA.  The application process is rigorous and requires each student to substantiate service, leadership, and character in addition to a stellar GPA.  We wish all the candidates the best!
 
Reports Cards will be distributed on Thursday, March 30th at the Parent/Teacher Conference. The Conference starts at 5 pm and goes to 8 pm. If your child is struggling, you may sit with each teacher and devise a plan for improvement.  Remember that communication between home and school is essential for student success.  Please note: Report cards will not be distributed to a student. A parent or guardian must be present to receive a report card. Also, any student who has an outstanding tuition balances will not receive a Report Card until the balance is reactivated.
 
Scheduling for the upcoming school year will be discussed with the juniors and sophomores in the month of March. School Counselors will be talking to students individually to discuss course selection this month. 
 
Remember:  STUDENTS ARE SCHEDULED IN THE ORDER OF REGISTRATION.  So register early if your child expects a seat in a specific course. Registration material will be emailed home mid-march. 


Campus Ministry News


You can read more about this program on-line at Marist National Day of Service
 

Marist High School in Bayonne, New Jersey is proud to educate a large group of students who desire to serve in a variety of ways throughout each school year. From volunteering at local hospitals, senior citizen centers, community gardens, and churches - to bringing the message of Christmas to local elementary schools - the students of Marist have a true heart for service. For this event, they were inspired by the three concerns presented for the National Day of Service: 'Refugee and Migrant Children'; 'Displaced and Vulnerable Children'; and 'Unreached and Underserved Poor Children'. There are projects and events planned that highlight each area:
 
  • In solidarity with serving 'Refugee and Migrant Children', Marist Bayonne has paired up with the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark to have students collect household goods needed by Syrian refugee families who continue to migrate into the community. The chapel will be converted into a sparse apartment to help our students visualize what these families are met with when they arrive, and then they will be asked to fill it. The project will be announced on February 22nd and run through March 27th.  The apartment will then be "furnished" with the donations students bring in throughout the month, which will then be prayed over during a Prayer Service on March 29th and delivered that afternoon.


Seniors: Kitchen Supplies 
Juniors: School Supplies



Sophomores: Toiletries 
Freshman: Cleaning Supplies

  • In solidarity with the 'Displaced and Vulnerable Children', the school will be partnering with "Pennies for Patients" where they will be making 200 cards of encouragement to give to children suffering with cancer. During the month of March students will also be 'competing' in "Penny Wars" to raise money for Childhood Cancer Research.  These donations will also be prayed over during the schoolwide Prayer Service on March 29 and delivered that afternoon.
  • Finally, in solidarity with those 'Unreached and Underserved Poor Children', Marist Bayonne will continue their year-long service at the Hillside Foodbank on March 13th. Sophomore students will participate in a Hunger Banquet before heading out to sort and package food and supplies for families in need.  Both the Freshmen and Senior classes provided this service earlier in the year, and Juniors will have the opportunity before the year ends.


Join us for the Marist National Day of Services Prayer at 1:40 on Wednesday, March 29!
Ash Wednesday was celebrated on March 1st.We gathered together in our beautiful chapel to kick off the Lenten season. The students were challenged not only to give something up for lent but also to improve their lives by adding something that would help those around them. Ask your son or daughter about their Lenten Challenge!

Marist Encounter:  This will be the last chance for seniors to sign up for Encounter. This Encounter takes places from April 6-9. This is a special opportunity for our students to meet other Marist students from all over the country!  Encourage your son/daughter to come by Campus Ministry and find out more about this great chance to learn more about yourself, your community, and our Marist family!!  Please call Ms. Eisenmenger at ext. 301 for more details.

Junior Leadership Ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, March 16th, beginning at 6:30 PM in our gym. This ceremony celebrates the juniors moving into leadership roles in the school.  As seniors, they will be taking on much more responsibility for the underclassmen. Our rising seniors are taught to guide and assist the younger students, a responsibility that they take seriously. To this end then, every junior will receive a pin marking this new role. A parent or special person in the junior's life presents the pin, and any other memento, family gift, or school ring if they choose. We think it is important to join school and family in commemorating this special time in their lives. Your invitation has been given to your junior. Family and friends are welcome. A reception follows.  Students should RSVP by March 9th to Campus Ministry. Any questions? Please contact Mr. Power at ext. 220.

Junior Leadership Retreat:   Juniors will also have the opportunity to attend a Leadership Retreat for juniors which will take place at the Marist Brothers Retreat House in Esopus, NY. They are in the process of voting if they want an overnight or day retreat.  Permission slips are available at Campus Ministry; cost is $55.00. The juniors will leave shortly after the Junior Leadership Ceremony and return to school Friday March 17, at 5pm. The students will reflect, pray, and discuss the direction of their lives, their new leadership roles, and their relationship with God in the beautiful setting of Esopus. Pictures of Esopus are available on our website as is further information about retreat policies. Permission slips must be returned by March 10th to Mr. Power in Campus Ministry. Any questions? Please feel free to contact Mr. Power at ext. 220.

Counseling News
Junior Parents Night:  On Wednesday, March 8th, the School Counselors will be hosting an information night for Junior parents to learn the preliminary steps for the College Process, as well as meet with a panel of College Admission Representatives from a variety of schools around the Tri-State area.The event will start at 6:30pm, and last about an hour and a half.  Light refreshments will be served.  Please consider joining us to learn about this crucial part of preparing for college.
 
March SAT's:  Saturday March 11 is the date for this month's SAT's.  Many students will be taking them here at Marist. Parents, please make sure that your student brings his/her admission ticket and school ID.  Doors open at 7:15am.  Also, please make sure your student has had a good night's sleep and has water and a healthy snack for breaks.  Those students who are NOT taking the March SAT's should see their counselor about signing up for either the May or June sitting.  The best way to prepare is to practice, practice, practice.  Use the free resources at collegeboard.org or see the Counselors for other tools.     
 
ACT Test for Juniors: The ACT was given on February 28th here at Marist. The results are due to be made public by May. Should your son or daughter want to re-take the test, there are plenty of opportunities to take it again throughout the Spring and Fall. There are also plenty of free resources out there to help, and www.actstudent.org   is the best starting point. Ask your counselor for more information if you have any questions. Some students find they do better on the ACT then on the SAT. That's why Marist offers both. 
 
Career Council College Fair:  On Monday, March 27th, Marist will be hosting a Catholic High School College Fair through the Career Council. Over 60 colleges and universities have already RSVP'd that they'll be in attendance. This will be an excellent opportunity for our Juniors and Sophomores to make an impression on these representatives from each of the schools. 
 
College Visits:    Junior Parents!!!!  On March 3rd, your son/daughter will be given a list of local colleges who will be hosting their Spring Open Houses in the coming months. Copies will also be available at the Junior Parents Night.  Please consider taking advantage of these events to get your students acquainted with the schools they're interested in, and making their interest known.  Face-to-face connections with schools can make a BIG difference in getting into the school of your choice.  Also, consider taking advantage of upcoming days off to set up an individual visit or being a student-for-a-day at college.  Contact your student's counselor for more details. 
 
Summer Programs:   Our wonderful counseling intern, Ms. Alvarado, has compiled a comprehensive list of summer programs around the country, and they are available down in the counseling suite. Please encourage your son or daughter to make an appointment to look them over, and find something that is a good fit. Now is the time to investigate summer opportunities and have your son/daughter enroll.  All counselors will help students through the application process for these programs.  Some are competitive; some have costs attached.  Get started looking for a meaningful way for your son/daughter to spend their summer vacation.
 
College Acceptance Statistics:
*             Total Number of Seniors:  94
*             Number of students who have applied to one or more colleges: 92
*             Number of students who have been accepted by one or more colleges/universities to date:  54
*             Total amount of scholarship/awards, grants, financial aid offered so far:  $3,992,152
 
We are incredibly proud of this group so far.  Two students have received early acceptance to Ivy League level schools (Harvard and Smith), and one of those two also achieved acceptance into the US Naval Academy.  This class will be going on to do great things, and it is still early in the acceptance season! Many colleges wait until March 15th to send out their acceptance and awards letters.  However, we are confident that there are more acceptances and scholarships than are noted here, sitting at home. Our numbers are contingent upon Seniors submitting their acceptance letters to the Counseling Office.  

Parents, please encourage your son or daughter to submit their letters ASAP, so that our records can be kept as accurate as possible.

Other News

Dress Down will be held on Wednesday, March 8 for Campus Ministry.  Students who choose to dress down will contribute $1.00 which will be used to support the campus ministry programs. 
 
Spring Blood Drive: Our second Blood Drive sponsored by the American Red Cross will be conducted on Friday, March 10.  Br. Bob Warren and Mr. Jeremy Kay are the moderators.  If you would like to donate, please stop by.  The American Red Cross would be happy to accept your donation.
 
Activity Period: Students will gather on Wednesday, March 15 for an activity period.  Please ask your son/daughter what activity they are involved in and how it went.
 
Spring Sports Pictures will be taken for the yearbook on Tuesday, March 28. Please make sure your son/daughter is in school that day if they are involved in any school activities within the school or if they are involved in a sport.
 
Hosting an International Student: We will be in need of more host families to house our international students next year.  The stipend to each family will be $1200 a month.  While this is certainly a commitment on the part of a family, it is an enriching cultural experience as well.  If you have an extra room in your house and extra room in your heart, it is an opportunity to consider.  For more information, please reach out to Sandy Holder at sholder@gphomestay.com or at (617) 606-1392.
 
Financial Aid Obligations:  As we announced last spring and reiterated this past fall, students and families who receive Marist financial aid will be required to fulfill certain obligations:
  1.    Maintain at least a B average; GPA 83.0;
  2.    Be involved in at least one activity, sport, or part-time job;
  3.    Accrue no more than 5 unexcused absences or 5 unexcused tardies per year;
  4.    Participate in one of the in-house work days at Marist;
  5.    Parent/Guardian should become an active member of the Marist 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 are a recipient of Marist financial aid during the 2016-2017 school year and would like to reapply for next year, please complete the following survey:   CLICK HERE
 
St. Patrick's Day Parades: We'd love to have representation from Marist at these events in both Bayonne on March 19 and in Jersey City on March 12.  This is a great way to participate in a Marist work-day! If you receive aid, you should definitely think about signing up. See Ms. Verdonch for a permission slip. 



Marist Parents' Association News
MPA Meeting will take place on March 14 at 6:30PM in the cafeteria.
Comedy Night: On March 11th please come support our first Comedy Night. Doors open at 6:30PM and the tickets are $35.00.  This includes full dinner buffet and cash bar.  Tickets are available at the main office or on-line or contact a board member for further details.


Casino Night: We are still looking for people to join the team for our casino night on April 29th.  We need your help in our quest to make this our biggest and best event yet! We need your support in advertising our event and helping us sell tickets.  Also, if you know anyone who owns a business and can donate a gift for our event, we can supply them with a soliciting letter for their donation.
Athletic News
A Message from the Athletic Director:

With the Spring Season approaching both our student-athletes and coaches are gearing up for competition.  If you are interested in playing a Spring Sport, please refer to our website www.marist.org and click on the athletics tab to find the Student-Athlete Packet which needs to be submitted before any athletic competition.
 
Athletic Department Shout Out: Congratulations to our Girls Basketball Team who clinched the regular season conference title.  Head Coach Reggie Quinn and the Lady Knights finished off the regular season with a 21-1 record.  The team will now move onto the NJSIAA State Tournament opening up in the first round against St. Dominic Academy on March 1, 2017 at 5:00pm.
 
Congratulations to Kate Vovor who qualified for the King and Queen Bowling Tournament hosted by the HCIAL.  The tournament is comprised of the top twenty bowlers in the county.  Great Job Kate!
 
Gatorade: On March 7, 2017 at 2:45pm a Gatorade Rep will be talking to our Student-Athletes on the importance of hydrating before games.  I look forward to seeing you all there!
 
Are you ready for college?
Take advantage of resources that are provided to student-athletes.  Visit http://www.ncaa.org/student-athlete s for information geared towards prospective student-athletes.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact my office.
 



Advancement
Your Donations makes a difference!
 
In order to maintain an affordable tuition, and to continue to offer an innovative 21st Century learning experience Marist needs your help and participation! Please click here to make a contribution.  
 
In celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the Marist Brothers the Advancement Department is offering rare opportunity to leave your mark at Marist High School buy purchasing a brick. This is a great opportunity to honor someone you love by engraving a special message!  Click here to donate your brick(s) today.
 
Marist Carnival Save the Date!
Last year we put on the first ever Marist Carnival June 15th -18th  and we are having another one this year!

Mark your calendars and look out for more information. If you are interested in setting up a vendor table at this event, please contact tmcqueary@marist.org

Click here to view the March Calendar