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Notre Dame Prep – Upper Division

Irish Info- Kudos, Info and Reminders for NDP Families
Volume 8, Issue 1 | August 19, 2016


Aug. 21 or 22 7:00 p.m. mandatory meeting for every senior and at least one parent for each
Aug 22 Orientation for students:
GRADE 9 from 7:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
GRADE 10 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
GRADE 11 from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Aug. 23 First full day of school, uniforms, lunches, buses
Aug. 26 Opening school liturgy for students; dress uniform (need not wear sweater/vest)
Aug. 30 6:15 p.m. Campus Ministry informational meeting for all upperclassmen parents
Aug. 30 6:30 p.m. Freshmen Parent Presentation
Aug. 30 7:00 p.m. Parents: Follow your Students' Schedule
Aug. 31 Please reply by this date if you do NOT want a 2015-2016 yearbook
Sept. 2-5 Labor Day holidays

School Calendar

Please see the attached link for the flyer regarding picture day.

High School Last Chance Used Uniform Sale Monday, August 22 from 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m..  Everything $5.00 and $10.00 (same prices as the Parents Club); exact change is necessary!

Welcome back NDP students and families.  Please review the attendance policies in the student handbook.  If you utilize I-75 as part of your drive to and home from NDP please review the construction plan and schedule, there will be changing traffic patterns based on the construction.  Adjust your planned drive times accordingly.

2015-2016 YEARBOOK
The 2015-2016 Notre Dame Preparatory Legend, our yearbook, will be available at school soon.  We have a fall delivery book so that the whole school year (through June) can be included in the book.  The cost for the yearbook is $100 which will be billed to your student account later this month.  If you are a returning student in grades 10-12 and want to receive a yearbook you DO NOT have to do anything at this point.    The books will be distributed to students.

If you prefer NOT to receive a yearbook please fill out the attached google form by August 31st, stating you do NOT wish to purchase a 2015-2016 yearbook.  Your account will not be charged and your student will NOT receive a yearbook.  https://goo.gl/bwkDjx

Normally, freshmen and transfer students do not purchase last year's book so no action is needed for students who are new to NDP; but if you are interested in purchasing a book please contact the main office for assistance and $100 will be applied to the student account if they decide to purchase a book.

Snacking on Spanish cheeses and pastries, taking a stroll through Madrid’s famous Retiro Park, touring Gaudi's Sagrada Familia, seeing Picasso's Guernica…what are you doing in June 2017?  Join NDP Spanish teachers, Sra. Anderson and Sra. Raleigh as we present our 2017 Language and Culture Tour of Spain.  This is a great opportunity to see firsthand what has been presented and studied in the classroom.  An informational meeting will be held August 30, 6:15 p.m. (right before “Meet the Teacher Night”) in the NDP Board room.  Any questions?  Please email Sra. Anderson at kanderson@ndma.org

The 6th Annual Ford Drive One 4 UR School Fundraiser, sponsored by Skalnek Ford of Lake Orion, will take place on Saturday, September 10th in the Pontiac campus parking lot from 9 a.m. -4 p.m..  Test drive a 2016 Ford vehicle in the parking lot and Skalnek Ford will donate $20 to the school!  All proceeds will go towards the Booster Club, which helps fund Athletics. There is nothing to buy and nothing to lose and it will only take a few minutes of your time. We need 300 households (one test drive per household) to reach the $6,000 goal. Please reach out to your family members and friends to support this event…it will only take 10 minutes of your time and it is for a great cause!  Come to the NDP Grimaldi Athletic Center (GAC) on September 10th to DRIVE ONE 4 UR SCHOOL!

While we do not officially launch until November, it is not too early to make your annual donation to The Notre Dame Fund.  We ask every family to make a charitable donation once each school year (July 1-June 30) to support general operating expenses. 

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 for every student! More information about the fund can be found at www.ndpma.org/ndfund or feel free to contact Greg Simon in the advancement office – gsimon@ndpma.org. 

Did you forget your password? Have IT questions? Need access to Haiku Learning? Send an email to ITSupport@ndpma.org the NDPMA IT Staff are here to help!

Seniors and Parents — If you wish to have your counselor write a recommendation for you, and you still have not turned in your completed recommendation request form, you must turn that in by the first day of school.  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.

College Application Boot camp – On Aug. 11, you received an email invite from Mr. Whalen about our "College Application Boot camp."  During this workshop, Mr. Whalen will introduce students to the various application formats (Common Application, Coalition Application, and institutional applications) and walk them through the process of completing applications and requesting official documents (transcripts, testing results, and letters of recommendation).  Seniors, you are highly encouraged to register and attend the camp on August 22nd from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m., especially if you have questions.

On -site Admissions with several 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.   Students wishing to participate in this special program, need to contact Mrs. Bond and/or Mrs. Pizzo to make arrangements for admission interviews.

Seniors and Juniors — Colleges are already contacting us and scheduling their visits to meet with you.  It 's a good time for students to learn more about a college and offers an opportunity for students to meet the representatives who will probably be the ones reading their applications.  It is also one of several ways for students to indicate "demonstrated interest,'' a factor that some colleges use in their admission decisions.  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 .

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 pm 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 the attached flier for more information.  https://goo.gl/daNcUU

Juniors and Sophomores — Start strong and stay strong academically.  You may consider preparing for your ACT by taking advantage of the Naviance Test Prep, already available on your home page, under the "Resources" tab.  The program is student controlled and allows you to work at your own pace.  Students take a pre-test to establish a test proficiency baseline.  Then the program automatically sets up a lesson plan schedule for the student to follow until the planned official ACT test date.  Students who have used it indicated that it was helpful in reaching their ACT potential.  A Free practice ACT will also be arranged for Juniors from Princeton Review during early part of November.  Look to your email for upcoming announcements.

Freshman — Welcome!

Christian Service
There will be another informational meeting for all upperclassmen parents at 6:15 p.m. on Aug 30 – right before Follow your Student Schedule.  If you were unable to attend the June meeting and want more clarification on the requirements, please attend.

Peer Leader Program
Attention High School Transfer Students grade 10,11, 12 
On Monday, August 22, transfer high school students will come at 9:45 a.m. to the main triangle and receive a special tour and introduction to the school by Peer Leaders prior to class orientation.

10th grade transfer students: If your child is going into 10th grade they will attend the transfer orientation and then attend a second orientation for all 10th grade students from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.. 

11th grade transfer students: If your child is going into 11th grade they will attend the transfer orientation and have the option to stay for lunch provided through the peer leader program. They will then attend an all 11th grade orientation from 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.. 

12th grade transfer students: If your child is going into 12th grade they are welcome to stay for lunch or leave when the transfer orientation is finished around 11 a.m..

If you have a child starting in the middle or lower division please refer to information from those divisions for orientation or start of school. 

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 koffer@ndpma.org, with your child’s full name, birth date, current school and current grade.

All sophomores (class of 2019) complete a personal project between September and March.  Full information appears on the school's website – www.ndpma.org/personal-project.  Specific details for this fall will become available to students after Labor Day.  Parents and students may contact Ms. Archer, project coordinator, with any questions – marcher@ndpma.org

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.

For prospective members, remember the deadline for your NHS candidate packets is Tuesday, September 6, 2016.

We welcome interested students to attend an informational meeting that will take place both before (6:50 am) and after (2:50 pm) school on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 in the cafeteria.  We will explain the selection process, answer questions, or allow students to turn in the candidate packet at that time.  *If you miss the meeting, please see the NHS advisors Ms. Michelle Pittel (room A20, mpittel@ndpma.org) or Mr. Kyle Lilek (room A1, klilek@ndpma.org).

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

  • Optional prospective member meeting (Sophomores or new Juniors & Seniors) – Wednesday, August 31st before (6:50 am) & after (2:50 pm) school in the cafe
  • Mandatory current member meeting (Juniors & Seniors) – Thursday, September 1st before (6:50 am) & after (2:50 pm) school in the cafe
  • Mandatory NHS member meeting (All) – Tuesday, October 4th before (6:50 am) & after (2:50 pm) school in the cafe. 

The NDPMA World Language Department is looking for a maximum of four families to host the native speaking Spanish Intern Teacher in 2016-2017 school year.   You offer:  a private bedroom / shared bath; meals; transportation to and from school; and companionship.  In return, the family learns about Spanish culture and the student receives one-on-one help with the language.  Moreover, this service to the NDP community qualifies for the ten required Parent Commitment hours!

Find out more about this exciting opportunity by emailing Joanne Liu, NDP coordinator of Amity Institute Intern Teachers. (Email:  jliu@ndpma.org)

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 paper, citing sources and test preparation.

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

Notre Dame Preparatory School has partnered with an educational service company, gphomestay, 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 from gphomestay for parents who refer other families who are later approved as host families. 
Families interested in learning more about this hosting opportunity can email ajakupovic@gphomestay.com or  fill out a host inquiry form at:

Did you know that simply by using your Kroger Plus Card, NDP benefits from Kroger Community Rewards program?  Please visit Kroger's website at  http://www.krogercommunityrewards.com 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 jlwood248@gmail.com.  Forms are available on our website at: http://www.ndpma.org/drupal/boosters

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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