November 2017
Family Newsletter
Stay current with Marist news and events
Letter from the Head of School 
Dear Marist Families:

Thanks so much to those who participated in the Yankee Candle Fall Fundraiser.  Special thanks to our High Seller, freshman Kaycy Rivera, and to those who won the lottery drawings: 
1 st Place:  Mateo Hardaway, I-Pad Mini
2nd Place: Joshua Singh, Wireless Beats Headphones
3rd Place:  Gabriel Johnson, Marist Gear Package
Since fewer than 25% of the student body participated in actual sales, we'd like to go back to the drawing board for the fall fundraiser.  Please email your ideas to

This is the last week of the first marking period.  In order to prepare for final averaging and submission of grades, the Plus Portal grading module will be deactivated this Wednesday, November 1.  All other modules, such as calendar, e-locker, and homework will remain available.  The grading module will be reactivated after the distribution of report cards on Thursday, November 9, when Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held from 5:00-8:00.  This is an opportunity to have a one-on-one chat with your son's/daughter's teachers. It is very important to build these valuable relationships.  Plan to be there. 

I hope you've caught the latest unveiling of Marist's newest adventure:  College NOW!  We think this will have a huge effect on future enrollment.  College NOW! will benefit present students as well, as we expand our dual enrollment offerings.  I hope to offer a Q&A on the program in the LMC during the Parent-Teacher Conferences on Nov. 9.  Stop by!

Ever wonder what the mystique is about Esopus?  We'd love to plan a trip for adults only.  Interested?  Email Ms. Eisenmenger, our liaison to Esopus, at . Discover what the students are raving about!
On a much sadder note, a great friend, fan, and supporter of Marist High School, Br. Kevin O'Neill, passed away this past week.  Having spent a majority of his life at Marist High School, Br. Kevin was a treasure trove of Marist history.  He had an amazing memory, making him vital to our Hall of Fame Committee, and a fantastic story teller.  Although retired for several years, Br. Kevin remained in residence in Bayonne, staying close to the school and community he loved so much.  Arrangements are as follows:

Thursday November 2, 2017
2:00pm - 5:00pm
Greenville Memorial Funeral Home
Funeral Mass Thursday November 2nd at 7:30pm
St. Mary Star of the Sea Church
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in honor of Br. Kevin O'Neill to:
Marist High School
Br. Kevin, you will be dearly missed.

Wishing the entire Marist Family, a blessed Thanksgiving.


Ms. Alice J. Miesnik
Head of School
Academic News

Reports Cards :   will be distributed on Thursday, November 9 th  at the Parent/Teacher Conference. The Conference starts at 5 pm and goes until 8 pm. If your child is struggling, you may sit with each teacher and devise a plan for improvement.  Remember that communication between home and school is essential for student success.  Please note: Report cards will not be distributed to a student; a parent or guardian must be present to receive a report card. 

Study Hall :   Students who have failed two or more subjects on the first report card must attend a mandatory Study Hall from 2:45 - 3:45 Monday through Thursday, beginning on Wednesday, November 15 th .  Students will be able to complete homework, read, review for tests and get extra help.  We encourage parents to have the students pay the Study Hall fee of $25.00 out of their own pocket.  If the fee is not paid during the first two weeks of Study Hall, it will increase to $30.00 and will be billed through the Finance Office.
Extra Help If your son/daughter is struggling in a subject, he/she may contact a teacher for extra help or receive tutoring from a member of the National Honor Society, Monday through Thursday in the Cooperative Learning Room inside the Library Media Center.  Help is always available.  Make sure your son/daughter takes advantage of it.
SAT's,  the college entrance test, will be administered at Marist on Saturday, November 4th. Students should report to school by 7:30 AM with two #2 pencils, a calculator, a PHOTO ID, and their admission ticket.   All seniors should have registered for this test.  If not, he/she should find out from his/her School Counselor when and where the next test is scheduled.

Senior Parents: Has your son/daughter begun to apply to colleges?  Has your son/daughter narrowed his/her list down to schools he/she is really interested in?  Now is the time to attend to this very important endeavor.  The longer you wait, the more stressful it becomes.  Call Ms. Eisenmenger (ext. 301), Ms. Heymer (ext. 304), or Mrs. Pagano (ext. 303) Also, you may e-mail them  at , or   if you need assistance.
High School Placement Exam:  The Catholic High School entrance exam is scheduled at Marist on Friday, November 10th, beginning at 8:00 AM.  There are no classes for Marist students on that day.  Do you know someone who has an eighth grader who would like to attend a Catholic school in September 2017 but has not yet registered?  Call Ms. Szymanski, our Admission Officer at (201-437-4545 x225) or e-mail her at  for further information.  Thanks for spreading the word about this important step in the admission process.
Campus Ministry News 

All Saints/ All Souls:  We celebrate these two feast of the Catholic Church by gathering as a school for a Eucharistic Liturgy on Wednesday, November 1st, which celebrates the Feast of All Saints to remember those we love who have passed, remembered on Nov. 2, All Souls Day. This is a teaching Liturgy where we intersperse the mass with narration, so as to invite greater participation. We were delighted to have Fr. Gene Squeo '61  celebrate the Mass .
Sophomore Retreat:  The Sophomores gathered together at The Marist Brothers Center of Esopus on October 26th and 27th for their first overnight retreat. Over the course of 2 days they heard talks givien by our Retreat Leaders, participated in small group discussions, and even roasted some marshmallows for s'mores! Sophomores are looking forward to their next retreat experience! 
Food Drive:  This Collection will be running from November 1 until Thanksgiving break.  Students will collect non-perishable food and toiletries for St. John's Soup Kitchen (Visit their website at  for more info). Thanks in advance for your generosity.  The Marist spirit extends to our brothers and sisters who suffer in poverty. Here is a list of items we will be collecting. All collections can be brought to the Campus Ministry Office. Please contact Mr. Power for more information.

●      Canned Veggies
●      Mashed Potatoes
●      Stuffing
●      Canned Soup
●      Rice
●      Pasta
●      Pasta Sauce
●      Toothbrushes
●      Toothpaste
●      Sugar
●      Salt
●      Bar Soap
●      Disposable Razors
●      Deodorant 
Seniors:  December 6-7  The Seniors will spend two days at the Marist Brothers Retreat Center of Esopus, where they will be able to reflect on the past few years at Marist and to come to realize the support they have in one another. Permission slips will be given out before we leave for Thanksgiving break. Reserve your spot today! 
Service In the past month, we have had both our Freshman and Sophomore Service Day. The Freshmen helped clean Liberty State Park under the direction of the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission and our Sophomore Class helped clean the uptown streets of Bayonne! Great job guys! Keep up the great work! 

Counseling News

College Admission : Our Seniors are working hard at applying to colleges and universities across the country.  Thirty seniors have completed their applications, and many more are closing in on pressing that Submit button.  We've even had our first two acceptances!! Congrats to Daniel Lambkin and Jahdell Bass on your acceptances!  If your son or daughter hasn't talked to you about college yet, please feel free to start that conversation, or reach out to your counselor. We are more than happy to work through the process with you. 

HBCU College Fair : On November 17 th , the Counseling Department will be taking 25-30 Seniors to Essex County Community College for a college fair for Historically Black Colleges and Universities.  Attendees will be provided with their transcripts and recommendation letters, and have the chance interview for, and be accepted to many of these esteemed colleges and universities. Ask your son or daughter if they have signed up for this trip. If they have, check out this website for more details:

College On-site visits : Marist has been quite busy this year, welcoming a variety of colleges and universities to join us for lunch, and show off what they have to offer. Many Juniors and Seniors, and some Sophomores too, have taken advantage of their presence with us, and made that first contact with a school.  We have several Instant Decision Days coming up in December and January.  Talk to your son or daughter about who has been in the building, and ask if they're taking advantage of these opportunities.

SAT/ACT Deadlines: All seniors should have taken the SAT and ACT at least once by now, or be scheduled for the November 4th sitting.  If your son or daughter has not, please make sure to contact your Counselor TODAY to have them help you get signed up for the December 2nd sitting. The deadline is November 3rd - fee waivers are still available.

Peer Counseling The Freshmen Peer Counseling groups are in full swing-meeting once a week to talk about transition issues and the general life of a high school student. Check in with your Freshman son or daughter about their group and what they're talking about.

Other News

School Spirit was at an all-time high on Thursday, October 19th and Friday, October 20th f or our Homecoming Celebration.  The Student Council s ponsored the events.  They kicked it  o ff by dancing the night away at our Homecoming Dance, and then got into the Fall Sports spirit by co mpeting the next day in our first ever Spirit Day!  The year levels competed at Bean-bag Toss, a Football Toss, had a 3-point shoot-out, played PowderPuff Football, Handball, and ended the day with a s urprise Dodgeball Tournament. The competition was close, and each year level came prepared to win-and even cheered on the other year levels.  We can't wait for what Spirit Week and the Champagnat Games will hold!  Let's keep the Spirit alive.  

Champagnat Games Shirts:   On Friday December 22nd, Student Council will be hosting the annual Champagnat Games. Each year level is assigned a color (Freshmen Green, Sophomores Red, Juniors Gold, Seniors Blue), and we make event shirts av ailable to add to the family spir it of the eve nt.  These shirts will be $7, and can be pre-ordered from November 27 th through December 1 st through Homeroom Classes and at Lunch.  Encourage your son or daughter to join in on the fun, and order a shirt! (More info to come about Spirit Week 2017 in the December Newsletter, so stay tuned).

Junior Chamber of Commerce Marist has been invited by the Bayonne Chamber of Commerce to form our own Junior chapter.  Several announcements have been made to gather students who have an interest in a career in business to join.  Talk to your son/daughter to see where their interests lie.  If it's remotely related to business, encourage them to listen for announcements and become an active member!

Dress Down $2.00  For the Model UN will be held on Wednesday, November 8.  Our second Dress Down for the month of November will be held on Wednesday, November 22 with a "Pajama Day" theme.

FundRaiser - Super Bowl Raffle :  Tickets will be $100 each and the winner will receive two Superbowl tickets as well as hotel accommodations and airfare to the game.  Winner will also be invited to other events surrounding the games.  Value of prize is close to $13,000.  Tickets will be sold through the school.  If you are interested in selling on the school's behalf, stay tuned.  Sales will begin after Thanksgiving.

Fall Play :  "The Triangle Factory Fire Project", will be performed on Friday, November 10, and Saturday, November 11 with a combination cast of actors from both Marist High School Drama Club and St. Joseph's 8th Grade Drama Club. Tickets will be sold at the door:  $ 5 for adults and $ 3 for students.  Showtime is at 7:00 p.m.
Athletic News

A Message from the Athletic Director:
Winter Season is  almost upon us. Athletic Physicals will be needed for students  wishing to participate. "A NEW SPORTS PHYSICAL PACKET" will be distributed by  each w inter season coach and must be completed and returned no later than November 30. 2017 Pre-Concussion Protocol will now be administered in house for all students participating in ALL sports beginning this winter season.

These are new athletic procedures which have been instituted in order to incre ase the safety of our student athletes.
Finally, I would be remiss if I did not mention and thank the Coaches and Student  Athletes for all their hard work and dedication this past fall season.

Mr. Mauro "Mo" DeGennaro, AD  
Marist Parents' Association News
Paint Night: MPA is hosting our 4th Paint Night on Nov 4. Doors open at 6:30p m.  W e will be painting wine glasses. The cost is $30 pp. Bring your own  drinks and snacks. C hildren 13 and older will be admitted. Last day to purchas e tickets  is this Wednesday, Nov. 1. Tickets available for purchase online or at Marist.
Next MPA:   Meeting is scheduled for November 14 @6:30. We will have our regular meeting then test out our Bingo app to prepare for Pocket Bingo. We will also discuss our December potluck.

Pocketbook Bingo:  MPA will also be hosting a Pocketbook Bingo on Dec. 10 @ 3:30.  Cost $35 pp. Doors open at 2pm. There will be vendors on site before and during event. 10 game boards included in the cost. Designer bags awarded as prizes. Extra cards available for purchase. BYOB and snacks.
If there are any questions or suggestions, please feel free to email MPA board member.

Here's a preview of what's happening in November and will continue to happen throughout the year:

Hall of Fame : Saturday, Nov. 18 Hall of Fame 2017 at 5:30pm will take place at Marist High School honoring: 
Bro. Michael Brady for Spirit of Marist
Christopher Cotto '03 for Spirit of Marist
Kevin Cummings for Distinguished Service
George Degnon '58 for Professional Achievement
Gary La Pelusa '84 for Distinguished Service
Marist Parents' Association for Spirit of Marist
Student Partner Alliance for Spirit of Marist
Class of 1965  for Spirit of Marist
Chief Keith Weaver '86 for Professional Achievement

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