December 1, 2023

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  • 26 ACTS COLLECTIONS - Canned goods for a local shelter will be collected on Tuesday and Stocking Stuffers for Children from St. Charles Parish - Bridgeport on Thursday as part of ND's 26 Acts of Kindness campaign.
  • ND FOOTBALL - Playing in the State Semi-Finals on Sunday at 12:30 in Bloomfield. Good luck Lancers!
  • WINTER ARTS CELEBRATION - Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 7pm. See details below.
  • SOPHOMORE TRIP TO PHILLY - Permission slips and deposits due by Wednesday. Details here.
  • OUR LADY DAY - Thursday, Dec. 7 - School-wide, all-day celebration. Moms are reminded to RSVP for Mass by clicking here. Dismissal at 1:00 pm.
  • NO SCHOOL - December 8 - Feast of the Immaculate Conception.
  • GIVING TREE - Help a family in need this Christmas. Presents due 12/11. Details below.


This week's Academic Spotlight is on sophomore Josh Zhou, who was nominated by his English teacher, Mrs. Gonzalez. In her nomination, Mrs. Gonzalez highlighted that Josh is a pleasure to have in class. He often volunteers to read aloud (even Shakespeare!), always submits assignments on time, and is always eager to read ahead of the assigned text. Josh has an excellent understanding of literature and inspires his classmates to dive deeper into our classroom texts. Keep up the great work, Josh!

Congratulations to the November Students of the Month: Sofia Filardi ‘26, Josephine Elliott ‘24, Addison Accardi ‘27, Julia Litwinionek ‘25

On Wednesday night, we had the privilege of hosting our French, Spanish, Tri-M Music and National Honor Society induction ceremonies at Vazzano's in Stratford. We also recognized those who earned a 90 or higher average in their classes last year. Congrats to the over 150 students who were honored. Here's to your continued academic success!

Thanks for those who attended Bagels and Blessings on Friday morning before school.

Students in the Drama Club participated in an audition workshop with Rocco Natale, executive director of Open Arts Alliance. They learned how to select music and become a character for an audition and used these skills to begin preparing for their Seussical audition. Seussical is ND’s spring musical this year.

Congratulations to our Fall Academic All-League and All-conference athletes! Click here to view the complete list

Thank you to Tuesday’s volunteers at St. Catherine's: juniors Daniella Batista, Gabe Espada, and Salina Shaw.

Here is a sneak peak at one of the many beautiful paintings that will be up at the Winter Arts Celebration. The students in the Foundation classes have created "stained glass" themed holiday paintings. They are gorgeous! (The painting pictured was created by Tina Ferreria '26). 


Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2023 Blue and Gold Auction. With your help, we raised nearly $30,000 in support of our students! 

Get your ND swag today! Click here to shop.

Join us on Wednesday, December 13 for an evening of Lancer hockey at the state-of-the-art Martire Family Arena on the Sacred Heart campus. Come cheer on our athletes at the new home of ND Hockey and join for a pre-game reception! Tickets for the game and the reception can be purchased by clicking here.


Notre Dame’s annual Winter Arts Celebration will be held on Wednesday, December 6 at 7:00 pm in the gym. Come hear beautiful music provided by the band and chorus classes, see stunning choreography performed by the dance classes, and enjoy Christmas decorations in the lobby created by the visual arts classes. Tickets are $5 and will be sold at the door. 

Outside of School Volunteer Opportunities

ND Snow Day/Delay Procedures

Click here to read the email that was sent to families regarding these procedures.

Yearbooks On Sale

Yearbooks are now on sale. Yearbooks are $85. Click here to order. ND's order number is 14196.

Notre Dame's annual 26 Acts of Kindness campaign, in honor of the 26 victims of the tragedy at Sandy Hook, has begun and runs through Christmas break. This week's acts of kindness include:

Monday: Put a Smile On Someone’s Face Today: Text Someone in Your Contact List Just to Say Hello

Tuesday: Collection - Donate a canned food for a local shelter

Wednesday - Be Positive Day! No complaints today

Thursday - Collection Stocking Stuffers for Children from St. Charles Parish - Bridgeport

Friday - Feast of the Immaculate Conception No School

Click here to view the full 26 Acts calendar.

Attention Seniors and Senior Parents

FAFSA Assistance

Webinars and Zooms are available Through FAFSA CT

College Visit for Seniors

December 14 at 8:00 am: Earl Graham from Housatonic Community College is coming to speak to all students who are interested in learning more about the Connecticut Community College system. He will speak to all campuses and majors of interest. Sign up on Naviance to reserve your spot. 

Lincoln Tech is coming on Wednesday, December 6 at 8:00 am. Morgan Wicken will be on campus to share the program offerings and application process, as well as support for students on the New Britain and Shelton campuses. Programs: Electrical/Electronics, HVAC, Medical Assistant, Practical Nursing, Culinary Institute. See or email Mrs. Hanson if interested in attending.

Class of 2024 We want to celebrate your application results!

As applications are being sent out, admission decisions are rolling in. Please be sure to update your School Counselors about your results and update your status on Naviance. Check out Class of 2024 Google Classroom for instructions. 

Show Me The Money!!!

Where to find Scholarships at Notre Dame:

  • Google Classroom Page~ Class of 2024 join code (gvbufzs)
  • Scholarships are posted outside the School Counseling Office on the Bulletin Board.
  • Naviance -  College Tab - Scholarships and Money 

Applying for Financial Aid

Many private colleges and universities require the CSS Profile to be filled out. It is now open and can be filled out by clicking here.

All College and Universities accept the FAFSA Form which will be released mid to late December. Click here for link.

Each college and university has their own deadlines for Financial Aid forms. It is best practice to visit each of your student's colleges websites to understand their financial aid deadlines and procedures. 

Transcripts, Naviance and the Common App

Click here for older posts regarding the college process.

Did you know the Guidance Department is on Instagram?

Follow @ndfguidance


For latest updates, follow Notre Dame Athletics on Twitter @NDLancers

This Week in Lancer Sports

The Lancers opened up the Class S playoffs with a dominant victory over Oxford in the state quarterfinals, wining 35-0. Antwan Davis led the way with over 200 yards rushing and 3 touchdowns, while Bryson Razor connected with Joey DeJesus and Skyler Burgess on passing touchdowns. Defensively, Tristan Jones and Ariel Hanley recorded double digit tackles to lead a defense that held Oxford to less than 50 yards of total offense. Notre Dame will travel to Bloomfield on Sunday for the Class S semifinals. Click here to purchase your tickets today.

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