Principal's Updates

August 10, 2021

Dear Notre Dame Community,

Welcome back students, faculty and staff.

As we return to campus life we are constantly monitoring the safety of our community. It is our first priority to maintain the health and well being of our students.  We have been monitoring COVID exposures amongst campus and want to slow exposures or even the spread.  

Effective Wednesday, August 11, 2021, we are requiring all students, staff and visitors to conduct our Health screening before entering campus as an extra precaution. A link will be available on the website and also sent each morning via RenWeb Parent Alert text.  In addition, we are recommending the use of masks outdoors and will continue to follow all indoor mask guidelines.  We are also encouraging masks to be worn for indoor athletic activities and cohort training pods.

We will be opening the parking lot gate at 6:50AM and the front gate will open at 7:15AM with a staff member checking for health screening completion by each student.

We appreciate your partnership and continued support, please continue to view our COVID Safety Plan for updates moving forward.


Blessings,

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July 28, 2021

Dear Notre Dame Community,

We are officially one week away from the start of the 2021-2022 school year, and we are excited to welcome you all back to campus! This past year has seen so many changes, and we thank you for your patience and understanding during these transitional periods. As mentioned before, we will return to our traditional campus life setting this fall with a few updates to keep us all safe and healthy. Please review our school website for all COVID updates, including mask mandates, travel policy, and social distancing. 

We have returned to our block bell schedule for this school year, and you may notice different variations depending on the week of events. You can view our bell schedule for the week as well as events for the entire school year on our website’s ND community calendar.

The campus will resume regular business hours on Thursday, August 5th, from 7 AM-3 PM. If you need any assistance prior, please contact the appropriate party via email. 

We pray you have enjoyed this summer break, and we will see you soon!


Blessings,

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March 25, 2021

Dear Notre Dame Community,

We are excited to get our students back on campus next week! To help ensure the safety of our students, staff, and families, we've enlisted the help of local CUUR Diagnostics- a Molecular Infectious Disease Diagnostics company currently managing testing for schools across California. Details about CUUR Diagnostics can be viewed here and on their website

We invite you and your whole family to participate in our first scheduled COVID-19 testing event this Friday, March 26th, from 3:30-5:00 PM in the SCA/ND parking lot. Trained and certified collectors will be on-site and there is no cost to participate. We plan to host testing every two weeks for our community. View the full details here

The collection is quick and painless for kids - and even some adults. 

WATCH "Boogers Down!" VIDEO showing how it's done! 

If you and your family would like to participate, please review the event details attached. Although we will have everything you need available at the testing site, it will go MUCH faster if everyone comes prepared with paperwork in hand. 

We look froward to seeing you Friday and helping our community stay healthy this school year!


Blessings,

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Dear Notre Dame Community,

We hope you are all safe and doing well.

The following is an update on the return of our students back on campus.  The County has changed the most recent guidance for the reopening of schools. Riverside County must be in the Red Tier to allow grades 7-12 to return to campus. These announcements of Tier and CR (Case Rate) changes occur every Tuesday on the Riverside County Public Health System website. We continue to monitor updates weekly and look forward to our reopening campus soon!

Please see the anticipated reopening campus timeline below:
Reopening Campus Timeline
  • Week of March 15-19

    • Teachers work on campus

    • Counselors support student scheduling

  • Week of March 22-26

  • Week of March 29-April 2-Holy Week Modified Schedule 

    • March 29th: A-K Students On Campus  (Follow Green Monday Schedule) 

    • March 30th: L-Z Students On Campus  (Follow Gold Thursday Schedule) 

    • March 31st: Flex Day classes will occur off-campus and meet on Zoom only as needed

    • March 31st: Teacher Inservice 
       
  • April 1st & 2nd: No School (Holy Thursday/Good Friday)
  • April 5th-9th: Easter Break
  • Week of April 12-16: NEW Hybrid Learning Schedule (On Campus)

We will continue to announce how our “back on campus” will look; ie: Schedule, Uniforms, Drop off and Pick up.

If you are concerned about your student returning to campus this school year, please see our COVID Safety Plan posted on the website and reach out to your counselor in order to accommodate your student's schedule.  All students must be on campus for instruction if participating in extracurricular activities.  

We thank you for the continued support. We are excited to welcome you back on campus. Titan Strong!


Blessings,

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March 5, 2021

Dear Notre Dame Community,

We hope that you and your family are safe and healthy.

Over these past weeks, county Case Rates have decreased to levels that allow for schools to open and we continue working towards our return to campus. Riverside County Health’s March 2nd website update posts the recent CR (Case Rate) at 11.3; grades 7-12 may return to campus once the CR is equal or less than 7 and/or Riverside County is in the red tier. K-6 students are returning to campus soon, so please keep them in your prayers.  

Please continue to review our website for all reopening and school updates, as this is our primary platform for communication.

This week, many athletes have returned to the field, outdoor courts, the pool, and track for practice and games. We are blessed to welcome you all back and are proud of all our students. You can view upcoming events/schedules by visiting our athletics page here.

If you missed this week’s Cor Unum/Academic Assembly, you can view the recording here and can still pick up your award by contacting our student services office.


Blessings,

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February 18, 2021

Dear Notre Dame Community,

Please see the attached letter, from the Office of the Bishop, regarding reopening. 

Catholic Schools in San Bernardino County met the CDPH guidelines of 25/100,000 cases required 5 days in a row and will reopen starting Monday, February 22nd. 

At this time, Riverside is at 28/100,000 and moving in the right direction. As a reminder, grades 7-12 may reopen when the county is in the red tier for 5 consecutive days and/or CR of 7/100,000. Grades K-6 may reopen when the county is under a CE of 25/100,000. 

Please keep all our Catholic schools in the Diocese of San Bernardino in your prayers and blessings as they return to campus. 

View the letter from the Office of the Bishop


Blessings,

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January 2, 2021

Dear Notre Dame Community,

Happy New Year! We pray you and your families had a wonderful Christmas season and are looking forward to the new year to come. Our hope is that you all enjoyed this two week rest and as we start the next semester with our 2nd annual Retreat Week, we can all Stand Up! Let’s Stand for Him and thank God for all our blessings. Welcome to the 2nd semester and a beautiful new year!  

Retreat Week

The week of January 4-8, 2021 is our 2nd annual Retreat Week. The theme this year is “Stand Up! I appoint you as a witness of what you have seen” Acts 26:16. As we ease back into the classroom we ask all our students, staff and families to enjoy this week of reflection, faith and opportunity. Participation in daily sessions will be a grade in Theology class for our students. Thank you to our Theology team for creating this special week for our community and see the daily calendar of events. View the schedule and event links on our website at https://www.notredameriverside.org/retreatweek

Reopening Update

Governor Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday, December 30th the new state plan to re-open schools for in-person learning as early as February. The plan focuses on bringing the youngest and most disproportionately affected students back first. We continue to work with the Office of Catholic Schools, Emergency Operations Collaborative and the County of Riverside Health Department as we prepare for our schools reopening. In order for schools to implement a reopening plan, the county COVID-19 case rate must fall below 28 cases per 100,000 people. We will continue to provide updates as we move forward and thank our Notre Dame community for your continued support.

Student Services

As a reminder, digital report cards were emailed to students and guardians on Friday, December 18, 2020. If you have yet to receive your report card via email, please contact Mr. Adrian Rodarte at arodarte@ndhsriverisde.org. Our offices resume Monday, January 4th and will be happy to assist you between the hours of 7am-3pm via email or telephone. 

We have made changes to the weekly distance learning class schedule. This updated schedule allows for more uniform class meetings, longer time between classes, and an extended lunch period. The new schedule will go into effect on Monday, January 11th. 

Students, please be sure to view the new schedule as it includes updated flex days and class start times. View the schedule at https://www.notredameriverside.org/about/bellschedule


Our new counselors Ms. Dominguez and Mr. Nessman, are now available and excited to begin serving our students! 

If you need help or have academic questions, please contact the Student Services office by clicking their name: 

Ms. Maritza Dominguez 
(Counselor-Students with the last name A-L)

Mrs. Roxana Loson 
Assistant Principal

Mr. Aaron Nessman 
(Counselor-Students with the last name M-Z)  

Mr. Adrian Rodarte 
Registrar/General Information & Transcripts


Blessings,

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October 21, 2020

Dear ND Community,

As we move into our 2nd quarter, we reflect on our time in Catholic Online Synchronous Learning at Notre Dame. We are blessed to have amazing teachers, supportive staff, and dedicated students. We continue to monitor our county's movement through the Tier system, work with our community on reopening plans, and value the Office of Catholic Schools/Bishop's Office's support. 

Please read the latest update (attached) from Most Reverend Alberto Rojas, Coadjutor Bishop of San Bernardino, regarding school reopening and take a few minutes to complete the Diocesan survey. Your feedback is essential as the office continues gathering data for school reopening plans. 

Parent Return to School Survey (English)

Encuesta Para Regresar a la Escuela (Español)

Your support and faith continue to lead our community.

Many Blessings,

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October 7, 2020 

Dear Titan Families, 

The month of October is always a celebration of life as we recognize those who have fought, are fighting, or have lost their battle with cancer. Although this year’s celebration looks different than usual, we refuse to let that keep us from honoring our loved ones. While we’re unable to gather together for our annual Pink Brunch, there are still many ways our community can partake in honoring our fighters, survivors, and angels. Please visit our website at https://www.notredameriverside.org/pink to learn more about our cause and how you can participate in our ND Goes PINK celebration this October! 

As we wrap up our first quarter and roll into the second half of the semester, please remember to stay focused and thrive! Quarter grades can be viewed on Schoology and will be recorded on your official transcript. Please use the coming week to carefully review your grades before the end of the quarter on Friday, October 16th. 

We regret to inform our families that Mrs. Brittney McKeehan has accepted another job opportunity, and her final day with Notre Dame will be on October 16th. During Mrs. McKeehan’s time at ND, she has created a vibrant Student Services office and will surely be missed. Please join us in thanking Mrs. McKeehan as we pray for many blessings in her new endeavor.  

Campus Survey

We appreciate your time and attention to the Return to Campus Survey. If you have not completed the survey, please expect to hear from our counselors as we must ensure we have received all responses. Additionally, we will follow up with families who have chosen undecided and need more information to make a decision. Once a reopening date is announced, we will host a Zoom meeting for On Campus Students and Distance Learning Students on the protocol/procedures moving forward. 

Blessings,

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September 28, 2020

Dear Titan Families, 

Riverside County moved to the Red Tier of the state's reopening plan last week, bringing us one step closer to resuming classes on campus. Diocesan preschool programs will begin in-person instruction on October 1, and if our county stays in the Red Tier for two weeks, K-12 grade schools will be able to revisit their reopening dates.

We have been blessed to have small groups of students on campus for athletic training and community participation during our college/career month. We thank those families for allowing your student to participate in our safe social distance activities. These small events help our students and staff familiarize themselves with safety protocols and procedures.   

As we continue preparing our safe-return to campus, we need your feedback. We kindly request that every family completes the student-return form below, as results will provide us with vital information as we review our reopening plan. 

Complete Form Here

If you have additional questions, please view or submit to our FAQ page here.  We will address them individually or for the community as a whole. Additionally, you can refer to our reopening plan presented at the beginning of the summer on our website at https://www.notredameriverside.org/covid-19/returning-to-campus.

Your time and attention to the survey are much appreciated. Please continue to stay well and safe during this time.

Grace and Blessings,

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August 13, 2020

Dear Titan Families, 

We've made it through our first week of the 2020-2021 school year! We're virtually excited to have you with us this school year, and can't wait to hear about your first week's experiences! We owe a huge thank you to our supportive ND community as we navigate through this new chapter. To the behind the scenes teams who got us ready for the first day, the teachers who guide us through our daily routine, and to our families for saying yes to Catholic Online Synchronous Learning. The start of this school year may be different from what we planned, but we are creating innovative experiences to keep our community Titan Strong. Our New Student Orientation was a success, and it was great to see you in person for iPad pickups.

We look forward to guiding your students' educational journey and can't wait to connect with you! Enjoy your first week back, and let us know how we can continue to serve you. #TitanStrong

Blessings,

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June 17, 2020

Dear Notre Dame Community,

Announced earlier today by the state, all counties who have reported cases of COVID-19 in the last 14 days will require to begin the 2020-2021 school year remotely. Riverside County falls under that criteria, therefore, changing Notre Dame’s reopening plans to have our faculty and students on campus. 

This change means we will begin the school year in Distance Learning on Friday, August 7, 2020. We will be prepared to start our block schedule with class instruction via our Schoology LMS, Zoom, and teacher office hours.  We will continue to provide further information to ensure all students are comfortable with our first day of Distance Learning as we continue to work daily on how to provide your child with academic excellence as well as a virtual environment where our community will stay connected.

We will continue preparing a safe and healthy environment on our campus as we await the return of our students for this coming year. Your continued support and understanding encourage us as we prepare for the new school year. Essential staff members will return to campus starting August 11, 2020, to help answer questions or to handle daily operations. 
 

Please visit our website regularly for COVID updates or to view our FAQ page.

Grace and Blessings,

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