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SWC Leadership Award
Congratulations to Delaney O'Keefe '17 and Colin Burke '17 who received the SWC Leadership Award from the Southwest Conference on May 4 at a reception held at the Villa Bianca in Seymour. Delaney and Colin were recognized for their demonstrated leadership both in athletics and the school community. 

ND Happenings 

On Monday, May 1, Judge Mary Sommer, a graduate of Notre Dame and a Connecticut Superior Court judge, visited ND to speak with Mr. Skawinski's American History class and Mr. Winkler's American Government class. Visiting on Law Day, Judge Sommer  spoke to the students about "The 14th  Amendment: Transforming American Democracy".
Teen Smokestoppers
Many thanks to Susan Richards from St. Vincent's Hospital who spent Monday, May 1  with our students educating them about the dangers associated with smoking and vaping. During the presentations, students observed human lungs and brains damaged from smoking and participated in activities modeling the effects of smoking on strength and endurance.  Susan will spend time with our male athletes on May 24 th discussing the health effects associated with chewing tobacco and dipping .
  
Students From French Honor Society Donate Baskets
French IV-AP members of the ND French Honor Society recently prepared and delivered a May Day Breakfast Basket to Father Peter Cipriani of Assumption Church in Fairfield.  Father Cip will be giving the basket to an area Fairfield family. Participants included: Kathrina Alteus '20, Guymara Manigat '17, Patriney Alteus '17 and Madeleine Ramirez '17 (basket designer).

Student Update
Les Mis Opens This Weekend!
Do You Hear The People Sing?
 
Les Miserables Opening Night Cocktail Reception
Friday, May 5th - 6:00-7:30 P.M.

Edgerton Center For Performing Arts Lobby
Sacred Heart University

Please Support The ND Drama Club and Join Us
For This Adults Only Event

H'ors D'Oeuvres, Wine & Beer and Desserts
Reception Tickets are $15.00 and can be purchased online by clicking here

Avoid the Long Line and Get Your Tickets Online!
It is strongly encouraged that tickets be bought in advance using the website.  While tickets will be available at the door (cash only), we hope to avoid the long lines at the box office that caused a significant delay to the start of the show on opening night last year.  Please use the website to purchase tickets, or come to the theater early if you plan on buying tickets at the door. Click here to purchase.  

Performances are on May 5th (at 8:00 pm) & May 6th  (at 1:30 and 8:00 pm) at the Sacred Heart University Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts. 

College Essay Workshop for Juniors
Are you or do you know a current junior who wants to get a head start on the college application process? One of the best things a student can do over the summer is to write his or her college essay. There will be a college essay workshop on  Tuesday, May 23 from  2-3pm in room 207 for interested students.  We will go over the Common App essay questions and brainstorm topics.  Please see or email Mr. Sulzycki ( msulzycki@notredame.org) to reserve a spot.
Calling All Musical Theater Students
Trumbull Youth Association is presenting "Ragtime" this summer and is seeking musical theatre students 13-21 years old that might be interested in auditioning for the production. TYA was established in 1969 and has been presenting a summer musical for 48yrs. Audition information can be found at  trumbullyouth.org  and in this flyer
Club Meetings
Students for Life Club -  Friday, May 12 in room 206. See Miss Mazal with any questions.

Philosophy Club - Monday, May 8 after school 
ND Junior-Senior Prom Information
The 2017 Notre Dame Junior-Senior Prom will take place on  Thursday, May 25, 2017 at the Waterview in Monroe. The prom will be held from  6:00 pm - 11:00 pm.  Tickets will be on sale from  April 24th-May 16th and the cost is $85.00 a person.  Tickets will be on sale in the cafeteria from  Mr. Carl Philipp or after school from  Miss Zembrzuski . Students attending the prom are asked to make their meal choice when buying their tickets. If any student has special dietary restrictions, they are asked to see Miss Zembrzuski. If a junior or senior is bringing a date from outside of the school, they must also have their date submit a permission slip. Click here to view the menu choices. Click here for a copy of the permission slip.

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
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
2017 Yearbook orders are now being taken. To purchase, students can bring cash or check for $80 
(payable to Notre Dame) to the Main Office.
Parent Association Update
Bacon & Brew Fest - Volunteers Needed
We have a new and exciting event coming up and we need your help!  Please consider signing up to volunteer for Bacon & Brew Fest on Saturday, June 10 (from 12-4pm).  Opportunities include set-up the night before, registration, break down and much more!  We are also looking for one or two people to organize a committee to run a Cookoff Contest for bacon inspired dishes. 

If you are available and interested in helping to make this event a success, consider volunteering your time. Click here to visit the Sign Up Genius to sign up today!

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.
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.

UConn ECE Course Consent Forms Due May 12
Students who are eligible to enroll in the UCONN ECE courses must return their consent forms to the Guidance Office by Friday, May 12. Please contact Mrs. Seperack if you have any questions.  Click here for a copy of the form.  
 
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
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
Spring Athletic Banquet
The Spring Athletic Banquet will be held on Monday, June 5 at 6 pm at Vazzano's Four Seasons in Stratford. Team MVPs will be announced, All League award recipients and All Academic team recipients will be honored and All State winner recognized. Click here for more information and to RSVP.
Fall Sports
All students interested in trying out for a Fall Sport, sign ups will  begin on  Monday, May 8  in Mr. Bleggi's office.  Fall sports include  football, boys' soccer, girls' soccer, girls' volleyball, and boys and  girls cross country.  Sign ups will end on  Thursday, May 24.
ND Cheerleading
All students interested in trying out for the ND Cheerleading team for next year must attend a mandatory meeting on  Monday, May 15 at 6:30 pm  in the cafe.  A parent/guardian must attend the meeting with the student.  Tryouts for the team will be held on  Thursday, May 19 from  6:30-8:00 pm Saturday, May 20 from  8:00-10:00 am , and  Monday, May 22 from  6:30-8:00 pm .  Students interested are asked to sign up in Mr. Bleggi's office starting on  Monday, May 1 .  Any questions concerning meeting or tryouts, please email Coach Ciri llo at  kaileycirillo@yahoo.com.  
Lancer Week in Review
In girls' golf news , Bridget Magyar '19 played in her first match this week and was terrific!  The girls' golf team used this week to practice and are ready to face Immaculate, Weston and Joel Barlow next week. 

The boys' golf team went 2-2 this week picking up wins against Stratford and Nonnewaug. The team was led by captain Safeen Ahmad (a career low of even par 35) and AJ Bouvier '18 with a 38. The team continues its quest to qualify for the class S state finals. They are currently ranked 11th out of 39 teams. The top 20 advance to the state finals on  June 5th .

In track news, Teresa Salamone was 4th in the mile in her third personal record in three weeks. Briana Perez took 3rd in the discus in a new personal record as well against Joel Barlow, Stratford and Bethel. 

The softball team continued its winning ways by beating Kolbe, Stratford  and Brookfield.  The Lancers were losing 2-0 in the 7th inning and pulled out a 3 run rally to win the game against Brookfield.  The Lancers are now 13-0 a nd hold the #1 seed in class S and are ranked 6th in the state by the New Haven Register.

Girls' tennis doubles team of  Christina Cheeseman '19 and  Guymara Manigat '17 , utilizing strong net play and minimal unforced errors, posted a win (6-2, 6-3) over powerhouse Weston. Sophomore  Hailey Hughes logged 2 wins this week, outlasting her New Milford opponent in a hard fought 3 set match and beating Abbott Tech's number 2 singles player 6-4, 6-4.   Joining Hailey in the win column against Tech were  Viviana Quintero (7-6, 7-5), and  Amanda Wilkins (6-0, 6-1).   

The baseball team finished the week with a record of 12-3. Defeating  Kolbe Cathedral by a score of 22-3, Nolan Nemchek '17 pitched for the win, Chris Restaino '17 went 3-3 with 2 runs scored, Brandon White '17 went 2-4 with 3 RBI and 3 runs scored, Jose Mercado '17 went 2-4 with 2 RBI and 2 runs scored, Brian Gallagher '17 went 2-4 with 2 walks and 2 runs scored. The L ancers also defeated Bullard Havens 19-0, Tyler Romano '19 pitched for the win, Chris Restaino '17 went 2-3 with a run scored, Nolan Nemchek '17 went 2-2 with a run scored, Bob Karosy '18 went 4-6 with 2 RBI and 4 runs scored, Brandon Cegelka '17 went 2-4 with 2 BB and 2 runs scored. ND  defeated Immaculate 4-0, Jeremy Tierney '18 pitched for the win, Bob Karosy '18 went 2-2 with a home run, a walk and 2 RBI, Brandon White '17 went 2-3 with a walk and a run scored, Jeremy Tierney '18 went 1-3 with a RBI, Dillon Higgins '18 went 1-3 with a double. The  Lancers also defeated Brookfield 12-6, Nolan Nemchek '17 pitched for the win, Mike Bevino '17 went 3-3 with a home run, a double 2 BB and 4 RBI and 2 runs scored, Dillon Higgins '18 went 3-4 with a RBI and a run scored. Brian Gallagher '17 went 2-4 with a double, a walk, 4 RBI and 2 runs scored, Nolan Nemchek '17 went 2-3 with a RBI, Pete Minore '18 went 1-2 with 2 walks, 2 RBI and a run scored.

The girl's lacrosse team had a busy week in the SWC.   The Lancers faced the Weston Trojans on Thursday, April 27. The girls then took on the beginning of week by facing the Stratford Red Devils at home on Monday, the Immaculate Mustangs on Tuesday and away vs. the Pomperaug Panthers on Wednesday.  Kaitlyn Ciufo '18 scored her 100th career goal with the third goal of the game against Weston.  She also put up a total of 64% of the Lancers goals for the week.  Also notable for Ciufo is an average of 10 draw controls per game.  Lindsay Salvati '18 came up big on midfield against Weston despite the 15-7 loss with 1 goal, 9 ground balls; 2 draw possessions; 3 caused turn over, 2 turn overs; 1 caused obstruction of free space; and 0 obstruction of free space.  Also notable for Salvati against the Red Devils is 5 ground balls; 5 draw possessions; 3 caused turn overs, and 0 turn overs.  Mary Keden '19 assisted with 2 of Salvati's goals and contributed with 5 ground balls as well as 0 caused & 0 obstruction of free space on defense.  Jenna Sabia '19 came up big versus her home town with 1 goal, 2 ground balls; 1 caused turn over; 0 turn overs, 1 caused obstruction of free space; & 0 obstruction of free space. 
Emma Sweeney '18 stood on her head against Immaculate with a record of 16 saves & 12 clears.  Sweeney tallied 39 saves in the four losses for a 72% save percentage.  Erin O'Brien '18 contributed big against the Mustangs with 5 ground balls and 1 draw possession.  Captain Delaney O'Keefe '17 had the single assist against Pomperaug Wednesday night.  Solid defense also came from Captain Olivia Keden '17, Olivia Ramos '19, and Meghan Burke '19 with 2 caused turn overs against Pomperaug.

The boy's lacrosse team saw action this past week in a contest against Immaculate High School. The team fought hard in a 14-8 loss and was lead by senior Tyler Stein, who lead the team with 4 goals. Fellow senior Austin Fratello added a hat trick, and senior Andrew Fallon chipped in with one goal and two assists. Junior Chris Becker had 10 saves in net for the Lancers. Freshman Aaron Martino, who has stepped up in his role on the varsity squad, added a team high 7 ground balls. Up next, Notre Dame plays SWC rival Masuk on Monday, May 8.
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