NDA Choir and Orchestra to Present Free Christmas Concerts

The public is invited to come enjoy a free Christmas Choir Concert on Wednesday, December 12 at 6:30pm in Notre Dame Academy’s Maria Performing Arts Center. The concert will feature performances by Notre Dame Academy’s High School and Junior Academy Choirs as well as the St. Johns Jesuit Men’s Chorus. Each group will perform then the combined high school choirs of Notre Dame Academy and St. Johns Jesuit will sing Star of Wonder, A Christmas Cantata. The SJJ Men’s Chorus will be joining pianist Jill Roth and a string quintet from the Toledo Symphony Orchestra in the Advent cantata by Luke Rosen. Mr. Rosen is Director of Choral and Liturgical Music at SJJ as well as Director of Music Ministry at Corpus Christi University Parish. Also the NDA Orchestra and NDJA Beginning Strings will be having a Christmas concert on Tuesday, December 11th at 6:30 in Fitz Commons. The program will feature Christmas tunes such as White Christmas and Do You Hear What I Hear, alongside with classics with modern twists, such as God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen played in a rock style, and Deck the Halls mashed up with Grieg’s In the Hall of the Mountain King.

 

High School Placement Test Make-up for 8th Graders – THIS SATURDAY, December 8 – Walk-Ins Welcome – Honors Scholarships Available

All 8th grade girls are invited to join us at NDA on Saturday, December 8, 2018  for the High School Placement Test!  HSPT testing is from 8am-noon – Please RSVP at https://tinyurl.com/TESTatNDA  Walk-ins are welcome! Check in-in begins at 8 am in Lobby D;Bring $20, #2 pencils & calculator of choice

The HSPT is to be taken at your first choice high school. We automatically award the following Honors Scholarships strictly based on HSPT national scores:100-98th percentile: $3000; 97-96th percentile: $2000; 95-90th percentile: $1000; 89-85th percentile: $500; 84-80th percentile: $250

Contact admissions@nda.org with any questions.

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Campus Ministry Helps NDA Prepare for Christmas with Unique Advent Calendar

Thank you to Campus Ministry for  helping all of us at NDA prepare for the celebration of our Lord’s birth!

Beginning the Catholic Church’s liturgical year, Advent (from, “ad-venire” in Latin or “to come to”) is the season that includes the four Sundays (and weekdays) leading up to the celebration of Christmas. The Advent season is a time of preparation that directs our hearts and minds to Jesus’ second coming at the end of time and also to the anniversary of the Lord’s birth on Christmas. ( via:http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/liturgical-year/advent/).  NDA’s  Campus Ministry has sent up a giant advent calendar outside of their office made up of stockings! Each day during advent a treat, scripture, psalm, and or daily reminder to prepare for the celebration of Christmas is available to all students and staff. These sought after treasures go quick as everyone at NDA waits for the next day’s treasure to be available.

Math Faculty to Present at National Conference on Math Circles

Math Circle really helps us think in different ways and we get a “bigger idea” about math and all the cool ways to learn, not just the math we learn in class!” ~Megan Sturgeon 7th grader

 

NDA’s Math Circle recently gathered and combined a classic activity with modern math concepts. Last year, Math Circle was introduced to NDJA students as a way to support the growth of STEM opportunities for the girls at NDA. Math faculty members Mrs. Joan Funk and Mrs. Marcia Miller are moderators for the circle.

“We always liked to have fun with math concepts,” said Mrs. Miller. “From the beginning, we have had a great response from the girls involved in Math Circle.”  “They love the mathematical challenges we present to them.” Mrs. Funk added. “Watching them think the problem through and understand the concept is the best part!” Both moderators will present at the MidSchoolMath National Conference in Santa Fe New Mexico in March of 2019 on the importance of and how to begin a Math Circle in middle school. (https://www.midschoolmathnationalconference.com).

November’s Math Circle meeting activity began with members coloring classic “Shrinky Dink” material.  After the object was prepared, and prior to baking, each student had to estimate different proportional relationships. The circle activity is perfect for exploring ratios, proportions, measurements, and scaling. Questions were asked like, “What size will my shape be after it is heated in the oven?” or “If I want my shape to be a certain size after I heat it, then what must the initial size be?” Madison Pienta, 7th grader said, “I really like coming to Math Circle because it adds more fun and excitement to learning math!”

NDA Nominated for BEST of Toledo for Third Year in a row! Vote Here!

For the third year in a row, Notre Dame Academy  is nominated as a Best of Toledo in the Best Private School and Best High School categories!  NDA asks for you to for for us by clicking the picture below!

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Artists Win Juror Awards in Art Show

Previously we shared that twenty artists were selected from NDA for the prestigious FOCUS Show to be on exhibition this November. Additionally, three NDA artists received juror’s awards:

Harper, Rylee (Class of 2018) for her drawing: Windwalker
Begell-Long, Raven (Class of 2019) for her oil pastel: Rigor
Jackson, Katie (Class of 2019) for her mixed media sculpture: Medal Transformation
The following students received NDA awards:
President’s Award: Shaye Brewster  (Class of 2018)  for her mixed media glass window: Hilton Head, South Carolina
Principal’s Award: Meghan Wertz (Class of 2018) for her digital drawing,  La Vieille Ville
Faculty / Staff Award: Raven Begell-Long  (Class of 2019)  for her oil painting, Raven on a Pale Horse

AmazonSmile. You Shop. Amazon Gives to NDA!

During this season of giving, NDA asks that you consider choosing us as your favorite charitable organization for AmazonSmile! AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. You can choose from over one million organizations to support. To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.

More questions and answers here! 

Which products on AmazonSmile are eligible for charitable donations?

Tens of millions of products on AmazonSmile are eligible for donations. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages. Recurring Subscribe-and-Save purchases and subscription renewals are not currently eligible.

Can I use my existing Amazon.com account on AmazonSmile?

Yes, you use the same account on Amazon.com and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.

How do I select a charitable organization to support when shopping on AmazonSmile?

On your first visit to AmazonSmile smile.amazon.com, you need to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. We will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation.

Can I change my charity?

Yes, you can change your charity any time. Your AmazonSmile purchases after the change count towards your newly selected charity. To change your charity, sign in to smile.amazon.com on your desktop or mobile phone browser and simply select “Change your Charity” in “Your Account.”

What charities can I choose from?

You can choose from over one million eligible 501(c)(3) public charitable organizations.

What if my selected charity does not register to participate in the AmazonSmile program or becomes ineligible?

If your selected charity does not register to participate, becomes ineligible, or requests to be removed from the program, you will have a chance to select a different charity to receive the accrued donations that have not yet been disbursed to your charity. If you do not select a different charity, the accrued donations will be distributed to other organizations receiving donations.

If I represent a charitable organization, how can I learn more about registering my organization for AmazonSmile?

Go to org.amazon.com to learn how to register your organization to receive donations.

How much of my purchase does Amazon donate?

The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases. The purchase price is the amount paid for the item minus any rebates and excluding shipping & handling, gift-wrapping fees, taxes, or service charges. From time to time, we may offer special, limited time promotions that increase the donation amount on one or more products or services or provide for additional donations to charitable organizations. Special terms and restrictions may apply. Please see the relevant promotion for complete details.

Can I receive a tax deduction for amounts donated from my purchases on AmazonSmile?

Donations are made by the AmazonSmile Foundation and are not tax deductible by you.

How can I learn more about AmazonSmile?

Please see complete AmazonSmile program details.

 

AmazonSmile Program Details

AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets you enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile(smile.amazon.com), the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to the eligible charitable organization of your choice.
About Product Availability, Pricing and Services

AmazonSmile has the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as Amazon.com, including Amazon Prime member benefits.

Purchases Eligible for Donations

Tens of millions of products on AmazonSmile are eligible for donations. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages. Recurring Subscribe-and-Save purchases and subscription renewals are not currently eligible.

Managing your AmazonSmile Account

You can manage your purchases and other account information on Amazon.com and AmazonSmile using a single account. You can use your existing Amazon.com account on AmazonSmile if you have one, or create a new account if you don’t.

About Choosing a Charitable Organization to Support

On your first visit to AmazonSmile, you will be prompted to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. We will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make on AmazonSmile will result in a donation.

You can choose from over one million 501(c)(3) public charitable organizations that are registered and in good standing with the IRS (as provided to Amazon by GuideStar USA, Inc.). See Eligible Charitable Organizations for more information regarding organization eligibility. In order to receive donations, each eligible charitable organization must register with the AmazonSmile program and provide the information necessary for us to send them donations. You can even select eligible charitable organizations that have not yet registered to receive donations from the AmazonSmile program and we will contact your chosen organization to ask them to register to receive donations from AmazonSmile. If your selected organization becomes ineligible or does not register for the AmazonSmile program, see our process regarding Charitable Organizations that Do Not Register.

Eligible Charitable Organizations

Organizations must be public charitable organizations that are registered and in good standing with the IRS as a 501(c)(3) to be eligible to participate. Eligible charitable organizations must also be located in one of the 50 U.S. states or the District of Columbia. Organizations that engage in, support, encourage, or promote intolerance, hate, terrorism, violence, money laundering, or other illegal activities are not eligible to participate. Amazon relies on the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control and the Southern Poverty Law Center to determine which organizations fall into these groups. Charitable organizations must also adhere to the AmazonSmile Participation Agreement to maintain eligibility. Charitable organizations may choose not to participate in AmazonSmile at any time. Although we aim to include only charitable organizations that are in good standing and do not engage in any of the activities described above, we cannot guarantee the good standing and/or conduct of any charitable organization.

Spotlight Charities

From time to time we may highlight one or more charitable organizations from the total list of eligible organizations. We do this to make it easier for customers to choose an organization to support from the over one million available, but we do not endorse any particular organization or the causes they support.

Changing Your Charitable Organization

You are welcome to change the charitable organization you want to support at any time. If you make a change, only AmazonSmile purchases after the change will accrue donations for your newly selected charitable organization. Your change will not affect AmazonSmile purchases made prior to the change. To change your charitable organization, sign in to smile.amazon.com on your desktop or mobile phone browser. From your desktop, simply select “Your Account” from the navigation at the top of any page, and then select the option to “Change your Charity”. From your mobile browser, select “Change your Charity” from the options at the bottom of the page.

Charitable Organizations that Do Not Register

If your selected charitable organization does not complete registration, the AmazonSmile Foundation will still track donations accrued in each calendar quarter for that organization. Once you make an eligible purchase at smile.amazon.com, your selected charitable organization has 8 full calendar quarters to complete registration. If the charitable organization does not complete registration by the end of the eighth full quarter after your first eligible smile.amazon.com purchase, you will be notified and asked to select a new charitable organization. You will have 30 days to select a new charitable organization and then Amazon will reallocate the donations based on your previous smile.amazon.com purchases to your new charitable organization. If you do not select a new charitable organization within 30 days, the donations based on your previous smile.amazon.com purchases will be reallocated proportionately to other registered charitable organizations in the next quarterly disbursement.

Charitable Organizations that Become Ineligible

These occurrences are relatively rare. If your selected charitable organization becomes ineligible due to a change in IRS standing or another violation of the program participation agreement, you will be notified and asked to select a new charitable organization. For changes in IRS standing, we provide organizations with a grace period to continue to accrue donations while they re-establish their tax status; for all other violations of the Participation Agreement, you will be notified no later than the quarter after such disqualification. You will have 30 days to select a new charitable organization and then Amazon will reallocate the undisbursed donations based on your previous smile.amazon.com purchases to your new charitable organization. If you do not select a new charitable organization within 30 days, the undisbursed donations based on your previous smile.amazon.com purchases will be reallocated proportionately to other registered charitable organizations in the next quarterly disbursement.

Charitable Organizations that Request to be Removed from the Program

Charities that opt out of participation in the program are treated as ineligible organization for reallocation purposes.

For Representatives of Charitable Organizations

If you represent a charitable organization, go to org.amazon.com to learn more about registering your organization to receive donations.

No Cost to Customers or Charitable Organizations

There is no cost to charitable organizations or to AmazonSmile customers. Customers will have access to the same products, features, services, and great low prices as on Amazon.com. The shopping experience is identical to Amazon.com with the added benefit that the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from eligible AmazonSmile purchases to charitable organizations selected by customers.

About the Donation Amount

The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the eligible charitable organization of your choice. The purchase price for each item is the sale price, excluding shipping, handling, gift-wrapping fees, taxes, and service charges, and less any rebates, returns, and bad debt.

AmazonSmile Donations to Charitable Organizations

100% of the donation amount generated from your eligible purchase on AmazonSmile will be donated. The donation amounts generated by your purchases are combined with the donation amounts from all other customers that selected the same organization, and each quarter the AmazonSmile Foundation makes donations to registered charitable organizations by electronic funds transfer. Donations are generally transferred approximately 45 days after the end of each calendar quarter.

Donations are not made for products that are returned.

The amount that the AmazonSmile Foundation donates as a result of your AmazonSmile purchase is not tax deductible by you. If you have any questions about your tax situation, you should contact your tax advisor.

About the AmazonSmile Foundation

The AmazonSmile Foundation is a private 501(c)(3) foundation created by Amazon to administer the AmazonSmile program. All donation amounts generated by the AmazonSmile Program are remitted to the AmazonSmile Foundation. In turn, the AmazonSmile Foundation donates those amount to the charitable organizations selected by our customers. Amazon pays all expenses of the AmazonSmile Foundation; they are not deducted from the donation amounts generated by your purchases on AmazonSmile. You may not make a direct donation to the AmazonSmile Foundation. The only way to support your charitable organization through the AmazonSmile Foundation is to shop on AmazonSmile.

About Shopping on AmazonSmile

If you shop on smile.amazon.com using an internet browser on your desktop or laptop computer, your mobile phone, or your tablet, then your purchases of eligible products (marked “eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on the detail pages) will result in donations. Purchases that are not made using an internet browser (for instance, using the Amazon Shopping App, Kindle Store, FireTV, Amazon Dash, or Amazon Echo) are not currently eligible for donations.

About Wish Lists and Registries on AmazonSmile

Your Wish Lists are the same on Amazon.com and AmazonSmile and work in the same manner. Items you add to your Amazon.com Wish Lists will appear on your AmazonSmile Wish Lists, and vice versa.

When you create a registry on Amazon.com it will appear on AmazonSmile and vice versa. In other words, your registries are the same on Amazon.com and AmazonSmile and work in the same manner. However, only registry purchases made on AmazonSmile will generate donations. For example, if you create your registry on AmazonSmile, but your guests make their purchases on Amazon.com, those purchases will not generate donations. If your guests make their purchases on AmazonSmile, those purchases will generate donations based on the guest’s selected charitable organization, not your selected charitable organization. Any purchases made on either Amazon.com or AmazonSmile will update the registry that appears on both sites.

About Payment Methods to use on AmazonSmile

All payment methods available on Amazon.com, including Shop with Points, are available for use on AmazonSmile. Note that if you choose to Shop with Points, we will calculate donation amounts based on the price of the item (not the amount of points redeemed).

Privacy Information

Amazon will not share individual customer information with charitable organizations even if you select to support them through your shopping on AmazonSmile. Please see the Amazon.com Privacy Notice for more information regarding our sharing information with third parties.

NDA Announces $20,000 Match for Giving Tuesday

Tomorrow, Tuesday, November 27th, charities, communities and organizations around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. #GivingTuesday is a national movement celebrating generosity and to kick off the season of giving.  After the hustle and bustle of Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday is a way to give back financially to organizations that mean the world to you.

NDA is thrilled to announce that we have secured a matching gift donation to DOUBLE your gifts made on Giving Tuesday. Your gift will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to $20,000!

This year marks Notre Dame Academy’s fourth campaign during Giving Tuesday; and we are proud to participate with our own #give2NDA campaign. All funds donated to our #give2NDA campaign will be donated right back into The Notre Dame Academy Annual Fund. The Annual Fund supports every aspect of a Notre Dame Academy education and enriches the intellectual, social, and personal development of every girl.

How can you help?

Please consider a donation this year Every dollar counts . . . whether you have $1, $5, $100, or $5,000, please donate so we can double your donation.Donate an amount that reflects your birthday, graduation year, special date . . . donate the money that you would spend on a cup of coffee, dinner, or a new pair of shoes . . .donate because you believe in the mission of Notre Dame Academy and it’s goal to create Women of Vision! #give2NDA! You can also support this campaign by sharing our posts on social media or enlisting friends and family to join in the campaign!

SEVEN Eagles Commit to play Division One Sports in College

Notre Dame Academy is so proud of their athletes. Win or lose we are behind them 100%! NDA recently celebrated SEVEN seniors who singed to played college sports.  Congratulations to :

Madeline Vining will commit to compete in Cross Country and Track and Field for the University of Toledo where she intends to study Pre-Law.  When asked why she wanted to continue her sport at the collegiate level she said, “I want to continue my running career and I am not ready to give it up. I feel that I have a lot more potential to reach my personal goals by continuing to run in college. I truly feel that I wouldn’t be the same person without my sport! My NDA coach taught me to never give up, even when things aren’t going your way,” she explained. “I will use this to continue to reach my running goals.” Madeline is a member of the NDA Ski, Fashion, and Film Studies Clubs.  She is also a Honors Math, Honors Science, Honors Spanish, and AP Psychology student. She is a four-year individual state qualifier, holds a regional title, a two-year regional team champion, a four-first team All-TRAC, and won runner of the year award.

Emily Vining will also commit to compete in Cross Country and Track and Field for the University of Toledo.  She plans to study fitness science and is hoping to work with athletes in the future. I have been running since kindergarten,” Emily  said. “I am so excited to be able to continue my sport in college, compete at the collegiate level, and meet my new teammates and coaches.” NDA coaches taught her to stay in the moment and to focus on the now, stay positive, and be mentally ready. She is a member of the NDA Film Studies and Pep Clubs. Madeline is a Honors Spanish, Honors Anatomy, Honors Pre-Calculus, Honors Fitness and Nutrition, and AP Psychology student.  She a three-time First Team All-TRAC, a three-time All-Academic TRAC, a three-time state qualifier, a three-time All Ohio Academic, a four year varsity letter recipient in cross country, and  two-time NDA Athlete of the Week. She also holds the school record holder in the steeplechase.

Kathryn Roth will commit to play golf for the University of Toledo where she would like to study an area that involves research. She loves being a student athlete and does very well balancing sports with academics. “My coach has taught me how to be patient and mentally tough,” she said. “He has helped me to become the golfer that I am today.” Kathryn enjoys the individuality of golf. “Even though you play against other golfers and with your team, you are also always competing with yourself,” she said. She is most looking forward to meeting her new team mates, traveling with the team and playing on new courses. At NDA, she is in French Club, Current Events Club, is a Student Ambassador and is captain of the NDA Golf Team. She is an International Baccalaureate Certificate candidate in French and History, as well as, AP Calculus, AP Bio-Chemistry, AP English, Honors Physics, and Honors Choir. Kathryn was a TRAC All-Academic, TRAC First Team, NWOGGL First Team, NWOGGL Sportsmanship Award, Coach’s Award, OHSGCA All-Academic, NWO District Coaches Association Second Team, District First Team, NWOGGL Team Champs, and an NDA Athlete of the Week.

Pennsylvania State University will gain Miss Katheryn Rex  as a softball player for their athletic program while she studies to be a Mechanical Engineer. “Since I was little, I have wanted to play softball for a college team. I have worked very hard to get where I am with my sport and to be a player that a university would ask to play for them.” she said. “I hope that I inspire young girls to find something they love as much as I love softball.” She looks forward to representing the blue and white of Penn State while being able to travel across the nation playing the sport she loves. Katheryn is VP of the NDA Maker’s Club, is a NDA Student Ambassador, a peer tutor, and also plays volleyball for NDA.  She is a three time First Team All-District, Honorable Mention All-State, Second Team All-State, First Team All-State, three-time Team MVP, two-time TRAC First Team All-League, and TRAC All-Academic. She is an International Baccalaureate Certificate candidate in Spanish and Business Management. She also takes multiple honors courses, as well as, AP Calculus and AP English.

Kailah Johnson will commit to play basketball for Alabama State University where she plans to major in medicine. Kailah is looking forward to competing in collegiate sports and is ready to meet her new coaches and teammates. “Teamwork is why I love playing basketball, she said. She admits she will miss her NDA team mates and coaches but says, “My coach has taught me to never give up, keep going hard, and be patient even when things aren’t going the best.”My coach’s advice pushes me to keep working hard and improving to become the best athlete I can be.”  She is a member of the NDA African American Club, four-year Varsity Basketball, NDA Link Crew and ran for track and field.  She has received athletic recognition for second-team TRAC, and Most Improved Player.

Grace Dynda will commit to play volleyball for the University of Dayton where she will study the field of sports medicine and sport science. When asked why she loved her sport she said, “To me the best feeling is working really hard and noticing a difference. For example, when I make a good kill or when I dig a hard ball that at first I wasn’t able to do it feels great! Volleyball is all about the mental game and when you are locked in and focused going all out, it almost feels effortless and that much more fun.” Grace as well as the other athletes looks forward to the national travel she will be involved in while playing for UD. “I will never forget our pre-game locker room dances, our wins against our rivals, and our district and TRAC championships,” she said. “My NDA coaches have taught me to focus on H.E.A.R.T. which stands for hard work, effort, attitude, respect, and teamwork.” She is a member of the NDA Asian Club, Chess Club, Link Crew, and S.E.A.L. Team. She takes honors and AP courses and is two-time TRAC Player of the Year, District Player of the Year, two-time Second Team All-Ohio, Under Armor All-American Honorable Mention and she holds the school record for most volleyball kills in a season at 438 kills.

The University of Cincinnati will add Ashley Barron to their roster soccer of players. She plans to double major in communications and business marketing. Ashley is looking forward to playing at the competitive collegiate level and working with the UC coaching staff. She is also, like the other athletes, looking forward to traveling with her team to compete. “I will miss the family bond that was created by playing for NDA,” she said. “I will also miss the love and support of everyone who came to watch us. My NDA coaches taught me that being a great soccer player is only a small part of the big idea. They also taught me to play through adversity.” Ashley is a member of the NDA Spanish Club, Link Crew and is also a basketball and track and field athlete for NDA. She is a four-time All-TRAC, second team All-District, three-time First Team All-District, three–time TRAC Player of the Year, three-time First team All-State, two-time District Player of the Year, TRAC All-Academic, Esmark All- American, United Coaches Central All-Region Team athlete.