Letter to Parents for Visits #1 and #2
Academic Awards 2020

This Week at Marist

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Monday, May 11

Dear Marist Families:


Last Week of Classes for Seniors: Parents, please encourage the seniors to finish strong this week.

Last Week of Classes for Dual Credit:  If your son/daughter is enrolled in one of the DC classes offered through HCCC, Monday, May 18 is their last day of class for that course.  

Important Decisions:  I hope that you've read the May/June Family Newsletter in full.  It explains in detail how the year will end regarding Remote Learning, final exams, last day of classes, etc.  Here's the link to the newsletter in case you missed it.  https://conta.cc/2VUHXiY

Progress Reports:  You should have received a copy of your son's/daughter's progress report last Tuesday via e-mail.  If you did not, reach out to Ms. DePoalo at kdepolao@marist.org
Academic Awards:  The listing of awardees was sent by separate email on Friday.  It is also attached to this email.  Congratulations to all the Awardees!  The actual award will be held for pick-up on June 11.

Pathways Forward:  If you have not been in touch with your counselor lately, please send them an email to verify where your son/daughter will be attending school in the fall.  Since Marist will be closing on June 30, all records must be forwarded to the receiving school prior to that date.  Please don't leave finding a school until the last minute.  Likewise, this pertains to seniors choosing their colleges.  We hope to send their final transcripts in early June.

SFIC Application:  The deadline has been extended to May 31.  Don't forget:  just because you received it this year, doesn't mean you will automatically get it next year. You must re-apply.  I think knowing which Catholic school your child will be attending will help the process.  Contact jasmin.roman@rcan.org at SFIC if you have questions.

Have a great week!
Ms. Miesnik

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Monday, May 4

Dear Marist Families:

Important Decisions:  I hope that you've read the May/June Family Newsletter in full.  It explains in detail how the year will end regarding Remote Learning, final exams, last day of classes, etc.  Here's the link to the newsletter in case you missed it on Friday.  https://conta.cc/2VUHXiY

Progress Reports:  Teachers are submitting their mid-quarter grades today.  The progress reports will be emailed to the parents later this week.  The underclassmen have 5 weeks left of classes:  plenty of time to turn things around for the 4th quarter.

National Honor Society and Spanish NHS Inductions:  These inductions will happen virtually in a Google Hangout tomorrow, Tuesday, May 5 at 6:00pm.  Congratulations to all our inductees!  This is a huge accomplishment.

Academic Awards:  As promised, Mr. Kay has calculated the awards based on the Year-To-Date column calculated at the end of the 3rd marking period.  He will publish the listing of awards later this week.  Congratulations to all the Awardees!  The actual award will be held for pick-up on June 11, a day which you can read about in the May/June Newsletter.

Pathways Forward:  If you have not been in touch with your counselor lately, please send them an email to verify where your son/daughter will be attending school in the fall.  Since Marist will be closing on June 30, all records must be forwarded to the receiving school prior to that date.  Please don't leave finding a school until the last minute.  Likewise, this pertains to seniors choosing their colleges.  We hope to send their final transcripts in early June.

SFIC Application:  The deadline has been extended to May 31.  Don't forget:  just because you received it this year, doesn't mean you will automatically get it next year. You must re-apply.  I think knowing which Catholic school your child will be attending will help the process.  Contact jasmin.roman@rcan.org at SFIC if you have questions.

Have a great week!

Ms. Miesnik

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Monday, April 27

Dear Marist Families:


Important Decisions:  I know many of you are anxious about how this school year will end. As April draws to a close and we enter our 6th week of Remote Learning, the faculty will be meeting to discuss all matters related to the close of the year: exams, last days of school, closing events such as prom, graduation, yearbook distribution, etc.  The May 1st family newsletter will contain the actual plan.  Look for that on Friday.

Social-Emotional Health:  These are trying times for teens and their families,  especially for our Marist students since the school is closing.  Catholic Community Services is offering free counseling called Perform CARE.  Look at the attachment to this email blast and don't hesitate to use the number!

Progress Reports:  This is the last week before we send out progress reports for the 4th quarter. Encourage your sons and daughters to stay on task and make up any missed work that the teacher allows.  Teachers will submit their reports on Monday May 4.  You'll receive an emailed progress report soon after.

National Honor Society and Spanish NHS Inductions:  These inductions will happen virtually in a Google Hangout on Tuesday, May 5 at 6:00pm.  Invitations will be forthcoming.

Academic Awards:  We are eager to honor the achievements of our students, even if we can't do so in person.  This annual event has been a tradition at Marist since the mid 90's.  It was so well attended that we had to move it from the cafeteria to the gym a few years ago.  Although, we can't meet this year for the dinner and the speeches, we can still prepare the awards!  Mr. Kay will be calculating the awards based on the Year-To-Date column calculated at the end of the 3rd marking period.  He will publish the listing of awards in the near future.  We are figuring out how we will we distribute the actual awards.  

SFIC Application:  The deadline has been extended to May 31.  Don't forget:  just because you received it this year, doesn't mean you will automatically get it next year. You must re-apply.  I think knowing which Catholic school your child will be attending will help the process.  Contact jasmin.roman@rcan.org at SFIC if you have questions.

Have a great week!

Ms. Miesnik

Perform CARE
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Monday, April 20

Dear Marist Families:
Welcome back from the well-deserved break!  I hope that you are rejuvenated.  It is so important that we get down to business right away this week!
PATHWAYS FORWARD: 
High School Registrations:  To date, we still have 100 FR, SO, and JR who have not registered for a school for Fall of 2020.  Marist school counselors are here to help you.  Please reach out to them if you haven't yet made up your mind or don't know how to contact the school of your choice.
HCCC Option:  Congratulations to the 8 Juniors who have registered with HCCC for the Fall semester.  They will complete their high school requirements by taking four college courses this fall.  They will receive their Marist diploma after the successful completion of those courses.  If you were interested in this option but did not register for classes yet, reach out to Ms. Jennifer Rodriguez at jarodriguez@hccc.edu
PARENTS:  Finish your taxes and then file for FACTs for next year. All private high schools require it.  SFIC's deadline for re-application is April 30.
OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Virtual Service Days:  Congratulations to FR Paolo Bautista and JR Jequan Stribling who took advantage of doing Service at home the week before Easter!  They both won value points for their classmates.
Virtual Gallery:  We encourage artists, writers, actors, dancers, instrumentalists and vocalists to photograph, video, and/or document your contribution to our Virtual Gallery.  E-mail entries and questions to Ms. Carvajal at ncarvajal@marist.org by end of day, Friday, April 24.
Earth Day:  We celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day this Wednesday, April 22.  Check out this link for ideas of what students and families can do to become more aware about our environment:  https://www.discoveryeducation.com/learn/50-ways-to-earth-day/#events
REMOTE LEARNING TIPS:  Please emphasize these with your son/daughter . . . 
o    READ all directions thoroughly!!
o    SUBMIT by the deadline in correct format.
o    HANGOUT Etiquette: 
o    Practice professional behavior
o    Be appropriately dressed
o    Be sure you are sitting up
o    Mute your microphone when you aren't speaking.
Have a great week!
Ms. Miesnik

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Monday, April 6

Dear Marist Families:
I hope this finds all of you well!  
Parent Meetings:  
At our virtual faculty meeting this past week, the teachers reported that over 90% of students are doing well with Remote Learning!  What if your son/daughter is among the 10%???  I will be reaching out to you to set up a google hangout meeting with you, your son/daughter, your school counselor, and the school administration.  We want to help your son/daughter smooth the road ahead and build the foundation for success.  
HCCC Registrations April 10 - 17
If you were interested in registering for classes at HCCC next year, Jennifer Rodriguez will be emailing you to set up an on-line meeting to get you signed up.  Look for her email.  She is jarodriguez@hccc.edu.  Good luck with that!
Remote Learning Tips:  Please emphasize these with your son/daughter . . . 
o    READ all directions thoroughly!!
o    SUBMIT by the deadline in correct format.
o    HANGOUT Etiquette: 
o    Practice professional behavior
o    Be appropriately dressed
o    Be sure you are sitting up
o    Mute your microphone when you aren't speaking.
Three Ways for Marist Students to stay connected:
o    Virtual Service Days:  Week of April 6
o    Just download the PPT and fill it out
o    Email your completed PPT to amiesnik@marist.org
o    Due Easter Sunday by midnight
o    Virtual Spirit Week:  Week of April 13
o    Join in the fun
o    Stay connected
o    Submission via Social Media
o    Virtual Gallery:  Now until April 24
o    Photos of Artwork, Videos of Performances, Poetry and other writing
o    Due midnight Friday,  April 24
o    Email entries to ncarvajal@marist.org
Marist Homepage is new:  Check it out! www.marist.org  It's been adapted for Remote Learning.
Easter Break:
o    We will continue Remote Learning until noon on Wed, April 8
o    No classes from April 9-19 (Easter Break)
o    Remote Learning will resume on April 20:  M-F, 9:30-1:30  
Food Distribution for ALL: 
o    Yes, this Wednesday, April 8
o    No, not on Wednesday, April 15 (because school is not opened)
Pathways Forward: 
o    SENIORS:  Continue your college search, application, and acceptance process by staying in touch with your School Counselor.  Complete the FAFSA.
o    JR, SO, FR:  Continue your high school search by reaching out to the Admissions Officer at the school of your choice.  Most are taking on-line registrations at this time. Ask your Marist Counselor for help. Notify your Marist Counselor once you've registered for next year.
o    JRs:  Enroll at HCCC by waiting for an email from jarodriguez@hccc.edu between April 10 and 17.
o    PARENTS:  Finish your taxes and then file for FACTs for next year. All private high schools require it.
Have a great week!
Ms. Miesnik

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Monday, March 30

Dear Marist Families:
First and foremost, I hope this finds all of you well!

Attendance:  
Can you help us?  We are taking ATTENDANCE through Plus Portals.  Ms. DePoalo reaches out to every family whose student hasn't logged-in that day.  Even if all a student's teachers are posting on Google Classroom, the only way we can "see" the student is on Plus Portals.  So, I repeat, all students MUST be on Marist email and Plus Portals from 9:30-1:30 Daily or be marked absent.
Why is attendance so important?  We want to be sure that all our students are thriving.  Logging in and handing in work is all part of that.  If something is stopping that from happening, we want to be able to help.  It's the Marist way.

Easter Break:
o    We will continue Remote Learning until noon on Wed, April 8
o    No classes from April 9-19 (Easter Break)
o    Classes will resume on April 20.  

Your son/daughter Needs HELP????? Tell them to:
o    Email your teacher if you have questions about the assignment or a grade.
o    If you have issues or concerns about grades or anything else, reach out to your School Counselor who can help.  Your School Counselor will be setting up a Google Classroom; look for it!
o    If you cannot do the work because you are ill, ask your parent to email Ms. DePoalo at kdepoalo@marist.org.
o    If you cannot work because of a technical difficulty, email Mr. Deh at kdeh@marist.org

Food Distribution for ALL: 
o    When:  Every Wednesday 10:00AM - Noon
o    Where:  Marist High School - drive through located outside the back door to cafeteria 
o    Who:  Anybody and Everybody.  No need to qualify; No ID required. 
o    What:  Five Breakfasts and Five Lunches

Pathways Forward: 
o    SENIORS:  Continue your college search, application, and acceptance process by staying in touch with your School Counselor.  Complete the FAFSA.
o    JR, SO, FR:  Continue your high school search by reaching out to the Admissions Officer at the school of your choice.  Most are taking on-line registrations at this time. Ask your Marist Counselor for help. Notify your Marist Counselor once you've registered for next year.
o    PARENTS:  Finish your taxes and then file for FACTs for next year. All private high schools require it.

Best "Shelter in Place" Tips I've seen:  
o    Create a routine for yourself and stick to it!  
o    Practice Gratitude everyday!

Have a great week!
Ms. Miesnik

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Monday, March 23

Dear Marist Families:
I hope this weekly email blast finds you and your family safe and well.  

Fourth Quarter report cards will be emailed to you Thursday, March 26 by end of day.  Email Ms. DePoalo at kdepoalo@marist.org  on Friday if yours does not come through.  

Remote Learning Updates:
"    Bayonne Bd of Ed has announced Monday, April 20 as a revised tentative return date.  What does this mean at Marist?
o    We will continue Remote Learning until noon on Wed, April 8
o    No classes from April 9-19 (Easter Break)
o    Classes will resume on April 20.  Face-to-Face???? TBD.
o    Students MUST be on Marist email and Plus Portals from 9:30-1:30 Daily or be marked absent.
o    Your son/daughter Needs HELP????? Tell them to:
o    Email your teacher if you have questions about the assignment or a grade.
o    If you have issues or concerns about grades or anything else, reach out to your School Counselor who can help.  Your School Counselor will be setting up a Google Classroom; look for it!
o    If you cannot do the work because you are ill, ask your parent to email Ms. DePoalo at kdepoalo@marist.org.
o    If you cannot work because of a technical difficulty, email Mr. Deh at kdeh@marist.org

Food Distribution for ALL: 
o    When:  Every Wednesday 10:00AM - Noon
o    Where:  Marist High School - drive through located outside the back door to cafeteria 
o    Who:  Anybody and Everybody.  No need to qualify; No ID required. 
o    What:  Five Breakfasts and Five Lunches
o    Please see the attachment which lists food distribution locations in your area.

Pathways Forward: 
o    SENIORS:  Continue your college search, application, and acceptance process by staying in touch with your School Counselor.  Complete the FAFSA.
o    JR, SO, FR:  Continue your high school search by reaching out to the Admissions Officer at the school of your choice.  Most are taking on-line registrations at this time. Ask your Marist Counselor for help. Notify your Marist Counselor once you've registered for next year.
o    PARENTS:  Finish your taxes and then file for FACTs for next year. All private high schools require it.

My prayer for each of you is that God will help you see the blessings and opportunities hidden in this challenge and that your hearts will be filled with gratitude.  This echoes one of my favorite quotes from author, Anne Lamott: "Gratitude, not understanding, is the key to equanimity (peace)."  Stay safe.

Ms. Miesnik

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Monday, March 16

Dear Marist Families:
These are certainly uncharted waters!  So much is not within our control right now.  Not only must we experiment with a new ways of learning, but this delay puts our school/job searches on hold as well.  The good thing is that everyone is in the same boat! There is nothing we can do but be patient, do our best to keep informed and stay on track!  Here is some helpful info:
Breakfasts and Lunches Available for those eligible for Free and Reduced Meals:
o    We are working with Sodexo, our cafeteria provider, to arrange a pick-up of a week's worth of breakfasts and lunches
o    Those who receive free and/or reduced lunch should come to the school on Wednesday, March 18 between 10 and 12.  Just drive (or walk) to the back cafeteria door.  You don't even need to get out of the car!
o    There should be a week's worth of Breakfasts and Lunches in the bag.
o    If all goes well, we'll repeat this next Wednesday!
Remote Learning reminders for students:
o    Be on Marist email and Plus Portals from 9:30-1:30 Daily
o    Email your teacher if you have questions.
o    If you do not sign on between 9:30 and 1:30, you will be marked absent.
o    If you cannot do the work because you are ill, ask your parent to email Ms. DePoalo at kdepoalo@marist.org
o    If you cannot work because of a technical difficulty, email Mr. Deh at kdeh@marist.org
Dual Credit Classes:
o    If your class is taught by a Marist faculty member, all will continue as usual.
o    If your class is taught by an HCCC professor, classes will resume the week of March 30. 
Coronavirus Updates:
It is vitally important that we share information should someone in the Marist community come down with the virus.  We will ensure your privacy and handle information with confidentially, but we ask that you report if someone in your home has tested positive.  This information is vital to the health and safety of the entire school community.  

Be well!
Ms. Miesnik


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