Picture Day is August 22nd

A retake day is scheduled for October 4th.

School pictures will be put online for you to view and order. Your son/daughter will be given a QR Code Card at the time of pictures to bring home. This card will have the code you will need to order pictures and will have information on ordering from Ambrosius Studios website (ambrosiusstudios.com).

Images will be on the website within 5 days after photos are taken. Each student will have 2 images online to view and select from. Please view your son/daughter’s images within 14 days of picture day to ensure no retake is necessary. If a retake is necessary, this must be indicated online to have a retake done. All retakes MUST be entered online.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Ambrosius Studios at (920) 494-2294. 


Notre Dame of De Pere School is part of the Green Bay Area Catholic Education (GRACE) School System. It is a private Catholic school serving Preschool and Elementary through 8th grade (PK3-8) with open enrollment. NDDP provides an individualized education in a faith-based environment. Each child is supported not only academically, but spiritually. The best way to learn more about NDDP is to visit! Click here to schedule a tour.

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A GRACEful Approach to AI for Teachers

By Samantha Skifton, Technology Integration Specialist, GRACE

Artificial Intelligence. If you read those words and immediately think that it can’t be good for the future of education, many would likely agree. Artificial Intelligence (AI) hit the world like a tidal wave in November of 2022 thanks to ChatGPT, a chat-based platform that can instantly generate text. There are a few common misconceptions we would like to clarify. First, AI is not a new creation. It has been part of the technological world since 1950, albeit in different forms. Second, you use AI almost daily and might not realize it. Do you ask Siri or Alexa to play your favorite songs or to schedule a reminder? Have you ever Googled something? Has your digital map recommended the shortest route? And don’t get me started on personalized ads! These daily tasks all use AI to some degree.

GRACE’s Technology Services team was tasked with researching AI at the start of the school year. Immediately hundreds of questions posed threats to how we view education. Did students need to hand write essays? Was this something that students or staff should even use? The questions didn’t stop, and neither did we. We knew that AI couldn’t be brushed under the rug for another day. Our investigation started exactly where it should: with our faith. Pope Francis has been addressing AI since 2016, and throughout that time his opinion hasn’t changed: AI is a gift from God which needs to serve our human potential and will challenge our teaching methods, however we are called to use AI morally and ethically to promote critical thinking (Address of His Holiness Pope Francis to Participants in the “Minerva Dialogues”, March 2023). 

Our focus became finding AI tools that were created specifically for educators. These tools save our teachers something precious: time. AI provides an almost instantaneous digital assistant to our teachers. The teacher who used to spend three hours creating review materials for students can now create a starting point in seconds. The first-year teacher who wants to create a project based on the novel Wonder has a multitude of ideas in minutes. The teacher who wants to give each student a personalized Christmas story can save hours of time creating them.

There are a few things we would like to affirm. We discourage teachers from distributing AI materials without first editing and making materials their own. AI is a starting point not the final draft. The use of ChatGPT is discouraged for all because, quite honestly, there are better tools available. As for students, the expectation is that their assigned work be original, not AI generated.  Blocking or banning use is almost impossible, instead the focus within the classroom is exhibiting academic honesty while demonstrating skill mastery.

We have before us a rare opportunity to pioneer an ethical and moral use of AI for education grounded in our GRACE mission. Our teachers will focus on utilizing AI to enhance academic rigor, professionalism, effectiveness, and evangelization while striving for excellence.


This is an excerpt from the Spring 2024 GRACE Newsletter. Check out the whole newsletter by clicking the button below!

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Notre Dame of De Pere School is part of the Green Bay Area Catholic Education (GRACE) School System. It is a private Catholic school serving Preschool and Elementary through 8th grade (PK3-8) with open enrollment. NDDP provides an individualized education in a faith-based environment. Each child is supported not only academically, but spiritually. The best way to learn more about NDDP is to visit! Click here to schedule a tour.

2024-25 Student Supply Lists are Now Available!

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2024-25 Student Supply Lists can be viewed and/or downloaded by master PDF below OR by clicking here to access individual lists in a Google Drive Folder.


Notre Dame of De Pere School is part of the Green Bay Area Catholic Education (GRACE) School System. It is a private Catholic school serving Preschool and Elementary through 8th grade (PK3-8) with open enrollment. NDDP provides an individualized education in a faith-based environment. Each child is supported not only academically, but spiritually. The best way to learn more about NDDP is to visit! Click here to schedule a tour.

Notre Dame of De Pere  – Making a Difference in the World

Bringing Water and Hope to Chikanza Community School

Inspired by the book A Long Walk to Water, students from Notre Dame of De Pere (NDDP) recently raised funds for a well (borehole) at Chikanza, a rural school in Zambia that serves orphans and other vulnerable children.

Currently, Chikanza students must walk more than a mile to collect water from shallow, muddy streams. During the dry season, water might not even exist. With the construction of a well, clean water will be ensured throughout the year. In addition, it will serve not only the school children but also the surrounding community. It will be life-changing!!

Addie Beauchamp, an NDDP 5th grader, was so moved by the book and remembered her grandparents, Judy, and Jerry Turba, had just returned from a mission trip to Zambia and mentioned a school they had visited in rural Africa where children had little access to clean water, just like in the book. Together they coordinated a presentation for 5th grade teacher Ms. Cindy Kabat, principal, Mrs. Mares, and 5th grade student council coordinator, Mr. Casey Siegler. All agreed that raising money for a well would certainly fit the mission of the school. The student council unanimously agreed to coordinate efforts and that’s when the work began.

With the cost of the well at $3,000 USD, raising funds was no simple task. Water bottles with Chikanza labels were made and sold as were baked goods and freezer pops. Addie’s mom, Jessie Turba Beauchamp, assisted Addie with the development of a webpage and QR code for online donations. The entire school also participated in “Penny Wars”, with classrooms competing to see who could raise the most money. 

Amazingly, more than $4,000 was raised!! The additional funds will be used to support a feeding program at Rosamystica, an urban Zambian school also serving extremely vulnerable children where a school lunch may be the only meal eaten all day. 

On Tuesday, May 28, 5th graders from Notre Dame will have the opportunity to “meet” Rosamystica students through a Zoom call. They can converse with the students they are supporting and learn about one another. 

Once the well is completed at Chikanza (construction will begin this May), images will be shared with the NDDP students and they will be able to see the results of their efforts.

Notre Dame of De Pere students are making a difference half a world away—offering hope (and water) where there is little. Indeed, they are the hands and feet of Christ.


Notre Dame of De Pere School is part of the Green Bay Area Catholic Education (GRACE) School System. It is a private Catholic school serving Preschool and Elementary through 8th grade (PK3-8) with open enrollment. NDDP provides an individualized education in a faith-based environment. Each child is supported not only academically, but spiritually. The best way to learn more about NDDP is to visit! Click here to schedule a tour.

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Spring Letter from the GRACE President

Dear Members of the GRACE Community:

Warm spring greetings during this beautiful time of Easter, growth and reflection. I am filled with gratitude for the blessings that continue to enrich our beloved GRACE community. 

One of the cornerstones of our mission is to ensure that our schools are beacons of faith and knowledge, open to all those who seek the light of Catholic education. With the support of our 23 GRACE-affiliated parishes, we are steadfast in our commitment to welcoming every child into our classrooms regardless of background or circumstance. Together, we embrace our community knowing that it is through unity that we truly thrive to reach the kingdom- our ultimate yearning. 

The impact of a GRACE education extends far beyond the walls of our schools. By providing more students with access to quality education, we not only foster academic excellence but pave the way for brighter futures and boundless opportunities. Our commitment to nurturing a thriving community around us is rooted in the belief that Catholic education is the cornerstone of our students’ futures. 

I am delighted to report that our enrollment remains strong, a testament to the unwavering dedication of our staff and families and the enduring appeal of Catholic education in greater Green Bay. With robust and thriving schools, our students are provided not only with excellent academic opportunities but also with vibrant social experiences that help shape them into well-rounded individuals. Each child brings a unique perspective to our community enriching our classrooms with a tapestry of personalities and ideas. 

A steady enrollment also serves as the bedrock of our fiscal practices, ensuring the stability and sustainability of our schools for generations to come. Through the support of our growing community, we are empowered to uphold the traditions and teachings of our Catholic faith in partnership with our parents and parishes, nurturing the hearts and minds of our students. 

As we celebrate our successes, let us also cherish the bonds of friendship and unity that are forged within our GRACE family. Together, parents and educators alike form a supportive network that cultivates our beautiful community and creates a sense of belonging and lasting friendships for our students that endures long after graduation. 

I extend my deepest gratitude to each and every member of our GRACE community for your unwavering support and dedication to our mission. Together, let us continue to uphold the values of faith, excellence, and community that define us, inspiring future generations to shine brightly in the light of God’s love. 

With prayers, peace and warmest regards as we enter into these final days of the academic year!

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Kimberly A. Desotell

President, GRACE 


This is an excerpt from the Spring 2024 GRACE Newsletter. Check out the whole newsletter by clicking the button below!

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Notre Dame of De Pere School is part of the Green Bay Area Catholic Education (GRACE) School System. It is a private Catholic school serving Preschool and Elementary through 8th grade (PK3-8) with open enrollment. NDDP provides an individualized education in a faith-based environment. Each child is supported not only academically, but spiritually. The best way to learn more about NDDP is to visit! Click here to schedule a tour.

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GRACE Spring 2024 Newsletter Now Available

The latest GRACE Spring 2024 newsletter is now available to read! This issue highlights the Father Allouez Catholic School Faith Fair, puts a spotlight on newcomer Father Adam Bradley, a thoughtful reflection from Deacon Dan, an update on GRACE athletics from new Director of Athletics and Activities, Matt Riebe, and even more!

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Notre Dame of De Pere School is part of the Green Bay Area Catholic Education (GRACE) School System. It is a private Catholic school serving Preschool and Elementary through 8th grade (PK3-8) with open enrollment. NDDP provides an individualized education in a faith-based environment. Each child is supported not only academically, but spiritually. The best way to learn more about NDDP is to visit! Click here to schedule a tour.

St. Francis Xavier Picnic At the Parish

We hope to see you there!


Notre Dame of De Pere School is part of the Green Bay Area Catholic Education (GRACE) School System. It is a private Catholic school serving Preschool and Elementary through 8th grade (PK3-8) with open enrollment. NDDP provides an individualized education in a faith-based environment. Each child is supported not only academically, but spiritually. The best way to learn more about NDDP is to visit! Click here to schedule a tour.

Teacher Appreciation Week is 5/6-5/10

Here is what is happening to honor our staff throughout the week. 

Please consider asking your child(ren) to write a sincere note of appreciation, make a card, or draw a picture! These small gestures will mean the world to your teacher(s)!


Notre Dame of De Pere School is part of the Green Bay Area Catholic Education (GRACE) School System. It is a private Catholic school serving Preschool and Elementary through 8th grade (PK3-8) with open enrollment. NDDP provides an individualized education in a faith-based environment. Each child is supported not only academically, but spiritually. The best way to learn more about NDDP is to visit! Click here to schedule a tour.

Celebrating a Legacy: Mrs. Cramer Announces Retirement 

It is with joy (and a touch of bittersweetness) that we announce the retirement of Mrs. Jacky Cramer, after an incredible 54 years of dedicated service to the Notre Dame of De Pere Catholic School community.

Throughout Mrs. Cramer’s tenure, she has been a pillar of wisdom, compassion, and inspiration for countless students. Her unwavering commitment to faith, academic excellence, and personal growth has left an indelible mark on the hearts and minds of all who have had the privilege of learning and working alongside her.

Mrs. Cramer has embodied the values of our Catholic faith, instilling in each student a deep sense of compassion, integrity, and faithfulness. Her passion for teaching, combined with her genuine care for every student, has created an environment where learning flourishes and lives are transformed.

We invite friends, family, and previous students to join us in celebrating Mrs. Cramer’s remarkable career and expressing our heartfelt appreciation for her unwavering dedication. Please join us for a special retirement school mass on May 15, 2024, at 8:30 in the school gym. Light refreshments and time to visit with Mrs. Cramer will follow for guests in the cafeteria.

Please share this invitation widely in honor and celebration of Mrs. Cramer.  All are invited to share pictures of memories with Mrs. Cramer for a slide show. Pictures can be emailed to nddp-communications@gracesystem.org


Notre Dame of De Pere School is part of the Green Bay Area Catholic Education (GRACE) School System. It is a private Catholic school serving Preschool and Elementary through 8th grade (PK3-8) with open enrollment. NDDP provides an individualized education in a faith-based environment. Each child is supported not only academically, but spiritually. The best way to learn more about NDDP is to visit! Click here to schedule a tour.

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Student Spotlight

Today we’d like to highlight an outstanding student in the GRACE community, this time from Notre Dame of De Pere Catholic School!

Joel is truly the nicest student you will ever meet. He greets everyone with a warm smile and goes out of his way to help our younger students. When Joel attended our aftercare program, he would make sure the youngest students were included in the bigger kids’ games of basketball and that everyone was fun and safe while doing so.


Notre Dame of De Pere School is part of the Green Bay Area Catholic Education (GRACE) School System. It is a private Catholic school serving Preschool and Elementary through 8th grade (PK3-8) with open enrollment. NDDP provides an individualized education in a faith-based environment. Each child is supported not only academically, but spiritually. The best way to learn more about NDDP is to visit! Click here to schedule a tour.