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ND Spotlight
Students Participate in Homerun for Heroes
Six ND students participated in the Homerun for Heroes event sponsored by Sikorsky Aircraft on Saturday, August 20. The event honored veterans in style. The students assisted where needed, escorted invited celebrities, and some even got to be on the field with the helicopter and event staff.  The president of Sikorsky Aircraft now owned by Lockheed Martin put on quite an extravaganza ending a memorable evening with fireworks and a live band.
Bottom row left to right:  Josh Ortiz, Jacob Rainey, Dave Marquez. T op row left to right:  Jeremy Tierney, Tyler Romano, Dillon Higgins
Student Participates in Leadership Conference
This past June,  Aliyah Louis '18 represented Notre Dame at the Connecticut state Hugh O'Brien Youth Leadership Conference (HOBY) on the campus of the University of Bridgeport. Aliyah was  selected  from over 20 Notre Dame applicants and had a great experience and worked on taking her leadership skills to the next level. 

In her own words: 
"From June 3-5, I had the opportunity to attend HOBY, which is an amazing leadership conference at the University of Bridgeport. The main purpose behind this conference was to support and uphold leadership and discover what hidden and unique qualities we possess in ourselves.  At first, I wasn't too sure what to expect from HOBY, but my days at HOBY consisted of so many fun activities such as attending lectures from many inspiring guest speakers. We made blankets for the needy and filled backpacks with school supplies for those who may not be able to get all they need for the upcoming school year. I would say that the friendships that I made during my stay at HOBY was one of the things that impacted me the most. Everyone there was caring and understanding which made it very easy for us all to bond. This conference was very life changing. And for anyone who gets an opportunity like I was given to attend HOBY or any conference like it, go for it. It was very helpful."
ND Happenings
Freshman and Transfer Orientation
On Thursday, August 25, Link Crew helped welcome over 150 freshman and transfer students into the Notre Dame community.  Students played games, met in small groups, toured the campus, met faculty, and ate lunch together.  Mrs. Cipriano and Miss Medoff want to thank all the faculty who assisted with the day and the amazing upperclassmen Link Crew leaders for doing such a fabulous job with their groups. 

Parent and Student Update
Back to School Night
Parents and guardians are invited to Back to School Night on Thursday, September 8 beginning at 6:30 pm in the gymnasium. After a welcome and "State of the School" update from Mr. Cipriano, parents will have the opportunity to follow their child's schedule and meet their teachers. Refreshments will be served in the cafeteria during the evening. We look forward to seeing you on Thursday evening.
Freshman Social
Freshman students are all encouraged to attend the freshman social on  Wednesday, September 7 from  5-7:30 in and around the ND cafeteria.  Food, games, and karaoke will be available. Don't miss out on the fun!
Campus Ministry
Campus Ministry will hold their first meeting of the year on  Thursday, September 8 at 2:00  pm in the cafeteria.  Campus Ministry is a great way to meet in fellowship to have fun, perform community service, and help plan class retreats and school liturgies. New members are always encouraged and welcome. Please email or see Miss Medoff in Room 201A with any questions.
Link Crew
Link Crew leaders are reminded of their meeting on  Tuesday, September 6 at 2:00 pm in Room 201A.  They also should be in attendance at the freshman social on  Wednesday, September 7.
Service Hours
All parents and students are reminded to sign the service hour requirement handout and return it to your religion teacher by  Wednesday, September 7. Hours should be submitted electronically again using  Hours for the 2016-2017 school year are due  March 10, 2017.  Please email or see Miss Medoff ( with any questions.
A Word from Mr. DiPalma
Mr. DiPalma is elated and blessed to return to ND's Math department as a part-time Algebra I teacher.  "It has been wonderful to renew old colleague relationships and meet new staff members," said Mr. DiPalma.  He also indicated, "My students are transitioning to the ND family and are beginning to think algebraically!"   
College Essay Workshop
There will be a college essay workshop for seniors on  Thursday, September 15  from  2-3 pm  in Room 207.  Students will work on brainstorming and selecting topics.  Space is limited to 20 students.  Please see or email Mr. Sulzycki ( ) to reserve a spot.
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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, , 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
Please join us for the following events:  
  • Freshman Parent Social will be held in the library during the Freshman Social.  Meet fellow parents and members of the Parent Association!
  • Grandparent Mass and Reception: September 23, 8:30 - 10:00 am  All grandparents of ND students are invited to celebrate mass with their grandchild(ren) and enjoy light refreshments afterwards. This is a very special event that grows every year! Please email with any questions or to RSVP.
  • Homecoming Game and Food Truck Festival: October 22 - Join us for the 2nd Annual Food Truck Festival and Homecoming game!  Bring your family & friends!
Volunteers Needed for 2016-17 School Year
There are still many opportunities to volunteer with the Parent Association!  In the short term, we are still seeking additional volunteers to help with membership sign-ups at Back to School Night  and the Walk-a-thon on October 21 Please email Melanie Trutt at  with any questions or to sign up.  Parent volunteers are vital to the success of these events and we are grateful for any time you can give!
Alumni Office Update
16th Annual Lancer Open in Memory of Bob Shea
Notre Dame is currently taking reservations for the 16th Annual Lancer Open in memory of Bob Shea.  This year's golf tournament will take place at Brownson Country Club in Huntington on  Monday, September 12, 2016.  For more information please click here or  contact Jim Olayos at .
Guidance Department Update
College Rep Visits to Begin
Notre Dame will be receiving visits from college representatives beginning on Friday, September 9.  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.
Sophomore and Juniors
On Wednesday, October 12, 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.
Internships Available 
Internship positions are available for high school upperclassmen in the fourth district of Connecticut.  The internship is a great opportunity that allows students to explore the mechanisms of local and federal campaigns while remaining civically engaged. The schedule and the requirements for the internship are set to accommodate students' busy school and extracurricular schedules during the academic year (mostly evenings and weekends). T he orientation for the fall internship will take place on  Saturday, September 10th . Please email  the Himes for Congress deputy campaign manager at for more information. 
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
Cheerleading Tryouts
Cheerleading try-outs will be held on Wednesday, September 7  at  2:30 pm  in the gym. All current cheerleaders and any new students interested MUST attend.  This will be the only try-out date. Please see Mr. Bleggi with any questions.
Football Concessions
Any parents, family or friends interested in donating any type of food, desserts etc. for the concession stand for our home football games, should email Mr. Manzo at
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.