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Bacon and Brew Fest - 2 Weeks Away! 
Bacon & Brew Fest
Notre Dame's first annual Bacon and Brew Fest will be held in just two weeks - on Saturday, June 10 from noon until 4:00 pm at Notre Dame. Come sample beers from a variety of local and regional distributors including Two Roads, Thimble Island, Sam Adams, Church Owl, Laguinitas, Harpoon, and Black Hog while you enjoy food and live music. Tickets from now through June 9 are $30 per person. Click here to view the event web site and to purchase tickets. 

URGENT NEED for Volunteers
We also have an urgent need for volunteers to help make the day a success. Please consider volunteering your time. Click here to visit the Sign Up Genius for available positions and time slots.  All volunteers who sign up by 5/26 get a free fest t-shirt! 

ND Spotlight
Les Miserables Halo Nominations

Congratulations to the Cast and Crew of Les Miserables for their school record eight Halo Nominations! Winners will be announced on Tuesday evening at th e Palace Theatre in Waterbury. The Halo Awards are sponsored by Seven Angels Theatre and recognize outstanding high school theatre productions in the state. The Halos are the premier high school theatre award program in Connecticut that continues to grow with 64 schools participating from every corner of the state. 

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL:
Tony Addorisio as Thenardier 
Paul Keegan as Enjolras

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL:
Chelsea Ortiz as Eponine

BEST COMIC FEMALE PERFORMANCE IN A MUSICAL:
Meredith McDonald as Madame Thenardier

BEST ORIGINAL PROGRAM COVER DESIGN OR ARTWORK:
Mary McGuire, Rosemary O'Mahoney, Leeanne Onofrio

BEST SPECIALTY ENSEMBLE IN A MUSICAL:
Enjolras & Chorus for Do You Hear The People Sing in Les Miserables

BEST CHORUS:
- Notre Dame Catholic High School: Les Miserables

BEST CONTEMPORARY MUSICAL:
- Notre Dame Catholic High School: Les Miserables

Students Honored at Breakfast of Champions
Congratulations to Andrew Fallon '17 who received the St. Thomas Aquinas Award from the Diocese of Bridgeport at the annual Breakfast of Champions on Wednesday, May 24. Andrew was selected based upon his academic achievement and his commitment to the Catholic faith. Also honored at the breakfast were the tri-captains of the 2016 girls' soccer state championship team: Brianna Kydes, Samantha LaValle and Delaney O'Keefe, who each received the St. Sebastian Award from Bishop Caggiano.

ND Happenings 
Project Limulus Field Work
On Wednesday, May 24 , twenty-seven students visited Southport Beach to collect data for Sacred Heart University's Project Limulus study. Students captured more than 20 mating pairs of horseshoe crabs. They determined the gender and condition of the horseshoe crabs which were then measured, tagged, and released.  Thank you to Professor Jo-Marie Kasinak, her undergraduate and graduate student assistants, and to all who participated in the data collection. 

Senior French Students Say Au Revoir
Before saying AU REVOIR to the senior French students, members enjoyed a two-day French cultural immersion! On Wednesday, May 17, French IV students got their fingers sticky while making (and eating!) authentic French crêpes!  A special merci to Alejandro Sanchez-Ramade (Madrid), Bertha Castellanos and Nicholas Szczepura for mixing and cooking Crêpes à la Notre Dame for all! 

On May 18, senior French students (former and present) enjoyed memories at their final French luncheon while eating French baguettes, cheeses, biscuits, saucisson, and grapes.  Pictured below are: Alejandro Sanchez-Ramade, Nicholas Szczepura, Joseph Robles, Arianna DeNitto and Livia Silva.

News from ND's World Language Department
May has been a busy month for our Modern Language courses.  The Seniors taking Spanish levels 4 and 5 ended their year of study in the Spanish language and culture by attending a luncheon at Valencia Restaurant in Norwalk.  Students experienced typical Hispanic delicacies such as arepas, empañadas and arroz con frijoles.  


Our Spanish level 3 classes created their very own travel brochures.  Using their technological skills, students chose a Spanish country and highlighted points of interest, cuisine and activities typical to the country.  Included in their content were certain criteria such as active vocabulary and grammatical structures they were learning.  Oral presentations via the Smart Board followed.  

Spring Arts Festival
The Spring Arts Festival took place on May 17th. Students performed a variety of acts to showcase their talents.  Below are links to videos of select Dance numbers, a selection from the ND chorus and another from the band. All did a fantastic job.
Rotary Club Honors Top Ten Seniors
On Monday, May 22, the Rotary Club of Fairfield hosted a luncheon at the Gaelic-American Club to honor the top ten seniors in each of the Fairfield high schools. Accompanied by their parents, Ms. McGowan and Dr. Callaghan, the following Notre Dame students were celebrated: Safeen Ahmad, Niha Begum, Colin Burke, Andrew Fallon, Megan Jankovsky, Olivia Keden, Chelsea Ortiz, Teresa Salamone, Celine Samrin, Nicholas Szczepura.  Congratulations to all for four years of outstanding academic achievement!

Student Update
Outstanding Service Hours
Any students who still have outstanding service hours are reminded that they must be submitted and verified on x2Vol by Friday, June 2 in order to not be penalized for the 4th marking period.
The Connecticut Writing Project
The Connecticut Writing Project offers Summer Writing Labs for high school students at Fairfield University.  These week-long, high-quality workshops focus on topics such as novel writing, sports journalism, and the college essay. To apply, visit CWP's website .  See Mr. Sulzycki if you have any questions.
The Face of Prayer
On Divine Mercy   Sunday, Bishop Caggiano announced an exciting new movement - The Face of Prayer - an online crusade that brings together social media, text alerts, and the power of prayer.

Are you willing to pray with the Bishop Caggiano every day? Text a selfie, your prayer intention, or the word "pray" to 55778 and join in the journey as we learn more about the power of prayer. Participants will receive a daily prayer intention from the bishop that ends with a call to prayer. The goal of the campaign is to have thousands of people - especially our young church - praying each day alongside the Bishop as we grow together in holiness. Be the face of prayer and join today.
NCYC
Join Bishop Caggiano and more than 23,000 young people from around the country at the National Catholic Youth Conference in Indianpaolis, IN this November. The Diocese of Bridgeport will be traveling together as a group. The cost is $575 per person. This includes conference registration, bus transportation, hotel accommodations, and t-shirts. For more information contact Evan Psencik at epsencik@diobpt.org.

For information about the many opportunities for the youth of our Diocese, visit theChurchNeedsYou.org.
Parent Update
2017-2018 School Calendar
To print a copy of the  2017-18 Notre Dame school calendar click here The monthly calendar, with more specific detail and events, will be available over the summer.
Faith-Filled Text Messages
Parents are invited to receive a tip each  Monday via text designed to help you assist young people encounter Jesus Christ. Text "FirstTeachers" to 84576. This information is made possible by the Diocese of Bridgeport Leadership Institute. For more information, visit  www.formationreimagined.org.
Yearbooks Soon to Sell Out
Yearbooks have arrived. To purchase a copy, students can bring cash or check for $80   (payable to Notre Dame) to the Main Office. There are 15 copies remaining.
Advancement/Alumni Office Update
Earn Money for ND with Amazon Smile
When you #StartWithaSmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to Notre Dame High School. Bookmark the link  http://smile.amazon.com/ch/06-1083785   and support us every time you shop.

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.
Guidance Department Update
Seniors
All seniors are reminded to complete their graduation surveys on Naviance and include all financial assistance received by each college. Please see Mr. Bleggi for assistance.  Also seniors need to fill out the form that tells the Guidance Office where they will attend and where to send their final transcript.
 
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. 
Opportunities
Volunteer Opportunities Available at the Nutmeg State Games
What does it take to host an event like the Nutmeg State Games, Connecticut's largest Sports Festival? It takes, of course, the VOLUNTEER! The volunteer is the cornerstone to the success of the Nutmeg State Games.The Nutmeg State Games would not be able to operate efficiently without the services of hundreds of volunteers that have loyally served since the inception of the "Games" in 1989.  Every year, the Nutmeg State Games needs the assistance of volunteers to help run our events.   Volunteers range from:  Game Administrators, Registration Guides, Scorers , Timers, and Awards Assistants.  To view the Nutmeg State Games Sport Offerings Schedule, please click here!

Volunteers can pick the area and sport they would like to be involved with. Volunteers who devote a mere four hours of their time will receive a Nutmeg State Games Event Staff t-shirt.  In addition, you'll receive the satisfaction of knowing you were an integral part of making the Nutmeg State Games a success!
Open Your Heart and Home to a Notre Dame International Student
ND has two agencies looking for host families: AIEP and EduBoston.

AIEP
A welcoming family is needed to host International students that will attend Notre Dame arriving in August for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year. As a host family, you will offer an international student the opportunity to discover America through your eyes throughout the school year. Your family will not only gain a new family member, but will also learn about a different culture, its values and tradition, language, food and more.

Interested Host Families would be required to provide their student with meals, transportation to/from school (busing and carpooling where available), and a private bedroom. To offset the costs of hosting, a generous monthly stipend in the amount of $1,000 per student is offered - Host Families may host up to 2 students of the same gender.

All students studying in the U.S. are required to undergo a detailed application process including a one-one-one SKYPE interview with an AIEP staff member, English proficiency testing, medical pre-screening and other application requirements for the schools they will be attending.

AIEP is our partnered professional agency that specializes in guardianship and homestay programs for international students. 

If you are interested in learning more about becoming an AIEP host family, please contact AIEP at 203.992.2437 or visit www.aiepusa.com.

Please mention you saw this notice or heard about AIEP through our school . For every family that signs up with AIEP, is accepted into the program and is assigned a student(s), AIEP will give our school a $500 referral.

EduBoston
As we look ahead at the next Academic Year, we are reaching out to you, your friends and family asking if you would consider being a Host Family to the student who is very far away from home. In addition,  EduBoston offers generous compensation packages to their carefully selected host families.

EduBoston has made it simple for you to contact their Host Family Service Center, or to refer a friend or family member who may be interested. This is a wonderful opportunity to explore the world right from your home. We encourage you to learn more about hosting an EduBoston student. Contact EduBoston's Host Family Service Representative Rebecca Tyler at 617-208-8544, email host@eduboston.com or visit http://www.eduboston.com for more information.
Singers Wanted
Any student looking to share his or her vocal talents should consider auditioning for the Diocesan Choir for Youth - C 4 Y. For information about the program, click here.

Athletics Update
Congratulations to...
In baseball, Mike Bevino '17  who was named to the SWC All-Conference Team and  Dillon Higgins '18  and  Pete Minore '18  who were named to the SWC All-Patriot Divison Team.  Brian Gallagher '17 received  Honorable Mention. 

In boys' lacrosse, Tyler Stein '17, Austin Fratello '17 and Tony Addorisio '17 were named to the All Division team.
Lancer Week in Review
This week the boys' track team ended its conference season on a high!  Dylan Wade '19 finished the year as SWC Champion in the high jump with a jump of 6'3". The men's 4x100m relay team did well placing 9th in a very competitive field with a time of 48.56. The next quest for both Dylan and Tajh Corrinard '17 will be at the State Meet this Tuesday in New Britain. Both student athletes will be competing in the high jump.

Girls' golf has spent the week practicing in preparation for the SWC tournament next Tuesday . We are hoping to be playing our best golf. 

Lancers' baseball opens up Class S state tournament play on Tuesday as the #8 seed versus Public Safety Magnet at home at 3:30pm. 

The softball team finished the season with a 16-4 record and earned a #5 seed in the Class S state tournament. The L ady Lancers will p lay home next Tuesday vs. Windsor Locks at 4:00 pm.

The girls' Lacrosse team finished their season with a win against Holy Cross (12-8) on senior night. Congratulations to senior captains Delaney O'Keefe and Olivia Keden.

The boys' lacrosse team closed out their 2017 campaign with a 7-6 win over St. Bernard High School, finishing with a 3-13 record on the year. Three players were named to the All Division 2 team for the SWC. Senior Tyler Stein (All Division, Midfield) was consistently a force on offense with a team high 38 points on 30 goals and 8 assists, as well as acting as the primary face off man all year. Tyler will continue his lacrosse career by playing at Eastern Connecticut State University this fall. Other key offensive contributors included senior Austin Fratello (All Division, Attack), who tallied 21 goals and 7 assists on the season, and senior Trevor Sabia who had 18 goals and 13 assists. The third Lancer to win a postseason award was senior captain Tony Addorisio (All Division, Defense). Junior goalkeeper Chris Becker recorded over 100 saves and had a shutout victory against Holy Cross. The lacrosse team graduates 9 seniors and wishes the best of luck to all of the boys in their journeys through college.

The varsity golf team went 1-1 this week. The boys beat Bethel on Monday 170-184. In doing so, they clinched a spot in the SWC conference finals on Friday at Ridgewood Country Club in Danbury. The team finished the regular season with a record of 9-8 and are currently ranked 5th in class S.
Soccer Meeting
There will be a mandatory meeting for all boys interested in soccer next fall  on Wednesday , May 31 at  2:15 pm  in Room 200.
New ND Spirit Wear Available
New ND spirit wear is available at Blanchettes. Click here to view and order items. 
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