To cap off college and career week, students in seventh and eighth-grades prepared resumes and participated in an interview day at St. Philip Neri on Friday, March 22. Volunteers representing different industries, schools, and community organizations shared their time with the school and asked students a series of questions they may see in a real interview in the future. Students were encouraged to share their strengths, areas for growth, how they live the school’s core values, and examples of how they show leadership in their lives. Resumes were filled with accomplishments like serving as an altar server at mass, participating in sports, helping with chores or babysitting at home, and working alongside family members. Eighth-grade student, Hecyeni, said she was nervous to speak with adults she did not know, but after talking to her dad and working with the school counselors on her resume, she realized she has strong leadership skills she could talk about. “I was really hoping to improve my eye contact and to not be as nervous during the actual interview,” she said. St. Philip Neri wishes to thank everyone who supported their college and career week activities, including the guest speakers and interview volunteers.
St. Philip Neri seventh-grade student Marlon interviews with NDAA Board Member, Steve Gaylord.
When kindergarten teacher Cathy Miller proposed adding a chicken coop to grounds at Holy Angels, principal Justin Armitage enthusiastically responded, “let’s do it!” In March, thanks to donations from friends of Holy Angels and Mrs. Miller, three chickens and a beautiful coop arrived. The chickens, which produce eggs collected each afternoon by kindergarten scholars, have been warmly welcomed by the school community. A March-Madness-inspired school-wide bracket challenge took place the week before spring break to name the three hens, Midnite, Chick-fil-A, and Pickles. Mrs. Miller has plans to incorporate the eggs collected into a cooking lesson after spring break and an all-natural Easter basket, dying the eggs with foods like berries, boiled onion skins, and cooked greens instead of chemicals. “The excitement and wonderment, which has been obvious every day, is awesome! On Friday when we were done ‘farming’ one of my students hugged me and said, ‘Mrs. Miller, I love our chickens.’” The addition of the chicken coop fits nicely into the focus on sustainability and urban agriculture at Holy Angels. Students in grades three through six are working with tower gardens in their classroom thanks to Anthem Inc. and the GreenBronx Machine.
Holy Angels kindergarten students visit the chicken coop after school
How You Can Help
Share your time and talent
Notre Dame ACE Academies rely on volunteers to share their expertise in a variety of roles to support our school staffs.
Steps to Volunteer:
1. Fill out the form below
2. Complete the Safe and Sacred training through the Archdiocese of Indianapolis
3. Our staff will contact you about volunteer opportunities
Indy ACE Advocates Day of Service at St. Philip Neri - Saturday, April 13, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
ACE Advocates is an alumni and friend network of the Alliance for Catholic Education. All are welcome! This month's project will center around creating senory learning paths at St. Philip Neri by placing stickers onto the ground in the hallways. We will also be creating treat bags and good luck notes for students as they prepare for spring testing. To RSVP for this service event, please email Maggie Smith at
Other Ways to Help:
Our Allies for NDAA group provides educational support, such as tutoring and mentoring, enhances the spirit of each school community, and celebrates the dedicated professionals who serve our youth. Allies for NDAA are usually working professionals, adult volunteers, or retirees who can support efforts at the schools during school hours. For more information about Allies for NDAA, please contact Kathy Laudick, .
Coaches needed! Coaches at all grade levels, 1st-8th, are needed for upcoming seasons. If you are interested in supporting any of the five schools as a coach or assistant coach, please contact Peggy O'Connor-Campbell at .
- Sports include: Soccer, basketball, volleyball, chess, cheerleading, football, kickball
High school students seeking volunteer hours are also in demand. We believe in the importance of our young scholars creating relationships with students who are older and can set a positive example in their lives. After-school tutors are needed in the after-care program and we are also seeking coaches. Hours for coaching varies on the school location and season.To learn more about volunteering as a high school student, please contact Anna Taul .
Throughout the year we utilize our social network to collect needed items in the school. At this time, we are preparing a comprehensive wishlist of items needed to support our school supply drive in 2019-20. Please visit this website in the summer for more information. If you have new or gently used items you think the school could benefit from, please contact Anna Taul at or the schools directly.
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The official groundbreaking ceremony took place on April 20 for a renovation project that will accommodate an expanded early education program at Central Catholic School, one of the Notre Dame ACE Academies owned by the Archdiocese of Indianapolis and operated in partnership with Notre Dame Alliance for Catholic Education. Central Catholic preschool students from the Class of 2032 donned shovels to officially help initiate this project.
The expansion will allow for much-needed classroom space that will enable the opportunity to support early learning programming for 3- and 4-year-olds, make full use of the existing 4-year-old classroom for STEM and resource support, and provide necessary safety measures that include more secure building access and safer arrival/dismissal procedures.
Shea Family Charities, parent company of the local Shea Kiewit Joint Venture affiliate responsible for the Dig Indy underground tunnel project, generously donated $500,000 toward this major renovation, along with individual donor support. The Shea donation places the appeal within $50,000 of the total project goal.
To donate to this important Central Catholic School expansion, or for more information about the Notre Dame ACE Academies, please contact Kim Pohovey at 317-236-1568 or .
The Notre Dame ACE Academies are hiring teachers who want to work as a part of a team doing whatever it takes to put all students on the path to College and Heaven. We seek individuals who are committed to continuously improving curriculum and instruction while serving as a model in the Catholic faith.
ACE Academies teachers:
- Seek to improve through honest, constructive self-evaluation, supported by national Notre Dame ACE Academies staff, one-on-one professional coaching, monthly professional formation workshops, and faith formation opportunities.
- Persist in strengthening a strong, positive Catholic school culture through Christ-centered classroom environments.
- Excel in setting and striving towards ambitious, measurable, and realistic goals for students.
- Love and serve one another within a professional learning community to help all students meet goals.
Each school's current openings can be found in the links below:
- Central Catholic School
- Holy Angels Catholic School
- Holy Cross Central Catholic School
- St. Anthony Catholic School
- St. Philip Neri Catholic School
Holy Cross Gym Celebration
For decades, the gym at Holy Cross has been the site for sports, socials, events, and community dinners. We are proud to share the new renovations to the gym space, including a new floor and HVAC system. All are welcome to join the Holy Cross Central community for a celebration of the newly renovated gymnasium. On Thursday, March 1, Fr. Chris Wadelton celebrated an all-school Mass with a small reception for guests following the mass.
We share special thanks to Shea Kiewit Joint Venture for their support in helping us update the Holy Cross gym!
Being part of a Catholic school is something to celebrate every day, and this week our Notre Dame ACE Academies in Indianapolis have spent time celebrating the many people who make their Catholic school education possible. From community members, to parents, teachers, supporters, and pastors, we share our thanks and celebrate each of you. Here is a closer look at our Catholic Schools Week:
Central Catholic School
Pictured above, families register for 2018-19 school year at Central Catholic Enrollment Night. IMPD officer and Central Catholic alumnus speaks to students during morning assembly. Second-grade is the winner of the door decorating contest.
Central Catholic School hosted an enrollment night and open house on Tuesday, January 20. Paring the two events together, current families could easily re-enroll for 2018-19 and introduce friends to the Central Catholic community. Principal Ruth Hurrle said their goal was to welcome 10 new families at the enrollment night, and they exceeded this goal by registering 23 new families for next year! Re-enrollment and new student registration continues throughout the month of February. Central Catholic students also lived the core value of serve by donating stuffed animals to the local police department. The furry friends will ride in the back seat of patrol cars to comfort children the police are helping.
St. Philip Neri Catholic School
Pictured above, Pre-K student shows the letters spelling "Persist" after the values-based lesson. Fr. Chris Wadelton cooks up pancakes for students to enjoy.
At St. Philip Neri, teachers swapped grades to teach students about this month's value, known as Values Based Lessons. For the month of February, the lessons focused on "persist." Eigth-grade teacher Mr. Mullen taught a lesson to Pre-K while pre-K teacher Mrs. Waterman taught eighth-grade. Fr. Chris Wadelton, pastor of St. Philip Neri church and the Holy Cross community, cooked a pancake breakfast for students and staff on Friday. When asked who made the pancakes, a kindergarten student enthusiastically replyed, "JESUS!" We also see Christ in Fr. Chris, who was recently named one of the award winners for the "Lead. Learn. Proclaim. Award" from the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA).
Holy Cross Central Catholic School
Pictured above, Hanover College football player volunteers at Holy Cross for Samaritan's Feet.
The Holy Cross students enjoyed a visit from student-athletes from the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference through the Samaritan's Feet International program. Each of the 240 Holy Cross students received a brand new pair of tennis shoes and socks and had their feet washed by the student-athletes. Holy Cross also celebrated Fr. Chris this week, surprising him with posters and cards after the school mass on Thursday.
Holy Angels Catholic School
Pictured above, Holy Angels Catholic School with members of the IMPD Northwest District.
Holy Angels honored Indianapolis Metro Police officers from the Northwest District as community superheroes during the first day of Catholic Schools Week. The officers, many of whom volunteer after school through the RightFit program, participated in the morning assembly and received a guardian angel visor clip to place in their patrol car. Later in the week, Holy Angels second and fourth grades video called with students from St. Luke, a Notre Dame ACE Academy in Palm Springs, FL. Students were excited to hear that both schools' goals are "College and Heaven"!
St. Anthony Catholic School
Pictured above, a fifth-grade student's reflection of why they attend a Catholic school, students in second-grade work on blankets for Holy Family Shelter, and the school community came together on Friday for school Bingo.
St. Anthony students displayed their Catholic School pride through bulletin boards and classroom door decorating. Students as young as kindergarten wrote reflections on their gratitude for attending a Catholic school. Each class also made fleece blankets to donate to Holy Family Shelter as part of a Catholic Schools Week service project.
Mid-Year Athletics Update
Pictured above: At left, NDAA football team after a game; at right, NDAA Cheerleaders pose for a photo at the home field.
by Peggy O'Connor Campbell, Athletic Director
Our Notre Dame ACE Academies have reached the midpoint of their school year along with our athletic program midyear. Cross country, kickball, football, basketball, and chess are complete with 212 student athletes participating. We have reached championship games and witnessed tremendous personal growth in both skills and character development.
The NDAA 34 football team went 9-1 on the season and the NDAA 56 football team was runner-up in the CYO City Championship this year. That was a repeat of last season when we saw two of our teams reach their respective championship game.
Our Holy Angels kickball team was one game shy of a divisional playoff, and the Holy Angels award-winning cheerleaders keep the crowd engaged and excited during our football games.
We look forward to beginning volleyball and intramural basketball and pairing with neighboring schools for wrestling this spring. While we are in the planning stages for soccer, kickball, and track to finish the school year, we continue to seek coaches to make an impact with our young athletes. Anyone that would like to join in the fun to help coach, I say, "The more the merrier! You will not be disappointed." Coaches have seen the results of their hard work and time and are excited for the future. Your donations have made the building of our program possible. We have purchased new equipment and uniforms which help bring pride and excitement to our student athletes to compete with confidence. Muchas gracias!
Indy Eleven was a new table sponsor for Xtravaganza 2017 this year. Leaders from the organization were seated with Ruth Hurrle, Principal at Central Catholic, who filled them in on her students' love of soccer. The next day, she traded emails with Larry Linde, Director of Corporate Sponsorships and Broadcasting for Indy Eleven (pictured above), who delivered 250 tickets to their upcoming weekend game so Central Catholic School students and families could attend and root on the local soccer stars. Thank you, Indy Eleven, for being partners in our education and extracurricualr mission!
The Xtravaganza event began in 2016 to raise community awareness and financial support for the Notre Dame ACE Academies in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.
We hope you will join us by attending this amazing night as we Celebrate! Educate! Motivate! Celebrate and support the Indianapolis Notre Dame ACE Academies: Central Catholic, Holy Angels, Holy Cross, St. Anthony, and St. Philip Neri.
SAVE THE DATE!
Xtravaganza 2018 will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 30, beginning at 6 p.m., at the Crane Bay Event Center, located at 511 W. Merrill Street.
After a national search, the Archdiocese of Indianapolis has announced that Ruth Hurrle will be the next principal of Central Catholic School and Matthew Gring will be the next principal of Holy Cross Central Catholic School. Central Catholic and Holy Cross are Notre Dame ACE Academies in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.
Thank you for reaching out regarding a potential donation to support our students' goals of college and heaven!
We recommend benefiting the Notre Dame ACE Academies by giving to the Indiana Tax Credit Scholarship Program (through our Scholarship Granting Organization (SGO), the Institute for Quality Education). A donation to the Indiana State Tax Credit Scholarship program is eligible for a state tax credit of 50% of the total donation amount, with an additional federal deduction on 50% of the donation amount (depending on the donor’s tax bracket). For more information on SGO giving, please visit www.i4qed.org/sgo/donors
- To donate by credit card, simply click on the orange button and donate online
- To donate by cash or check, click on the PDF donation form and complete the form and mail in with the donation to the Institute for Quality Education (IQE) (making sure the check is made payable to IQE)
- To date by stock or other securities, scroll down and click on the "How to Donate Stock" PDF and follow the provided instructions. (Note that gifts of stock or securities take 10-14 days to process so these gifts need to be initiated soon to be credited in this tax year.)
Of course, we accept other forms of gifts as well. Read further for “end of year” donation information:
Unrestricted donations – If you are looking to make a check payment to the Notre Dame ACE Academies, we recommend that you mail your check made payable to the Notre Dame ACE Academies to the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, 1400 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202. All gifts received by USPS envelopes postmarkedDecember 31 or before will be processed and acknowledged as gifts during the 2018 calendar year.
Gifts of securities – Donating stock and mutual funds are completed through three easy steps: initiate the transfer with your broker, notify the archdiocese about the transfer and finally confirm your transfer with your broker. Complete details are availableonline. Gifts of stock or securities take 10-14 days to process. Please initiate as soon as possible for 2018 tax benefit.
IRA Charitable Qualified Distributions – Details on the IRA Charitable Rollover program for individuals 70-1/2 years are older are available here. To complete an IRA Charitable Qualified Distribution, two forms are available for your review. The first form listed on the webpage notifies the archdiocese of the gift; the second form is sample language which can be used by the donor to communicate with the custodian of the IRA.
Legacy Giving – The Catholic Community Foundation offers a wide variety of options for legacy giving. Some allow you to make the gift immediately, some provide you and your family income for a period of time before the account transfers to the beneficiary and others become active when your estate is settled. More information about Legacy Giving is available at www.archindy.org/ccf.