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ND's 60th Anniversary Celebration  
Notre Dame High School will be celebrating our 60th Anniversary on March 11 at Sacred Heart University. As the first Diocesan high school, this is a very exciting and special time for our school.  The 60th Anniversary Celebration is a time for our school community - parents, faculty, alumni, and friends - to celebrate Notre Dame's past and exciting future.

All proceeds from our 60th Anniversary Celebration will directly benefit Notre Dame students with funds raised being used to strengthen our academic, arts and athletics programs, technology infrastructure, and various Campus Ministry and service projects. We hope you can attend this very special event in ND's history.

The following awards will be presented to those individuals who have made a difference at Notre Dame and in the community:
  • The 2017 Lancer Legacy Award recipients are  Janet Haffner (Carole Surina Educator Award), Anne McCrory (Sister Marion Rielly Leadership Award), and Peter McGuinness '75 (Notre Dame Community Impact Award).  
  • The 2017 Notre Dame Alumni Hall of Fame Inductees are Daniel Augustine '70, Anita McBride '77, Frank Martire '65, and Garrett Mendez '05.  
  • The 2017 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees are Frank Carrano '99, David Mihalov '02, Michele Mihalov Miller '04, Ken Burns '06, and the 1999 State Championship Hockey Team
  • 25+ Year Anniversary Faculty and Staff Awards will be presented to Mary Guarino, Claudia Miller, Jim Minei, Carl Philipp, Wayne Sakal, Fr. Bill Sangiovanni, Frank Sweeney, and Sherrie Zembrzuski
For ticket information, please visit the 60th Anniversary website by clicking here
here  or contact Theresa Marzik at


For more information on Notre Dame's history click hereTo view the invitation to the event, click hereTo view our sponsorship form, click here

ND Happenings
ND's 8th Annual Community Service Day

Friday, February 3 was Notre Dame's 8th annual and most successful Service Day. Culminating both our 26 Acts of Kindness campaign and Catholic Schools Week, we had 358 students help at 40 different organizations in New Haven, Fairfield and Litchfield Counties. The day wouldn't have been possible without the 30 parent, alumni parent, and alumni chaperones, 30 teacher and staff chaperones, and countless others who helped along the way.  A huge thank you to everyone who contributed, volunteered, drove, organized, and to the non-profit organizations who let us show them how amazing the Lancer Family is when they come together for the community.  A special Service Day email will be sent out later in the week with more specific information from the day. A very special thank you to Jessica Medoff, Director of Campus Ministry, for her efforts in organizing this massive undertaking.

Catholic Service Corps Retreat
On February 4, some members of the Catholic Service Corps participated in a retreat at the School Sisters of Notre Dame in Wilton titled "Why We Do What We Do". Participants included Kyra Goodwin, Ruth Salazar, Jenna Sabia, Grace Gallagher, Jo Lee Nguyen, and Ethan Miller.  Thanks to Ms. Medoff and Ms. Mazal for helping to chaperone.

Love Life Club News

The Love Life Club sponsored the boys varsity basketball game 
on Tuesday night.  Members distributed conversation hearts to everyone in attendance and had a 50/50 raffle and bake sale to help support the Norma Pfriem Outreach Center in Bridgeport.  The center recently had a roof collapse and is in need of help to get food to the many people who are dependent upon their services. The mite box this Wednesday will also go towards this purpose.

Campus Ministry Members Volunteer at Habitat for Humanity 
Campus Ministry members participated in a day of service for Habitat for Humanity on Wednesday. Students helped to fill in the yard of a recently built house with dirt to help prevent flooding and make it one step closer to being ready to be occupied. They then helped get the warehouse ready for the big snow storm by helping to unload shipments and cover supplies outside.  Participants included Andrew Fallon, Will Fiore, Liv Silva, Arianna DeNitto, Hannah Rich, Maddy Ramirez, Margaux Atkins, Deven Pierre, Dan Guarini, Oliver Corrigan, Patrick Milner, and Mary Keden.  Thank you to Ms. Mazal for helping to chaperone.

ND Student to Intern at Volunteer Square
Congratulations to  Bertha Castellanos '17 for being selected as an intern at Volunteer Square. " In an effort to expand opportunities for high school students and build stronger volunteer communities in Fairfield County, Volunteer Square created a high school internship program that launched a pilot in the fall of 2016. The program provides high school interns training and experience with digital marketing, social media, website maintenance and community relations. Volunteer Square interns become ambassadors in their schools, area towns, and their peer groups. They represent the organization throughout Fairfield County at local nonprofit events as well as on and social media channels. Interns will also create and manage the newly added "Town News" pages on
Every Week is "Catholic Schools Week" at ND -  A Reflection by Mr. DiPalma
Notre Dame is a faith-based community where belief in God is part of the everyday environment. The daily religious experiences and personal interactions foster in each adult and student the need to not only love of God and our dear neighbor; but also to share the love of the heart of Christ by serving others.

This was evident last Friday when nearly 400 students were sent forth from ND to go out into "the world" to make a difference. Throughout the year, Notre Dame students, faculty, alumni, parents, and ND friends boldly go out to a world in need of God's love to make a difference.

The theme for National Catholic Schools Week 2017 was "Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge, and Service." In my book, the Notre Dame Catholic High School faith community celebrates and lives the theme of Catholic Schools Week every week. This is accomplished by striving for a better life for ourselves and for others in order to have eternal life in heaven.
Student Update
Rotary Four-Way Speech Contest
Notre Dame students have been invited by the Fairfield Rotary to participate in its Four-Way Speech Contest. This long-standing contest gives students an opportunity to develop and display their public speaking skills as they apply Rotary's Four Way Test.  We will have a Notre Dame "speak off" and send a winner to the town finals.  The top prize for the town's winner is $500, and the contest is open to all Notre Dame students. There will be a meeting for all interested students on Thursday, February 16, after school in room 207.  See or email Mr. Sulzycki at  if you have any questions.  
Student Service Hours  
Students and parents are reminded that approved service hours are due on x2VOL by  Friday, March 10 for all students . Please see Miss Medoff with any questions.
Parent Update
Financial Aid Deadline is Approaching
Parents are reminded that families must reapply for financial aid annually.  Parents must have their 2016 taxes completed in order to complete the process.  The cut off date for filing is April 1, 2017. Click here to begin the process.
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
Upcoming Reunions
Class of 1966 - 50 + 1 Year Reunion (Boys' and Girls' School) will be held  May 19 - 21, 2017

Class of 1967 - 50 Year Reunion (Boys' and Girls' School) will be held October 27-29, 2017

Both the '66 and '67  reunion committees are looking for people to help update their class list (especially from the boys' school) and find missing alumni.   Please contact Theresa Marzik in the Advancement/Alumni Office if interested in helping with this project.  

Please spread the word to classmates  about upcoming reunions and all alumni should make sure information is updated with our Alumni Office (
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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 .  Youth sizes available upon request.
Parent Association Update
Parent Association Meeting Canceled 
The Parent Association meeting scheduled for February 15, has been canceled due to a scheduling conflict.  The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 15 at 6:45pm.
Thank You to ND Parents
The Parent Association would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation to our ND parent community. Faculty and staff appreciation events were a tremendous success. Because of your generosity, we were able to provide the faculty with a delicious breakfast, an enjoyable lunch and a special afternoon treat of cookies and milk! In addition, we were also able to give each staff member a goodie bag complete with a Dunkin Donuts gift card, some school supplies, and a few extra treats.  

Here are some some words of thanks from our ND staff:

"It truly is a blessing to work at Notre Dame and teach your sons and daughters.  Your kindness to us this week makes it all that much sweeter."

"Wow - thank you so very much.  It really is nice to know that others care enough and do so much. Again many thank yous to all of you that made it possible for all of us and me!"

"Just wanted to send a sincere and extended a thank you for all that you do, especially for the teacher appreciation week goodies! All of us really, really appreciate it!"

"As I complete my 45th year in education, NEVER/EVER was I treated so well by the parents of my schools...Thank you for coordinating the days of calories; the days of feeling appreciated; and the days of prayerful gratitude for the parents and students of ND."

"I wanted to extend a huge thank you for the breakfast, lunch, goodie bags and cookies this past week. It was a wonderful act of appreciation and was certainly enjoyed."

"Thank you and the other parents for the great breakfast and lunch provided for the ND Faculty this week!! Everything was delicious and I really appreciated it."
Guidance Department Update
Attention Parents of Juniors
Letters to parents of Juniors have been mailed home for the purpose of making an appointment to meet with your child's counselor.  This appointment will begin the process of college planning.  Please fill out the bottom portion of the letter and send back to the Guidance office as soon as possible to schedule your meeting.
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, Colleg Board,
U.S. Department of Labor

Caribe Girl's Empowerment Program
Caribe Girl's Empowerment Program is designed for girls age 13-18 years old, to increase knowledge of self, healthy decision making, and effective communication skills. Click here for more information and to register today.
3rd Annual Playwriting Competition
The Palace in Stamford is pleased to announce the Third  Annual Ernie DiMattia Emerging Young Artist Scholarship Awards for Playwriting.  The 2017 scholarships will be awarded to three high school students in grades nine through twelve for their writing of an original 15 minute, one act play. Click here for more information. Click here for an application. All entries are due by February 20.
Explore Engineering at UConn
Exploring Engineering  (E2) is a one-week residential summer program for rising juniors and seniors in high school (must be a current  sophomore  or  junior  in  high school during the 2016/2017 school year). Participants work in small groups with faculty and college students to learn what various engineers do in the workplace, learn and demonstrate engineering concepts, and engage in deeper exploration of one engineering discipline by fabricating a discipline-specific device. Click here for more information. The application deadline is April 15, 2017.
Athletics Update
Lancer Week in Review
Congrats to Jillian Howe '18 who finished 3rd in the 55m dash at the SWC Indoor Track Championship.  Jillian and Lindsay Salvati '18 will both be competing in the CIAC Class S Indoor Track Championship on Monday, February 13 in New Haven

The ND Varsity Bowling team lost to first place Fairfield 3 games to 0  on Tuesday.  High game for ND was Chris Stevens with a 264.  Chris also had high series with a 675.  In his third game, Chris was one frame away from bowling a perfect game.  The JV team won its match vs. Fairfield 3 games to 0.  High game for ND was Brandon White with a 157.  Brandon also had high series with a 394.

The boys' basketball team continued its winning ways this past week defeating Kolbe 70-50 and Joel Barlow 85-58.  Leading the way was Tyler Bourne '18 (28 pts, 20 pts), Nori Davis (18 pts, 13 pts, 12 rbs), Josh Reaves '19 (18 pts, 13 rbs in Barlow win).  Colin Burke '17, Anthony Mongillo '17, and Woodley Monnexant '18 all contributed greatly to the two wins.  The boys are currently 14-1 (9-0 in the SWC) and stand in first place in the league, 2nd in Class L, and are ranked 8th in the state poll.  The boys are in action again  on Saturday at home vs. Stratford at  6pm.  

The girls' basketball team went 1-1 this past week losing to defending Class S State Champion Canton 52-37 but beating Barlow 41-40. Gabby Joseph '18, Precious Montgomery '17  and Samantha LaValle '17 all lead the way for the Lancers. The girls are in action again  on Saturday at New Milford at  1pm and  Sunday at Stratford at  2pm. The girls are back home next  Tuesday, 2/14 against Newtown. The senior girls basketball players will be honored before the game at  6:30 pm.  

The girls' hockey team went 1-0 this past week defeating Lauralton Hall 6-1.  Six different players scored for the Lancers:  Ashley Graichen '19, Laura Dennigan '19, Bridget Magyar '19, Amelia Allen '19, Katelyn Pond '19 and Kelly Kuryla '17Rebecca Paine '18 made 14 saves in the win.  The girls are now 9-7 overall.  They are in action again on Saturday, 2/11, against Amity (away) at  7:30 pm at the Rinks in Shelton.    

The boys' hockey team went 0-2 last week losing to Fairfield Prep (8-0) and Glastonbury (3-2).  Brian Gallagher '17 and Mile Toth '17 both had goals in the Glastonbury game.  Bill Scovill '17 made 24 saves in Prep game and 25 saves in the Glastonbury game.  The boys will be in action again on Saturday, 2/11, at home at  3pm against Simsbury.

Good luck to the following athletes who will be competing in the SWC wrestling championship on Saturday at New Fairfield High School: Clyde Auba (28 wins, 3 losses), Jacob Castillo (12 wins, 3 losses), Dan Geriak (19 wins, 12 losses), Tavon Simpson (15 wins, 9 losses), Jakari Walker (28 wins, 7 losses).
Lancer Gang Shirts For Sale
Get your Lancer Gang shirts and attend all home basketball and hockey games for free! Shirts are available from Mr. Olayos or click here for more information.

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.