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ND Spotlight
Congratulations to...
...  Myles Atkins '20  who won the Junior Bowling Tournament last weekend.

... Sierra O'Keefe '18 and Nori Davis '18 who received the SWC Leadership Award on Thursday, May 3 at the Amber Room in Danbury. Sierra and Nori were honored for their contributions both to athletics and their school community.


The 2017-18 GameTimeCT/New Haven Register All-State Boys Basketball Team has been named.  Congratulations  to  Tyler Bourne for being named the State Player of the Year and for being named to the All State Team,  Chris Watts  for being named Coach of the Year and Nori Davis for  being  named to the All State Team. 

Photos: Catherine Avalone/Sean Patrick Bowley
This Week at ND
Marc Mero Speaks to Student Body
Marc Mero, former World Wrestling Champion, New York State Boxing Champion, and inspirational speaker, visited Notre Dame last week.  Marc's message to the students was heartfelt, and driven by his deep faith.  "God has a purpose for each of us; no matter how much adversity you go through or what your situation, you can choose your attitude." His visit was designed to inspire others to examine their own life choices and make positive changes.  His purpose is to empower people to dream bigger than they've ever dreamed before. He emphasized the importance of developing a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Marc's message also included "Who you associate with does make a difference. Your friends are like elevators; they either take you up, or they take you down."  Our mission at ND includes "Building Character"; Marc Mero helped deliver an important message to our students that will help them well beyond their ND years.


Students Make "Plarn" Mats for the Homeless
Last week, members of Campus Ministry met with Donna Finneran who is the founder of the Brian O'Connell Homeless Project to learn how to make "plarn" mats. Students collected plastic bags and cut them to make plastic yarn which is used to crochet mats for the homeless to sleep on at night.  Thank you to everyone who donated bags and to the participants for helping who included Keith Querette, Jeff Yao, Julia Mizak, Michael Mizak, Katherine Heffernan, Linda Pham, Ariel Esprit, Ruth Salazar, Annie Gaudreau, Alexys Ryan, Dakota Chavez, Emily Pollard, Amy Mora, Alara Dural, Nilsa Laine, and Chris Taylor.  


Freshmen Host Field Day for Students from Hall Elementary
Last Friday, Campus Ministry sponsored the 13th Annual Freshmen Field Day.  The freshmen class sponsored second through sixth grade students from Hall Elementary School in Bridgeport.  Despite the weather causing the event to be held indoors, students made the most of it and treated their little buddies to a wonderful afternoon of food, fun, and fellowship. Thank you to Mrs. Tabitha McKeon and Mrs. Kathy Stefanatos for all their assistance setting up, chaperoning, and helping with lunch.  Many upperclassmen also assisted to help run the games.  Sophomore assistants included Gianna Sansonetti, Ruth Salazar, Nlisa Laine, Herla Monrose, Sophie Stachurski, Thamar Kalangala, Emily Pontes, and Marissa Lagoja. Junior servers consisted of Manjot Singh, Maryam Muhammad, Angelica Zacarola, Alexys Ryan, Tyler Ouellette, Aldi Jaramillo, Kaylan Walcott, Michael Giangregorio, Jenna Sabia, Annie Gaudreau, Linda Pham, Leanne Onofrio, Brianna Perez, Nicholas Miller, Katelyn Pond, Ben Clark, Josh Ortiz, Mary Keden, Meghan Burke, and Sydney Manzo. Finally, the seniors who helped included Deja Bynoe, Jaylssa Howell, Jill Howe, Janay Lamothe, Katherine Heffernan, Dan Guarini, Margaux Atkins, Chridel Turtillien, and Emily Carlson.
 
 
Parents - What You Need to Know
Shop Now and SAVE with your Official Online Sideline Store
Students, athletes, parents, alumni, and fans can now purchase their favorite school custom Nike, Under Armor logo'd apparel products at a great price.  This is a great way to  celebrate the month of May  with graduations and the end of the school year coming up quickly.  It is as easy as 1, 2, and 3:  Pick your product, pick your color, add your favorite logo, and it ships directly to your front door.  Don't forget you can customize many apparel items with your name, number, or year to celebrate your athlete's journey. The ND  Sideline Store operates 24/7 and is supported by an expert customer service team.  Click   here to order.  Enter Promo Code MAY18 NOW through May 26 and save 15% off orders of $75.00 or more!
Childhood Anxiety and Depression Workshop - May 8
A parent workshop addressing childhood anxiety and depression will be held on the evening of  May 8  for parents of PK - 12 students attending nonpublic schools in Fairfield.  The presenter, Kelly Graling, is a clinical psychologist and Director of Consultative Services at Cognitive and Behavioral Consultants where she coordinates, trains and consults to numerous schools and agencies, on a local and national level, applying Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).  Dr. Graling has received intensive training in both CBT and DBT.  She is also an individual, family and group therapist who treats adolescents, adults and families.  There is no charge for admission to this event. Click here for more  information.
Student Update
Mite Box
The next mite box collection will be held on May 9th.

Campus Ministry 
If anyone missed the Campus Ministry meeting held on Wednesday, please see Miss Medoff for upcoming service events.  

Love Life
The next Love Life meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 8th in the library at 2:10 pm.

Culture Club
Join the Culture Club in celebrating Indian culture with food and henna tattoos on Wednsday, May 9th at 2:05 in room 205.
Attention Seniors - Complete By May 11
We ask that all seniors complete the attached form and return it to the Guidance Office. It is also very important that you this graduation survey on Naviance.  Under the "About Me" section, click on "graduation survey".  Please complete the survey for Guidance records and for recognition of awards at Graduation. 
Please list any scholarships and/or grants awarded from any of the schools you were accepted to .  When listing the scholarships and/or grants, please indicate if the award is for one year or four years. If you need to add additional colleges and/or scholarships, complete the survey, then reclick on "graduation survey" again and you will be able to add and/or delete any of the information.  Please complete the survey by Friday, May 11th .   If you prefer, you may email the attached form to kdaniels@notredame.org.  Any questions, please do not hesitate to contact The Guidance Office.
Scholarships for Seniors
Seniors are reminded to check Naviance and see the scholarships that are available. 

Click here for a current list of available scholarships.
Purchase Your Tickets for the Senior - Junior Prom By May 16
The Senior-Junior Prom will be held on  Friday, May 25  at the Waterview in Monroe.  The cost of the prom is $80 per person.  When buying tickets, please indicate the choice of meal (filet mignon, grilled chicken or penne a la vodka).  A Notre Dame Junior or Senior may bring a date from another school, but they need to have a guest permission slip completed when purchasing tickets.  Tickets must be purchased by  Wednesday, May 16th .  Tickets can be bought from Miss Z in room 102. 

Club Information
For a full list of activity dates and times, click here
Advancement/Alumni Office Update
Save the Dates!
Notre Dame Drama Club Presents FOOTLOOSE!
Friday, May 18  ( 8:00 pm ) and  Saturday, May 19  ( 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm ) at the Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts at Sacred Heart University.  To purchase tickets, please contact the Edgerton Center Box Office  at 203-371-7908  or purchase online by clicking here
Notre Dame's 2nd Annual Bacon and BrewFest
Saturday, June 9th from n oon-4pm.  Unlimited beer tasting, food trucks, live music and fun!  Take advantage of the our early bird ticket sale now through 
May 20th.  Follow us on Instagram at:  baconndbrew  and on Facebook:  Notre Dame Bacon and BrewDon't forget to spread the word and share the information with your friends and family.  Log on to the Bacon and Brew Fest website by clicking here  for more information. If you're interested in volunteering at this 21 and over event, you can sign up  here .  Volunteers who work a 2 hour shift only pay $15 to attend and those working 3 or more hours are free. 

Notre Dame's 18th Annual Lancer Open in Memory of Bob Shea
All golfers - please join us on  Monday, June 25 at the beautiful Great River Golf Club in Milford for the 18th Annual Lancer Open in Memory of Bob Shea.  For sponsorship and registration information click here or see attached brochure

For more information about  Footloose , ND's Bacon and Brew Fest and the Lancer Open, please contact Theresa Marzik at  tmarzik@notredame.org  or 203-372-6521 ext. 242.
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Ongoing Reminders 
Athletics Update
This Week in Sports
The softball team went 2-0 this week starting with a win over Immaculate by a score of 13-0.  Breana Brown '20 pitched a no hitter while Lucy Grant '18 had 4 hits and 3 RBI's.   Jill Howe '18 chipped in with 3 hits.  The Lady Lancers defeated cross town rival, Kolbe, by a 14-1 score when Tiffany Diao '18 pitched a one hitter. Once again, Lucy Grant hit well and Michaela Luk '18 hit 2 booming doubles.  Riley Marko '21  hit a 3 run homer.

This week, the baseball team beat Immaculate 5-3.    Dillon Higgins '18  struck out 12 and only allowed four hits for the win. He also had two doubles at the plate.  Pete Minore '18  and  Robert Karosy '18  each drove in two runs.  Richie Kerstetter '21  got the save. The  Lancers then went on to crush Kolbe   12-2.  Brian Teskey '19 pitched for the win and went 2 for 3 with a run scored.  Pete Minore '18 hit 2 home runs, went 3 for 4 with 5 RBI and 3 runs scored.  Jeremy Tierney '18 went 2 for 3 with a home run and 4 RBI. Dillon Higgins '18 went 4 for 4 with a double and 3 runs scored. Bob Karosy '18 went 2 for 3 with a RBI and a run scored.  ND also beat New Fairfield 5-2 . Richie Kerstetter '21 pitched for the win, Jacob Rainey '18 went 2 for 3 with with a home run. Dillon Higgins '18 had a home run and 2 RBI.  Pete Minore '18 had a home run. Bob Karosy '18 had a double. Lancers baseball advanced their record this week to 10-3 and qualified for the State  Tournament.

The boys' lacrosse team lost a close game to conference rival Stratford this week and will return to action this Saturday against a visiting St. Bernard's team at 5:00. Kevin Kelly '21 registered his first varsity goal of the season while Chris Becker '18 and Brad Mazzone '18 each chipped in with a goal a piece. 

The  girls' lacrosse  team had back-to-back games this week and obtained their first W against Housatonic Regional on Monday!  Senior captain,  Kaitlyn Ciufo , posted 12 goals between both games and is only 9 points away from a career of 200! Mentionable stats come from Ciufo with 8 goals, 17 ground balls, 8 draw wins, 4 draw possessions, 2 caused turnovers & 3 caused 8M shots;  Jenna Sabia - 1 goal, 1 assist, 9 ground balls, 2 caused turnovers, & 1 caused 8M shot;  Olivia Ramos - 1 goal, 2 SOG, 2 ground balls, & 1 draw possession;  Ila Sookoo - 1 assist, 6 ground balls, & 3 draw possessions; Senior Captain  Daniella Ambrister - 3 SOG, 7 ground balls, & 2 caused turnovers; Senior Captain  Jalyssa Howell - 5 ground balls;  Erin O'Brien - 2 SOG, 2 ground balls;  Mary Keden - 2 ground balls, 1 caused turnover;  Herla Monrose - 1 SOG, 3 ground balls, & 1 caused 8M shot;  Tori Rich - 1 caused turnover;  Karen Garza - 1 ground ball;  Nicole Posada - 1 ground ball; Senior Captain  Lindsay Salvati - 1 ground ball;  Meghan Burke  played a huge role down on defense for the Lady Lancers; and Senior Goaltender  Emma Sweeney  with 8 saves in the W.  Although the Lady Lancers did not get the outcome at Stratford we sought, Senior Goaltender  Emma Sweeney  proved herself yet again to be a huge asset with a record breaking 20 saves.  Lindsay Salvati  made a strong come back with 5 draw possessions, 8 ground balls, 1 caused turnover, and 1 caused 8M shot. Notable stats also provided by junior leader  Jenna Sabia , with 2 goals, 1 assist, 4 ground balls, and 3 caused 8M shots.  The Lady Lancers look to finish their season with one common vision. Napoleon Hill said it best: "It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others." 

Girls' tennis was highlighted this week by an impressive 2 set singles win versus Bethel by  Christina Cheeseman and a close 3 set battle won by  Hailey Hughes versus Pomperaug.  Christina took control right from the onset of her match with consistent serves and a minimum of unforced errors. Hailey fell behind early, losing the first set but rallying to take the second set and utilized excellent court coverage to win the third. Other players of note were Olivia Carriero, Monica Cardenas, and seniors Amanda Wilkins and Viviana Quintero.   

The boys' track team found themselves running to stay warm at New Milford Monday. Despite the cold, there were some stand out performances. Junior Tommy Kurlya jumped his personal best 19.5 ft in the long jump. Freshman Tim Bannon ran the 800m at great pace and beat his Newtown time by 5 seconds at 3:03 sec. 

This week was a mix of winter and summer golf. Girls' golf  opened the week with winter hats and jackets and a loss to Barlow. They then traveled to Whitney Farms in shorts and short sleeves where they played some of their best golf of the season. They lost to Masuk, but got a win over Immaculate.  On Wednesday,  the temperature hit 88 in Brookfield. Katelyn Pond had a low round 46, and Rose Linkasamy shot a personal best 66  on Tuesday  and improved on that  Wednesday  with a 64.  Sierra O'Keefe continues to improve and helps keep us in each match we play. Rose Baker and Sarah Sportini have played well all week. They look forward to next week's home matches against Immaculate and Weston.
Spring Athletic Awards Banquet
The Notre Dame Athletic Department and the N.D. Athletic Association  will be holding the  Spring Athletic Awards Banquet on  Monday, June 4 at  6:30 p.m. at  Vazzano's Four Seasons. The cost to attend is  $18 for adults,  $12 for non-ND students, $8 for N.D. student-athletes.  Team MVPs will be announced,  All League award recipients and All Academic team recipients honored and All State winners recognized.  Dress is business casual. Please RSVP to Mr. Bleggi by  Tuesday, May 29th. Click here for RSVP form.
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