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Newton Notes: Week of June 1

Week 9 Highlights 

  • Peer Ed reimagined the annual Yards for Yeardley program, creating Yards for Yeardley: Social Distancing Edition. Read more.
  • The Class of 2020 participated in an online version of the Senior Retreat. Utilizing audio, video, and text files, students completed various activities of prayer, meditation, and reflection and gathered via Zoom to discuss their experiences with one another. The themes of the retreat were drawn directly from the scriptures that will be incorporated into the Graduation Liturgy: "Growth, Grace, Gratitude, and Going Forth."
  • Middle School girls connected at virtual events including a talent show, campfire, and sharing baby photos. 

Announcements and Information

Watch Dr. Edward Ryan 
Thank you to everyone who joined us for the parent meeting on Zoom with Dr. Edward Ryan, Director of Infectious Diseases at MGH, and the Fall Opening Task Force. A recording of Dr. Ryan is now available. The rest of the meeting will be available soon.

Watch the video here.
Password: NCDS0528!

Prize Day: Wednesday, June 3, Middle School: 9:30-11 a.m., Upper School: 1-2:30 p.m., Seniors: 2 p.m.
On Wednesday, June 3, we invite students and their families to join us for a Drive-Through Prize Day. Read Sister Rogers's invitation here.


-We ask all families to remain in their cars
-Everyone on campus will wear masks and practice social distancing

-Please make your last name visible on a piece of paper in the windshield of your car
-Families can pick up the contents from their daughter's locker at the Arches
-Prize Day pick up will take place in front of the Martin Center
-Our facilities staff will direct traffic


Parents of the Class of 2020 Graduation Meeting: Thursday, June 4, 5-6 p.m.

Sister Rogers and Mrs. Hodges invite parents of the Class of 2020 to join them on Zoom to discuss graduation.


Meeting Link:

Meeting ID: 846 9153 8334
Password: 156263


Weekly Examen for Parents: Wednesday, June 3, 7:30 p.m.

In this difficult season in our lives, we seek occasions of light - resurrection moments. We invite you to a weekly Examen - An Ignatian Reflection in the time of Pandemic. Join us via Zoom for a pause in our day to connect with God and one another. 


Meeting Link:

Meeting ID: 817 0517 0068
Password: 793839


Textbook Buyback and Rental
Buyback: Please use Valore Books for your buyback needs. This market-based service is extremely easy to use and provides free shipping labels. They offer very competitive rates.

Rental: For the 2019-20 term, Follett is not requiring students (parents) to return their rental books to Follett. There will be no late fees and no suspension of existing rental accounts. You own these books.


Summer Learning Opportunities
There will be opportunities for learning this summer for both Middle and Upper School girls. Below are two opportunities. Additional offerings will be sent to families as they are finalized.


  • Upper School

    Computer Science I 

    Open to NCDS students entering grades 9–12

    Monday June 15–Friday, July 10*, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.  (3 hours a day) 

     *No class July 1–3

    This is an online, project based course covering high level Scratch, App Inventor, and an introduction to Python. It will be a combination of synchronous (2 hrs) and asynchronous (1 hr) course content each day taught by a member of the NCDS faculty. This is the same course that most students take in 9th Grade, and fulfills the Computer Science requirement. This is a for-credit course and requires full attendance and timely completion of all assignments. 

    Please register by Friday, June 5 by filling out this form. A teacher will confirm your registration. Registrations are accepted on a first come basis. Please contact Martha Haddad at x4713 with questions. Class size limit: 12.

  • Middle School
    English teachers will run weekly Zoom book chats. All book chats begin July 9. Students entering Grades 5-8 are invited to join their grade's book chat and talk about what they are reading, both for assigned summer reading and free reading.


    Rising 5th graders: Thursdays 9:30-10:30 a.m.
    Join here. Password: Falcons

    Rising 6th Graders: Thursdays 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Join here. Password: Falcons


    Rising 7th Graders: Thursdays 9:30-10:30 a.m.
    Join here. Password: Falcons

    Rising 8th Graders: Thursdays 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Join here. Password: Falcons

From the Admission Office
f you have a daughter who will be applying to NCDS next year, please email the Admission Office at with her name, school, and grade to which she will apply. Given the current situation, we will still consider sibling applications for Fall 2020 if there is room available in a particular grade. However, tuition assistance has all been allocated for the 2020-21 school year.


Parents' Association

  • Volunteer
    The Parents' Association is made better by broad participation. We are filling roles for the 2020-21 academic year. To volunteer or to learn more about opportunities please contact a current PA officer:

Deirdre O'Kelly-Lynch P'13'20'22
Matt Cressotti P'23'25
Ellen Kelley P'22'23
Elena Loukas P'05

  • Donate to Julie Family's Learning Program
    Julie's Family Learning Program is a support, wellness, and education program committed to the development of strong, stable, healthy families. Donate any of these items and ship via Amazon directly to Julie's Family Learning Program: 133 Dorchester St., Boston, MA 02127. Contact the Service Committee with any questions.
  • Join the NCDS Team "Courage and Confidence" to Support Birthday Wishes
    Cake Walk is Birthday Wishes' signature family-fundraising event and reflects the grassroots nature of the organization and the importance of kids helping kids. For the first time this will be a virtual event, and the goal is to register as many people as possible who will walk (or run!) a collective total of 6,000 miles by June 7. This number represents one mile for every homeless child Birthday Wishes will serve in 2020. Register here. Contact Marisa Iwicki with questions.

Resource for Parents: Ed Navigator 

Ed Navigator is an informative, comprehensive resource for parents. Their "One Great Thing for Tomorrow" section is updated daily.