Uncovering Christmas

By Erin Shoul ’16, Campus Minister The day after Thanksgiving the Christmas season seems to begin, complete with decorated trees in every home, a constant flow of gingerbread cookies, and red and green EVERYTHING.  Everyone gathers at night to watch ABC Family’s 25 ‘Til Christmas as they prepare for the busy traditions of Tree Trim…

A Team Effort

By Catherine Sullivan, Middle Level Campus Minister It usually happens on a Wednesday. The rush of Middle Level students heading downstairs for lunch, followed by a brief calm. Then slowly, one by one, a girl in a blue dress and saddle shoes pops her head into my classroom. Each asks the same question, politely and…

Advent Love, Justice and Wisdom

By Sarah Myers, Language Department Chairperson At NDP quiet Advent joy crescendos into Tree Trim, Concerts and Christmas Liturgy At NDP the girls are waiting and watching, witnessing and learning. The celebration of Advent has begun and laptops display countdown clocks that tick over the days until Christmas. Teachers, staff and administrators move students forward…

Keep Calm and Let the Countdown Begin

By Morgan Peck ‘16 When December came up on the calendar, the countdowns kicked in to gear. Countdown to Christmas break – 16 days. Countdown to Christmas – 22 days. Countdown to summer (and warmer weather!) – 182 days. It’s a little hard to believe that Christmas is just around the corner, and I can’t…

One Story: Siena Thrasher

Sitting there listening to NDP junior, Siena Thrasher talk about “her life, her passions, and her faith,” I am reminded for all the world of The Little Flower, Therese of Lisieux. For starters, Siena bears an uncanny physical resemblance to Therese. She is a 21st century version of the 19th century saint: pretty, dark-eyed, and…

Stone Soup and Other Tales of Advent

It is December, and the noise level is deafening. Not even a major snowstorm could muffle the holiday clamor. Everywhere, Christmas has been cranked up and marked down, blared and blasted, misappropriated and misunderstood. Hark! The herald… If somewhere an angel sings, it is impossible to hear above the din. These are the darkest days of the…