Notre Dame Prep – Upper Division

Irish Info- Kudos, Information and Reminders for NDP Families
Volume 9, Issue 17 | April 13, 2018


Apr. 9-27 – NDP Art Show; Reception – Apr. 23, 6:30-8:00
Apr. 19 – Senior retreat – all seniors participate
Apr. 19-21 – TONY N' TINA'S WEDDING comedy presentation at NDP @ 7:00 p.m.
Apr. 20 – end of grading Phase V
Apr. 27 – Liturgy – dress uniform
Apr. 29 – Mothers Mass and Brunch
Apr. 30 – late start, students arrive after 9:15; classes 9:35-2:45; staff meeting

18th Annual Big Band Dinner Dance – Put On Your Dancin’ Shoes!!  
The NDP Jazz Band Ensemble & Alumni present the 18th Annual Big Band Dinner Dance to be held on Saturday, May 19 from 6:00-10:00pm at The Lafayette Grande in Pontiac.  Reservations are $40 per person, includes dinner (cash bar), dancing and live music by our very own NDP Jazz Band.  Reservation and payment deadline is May 10; tickets will NOT be sold at the door.   Please make your reservation today at:

Host Families Needed
The NDPMA World Language Department is looking for a maximum of four families to host the native speaking Intern Teacher for the Spanish courses in 2018-2019 School year.  Host families are vital to this program!  You offer: a private bedroom / shared bath; meals; transportation to and from school; and companionship. In return, the family learns about Spanish culture and the student receives one-on-one help with the language.  Find out more about this exciting opportunity by emailing Joanne Liu, NDPMA coordinator of Amity Institute Intern Teachers. (email: )

Bless the Bats
April 12th 3 p.m. at the new fields 
The turf is in, the gloves are oiled, and opening day is here!
Join us as we celebrate our new softball and baseball fields and the legacy of Notre Dame and Pontiac Catholic. Notre Dame's Bless the Bats and ceremonial opening day begins at 3 p.m. on April 12. Varsity Baseball and Softball games will follow the blessing and opening ceremony. The booster club will be providing free hot dogs and drinks.

IB Diploma Program Senior Parents!
Please do not forget to RSVP to the Notre Dame IB Diploma Program Celebration Evite. You should have received an Evite for April 23rd.  Any questions? Email Mrs. Anderson or check out the Evite.

Booster Club Golf Outing:  SAVE THE DATE – Monday, June 4, 2018
The annual booster club golf outing is June 4th at Pine Knob Golf Club.  The goal of the 2018 Golf Outing is to raise money for our athletic program.  These funds would enable us to secure 2-3 AEDs (Automated External Defibrillator) for the travel teams on busses, NDP Multi-Sport Team Room renovation (new AV equipment, furniture, HD cameras), update the Main Gym AV for games & training, and the purchase of outdoor tents for boys/girls Middle and High School cross country, track, tennis, lacrosse and ski teams.  Please help support the booster club. More information can be found at:

REGISTER NOW!  2018 Mothers Mass & Brunch on April 29th!
The 2018 Mothers Mass & Brunch will be held on Sunday, April 29th.  Mass at 9:30 in the chapel with catered brunch immediately following.  Don't miss this meaningful tradition with your student.  Senior moms and students honored.  All grades are welcome to attend. Click the following link to register today!

IB Exams
Students taking IB exams May 2018 can pick up their personalized IB exam schedules during SRT on April 25 or 26 in the NDPMA Media Center. The personalized exam schedules will include any IB/AP exam conflicts and rescheduled AP testing times.  IB does not allow for conflicts.  If a student has an IB/AP exam conflict, the student must take the AP exam during the AP conflict testing time. 

Booster Club Leadership Nominations
Are you interested in getting involved and supporting athletics and NDPMA from a leadership standpoint?  Nominate somebody (or yourself) that would like to lead the efforts of the Booster Club.  The mission of the Booster Club is to support, assist and promote the athletic department through budgetary means, providing volunteers for athletic events, and by helping to improve the athletic facilities.  If you would like to get involved, please fill out the attached nomination form and submit to the school office to the attention of Tom Fazio, Athletic Booster Club, by May 7, 2018.  Officer positions are for one year each.  Elections will be held at the May 14th Booster Club meeting at 6:30pm in the High School Board Room.

Thank you so much for supporting our diversity efforts throughout this year.  The Notre Dame administration is working hard to ensure that we have a safe and inclusive environment for all our students, regardless of their age, race, gender, religion, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, or the city in which they reside.

To that end, we launched our first Parent Diversity Collaborative forum on October 25, which focused on the importance of diversity and inclusiveness to our administrators, our Board, our staff, as well as our parents.  On December 2 we held our second session, which focused on hearing and discussing actual student experiences surrounding diversity.  During our third session on February 28, we started discussing possible plans for next year and the future of our committed group of parents.

Please join Kala Parker, ND Dean of Diversity, and Andy Guest, Head of School, for our last forum of the year on April 18 at 6pm in the Media Center, as we continue planning for next year and continue discussing how we, as parents, can work together to make Notre Dame a better school for all our students.

NOTE: We are also considering adding a childcare option for the upcoming forum–if there is enough interest.  Please email if you are interested.

Summer preparation for English
College application essay workshops will teach voice, originality, and sophistication for college application essays, both in-person and online.  Workshops will be given by Anthony Butorac, Honors, International Baccalaureate, and Advanced Placement composition teacher at Notre Dame Preparatory.
Please email or call 586-719-0103 to make appointments.
Rates are as follows:
$45 per student per hour,
$60 per student per an hour and a half
$70 for two students to share an hour
$85 for two students to share an hour and a half
$115 for three students to share an hour and a half
$30 per email correspondence (one essay per correspondence)
Initial consultation and final meeting will take place at the high school or other locations on a case-by-case basis
Fees must be paid upfront for entire workshop and online correspondences
General writing workshop will focus on improving fundamental writing skills such as thesis and structure composition, simplicity and concreteness, analysis, argumentation, and creativity.

LinkedIn Workshop for Parents hosted by Microsoft
Join us for an informational session on LinkedIn. This workshop is for our parent community to show small business owners, entrepreneurs, and individuals how to make the most of their LinkedIn profiles. This is a great opportunity to learn more about this useful platform. Sponsored by the NDP Computer Club.
·        Date: April 10, 2018
·        Time: 7 to 9 PM
·        Location: NDP Media Center

Parent Prayer Group
Please join us in the chapel at the Upper Division to pray for our students, staff, families, and community. We will begin praying at 7:45am and end at 8:15am on the following Tuesdays: March 20th, April 17th, May 1 st, May 15th, and May 29th.  Never underestimate the power of a praying parent! If you have any questions you can contact Mary Watson at or Kimberly Siegner at God bless you!

Campus Ministry
Kairos Retreat April 14-17
Senior Retreat April 19
Christian Service  
The Christian Service Graduation Requirement due dates have passed.  All students should have served and completed the necessary documentation for completion of the 2017-2018 school year. 
 Juniors: All Plan forms are currently being reviewed and you will be notified in April if your plan was approved.  Please note, as stated on page 4 of the Christian Service Guide and in numerous presentations: Fundraisers, collections, drives and donations are NOT considered a senior leadership level project on their own.  All must have prior approval and be part of a larger senior project.   Please review your plan, revise as necessary and resubmit.  

Counseling News

Seniors and Parents – By now, most colleges have made and released their admission decisions for next Fall.  Congratulations to all of you who received acceptances.  Some of you received Spring semester admission offers … Congratulations, you are in.  Either way, you should be starting to narrow your school choices and consider which school will be the best fit for you, the one that appreciates you most, the one with the most opportunities for you to thrive.  As you begin eliminating schools from your list, please contact them to thank them and to inform them that you will not be attending, so you may free up a spot for another deserving and waitlisted student.  If you have not decided yet, you have until May 1.Survey information is needed for commencement ceremonies and graduation booklet.  You must complete your "2017 Graduation Exit Survey" located on Naviance in the "about me" menu by May 2.  Check your recent email for further info and video guide.  You may start completing the survey now and finish it when you have decided which college to attend.  Please follow directions carefully to avoid mistakes when completing the survey.  You will need to provide all of your scholarship offers in your graduation survey so that we may print them in your commencement booklet.  Scholarship offer letters should be forwarded to Mrs. Mahoney.

Senior Parents – A good read and highly recommended by some of our parents.  "Saying goodbye to my Daughter"   

Seniors – Waitlisted at your favorite school but still interested in attending?  You must let them know so that they keep you on their wait list, otherwise, you will not be considered, if in fact there are any spots available.  Keep in mind, you may not be contacted until July in some cases, so continue with your plan B for now.  READ THESE TWO articles  waitlist odds what to do to get accepted  and the art of getting accepted.  REMEMBER – It's all working out in the end…if it's not worked out, then it's not the end

Seniors and Parents –­­ For the most part, a majority of your scholarship offers will come from your colleges.  Private scholarships can be a good way to fill the gap between what you were offered by the college and the actual cost of attendance.  Look at “scholarship list” on your Naviance “colleges” menu and “scholarship resource 2” link on your home page.  Aim to apply to at least 6 scholarship opportunities.  Try Community Foundation of SE Mich, college alumni associations, and  Also, please look at and take advantage of some of the many scholarship opportunities that were sent to you via email from Mr. Whalen recently.  You may be able to pay full price for your college education, but why would you want to?
Keep these things about scholarships in mind…

  • it will take some time to research
  • you probably won't qualify for most of them
  • never pay to apply…. usually a scam
  • be leery of applications that ask for too much personal info
  • research the scholarship and the purpose of it… then write your essay to that purpose
  • you cannot have too many scholarships
  • Don't miss the deadlines
  • Always be grateful and thank them for giving you money… they may just give it to you again next year.
  • Go to your college’s scholarship link for additional scholarships

Read the applications carefully and follow their specific submission directions so that you don't disqualify yourself.

Seniors – Scholarship Opportunity – If you reside within the Pontiac School District, your senior may be eligible for the Pontiac Promise Scholarship.  To be eligible, students must live within the Pontiac Promise Zone Boundaries.  To verify if your child is eligible you must be paying into the Pontiac School District, please check your property tax bill, it should have the school district in which you are paying into.  All completed applications and materials must be submitted to Mrs. Bond by April 25, 2017.

Sophomore and Junior Girls –Highly recommended! JCAS is a free series of workshops, sponsored by the Joyce Ivy Foundation, led by admissions officers, financial aid professionals, and alumni of selective colleges, such as Amherst, Barnard, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Princeton, UPenn, Wellesley, and Yale, and by college counselor partners and presenters:

More information and registration can be found at:

JCAS for Students & Families — On Saturday, May 12, the Joyce Ivy Foundation will host JCAS for female high school sophomores, juniors, and their parents or guardians.  Excellent opportunity for young ladies of NDP.  Questions? Here is a nice article about one of our students from Joyce Ivy Foundation

Juniors – Follow the timeline in your "Junior college opportunities timeline" to make sure you stay up to date and not get overwhelmed. Timeline is linked on your Naviance home page, left side.

Juniors and Sophomores – Consider doing a summer career exploration program at a University.  These camps can be very enlightening and life-changing.  They may even help express your passion for an area and can potentially be influential on college apps.  Most colleges offer summer programming for high school students.

Here are some college visitation tips – 8 Tips for a Successful College Visit

MYP Newsletter
Please check out the latest newsletter about what is happening in the MYP in the Upper Division.

Robotics & Engineering Camp: July 15 – 30
Notre Dame Robotics will be hosting 30 middle school students from Beijing China for an exchange student robotics and engineering summer camp. We are accepting applications for students to attend the camp, families to host exchange students and high school students to volunteer at the camp. Completing this application will enable us to provide you with additional information.

Interested In a Great Cultural Experience? 
Notre Dame Preparatory School has partnered with an educational service company, gphomestay, which facilitates home stays for international students who attend American high schools. Currently there are several international students attending Notre Dame and the school is planning to expand the program.
Host families receive a monthly stipend of $800 to cover any costs that arise with having an extra person in their home and also have access to ongoing support from a local residential coordinators. Interested families are welcome to host a student for one year, but there is also the opportunity of choosing to host again the following year. Additionally, a referral bonus is available from gphomestay for parents who refer other families who are later approved as host families. 
Families interested in learning more about this hosting opportunity can email or  fill out a host inquiry form at:

Need Microsoft Office 2016?
With our Microsoft Office license subscription. Each student has up to four licenses to install the latest Office suite. You will need to have your student provide you their login information. The license is associated to their school email address account. Use the following link to get started: Microsoft Office
Once at the site, you will land on the “Quick Install” set of instructions. You can change it to PC or Mac “step-by-step” for detailed guidance.  This guide should help you get Office installed onto your computer. If you still need additional help, please do not hesitate to reach out to

Our spirit-wear items make a wonderful gift for that special someone or for yourself.  Out items have a very small cost markup, making them available to you at an affordable price.  If you have any questions or suggestions, email Larry Jack at or call 248-373-500, x8054.  Come into the Irish Bookstore & Cafe for a cup of coffee, cappuccino, hot chocolate or tea, complimentary with any purchase.  Bookstore hours: 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (during regular school days) or make an appointment for additional bookstore hours.

Frequently check out the home page of the school's website ( there are fresh news items posted nearly every day.

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“While there are other approved social media accounts connected with the school, i.e., athletics, alumni, counseling, etc., there is only one Facebook account and one Twitter account for the overall school proper."

Contact Information:
Mary Jane Pasko: School Office Secretary –
Denise Mahoney: Counseling Office Admin. Assistant –