November 2018
Family Newsletter
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Letter from the Head of School 

November 2018

Dear Marist Families,

Thanks so much to those who participated in the Walkathon Fundraiser. Special thanks to our most amazing donor, Sophomore Hunter Reinholt Demree and to all who did more than what was required. Due to all of your efforts and a few generous donations, we exceeded our goal of $30,000 which, as you know, means we won't have school on Wednesday, Nov. 21st, the day before Thanksgiving! 

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 was deactivated on Wednesday, October 31. All other modules, such as calendar, e-locker, and homework remain available. The grading module will be reactivated after the distribution of report cards on Thursday, November 8th, when Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held from 5:00pm-8:00pm. 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. 

Note that families with overdue balances will not receive their son's/daughter's report cards on November 9th so they will miss the opportunity for parent-teacher conferences. This is a good time to get caught up! Stay in touch with Ms. Vargas at ext. 200 or if you have questions about tuition. Looking for extra income? Read about becoming a homestay parent under "Other News."

On a wholly other note, the Provincial Office of the Marist Brothers asked us to include the following statement in our next newsletters to families and to alumni:

The Marist Brothers Province of the USA and Marist High School were founded to evangelize young people in the knowledge and love of Jesus Christ. We are committed to providing excellence in education and the safest possible environment for those entrusted to our care.

Recent reports about the bullying or abuse of children and young people, as well as vulnerable adults, in our Church and congregation, have reminded us of the need to continually recommit ourselves to ensuring a safe environment for all our educational family.

If you, or anyone you know, has ever experienced bullying and/or physical or sexual abuse while attending Marist High School, please report your experience to President Peter Kane here at the school or to the Marist Brothers' Provincial Office, 718-480-1306.

The Marist Brothers and Marist High School have been and are committed to its Province policy of zero tolerance of bullying, physical, or sexual abuse of any of our students. We continue to work to ensure that every student in our schools, camps, and retreat houses is respected and feels safe from any harm.

One of our latest innovations at Marist, as you know, is the merit/demerit system. This is our way of supporting social-emotional growth and creating a values-based environment. Students certainly seem motivated about accruing merits. We spiced it up by selecting one merit slip each Monday for a $10 McDonald's gift card. Likewise, students seem be motivated to avoid demerits. Look for the "Demerit Free!" list which we'll post on November 8th at the Parent-Teacher Conferences.

We'll be celebrating Thanksgiving at Marist with a food drive which will culminate in a prayer service on Tuesday, November 20th. On behalf of the entire administration, faculty, and staff, we wish you and yours a blessed Thanksgiving.

Ms. Alice J. Miesnik
Head of School
Academic News
Mr. Christopher Cassaro

Report Cards:   Report cards will be distributed on Thursday, November 8 th  at the Parent/Teacher Conference. Parent/Teacher Conferences are from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. 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. Also, if any student has an outstanding tuition balance, his/her report card will not be available that evening.  
Study Hall:   Students who have failed two or more subjects on the first report card must attend a mandatory Study Hall from 2:45pm-3:45pm Monday through Thursday, beginning on Wednesday, November 14 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 with 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.
Senior Parents:  Did your son/daughter start applying 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.  Please contact your child's guidance counselors for any questions or concerns.

Ms. Eisenmenger (Ext. 301)       Email:
Ms. Heymer (Ext. 304)                Email:
Mrs. Pagano (Ext. 303)               Email:
High School Placement Exam:  The Catholic High School entrance exam is scheduled at Marist on Friday, November 9 th , beginning at 8:00am.  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 2019 but has not yet registered?  Call Ms. O'Brien, our Admission Officer at (201) 437-4545 Ext. 225 or e-mail her at
 for further information.  Thanks for spreading the word about this important step in the admission process.

Campus Ministry News 
Mr. Michael Power
All Saints/All Souls:  We celebrate these two feasts of the Catholic Church by gathering as a school for a Eucharistic Liturgy on Thursday, November 1st, which celebrates the Feast of All Saints. Our loved ones who have passed, will be remembered on All Souls Day, which is November 2nd. This is a teaching Liturgy where we intersperse the mass with narration, so as to invite greater participation. We are delighted to have Fr. James Worth celebrate the Mass with us! 

Food Drive: The Food Drive will run from Monday, November 12th until Thanksgiving break, November 20th. Students will collect non-perishable foods and toiletries for St. John's Soup Kitchen. Please visit their website at for more info. Many 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 at Ext. 220 for more information.

● Canned Veggies
● Mashed Potatoes
● Stuffing
● Canned Soup
● Rice
● Pasta
● Pasta Sauce
● Toothbrushes
● Toothpaste
● Sugar
● Salt
● Bar Soap
● Disposable Razors
● Deodorant

Seniors:  On November 1-2 our Seniors will spend two days at the Marist Brothers Retreat Center in Esopus. They will be able to reflect on the past few years at Marist and realize the tremendous support they have in one another.

Box of Joy - October 26th through November 9th:
We have partnered with a great organization called Cross Catholic Charities. They help children in developing countries. They have created a program called "Box of Joy" for kids who have never received a Christmas Gift before. These boxes can be filled with small items from the dollar store, and include $9.00 for shipping. Our students learned about this fundraiser while in the chapel last week. They are very motivated to help start the Christmas season for these young kids! For more information, please visit or reach out to Mr. Power at Ext. 220.

Counseling News 
Ms. Miriam Eisenmenger
College Admission:  Our Seniors are working hard at applying to colleges and universities across the country. Many are closing in on pressing that "submit" button. We have even had our first acceptance! Congrats to Christina Cintron on your acceptance to the University of New Haven! If your son or daughter has not 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 16th, the Counseling Department will be taking about 30 Seniors to NJIT for a college fair of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The students will be provided with their transcripts and recommendation letters. They will have the chance to be interviewed and get accepted to many of these esteemed colleges and universities. Ask your son or daughter if they have signed up for this trip. For more details please visit:

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. Our Juniors, Seniors, and even some Sophomores 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, so please talk to your son or daughter about which school have visited the school, and 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 3rd 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 1st sitting. The deadline is November 2nd, 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 life as a high school student. Check in with your Freshman son or daughter about their group and what they're talking about.

Student Council News:

Homecoming Dance:  On Friday, November 2nd, we will FINALLY be celebrating Homecoming with a dance from 7:00pm-10:30pm in the cafeteria. Tickets are $5.00 each and will be sold all week during lunches. Previously sold tickets will still be honored. Outside guests are welcome, but they need a signed Guest Pass in case of an emergency. The Student Council is looking forward to spreading some school spirit at this event, so make sure your son or daughter is there!

Champagnat Games Shirts:  On Friday, December 21st we 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 available to add to the family spirit of the event. These shirts will be $7.00, and can be pre-ordered from November 26th through November 30th 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 2018 in the December Newsletter, so stay tuned).

LaValla Weekend:  This Columbus Day weekend, 5 Marist students joined other Marist students from around the US and Canada to help spruce up our beloved Esopus, and join in a Solidarity Simulation centered around poverty and world hunger. Students were challenged to think about privilege, and how to help change how society views people who have less.

Athletic News
Mr. Mauro DeGennaro 
First, let me congratulate all coaches and student/athletes for their hard work and dedication this past Fall Season. You have all made the Marist Community very proud.
Winter season is here. Athletic physicals will be needed for students wishing to participate. A SPORTS PHYSICAL PACKET will be distributed by each winter season coach.
Tryouts for all winter sports will be announced in school. Please come out and support our student/athletes. Did you know you can access schedules and scores through the Marist App?
Marist Parents' Association News
Parents of the MPA
MPA Pocketbook Bingo:  Sunday, November 18th from 1:00pm-5:00pm
Doors open at 12:00pm. There is a $30.00 entry fee which includes: 10 bingo boards, baskets, coffee, desserts. You can bring your own food and drinks. If you have a group and would like to sit together, please reserve in advance. To pay online, please visit

Holiday Bazaar:  We are looking for vendors for our Holiday Fair on December 15th. Please contact Paula at

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

Hall of Fame: Saturday, November 17th. We will start with Mass at 5:30pm which will take place at Marist High School.

This year, we will honor nine members of the Marist Community with the awards listed below in honor of Frank Anderson, James K. Iorio, and Brother Kevin O'Neill.

The honorees for this year are:
* Bro. Steve Kappes for Spirit of Marist
* Tom Considine '82 for Professional Achievement
* Kevin Stewart '73 for Distinguished Service
* Larry Langan '72 for Athletic Achievement
* Frank Blunda '90 for Athletic Achievement
* Charlie Aleksiewicz '61 for Distinguished Service
* 1994 Football Team for Athletic Achievement
* Joe Chirichella '72 for Professional Achievement
* Dr. Michael Winds '75 for Professional Achievement

Other Ways to help Marist:

* Your Donation to the Annual Fund Changes lives!! DONATE TODAY!
* Did you know that your company may match your donation? Check out the bottom of our donation form.
* Do you like to shop? Don't forget to support Marist every time you shop on Amazon! Sign up for Amazon Smile.
* If you have never donated to the Annual Fund, Join the Squire Circle Today! Click here to learn more information!

Other News
Gym Closed: The gym floor will be refurbished prior to the start of the basketball season. The gym will be closed from November 5th through November 18th.
Activity Period: Students will attend their second Activity Period of the year on Wednesday, November 7th. Ask them what activity they are in!
Fall Play:  Shakespeare on a Shoestring: CYMBELINE by Michael Calderone
Time: Saturday, November 10th at 1:30pm
Tickets: $3.00
CYMBELINE is the only play by William Shakespeare in which he uses all 12 of his usual plot devices. These are: evil mother figure, ghosts, idyllic setting, takes place in ancient times, play named for a secondary character, nobility in hiding, mistaken identity, crossdressing, a fidelity test, youth in love, parental marital veto, and, the ever-popular, Deus ex Machina. The cast comically acts out key moments from CYMBELINE to illustrate the 12 devices.
Early Dismissal: On Tuesday, November 13th we celebrate the 1st quarter with Dean's Breakfast and year level assemblies. Dismissal is at 1:00pm. Faculty Meeting will follow at 1:15pm.
Dress Down $1.00: For the Arts Festival which will be held on Wednesday, November 14th.
No Classes: School will be closed for Thanksgiving on November 21, 22 and 23.
Junior Chamber of Commerce: Marist will begin meetings of the Junior Chamber of Commerce during November. 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!
Homestay Parent Needed: Dear Marist High School parents,
Cambridge Network is in search of loving families who are willing to host an international student! We have a male student from China, who is seeking a warm and patient family to share a home with. The ideal host will speak English in the home and have time in their schedule to be a part of this student's journey.  

Cambridge Network offers a dedicated support staff, host family training and 24/7 emergency support throughout the student's stay. The host should ensure that the student eats three nutritious meals per day, provide a private bedroom for the student's sole use and ideally provide transportation to and from school each day. 

The commitment is for the remainder of the academic school year and the family will receive a stipend of $1,200 per month. If you, or anyone you know might be interested, you can start the application process by clicking
here . Or feel free to contact Norah Austin for more information at 973-886-6561.

We are hoping to find a family who is available to host as soon as possible!