Dear Notre Dame Community, 

The top priority of Notre Dame Catholic School continues to be the health of our students, school employees, and community members. On Friday, Governor Abbott mandated that schools across Texas remain closed until April 3rd to fight the spread of COVID-19. This includes Notre Dame, and we are currently making plans to teach students remotely using the platform of Google Classroom during this prolonged closure. 

An email will be sent to all families on Tuesday, March 24th with instructions for logging onto Google Classroom using your child’s school email address. All 5th – 12th grade students already have a school email address and are likely familiar with this platform. We are currently creating these email addresses for all 3K – 4th grade students. Please know that a series of instructional videos will be created to best assist our families with this transition to Google Classroom as well. 

Additionally, teachers will be provided training and time to lesson plan before online instruction begins on Wednesday, April 1st for all 3K – 12th grade students. The use of Google Classroom will require students to have access to a laptop or a desktop computer at home. If this technology requirement presents a true hardship to your family, please reach out to Mr. Escobedo or Mrs. Gutgsell so arrangements can be made. We recognize that this move toward Google Classroom is a large undertaking for our Notre Dame community, and we ask for your prayers and support as we make this transition together. 

We also ask that our families assist their child in the completion of this week’s assignments that can be found in the yellow envelope in your child’s bag of instructional materials. These assignments may be returned to your child’s teacher(s) when school resumes. We thank you in advance for making it a priority to pick up your child’s instructional materials tomorrow at the Upper and/or Lower Campuses. 

Our teachers and administrators will continue to work closely to ensure that the developed lessons will not only advance students’ learning but also be attainable for all those working at home. Please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher with questions about the online material as we navigate through this unprecedented time together. As mentioned previously, we strongly believe that parents are the first teachers of their children, and we thank you for your continued partnership to best educate your child. 

This continues to be an evolving situation, and school administration will make informed decisions based on 

the guidance and recommendations from the Catholic Center and local health authorities. We will continue to communicate with our families with more information as it becomes available. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to school administration. 

Please continue to pray for all those affected by COVID-19 and for the health professionals caring for these individuals. 

Sincerely, 

Daniel Escobedo & Rachel Gutgsell 

– President – – Principal –