Cub Notes

NEW - Learning Center Skills Workshop: Wednesday, 3/22

Please join us for a skill building workshop!
Printable Flyer Above

Join three of U of D Jesuit's hardest working seniors as they share their experience wth how to become successful at UDJ.


WEDNESDAY, March 22, 2017
3:00pm - 3:30pm
The Learning Center - Room S-005

NEW - Delayed Start: Wednesday, March 22

Classes begin at 10:00am due to a Faculty/Staff Meeting on Wednesday, 3/22. Bus Schedule

Senior All-Night Party Meeting : Wednesday, 3/22.


Senior All Night Party (SANP) will be here before we know it!.

Committees are busy putting together the details of the party. Our next planning meeting will be Wednesday, March 22nd at 6:30 p.m. in the U of D Jesuit cafeteria. This meeting is for SANP Chairpersons and any Senior parent that is interested in being involved in the planning of SANP.

We hope to see you there,

Val Mitchell Lowe and Wendi Winston,
SANP 2017 co-chairs

Important Dates Calendar for the 2017/2018 School Year from the Principal


February 15, 2017

Dear U of D Jesuit Parents and Guardians,

We engaged in a lengthy discernment the structure of the 2017-2018 school year calendar. This included a review of calendar survey results and feedback from conversations with the administrative team, faculty, parents, and students. The chart below includes the final important dates determined for the 2017-2018 school year. The highlighted rows in grey indicate the most significant changes made.

Printable 2017/2018 Important Dates Calendar

The starting week of the school year is no earlier than previous years. The most notable change is the move of Semester One Exams to before Christmas Break. We felt it was important to build in a long weekend before exams to allow extra time for study for students that need it. The calendar also reflects a full week for Mid-Winter Break and an earlier departure for summer break.The number of days of instruction was not compromised; we reduced the number of random no class days during the school year to make up these days.

While I am aware that there is no one perfect school calendar that addresses everyone’s diverse preferences, I hope that this calendar has something in it for everyone. The more detailed calendar will now be constructed in the coming months.

Thank you for allowing us to be partners with you along the journey of forming your sons to be “Men for Others” for the greater glory of God.

God bless,

Anthony R. Trudel

NEW - Band and Orchestra Member Medal News

Please congratulate the following students from the band and orchestra who medaled this past weekend at the MSBOA State Solo and Ensemble festival at South Lyon High School:

Edward Thomson-
2nd division rating, trumpet proficiency

Sean Grinsell-
1st division rating, trumpet proficiency

David Mutone and Erik Lytle-
2nd division rating, trumpet duet

David Mutone-
1st division rating, piano solo

Adam Kuplicki-
2nd division rating, violin proficiency


NEW - Fine Arts Scholastic Awards

Every year U of D Jesuit artists enter the Scholastic Art contest in the Southeastern region.

Nearly 6000 individual entries for middle and high school and more than 239 senior portfolios were entered in 16 categories this year.
At the state level,
Nicholas Pez and Matthew Piziali both received a gold key for their art portfolios entered.
For individual art pieces Joshua Kim received an honorable mention for design.
Nicholas Pez received two gold keys and one silver key.
Matthew Piziali received a gold key, silver key, and honorable mention.
Vincent Rever received a silver key and Brendan Roarty received a gold key.

The Gold Key Key winning entries then advanced to the National Level where entries from the entire United States were judged. Only 1 percent of all entries receive medals. We were fortunate enough to take home two of them:

Senior Brendan Roarty earned a national gold medal for his ink drawing.
Senior Nicholas Pez earned a national silver medal for his architecture portfolio.

NEW - Yearbook for 2017 - Order Now

Please click here for the webpage to order the 2017 Yearbook. The cost is $35.00.

Junior Family Meeting Reservations with College Counseling

Greetings Class of 2018!

We are pleased to open the reservation process for your Junior Family meeting.

This 45 minute (1 period) meeting will take place between March 1, 2017 and April 30, 2017.

To schedule your meeting:

1. Ask your son if he has had his individual meeting with his College Counselor. We are completing these meetings in February.

2. Contact Mrs. Lynn Rinke at or 313-927-2314 to schedule your appointment.

3. Complete your Parent Brag Sheet. This is located in Family Connection through the Parent log in. The survey link is on the left side of the “about me” page under “surveys to complete.”

We encourage you to call early to schedule your appointment. After March 15, 2017, we will begin scheduling these appointments for you. Your son will be notified of the appointment via homeroom mail 2 days prior to the meeting.

We look forward to starting this journey with your family.


Holly M. Markiecki-Bennetts
Director, College Counseling

Sophomore Retreat - April 6 & 7

Sophomore Families – The LAST Sophomore retreat is Thursday & Friday, April 6 & 7, at the Capuchin Retreat in Washington, MI.

If your son is interested, please have him stop by the Faith & Service Office to preregister.

Mother/Son Mass and Brunch - April 2

Mothers' Club Mother and Son Mass and Brunch

The 2017 Mother and Son Brunch will be held on April 2nd, with Mass at 9am at Ss. Peter & Paul Jesuit Church and brunch immediately following at the Detroit Yacht Club on Belle Isle.

Please plan on attending this delightful event as the start of the "count down to graduation". Plan on sharing faith, food, and a few happy tears as we celebrate this wonderful tradition for moms and their sons!

RSVP's are due March 10th!

Becki Peters, Chair

Dionne Mundy, co-Chair

Athletic News: New Registration Practice for All Spring Sorts Athletes


In an ongoing effort to improve and streamline our start of athletic season procedures the U of D Jesuit Athletic Department is piloting a new registration practice for all athletes intending to participate or try-out for a spring sport. Starting this spring, anyone planning on participating on a U of D Jesuit athletic team will have to secure a “Start of Season Athletic Clearance Form”. The health and safety of our scholar-athletes is a top priority. This simple procedure will allow us to be better prepared for the start of each season and in turn better support our scholar-athletes and coaches.

Frequently Asked Questions

Nick Kocsis,
UDJ Athletic Director

Mothers' Club News - Updated 3/6/17

Mothers' Club Mother and Son Mass and Brunch

The 2017 Mother and Son Brunch will be held on April 2nd, with Mass at 9am at Ss. Peter & Paul Jesuit Church and brunch immediately following at the Detroit Yacht Club on Belle Isle.

Invitations will be arriving in your mailbox save the date! Please plan on attending this delightful event as the start of the "count down to graduation". Plan on sharing faith, food, and a few happy tears as we celebrate this wonderful tradition for moms and their sons!

Becki Peters, Chair
Dionne Mundy, co-Chair


The Mothers' Club is making plans for next year’s executive board and is starting its search for our future leaders! Serving on the Mothers' Club board is not only a way to give back to the U of D Jesuit community, but is also a chance to help guide a group devoted to all Cub Moms. The attached flyer explains the positions and the procedure for selecting the 2017-2018 Executive Board. If you are unable to serve in one of the executive board positions, but have an interest in serving as a program director or event chair, we will begin to look for those nominations in the next couple of months, as well. If you have any questions, please contact either Merridy Toepfer at or Pam Michelini at

ATTENTION MOTHERS’ CLUB MEMBERS (every mom whose son(s) attend UDJ is automatically a Mothers’ Club member)!

ATTENTION MOTHERS’ CLUB MEMBERS (every mom whose son(s) attend UDJ is automatically a Mothers’ Club member)!
The Mothers’ Club needs your help. The Mothers’ Club hosts many activities and events throughout the school year. Your dues help us to financially support all of these events and activities. We ask, if you are able, to please complete 2016-17 membership form the form and submit your dues. Check the Mothers' Club website for more information.

Check the Mothers' Club website for more information.

Dads' Club News

For the most up-to-date information about the U of D Jesuit Dads’ Club, visit our website here.

Athletic News

Welcome to the UDJ Athletics Website will find much information.

Find all the forms needed at: Forms & Packets

Please remember to join the CUB CLUB:
CUB CLUB Application for 16/17

LOST & FOUND Cleanup every 2 weeks on Friday

The lost and found, located in the SAO will now be cleaned out every two weeks. Please stop by to see if anything belongs to you.

NEW - UPDATED 3/20/17 Important Information for Seniors & Parents: Alumni-Senior Luncheon Information; Parent Permission Form & Senior Information Form

Alumni/Senior Luncheon
Wednesday, April 26.

Please check to see if your son has not turned in his forms: List of Seniors that have not turned in the forms.


Please send in the completed forms with your son and have him turn in the forms to the Alumni folder (or see Marie Lamberg) in SAO as soon as possible.

Attached Forms
Parent Permission Form and Senior Information Form

You may also scan the completed form and email to as well, but it must come from the parents’ email address.

Any students that do not submit a form prior to the event will not be able to attend.

Any questions, contact
Jack Donnelly, Alumni Director

For Parents of Current Students in Grades 7, 9, 10 and 11 - Tuition Assistance Information for 2017-2018 School Year:


A mailing will be sent home the week of January 30th outlining the procedure for applying for financial aid for 2017-2018. A link to the application and additional required documents can be found on our website by clicking the following:

Deadline for submission of application is March 4, 2017. 2016 Federal 1040 Tax Return must be submitted to FACTS Grant in Aid to complete the application.

Award letters to those who completed the application by the deadline will be mailed May 1, 2017.

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Coccia in the Financial Aid Office at 313-927-2351 between the hours of 9am and 3pm or email at

Presidential Cruise on the luxurious "Ovation", Wednesday, May 24, 2017. Auction Item

Join Fr. Ted Munz for a Presidential Cruise on the luxurious Ovation, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. The U of D Jesuit family takes over the ship for a private yachting experience on Lake St. Clair and the Detroit River, and you won’t want to miss the festivities! Party-goers will enjoy a memorable evening of scenic views, scrumptious food with an open bar and delightful company. Board the ship at 6:30 pm, cruise from 7 pm-9:30 pm and then wind down at dockside.

See the cruise website:

Tickets are $200 per person and benefit the Scholarship Fund. Contact the Auction office to make your reservation: or 313-927-2332. RSVP by April 15th.

One More Way to Donate to U of D Jesuit: Benefit app

U of D Jesuit has partnered with Benefit as a fundraising solution. It is free to members and free to U of D Jesuit. Benefit is a free iPhone or Android phone app that can be used to pay for your everyday purchases such as groceries, clothes, home goods, and more. You can pay on site at the store or online. A portion of your purchase goes directly back to U of D Jesuit. Retailers include Lowe's, Amazon, Target, Starbucks, and many more! For instance, buy $300 worth of golf equipment at Callaway online, and $60 goes back to U of D Jesuit.

Download the app and add University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy as your beneficiary to start giving. Find more information in the app or at

Feel free to forward this email to family and friends. The more people who participate, the more funds we will raise.

Christopher Holinski '02
Director of Annual Giving

3 Ways to Donate to U of D Jesuit

Shopping and donating to UDJ:

The Three Ways to donate: Each of these programs involve online registration in order for U of D Jesuit to receive the donations.

Please see the printable attached flyer with all the information. Any questions please email Katie Sznewajs or call: 313-927-2325

Campus Ministry News Update

Enhanced Driver's Licenses/Passports
When the time comes, we encourage all of our families to obtain either an Enhanced Driver's License or a Passport for their son. Many of our retreats, particularly for our Juniors and Seniors, take place in Canada. The preferred documentation for US Customs is either the Enhanced Driver's License or Passport. Although Birth Certificates (originals only) will work, it is more difficult to cross the border with birth certificates than with enhanced driver's licenses or passports. Contact Campus Ministry at (313) 927-2390 with any questions or concerns.

Joseph Gall, D.Min., Director of Campus Ministry

Ignatian Service Office News

News from the Ignatian Service Office

Corktown Corner will officially open on Tuesday, September 6, 2016! For those that are new, there will be bins in the lobby of the upper atrium, outside of The Office of Faith and Service for you to donate new or gently worn clothes, shoes, blankets, hats, scarves, etc. When the bins are full, we then deliver the items to the clothes closet at Most Holy Trinity Parish in Corktown. Corktown Corner will be open until Friday, May 26, 2017.

Please contact me if you have any questions and thank you in advance for your participation!

Todd Wilson, Director of Ignation Service Office or 313-927-2349

FocusHOPE Permission Slip for 16/17.

UDJ Families:
Please consider participating in this Saturday’s Focus:Hope delivery. All are welcome to come help us pack and deliver food to 55 Seniors.
◾We leave U of D Jesuit at 8:30am.
◾Pack food at the Focus:Hope warehouse on Oakman Blvd.
◾Then deliver the boxes of food to senior citizens in the Warren Apartment Complex downtown.
◾We are usually back to U of D Jesuit by NOON.

If you have any questions, please contact Todd Wilson, Director of Ignatian Service at 313.927.2349.

School Counseling News - Monthly Student Meetings

Dear Parents,

As you know, each month we have a Delayed-Start Day and students report to school at
10:00 AM. Between 8:00 and 9:45 AM on those days the faculty and staff meet to discuss school affairs and future planning. Another feature of these days is that after the meetings one of the academic departments will convene at University of Detroit Mercy for their own extended departmental meeting and professional development day. Taking their place in the classrooms are the school and college counselors to talk to your sons about all manner of topics...

  • September: A checklist of “What You Need to Know (Master) by the End of This Year” specific to grade level.
  • October: “Introduction and Continued Development (for our upper classmen) to the Ins & Outs ofNaviance” – our online college and career preparedness system.
  • November: Suicide Prevention and Intervention by UDJ-and-Alum Parent, Fox 2 News Executive Producer, and member of the American Foundation for the Suicide Prevention, Mr. Jim Adams.
  • January: “How to Make a Good Impression” –a Career Fair primer (which happened in the Commons on February 7 with over forty venues, 20 with UDJ alums) and general tips on how to start preparing for all the opportunities that await our Cubs by taking stock in how you present yourself now.

    This month, Wednesday, February 15, we plan on having a serious discussion about a topic that affects so many adolescents: pornography. We will be discussing the issues surrounding this topic including the huge emotional, physical, relational and spiritual impact of pornography on young lives. Printable Letter

    If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Jim Hassett, Director of School Counseling at 313-927-2318 or at

SAT Registration: Please register EARLY for any of the test dates. Since the SAT is now the standardized test that all Michigan public school students need to take, the test sites have been filling up quite fast. Test Dates & Deadlines

The school counselors are here to assist and guide the students through the school year.

The Counselor/Counselee Roster for 16/17 school year. ****************************************************************************************************************************
Support Groups: School Counseling offers support groups for Grief and Divorce

Standardized Tests Coordinators for ACT, Pre-ACT, SAT, PSAT and AP exams:
ACT - James Hassett, 313-927-2318
Pre-ACT - Rick Bennetts, 313-927-2317
PSAT - James Hassett 313-927-2318
SAT - Durand Miller 313-927-2322
AP EXAMS - Durand Miller 313-927-2322

College Counseling News

New this year, MACRAO has asked us to advertise, where students can register online before the event and avoid filling out prospect cards at the fair by using a barcode that can be scanned by admissions representatives. Please see their website for details and student registration:

Did you know College Counseling is on Twitter and Facebook?

Follow us at UDJCollegeCounseling: @UDJCollCoun for information related to College Admission!

Follow our page: U of D College Counseling

College Counseling website

Safety/Security Deparment News

Drivers who are using Roselawn street for dropping off or picking up there son are reminded to use care when on the residence side of the street. Our neighbors do need access to their driveways, want their trash emptied when the containers are in the street, and do not appreciate chunks of sod being pulled out of their lawns when students open and close car doors. Printable Information

  • Roselawn is also an emergency route and should not be blocked at any time.
  • We recommend that drivers drop off or pick up their sons in the Main lot or on Cherrylawn street.
  • Due to the volume of traffic exiting to Roselawn, the fewer vehicles on that street the better outbound flow of traffic we will have.

    Thank you for your assistance and cooperation.

Robert E. Swanson

Traffic Pattern 16/17

Access to the main parking lot and Middle T driveway will continue to be from W. Seven Mile. At the intersection of S. Cambridge, you may turn either left to exit via Cherrylawn or right and exit via Roselawn. Students can be dropped off or picked up on S. Cambridge when using either exit and the parking lot areas. Visitors may park in either of these areas. Printable Traffic Pattern Information.

Visitor entry will be at the southwest corner of the building at S. Cambridge and Cherrylawn. There will be designated visitor parking spaces on S. Cambridge. If those fill, parking is available in the Cherrylawn parking lot.

Please do not leave your car unattended (even for a minute) if it is not parked in a designated parking space. The driveways are all emergency access points and need to be able to be cleared immediately if needed. Thank you for your cooperation.

Any questions or concerns can be directed to Robert Swanson, Director of Security, at 313-862-5400, x2340, or via email at

Reminder for DROP-OFF & PICK-UP of Students

Parents and Guardians:

It appears that some of the drivers who pick up and drop off students are becoming lax with the process that is in place. As a reminder: Flyer


  • When dropping off students in front of the Atrium, drivers should pull all the way forward to the sign (DROP OFF ZONE) before stopping to discharge the student.

  • There are two lanes. Drivers should remain in their lane until they leave the property.
  • Once you come to a complete stop in traffic, have your son exit the car regardless of where you are. This way, when the driveway in front of you clears, you can pull straight through without making a second stop.

  • Students should be ready to immediately exit the car when it stops. Any conversations or repacking of book bags or equipment should not be done in the drop off lanes but rather done in the parking lot. PICK UP
  • When lining up before the exit bell:
    Please be sure your son is coming out once the bell rings. If for some reason he does not come out, please move out of line and into a parking space in the main lot and wait for him there. These traffic lines should move fairly quickly but become very congested when we have a couple of cars that are waiting for students who are not exiting the building in a timely manner.

  • After 3 PM:
    If you are coming to pick up your son from athletic practice, Jug, ASP, or an after school co-curricular, please use a parking space to wait for your son to arrive. Parking your car and sitting in your car while in the moving lanes blockading the flow of traffic is very rude. Also leaving your car, even for a few minutes, while you run inside causes more congestion and frustration for our staff as well as other drivers.

  • When you are in line and the car in front of you moves up, please pull up and if possible, pull all the way to the sign (DROP OFF ZONE). This affords other drivers the opportunity to pull forward and pick up their student. Working cooperatively together we can improve this process for everyone. Thank you for your support and understanding. As always, any questions or concerns please direct them to me.

    ROBERT E. SWANSON, Director of Security


The Cub Corner is open for the school year.

New Hours for 2016
Monday 11:00am - 4:00pm
Tuesday 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Wednesday 11:00am – 3:00pm
Thursday Closed
Friday 8:00am – 3:00pm

We will also be open during New Parent Orientations, and Mother’s Club meeting.

Morning Mass in the Chapel

Mass in the Chapel will be celebrated at 7:25am every day.

Transportation News -Emergency Contacts for the Busses

Dear Parents:

U of D Jesuit has Transportation Service available at a very economical cost for your son to ride to and from school. There are routes coming from the East, West, Northwest, and North.

On the UDJ website, click on the “Quick Links” tab and then click on “Transportation” for more details.

If you have any questions regarding your son's bus, please contact Trinity Bus Service at the numbers below.

Emergency Contacts:
In the event of an emergency or if a bus is not at the location at the designated time, please feel free to contact Trinity Transportation dispatch at:

  • East Route:
  • North, West, or Northwest Route:
  • The dispatcher will be able to contact the driver and determine when the bus will be at your location.
  • Please understand the bus cannot wait past its designated departure time if you are running late.

Robert E. Swanson, Director of Security & Transportation

Technology Department Recycling Reminder

UDJ Community, Help the school - We are collecting phones and toner/ink for recycling.

Just a reminder that the Technology Department is collecting used printer ink/toner cartridges as well as your old cellphones! Return items to the IT department. Items returned are shipped to a recycler and the technology department earns funds to use toward school technology purchases. Any questions please contact John Hansknecht

*** Have a connection at a business??? *** Please put them in touch with us and we can arrange for them to receive free boxes with postage pre-paid to send in their items and the funds will also go to U of D Jesuit!

Your assistance in supporting this program is welcome!!!

Regards, John Hansknecht

Mailboxes for Mothers' Club, Dads' Club, Athletics, and Business Office located in Atrium

Mailboxes for Mothers’ Club, Dads’ Club, Athletics, and Business Office located in the Atrium
The mailboxes for the Mothers’ Club, Dads’ Club, Athletics, and the Business Office are located in the Atrium next to the Security Desk. These mailboxes can be used at any time for dropping off correspondences for these departments or clubs during the day and on weekends. NO CASH should be deposited in any of these mailboxes at any time. CASH should be delivered to the appropriate department or Business Office.

If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Robert Swanson, Security Director

TIPS Reporting Tool for the UDJ Community

Cub Families,

We are committed to providing a safe and secure environment for all of our students, faculty and staff. Our normal protocol is for parents or students who have concerns about incidents that might occur or have occurred to contact one of our school administrators (Principal, Anthony Trudel; High School Assistant Principal Student Affairs, Kyle Chandler; Academy Assistant Principal Malcolm Teasdale; etc.) and report the concern.

If you or your son does not feel comfortable using our normal protocol, we have also added the “TIPS” anonymous reporting tool at U of D Jesuit High School and Academy.

TIPS is a web-based incident reporting and incident management prevention platform. This tool was not intended to replace the usual reporting methods we have (phone call, email, face to face conversation) but is another way that you may feel more comfortable in reporting an incident or suspicious incident you are aware of. For more information see attached printable flyer.

Robert E. Swanson, Director of Security

Online Volunteer Sign-Up

You may go on-line to volunteer for events at UDJ by following the link that was sent to you in the Back to School e-mail.

Any questions please contact: Kit Louisell. Volunteer Coordinator at 313-927-2335.

Cafeteria Information

The cafeteria is open for breakfast, lunch, and after school on regular school days.

FLIK Independent School Dining (FLIK) provides the food service for U of D Jesuit. FLIK is a family-style company that strives to offer healthy, locally sourced, nutritious meals for our students.

To review the weekly menu go to and type in UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT JESUIT.

After School Program (ASP)

Dear Parents & Students,

The After School Program (ASP) has begun for all 7th thru 10th graders waiting for their rides. The After School Program runs from 3:30 pm till 5:30 pm and the cost is $6.00 per day. For more details see the Information Flyer from the BACK to SCHOOL Information.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at 313-927-2307.

Sharon Morey, ASP Director

MealTime Program

The U of D Jesuit Student ID card also serves as the cafeteria debit card. Our cafeteria debit card system, MealTime, provides you with a way to deposit money into your son’s account that he can use for purchases in the cafeteria for breakfast and lunch. (This does not work with the vending machines.) The ID/debit card is swiped at the register at the time of purchase and the cost of the purchase is deducted from your son’s account. For information on how to add funds to your son's MealTime account, click here.

Building Hours for 16/17 School Year


The building officially opens for students at 6:30 AM. Students may enter through the Atrium doors at this time. Students should remain in the Atrium until the 7:30 AM bell.

The Visitors' entrance will open at 7 AM and close at 3:30 PM daily. The visitor entrance will not be open on weekends.

The Main Entrance will open at 7 AM and close at 8:15 AM daily. Students arriving after 8:15 must enter through the visitor door, sign in the log book, and report to the Student Affairs office for a late pass.

If there are any questions or concerns, please contact Robert Swanson, Director of Security, 313-862-5400 x2340 or via email at Thank you.

ROBERT E. SWANSON, Director of Security

Bus Transportation Information for 2nd Semester 16/17

Dear Parents or Guardians:

U of D Jesuit High School and Academy is pleased to announce we will be continuing bus transportation service for the second semester of the 2016-17 school year. To pre-order bus passes, you can find the on-line registration form on the school’s website. Due date for 2nd semester registration is Friday, January 6, 2017. Students will pick-up their pre-paid passes during winter exams in the Transportation Office. After January 18, 2017, one way passes may be purchased in Cub Corner; semester passes may be purchased in the Business Office.
Informational Parent Letter
Bus Transportation Registration Form

Due to the closure of the Barnes and Noble bookstore on the Northwest route, the new pick up and drop off location is moving across the street to the Boardwalk Shopping Plaza by the SMART bus stop sitting area. This location is on the east side of Orchard Lake Road north of 14 Mile Road and allows for safe pick up and drop off of students.The pickup and drop-off times will remain the same.

Robert E. Swanson
Director of Security