How Do We Celebrate Christmas at Newton?
The liturgical season of Advent begins on Sunday, December 2. Throughout the month, the NCDS community will observe the season by keeping the focus on the religious nature of Advent. The girls participate in “Advent Angels” by bringing a small gift to another student on Thursdays.
Students may choose to participate in the Advent Angels gift exchange within their class. The total cost of the entire activity should not exceed $12. The schedule is as follows:
Week of November 26: pick names
Thursday, December 6: bake something
Thursday, December 13: give something handmade (a picture, poem, story etc.)
Thursday, December 20: Upper School final gift, reveal identity
Friday, December 21: Middle School final gift, reveal identity
Christmas Baskets: Throughout December, Advisory Groups and TAG Teams will prepare Christmas Baskets for families at Harbor Point, Dorchester. Students will receive information about food supplies and gifts early in the month. Baskets will be delivered on Saturday, December 22 from 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. All parents are invited to sign up for an hour’s shift to help deliver the baskets. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Ms. Anne Theriault. Thank you in advance for your generosity.
Vespers is the major all-school prayer service. The vespers service of music, readings, and dance is the highlight of the Advent season. Please refer to the enclosed information sheet for important details. Middle School Vespers will be held on Tuesday, December 18. Upper School Vespers will be held on Thursday, December 20.
The Class of 2008 will stay overnight at school on Thursday, December 20 to prepare for the all-school festivities on Friday, December 21.
Christmas Eve Liturgy: All are welcome to the Christmas Eve Liturgy at 9:00 p.m. on Monday, December 24.
Come join the Newton Country Day School community for an afternoon of skating at the Daly Rink on Sunday, December 2. Families and faculty are invited to skate from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
The School Store
The School Store will hold its annual Christmas Sale on Monday, December 17 from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. (during the Middle School Vespers rehearsal), and again on Wednesday, December 19 from 2:30 - 6:00 p.m. (during the Upper School Vespers rehearsal). The school store accepts cash and checks only!
Très Bien 2008 Auction
The Auction Committee is off and running! Don't miss the next Très Bien Auction Committee meeting in the Blue Room on Thursday, January 10, immediately following the Parents’ Association meeting. If you cannot join us - please call or email Elaine Belle (781) firstname.lastname@example.org or Theresa Burns email@example.com for more information or to become a volunteer.
Save Saturday, March 1 for dinner and dancing at the 34th annual Passport to Success Très Bien Auction. We're excited to announce that that the Auction will be held at one of Boston's newest waterfront locations, the InterContinental Hotel.
Auction Photo Memories: Orders placed at the time of Family Teacher Conferences for enlargements of Spring and Fall 2007 athletic teams, the Dance Team, and class photos will be available for pick-up at the front desk from Tuesday, December 11 to Friday, December 14.
Donations and Advertising for the Très Bien Auction! The Très Bien Auction committee is accepting donations for the live and Silent Auction! The committee would be grateful if families would consider donating items to this year's auction. All items, big and small, are welcome! All donations are tax deductible and will be recognized in the Auction book. The deadline for Auction items is JANUARY 25, 2008! For more information, please call the Auction hotline at (617) 969-5565.
Would you like to place an advertisement in the Auction book? Advertise your business, say farewell to a senior, congratulate your daughter's sports team, or send greetings from your car pool - the possibilities are endless! There are several ad sizes from which to choose! Please call the Auction hotline at (617) 969-5565 for more information. The deadline for advertisements is JANUARY 25, 2008!
Donation and Advertising Forms are available at the front desk and in the Parents'/Auction 2008 section on the NCDS web site.
Father-Daughter Liturgy and Brunch
Save the Date: The Father-Daughter Liturgy and Brunch will be held on Sunday, February 3. There will be a Brunch immediately following the Liturgy. Advanced reservations and payment are required. We regret that walk-ins can not be accommodated.
Live and Learn Series
Campus Ministry introduces Live and Learn, a lecture series designed to engage parents and adult members of the school community in the Religious Studies curriculum. Each event will include a lecture from our faculty on a topic in the curriculum or a class-related activity with time to discuss and socialize over go?ter. The Live and Learn Series will be from 3:45 - 5:00 p.m. in the Blue Room on the dates listed below. Please direct any questions to the Campus Ministry Office.
Thursday, February 28: Mr. Bill Hulseman will present "Bound Together: Christians, Jews and Akedah,” based on the Religion 9 curriculum.
Thursday, April 3: Ms. Diane Popeo will lead a session based on the Religion 8 curriculum.
Sally Foster Gift Wrap
Please help make this year's Sally Foster Gift Wrap fundraiser a success! You may continue to order online at www.sallyfoster.com using the account number 061757. The online sales continue until January 15, 2008. Online orders are sent directly to you. Shipping is free for orders over $65. If you have any questions please feel free to call Meg Morrissey at (781) 721-0502.
Student T-passes are available for $20 per month. Orders for January 2008 passes must be received by Monday, December 3. Checks should be made out to Newton Country Day School. Contact Mrs. Haddad if you have any questions.
Lost and Found
The Lost and Found on the first floor outside of Mrs. Haddad’s office will be emptied out during the week of December 10. Please be sure to collect your belongings before then. Several North Face fleeces have been turned in to Lost and Found. If you are missing a North Face fleece, please contact Mrs. Haddad.
December Lunch Menu
Please click here to view the lunch menu for December.
Please click here to view additional Vespers Information.