What is Grand Beginnings?

More than a fundraiser, Grand Beginnings is an opportunity to learn more about your child’s school, meet up with friends, and of course support the school’s educational needs. By attending Grand Beginnings you are helping to bridge the gap in tuition costs vs. what we charge, update our classrooms, provide healthy lunches for all students, and meet a host of needs for students and teachers alike.

Grand Beginnings is not only NDA’s largest fundraiser, it is our largest community event as well. All are welcome to attend, so invite your friends, leave the kids at home and enjoy uninterrupted conversations with friends new and old!

Saturday, November 21st, 2020

Details to come!

Auction items below

are from the 2019 event.

Heads & Tails Video

Live Auction

We are excited to share these amazing items! Click on the graphic to learn more.

Silent Auction

Our silent auction opens before the big day! Watch for an email from BidPal to begin bidding the week of the event. Click on the graphics to learn more.

How to Help


Volunteers are the backbone of many great NDA events. If you would like to volunteer, we have a role for you! Whether you have 2 hours or 20 hours, we can use your talents on our team!

There are numerous ways to be involved with Grand Beginnings, see our Sign-Up Genius for a description of volunteer needs.


Donation Opportunities

If you don’t have time to volunteer, please consider giving towards our auction! We are always in need of new items to create packages for live and silent auctions.

This year, the live auction committee is looking for tickets, some ideas include: Sports tickets (professional, local, one-time); Event tickets (Chanhassen Dinner Theater, Guthrie, Stages);  Entrance tickets (zoos, museums); Concert tickets. If you don’t have access to any donatable items, but still want to donate, please consider donating cash!

Our silent auction committee has created an Amazon Wishlist of items they would love to include in silent auction baskets. Visit the page, purchase a gift and it will be shipped to the school for use in the Silent Auction!

If you have items you would like to donate, consider doing so during our Stop, Drop and Drive event! A silent auction team member will be waiting at morning car line to receive your donation item! These will be held on Friday, November 1 and 13.

Thanks to these great advertisers!

“We look forward to Grand Beginnings every year! Not only is it a chance to help our school, it’s a fun night to catch up with friends and meet new parents. And our kids love to see what cool items we come home with!”

– Current Parent

Contact Information

Notre Dame Academy
13505 Excelsior Blvd.
Minnetonka, MN 55345

Phone: 952-358-3500
Fax: 952-935-2031

Doors open at 8:45 a.m.

School Hours:
9:00 a.m.-3:55 p.m.

Preschool Hours:
9:00 a.m.-3:45 p.m.

School Mass:
Wednesdays and Holy Days at 9:15 a.m.

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