To all our Families –
‘Summer’ greetings from school!
We may be enjoying the quiet but we haven’t gone home. Families still need us for this or that. But I do like to give our office folks a bit of a break so we adopt different hours. In addition to Summer Camps, our Main Office is now open for business each Monday thru Thursday from 8:00 a.m. til noon. (I’ll kick all of them out of here completely during the week of July 4th.)
There’s no moving on without me thanking everyone for all you have done for our school. Support comes in so many, many different forms. To even begin such a list would invite insanity. Not to mention that some supported us and we’re still not aware of what you did. For all of you, the known and the unknown, please know how much we appreciate you.
Is it worth all that sacrifice? The tuition? The hours in the car, the missed meals, the retirement monies you will someday do without? Is it worth it?
Well, from a “measure and see” point of view, I’m proud of the Class of 2018. All but one is pursuing college and I’m feeling pretty good about the career she’s chosen to pursue.
Those other 104 were accepted into schools across 25 states, the District of Columbia as well as China.
93% - yes 93% - received 322 scholarship offers averaging over $100,000 per student.
89% of TN residents earned a TN HOPE Lottery Scholarship with 19% of those earning the additional General Assembly Merit award.
88% of GA residents earned the GA HOPE Scholarship.
In addition, the Class of 2018 donated significant hours of service above and beyond the amount we require. And some of that came in the form of their own blood – literally.
And a hearty congratulations to the parents of the Class of 2018! Their diploma is always a shared success!
Don’t forget each grade has Summer Reading requirements … and summer is the perfect time to go ahead and donate some Service Hours in advance of the school year ahead.
Some refrigerator post-it notes:
< > Sat, June 9 … An Evening of Art, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m., Wine, Hors D’oeuvres, Desserts and paint lessons with our Art Instructor and alumna, Brooke Craig (Bring Your Own Wine) … $30 per person / must be 16 years of age / contact Ms. Craig at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot. All proceeds go to benefit the Art Department.
< > Sat, June 16 … Sports Physicals, 8:00 a.m. – noon, Erlanger Center for Sports Medicine on East 3rd Street (across from Engel Stadium), no charge this year … check your email for the required forms sent last week.
< > Sun, June 17 … Father’s Day
< > Sun, June 24 thru Sun, July 8 … DEAD PERIOD for all NDHS athletics
< > Thu, July 26 … Alumni Awards Presentation
< > Fri, July 27 … Alumni & Parent Golf Tournament
< > Fri, July 27 … All Alumni Bash open to all alumni
< > Sat, July 28 … Golden Grads Brunch honoring the Class of 1968 and before
< > Sun, July 29 … Alumni Mass
< > Mon July 30 – Wed, Aug 1 … Band Camp
< > Thu, Aug 2 … New Parent Reception, 6:00 p.m., downtown at The Urban Lawn – hors d’oeuvres, beverages, giveaways.
< > Mon, Aug 6/Tue, Aug 7 … Orientation Sessions for students in 10th / 11th / 12th
(times to be announced)
< > Wed, Aug 8 … Freshman & New Student Orientation Day, 8:00 a.m.
< > Thu, Aug 9 … Regular classes begin
< > Mon, Sep 3 … Labor Day
You may have heard. I lost my mind and gave every senior a graduation gift. Bought them each a lottery ticket to a recent Mega Millions Drawing. Rest assured, I didn’t encourage their gambling, I did it myself.
I offered them a choice – they could take their own ticket and go it alone or they could play as a family ... the Notre Dame Family, so to speak. They could pool all their tickets together and share whatever winnings resulted. By an overwhelming show of graduation caps raised on high, they opted to win or lose together. Made me proud.
I was pretty sure that at least one student would go it alone … and one did. I was proud of him too for standing up for what he wanted.
From the 114 tickets we shared, we won a collective $16 … fourteen cents apiece. As happens with so many things in our lives, the anticipation outdistanced the event.
I’m guilty of that far too often and not just with dreams of winning lottery millions. When I finally get to wherever it is I’m anxious to go, it often has no hope of living up to what I’ve imagined.
And in so doing, I miss the days that pass between now and then. I mean who doesn’t love the weekends? But we sometimes miss the glory of the five days God gave us in between.
Our Juniors are already looking forward to their turn crossing the stage. I don’t blame them – but so much great stuff can and will happen before then. Not only for them, but for all who go to Notre Dame.
And who doesn’t look forward to summer?! I hope it’s every bit as great as you imagine it can be. And if not that wonderful, I hope it provides at least a little of the peace and rest you hope for and need.
Thank you for all you have done.