Notre Dame Prep – Upper Division

Irish Info- Kudos, Information and Reminders for NDP Families
Volume 8, Issue 10 | January 12, 2017


Jan. 11/12 and 25/26 – block days
Jan. 29-Feb. 3 – Catholic Schools Week
Jan. 30 – Late start day; students arrive after 9:15 for classes from 9:35-2:45
Feb. 1 – Christian Service and paperwork for seniors is due; successful completion is a graduation requirement
Feb. 11 – Sadie Hawkins Dance (changed from Jan. 28)

Attention Seniors!  If you are interested in showing off the latest looks in this year’s NDPMA Parents Club Fashion Show, sign-up starts Wednesday, January 11th.  To be considered for participation, please submit your form by 8 pm, Friday, January 13th.  A link to the sign-up form and participation contract can be found on the Forms page under Current Families at

This year, Notre Dame Preparatory has partnered with Jostens to give you an easy way to recognize your student’s accomplishments through a Recognition Ad in our yearbook.  Click on the link below to start the process, or go to and follow the directions to our school.  Ads must be completed by February 1st in order to be published in the 2017 yearbook.  If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Kyle Lilek at


Sophomore parents!  You are invited to an IB Diploma Program informational meeting on Monday, February 6th at 7 p.m. in the NDP Media Center.  (Snow day alternate day will be February 13th)  Please join Mrs. Anderson, Diploma Program Coordinator, as she presents this prestigious academic program.  A panel of current DP students and their parents will be available as well for questions and answers.  For more information, please contact Mrs. Anderson

NDPMA will begin using Impero Education Pro in the school.  Impero helps IT manage devices, empowers teachers to control the digital classroom, and monitors student usage to reduce risks posed by the digital world.  To learn more watch this video:

Any student found violating the responsible use policy for technology will be sent to the Discipline Office.  Please remind them of our schools mission.  If you have any technical questions or concerns, please send them to

THE OPTIMIST CLUB – is collecting gently used winter coats, hats, and gloves throughout January.  Any size, from adult to infant, will be accepted.  Please think about going through closets and cleaning out old winter wear to help those who are battling the cold without proper clothing.  Donations will be accepted in the main office or in room A-19 thru the end of January.

Parents and Seniors please get your payment and permission slips turned in for the SENIOR ALL NIGHT PARTY (SANP).  The party will be held on May 21 at Joe Dumar's.  Information on volunteering, making donations for raffle prizes, and the permission slips for party are included under SANP on the forms web page

Please note that we have several Chair positions open on the committee for the Sr. All Night Party.  We are looking for parents to fill these positions for the next couple of years.  Without this committee, there would not be a Sr. All Night Party.  If you are available to fill one of the Chair positions, please email or Suzanne Huth at

Senior Parents –  Time to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) deadline is quickly approaching.  This is required in order for your student to qualify for any need based aid through his or her College.  Students who may not qualify for need based aid, will still qualify for reduced rate gov't backed loans by way of completing the FAFSA.  Go to  to access the application.  You will need to use your prior year tax info to complete the form.  Look for the financial info to show up in your student's account at their college by mid to late February.

Seniors – Graduation Exit Survey 2017 has now been activated and must be completed at least a couple weeks before graduation.  Please keep track of and list any official scholarship offers here as well.  You will need to provide those in your graduation survey so that we may print them in your commencement booklet.  Copies of any scholarship offers must be given to Mrs. Pizzo in Counseling office.

Juniors and Seniors (and Sophomores) – Winter break 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

Juniors – Register for the Feb 11 and April 8, ACT testing cycle on 
             – Consider Pre-College and Summer Leadership Programs to enhance your passion for learning
                about particular career areas and developing leadership skills.
Juniors – Registration for ACT Workshop here on campus from College Quest is in progress.  A few seats still remain, but may fill up soon.  Sign up in the Counseling office or access the registration forms on your Naviance homepage ASAP.
Parents and Seniors – Admission decisions from many schools which offered Early Action and Early Decision processing have just been released.   Parents see "How parents can help students handle early decision rejection"

Parents and Seniors – Admission decisions for deferred students and regular decision app students will be released soon… typically beginning sometime in late Feb. / early March for many schools.  Start narrowing your list of possible colleges to attend by mid March, if not done so yet.  Students have until May 1, to make a final decision where to attend.

Senior Leadership Level Service Projects ARE DUE FEBRUARY 1, 2017!! 

All Seniors should be finishing their projects and/or have their completion forms turned in.  Seniors will be in jeopardy of a FAIL on their transcript if they do not meet the Leadership Level service requirement by the due date.  Members of NHS should be aware that SERVICE is a pillar of that organization.  If there is any senior in need of assistance they should be seeing Mrs. Zuccaro as soon as possible.

If your project is complete you should submit a completion form within 2 weeks of the completion 

Please don't wait until the deadline to submit service that has been completed first semester. 

Junior level Christian Service –
Use the holiday break as an opportunity to finish your Christian Service experiences!
Clarification on common questions at the Junior Level:

  • All experiences at the Junior level involve 2 or more (three hour +) visits or 1 full day (minimum 6 hours) to the organization you serve.  The importance of this is to establish a relationship with the organization you are working at.  Think of it like an internship where you get to know more about the organization, needs of the people served and how to best serve those needs.  Just like any other internship this will assist you in determining where you would like to do your Leadership level service in your senior year.
  • Do not do a collection or delivery unless you have permission from Mrs. Lawrence ahead of time.  All collections must include direct work with those being served or with an organization that services those needs.
  • Each Junior must have 3 service experiences two at the Basic level and one Approaching level.

How to determine if it is Basic or Approaching level:

  • Basic level involves attending an already planned service (ie: Food bank like Gleaners or Forgotten Harvest)
  • Approaching level involves being a part of the preplanning and organizing of a service or receive training: (ie: help plan songs/games to played at the nursing home or help organize games for a kids camp).  Approaching level is not learning how to pack a box of food — it is organizing a team of people to do a task.
  • All service should be done outside of NDP.  If your service includes NDP please check with Mrs. Lawrence first.

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 248-373-5000  ext. 8054.  

Come in the store or check us out on our, new and improved website at Hot new items coming in the Irish Bookstore & Cafe regularly. Come in 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. Always best to call the store before making a special trip!

The City of Pontiac has a new online system called “Citizen’s Request for Action” to report potholes.  If you notice any troublesome potholes on Giddings Road and would like to help stir up some action, please click this link  and submit the required information.

Please stop by the newly renovated St. Peter Chanel Media Center!
On our website,, students can access our premium databases, ebooks, and Inter-Library loan through the Michigan Electronic Library's MelCat services.  Now you can borrow a book from Iron Mountain in the Upper Peninsula with the click of the mouse!  Find resources for completing research papers, citing sources and test preparation.

Ever wonder what to spend your extra Kohls cash on?  
Why not donate it to Christ the Redeemer Church, when they accumulate $50 – $100 of Kohls cash they will purchase boots for the homeless, coats for kids in need and sheets for those moving out of shelters into homes.  Christ the Redeemer is partnering with Humble Design and CCRT.

If you are interested in participating in this program please drop off your Kohls cash to the NDP main office and we will delivery it to the appropriate party.  Christ the Redeemer will be accepting the Kohls cash thru January.

We are happy to announce Hollywood Markets "Apples for the Students" program has to date provided over $300,000 in the very best educational tools and equipment… FREE… to local schools.

Now through February 24, 2017, parents, families and friends of our students can earn points for our school by simply telling Hollywood Market cashiers the name of our school each time you visit and/or shop at a Hollywood Market store. Our school will use those points to receive FREE educational equipment from their Presidential award-winning program. 

Our school will select the items on wish list (not yet selected) from the catalog. There are hundreds of items to choose from in categories such as computers/printers, audio/visual, sports and much more.

So, please shop NOW and often at any of our Metro Detroit "Hollywood Market" locations to earn points for our school! 

Remember this program is FREE… and mention "Notre Dame Preparatory and Notre Dame Marist".

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

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      Stop tweets at any time by texting the words "off NDPMA" to 40404 and you will not receive tweets from NDPMA.
  • Using these resources, we will share timely news, resources and information relative to our school and post critical updates pertinent to our world of advanced academics, science, language, mathematics, the arts, athletics and much more.

Contact Information:
Mary Jane Pasko: School Office Secretary –
Carrie Lytle: School Office Secretary –
Wendy Pizzo: Counseling Office Admin. Assistant –

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