May 8, 2020
ND Spotlight
This week's Senior in the Spotlight is...
We will continue to celebrate our seniors and their good news in the coming days/weeks. If you haven't shared your decision yet, c omplete this  Google Form and send an email with a picture to Mrs. Marko ( ) either wearing college swag or holding a pennant/acceptance letter, etc. We look forward to sharing everyone's good news with our community. Additional spotlights will be posted on social media.
ND Happenings
Last week students in art focused on what made their "Hearts Happy". Each class received the same assignment but so many different interpretations were made.
The seniors in Spanish 5 AP have been reading several chapters in Cervantes' novel Don Quijote de la Mancha . One of their assignments was to choose a quote made by the famous knight and interpret its content. The students created posters illustrating the quotes they chose. VIVA QUIJOTE!
Always a Lancer
Giving Tuesday Thank You
Thank you Lancers! We are grateful to you for supporting this past week's #GivingTuesdayNow campaign. Because of you, we have raised over $15,000 to underwrite the continued good work of the Always a Lancer Fund.  
Face Shields Made with ND's 3D Printers
Thank you to the extraordinary team that provided CT Hospice with colorful face shields; Chris Yamamoto & Sarah Gul, James Keith Davis of James Blackstone Memorial Library, Mary & Le Lee McKnight, New Haven Free Public Library Tinker Lab, Kathy Almeida of Notre Dame High School (Fairfield), Mike Lannuzzi of Tyco Print & Promo (New Haven).
New Zoom Workout Sessions
Keeping our mind and body healthy remains a focus of Always a Lancer. Join us for next week's live workouts. On Wednesday, May 13th, join us for a core body workout session.   Click here to register for the class.  On Friday, May 15th, yoga will be offered.   Click here to join that group.  Sessions are held via Zoom at 2:30 p.m. Thank you to S.W.A.G.G. Crossfit for sponsoring our workouts.
Food Donations
This week, Always a Lancer delivered food items to Sr. Theresa Tremblay, Sisters of Charity, in Bridgeport. Sister was so grateful to our community for 'not forgetting her' that she wrote a beautiful poem to express her thanks.  
Looking for Something New to Watch?
Faculty and staff were asked to share what they have been binge watching during this time at home. Here's what they suggest. Mr. Bannon - All-American - Netflix, Miss Mazal - Kim’s Convenience - Netflix, Miss Carloto - Ozark - Netflix, Mrs. Cipriano - Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist - Hulu, Mrs. Guastelle - The Crown - Netflix, Mrs. Ezepchick - Little Fires Everywhere - Hulu, Mr. St.Onge - Person of Interest, Sherlock, Limitless, Call the Midwife, The Good Wife - Netflix, Mr. Sweeney - Newsroom - Netflix, Mrs. Fraher - My Brilliant Friend - HBO, Mrs. Guarino - Jeopardy - ABC, Mrs. Marko - Ozark and Schitt's Creek - Netflix, Ms. Miller - In the Heat of the Night - WGBN, Mr. Skawinski - Better Call Saul - AMC, Mr. Fitzpatrick - The Sopranos and The Office - Amazon Prime and Netflix, Miss Medoff - God Friended Me - CBS on Demand, Miss Zembrzuski - Hallmark Movies, Mr. Stone - The West Wing, The Office, Scrubs - Netflix/Hulu, Ms. Longo - Masked Singer and Whose Line is it Anyways cable/Fox and ch 9, Mr. Corica - The Good Place - Netflix
Attention Class of 2016
Calling all Lancers from ND's Class of 2016. Please take a few minutes to tell us what you have been up to since graduating from ND. We want to highlight you in an upcoming Lancers Connect Alumni Newsletter.   Click here to complete a brief survey. 
News and Announcements
Tuition Raffle Extended
Drawing Date EXTENDED! $15,000 Tuition Raffle Drawing will take place on  June 11, 2020  at 10:00 am at Notre Dame. Buy a raffle ticket for $100 and win a grand prize of  $15,000,  to be used for tuition (for up to two students) for  ANY  K-8 school,  ANY  high school,  ANY  college or university or to  pay back college loans . Click  here  for more information. Email  with any questions.
Attention Alumni...Are you a Legacy Family?
The Alumni Office would like to recognize legacy families for their continued generational support. A Notre Dame High School legacy is a current student whose parents or grandparent/s graduated from Notre Dame High School. Please fill out this brief questionnaire to help us identify our legacy students. 
Open Your Heart and Home to an International Student
Host families are needed for international high school students who will attend in the 2020-2021 school year. Students will arrive in August. Apex International Education Partners (AIEP) is one of Notre Dame's partnered professional outside organizations. As a host family, you will offer an international student the opportunity to discover America through your eyes. A generous monthly stipend is offered by AIEP for your hospitality. If you are interested in learning more about becoming an AIEP host family, contact AIEP at 203.992.AIEP or visit . Please mention you saw this notice or heard about AIEP through our school when you apply. For every family that signs up with AIEP, is accepted into their program, and is assigned a student(s), AIEP will provide our school a $500 bonus.
Event Updates
Gala and Golf Tournament Postponed
In response to increasing concerns about the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we will be rescheduling the Lancer Legacy Gala and Lancer Open Golf Tournament to sometime in the fall. Please stay tuned for future updates regarding both events. As you know Notre Dame depends on the support and generosity of our community, and we are grateful for all that you do throughout the year.  Fundraising events are a critical component to the success of Notre Dame. Thank you for your patience while we all try to navigate these next few weeks and months. If you have any questions about either event, please contact Theresa Marzik, Director of Events at
Important Updates By Grade
AP Students and Parents
  • Please read all emails about AP tests that were sent to both students and parents of AP students. They are: AP ANNOUNCEMENT 2020, IMPORTANT AP EXAM INFO and UPDATED AP EXAM INFO. Click here for a copy of these emails.

All Students
  • Students signed up for online classes next school year - students should have received an email from Mrs. Marko with information about online learning and some forms to be filled out. Please make sure all 3 forms are returned to Mrs. Marko via email by May 15. If you plan on taking an online class next year and did not receive an email, reach out to your guidance counselor to review your schedule. Email Mrs. Marko with any questions.
  • SAT/ACT PREP - James Maroney of First Choice College in Milford, continues to work with students preparing them for the SAT/ACT through online video courses. Students with financial need can reach out to him as aid may be awarded. For more information, contact James Maroney at 
  • An Act of Kindness Scholarship - An Act of Kindness Scholarship is available to a child in the surrounding community who has a compelling story, has a financial need and is looking to help finance academic or athletic endeavors. First established after the Sandy Hook Massacre (where a high school senior, whose mother died in the tragedy received an academic scholarship to attend college), the scholarship has now been awarded to several young men so they can attend area private high schools. The Chad A. Jacobs Memorial Foundation Executive Board reviews applications for this scholarship on a rolling basis and determines scholarship award amounts. For an application click here. For more information about this scholarship, please click here.
  • We want to celebrate you!
  • Senior Spotlight - We are looking to spotlight our seniors on social media and celebrate their college decisions. Seniors are asked to complete a Google Form by clicking here and send an email with a picture to Mrs. Marko ( either wearing college swag or holding a pennant/acceptance letter, etc. We look forward to sharing everyone's good news with our community.
  • Sports Commitments - If you plan on playing a sport in college, we would love to hear if you have committed and where. Let us know by clicking in here and if you have a picture, email it to Mrs. Marko at
  • College acceptances - Those acceptance letters have been rolling in...Help us update our records by clicking on this link to let us know what schools you have been accepted to so far. Be sure to update it as more acceptances come in.
  • Scholarships continue to become available for seniors. Please look on Naviance under scholarships. 
  • Chester Lipinsky Scholarship application. This $5,000 scholarship is available to students who meet the following criteria: Catholic high school boy or girl in the Diocese of Bridgeport of Polish American extraction with a demonstrated need of financial assistance.The deadline for applications is Monday, May 11. Please contact your counselor for transcripts for this or any other scholarship, as those can be sent directly from your counselor to the organization.
  • If students need a transcript for a scholarship application, please email Mrs. Daniels at

  • UConn ECE - Parents of juniors who have been invited to take a UConn ECE course next year should have received a letter in the mail. Click here to read the letter.
  • Fordham Summer Session - In light of the current health crisis, Fordham has added a number of online course options to their Pre-College Program, which still includes on-campus offerings. Find new ways to improve your college resume and earn transferable college credits before you even graduate high school! To apply and for more information click here. Pre-College Online Classes run from June 30 - August 4, 2020.
Congratulations to Our Senior Athletes
We've asked your coaches to share with us some of their favorite things about coaching sports, as well as some other sports related topics. Check back each week to see your coach's answers. This week we have Coach Pulaski, Coach Rowland and Coach Minnix.

Pete Pulaski - Boys' Track & Field
Favorite teams - NY Rangers
Favorite Sports Moment - witnessing David Cone’s perfect game (6 rows from the field )
Greatest Coaching Moment at ND - watching Dylan Wade’s 6’4 high jump and qualify for the state open

Kerri Rowland - Girls' hockey
Favorite teams - NY Yankees
Favorite Sports Moment - watching with my grandmother Bucky Dent’s home run to defeat Red Sox
Greatest Coaching Moment at ND - being named the first girls hockey coach by Fr. Bill

Rich Minnix - Boys' Hockey
Favorite teams - NY Rangers, NY Mets, University of ND , Whichever team LeBron is on
Favorite Sports Moment - taking father to South Bend for first University of ND football game
Greatest Coaching Moment at ND - ND Aaron Martino making CHSCA All State Div I first team ... All-Area GametimeCT
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