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ND Happenings 
Cocoa and Cram
On Monday  over 60 freshmen participated in the first annual Cocoa and Cram event sponsored by the Link Crew. Freshmen were joined by Link Leaders and teachers as they filled the cafeteria with studying, tutoring, and community building. A special thanks to those staff members and Link Leaders who volunteered their time to help our freshmen kick off midterms in a positive way.

Students Produce the News 
Last Friday Mrs. Cipriano's ESL students spent an afternoon at Sacred Heart University.  Working with Keith Zdrojowy, the  Studio Manager of the Martire Broadcast Center , students learned the basics of producing a news show, from running the cameras to being the on-air talent all while demonstrating their English prowess and progress. It was a fun and educational afternoon for all.

Student Update
Student Service Hours  
Just an early reminder that approved service hours are due on x2VOL by  Friday, March 10th for all students . Please see Miss Medoff with any questions.
26 Acts of Kindness Campaign 
Notre Dame's annual 26 Acts of Kindness Campaign began 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

The 26 Acts campaign will resume after midterms on Monday, January 23.

Club Updates
Campus Ministry
The next Campus Ministry meeting is  Wednesday, January 25 at 2:00  in room 201A.

Love Life Club
The next Love Life meeting is Thursday, January 26 at 2:00 in room 201A.
Scholarship Winners
Thank you to the dozens of students who applied for a series of scholarships available to current students to assist with their 2016-17 Notre Dame tuition. Scholarship committees have completed the application review process and are excited to announce the recipients:

Love Life Scholarship - Thomar Kalangala '20
Kevin Comer Memorial Scholarship - Lindsay Salvati '18 and Robert Karosy '18
Lou Saccone Memorial Scholarship - Jacob Rainey '18
Bender Family Scholarship - Marina Cartiglia Hernandez '20
Class of 1965 Scholarships - Grace Gallagher '17, Colin Burke '17, Brianni Ashanti Davillier '18, Alexi Piluygin '18, Annabella McDonough '19 and Chris Taylor '19.
Parent Update
Adult Volunteers Needed for ND's Annual Service Day
Campus Ministry is looking for parents, alumni, and ND friends who are Virtus certified to help chaperone ND's Annual Service Day on Friday, February 3 at the conclusion of Catholic School's Week and ND's 26 Acts of Kindness campaign.  On this day, over half of the student body will go out into the community to give back at sites like schools, nursing homes, and soup kitchens.  The times range but are all between regular school hours (8 a.m.-2 p.m.).  Please email Jess Medoff if you could help at jmedoff@notredame.org and also include how many students you could fit in your vehicle.  Thank you for considering helping for this very worthwhile opportunity. 

Want ND to Volunteer at Your Organization?
If anyone works for a nonprofit organization and would like to request that we have ND volunteers help on Community Service Day, please email Miss Medoff with the relevant information including how many volunteers would be needed, who the contact would be, and what students would be doing.
Financial Aid Deadline is Approaching
Parents are reminded to reapply for financial aid for next year.  Parents must have their 2016 taxes completed in order to complete the process.  The cut off date for filing is April 1, 2017.
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
Faculty and Staff Appreciation - January 31 and February 2
Please consider making a donation to this year's Faculty & Staff Appreciation celebrations.  This is a great opportunity to recognize and thank our wonderful teachers and staff.  The suggested contribution is between $5 and $10, however, any and all donations -- greater or smaller -- are appreciated.
Please send in contributions to the office in an envelope labeled: Faculty Appreciation Day, attn. Kristen Keden, no later than January 23rd

You can also volunteer to provide breakfast foods on January 31st or snacks and baked goods on February 2nd using the Sign Up Genius links below.  Thank you in advance for your support of this important event!
 
 
 
Parent Association Meeting - Wednesday, January 18 at 6:45pm
The next Parent Association meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 18 at 6:45pm 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 please send back to the Guidance office to schedule your meeting.
Preparing for the SAT's
First Choice College, our SAT partner, will be conducting SAT prep classes for the March SAT at Notre Dame beginning on January 18. Classes will be offered on Wednesday afternoons from 2:30 - 5:30 pm. Students will receive a total of 24 hours of instruction, 3 full-length practice test, access to a proprietary scholarship search program and unlimited retakes of the course over the next year.  Students from Notre Dame can use this discount code:  Notre Dame Class of 2018 to save $50 on tuition for this class.  For further information, or to register for the course,  click here . Please email James Maroney at  jmaroney@firstchoicecollege.com  with any questions.
PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 8/9 Scores 
Students in grades 9-11 should have received a copy of their PSAT Score Report from the PSAT taken in October at Notre Dame. Your child may log in or create a College Board account and receive personalized feedback. For information understanding the Student Score Report, please visit www.collegeboard.org. If you have additional questions, please call the Guidance Office at  203-374-2618 o r call the student help line at 866-433-7728.
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, College Board www.bigfuture.collegeboard.org, Scholarships.com www.scholarships.com
U.S. Department of Labor  www.careerinfonet.org/scholarshipsearch

Opportunities
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.
Apply for the 2017 Volunteer Square Spring Internship Program







Applications are now being accepted for the  2017 Volunteer Square Spring 
Internship Program. In an effort to expand opportunities for high school students and build stronger volunteer communities in Fairfield County, the program will provide interns training and experience with digital marketing, social media, website maintenance and community relations. The p rogram dates are  January 30, 2017- May 6, 2017. The a pplication deadline is  January 19, 2017. Click  here for more information.
People to People International Student Travel Program 
This summer you could be interacting with elephants, white water rafting and spending the day exploring Krugar National Park on an open-top vehicle safari to just name a few exciting adventures!  On July 6 , Michelle Marella and Linda Cascella, 
Notre Dame graduates from 1993, will be the leaders with People to People International Student Travel Program taking high school students on a South African Safari. Linda has led five other programs in the past and this is Michelle's second year as a leader. Key destinations are Capetown, the Garden Route, Johannesburg and Krugar National Park. You will explore a range of diverse cultures and traditions discovering the secrets of this magical land. Head out on adventures through the wilderness, forge relationships with like-minded peers and contribute to local communities in a positive way . It's also an amazing addition to your college application! 

The group has their first meeting on February 3  at 6:00 at the Shelton Community Center.  There  are three spots left in the group. If interested, please join the meeting and meet the group traveling this summer.  Guaranteed this is a trip that will provide memories that will last a lifetime! If you have any questions or need more information email Linda at lcascella@sheltonpublicschools.org.


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 boys' basketball team went 2-0 this past week defeating Kolbe Cathedral and Immaculate.  Leading the way for the Lancers has been Josh Reaves '19 (13 pts & 23 pts), Nori Davis '18 (16 pts & 17 pts), and Tyler Bourne '18 (19 pts & 8 pts).   Colin Burke '17, Anthony Mongillo '17, Woodley Monnexant '18, and Charles Clemons '19 also contributed in the two wins.  The boys current record is 5-1 overall and 1-0 in the SWC.  The team will be in action again  this Friday (1/13) at home vs. Weston.

The girls' basketball team went 3-0 this past week defeating Pomperaug, Brookfield, and Immaculate.  The team was led by Gabby Joseph '18, (24 pts, 21 rebounds, 11 pts, & 7 rebounds), Precious Montgomery '17 (10 pts, 10 pts), Dayneira Artis '17 (13 assists), and Zuquila Mbachiatim '17 (10 rebounds, 7 blocks).  The girls' record currently stands at 7-1 and 3-0 in the SWC.  The girls are in action again  this Friday (away) vs. Weston and  Saturday (home) vs Morgan at  1:30 pm.  

The girls' hockey team went 1-2 this past week defeating the Masuk Co-op and losing to the Amity Co-op (3-2) and the West Haven Co-op (6-2). Despite the two losses, the girls competed with two of the top teams in the league.  Desiree Sleath '20 lead the way in the three games scoring 2 goals and 2 assists.  Katelyn Pond '19 (2 goals) and Delaney O'Keefe '17 (2 goals) also contributed.  Lauran Dennigan '19, Sierra O'Keefe '18, Emily Rowland '17, and Lexie Burwell '20 all chipped in a goal apiece in the games.  The girls are in action again on Friday vs. Trumbull/SJ Co-op at Shelton and  on Saturday vs. Mercy/NW Catholic Co-op at  4pm in Cromwell.    

The bowling team defeated Bunnell this past week 3-0.  Andrew Fallon '17 had a high game with a 237 and high series with a 658.  

Wrestling competed this past weekend in the Fairfield Warde Invitational.  Anthony Emanuel made his debut at the 147 weight class starting off with an exciting first match against Shelton High. Down 2-1 with 20 seconds left in the match, Anthony hit a "switch" to reverse his opponent to take a 3-2 lead which lead to a pin with 4 seconds left. He then lost to the #1 seed from McMahon in the quarterfinals.  He injury defaulted in the consolation round due to a knee injury. Jakari Walker , 160, continues to shock the state as the freshman pinned Staples in the round of 16, pinned Simsbury in the quarterfinals and won by major decision in the semifinals.  In the finals, Jakari gave up an early take down to Shelton's senior captain but rode out his opponent in the second period.  Losing 2-0 going into the third, Jakari got caught underneath his opponent to lose the match by pin fall.  His season record is an outstanding 15-4.  Clyde Auba, 195, came into the Warde Invitational as the #2 seed in the tournament. He had a bye into the quarterfinals where he won his first match against Middletown by pin in the first period.  He then faced a state place winner from Shelton in the semifinals where he won 2-0.  Clyde exposed his opponent with his speed and power by blast doubling his opponent to his back in the second period to take a 2-0 lead into the third.  In an exciting third period, Clyde rode his opponent out to win and advance to the finals where he met the Class S runner up from Northwestern. Clyde placed 2nd in a potential state championship finals match at the end of the season.  Dan Geriak started the tournament off strong with a 7-4 victory over McMahon. He then faced the #1 seed in the semi finals where he was pinned at  1:09 .  Dan wrestled his first consolation match and injury defaulted to take 6th at the Warde Invitational.   Clyde, Jakari and Dan will head to the Xavier Invitational  this Saturday  to take on some of the state's best.

The boys' hockey team went 0-2 this past week losing to Fairfied Prep (4-0) and Notre Dame-WH (6-3).  Depsite the two losses, the young lancers are continuing to compete and play hard. The team continues to be led by Brian Gallagher '17, Dave Suporn '17 and Trevor Sabia '17.  Bill Scovill '17, Andrew Jones '18, and Kacy Adams '19 all have seen valuable time in goal. In the ND-WH game,  Spencer Ryall '19 had 2 goals and 1 assist and Stephen Willey '19 had a goal.  The team will be hosting the Lancer Beanpot tournament this weekend in Milford.  The team will be play St Dominic's (ME)  on Friday at  7pm.  The other game involves St. Peter's Prep (NJ) vs Prout HS (RI) at  9pm

In ND swimming news, both Joe Robles '17 and Christian Robles '20 have qualified for SWC boys swimming championship.  Joe has qualified in three events (50 free, 100 fly, & 100 free), while Christian has qualified in two events (200 IM & 500 free).
Sign Up for Spring Sports 
Sign ups for spring sports begin on Friday, January 20 and ending 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.
Girls Tennis Announcement
There will be a brief meeting for all girls interested in girls' tennis on Wednesday, January 11, after school in Room 200.
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.

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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