Notre Dame News

October 5-9

Give thanks to Yahweh, for he is good, for his faithful love lasts for ever! (1 Chronicles 16:34)

NO SCHOOL: October 9-12

A reminder that there is no school on Friday, October 9 (PD Day for staff) and Monday, October 12 (Thanksgiving). We wish all of our families a blessed and restful long weekend.


We want to take this opportunity to thank all of our students and families for your continued support and patience as we re-opened our doors and welcomed our students back after 5 long months. We are so proud of the way everyone has adhered to the guidelines set out by Alberta Health Services. Due to these successes, we are pleased to share with you that we are able to make changes to some of our current practices in the following areas starting Monday:

  1. Lockers: Beginning Monday, October 5th at 9:00 am, we will be opening up every 4th locker on a first come, first serve sign up basis through a Google Form. Students have the option of signing up and paying the $5 fee for a locker. Once students have filled out the form, they can come to the office to pay the fee and to receive their locker number and combination.
  2. Cell Phone Policy: We will be fully reinstating our cell phone policy as of Monday - this includes the use of storage pouches in each class. Teachers will be reviewing the policy expectations with students. (Students will also have the option of leaving their phones in their lockers or at home.)
  3. Meet the Teacher: At this current time, we are not able to host a Meet the Teacher event as we have in the past. Please watch for a message through email from each teacher in the coming week and an updated Staff Directory on our website.
  4. Parent Teacher Interviews: We are currently working with our teaching staff and division to create a plan for parent teacher interviews. It is important that our parents and teachers are able to connect about the progress of each student - even if this is done through an alternate or virtual format. We will keep you up to date.


In order to ensure accurate tracking of students and classes, please ensure that all absences are phoned in to our attendance line (403-342-4800 - Press 1) PRIOR TO THE ABSENCE OR LATE. We really appreciate your support in this area!

North Parking Lot - Closed Tuesday, October 6

Due to the delivery and installation of our new bleachers, there will be no access to our North Parking lot ONLY on October 6. Thank you for your understanding.


Lunchbox Mental Health Session- Wednesday, October 7th at noon in the amphitheater! Come and learn about some cool apps to help support your mental wellness!!

School Picture Retake Day is October 8


The Pop Up Pantry is almost empty! Please help fill the shelves. Bring non perishable food items to your block two class until October 8th.

Grade 12 students - It's time!

Grad committee meets every Tuesday at lunch in the Gathering Area. Come check it out.

UBC Vancouver & Okanagan Online Information Sessions

Are you interested in attending UBC (Vancouver or Okanagan campus)? Zoom sessions are being offered by UBC to give students information about the school, as well as to explore various degrees. (Parents & guardians are welcome to join.) Check out the schedule to see when these online sessions will be offered: You will be able to register for general sessions once you sign up for a UBC future student account:


X-Country Running is on and you can still join. We train every Monday & Wednesday (6:40-7:45 AM). We will have some competitions (socially distanced) this season too. See Mr Ward (Rm 2807) for any more information!


Overdue notices have been sent out! If you have any overdue Learning Commons materials from the 2019-2020 school year, you will receive an email from Miss Stevens. Please return your materials ASAP.

The Learning Commons 2020-2021 programs are starting up!

Dungeons & Dragons Club

Start date: Monday, October 5

Time: Lunch

Location: Learning Commons

Do you think you’re a match for the infamous Demogorgon? Test your skills at the Dungeons & Dragons Club every Monday and Wednesday at lunch. See Miss Stevens for sign-up and more information.

Book Club

Start date: Tuesday, October 13

Time: Lunch

Location: Learning Commons

Join us for monthly discussions on novels, graphic novels, and more. See Miss Stevens for sign-up and more information.

Speak Out: Poetry Slam

Start date: Friday, October 30

Time: Lunch

Location: Learning Commons

Join us for this student-led program where everyone with a creative soul is a welcome to submit their poetry, rants, short stories, songs, and more to read at the monthly Speak Out. Submissions can be made to Miss Stevens ( Please submit your work by Thursday, October 29. For more information, see Miss Stevens.


Need a book? Check out the Weekly Must-Reads collection through Destiny Discover: If you see one you're interested in, log in and place it on hold. Miss Stevens will contact you for pick up!


Are you interested in being a peer tutor? If so, stop by Student Services and pick up an application. You will need to get a teacher recommendation for the subjects you would like to tutor. You can tutor for a fee, volunteer hours and/or special projects (see Madame Gabert). If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to Mrs. Meraw or Mr. Deschenes!

Join the Voice!

Student voice meets every Thursday at lunch in the Learning Commons.

Notre Dame Coffee House!! Got a Talent? Want to win a prize??

Join us for ND's Virtual Coffee House next Friday Evening (October 2). The top 5 performances will be chosen to perform at an additional Coffee House on October 16 with St. Joe's top 5! Prizes will be awarded as well! To join: Sign up with the QR code around the school or here: (I'm going to e-mail this separately) The event will be over Zoom. You can access this both on your phone or on a computer, but you will need the app if it is on your phone. Zoom Meeting ID: 890 6640 0562 Password: 753420

Prayer and Praise Mornings

Thursdays 8:10am ND Chapel, or if full, Amphitheatre Join us Thursdays for prayer, music, bible reflections, etc. Please register to attend at ND Chapel, or YM office.

ND and St. Joe's Virtual Mission Impossible Night!!

Play a virtual game of Mission Impossible, followed by XLT Adoration with Father Mirek! YM's 1st High School Youth Group of the year will begin Tuesday October 6th! 7-9pm Over Zoom! Meeting ID: 847 5105 8892 Password: 463988

THE KEY Booklets - Online Ordering

Ecole Secondaire Notre Dame School is pleased to partner with Castle Rock Research to provide educational resources to help support student achievement.

Over the last 20 years, hundreds of thousands of students in Alberta have used THE KEY Study Guides and SNAP Workbooks produced by Castle Rock Research as part of their studies. We have recently been introduced to a digital resource from Castle Rock called SOLARO (Student Oriented Learning, Assessment, and Reporting Online). We find that SOLARO is a comprehensive digital study guide that provides all the benefits and features of THE KEY along with the added value of more robust content and many more practice questions. The same year-end tests from THE KEY are now available in the SOLARO courses for Mathematics, English Language Arts, Sciences, and Social Studies. You get 10 subject of any grade for 1 year View SOLARO Video

While Castle Rock will continue to support and produce THE KEY and SNAP, the focus moving forward will be on the many exciting benefits of SOLARO. We are working with Castle Rock to implement a new ordering procedure that will allow parents to order digital and print products online and still receive a preferred education discount (approx. 50%). To help reduce shipping charges, orders will be individually packaged, aggregated and shipped to the school for pick up by each student. Orders can be placed starting September 24 2020 ending October 16 2020 with shipment following within a week after the closing date . After this date the educational discounts will not be available. For SOLARO digital orders, activation will be immediate upon emailed confirmation.

The following resources are being provided for purchase:

The KEY Study Guides - Mathematics, English Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies courses across grades 3 to 12. These guides are ideal for review and assessment preparation and feature questions from past Diploma exams and Provincial Achievement Tests, where applicable. The correct answers and detailed solutions for questions are also provided. Student Notes and Problems (SNAP) Workbooks – Instructional content, practice exercises, and unit assessments covering the breadth and depth of select Science and Mathematics courses. Problem Solved – All of the questions from the respective SNAP books are presented along with the detailed solutions. Class Notes – An excerpt of each SNAP workbook that focuses students on the explanatory notes for each topic.

To order print or digital products please visit

Thank you,

T: 780.448.9619

NEW CLASS: ND Entrepreneurship!

This is an amazing and unique opportunity for you to receive CTS credits through, well, anything you can set your sights on! Anything that you are passionate about, interested in, perhaps a skill or talent that that you have ... If you enroll in this class, you are able to create a meaningful project and gain CTS credits. That project could be a product, an event, a campaign... any sort of initiative that you take. You are able to sit down with Mme Gabert, tell her what you are interested in, and together we will find CTS credits! This is an awesome opportunity as it's entirely student driven, and it would look great on a resume or college application. Please talk contact Mme Gabert by email ( or come see her in room 2404 if you have any questions!