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#Giving Tuesday Thank you
We would like to thank everyone who participated in our  #GivingTuesday  campaign . We are so grateful for the support we have received! It's still not too late to make a donation to support Notre Dame and our students.  Click here  to do so today.  
ND Happenings
Campus Ministry and Habitat for Humanity
On Wednesday, November 30, members of Campus Ministry experienced a day of service with Habitat for Humanity in Bridgeport.  Students worked on preparing walls and siding in the warehouse.  Participants included J enny Goldstein '17, Kim Valdovinos '17, Jared Sullivan '18, Dan Guarini '18, Jalyssa Howell '18, and Jillian Howe '18.

Students Create Their Own Scarlet Letter
Mrs. Miller's junior English classes are currently presenting their Scarlet Letter project. Each student chose a virtue or characteristic that they needed to work on. They decorated their letters in very unique ways. Students presented their letters and explanations to the class. The letters were very well done, but the lessons that they learned were remarkable. It was a wonderful lesson in self awareness and discovery.

Campus Ministry Students Treat Students from St. James to Frosty
Members of Campus Ministry got into the holiday spirit by participating in a fun big brother/big sister event partnering with St. James School's second grade class on  Friday morning.  Students attended a showing of Frosty at the Downtown Cabaret in Bridgeport.  Participants included Hailey Antunes, Margaux Atkins, Dasha Bazile, Isaac Bjerklie, Deja Bynoe, Emily Carlson, Oliver Corrigan, Justin DaSilva, Taylor Ferreira, Grace Gallagher, Jenny Goldstein, Grace Kuntz, Deven Pierre, Hannah Rich, Joe Robles, Rebecca Rogalski, Sophie Stachurski, Claire Teskey, Kevin Vaca, Jenna Dorosh, Fabian Guerrier, Victoria Fagan, and Cheyenne Hill and Kim Valdovinos.

Junior Class Travels to Boston
The Junior Class recently traveled to Boston on their annual overnight class trip. Students took in the historic and cultural sights of the city (and the Charles River) on a Duck Tour, enjoyed lunch at Quincy Market and visited the Old North Church. The group then traveled to Fitchburg and spent the night and part of the following day at the Great Wolf Lodge. 

Student Update
26 Acts of Kindness Campaign 

Notre Dame's annual 26 Acts of Kindness Campaign begins on Monday, December 5 and will run through February 3, culminating in our annual Community Service Day. Each school day has a different act of kindness associated with it, as we remember the 26 lives lost in the 2012 tragedy in Sandy Hook. All members of the ND community are invited to participate in our campaign. To view the full calendar of events, click here


Next week's campaign includes:
  • Monday - Say "Good Morning" to everyone
  • Tuesday - Hold the door open for someone today
  • Wednesday - Collection: Sleeping Bags and Blankets for homeless
  • Thursday - No School
  • Friday - Thanks a First Responder Day - Students will write letters in class to be mailed by ND
Upcoming Service Projects for Any Students Interested
  • Knitting for the poor and sick - Wednesday, December 7 at 2:00 in room 201A (please see Mr. Vigliotta with questions)
  • St. Catharine's Academy After School Program - pick a day of the week to volunteer from 2:15-4:15 pm
  • St. Raphael's Christmas Party - Saturday, December 10 from 11:30-2:30 pm
  • Choir for Youth Christmas Concert - Sunday, December 18 from 5-8 pm at the Klein Auditorium
  • Al's Angels Christmas Meal Assembly in Bridgeport - Saturday, December 10 from 9-12
Please see  Miss Medoff  if you are interested in serving in any of these opportunities.
Love Life Candy Cane-Gram Sale
Love Life is sponsoring a candy cane-gram sale during lunches on  Wednesday, December 7 and Friday, December 9.  Candy canes are fifty cents each and include a personalized Christmas tag to send a message to someone you want to spread some holiday cheer to before Christmas break.  Candy canes will be delivered on  Thursday, December 15.  The money from the sale will be donated to the Make a Wish Foundation.  Love Life members will also be getting together on  Wednesday, December 14 at 2:00 in room 201A to sort candy canes and have a Christmas celebration.  Please see Miss Medoff with any questions.
Winter Arts Celebration
The Arts Department will present the annual Winter Arts Celebration on Wednesday, December 7 beginning at 7:00 pm. The Chorus, Band, and Dance classes will perform, student artwork will be on display, and baked goods will be available for purchase before, during and after the show. Come out and support the ND Arts program for what is always a great show!
Club News

Campus Ministry
This week's mite box collection was for Bridgeport Rescue Mission.  Thank you to everyone who generously donated.  The next mite box collection will be on Wednesday, December 14 for Bridgeport's Department of Children and Families.

Campus Ministry's Annual Giving Tree is up in the main office lobby.  Please consider taking a tag to help support families from St. Charles and the Missionaries of Charity.  Presents are due on 
Monday, December 12 .  Please email Jess Medoff with any questions at  jmedoff@notredame.org .

Campus Ministry is also sponsoring a  coat drive through December 15 for Junkluggers/Norwalk Police Department and for the families of Central High School students in Bridgeport.  Please bring any new or used coats that you would like to donate to room 201A to help keep families warm this winter.  

Upcoming Service Projects for Campus Ministry Members:
-Giving Tree Sorting and Delivering
-Big Brother Big Sister Christmas Party with St. Andrew's second grade
-Caroling for senior citizens at the Baldwin Center in Stratford with St. James first grade
-Gingerbread house building with Assumption's sixth grade

If any members of Campus Ministry missed this week's meeting, please see Miss Medoff to sign up for any service projects that are coming up this month. 

Knit Wits Club
Join us if you're interested in crocheting or knitting for charity. It's a great skill to learn to make gifts for family and friends too. Sign up with  Mr. Vigliotta in Room 209. There is a one time fee of $10 due Friday to purchase supplies and there will be an instructional meeting on crocheting scarves on Wednesday, December 7 at 200 pm in room 201A. No experience necessary. All are welcome!

Creative Writing Club
The ND Creative Writing Club will be meeting on Wednesday, December 14 at 2:05 in room 205.  Come join us for a chance to let your imagination fly!  New members are always welcome.  Contact Mr. Sulzycki or Mrs. Cipriano with questions.

Love Life Club
Love Life members will be meeting on Wednesday, December 14 at 2:00 pm in room 201A to sort candy canes and have a Christmas celebration.  Please see Miss Medoff with any questions.

Link Crew
Link Crew is meeting on Wednesday, December 7th at 7:00 a.m. in room 201A. 
Parent Update
Schedule Reminders
  • Dismissal on Tuesday, December 6 will be at 1:05 for a faculty meeting.
  • There is no school on Thursday, December 8 in honor of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception
  • Dismissal on Friday, December 16 is at 11:34 am - to begin Christmas break
Welcome...
Notre Dame is pleased to welcome Joanna Ogorzalek to our health office. Mrs. Ogorzalek will be at Notre Dame on MondayTuesday and Wednesday. She replaced Lisa Magrone who has shifted to another school in town. Leni Tucker remains in our office on Thursday and Friday. The nurses can be reached at nurse@notredame.org. Please extend a warm welcome to Mrs. Ogorzalek when you see her.
Christmas Wreaths Available
The Drama Club has some extra wreaths available for sale.  We have four 22" wreaths ($25 each) and three 28" wreaths ($35 dollars each).  If you are interested, please contact Debbie Vayda at  incharge@optonline.net .  
The Kiwanis Club of Fairfield Christmas Pointsetta Sale
Te Kiwanis Club is sponsoring their annual Christmas plant sale. Poinsettias are large, nursery quality plants. They are available in red, white and pink and cost $25 each. They will be delivered on  December 10 from  8 am to 11 am.

There are two ways to order. The easiest way to order is online by clicking here. Be sure "Notre Dame Key Club" is indicated in the reference line, so they know that these orders came through the ND Key Club.  

A second way to order is to print a paper flyer. The flyer is available by clicking here. To submit, the forms can either be mailed in or emailed to  kiwanisfairfield@gmail.com. Again, make sure you indicate "Notre Dame Key Club" in the reference area.  Thank you for contributing to both the Fairfield Kiwanis Club and the Notre Dame Key Club.
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Benefit Dinner
A benefit dinner will be held for Melissa Iacuone Cole '03, who is battling cancer, on Saturday, Decemeber 10 from 6 - 10 pm at AM Club in Derby. Food, drinks, raffles, entertainment and door prizes. Tickets are $40 per person. If anyone would like to purchase tickets please contact Fred D'Amico at  203-922-2176 .
Yearbooks On Sale
2017 Yearbook orders are now being taken. To purchase online, click here. Enter code 14196 and place your order. If you prefer, students can bring cash or check for $80 (payable to Notre Dame) to the Main Office as well.
Save the Date! - Convivio March 3 - 5
Every year in the Diocese of Bridgeport, over two-hundred teens take part in a weekend event named CONVIVIO, an international conference of Catholic youth. The program first came to the United States in 2010. Coming from different towns and regions, teens meet at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield to be challenged in their Faith and to encounter Christ. This year's event will be held from March 3 - 5, 2017. Click here for more information.
Advancement/Alumni Office Update
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.
Parent Association Update
Mark Your Calendars with these Upcoming Events    

NEW!  Christmas Boutique - December 9 and 10        
After you buy your cookies at the Holiday Cookie Sale, stop by the Christmas Boutique and get some shopping done for your favorite Lancer!  Stock up on Spirit Wear, new ND mugs, limited edition Christmas ornaments, keychains, car clings and Father Bill's BBQ sauce! Anyone interested in volunteering to help sell merchandise, please email  parentassociation@notedame.org.

Holiday Cookie Sale - December 9 and 10
Our Holiday Cookie Sale will take place on Friday, December 9 from 2:00pm - 7:00pm and Saturday, December 10 from 10:00am - 2:00pm.  Bakers are asked to register  here .  Bake  six dozen of your signature holiday cookies and deliver them to school on Friday, December 9.  Check out the  guidelines for baking  flyer for details on sharing your favorite treat! 
 
Parent Association Membership 
Not a member of ND's Parent Association yet?  Join now by  clicking here!

Guidance Department Update
PSAT/NMSQT Results
On December 12, students thirteen years old and over who provided their email address on their PSAT/NMSQT answer sheet will receive an email reminder explaining where and how to  view their PSAT scores . Students thirteen and over who took the PSAT 8/9 can create an online account to view their scores. Students can set up a  free College Board account  at any time.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our Guidance Office,  203-374-2618  or you may email Mrs. Lisa Seperack at  lseperack@notredame.org
Juniors Parent College Meeting - Date Change
The Guidance Department will be sponsoring a program for junior parents to discuss the SAT and college planning. The meeting has been scheduled for  January 9, 2017 . Please mark your calendars. This meeting will be held at Sacred Heart University in the Curtis Hall Building  at 7:00 p.m.
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. 

12/1
2017 GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program
1/5 
Assumption College
NA
Big Y
2/1
Bruce Fishkin Scholarship Fund
10/15
Caption Scholarship
11/30
Global Lift Equipment Scholarship
6/15
Got a Spine Scholarship
6/2
Lilft Parts Express Scholarship
6/30
Points Scholarships
12/15
StudySoup
NA

Opportunities
Applications for Cambridge Immerse 2017 Are Open to Students!
Cambridge Immerse is a unique two-week residential educational experience that allows participants to gain an unrivaled insight into a chosen discipline, ranging from the arts to the sciences. Subjects offered include Computer Science, Medicine, Law, Economics, History and Engineering and many more. The academic program is designed and taught by tutors from Oxford and Cambridge University in England in an optimal learning environment that stimulates academic inquiry. And the carefully planned schedule ensures that the program not only meets the academic needs of the participants, but also provides a unique insight into the university city through an abundance of activities.

Students reside in Queen's College or Christ's College, prestigious and central colleges of Cambridge university. Within their historic walls, the program prides themselves on providing unique experiences of leadership and academic excellence through a program for participants that instills the confidence and passion for learning that are essential to success in higher education.

To find out more & to apply
Enrollment in the program is ongoing, and students aged 15 and above are welcome to apply at www.cambridgeimmerse.com. A PDF version of our prospectus is also available to view by clicking here

If you are interested in registering, please do so online through our website, or alternatively, if you require further information please don't hesitate to email enquiries@cambridgeimmerse.com.
Volunteer Opportunities at The Discovery Museum 
Volunteer and Community Service opportunities are available at The Discovery Museum! A range of options are available, giving students a great opportunity to get first-hand experience in a number of different departments. For more information click here. For an application, click here

Athletics Update
Lancer Week in Review
The Lancer football team ended its season on a high note with a solid win over Pomperaug, 27-8, finishing the season at 5-5, the football team's best record since 2007.  The Lancers were led by Micah Brantley '18, who was 6 for 10 for 170 yds and 2 touchdowns, 1 receiving touchdown.  Mike Bevino '17 had 3 receptions for 151 yds and 2 touchdowns and threw for 1 touchdown in the win.  Defensively, Tavon Simpson '18 made 3 interceptions and 2 fumble recoveries, Clyde Auba '18 had 7 tackles, Anthony Emanuel '18 had 8 tackles, and Wesley DaSilva '18 had 4 tackles.  Congratulations to Coach Sadler, his coaching staff, and the entire football team for a very successful season.
Lancer Gang Shirts For Sale
Get your Lancer Gang shirts and attend all home basketball and hockey games for free! Shirts will be for sale at the Cookie Sale on December 9 from 2-7 pm and December 10 from 10-2 and at home basketball games starting on December 20. Click here for more information.

Girls' Basketball Players
All girls' basketball players (freshmen-seniors) are reminded there will be a mandatory parent meeting on  Monday, December 5 at 6:30 pm  in the cafe.  A parent and/or guardian must attend with the student. Any questions, see Coach DeMarco.
Girls' Softball
All girls interested in softball must attend a mandatory meeting on Monday, December 12 at 2:30 pm in Room 200.
Girls' Tennis
There will be a meeting for all girls interested in girls' tennis on Wednesday, December 7, after school in the chapel lobby.
Program Advertising
Support ND Athletics by placing an ad in all boys' and girls' home game programs this winter sports season. Click here for more information and for an ad order form. Contact Mr. Bleggi with any questions.
Join the Athletic Association 
If you are interested in joining the ND Athletic Association for the 2016-17 school year, please click here to sign up on line. 
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