Notre Dame Prep – Upper School

Irish News Volume 10, Issue #14

Apr. 18-28 – Easter break
Apr. 29 – Full day of school (no late start)
Apr. 30 – Liturgy – dress uniform
Apr. 30 – Senior retreat day at school; lunch provided for seniors; seniors may dress in school khakis or skirts, with a college sweatshirt (or tee shirt covering shoulders) or NDP sweatshirt.
May 3 – Band Concert in Grimaldi Gym @ 7:00 pm
May 6-24 – IB Exams
May 6-17 – AP Exams 
May 8 – Junior Parent "College Matters" Meeting 6:30 pm in the Media Center

Link to school calendar:

Head of School Blog
Two blog articles have been posted recently on the head of school blog.  The first, titled “academic philosophy”, talks about how to view the college selection process and the second “who to call” lays out the chain-of-command protocol for families. Both can be read at:


Seniors – Graduation Exit Survey 2019 has been activated and needs to be completed at your earliest convenience.   Completion deadline date is May 2.  Save all work before exiting if you do not finish it in one sitting.  Please keep track of all official scholarship offers and add them to your survey.  We will print and list them in your Graduation/Commencement booklet which everyone will be receiving at the commencement ceremony.  Scholarships will not be announced at the ceremony.

NDP seniors who live within the boundaries of the Pontiac School District and who will be attending a Michigan college or university may be eligible for the Pontiac Promise Zone Scholarship.  This scholarship is worth up to $4,000 per year.
Seniors may fill out a short online application at: Pontiac Promise Application    DEADLINE IS MAY 2, 2019!!
Program information can be found at
Contact Mrs. Bond in Counseling for further information.

Junior Parents  ­­- First time Junior parents are absolutely HIGHLY encouraged to attend, but everyone is welcome.  "College Matters” meeting with Counselors has been scheduled for May 8th, at 6:30 pm in the Media Center.  A highly engaging and informative meeting with the Counselors who will discuss the things you really need to know before college app season begins in August.  We will discuss and offer tips on timing, admissions updates, different types of college applications, college essays, admissions requirements, paying for college, how to tell a good deal, and other items which really matter and you need to know to help your students navigate the continuously changing college admissions process.   Please RSVP on the Junior Parent College Matters Form

Freshmen and Sophomore Parents –  "College Preparation" meeting with Counselors has been scheduled for May 22, at 6:30 pm, in the Media Center.  Preparation for admission to selective Universities begins earlier than you think.  This meeting is the first of 5 meetings in a series and is designed to help parents prepare and navigate the college preparation, application, and admission process for both domestic and international schools.  First time parents are Highly encouraged to attend this interactive and informative session.  You will also be introduced to the Naviance program and learn how to use it as an aid in helping your student's research into colleges and careers.  Attendees will receive their own Naviance account and are encouraged to bring in an internet device such as a laptop/tablet to following along on. Please RSVP on the Sophomore/Freshmen Parent sign up form .  

Freshmen and Parents – There has been much talk about the personal project being an option next year.  Looking for a way to "stand out" to colleges? This is it.  What a wonderful opportunity to explore your passions as well as a superb potential college application essay topic.  You are so smart.

Seniors and Parents – After you decide on which college to attend, send your $ deposit in, register for your orientation date, begin the roommate search, etc., it is suggested that you notify any schools which have accepted you but you will NOT be attending and let them know.  This will free up a spot and provide an opportunity for a deserving student who may have been deferred or wait listed at that school.  It also frees up any scholarship money you may have been offered which will provide funding for another student.

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

Juniors and Seniors (and Sophomores) – Spring break and any other day off from school is a good time to visit colleges.  Go to the college's website to set up a visitation date.  Here are some college visitation tips – 8 Tips for a Successful College Visit

Seniors, Juniors and Parents — For assistance with paying for college check out this resource from State of Michigan.   MI Student Aid videos   Michigan Student Aid   Ignore the sticker price of Michigan Universities.  Here is the real cost  Real Cost of Michigan Universities 

Summer in Rome – John Cabot University in heart of Rome, Italy, is hosting three summer institutes (camps) on their campus.. Art History, Euro History, and World History.

Study in Germany  Jacobs Univ. Summer Camps

John Carroll University Young Writers Summer Workshop

Univ. of Notre Dame Summer Scholars prog

The ACLU Summer Advocacy Program (July 20-26)

Boston University Summer Journalism institute –

Many, many others… see them on your Naviance "colleges" link

We have been recognized by Microsoft and Apple for our amazing integration of technology within our school. Join us on May 1, 2019 to interact and see a variety of the technology students are using at our school. Show students your support by attending and engaging with these amazing 21st century learners. The students are excited to show you how they are using it to enhance their learning. Stop by the NDPMA Media Center anytime between 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. and bring friends too!

If a student will be absent or late, parents can email that information to   Please include the full student name, grade and reason for absence.  Students must be in class when the bell rings at 7:30.  If your student is late he/she must stop in the main office to check-in.  Students who accrue three tardies will receive a detention.  If the student must leave during the school day, he/she must check in and out in the main office. 

Don’t forget to pick up a complimentary “Proud to Be Part of the Notre Dame Family” lawn sign at the main entrance of both campuses. Planting a sign in your front yard will help you show your Notre Dame pride while promoting our school in your neighborhood. Seniors and/or their parents also can pick up complimentary “Proud to be a Graduate” lawn signs available at the main entrance of both campuses.  NDP Lawn Sign

Please read the attached flyer regarding the class of 2019 Senior All Night Party  Class of 2019 Flyer
Check out the video from last year:  Class of 2018 Senior All Night Party

Hello Parents!  The 2019/2020 Parent Club Volunteer Signups are on track to be released on May 1st.  You will be receiving an email from Notre Dame in the very near future that will detail how to prepare for the May 1st signup releases.

In the meantime: 

  1. You are invited to  login to the system and get familiar with the OnVolunteers website.   If you have trouble logging in, please see item #3 below.  If you are still having trouble, please send me an email and I will address/resolve your issue before the signups are unlocked.  This will ensure you are ready to sign up as soon as the schedule opens on May 1st.  Please note:  You will not be able to see any 2019/2020 volunteers’ tasks prior to May 1st.   
  2. You are invited to browse the new Volunteer Catalog: 2019/2020 Volunteer Catalog  If you see an "OPEN" coordinator position that you are interested in, please contact me at and I will sign you up early.  Great way to beat the rush!   
  3. Please visit our new OnVolunteers – Tips & Guidelines:    OnVolunteers

June 11th.  Click here for more information:  CONCERT INFO

We are called to serve others.  Here are some options for you to consider.  High School Students ages 16-17 or adults.
 Camps Connect Application

Camps Connect

St. Mary of the Hills is hiring for maintenance/custodial people for the spring and summer. Email

If you need some help with the essay portion of your college application click here:  Essay Assistance

Spring Cleaning?  If you have any gently used clothing that you would like to donate, you may drop it off right on campus.  For your convenience, there is a collection bin outside of the Grimaldi Gym.

Notre Dame Preparatory School has partnered with an educational service company, The Cambridge Network, 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 for parents who refer other families who are later approved as host families. 
Families interested in learning more about this hosting opportunity can click for more information or fill out a host inquiry form at

Interested in sending your student on an educationally and culturally engaging trip abroad? NDP will be running a summer trip to London, England in June of 2020.   Grades 9-12 welcome! (Graduated seniors are eligible to join the trip).  Please contact Julie Carman with any questions.

Did you know that simply by using your Kroger Plus Card, NDP benefits from Kroger Community Rewards program?  Please visit Kroger's website at and register your Kroger Plus card and select Notre Dame Prep as your organization to receive these rewards.  This is at no cost to you and the school receives quarterly checks that become part of the school's general fund.  It's a win-win program, so please register today!  Please don’t forget to  renew your card to continue to earn rewards for NDP.

Busch's Grocery Store has made the Cash for Education program much easier.  Instead of using the red cash for education cards at checkout, starting November 1st, you will just need to provide your phone number listed on their account or your MyWay account key tag at point of sale.  If you are new to shopping at Busch’s Market, all you need to do is log onto Busch’s MyWay and create an account and go to the Cash for Education page under the “My Account” tab where you may select NDP to earn rewards.  NDP will receive credit at the end of each quarter.

Want to make an everlasting impression with NDP, give a lasting gift to your child, grandparents, parents or a friend, honor a special coach, teacher or team.  You can do this any unique way you wish by purchasing a personalized brick paver from the NDPMA Booster Club.  Prices are $100 for a 4 in. x 8 in. brick and $150 for an 8 in. x 8 in. brick.  For more information, contact John Wood at  Forms are available on our website at:

Our spirit-wear items make a wonderful gift for that special someone or for yourself.  Our 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 248-373-5300, 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.

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