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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

Student Update
Student Appreciation Day Celebration
As part of Catholic Schools Week, this past Wednesday was designated as Student Appreciation Day. With a dress down day and the promise of no homework that evening, students enjoyed free fresh-baked cookies at lunch and two events sponsored by the Parent Association. The first included ten raffles held during the day for a $25 gift card and the second was a performance by Tommy Vee, a hypnotist, and 14 willing student volunteers. Without question, the show was enjoyed by students and faculty ... one even mentioned it was the "best assembly ever!". A very big thank you to the Parent Association for their support of Student Appreciation Day.

Four Way Speech Contest
The Fairfield Rotary Club is sponsoring its annual Four Way Speech Contest.  Students will develop and deliver a 5-7 minute speech.  One student from Notre Dame will have an opportunity to deliver his or her speech to the Fairfield Rotary Club in March for an opportunity to win scholarship money.  There will be an informational meeting for interested students on  Wednesday, February 8 , after school in Room 205.  Please contact Mr. Sulzycki with any questions ( msulzycki@notredame.org ).
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
Paint and Sip POSTPONED
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Paint and Sip event that was scheduled for this weekend will have to be postponed to a date that is to be determined. Stay tuned for more information.

Thank you ... thank you ... thank you ...
The entire faculty and staff would like to extend a very big thank you to the Parent Association and each and every parent who made Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day (and the two days that followed) a special one. Thank you for the tremendous donations. Thank you for the great food. Thank you for the goodie bags. Thank you for your support and for trusting us with your child's education. Thank you!!!
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
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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 - Wednesday, February 1at 6:45 pm
The next Parent Association meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 15 at 6:45 pm in the library immediately following the Athletics Association meeting.  All parents and guardians are invited to attend!
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
Good luck to the boys' and girls' indoor track team as they compete in the SWC Indoor Track Championship on Saturday, February 4 at 5:00 pm at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven.

Good luck to the ND Cheerleading team as they compete in the SWC Cheerleading Championship this Saturday, February 4, at  3:00 pm at Newtown High School.

The girls' basketball team had a nice bounce back win after losing to Bethel last week. They defeated New Fairfield (37-31) and Kolbe Cathderal (52-48 in OT).  Gabby Joseph '18 had 16 points and 11 rebounds and 17 points and 17 rebounds in the two wins.  Precious Montgomery '17 had 13 points, Zuquila Mbachiantim '18 had 10 and 11 rebounds (in the two wins) and Whitney Fulton '17 had 14 points and the game-tying three pointer with 13 seconds left in the game vs Kolbe.  Erin Harris '20 had 6 assists and 4 steals in the game vs. New Fairfield.  The girls are currently 12-2 (7-1 in SWC) and 4th in Class M and second in the SWC.  The girls are in action again  on Saturday at  1:00 pm at Canton High School. 

The boys' basketball team continued their winning streak this past week with three hard fought wins on the road vs. New Fairfield (61-52), Bethel (57-54) and New Milford (86-44).  With the win over Bethel, the boys took over first place in the SWC.  Leading the way in the three wins was Nori Davis '18 (16 pts, 23 pts 11rebounds, 14 pts 12 rebounds), Tyler Bourne '18 (12 pts, 12 pts 8 assists, 5 steals, 10 pts, 7 assists), and Colin Burke '17 (7 pts, 4 pts 10 rbs, 8 pts, 21 rbs).  Josh Reaves '19, Anthony Mongillo '17, Damion Medwinter '18, Woodley Monnexant '18 and Stone Appleberg '18 all contributed in the three wins.  The boys are in action again on Friday, February 3 vs. Kolbe Cathedral at the Shehan Center at  7:00 pm.  The boys are currently 12-1 (7-0 in the SWC) and second in Class L and first in the SWC.  

The girls' hockey team also got back on the winning track with a win over Guilford (8-2) but lost a tough game to Daniel Hand (3-1).  The girls continue to be lead by Emily Rowland '17 (3 goals, 1 assist) and Laura Dennigan '19 (1 goal, 1 assist).  Leigha Howland '20 (2 goals), Delaney O'Keefe '17, Lexi Burwell '20, Katelyn Pond '19 and Kelly Kuryla '17 all made significant contributions this past week.  Rebecca Paine '18 continues to play well in goal.  The girls are back in action  next Wednesday vs. Lauralton Hall (home) at  4:10 pm.  The girls are currently 8-7 on the season and currently are in 4th place in the conference (D2).  

The boys' hockey team went 0-2 last week losing to West Haven (5-3) and East Catholic (2-1 OT).  The team received scoring from Brian Gallagher '17 (1 goal, 2 assists), Kris Shkreli '18 (2 goals).  Bill Scovill '17 continues to play well in net making 45 saves in the two games.  The boys are in action again on Saturday vs. Fairfield Prep (away) at  1pm

Varsity Bowling lost its match on  Thursday to first place Fairfield 3 games to 0.  High game for ND was Chris Stevens with a 215.  Chris also had high series with a 609.  The JV team won its match vs. Platt Tech, 3 games to 0.  High game for ND was Mateus Dos Santos with a 156.  Maggie Buckley had high series with a 399.

In wrestling news, Jakari Walker, Dan Geriak, Tavon Simpson and Clyde Auba lead the Lancer grapplers into the Connecticut Challenge this past weekend, which held some of the best wrestling schools in New England.  All four competitors made it to the quarterfinals of the tournament, but came up short.  Jakari, Clyde, Tavon and Dan wrestled their way back to win two matches in the consolations before losing in the blood round to place top 4.  The Lancer Grapplers then wrestled February 1 at New Milford, the #2 ranked school in the state.  Led by freshman Jakari Walker who major decisioned his opponent and Dan Geriak, win by pin fall.  Clyde Auba was awarded a forfeit.  The Lancers will finish out their regular season  this Saturday  at Jonathan Law and  Monday  night at home against Pomperaug.  The conference tournament is 2/11 followed by the Class S state tournament 2/17-2/18 and State Opens 2/24 - 2/25.
National Signing Day
Congratulations to Samantha LaValle '17 (Wagner College), Brianna Kydes '17 (American International College), Nazae Craw '17 (St. Peter's University) and Erika Quinones '17 (Post University) on signing National Letters of Intent to play girls soccer next year. They are pictured below with girls' soccer coach Mr. Mones, Athletic Director Mr. Bleggi and Principal Mr. Cipriano.

Sign Up for Spring Sports 
Sign ups for spring sports began on Friday, January 20 and end on  Friday, February 10  in Mr. Bleggi's office.  Spring sports include baseball, softball, boys' lacrosse, girls' lacrosse, boys' golf, girls' golf, girls' tennis, boys'/girls' track and field, and boys' volleyball.
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. 
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