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Enrollment FAQs

Will the school be open in the Fall for the 2020-2021 school year?

While the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced many challenges and uncertainty for schools, businesses, and families everywhere, our school is still planning to be open this fall! We are prepared for any changes in the status of COVID-19 and any resulting new safety guidelines, whether that means everyone can be back in the building, there is a new order to stay at home and utilize e-learning, or any hybrid of the two. Our teachers did a fantastic job of quickly adapting to changing conditions this past spring, and we are ready for anything! This is a recent statement from the pastor of Notre Dame Parish, Fr. David Medow:

"We have a lot of plans. We are just not in a position to make any decisions just yet. We are planning for any and every circumstance in the fall. We will continue to consult with the best medical and scientific experts so that we can make the best decisions for the health and safety of our school community. We would encourage everyone to register their child at Notre Dame Parish School where, under any conditions, your child will receive an outstanding education."

Are there deadlines for new applications?

Enrollment occurs during the prior academic year.  Enrollments are considered on a rolling basis during this time period.  Class sizes cannot exceed 30 students.  Students must be age appropriate by Sept. 1 of the school year.  Admissions criteria are considered on a case-by-case basis and there is no formal admission exam. 

 

How can I arrange for a school tour or more information?

Please reach out to the school by phone 630-323-1642 or e-mail schooloffice@notredameparish.org to arrange for tours and more information.   

 

Can anyone enter the school at any time?

Parish and school doors are locked at all times. There are two layers of security – the first at the parish desk and then a buzzer entrance to get through the main school doors by Mrs. Collins. 

 

What extracurricular activities are available?  

There are many different extracurricular activities for children that foster physical and mental development.  Intramurals are offered for Kindergarten through 4th grade.  Older grades 5 through 8 play league sports against other schools.  Sports offered include cross country, volleyball, basketball and track. Other extracurriculars include Student Government, Band and Piano, Student Council, Talent Show, Media Club, Mock Newbery, and Altar Servers.  Older students also serve as lunch monitors, flag honor, patrol duty, student ambassadors and Cheers 7/8, which is a parish group.

 

What is the cost of tuition?

For a complete breakdown of tuition and fees please visit:

https://www.ndschoolch.org/apps/pages/tuition

 

Do you wear uniforms?

Yes, our students wear uniforms. Information about purchasing and uniform exchange programs will be provided upon successful enrollment.

What are the school hours?

            Monday-Friday 8:20 AM –2:45 PM. 

            Before and after school care is available daily.

 

Does Notre Dame have a hot lunch program?

            Students may order lunch in advance through the online lunch program.

 

What Service Learning/Community Service opportunities are available for students?

Notre Dame instills a sense of stewardship and good citizenship through service learning activities such as youth leadership and Habitat for humanity.  This is a vital part of the Notre Dame across all grade levels.

 

Is parental involvement mandatory?

Notre Dame encourages parent involvement at every grade level but it is not considered mandatory. Volunteers are an integral part of the success of our school and a great way to socialize and get to know our community.  Volunteering can include events and activities from participating in the classroom or library, community service, planning parent socials. There are many ways to volunteer.  Any volunteering around school will require the completion of Protecting God’s Children certification. 

 

 Do you offer any type of tuition assistance?

Tuition assistance may be available to our school families. More information is available by contacting the school at schooloffice@notredameparish.org

 

Are all of your teachers Catholic or Christian?

As part of faith-based education, all our teachers practice a Catholic or Christian faith and attend mass on a weekly basis. These are the same guidelines we have for our families who enroll their children.

 

Are there any prerequisites for pre-K 3 enrollment?

Children must be 2 1/2 and potty trained to enroll. If they enter the class as a 2 1/2 year old, they will continue in the program for 2 years and move on to Prek 4's when they are 4.

 

Can you describe any resources and enrichment available for students of various abilities?

Our Resource department provides a variety of resources such as:

  • Administering standardized tests like AIMSWeb/ACTAspire(in the pilot stage)
  • Maintaining Response to Intervention (RtI) 3 tiered instructional support
  • Administering Special Education referrals to D181 for evaluations of student performance and skill
  • Creating formal accommodation plans for students with documented needs
  • Providing behavioral support in the classroom
  • Collaborating with parents, classroom teachers, and the social worker to implement academic, instructional, and behavioral plans for successful student outcomes
  • Providing additional materials and systems for emotional and behavioral support of students
  • Training support staff
  • Working with classroom teachers to implement action plans for students above grade level
  • Organizing additional social opportunities for children across primary grade levels
  • Collaboration with teachers to establish and support Study Skills curriculum

 

Can you describe your science and mathematic offerings?

One of the highlights of our science program is our after-school STEM program.  Mrs. Yee, our science teacher, is currently meeting twice a week after school with 4th and 5th graders doing hands on STEM challenges.  So far this year, we have made density bottles, built spaghetti towers, constructed and raced wind-powered sail cars, and cooked s'mores in our homemade solar ovens.  In the second semester, we offer a STEM group for 2nd and 3rd grade.

For the past three years, ND 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students have competed in the Argonne Electric Car competition.  This year, we are planning to have a Notre Dame competition to determine who goes to the Argonne competition to involve a lot more students.

Middle schoolers will also have an opportunity to construct working model water towers in a competition sponsored by American Water Works at Westmont Jr. High.

 

Can I speak directly with someone?

Yes! Here are three options:

 

Meg Collins, school secretary

schooloffice@notredameparish.org

Elizabeth McDaniels, school parent

elizabethmcdaniels721@hotmail.com

Amanda Paul, school teacher

apaul@notredameparish.org

 

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