With Grateful Hearts

For November

Our theme for the year, "With Grateful Hearts," grounds us in love and faith in one another and in the Jesus who lives in and among us. Inspired by the School Sisters of Notre Dame's charism of unity, may we cultivate grateful hearts for the opportunities and blessings which we have received and which await us in this school year!

Everyday Thanksgiving

November is often considered the month of thanksgiving. Yet for us at Notre Dame Prep, gratitude is an everyday occurrence. Our theme, “With Grateful Hearts,” affirms that gratitude comes from the smallest moments, such as a kind word or a helpful gesture, to more significant blessings such as family, education, and health. Last week, at our Junior Ring Liturgy and Ceremony, we came together to reaffirm our values and gave thanks for the many gifts of our wonderful school. As a community, we are called to join in thanksgiving of the greatest gift, God’s unconditional love, which touches each one of us and which we, in turn, are called to share with one another. As we move through the month to the holiday of Thanksgiving and the first Sunday of Advent, may gratitude fill your hearts, and may God’s blessings be with you and your families.

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  • Read Sister Patricia's Bio

    Sister Patricia McCarron’s appointment as Notre Dame Preparatory School’s ninth headmistress, which began July 1, 2005, completes a remarkable circle: she started her professional career there as a faculty member in the mid-1980s and returned to lead the school 30 years later. Sister Patricia guides the NDP faculty and staff in its mission of educating young women to transform the world.

    In the years that she has been headmistress, Sister Patricia has overseen remarkable growth at Notre Dame Preparatory School, including expanding academic and extra-curricular programs; implementing two strategic plans for the school; renovating the Middle Level and other campus spaces; steadily increasing the school’s annual fund and endowment; and continuing to raise the community's awareness of the School Sisters of Notre Dame and their commitment to service and justice in the world.  Under her leadership, NDP has been recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence in 2012 and again in 2020; a Top Workplace by The Baltimore Sun each year since the program’s inception in 2011; A Baltimore Style and Daily Record Reader’s Top Choice School; and a Top Engineering Source School by University of Maryland Clark School of Engineering.
    As a School Sister of Notre Dame, Sister Patricia is committed to empowering others through education.  Before her appointment at NDP, Sister Patricia served as Associate Academic Dean at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.  Prior to that, she held administrative positions at both Bishop Walsh Middle/High School in Cumberland and at The Seton Keough High School in Baltimore.
    Sister Patricia holds a Ph.D. in Educational Administration and Policy from the Catholic University of America and an M.Ed. in Education Management and Supervision from Loyola College.  She earned her undergraduate degree from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.  Sister Patricia is a recognized speaker on the topics of Catholic identity and Catholic school leadership.  She is in The Daily Record’s “Circle of Excellence” for being named among the Top 100 Women in Maryland in 2008, 2010, and 2013. In 2014, she received the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA)’s Educational Excellence Award.  She previously served on the Board of the Notre Dame of Maryland University (2014-2020) and currently serves on the Archdiocese of Baltimore's Child Abuse Review Board.

Notre Dame Preparatory School

An Independent, Catholic Girls School, Grades 6-12, Sponsored by the School Sisters of Notre Dame