Notre Dame Academy Traditions


Notre Dame Academy Traditions

Marathon – October 2022

We are excited for our Marathon happening in October! 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. This important fundraiser helps offset the gap between tuition and the actual cost to educate a child. Student participants obtain donations from sponsors, and then walk or run the Marathon route at NDA.


The Event

Notre Dame Academy will hold our Marathon on October 7, 2022. Our goal this year is $45,000. 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 bring a donation into school or ask sponsors to donate online. We thank you in advance for your support of our school and this event!

Students with cash or check donations may turn in their Marathon envelope each Wednesday in the weeks leading up to Marathon. Please make checks out to Notre Dame Academy, and please turn in your final donations on October 7.

Students will walk and run the route (approximately one half mile each lap) together on school grounds beginning at 2:30pm for about 45 minutes. We are excited for them to participate regardless of their ability to collect donations. Guests are invited to come to school for the Marathon, our assembly afterwards and our family festival. Preschool students are encouraged to participate if they would like, envelopes are available in the school office.

As we are celebrating connection this year we would like to offer to pray for the intentions of our friends and family. We can do so while asking people for marathon donations. Students can, in fact, open their conversation with people by offering to pray for intentions. There will be cards in their marathon envelopes for people to write their intentions. Students should collect those cards in their envelope with the donations. It does not matter if someone donates or not, we welcome all prayer intentions.

We will pray for these prayer intentions at our school Mass in addition to adoration during October. We will also save these prayers until May, when our eighth graders will bring them on their annual pilgrimage. Please encourage your children to let people know that as an NDA community we want to come together to pray for our family, friends and greater community.

This year we will celebrate with families after school during our Marathon Fall Family Festival, hosted by our Home and School Committee. The family event will take place on Friday, October 7, from 4:15-6:30pm.


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Prizes for this year’s marathon are listed below. As we work towards our final goal, we will have incentives attached to all school prizes. Students will be invited to make suggestions for the prizes from Dr. Jungels and our two priests.

  • $10,000 – Chocolate Milk Option at Lunch EVERYDAY – Completed!
  • $20,000 – Friday Spirit Wear Days (for the upcoming year) – Completed!
  • $30,000 – Ice Cream Truck Visit – Completed!
  • $40,000 – A Surprise from Dr. Jungels
  • $45,000 – A Surprise from Father John and Father Paul

We will have four class prizes this year for the grade that brings in the most donations (based on an average donation per student). We will award one class winner in preschool and one each in grades K-2, 3-5 and 6-8.

The winning class will have the choice of the following prizes:

  • Pizza party for the class
  • Doughnuts and juice for the class
  • Popcorn and movie afternoon or game day
  • Out of uniform

Each student who brings in at least $5 will be entered into a participation drawing. These winners will receive Target gift cards! Our goal is to have 100% student participation!

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!

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 at 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 $45,000 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. Livestreamed via IHM.

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