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I have spent 20 years at Notre Dame of De Pere, and before that I spent 3 years at Clay Lamberton Middle School, Berlin. Notre Dame is special because of the wonderful, faith-filled students, family and faculty. I love the enthusiasm and energy of the students and the support of families, faculty and staff.
Melissa Freeman

Music Class 2018-2019

F.R.O.G.      Fully Rely On God


Wishing all in the Notre Dame of De Pere Community a Blessed Merry Christmas!  The video below has become one of my very favorite tellings of the The Christmas Story.


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Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.  -Proverbs 3:5

The Notre Dame community successfully engages the whole child through experiential learning to make them stronger in mind, body and soul.

MS Syllabus

Upcoming Important Dates

Wed. Jan. 2, 2019 School Liturgy at St. Francis at 8:35 am led by Eighth Grade.

Wed.Jan. 9, 2019 School Liturgy at St. Francis at 8:35 am led by Third Grade.

Fri. Feb. 1, 2019 Catholic Schools Week School Liturgy with Bishop Ricken at St. Francis at 8:35 am led by Sixth Grade.


THURSDAY, MAY 16, 2019:    6-8 SPRING CONCERT, 1:00 and 6:30 in the MS gym.

Thursday, May 23, 2019:  5-8 INSTRUMENT CONCERT, 2:00 pm in the MS gym.


Middle School:  Grades 6-8 have been working on decoding Christmas carols which have been rewritten from poetry to prose with different vocabulary.  They have been working in pairs to rewrite a carol of their own.  On Friday, Dec. 21, students will share their rewrites in ELA class to see if their fellow students can guess which carol they have rewritten.  On Thursday, Dec. 20, middle school students will be venturing over to the ES building during music class to visit classrooms and sing Christmas carols for/with them.  We will begin work on our spring concert as soon as we come back from Christmas break.

Elementary School: Fantastic job with our Christmas Concert, Carol and the Bells to ALL students in grades K-5!! The 4K students also did an excellent job on their Christmas concert today (December 19)!  What a special way to celebrate the coming birth of Christ!! I am looking forward to sharing the concert video with students this week and returning to our regular unit material after the Christmas break.


Band and Guitar:  Grades 6-8 band students will meet for full band rehearsals each B and D day during academic focus time (11:53-12:23).  Grades 6-8 band students should also report for a smaller group lesson at 7:30 am on B day (woodwinds) and D day (brass and percussion).  Grade 5 band will begin by choosing instruments in the first weeks of music class.  Grade 5 band rehearsals will begin in October. We will meet at 7:30 am on A day (woodwinds) and E day (brass and percussion).  Grade 6-8 guitar students will meet on Mass Days at 7:30 am.  Grade 5 guitar students will meet on C days at 7:30 am.

Grade 5-8 Band & Guitar Schedule and Registration Information

5th Grade Band & Guitar Registration

Music and Band Performance Dates:

Friday, Nov. 9, 2018:   Veteran’s Day Assembly

Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018:   Christmas Concert, K-5, 1:00 & 6:30

Saturday, March 2, 2019:  GRACE Solo and Ensemble, 8:00 am til approximately 1:00 pm. for all interested band members, solo singers, private piano, guitar and string students in grades 6-8.  Notre Dame of De Pere will host this event.

Thursday, May 16, 2019:  Spring Concert, 6-8, 1:00 & 6:30

Thursday, May 23, 2019:  Spring Instrument Concert, 2:00 for band members and guitar players in grades 5-8.



Middle School:  Be sure to check My Homework App for any assignments.  Class time is given to work on assignments given.

Students are busy preparing songs for our school Liturgies.  Middle school students are working on a rhythm unit using class hand drums and auxiliary percussion.  Soon we will be writing letters to our guest veterans.

Elementary School:  Come to music class ready to sing and learn!  We are continuing to prepare our music for school Masses.  Students are continuing to prepare our Christmas concert musical, Carol and the Belles.  Students in Grades 3-5 are meeting with Miss F. to determine how they’d like to be involved in the concert this year (on stage with lines, on stages with no lines, sing a solo or duet, stay on risers with their class).  All grades will be memorizing the lyrics and choreography for the concert songs.  Each song will feature one grade level on stage.

Learning Links:

For information about our 2018 Christmas concert, Carol and the Belles, click the link below. 

Carol and The Belles


For information about the Spring Concert Musical, a link will be posted as soon as students complete their voting process and a Spring Musical is officially decided.