Notre Dame Preparatory

Irish Info- Kudos, Info and Reminders for NDP Families
Volume 11, Issue 5  September 13, 2019


Sept. 20 – Homecoming Football Game
Sept. 21 – Homecoming Dance 8:00-11:00 p.m.  Please see information below about times and appropriate dresses for this Catholic school

Sept. 23 – Late Start for students due to a faculty meeting; students arrive after 8:55, for classes 9:10-2:45
Sept. 25 or 26 – Freshman Retreat Day (watch for an email from Campus Ministry which day is your assigned day and more information about the day); the other day is a regular school day

Important Dates from the Counseling Department
On-Site Admissions Registration Deadlines – Seniors Only

Sept. 17 – Central Michigan University
Sept. 18 – Oakland University
Sept.23 – Lawrence Technological  University 
Oct. 14 –  Western Michigan University

Upcoming College Rep Visits – Seniors & Juniors
Sept. 16 –  Kettering University
Sept. 17 –  Central Michigan University, University of Michigan 
Sept 23. –  Bowling Green State University, The Ohio State University
Sept 24 –   University of Chicago, Holy Cross College, New York University
Sept. 25 –  Mercyhurst University
Sept. 26 –  John Carroll University
Sept. 27 –  Marquette University
Link to school calendar:

Check out the latest remarks from the head of school to the students at the leadership Mass by clicking here:  Head of School Blog

On Saturday, September 21st, students, parents, alumni and friends are invited to join us for this fun event. Please park across in the main campus parking lot at 1300 Giddings Road. 8 a.m. Registration opens at Notre Dame Lower School. 9 a.m. Fun run/walk starts in the lower school parking lot. The fee is $20 per person. Children 10 and under are free. Register online here.

Homecoming weekend is Friday September 20th and Saturday September 21st;
The game is Friday evening starting at 7:00 PM, the dance is Saturday 8:00 – 11:00 PM. 
Tickets for the dance will go on sale the week after Labor Day during lunch periods; you must purchase a ticket by the end of lunch on September 20th.  The price is $30 per ticket charged to your student account. 
Students must arrive to the dance by 9:00 PM and stay until 10:30. So plan accordingly.
This is a formal dance, gentlemen shirt and tie, dress pants with a sport coat. 
This as always is a substance free event.  Parents please monitor your students and all get-togethers  before and after the homecoming festivities.  

I am looking forward to Homecoming 2019 and excited to see this year’s dresses!

Please take a minute to look at your dress before you purchase.

  • ·Watch out for high slits.  Avoid slits that are more than 2 inches above the knee
  •  Sweetheart necklines are always popular.  Unfortunately, excessive cleavage isn’t appropriate at a Catholic school dance. Adding   a sweater or wrap will help if you’re unsure. ( Ask a parent or guardian for a second opinion)
  •  Many of the dresses this year are two piece:  bodice and skirt. It’s adorable and I love this style.  But, please make sure that your   mid-section doesn’t have a large exposed area.   A narrow space between bodice and skirt is acceptable.  
  •  Short- ruffled, ruched, flowy, form-fitted and/or A-line skirts are very popular! Similar skirts with a short front and a wrap   around   sheath or longer back are also fashionable. Please make sure that the length is appropriate (especially while dancing).  

If you or your family have any questions about the appropriate nature of your particular dress, contact Ms. Anderson or Mrs Garcia.  

Again – this is a wonderful time of year and I’m very excited to see you in your finest!!

Junior Parent Meeting with College Admissions Directors has been scheduled for Oct. 9 at 6:30 in the Media Center.  Admissions directors from MSU, U of M, and Kalamazoo College will provide insights on how the admissions process works from their perspective and will provide a behind the scenes look of the process.  It will be open forum to allow for questions and frank discussions.  Please RSVP here:  JUNIOR PARENT MEETING

Seniors and Juniors — Sign up for colleges you are considering before stated deadlines in order to receive a pass.  Nearly 40+ Colleges have contacted us and scheduled their visits to meet with you.  It's a good time for students to learn more about a college and it's 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.  Consider International schools as well. 

On-Site Admissions – 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. Privert and/or Mrs. Bond to make arrangements for admission interviews.

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 ASAP in order to meet upcoming deadlines.  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 – The "Why Us?" college application essay is becoming a much more important piece of the application puzzle and it is to your advantage to give it the attention it deserves. "Us" is defined as you (the student) plus the college… why are you a good match?  DON'T: Write about the school's size, location, reputation, weather, athletics, or rankings because that's what half of students are writing about and admissions readers are tired of reading about those things. In fact, after you've written your first draft: go back through your essay and underline anything that sounds like it could have appeared in another student's essay. Then delete it. Your "Why us?" essay is building an argument: "You [the school] and I [the student] are a perfect match” and you’ll need specific evidence to support your case. To this end… Think of this as a "Why we are perfect for each other" essay. Imagine you're on a date and the person sitting across from you asks, "So, why do you like me?" Don’t just say, "Because you're hot" or “My uncle has assured me a relationship with you will improve my job prospects.” Ethan Sawyer.

Juniors — ACT Workshop form College Quest has been scheduled to take place here on NDP campus from Oct 9th -Dec.14th, 3:00 – 4:30, for seven sessions once a week.  Students will have the option to attend either on Wednesdays or Thursdays or both.  Make ups and course retakes are free.  $220 fee includes all books and materials as well, which is a good value compared to other similar programs.  Registration forms are available on your Naviance links or you can sign up:  ACT Workshop Sign Up.  Once you sign up you must bring in your payment to Mrs. Privert in the Counseling Office on or before October 4th to complete the registration process.  Payment can be made by cash or check made payable to College Quest.  You will not be able to participate until payment is received.

Freshmen — Your counselors will be calling you down for an individual meeting soon.  Please take a moment to come in and sign up for an appointment to meet your counselor. 

Juniors and Seniors — Check out the new Global Portal Programs at Emerson College in Boston with focus on Film Arts as well as International and Political Communication studies.

Univ. of Detroit Mercy school of architecture is hosting a lecture from Suchi Reddy on Sept. 25th, at 5:30 pm.

Purdue Univ. is hosting the Women in Engineering Program on Monday Oct. 14th.  Register on line at

College Night at Bloomfield Hills High School
Monday, October 14th from 6:00 – 7:30 pm  There will be more than 100 College Admissions Representatives.  For more information contact Lou Ann Frantz @

College of Charleston  If a student or family would like a one-on-one meeting, we offer sit-down opportunities. A “sit-down” is a 30 minute one-on-one meeting intended to inform the student about CofC and answer any specific questions they may have regarding the school or their particular admissions process. They are not evaluative. Parents are welcome, but not required, to join the student at a sit-down. The student is not required to bring any documents; however, a transcript, activity resume/list, and knowledge of their test scores are all appropriate and can help guide the discussion. This way I can give them specific feedback and application advice.
To schedule a sit-down, they need to reach out to me directly at with their preferred appointment time/location.
2019 Michigan Sit-Down Options:

Tuesday, October 8 – Detroit
1200 St Antoine St
Detroit, MI 48226
4:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, October 8 – Detroit
1200 St Antoine St
Detroit, MI 48226
4:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

Costume & Set Donations for the Theatre Program
This year Notre Dame Prep is doing Disney's The Little Mermaid.  Although, we are blessed with a full costume shop, there are always items that we could use more of.  We are looking for donations for the following:
– costume jewelry 
– small treasure chest
– rowboat (that you would allow to be put on a platform and rolled around)
– dressing room screen
– long telescope
– full length ball gowns
– men's and women's knee or mid calf boots
– fish or sea creature costumes or pieces (don't worry – we are renting most of them, but thought we would ask)

Drop off day, will be the week of September 23rd.  You can drop off before or after school by placing them in a bag on the cafeteria stage.  
Also, we are in need of a new storage space for our set pieces.  If anyone has a contact, it would be greatly appreciated.  
Please email Meredith Scott, Theatre Program Director, with any questions or comments at

Tickets go on sale on October 1st at 10:00 A.M. to the public.

November 1 7:00 P.M
November 2 1:00 P.M.
November 2 7:00 P.M.
November 3 3:00 P.M.

We will be visiting Beijing- the Capital City of China, Chengdu-Panda Research Base and Shanghai- the biggest city in China.  Grades 9-12 welcome! (Graduated seniors are eligible to join the trip).  The detailed trip meeting with the travel agent is on October 2nd, 2019 at 6pm at NDP. Click on the link to see the trip flyer.  2020 Summer China trip  Please contact Ms. Joanne Liu for any questions.   

Follow a passion. Grow as a learner. Advance your skills and accomplish a dream while creating something unique and personal!  The MYP Project allows students the freedom to work on a self-designated goal and demonstrate skills needed for success in various endeavors such as the Diploma Programme, college courses, and a future career.  An elective course option, the MYP Project is open to all current sophomores, and those who submit one in the allowed time frame also receive recognition from IB.  Sophomores: are you ready to start your project?  Contact Ms. Melissa Archer to learn the details: or 248-373-5300 ext. 8134

Just a reminder that there is still plenty of ongoing construction everywhere.  Please plan accordingly so you can arrive at school on time.

We will visit ALL grade levels over the next two weeks to go over the service requirement and how to use ManageBac.  We will go over the requirement for each grade, how to use the new software, and answer any questions students may have.  
Senior Leadership Level Projects
If you completed your project over the summer, do not wait to submit your final Power Point presentation for approval and final grade.  We will begin reviewing them this week and will continue as they are submitted.  Please do not wait until the end of the semester to complete and submit.  Transcripts will reflect an F if the Power Point is not submitted before we leave for Christmas vacation.

First Semester Retreat Dates 
Junior Retreat                Oct. 28th  or  Oct. 29th
Freshman Retreat        Sept. 25th  or Sept. 26th
Kairos                                Nov. 20th -23rd

IB Diplomas and personal transcripts for the class of 2019 are here! If your class of 2019 son or daughter was an IB Diploma candidate or took individual IB exams, they can pick up their diploma/transcript from Ms. Sagert at NDP.  Please email Ms. Sagert: if you would like their diploma/transcripts sent home with a sibling or sent home via US mail.  Official IB transcripts were sent directly from the IB to your son/daughter's college/university this summer. 

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 29th in order to be published in the 2020 yearbook.  If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Kyle Lilek at  Here is more information – Parent Ads for the Yearbook

To assure that ninth graders have adequate vision to meet educational demands, the Michigan Public health code, Act 368, requires vision screening for ninth graders or screening in conjunction with drivers training.  To meet the screening needs of these students, the Oakland County Health Division offers free vision screening by appointment at the North Oakland Health Center and South Oakland Health Center locations.  Parents Can cal (248) 424-7070 to schedule an appointment.

Fall Cleaning?   Updating  your wardrobe?  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 across from the Grimaldi Gym.

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.

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 248-373-5300, 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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