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ND Spotlight
Drama Club Officers Announced
Congratulations to the Drama Club officers for the 2016-17 school year: Co-Presidents Olivia Keden '17 and Jack Rohr '17, Vice-President Matheus Dos Santos '18, Secretary Sophia Rodrigues '17, and Treasurer Megan Jankovsky '17.  The club is looking forward to another great year!


ND Happenings
Back to School Mass & Guest Speaker


On Thursday, the Notre Dame community gathered in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit on the campus of Sacred Heart University for our first whole school mass of the year. Notre Dame Chaplain Fr. Luke Suarez celebrated mass. Following mass, Scarlett Lewis, mother of Jesse Lewis who died in the tragic events at Sandy Hook in 2012, spoke to our community. Scarlett has founded the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement and shared her powerful story and hope that more people will choose love and forgiveness over hate. Following her forty minute talk, Notre Dame presented a mural which was created at the end of last school year by students in  Dr. Callaghan's and Ms. Medoff's classes. The Choose Love mural will travel with six others made in other Connecticut high schools last spring to Washington, DC where they will be displayed in the US Capitol thanks to the efforts of Ms. Lewis and Senator Blumenthal.


ND's 60th Anniversary Mass
On Sunday, September 11, Notre Dame kicked off its 60th anniversary celebration with a Mass of Thanksgiving at Assumption Church in Fairfield. Assumption hosted this mass since the very first ND classes were held at Assumption while the original Notre Dame building was still under construction. Rev. Luke Suarez celebrated mass with concelebrants former Notre Dame Chaplain and current Pastor of Assumption Church, Rev. Peter Cipriani,   Rev. Thomas Lynch, Pastor of St. James in Stratford, ND Class of 1962, and  Rev. Robert Crofut, pastor of St. Pius X Parish in Fairfield, ND Class of 1964.  Click here to read a letter from Bishop Caggiano regarding Notre Dame's 60th anniversary. 


Fall Pep Rally
Last Friday the Notre Dame Student Council kicked off the fall athletic season with a school wide pep rally. Click here to view the ND dance classes performing at the event.
Religion Classes Reflect on Tattoos On The Heart 
Mr. Vigliotta's sophomore religion classes discussed compassion and related it to stories from ND's summer reading book Tattoos On The Heart. Students looked at quotes about compassion, discussed their meaning and how they related to them. The students created their own quotes and definitions of compassion and then they drew symbols that they thought best represented compassion.


Parent and Student Update
Auditions For Fall Drama
Auditions for the fall drama,  Save Us , a play written by ND alumn Daniel Murphy, will be held  next Tuesday  and  Thursday, September 20 and 22 , after school from  2:10 pm to 4pm .  Character descriptions and sign up sheets will be posted outside room 307.  Please contact Mr. St.Onge with any questions at  jstonge@notredame.org .
Pokemon Go Snack and Capture Event
Do you like snacks?  Do you like Pokemon Go?  If you answered yes to at least one of those questions, then meet at the Statue of Mary at  2:10pm  on  Wednesday, September 21 , because the Drama Club is sponsoring a Pokemon Go snack and capture event!  You can buy snacks and drinks while you catch your Pokemon.  You bring the incense, and Mr. St.Onge will provide the lure.  When the lure runs out, hardcore Poke-Masters can head over to SHU with special guests Mr. Chuba and Mr. Wajda for some gym-claiming hijinks.  Gotta catch 'em all!
Come to ND's Coffee House Night 
On  Friday, September 30 , the Drama Club will be holding its first Coffee House Night at  7:00 pm  in the cafeteria.  This relaxed performance venue will function as an open mic night, during which any student who wishes to perform is encouraged to do so - just come prepared.  Students are also encouraged to bring art to display.  The event is open to all members of the extended ND family, and there will be a bake sale and, of course, coffee.  Any parents who wish to volunteer should contact Mr. St.Onge at  jstonge@notredame.org.
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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.

Parent Association Update
Parent Association Membership Drive 2016-17 - Sign Up Get a Car Magnet
Join us  as we kick off the 2016-2017 school year with a  MEMBERSHIP DRIVE!
The ND Parent Association  is an integral part of the Notre Dame Family.  Our mission is to enhance the high school experience by hosting events that positively impact our students, families, teachers, alumni and friends. Membership dues are $10 per family, which allow us to support the school with extra events, activities and purchases.

Whether you have a lot of time to give or very little, there are many ways for you to get involved and share your gifts and talents. Join online by clicking here  or look for the form that was included in the back to school paperwork packet and return it to the school with your child. Membership Chair, Lori Stein,  loribeth516@yahoo.com , can answer questions and is ready to welcome you into the 2016-2017 Notre Dame Parent Association.
 
This year, as a thank you for joining, we have a limited number of Notre Dame car magnets available on a first-come, first-served basis  ... be sure to sign up today to take advantage of this offer. GREAT THINGS HAPPEN WHEN WE WORK TOGETHER!
Mark Your Calendars with these Upcoming Events    

 

Parent Association Meeting - September 21

The first Parent Association meeting of the year will be held on Wednesday, September 21 at 6:45, immediately following the Athletic Association meeting, in the library.  Come hear about this year's activities and meet fellow ND parents.  Meetings usually last about 30-45 minutes.

 

Grandparent Mass and Reception - September 23

All Notre Dame grandparents are welcome to join us on Friday, September 23 from 8:30-10:00 am in the gym for our annual Grandparent Mass and Reception. Please RSVP to parentassociation@notredame.org by September 20 so your student can participate in this special event.  Grandparents may park in the student lot and enter through the side doors by the gym.

 

Fall Flower Sale - September 23 & 24

NEW Fundraiser!  All proceeds from this sale will help support the purchase of mobile charging stations for our students to use! Skip the lines at Home Depot and buy your mums and pumpkins at ND this year  on Friday, September 23 from 1:30 - 3:30 pm and Saturday, September 24 from noon - 4:00pm If you are interested in volunteering for either of these two days, please email  parentassociation@notredame.org

 

Redeemable Drive - October 1

Start saving your bottles and cans and bring them to ND on Saturday, October 1 (time TBA)! This new fundraiser is an easy way to support ND - tell your friends and neighbors!  We need six student volunteers to help - please email parentassociation@notredame.org to sign up.

 

Walk A Thon - October 21

The annual Walk-a-thon will take place on Friday, October 21. There will be food and drinks for the students to purchase and we will be looking for volunteers to donate water, food and your time!  Details will follow in upcoming ND Updates.

 

Homecoming Game and Food Truck Festival - October 22

Join us for the 2nd Annual Food Truck Festival and Homecoming Game!  Bring your family and friends!

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  parentassociation@notredame.org if you are interested in helping.
Volunteers Needed for 2016-17 School Year
Parent volunteers are vital to the success of these events and we are grateful for any time you can give!  Please email Melanie Trutt at   parentassociation@notredame.org   if you'd like to be added to a committee or to inquire about available opportunities.
Guidance Department Update
Attention Senior Parents
The Guidance Office has mailed home letters to senior parents regarding a college planning and application process meeting. The meeting will be held on Monday, September 26  at 7:00p.m. in the Martire Theatre, which is located in the School of Business (on the corner of Park Ave. and Jefferson St.). If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Guidance Office at 203-374-2618.
College Rep Visits
Visits from college representatives have begun. 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:

Roger Williams University
Monday, September 19, 2016
Manhattan College 
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Albertus Magnus College
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Keene State College 
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Providence College 
Friday, September 23, 2016
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.
Opportunities
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 .
Aspirations in Computing High School Award:
Applications are now being accepted for the Aspirations in Computing awards.  The awards are sponsored by the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) which is an organization of more than 700 universities, corporations, non-profits and government organizations that works to increase women's participation in computing and technology.
 
The Award for Aspirations in Computing honors young women at the high school level for their computing-related achievements and interests. All females in grades 9 through 12 are eligible to apply. Award recipients are selected based on their aptitude and interest in technology and computing, leadership ability, academic history, and plans for post-secondary education. Applications can be submitted anytime between now and early November, but students are encouraged to apply sooner rather than later.  To apply, students must go to   https://www.aspirations.org/participate/high-school.

Wendy's Scholarship
This year, Wendy's® is giving away 100 scholarships ranging from $1,000 up to $10,000. Give your senior scholar-athletes a shot at winning a Wendy's® Heisman® Scholarship.The deadline to apply is October 3, 2016. Click here for more information.
Athletics Update
Lancer Week In Review
The Fall Athletic season got underway last week with all of our teams kicking off their season  on Friday or  Saturday.

Boys' Soccer, Girls' Soccer, and Volleyball are off to quick starts and all three are currently undefeated.  Boys' soccer is 3-0 with wins over Newtown, Kolbe Cathedral, and Joel Barlow.  Girls' soccer is 3-0-1 with wins over Harding, Kolbe Cathedral, Joel Barlow and a tie with Newtown.  Volleyball is 3-0 with wins over Morgan, Harding and Bassick.  

Football opened the season against Brookfield last Saturday at home.  Depsite the 17-14 loss, it was a great high school football game.  The team battled against a perennial powerhouse in the SWC and the Class M State Champion last year and held their own.

The Boys' and Girls' Cross Country teams opened their season this past  Tuesday in New Fairfield.  Both teams ran very competitive races with Jacob Rainey '18 and Teresa Salamone '17 the top finishers for ND.
Athletic Association Meeting
The Notre Dame Athletic Association will hold their first monthly meeting on Wednesday, September 21 at 6:00 pm in the school library. All parents are welcome to attend.
Lancer Football Scholarship Golf Outing in Memory of Jerry McCloat 
The Notre Dame Fairfield Lancer Football Scholarship Golf Outing in memory of Jerry McCloat will take place on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at The Connecticut Golf Club in Easton.  All proceeds will directly benefit the Notre Dame Lancer Football program.  For more information please log on to notredame.ejoinme.org/2016mccloatfootballgolfouting
Students Interested in Playing Baseball
Any students interested in playing baseball this spring should attend a brief meeting on  Tuesday, September 20  right after school in the cafe.
Get Your ND Apparel
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 for the application. 
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