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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

Upcoming Acts:
  • Monday - "Please and Thank You" Day 
  • Tuesday - Collection: Donate a toiletry item for a local homeless shelter 
  • Wednesday - "Thank a Soldier" - Write a thank you letter to a US soldier. ND will mail these letters. 
  • Thursday - Embrace Your Mistakes Day: Learn from your mistakes and move forward. 
  • Friday - Collection: Donate Used Coats/Sweatshirts for the homeless 

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.
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.  The suggested contribution is between $5 and $10, however, any and all donations are appreciated. Please send your contributions to the office in an envelope labeled Faculty Appreciation Day, attn. Kristen Keden, no later than January 23rd.  You can also volunteer your time or provide food items on January 31st and February 2nd using the Sign Up Genius links below. This is a great opportunity to recognize and thank our wonderful teachers and staff.  Thank you in advance for your support of this important event!
 
 
 
Parent Association Meeting - Wednesday, February 1at 6:45pm
The next Parent Association meeting will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 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 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. Classes began 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
3rd Annual Playwriting Competition
The Palace is pleased to announce the 3rd  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, 2017.

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.
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
Congratulations to Mike Bevino '17 and Klyde Auba '18 on being named to the CHSCA Class All State First Team.  Mike was also the receipient of the CHSCA scholar athlete award.

Congratulations to Mike Bevino '17 on being named to to the Walter Camp All Connecticut First Team and the  Hearst Connecticut Media Super 33 All-Star Football Team.

The girls' basketball team went 3-0 this past week defeating Weston (42-39), Morgan (66-25), and Bunnell (5-32).  The team continues to be lead by Gabby Joseph '18 (avg 15 pts a
game) Dayniera Artis '17 (11 assts in Morgan game), Precious Montgomery '17 (avg 10 pts a game ), Whitney Fulton '17 (avg 8pts a game), and Zuquila Mbachiantim '18 (avg 9 pts a game, 4 blocks).  Samantha LaValle '17 and Erin Harris '20 have also been big contributors this past week.  The girls are currently 10-1 (5-0 in the SWC).  They are in action again on Friday (1/20) vs. Masuk at 7pm (away)

The boys' basketball team went 2-0 this past week defeating Weston (66-37) and Bunnell (57-50).  The team has been led by Nori Davis '18, (avg 12pts, 11 rebounds) Tyler Bourne '18 (avg 15 pts, 3 steals), and Josh Reaves '19 (avg 11 pts).  Colin Burke '17, Anthony Mongillo '17 and Charles Clemons '19 have also been big contributors.  The team is currently 7-1 (3-0 in SWC).  The boys are back in action on Friday (1/20) vs Masuk at 7pm (home).  

The bowling team won its match vs. Stratford this past week (3-0).  Chris Stevens '19 had a high game with 212 and high series with 557.  The team is 6-1 and in second place in the CIBL. Good luck to Chris Stevens '19, Andrew Fallon '17, Myles Atkins '20, Jack Rohr '17 and Pete Minore '18 who will be competing in the CIAC Individual State Bowling tournament on Saturday at Nutmeg Bowling in Fairfield.

The indoor track team competed in the SWC developmental meet at Wesleyan University this past week.  Jillian Howe '18 came in 3rd place in the 55 meters and ran a personal record of 7.8.  Julian Barrantes '19 placed 13th out off 70 entires in the 300 meters with a personal record of 40.86.  

In wrestling news,  Jakari Walker (154) continues a strong freshman campaign as he worked towards his 16th win of the season against New Fairfield.  Leading through out the match and putting pressure on his opponent, he pinned his opponent in the third period.   Tavon Simpson (138) was also victorious against New Fairfield with a third period pin for his 10th victory of the year.  Tavon has worked extremely hard over the past year to constantly get better as a leader and a wrestler.  Clyde Auba (195, 220) walked into the Xavier Invitational a lean 188 pounds, and won the 220 pound division, taking on opponents 30 pounds heavier than him.  Not only did he win, no one even came close to putting up a fight.  Clyde won his first match by pin the first period, beating Xavier's 220 by major decision 10-2, and then pinning Shelton's Rob O' Brien in 21 seconds in the finals.  Clyde is now 18-1 on the season.  Dan Geriak placed third in the Xavier Invitational and has placed top 6 in every tournament so far this season.  He is currently ranked a top 2 heavyweight in Class S.

The girls' hockey team went 3-0 this week defeating Trumbull/St. Joe's (11-2),  Mercy/NW Catholic (2-1) and Branford/EH/N Branford (4-2).  The team was led by Laura Dennigan '19 (5 goals, 2 assists), Ashley Graichen '19 ( 2 goals), Katelyn Pond '19 (3 goals, 2 assists), and Leigha Howland '20 (2 goals, 1 assist).  Delaney O'Keefe '17 and Emily Rowland '17, Lexie Burwell '20, and Bridget Magyar '19 have been great contributors.  Rebecca Paine '18 has been solid in goal, making 58 saves in the three wins.  The girls are currently 7-5 (4-3 in SCC).  The girls are in action again on Saturday (1/21) vs. West Hartford at 1pm (away).

The boys' hockey team went 1-2 this past week losing in the final of the Lancer Beanpot tournament.  The team defeated St Dominic's (ME) 4-2 but lost to St Peter's Prep (NJ) 5-0.  The team lost to Hamden (6th in state poll) (4-3) almost completing a great comeback after spotting Hamden 3 goals in the first period.  The boys were led by Brian Gallagher '17 (3 goals, 3 assist) and David Suporn '17 (1 goal, 2 assists).  Kacy Adams '19 made 13 saves in the win vs St Dominic's.  Depsite the loss to Hamden, Bill Scovill '17 was tremendous in goal, making 40 saves.  The team will be in action again on Saturday (1/21) vs. Northwest Catholic (4th in state poll) at 6:30 pm in Simsbury.  

In ND swimming news, Joe Robles '19 and Christian Robles '20 both had great swims on Thursday against Pomperaug. Christian won the 500 freestyle by almost a minute, coming in at 5:46.02, a drop of 22.05 seconds from his previous best time. Christian also set a new best time in the 200 IM.  Joe had a great 100 fly swim and he qualified for States in the 50 free, the first of our swimmers to qualify for states this year!  
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.

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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