Notre Dame Prep – Upper Division

Irish Info- Kudos, Information and Reminders for NDP Families
Volume 9, Issue 10 | January 8, 2018


Jan. 9/10 and 24/25 – block days
Jan. 11 or 12 – freshman retreat day; look for email from Campus Ministry; the other day is regular class day
Jan. 13 @ 7:00 p.m. – Student Council CHILL FEST (open mike night)
Jan. 15 – Martin Luther King Day – no school; good opportunity to do service for others

Robotics & Engineering Camp: July 15 – 30
Notre Dame Robotics will be hosting 30 middle school students from Beijing China for an exchange student robotics and engineering summer camp. We are accepting applications for students to attend the camp, families to host exchange students and high school students to volunteer at the camp. Completing this application will enable us to provide you with additional information.

Leadership Opportunity – January 29
During a recent visit to Leader Dogs for the Blind in Rochester Hills, Michael Dzialo, President of Managed Asset Portfolios, learned about an amazing new program called “Harness the Power of Leadership.”  It is an interactive workshop that teaches those in the sighted community how to use the same skills used between a blind person and their guide dog to communicate more effectively and lead more successful personal and professional lives.   

Seeing this as an opportunity to learn valuable leadership skills, Managed Asset Portfolios is sponsoring a “Harness the Power of Leadership” session and is making it available to students of Notre Dame.  This one-day workshop, taught by a person who is blind and his Leader Dog, will show students foundational principles in leadership, management, communication, and team-building. The tools presented are based on training techniques Leader Dogs for the Blind has been using for 80 years as part of their mission to empower people who are blind or visually impaired to lead successful and independent lives.

“I see this as an excellent opportunity for Notre Dame students to learn and practice some real life leadership skills they can apply in both their academic and professional endeavors.”- says Michael Dzialo, Notre Dame Alumni and proud parent of two students.

The communication procedures a Leader Dog team uses to successfully cross busy intersections, find restaurants, and navigate bustling airports are the same techniques used by efficient and prosperous people as they communicate with their team members and other colleagues. Students will go on two blindfolded walks with Leader Dogs, will engage in other interactive activities, and will be taught the interpersonal skills they will need to successfully lead others as they enter collegiate and professional careers.

“I am excited for our students to gain communication and team-building skills, but also empathy for the blind. It is good for students to experience life from the viewpoint of those that don’t have the fortune of good eyesight.” – says Andrew Guest, Notre Dame Head of School.    

The session will be held on January 29, 2018 at the Leader Dog campus in Rochester Hills. Students wishing to participate in this incredible opportunity should sign up at:

Please contact Maureen Radulski at with any questions.  Class size is limited so please do not delay.

Campus Ministry

Christian Service Deadline Dates and Grading
Senior Leadership Level Service Projects ARE DUE FEBRUARY 1, 2018!!
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 date.
Please don't wait until the deadline to submit service that has been completed first semester. Turn them in as soon as you complete your service.

Freshman and Sophomores: The DEADLINE DATE was January 5, 2018 to have submitted AT LEAST TWO service experiences.  Please make sure you are in good standing by doing and SUBMITTING your service by the deadline dates.  If you missed the date, please make it a priority to complete as soon as possible so as to not receive a failing grade.  

Juniors: The third and final service visit should be complete and submitted by January 15, 2018.  The next thing to do is create a plan with the adult supervisor of the organization and submit the form online.  Campus Ministry will review each plan for approval.  All plan forms are due by February 26, 2018.  Please do not wait until the deadline date as it will take quite some time to review each plan.

Information and Academic Technology Department
The Information and Academic Technology office would like to wish all our families with a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year. Thank you for your continued support to Notre Dame Preparatory and Marist Academy. God bless.
From Eden Konja, Jason Borngesser, Melissa York, and Eleanor McCaskey

MYP Newsletter
Please check out the latest newsletter about what is happening in the MYP in the Upper Division.

Counseling News
Seniors – Seventh semester grades will be sent as they are made available to us in early – mid January.  If your college has requested your seventh semester grades before they make a decision, let us know by completing the on- line request. Seventh Semester Transcript Request  Your Common App schools will automatically get the mid-year report and your seventh semester grades with it.

Seniors and Parents — Deadline to complete the FAFSA to maximize your opportunity for need-based scholarships and/or low-interest government loans is quickly approaching.

Juniors – ACT workshop from College Quest, offered here on campus begins this week. and ends in late March, just ahead of ACT testing date.  Students can choose either Wednesday or Thursday sessions after school at 3:30 till 5:15.  $230 includes all course materials and instruction on content as well as test taking techniques from seasoned professionals.  25 students or less per class, first come first serve.  There is still time to register.   Registration forms are available in the Counseling office, are linked on your Naviance home page or here – Wednesday's 2017 ACT Preparation Course or Thursday's 2017 ACT Preparation Course.  Complete the appropriate form and return to Ms. Mahoney in the counseling office with a check for the cost of the class.  

Juniors – Register for the Feb. ACT test at  Consider taking the SAT at least once as well.  Register at

Campbell's Soup Label Collection Program
The Campbell's Soup Label Collection Program is over. The company is no longer running the program and so we are no longer collecting labels.  The BoxTop$ for Education is still going strong.  Please continue to send in your box tops so we can earn extra money for our school.

For any athletic correspondence, please email

Need Microsoft Office 2016?
With our Microsoft Office license subscription. Each student has up to four licenses to install the latest Office suite. You will need to have your student provide you their login information. The license is associated to their school email address account. Use the following link to get started: Microsoft Office
Once at the site, you will land on the “Quick Install” set of instructions. You can change it to PC or Mac “step-by-step” for detailed guidance.  This guide should help you get Office installed onto your computer. If you still need additional help, please do not hesitate to reach out to

NDPMA Ski / Snowboard Club – Registration
NDPMA Ski / Snowboard Club is a great way to strengthen friendships and enjoy the outdoors.

NDPMA Ski / Snowboard Club night is Wednesday at Pine Knob Ski and Snowboard Resort. It begins once the resort has good conditions and is open to the public. Club volunteer coordinators are Angela Kayi 248.225.6161 and John Krieger 810.444.6636

If you are interested in the Ski/Snowboard Club, please click on this google form for all of the details and to sign up.


As in previous years, NDP is partnering with Jostens to provide high quality Parent Ads in the 2018 yearbook. Below is the relevant information needed to purchase a parent ad for your Senior:  Now is the time to create your parent recognition ad for your Senior. Designing and creating your ad is easier than ever. Ads must be created and submitted by March 1st. Click on the parent ad link and you can begin to create your ad.
Please contact Mr. Kyle Lilek ( with any questions.

Interested In a Great Cultural Experience? 
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 or  fill out a host inquiry form at:

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 248-373-500, 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.

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Contact Information:
Mary Jane Pasko: School Office Secretary –
Cristina Iacopelli: School Office Secretary
Denise Mahoney: Counseling Office Admin. Assistant –

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