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Student Spotlight
Ryan Schmidt Achieves Rank of Eagle Scout
Ryan Schmidt '18 ac hieved the rank of Eagle Scout on Monday, January 22. He is a member of Sh elton Troop 27 of Housatonic Council. Ryan designed & built a 150 foot long wooden bridge for the trails of Ansonia Nature Center. Congratulations!

This Week at ND
Service Day Success and Thank You
On Friday, February 2, Campus Ministry sponsored ND's 9th Annual Service Day. This event brought both Catholic Schools Week and our 26 Acts of Kindness campaign to a conclusion. Over 400 students went to over 35 different sites throughout the Diocese and beyond to perform acts of Christian service.  Students visited schools, nursing homes, soup kitchens and shelters, libraries, worked with religious organizations, children, the elderly, poor, veterans, and those with special needs, and helped bring community and fellowship around Notre Dame with some last minute weather related cancellations.  

Partnering organizations this year included St. James School in Stratford, St. Andrews School in Bridgeport, St. Ann School in Bridgeport, St. Mark School in Stratford, St. Raphael School in Bridgeport, Assumption School in Bridgeport, Hall School in Bridgeport, Blackham School in Bridgeport, All Saints School in Norwalk, Our Room to Grow Pre School in Norwalk, St. Catherine's Academy in Fairfield, St. Mary Magdalen School in Oakville, St. Rose School in Newtown, and St. Mary School in Milford. Students also worked at St. Catherine Parish in Trumbull, Blessed Sacrament Parish and Food Pantry in Bridgeport, The Black Rock Branch of Bridgeport Public Library, Person to Person in Norwalk, Person to Person in Darien, Malta House in Norwalk, Merton House in Bridgeport, St. Joseph Manor in Trumbull, Bridges in Trumbull, Habitat for Humanity in Bridgeport, Sterling House Community Center in Stratford, Hall Neighborhood House in Bridgeport, Transition CT, New Covenant Soup Kitchen in Stamford, Morning Glory Mobile Market in Danbury, and worked with students from the RISE Program through CES and SHU. 


Students also prepared lunches and meals for the poor at Operation Hope in Fairfield and the veterans at Homes for the Brave in Bridgeport.  Around school, one group made Valentine's Day care packages that will be delivered next week to veterans and local homebound elderly and sick residents of a local parish and nursing home.  Another group crocheted baby hats for infants in the NICU at Bridgeport Hospital.  Other groups worked in the art room completing the rosary beads begun on Our Lady Day and painting the brand new saint statues that will be coming to classrooms.  Finally, groups worked on raising cultural awareness around school with the upcoming Chinese New Year and Black History Month.

A huge thank you goes out to the many staff, parents, alumni, and partnering organizations who helped make this day possible.  We would especially like to thank our chaperone and drivers: Kathy Rohr, Gina Volpacchio, Kathy Stefanatos, Tammy Rich, Carolyn Barrese, Christi Zacarola, Kerry Milner, Mary Ann Cassidy, Dina Howe, Ann Ramos, Amy Zajac, Reine Boyer, Debbie Vayda, Mike Elio, JR Sabia, Deb Carrara, Amy Collins, Maria Hughes, Luz Sanchez, Art Gaudreau, Stacie Steuber, Danielle Cheeseman, Diana St. Onge, Lori Kreussling, Jillian Gelmetti, Kristen Stone, Anne Green, Karen Araujo, Dina Sullivan, Sherrie Zembzuski, Greg Vigliotta, Kathy Almeida, Chris Cipriano, Joanna Cipriano, Marc Sulzycki, Anthony Guerruera, Deacon John DiTaranto, Karen Guastalle, Denise Ayala, Mary Guarino, Lauren Morales, Diana Taccone, Claudia Miller, Theresa Marzik, Lisa Seperack, Josh St. Onge, Meghan Balliet, Mike Winkler, Jess Mazal, Elizabeth Anderson-Zackowski, Tracie Marko, Jeff Stone, Mary Ellen Skawinski, Peter Cofrancesco, Maggie Tiftikidis, Maris Bogan, Rob Bleggi, Jim Olayos, Gaetano Marra, Frank Sweeney, Barb Ezepchick, Wayne Mones, Kim Wardlow, and Scott Bannon. Thank you for making this day not only possible but also fun, safe, and memorable for our school community! A huge thank you to ND's Director of Campus Ministry Jessica Medoff who organized this massive project!

More Service Day pictures have been added to the album...click here to see if you were spotted! To read the story about service from the Diocesan web site, click here.


Religion Classes Learn About the Sacrament of Holy Orders
Ms. Mazal's junior classes are learning about the Sacrament of Holy Orders. Last week, they received a visit from Father Eric Silva, a priest of two years, to share the story of his journey to the priesthood and answer any questions about the faith (as well as many laughs). Thank you, Father Silva!

Love Life Club
Love Life sponsored "Make Someone Smile Day" as part of the 26 Acts of Kindness Campaign last week by handing out lollipops and brightly colored slips of paper with inspirational messages on them as students and faculty walked into the building.  

Campus Ministry
Campus Ministry members passed out treats and huge thanks to staff last week as part of Teacher Appreciation Day for Catholic Schools Week.

ND Students to Collaborate with SHU Engineering Department
Professor Tolga Kaya has invited the Notre Dame STEM Club and Aerospace students to team up with his engineering class as they build structures to test the ability of drones to complete a variety of challenges. Our students will be visiting the SHU class through their spring semester. The collaboration will also include several fundraisers hosted by SHU to benefit Notre Dame science and engineering programs. The first event will take place on Tuesday, February 13 th , from 12:30 - 3pm in the Art and Design Gallery Atrium. Visitors will race a drone with SHU Engineering students for a cost of $2.00. All proceeds will benefit ND. Funds raised will be used to purchase supplies and materials to advance the studies of science and engineering.  We are most grateful to Sacred Heart University and Professor Kaya for this amazing opportunity. 

What's Going on in the Science Department?
Students in Mrs. Almeida's Honors Integrated Science classes are taking "A Trip Through Geologic Time' demonstrating their knowledge of Earth's History and the Engineering Design Process by designing and building board games to be both educational and exciting to play. The engineering teams will test their designs by playing each other's board games, assessing them, and making suggestions for improvement. 


Ms. Figueroa's classes created models of plate tectonics using graham crackers, oceanic crust, Rice Krispies (continental crust), and frosting. After demonstrating how the interactions of tectonic plates cause the formation of mountain ranges, volcanoes, and earthquakes, the students enjoyed the remaining materials. In honors  Biology, s tudents have been immersed in the study of genetics creating offspring with a variety of inherited traits determined by the principles of probability. Coin flips were used to determine the genotypes and phenotypes of the offspring for traits such as shape of the face, cleft in chin, texture of hair, widows peak, shape of the eyes, etc. The offspring were then drawn and compared to see the wide variety of offspring produced. 

Student Update
Mite Box
The next mite box collection will be on  Wednesday, February 21 and will be going to the Connecticut Children's Medical Center specifically to help renovate and expand their Infusion and Dialysis Center which currently only has 4 chairs.  Parents and family members cannot even be in the room with their children while they are receiving treatment at this point.  Our money will be combining with Quinnipiac's sorority dance marathon to help this worthwhile cause. 
Club Information
  • Philosophy Club will meet on Monday, Feb. 12
  • Camden Service Trip Group Meeting will be held on Thursday, Feb. 15
  • Drama Club -  Feb. Rehearsal Schedule/March-May Rehearsal Schedule
  • Campus Ministry will meet on Wednesday, March 7.  If anyone missed this month's meeting on Thursday, please see Miss Medoff.  
  • The next Love Life meeting will be Thursday, February 15th.   
For a full list of activity dates and times, click here
SHU Journey
SHU Journey will be held on the Sacred Heart campus from 
June 24 - 29, 2018 . This program 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. There is no cost to participate and each of the 24 students selected will receive a $500 scholarship for participating. For more information, click here. The deadline for applying is  May 1 .
Mr. St.Onge to Deliver Lenten Reflection Series
Mr. St.Onge will be delivering a Lenten reflection series during evening prayer at Assumption Church in Westport on the first four Sundays of Lent at  6pm.   The dates are  February 18th and 25th , and  March 4th and 11th .  After evening prayer and reflection, all attendees will be invited to the parish hall for a Lenten soup-supper.  There is no cost for the event.  The topics for the reflection series include overcoming the desire for control, allowing Christ to heal our spiritual wounds, and our participation in Christ's triumph over death.  Please contact Mr. St.Onge at  jstonge@notredame.org  for more information and to confirm if you are attending; he needs a headcount so there will be enough soup!
GCI Social Impact Video Competition
In partnership with Global Citizens Initiative, Greenwich International Film Festival is holding a social impact video competition that is open to all high school students in Fairfield County for the chance to win a $4,000 grant and be honored at the Greenwich International Film Festival this June.
 
To enter, students can submit a short video that explains how they would like to make a positive social change in a low or moderate income community. Entries will be judged on quality of message content rather than videography. Students should submit their videos between  February 1st and March 30th, 2018. Full competition details can be found here.
Program to Be Offered For Those Wishing to Receive the Sacrament of Confirmation
Bishop Frank Caggiano is planning to celebrate Mass during his annual visit to ND on  May 16 Deacon John will be offering a program to those students who would like to complete their Sacraments of Initiation by receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation from the Bishop during that Mass. More information will be coming in the near future regarding the requirements to prepare for the Sacrament. Contact Deacon John at jditaranto@notredame.org with any questions.
CONVIVIO 2018 is coming in March!
The theme of this year's retreat is "Made for More!" CONVIVIO is a weekend conference/retreat for high school students held at Sacred Heart University with dynamic talks, group discussion, prayer, worship, and fun. Over the last nine years, students have come from all over Connecticut, from various parts of the country, and from around the world to attend. Guests this year include a former Generation Life missionary, a speaker from World Youth Alliance, and surprise panelists! For more information, contact Ms. Mazal in room 206.  To register, click here.
Attention Seniors! 
Seniors are reminded to check Naviance and see the scholarships that are available. 

Current available scholarships include:
Order Your Yearbook Today
Pre-orders are now being taken for the 2018 ND Yearbook. The cost is $80 and  yearbooks will be delivered in May. Order now to guarantee your copy. Click here to place an order and pay by credit card. When prompted, enter in ND's school number: 14196.
Service Hours
A reminder that students should be logging in their service hours on  www.x2vol.com as they are completed  If anyone is having trouble, please see Miss Medoff. Service Hours are due on later than Friday, March 9.
Tutoring Center Open 
The ND Tutoring Center is open each Monday -  Thursday in Room 212 from  2 to 3pm. National Honor Society tutors are available to provide ND students with any extra assistance they might need. Students can just drop in - appointments are not necessary. Please contact Mr. Sopko with any questions.
Parents - What You Need to Know
Attention Juniors and Junior Parents
As part of the Guidance Office's on-going college preparation efforts, we would like to invite you, along with your child, to schedule an individual meeting to discuss your child's college plans.  Counselors are available each day from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  We will be meeting with parents and students from now through April 2018. Letters have been sent home. Please return the bottom portion of the letter to the Guidance office so that your appointment can be scheduled.
Dental Health Offered
The Town of Fairfield Health Department has a School Dental Health Program that provides oral health screenings, teeth cleaning, cavity risk assessments and topical fluoride treatments by a dental hygienist in our schools. The program is available for all students that have Husky insurance, or that meet income guidelines.  Additionally, limited funding for uninsured eligible students is available for cavity detecting x-rays, and dental care by participating dentists for problems such as cavities.  Applications are available in English , Spanish , Arabic and Portuguese .

*If you would like to apply for this program, please print one of the attached applications, and return it completed, to the school nurse as soon as possible.
From the Health Office
As the cold and flu season continues, please reinforce the importance of good hygiene with your children. Hand washing is the most important factor in preventing the spread of cold and flu viruses. 

The building was fully sanitized during our most recent snow day. All desks, door handles, cafeteria tables, bathrooms and stairwell railings were washed. We will continue with these efforts throughout the winter.

The classic signs of flu include:
  • Fever which can be high - a fever is anything over 100+ degrees F
  • Cough and/or chest discomfort which can become severe
  • Headache
  • Sore throat which MAY include cold symptoms of stuffy nose, sneezing
  • General body aches and pains
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Exhaustion
Please consult your health care provider as needed.  The difference between a cold and the flu is that a cold RARELY INVOLVES A FEVER [except in young children] or headache, fatigue, weakness, exhaustion, and generalized severe aches and pains.
 
Colds usually begin with a day of sore throat and progresses to runny nose and congestion in 24 hours. A mild cough may be present.
 
Keep your student home with a stomach bug which includes nausea, vomiting and sometimes diarrhea.
 
The common stomach bug generally does NOT INVOLVE FEVER and goes away in 24 to 48 hours. Excessive vomiting and diarrhea involving fever needs to be evaluated by your doctor.
 
If your student is going to miss school for any reason you need to call the office  (203) 372-6521 and report that your child is out. If the absence is related to illness, please leave a brief description and, most importantly, please report if your student was tested by the doctor and is positive for the flu. Your cooperation in this matter is appreciated. 
 
Remember that ALL medications administered at school, including over-the-counter medication such as Tylenol , Advil, medicated cough drops require a doctor's order and should be brought to the school nurse by an adult .  

Thank you for your support in keeping our school healthy!
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ND has signed up for Big Y Educational Express. You can help us earn free supplies by linking your Big Y card to ND. Visit Bigy.com to link your card. Don't have a card?No problem, click here are some tips to get started. 

Parent Association Meeting - Tuesday, February 20 - NOTE DATE CHANGE
Due to the SWC Championship on February 21, the next Parent Association meeting will take place on Tuesday, February 20 at 6:45 in the library.  Please join us to learn about upcoming events!
 
Volunteers Needed - 2018 events
T he Parent Association is  looking for volunteers for the following committees in 2018:  Lancer Legacy Gala (March),  Student Carnival (date TBD, but sometime in the late Spring) & Bacon and Brew Fest (June).  Please email parentassociation@notredame.org with questions or to put your name on our list.  Parent volunteers are a crucial part of making our school fundraisers and FUN-raisers a success!  Please consider donating some of your time.  

Spirit Wear Sales
If you are interested in purchasing Spirit Wear, please send an email to  parentassociation@notredame.org with the item(s) and size(s) you'd like and we will check our inventory.  We will also be selling items at the February 16th girls' basketball game. (see attached flyer)

Carpool to School
Parents who wish to start or join a carpool can connect online at an exclusive Notre Dame carpool webpage. This site gives parents a safe, easy way to form or join a carpool and its intuitive interface makes planning easy and convenient. Features include a secure matching service integrated with Google maps, scheduling, and built-in text messaging to remind parents when it's their turn to drive. 

After signing up at  notredame.carpooltoschool.com, you will receive approval from Notre Dame within 72 hours and be able to start connecting with other parents.  Click here to begin the process.
Share Your Good News
Parents are encouraged to share the good work and accomplishments of their children with the ND community. Did your child complete a special service project? Earn a special honor? Make their confirmation? Attain the rank of Eagle Scout? Share all good news with everyone via the ND Update. Please email your information and a picture (if possible) to Mr. Cipriano at  ccipriano@notredame.org .
Advancement/Alumni Office Update
Lancer Legacy Gala
The Notre Dame Lancer Legacy Gala will take place on  Saturday, March 10th at the Waterview in Monroe.  This is ND's largest fundraiser of the year and helps us to generate funds which directly benefit our students academically and athletically.  It is a time for parents, alumni, faculty, coaches, and friends of Notre Dame to come together and celebrate our school.  Tickets for the event can be purchased here .   

How can you help make this event a success?  The Notre Dame Gala Committee is looking for donations for our silent auction.  For a list of more specific auction donation ideas, please click here.   Any student whose parent makes a donation to the silent auction will receive a dress down day in the spring.

If you have any questions regarding the Lancer Legacy Gala, please contact Theresa Marzik in the ND Advancement Office at  tmarzik@notredame.org or  203-372-6521 ext. 242.
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Athletics Update
Baseball Meeting
Anyone interested in playing baseball this spring - there will be a brief meeting after school on Tuesday, February 13.
This Week in Sports
In gymnastics,  Dakota Chavez '20  competed at the SWC Championship meet at New Milford High School Thursday.  She placed 5th overall in vault with an 8.6 earning her personal best score on vault during her two years competing at the high school level.  She just missed earning back-to-back bronze medals by one tenth of a point.  Dakota also scored her highest All-Around score (competing in four events) in her high school gymnastics career which earned her a spot on the SWC All Conference Honorable Mention Team.  

The boys' hockey team only played one game this week, dropping a tough game, 8-1, to Fairfield Prep. The Lancers had its game at Glastonbury postponed due to weather. In the game against Prep, junior Nate Stiles scored the lone goal from senior AJ Bouvier and sophomore Aaron Martino. Senior goaltender Andrew Jones made 30 saves in net. The Lancers return to action on Saturday at 5:00 pm when they host NFI at the Milford Ice Pavilion. The game vs. New Fairfield/Immaculate will be live on the radio at 960 am WELI, online at  960weli.com or  on IHeart Radio - WELIO 960.

The cheerleaders placed 7th out of 12 in the SWC. They will compete again in two weeks. 

Despite tough losses to Hamden and Branford this week, the girls' hockey team has continued to improve their play. Rebecca Paine was outstanding in both games in net. Katelyn Pond, assisted by Alexis Burwell and Rose Linksamy, scored ND's lone goal, but solid defensive play by Laura Dennigan, Bridget Magyar, Emily Garafalo, and MacKenzie Broderick kept the team in both games. We are looking forward to celebrating our seniors Sierra O'Keefe, Karen Garza and Rebecca Paine in our upcoming game vs Lauralton Hall.

Girls' basketball team split two games this week.  The week started with a win against Joel Barlow on Tuesday.  The team traveled to Bassick and lost on Thursday to put the record at 15-3. We are still undefeated in SWC league play. Friday night marks the Senior Night Games against Stratford. We have a pregame ceremony to honor Millenia Polanco and Medalissa Kampmann who played for three years and are managers this year.  Erin O'Brien, Janay Lamothe, Brittany Fulton, Aliyah Louis, Zuquila Mbachiantim and Gabrielle Joseph will all be honored in our pregame ceremony. Congratulations to our Seniors and wish them success in all their futures!

As the regular season begins to close, the boys' basketball team is working extra hard to maintain their current position in the playoffs. They faced off in three separate matches this week, improving their overall record to 16-0. Each of these matches were full of excitement and well fought victories for the Lancers.  First on the table, the Lancers faced off against the Cougars of Kolbe Cathedral on the road at the University of Bridgeport. Although starting off neck and neck with the Cougars, the Lancers pulled away in the second half, with the final score being 85-61. Senior Tyler Bourne led the charge Friday night, scoring 27 and also notching five assists throughout the evening. Other key players were senior Nore Davis and junior Josh Reaves both scoring 21 points. Senior Damion Medwinter was also a big part in the win, managing to grab yet another 10 rebounds. The Lancers will see the Cougars again this season on Saturday, February 10 for a rematch which is sure to be even more exciting than the first. T he second road win this week was secured against the Falcons of Joel Barlow High School. Winning by 47 points, the Lancers were able to drop a score of 91-44. With five different players in double digits, everyone who hit the court worked extremely hard to maintain that lead. Senior Tyler Bourne led the team yet again, recording a double-double, scoring 20 points and dishing out another 10 assists. Josh Reaves followed right behind Bourne scoring 19 points and having six rebounds, assists, and steals. Rebounding seemed to be a common trend throughout the night, given that everyone had at least one with the exception of Damion Medwinter. Medwinter notched his own double-double, scoring 12 points and grabbing a season high of 13 rebounds. Another player to watch would be junior Rodney Medor, who managed to pull off three huge blocks against the Falcons keeping our momentum alive.  The last game played this week was on Thursday night, against the Stratford High Red Devils. This was the second time meeting the Red Devils this season and unlike the first, it was a real nail biter from the initial tip off to the final buzzer. The Lancers managed to pull this road win out of their hats it seemed, considering being down a majority of the game and only winning by 5 points within the last few minutes. 56-51 was the final score, and if it wasn't for a whopping 24 points in the fourth quarter, the end result may have been a little different for the Lancers. Senior Nore Davis had a high this game, leading the team with 18 points and also pulling down 16 rebounds throughout the night. Other big players during the matchup were seniors Tyler Bourne and Damion Medwinter. Bourne managed to grab yet another double-double with 14 points and 10 assists while Midwinter had another 13 rebounds, making this his 6th consecutive game with at least 10.

The wrestling team finished the season strong with their third conference win of the season over Brookfield and tested themselves against stiff competition in the Connecticut Challenge and the Law Invitational.  Heading into the conference tournament, Tavon Simpson and Dan Geriak will hold the top seeds for the Lancers. Tavon finished 6-2 in conference play, 20-7 overall.  He will be the #2 seed @ 160 pounds in the SWC Conference tournament.  Tavon took 2nd in the Class S State tournament last year and is looking to capture the crown this year.  Dan Geriak finished 8-0 in conference play and will be the #1 seed in this year's SWC Conference tournament at 195 pounds, 19-7 overall.  Dan finished last year 3rd in SWC and 5th in the Class S State tournament.  He will compete in states this year at 220 pounds.  Good Luck to the team as they compete in the SWC wrestling championships  on Saturday  in New Milford.

Eight members of the indoor track team willl be competing Saturday at the Class S Championship. Lindsay Salvati, Jill Howe and Julian Barrantes will compete in the individual 55 dash. The girls 4x2 will be run by Howe/Salvati/Ferriera and Lucy Grant. The boys 4x2 will be Moratoya/Teskey/Rainey and anchored by Julian Barrantes. The meet will be at 4:30pm at the Floyd Little AC in New Haven.
Spring Sports Sign Ups
Spring sports sign ups have begun and will end on Monday, February 12 . Spring sports include baseball, softball, boys lacrosse, girls lacrosse, boys golf, girls golf, girls tennis, boys & girls track & field, boys volleyball, and rugby.  Please sign up in Mr. Bleggi's office. 
Join the Athletic Association 
W e want to remind you to join the Athletic Association if you haven't already done so. The Athletic Association is committed to promoting quality athletic programs and assist with funding for programs for all student athletes.  We welcome your participation and support in any way that you can offer and would like to ask for your support by joining the Athletic Association and volunteering when you can . Each team has a Parent Liaison on the Association to assist in team communications and foster community among team families.  We welcome and encourage all student-athlete families to join with a once a year nominal membership fee. In order to join the Athletic Association, click here  to complete the form and submit payment online. If you know of alumni that would like to join, PLEASE SHARE the link!   If at any time you have any questions, suggestions or concerns, please contact Jim Olayos, Director of Athletic Advancement at Jim Olayos  jolayos@notredame.org .
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