Notre Dame Prep – Upper Division

Irish Info- Kudos, Info and Reminders for NDP Families
Volume 10, Issue 11 | February 8, 2019


Feb. 9 – Sadie Hawkins Dance 7:00-10:00 – remember to dress and dance appropriately; keep it a safe and substance-free evening
Feb. 16-24 – Winter break
Feb. 25 – Late start for staff meetings

Link to school calendar:

In 1926, radium was a miracle cure, Madame Curie an international celebrity, and luminous watches the latest rage—until the girls who painted them began to fall ill with a mysterious disease. Inspired by a true story, Radium Girl, traces the efforts of Grace Fryer, a dial painter, as she fights for her day in court. Her chief adversary is her former employer, Arthur Roeder, an idealistic man who cannot bring himself to believe that the same element that shrinks tumors could have anything to do with the terrifying rash of illnesses among his employees. As the case goes on, however, Grace finds herself battling not just with the U.S. Radium Corporation, but with her own family and friends, who fear that her campaign for justice will backfire. 
February 8 –  3:00 Regional Competition at Avondale High School
February 15/16 – State Competition at Woodhaven High School

The  Middle Division proudly presents:  Disney's Aladdin, Jr.
February 8th 7:00pm and February 9th 3:00-7:00pm at Lake Orion High School.

Click here for tickets and more information

You are invited to an IB Diploma Program informational meeting on February 11th at 7 p.m. in the NDP Media Center. Please join Mrs. Anderson, Diploma Program Coordinator, as she presents this prestigious academic program.  A panel of current DP students will be available as well for questions and answers.  For more information, please contact Mrs. Anderson after February 11th.

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 the Parent Diversity Collaborative last school year, focused on the importance of diversity and inclusiveness in our school community, hearing and discussing actual student experiences surrounding diversity, and discussing possible plans for the future of our committed group of parents.

Please join Kala Parker, ND Dean of Diversity, and Andy Guest, Head of School, on February 13 at 6:00pm-8:00pm in the Media Center (Upper/Middle Division), as we continue discussing how we, as parents, can work together to make Notre Dame a better school for all our students.

Please email if you are interested in child care for the event.

Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy Director of Information and Academic Technology has been selected as a semi-finalist as an Emerging EdTech Leader in school technology for 2019. Show support by voting and sharing the link with friends, family, or posting on your social media platforms. Go Irish! 

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Notre Dame Prep
Varsity Sports Banquet
NDP and MD
Spring Sports Parent Meeting
Marist Winter Sports
Sunday, March 10th Tuesday March 12th Monday, March 18th
Mass at 10:00am 7:00 PM 5:45pm
Banquet Following    

Spring Sports start Monday,  March 11th.  Be sure and turn in your student's physical form to the Athletic office before that date.

Feeling lucky and want to test your skills at speech and debate? Notre Dame Prep will be hosting the 7th annual Luck O' The Irish Invitational on Saturday, March 16, 2019 from 7:30-4 pm. Students can register to compete forensics categories, congressional debate, and a Big Questions Debate. All students are welcome to register to compete! For more tournament information and registration details, please contact LeAnne Schmidt or Julie Carman

Seniors – Graduation Exit Survey 2019 is a grad requirement.  It will be activated in a few days and must be completed by May 2, 2019.  

Senior and Junior Parents –  Deadline for Seniors to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) for Michigan schools is March 1.  It may be sooner in other states.  This is a requirement 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.  Juniors may also and should set up an account to obtain their student PIN number to save time when completing the application beginning next Oct. 1.

Seniors and Parents –­­ For the most part, 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.  Take a 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.

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.  Register to take the ACT or SAT.

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
Junior Parents  ­­- "College Matters” meeting will be take place in March and will be scheduled soon.  You will receive an email invite form Mrs. Prevert.  You are highly encouraged to attend this engaging and informative meeting with the Counselors who will discuss and offer tips on different types of college applications, admissions requirements, college essays, admissions updates, timing, paying for college, how to tell a good deal, and other items that really matter and you need to know to help your students navigate the college admissions process.  While the focus will be on first time Junior parents, everyone is welcome. 

Freshmen and Sophomore Parents –  College Preparation meeting with Counselors will be scheduled for March and announced soon.  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 you 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 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. 

Juniors – If you have a passion for government and would like to learn more during a hands-on opportunity this summer, look into Boy's State and Girl's State programs of Michigan.  You will spend a week during summer on campus at MSU with students from around the state, learning about how government works.  Check out the following link for more information  We may be able to have up to 3 boys and 3 girls attend for free.  Contact Mr. Salic for more info and how to attend for free.

Juniors and Sophomores – Summertime offers a nice opportunity to explore possible career options or enhance career passions.  On your Naviance "colleges" menu, check out the "college research" section.  Almost every college offers some sort of pre-college summer program on their campus which also includes food and accommodations on campus.  If you are interested, it may be worth your while to consider some of the programs.  All colleges offer different programs and they all vary in price.  Some offer scholarships as well.  Spots are often very limited and fill up quickly so register early.

Junior and Sophomore ladies – The Joyce Ivy Summer Scholars program offers some wonderful opportunities to explore and study during the summer at prestigious universities like Brown, Barnard, Cornell, Emory, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, MIT, Smith, Stanford, Wash U, and Yale, in many cases for free on scholarship.  Applications for this awesome opportunity are due March 1.  Take a look at attached links for more info. and see your Counselor with questions.   

One Love Program — In Late March, we are planning on implementing the One Love program (One Love Foundation to educate and empower our kids to recognize behaviors of healthy and unhealthy relationships so that they stay safe as they go off to college and beyond.  One Love workshop was developed in honor of Yeardley Love by her family and friends.  Yeardley attended Univ. of Virginia and Notre Dame Prep in Maryland.

Christian Service Deadline Dates and Grading
Senior Leadership Level Service Projects were DUE January 8, 2019!!
All Seniors should be finished with their projects and have their Power Point presentation uploaded on Power School. All grades will be updated and sent to NHS and administration March 1, 2019.

Angel’s Place Game Night Outreach
Sign up in Campus Ministry to attend a service outreach with developmentally disabled adults through Angel’s Place on Friday March 1 from 5:00pm-9:15pm. This is a chaperoned event with transportation provided. Visit an Angel’s place home, play games, serve dessert, and enjoy getting to know the residents. This outreach qualifies as 1 service experience in any of the three categories marginalized, civic or spiritual for Freshman and Sophomores.  This is a good opportunity for those who have yet to complete their Christian Service.

The online Application for Peer Leaders will be available on Monday< February 11.  Once a student applies, parents will be sent more information regarding the program and important date information before their child may move on in the application process.
Upcoming Retreat Dates:
March 6-9: Kairos
April 30: Senior Retreat

 Please save the date  for the annual Mother's Mass and Brunch at NDPMA.  Mark your calendars for:   Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. in the chapel with the brunch immediately following it in the cafeteria. 

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. 

If you need to make some room in  your closets for new clothing received for Christmas, the Society of  St. Vincent de Paul will accept your donations. 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.

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 28th in order to be published in the 2019 yearbook.  If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Kyle Lilek at  


Skiing or Snowboarding is a great way to strengthen friendships and enjoy the outdoors.
NDPMA Ski / Snowboard Club night is Friday at Pine Knob Ski and Snowboard Resort. 
It begins once the resort has good conditions and is open to the public. (Normally January – excluding holidays and other black out periods.)  On Ski Club night the table will be open from about 4:00 until 7:00

  • Student and adult memberships are $20
  • Each student membership includes 2 ski group lessons or 1 snowboard group lesson. 
  • Membership entitles students and adults the ability to purchase a lift ticket for $20 on their designated ski club night at the NDPMA Ski Club table which is located in the Pinery Cafe.

This entitles you to:

  •  $20 Lift Ticket
  • $20 Ski Rental
  • $20 Snowboard Rental
  • $10 Helmet Rental

ON the other non-ski club nights (weekends and holidays are excluded) students may purchase a lift ticket at the ticket window with their ski / snowboard card.   Adult memberships receive $5 off a regular priced ticket 7 days a week at the ticket office.
Club volunteer coordinator is Angela Kayi 248.225.6161 or
Sign up at:

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

Please read the attached flyer regarding the class of 2019

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.

Parents please ensure that your student has a protective case on their school issued device at all times. We have seen a steep decline on damages this year. The protective cases are working. Students found without a case will be warned and repeat offenders will be sent to discipline. Cases do have a warranty.
IT Support. Please let your students know that we are here to help. It is important that they come to us when they have issues for us to resolve them. Please remind them to restart their Surface Pro Tablet once a week at the very least. IT can be reached via email at or on site from 6:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. during the week.

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:

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 248-373-3500, 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.

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