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Notre Dame's 9th annual Women of Impact luncheon honored Lisa Sobrato Sonsini and Kelly Powell '88 Bruno, who shared inspiring stories of women's leadership with the more than 750 guests in attendance at the San Jose Convention Center last week.

Thirty juniors joined the Class of 2021 for one of Notre Dame's time-honored traditions, Freshman Sleepover. The big sisters took charge of the event, helping the newest members of the ND sisterhood with games and activities that, ultimately, lead them to voting on the colors and mascot that will identify them throughout their high school years and even as they join the more than 8,000 alumnae in the ND network! We're excited to introduce the Red & Teal Tigers!

The mission of International Day of The Girl is “to help galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential.” At Notre Dame, our rich urban landscape and innovative programs cultivate young women with strong voices who will advocate for social justice in their local, national and global communities and help to bring about change. In celebration of International Day of the Girl we invite you to meet three of these young women. They will be the voices of change.

A recent walking field trip to the Martin Luther King Jr. Library provided students in Introduction to Photography with a hands-on lesson in one of the first forms of 3D photo technology.

In the Fall 2017 issue of Made @ The Tech magazine, Mallika Yeleswarapu, Class of 2017, shares her advice to parents for how to support girls in STEM. Mallika is currently attending Santa Clara University where she is working towards a degree in economics and feminist studies.

A Notre Dame education extends well beyond the footprint of our downtown San Jose campus, out into the tenth largest city in the United States and the thriving center of Silicon Valley. The area is rich with culture, history, art and resources. Biotech students recently embarked on one of more than 50 walking field trips scheduled for this year, to visit the BioDesign Studio at the Tech Museum.

The junior class traveled to Angel Island recently to bring to life their study of American immigration. Now a California State Park, Angel Island served as a "holding place" for primarily Chinese immigrants in the early 1900s.

Notre Dame's mission of teaching young women 'what they need to know for life' extends to our families through a series of workshops and informational sessions designed to help famillies navigate the challenges, and embrace the opportunities, of parenthood in today's world. This year's series of workshop began with the topic of suicide which is, for many, is difficult to discuss.

In the first interdisciplinary, all-class field trip of the year, the class of 2021 visited San Jose’s Japantown, bringing to life core ideas from Notre Dame’s Education for Justice & Leadership curriculum and the freshman summer reading book, Samurai’s Garden, by Gail Tsukiyama.

More than 180 students from 20 Bay Area schools gathered on the Notre Dame campus this weekend to compete in parliamentary debate. Madeleine Wong '21 and Anaya Thapar '21 won all of the rounds in which they debated, landing in first place!

For her Senior Service Learning Project, Anika Kumar, Class of 2017, started Forget Me Not, a program through which Notre Dame students connected with senior citizens in weekly phone calls. Anika's project was recently featured in India-West Magazine.

The Peace Current, Pax Christi USA's publication, recently featured an article by Kathleen Quiazon, Notre Dame's director of mission and ministry through which she shared the inspiration she found in attending this year's Spirituality of Nonviolence Workshop with Notre Dame High School students.

As the 2017-2018 school year starts to pick up the pace, so do the extra-curricular activities that go along with it. With representatives from 25 clubs, 10 interest groups and many other co-curriculars present, Friday's club fair marked the first time students were exposed to all the opportunities for involvement at Notre Dame.

A writer for Notre Dame's Crown & Shield publication, Isha spent the summer diving into the world of journalism with an internship at India Currents. You can read about her experience here.

At Notre Dame, what many consider integral life skills have been woven throughout the curriculum, ensuring that students graduate with critical thinking, teamwork and self-awareness skills, among others. This year we've taken it one step further, with #LifeSkills workshops that help prepare students with additional skills that ensure life success.

Women of Impact honoree Lisa Sobrato Sonsini, Susana Garcia (vice principal of enrollment and public relations) and Mariana Haro '19 were interviewed for a segment of Comunidad del Valle, a public affairs show that airs weekly on NBC Bay Area. Tune in on Sunday, September 10 at 9:30am on NBC Bay Area and/or at 11:30am on Telemundo! NBC will be featuring a third segment so stay tuned!

Starting a New Year

September 7, 2017

As the Class of 2021 embarks on many first-time experiences, the rest of the ND community is ready to support them––from setting aside freshman lunch tables during the first week of school to the overall friendly nature of the rest of the faculty and students, the freshmen are already learning about the inner workings of ND.

Auxilio (Auxie), a graduate of Notre Dame’s Class of 1936, was 102 when she passed away peacefully on August 16, 2017. We were blessed to spend some time with this wonderful woman, her sister Acela (Class of 1942) and daughter Lydia (Class of 1964) when they visited Notre Dame last year and shared her story in our annual report of giving, which you can read here.

Each year Notre Dame’s Rene Lepiane Leadership Award is presented to an incoming freshman student who exemplifies the qualities of a good leader.  The recipient is chosen, in part, based on her written essay.  Holly Petermann, this year’s recipient, shared her ideas of what makes a good leader.  “A quality that I think a good leaders should have is the ability to do what is right even if they are doing it by themselves and it is not the popular thing to do,” shared Holly.

Over the summer, Emily Tieu '20 attended the Bolshoi Ballet Academy Summer Intensive program in Windsor, Connecticut. The program, presented by the Russian American Foundation and designed for students 9-15 years of age, includes intensive ballet instruction as well as language classes and other activities.

We’re very excited to announce that Notre Dame High School has been ranked as the number one Catholic school in Santa Clara County and third in the state by Niche, the largest website for researching K-12 schools! In addition, the school was named the number two all-girl's school (#5 in California) and number one in diversity among private schools. We recognize that we are ranked among outstanding schools and are thankful for this distinction.

Congratulations to the 30 Notre Dame alumnae under 30 years old who have been nominated and selected by their peers for significant accomplishments in their professional and/or personal lives. We look forward to recognizing them at this year's Women of Impact Luncheon on October 5, 2017 where we will be honoring Lisa Sobrato Sonsini and Kelly Powell '88 Bruno.

Senior April Alger recently spoke with the San Jose Mercury News about her experience raising and showing animals at the Santa Clara County Fair.

Notre Dame's Class of 2020 battled faculty and staff in what has become a well-loved tradition - an epic water balloon showdown! Auctioned off to the highest bidder at Notre Dame's annual 'party of the year' benefit, the rights to participate went to the freshman class this year. In addition to being a whole lot of fun, the water balloon battle raised $2,500 for tuition assistance and program development.

Well over 300 seniors, juniors and their guests enjoyed a beautiful night of laughter, dancing and great food at this year's prom. The event, attended by 89% percent of the Class of 2017 Ravens, had a Beauty & the Beast theme complete with singing greeters and giant cutlery!