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Notre Dame Prep – Upper Division

Irish Info- Kudos, Info and Reminders for NDP Families
Volume 8, Issue 3 | September 19, 2016


Sept. 26   Late start schedule for meetings; students arrive after 9:15 AM; all classes meet 9:35 AM – 2:45 PM
Sept. 29   End of first grading phase
Sept. 29 Honors Awards for 2015-16 school year & NHS Induction @ 7:00 PM; dress up event
Sept. 30   Make it Matter Day; Liturgy followed by putting faith into action service
Oct. 7  Homecoming Football Game
Oct. 8  Homecoming Dance 8:00-11:00PM (must arrive by 8:45); dress appropriately for Catholic school event
Link to school calendar:  http://www.ndpma.org/ndpma-calendar/

Make It Matter Day is an opportunity for our whole school to put our faith into action.  Students are able to choose their project or service that day, many of which are sponsored by clubs or teams.  Some projects involve bus transportation to a different site.  If you will be working outside please dress accordingly and bring work gloves or rakes if they are needed.  All students are invited to bring: canned or boxed food for those in need, gently used clothing for St. Vincent dePaul Society, used computers/electronics to be recycled, Halloween candy or crayons for students at a nearby school.  Thank you for making a difference and putting faith into action that day.

Festivities are fast approaching, here are a few notes to keep in mind:  

  • Tickets will be on sale during both lunches periods starting the week of September 19 through Homecoming Week.  
  • If you are bringing a student from another school, you must have this student fill out a guest form and return it to Mr.  Kator.
  • The dance is 8 – 11 PM on Saturday October 8, students MUST arrive by 8:45 PM and stay until 10:30 PM.  Make your plans accordingly. 
  •  Homecoming along with all school events are substance free events.  

This year's homecoming will be an exciting time for all upper division students.  Each year families of young women have asked about appropriate dresses for the Homecoming dance.  Ms. Derico has sent a flyer to all of the girls in the upper division providing helpful information for choosing an appropriate Homecoming dress.  The flyer is attached here – https://goo.gl/vxqyLB  If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Derico or Ms. Anderson.  

Saturday, October 8 at 9 a.m.
Brought to you by the Notre Dame Alumni Association
 The Notre Dame Alumni Association (NDAA) is excited for Homecoming weekend activities to continue on Saturday morning with the Notre Dame Fun Run.  This 5k run/walk will take place on the beautiful campus of NDPMA.  Pre-registration is available at www.ndpma.org/nd5k  as well as walk up registration on Saturday morning.  Cost is $20 per person and kids under age 10 are free.  Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the event will begin at 9 a.m..  We hope you will join us for this community wide event!

Please be sure to note that Notre Dame will be in school on Monday, 11/7, the day after Open House. The school will take a day off the following Monday, 11/14.

The Office of Admissions is in need of two parents to assist at the Catholic High School Regional Night at Oakland University on Thursday, 9/28, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Parents Club hours are not available for this event, which would require volunteers to help guests register at the entrance. Volunteers would be seated in a comfortable, indoor environment, and would be expected to be dressed in business casual attire. Please contact Dean of Admissions Kathleen Offer at 248-373-1061 / koffer@ndpma.org if you are interested in helping.

Where:  Fr. Colin House (1389 Giddings)
When:  Wed. mornings in September
What:  Donuts, Coffee, & Conversation about all things Notre Dame

Vision Screening for Ninth Graders
To assure that ninth graders have adequate vision to meet educational demands, the Michigan Public Health Code recommends vision screening for ninth graders or those starting drivers training.  The Oakland County Health Division offers free vision screening by appointment at the North and South Oakland Health Centers.  Call 248-424-7070 to schedule an appointment. 

While we do not officially launch until November, it is not too early to join the St. Peter Chanel Society of The Notre Dame Fund.  

Each year, more than 150 donors become members of the St. Peter Chanel Society (SPCS) by donating $1,000 or more to The Notre Dame Fund. While we will need gifts of every amount to reach our goal of $600,000, we hope SPCS members help propel us forward by giving at one of the following levels:

1 gift in the Ven. Jean-Claude Colin Circle of $25,000
1 gift in the St. Marcellin Champagnat Circle of $15,000
15 gifts in the Our Lady of Lourdes Circle of $10,000
25 gifts in the St. Joseph Circle of $5,000
25 gifts in the St. Anne Circle of $2,500
100 gifts in Society of Mary Circle of $1000

Remember, the fund contributions go directly into the current programming expenses. So, you can give with the confidence of knowing your donation makes a difference TODAY! More information about The Notre Dame Fund and St. Peter Chanel Society is available at www.ndpma.org/spcs or feel free to contact Greg Simon in the advancement office – gsimon@ndpma.org.


Did you know that Parents have access to Haiku (PowerSchool) Learning? Send an email to ITSupport@ndpma.org the NDPMA IT Staff will provide you with credentials! Learn more about the Parent Portal:  https://support.haikulearning.com/hc/en-us/articles/202579673–p-VIDEO-How-to-Use-the-Parent-Portal-

Seniors and Parents – If you feel rushed or pressured by colleges to apply "early"… relax.  The application guidelines of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (Article I B 12) specify that member colleges have to give equal consideration to all applications received before October 15.  This means "special" programs can't fill up, or colleges can't use higher standards to judge an October 1st application than they did an August 1st application.  Submitting your application by October 15th (complete with official test scores, if required) is a must for rolling admission colleges and special programs other than Early Decision.  Your counselors are requesting that you plan on submitting your early processing apps by Oct. 1st to maximize your opportunities and prevent possible issues.

Students looking for scholarships based on their grades and test scores used to be able to go right to Meritaid.com and look up information by college.  Since Cappex took over Meritaid this summer, that link now takes you to what looks like a registration form to log in to Cappex.  You can do that if you want — or you can just scroll down that page to the section titled Merit Aid Scholarships Offered by Colleges, and access the information without logging in.
If you really want to know about getting help paying for college, spend thirty minutes reading everything you can at student aid.ed.gov (and never, ever pay for a scholarship search. Never!!)

Seniors – Spots to meet visiting colleges are filling up quickly.  Colleges have been contacting us and scheduling their visits to meet with you.  New colleges are added daily and some spaces may be limited.  Keep your eye on the visiting colleges schedule on your Naviance "colleges" page.  Sign up for colleges you are considering before stated deadlines in order to receive a pass.  Go to your Naviance "colleges" page to register. 

Excellent admission results so far for those Seniors choosing the On-Site admissions option with participating colleges.  On-site Admissions with several other colleges have been scheduled and are posted on the Naviance website.  Students who participate in On-site Admissions program will meet with the visiting college rep during a pre-arranged individual appointment, and receive their admission decision at the conclusion of their interview.  Interested seniors should follow protocol and see Mrs. Pizzo or Mrs. Bond to receive an appointment.

Seniors –  If you are ready to meet with your counselor regarding your college application progress and plans, or if you have questions or concerns, sign up to meet with your counselor early.

Seniors – All school testing day and teacher conferences day are good days for you to visit colleges.  

Seniors and Juniors – Brighton's St. Patrick Knights of Columbus, the Archdiocese of Detroit, the Dioceses of Lansing and Saginaw are inviting your students to participate in the 2nd annual Catholic College and University Fair, planned for October 5, 2016 from 4:30-8:00 p.m. at Cleary University in Howell, MI.  The main goal of this college fair is to provide local high school students and their parents the opportunity to speak with representatives from multiple Catholic colleges.  Please see flier for more information.  https://goo.gl/daNcUU

Junior Parents – OCT 4, 2016…6:30 p.m., Directors and assistant directors of admissions from MSU and U of M, have been scheduled to come in and speak with you in a panel format to answer all your questions about what they look for in a student application, how they decide who gets admitted, and offer scholarship insights.  Please RSVP ASAP to Mrs. Pizzo in the NDP counseling office at wpizzo@ndpma.org or 248-373-9649 to reserve your spot. 

Juniors – a Free Practice ACT will be scheduled for you in early Nov. on NDP campus.  Date and Registration info is coming soon.

Juniors and Sophomores – Naviance ACT/SAT test prep has been updated and activated for you.  Find it on your home page under "resources" tab.  Please take advantage of this program and help improve your ACT/SAT scores.

All students and parents –
Duke University is coming to Michigan!  Duke admissions officers will present information and answer questions about the university, the admissions process, financial aid, and much more.
Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016…. 7 p.m.
Earnest W. Seaholm H.S.
2436 W. Lincoln St.
Birmingham, MI 48009
Please register at admiss.ugrad.duke.edu/discover-duke

Penn is coming to Michigan – Penn admissions and the Penn alumni interview program present "Experience Penn", a panel with recent graduates.
Thursday Sept. 22, 2016….7 p.m.
West Bloomfield H.S.
4925 Orchard Lk. Rd., West Bloomfield, MI…48323

Kalamazoo College – A K Open House offers a great overview of the amazing opportunities offered at Kalamazoo College!  The day will include: Guided campus tour, presentations about the K-Plan, admission, and financial aid, student panel, lunch with current students, and plenty of opportunities to ask questions!  See the attached links for more information.
Saturday, September 24
MondayOctober 10 – Columbus Day (for seniors only)
Saturday, November 12

Ave Maria University – Michigan AMU Fly-In 2016 – The Ave Maria Foundation is happy to be able to send a limited number of Catholic high school seniors down to AMU for a free college visit!
When:  Thursday, November 10 – Sunday, November 13, 2016
Registration closes Friday, September 30.  And on Tuesday, October 4, we will notify the students who have been selected for this incredible opportunity.   See Mrs. Pizzo or Mr. Salic for further information or if you are interested.

Parent Bible Study – Please join us for this year’s Parent Bible Study “Follow Me – Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John.”  Come experience the joy of encountering Christ!  We will meet in the NDPMA chapel located next to the school cafeteria.  Our first meeting will be Monday, October 3rd starting at 8:30 a.m. and ending at 10:00 a.m.. Dates for the remaining meetings are October 17th, November 7th, December 5th, January 9th and 23rd, February 6th, March 6th and 20th. The cost for the bible study is $20.00. Please make checks payable to NDPMA.  For questions contact Mary Watson at mwatson@ndpma.org.  To register please click on the following link:  https://goo.gl/forms/1lBF9WJ1MWURyX1N2

Summer Christian Service – ALL SERVICE COMPLETED OVER THE SUMMER SHOULD HAVE BEEN ENTERED BY SEPTEMBER 6, 2016.  The grace period is also now over.  Any summer service competed that students would like to use towards their requirement must be turned in prior to Monday.  Please do not try to use summer service next semester at the deadline date – this year it will not be accepted.  

New Communication Tool – We are implementing an automated communication piece for parents regarding Christian Service entries.  Once the entry is read by one of our Campus Ministry staff, we will send an email to both the student and parent this year to keep parents informed along the way to the status of the entries.  We tested our system and we are ready to implement.  It is our hope that this added communication will provide more timely feedback.  Thank you in advance for your patience as we work through this new software.  Please continue to encourage your children to think about, plan, and complete their Christian Service if they have not already.  First semester seems to go by quickly and before you know it, we are looking at deadline dates.  If you have any questions, please contact the Campus Ministry office.   

Box City Homelessness Awareness – Christian Service Opportunity… Help Raise awareness for homelessness.  Saturday, September 24 – Sunday, September 25.  Join NDP students in creating a box city during an overnight lockin.  Hear from Covenant House teens who have been homeless, make kits for homeless shelters, and engage in fun and inspiring activities and see what it is like to be homeless for night-sleeping in a box.  This chaperoned event is sponsored through the Social Justice Awareness Committee and will be held at St. Mary of the Hills in Rochester Hills 7 a.m. – 7 p.m..  Sign up in Campus Ministry or email Mrs. Lawrence at dlawrence@ndpma for permission slip and more information.  How to apply this towards your requirement will be discussed at the time of sign up.   

Our NHS chapter is seeking new members (sophomores, juniors, and seniors) who will be inducted at the Awards Convocation on September 29, 2016.  Chapter information is online.  www.ndpma.org/national-honor-society/   

The four NHS pillars qualify a student for candidacy: scholarship (minimum cumulative–not “year-to-date”–GPA 3.75); service (volunteerism at school and in the community); leadership (attitude as a student and citizen); and character (discipline record).  Candidacy is not a guarantee of membership. See the by-laws on the NHS website for details on the selection process.

Prospective and current NHS members should take note of the following dates:

  • Mandatory NHS member meeting (All) – Tuesday, October 4th before (6:50 am) & after (2:50 pm) school in the cafe. 

Please stop by the newly renovated St. Peter Chanel Media Center!
On our website, http://www.ndpma.org/media-center/, 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.

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 ljack@ndpma.org or call 248-373-500, x8054.  

Come in and check out our hot new items at 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 (ndpma.org) there are fresh news items posted nearly every day.

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Contact Information:
Mary Jane Pasko: School Office Secretary –
Carrie Lytle: School Office Secretary – clytle@ndpma.org
Wendy Pizzo: Counseling Office Admin. Assistant – wpizzo@ndpma.org

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