The Parable of the Blue Dress

By Jill Bateman ‘15  Members of the General Council of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, based in Rome, Italy, visited NDP Tuesday, April 21. As part of the sisters’ visit, NDP hosted a special assembly featuring student speakers and musicians. Senior Jill Bateman opened up the ceremony with these remarks. One of the first…

She’s There for Everyone

This year, 2015, marks Sister Patricia McCarron’s “trifecta”: her 10th year as Notre Dame Preparatory School Headmistress, her 25th as a School Sister of Notre Dame, and her 30th as an educator (in fact, her very first teaching job right out of college was here at NDP!). Baltimore’s Daily Record, which included Sister Patricia in its 2013 “Circle of Excellence,”…

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…

The Legacy of Foundation Day

By Margaret R. Potter ’68, NDP Learning Specialist and SSND Associate   On Friday, October 24, the NDP community joins with School Sister of Notre Dame sponsored institutions around the globe to celebrate Foundation Day and the beginnings of the SSNDs. This amazing community of women ministers on five continents all with a single focus—the…

Come as You Are

Back in June, a group of educators came together to plan what many individuals who work in places other than Catholic schools may not understand—a retreat. Not the typical corporate retreat where folks put on casual clothes and talk about goals and objectives, but rather a retreat to serve as an open-armed invitation to the…

The SSND’s: Call and Response

The last thing Headmistress Sister Patricia McCarron does each morning before she heads out the door for NDP is to make sure she’s wearing her School Sisters of Notre Dame (SSND) lapel pin. It is a tiny accessory, smaller than a postage stamp, yet it represents something quite significant. To those who wear it, the…

This Year’s Theme: Women of the Word

Every summer, the NDP religion department creates a theme for the upcoming academic year. It is not just a clever phrase used to kick off the new year in style. The theme is displayed on bulletin boards and easels throughout the school as a sort of “thought for the day”…every day. It is also woven into…

Déjà Vu All Over Again

June 2013: School is out. Camp is in. There were at least three camps in full swing at Notre Dame this summer: Sports Camp for prospective middle-schoolers, Laptop Camp for incoming freshman and Camp Umoja, a full out day camp for children from Baltimore City’s inner city neighborhoods. The Umoja campers ranged in age from…

On Leadership: Sr. Patricia McCarron

Don’t hold onto words or gestures as if they were realities. They are hints. The way I can point my finger towards the moon. My finger is not the moon. To look at the moon, it is necessary to gaze beyond the finger. Ancient Proverb On Monday, May 6th at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, the Daily…

NDP Gateway Homecoming & Reunion

If Open House at Notre Dame is all about looking forward into the future (who and what will next year bring to NDP?) then Gateway Homecoming Weekend is all about looking backward into the past (who and what came before today’s crop of bright young women?). But just like Open House – and almost everything…

Shalom Club: Towards a More Just and Peaceful World

Everything Notre Dame Prep does is driven by the mission to empower its students to become women who will transform the world. The faculty and staff can only hope each girl will choose a way that is rooted in the Gospel values of love, peace, and justice; values deeply embedded in the foundation of NDP….

Blue Ribbon Year

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.    Aristotle. Does excellence matter? In an era where we give our kids trophies for striking out and kudos for feeling good about themselves (if not their actual skills) it begs the question…does excellence matter?  The U.S. Department of Education thinks…