One Voice Newsletter – September 25, 2017

PND One Voice Newsletter

September 25, 2017

Developing the whole person- spirit, body, and mind.


Calendar for the Week

Homecoming Week

Monday – September 25

7:15 Mass Intention: St. Patrick’s Community

Homecoming Dress Up Day: Tacky Tourist

All Advisories – First Lumen Christi Large Group Meeting


Tuesday – September  26

7:15 Mass Intention: +Jerry Cusack

Dress Up Day: Twin – Find a friend and dress as twins

Lunch College Visit:  St. Mary’s College


Wednesday – September 27

11:35 Mass Intention: +Jerry Cusack

Dress Up Day: Preppy

Lunch College Visit:  Bradley University

Olympics in the Gym during afternoon assembly

Pep Rally 7:30 pm in the gym.  Doors open at 7:00 – Videos and Homecoming Court announced;


Thursday – September 28

7:15 Mass Intention: St. Patrick’s Community

Dress Up Day: Generations: Freshmen – Babies/Toddlers

Sophomores – College Students

Juniors – Soccer Moms/Dads

Seniors – Senior Citizens

Powderpuff Football at 7:00 pm @ the soccer field


Friday – September 29

10:00 am:  All School Mass Intention: Mass with Bishop Jenky

Recognition of Distinguished Alum and Foundation Award

Students in regular uniform until advisory, they can then change into spirit wear.

7:00 pm: Shamrock Classic Football Game at Dozer Park


Tickets for the Shamrock Classic homecoming football game can be purchased in advance on

Sept, 26th ,27th, & 28th from 11:30 – 12:45 in the commons.  Tickets are $6 each.


Saturday – September 30

8:00 10:30 – Homecoming Dance in the Commons

Parents please have your students adhere to the dress code that was shared in last week’s newsletter and is listed below.

Students must enter the dance by 8:30 and will be released after the homecoming court is announced.


Homecoming Dance Dress Code Guidelines

These policies apply to all who attend dances hosted by Peoria Notre Dame High School, including guests and students from other schools. Young men and women bringing dates who do not attend PND will be responsible for sharing these guidelines with their dates.

Young men:

  • Shirts must be buttoned to the second button from the collar.
  • Slacks should fit properly on the hip and not sag below the waistline.
  • No denim, cargo pants, low hanging pants or visible undergarments.
  • Dress shoes should be worn. Students may change into comfortable shoes for dancing.

Young women:

  • The neckline of the dress must lay flat on the chest and cover the whole bust. A mild sweetheart neckline is allowed while excessive cleavage is not allowed.
  • Dresses may be backless as long as it is not cut below the waistline.
  • Midriffs may not be exposed. Cutouts on the front and sides, even when covered by sheer fabric, are inappropriate.
  • Dresses may not have a slit that exceeds mid-thigh.
  • No outfit may be skin tight, hugging the body so that it rides up when walking or dancing, or be made exclusively of sheer material.
  • Dresses cut above the knee should be no more than 3 inches above the back crease of the knee.
  • Shoes must be worn at all times. Students may change into comfortable shoes (ex: flip flops or ballet flats) for dancing.


Upcoming Events

October 5 – Midterm Trimester 1

October 5 – FAFSA Completion Night in PND Commons beginning at 5:30

October 6 – No School – Faculty Professional Development

October 9 – No School – Columbus Day

October 11 – PSAT/NMSQT for Juniors

Report Card Night 5:00 – 7:00

October 16 – Early Dismissal 1:50

October 25 – Pre ACT for Sophomores


From the Principal:

As we know, Homecoming Week is a busy time for us at Notre Dame.  Again, please remind your son/daughter(s) to get involved in these fun activities.  This would include, video film skits, powder puff game, the Dozer game, the dance.  The administration looks forward to supervising and participating in our students Homecoming events.  We hope to see all of our families throughout the Homecoming Week.

    On October 6th, we have an institute planned, the topic will cover the Social and Emotional Needs of Adolescents.  We are excited to be able to offer this much needed seminar. (Just a reminder, students will not be session that day.)

    Soon we will be starting our College Readiness on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  We look forward to helping our students with Career Cruising (helping to guide them to future careers) and college preparation materials (help prepare for ACT, SAT Exams).  Thanks for your continued support to help prepare our students for their successful future.  

    As always, feel free to contact us with your concerns.  We are here to help support your son(s) and daughter(s).  Bless you for sending your children to our school.  Thank-you again, for the sacrifices you make daily so your children are able to attend our great school.  It is appreciated and does not go unnoticed.



Randy Simmons


Campus Ministry


Our Teens for Life group met last week to begin their work to promote the Right to Life movement among the student body. We had a great turnout and are very encouraged in the excitement that our students show in this amazing work in our Catholic identity. Students continue to join our small groups which allow for an informal setting where they can ask questions, pray together, and grow in their faith together. I am also noticing a growing number in student presence at our daily masses and adoration. Many fall sports’ teams have made it a part of their weekly preparation to attend one mass together before school. This is a great tradition and practice that allows our students to learn how to put God above and before all things. Thank you for your continued support and prayers for the students and our Peoria Notre Dame family.


In Christ,

Father Kyle Lucas



Development Office

Blue & Green Gala – We still need helpers for the Silent Auction Committee and Advertising Committee.  We have lists of items/ads that have been given in the past and just need people to follow-up with phone calls to businesses and individuals to see if the item or ad could be given again this year.  Could you help by making those phone calls?  The calls would need to be made beginning in the next month.  Please considering helping; we really need you!


Peoria Notre Dame invites all Alumni to the 2017 Homecoming Game vs. Richwoods on Friday, September 29, at Dozer Park.  Alumni and the Class of 2007 will be meeting in the Concessions Area of Left Field.  To purchase tickets on-line go to and enter Shamrock Classic.  Click on the Sept 29th game and find the order page to enter the code.                                            Use SPECIAL OFFER CODE – PND18.    

Thank you, Susan Knapp, Director of Development



CLASS OF 2022 Placement Testing: The High School Placement Test (HSPT) will be given on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at Peoria Notre Dame High School. Cost is $20. Please visit for more details and registration.  


Shadow Visits: 8th Grade students are invited to experience a day in the life of a PND student by scheduling a shadow visit. Shadow visitors will have a chance to explore the PND campus, attend classes and lunch, and learn more about the activities that PND offers. Please visit to schedule your visit.


8th Grade Visit Day: Peoria Notre Dame will host a visit day for 8th grade students on October 17 from 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM.  Many students will be attending with their Catholic grade schools, but any interested 8th grade student is welcome to attend. Please contact for more information.



For more information or to see presentations, please visit the counseling blog listed below.


Dual Credit – Juniors and Seniors who are taking classes for dual credit should have filled out an ICC registration card in the classroom with their PND teacher. Payment to ICC must be paid in full by November 10.  Payments need to made through your student’s ICC student account using their ICC student information at,  MyICC,  eServices login. If your student does not remember their ICC information, it may be retrieved with their social security number at the MyICC Eservices page, First Time User/ Find User ID. Please contact counseling with any questions.


Career Cruising – Lessons in Career Cruising will begin Thursday, October 5 for all grade levels. Counselors will present the lessons to freshmen during their advisory.


Mark your calendars for these upcoming events:

      –     October 5th FAFSA Completion Night in PND Commons beginning at 5:30

      –     October 18th ICC College Fair

      –     October 19th Regional Office of Education will host a financial aid night in PND auditorium at 5:30                    


September College Visits:

Sept. 26: St. Mary’s College

Sept. 27: Bradley University


October College Visits:

Oct. 2:  Benedictine

Oct. 3:  University of Iowa & Truman State

Oct. 5:  Washington University-St. Louis & North Central College

Oct. 10:  University of Notre Dame & Lake Forest College

Oct. 11:  Augustana & Southern Illinois University-Carbondale

Oct. 12:  Western & Illinois State University

Oct. 13:  St. Ambrose

Oct. 17:  Mt. Mercy University

Oct. 18:  Dominican University & Butler University

Oct. 19:  University of Wisconsin-Madison & Knox College

Oct. 23:  Purdue University

Oct. 24:  MacMurray College & Illinois Wesleyan

Oct. 26:  Wabash College & Bradley University

Oct. 30:  Fontbonne University-St. Louis

Oct. 31:  University of Dayton


All college visits are scheduled during the lunch periods in the Commons.  Students are encouraged to ask questions about the representatives’ schools and hear what each school has to offer a PND student.


PSAT/NMSQT for Juniors: The Preliminary SAT (PSAT)/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying test (NMSQT) for juniors is coming up on Wednesday, October 11.  This test is a practice SAT, as well as identifying candidates for the National Merit Scholarship Program.  There will be a meeting for juniors during B/C advisory on October 2 with more information.  


You can also refer to the CollegeBoard website (, and/or see attached link for an electronic Student Guide with more information about this test:


Pre ACT for Sophomores: The Pre ACT test for sophomores will be on Wednesday, October 25.  The Pre ACT is designed for students in grade 10. Results are given that predict performance on the ACT and can be used as an indicator of college and career readiness.  For more information, please see the ACT website:  



Freshman students who have not turned in a school physical and immunization records need to do so as soon as possible. Seniors who have not turned in proof of getting the Meningitis shot after age 16 need to do so as soon as possible. These are required by the State of Illinois.


Parent Board

The Parent Board is requesting volunteers to prepare a dish to serve to the PND faculty before Parent Teacher Night on Wednesday, October 11th!  We are in need of main dishes (meat casseroles, soups, sandwiches, etc), side dishes (veggies, salads), desserts and bottled water.  Food needs to be delivered to the school by 2:45pm that day.  Please email Teri Carman by October 2nd if you are able to provide a dish.   Your support is appreciated!


The PNDHS Booster Club is selling their Pot O’ Gold raffle tickets. Tickets are $10/each or $25/3 tickets. Drawing will be at the Homecoming football game on September 29. Tickets were mailed to households this summer and are available from Booster Club board members or by emailing . Grand prize is $3000!  ? The Club is looking for a co-manager for our on-campus concessions. Responsibilities include inventory, but NOT recruitment of volunteers. Contact Alan Haisler or Rhonda Parker. ? Anyone who can help sell 50/50 tickets at the Homecoming football game on September 29 please contact Rhonda Parker, to sign up. We sell prior to the game and through the first quarter so you don’t miss any action.



The Peoria Public Library  Summer Reading Program experienced record number participation by PND students.  September is National Library Card Sign-up month.  Take time to visit one of our most valuable community resources:   the local branch of your public library.  


Choir:  Help support PND Choirs by attending the Barnes and Noble fundraiser on Sunday, November 26.  More information to come.


Yearbook:  There are extra 2016/17 yearbooks available for $55.  Please contact Denise Zoz if you are interested.


Ticket Manager:  We hope you’re all coming to the football game tonight at Richwoods Stadium.  We will have both ticket gates open.  To get to the “Expo” gate from Northmoor:  turn right on the new road just across from the telephone building.  (You’ll pass the entrance to RHS, the exit from RHS and the road for the District 150 busses.)  Turn left immediately (you’ll be going towards Northmoor School), and then turn right on the road into Exposition Gardens. If you have any questions about the passes, please email Cathy Curtis at  

Don’t forget to bring your season pass. We’ll see you at the game


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