Calendar for the Week

Wednesday – September 23
11:35 Mass Intention: PND Community
Small Groups – during B/C
Teens for Life Members attend Mass during A

Thursday – September 24
No School:

Friday – September 25
7:15 Mass: Hubert Winne
40 Days for Life – All Day

From the Principal:

Congratulations to our Sister Sara, as she was invited by Congressman Darin LaHood to be his guest for the Holy Father’s address to Congress this Thursday, Sept. 24. We are so excited and happy for her to represent Peoria Notre Dame in this special occasion.

We are looking forward to Homecoming Week next week. Lots of activities are planned ending the week with the Homecoming Dance. We would appreciate your assistance with upholding the dress code standards we have established at PND. The dress code for the dance is attached and is available in the Student/Parent handbook. All guests must follow the dress code as well.

Any parent interested in participating in our Parent Ambassadors Committee, please e-mail Lori Simmons ( Also, I would like to thank our parents for helping us get a great start on the school year, your support is greatly appreciated. Please let us know if we can do anything to help your child(ren) have a more successful and positive school year.

Randy Simmons

Campus Ministry:

The Peace of Christ be with you all,
This is a full week for PND, our diocese, and our nation coming up. The first Lumen Christi (campus ministry club) meeting is Monday along with a Lumen Christi hiking trip to Starved Rock with Mass on Sunday Sept. 27. Please pray for our Junior Class on their annual retreat day on Tuesday. The Diocesan Novena to St. Therese, 9 days of prayer for vocations, begins Wednesday along with the beginning of the 40 Days for Life. If that is not enough, the Pope is coming!!! May we all enter into this week of extraordinary graces and may your family and all families be enriched as the World Meeting of Families occurs this coming weekend in Philadelphia.
Father Stimpson

Wed, Sept 23 – 40 Days of Life begins and Teens for Life students are encouraged to attend the 11:35am Mass that day. Also the Diocesan Novena to St. Therese of Lisieux, Patroness of our Vocations Program, begins today. Please join us in praying

Thurs, Sept 24 Pope Francis will be addressing the Joint Session of Congress around 9am. To learn more and watch various events of our Holy Father’s Apostolic Visit to the US go to and

Friday, Sept 25 – Participation in the 40 Days for Life. A group of students will be going during each period of the day to pray in front of the abortion clinic.

Eyeglass Charity Collection – Through the remainder of September, we will be collecting old or used eyeglasses. The eyeglasses will be sent to the poor. Please bring in any eyeglasses you would like to donate, and we encourage you to ask family and friends for their old glasses as well. Parents can drop off glasses in the box in the front office.


New this year, the Irish Kids Club is for all students PreK-8th grade. Membership in the Irish Kids Club includes a season pass for ALL home sporting events for the 2015-2016 school year (excluding the football game at Dozer Park), a Kid’s Club t-shirt, access to special events at PND athletic events, and MORE!

Our first special event for members will be “Tye Dye” Night at the Men’s Soccer game on September 24th!
Join today at

Shadow Visits begin October 1st
Shadow visits are a great way for prospective students (incoming freshmen or transfers) to see what PND is like from a student’s perspective. Shadow visits are available October 1 – May 1. You may pick up a blue shadow form from the PND main office or register online at

8th Grade Visit Day – October 15, 2015
Thursday, October 15th from 9:30 – 11:00am is our 8th Grade Visit Day! We are excited to welcome the Class of 2020 to tour the school and take part in the infamous “PND Scavenger Hunt” throughout the building. If your son or daughter does not attend one of the Catholic grade schools in the Peoria area, but would like to attend, please email with his/her name and school – we would love for him or her to join us!

8th Grade Placement Exam – October 31st, 2015
Registration is now open for the 8th Grade Placement Exam! The placement test will be on Saturday, October 31st from 7:45am – 11:30am. Please register online by October 9th at


Fall Trimester “Coffee with Counselors” – Friday, October 9 at 9:00 a.m. in the teacher lounge. The main focus of discussion will be the college application process and what is important for families to know.

Also, please save the date for the first FAFSA workshop to be held at PND. On December 7 at 6:00 pm in the auditorium the counselors will be hosting a FAFSA workshop. We are excited that Janet Ozuna, from Midstate College and 30 year financial aid expert will be explaining FAFSA line by line.

If your student filled out a registration card for ICC dual credit, please note the payment deadline is October 1. Payments should be made online through the student’s ICC eservices account. If you or your student has questions or concerns about this, please have them contact Kris Montelongo in the counseling center.

For up to date information about scholarships, applying to college, etc. Please visit the counseling blog at:

College Lunch Room Visits:
September 23rd: Quincy College

Keep up to date by viewing the Daily Announcements on the PND web page under Students/Parents. Most news and events are on the announcements every day.

Athletic Events:

Wednesday, September 23
Women’s Tennis vs Limestone @ Glen Oak Park 4:00

Thursday, September 24
Men’s Soccer vs. Normal West @ PND 5:00-7:00
Women’s Golf vs Lincoln & Bloomington 4:00
Women’s Tennis vs Metamora @PND (Glen Oak Park) 3:30
Volleyball @ Urbana HS 5:00-6:00-7:00
Men’s Golf @ Pontiac 1:00
Freshman Football vs. Danville HS @ PND 4:30

Friday, September 25
Varsity Football @ Danville HS 7:00

Saturday, September 26
Men’s Soccer @ Naperville Central HS 1:00 – 3:00pm
Women’s Tennis @ Peoria Central 8:00am
Women’s Swimming @ Beads Invite 9:00am
Sophomore Football vs Danville HS @PND 10:00am

Parent Board: The PND Parents Board is requesting volunteers to prepare a dish to serve to the PND faculty before Parent Teacher Night on Wednesday, Oct. 7th. We are in need of main dishes (meat casseroles, soups, chili, etc.), side dishes (veggies, fruit, salad), and desserts. Please email by Friday, September 25rd if you are able to provide a dish. Please indicate the dish you would like to bring, perhaps listing a “backup” if one category seems to be too crowded or too sparse.

Boosters: The Booster Merchandise Trailer will be open at home varsity football games on September 18 (Richwoods), October 2 (Dozer Park/Homecoming) and October 17 (Stadium). We will still have PND Football t-shirts available for $5 in sizes S-XL. Help us make room for new inventory and don’t miss out on this great closeout-pricing deal.

Boosters are hitting the home stretch in sales for this year’s raffle. Tickets are only $20 with prizes of $5,000; $1,500 and $500 cash. Contact a parent rep or Rhonda Parker ( or Rick Schuler (rs to purchase a ticket. Drawing will be at the October 2 Homecoming game.

There’s still time to join the Boosters this school year. Basic membership levels are $10 and $15, with sponsorship levels at $50 and $100. We are also still accepting sponsorships for our fence banners, gym monitor, website and schedules. Contact Rhonda Parker or Rick Schuler for information on memberships or sponsorships.

St. Jude Club:
~September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

~The Students learned about the strong history, connection, and future, PND has with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and the Peoria Affiliate, last Friday. Markie Maloof, Jennifer Smutz (2 PND graduates) and Brittany Jones, spoke at Advisory Assemblies, on their relationship with St. Jude.

~The St. Jude Club is sponsoring an out of uniform day, September 23. 100% of the money collected will be donated to St Jude.
Join PND’s TEAM to Help Put an End to Childhood Cancer!

When: Saturday, September 26, 2015
8AM – Register 9AM – Walk/Run Begins
Where: Northwoods Community Church (Corner of Wilhelm & Allen Rd.)
Cost: $10 – Walk; $20 – Run

Sign Up Online: St. Jude Run/Walk to End Childhood Cancer

Fine Arts

We had a very successful trip to Northern Illinois University Band Day last weekend. Be watching for information about our upcoming citrus sale! Last year’s sale was incredibly successful. Many thanks for your continued support of music and the fine arts! Go Irish!

Drama: This year’s fall play is Any Number Can Die, a comedy-murder mystery in three acts. The piece is set in the 1920s on Raven’s Head, an island off the coast of the Carolinas. The relatives of the Old Cedric Russell gather on the island during a terrible storm where the will is to read at midnight. There are uninvited guests, faulty lights, a cryptic poem, and a missing fortune at stake as two elderly detectives work their first case. The play will be performed on November 12, 13, and 14 at 7:30 PM each night. Tickets will be available in early November.

Choir: Choir parents, please check the calendar and announcements on the choir website daily. The regular schedule and any changes will be posted on the calendar page. If you have not been receiving emails from Mrs. Strauss, please contact her at We need choir parents to help with fundraising, yard signs and hemming formal wear.
The yearbook staff is starting to plan for the 2015-2016 yearbook. If you would like to share pictures from Homecoming week or other school events, please email them to Mrs. Goodell, the yearbook sponsor, at: We’re looking forward to creating another great yearbook this year!

Earlier this week the PND Printmaking and Senior Portfolio classes went an artful field trip to the Prairie Center of the Arts. (See photos above). The students had the honor of meeting six different professional artists. Each artist let us explore their studio spaces as they shared their artistic visions. After feeling fully inspired by the artists the students were ready to create. To get us acquainted with the printing studio, Dawn Gettler(Program Manager of the Prairie Center) introduced the students to five different techniques of printing. Then the students were allowed to try out each technique with guidance from the artists. The experience was amazing for all of us. Thank you to the Prairie Center, Dawn and all the artists that shared their time and space with our PND artists. I highly recommend going down for a visit! More info can be found on their website:
Library News: Join Us in Improving Our Library!

The School Library Committee ensures that our PND library best meets the needs of our students and that our current program continues to grow and thrive. Students are encouraged to contact Mrs. Vadis in the library for more details.


Homecoming 2015 will be the week of September 28 – October 3. The theme of the week is
Back to the Future.

● Monday, September 28 will be Superhero Day
● Tuesday will be Tacky Tourist Day
● Wednesday is Twin Day
● Thursday is “Throwback Thursday 1960-1990”
● Friday is Spirit Day

The girls will play Powder Puff Football on Wednesday evening (7:15) coached by the senior football players. All PND ladies are welcome to play. The cost is $16 and includes a tank top. Sign-ups end Monday, September 21.

On Thursday the students will play the games of our Homecoming Olympics during an afternoon assembly. Thursday at 7:00 is the Pep Rally in our gym. The band, dance team and cheerleaders will perform; the videos will be shown, and the Homecoming Queen and her Court will be announced.

Friday will include the Homecoming Mass at which the Alum of the Year will be announced and he or she will speak to the students. Friday evening is the football game against Normal West played at Dozer Field! The parade will leave from the St. Mark’s parking lot at 6:00 and proceed down Main Street to the field. Look for upcoming information regarding a special raffle that will be held.

Saturday, October 3 from 8:00-10:30 p.m.
● Students must arrive by 8:30 and may leave after the recognition of the Homecoming Court at 10:00
● Tickets will be on sale the week of September 28th at all lunch hours. Cost is $5 per person
● Formal photography will not be available, but a photo booth will be on site to provide complimentary photos as souvenirs
● Guest forms are available through the Dean’s Office

Peoria Notre Dame
Dance Dress Code

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

Young women:
1 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.
2 Dresses may be backless as long as it is not cut below the waistline.
3 Midriffs may not be exposed. Cutouts on the front and sides, even when covered by sheer fabric, are inappropriate.
4 Dresses may not have a slit that exceeds mid-thigh.
5 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.
6 Dresses cut above the knee should be no more than 3 inches above the back crease of the knee.
7 Shoes must be worn at all times. Students may change into comfortable shoes (ex: flip flops or ballet flats) for dancing.

SAVE THE DATE PARENT OF JUNIORS: Ring Day Mass is Friday, October 30 at 10:00. Students that did not order a class ring can bring another item in to be blessed and received at the mass. More information will be coming.

Auction 2016
This year auction will be held on February 27, 2016 at the Embassy Suites. This is the largest fund raiser for the school. We need everyone’s help to pull it off. You can donate an item, cash,be on a committee, or help to decorate and set up for the day.
Please contact Sharon Abraham: or 691-8741 Ext 240.

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