Challenging girls to become women of 
intellect, character, innovation, action, and faith

April 2018
General Announcements and Information:

Early Dismissals Middle School:
Thursday, April 19, 12:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 26, 12:30 p.m.

Grade 9 Course Selection
All current Grade 8 families will meet with Kathleen Scully Hodges, Head of Upper School, to discuss course selection on one of four offered evenings:

Tuesday, April 24
Wednesday, April 25
Tuesday, May 1
Thursday, May 3

All meetings will take place between 5:30-7 p.m. Information about sign ups to follow.

2018 Yearbook and Yearbook Recognition Ads
Families of girls in all grades can purchase a 2018 yearbook. All yearbook orders take place online through Jostens. Yearbooks are $75 each. Families can choose personalization for an additional fee. Yearbooks will be mailed to the Class of 2018 in mid-August. All other students will receive their yearbooks in September 2018.
 
Parents of seniors are asked to consider purchasing a yearbook recognition ad. By purchasing an ad, you may design your own page to honor your daughter’s accomplishments and share childhood photos and memories. For more information, including pricing and design, visit the Jostens yearbook website at http://jostensadservice.com/?REF=A03511100.

 

Celebrate 200 Years of Sacred Heart Education in the United States

Year of Prayer
In celebration of the bicentennial of the Society of the Sacred Heart in North America, prayers and reflections from Religious of the Sacred Heart from around the world are posted weekly on our website under Spiritual Life.
NewtonSERVES: Sunday, April 29, 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
In celebration of the 200 year anniversary of St. Rose Philippine Duchesne’s arrival in the United States, please join us in a morning of service on Sunday, April 29 with the City of Newton. Volunteers work in teams on projects throughout the city. Service may include supporting the Carroll Center and other non-profit organizations, planting gardens, cleaning up parks, and helping senior citizens. To register, visit the Bicentennial Celebration page at http://www.newtoncountryday.org/faith-and-service/newtonserves/ Please register by April 20. Contact Ms. Theriault at (617) 244-4246 with questions.
 
Schedule
8:30 a.m.: Arrive at Newton Country Day for a light breakfast and community prayer
9 a.m.: Depart for service sites
9:15 a.m.-12 p.m.: Service at various locations in Newton
 
200th Anniversary Gala: Saturday, October 27
As part of the Bicentennial Celebration of Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne coming to the Americas to establish the first Sacred Heart School, save the date for our 200th Anniversary Gala on Saturday, October 27 at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel.
 
Bicentennial Mass: Fall 2018
Date and details coming soon.
 

Parents’ Association

School Store: Thursday, April 5, 3:30-5 p.m.
The School Store will be open in the Theater Lobby. We are looking for volunteers to help with sales and clean-up. Sign up to volunteer at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f054ca8ab29a1fe3-school8. If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Thompson at dadathompson@yahoo.com or Marilyn Parker at marilynparker2@me.com.
 
Parents’ Association Meeting: Tuesday, April 10, 7:30 a.m. Speaker: A representative from Julie’s Family Learning Program will speak to parents about the program.
 
Service Committee Diaper Drive, April 10-May 10
The Parents’ Association Service Committee is organizing a Diaper and Infant Tylenol Drive to support Julie’s Family Learning Program, a family support, wellness, and education program in Boston. The organization helps poor, at-risk mothers and their children transform their lives to become healthy and successful members of their communities. Diapers preferably in sizes 4, 5, and 6 and Infant Tylenol are needed. Items can be purchased online and shipped directly to Julie's Family Learning Program at 133 Dorchester St., Boston, MA 02127 April 10th May 10. Learn more at www.juliesfamily.org.
 
To purchase diapers, click here.
To purchase Infant Tylenol, click here.
 
“Walk Away Homelessness” 5K: Saturday, April 7
Members of Grade 9 and the Service Committee will participate in Family Promise Metrowest’s 5th annual “Walk Away Homelessness” 5K. Family Promise is a cooperative, interfaith partnership offering hope to homeless families with children through safe transitional shelter, meals, and supportive case management as they seek permanent housing. The walk raises awareness about the organization’s important work and to support its many programs. All members of the NCDS community are invited to walk or to support our efforts through a donation at www.familypromisemetrowest.org. For more information contact Ms. Ruane at x4899.
 
Women’s Lunch Place: Saturday, April 21, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Parents and students (ages 14 and older) are invited to sign up and serve lunch at the Women’s Lunch Place. The Women's Lunch Place provides necessary food and support for women impacted by hunger and/or homelessness. Please contact Ms. Theriault at (617) 244-4246 to sign up.
 

Admission

Admission Welcome/Revisit Event: Thursday, April 5 
Accepted families are invited to campus for a welcome/revisit event. Girls joining the Middle School and all parents stay from 8:30-10:15 a.m., while girls joining the Upper School visit from 8:30 a.m. -3:30 p.m. Parents of current 8th graders are also invited to attend the morning session. See the Middle School section for more information.
 
Coffee for Prospective Families: Wednesday, April 25, 8:30-10:30 a.m.
Tell your friends and neighbors! Families considering applying to Newton Country Day for Fall 2019 are encouraged to come to this parent-only event.
 

Middle School

An Invitation for Grade 8 Parents: Thursday, April 5, 8:30-10:15 a.m.
Parents of current eighth graders are invited to the Admission Welcome/Revisit Day. Come hear about the Upper School program from a faculty panel, listen to student presentations, and meet incoming parents of the Class of 2022. If you plan on attending, please call the Admission Office or email admissions@newtonSH.org.
 
Spring Concert: Thursday, May 10, 4:30 p.m.
For the choral and instrumental portions of the concert, girls should wear black yoga/jazz pants and a short-sleeved, crewneck, pastel colored t-shirt without logos or ornamentation. Girls wear ballet slippers for all parts of the concert (please be sure elastics are sewn on). Additional items for the dance portion of the program will be assigned to the girls. Contact the Performing Arts Department with questions.
 
Summer Programs at Sprout Creek Farm for Middle School Students
Encompassing 200 acres in Dutchess County, N.Y., Sprout Creek Farm is a production dairy farm, creamery, creek, education center, and summer camp. Affiliated with the Society of the Sacred Heart, Sprout Creek Farm offers opportunities for Middle and Upper School students to learn about farming and environmental stewardship. To learn more visit http://sproutcreekfarm.org/overnight-camp.
 

Upper School

Junior/Senior Prom: Saturday, April 7, The Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge Pre-Prom Reception at Newton Country Day: 5 p.m.
Busses depart NCDS for The Royal Sonesta: 6:15 p.m.
Busses return to NCDS: approximately 10:30 p.m.
 
All students will be transported back to NCDS at the conclusion of the dance for post-Prom activities. Guests will leave NCDS at a time to be determined by the school. All NCDS girls spend the night at the school. No exceptions.
 
Total Cost: $125 per ticket (includes transportation to and from Prom)
Deadlines: The deposit of $50 per ticket to guarantee a ticket was due on Friday, March 2. The Parent Information Form, Guest’s Parent Information Form, and final payment were due on Tuesday, March 27.
Note: There is no guarantee that girls will be able to attend prom if forms and payment are submitted late. A late fee of $10 per ticket will also be assessed if the deposit payment was not received by March 2. All payments are non-refundable.
 
May 29–June 6: Senior Retreat, Senior Project Presentations, and Graduation Rehearsals
 
Easter Basket Service
In the season of Easter, Upper School advisory groups prepare care packages for vulnerable girls, ages 13-21, supported by the Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps and Youth Villages. These girls participate in either the South Hadley Program or Germaine Lawrence Program where they receive counseling and education for serious emotional or behavioral issues. All items for the care packages are due Friday, April 13.
 
Elections
Upper School elections are held in the spring. Please encourage your daughter to run for office. Any student wishing to run for office must have a re-enrollment contract on file in the Business Office and all financial obligations to the school up to date. If your daughter is running for President or Vice President of the Upper School Student Body, her election consent form is due on Tuesday, April 3. This form has been emailed to the students.
 
Upper School Spring Concert: Tuesday, April 17, 7:30 p.m.
The Upper School presents its Spring Concert in the Chapel (choral ensembles) and the Theatre (instrumental ensembles). Chorale, Schola Cantorum, Heartbeats, and Instrumental Ensemble will be featured.
 
Hearthrobs: Thursday, April 26, 7 p.m.
There is a mandatory tech/dress rehearsal for all cast members on Monday, April 23 during the school day. The cast performs for the Middle and Upper School students during two “in school” performances on Tuesday, April 24 and Thursday, April 26. The performance for the general public is Thursday, April 26 at 7 p.m. All proceeds from the evening performance will be donated to an organization selected by the Service Committee. Tickets will go on sale one week prior to the performance.
 
Sophomore Service Day: Friday, May 4
In the morning, sophomores participate in direct service working with children, the elderly, immigrants, and refugees. This service day grounds discussions about the Hesed Program. Parent drivers and chaperones are needed on Friday, May 4 from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. To sign up, contact Anne Theriault at (617) 244-4246 or visit http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f054ca8ab29a1fe3-may4th.
 
MBTA Student CharlieCards
MBTA Student CharlieCards are available through the school. Girls interested in using a student Charlie Card will receive a Student Value Charlie Card, a stored value card that only charges the student fare each time it is used. This is the only type of card distributed through the school. Students will load the card themselves with funds at CharlieCard machines at MBTA stations. If during any month a student loads the card with $30, that card will allow the student to use the card for unlimited trips for that calendar month. Therefore, if you would like your card to become an unlimited ride card for a particular month, do not load that card until the first day of that month. Contact Mrs. Haddad at x4713 with questions.
 
Hesed
n April, Grade 10 girls are encouraged to investigate service possibilities for the Hesed Program. Hesed, required for students entering the 11th grade, offers an opportunity to give life to Goal III by actively engaging in direct service of 40 hours. By choosing a site where they can serve on a consistent and continual basis, the girls form reciprocal relationships with the people with whom they work. Hesed proposals for summer service are due to Ms. Theriault by Tuesday, May 1
 
College Guidance
Seniors: All colleges release decisions by the first week of April. Please inform the College Guidance Office as you hear decisions. The candidate’s common reply date is May 1. All seniors must deposit at one college by May 1. Please inform us as well if you wish to remain on a wait list, and we should talk about what action should be taken.
 
Juniors: Junior parents may call to schedule appointments with College Guidance throughout the rest of the semester. The internet program that College Guidance uses to manage the college application process is called Naviance. Each junior has been given a user name and a password and will be expected to register and log onto the Naviance system; it is very user friendly. We rely on the program to help manage both the research and application process; we have found it to be efficient and quite helpful to both students and parents. Please visit Naviance at http://connection.naviance.com/family-connection/auth/login/?hsid=ncds.
 
BISCAA College Fair at Milton Academy: Sunday, April 22, 12:30-2 p.m.
This is an excellent opportunity to make initial contact with representatives from a number of colleges around the country. The fair is for students from independent schools in the Boston area. We highly recommend attendance. The juniors will be given a list of the day’s events and of the colleges that will be present. For information and directions visit www.milton.edu. BISCAA will also hold a College Fair on April 22 from 5-6:30 p.m. at Merrimac College in North Andover.
 
 
ACT Administration and Deadlines
ACT Date Registration Deadline Late Registration
June 9 May 4 May 5-12
July 14 June 15 June 16-22
 
 
SAT Reasoning Test and Subject Test Administration Deadlines 
SAT Date Registration Deadline Late Registration
May 5 April 6 April 25
June 2 May 3 May 23
 

Athletics

Summer Sports Clinics: June 18-21 and June 25-28
Newton Country Day offers one-week clinics for girls for Basketball, Crew, Field Hockey, Soccer, Squash, and Volleyball. More information and a registration form will be available at www.newtoncountryday.org/athletics/summer-sports-clinics.
 
Check the athletics website at www.newtoncountryday.org/athletics for specific sports schedules and up-to-date information.
 

Health Office

Please continue to keep the Health Office informed of any changes in your daughter’s health, and check periodically to make sure her Magnus Health Record is up to date. Students who are sick should stay home from school if they are exhibiting a fever, or respiratory or stomach symptoms. Please contact the Health Office at (617) 244-4246 x4777 with any questions or concerns regarding your daughter’s health.