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May--June 2012

Volume Two| Number Seven

An update from our Principal, Mrs. Theresa Mrs. Theresa An update from our Principal, Francis

As the year comes to a close, I'd like to take the opportunity to thank parents, board members, and the HSA for their prayers and support this year. The HSA has done an outstanding job under the leadership of president, Tina Taylor. The HSA has provided wonderful teacher appreciation activities, as well as the carnival and the fantastic Art & Talent Show. This event not only provided an evening of fun and fellowship, but brought in revenue as well. The staff spent a tremendous amount of time this year preparing the self-study that is a major part of the TCCED accreditation process that we will undergo next fall. This process provides us the opportunity to look at what we are doing well, and areas where we would like to improve. The document will be completed this summer. Several vocational staff members have taken the necessary coursework to become DARS providers. This will help us to generate


income for students in the last year of the program, or those who are in the post 21 program , working towards competitive employment. Additionally, staff are learning how to successfully integrate the IPad into the classroom; they will be participating in training this summer, provided by our very own tech guru, Linda Rush. The Board of Directors is working to negotiate an extension to our 25 year lease with the diocese. In addition, they are in the

planning stages of a celebration and campaign to celebrate our 50 year anniversary. It has been a busy and productive year and, as it comes to an end, I want to express my sincere appreciation for your support and prayers. I wish each of you a safe and restful summer.


Snacks Needed: Cereal Bars * Small Juices * Individual Trail Mixes * Granola Bars * Small packets of Nuts * Single-pack Muffins * Vitamin Water * Raisins * Peanut Butter Crackers * Candy Bars

God Bless You!

Last day of school is June 1, 2012; 12:30 dismissal!

HSA of Notre Dame, 2018 Allen St, Dallas TX 75204| [email protected]|214.720.3911

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News and Information

Getting a Slice of Fraction Action Mr. Eckler's math classes found themselves a new way to learn about fractions. After making the dough, students divided the dough in half and then topped each pizza. While the pizzas cooked, Mr. Eckler and Ms. Nancy went through the steps of figuring out how to cut the pizza and what fraction each student would get to eat. The best part came when the pizza was ready; all of the students enjoyed their work. Math can be so delicious! The Bridges Daily Living skills classes have been reviewing safety and how to make a 9-1-1 call. Lauren Boozer, a dispatcher with Kaufman County Emergency Medical Services, spoke with the students and shared her experiences as a 9-1-1 dispatcher. She discussed emergencies and when to call 9-1-1. She answered numerous student questions and shared stories about her job.

First Holy Communion

On Thursday April 26, 2012 Transition student Steven Garcia received the Sacrament of First Holy Communion at St. Peter Church. He was joined at Mass by his parents, relatives, and fellow students. On Saturday April 28, 2012 Primary student Angelle deGruy also received the Sacrament of First Holy Communion at St. Paul the Apostle Church in Richardson, TX. Congratulations to both students on receiving the Sacrament of First Holy Communion. Thank you Sister Maureen for preparing the Communicants.

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Staff Corner

Francine Kruzitski School Secretary

Ms. Francine, as she is affectionately known, has been our school secretary for the past 10 years. A school secretary has to hit the ground running every day, and that's just what she does. From the moment she arrives there are phones ringing, absentee lists to take care of, and files to be updated. There are immunizations to check on, sick children to care for, door bells ringing, and bus lists to ready. It is a monumental job that she does with a smile every day. Her cheerfulness and enthusiasm for the job is such a blessing. Her unflappable demeanor keeps everyone calm, even when things are at their craziest. They say the school secretary sets the tone for the school, and Ms. Francine does that every day, with a smile and a warm greeting. She has patience and fortitude in the face of every crisis; and, in a school, that happens on a daily basis. She is a blessing every day!

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Art/Talent Show

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Students received their 100 hour volunteer pins at Methodist Hospital, along with a silver hospital drinking canister. Austin High works in Stores, and Temple Mulder works independently in the Doctor's Cafeteria. Richard Santos, Malia Cherry, Stevie Evans, and Brian Tovar work in the lab where they assemble blood-draw kits for the lab technicians to use when they go to a patient's room to draw blood. In the picture, form left to right, the students are: Stevie Evans, Richard Santos, Austin High, Malia Cherry, Bryan Tovar, and Temple Mulder.

Tina Taylor--President Ti[email protected] Sharon Ensminger--VP/Secretary [email protected] Auri Chavez--Treasurer [email protected] Heather Razak--Family Involvement Chair [email protected] Edwin deGruy--Newsletter Editor [email protected] Linda Rush--Newsletter Publisher [email protected] Tricia Han--Communication Secretary [email protected] Dedri Lewis--Teacher Appreciation Co-Chair [email protected] Cimmie Chavarria--Teacher Appreciation Co-Chair [email protected] Jane Martin/Sharon Ensminger/ Lisa Appelman--Carnival Chairs [email protected] [email protected] Davila Niesen--Fundraising Chair [email protected] Debbie Gill--Fundraising Co-Chair [email protected] Julie deGruy--Affair of the Heart Basket Coordinator [email protected] Kay Hewitt--Passive Fundraising [email protected] Kelvin Lewis--Athletic Committee Coordinator [email protected] Lisa Appelman--Friendship Club/ Upper Kathy Kwasniak--Sunshine CoChair [email protected] Lisa Appelman--Sunshine Co-Chair

Troop 1801 collected twenty-two packages of vegetable seeds and twenty packages of flower seeds for a project called Johnny Appleseed. As you know, during the month of April several of our communities were hit hard by tornados. The Girl Scouts wanted to help the community reseed their area, so we collected seeds to be used to reseed those areas hardest hit by the storms. It was a natural follow-up to our Easter Bonnet Parade, where we celebrated the coming of spring and new birth.

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Thank You Corner Thank you to all who made the Art & Talent Show a big success! Thank you to Ms. Nancy Wiley for 35 years of service to Notre Dame School. Thank you to Mrs. Linda Davis and Ms. Vickie Mulder for 25 years of service to Notre Dame School.

Friday May 11th was a day filled with hula hoops, Frisbees, volleyballs, and water balloons. Yes, Notre Dame students participated in the exciting Jesuit Field day with all the enthusiasm they could muster. While everyone had an amazing day, with events like tug-o-war, the walk race, relay race, volleyball, and soccer shoot. Everyone did so well that they earned medals for their efforts. After numerous events, the Texas weather took a turn and the rains came down. Dodging the deluge, we scrambled to the Jesuit gym to enjoy beach ball basketball, Frisbee toss, and even coloring. At noon we ate a delicious meal of hot dogs, chips, and cookies. After a few more minutes of fellowship with our Jesuit volunteers, it was time to hit the buses and head back to Notre Dame.

Families, friends, and staff... The official Facebook page is up and running! Please take a moment to "LIKE" us on Facebook!

www. TheNotreDameSchoolofDallas.

Home and School Calendar 2012-2013

August 1st August 11th August 13th August 22nd August 25th September 3rd September 21st October 2nd-5th October 5th October 8th October 13th October 26th November 10th November 23-24 December 21st December 21st December 24th January 4th School office opens Parent Clean-Up day Teachers return First Day of school Meet the teachers 1-3PM Labor Day--no school Parent/Teacher Conf. --- no school TCCED Accreditation Early Release -- 12:30 No School -- Fall Break School Carnival No School -- Ministry Conference An Affair of the Heart Thanksgiving Holidays Early Release -- 12:30 Classroom parties Christmas Holidays School resumes January 21st No School -- MLK Day, January 21st Teacher in-service January 28 -- February 1st Catholic Schools Week January 30th Open House (Prospective Families) February 18th Presidents Day -- no school March 11-15th Spring Break March 28th Holy Thursday -- Early release 12:30 March 29th Good Friday -- no school April 1st Easter Monday -- no school (snow day) April 26th Parent/Teacher Conf. -- no school May 6th Snow Day (holiday if not used) May 24th Intermediate Graduation May 27th Memorial Day -- no school May 30th Vocational Graduation June 5th Last day of school -- 12:30 release June 6th Teacher work day Day care is not offered on early release days. The calendar reflects 182 instructional days, including 2 snow days.

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Dear Parents, I know many of you have signed up to assist in your homeroom, but we still have FOUR vacancies. Room Parents are still needed for:

Soccer Spring Games 2012

Debie Smith Notre Dame had 3 soccer teams compete in the Special Olympics Spring Games. All teams had 1 game on Friday night and 3 games on Saturday; they were all good, hard fought games. The Notre Dame Saints came in 4th place, the Spirits won Silver Medals, and the Stars came home with Bronze Medals. The Saints, coached by Miss Mary, are Rebekah Clark, Nathan Diaz, Jordan Lewis, Dominique Pearson, Aylin Silva, and Luis Sifuentes. The Spirits, coached by Mr. Josh, are Cheyenne Atwood, Alicia Castillo, Jake Hewitt, Jermaine Johnson, Bennett McKee, Mary Rebone, and Tori WilliamsLawrence. The Stars, coached by Miss Debie, are Ryan Blair, Aaron Bryant, Josh Dowden, Dazana Kelly, Matthew Kwasniak, Riley Niesen, Doug Sullivan, and Jenny Taylor. The Stars also enjoyed playing in a mini tournament the week before the Spring Games.


If you have already signedup, Thank You. If you are available to assist as a homeroom parent, or have an interest in assisting for a particular event, please contact Heather Razak at [email protected] Here is the Room Parent list for 2011--2012: Davis -- Heather Razak Fernandez...Still Needed Barber--LaTina Dawn Mrs. Eckler--Lori McKee Battalora--Karen Motes Mr. Eckler--Jackie Waits Smith--Jane Martin Whirley--Michele Wilson Bagnall -- Filled Maguire -- Filled Mulder -- Filled Perez--Anita Porter Thank you, Heather Razak Family Involvement Chair

Doug Sullivan

Ryan Blair

Tori Williams-Lawrence


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Dreams do come true for Bridges and Vocational at the 2012 Prom in downtown Dallas. Dancing to the hip tunes from DJ Eckler, Notre Dame students enjoyed a night on the town. The Chase rotunda was festooned with blue and white balloons and the most scrumptious food was available to all prom-goers. As the night progresses, students embarked on carriage rides that allowed them to soak in the sights of Dallas at night. The 2012 Graduates found themselves front and center, being honored after living it up to the "Cha-Cha Slide", "The Cupid Shuffle", and all their dance favorites. It was a night that will be remembered for many years to come.

2012 Graduates

It may look like monkey business as our 2012 graduates hang out in the tree, but they are very excited about their upcoming graduation. Their big night is Thursday, May 24th at St. Peter Church, next to Notre Dame School. They have already begun practicing their songs, readings, and speeches. Many of the graduates will be returning for the postgraduate program at Notre Dame School. The students are, from left to right; Kyle Dews, Melissa Buys-Dunlap, Brian Tovar, Ashley Chaffin, Lindsay Johnson, Doug Sullivan (in the tree), Erica Porter, Ryan Blair, Jenny Taylor, David Gaytan, Marcella Chavez (sitting in a chair), and Temple Mulder (leaning against the tree).

Congratulations Notre Dame School Class of 2012 and good luck where ever you go!

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A Special Troop for Those Who Need It

We are the Boy Scouts of America, Troop 263, and we are always prepared for an adventure! On any given Tuesday evening you will find our young men at Bachman Recreation Center practicing their rank requirements, preparing for campouts, and swimming along with supportive parents, patrol leaders, and our very enthusiastic Scout Master, Ben Burns. We experience the great outdoors and stay fit while canoeing, fishing, boating, and swimming. Recently we went fishing in Lake Lewisville with the pros; there were many, many catches made by each scout!

If you attended the Notre Dame Art & Talent Show, The boys are learning about self discipline, leaderyou saw who performed the Color Guard Cereship, and cooperation in the Boy Scouts. There are mony; Boy Scout Troop 263! uniform requirements, swim tests, and patrol leaders In July our troop enjoyed a great time together at to help with tent building and organizing food and Boy Scout Night at the Mesquite Rodeo. equipment. To earn their Railroad merit badge, the scouts Does your son enjoy eating s'mores while singing learned to drive trains on the New York Air Brake around a campfire? Launching rockets? Riding train simulators. In August they visited the Train horses? Shooting air rifles? If so, contact Scout MasMuseum at Fair Park. ter Ben Burns at [email protected] to be a September found our scouts at the City of Dallas Fire Department burn house. We watched a simulation of a burning building; the firemen taught us how to call 9-1-1, and how to administer first aid. As a finale, they got a ride in a real ambulance, with the siren squealing and lights flashing! Thank you Mr. Santos. In October the scouts spent the night on the battleship USS Texas in Houston. At Clements Ranch Boy Scout Camp near Athens, TX we experienced a true winter camp (brrr!!!). We visited an Indian Village where the scouts learned to throw tomahawks from scouts in the Order of The Arrow, and an authentic Mountain Man. They even learned how to make real bullets at the Blacksmith shed, and helped skin a deer. part of this great adventure! Visit our website at

"Be Prepared" is our Boy Scout motto, so at our March Camporee the troop learned how to build a campfire, plan a meal, identify plants, and prevent sunburn. We had fun with egg toss, root beer chugging contests, and rock climbing. Our scouts competed against forty other Boy Scout troops and came away with the much deserved Honor and Merit Award. Boy Scouts are always prepared to help others at all times. We collected hundreds of canned goods for the Tom Thumb Scouting for Food campaign. In April we donated food to the tornado victims of North Texas.

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Fundraising...A spot Light

Your Home and School Association makes it easy for you to help raise money and visibility for our school. You can raise funds each time you spend money with these participating vendors: Scan your Albertson's Community Partners Key Tag each time you shop.

Link your Target Credit Card to NDS (School I.D. is 16182).

Please pray for all the unemployed, those in hospitals, their families and the needs and struggles of all of our Notre Dame family community.

Office Depot makes it easy to get a discount and support our school. When checking out give our school phone number 214-720-3911 and the school gets benefits.

Box Tops for Education-- Keep Saving! Join the contest, a school wide pizza party if we surpass last year's collection.

Tom Thumb-- Buy groceries and give back to our school! Link you rewards card with the school code 535.


May William Motz Kinsey Boozer Aileen Gutierrez Bryce Allen Jarrett Jackson Blake Skeen Michael Tsurkan Kyle Dews Judale Hass Mario Chavira Virginia Rea Gage Hoover Amanda Hoyt Edward Gutierrez May 1 May 3 May 4 May 6 May 7 May 7 May 8 May 17 May 17 May 22 May 25 May 30 May 30 May 30 June

Tori Williams-Lawrence Samantha Gonzalez Johann Aguilera Austin High Sebastian Rodriguez Grace Wickersham June 2 June 9 June 13 June 13 June 15 June 15 Josh Fernandez Debie Smith Carol Battalora Nancy Wiley Brenda Foster Jana Rebone Theresa Francis Margarita Gonzales Samantha Day


May 2 May 9 May 10 May 28 May 28 May 30 June 2 June 10 June 21

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Teacher's Wish List

The Home and School Association still has the following positions to be filled. Contact Tina Taylor if you are interested: [email protected]

Special Olympics medical forms are due. The child will not participate if NDS does not have the form. Pillsbury Brownie Mix All Sports fees must be paid by 3/1/2012. Contact Ms. Margarita for more information.

Resource Directory Committee. Mrs. Rush is looking for 2 or 3 parents to help create a Resource Directory similar in content to The Arc of Texas. Friendship Club -- Lower School. 1 or 2 parents from Lower School to set up gettogethers for students and families. Speaker & Public Education Advisor. A parent to coordinate Brown-Bag Speakers and Education resources. Home Room Coordinator. Only Mr. Fernandez' Transition class is in need of a parent coordinator.

Construction Paper

No more cartridges, please!

Child Scissors

If you shop at Tom Thumb, don't forget to send your Community Bucks to school by the 10th of the month. Thanks!! Ms. Francine

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