Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) brought about many significant changes impacting every aspect of our lives this past year – including how we educate our students. As a school sponsored by the Sisters of Notre Dame, NDA was well prepared for the countless challenges brought about by COVID-19 in 2020. Leading the way in educational technology, Notre Dame Academy was well positioned to take on the task of virtual instruction and COVID-19 mitigation strategies. Committed to academic excellence, our dedicated faculty members have worked tirelessly to keep our students on track throughout this monumental shift in education. Most importantly though, as a Catholic high school dedicated to Mary, this year at Notre Dame Academy, we have focused on our deep faith and living the Gospel message of Jesus.
As 2020 draws to a close, we would like to thank the Sisters of Notre Dame who, for well over a century, have prepared our community of learners for whatever life has to offer. They have taught us that even in the darkness, God is there for us, lifting us up and giving us hope. We would also like to express our gratitude to our faculty for providing a rich education, grounded in the SND tradition and charism. We would like to show our appreciation for our NDA families, alumnae and friends who have continued to support our school in so many ways this past year. Finally, we would like to thank our students for being beacons of hope to a world in need. We are very proud of these young women and the maturity and courage with which they have handled this past year. They have been flexible, adaptable and creative and they have done what NDA Pandas are prepared to do – they have persevered trusting in the good God and finding grace and joy in lifting one another up. We are amazed and inspired by the resilient young women of Notre Dame Academy each and every day.
We wish our entire Notre Dame Academy community a very healthy and happy New Year!
Merry Christmas NDA families, alumnae and friends!
Christmas is a little different for all of us this year as we plan for smaller gatherings and rush to send packages to loved ones who won’t be coming home to visit. It is different here at NDA as well – without all of our students and teachers in the building to share in our Christmas traditions as a school community. Nevertheless, our reason for Christmas joy is certainly ever present and well worth pondering. We are still giving gifts and sharing joyful greetings because we have all been given the greatest gift of all – the birth of our Lord Jesus – who brought redemption, joy and hope into our world!
We embrace this great gift as people of good will and I see this happening each and every day here at NDA – in person and remotely! We are so blessed to be a school community sponsored by the Sisters of Notre Dame. Their dedication to Mary and commitment to sharing God’s goodness with all continues to challenge us and lift us up!
The Sisters of Notre Dame shared this beautiful reflection in their Christmas cards this year – Mary held in her arms the God of love, that we might hold in our hearts and give to others the love of God. By their example, we are called now and throughout the year to look beyond ourselves and find ways to bring Christ’s message of good will and hope to others we encounter in our lives. This is a Christmas message we can embrace this season and throughout the year no matter what is happening in our lives.
As 2020 comes to a close, we may all be tempted to say “good riddance!” Yet I have heard many comments about the ways this year has challenged us to connect with one another and not take each other for granted. In so many ways, we can see God at work in our lives. May this be the takeaway for 2020 and may it carry us into 2021 with much gratitude and hope.
One behalf of our NDA community, I wish you much joy this Christmas Season. Enjoy this Christmas greeting from our Honor Choir. May you experience many people of good will sharing the love of God – and find joy, hope and peace in the days and year ahead.