February 2019
Family Newsletter
Stay current with Marist news and events
Letter from the Principal
February 2019

Dear Marist Families,
 
Welcome to the Second Semester!!  Report Cards and Honor Lists are being formulated as I write this letter!  Hopefully, you'll be receiving good news! Although we do not host parent-teacher conferences at the end of this quarter, don't let that stop you from contacting the teachers via email!
 
As you are aware, students and families who receive Marist financial aid are required to fulfill certain obligations:
 
  • Maintain at least a B average: GPA   83.0;
  • Be involved in at least one activity, sport, or part-time job;
  • Accrue no more than 5 unexcused absences or 5 unexcused tardies per year;
  • Perform service inside or outside the school;
  • Parent/Guardian should become an active member of the Parent Association.
 
Just a reminder, you must reapply for Marist Aid and SFIC annually.  You'll be sent a link by SFIC soon so that you can reapply on-line. Be mindful of their deadlines.  SPA scholarships repeat annually without your need to renew.
 
Our International Student Program is now in its fifth year and flourishing. The companies that we partner with are always looking for homestay families. If you have an extra room in your house and extra room in your heart, it is an opportunity to consider: the homestay family earns $1200 a month. For more information, please reach out to Jeanette Begin at jeanette.begin@thecambridgenetwork or Anicia Ariza at aariza20@yahoo.com .
 
Interested in becoming a homestay parent, but not quite convinced?  How about hosting an International Student for a two-week stint in early August?  We may have an opportunity for you to try it out and earn a little cash. Call Ms. Vargas at ext. 200 if you are curious.  You'd be helping Marist, an International student, and yourself!
 
Mr. Romano will be announcing some exciting developments about our recent innovation, the Merit/Demerit System.  He and his Faculty and Student advisories are creating a Catalog of items on which students can spend their merits.  In addition, a demerit free quarter erases half of the demerits of the prior quarter! Mr. Romano will be speaking to the student body about both of these features at the Year Level Assemblies on Feb. 5.  How will these affect your son/daughter? Please let Mr. Romano know!
 
            Please read this Newletter in its entirety.  There is a request for items for the MPA Tricky Tray and an invitation for Marist Talent to strut its stuff!  You don't want to miss out. Let's commit ourselves to getting off to a good start in this new semester.

 
Sincerely,

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

Report Cards:  Will be mailed home on Thursday, January 31st. If your son/daughter made our Dean's List, the Dean's Breakfast will be at 8:00am on Tuesday, February 5th. All of our Honor Roll students will be acknowledged during our year level assemblies that same day.  
 
Study Hall:  Begins on Wednesday, February 6th. Study Hall is mandatory for anyone who failed two or more subjects for the second quarter.  Students in Study Hall are academically ineligible for participation in sports and activities. See Mr. Cassaro with any questions.
 
Activity Period:  Takes place Wednesday, February 13th.  Ask your son/daughter what activity they are participating in and how much fun they are having! 
 
Communicate:  Please communicate with your son's/daughter's teachers via e-mail or voice-mail, especially if he/she did not do well in a given subject. Now is the time to devise an improvement plan. Help is available: ask a teacher for extra help, go to the Library Media Center for tutoring after school Monday through Thursday, or go to Study Hall (mandatory for those who fail 2 or more subjects). 
 
Third Quarter Progress Reports:  Will be emailed home on Thursday, March 1st.  These grades are an assessment of how your son/daughter is doing at the mid-point of this third quarter.  If you do not receive your son's/daughter's progress report, please call Mrs. De Poalo (201 437-4545 Ext. 201).  Also, please contact a teacher if your son/daughter did not do as well as expected.  Now is the time to remediate any problem that may exist. The end of the 3rd Quarter is March 22nd.

Campus Ministry News 
Mr. Michael Power
Encounter:  This past weekend, eight of our upperclassmen spent the weekend in Esopus at the Marist Brothers Center. They learned more about the special Marist spiritual tradition. This is a time for our students to reflect on their time here at Marist and on new transitions and upcoming journeys in their lives. Please pray for these students as they return to school and work together to continue the mission of Marcellin Champagnat.


Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Service: On January 30th, as a school we celebrated the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We reflected on his life and our duty as citizens and believers to make the world a better place. We were reminded that the challenge of justice for all is an everyday activity, and not just when it is convenient. We were also joined by our Gospel Choir and Knight Jam, who helped to lift our spirits with their wonderful musical selections. Parents, please know you always have an open invitation to join us in community during any Mass or Prayer Service! 



"On the Road" Retreat:  During the last week of January, Marist was invited to host a leadership themed retreat at Liberty Charter Community School. Our fantastic Retreat Leaders, accompanied by our Campus Minister Mr. Power, helped lead a retreat of over seventy middle school students. We tackled big issues in leadership while having a lot of fun! We look forward to going back later in the Spring with our follow-up retreat and to expanding our retreat program offerings!



Counseling News 
Ms. Miriam Eisenmenger
FAFSA Days:  For any Seniors who have yet to fill out their FAFSA for college, please check out the following link: http://www.hesaa.org/Pages/NJFAFSAGO.aspx or https://www.hesaa.org/Documents/FAFSA/NJFAFSACompletionEvents2018-2019.pdf  for a list of colleges around New Jersey that will be hosting FAFSA Days that help families get free assistance filling out this mandatory document. Regardless of your financial standing, ALL colleges require that you fill out this form. Why not take advantage of this free resource to help you through the process?  Let your counselor know if you have any questions!

Summer Opportunities:  Please make sure your son or daughter has been checking their email for Summer Program opportunities. The counselors forward any opportunities that come through their email. If you are at a loss of where to begin, and would like to know more about a program in a specific career field, or academic setting, please let your counselor know, and she'd be happy to help you! 
 
This is a wonderful way to set yourself apart when it comes to college and scholarship applications. So, think seriously about applying to such a program. We also encourage students to spend the summer volunteering--be it at a camp, through their local Boys and Girls club or local Y, at a sports camp, local church, or hospital--as there are many ways for students to gain valuable experience in an area that interests them.


College Acceptances and Scholarships  We are so proud of the hard work this year's Senior class has put in to get their college applications done early. We have 80 acceptances on file, and the class has already earned $ 2.3 million in scholarship and grants. If your son or daughter has an acceptance letter gathering dust at home, please remind them to bring it in, so that we are able to celebrate their accomplishment with them!  We are incredibly proud of this group of young men and women--they are a true testament to your continued support!

New Addition!!!:  We are happy to celebrate the birth of Sofia Pagano, to Mrs. Pagano on January 8th!  While Mrs. Pagano is out on maternity leave, Ms. E and Ms. Heymer will be sharing her caseload. A letter from Mrs. Pagano will be sent home with Report Cards indicating which counselor parents may contact with questions or concerns until she returns in April.  

Athletic News
Mr. Mauro DeGennaro 
Spring Season is almost upon us. A SPORTS PHYSICAL PACKET will be distributed by each Spring season coach and must be completed and returned before any student /athlete can participate.
 
Fernando Fuentes has been appointed as our New Head Baseball Coach.
 
Our Softball and Boys' Tennis teams are all preparing to compete for championships.
Finally, as our Winter Sports Season winds down the Boys' and Girls' Basketball Teams and Bowling Teams will be competing for the County and State Championships. GOOD LUCK TO ALL!!!
Marist Parents' Association News
Parents of the MPA
MPA Tricky Tray: 

At the Tricky Tray, prizes will be displayed, and participants can purchase raffle tickets to place in bags near the items they hope to win. You can win appliances, event tickets, gift baskets, and so much more! It's one of our most anticipated events of the year, so get your tickets while they last.

Attending the event is a great way to help Marist High School students and have fun at the same time. All proceeds go toward supporting the school and programs that they love.

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You can also support our students and our event in other ways, too! Take a look at the flyers  on our website  to learn more about donations, advertising opportunities, and sponsorships.
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DATE & TIME: 
Saturday, March 23, 2019 * Doors Open @ 1:00 PM * First Drawing @ 2:30 PM 
 
LOCATION:
Marist High School 
1241 JFK, BLVD Bayonne, NJ 07002
 
CHECKS PAYABLE TO: 
Marist High School 
 
MAIL TO: 
1241 JFK BLVD, Bayonne, NJ 07002
 
TICKETS:
 $25 in advance, $30 @ Door * includes one sheet of tickets for minor prizes & a ticket for the door prize raffle.
 
GROUP TICKETS: 
Tables of 8 reserved ONLY when paid in advance. Price per table $160 * S A V E $40 * 
 
EXTRA BUNDLE:  A $50 value, this ticket bundle includes 2 minor sheet tickets, 4 diner round tickets, 3 major tickets, 1 super major ticket, 1 mystery prize ticket, 1 designer bag ticket. $35.00 pre-sale, $40.00 @ door.
 
REFRESHMENTS: 
Complimentary Coffee and Cake will be served - BYOB & BYO Snacks
 
PARTICIPANTS: 
Adults 18+ Only Please
 
MORE INFO: 
Call Ms. DePoalo - 201-437-4545 or email  rosa.carvajal@mpa.marist.org



Advancement
Ms. Tiffany McQueary
 
Alumni/Donor Reception at Rod's in Sea Girt, NJ
Friday, February 22nd starting at 6pm

If you plan to attend, please RSVP by contacting Tiffany McQueary '03 at
201-437-4545 ext. 202 or tmcqueary@marist.org

 
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Other News
Delayed Opening:  Friday, February 8th is a delayed opening. For bus schedules, please visit the Marist App.
 
Winter Break: There will be no school Thursday, February 14th through Monday, February 18th.
 
Student Council News -  Valentine's Day Semi-Formal: On Wednesday, February 13th, the Student Council will be hosting their annual Valentine's Semi-Formal Dance. Tickets will be $7, and can be bought in advance.  Dress up and celebrate love!!  Dates are NOT necessary-just come out to have some fun!!

Marist's Got Talent!:  An opportunity for our Performing Artists has arisen.  Mr. Terry Young of Bayonne is organizing "Bayonne's Hometown Talent" which will feature performers from all of the schools across the city.  Singers, Dancers, Musicians, Poets, Comedians, Magicians . . . come one, come all! Each school will stage its own sequence of performances culminating in a citywide performance in June!  Here's the schedule for Marist:
 
  • 1st Performance:  Open Mike on Thursday, Feb. 28 from 3:30 - 5:30pm
  • 2nd Performance:  Evening of Talent on Friday, March 22 from 7:00pm - 9:00 pm
  • 3rd Performance:  Arts Festival, on Friday, April 5 from 6:00pm - 9:00pm
In order to qualify for the June event, a student should have performed at every Marist presentation.  So mark your calendars! Questions?? See Ms. Miesnik.

Marist Parent Association Tricky Tray:  You've been wondering how to get more involved?  Let's make it easy. Send in one of the following items with your son/daughter. You'll be contributing to a basket and your child will be earning value points for their year level:
 
  • Freshman:  Car Wash & Home Cleaning Supplies
  • Sophomore:  Movie Night & Game Night, Pet Supplies
  • Junior:  Arts and Crafts & Fun in the Sun (Beach Supplies)
  • Senior: Pampering Self Care & Laundry
Students should deliver their items to the boxes in Mr. Romano's office by Friday, March 1.  And don't forget to attend the event on Saturday, March 23! Get your tickets on the Marist website or the front office.