December/January 2018
Family Newsletter
Stay current with Marist news and events
Letter from the Head of School 
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.

Thank you to those families who have been able to keep Marist a priority in your bill paying cycle.  Your conscientiousness enables us to make payroll and pay our bills on time.  I regret that we must revert to tuition suspensions when families are in arrears and do not communicate.  I think you'll find Ms. Lopez in the Finance Office to be a good listener and very creative in helping many of you in readjusting payments when necessary.  Communication is the key. Stay in touch with Ms. Lopez at to keep those late fees under control and to keep your son/daughter in class. Just so you know, our next financial suspensions will begin December 11.

Tuition and Fees for 2018-2019

It is our custom in the December-January Newsletter to outline costs for the upcoming school year.  The Finance Committee of the School Board has agreed that we will continue to freeze tuition at $9150 for the 2018-2019 school year.  Fees will be as follows: 

1.       The Scheduling fee (formerly known as Re-Registration) will remain at $250 if paid prior to May 15.  The cost then rises to $300.  Students are scheduled in order of payment; this is important to note if your son/daughter expects certain electives.

2.       Activity Fee is $300; Book and Technology Fee will go from $350 to $375 based on the rising costs of infrastructure maintenance. Only students new to the school need pay the $300 one-time Chromebook Fee. 

3.       Marist Transportation will increase by $100.  The contract cost will be set at $1,100 for those in Hudson County and $1200 for those beyond Hudson County to help defray fluctuating gas prices.  Remember that most towns reimburse at the rate $884 but you must submit the B6T for that.  Those of you who live more than 2.5 miles from Marist may want to consider using Marist transportation.

4.       Marist will continue to cover the cost of FACTs enrollment; be aware, however, that late fees incurred throughout the year will not be waived.

A Word about Financial Aid

Applying for Marist Financial Aid through FACTs is a process which must be done every year.  You can take care of that as soon as you have next year's tax returns ready.  Remember to click on 2018-2019.  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. Information on that process will be shared with you directly by SFIC.  SPA recipients need not reapply annually.

How else can you help? 
  • Become a seller for our newest venture:  The Super Bowl Raffle.  Tickets are $100 each, but only 500 will be sold!  This is a $13,000 value!  Or buy a ticket yourself or go in on one with your football buddy!  Single tickets are available from Ms. Botti in the main office.  If you want to become a seller, contact Ms. Botti at and she'll arrange a time for pick-up.
  • Increase your commitment to keeping Marist affordable by joining the Marist Parents' Association.  Their efforts contribute to the operating fund of the school keeping the cost of your tuition down. Get in touch with them to see how you can help.  And attend their events:  the Pocketbook Bingo is on December 10!
  • Respond generously to requests to donate to the Annual Fund.  If your child receives scholarship money form Marist, consider "giving back" through the Annual Fund.  During December, we have a Giving Tuesday program that is being matched by an alum. Now would be a great time to donate.  Click here!
We begin the season of Advent on Sunday, December 3.  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 now and throughout the New Year.


Ms. Alice J. Miesnik
Head of School

P.S.  This newsletter addresses both December and January, so please be sure to read carefully and keep the information on hand.  I'll be in touch again after mid-term exams.

Academic News

Study Hall   began November 15 for any student that failed two or more subjects. This mandatory supervised quite time will enable students to start their homework, read or review for the next day, and to obtain tutoring. Encourage your son/daughter to take advantage of this opportunity to turn around a failing grade.
NHS Tutoring  is available Monday -Thursday in the LMC and the Study Hall Rooms from 2:40 - 3:40. This is a reliable source of extra help. Be sure your son/daughter takes advantage of this free service.
Progress Reports , which publish grades-to-date at the mid-point of the marking period, will be ready on December 14 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 inform Mrs. DePoalo at 201-437-4545 x201 or at
Second Marking Period   ends on January 19. Reports Cards will be mailed home on February 1. 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  which count for 10% of the final grade, will be administered January 22 - 24. Students will not be given a make-up 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 2017-18
Monday -      1st exam Religion
                     2nd exam Mathematics
Tuesday -     1st exam English
                     2nd exam Science/Psychology
Wed. -          1st exam Spanish/Language Arts/Economics
                     2nd exam History/ Criminal Justices
Thursday -   Conflict Day
Mid-Term Exam Preparation   has two aspects:  What the teachers and students do together in school and what you and your son/daughter does at home.
  • In school, preparation begins Tuesday, January 16 and extends through Friday, January 19.  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 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 Thursday or Friday of exam week.
Please note: Exams cannot be administered to any student who owes tuition.   Please make every effort to satisfy your financial obligations so that your son/daughter's education will not suffer.

Campus Ministry News 

Advent:   Sunday, December 3rd 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."
Senior Retreat:    The students will embark on a weekend retreat on Tuesday December 5th. They will be reflecting on the past 4 years and the journey that still has to be made. Permission slips were given out in Senior Religion classes, and more are available with Mr. Power in Campus Ministry. Reserve your spot today!  
Christmas Prayer Service:    Our Christmas Pageant will take place on Wednesday, December 20 at 9:45 AM.  If you're 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. Wednesday, December 20 at 9:45.
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. Signup 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 25- Jan. 28.  This is the second opportunity this year to enjoy this type of retreat. It is a retreat that 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 at Campus Ministry. Spots are filling up fast! For more information please contact Ms. Eisenmenger at

Martin Luther King Holiday:   Is celebrated nationally on Monday, January 15. 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 on Wednesday, January 31 at 9:45.  Join us if you can.
Counseling News

HBCU College Fair :  On November 17th, a group of Seniors took advantage of an opportunity to meet with college reps from Historically Black Colleges and Universities at 
Essex County Community College for their 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 rep s, learn more about each school, and ultimately apply. Twenty-one students returned to Marist with multiple college 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 11, 12, or 13. 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.
SATs:   The next sitting for the SATs will be December 2nd. Students at this sitting are encouraged to take advantage of the free practice tools found at, and to get a good night's rest the night before. Be sure to read over the Admission Ticket for test-day tips and a list of items you need to bring with you to your test site. 
College Application Process Go to Marist, Go to College! 26 students have turned in their acceptance letters to 30 colleges and universities to date. We know there are more acceptances out there, so PLEASE, make sure your son/daughter brings in the letter or email. We will copy it and return the original to you.  
A Note from Student Council

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 sons and daughters to plan accordingly. Furthermore, you might have already been asked by your son or daughter 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 things 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!  

Seasons Day
Clique Day
Christmas Liturgy and Pageant
Sports Day
12pm Dismissal
Seniors - Summer
(no dress down)
Juniors - Fall
Sophomores - Winter
Freshmen - Spring

Other News

Blood Drive:   Sponsored by our American Red Cross will be conducted on Thursday, December 7, 8:30 am - 2:00pm.  Open to the public!
Dress Down:   will be held on Wednesday, December 6.  Students who choose to dress down will contribute $1.00 which will support our Arts Festival.  Again in January on Wednesday the 17th students can dress down for Archery.

Fundraiser - Super Bowl Raffle:   Tickets are $100 each.  The winner will receive two Super Bowl tickets as well as hotel and airfare to the game.  Winner will also be invited to other events surrounding the games.  Value of the prize is $13,000.  Contact Ms. Botti at to purchase a ticket or to sign up to become a seller.

Feast of the Immaculate Conception:   December 8 falls on a Friday this year.  There are no classes that day.  This is a holy day of obligation, commemorating Mary the Mother of God in a special way.  Students are encouraged to celebrate the day by attending mass in their local parishes.  

Activity Period:   Students will gather for their 3rd and 4th meetings of their Activity Period on Thursday, December 14 and Wednesday, January 10.  Remember to ask them how it went!

A Perfect Christmas Idea:   If you are interested in purchasing Marist Gear as a gift for your son or daughter, just let Mr. Carbone know (

Safety and Security Reminder:   We remind you that the Knight Club and the Library Media Center are open every day after school and there are other activities and clubs meeting at that time.  However, the school closes at 4:00 PM.  Note that students do not have access to their lockers after 4:00PM.  Students are not allowed to be in the building after this time unless they are supervised by a faculty member or a coach.  In addition, as we start our winter sports program, home basketball games will be over by 9:00 PM and the building will be closed at 9:30 PM.  On those days please keep this in mind as you make arrangements to pick up your child if they are attending these games. 

Christmas Vacation:   Begins at 12:00 noon on Friday, December 22 and extends through Monday, January 8, 2018. 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 8.  Enjoy your time with family and friends. On January 3rd, teachers will return for a day of professional development. 

Open House:   Will be held for prospective students on Thursday, January 11, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Please encourage friends and neighbors with high school age children to take a good look at Marist. Let them know that Ms. Szymanski would be happy to offer them a tour! 
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. You can also find out if school is closed or if there is a delayed opening by logging onto our website at School closing or delays will be placed at the top of the Marist home page and will go out on the Marist app. Download the Marist app if you haven't done so already. 
Athletic News
Winter Season is here. Please come out and support our student-athletes.
Click here for game schedules!  New athletic procedures and have instituted in order to increase the safety of our student athletes.

Athletic Physicals will be needed for students wishing to participate. "A NEW SPORTS PHYSICAL PACKET" will be distributed by each winter season coach.

Pre - Concussion Protocol will now be administered in house for all students participating in ALL sports beginning this winter season.

Marist First Annual Tip-Off Dinner  will be on December 12 at 7 PM in Marist High School. Tickets are $25 per person. Please contact Girls Basketball Head Coach Reggie Quinn ( for more information. 

Go Royal Knights!!
Marist Parents' Association News
Next Parents' Association Meeting  w ill be on Tuesday, December 12 at 6:30 in the cafeteria.

Pocketbook Bingo: $35.00 Sunday, Dec. 10 at 3:00.  BYOB/Snacks. Buy your tickets from Mrs. DePoalo!


Here's a preview of what's happening in December and January: 

Giving Tuesday  has begun Click here to donate!

Alumni Breakfast  at Champagnat Games on December 22 at 8:30 AM in the LMC.

Other Ways to help Marist!

  • Do you shop at Stop N Shop? Link your card to Marist High School ( ID#: 405 8 3) t o support the  school!