Considering Courses For Next Year: Begin With Wellness

By Rus VanWestervelt, NDP Dad to Maddie, class of 2020 We’re in a tough place, aren’t we? As parents, we want what is best for our daughters. We attend the winter meetings about course registration, and our heads start spinning with anxiety and dread. Will her grades be good enough for college? Is she taking…

Memories of the Waldorf

Soliciting business from East Coast schools, executives at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel extended an invitation to Sister Helen Marie Duffy and Sister Ellis Denny, former NDP headmistress and principal, to take a weekend getaway at the hotel.  The ladies accepted and enjoyed the royal treatment at this most esteemed destination. When Sister Helen Marie asked…

Student Gift fuels Senior Class Project

“NDP is my favorite place.” These are powerful words from Anna Ecker, a 2016 graduate who is now a full-time student at UMBC. Anna came to NDP from St. Ursula’s in the 9th grade and was a hard-working, successful scholar who got involved in many other activities during her time at NDP. Cross Country, Gym…

NDP in 6

Describing a meaningful experience can be difficult. Narrowing it down to just six words is be even harder. Bluenote challenged our girls and alums to give us the six words that describe Notre Dame Prep. In receiving numerous replies, we noticed a few key themes arising from the exercise: sisterhood, transformation, academic challenge, tradition, community,…

Seven Mantras to Live by According to Father Greg Boyle

“Kindness is the only strength there is.” – Fr. Greg Boyle Jose and David started adolescents like many young people growing up in poverty in Los Angeles—they joined a gang. After struggles living on the streets and being incarcerated, their lives took a turn when they met the Rev. Gregory J. Boyle, S.J. Fr. Greg is…

My Favorite Things about Being a Nun

This year’s fall musical is Sister Act, and though many of you know the plot, here is the run down—A “professional” night club singer, Deloris Van Cartier (that’s me), witnesses her not-so-great boyfriend, Curtis, played by Brad Sweigart, kill one of his goons, and so Deloris is put into witness protection… at a convent… with…

STEAM and our Middle Level girls

Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Technology, otherwise known as STEAM, is a signature component of the Notre Dame Prep Middle Level (ML) Curriculum. And this year, ML STEAM received a tremendous boost thanks to a new Innovation Lab. Designed to support hands-on, collaborative learning, Innovation Lab houses some of the most advanced learning technology, including…

Open House, Open Mind: Finding The Right School For Your Daughter

by Rus VanWestervelt Open House, Saturday, October 15, 2016: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. I think there is a moment where every child, every parent, knows that she or he has found the right school. We might expect such moments to come to us after thoughtful introspection and careful side-by-side comparisons of the schools we…

The Top 5 Reasons to Join a Club

Did you know that there are more than 30 clubs in the Upper Level at NDP? Did you know that there are an additional 12 in the Middle Level? (Click on the photo to view a short video of the clubs fair.) Clubs on campus range from baking to knitting to Alumnae Leadership to Campus…

Keeping the Memories Alive: Blazer Dash 2016

Each of the girls that we run for during Blazer Dash has left a lasting memory for those that knew the her. Our NDP students are keeping those memories alive and part of the spirit at NDP. “I am running for Ashley … …because I feel her caring and helpful spirit is still alive and…

The Gateway Ceremony: Finding Joy in Our Journeys

by Rus VanWestervelt, dad to Maddie VW, class of 2020  Where the Gateway opens to our Lady’s Way, There a column symbols truth by night and day. Where the seal is woven into white and blue, Stands a flag of beauty, Notre Dame for you. On the morning of Wednesday, September 7, and in two…

Inspiration and Goals

By Grace Sullivan ’17 At the Governor’s Conference last June, I met inspiration from all angles: my fellow governors, incredible speakers, and the dedicated staff of the YMCA.  I had a unique window into the ways in which this program affects people across the country.  Each governor I met had a story and each story…