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November 2017

November 2017

Dear Friends of Mount Notre Dame,

How Good is the Good God! As we prepare to celebrate the Thanksgiving Holiday, let us give thanks for the many blessings He has bestowed upon us. I include each of you as a blessing I am thankful for. This year the Advancement Office has spent some time really targeting specific groups for gifts to the Annual Giving Fund, and I have especially enjoyed signing those letters addressed to my high school teachers, my classmates and the many people I have connected with since my short time back at MND. Your support of our students is much appreciated!

We had an opportunity to thank our Leadership Circle Benefactors, those who are able to give $1000 or more, at a special Benefactor Appreciation Reception at the Kenwood Country Club. This event is hosted annually by one of our alumna, Penny Asbrock Cunningham ’67, and her husband Bill. The Sisters of Notre Dame were once again recognized as our largest benefactor with a gift of $135,000 to help students afford an MND education.

Our students had the opportunity to show appreciation of their mothers at the Annual Mother Daughter Brunch held Oct. 22, and we were able to show our appreciation to the pastors and youth ministers of the Catholic churches our students attend at a brunch on October 26. As always, we have been very busy with so many activities!

We enjoyed a very productive and packed Open House on November 5. Almost 400 girls in grades 5 – 8 visited Mount Notre Dame with their parents for a tour to learn about all the great opportunities available to our students, and over 250 eighth graders took the High School Placement Test in our building this past Saturday. The Admissions staff, along with the help of our Finance Director, will be busy looking at applications and scholarship and financial aid awards over the next two months so that we can offer an admission packet to those interested in attending MND. Your continued prayers for a healthy freshman class size are greatly appreciated. It’s not too late if you know someone who might be interested in attending MND next year! Please have them call our Admissions Office and we will help them begin the process.

You may have heard that our Field Hockey team made it to the Final Four and our Volleyball team advanced to the Regional Finals. All our fall sport athletes celebrated with a banquet and awards last Monday at the Sharonville Convention Center, and now we are gearing up for our winter sports. You can get the team schedules on our webpage at http://www.mndhs.org/athletics/winter-sports . We would love to see you at one of our games or meets!

Our Board of Trustees had its second meeting of the school year last week. We are especially focused on fulfilling some of the goals and objectives in the strategic plan, Achieve More, which can be viewed on our website. I am also very thankful to these 25 men and women who so graciously give of their time, talent and treasure to help move MND forward to becoming the premier choice for a Catholic girls’ education.

I would like to extend an invitation to our next gift gathering party for the Gala, an Ugly Sweater theme, that will be held at Neal’s Design and Remodel on Dec. 7 at 7 pm. You can RSVP to cmattei@mndhs.org if you would like to attend. We ask that you bring a gift card that can be used at the Gala.

We will also be celebrating the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on Dec. 8 with a mass at 9:15 am, and will be having a Christmas Concert on Dec. 10 at 2 pm. You are invited to attend both of these events as well - no RSVP needed.

I look forward to communicating with you the third Monday of each month to keep you up to date on all the exciting things going on at MND. Feel free to visit our webpage anytime for current happenings, and please let me know if you would like to stop in for a visit. I would love to show you around or talk to you about your experiences with MND!

With best wishes for a wonderful Thanksgiving and Advent Season,

Judy Back Gerwe ’78
President

October 2017

October, 2017

Dear Family and Friends of MND,

I think fall is finally in the air! It is always my favorite time of year as the temperature is a little cooler and the leaves are so beautiful. I hope you find some time to enjoy this change in season.

School is in full swing with many opportunities for our students - a College Fair at MND; volleyball, soccer and field hockey games; visits to the Sisters of Notre Dame Provincial House; senior Kairos and ROPES retreats; and the kick off of our service program.

We also hosted some events for the adult population –our Impact Event that kicked off our Annual Giving Fund Campaign, Grandparent’s Day, and Fashion Show. These events were very well attended and very successful! This week we will be thanking our Leadership Circle benefactors at an Appreciation Reception, and Friday we invite adult friends to a Bourbon and Bubbles Gift Gathering Party at MND. You can contact Connie at cmattei@mndhs.org or call her at 821-3044 x147 for more information.

And you may have noticed by all the yard signs and billboards that it is Open House season for the Catholic high schools in the area. MND had two Information Evenings in preparation for the event and we will hold our Open House Sunday, November 5, from 1 – 4 pm. This is a great opportunity to learn about all the great things going on at Mount Notre Dame so please spread the word. If you own your own business and are willing to advertise our Open House on your electric sign and/or put a sign in your lot, please let me know. We would also love to advertise on community signs.

I encourage you to stay connected with MND through my monthly messages as well as through our website and social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram). If you are an alumna and do not receive alumna updates, please contact Rachel at rklosterman@mndhs.org with your current e-mail address. And I always welcome visitors to our school. You can contact me for a visit and I would be happy to show you around.

May you see God’s Goodness in everyone and everything!

Sincerely,


Judy Back Gerwe ’78
President


P.S. Be on the lookout for my Monthly Message the third Monday of each month.


September 2017

September, 2017

Dear Family and Friends of MND,

I hope you enjoyed reading about the start to our new school year in my letter last month. School is now in full swing and our students, faculty and staff are getting into the routine that the year brings. We had the opportunity to welcome our current parents in the building for “Meet the Faculty” night August 31 so hopefully they can help their daughters as they navigate through the school year. As always, I extend an invitation to all of you to stop in for a visit so you can experience first-hand all of the great things happening at Mount Notre Dame!

Speaking of great things, MND is proud to announce that we have 69 AP Scholars this year and three National Merit Finalists. This is a wonderful testament to the challenging academic program that we offer, along with the opportunity to grow socially and spiritually. Our focus this year is on the holistic growth of each of our 677 students.

I had the opportunity to meet with the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur Leadership Team September 5, along with the Board of Trustees Chair Debbie Fritz Hayes ‘80, Immediate Past Chair Tony Reed, and Chair Elect David Mattei. This is an annual meeting where we discuss how we continue to help our girls experience the Catholic faith and continue the charism and traditions of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. We also share our successes over the past year and our goals for the current year. It is always a good time to connect with the sisters and reaffirm what we are doing at MND.

Hopefully you had an opportunity to learn a little about all of that in the recent Advancement Annual Report that went out at the beginning of this month. This was the first time that we included much more than our financial report and list of benefactors, so we hope you enjoyed it. Thanks to all of you who appear in one or more of our lists. Your support of the students through a gift to the Annual Giving Fund is much needed and much appreciated. We hope we can count on you again this year to help us keep a balanced budget and to help our families afford an MND education. We will be kicking off the campaign with an Impact Event September 21. If you did not receive an invitation and would like to attend, please let me know.

This month we opened our doors to the many eighth graders who will be shadowing at Mount Notre Dame as they make the decision on where to attend high school. We will welcome over 400 students over the next few months and hope they all walk away with the feeling that God is Good and MND is a great place! If you know of any eighth graders, please steer their family to our webpage where they can sign up for a Shadow Day and learn how the enrollment process works. This year we are also setting aside some Touring Tuesdays for parents of eighth graders who want a glimpse into our school while the students are actually in the building learning. We will also be hosting Information Nights for interested 5th through 8th grade parents Sept. 20 and October 9 at 6:30 pm.

The freshmen will be visiting the SND Province Center for a tour Wednesday and Thursday during their religion classes. It is a good opportunity for them to experience some of the history of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur and to meet some wonderful people along the way! Thursday afternoon many of our students will join some of the sisters after school to kick-off our Adopt-a-Sis Club. After this initial meeting, each group of girls determine monthly meeting times where they can get together with their “adopted sister” and enjoy each other’s company. This is our most popular club in the school and both the sisters and the students get a lot out of it. Later this month, the juniors will be meeting in small groups with one of several sisters at the Provincial Center to discuss their summer reading book, A Journey of Courage, that takes a look at the life of Sr. Dorothy Stang. What an amazing opportunity for our students to meet with someone who actually knew this modern day martyr!

Once again we will be celebrating Grandparent’s Day with a mass and reception on Saturday, September 30, at 9:30 am. If you have a granddaughter at MND and have not yet RSVP’d, please contact the Advancement Office at 821-3044 x 158 there is still limited space available. This is always a very nice event and we would love to see you there.

I would like to extend an invitation to our Fall Fashion Show to all of you, especially our alumnae. This event is kicking off our Reunion Weekend and will be held Oct. 12 at the Savannah Center. We will also have an Alumnae Cocktail Party at MND Oct. 13, a Pallet Painting Party at MND Oct. 14 and a Brunch at Peterloon Oct. 15. This is a chance for our alumnae, especially anniversary years that end in a 2 or 7 to reconnect with us and we welcome you to any and all of these events. Please visit http://www.mndhs.org/ALUMNAE for more information.

Finally, if you own your own business and are willing to advertise our Open House (which is Nov. 5) on your electric sign and/or put a sign in your lot, please let me know. We would also love to advertise on community signs. Billboards are expensive and hard to come by in prime locations so we need your help. Please contact me at 821-3044 x126 or at jgerwe@mndhs.org if you can help us out. Word of mouth is still the best form of advertising so please let people know about MND and direct them to our website to learn more.

I look forward to communicating with you the third Monday of each month to keep you up to date on all of the exciting things going on at MND! Feel free to visit our webpage anytime for current happenings as well, and please let me know if you would like to stop in for a visit. I would love to show you around or talk to you about your experiences with MND!

With best wishes for a wonderful month,

Judy Back Gerwe ‘78

Head of School

P.S. We also have our Viewbook uploaded if you would like to see our newest marketing piece for new families.

August 2017

August 2017

Dear Families and Friends,

Today we welcome over 670 students to Mount Notre Dame to their first day of the 2017-’18 school year. We especially welcome the 175 freshmen who are joining the MND community. They had the opportunity to get to know each other before today through the Freshman Service Day in July, Tablet PC Meetings and Training, and Freshman Orientation last Friday. Please keep all of our faculty, staff and students in your prayers as we begin the new school year.

It is a special day to start school with the Solar Eclipse coming our way! Students and faculty will be making homemade pinhole cameras in homeroom this morning and we will all gather on the athletic field at 2:15 today to use them to see the moon pass over the sun on paper through the cameras. It should be to a very exciting event for all of us to experience together!

This past month we were very busy putting the finishing touches on some summer projects – completion of the field concession building, transformation of the cafeteria into a Student Center and Café (SCC), and preparation of all the classrooms and other spaces. We will have the official Grand Opening of the concession building at our first home soccer game tomorrow night, August 22, between the JV and Varsity games around 6:40 pm. It would be great to see you there. Also, please feel free to stop in to see the SCC. If you are an alum, you know the cafeteria has looked the same for many years and now it is transformed! We are very excited about our new spaces for the students and others to enjoy.

Also last month the Mount Notre Dame Theatre (MNDT) performed The Sound of Music. The musical attracted students from many different schools across the tri-state and they played to sold out audiences! It was very well done and held true to the story we all know and love.

The faculty and staff prepared for the beginning of the new school year by sharing a retreat experience at the Holy Spirit Center in Norwood. Five of our faculty/staff members who attended a retreat in March given by the Sisters of Notre Dame Mission Integration Coordinator facilitated the retreat for our community. It was a wonderful day filled with reflection and conversation. We also had our In-Service Days to ensure that everyone was ready to welcome our students today.

The Board of Trustees is also preparing for the new school year. I am so grateful to the 25 trustees who volunteer their time and talent with Mount Notre Dame. We had the opportunity to experience a Board Retreat, sponsored by the SND Mission Integration Team, along with Board members and school heads of the two other SNDdeN schools in our area – Summit Country Day and Chaminade-Julienne. Our Board Committees are beginning to meet again for the new year and we will have our first Board Meeting September 19. The Board will also be sponsoring our Impact Event this year on September 21. The Impact Event is a kick-off to the Annual Giving Fund. Please let me know if you are interested in attending.

We also had some fun activities the last couple of weekends. July 13 we had a Legacy Brunch and enjoyed the company of many grandmas, aunts, and moms who attended MND along with their granddaughters, nieces, and daughters who are attending MND this year. The freshman class boasts several legacy students and there were legacies of several generations present as well. Yesterday, July 20, the seniors gathered for their Senior Picnic, a tradition where they decorate their cars, get their senior spirit wear, and reconnect as a class.

Each year the Sisters of Notre Dame ask us to prepare an Annual Report that looks at how we are continuing the charism of St. Julie Billiart and sharing the Catholic faith with our students, as well as how we are doing fiscally as an institution. Members of the Board of Trustees and myself will be presenting the report to the SNDdeN Leadership Team on September 5. We are pleased to share what we are doing in our school to continue the great tradition that began with the Sisters in 1860.

Looking ahead, we will be celebrating our school leaders at a Leadership Assembly this Friday and will gather for our Opening All-School Liturgy Sept. 6. Both events begin at 9:15 am and you are welcome to attend. Please just send me an e-mail at jgerwe@mndhs.org or call 821-3044 x101 so I can arrange to meet you at the office before we begin. We will also welcome our parents for our first semester Meet the Faculty evening on August 30 and celebrate MND with a Roo-Ha Spirit Day on September 15. As you can tell, there is never a dull moment at Mount Notre Dame!

Wishing you grace and blessings of God’s Goodness today and every day,


Judy Back Gerwe ’78
President

P.S. I look forward to communicating with you the third Monday of each month. Please let me know if you would like to stop in for a visit. I would love to show you around or talk to you about your experience with MND.

June 2017

June 2017

Dear MND Family and Friends,

I hope everyone is enjoying the start of summer. Although it tends to be a very busy season in the administrative area, it is nice to have the warm days. We do miss the presence of the students, though, because they bring life to the building. Luckily we have several camps going on so there are young people around all summer long!

We had a great end to the 2016-17 school year – the Spring Sports Dinner, Dance Marathon, Prom, exams, Baccalaureate Mass, Senior Mother-Daughter Luncheon and Bridging Ceremony, Awards Assembly, and graduation. We also welcomed our incoming freshman class with a Spirit Day and will have the first of two dessert parties here at MND tomorrow evening. We want our students to make connections even before they begin the school year in August!

On June 2, we welcomed almost forty members of the Class of 1967 into the Golden Guild Society as they celebrated their 50th Anniversary of their graduation from Mount Notre Dame. An additional 60 women, most who already celebrated their Golden Guild, attended the ceremony and luncheon. Several ladies stayed for a tour of the school after the event. It was so much fun to talk to them about the wonderful memories they have of our school. Congratulations to all members of the Class of 1967! If you were unable to celebrate with us and would like your Golden Guild pin, please let us know and we will make sure you receive it.

I had the wonderful privilege of escorting four of our students to El Salvador on a CRISPAZ Delegation in early June. We joined a group of young men from Moeller and learned a lot about the El Salvadoran people and their government. It was a very interesting trip and I enjoyed spending time with the young people. This trip is one of the many opportunities our students have for international travel.

Later this month a group of six students, a faculty member and our Campus Minister will be going to Emmanuel College in Boston to attend a Teen Leadership Conference with young people from other schools that are owned or sponsored by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. We wish them safe travels and hope they find their time together very valuable and fun.

Have you been in our area to see the change in landscape now that Reading has begun their building project? Things are looking a lot different across the street. We are waiting for the current building to come down and for the construction of a new PreK – 12 building. This is a two-year project so it will be busy over there for some time.

A one-page summary of the Five Year Strategic Plan can be found on our website under “about” or you can click on http://www.mndhs.org/about/mission-vision/five-year-strategic-plan. Please let me know if you are interested in seeing the plan in its entirety or would like to discuss its contents. We are very excited to implement the plan and have set a time line as to when each objective should be met. The Leadership Team will closely monitor its progress over the next five years so that we can continue to offer a premiere Catholic education for young women.

Finally, we are getting ready to close out our fiscal year June 30. Thanks to all of you who have contributed to the Annual Giving Fund this year. It is not too late to invest in our students if you haven’t already done so. Your investment helps offset operating costs, including financial aid that is extended to those families who need help meeting tuition costs. You can call us here at school at 513-821-3044 x142 or visit http://www.mndhs.org/supportmnd/donate and selecting the Annual Giving Fund button. Thanks for the many ways you support our students.

Sincerely,

Judy Back Gerwe ’78, Head of School

P.S. I look forward to communicating with you the third Monday of each month. Please let me know if you would like to stop in for a visit. I would love to show you around or talk to you about your experience with MND.

May 2017

May 2017

Dear MND Family and Friends,

Happy Spring and Happy Mother’s Day to all moms out there! I hope you are enjoy the wonders of nature as we move into this beautiful season of rebirth, rain and all. As I write this message I think about our students, and especially our seniors, who will be entering their own new “season” as they finish this school year and prepare for what the next one holds for them.

We also enter the season of the closing of our fiscal year, June 30. Thanks to all of you who have contributed to the Annual Giving Fund this year. We are still a little short of our goal for this year so please consider investing in our students if you haven’t already done so. It is not too late for your gift to count in this year’s total. Any size gift is much appreciated. Your investment helps offset operating costs, including financial aid that is extended to those family who need help affording an MND education. You can call us here at school at 513-821-3044 or visit http://www.mndhs.org/supportmnd/donate and selecting the Annual Giving Fund button.

We had a beautiful Showcase of Excellence Ceremony April 28 where four seniors in each area of Spirituality, Academics, and Student Development were honored. These students represented the entire senior class and were nominated by their peers and teachers. The personal testaments were shared with the entire student body and special guests. What a wonderful way to celebrate MND!

Also at the end of April we had our Adopt-a-Sis closing ceremony. The girls went over to the Provincial House across the way and met with their sister for the last time this year. We heard some wonderful reflections about the relationships formed between the students and the sisters and enjoyed ice cream sundaes together! Thanks so much to Sr. Paula Marie Becker who coordinates this event with MND. It is truly a wonderful opportunity for both the girls and the sisters they adopt.

This month we bid a temporary farewell to our school neighbors, Reading High School. The current high school students will be relocated for two years while the current building is torn down and a new PreK – 12 building is constructed in its place. Some of the MND administration and student government representatives went to Reading High School to present the school community with a “We’ll Miss You” banner and cookies. I also had the opportunity to attend their Groundbreaking Ceremony May 7. We are working closely with Reading Schools during the process of restructuring and look forward to the new construction.

The Five Year Strategic Plan has been approved by the Board of Trustees and was presented to the entire faculty and staff at a meeting May 4. I will be sharing the plan with those that were involved in the planning process May 22 and we will then put it on our website for you to peruse. Thanks to the many people involved in the process of putting the plan together. I think you will be pleased with the final product. Now the hard work begins – implementing the plan! Please let me know if you have any comments or questions as we move forward.

We welcome our incoming Freshman Class for a Spirit Day on Saturday, May 20. As of today we have 173 freshmen registered and are very excited about the Class of 2021! As we welcome these young ladies, we say good bye to our 150 seniors beginning with the Senior Mother-Daughter Lunch and Bridging Ceremony and Baccalaureate Mass on May 24, the final senior lunch and “Walk the Halls” on May 25, and the Awards Assembly May 26. Our seniors will graduate on May 30.

We have so much to celebrate and so much to be thankful for in this month of Mary, our Mother. May her virtues of peace and love surround you and your family.

Sincerely,

Judy Back Gerwe ’78, Head of School

P.S. I look forward to communicating with you the third Monday of each month. Please let me know if you would like to stop in for a visit. I would love to show you around or talk to you about your experience with MND.

April 2017

April 2017

Dear Family and Friends of MND,

Happy Easter! May your heart rejoice in the wonderful promise of Christ’s resurrection. I hope you have some time to spend with your family as many students are on Easter Break this week. Our students participated in a Holy Thursday Prayer Service before they began their time off from school.

I hope you heard about our Division 1 State Basketball Championship Title our girls earned March 18. We had a wonderful assembly for the team and their coaches, and the team had the privilege of representing MND in the Opening Day Parade. All winter sports athletes were honored at an Awards Ceremony March 23, and students and their dads had the opportunity to “dance the night away” at the Father-Daughter Dance March 24. There has been lots of celebrating going on around here!

Academically, all juniors took the ACT on March 21 at school, a new state program that went into effect this year. Freshmen and sophomores did some Iowa Testing on March 27 to fulfill state graduation requirements, while the juniors and seniors participated in either a Job Shadow Experience or a College Visit. Many of our students are gearing up for AP Exams that begin May 1. Please keep all of our students in your prayers as they complete another year of school, and especially our seniors as they move on from Mount Notre Dame.

Five members of our faculty/staff joined with members of the other two area Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur Learning Communities, Chaminade Julienne and Summit Country Day, for a Hallmarks Retreat. Our group will be sharing some of their experiences with the entire faculty/staff in the near future. There were also members of our school community that were recognized by the Archdiocese at the annual Catholic Schools Banquet: for 25 years of service to MND – Diane Barney, Director of Finance and Operations; Karen Day, Associate Head of School and Dean of Academic Development; Diane Homoelle, HR; and Bob Knollman, Social Studies teacher; and for 35 years of service, Mrs. Mary Helen Browning, Paraprofessional. Mary Helen will be retiring at the end of this year and we wish her well. Several other faculty/ staff celebrated anniversaries but were unable to attend the Archdiocesan event. Another large group of our faculty/staff were recognized by students as Terrific Teachers, along with adults from other schools that influenced our students as Angel Educators. You can see a full list of all these awards on our website at www.mndhs.org.

Several members of our MND Community were recognized at the Spirit of Julie Awards April 5 and we celebrated with our volunteers on April 6. These two events show the great support there is for MND and our students. We certainly appreciate each and every one of you in our broader circle and invite you to “get a little closer” by getting more involved.

The end of the year is drawing close and there will be a flurry of activity beginning at the end of this month with our Adopt-a-Sis Closing Ceremony on April 27 and our Showcase of Excellence April 28. We also begin our spring musical, Crazy for You, the weekends of April 28 and May 5. Please call 821-3044 x7469 for ticket information.

We are working hard to reach our goal of $516,000 for the Annual Giving Fund. Please consider a gift if you haven’t already had the opportunity to make one. You can call the Advancement Office at 821-3044 x 106 or go to www.mndhs.org/supportmnd/donate. Your gift is an investment in our students and our school.

Finally, our Annual Golf Outing takes place Friday, May 5. There are ways you can support the event even if you can’t be there, but I would love for you to enjoy the day with me! Please visit www.mndhs.org/athletics/golf-classic for more information.

I look forward to communicating with you the third Monday of each month. Please let me know if you would like to stop in for a visit. I would love to show you around or talk to you about your experience with MND.

Sincerely,

Judy Back Gerwe ’78, Head of School

P.S. I hope you like the new look of my Monthly Message! You will find links at the bottom of the message to MND’s Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and website. I encourage you to click on these to learn more about all the happenings at MND.

March 2017

March, 2017

Dear Family and Friends of MND,

Happy Spring! Although the weather has been a bit unusual this winter, it is wonderful to begin this season of rebirth. I hope you have the opportunity to enjoy all the signs of spring and take a moment to reflect on the beauty that God has created.

It was great to see many of you at the Grande Gala “Evening at the Races” this month! I enjoyed greeting people at the door with their hats and bowties. There was lots of energy and it was a very successful night. The Paddle Raise alone raised over $80,000! This money will be applied directly to helping families with the cost of tuition. Thanks to all who supported this event. There is still an opportunity to help us financially by giving to the Annual Giving Fund or a scholarship fund. Click http://www.mndhs.org/supportmnd/donate for more information.

Can you believe the students just finished 3rd quarter? As we move into the final stretch of this year, we look forward toward next year. We had our incoming freshmen and their parents come to Course Selection Evening March 2 to finalize their choices for their first year at MND. And we continue to bring in more students who will also have an opportunity to make their selections. Thank you for any part you may have played in encouraging young women to attend MND. It is a great choice for a Catholic all-girls’ education!

The new Strategic Plan was just approved by our Board of Trustees and I will be sharing it internally soon. Look for a link to the document in the May message. I did receive a few responses from my last monthly message on things you want to make sure are included. I appreciate the e-mails, phone calls and visits so please don’t hesitate to reach out to me.

Although the basketball season will be over by the time you are reading this, I am writing before the team plays in the Final Four as I am leaving on a Liberty trip for the week-end. We are so proud of our Basketball Team and are so appreciative of the fan support of our girls. Go Cougars!

Monday, March 13, each of our over 150 seniors shared their culminating service project with a group of panelists and other guests at our Capstone Evening. What a great testament to our mission and Empowerment Characteristics! It is so uplifting to see the level of commitment and concern for others that our seniors have displayed.

We have many activities coming up at MND - Winter Sports Banquet is March 23, Father/Daughter Dance is March 24, and freshmen and sophomores will be involved in some standardized testing March 27 while the juniors and seniors will be job shadowing or visiting colleges. Look for live tweets of their experiences throughout the day! MND was invited to participate in the Opening Day Parade this year so look for us if you are in the crowd or watching on TV. Our Cougar Van should be part of the parade, as well as some of our students! We will celebrate our Spirit of Julie Awards April 5 and thank our volunteers at a Volunteer Reception April 6. The sophomores will be going over to the convent to visit the archives April 10 and 11. And we will be gathering as a school community to celebrate Holy Thursday April 13 before we begin our Easter Break.

I look forward to communicating with you the third Monday of each month. Please let me know if you would like to stop in for a visit. I would love to show you around or talk to you about your experience with MND. My next message won’t come out until Easter Monday, so I want to take this time to wish you a Blessed Easter.

Sincerely,

Judy Back Gerwe ‘78
Head of School


February 2017

February, 2017

Dear Family and Friends of MND,

February was another busy month! We began with a celebration of Catholic Schools Week. I hope you were able to be included in the week at your child’s school or in your parish community. We had a great time at MND as students participated in hall decorating by grade level, dress up by themes, a teleconference with Archbishop Schnurr and other archdiocesan high schools, the Archdiocesan Catholic Schools Week Liturgy at the Cathedral, our own prayer service celebrating multiculturalism, and a student Talent Showcase. It was wonderful to have this opportunity to celebrate Catholic education and our MND spirit!

Did you hear about our Pantene Beautiful Lengths Assembly where over 80 girls donated at least six inches of their hair to make wigs for cancer patients? We had news coverage from many local channels so I hope you saw us on TV. We love to get these positive stories out in the community!

I am excited to report that Registration Day was a huge success! The foyer was full of eighth graders and their families, as well as current students and faculty and staff. Thanks for your prayers for this day, and remember that it is not too late to encourage any 8th grade girl you know to check out MND.

We have been working hard on the new Strategic Plan that will guide MND for the next 3 – 5 years. Our hope is to have it approved by the Board in March and then I will be able to share it with you. Please let me know if there is anything that you feel is a “must” in our planning process. I appreciate your input.

Students involved in theatre are excited to perform Macbeth showing Feb. 24 – 26. Visit our website at www.mndhs.org for ticket information. And don’t forget that the Grande Gala will be taking place March 4 at the Savannah Center. If you didn’t get your tickets yet, you can buy them on-line from our website. I hope to see you there! There are plenty of ways for you to support this event even if you cannot attend. One way is through the purchase of a raffle ticket at www.mndhs.org/supportmnd/the-grande-gala/the-grand.... Another option is to make a gift to the Annual Giving Fund. The AGF and the Gala are the two major ways we “fill the gap” in our operating budget. As you know, tuition alone does not cover all our expenses and we need your help!

Each senior will showcase their Capstone service project on the evening of March 13. It is quite impressive to listen to their accomplishments! If you would like to be part of this event please let me know and I will make sure you receive an invitation.

Lastly, we are pleased to join with the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur Mission Integration Team and the other SNDdeNamur schools in our area, Chaminade Julienne and Summit Country Day, on the first ever SND Mission Integration Retreat. Five faculty/staff members from MND will participate and will share what they learned with the rest of our school community. It is hoped that the retreat becomes an annual event.

As we approach the Lenten season, may you have the opportunity to deepen your spiritual life. I came across Pope Francis’ Lenten Message and it is a good piece for reflection. You can find it at: http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/messages....

I look forward to communicating with you the third Monday of each month. Please let me know if you would like to stop in for a visit. I would love to show you around or talk to you about your experience with MND.

Sincerely,

Judy Back Gerwe ‘78
Head of School


January 2017

January, 2017

Dear Family and Friends of MND,

Happy New Year! Please be assured of my prayers and hope for a blessed 2017. We are back to the hustle and bustle of school days now that students and faculty have returned from Christmas Break. Hopefully they will begin this second semester with a rested and rejuvenated mind and body.

I hope you received the most recent Developments and enjoyed reading about all the exciting things happening at MND. We like sharing this information with you and encourage you to also follow us on Facebook and twitter, and visit our website, so you can stay current with our events.

We are gearing up for Registration Day on January 25 from 3 – 8 pm. Please pray that we have a good number of freshmen enroll, and don’t forget to encourage any 8th grade girl you know to check out MND. It’s not too late! MND is excited to announce that we have joined the list of many other Catholic schools in the Archdiocese that are accepting the EdChoice Scholarship. This state program provides students who live in underperforming public school boundaries the opportunity to attend participating private schools. It allows students in local public schools and students in Catholic grade schools who are currently in the program to use their scholarship dollars toward MND’s tuition, and will be accepted beginning next year. Learn more here: http://www.mndhs.org/uploaded/images/Ed_Choice_Sch....

We will also be celebrating Catholic Schools Week beginning January 29. MND celebrates Spirit Week at this time and there are lots of fun things going on every day! Catholic Schools Week does give us the opportunity to reflect on the sacrifices families make to choose MND for their daughters and on the many benefits of this Catholic all-girls education, with gratitude that we are all able to be a part.

Have you had the opportunity to look at the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur website http://www.sndohio.org? They have a list of monthly events under the Spirituality tab/Spirituality Center, and Feb. 4 they are offering a program entitled “Living Our Journey and Expressing Our Faith During Change in Our Lives”. I have attended several of their events, but am looking forward to this one as my husband and I have just become “empty-nesters”” and that is a big change! I hope some of you will be able to join me at this event.

The Grande Gala will be taking place March 4 at the Savannah Center. There are plenty of ways for you to support this one fundraiser we have if you can’t come to the event. For more information, please visit www.mndhs.org/supportmnd/the-grande-gala.

I look forward to communicating with you the third Monday of each month. Please let me know if you would like to stop in for a visit. I would love to show you around or talk to you about your experience with MND.

Sincerely,

Judy Back Gerwe ‘78
Head of School



December 2016

December, 2016

Dear Family and Friends of MND,

I hope this message finds you in a quiet moment amid the flurry of activity that is all around us this final week of Advent. Our Christmas card this year reads “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to those on who his favor rests.” (Luke 2:14) The inside states, “May you have the gift of faith, the blessing of hope and the peace of His love at Christmas and always.” God’s favor rests on all of us, and MND is so blessed to have you in our community. I wish each of you the gifts of faith, hope and peace this Christmas Season.

Things are starting to quiet down in our building. Students are finishing up their semester exams that started last Thursday. After tomorrow they, along with our amazing faculty, will begin a well-deserved break until January 4. While they are gone Administration will be preparing for second semester, Advancement will be available for year-end gifts, and the Admissions staff will be putting the finishing touches on Experience Day scheduled for January 6. This day is an opportunity for eighth graders to learn about our academic program as they choose four subject areas to explore and are treated to a showcase of events that highlight our many extra-curricular opportunities. The Admissions staff will also be putting together Registration packets that go out in the mail January 11. As I stated last month, we appreciate any help you can give us in spreading the word about the value of a Catholic education and especially an MND education. It is important that we keep our enrollment strong for the sustainability of our school. Please direct any families with 8th grade girls to our web page www.mndhs.org for information about Experience Day and about registration. Registration Day is January 25.

Have you driven by the convent to see the new historic marker? It is absolutely beautiful, and the wording is different on each side! I encourage you to take a look at it if you haven’t had the chance yet. MND is so grateful to the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur for creating our school so many years ago, and for continuing to sponsor us. Their influence is still seen today in our mission and in the many programs that we offer.

We are gearing up for the Grande Gala that is taking place March 4 at the Savannah Center. The first early bird drawing for the Grande Raffle took place last week, but there are still plenty of opportunities to win. For more information about the event, please visit www.mndhs.org/supportmnd/the-grande-gala. I hope to see many of you there!

I look forward to communicating with you the third Monday of each month to keep you up to date on all of the exciting things going on at MND. Feel free to visit our webpage anytime for current happenings as well, and please let me know if you would like to stop in for a visit. I would love to show you around or talk to you about your experience.

Wishing you a Holy and Blessed Christmas Season,

Judy Back Gerwe ‘78

Head of School

P.S. Be on the lookout for my Monthly Message the third Monday of the month.

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