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Notre Dame School cheerleaders just returned from the World Special Olympics in Los Angeles with memories that will last a lifetime.  The World Special Olympics hosted more than 7,000 athletes from 170 nations to compete in 25 Olympic-type sports.   Athletes with intellectual disabilities demonstrated more than their athleticism.  They shined as examples of courage, determination and perseverance on a stage for the world to witness.

Notre Dame School led the cheering for all the athletes during Opening Ceremonies.  “It was a magical moment…walking the red carpet through the stadium tunnel and leading the way! It was a thrilling experience for me and the students,” stated Missy Ruvaldt, Notre Dame School teacher and Cheer Sponsor.

In addition to the Opening Ceremony, the cheerleaders did several dance performances for races in Track and Field and Handball.

“At the Track and Field race, we were cheering on the runners competing in the 5000 meter run.  For several of the runners, we witnessed them speeding up when they heard us cheering them to the finish line!  It was so touching to witness our efforts make such a difference,” said Ruvaldt.

For many of the students, “pin-trading” was a highlight.  Students and their families had the opportunity to trade pins with other athletes from around the world.  Lanyards grew heavy as the Notre Dame Students added more pins throughout the event. Cheerleaders of Notre Dame School look forward to sharing their experience with fellow students when school begins on August 31.

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 150 students ages 8 to 21.  Notre Dame School is located in Uptown, just north of downtown Dallas.

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Cheerleaders from Notre Dame School of Dallas are preparing for the Special Olympics World Games to be held July 25 – August 2 in Los Angeles.  The squad will participate in the Opening Ceremonies at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.  Opening ceremonies will include performances by Stevie Wonder, Avril Lavigne, Cody Simpson and others.

Los Angeles is set to welcome more than 7,000 Special Olympics athletes from 170 nations to compete in 25 Olympic-type sports.  It's a world stage for athletes with intellectual disabilities to demonstrate on the playing field their courage, determination and spirit of sportsmanship. 

The Notre Dame Cheer Squad learned several new dances and cheers for the World Games with the help of the Cistercian cheerleaders and volunteers from Bishop Lynch. The squad has been equipped with new uniforms, travel bags and t-shirts. A member of the squad also participated in the passing of the Olympic torch in downtown Dallas last week.

The Cheerleaders are thankful for the many supporters that gave generously to offset the travel expenses of this trip.  They are counting the days until departure! 

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 150 students ages 8 to 21.  Notre Dame School is located in Uptown, just north of downtown Dallas.

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Notre Dame School of Dallas has broken ground on an $11 million Capital Campaign.  The Hearts & Hammers Capital Campaign, chaired by Mary Terry, includes a campus-wide renovation, increase to the endowment, additional faculty and staff, and additional transportation to support vocational programs.

 

The school building was last renovated in 1989, and many upgrades are required to simply meet safety standards. Necessary capital improvements include the elevator, roof, windows, flooring, and HVAC system.  The facilities plan also calls for remodeling classroom space to allow a gradual enrollment increase of 20 students.  

 

“It’s an exciting time at Notre Dame School.  We have an aggressive renovation plan this summer and we look forward to opening our doors to the students on the first day of school,” stated school principal, Theresa Francis.  Classrooms and offices are targeted for completion in August.  New construction which includes the gymnasium, cafeteria and foyer will be completed by December 2015.

Notre Dame School would like to recognize the Mike & Mary Terry Family Foundation and The Rees-Jones Foundation for their significant leadership gifts to the Hearts & Hammers Campaign.  

If you would like to follow the progress this summer, please visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TheNotreDameSchoolofDallas

 

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 150 students ages 8 to 21.  Notre Dame School is located in Uptown, just north of downtown Dallas.  Visit us at www.notredameschool.org

 

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The third annual Quiz Night sponsored by Friends of Notre Dame (FOND) took place on Saturday, April 18 at the Notre Dame School of Dallas.  FOND is a group of young professionals who are dedicated to the mission of Notre Dame School and provide leadership and support in fundraising efforts. 

Guests enjoyed a food truck supper and cocktails in the school’s courtyard before the event.

The event hosted 90 attendees which were split into 10 Teams.   Categories were Food & Wine, Pop Culture, Texas History, Academy Awards, Sports, and a Silent Picture Round.

Proceeds from the event were over $5,500 which will support the Notre Dame Cheer Squad and their effort to go to the World Special Olympics in Los Angeles this summer.

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 150 students ages 8 to 21.  Notre Dame School is located in Uptown, just north of downtown Dallas.

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On March 27, Notre Dame School entertained a crowd of more than 900 at Lovers Lane United Methodist Church with its 4th annual Spring Show.  Students delighted the audience with various acts focused around the “Notre Dame Goes Hollywood” theme.  With every class reenacting their favorite Hollywood movie, friends and families laughed and clapped along to favorite songs and skits such as Ghostbusters, Happy, Singing in the Rain, and Jurassic Park.  One of the highlights of the evening was the teachers singing their own version of “Let It Go”.  It was a fun-filled evening which encapsulated the spirit 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 150 students ages 8 to 21.  Notre Dame School is located in Uptown, just north of downtown Dallas.

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Brenda Foster (left) and Tamra Dohman

Notre Dame School of Dallas proudly recognizes two educators who received the “Work of Heart” award given by The Catholic Foundation.

The Catholic Foundation reviews hundreds of nominations every year for the “Work of Heart” award.  The recipients are selected based on outstanding service to their school, modeling a Christian example, and going above and beyond for individuals and students at their school.

Notre Dame School of Dallas congratulates Primary Assistant Teacher, Tamra Dohman, and Vocational Assistant and Job Coach, Brenda Foster.  Dohman and Foster are an asset to the Notre Dame School community and always go the extra mile for our students.

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 150 students ages 8 to 21.  Notre Dame School is located in Uptown, just north of downtown Dallas.

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The cheer squad from Notre Dame School of Dallas has been invited to the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles. The squad will perform in the opening ceremonies. The Special Olympics will have over 7,000 athletes from 177 countries. To make this trip happen, the cheer squad needs to raise approximately $1,200 per child.  Supporters have created a GoFundMe account to make this dream a reality for these special kids.

The Special Olympics are about changing attitudes and preconceptions about people with intellectual disabilities.  It’s a chance for these kids to be stars.

The 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games could bring as many as a half-million people to the greater Los Angeles area from 25 July to 2 August 2015. The Special Olympics World Summer Games will return to the United States after 16 years, having last been held in the United States in 1999 in Raleigh, North Carolina. 

Support your Dallas-based Special Olympics cheer squad through GoFundMe!

www.gofundme.com/n8kbxg

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 150 students ages 8 to 21.  Notre Dame School is located in Uptown, just north of downtown Dallas.

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Students and parents gathered at the Notre Dame School of Dallas to celebrate Catholic Schools Week, January 26 - 30.  Classroom doors were brightly decorated, student work prominently displayed, as the staff at Notre Dame School welcomed a steady stream of parents,grandparents and guests. 

The week was sprinkled with various activities to engage family members, students and staff.  It began with a teacher appreciation luncheon, followed by pastries with parents, and culminating in Super Bowl Friday.  The halls were busy with visitors throughout the week.  The annual book fair benefitted from the traffic as well because every child loves a new book!

Another highlight of the week was the Open House for Prospective Parents.  Countless families walked through the halls of our school and witnessed the unique learning environment that makes Notre Dame School the hallmark of special education in Dallas.  “We love to showcase our school and welcome visitors any time.  It’s hard to explain the amazing environment here at Notre Dame School.  You just have to witness it,” says 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 150 students ages 8 to 21.  Notre Dame School is located in Uptown, just north of downtown Dallas.  www.notredameschool.org