April 2019
Family Newsletter
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Letter from the Principal
April 2019
 
 
Dear Marist Families,
   
Lent is the season during which we fast, pray, and give alms to the poor.  It is an opportunity for each of us to reach beyond ourselves as we reflect on all the blessings we ourselves have received.  God sent his son, Jesus, to redeem us. There is no greater gift. Let us show our gratitude by paying it forward.

As I said in last month's newsletter, we are doing something different this year for the re-registration process.  In May, Ms. Vargas, will roll over your present payment arrangement from this year into next. You will then be charged the $300 registration fee for 2019-2020 in May. In June, your Activity/Book/Tech fee will be billed. This creates a seamless transition between this year and the next.  You must notify Ms. Vargas via e-mail at vvargas@marist.org before May 1 if your son/daughter will not be returning to Marist for the 2019-2020 school year. Otherwise, we will proceed with the rollover.

A quick reminder about Financial Aid.  You must re-apply each year for Marist aid through FACTs.  Be sure you are in the 2019-2020 year. Please do so by April 15.  Reapply for SFIC by through the link that they will send you. Be aware of deadlines.  SPA recipients need not re-apply.

Thank you to all who sent in prizes, attended, or worked at the Tricky Tray!  What an event!!! I am sure the Marist Parent Association officers will be discussing how much they raised at their next meeting which will take place as usual on the second Tuesday of the month.  

April is Autism month.  This year, one of our seniors, Jared Radil, started an organization called Jared's Helping Hands, whose purpose is to assist at events designed for those with special needs. He created a website, check it out! https://jaredshelpinghands.wixsite.com/jared Jared is also raising money for a Bayonne foundation that supports these events. We'll be supporting this cause by wearing blue wristbands that Jared is selling! Be sure to get yours!

Thirteen parents completed the technology survey last month.  However, thirteen responses does not create a sufficient sampling.  Can you spare 20 minutes to help Marist plan for the future? All you need to do is complete a technology survey at the following link:    https://speakup.tomorrow.org/DirectStart.aspx?TYPE=S&SCH=130970&SURV=5

Congratulations to our Model U.N. team who took a substantial number of awards at the annual competition in March.  Best wishes to our fine and performing arts students who will be featured at the Annual Arts Festival on April 5. You won't want to miss it!  And good luck to our volleyball, baseball, and softball teams as they start the spring season.

We'll be celebrating Easter together with a Mass on Wednesday, April 24 at 9:45.  Join us if you can.


Sincerely,
 
  
Ms. Alice J. Miesnik
Principal
Academic News
Mr. Christopher Cassaro

Report Cards  were mailed home on Thursday, March 28. Remember that communication between home and school is essential for student success.  Please note: Report cards were not mailed to anyone who has an outstanding tuition balance.
 
Study Hall  begins on Wednesday, April 10 at 2:45pm.  Any student who failed two or more subjects in the third quarter is required to attend.  A letter will be sent describing the rules, purpose, and cost of this mandatory program. Encourage your son/daughter to do well so that summer school can be avoided. Remember, tutoring is available in the LMC Monday-Thursday from 2:40pm-3:40pm.
 
Scheduling  will be discussed with the juniors and sophomores in the first week of April. School Counselors will be talking to each student individually to put a schedule together for all students this month.  
 
Year-End Failures  Students who fail three or more subjects at the end of the year cannot return to Marist High School for the next academic year. A student who fails one or two subjects for the year must attend Marist summer school. Please encourage your son/daughter to improve in a subject if he/she is currently failing. 
 
Academic Awards Banquet  Students who have excelled throughout the year will be invited to the Academic Awards Banquet, scheduled for Thursday, May 2 beginning promptly at 6:30pm. More information to come.

Campus Ministry News 
Mr. Michael Power
Retreats:  So many of our students have visited "Esopus" this year on retreat...and the enthusiasm for the Marist Brother Retreat Center continues. The students call it "home" and it always gives them an opportunity to see God's generosity in nature, to have quiet moments of reflection and to learn communication skills. It helps that they like the food, and being deep in the woods is an adventure for them! Many thanks to our fantastic retreat leaders who always do an amazing job representing Marist Bayonne!

Junior Leadership Retreat: Following their beautiful Leadership Ceremony, thirty students departed for Esopus and attended the program that night and during their day off! -- The theme was "Leadership", preparing our juniors to be next year's Senior Leaders. They reflected on the gifts and talents that God has given them and on how they have grown since freshman year. They also completed an obstacle course that tested their different qualities of leadership. They were, as usual, enthusiastic; it's truly a pleasure to take them out. We are very proud of our Juniors!!

More Service to the Community  Is your son or daughter interested in Marist Service Opportunities? If so, please contact Mr. Power to see how you can get involved in your local community. We have partnered with a great organization Jersey Cares that matches opportunities based on interests and location. Find out how you can make a difference today! Contact Mr. Power at extension 220 today!

Easter Liturgy:   When we return from break, we will celebrate the Easter season as a family at 9:45am on Wednesday, April 24th. If you are available, feel free to stop by and join us in prayer! Ask your son our daughter about how their Lenten challenge is going!

Thank You from Campus Ministry:   Thank you to all those who have donated items of clothing/uniforms throughout the year. We are always collecting any items of clothing, or old school uniforms to help those in need. Contact Mr. Power if you want to drop anything off at school! Thank you for your continued support of our mission here at Marist!
 
Counseling News 
Ms. Miriam Eisenmenger
Junior Parents Night:  We have rescheduled our Annual Junior Parents Night for Thursday, April 11th. It will be held at 6:30pm in the cafeteria. Once again, we have a wonderful panel of College Representatives joining us to share their wisdom and perspective on the college application process. Please continue talking with your son or daughter about what they're thinking for life after Marist. While this is a long, seemingly overwhelming process, we hope this info session will ease your anxiety.  We are, of course, always here to help make it more manageable. Simply ask! 

ACT Test Results:  On March 12th, the Junior class took the ACT.  According to all documents that were provided to the school, paper results will be mailed home to the students 3-8 weeks after the tests were taken.  About a week after you receive the scores by mail, the results will be made available online for the students. So, please check your email for your results!!

Pre-ACT:  The Sophomore and Freshmen classes took the Pre-ACT (precursor to the ACT) on March 12.  This helps them gain experience taking a standardized test, and helps you to keep track of their progress from year to year.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your School Counselor for more information. 

May SATs The SATs will be given on Saturday, May 4th, at Marist. If your son or daughter is interested in taking this sitting, they will need to apply by APRIL 5th.  The June SAT will occur on June 2nd NOT AT MARIST, and many Juniors have expressed interest in taking both sittings.  Reach out to your counselor if you need help signing up or a Fee Waiver.

College Visits :  SENIORS, this is the time of year that you're asked to make the final decision on where you want to continue your education. If you have not yet visited a college that has accepted you, make it a priority to check out its campus and classes before you put down a deposit.  Take advantage of any accepted student days and open houses. Similarly, JUNIORS, now is the time to start getting familiar with schools you might be considering applying to in the fall.  The Spring Open House list has been distributed, so take advantage of that resource and plan a visit today!
 
Summer Planning:  Many students have already taken advantage of our resources concerning summer programs. If this interests your son or daughter, but you don't know how to begin the process, please reach out to your counselor today. Please, also consider setting up a volunteer project/program over the summer--as many local communities are looking for high school aged students to run a variety of programs.  Both colleges and scholarship programs look for consistency in volunteer activities and summer programs, and there are many studies out there that suggest that students who remain engaged over the summer have easier transitions back into the classroom in September.
 
NJIT is hosting its annual program called Splash, and would like to invite students from grades 9-12 to its campus on Saturday, April 13thfor a fun day of learning!

Splash  is an educational outreach program that provides high school students with opportunities to learn in fun, exciting ways. It is a daylong event during which students can take classes on a multitude of topics taught by college students themselves.
 
Splash @ NJIT  will run from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, and will entail many exciting activities. Lunch will be provided, and in addition to the classes, there will be walk-in activities. Parents and guardians are more than welcome to attend this event!  Other than the classes, there will be tours for the parents and seminars on everything from admissions to financial aid. The cost of the program is $10.
 
Registration is now open, and students can register at this website:
 
If you would like additional information that isn't provided on the website, please email us at  njitsplash@gmail.com .

COLLEGE ACCEPTANCES
 
Total Number in the Senior Class: 85
 
Number of Seniors who have been accepted to date: 56
 
Amount of scholarship/grant monies offered to date: $6,033,052
 
Please note: These numbers are contingent upon students submitting their acceptance and reward letters to the Counseling Department. If your son or daughter has yet to turn in their information, please have them do so ASAP. We are aware that many schools do not send out their acceptance packets and award letters until April 1st, so be looking for those in the mail. This information can often be found through a student's admission portal, so encourage your son or daughter to sign-in and check out their status today!

Other News
Congratulations:  Br. Bob Warren was honored as an Icon of the Arts by the Laredo Theater Guild in Laredo, Texas on March 28th for his many years of service to that organization.  Congratulations, Br. Bob!!!
 
Spring Fundraiser: Two Super 50/50 raffle booklets went out in the mail on Friday, March 29th. Look for them in the mail. If they do not arrive by April 3, call Mrs. DePoalo at Ext. 201 for a replacement set. Minimum of 2 books must be sold by April 26th. Refer to the letter for prizes. 
 
Activity Period takes place on Wednesday, April 3rd. 

Arts Festival:  April 5th, the theme is "Under the Sea". Tickets are $5.00 at the door. 

Dean's Breakfast/Year Level Assemblies:  For students who have achieved the Dean's List, breakfast is scheduled for Tuesday, April 9th in the cafeteria at 8:00am. If you are free, please stop by. A light breakfast will be sold in the front of school for the rest of the student body. Assemblies will take place on Tuesday, April 9th in the cafeteria. 
 
Dress Down:  $1.00 on Wednesday, April 10th in the support of Autism. 

Early Dismissal:  There will be a 1:40pm dismissal on Thursday, April 11th due to the 6th grade Math Contest.

Easter Break: School will be closed on Monday, April 15th through Monday, April 22nd. Classes resume on April 23rd.
Athletics News
Mr. Mauro Degennaro
Congratulations to the Boys' & Girls" Basketball Teams on great seasons. Both qualified for the County and State Tournaments with the Boys' reaching the county Finals only to lose to Union City High School. A job well done by both players and coaches.
 
Also congratulations to our Boys' & Girls' Bowling Team who also qualified for both the County and State Tournament. Things just keep rolling along. 
 
With the Spring Season here both our student/athletes and coaches are gearing up for competition. To keep up with all of the Knight's spring sports schedules, please visit our website. There you will able to access all of the information you need to come out and support your teams.
 
Good Luck to all the coaches and players.
Marist Parents' Association News
Parents of the MPA
The MPA meeting will be on April 9th at 6:30pm In the cafeteria. We will be holding the nomination process for the MPA board members for next year.  We will also be discussing the results of the Tricky Tray. If you would like to be considered for the board please come and put forth your nomination. Voting will be in May. 
Advancement
Ms. Tiffany McQueary
Marist Spring Campaign:  Thank you to everyone that has donated to the Annual Fund. We know that we are stronger together! This Spring reminds us of the true opportunity we have to grow as a family. We still have more money to raise to meeting our Annual Fund Goal. Please donate today to help us reach this goal.

We are more than half-way to our goal!

Amazon Smile:  Do you shop on Amazon?  Select Friends of Marist as your non-profit organization and Amazon will donate to us on your behalf every time you shop.

 

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