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

February 2018

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General Announcements and Information

No School: Monday, February 19 and Tuesday, February 20

*Please note: Varsity Practices will meet as scheduled on Tuesday, February 20


Community Reads: Thursday, February 1, 7 p.m.
The English Department will hold the next installment of Community Reads on February 1. We will offer four titles:
1. The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person can Create Extraordinary Change by Adam Braun  

2. The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars by Dava Sobel

3. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

4. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon


Father/Daughter Skating Party: Sunday, February 4, 11 a.m.–1 p.m. 
Dads and daughters are invited to an ice skating/pizza party at the Daly Rink, located at 4 Nonantum Rd. in Newton. RSVP to Danielle Melia at


Network Exchange Meeting: Thursday, February 15, 5:30 p.m. 
This meeting is for all parents of girls in the Classes of 2019, 2020, and 2021 who are interested in Sacred Heart Exchange for the 2018-19 school year. Parents must attend the meeting in order for their daughter to be eligible for the program. Questions may be directed to Ms. Noël at (617) 559-4743.


Science and Engineering Fair: Wednesday, February 28, 3-6 p.m.
The 23rd annual Science and Engineering Fair is held in the Arches gym. This is a dress event for all girls in Grades 7 and 8, and Upper School girls participating in Independent Research. Girls stay at school through the Awards Ceremony. Judging of projects occurs between 3:30-6 p.m. Parents are not admitted to the gym during this time. After judging is complete around 6 p.m., parents may visit the exhibits. The Awards Ceremony is held in the Theatre at approximately 6:15 p.m. and concludes by 7 p.m. The Science Department seeks judges for the Fair. If you have a background in science, mathematics, engineering, or medicine and are interested in volunteering, please contact Dr. Rebecca Sen at (617) 559-4920 or    


Reception in Naples, Florida: Monday, March 5, 12 p.m.
Ellen Hannan ’74 and Sister Rogers are hosting a reception in Naples, Florida for parents, grandparents, and alumnae of Newton Country Day. If you are interested in attending, RSVP by February 28 to or x4732.


Community Day of Service: Sunday, April 29
The NCDS community (students, parents, alumnae, faculty, and staff) are invited to participate in an afternoon of service as part of Newton Serves.  We will participate in spring clean-up tasks in the community to celebrate Philippine's bicentennial. More information, including sign-ups, will be available in March.


Re-enrollment for 2018-19
On February 1, the Business Office will email each family announcing the start of the online re-enrollment process for the 2018-19 academic year. If you have more than one child at the school, you will receive a separate email for each girl. The email will include a link to the Infosnap (PowerSchool) website to begin re-enrollment. The email will be sent to each family’s preferred school email. The re-enrollment deadline is February 14. Please contact Julia Atkin in the Business Office at x4748 or with questions.

Summer Programs at Sprout Creek Farm for Middle and Upper 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.  Please see this newsletter for summer camp programs.

Absence Policy 
If a student is going to be absent or tardy, parents should notify the school between 7:30 and 9 a.m. each day by calling the Academic Office or the absentee line at (617) 559-4794. 

School Lateness Policy 
If a student arrives late to school (after 7:55 a.m.) she is to report immediately to the Academic Office to receive a slip admitting her to class. Late arrivals may only be excused by a note from a doctor.

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.

Boston Bus 
Delayed Start: If NCDS has a delayed start due to weather, the Boston Bus will depart from the Beacon Hill and Back Bay stops 15 minutes later than the regularly scheduled time. This allows girls a few minutes extra to get to the bus, and allows the bus to travel from Boston to NCDS at a safe speed. 

Student Parking During the Winter 
As stated in the handbook, during the winter months, parking for students may not be available. When snow is predicted, families should have a plan in place for their daughter’s transportation to and from school that does not include parking on campus.

Lost and Found
The Lost and Found located on the first floor of the school is overflowing. All items will be donated at the end of February.


Campus Ministry
Lenten Morning Reflections

During Lent, morning prayer will be held in the chapel Monday through Friday, 7:35-7:45 a.m. Brief reflections will be offered by NCDS students, faculty, and staff. All members of the NCDS community are welcome to join us for these prayers. 

Parents’ Association
Très Bien Auction: Saturday, March 3
Formal invitations were mailed last week to the 2018 Très Bien Auction at Fenway Park. Don’t risk a sellout! For more information, to purchase tickets, or to make a donation visit the auction website here. If you are interested in volunteering, attend an auction meeting or contact a member of the auction committee. Auction meetings will be held on the following dates at 
7:45 a.m. in the Blue Room: 

Thursday, February 1
Thursday, February 8 
Thursday, February 15 
Thursday, February 22


Hearts for Haiti Bake Sale: Tuesday, February 13

NCDS will be one of multiple schools in the Network of Sacred Heart Schools to host the annual Hearts for Haiti bake sale in the Middle School and Upper School during lunch periods. Started in 2012, the bake sale supports the operation of the Notre Dame School in La Colline, Haiti.

Service at the Women’s Lunch Place: Saturday, February 24, 7:30-11 a.m.
Parents and students (ages 14 and older) are invited to sign up and serve breakfast at the Women's Lunch Place, an organization that provides necessary food and support for women impacted by hunger and/or homelessness. Please contact Ms. Theriault x4727 to sign up and receive more information.

Upper School Service Symposium: Tuesday, February 27
During the afternoon assembly, girls in Grades 9 & 10 attend student presentations to learn about the Hesed Program and consider ways they may share their gifts in service to others. Juniors and seniors listen to alumnae share their experiences of leadership in service and justice in college and the workplace.  

Hesed and the Tenth Grade
In January, the sophomores received an introduction to the Hesed Program. During upcoming months, girls are encouraged to investigate service possibilities for the Hesed Program. Hesed, required for students entering Grade 11, offers an opportunity to give life to Goal III by actively engaging in 40 hours of direct service. By choosing a site where they can serve on a consistent and continual basis, the students form reciprocal relationships with the people with whom they work. Hesed proposals for summer service are due to Ms. Theriault by May 2.  


Middle School
Honk! Jr.: Wednesday, February 14, 7 p.m. & Thursday, February 15, 2 p.m.
The Performing Arts department is thrilled to present the Middle School’s production of Honk! Jr. Come see this witty and charming adaptation of the classic tale of a duckling who’s just a little bit different. Tickets are $5. 


Upper School 

Attendance at the retreats is a requirement of the Religious Studies curriculum. Girls should not bring schoolwork, laptops, cell phones, iPods, or other electronic communication or entertainment devices. 

Tuesday, February 6 – Friday, February 9: Grade 11 Kairos Retreat
Grade 11 girls go to Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center in West Hartford, Conn., returning the evening of Friday, February 9. Bedding is provided, but girls bring sleeping bags, pillows, and/or blankets. Girls will receive more information about what to pack in the weeks leading up to the retreat. Contact Mr. Murphy at x4714 or Dr. Potter at x4757 with questions. 

Wednesday, February 7 – Friday, February 9: Grade 10 Retreat 
Grade 10 girls go to the Immaculata Retreat House in Willimantic, Conn., returning to school by 4 p.m. on Friday, February 9. Girls should bring sleeping bags, pillows, and/or blankets and will receive more information about what to pack in the weeks leading up to the retreat. Contact Mr. Ross at x4969 with questions. 

Thursday, February 8 – Friday, February 9: Grade 9 Retreat 
Grade 9 girls go to the Toah Nipi Retreat Center in Rindge, N.H., returning to school by 4 p.m. on Friday, February 9. Girls should bring sleeping bags, pillows, and/or blankets and will receive more information about what to pack in the weeks leading up to the retreat. Contact Ms. Krier at x4790 with questions.


Saturday, April 7: Junior-Senior Prom, The Royal Sonesta 
To guarantee tickets, a student must make a $50 per ticket deposit by Monday, March 5.  Final payments will be due upon our return from Spring Vacation

May 29–June 6: Senior Retreat, Senior Project Presentations and Graduation Rehearsals


College Guidance
Financial Aid Information:The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is available online. It is imperative that students file as soon as possible. Students should check the website for further support and information. All colleges require the FAFSA. Students seeking financial aid for college should determine as soon as possible whether colleges where they will submit an application require the CSS profile. Go to each college’s financial aid website to determine if the CSS Profile is required. If so, seniors and their parents should immediately complete the CSS Profile online.The CSS Profile is available here. The CSS Profile is only a preliminary application
for some private colleges.


SAT  Test Dates and Registration Deadlines:

Test Date

Registration Deadline

Late Registration

March 10

February 9

February 28

ACT Test Dates and Registration Deadlines

Test Date

Registration Deadline

Late Registration

 February 10    
April 14 March 9 March 10-23


Middle School
Spring sports tryouts begin Monday, March 5. The tryout schedule will be posted on the athletics website.
Sports offered: Lacrosse, Tennis, and Softball 

Upper School
Spring sports tryouts begin on March 1. The tryout schedule will be posted on the athletics website.
Sports offered: Crew, Golf, Lacrosse, Sailing, Softball, and Tennis

Summer Sports Clinics: June 18-21 and June 25-28
Registration forms will be available in mid-February.


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 current. To protect against all illnesses, especially the flu, remember to wash hands frequently and avoid close contact with others who are sick. Students should stay home from school if they are exhibiting a fever, respiratory or stomach symptoms. Please contact the Health Office at x4777 with any questions or concerns regarding your daughter’s health.