April 1 2010
From the President
Marist baseball at Turner Field
From the Counseling Office
Marist Arts Guild
Service and Spirituality News
War Eagle Views
Scene Around Marist
Parent Information
Alumni Happenings

Parent Teacher Student Conferences

Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences: Wednesday, April 28, 2010 - 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.

Parent-Teacher-Student conferences will, once again, be scheduled online. Please login to the Marist website for instructions on logging into the Parent / Student / Teacher Reservation System. Interim academic reports will be available online Wednesday, April 21, 2010.  Conferences are by appointment only.


Online scheduling times: Noon Wednesday, April 21, 2010 until 11:00 p.m. Monday, April 26, 2010. Students must attend with parents.

Summer Camps
Summer is coming!  Please check out the summer camp offerings at Marist.   In addition to the thirteen athletic camps, there is also an SAT/PSAT/ACT Math prep class being offered.   Camps are offered from June 7th through July 30th.  The website link is:  www.marist.com/summerprograms

From the Registrar

Demographics Sheets and Course Request Verification Forms were distributed to students on Friday, March 26 in homeroom.

Please make any changes needed on the· Demographic Sheet and return to us. There is a check box if all information is correct; please return the sheet even if no change is needed. This is the information that will be printed in the directory next August.

Course requests will be used for· building the master schedule and scheduling the students. If your child’s Course Verification Form reflects errors or omissions, those need to be handled now. Students with incomplete schedules who want a permissions course should consult with the teacher. Students who had permission for a course and did not select it, may have lost their seats. They need to verify with the teacher that there is still room. Modern and Classical Language placements for rising 8th graders have not been completed so there may be changes in that. If so, you will be notified by email. The counselors or I have to make all changes to requests at this time.

Deadline for the return of both forms is April 6, 2010. Thanks for your help in planning for next year.

 Susan Mistretta, Registrar

Marist Tour of Homes
Please mark your calendars for Friday, May 7, for the 2010 Tour of Homes, featuring four Marist families' beautiful homes in Buckhead.  Laura and Jim Ulam, Beth and Jeff Ervin, Sheri and Bo Hardin, and Bo and Andrea Jones will graciously open their homes for this wonderful Marist tradition.

The tour will be held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on the Friday of Mother’s Day weekend, so bring your mom or someone special to this fantastic spring event.  Tickets are $38 each and include a delicious boxed lunch that can be enjoyed in the Hardin's lovely garden. Tickets are now available for purchase online at maristtourofhomes.eventbrite.com.

The Parents Club invites all parents to help sponsor and support the Tour of Homes by being a Parent Patron.  For $100, Parent Patrons receive two tickets to the Tour, an Out-of-Uniform Day for their students and recognition in the Home Tour program.  Look for the Parent Patron insert in April’s print newsletter.  Patron sponsorships can also be purchased online at maristtourofhomes.eventbrite.com.  Contact Kathy Cote at kcote@att.net for more information.

Business owners, you can support the tour as well as promote your business!  Your logo will appear on the Tour of Homes Web site where tickets are sold and in the Tour Program which serves as the admission ticket and map.  For details about sponsorships, please contact Margaret Nelson at nelson4@bellsouth.net.

Once again, the Home Tour will hold a tuition raffle. The winner is awarded one year of full tuition for the winning family's oldest child enrolled for the 2010-2011 school year. The tickets, two per family at $100 each, will be mailed to your home the week of March 15. The purchase of one or both tickets by April 7 makes your family eligible for an out-of-uniform day. Tuition raffle tickets are available online at maristtourofhomes.eventbrite.com.  Please contact Tammy Connell with questions:  xyyyxx@bellsouth.net.

We still need volunteers to help set up, serve as house captains, etc.  If you volunteer, your shift will still allow you plenty of time to enjoy the tour! Working at the houses is fun - recruit your friends!  To volunteer, contact Jodi Selvey jodi.selvey@colliers.com.

For more information about the tour, please contact Kathy Cotney, thecotneys@mac.com or Jaime Davenport, Jaime.p.davenport@gmail.com.

Be part of the “Home Tour Hundred Club” for Parent Patrons ($100 donation) This includes 2 tickets to the tour and luncheon! Questions? Contact Kathy Cote

$100 tuition raffle tickets were mailed this week.  Don’t delayl!   Puchase your tickets by mailing your check to Tammy Connell.

Showcase your business with an AD in the Tour PROGRAM! Contact Margaret Nelson by April 7.

Interested in volunteering that day? It’s FUN! Contact Jodi Selvey.

Home Tour Out-of-Uniform Day, Wednesday April 7*

Parent Patrons, advertisers and ticket purchasers are eligible to participate!

*simply send a copy of your online receipt to school with your child on April 7

We’re all online this year! Check us out on the Marist website: www.Marist.com/tourofhomes2010

Families in Action Peer Parenting Workshops
Please join us for our last event of the school year:

Tuesday, April 27 –Running Scared (8:15 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Fr Brennan Room followed by Grade Level breakout sessions 9 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.)

An honest, open discussion about the problems associated with stress and anxiety in a competitive environment and how to prevent those problems in your family.

DVDs used in all FIA Parenting Workshops are available for check-out in the counseling office.

All parents are invited to attend – Join the conversation!!!

Sign Up to Help Welcome New Parents
We need parent volunteers to help us welcome New Parents.  Remember how many questions you had once your child was accepted to Marist?  If you are willing to make a few phone calls over the summer to make a family's transition into the Marist community a little easier, then we need YOU!  Perhaps you had someone call you the summer before your arrival at Marist.  If so, you remember how helpful it was.  If not, then help us reach our goal of contacting every new family before they arrive.  If you are willing to help, or just have questions, please email Kim Nelson at nelsonics4@aol.com.  Thank you for considering this opportunity to continue the tradition of building a strong Marist parent community!

Project Graduation Plans Action-Packed Night for Seniors
Junior parents—if you haven’t already, please contact Katie Trapani @ caramelapple@bellsouth.net  or Rebecca Williams at rchasewilliams@aol.com  to volunteer for a shift during the evening of Project Graduation.  We want to make sure we have plenty of parents to ensure the Class of 2010 has a fun and safe evening. Remember, Graduation is May 22, and the party begins that night at 11:00 (10:30 for volunteers) and goes until 5:30 a.m. on Sunday.  It will take a lot of chaperones to cover the evening.  This is not Memorial Day weekend, so we are asking all junior parents to participate.

Senior parents—if you have not filled out a waiver form for the evening, you must do so in order for your student to be able to attend Project Graduation. To download the form click here. Once you have filled it out and signed it, you can scan it and email to Julie Moyers at jumoyers@bellsouth.net, or you can mail it to: 1007 Redfield Terrace, Dunwoody, GA  30338.

We look forward to a great night! Melanie Antos and Gail Harmeier

7th Grade Faculty Luncheon
The 7th grade parents are hosting the final faculty and staff appreciation luncheon for the year on Thursday, May 6.  The committee is working on a fantastic theme and menu for this luncheon!  

Be on the lookout for an email with details, and please consider volunteering to hostess, provide food, door prizes and/or financial contributions to offset expenses.  Contact Christy Moran: moranclan5@msn.com with questions or for more information.

Marist Arts Guild Presents Unique Celebration of the Arts

On the evening of April 17, the Marist Arts Guild will host "Arts Unfiltered: Celebrating the Arts at Marist" in a coffee house atmosphere. For more information visit  www.marist.com/artsunfiltered.

Mark Your Calendars…

Upcoming events sponsored/supported by the Parents’ Club:

April 7 - Tour of Homes Out of Uniform Day

April 15 - Junior Ring and Pin Mass, 7:30 p.m., All Saints Church

April 17 – “Arts Unfiltered: Celebrating the Arts at Marist.”

April 22 – St. Peter Chanel Day

April 27 – Families in Action: Running Scared

April 27 – New Student Welcome, 7:30 p.m., Centennial

May 7 – Tour of Homes

May 17 – 8th Grade Night of Rededication

May 22 – Project Graduation

Check out the Parents’ Club Page on the Marist Web site for details on these and all upcoming Parents’ Club activities. 

Diversity Events
In celebration of Asian History Month the Atlanta Chinese Dance Company will be on campus Thursday, April 8th during Activity Period. Their performances include classical Chinese dance styles, ethnic folk dances, and adaptations of modern dance dramas. The Atlanta Chinese Dance Company was created to promote the development, advancement, and appreciation of Chinese dance and culture in the Atlanta Metropolitan area. All members of the Marist community are invited to attend. Please contact Mrs. LePrêt Williams, Director of Diversity at williamsl@marist.com if you have any questions.

Back by popular demand! There will be another MOSAIC meeting to discuss issues related to sexual orientation on Wednesday, April 14 from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. Specific topics include a discussion of sexual bullying and a discussion of how various religions view homosexuality.

Annual Fund
The 2009-2010 Parent Annual Fund goal of 100% participation is within reach. Currently, 78% of our parents have committed $720,854 towards our monetary goal of $750,000. If you would like to make a commitment online, please visit www.marist.com/onlinegiving

We are extremely grateful to all of you for your generosity. Please pay attention to the electronic sign for the latest updates on our progress and, of course, keep those cards and letters coming!

Again, please accept our heartfelt gratitude for all you do to support Marist School.  

Thank you,

Marty and Patty Martenson & Steve and Irene Simoneaux
Annual Fund Chairs