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ND Spotlight
Bridgeport Barnum Festival Royal Court Nominees 
Notre Dame would like to congratulate Lindsay Salvati and Jacob Rainey as the school's nominees for the annual Bridgeport Barnum Festival Royal Court. Each area high school nominates two members of the junior class to be considered for Barnum Fest King and Queen. Lindsay and Jacob were selected based upon a vote of their peers and the faculty and students had to be in the top 20% of their class to be considered. We wish them well as they move on to the interview process.

ND Happenings 
Campus Ministry Update
Students Volunteer at Easter Egg Hunt 
Gabe DaSilva '19, Linda Pham '19, Lissa Garcia '19 helped at St. Margaret Shrine's Annual Easter Egg Hunt by dressing as the Easter Bunny and taking pictures for the parish.

Back by Popular Demand
Seniors delivered Spring Care Packages to the elderly and sick home bound members of Assumption Parish.  Students previously delivered the Valentine's Day care packages that were made during Service Day and were asked to repeat their kindness to spread some youthful sunshine again. Participants included Josh Jeudy, Kim Valdovinos, Jenna Dorosh, and Liv Silva.  
News From the World Language Department - Students Travel to Europe
On the evening of April 7, 2017 "Students Love To Travel", Notre Dame's European Travel Group departed for their eight day tour of Barcelona, Spain and Paris,  France. Notre Dame travelers included Emily Carlson '18, Dailyn Dawid '20, Diana Estephan '17, Elizabeth Gomez '18, Andrea Rueda '19, Joseph Robles '17, Chridel Turtillieri '18, Madame Zac and Sra. Guarino. To read all about Notre Dame's trip, please click here.

Student Update
Coffee House Night POSTPONED
The Coffee House Night scheduled for Friday, April 21 has been postponed. Please contact Mr. St.Onge with any questions. 
Scholarship Applications Due May 5
Current freshmen, sophomores and juniors are reminded of four scholarship opportunities for the 2017-18 school year. Applications are due to the Main Office no later than Friday, May 5. Click on the respective scholarship name for an application and additional details.

Link Crew Thank You


Thanks to all of the sophomores and juniors who applied for the 2017-2018 Link program to welcome the freshmen class to the Notre Dame community in the Fall.  Group interviews were conducted on Tuesday and Friday and students will be notified of decisions on Friday, May 5 by email. 
 
Love Life Club
The next Love Life meeting will be held on  Thursday May 4  in Room 201A at  2:00 .
Reminders
Permission Slips Due for Freshman Field Day
Freshmen are reminded that their permission slips and ten dollars are due back to religion teachers by Wednesday for this Friday's upcoming annual Freshmen Field Day.  

Permission Slips Due for Junior Retreat
Juniors are reminded that their permission slips are due to their religion teachers on Monday for this Tuesday's junior retreat at St. Catherine's Parish in Trumbull.  
ND Junior-Senior Prom Information
The 2017 Notre Dame Junior-Senior Prom will take place on  Thursday, May 25, 2017 at the Waterview in Monroe. The prom will be held from  6:00 pm - 11:00 pm.  Tickets will be on sale from  April 24th-May 16th and the cost is $85.00 a person.  Tickets will be on sale in the cafeteria from  Mr. Carl Philipp or after school from  Miss Zembrzuski . Students attending the prom are asked to make their meal choice when buying their tickets. If any student has special dietary restrictions, they are asked to see Miss Zembrzuski. If a junior or senior is bringing a date from outside of the school, they must also have their date submit a permission slip. Click here to view the menu choices. Click here for a copy of the permission slip.

Drama Club Information
Do You Hear The People Sing?
 
Les Miserables Opening Night Cocktail Reception
Friday, May 5th - 6:00-7:30 P.M.

Edgerton Center For Performing Arts Lobby
Sacred Heart University

Please Support The ND Drama Club and Join Us
For This Adults Only Event

H'ors D'Oeuvres, Wine & Beer and Desserts
Reception Tickets are $15.00 and can be purchased online by clicking here

Tickets for Les Miserables on Sale Now!
Tickets for the Notre Dame Drama Club's Spring Musical,  Les Miserables: School Edition are now available for purchase at our show's website.  Click here to visit.  Advance tickets are not available at the SHU Box Office. The performances are on  May 5th and 6th at the Sacred Heart University Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts.  All ticket and show information can be found at the website.  There is a small processing fee that will be added to the price of each ticket order.  This processing fee covers the cost of our contract with our partner company, and the rest of the ticket price goes directly to the Notre Dame Drama Club.  Thank you for your support!  Please contact Mr. St.Onge at  jstonge@notredame.org with any questions. 

The Connecticut Writing Project
The Connecticut Writing Project offers Summer Writing Labs for high school students at Fairfield University.  These week-long, high-quality workshops focus on topics such as novel writing, sports journalism, and the college essay. To apply, visit CWP's website .  See Mr. Sulzycki if you have any questions.
SHU Journey - Apply by May 1
Current Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors are invited to apply for a very unique summer experience - the SHU Journey. This is a six day residential experience of faith education, self-discovery, small group discussion, community services, prayer and liturgy, music ministry, keynote speakers and fun activities for high school youth. The 2017 program will take place between 
June 25 and 30  on the Sacred Heart University campus. There are no costs for each of the 24 selected students and each student will also receive a $500 scholarship for participating. To apply for the program or to learn more, click here.
NCYC
Join Bishop Caggiano and more than 23,000 young people from around the country at the National Catholic Youth Conference in Indianpaolis, IN this November. The Diocese of Bridgeport will be traveling together as a group. The cost is $575 per person. This includes conference registration, bus transportation, hotel accommodations, and t-shirts. For more information contact Evan Psencik at epsencik@diobpt.org.

For information about the many opportunities for the youth of our Diocese, visit theChurchNeedsYou.org.
Parent Update
Thomas Merton Center In Need of Items
The Thomas Merton Center is short items that are in high demand this month.  They are specifically looking for cereal, tuna fish, jelly, oatmeal, and new underwear, socks, and t-shirts.  If you are able to donate, please bring the requested items to Miss Medoff in room 201A by  Friday, April 28 .
Faith-Filled Text Messages
Parents are invited to receive a tip each  Monday via text designed to help you assist young people encounter Jesus Christ. Text "FirstTeachers" to 84576. This information is made possible by the Diocese of Bridgeport Leadership Institute. For more information, visit  www.formationreimagined.org.
Yearbooks Soon to Sell Out
2017 Yearbook orders are now being taken. To purchase, students can bring cash or check for $80 
(payable to Notre Dame) to the Main Office.
Parent Association Update
NEW!  Bacon & Brew Fest - Volunteers Needed
We have a new and exciting event coming up and we need your help!  Please consider signing up to volunteer for Bacon & Brew Fest on Saturday, June 10 (from 12-4pm).  Opportunities include set-up the night before, registration, break down and much more!  We are also looking for one or two people to organize a committee to run a Cookoff Contest for bacon inspired dishes. Please email parentassociation@notredame.org to add your name to our volunteer list until a sign up genius with specific roles is published in the coming weeks. We are excited to have our ND families pitch in and support this huge effort. Watch this space for additional updates!
Advancement/Alumni Office Update
Bacon and Brew Fest Meeting - Everyone is Invited to Attend 
There will be a Bacon and Brew Fest meeting on Wednesday April 26 at 7:00 pm  in the school library.  Everyone is invited to attend this meeting.  We are looking forward to this fun, new tradition at ND...who doesn't love Bacon, Beer, Music and Fun?!  The Bacon and Brew Fest will be held on  Saturday, June 10th  from  noon - 4:00  at ND.  Please contact Theresa M arzik at  tmarzik@notredame.org  for more information.
Earn Money for ND with Amazon Smile
Do you shop on Amazon? Now you can earn money for ND just by shopping. Go to  https://smile.amazon.com and log into your Amazon account. Search for Notre Dame Catholic High School and begin shopping.  Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to ND.  AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know, same products, same prices, same service.
60th Anniversary - Limited Edition T-Shirts
To celebrate Notre Dame's 60th anniversary, we are selling limited edition t-shirts for only $20.  This is a fun way to commemorate this special year and a great gift for the past, current or future Lancer in your life!   Orders can be placed by emailing  parentassociation@notredame.org .  Youth sizes available upon request.
Guidance Department Update
Scholarships for Seniors
Scholarships for seniors who will be attending college in the fall of 2017 have been posted on Naviance.  Look under scholarships and see what scholarships are out there.  If you have any questions, please stop by the Guidance Office. 

To view other scholarships  available, try visiting the following sites: Fastweb www.fastweb.com, College
Board 
www.bigfuture.collegeboard.org, Scholarships.com www.scholarships.com
U.S. Department of Labor   www.careerinfonet.org/scholarshipsearch

Opportunities
Open Your Heart and Home to a Notre Dame International Student
ND has two agencies looking for host families: AIEP and EduBoston.

AIEP
A welcoming family is needed to host International students that will attend Notre Dame arriving in August for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year. As a host family, you will offer an international student the opportunity to discover America through your eyes throughout the school year. Your family will not only gain a new family member, but will also learn about a different culture, its values and tradition, language, food and more.

Interested Host Families would be required to provide their student with meals, transportation to/from school (busing and carpooling where available), and a private bedroom. To offset the costs of hosting, a generous monthly stipend in the amount of $1,000 per student is offered - Host Families may host up to 2 students of the same gender.

All students studying in the U.S. are required to undergo a detailed application process including a one-one-one SKYPE interview with an AIEP staff member, English proficiency testing, medical pre-screening and other application requirements for the schools they will be attending.

AIEP is our partnered professional agency that specializes in guardianship and homestay programs for international students. 

If you are interested in learning more about becoming an AIEP host family, please contact AIEP at 203.992.2437 or visit www.aiepusa.com.

Please mention you saw this notice or heard about AIEP through our school . For every family that signs up with AIEP, is accepted into the program and is assigned a student(s), AIEP will give our school a $500 referral.

EduBoston
As we look ahead at the next Academic Year, we are reaching out to you, your friends and family asking if you would consider being a Host Family to the student who is very far away from home. In addition,  EduBoston offers generous compensation packages to their carefully selected host families.

EduBoston has made it simple for you to contact their Host Family Service Center, or to refer a friend or family member who may be interested. This is a wonderful opportunity to explore the world right from your home. We encourage you to learn more about hosting an EduBoston student. Contact EduBoston's Host Family Service Representative Rebecca Tyler at 617-208-8544, email host@eduboston.com or visit http://www.eduboston.com for more information.


Singers Wanted
Any student looking to share his or her vocal talents should consider auditioning for the Diocesan Choir for Youth - C 4 Y. For information about the program, click here.

Athletics Update
Congratulations to... 
... the following students who were named to the Hearst Connecticut Media All Post Teams:  Emily Rowland  (girls' hockey), Noreaga Davis '18 and Tyler Bourne '18 (boys' basketball) and Gabby Joseph '18 (girls' basketball).

Congratulations to Gabby Joseph '18 who was named  Class M First Team All State.

Congratulations to Rich Lindberg who was named the CHSCA girls' basketball Assistant Coach of Year. He is pictured below with head coach Eric DeMarco and Sean Russel, head of CHSCA girls' basketball state committee.

Lancer Week in Review
The Lady Lancer softball team continued with two wins last week over Immaculate 5-2 and a 17-1 win over Bethel.  Currently, the Lady Lancers are ranked 9th in the state poll.  Lucy Grant '18 continued her hot hitting and now has 24 RBIs through the first six games.  Breanna Brown '20 is 5-0 on the mound, Jill Howe '18, Tiff Diao '18 and Breanna Brown '20 are hitting over .500 and Michaela Luk '18, Shelby Nolan '18 and Arianna DeNitto '18 continue to get big hits. 

Lancer baseball moved to 5-0 with victories over Bunnell, Stratford and Sacred Heart.  Lancers defeated Bunnell 9-2 in their 2017 home opener. Dillon Higgins '18 pitched, getting his second win of the year. Brandon White '17 went 3-5 with a triple, 2 RBI and a run scored, Bob Karosy '18 went 2-3 with 2 doubles, 2 RBI and 2 runs scored. Jaylon Bell '19 went 2-4 with 1 RBI and a run scored. Brandon Cegelka '17 went 1-4 with 2 RBI and 2 runs scored.  Pitching, clutch hitting lead ND baseball past Barlow 3-2.  Cegelka got the win. Jeremy Tierney '18 got the game winning RBI. The  Lancers held off Sacred Heart of Waterbury by a score of 9-3. Tierney got the win. Pete Minore '18 went 2-4 with 4 RBI, Brandon White went 2-3 with a run scored, Jose Mercado '17 went 1-3 with a RBI and a run scored. Chris Restaino '17 went 1-2 with a RBI and a run scored. Mike Bevino '17 and Jeremy Tierney went 1-3 with 2 runs scored. The  Lancers battled back to defeat Stratford 2-1. Pete Minore got the win pitching in relief. Mike Bevino went 1-2 with a run scored, Bob Karosy went 1-2 with a BB and a RBI, Nolan Nemchek '17 had the game-winning RBI.

The girl's lacrosse team faced Bethel (6-14), Foran (11-15), and New Milford (6-17) last week.  The Lancers came up very strong in the second half of those three games, despite the losses.  Against Bethel,  Kaitlyn Ciufo '18 scored 5 of the 6 goals for the Lancers.  Also notable for Ciufo - 11 ground balls; 13 draw controls, 10 draw possessions; 2 turn overs; 2 caused turn overs; 1 caused obstruction of free space; 0 obstruction of free space.   Erin O'Brien '18 scored 1 goal and had 1 ground ball; 1 turn over; 2 caused obstruction of free space;  0 obstruction of free space.  Solid defense came from Captains Delaney O'Keefe '17 and Olivia Keden '17 with 2 and 3 caused turn overs with one each resulting in goals. Olivia Ramos '19 was also a big factor with 5 ground balls; 2 draw possessions; 1 turn over; 3 caused turn overs; 0 caused obstruction of free space; and 0 obstruction of free space.  On Saturday, goals came from Kaitlyn Ciufo '18 (7 g); Delaney O'Keefe '17 (1 g, 1 a); Jenna Sabia '19 (1 g, 1 a); Daniella Ambrister '18 (1 g); and Ila Sookoo '19 (1 g). Mary Keden '19 had 1 assist in the close game against Foran.  Also notable for Jenna Sabia-11 ground balls; 1 caused turn overs, 3 turn overs, 3 caused obstruction of free space, and  0 obstruction of free space.  Emma Sweeney '18 came up huge in net despite the losses with a total of 26 saves.

Girls' golf has started the season with a 5-1 record. The only loss came to last year's league champions Newtown 218-215. The team has four veteran golfers, Katelyn Pond, Sierra O'Keefe, Jenny Goldstein and Amelia Allen who have taken the lead this season. Their play and leadership have helped the new players grow quickly and learn the game, rules and etiquette. Adara Holecz was a huge factor in the win over Brookfield. Megan Peterlin and Bridget Magyar continue to work hard and are ready to contribute when needed.

The ND boys' golf team beat New Fairfield on Thursday to improve its record to 1-3.

The boys' lacrosse team has been battling through their first three weeks of the season and stand at 1-5. The Lancers lacrosse squad recently faced Lewis Mills High School in a non-conference match up, and despite a 13-5 setback, there are signs of progress from Chris Becker '18 (2g 1a) and Charlie Goodrich '20 (1g). Dalond Bidone '20 also made his second varsity start in net, making 11 saves. 

Currently girls' tennis is anchored by Viviana Quintero '18 playing at number one singles, utilizing a consistent serve and exceptional forehand. Hailey Hughes '19 at number two is fundamentally sound and maintains good court coverage.  Rounding out the singles ladder are Amanda Wilkins '18 and Captains  Andrea Quiles '18 and Karli Perkins '18. Although winless through the first 5 matches, all are competitive and have winning strategies in place. Doubles looks very promising as Jazmine Fred '20 , sophomores Olivia Carriero '19 and Christina Cheeseman '19 , and Patriney Alteus '17 and Guymara Manigat '17 are exhibiting athleticism and tennis IQ necessary in a very strong conference.
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