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ND Spotlight
ND Alumn Featured in Fairfield Living Magazine
Eric Franco '16 was  recently featured in Fairfield Living Magazine as one of six Fairfield teens chosen to reflect on "Doing It All, Pushing Yourself, Getting Involved...And Somehow Making It Look So Easy". Click here to read more.
ND Happenings
Link Crew Sponsors Freshman Social
Link Crew sponsored ND's annual Freshman Social on Wednesday, September 7.  Over one hundred students gathered together for a fun night of building community.  Students played corn hole, Kan Jam, wiffle ball, and other fun games on the lawn while a DJ played music and provided karaoke in the cafeteria alongside pizza and other snacks. Special thanks to the Link Leaders and the faculty members who came to help supervise and for their assistance in making the night so successful.  Link Crew is looking forward to the continued programming of the year in the hope we can continue to help foster the relationships freshmen are making and assure that every person feels welcome at ND.  
Parent and Student Update
Love Life Meeting on Wednesday
The first meeting of the Love Life Club will be on Wednesday, September 14 in Room 201A at 2:10. Love Life meets to develop friendships, provide service, build community, and ensure that every student knows they matter. New members are welcome.
Campus Ministry
Campus Ministry held their first meeting of the year this past Wednesday.  If anyone missed the meeting and is still interested in joining or signing up for this month's activities, please see Miss Medoff in room 201A.
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 ( msulzycki@notredame.org ) to reserve a spot.
A Word From Mr. DiPalma
As we begin the new school year, all staff members have high expectations for themselves and their students. It is a tall order; however, very do-able at Notre Dame because each member of our faith community strives to live our motto: "Be imitators of Christ."  This means we recognize and appreciate that everyone is loved by God and we strive to treat each person we encounter as we would Christ. Each member of the ND family faces this tough, but attainable challenge each day. ~ Lancer Larry
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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,  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
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:

Merrimack College Friday, September 9
Laser College (MA) Monday, September 12
Quinnipiac University Tuesday, September 13
University of Hartford Thursday, September 15
Perdue University Friday, September 16

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.

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 rowan@himesforcongress.com 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
Home Opener This Saturday
The football team will be in action in their home opener  this Saturday at  2:30 pm vs Brookfield High School.  Admission prices are $6 for adults, $4 for students $3 for ND Students, $3 for seniors and children under 10 are free.  All Season Passes will be available for purchase at the admission gate for $75 for a family pass or $40 for an individual pass.
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 rmanzo@notredame.org
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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