March 2019
Family Newsletter
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Letter from the Principal
March 2019
Dear Marist Families,
March might still be cold, but Marist is heating up!  Coming off our fantastic winter sports season, we now move into performance mode!  Our highly successful Model UN Team competes March 4-5, Talent Night is March 22, the Spring Musical Cinderella hits the stage on March 30, and the spectacular Annual Arts Festival is April 5.  Marist . . . the school that never sleeps!!

We'd like to try something different this year for the re-registration process for the 2019-2020 school year.  In May, Ms. Vargas, who is our resident FACTs wizard, will roll over your present payment arrangement from this year into next.  You will then be charged the $300 registration fee in May. In June, your Activity/Book/Tech fee will be billed. This creates a seamless transition between this year and the next.  You must notify Ms. Vargas via e-mail at before May 1 if your son/daughter will not be returning to Marist . Otherwise, we will proceed with the rollover described above.

A quick word about Financial Aid.  You must re-apply each year for Marist aid through FACTs.  Be sure you are in the 2019-2020 year. Please do so by April 15.  Reapply for SFIC by through the link that they will send you. Be aware of deadlines.  SPA recipients need not re-apply.

Thank you to all who sent in prizes for the Tricky Tray during the month of February.  Contact the MPA if you still have gifts to donate. Get your tickets now for this event, either on-line or from Mrs. DePoalo in the office on the left.  I hope to see you there!

Toward the end of March, we will begin the month-long mandatory Student Spring Fundraiser, the Super 50/50.  You'll receive the chance books in the mail along with a letter describing all of the incentives associated with this very successful fundraiser.  Please keep your eyes out for that mailing. Mrs. DePoalo will be spearheading that effort.

We were hoping you could help us get a handle on our technology needs.  Your input is needed so that we can plan accurately for the future. All you need to do is complete a technology survey at the following link:

Looking ahead, I thought I should mention that since Easter is so late this year, we'll be taking our spring break during Holy Week, the week before Easter.  (Traditionally, we take off the week after Easter.) The last day of classes will be April 12. We'll return to school on Tuesday, April 23 and celebrate Easter together at a Mass on Wednesday, April 24 at 9:45.  All are invited!

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

Model UN  will compete in the annual Model UN competition held at St. Peter's University on March 4th and 5th.  Mr. Power and the students have been working hard to prepare for this competition all year.  Good luck to all participants!
Progress Reports  were emailed home on Thursday, February 28th.  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. DePoalo (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.
National Honor Society Candidates:  During the month of March, Ms. Heymer and Mrs. Pagano, the NHS moderators, will be notifying Juniors and Sophomores of their eligibility to apply to the National Honor Society based on their current GPA.  The application process is rigorous and requires each student to substantiate service, leadership, and character in addition to a stellar GPA.  We wish all the candidates the best!
Report Cards  will be mailed home on Thursday, March 28th. 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.
Scheduling  will be discussed with the juniors and sophomores at the end of March. School Counselors will meet with each student individually to create a proposed schedule. 

Campus Ministry News 
Mr. Michael Power
Ash Wednesday  will be observed on February 14th. We will gather together in our beautiful chapel to kick off the Lenten season. The students will be challenged not only to give something up for Lent but also to improve their lives by adding something that would benefit their local community. Ask your son or daughter about their Lenten Challenge! 

Marist Encounter: The last chance for seniors to sign up for Encounter will be April 4-7. This is a special opportunity for our students to meet other Marist students from all over the country!  Encourage your son/daughter to come by Campus Ministry and find out more about this great chance to learn more about yourself, your community, and our Marist family!!  Please call Ms. Eisenmenger at ext. 301 for more details.

Junior Leadership Ceremony  is scheduled for Thursday, March 14th, beginning at 6:30 PM in our gym. This ceremony celebrates the juniors moving into leadership roles in the school. As seniors, they will be taking on much more responsibility, leading the underclassmen. Our rising seniors are taught to guide and assist the younger students, a responsibility that they take seriously. To this end then, every junior will receive a pin marking this new role. A parent or special person in the junior's life presents the pin, and any other memento, family gift, or school ring if they choose. We think it is important to join school and family in commemorating this special time in their lives. Your invitation has been given to your junior. Family and friends are welcome. A reception follows. Any questions? Please contact Mr. Power at ext. 220.

Junior Leadership Retreat:   Juniors will also have the opportunity to attend a Leadership Retreat which will take place at the Marist Brothers Retreat House in Espous, NY. They are in the process of voting if they want an overnight or day retreat.  Permission slips are available at Campus Ministry; cost is $55.00. The juniors will leave shortly after the Junior Leadership Ceremony and return to school Friday March 15, at 3pm. The students will reflect, pray, and discuss the direction of their lives, their new leadership roles, and their relationship with God in the beautiful setting of Esopus. Pictures of Esopus are available on our website as is further information about retreat policies. Permission slips must be returned by March 12th to Mr. Power in Campus Ministry. Any questions? Please feel free to contact Mr. Power at ext. 220.
Counseling News 
Ms. Miriam Eisenmenger
Junior Parents Night:  The School Counselors will be hosting an information night for Junior parents to learn the preliminary steps for the college process, as well as meet with a panel of College Admission Representatives from a variety of schools around the Tri-State area. We are waiting to hear back from 2 reps to confirm the date, but it will be at the end of the month (we are aiming for the 27th or 28th, informational fliers will be distributed about 2 weeks before. The event will start at 6:30pm, and last about an hour and a half.  Light refreshments will be served.  Please consider joining us to learn about this crucial step of preparing for college.

March SAT's:  Saturday March 9th is the date for this month's SAT's.  Many students will be taking them here at Marist. Parents, please make sure that your student brings his/her admission ticket and school ID.  Doors open at 7:15am.  Also, please make sure your student has had a good night's sleep and has water and a healthy snack for breaks.  Those students who are NOT taking the March SAT's should see their counselor about signing up for either the May (at Marist) or June sitting.  The best way to prepare is to practice, practice, practice.  Use the free resources at or see the Counselors for other tools. 

ACT Test for Juniors:  The ACT will be given on Tuesday, March 12th here at Marist. The results are due to be made public by May. Should your son or daughter want to re-take the test, there are plenty of opportunities to take it again throughout the Spring and Fall. There are also plenty of free resources out there to help, and   is the best starting point. Ask your counselor for more information if you have any questions. Some students find they do better on the ACT than on the SAT. That's why Marist offers both. 

Pre-ACT Test for Freshmen and Sophomores Underclassmen will be given the Pre-ACT on March 12th as well. We use this test as an opportunity to help the students get a feel for the way the test runs, and to monitor progress throughout their time at Marist. We recommend students get a good night's rest the night before. 

Career Council College Fair : On Monday, March 4th, Marist will be hosting a Catholic High School College Fair through the Career Council. Over 60 colleges and universities have already RSVP'd that they'll be in attendance. This will be an excellent opportunity for our Juniors and Sophomores to make an impression on these representatives from each of the schools.
College Visits :  Junior Parents!!!!  On February 6th, your son/daughter was given a list of local colleges who will be hosting their Spring Open Houses in the coming months. Copies will also be available at the Junior Parents Night.  Please consider taking advantage of these events to get your students acquainted with the schools they're interested in, and making their interest known.  Face-to-face connections with schools can make a BIG difference in getting into the school of your choice.  Also, consider taking advantage of upcoming days off to set up an individual visit or becoming a student-for-a-day at college.  Contact your student's counselor for more details.
Summer Programs:   Now is the time to investigate summer opportunities and have your son/daughter enroll in summer programs-be they academic, service-oriented, or college preparatory.  All counselors have access to a variety of opportunities and are happy to help students through the application process for these programs.  Some are competitive; some have costs attached.  Get started looking for a meaningful way for your son/daughter to spend their summer vacation.
Senior Prom: Letters went out on February 28th to Seniors regarding the Prom.  Parents, please read it over carefully, and if there are any questions, direct them to Ms. Eisenmenger. We will be doing some fundraisers over the next couple of months, so keep your eye out for more information. We will be hosting breakfast for all the students on the morning of the Dean's Breakfast, putting out "Bunny Grams" right before Spring Break, and are gearing up to do a car wash once the weather turns warmer. It's going to be a busy time, but it will be well worth it in the end. 
Marist Parents' Association News
Parents of the MPA

There will be an MPA meeting every Tuesday in March : 5th,12th and 19th until the Tricky Tray on the 23rd. 

Doors open at 1:00pm and we pull at 2:30pm.  Buy a table of 8 for the Tricky Tray $160 and save $40. 

We are looking for volunteers to set up on the 22nd and work the event on the 23rd. If interested, please contact Melida Rodas if you would like to volunteer.

MPA Tricky Tray:

Saturday, March 23, 2019 * Doors Open @ 1:00 PM * First Drawing @ 2:30 PM 
Marist High School 
1241 JFK, BLVD Bayonne, NJ 07002
Marist High School 
1241 JFK BLVD, Bayonne, NJ 07002
 $25 in advance, $30 @ Door * includes one sheet of tickets for minor prizes & a ticket for the door prize raffle.
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.
Complimentary Coffee and Cake will be served - BYOB & BYO Snacks
Adults 18+ Only Please
Call Ms. DePoalo - 201-437-4545 or email
Ms. Tiffany McQueary

The Sensational Soul Cruisers will be performing at Marist to raise funds for the  Frank Anderson Memorial Scholarship Fund  on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 7:00pm. Doors open at 6:15pm. Performing the very best of Motown, Disco, Soul, and RnB, it's an event you don't want to miss.
Tickets can be purchased below for $35.00. Tickets will be $45.00 at the door. Included with your ticket purchase:
  • One drink with ticket stub
  • Dessert, coffee, snack table
  • Soda and water
BYOF. Cash bar, beer & wine.

Online ticket purchases can be picked up at the door.

Marist Carnival Save the Date!

May 30th to June 2nd

Mark your calendars and look out for more information. If you are interested in setting up a vendor table at this event, please contact .

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Other News
Dress down  will be held on Wednesday, March 6th. Students who choose to dress down will contribute to our softball team. 
Talent Night/Multicultural Potluck Dinner: On Friday, March 22nd, the we will be hosting a talent show at 7:00 pm in the cafeteria. This will also be an event to celebrate cuisine from various cultures. All are encouraged to bring a food of your culture to share and celebrate. Marist students are free, adults $5.00. 
No classes on March 15th, the day following the Junior Leadership Ceremony.

St. Patrick's Day Parades:  We'd love to have representation from Marist at these events in both Bayonne on March 17th and in Jersey City on March 11th. This is a great way to participate in a Marist work-day! If you receive aid, you should definitely think about signing up. See Ms. O'Brien for a permission slip.

Spring Musical:  Our Spring Musical, Cinderella, is scheduled for Saturday, March 30th at 2:00pm. Tickets are only $ 7.00.

Hosting an International Student:   We will be in need of more host families to house our international students next year. The stipend to each family will be $1,200 a month. While this is certainly a commitment on the part of a family, it is enriching cultural experience as well. If you have an extra room in your house and extra room in your heart, it is an opportunity to consider. For more information, please reach out to Shannon O' Brien, our Admissions Officer at ext. 225.
Graduation Dates:   Mark your calendar, senior parents! The Baccalaureate Mass will be held on Wednesday, May 30 at 7 pm and commencement will be on Wednesday, May 31st at 7:00pm.