November 2018
Family Newsletter
Stay current with Marist news and events
Letter from the Principal
December 2018/ January 2019

Dear Marist Families,

For those of you that are new to Marist, this newsletter covers both December and January, right up to midterm exams. Keep it handy for events and announcements that extend until the end of the first semester.

In this newsletter, we announce tuition and fees for the upcoming school year. Our intent is to schedule payments so that they will be manageable. We strongly encourage you to set your account up for Automatic Withdrawal whether from a credit card or a checking account. Know that the school can adjust a due date if you notify us three (3) business days in advance. Automatic Withdrawal is the best way to make your child's education a priority and to avoid financial suspensions. Thanks to all of you who have already this set up.

Tuition and Fees for 2019-2020

The School Board has agreed that Marist will continue our tuition freeze of $9150 for the 2019-2020 school year.

Fees will be as follows:

* Re-Registration: $300
* Fees (Books, Technology, and Activities): $700
* Graduation Fee (seniors only): $150
* Chromebook (new students only): $300

Note the following payment schedule:

1. April/May: Returning students will need to notify the school by April 15 if they do not intend to return to Marist for the 2019-2020 school year. If we do not hear from you, your FACTs tuition account will automatically be rolled over for the new school year by May 15. Your registration fee of $300 will be added to the FACTs account to be collected in May.

2. June: You will note that we have bundled the Activity and Book and Technology Fees at $700. The $300 one-time Chromebook Fee for new students and the $150 Graduation fee assessed to seniors will be added accordingly. Everyone's account will be assessed for all fees in June. This will leave time for 10 monthly payments of tuition, July-April.

3. Marist Transportation: Remains set at $1,100 for those in Hudson County and $1200 for those beyond Hudson County. Remember that most towns reimburse at the rate of $1,000 but you must submit the B6T for that. Click here for the Jersey City B6T. Click here if you live in any other town. Those of you who live more than 2.5 miles from Marist may want to consider using Marist transportation. Do you realize what a good deal this is? In addition, our buses are safe and reliable to make sure that your child arrives at Marist on time.

4. Be aware that late fees incurred throughout the year will not be waived. However, if you ever run into difficulty, notify the school three (3) business days in advance, so that a due date can be adjusted.

5. The only other mandatory fees are the Fall and Spring Fundraisers. See 12.3.1 in the Handbook for that information.

A Word about Financial Aid Applications

You must re-apply for Marist Financial Aid through FACTs every year. You can take care of that as soon as you have next year's tax returns ready. Remember to click on 2019-2020. There is an application fee each year. Please note that if you receive The Scholarship Fund for Inner City Children (SFIC), you must also reapply through that organization. Information on that process will be shared with you directly by SFIC. SPA recipients need not reapply annually. Financial aid will be credited to your tuition in July.

And on another note . . .

We begin the season of Advent on Sunday, December 2. Despite the headlines which zap our hope and drain our optimism, let us not lose sight of the only headline that matters: God sent us His only Son to express his deepest love for humanity. Jesus came that we might have life and have it to the fullest. Like Mary, our good Mother, let us make room in our hearts for her son, Jesus. May we bring Him to birth through our love for one another.

Along with the administration, faculty, and staff at Marist High School, I wish you God's choicest blessings at Christmas and throughout the New Year.

Ms. Alice J. Miesnik
Academic News
Mr. Christopher Cassaro

STUDY HALL:  Began November 19th for any student that failed two or more subjects. This mandatory supervised quiet time will enable students to: start their homework, read or review for the next day, and obtain tutoring. Encourage your son/daughter to take advantage of this valuable time to turn around a failing grade.
NHS TUTORING:  Available Monday -Thursday in the LMC and the Study Hall Rooms from 2:40pm - 3:40pm. This is a reliable source of extra help. Be sure your son/daughter takes advantage of this free service.
PROGRESS REPORTS:  Progress Reports provides grades-to-date at the mid-point of the marking period. They will be ready on December 6th and will be sent out via e-mail. Please be sure that the school has your correct e-mail address. If you have changed your e-mail address, please contact Mrs. DePoalo and let her know. (Ext. 201 or
SECOND MARKING PERIOD:  Ends on January 18th. Reports Cards will not be mailed home on. Remember: anyone who has an outstanding tuition balance will not receive a report card. Please make sure your address is up-to-date; if you have a change of address, please contact Mrs. DePoalo.
MID-TERM EXAMINATIONS:  Mid-terms count for 10% of the final grade. Exams will be administered January 22-24. Students will not be given a make-up date without a doctor's note. Failure to present a doctor's note will result in a student receiving a grade of zero for that exam.

Mid-Term Exam Schedule 2018-2019

Tuesday              1st exam English
2nd exam            Science/Psychology
Wednesday         1st exam Spanish/Language Arts/Economics
2nd exam            History/Criminal Justice
Thursday             1st exam Religion
2nd exam            Mathematics
Friday                  Conflict Day

MID-TERM PREPARATION:  There are two aspects top the review process:  What the teachers and students do together in school and what you and your son/daughter do at home.

* In-school preparation begins Monday, January 14th and extends through Friday, January 18th. Teachers will outline what material is to be studied, provide study guides and review sheets, etc.
* At home, please be sure to encourage your son/daughter to set aside a study time each evening during review week. Ask to see the review materials and contact the teacher if your son/daughter tells you that review materials were not provided. Please insist that your son/daughter prepares each night before the scheduled exams and allow them to have a study area that is free of distractions. Encourage your son/daughter to get at least 8 hours of sleep before each exam, eat breakfast before each exam, and arrive to school on time for the exam.

We look forward to very positive results from each of our students. Students will be dismissed at the conclusion of the second exam each day and buses will run after each exam. No bus transportation will be provided on Friday of exam week.

Campus Ministry News 
Mr. Michael Power
ADVENT:  Sunday, December 2nd marks the beginning of the season of Advent.  During these four weeks, we reflect on and prepare for the celebration of Jesus' birth on Christmas Day. During this season, we continue to ask for your generosity with our next fundraiser, the annual Coat Drive. 

COAT DRIVE: During Advent we will help with the JERSEY CARES COAT DRIVE. Receptacles will be in Campus Ministry. Please send your student in with any gently used, clean coats and or winter clothing to be distributed to those in need. We are trying to emulate what the Catholic Worker founder, Peter Maruin, said; "The coat in your closet belongs to the poor." 

SOPHOMORE RETREAT:  The Sophomore class just came back from their wonderful retreat experience. They tackled some big topics like self-esteem and the "walls" we put up to other people. A good time was had by all and we look forward to our next retreat experience!

CHRISTMAS PRAYER SERVICE:  Our Christmas Pageant will take place on Monday, December 17th at 9:45am.  If you are free, you are invited to celebrate Jesus' birth with our entire school family. Traditionally, the Senior Retreat Leaders present a very stirring pageant, re-enacting St. Luke's story of the Nativity.

CULTURE OF SERVICE:  Looking for a service opportunity in your neighborhood? Trying to give back to those most in need? Sign up with to find local service opportunity near you. Sign up and registration take less than 5 minutes. Any questions, please reach out to Mr. Power at Ext. 220.

ENCOUNTER: The next Encounter for Seniors is Jan 24-27.  This is the second opportunity this year to enjoy this type of retreat. It is a retreat where both Seniors and Juniors have an opportunity to review their lives, their relationship with God and their future goals. Interested upperclassmen should sign up early with Ms. E in Guidance. Spots are filling up fast! For more information please contact Ms. Eisenmenger at or call her at Ext. 301.

MARTIN LUTHER KING HOLIDAY:  Is celebrated nationally on Wednesday, January 21st. There is no school on that day. Marist strongly encourages students to devote this day to service in their local communities. See Campus Ministry or the Jersey Cares website ( for ideas.  Marist memorializes Martin Luther King with a prayer service and a guest speaker on Wednesday, January 30th at 9:45am.  Join us if you can.

Counseling News 
Ms. Miriam Eisenmenger
HBCU College Fair:  On Friday, November 16th, despite the weather, and school being canceled, a small group of Seniors and Juniors took advantage of an opportunity to meet with college reps from Historically Black Colleges and Universities at NJIT for the HBCU College Fair.  The students got to sit in on a panel of HBCU alumni for a motivational talk, and then were able to meet with reps, learn more about each school, and ultimately apply. The Seniors that attended returned to school the following Monday with multiple acceptances. Congrats to all who took this opportunity to show that you are ready for the next step on your journey! 

PSAT Scores:  In October, the Junior class took the PSATs. The scores will be released December 10, 11, or 12. Counselors will be in Junior religion classes that week to help them get signed up on College Board, if they don't already have an account, and link it to their scores. We will also give them a tour of the website, to see what free resources are out there for the students. The Freshmen and Sophomores also took the test. Their counselors will review those scores with them and give them pointers on what to do next.

SATS:  Scores will be posted to the CollegeBoard website in about two weeks. The next sitting will be March 9th here at Marist. The deadline to apply for that sitting is February 8th.  We recommend that Juniors who are currently in Pre-Calculus or Calculus take advantage of this sitting of the SAT. All other Juniors who are in Algebra II currently, we recommend waiting until the May or June SATs to ensure that you have learned the full set of skills needed to be successful at the SATs.  All students are encouraged to take advantage of the free practice tools found at

College Application Process:  Just about half of the Senior class has completed the application process, with many more putting the finishing touches on their applications before pressing that submit button.  There are 9 students that have turned in their acceptance letters to 23 colleges and universities to date, and have accrued close to $500,000 in scholarships already-including several free rides! We know many schools will be sending out their first batch of acceptance letters soon, so PLEASE, make sure your son/daughter brings in the letter or email when that happens. We will copy it and return the original to you. 

Student Council News:

With Christmas fast approaching, our annual Spirit Week and Champagnat Games are just around the corner.  For those new to Marist, Spirit Week is a time in which each year level unites in friendly competition to see which one has the MOST school spirit.  Trees are decorated, costumes are worn, and we all join together in the spirit of the season to celebrate our Marist heritage and the birth of Christ. Below is the calendar for the week.  Check out what day is what theme, and help your son/ daughter to plan accordingly. Furthermore, you might have already been asked by your son/ughter for $7 towards a Champagnat Games shirt to be worn during the final day before break, in which the entire student body competes in a variety of activities that celebrate teamwork, athleticism, and strategy-all skills at which our student body excel. Each year level is assigned a different color, and students must be wearing that color to compete in the games-plus it's super fun to support your team by wearing this year's version of the shirt! Ask your son or daughter for more details!  

Tree Judging, Christmas Liturgy and Pageant Character Day Age Day Music by Decade Champagnat Games!!! 12pm Dismissial
(no dress down) Fr - Cartoon Network

So - Nickelodeon
Fr - Teenagers

So - Adults
Fr - 70's

So - 2000's
Fr - Green

So - Red
Optional Ugly Sweater over your uniform (must be taken off during prayer service) Jr - Sesame Street/Muppets Jr - Babies Jr - 90's Jr - Gold
Year level involvement goes towards Spirit Week Points Sr - Disney Sr - Senior Citizens Sr - 80's Sr - Blue

Athletic News
Mr. Mauro DeGennaro 

Our winter sports program is right around the corner. To keep up with all of the Knight's sports schedules please go to the Marist High School website at and there you will be able to access all of the winter schedules so you can come out to support your Royal Knights.
Why Participate in High School Athletics? Marist High School reinforces that athletics are an extension of the educational program where student/athletes develop both basic and life skills, learn morals and values, develop character, self-discipline, self-esteem, and positive sportsmanship.

Participation in the athletic program is a privilege that carries with it responsibilities to the school, the team, the community and the athletes themselves. Through their play and conduct student/athletes represent all of these groups. It is through helping students understand this philosophy and carefully directing them in learning situations that Marist athletes will achieve these goals.

Winter Sports                      Head Coach                    Assistant Coach
Boys' Basketball               Ben Gamble                     Eric Harried, Rubin Rodriguez
                                                                                   Tahir Marshall, Joe Neils
Girls' Basketball                Reggie Quinn                   Bob Nevith            
Boys' Bowling                   Jeremy Kay                     
Girls' Bowling                    Jeremy Kay                     
Cheerleading                     Lorisa Jones
Athletic Physicals   
This year each Student/Athlete participating in an athletic activity will be administered a physical by the Team Physician on a scheduled date to be announced.  
A Physical History Form and a Sports Physical Packet will be given to each student/athlete which MUST be completed prior to each Student/Athlete seeing the Team Physician.
Please attach a copy of your insurance card along with the completed Physical History Form.
Sports Physical Packet

Complete and return signature pages for:
  • Sudden cardiac care and Sign-Off sheet
  • Sports-Related Eye Injuries Fact Sheet
  • Sports-Related Concussion and Head Injury Fact Sheet and Parent/Guardian Sign-Off Acknowledgement Form
  • Opioid Use and Fact Sheet and Student/Athlete and Parent/Guardian Sign-Off Sheet
  • NJSIAA's Steroid Testing Policy and Banned Substances List
  • NJSIAA Athletic Competition Eligibility Standards and Sign-Off Sheet
  • Sports Participation/Permission/Emergency Treatment Authorization Sign-Off Sheet
If any mandatory item from the above list is missing, the student will not be permitted to participate.
Marist Parents' Association News
Parents of the MPA
The MPA meets every first Tuesday of the month. The next meeting will be on December 4th at 6:00pm in the cafeteria. Please use doors by the side of parking lot.

MPA Pocketbook Bingo: Re-Scheduled for January. Please stay tuned for upcoming communications via email and social media for the Pocketbook Bingo.

Holiday Bazaar:  Our Holiday Bazaar is December 15th from 12:00 - 5:00pm. Come browse the shop and be sure to bring your holiday spirit!

Ms. Tiffany McQueary
  • Christmas Party at San Vito Restaurant in Bayonne, December 13th -  6:00-10:00pm. Adults only, RSVP to
  • Alumni Breakfast at Champagnat Games on December 21st at 8:30am in the LMC.
Other Ways to help Marist:

Other News
Blood Drive:  Sponsored by our American Red Cross will be conducted on Friday, December 7th, 8:30am - 2:00pm.  Open to the public!
Activity Period: Students will gather for their 3rd meetings of their Activity Period on Wednesday, December 5th. Remember to ask them how it went!
Christmas Vacation: Begins at 12:00 noon on Friday, December 21st and extends through Monday, January 7, 2019. January 2 is celebrated annually as Founder's Day, the Day on which Fr. Marcelin Champagnat founded the Marist Brothers. Students resume school on Monday, January 7th.  Enjoy your time with family and friends. On Thursday, January 3rd, teachers will return for a day of professional development. 
School Closings:  In the event of inclement weather, you will receive an automated phone call from the school. Please listen to the message carefully and completely. School closings and delays are published as an alert on our app.

Freshmen Trip to NYC: All Freshmen are invited to join Ms. Miesnik and Mr. Deh for a Christmas walk through NYC on Sunday, December 16th. Students should pick up a permission slip in the main office. The cost is $10.00.
The Shield: Have you heard? The Marist student newspaper has been revived in digital form. Click here if you have not seen it! Look for a monthly update.