Theresa Francis - Notre Dame School by wuyunyi


									November 2011                                                          Volume Two| Number Three

    An update from our Principal, Francis
An update from our Principal, Mrs. Theresa Mrs. Theresa                            Francis
A hint of Fall is in the air!! I   $300,000. This event has been       money for the school. One
know that it is hard to be-        in place for over 25 years and      more way that you can help is
lieve, but at Notre Dame we        has attracted a large amount of     to sell raffle tickets for a
are already hearing the            support from the local commu-       $3,000 gift card. If you have
sounds of Christmas music as       nity. We need the support of our    an questions about how you
Sr. Maureen begins to pre-         parent family to help us put on     can help, please feel free to
pare the students for the          an event of this magnitude. I       call the office.
Christmas Pageant. Sr. Mau-        know that this event is expensive
reen is also preparing forty       and beyond the ability of many
students from Bridges and          of our families to attend, but
Vocational departments for         there are many volunteer oppor-
their performance at the Af-       tunities for those who would like
fair of the Heart. The stu-        to be more involved. And of
dents will be singing and          course we welcome all parents
dancing to the them of             who are able to buy tickets to
“Dreams Come True”. For            attend. A big thank you to all
those of you who are new to        the families who donated items
our Notre Dame family, the         to our homeroom baskets; we
Affair of the Heart is our larg-   have some really great gifts that
est fundraiser with a goal of      we hope will bring in lots of

                  An Affair of the Heart November 12, 2011
                              2. Event setup at Anatole Satur- 5. Transfer back to school
It is time for An Affair of the
Heart and we need your help   day 11/12 9:00AM—1PM and/or Sunday 11/13 9AM—Noon.
the weekend of the event.     Noon—4PM
                                                               Please contact Trisha Chaffin
The following times/days are 3. Event Shifts 11/12 6:30PM— at or
what we need help with:       9PM and 9:00PM—Midnight.         this email to sign up; or 214-
                                                               797-2744 with any questions.
1. Hotel Move-in Friday 11/11 4. Event Night Clean-up
9:30AM—Noon                   11:30PM—1:30AM                   Kay Barry

  HSA of Notre Dame, 2018 Allen St, Dallas TX 75204||214.720.3911
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                                               Teacher’s Wish List
    Special Olympics
     medical forms are
     due. The child will
     not participate if
     NDS does not have
     the form.

           Recycle printer

We have a need for:
                             Hoop for the Playground   Colored Copy Paper      Dry Erase Markers
    Resource Directory
     Committee. Mrs.
     Rush is looking for
     2 or 3 parents to
     help create a Re-
     source Directory
     similar in content
     to The Arc of
    Friendship Club —
     Lower School. 1 or
     2 parents from
     Lower School to
     set up get-togethers     Markers                    Pens               Card Stock, white & color
     for students and
    Speaker & Public
     Education Advisor.
     A parent to coordi-
     nate Brown-Bag
     Speakers and Edu-
     cation resources.
    Home Room Coor-
     dinator. See page 8
     for Homeroom Par-
     ent needs.
                                          Board Games                       Index Cards
                                                                              November 2011

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                 Thank You Corner                                                                   Families, friends, and
Thank you to all who supported the Annual Fund
                                                                                                    The official Facebook
Basket project; the baskets look great.
                                                                                                    page is up and running!

Thank you to all who helped to make the Annual Fall                                                 Please take a moment to
Carnival a success this year!                                                                       “LIKE” us on Facebook!

A special thank you to the Almarez family for generously                                            www.
providing their ponies!                                                                             TheNotreDameSchoolofDal-

                 Notre Dame School of Dallas Annual Canned Food Drive
Each year Notre Dame         opportunity to serve others         one will contribute what        Please send in your canned
gives our students the op-   who are less fortunate than us.     they can I think we will        foods; we will be accepting do-
portunity to help other in   I now that each of us has had       reach our goal. When eve-       nations until Monday Novem-
the community. By collect-   to tighten our belts and our        ryone contributes, a very       ber 21, 2011. If you have any
ing canned food and deliv-   budgets this year, but I am hop-    large number of people get      questions, please contact me at
ering to the North Texas     ing that we will be able to col-    fed. This is a valuable “life
Food Bank we have the        lect 1000 cans of food. If every-   lesson” for our students.       or 214-720-3911. Vickie Mulder.

                                    Home and School Calendar 2011-2012
                    September 30 — No School—Fair Day                   February 1 — Open House (Prospective Par-
                    October 7 — Early Release/Parent Teacher             ents)
                     Conferences                                         February 20 —President’s Day
                    October 8 — Parent/Teacher conference 9a—           March 12-16 — Spring Break
                     1P                                                  April 5 — 12:45 Release—Holy Thursday
                    October 15 — School Carnival                        April 6 — Good Friday— NO SCHOOL
                    October 28 — NO SCHOOL — Ministry                   April 9 — Easter Monday—no school — Snow
                     Conference                                           Day
                    November 12 — An Affair of the Heart                April 21 — Parent Teacher Conferences
                    November 23 — Early Release 12:45                   May 18 — Lower School Graduation: 1PM
                    November 24-25th — Thanksgiving Holiday             May 23 — Talent Show — 1:30PM
                    December 2 — VC & Bridges Christmas                 May 24 — Vocational Graduation: 7PM St.
                     Dance                                                Peter’s Church
                    December 13 — Christmas Program                     May 28 — NO SCHOOL, Memorial Day
                    December 16 — 12:45 early release Christ-           June 1 — 12:45 release — Last Day of School
                     mas Parties                                         June 4 — Snow day, if needed
                    December 19-30 — Christmas Holidays
                    January 16 — NO SCHOOL, MLK Day,                Looking for ways to volunteer at the school? Call or
                     Teacher In-service                                         email us at: 214.720.3911 or
                    January 30-February 3 — Catholic Schools              email:
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                                     News and Information
   Snacks for Staff           Special Olympics Bowling Tournament                     Feature Creatures

Parents, the HSA will be
                              Notre Dame Stars will have two teams in            Sponsored by Dallas Zoo
stocking the teacher’s        the Special Olympics Bowling Tourna-
lounges with healthy                                                                   By: Mary Barber
                              ment. The Tournament will be held at
snacks this year. We want
                              USA Bowl (formerly Don Carter Lanes)        The Lower School had a wonderful opportu-
to make sure they are
nourished and energetic       located at Walnut Hill and Stemmons         nity provided by the Dallas Zoo on Thursday,
as they provide services to                                               September 15th. The instructors from the
                              (I35) Freeway.
our students. Please email                                                Dallas Zoo came heavily armed with critters
Dedri Lewis at                                                            of all kinds; Great Owl, parrot, snake, baby
                              The Sixteen and Up age group will bowl if                                                   alligator, porcupine, armadillo, penguin, and
you would like to contrib-    on Thursday, November 10.
                                                                          an adult sloth.
ute. The Teacher Appre-
ciation Committee will        The Fifteen and Under age group will        From the audience one would hear the
receive items and periodi-    bowl on Friday, November 11.                sounds of ooh and aah as each animal ap-
cally restock the lounges.                                                peared from behind the curtains on the
We will need items such       Please see Miss Margarita for more infor-   stage. The students were very excited, en-
                              mation.                                     gaged, and attentive to all of the different
* Cereal Bars                                                             animals. At the end of the program the stu-
* Small Juices                    dents were directed to line up and have the
* Individual Trail Mixes                                                  opportunity to touch the tail and back of the
* Granola Bars                                                            alligator; What Excitement!!!
* Small packets of Nuts
* Single-pack Muffins                                                     Last spring the students studied different
* Vitamin Water                                                           animal groups; they shared what they remem-
* Raisins                                                                 bered as they answered and asked questions.
* Peanut Butter Crackers
                                                                          The program was a wonderful educational
* Candy Bars
                                                                                                    experience that we
                                                                                                    all enjoyed.

If you shop at Tom
Thumb, don’t forget to
send your Community
Bucks to school by Oc-
tober 10.


Ms. Francine
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                                          Staff Corner

   Sr. Maureen Mueller
Sr. Maureen Mueller is a School Sis-
ter of Notre Dame, a member of the
order that started our school. She has
taught at Notre Dame since 1997. Sr.
Maureen entered the Convent at the
age of 15 and has taught for over 50              Blessing of the Animals
years. In 2006, Sr. Maureen cele-
brated her Golden Jubilee represent-
ing her 50 years as a School Sister of
Notre Dame. Sr. Maureen has many
interests including, as you might
imagine, dancing, singing, and play-
ing the guitar. She can dance a mean
Rumba! The other great love of Sr.
Maureen’s life is her dog, Babe. Babe
was a neighborhood stray who she
adopted after Babe scared off some
potential robbers at Sister’s home. Sr.
Maureen loves life and God and has
the energy of a person many years her
junior. She is a blessing to our Notre
Dame Community.

                                                   Christmas Program

Cutting loose at Mardi Gras parade

                                                   Marching for Respect
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The Notre Dame School Annual Fund — Have you pledged?
The Annual Fund is a yearly cam-       school’s current operating budget.
                                                                              and to help students reach their    staff of 39 and to date, and we are
paign for donations to support the
current operations of the school.
                                       The Annual Fund supporters are         personal goals, Notre Dame relies proud to report that we have over
                                       current parents, alumni, parents       upon your donations. The Annual 90% participation from them! It is
These tax-deductible gifts help
enhance the day-to-day life of
                                       of alumni, grandparents, friends       Fund is vital to the school’s ability vitally important that we have 100%
                                       and neighbors who believe in our       to operate within budget even         participation from all 143 families
every student and faculty member
                                       mutual goal that children with         while costs continue to escalate.   at Notre Dame as well.
by supporting a variety of pro-
                                       special needs be given the oppor-                                          Make your pledge to the 2011-2012
grams, including academics,                                                   Tuition is $6,000 a year, but the
                                       tunity to develop the skills needed                                         Annual Fund now by cutting out
sports, daily living skills, faculty                                          actual cost to educate each child
                                       to live a life with meaning and                                              your pledge cards below. If you
salaries/benefits, technology, li-                                            at Notre Dame is over $12,000 a
                                       purpose. Notre Dame remains                                              have already made your pledge, we
brary, transportation costs to and                                            year. We have an enrollment of
                                       committed to an academic pro-                                                        thank you!
from job sites, as well as other                                              143 children. To date, we have 45
                                       gram that nourishes intellectual
resources that might drive up the                                             families pledged to the Annual   A primary family will do a pizza
                                       curiosity, social conscience and
budget from year to year. The                                                 Fund. This represents a mere 1/3 party for primary if they achieve
                                       self-confidence for all students. To
Annual Fund is vital to the                                                   of our enrollment. We have a     100% participation.
                                       accomplish these community goals
                                                                                November 2011
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                                                  An Affair of the Heart Basket
Tina Taylor—President Tina-        Dear Notre Dame Parents,                                        Themes for the Baskets:
                                   The Basket Project was a success! Thank you all for your
                                                                                               Mrs. Davis — James Bond
Sharon Ensminger—VP/Secretary      generous participation. The baskets were picked up at               school during the carnival and staged at our house; judg-   Mr. Perez — Christmas
Auri Chavez—Treasurer              ing was held on October 20 and the baskets were assem-                bled for the Affair of the Heart on October 30.             Mrs. Barber — Texas
Heather Razak—Family Involvement
                                   These baskets will be included in the Silent Auction at     Mr. Eckler — Movie Night
                                   An Affair of the Heart on November 12, 2011.
Edwin deGruy—Newsletter Editor                                                                 Ms. Bagnall — D Magazine                  Sincerely,
Linda Rush—Newsletter Publisher                                                                Mr. Fernandez — Mavericks
                                   Julie deGruy (Angelle—Primary)
                                                                                               Mrs. Eckler — Baby
Tricia Han—Communication Secre-    214-662-7804
tary                                                                          Mrs. Battalora — Spa
                                   Home & School Association Basket Coordinator
Dedri Lewis—Teacher Appreciation
Co-Chair                                                                  Ms. Criswell — Reading Rocks
Cimmie Chavarria—Teacher Appre-
                                   “No Limits, Just Possibilities”                             Mrs. McGuire — Mexican Fiesta
ciation Co-Chair                                                                         Mrs. Mulder — Chocolate
Jane Martin/Sharon Ensminger/
Lisa Appelman—Carnival Chairs                                                                  Ms. Day — Cooking the Night Away
                                                                                               Miss Whirley — Inner Peace Spa
Davila Niesen—Fundraising Chair                                                                Ms. Smith — Cotton Candy Carnival
Debbie Gill—Fundraising Co-Chair                                                               Although the Primary basket should                                                                          have won, the winning basket, as de-
Julie deGruy—Affair of the Heart                                                               cided by the Wylie High School Pirate
Basket Coordinator                                                                             Varsity Volleyball team, is...Miss                                                                           Whirley’s Inner Peace Spa!
Kay Hewitt—Passive Fundraising                                      Inner Peace Spa                          Congratulations to Miss Whirley’s
Kelvin Lewis—Athletic Committee                                                                class, you have won a Pizza Party!
                                                                                               The Affair of the Heart helps to keep
                                                                                               tuition affordable and provide finan-
Lisa Appelman—Friendship Club/
                                                                                               cial assistance to those who qualify, so
                                                                                               your support and participation has a
Kathy Kwasniak—Sunshine Co-
                                                                                               very important impact on our stu-
                                                                                               dents, staff, and families.
Lisa Appelman—Sunshine Co-Chair
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Dear Parents,
                                       Flag Football, Going for the Gold!
I know many of you have
                              By: Debi Smith                Emiliano Serrano, Alex Ses-   We are looking forward to
signed up to assist in your
homeroom, but we still                                      sions, and Doug Sullivan.     having several Notre Dame
                              On Saturday, October 1st,
have FOUR vacancies.                                                                      flag football teams next
                              the Notre Dame Flag Foot-     In the tournament the team
                                                                                          year. An exciting tourna-
Room Parents are still        ball team competed in the     faced the Bachman Bulls,
                                                                                          ment took place at High-
needed for:                   Special Olympics Flag Foot-   Mesquite Stars, and Rock-
                                                                                          lander Stadium. Our Notre
                              ball Tournament at High-      wall County Jackets.
Transition—Fernandez                                                                      Dame Stars took FIRST
                              lander Stadium at Highland
Vocational—Bagnall                                       The “season” began with          place in the he NFC Cen-
                              Park High School.
Vocational—Maguire                                       Saturday morning pick-up         tral Traditional league with
Vocational—Mulder             Team members are Ryan      games at Jesuit and ended        a last-minute run for a
If you have already signed-   Blair, Nathan Diaz, Joshua with the tournament in Oc-       touchdown. Notre Dame
up, Thank You. If you are     Dowden, Nicholas           tober. The team had a great      defeated the Bachman
available to assist as a      Ensminger, Michael Grimes, time learning about flag         Bulls by one point!
homeroom parent, or
                              Dazana Kelly, Andrew Lugo, football and playing!
have an interest in assist-
ing for a particular event,
please contact Heather
Razak at

Here is the Room Parent
list for 2011—2012:

Davis — Heather Razak
Barber—LaTina Dawn
Mrs. Eckler—Lori McKee
Battalora—Karen Motes
Mr. Eckler—Jackie Waits
Smith—Jane Martin
Whirley—Michele Wilson
Perez—Anita Porter
Thank you,
Heather Razak
Family Involvement Chair
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The BRIDGES students                    Intermediate Science Looks to the Chicken for Answers
are back in the kitchen       By: Mary Barber                    and explored the many layers
baking Brownies, they                                            of the chicken. We discussed
                              Ooh and aah were heard as the
began on Friday                                                  the relationship of the similari-
                              covering was removed to reveal a
September 9th and will                                           ties and differences between
                              half chicken to be studied.
continue every other                                             humans and chickens, as well
Friday this school year.      The students in Intermediate       as other animals. Using the
Brownies cost 50 cents        have been studying the Human       classroom skeleton, Bart, and
with all proceeds             body. They have learned about      the chicken with bones and
                              the skeleton parts and are now     muscles, the students got a
benefitting our Ghana
                              learning about the muscles.        closer idea of how our human
Charity, and supplying
                                                                 body works.
goods for our school          The chicken is to help them see
store. The Friday Daily       the relationship between the       The key words used were skele-
Living Skills classes will    two. With gloves on hands the      ton, bones, joints, muscles,
work as employees of the      students observed, investigated,   tendons, ligaments, and skin.
project and be involved in
all stages of the                               Home & School Golf Tournament
preparation and clean-up.
                              The Notre Dame Home and             volunteering for a Golf Tour-
Students pre-order on
                              School Association will be          nament, and are interested in
Thursday by turning their
money into their
                              holding a Golf Tournament           helping, please contact Debbie
homeroom teacher, and         next Spring. Volunteers are         Gill, Fundraising Co-Chair for
the brownie will be           needed for the planning com-        the Home and School Associa-
delivered to them at their    mittee as well as on the day of     tion for information. Debbie          Help is needed for the
                              the event. If you have experi-      can be contacted at                   first annual Home and
lunch period. In addition                                                                               School Association Golf
to Brownies, we offer a       ence planning, hosting, or                Tournament.
“Healthy Choice” which
includes a serving of fruit
                                   30 Amazing iPad Apps for the Learning Disabled
for the low cost of 50
cents. CBI classes will       This month will begin the          many lust after as a shiny new      Page 10 lists 30 Amazing iPad
shop for the weekly           first installment of the Tech-     toy, but many people with           Apps for the Learning Dis-
selection. Please contact     nology Corner; if any par-         disabilities can benefit from       abled.
                                                                 what it has to offer as a func-
Carol Battalora with          ents or staff have Apps that                                           Don’t forget that QSP Maga-
                                                                 tional tool. Students with          zine sales are year-round
questions at:                 they and their children en-
                                                                 learning disabilities can en-
                              joy, please email Mrs. Rush                                            online; go to
cbattalora@notredameschool.                                      hance and develop their com-
                                                                                                     and use the school Account
                              at                                 munication skills, learn how to
            org                                                                                      number 1075126. Proceeds
                              adapt to situations, and de-
                                                                                                     are used for technology up-
                              The iPad is a device that          velop social skills.
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                                           Technology Corner
1. Crazy Face: encourages shy      help your child navigate chal-    tion Builder, Language             offers games for training
students to speak more often.      lenging locations with appro-     Builder, Conversation Builder      motor/visual/executive
iPod T needs microphone.           priate behavior. FREE             and Preposition Builder.           functions. $2.99
$2.99 or Crazy Face Lite
                                   10. iWriteWords: Encourage        17. Grace: Grace can help          24. Stories2LEarn: Promote
2. Autism Timer: This app          fine motor skills using IWrite-   autistic and special needs chil-   social skills and literacy by
offers a digital timer for stu-    Words for practicing writing      dren build sentences to com-       creating personalized stories
dents with autism. $2.99           letters, numbers, and words.      municate effectively. $37.99       on Stories2Learn. $13.99
                                   $2.99 — Lite-FREE                                                    Check out these:
3. Behavior Assessment Pro:                                          18. Which Does Not Belong:
                                                                                                        Look2Learn $14.99 Social
BAP identifies factors related  11. MyTalkTools Mobile:              This app will help your learner
                                                                                                        Skills $6.99
to problem behaviors for autis- MyTalkTools Mobile, augmen-          discriminate which items don’t
tic kids. $4.99                    tative and alternative commu-     belong in a group and encour-      25. iConverse: iConverse
                                 nication for learning disabled      age vocal imitation. $0.99         works as a picture exchange
4. Pictello: Create new stories,
                                 students. $39.99 — Lite-FREE        Check out all the other by         communication system for
share stories, export stories
                                                                     ABA Receptive Identification       autistic individuals and
and even record your own           12. First Then Visual Sched-
                                                                                                        those with communicative
voice. $18.99                      ule: Provide positive behavior    19. My Choice Board: Kids
                                                                                                        disabilities. $9.99
                                   support using the First Then      with autism, communication
5. Everyday Skills: Use this
                                   Visual Schedule app for the       delays, or learning differences    26. Storyrobe: Storyrobe
app to find self-directed learn-
                                   iPad (iOS 4.2). $9.99             can express their needs and        offers a simple and easy way
ing for students with autism
                                                                     wants through this choice          to produce digital stories.
and learning disabilities.    13. Idea Sketch: Draw mind
                                                                     board. $9.99
$39.99 (iPhone4, iPod4, iPad) maps, flow charts, and more                                               27. Flashcards for iPad:
                              with Idea Sketch. FREE                 20. LivingSafely: LivingSafely     This app can be used effec-
6. Proloquo2Go: Prolo-
                                                                     can help students with autism      tively for special needs learn-
quo2Go offers picture-based   14. Off We Go!: Off We Go!
                                                                     and developmental disabilities     ers. $3.99
communication for children    can help children with special
                                                                     practice self-directed learning.
with communication disor-          needs become more comfort-                                           28. Big Words for iPad:
ders. $189.99                      able in new situations. $3.99                                        Bigger Words can help kids
                                                                     21. iCommunicate: Children         read easier. $0.99
7. ArtikPix: Children with         15. AutismXpress: Autism
                                                                     with autism and visual chal-
speech issues can use ArtikPix     Xpress makes it easy to recog-                                       29. Talkulator: Talkulator
                                                                     lenges can use this app with
to practice sounds and words       nize and express emotions.                                           can help students with visual
                                                                     pictures, storyboards, routines,
at home. FREE; Full—$29.99         FREE; Pro — $1.99                                                    problems count and do
                                                                     and more. $49.99
                                                                                                        arithmetic. FREE
8. iEarnedThat: This tool can      16. StoryBuilder: StoryBuilder
                                                                     22. Toy Story 3 Read Along:
help parents track and reward      can improve auditory process-                                        30. Read2Me: Read2Me will
                                                                     Toy Story’s app is a great early
good behavior. $1.99 Lite-Free ing for children with autism or                                          import a text file and read it
                                                                     literacy tool for early language
                               sensory processing disorders.                                            aloud to weaker readers.
9. Model Me Going Places:                                            learners. FREE
                               $3.99. Check out the whole                                               $4.99
This visual teaching tool can
                               series: Sentence Builder, Ques-       23. ACT Spell: ACT Spell
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Fundraising…A spot Light
Your Home and School Association makes it easy for
you to help raise money and visibility for our school.
You can raise funds each time you spend money with
these participating vendors:
         Scan your Albertson’s Community
        Partners Key Tag each time you shop.                   Please pray for all the unemployed, those in
                                                               hospitals, their families and the needs and
          Link your Target Credit Card to NDS
       (School I.D. is 16182).                                  struggles of all of our Notre Dame family
          Need school supplies? Office Depot
       makes it easy to get a discount and support
       our school. When checking out give our
                                                              Bless all who contribute to the Annual Fund.
       school phone number 214-720-3911 and the                We pray for funding bridge to educate our
       school gets benefits.                                             children at Notre Dame!
          Box Tops for Education— Keep Saving!
       Join the contest, a school wide pizza party if
       we surpass last year’s collection.

           Tom Thumb— Buy groceries and give
        back to our school! Link you rewards card

    Upcoming                                                NOVEMBER BIRTHDAYS
  Home & School                                 Students
    Meetings                Danielle Reed               November 1                       Staff
                            Jed Khazem                  November 2      Karen Stanley            November 7
  November 7, 2011          Avery Figueroa              November 2      Newton Buliva            November 22
   The Notre Dame           Rebekah Clark               November 3      Vicki Lynn Mulder        November 26
                            Jermaine Johnson            November 4      Frances Woller           November 27
  School of Dallas
                            Aylin Silva                 November 8      Dorothy Ann Ruvallt      November 29
   Mrs. Rush will
                            Alex Gill                   November 11
    present iPad            Ashley Chaffin              November 14
    training for            Jordan Lewis                November 15
       parents              Leah Battalora              November 16
                            Abigail Chavarria           November 18
   December 6, 2011         Alexandra Chavarria         November 18
        TBD                 Connor Fagan                November 19
                            Patrick Doolin              November 22
   Meetings are from
                            Yenifer Flores              November 26
                            LeVonteye Brisco            November 29
October Events

Dallas Fire Department visits Notre Dame October 2011
Notre Dame Carnival October 15, 2011
Blessing of the Animals
   October 21, 2011

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