Spring Week Slated To Be Better Than Ever


Meghan Yakel, Staff Writer, Advanced Journalism

Spring Week is a very special week at Notre Dame Academy, a week full of  service projects, fun events, special dress days and Student Government elections for the upcoming year.

Coordinated by Student Government, the week begins Monday, April 23, and concludes Friday, April 27.

“Spring Week got started as a second semester complement to Fall Fest Week in the first semester,” said English teacher Carolyn Brown, who came to NDA 23 years ago.  “When I came and was made a Student Government adviser, there was already the De la Bai Fest celebration going on. Since Fall Fest Week had been so successful, Student Government  started a similar week of fun in the spring.”

Spring Week traditionally means special dress days for the students and staff, but the coordinators for Spring Week are still waiting for approval from administration to announce them quite yet. The dress days will be announced at the Prayer Service that will kick off the week on Monday, April 23.

“We don’t want to reveal too much right now,” said senior Katie Romes, Curriculum and Student Life Representative on the Executive Board.

One of the activities already announced for the week is The Pancake Run/Walk to benefit James Bosco’s education, an event coordinated by math teacher Bryan Konshak and Resource Director Cassidy McGowan, who works closely with Bosco in Student Services.

Labeled a “fundraiser and FRIENDraiser all in one,” students, staff and community members will participate in a 25-minute timed run/walk around the track followed by “an unlimited stack of pancakes.”  Start time is 5 p.m. at the track.

“The pancake run is a must for everyone. You don’t have to feel guilty about eating the pancakes because you will have exercise included, and it’s all in support of our dear friend and classmate James Bosco,” said Romes. For more details regarding the event, students or parents can use this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd8tt1m17m5nIjkKkT5KA2ZadPUbzImll_2o2tmKgqpFKywmA/viewform?usp=sf_link

De la Baie Fest, the final day of Spring Week, will be the same as it is every year but with a few new activities.  As usual, classes will be shortened, and the activities will begin at noon. The traditional 3-on-3 basketball, dodgeball and ping pong tournaments will have students moving between the two gyms to the South Commons for competitions.

With every club and organization required by the administration to participate in some way, there will be food and raffle opportunities, a silent auction and another Kahoot Challenge by Writers Union that was extremely popular last year.

Romes also confirmed another innovation by Student Government–three challenging scavenger hunts for a prize.

Dip Day, coordinated by Ms. Holly Strong, will be Wednesday. Students or staff can bring in a dip for the students to try for a small fee.  Ms. Strong would appreciate additional dips and is the person to contact if you’re willing to help out.

There will be a donation day during lunches.

“We will collect money at lunches to help students in the community who cannot afford lunch get a lunch,” said Ms. Strong.

Student Government advisers include Frau Laaksonen, Ms. Strong, Senora Dory, Senora VandenWyngaard, Mrs. Gina Fredrick and Mrs. Sarah VanGrunsven.

Spring Week will begin April 23 with a Prayer Service announcing everything planned for the week and end with De la Baie Fest on Friday, April 27.