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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 tmarzik@notredame.org.

 

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
Students Deliver Care Packages for Valentine's Day
Campus Ministry members delivered smiles and Valentine's Day care packages that were previously made on Service Day to local sick and homebound residents from local parishes in the area.  Participants included Daniella Masciola '18, Mary McGuire '18, Deja Bynoe '18, Josh Jeudy '17, Jenna Dorosh '17, Liv Keden '17, and Shelby Nolan '17.  

Money Raised for the Norma Pfriem Outreach Center
The money from last week's Love Life charity sponsorship of the boys' basketball game was combined with this week's mite box to raise $275 for the Norma Pfriem Outreach Center in Bridgeport. Students from Campus Ministry then went to Stop and Shop to buy food and delivered it to the organization's temporary location.  The Center experienced a heart breaking roof collapse last week and is going to be giving out food across the street for the next few weeks until its restoration. Students were able to buy 120 cans of protein-rich tuna fish and 120 cans of beans and donate the left over money. Participants included Luke Teitell '18, Jeremy Tierney '18, Tim Linkasamy '19, Colin Tierney '20, and Ethan Miller '20. 

ND Chorus News
The ND chorus, directed by Mr. Chuba, performed the National Anthem at the Mohegan Sun Arena on Friday, February 3rd.  The link to the video can be found below. Many thanks to the New England Blackwolves professional lacrosse team for the opportunity!
Arena Anthem 2-3-17

Student Update
Coffee House Night
The Notre Dame Drama Club will be hosting its second Coffee House/Open Mic Night  on Saturday , February 25th at  7pm  in the cafeteria.  Students will have the opportunity to perform anything they have been working on: music, short scenes, comedy, poetry, or anything else!  Admission is $5 at the door, and it includes pizza and drinks.  Please contact Mr. St.Onge at  jstonge@notredame.org  with any questions.
Sophomore Class Retreat
Just a reminder that the Sophomore Class Retreat will be held at Assumption Church on  Friday, February 24th .  The theme is Mercy and students will be bussed to the parish hall and given pizza for lunch.  There is no cost for the retreat and parents are reminded that it is a required day of school. Permission slips were handed out in religion classes and are due back on  Tuesday, February 21 .  Junior and senior retreat team leaders that were selected are reminded they have a mandatory training meeting at  7:30 a.m.  on  Wednesday, February 22 .  Please see or email Miss Medoff with any questions. 
Mite Box 
The next mite box is  February 22nd  and is for the charity International Samaritan.
Student Service Hours - Due by March 10 
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
Dental Program
The Town of Fairfield Health Department has a dental program that offers teeth cleaning, dental screening and fluoride treatments in school for students. Limited funding is also available to eligible uninsured Fairfield students for dental care by participating dentists, for problems such as cavities. If you are interested in applying for these services for your child, please download the attached application, and return it completed, to the school nurse.
Dismissal Procedures
If picking up a child at dismissal, cars are asked to wait in the student parking lot. In addition, drivers are asked to wait in a parking space, as opposed to creating a line in the parking lot. Your assistance is much appreciated.
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 ( kwardlow@notredame.org).
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
Parent Association Meeting 
Please join us for the next Parent Association meeting on Wednesday, March 15 at 6:45 pm in the ND library.
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 www.fastweb.com, Colleg Board www.bigfuture.collegeboard.org, Scholarships.com www.scholarships.com
U.S. Department of Labor   www.careerinfonet.org/scholarshipsearch

Opportunities
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
Notre Dame wrestling competed in the SWC tournament this past weekend, and ended up with their best finish in the three year history of the program.  The Notre Dame Grapplers finished 5th as a team, behind New Milford, Newtown, New Fairfield, and 6 points behind Masuk.  With only 6 wrestlers entered in the tournament, the impressive Lancers placed 5 wrestlers in the top 4.  Freshman Jakari Walker (152 pounds) placed fourth in a highly competitive weight class.  Tavon Simpson (138 pounds), Jacob Castillo (120) pounds, and Dan Geriak (285) all placed third.  Castillo and Geriak wrestled their way into the semi finals, both losing and wrestling back into the consolation finals.  Castillo won his consi-finals match by pin in the first period.  Geriak took 3rd place with a 1-0 decision against Newtown.  Tavon Simpson had a fantastic day, going 5-1 and also placing third with some of the most exciting matches of the day.  In the consolation quarter finals, Tavon won a 4-2 decision in sudden victory OT, a 4-1 decision in the consi-semis and a 6-4 decision in sudden victory OT after being down 3-0 in the third period.  Clyde Auba (195) continued his star stellar season by nearly pinning his way through the tournament.  There was no opponent able to match Clyde's strength and speed as won by pin in the third period to become Notre Dame's second SWC Champion in the program's three short years.  Hakim Fleming '16 was the first - winning in 2015 and 2016.  Clyde was awarded All SWC status and looks to claim a top seed in the Class S state tournament this upcoming weekend.  The five ND place winners were nicknamed "The Fab 5" by spectators and opposing coaches as Notre Dame is one of the only teams to ever bring less than a full line up and place top 5 in the tournament.  They look to continue their success  this Friday  and  Saturday  at Windham High School in Class S states.

Congratulations to Dakota Chavez '20 who came in third place in the vault at the SWC gymnastics championship and received a bronze medal!

The ND Varsity Bowling Team had a match vs. Greenwich  on Tuesday.  High game for ND was Andrew Fallon with a 212.  Andrew also had high series with a 566.  Since Greenwich was unable to make the match, the winner will not be determined until Greenwich bowls  next ThursdayThe JV won its match vs. Bunnell three games to zero.  High game went to Matheus Dos Santos with a 193.  Matheus also had high series with a 497.

The girls' basketball team went 3-0 this past week defeating New Milford (49-11), Newtown (44-33) and Stratford (49-25).  The girls continue to be lead by their seniors  Precious Montgomery '17, Whitney Fulton '17, Dayniera Artis '17 and Samantha LaValle '17.  With the wins, the Lancers have clinched the #1 seed in the upcoming SWC tournament.  Their goal to repeat as SWC Champions begins this Friday at 7pm vs. Joel Barlow at ND.  If the girls win  on Friday, they will host the semifinals on  Monday at 7pm.  

The boys' basketball team continues to post wins by defeating Stratford (71-60), Newtown (67-38), and Pomperaug (73-61) this past week.  The boys have clinched the #1 seed in the SWC tournament that begins on  February 24.  The boys continue to be lead by seniors  Colin Burke and Anthony Mongillo; juniors   Nori Davis, Tyler Bourne, Woodley Monnexant and Damion Medwinter; and sophomore  Josh Reaves.  The boys are currently 17-1 (12-0 in the SWC), the #2 seed in Class L, and ranked 8th last week in the  gametimect.com poll.  The boys are in action on Saturday at 3:00 pm vs. Norwich Free Academy at home.  The senior boys' basketball players and cheerleaders will be honored in a pre-game ceremony  on Saturday starting at  2:45 pm.  

The boys' hockey team went (0-3) this past week losing to Simsbury (5-3), New Canaan (7-2) and Darien (3-2 in OT).  Despite the losses, the boys continue to play hard led by seniors  Brian Gallagher, Mike Toth, David Suporn, Bill Scovill and Trevor Sabia.  The boys are in action again on Saturday at 6pm vs. Xavier at home.  

The girls' hockey team went (0-3) this past week losing to Amity (4-1), Fairfield (5-0) and West Haven (6-1).  Despite the losses, the girls are still in good shape to make the SCC Division 2 tournament that begins  next Tuesday (time, place and opponent is TBD).  The girls are in action in the their final regular season game on Friday against Masuk at the Rinks in Shelton at  2pm.  With a win, the girls will finish the regular season at 10-10 and look to get ready for the league playoffs.
Lancer Gang Shirts For Sale
Get your Lancer Gang shirts and attend all home basketball and hockey games for free! S hirts are available from Mr. Olayos or  click here for more information.

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