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Enrollment FAQs

What has been Notre Dame School's response to COVID-19?

Notre Dame has been back to school in the building full time since August 2020. Extensive safety protocols have been put into place, including daily temperature checks of students, daily sanitization of all classrooms, air purifiers throughout the building, and enforcement of social distancing and the wearing of masks. Our teachers, administration and staff have put the needs of our students first in ensuring they receive a quality education at Notre Dame while still staying healthy and safe. 

 

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?

            Full Day PK - Gr. 8: Monday-Friday 8:20 AM –2:45 PM. 

            PK4:     Monday-Friday 8:20 - 11:00 AM for Half Day

            PS3:     Monday-Friday 8:20 - 11:00 AM for Half Day

 

            Before and after school care is available daily for students in Full Day PK4 - Gr. 8

 

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 office

schooloffice@notredameparish.org

Michele Grabenstein, school parent

mgrabenstein@gmail.com

Amanda Paul, school teacher & assistant principal

apaul@notredameparish.org

 

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