July 1, 2019
Dear Notre Dame Catholic School Families:
A new year brings exciting changes to Notre Dame Catholic School in 2019-2020. We are thrilled to welcome Mr. Daniel Escobedo and Mrs. Rachel Gutgsell as our school’s new President and Principal. We are confident this update to the school governance structure will assure long-term growth for Notre Dame and Catholic education in Wichita Falls. Our administrative team has worked diligently throughout the Summer and are fully prepared to move forward under our new leadership. It is with great anticipation that we look forward to the first day of school — Tuesday, August 13. I invite you to read through this brief overview of information for the upcoming school year. As always, our administrative team is available to answer any questions by contacting the front office.
2019 – 2020 Student/Parent Handbook
The 2019-2020 Student/Parent Handbook will be available on the school website under the ‘About’ tab on July 15. Please review, print and sign the needed ‘Acknowledgement’ page and return it to the front office before the first day of school. I encourage everyone to review the Handbook before the beginning of every school year to be aware of any modifications and to be reminded of the operating policies and procedures of Notre Dame.
Please review the ‘School Dress Code Policy’ in the Student/Parent Handbook to make sure your student is in compliance with all available uniform options. Changes to the policy in 2019-2020 include:
- Upper Campus boys may wear navy or khaki shorts as part of their regular uniform option from August 13 through October 31. Shorts may again be worn starting March 23 through May 29. Shorts may never be worn to Mass.
- Both Upper Campus and Lower Campus students may wear a heather grey polo shirt as part of their regular uniform options. Please review the specifications for all polo shirts in the ‘School Dress Code Policy’.
Billing through FACTS
All families are billed for tuition and other incidental charges through our FACTS Tuition Management system. Please check your profile as is necessary to make sure that your financial information is up to date and accurate. Any questions regarding the FACTS system or tuition arrangements should be directed to Mrs. Shana Ferguson, NDCS Business Manager, at 940-692-6041 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Being Prepared for Back to School – Upper Campus
Office staff will be available from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. during the week of August 5th – 9th for the payment of tuition/fees, to drop off or pick up any outstanding forms that need to be completed (medical forms, student-parent handbook acknowledgement page, free/reduced lunch applications, updated emergency cards) and for students to get their schedules and arrange their lockers. Parents are invited to meet the Upper Campus teachers on Thursday, Aug. 15 from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. and listen to a brief presentation about the school year in their classrooms.
Being Prepared for Back to School – Lower Campus 1st through 5th
The Lower Campus will host a Lower Campus Roundup on Monday, August 12th. Parents and students are encouraged to stop by the Lower Campus between the hours of 7:30 am to 12:00 pm. Upon arrival, please visit your child’s classroom to drop off school supplies and meet their teacher. Please also visit the Lower Campus cafeteria to speak with school personnel, purchase spirit wear and fill out required school forms. Parents are invited to meet the Lower Campus teachers on Thursday, Aug. 22 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and listen to a brief presentation about the school year in their classrooms.
Being Prepared for Back to School – 3K, 4K, and Kindergarten
3K, 4K, and Kindergarten students’ schedules will vary slightly for the first week of school. Half of the class will meet on the first day, Tuesday, August 13th, and again on Thursday, August 15th. The second half of the class will meet on Wednesday, August 14th and again on Friday, August 16th. All students will come together for the first time on Monday, August 19. Your child’s teacher will send a letter home the last week of July to inform you of your child’s schedule for the first week of school. The school day hours for 3K, 4K, and Kindergarten students are 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. Students attending school for half days in 3K and 4K are dismissed at 11:00 am. Parents are invited to meet the Early Childhood teachers on Monday, Aug. 12 from 6 to 7 p.m. and listen to a brief presentation about the school year in their classrooms.
Daily Schedule – Upper Campus
All students are expected to be in their classroom by 8:00 am. Upper Campus students are only permitted to enter the front doors unless participating in early morning athletics. Attendance will be taken promptly at the beginning of class, and the school day will end at 3:10 pm. Students may study in the Duggan Library until 4:00 pm. There is to be no unnecessary loitering on campus as stated in the Student/Parent Handbook.
Daily Schedule – Lower Campus
Morning care at the Lower Campus begins at 7:00 am. Students arriving to school before 8:00 am are required to enter through the west door off the parking lot. All students are expected to be in their classroom by 8:00 am so attendance can be taken. Students arriving to school after 8:00 am must enter through the front doors and check in at the office for a tardy slip. Arrival procedures are outlined in the Student-Parent Handbook.
Early Dismissals on Wednesday for Faculty Development
Wednesdays will continue to be an early release day. The school day will end at 2:15 pm for 3K, 4K, and kindergarten students and at 2:25 pm 1st grade – 12th grade students. Students release early on Wednesdays to allow faculty and staff time to meet for the purposes of collaboration and/or continuing professional development. Extended Day will be available at the Lower Campus one hour early on these days at half-price charge to the parent/guardian for that hour.
Afternoon Dismissal – Lower Campus
3K, 4K, and Kindergarten dismiss at 3:00 pm. Grades 1 through 5 dismiss at 3:10 pm. On Wednesdays, dismissal is at 2:15 pm and 2:25 respectively. Lower Campus students not picked up by 3:25 pm (2:35 on Wednesdays) will be sent to Extended Day and the additional fee must be paid. School personnel cannot be responsible for watching children after school. Lower Campus students are to be picked up at the Lower Campus and will not be allowed to wait at the Upper Campus for an older sibling or parent to pick them up. Dismissal procedures are outlined in the Student-Parent Handbook.
MSU/Vernon Concurrent Courses
Junior and Senior students who are enrolled in the MSU/Vernon Concurrent Program should have all registration completed. Please contact Mrs. Hollis Cluley at 940-692-6041 with questions.
Notre Dame Catholic School is required to have Emergency Care Forms and a record of immunization for all students. New students and athletes are also required to have a physical exam with the results provided to the school before beginning practice for athletics or starting school. Physicals may not be performed by a chiropractor. Students who have had rubella (measles) must have verification from a doctor giving the dates of the illness. If you cannot provide verification, the student must have a rubella vaccination. Students entering the 9th grade, all new students to Notre Dame, and all students participating in athletic activities must have a new medical examination on file. The immunization form must be in the office before the first day of school. The physical exam forms are available in the school office. Proof of insurance on students is also required for those participating in athletics. The Medication Permit Form must be signed by your doctor and on file in the front office for your student to take any medication. This includes over-the-counter medications such as cough drops and Tylenol/Advil. These must be in original packaging. A separate Medication Permit Form is required for each medication given to your child. Without this form on file, we will not be allowed to dispense medication to your child.
Divorced or separated parents must file a court-certified copy of the custody section of the divorce or separation decree with the Principal’s Office. The school will not be held responsible for failing to honor arrangements that had not been made known to the school in the appropriate manner. Should there be any changes to the custodial agreement while the child is a student at Notre Dame, it is the responsibility of the parents to provide the school with updated court documents. The school will abide by what is on file.
Our first all-school Mass will be held on Thursday, August 15th in celebration of the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. All students are required to wear Mass uniforms this day. All-school Mass will continue to be celebrated on Wednesdays throughout the school year unless otherwise announced.
Thank you for your attention to the items contained in this letter and for your continued support for Notre Dame Catholic School. We look forward to continuing to partner with you as we embark on another wonderful school year.
God bless & Go Knights!
Matt Ledesma ‘04
Director of Institutional Advancement
Notre Dame Catholic School