The 2016 year has been full of exciting progress at Notre Dame School. Our new logo may have caught your eye. Our former logo captured the spirit of love and the importance of education. The new logo represents that mission as well. You will notice the stars, which represent our school symbol “Notre Dame Shooting Stars”. The stars are graduated in size, representing the growth of our children from 8 years old to 22. We added a cross at the center of our logo, which represents our faith-based curriculum. To maintain continuity and brand recognition, the red heart and book remain in the center of our new logo, symbolizing our love for educating the students at Notre Dame School. We hope you like it.
We opened the doors to our new gym and cafeteria, which was very exciting for our students. Both projects were part of the final phase of our Capital Campaign, and much anticipated by the staff and students. The cafeteria is bright and welcoming with lots of natural light, and the servery area greets hungry students every day. The gym has a soaring ceiling with colorful ballasts that help with noise reduction, and a soft flooring that is the latest in gymnasium technology. The adjoining outdoor courtyard to the cafeteria allows our students to stretch out and burn some energy before heading back to class.
We have greeted countless visitors since January as well as we welcomed families during Catholic Schools Week and prospective families as well. Our school is also thrilled be a recipient of the Crystal Charity Ball. We toured 60+ women on the Crystal Charity Ball Committee, so they could better understand our mission and go out into the community and help raise funds on behalf of our school. We are so blessed by the support of our larger community. Please continue to keep Notre Dame School in your prayers and continue to share our story to your friends and community members.
- Theresa Francis
CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK is always a highlight of the Spring semester at Notre Dame School, and this year was no exception. Our halls were bustling with visitors throughout the week. For many of our Notre Dame families, this was their first time to tour our school since the renovations. The students were happy tour guides, as they greeted parents and grandparents and ushered them in for various activities during week, including the Lower School Luncheon (pictured below).
Recipients of Crystal Charity Ball
Notre Dame School is so blessed to be one of only 7 beneficiaries of the 2016 Crystal Charity Ball. NDS requested $676,020 in support of our Hearts & Hammers Campaign which will fund 2 buses, add to our endowment, and support the salary of 2 additional employees over 3 years. The funds will result from the year-long fundraising efforts of the 100 Crystal Charity Ball committee members under the leadership of Ball Chair, Christie Carter and Underwriting Chair, Claire Emanuelson. The 2016 CCB will take place on Saturday, December 3, at the Hilton Anatole.
Business Partner Highlight - Methodist Medical Center
Three times a week, students from Notre Dame School report to their job site at Methodist Dallas Medical Center. They assemble 100 blood draw kits every visit, and they do not leave until their job is complete.
“Methodist Hospital has been a job-site partner with Notre Dame School for over 15 years. Our responsibilities have grown a little every year. Word gets around the hospital of the good work we do, and more opportunities arise,” says Vicki Mulder, Notre Dame teacher and job skills coach.
Save the Date for our Annual Quiz Night -
Food Truck at 6pm, Games at 7:30pm This is event is geared for our local community supporters who are interested in learning more about Notre Dame School
in a fun, casual setting.
Notre Dame School is accepting applications for the 2016-17 school year. We have spots available for children 8 - 15 years old. Know a friend or neighbor with a child that has intellectual disabilities? Tell them to call us at Notre Dame School and schedule a tour! 214-720-3911
LEAVE A LASTING LEGACY
The mission of Notre Dame School can be continued for future generations thanks to the vision and commitment of those who participate in planned giving. Making a planned gift to NDS offers a flexible and simple way to combine philanthropy with financial planning. In fact, a planned gift may help you give more to NDS than you thought possible, while still providing you or someone you designate with favorable financial and/or tax benefits. Talk to you financial advisor about leaving a lasting legacy for NDS.