December 2016 January 2017
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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.
First, I'd like to thank the many of you who extended your condolences at my mom's passing.  I was overwhelmed by the number of you who sent a card, an email, or just remembered to mention her when you ran into me.  My heart was especially warmed by the students who stopped by to express their sympathy.  You are raising them well!
Secondly, a heartfelt 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.
It is customary 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 and fees for the 2017-2018 school year with very few exceptions: 


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.       Tuition will be $9150; Activity Fee is $300; Book and Technology Fee is $350.  Only students new to the school need pay the $300 one time Chromebook Fee.  Note that this is a $60 increase, based on rising costs of infrastructure maintenance, but will only affect those who need a new Chromebook. 

3.       Marist Transportation will slightly increase by $100 The contract cost will be set at $1,000 for those in Hudson County and $1100 for those beyond Hudson County to help defray rising gas prices.  Remember that most towns reimburse at the rate $884 but you must submit the B6T for that.  If your town reimburses, you will still be riding the Marist bus for a whole year for less than $1.25 a day!!  For those of you who live more than 2.5 miles from Marist, you may want to consider using Marist transportation.

4.       Marist will continue to cover the cost of FACTs enrollment; be aware, however, that no late fees throughout the year will be waived.


A word about Financial Aid:  Applying for 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 2017-2018.  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; however, SFIC is contracting with a vendor other than FACTs so they'll have a new process.  We'll pass along that information to you as soon as they release it to us!
How else can you help? 
  • Become active in the Marist Parents' Association.  Their efforts enhance the school with luxury gifts such as the electronic sign and the newly lit cross and sign on the front and side of the building.
  • 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!
  • Encourage your child to do more than the minimum during the spring student fundraisers.
Want to earn money while sending your child to Marist? We are steadily increasing our international student program; many of these students live with host families.  These host families are receiving $1200 a month for housing, meals, and transportation costs.  All you need is an extra bedroom and a big heart!  Contact Mrs. DePoalo, who is also a homestay mom, if you are interested:
We began the season of Advent this past Sunday.  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. 
In Marcellin Champagnat,

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 16 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 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 publishes grades-to-date at the mid-point of the marking period will be ready on December 15 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 (201-437-4545 x201)

Second Marking Period   ends on January 20. Reports Cards will be mailed home on February 2. Remember anyone who has an outstanding tuition balance will not receive a report card and grade portals will be blocked. Please make sure your mailing 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 23 - 25. Students will not be given a makeup exam 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 2016-17

January 23

1st -Spanish/Language Arts/Economics

2 nd - History/Criminal Justice

January 24

1 st - Religion

2 nd  - Mathematics

January 25

1st - English

2 nd  - Science/Psychology

January 26

Conflict Day

Mid-term Exam Reviews has two aspects:  What the teachers and students do together in school and what you and your son/daughter do at home.

  • In school, preparation begins Tuesday, January 17 and extends through Friday, January 20.  Teachers will outline what material is to be studied, provide study guides, 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 at 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.

Exams cannot be administered to any student who owes tuition.  Please make every effort to satisfy your financial obligation so that your son/daughter's education will not suffer.

Campus Ministry News
Coat Drive!  During Advent (December), 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 who need them. We are trying to emulate what the Catholic Worker founder, Peter Maruin, said; "The coat in your closet belongs to the poor."

Advent: Sunday, November 27th marked 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.

Junior Retreat:  The students will embark on a weekend retreat on Friday December 9th. They will be joined by our sister schools from Roselle Catholic, Mount St. Michaels, and St. Joseph Academy. They will spend the weekend reflecting and sharing in prayer while meeting new friends from these other Marist schools. We look forward to hear the results of this great retreat!

Christmas Prayer Service:
  Our Christmas Prayer Service will take place on Wednesday, December 21 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 stirr ing pageant, reenacting St. Luke's story  of  the Nativity.  Wednesday, December 21 at 9:45 

Culture of Service:  Right before we leave for break, we will have Jersey Cares which is a local volunteer organization come into the religion classrooms and give a small seminar on how to find service opportunities in our neighborhoods. They will learn how to sign up for different experiences that are available to them in their local community. We are excited to start this new partnership with this wonderful organization!

Encounter: The next Encounter for Seniors is Jan 26- Jan. 29.  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 spirituality, and their future goals. Interested upperclassmen should sign up early at Campus Ministry. Spot are filling up fast! For more information please contact Ms. Eisenmenger  

Counseling News
PSAT Results will be made available to Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors on December 12th.  If your son or daughter submitted their email on the answer sheet, a link to the results will be emailed to them.  The Counseling Department will go over the results with all students throughout December and January. Hard copies of the score report will be mailed home with the Second Marking Period Report Cards. Please note that Freshmen and Sophomores will have a chance to retake the PSAT and that only Junior year scores become part of their permanent record.  The PSAT at the Freshmen and Sophomore levels is meant to provide added opportunity to practice for the SAT and to help them monitor their growth over three years.  If you have any questions about the score report, do not hesitate to reach out to your counselor over the phone, or to set up a meeting with them.  
SATs:  December 3rd is the next sitting for the SATs. Students taking 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 Acceptances:  Go to Marist, Go to College! 13 students have turned in their acceptance letters to 18 colleges and universities to date-- with $824,452 in scholarship already accrued. 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.  This year's senior class is quite self-motivated, and is showing an increase in parent involvement in the process. 32 of the 94 seniors have taken advantage of the Full Day in Counseling to date-with quite a few already scheduled for this week and next; and a large portion of seniors have taken advantage of Campus Visit days and Open House opportunities.  Special thanks to the parents for taking a vested interest in your child's future. Keep up the good work, and let your counselor know if there is anything further you need!
Student Council News
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!  


Decade Day

vs. DC

Christmas Liturgy and Pageant

Sports Day

12pm Dismissal
Seniors - 70's
DC Heroes
(no dress down)
Juniors - 80's
Marvel Heroes

Sophomores - 50's
DC Villains

Freshmen - 90's
Marvel Villains


January Event:
On Friday, January 13 th , the Student Council will be hosting its 2 nd Annual Multicultural Fashion Show and Potluck. This is a beautiful evening showcasing the diversity of our school and the creativity we love to celebrate.  There will be food, fashion, and a talent portion between sets to show off the gifts so many of our students have been blessed with.  The event begins at 6:30pm. Tickets are $3 if you just bring yourself, $1 if you bring a food item to share!  Beverages will be provided.
Other News

Blood Drive: Sponsored by our American Red Cross Club, our first Blood Drive of the school year will be conducted on Friday, December 16.

Dress Down: will be held on Wednesday, December 7. Students who choose to dress down will contribute $1.00 which will support our Model UN. Again in January on Wednesday the 11th, students can dress down for Campus Ministry Service Trips.

Feast of the Immaculate Conception: December 8 falls on a Thursday 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.

Freshmen Trip to NYC: In an effort to expand our students' educational experience, Marist invites each year level to tour a major city. Seniors already visited Washington, D.C.! Freshmen will visit NYC for a Christmas Walking tour on Sunday, December 18. Freshmen can pick up their permission slip in the main office. Cost is $15.00 and is due with the signed permission slip. Ms. Miesnik will be the tour guide! The bus will leave Marist at 1:00 and return around 7:30. Any freshman parent willing to chaperone this trip should e-mail Ms. Miesnik at

Activity Period: Students will gather for their 3rd and 4th meetings of their Activity Period on Thursday, December 14 and January 11. Remember to ask them how it went!

Winter Sports & Activity Pictures for the yearbook will take place during the 6th and 7th periods and after school on Friday, December 16. Please make sure your son/daughter is in school that day if they are involved in any after school activities within the school or if they are involved in a winter sport. 

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

Christmas Vacation: begins at 12:00 noon on Friday, December 23 and extends through Tuesday, January 3. January 2 is celebrated annually as Founder's Day, the Day on which Fr. Marcelin Champagnat founded the Marist Brothers. Students resume school on Wednesday, January 4. Enjoy your time with family and friends. This year the 200th anniversary of the founding! On January 3rd, teachers will return for a day of professional development.

Open House will be held for prospective students on Thursday, January 12 at 6:30 PM. Please encourage friends and neighbors with high school age children to take a good look at Marist. Let them know that Ms. Verdonck would be happy to offer them a tour!

Martin Luther King Holiday is celebrated nationally on Monday, January 16. 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 Transportation: Please be advised that all students riding the morning and 2:40 bus must have a bus contract. Evidence of this contract should be indicated on the front of your student ID. Please be ready to show your ID to the driver if asked. Also, you should be at your assigned stop five minutes early. Bus drivers can stop, but they can't wait. For those without a contract who want to ride the 4:00 or 6:00 bus, a ticket is required. Tickets are available through the Finance Office for $2.00 each.

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 4:00 PM 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. Please keep this in mind as you make arrangements to pick up your child if they are attending these games.

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 app if you haven't already.

Marist Parents' Association News

Next Parents' Association Meeting will be on Tuesday, December 13 at 6:30 in the cafeteria.  
Volunteers Needed:  If you'd like to work the concession stand at the Craft Fair or at the home basketball games, contact Lois Delbert at 201-892-0625 or at
Holiday Craft Fair:  Under the leadership of Committee Chair, Ms. Jillian Flores, Marist will be hosting a 55 vendor Arts and Craft Fair with a holiday theme.  Enjoy lots of fun, festivity and holiday cheer.  Open food concession. Some surprise guests will make an appearance.  Come and check it out in the cafeteria on Saturday, December 10 from 9:00-3:00 pm!
Paint n' Pinot:  Our 3rd Paint Night was so well attended and such a success that we scheduled another right away.  Next Paint Night will be held sometime in February 2017 TBA.

Athletic News
A Message from the Athletic Director:
With the Winter Season approaching both our student-athletes and coaches are gearing up for competition.  If you would like to attend any of our winter sports contests, please refer to our website and click on the athletics tab to find schedules of the sports you are interested in.
Winter Pep Rally:  Friday, December 9, 2016 Marist High School will be hosting its annual Winter Pep Rally.  The event will be of no cost to students and will take place during the last period of the day.  After the Pep Rally students will be invited to stay for the Girls' and Boys' Varsity Basketball Scrimmages that will take place that night.  The Girls' face off against Pope John XXIII and the Boys' against Union High School.
Are you ready for college?
Take advantage of resources that are provided to student-athletes.  Visit for information geared towards prospective student-athletes.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact my office.

Giving Tuesday:   #GivingTuesday Donor Challenge

On November 29th, 2016, Marist High School will launch its #GivingTuesday Donor Challenge!
Our goal is to raise $25,000 throughout the month of December to add to the Marist Annual Fund which helps supplement the tuition and allows deserving students to attend the high school.

Be on the lookout for more details via email.

Amazon Smile:    Marist High School is partnered Amazon Smile! Amazon Smile allows shoppers to support a nonprofit organization by donating a portion of what they spend to that organization. Through our affiliate organization , Friends of Marist Inc ., Marist High School is now a member of Amazon Smile and is accepting donations!

Through Amazon Smile you can also support the school as you do your online holiday shopping.  Click here to get started today.
Click here to view the December & January Calendar