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Notre Dame School will celebrate its 35th annual gala, An Affair of the Heart, honoring Carolyn and Buzz Crutcher on November 3, 2018 at Renaissance Dallas Hotel.  Buzz Crutcher has served on the Notre Dame School board for many years and was an active member of the successful 2014 Hearts & Hammers capital campaign. 

Event chair, Angela O’Brien, is a Notre Dame School (and Jesuit Dallas) parent.  “Notre Dame School has been such a blessing to our daughter and our family.  Our daughter thrives at school and looks forward to seeing her friends and learning new things every day.  Our family is grateful for the staff and teachers at Notre Dame School, and it is my privilege to give back to NDS by serving as the Event Chair for the 2018 An Affair of the Heart.  It is a fun and worthy event which brings much needed funding to so many students at the School.”

For over 50 years, Notre Dame School has served as a beacon of hope to students with special needs and to their families.  The school opened in 1963 with 19 students and four School Sisters of Notre Dame.  Today, NDS serves 160 students and young adults with developmental disabilities.

The gala is significant in the operation of the Notre Dame School.  In order to serve families of all socio-economic backgrounds, the tuition is set at half of what it actually costs to educate this unique population of students.  Even with the low tuition, additional financial assistance is offered to one-third of the students.  Proceeds from An Affair of the Heart allow the School to continue its mission of serving children with developmental disabilities for many more years to come.

To support An Affair of the Heart, go to www.notredameschool.org/giving/affairoftheheart/

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The first day of school is always full of mixed emotions.  No one understands that more than a parent of a child with special needs dropping off their child for the first time at a new school.  This year Notre Dame School welcomes 24 new students.  That’s a big number for a small school.

Students and parents are settling into a new routine, familiarizing themselves with carpool lines and bus rules.   Notre Dame School has two buses that run morning and afternoon to satellite stops in North Dallas and Richardson, and one minivan that shuttles students to Oak Cliff.  Driving to Uptown every day would be a daunting task for parents.  Therefore the bus services are a huge help for the families that come from over 70 different zip codes in the DFW area.  Crystal Charity Ball was instrumental in funding over $150,000 for transportation needs for Notre Dame School in 2016. 

Notre Dame School educates students with developmental disabilities and facilitates their integration into society.  As the only school in Dallas exclusively serving this student population, Notre Dame is a unique educational resource in our city and provides special education to 160 students ages 6 to 21.  Notre Dame School is a Catholic school and is sponsored by the School Sisters of Notre Dame.

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Notre Dame School cheerleaders were busy this summer, competing at the Special Olympics in Seattle and Chicago. 

The 2018 Special Olympic Games in Chicago celebrated 50 years of Special Olympics.  For the first time in the history of Special Olympics, cheerleading was a competitive category, like other sports, and not just for side-line spirit. We are excited to announce that the Notre Dame School of Dallas Cheerleaders received a GOLD MEDAL in the first ever Special Olympics cheer competition in Chicago!  Our Notre Dame School Cheerleaders were shining examples of courage, determination and perseverance on a stage for the world to witness. 

This experience was made possible by the many donors that helped to fund this experience.  It was an unforgettable summer.

Notre Dame School educates students with developmental disabilities and facilitates their integration into society.  As the only school in Dallas exclusively serving this student population, Notre Dame is a unique educational resource in our city and provides special education to 160 students ages 6 to 21.  Notre Dame School is a Catholic school and is sponsored by the School Sisters of Notre Dame.

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It’s an annual event that is highly anticipated by Notre Dame School students – The Jesuit Spring Games!  On Friday, May 11, over 100 Notre Dame School students enjoyed a windy day on the athletic fields of Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas.  Small groups were formed to play a variety of games such as Frisbee, parachuting, Velcro toss, and limbo.  All games were appropriately staged for students with special needs. 

“Our students have the opportunity to bond with many Jesuit seniors when they volunteer in our classrooms.  The Jesuit Spring Games are a fun culmination of the school year.  It’s an opportunity for our students to take a field trip to Jesuit and have a day of fun that is designed for them,” said Carmen Fernandez, Assistant Principal.  “We really appreciate the time and energy that Jesuit puts into this day.”

Jesuit seniors ran the games and participated with the students.  The eventsconcluded with a pizza lunch. 

Notre Dame School educates students with developmental disabilities and facilitates their integration into society.  As the only school in Dallas exclusively serving this student population, Notre Dame is a unique educational resource in our city and provides special education to 158 students ages 8 to 21.  Notre Dame School is a Catholic school and is sponsored by the School Sisters of Notre Dame.

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Notre Dame School hosted a car wash on Saturday to raise funds for the cheer squad.  The NDS cheerleaders are heading to Seattle and Chicago this summer to cheer at the Special Olympic Games.  It’s a chance of a lifetime for these kids! 

When asked what she is most looking forward to experiencing at the Special Olympic Games, six-year NDS cheerleader, Kelley Tyler said, "I am looking forward to performing with my friends, spending time with them and seeing new ice cream places!"

In an effort to raise over $25,000 to assist in travel expenses, Notre Dame School decided to host a car wash.  After a rainy week, the car wash was timely!  Proceeds were over $3,000! 

Families of children with special needs face a lifetime of financial expenses.  Summer trips are not a option for many of these families.  The only way they can enjoy experiences like the Special Olympics is with the help of generous supporters.  If you’d like to support this effort, please visit the Go Fund Me page at https://www.gofundme.com/notre-dame-school-cheerleaders.

Notre Dame School educates students with developmental disabilities and facilitates their integration into society.  As the only school in Dallas exclusively serving this student population, Notre Dame is a unique educational resource in our city and provides special education to 158 students ages 8 to 21.  Notre Dame School is a Catholic school and is sponsored by the School Sisters of Notre Dame.

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For the 34th year, Notre Dame School proudly hosted "An Affair of the Heart - It's a Wonderful Life".  This year's theme was chosen by Notre Dame School parent and event chair, Karen Motes.  "Raising a child with special needs truly makes life wonderful!  We wanted to demonstrate to our guests that even  though parenting and teaching children with developmental disabilities can be daunting at times, these children love more deeply and unconditionally, making day-to-day life a true pleasure.  And having a partner like Notre Dame School in your corner makes a huge difference in the life of the child and their future."

Honorary Chairs of the event were the Walter S. Henrion family whom have supported Notre Dame School for many years.  The event was held in the Grand Ballroom of the Renaissance Dallas Hotel.  Emcee of the evening was Colleen Coyle, meteorologist at WFAA, Channel 8. 

The evening began with a silent auction sponsored by retailer, Tuesday Morning.  As guests enjoyed cocktails, they had the opportunity to shop early for the holidays.  Over 50 students from Notre Dame School entertained guests with two songs, followed by a seated dinner.  Auctioneer Mike Jones led the live auction. Guests danced to the band, Captain & Camille, and the evening ended with a casino in the beautiful foyer of the Grand Ballroom.

Proceeds from An Affair of the Heart support the operating budget of the school.  Families of children with special needs have a lifetime financial burden.  These children do not become affluent alumni which give back to their alma mater, therefore Notre Dame School relies on the generosity of the Dallas community and generous donors to financially support the school.  Every student at Notre Dame School receives a discount on tuition, and one-third of the students receive additional financial aid. 

Notre Dame School educates students with developmental disabilities and facilitates their integration into society.  As the only school in Dallas exclusively serving this student population, Notre Dame is a unique educational resource in our city and provides special education to 150 students ages 8 to 21.  Notre Dame School is a Catholic school and is sponsored by the School Sisters of Notre Dame. It is located in Uptown, just north of downtown Dallas.  www.notredameschool.org

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Notre Dame School of Dallas welcomed students back after the summer break.  Floors are polished and bulletin boards are decorated with bright colors and positive messages to usher students into a new school year.  Students (and teachers!) have been adjusting to early morning routines as we welcomed 22 new students and 9 new staff members to our community.  

“I am so excited by the enthusiasm and talents that our new staff brings to the classroom and the eagerness for learning that I see reflected in the faces of our students, new and old alike. As I walked through the halls and greeted our students this morning I could not help but be thankful for the blessings that these students bring to their families, our school, and the communities in which they live.  I truly believe God sent them to make this world a kinder and gentler place and to teach us to live and love unconditionally,” remarked Theresa Francis, principal of Notre Dame School.

Notre Dame School educates students with intellectual disabilities and facilitates their integration into society.  As the only school in Dallas exclusively serving this student population, Notre Dame is a unique educational resource in our city and provides special education to 156 students ages 8 to 22.  Notre Dame School is a Catholic school and is sponsored by the School Sisters of Notre Dame. It is located in Uptown, just north of downtown Dallas.

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Prom is a highlight of every student’s high school experience.  It’s a time of time of celebration, dancing, tuxedos and fancy dresses.  It’s a tradition at Notre Dame School as well!

On Friday around 2pm, a local florist arrived with numerous corsage and boutonniere orders.  Students flocked into the office, eagerly looking for their order.  The touch of ribbon giving a hint of the dress color that the young lady would be wearing on Saturday night. 

Saturday night finally comes and students begin to arrive at the Chase Tower Building downtown.  They take the elevator to the 40th floor and as soon as they exit the elevator, they are greeted by the setting sun and the beautiful Dallas skyline.  The view is unforgettable.  

Students pause for selfies in front of the windows before standing in line to get the professional photo with the backdrop adorned in flowers!  The theme for the night is Garden Party, and many of students celebrated this with floral dresses and ties.

The DJ (who doubles as a Notre Dame teacher during the week) spins all favorite tunes.  Every song is outdone by the next one.  There are numerous tables for sitting, but they are empty because all the students are dancing. Notre Dame students love to dance!

“Our students are afforded the same social opportunities as their peers in other schools.  They have prom, graduation, field trips and sports,” explains Carol Battalora, teacher for the Upper School program.   “But Prom is definitely the highlight of the year for our older students.  They love getting dressed up and they love to dance!”

It’s a night they will never forget.

 
Notre Dame School educates students with developmental disabilities and facilitates their integration into society.  As the only school in Dallas exclusively serving this student population, Notre Dame is a unique educational resource in our city and provides special education to 158 students ages 8 to 21.  Notre Dame School is a Catholic school and is sponsored by the School Sisters of Notre Dame.
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On April 1, Notre Dame School’s annual Spring Show paid tribute to music and entertainment of the 80s.  The event featured students and staff in over 20 skits that brought back the decade we all loved so well.

This year’s line-up included acts to the tunes of Flashdance, Jump, Just Eat It, Macarena, Walking on Sunshine, Mr. Roboto and many more! 

The Spring Show is an annual event held at Lovers Lane United Methodist Church that includes every student at Notre Dame School.  No auditions required!  Most of the skits are teacher-created and choreographed and hold a promise to entertain the audience. 

This year a special dance was created and choreographed by current NDS student, Shea McGinnis.  She taught and led her fellow students a contemporary ballet number to the song “Children of God”.

In addition to the entertainment, the Spring Show also serves as a fundraiser for Notre Dame School.  This year, raffle tickets sales made over $8,000!  A huge thanks to our many donors that supported this effort.  Major donors include:  The Omni Hotel, The Renaissance Hotel, Al Biernat’s, Le Meridien Hotel, The Mercury, Cafe Pacific, The Deary Family, Jim and Cindy Reynolds, and Trinity Groves.  Prime Lending was a second year underwriter for the spirit t-shirts for every Notre Dame Student.

Notre Dame School educates students with developmental disabilities and facilitates their integration into society.  As the only school in Dallas exclusively serving this student population, Notre Dame is a unique educational resource in our city and provides special education to 158 students ages 8 to 21.  Notre Dame School is a Catholic school and is sponsored by the School Sisters of Notre Dame.

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The 5th Annual Quiz Night benefitting Notre Dame School had guests guessing over topics such as literature, sports, fashion and famous movie lines.   Over 60 supporters of Notre Dame School enjoyed tacos and trivia as they wowed their friends with an abundance of random trivia knowledge!  The fun event is also a fundraiser for Notre Dame School.  This year the event raised over $4,000.

Notre Dame School educates students with developmental disabilities and facilitates their integration into society.  As the only school in Dallas exclusively serving this student population, Notre Dame is a unique educational resource in our city and provides special education to 158 students ages 8 to 21.  Notre Dame School is a Catholic school and is sponsored by the School Sisters of Notre Dame.