Notre Dame Prep – Upper Division

Irish Info- Kudos, Info and Reminders for NDP Families
Volume 10, Issue 4 | October 12, 2018


Oct. 12 – Homecoming football game at 7:00
Oct. 13 – Homecoming Dance 8:00-11:00; students must arrive before 8:45 and stay until 10:30.  Dress appropriately for a Catholic school dance and make it a substance-free weekend.
Oct. 16 – picture retake day – bring original packet if you want retakes
Oct. 16 – Choir Concert at 7:00 in NDPMA caf
Oct. 18 – Noon Dismissal; Grandparents Day Mass; Parent/Teacher Conferences 5:00-8:30 pm
Oct. 19 – No School; Parent/Teacher Conferences 8:00-11:00 am

Link to school calendar:

Parents, Independent School Management (ISM) sent a survey to you last week. Notre Dame Prep and Marist Academy is seeking feedback from parents like you on a range of important issues. We will use these survey results to improve how Notre Dame communicates with current and prospective families.
If you’ve already completed the survey, thank you! If you haven’t had an opportunity to do so, ISM will email you a reminder on Friday.
Thank you for participating in this survey.           Fr. Joe Hindelang, s.m.

Homecoming weekend is October 12 and 13.  The dance is on Saturday October 13. 8 – 11 PM; students must arrive by 8:45 and stay until 10:30.  Students bringing a guest student must turn the guest form into Mr.  Kator by Friday October 12th.   Please make sure to dress appropriately and to keep it a fun, safe, substance-free event.

In the morning the circle is for quick drop-off of students.  If you need to come into school or have a longer stop, please pull into the parking lot rather than the circle.  
Please drive slowly and safely in parking lot driving lanes; do not cut diagonally across parking lot.  Thank you for following the directions of our security guards.

Kairos Retreat Oct. 17-20
Junior Retreat  Oct. 29 and 30 Juniors will be informed the Friday prior to retreat what day they are assigned to attend.  

Christian Service 
Freshmen:  Fr. Ron Nikodem or Ms. Alayna Manos
Sophomores:  Mr. Eric Olson
Juniors:   A – F   : Fr. James Strasz
                   G – M : Mrs. Della Lawrence
                   N – Z :  Mr. Eric Olson
***Reminder***  At least two service experiences should be documented by the end of the first semester.
Family Praise and Worship 
Adoration Prayer Service
Mark your Calendar!  Bring your family to a student led Praise and Worship Adoration Prayer service on Sunday Oct 21 from 7-8pm in the Upper Division Gym. Families of all ages are welcome to join us.  

Parent Bible Study: All our welcome to join this year's Parent Bible Study program entitled "Ephesians: Discovering Your Inheritance."  The first session will be Monday, October 8th at 8:30am in the chapel. The cost will be $30.00 for the 10 session series. October 22nd, November 5th, November 26th, December 10th, January 14, 2019, January 28th, February 11th, March 11th and March 25th will be this year's dates. Please email Mary Watson at to sign up .

All parents — Making college more affordable.  Please plan to attend this informative evening.

If you really want to know about getting help paying for college, spend thirty minutes reading everything you can at (and neverever pay for a scholarship search. Never!!)

Junior Parents — Small group college prep meetings with Counselors specially designed to inform you about college preparation and what to expect.  We will discuss all aspects of preparation for college including college research techniques and resources,  how to find a good fit school for your student, discuss the the latest trends, tips for a smoother senior year, how to help your student maximize opportunities, and a hands on overview of the Naviance program.  Small groups of 6-7 parents will meet to allow for questions and hands on experience.  You will be invited to sign up for one session. through Sign Up Genius.  Meetings will be held Nov. 27 thru Dec. 4, from 9:00-10:30 am or 12:00-1:30 pm.  A link for the sign up genius will be sent in the next edition of the Irish News.   

Students and Parents — International College Options (ICO) College Fair is coming to Detroit on Nov 12, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, at Farmington High School.  This unique college fair will host 33 international Colleges from Australia, Canada, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Scotland, Spain, and Switzerland.  Internationally-minded students and their parents are invited to attend the fair and explore a potential life-changing cultural opportunity to study internationally at highly accredited colleges.  For more information contact Mr. Salic or go to

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

Juniors, Sophomores, and Freshmen — All school testing has concluded and your test results will be given to you in December.

Yale Admissions is coming to southeast Michigan.  Please review the flyer for dates and times:


Here is the September/October Update:

The freshman English teachers and the Diversity Committee invite students to watch and discuss the movie, The Hate U Give, based on the 2017 award-winning novel by Angie Thomas.  Details to follow.  Please see an English teacher for more information or email Mrs. Archer at

NDP is in the process of recruiting its inaugural delegation for this outstanding simulation conferences open to high schoolers around the state, which will be held in Lansing at the Capitol Building from 2/28/19 to 3/3/19.  Students may select roles as legislators, members of the Michigan Supreme Court, the Governor's cabinet, lobbyists, or the press corps, or debate national issues.  No previous debate experience is necessary.  Imagine participating from the floor of the actual House and Senate chambers!  If you or your student is interested in participating, visit and contact Mrs. Schmidt (

Need Microsoft Office 2016? With our Microsoft Office License Agreement, each student has five licenses of Microsoft Office. One is used on their device, which leaves four to be installed on other devices. The license is associated to their school email address account.  

Use the link below to get started. Once at the site, you will land on a set of instructions. Families will need to use their student's login information. You can change it to PC or Mac “step-by-step” for detailed guidance.

Please see attached flyer for more information.

Students are required to bring a note if they arrive late to school.  Parents and guardians can either hand write the note or email it to  

Avoid long term absences.  Students need to be in school.  If a planned absence of more than a day is unavoidable parents and guardians must alert the attendance office.  

Please be advised that the Perry Street construction project will close Perry Street at the loop and reduced it from two lanes to one lane in each direction.  Adjust your planned drive times accordingly so you will not be tardy or find an alternate route to school.

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. If you are interested in this trip, there will be a meeting held on Wednesday November 14th in Conference Room Four from 6-7 pm. Grades 9-12 welcome! (Graduated seniors are eligible to join the trip).

Most online books (ebooks) are available in textbook form for check out in the media center.  Please see one of the Media Center specialists if you would like to check out a textbook. 

Avondale High School

November 16,17:  7 p.m.
November 18:  3 p.m. 

Did you forget your password? Need access to PowerSchool Learning? Have IT questions?  Send an email to the NDPMA IT Staff are here to help!

In order to work with our families for the well-being of our students and to promote a sense of trust and support among our parents, NDPMA invites parents to sign the “Safe Home Pledge.”  It is a voluntary and sincere commitment that parents make to other parents in our school community to obey the law and to safeguard our children.  The goal of the school is to work with families within our community to foster opportunities for students to get together in a safe and supervised environment.  In order to be designated a “Safe Home” in the NDPMA Student-Parent Directory parents can print and sign the pledge contained on the NDPMA website unless you have already signed a pink pledge sheet at one of the parent meetings this year.
Safe Home Pledge

The mission of the Notre Dame Preparatory and Marist Academy Parents Club is to promote community building and provide support to the administration and staff of Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy. We support the goal of educating students to become Christian people, Upright Citizens and Academic Scholars who contribute to the community. As an organization, we accomplish this goal through fundraising, social events, and supporting Art and extra-curricular based programs. As a community of parents, we apply our God given talents to provide our children with the best educational and developmental opportunities possible.  Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns by email:

Do you have a son or daughter that plays a sport for Notre Dame Marist or Notre Dame Prep? If so, you are a member of the NDPMA Athletic Booster Club. To learn what we do and how you can be involved, please check out our BOOSTERS CLUB webpage.

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 248-373-3500, 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.

If you have a child who is not already enrolled at NDPMA but would like to attend next year at any grade level, please contact Dean of Admissions Kathleen Offer at, with your child’s full name, birth date, current school and current grade.

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, they will just need to provide their 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, 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:

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