Notre Dame Academy Traditions


Notre Dame Academy Traditions

What is Marathon?

This event has been a Catholic school tradition for 40 years and a Notre Dame Academy tradition since spring of 2014. The Minnesota Marathon for Nonpublic Education, Inc., is an association of parents, educators, and friends of nonpublic education who promote this yearly event. Participants will raise money for NDA. ALL proceeds collected by the participants and sponsors are given directly to the school. Student participants obtain donations from sponsors, and then walk or run the Marathon route at NDA.


This Year’s Event

Our budgeted amount is $35,000, we understand that it may be a huge stretch for some families to donate right now and please know that it is ok if you cannot give at this time. We are grateful for anything that can be collected for this fundraiser under the current circumstances.

Notre Dame Academy will hold a virtual Marathon event on Friday, April 24th. We ask you to discuss with your children your rules for safety in regards to asking sponsors for donations. Encourage them to ask family, friends, neighbors or other people the students already know. They can mail a donation into school or ask sponsors to donate online. We thank you in advance for your support of our school and this event.

We understand that going to talk with the neighbors, meeting with relatives or grandparents will not be happening in our usual way, so your child may need to make a phone call, send an email or text message, or write a letter to ask for a donation in support of NDA.

Students are encouraged to choose an activity to do in the days leading up to Marathon.  Please feel free to have your children shoot baskets, do cartwheels, or make thank-you cards for service members and essential workers! Have them pray the Rosary or a Novena for nine days leading up to the event. Do what works for you! Maybe they are unloading the dishwasher or keeping their room clean as a Marathon activity. We would love to have them participate regardless of their ability to collect donations.

On Friday, April 24th, we are hosting a drive by parade! Faculty will be spaced out in our parking lot to wave to you as you drive from the IHM parking lot towards our main school office doors. The parade lasts from 2:00-2:30pm.


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Instead of individual prizes this year we will work to earn our Spirit Wear Fridays and to install a Gaga Ball pit on the playground. The kids love playing that game!

As we work towards our final goal, we will have incentives attached to all school prizes which are listed below.

  • $10,000 Friday Spirit Wear Days for the upcoming year – Done!
  • $20,000 Chocolate Milk Option at Lunch and a Sundae Bar the first week of school next fall – Done!
  • $35,000 Gaga Pit Installed – Done!

 We are grateful to everyone who assisted in us reaching all three of our goals this year! Thanks to you, we raised $35,026!

How can you help?

Marathon tips:

Ask family, friends, and neighbors to sponsor you by making a donation for Marathon to support your school. Consider contacting coaches, parishioners and alumni of NDA.

It may be helpful to write out a personal message about your school to share with your family, friends, and neighbors.

Donations can be made online at nda-mn.org under the “Events” tab.

Donations by check can be made out to Notre Dame Academy. Please mail the checks to: Notre Dame Academy, 13505 Excelsior Blvd. Minnetonka, MN 55345 and note Marathon on the memo line.

Ask sponsors if their employer will match the donation. This is an easy way to increase your donation and every gift matters! Please send Liz Flom an email with the information to expect the match.

Be sure to tell your sponsors their donations are tax deductible. NDA will mail tax receipts for donations over $100.

Please help us to meet our $35,000 goal!

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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