Notre Dame News

September 28-October 2

Direct me in your ways, Yahweh, and teach me your paths (Psalm 25:4)

NDHS starts Monday

NDHS will be starting on Monday, September 28. Please be aware that NDHS will occur after Block 2. This is a change from previous years. Students who have been assigned to an NDHS session MUST attend. Student's who do not attend an NDHS session that he or she has been assigned will serve a Period 5.


Please make sure you have this year's parking pass displayed in your vehicle at all times. All vehicles without a visible pass will be ticketed by the City of Red Deer beginning October 1. If you still need to purchase your pass, please fill out the parking pass form and pay at the office. Cost is $10.00 for the year


Please make sure you are checking your student gmail account DAILY to see important messages (including attendance reminders).

RDCRS Student Update Forms are due before September 30, 2020

If you have not already completed the assigned up Student update form, please complete and check the information in the ***RDCRS Student Update Form 2020-2021 that has been assigned for your Student, via your Parent powerschool account on a computer. This legal form is used to verify your child’s enrolment at our school and is monitored by Alberta Education. It is replacing our Student Update forms previously sent out in paper form.

The ***RDCRS Student Update Form 2020-2021 has several pages, and should take approximately 2-3 minutes to complete. Please check or update the information by making any necessary changes. If there are no changes, please continue on to the next page. Items highlighted in red are required fields that must be completed before you can advance to the next page. After completing each page click on the next arrow at the top right of the form. On the last page, please submit the form as the final step.

To access the form please follow these instructions – you may also use this video as a guide:

  • Login to the Powerschool Parent Portal from a PC or Mac: Click Here

  • Returning families can continue to use their existing PowerSchool login credentials

  • If you are unsure of your password, use the "Forgot Username or Password?" link to reset it or feel free to contact your child's school for assistance.

  • In Powerschool, select "School Engage" (last button on the left hand side)

  • In School Engage, click the Students tab, then select your child.

  • To open the form, click the blue, "Open" button under ***RDCRS Student Update Form 2020-2021.

  • After opening the form, navigate throughout the form by clicking the right arrow button on the top right of the form. Please fill in mandatory fields highlighted in red and check or update other information showing on the form.

  • If the student’s citizenship has changed, please upload the documentation on the first page. If it hasn’t changed, please continue to the next page.

  • Complete the process by clicking the Submit button on the bottom of the last page.

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Your Notre Dame Student Services Team is starting Lunchbox Mental Health Sessions! Our first session will be Tuesday, September 29 in the amphitheatre! We welcome Mrs. Char Andrew, our division Health and Wellness Coordinator, to speak about Food and Mood! How do the foods you eat impact your mood and function?!! Be there at 12:00pm!


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!


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!


Pop Up Pantry Food Drive will run from September 28-October 8. Help students that need a hand! The block 2 class that donates the most wins a prize. Our competition is also National! The school that collects the most, wins bragging rights. See your block two teachers for a list of items that are needed.

GOTCHA! Time for some FUN!! Are you game?

Join in on our school wide water gun tag game. Each player gets a target. Tag your target and avoid being tagged yourself! Make a tag and move on to that person’s target. Game ends with the last person(s) standing. $5 entry fee gets you a registered, ND approved, water gun and your first target. Email to sign up. Kick off meeting Monday, September 28 @ noon in the gym. Open to all ND students and staff. The more, the merrier. Registration deadline is Friday, September 25.


The draw for our Tiny Home winner is Wednesday September 30! Stay tuned to our Facebook page as we will be livestreaming the draw.


You heard it right! The Learning Commons is officially open. Please watch this short video about the new protocols in place to ensure everyone can access the space and materials safely. The official protocols document has also been provided for you to view. Questions? See Miss Stevens at the textbook window or email her at
Learning Commons COVID-19 Protocols


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!

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


If you missed Picture Day or are a new student and require an ID, please see Miss Stevens in the Learning Commons before school, lunch, or after school. If you are unable to make it during these times, please email Miss Stevens to book an appointment at Note: If you lost your previous ID, a new one can be printed for $5.

Apply Alberta Account Set-Up Sessions

All grade 12 students planning to go to college or university in Alberta next fall will need to set up an “Apply Alberta” account before applying to post secondary. Ms. Halter will be hosting sessions to help students do this. The next session is Tuesday, September 29 (Block 1)

All sessions will take place in the Learning Commons. Students MUST SIGN UP in advance as space will be limited to 15 students per session.


Students are encouraged to book a career appointment with Ms. Halter in Grade 12 to explore career options, to look at education or training requirements needed to obtain employment in a particular field, to learn about post-secondary programs and gain information on scholarships. Book online using this link: (Please note appointments will become available to Grade 10 and 11 students in the second semester!)


It is starting! Student Voice is held every Thursday in the Learning Commons at lunch. Come, share your ideas, and help to make Dame even better than it already is. See you at lunch!


Classes start at 3:45 pm on Tuesday, September 28. Email or talk to Mrs. Johnson if you have any questions.


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


Friday, October 2 @ Lunch:Join J-Net and youth minister Peter VanKampen from Sylvan for a nerf war in the back field of the school! Just because..why not? :)


Prayer and Praise is back! Both in person and over instagram Live @rdcrsym! Thursday mornings in the ND Chapel at 8:10am. If you would like to sign up, you can weekly scan the QR code outside of the chapel or outside of the youth ministry office.
If you would like to challenge the FSL or Spanish exam this fall, please see Mme Lambert in room 2405 or email her before September 29th.

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!