May 21, 2021
Lancer Spotlight
This Week's Senior in the Spotlight is...
LAST CALL! We will continue to celebrate our seniors though graduation here and on social media. Any seniors who haven't shared their decision yet, please complete this Google Form AND send an email with a picture to Mrs. Marko (tmarko@notredame.org) either wearing college swag or holding a pennant/acceptance letter, etc. by May 23. A video with all of the senior spotlights will be in next week's ND Update. Make sure yours is included by sending your picture and filling out the form by Sunday.
This Week at ND
It’s final project time for ND artists! The Portfolio students are creating self portraits using a variety of colored tapes. Using untraditional materials to create a realistic and recognizable piece is quite challenging. Megan Harris put a lot of time and thought into her portrait. Yes, this is all hand-cut pieces of tape! Fabulous job, Megan!
News and Announcements
Grandparent Mass – June 2
We’re very excited to invite all Notre Dame grandparents to celebrate mass with their grandchild(ren) on Wednesday, June 2 at 8:30am under a tent in the Faculty Parking lot. Notre Dame’s Chaplain, Fr. Balan, will celebrate Mass. Please RSVP to parentassociation@notredame.org by May 31st so your student can participate in this special event. Grandparents may park in the Student Lot and walk over to the Faculty lot. Reminder: Seniors are no longer in the building, however, they are welcome to return to school to attend this event with their grandparent.
Yearbooks Now on Sale
Yearbooks are now on sale for pre-order. The cost is $85, and they will be delivered in the spring. To reserve your copy before they sell out, bring cash or check to the main office.
Covid Vaccinations
Once fully vaccinated for COVID, students are asked to provide a copy of their vaccination certificate to the school nurse so that we can update health records and exclude students from any future quarantines.
Other Opportunities and Announcements
The $15,000 Tuition Raffle is Back! The Grand Prize of $15,000 can be used for tuition (for up to two students) for ANY K-8 school, ANY high school, or ANY college or university. Winnings can be used to pay back college loans. The prize is not redeemable for cash. Only 500 tickets will be sold. This fundraiser is open to the public. A minimum of 250 tickets must be sold for the raffle to proceed. Drawing will be held on June 21, 2021, at 1:00 pm at Notre Dame. Tickets are $100 each. Please click here to purchase tickets. For more information, please contact Theresa Marzik at tmarzik@notredame.org.  
The power of prayer….if you have a prayer intention, please submit your request to Notre Dame’s prayer line by clicking here. Your intention will be remembered during our morning prayers and at our school masses.
Open Your Heart & Home to an International ND Student!
Virtual home visits now being conducted. AIEP (Apex International Education Partners) is seeking host families for international students who will attend our school in the 2021-2022 school year. Click here for more information.
Athletics Update
Congratulations to Our Senior Athletes
Congratulations to the senior members of the baseball team: Nate Collazo, Ryan Darling, Joe Granata and Bryan Higgins.
Congratulations to Samuel Sciaudone who signed a NLI to pay football next year at Endicott College in Massachusetts.
Cheerleading Meeting
All students interested in trying out for the ND Cheerleading team must attend a madatory meeting on Monday, June 7th at 6pm in the cafe. A parent must attend with the student.
Any questions, please email Head Coach, Erica Macero, egmacero@gmail.com.
Fall Sports Sign Ups Have Begun
If you are interested in playing a spring sport, sign up in Mr. Bleggi’s office, Room 201. Fall sports include Football, Boys' Soccer, Girls' Soccer, Girls' Volleyball, Cheerleading, Boys' & Girls' Cross Country and now a fall sport - Boys' Golf. Sign ups will end On Thursday, May 27. 
This week in sports...
Girls' Tennis
The girls finished the season with a successful record of 9-7 and all four starting singles players qualified for the SWC tournament. Mathilde Gilles ‘23 dominated the conference, ending at 15-0 and won her first two rounds of the tournament. She will play Monday for the #1 singles championship against Barlow. Shannon Miller ‘24, Catalina Jimenez ‘22, and Mandy Mercado ‘23, were not able to advance past the first round of the tournament but are motivated to begin state playoffs next week.  Also hoping to make their march through the bracket in doubles play are: Bernae Webb ‘23, Brianna Tullonge ‘23, Amayah Algarin ‘23, and Katelyn Foley ‘24. 
Softball
The Notre Dame Lady Lancers finished out their regular season with a 16-1 record, securing the #1 seed in Class S. This week they defeated New Milford 10-0, New Fairfield 11-1 and Barlow 10-0. The Lancers open up the SWC tournament play as the #2 seed and will host Barlow on Saturday. 
Our girls favorite saying before the game is “We play today, We win today, Dassitt"
Girls' Golf
The Lady Lancers split their 2 matches this week with a victory against Stratford and tough home loss to undefeated Newtown. The Lancers were led by Alexa Volpacchio and Rose Baker in both matches. The regular season concludes next week as the team tries to make the SWC tournament.
Boys' Lacrosse
Congratulations to all our seniors for leading us this year, but more importantly helping the team to a big win on senior day this past Saturday. Our culture of inspiring greatness will grow to take hold in every player and I hope lessons learned from playing a team sport will benefit our seniors as they leave our program. Come out and support the team this Saturday at home as we take on Bunnell at 3pm. As our team begins to bond and grow into a premier program we will continue to enjoy the sweet taste of victory. Congratulations to Kevin Kelly, Sam Sciuadone and Gianni DiGirolamo for being recognized by the SWC for there hard work, dedication and commitment to our program.
Baseball
This week in Lancer baseball: At Stratford High under the lights, Gino Tarantino '22 pitched for the win, helping his cause with a single, a RBI and a run scored. Joe Granata '21 went 2 for 3 with a triple, 2 RBI and 2 runs scored. Joel Collado '23 had a triple and a run scored. Nate Collazo '21 had a single and a RBI. Ryan Darling '21 added 2 RBI. Bryan Higgins '21 had a single and a run scored. The Lancers defeated Stratford 6-2. In action at New Milford High: Ryan Darling '21 went 2 for 2 with a RBI. Joe Granata '21 went 1-3 with a run scored. TJ Serrano '24 added a single. Home against New Fairfield, Tyler Bassett '23 hit a double off the top of the wall. Ryan Darling '21 added a single.
Track and Field
On the final event of the season, the men and women’s track teams were in full swing! A beautiful 85 degrees made for a fast track and an excellent environment to throw jav! In the 100m Genny Joseph set a PB with 13.8 missing qualifying by only .1 seconds. Sabrina Wade ran an impressive 14.00 flat which was a great run for her. Mike Ceneri ran a PR of 12.8 despite missing qualifying. He shows great potential in years to come. Kevin Barrett ran a great 400m race @ 60.6 which was his best in this event. In javelin Kevin showed real potential again with a throw of 118 but fouled on his best throw which would have put him close to making SWCs. His talent for this sport is impressive to watch. Colleen Baker had a huge throw of 83.5 missing her SWC chances by only 2ft. She is showing real promise in this event. Both teams are very happy with the season and want to thank all those who attended meets and showed support for track.
Boys' Golf
The Lancers finished its season at 1 - 15 . The future looks very bright for the team as we have all of our starters returning. I was very proud of how the young men carried themselves throughout the season knowing we lost 14 out of 16 matches by forfeit before we even teed it up as we only had 3 players when we needed 4 to compete in a match. The season switches to the Fall next school year so we are hopeful we can get more students interested in playing Golf.
Odds and Ends
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