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Living Rosary
Campus Ministry sponsored a Living Rosary for the Feast of the Rosary on Friday, October 7. Special thanks to the 55 students who volunteered to read and shine a light to represent their bead and to  Father Luke, Mrs. Morales, Mr. Vigliotta, and Ms. Mazal for their help reading. 

Roller Coaster Physics STEM Design Challenge 

Students in Mrs. Almeida's Honors Integrated Science classes were challenged to demonstrate their knowledge of Newton's Laws of Motion and the Engineering Design Process by researching, designing, building and testing model roller coasters to be both "thrilling" and "safe". The designs included loops, hills, curves and jumps! After overcoming many obstacles in the building process, the students calculated speed, acceleration, potential and kinetic energy, and the force of the "cart" moving along the track.  Each team member wrote a research/conclusion paper to communicate the results of their project and teams demonstrated their working models to the class.

Parent and Student Update
2016 Notre Dame Open House
Notre Dame will conduct its annual fall Open House for all prospective students on  Sunday, October 23. Tours of campus will be offered beginning at  1:30 pm and the program will begin at  2:30 pm. Please help spread the word to any families who might be interested in Notre Dame - either as an incoming freshman or a transfer student. Families can pre-register for the Open House by clicking here.

ND Prepares for the Consecration of the Diocese of Bridgeport
Notre Dame is excited to be joining the entire community of the Diocese of Bridgeport in preparation for the Consecration of the Diocese of Bridgeport to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which will take place on  November 5 . Over the coming weeks, we will be sharing a series of essays written to help our Diocesan Community prepare for this solemn event. Click here to find the first essay entitled: The Meaning of Christian Pilgrimage.
Campus Ministry Updates

Campus Ministry Meeting
The next Campus Ministry meeting will be held on  Thursday, October 27 at 2:00 pm in the cafeteria.  Sign ups for November activities will be available.   

Mite Box
The mite box for this week was for the Tough for Téa Medical Fund.  Students raised over $200 for Téa who is a two year girl who lives in Seymour and was diagnosed with a neuroblastoma.  The winning homeroom was Ms. Miller and those students will have a dress down day next week. The next mite box collection will be on  October 26 for St. Jude's Children's Hospital.   

Trunk or Treat
Campus Ministry is sponsoring the 3rd Annual Trunk or Treat on  Wednesday, October 26th from 3-5 pm in the faculty parking lot.  If you are interested in volunteering as a parent or student, please email Miss Medoff at  We are also looking for donations of baked goods, candy, decorations, or prizes for that day.  Parents and alumni are invited to bring their small children to participate in the trick or treating, games, and activities.  If you are intending to bring a child, please rsvp by emailing Miss Medoff.
Drama Club Updates

Paint and Sip Postponed
The Paint and Sip originally scheduled for Saturday, October 15 is being postponed.  The future date has yet to be determined.  Please contact  Mr. St.Onge at  with any questions.

Drama Club Wreath Sale Fundraiser
In the spirit of the season, give your support and enjoy beautiful holiday evergreens. The Drama Club will be selling Christmas wreaths and garland. Click here to see wreaths and prices. All orders are due by November 1, 2016 for an expected delivery date between November 28 and December 5. To order, please fill out this form and hand it and payment in to Mr. St. Onge. If you have any questions please contact Debbie Vayda at

Save Us! Set Construction
Mr. St.Onge is looking for help constructing the set for the upcoming production of the fall drama  Save Us!, and he asks anyone willing to assist with that effort to contact him at  The set is a 1938 diner.  Mr. St.Onge would be especially grateful for anyone who has a small, 1930s style radio that could be used as a prop during the show.
Scholarships for Current ND Students
Through the generosity of a series of individuals and groups, we are excited to announce five scholarship opportunities available to current Notre Dame students. Scholarship awards will be credited towards 2016-17 Notre Dame tuition.
  • Love Life Scholarship - one $2,500 award available to any current student. Financial need/essays considered.
  • Class of 1965 Scholarship - three $2,000 awards available to current sophomores, juniors or seniors. Academics, service to school/community, financial need and essays considered.
  • Bender Family Scholarship - one $3,000 award available to any current student. Financial need/essays considered. (Note: Correct application is included here as the wrong file was included in the original email to parents.)
  • Kevin Comer Scholarship - one $2,500 award available to a current sophomore, junior or senior. Participation in certain sports, excellence in math, and essays considered.
  • Lou Saccone Memorial Scholarship - one $500 award to a current sophomore, junior or senior. Participation in athletics, academic success, financial need and essays considered. 
Please click on the scholarship name above to download a copy of the application. All scholarship applications are due to the Main Office  no later than Tuesday, 
October 25
Link Crew Meeting 
Link Crew Leaders will have a meeting on  Tuesday, October 18th at 7:30 am in Room 201A.
Love Life Club
The next Love Life meeting will be on  Thursday, October 20 at 2:00 pm in room 201A.
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.
Annual Pink Football Game
If anyone would like to donate goods for a bake sale, a raffle prize or their time to help at the annual Think Pink breast cancer football fundraiser, please contact 
Jennifer Casceillo ( ).  All proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society.  Don't forget to mark your calendars to come out and "Get your pink on" on October 22!
Confirmation Classes Offered
Fr. Luke will be holding a Confirmation Class for any student who has not yet received their Confirmation. If you are interested in having your son or daughter receive the Sacrament of Confirmation this year, please contact Fr. Luke at
Cheerleading Fundraiser This Sunday

Used Clothing Drive
College Essay Workshop - October 19th
Members of the English Department will be available to help seniors with their college essays on  October 19th  (Freshman, Sophomore and Junior Guidance Testing Day). Students will be able to get help wherever they are in the process.  There will be workshop rooms for brainstorming/selecting a topic, revision/feedback, and editing.  A sign up sheet will be in room 207.
Earn Money for ND with Amazon Smile
Do you shop on Amazon? Now you can earn money for ND just by shopping. Go to 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.

Parent Association Update
Mark Your Calendars with these Upcoming Events    

Walk-a-thon - October 21
The Walk A Thon will take place on Friday, October 21.  There will be food and drinks for the students to purchase, ranging from $1 - $4.  To donate food or supplies, please follow this Sign Up Genius link:   2016 NOTRE DAME WALK-A-THON .  Thank you for your support!
Homecoming Game and Food Truck Festival - October 22
Join us for the 2nd Annual Food Truck Festival and Homecoming Game! The ND Cheerleading Team will be hosting a clothing drive as well - see  attached   for details!  This is a great family event and a fun time for Alumni to meet up for lunch and the game!  

Spirit Wear Sales
We will be selling ND Spirit Wear at all HOME football games.   Inquiries on sizes or to place an order, please email . Click here  for items to purchase.

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!   Click  here  for a photo.  Orders can be placed by emailing .  Youth sizes available upon request. 

Parent Association Meeting - October 19 CANCELLED
Due to a scheduling conflict, the Parent Association meeting scheduled for October 19 is cancelled.  If you have any questions, please contact Melanie Trutt at .  See you at the November 16th meeting!
Scrapbooking Event - November 19th
Join us on Saturday, November 19th from 10am - 6pm for a day of scrapbooking fun! The cost is $40 per person and all proceeds benefit Notre Dame.  There will be vendors, raffle prizes and goodie bags with a continental breakfast, lunch & dessert provided! We are also in need of parent and student volunteers to donate food items, sell raffle tickets and help with serving food, clean up and set up.  Please contact Michele McGuire at with any questions.  To donate food or volunteer your time, please follow this Sign Up Genius link .  To register for this popular event, complete and return this form by November 5. Bring a friend and make a day of it - hope to see you there!
ND Baking Committee
The ND Baking Committee is back! If you like to bake, please consider joining to help with various school events throughout the year. This is a great opportunity to lend a hand and show off your skills! Even if you're not a baker, we'll take purchased baked goods (we'll never turn down a cookie!). Please send an email to  if you are interested in helping.
Guidance Department Update
Parents of Junior and Seniors
On Monday, October 17 , there will be a meeting for Junior and Senior parents about college financial aid and the process of applying to FAFSA.  The meeting will begin at 7:00 pm in the Martire Theatre in the Sacred Heart University School of Business (on the corner of Park Ave. and Jefferson Street).
College Rep Visits
Visits from college representatives are well underway. Seniors should look on Naviance for the full schedule. Seniors must sign up on Naviance to visit with a college representative. Once signed up, please stop by the Guidance Office at least two days prior to get a pass for that day. No student will be allowed to leave homeroom without a pass.  All visits will be at 8:00 a.m. in Room 205.

Upcoming Reps:

St. Joseph College Monday, October 17
American International College Tuesday, October 18
Hofstra University Thursday, October 20
Roger Williams University Friday, October 21
Scholarships for Seniors
Scholarships are starting to come in for our seniors who will be attending college in the fall of 2017.  Please be sure to check the Naviance site.  Look under scholarships and see what scholarships are out there.  If you have any questions, please stop by the Guidance Office.
Upcoming PSAT Testing
On Wednesday, October 19, the freshmen, sophomores and juniors will be taking the PSAT.  This is a practice test for the SAT's.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact the Guidance Office/Mrs. Lisa Seperack at (203) 374-2618.
The Washington Journalism and Media Conference
The Washington Journalism and Media Conference will be held on the campus of George Mason University in Fairfax, VA in July. The conference was developed "specifically for high-achieving, high school students from all across the country who may have an interest in pursuing careers in journalism and the media". A day-by-day conference schedule can be found by clicking here. Tuition for the conference is approximately $2,000. Financial aid may be available. If you are interested in receiving information about this unique opportunity, please email Mr. Cipriano at by  October 18.
Volunteer Opportunities at The Discover 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

Fairfield's STEM Open House
Fairfield  University will have its STEM Open House on October 15.  Come meet the faculty, tour the campus and laboratories, and talk with current students about their experiences.  Click   here   to register. 
School of Engineering
* Bioengineering
* Computer Science
* Computer Engineering
* Electrical Engineering
* Mechanical Engineering
* Software Engineering
College of Arts and Sciences
* Biology
* Biochemistry
* Chemistry
* Environmental Studies
* Mathematics
* Physics
* Health Studies (minor)

Young Artist Scholarship Awards for Playwriting
The Palace in Stamford is pleased to announce the third annual Young Artist Scholarship Awards for Playwriting. The 2017 scholarships will be awarded to three high school students for their writing of an original 15 minute, one act play. The three winning plays will be have a stage reading of their play at the Palace with professional New York actors. The students' will assist in directing their play during rehearsals the day of the reading. Criteria and an application can be obtained by clicking here. The deadline for submission is 
February 20, 2017 .
Athletics Update
Lancer Week In Review
The Boys' and Girls' Cross Country teams competed this past week at Pomperaug High School against Pomperaug and New Milford.  Top finishers for ND was  Jeremy Tierney '18  and  Teresa Salamone '17. 

The Football Team had a bye last week but will be in action  on Friday evening vs. New Milford away at  7pm.  Good luck to the boys!

Girls' Soccer continues to impress going 4-0 this past week defeating Bunnell, East Lyme, Weston and Norwich Free Academy.  Leading the way for the Lancers were  Samantha LaValle '17 (7 goals, 2 assists), Katie Ciufo '19 (2 goals), Kascia Zawadski '19 (2 goals), Erika Quinones '17 (2 assists), and Linsday Salvati '18 (3 assists).  Also, Brianna Kydes '17 and Julia Mizak '19 each chipped in with 1 assist each and Samantha Camacho '18 made 11 saves combined in the four wins.  Currently, the girls are 10-0-3 (7-0-3 in the SWC) and ranked 4th in Class M and 3rd in the SWC with two big games versus Pomperaug and Masuk next week.  The girls were also featured on News Channel 12 as the "Team of the Week".  The team will be in action again  on Tuesday (10/18) at home vs. Pomperaug at  4:15 pm.  It is senior day and there will be a ceremony before the game honoring the seniors.

Boys' Soccer posted a win and a tie this past week versus Weston and Bunnell High Schools.  Felipe Canzian '18 (2 goals) and Vinicius Santana (2 goals) both found the back of the net in the games.  Max Cano '17, Pedro Oliveira '17, and Kevin Morataya '19 all assisted in the goals.  Marcelo DeSouza '19 made 13 saves combined in the two games.  Boys soccer is currently 7-1-3 & ranked 5th in Class S.  
Girls' Volleyball went 2-0 this past week defeating Stratford High School (3-2) and Bassick High School (3-0).  Leading the charge for the Lancers were  Liv Silva '17 (10 aces and 21 kills), T'aira Green '17 (13 aces), Gabby Joseph '18 (11 kills and 2 blocks), Kim Valdovinos '17 (6 aces),  Michaela Luk '18 and Carly Humphrey '18 (both with 5 aces) in the two wins.  The volleyball team currently is 10-4 (5-4 in the SWC) and ranked 9th in Class S and 7th in the SWC.  The team is in action again  on Friday (10/14) home versus Weston ( 4pm and 5:30 pm) with first place in the Patriot Division on the line. The team will be also be wearing pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and raising money at the game.  Please come out and support a great cause!   Next Wednesday (10/19) is Senior Night versus Bunnell at  5:30 pm.
Interested in Playing Boys' Volleyball? 
Any student interested in starting a Boys' Volleyball team this spring should see Mr. Bleggi.
Sports Sign Ups 
Sign ups for all students interested in Boys' Basketball, Girls' Basketball, Wrestling, Boys' and Girls' Indoor Track, and Bowling have begun in Mr. Bleggi's office (Room 201).  Sign ups will end on Friday, October 21.  Any questions, see Mr. Bleggi.
Athletic Event Season Passes Available
All Season athletic passes are on sale in Mr. Bleggi's office (Room 201) starting on Tuesday, September 6. Family passes are $75 (good for 4 people) and individual passes are $40. Please make checks out to Notre Dame HS.
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.