Message from the Principal

180502_0346Fall 2020

Greetings from Notre Dame School of Manhattan!

I hope you are enjoying your visit to our school’s website, which provides the latest information on Notre Dame’s admissions process, academic program, student life, faculty credentials, staff profiles, and alumnae opportunities.  Our home page features new videos highlighting faculty and students, as well as a comprehensive virtual tour of the school.  I look forward to meeting you in person someday soon!

The 2020-21 school year is a most unusual one.  We’re proud that Notre Dame has opened successfully, using a hybrid in-person/remote learning model, with staggered attendance.  As a one-to-one iPad school, with a dedicated Technology Coach, we were well-positioned for this transition, but we also welcome the return of all in-person instruction post-pandemic.

It’s fitting that despite the necessary increase in physical distance, we have dedicated this school year to the theme of community.  Though we can’t meet in person as much as we would like, we know that a meeting of minds, hearts, and spirits is more important than ever.  Outside the often virtual classroom, counseling and college planning sessions continue.  Sure, students are talking to their advisors remotely, but they still receive the same individualized attention and care.  We’re pleased to announce that our signature Extended Day Academic Center, where students can meet their teachers one-on-one or in small groups for academic help, is fully up and running.

Our focus on community is also why we’ve worked hard to launch our sports program, with schedule modifications, COVID-19 precautions, and limited travel; but our student athletes are still practicing and taking the field!  Student clubs and activities have found ways to gather virtually, from the ND Book Club, which thanks to Zoom can now include parents and alumnae, to the new Foodie Club, where students cook the same recipe in their own home kitchens.

Every way we can, ND is fostering the sense of connection we are all missing so much.  So, until we can smile without masks, shake hands, or give hugs, we’ll keep going with safety measures in place and our community still close in the ways that matter most.

Sincerely,

Signature - Jackie Brilliant [Blue Ink]

Jackie Brilliant
Principal