The ND community gathers to open each academic year with prayer and celebration of the Eucharist. Students in grade 9 are welcomed by their faculty advisors with a Saint Julie necklace, and incoming sixth grade students receive a sunflower pin reminding us of Saint Julie's words, "As the sunflower turns always to the sun, so should we always turn to God." Colorful flags on the Mansion lawn mark each class gathering area for a picnic after Mass.
The special bond between a daughter and her mother or special mother figure is recognized and blessed at this annual liturgy and picnic. Alumnae moms, aunts, grandmothers, and others are also recognized on this special day.
Students in every grade dress in their class colors to participate in a day of games, activities, and friendly challenges. Upper School students present their own creative takes on popular musicals in the day’s culminating skit competitions. This exciting annual event is a true favorite among ND students and alumnae.
The class ring connects the history, memories, and shared experiences of all Notre Dame graduates. Juniors receive their ring during a liturgy celebrated with the ND community. The school seal appears on one side of the center stone and on the other side, ND’s Gates represent the bond and legacy of the sisterhood of Notre Dame.
Student Experience Team
The Notre Dame Student Experience Team focuses on connections and relationships, ensuring that every student has an adult on campus who knows her well and who can offer support and guidance. The Team creates opportunities for students to try out new clubs, hear from experts, participate in community service projects, and develop their spiritual being.