What is Grand Beginnings?

More than a fundraiser, Grand Beginnings is an opportunity to support the school’s educational needs, both in classrooms and in various auxiliary areas. By attending the event you are helping decrease tuition costs, update our classrooms, provide healthy lunches for all students, and meet a host of needs for students and teachers alike. Grand Beginnings has traditionally been one of NDA’s largest fundraisers, and our largest community event.

Join us on April 29, 2023. Stay tuned for exciting details on this year’s event, including a new location!

Check out a few of our premiere and silent auction items from last year’s event listed below.

To view our full list of auction items, go to your account in BidPal.


Saturday, April 29, 2023

New Location in 2023!

Amazon Wishlist

Donation Form

Donation forms may be printed and dropped off with your donation, or filled out electronically and emailed to office@nda-mn.org.

2022 Premire Packages

We are excited to share these amazing items!

Silent Auction Items

Our silent auction opens before the big day! Watch for an email to begin bidding the week of the event.

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, contact one of our coordinators at lflom@nda-mn.org or vpritchard@nda-mn.org or view our Sign Up Genius.


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 our live and silent auctions. 

This year, the live auction committee is looking for service donations. Examples include hours of plumbing, landscaping, and design, etc. Any outdoor or sporting items are needed as well. 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 events! A silent auction team member will be waiting at the morning car lines to receive your donation item.

“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. Livestreamed via IHM.

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