Sycamore Updates, Family Forms, Carline Notes...

September 10, 2021

Notre Dame Academy Weekly School Insight

Current School Calendar

Latest News Articles

Calendar Highlights

9/20-22 Osprey Wilds Grade 7
9/21 First Day of Chess
9/29 Flu Shot Clinic 8:00-9:30am
10/1 Blessing of Animals (students only)
10/8 Picture Day
10/12 No School Preschool - 8 Grades | Conferences
10/13-15 Eagle Bluff Grade 6

From Our Principal - Dr. Bonita Jungels


September Greetings,

We have had a great second week of school. The normal rhythms of the school year have begun. The NDA Board met on Tuesday night; they are a great support for our school. On Wednesday we had a beautiful Mass led by our 8th grade students. Thank you to everyone who attended Curriculum Night either in person or via zoom! I apologize for the confusion for the 2nd grade zoom; I made a mistake in creating two synchronous zoom sessions. For future reference - that does not work! Thank you to Mr. Robertson for fixing my mistake and helping all of us succeed in meeting our goal of partnering with parents for the success of our students.

This year Notre Dame Academy staff members are excited to once again incorporate the example of seven saints into the ways we interact with students, parents and each other—through Saintly Service: Wisdom for Growing Catholic Community. This is a philosophy that our school already embraces, but one that we want to be especially intentional about in welcoming and embracing others. We’re looking forward to a great year of building community! If you witness one of our staff members living out the various charisms of the month’s featured saint and would like to nominate them for our school Halo Award, please use the nomination form. This month we celebrate St. Benedict, a man of great hospitality. As the Rule of St. benedict says, “Let all guests who arrive be received like Christ, for He is is going to say, ‘I came as a guest, and you received me.’” Matthew 25:35

Please be sure to turn in your forms as soon as possible. These three forms include: the Family Handbook, Transportation and Technology Access. Thank you!

One of the highlights of my week was when a 4th grade student said to me, “Dr. Jungels, You matter.” Other staff including Fr. John and Mrs. Wilson came into the office glowing when they heard the same message from students this week. We can help each other succeed by communicating you matter!! I will be sharing Top 20 Tips each week in my newsletter. This weekend please let your children know that THEY MATTER. 

NDA Families - You Matter! Thank you for all you do for our school! 

With gratitude,

Dr. Bonita Jungels


Mind is a flexible mirror, adjust it, to see a better world.

Amit Roy

New Information

Car Line Change - Playground Lot A-H, Church Lot I-Z
Given that our preschool families pick up in the playground parking lot, we will move a few K-8 families from the back lot to the front church lot to help even out the car lines. Families with the last names beginning with I, J and K, please move to the church lot line.

We are asking that parents who do not have preschoolers stay in the car line for pick up. This helps alleviate the number of pedestrians crossing the car line itself. We will continue to monitor our lines and communicate future adjustments.

Dashboard Signs
We will be handing out dashboard signs to every household, even if your family uses the bus. Please keep these in your car so that we can quickly identify you in car line. You may request a second sign by emailing the office.

Early Fall Game Releases
Please be sure to email the office with your child's plans for after school. This year, we'd like parents to pick up students at the main school office in the front, as preschool families are picking up in back.

End of School Day Dismissal Plans
Please try to call or email the school office if you are making any changes to your student's dismissal plans by 3:00pm. This gives us time to be sure to communicate with your child and his or her teacher. Thank you!

Sycamore Information - Action Needed!
Please log into your family account in Sycamore to be sure we have your updated information. This system is used for several things, including teacher emails and all school texts. Please check your personal information for accuracy by October 1.
  • Names/Contacts (including second households)
  • Addresses
  • Phone Numbers
  • Students
  • Birth Dates
  • Emails.

Chess Club
It's time to register your child for NDA Chess! Students at all chess levels in grades K-8 are welcome to join. Register by returning this form.

Peace of Mind Parent Session
Sept 22, 7pm
We’re Back: Now What?
Parenting during the pandemic, conflict in our communities, going back to school, and the uncertainty that has plagued us over the last 18 months have made our jobs as parents even more difficult.  Many of us are worried about how to move forward as we once again enter a school year that will likely be influenced by the pandemic. In this session we will bring it back to the basics of sound, practical parenting. What to attend to, what to let slide, how to protect our child’s mental health without “snowplowing” away the experiences they need to become strong and resilient.

Dr. Nolan is a psychologist, author, speaker, and owner of Phoenix School Counseling LLC, a private practice that serves non-public schools with counselors, consulting, and training services. She is the past president of Minnesota School Psychology Association and recently co-authored a college textbook on adolescent development: Real World, Real Challenges: Adolescent Development in Contemporary Society. Dr. Nolan serves schools and families with mental/behavioral health, school performance, and social/emotional learning needs. 

Vote Here
We appreciate your vote for your favorite private school in the Sun Current's Reader's Choice Awards. You can vote online until September 12.

Welcome Michele Guettler

My name is Michele Guettler and I am the School Counseling Intern until December.  My time, each week will be split between Notre Dame Academy and St. Louis Park High School.  This is my 30th year in education and I am so excited and honored to be joining this amazing NDA family!  I am committed to encouraging, supporting, and empowering our students to become their best selves.  My primary task is to help ALL students become better learners by providing comprehensive counseling sessions that meet their academic, personal/social, and possible career development goals.

Some possibilities for use of time are meeting with students individually and in small groups, conducting classroom lessons, collaborating and working as a team with parents and staff, and assisting with school-wide events to meet the needs of our NDA community.  

Support provided can be therapeutic, but the role of the school counselor is not to diagnose or provide therapy.  I am able to provide temporary/short-term support to help students overcome acute issues having an impact on their school performance.  I am a resource similar to the school nurse in that she can provide help, but refers out for more serious problems. 

As the counselor, I have the privilege of providing support to every student at NDA.  Confidentiality is respected unless they plan on hurting themselves or others.  Although we do not require parent consent, if you would like to request I meet with your child or visit them in a classroom for a specific concern, please don't hesitate to reach out to me.  You can email, text, or call me with the contact information below.  Students will find me officed in the upper school library.

I am thrilled to be here and I look forward to a great school year and getting to know all the wonderful students at NDA!


Ms. Michele Guettler
Cell:  612-875-0680

*Please note that Mrs. Jill Rost is also available to meet with 7th & 8th graders individually or in small groups. Mrs. Rost co-teaches Health and is from the Hopkins School District.


NDA Parent Handbook - Action Required!
Please read our parent handbook and sign the form stating that you have read the policies of NDA. You may email or send the hard copy to the office.

Technology Form - Action Required!
Families with students in grades 3-8 need to read our Technology Policy and sign our Technology Permission Form. Please return this form to the office.

Transportation Form - Action Required!
All families in grades K-8 need to fill out our Transportation Form. Please return this form to the school office.

K-8 Lions Lair 2021-2022 Registration
Registration for Lions Lair is now open. For more information about the program, please see the flyer. To register, please complete and submit the google form. You should then start receiving email updates. Direct any questions to Mr. Stephens at We are excited for another fun year in Lions Lair!

NDA Parents and Caregivers:
As we did last year, volunteers are needed to help with recess and some light lunch assistance. The sign up is available here NDA 2021-22 Recess Volunteer Sign Up

The shifts this year include:
11am – 12:05p: Two volunteers needed to assist with K-2 recess, hand washing/sanitizing, and condiment distribution for lunch for this group of students. From 11:40-12:05 assist with grades 3-5 recess.
12:00p – 1:00p: One volunteer needed to assist with hand washing/sanitizing and condiment distribution for grades 3-5 from 12:00p to 12:15p. From 12:15p-1p, assist with grades 6-8 recess, hand washing/sanitizing and condiment distribution for grades 6-8 at lunch. If grades 6-8 do not need assistance at lunch, volunteer may leave when recess ends at 12:35.

Recess Times:
  • K-2: 11:05am-11:30am
  • 3-5: 11:40am-12:05pm
  • 6-8: 12:15pm-12:35pm
Indoor recess days: if recess cannot be outside, assistance with lunch is still requested if you are able.

Women's Weekend
We are looking forward to another great NDA Women’s Weekend on November 12, 13 & 14 - at Grandview Lodge. Women's Weekend is a longtime tradition that all the women here at NDA are invited to. This is an opportunity to meet other women, enjoy a weekend away, relax, and have some fun together! As it gets closer, we'll organize a potluck for Friday night, and then the time is really up to you! In years past women will go to a movie, Nisswa, Grandview Spa, long walks, hang-out at cabin, grab drinks and dinner. 

Reserved this year is an 8 bedroom cabin + 4 bedroom cabin + 3 bedroom cabin. Most of the rooms have 2 beds, and we are looking for people to share a room as comfortable (not share a bed - own bed in shared room). If you're interested in your own bedroom we will look to accommodate (4 available in group cabins), but please note it may be in a different part of the resort. 

Registration: This year you'll have to sign-up on our Registration form - Group reservation closes on October 15. Anything after we may not be able to guarantee being in a group cabin. They are not taking individual reservations any longer, and everything is reserved under Sheila Bothwell. Once committed and signed-up on the Registration form, and we have final headcount (Oct. 15), Sheila will request payment. 

Cost will be ~$160-$200 per person - depending on the # of people that attend.
Contact Sheila, #612-298-6953, with any questions.
We hope to see you there!

Parish News

Little Flowers
The Little Flowers group at St. Gabriel's begins this month. Learn more with their flyer, description sheet and registration form.

Fall Festival
St. Gabriel's annual festival is this month. All are welcome!


High School News

Holy Family Youth Dance Clinic
Join the Holy Family Dance Team as they host their Youth Dance Clinic on Friday, September 24! The clinic is open to students in grades K-6, no dance experience necessary. Dancers will learn a routine from the Holy Family Dance Team, play games, enjoy a pizza dinner with the team and perform their routine at halftime of the Holy Family football game on 9/24. Parents will pick-up their dancers after the halftime performance. Register by 9/12 to receive a clinic shirt.

Date: Friday, September 24
Time: 5:00 - 8:00pm
Location: Multi-Purpose Room at Holy Family
Grades: K - 6th grade
Cost: $45 (register by 9/12 to receive a clinic shirt)



Parent Prayer

Through the cross of Jesus Christ, I ask you to please intercede that God might protect me, my loved ones, my home, property, possessions, and workplace today and always by your holy blessing, that we may never be separated from Jesus, Mary, and the company of all the blessed. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
St. Benedict

Contacts & Links

Please email the school office
or call (952) 358-3500 any time your child will be absent, late or leaving early.

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