December 2019 / January 2020
Family Newsletter
Stay current with Marist news and events
Letter from the Principal
December 2019/January 2020
Dear Marist Families,
For those of you that are new to Marist, this newsletter covers both December and January, right up to and including midterm exams.  Keep it handy for events and announcements that extend until the end of the first semester.
The season of Advent begins on Sunday, December 1.  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 full. 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.  
One way to enrich the high school experience is to join a club, activity, or sport.  In a recent weekly bulletin, I published the following list of extra-curricular opportunities, adding an email address of the mentor:
Reach out!  Joining usually results in better grades, more friends, and an enhanced profile when it comes to college applications.  I also highly recommend service opportunities for the same reason. Thinking of volunteering? Check out .
Whenever you ask a student, an alum, a teacher, or a parent what makes Marist special, you'll invariably get the same answer:  the feeling of family. I've met strangers, visiting the school for the first time, who tell me that there's something "different" about this place; that they felt it as soon as they entered.  They say the "spirit" is palpable. This spirit comes to life with a wonderful Marist tradition which occurs the week before Christmas break. Called Spirit Week and culminating in the Champagnat Games, you have to experience it to believe it!  You'll have to ask your sons and daughters all about it. It's frenzied, it's competitive, it's fun . . . it's Marist.
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. Jeremy Kay

STUDY HALL:   Began November 13th 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 for all students 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 5th and will be sent out via email. Please be sure that the school has your correct email address. If you have changed your email address, please contact Mrs. DePoalo and let her know. (Ext. 201 or )
SECOND MARKING PERIOD:   Ends on January 17th. Reports Cards will be mailed home on January 30. 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 course grade. Exams will be administered January 21-23. 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 2019-2020

Tuesday                     1st exam                    Spanish/Language Arts
                                  2nd exam                 History
Wednesday              1st exam                   Religion
                                 2nd exam                  Mathematics
Thursday                  1st exam                   English
                                 2nd exam                  Science
Friday                       Conflict Day
  There are two aspects to 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 13th and extends through Friday, January 17th. Teachers will outline what material is to be studied, provide study guides and review sheets, and in some cases, begin the mid-term exam process.

* 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 1st 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. 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." 
CHRISTMAS PRAYER SERVICE: Our Christmas Pageant will take place on Tuesday, 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 16-19. 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 Monday January 20th. 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 29th at 9:45am. Join us if you can. 

Counseling News 
Ms. Miriam Eisenmenger
HBCU College Fair:    On Friday, November 21st, 13 seniors took advantage of the 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 that same day 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 10th. 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.
SAT'S:    Saturday, December 7th is the next sitting for the SATs here at Marist. Many Seniors are taking it for the second or third time. The next sitting will be March 14th here at Marist. The deadline to apply for that sitting is February 14th.  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:   O ver 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 19 students that have turned in their acceptance letters to 25 colleges and universities to date, and have accrued close to $500,000 in scholarships already! 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. 


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. 
MONDAY 12/16: Music Genre Day
                  Freshmen- Pop                      Sophomores - 90's R&B
                  Juniors - Country                   Seniors - Rap
TUESDAY 12/17: Christmas Pageant and Tree Decoration Juding
                   (Optional Ugly Sweater Day - over uniform)
WEDNESDAY 12/18: Movie Day
                    Freshmen - The Incredibles           Sophomores - Coco
                    Juniors - Despicable Me                Seniors - Toy Story
THURSDAY 12/19: Holidays
                    Freshmen - Halloween                 Sophomores - Valentine's Day
                    Juniors - 4th of July                       Seniors - Christmas
FRIDAY 12/20: CHAMPAGNAT GAMES - 12pm Dismissal
The highlight of the week occurs on Friday, when we host our annual Champagnat Games. Year levels compete for the prestige of the title of Champions.  This year we are able to provide Champagnat Games shirts free of charge, and will be collecting sizes during the first week back from Thanksgiving break.  

Other News & Important Dates
December 5 - Progress Reports emailed home
December 5-6 - Senior Retreat
December 6 - Blood Drive
December 7 - MPA Christmas Bazaar
December 7 - SAT's
December 8 - Freshmen Trip to NYC
December 10 - 6:45pm MPA Meeting in the cafeteria
December 11 - Activity Period
December 13 - Winter Pep Rally/6:30pm Senior Movie Night
December 16-20 - Spirit Week
December 20 - Noon dismissal
December 21-January 5 - Christmas Break
January 6 - Classes Resume
January 8 - Dress Down benefitting Model UN
January 8 - Winter Sports Pictures at 3:00pm in the LMC
January 13-17 - Review Week
January 14 - 6:45pm MPA Meeting in the cafeteria
January 17 - End of 2nd Quarter
January 18 - MPA Pocketbook Bingo
January 20 - MLK No classes
January 21-23 - Midterm Exams
January 24 - Grading day, no classes
January 29 - MLK Service
January 30 - Report cards mailed home

Athletic News
Mr. Mauro DeGennaro
I would like to congratulate all coaches and student/athletes for their hard work and dedication this past Fall Season. You have all made the Marist Community very proud.
Winter season is here. Athletic physicals will be needed for students wishing to participate. A SPORTS PHYSICAL PACKET can be obtained and downloaded online through the Marist website. It can also be obtained in the main office or by each individual winter coach. 
No student will be allowed to participate in any sport unless an athletic physical is completed and returned before the start of the winter season.
Tryouts for all winter sports will be announced in school. Please come out and support our student/athletes. Did you know you can access schedules and scores through the Marist App?
Important Dates:
Tryouts/Practice can Begin:
November 25, 2019 (Monday before Thanksgiving)
November 25, 2019 (Monday before Thanksgiving)
First Official Practice:
December 2, 2019
December 2, 2019
First Scrimmage:
December 9, 2019
December 9, 2019
Opening Day:
December 19, 2019
December 19, 2019
First Practice:
November 11, 2019
November 11, 2019
First Scrimmage:
No Restrictions
No Restrictions
Opening Day:
November 23, 2019
November 23, 2019

Marist Parents' Association News
Parents of the MPA

Marist Winter Wonderland Craft Fair (Dec 7th)
On December 7th Marist will be hosting the Marist Winter Wonderland Craft Fair. Vendors are wanted! If you know someone in direct sales or someone that does artisanal/craft products please have them email to request a vendor contract.
How you can help ? You can volunteer to work an event, invite friends and family members to paint with us and donating (Walmart, Sam's Club, Costco, BJ's) gift cards. 

Designer Bag Bingo (Jan 18th)
Save the date. Spread the word.
How you can help :  Donate your unwanted Christmas gifts. Don't re-gift, we take it from you. Include one extra item in your a holiday gift list to donate for the Bingo tricky tray. You can volunteer to work an event, invite friends and family members to paint with us and donating (Walmart, Sam's Club, Costco, BJ's) gift cards. 
The MPA wish all of you to have a peaceful Thanksgiving holiday. Remember happiness is only achieved through service. Blessings! 

Ms. Tiffany McQueary
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 #GivingTuesday will take place on December 3rd and will kick off the giving season by inspiring people to collaborate and give back.

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