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

June 2018

General Announcements and Information

Summer Work for Credit-Upper School Only
Should a student receive a grade of C+ or below, the procedure, as stated in the Student Handbook, is as follows:

It is expected that the students who receive grades of C+ or below apply to the Academic Office for approval to amend their grades by enrolling in an accredited summer school course. All requests for summer school must be submitted by June 15.

All summer work must be approved in advance by Mrs. Hodges, Head of the Upper School. In order for a student to receive credit a Summer Work Approval form, available in the Academic Office, must be completed and submitted to Mrs. Hodges. The student manages this process. Credit is granted at the discretion of the school after submission of an official transcript from the summer school.

2018-19 Faculty/Staff Appointments
We welcome back Ms. Claudia Guerrero Dolan and Ms. Sara Milone. Ms. Guerrero Dolan returns to the Foreign Language Department. Ms. Guerrero Dolan earned her B.A. from Wheaton College and her M.A. from Boston College. Ms. Milone returns to the Religion Department. Ms. Milone earned her M.A. in Secondary Education from Loyola Marymount University and M. Div. from Boston College School of Theology and Ministry.

Mr. Dalvin Byron joins the Visual Arts Department. Mr. Byron earned his BFA in Studio Art from Messiah College.

Ms. Mary Kate Cervin joins the Religion Department. Ms. Cervin earned her B.S. and M.Ed. from Fordham University. She is completing her M.A. in Theology and Ministry at Boston College.

Mr. Robert Hicks and Ms. Caitlin Lawlor join the Science Department. Mr. Hicks earned his B.S. in Chemistry from North Carolina State University and his M.Sc. in Chemistry from Boston College. Ms. Lawlor earned her B.A. in Biology from Colby College.

Dr. Sylvain Montalbano joins the Foreign Language Department. Mr. Montalbano earned his M.A. in English and French Studies from Université Lyon II Lumières, an M.A. in Comparative Literature from University of Oregon, and Ph.D. in French Studies from Brown University.

Ms. Meredith Richter will be part of the College Guidance team. Ms. Richter earned her B.A. and M.A. in Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology from Boston College.

Ms. Donna Sneider will be the Educational Technology Specialist. Ms. Schneider earned her B.S. from Babson College. She comes to us from Montrose School.

Upcoming Back Bay Bus departure times
Friday, June 1: 4 p.m.
Monday, June 4: 4 p.m.
Tuesday, June 5: No School
Wednesday, June 6 (Prize Day): Noon

Carpool Assistance

In order to assist families with carpools for the 2018-19 school year, we have created a form here that interested families may complete. Please fill out next year’s form by the end of June. By mid-summer, the compiled carpool information will be available on the password-protected parents’ section of the website. New families will receive their password and login information by mid-summer, as well.

Textbook Buyback and Rental Return: Monday, June 4, 12-4:30 p.m.
Follett Virtual Bookstores will be in the Arches Gym purchasing textbooks and accepting returns of rental items. This is the only day they are on campus. Parents or students may negotiate the buyback and return process with Follett. Please contact Ms. Healy at x4747 with questions.

Tuition Payment
First semester tuition bills will be mailed home this month. Payment is due to the school no later than July 31. If you will be on vacation, please make arrangements to pay your invoice before you leave. If you are enrolled in the Smart Tuition 10-month payment plan, please remember that your first payment is due on June 10 and should include your $50 Smart Tuition enrollment fee.

Lost and Found
The Lost and Found located in the Arches Gym is overflowing. All unclaimed items will be donated at the end of the school year.

MBTA Passes/Charlie Cards
All 2017-18 academic school year Student Charlie Cards will remain active through August 31, allowing students with an active card full access to the MBTA at reduced fares over the summer months.

Effective at midnight on June 30, all M7 Charlie Cards and Student Stored Value Charlie Cards (S-cards) that remain active through the NCDS Pass Program account will both function as a Stored Value S-card, giving students the ability to load both their M7 and S-card with stored value (pay per ride), or a monthly pass at MBTA Fare Vending Machines (FVM) located at any MBTA station. Commuter Rail discounted tickets for Zone 1A-8 can also be purchased with a Student Charlie Card at a FVM and/or Commuter Rail ticket window. Students should use all stored value (pay per ride) down to zero before August 31.


The Library will close at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, June 4 and at noon on Wednesday, June 6. There are no classes on Tuesday, June 5. Please return all library books by Monday, June 4.

Book Chat

This summer, the English Department invites parents and students to read the book Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World by Penelope Bagieu. In September, the department will offer an evening Book Chat for parents, teachers, alumnae, and members of the community. A student Book Chat over lunch on a separate date will also be offered. We encourage you to read this book with your daughter and explore together the questions Bagieu raises. The book can be found here.

Health Office

We use Magnus Health to collect and store your child’s health information for the 2018-19 school year. Starting in June, Magnus will send an email asking you to take action with your daughter’s online Student Medical Record. This email will tell you whether a new requirement is due or that an existing requirement is about to expire and needs updating. Log in to your Magnus account and you will find that information saved from last year will be displayed. Sections that must be renewed or updated for all students include:

Vital Health Record
Please review your information saved from last year to update where necessary. If no changes are needed, or after changes are made, you must save each section to complete the requirement and submit for approval. An accurate Vital Health Record is important to assure that we can contact you in case of an emergency. Please be sure to include all medications your child takes in the “Medication” section of the record.

Consent to Treat Form
This form requires an electronic parent signature to reauthorize for the upcoming school year.

Annual Physical Exam and Immunization Forms
A physical exam and immunization form is required for each student from within the last year. The template form on Magnus may be printed and brought to annual physical exams, signed by a primary care provider, and then uploaded to the student’s record. The physical exam report form used by your child’s physician is also acceptable if all areas of the physical examination are reported, including vital signs, vision, hearing, spine, and other evaluations made during an annual pediatric physical exam.

Over-the-Counter Medication Form
If no changes are needed, this form only needs to be reauthorized with a parent signature for the upcoming school year.

The following sections must also be completed, if applicable:
- Prescription Medication Form
- Asthma Action Plan
- Food Allergy Action Plan
- Diabetes Action Plan
- Seizure Action Plan
- Serious Allergy Action Plan

We ask that you update your daughter’s Magnus Health account by August 1 so preparations can be made prior to the start of school and pre-season sports. When you receive emails from Magnus Health, log on and complete the information required. You will receive weekly email reminders as long as there are outstanding items to be addressed in the account. If you need any assistance, the Magnus Health Help Desk is available at (877) 461-6831.

Parents should pick up medications that have been in the Health Office during the school year by Tuesday, June 5. Medications may not be left in the Health Office during the summer. Any medications to be administered in school during the 2018-19 school year will require a new prescription medication form found on Magnus.

For seniors only: Any paper health records that have been in the Health Office will be mailed home. If seniors need a copy of their latest physical exam and immunization record for college, please contact the Health Office by Friday, June 8. If you have questions contact Mrs. Chalvire at x4777.

Parents’ Association 

If you are interested in participating in Parents’ Association events for the 2018-19 school year, please contact one of our Parents’ Association Board members.

President: Enid Levangie P’17’19
Officer: Julie Durbin P’17'20
Officer: Elizabeth Tango P’17’20’24

Development Office

Annual Fund
As the School’s fiscal year ends on June 30, please consider making a gift to the Annual Fund. You may make your gift online here or using Venmo @NCDS1880. Thank you to the families who have already contributed. Every gift makes a difference!

Join the Parent Annual Fund Committee. If interested, contact Director of Annual Giving Cynthia Nelson.

Middle School

Middle School Field Day: Monday, June 4
Eighth Grade Liturgy: Monday, June 4. 5:30 p.m.
Eighth Grade girls and their parents celebrate Mass in the Chapel followed by goûter.

Early Dismissals for the Middle School
Monday, June 4: 2:30 p.m.
Tuesday, June 5: No school
Wednesday, June 6, 11 a.m. following Prize Day

Summer Work
Summer work for the Middle School will be available in the Parents' section of our website by mid-June.

Upper School

Summer Work
Upper School students wishing to preview or review courses during the summer may do so by attending a summer course offered by any school that is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Online courses are not acceptable substitutes for classroom attendance. Students taking math courses will be expected to take the course final exam before the opening of school if they are to receive credit for their summer coursework. Summer study plans must be submitted to the Academic Office by June 15.

Early Dismissal for Upper School: Monday, June 4, 12 p.m.

Prize Day: Wednesday, June 6, 8 a.m.
The Upper School Prize Day ceremony begins promptly at 8 a.m. All students should be at school, in homeroom at the regular time, 7:50 a.m. Upper School girls will be dismissed at 10 a.m. 

Graduation Liturgy: Wednesday, June 6, 5:30 p.m.
Immediate family members are invited to attend the Graduation Liturgy in the Chapel. Seniors must be at school by 4:30 p.m.

Graduation: Thursday, June 7, 10 a.m.
All are welcome to attend. Seniors must be at school by 7:30 a.m.

Senior Project Presentations and Graduation Rehearsals
During the week of June 4-6, seniors will be involved in many mandatory activities that include Senior Project Presentations, class meetings, and Graduation rehearsals.

Chorale Trip to Graz, Salzburg, and Vienna: June 2019
In June 2019, members of Chorale and Schola Cantorum are invited to tour Graz, Salzburg, and Vienna in Austria. Highlights of this 10-day tour include several performances by Chorale and Schola, tours of historic palaces and estates, a boat cruise, walking tours of historic city centers, and an evening opera at the Vienna State Opera House. A full itinerary can be found in the body of the Newton Notes email. If your daughter is interested in attending this tour, please complete this brief form for our planning purposes. There will be a formal meeting on September 25 at 6 p.m. during Back to School Night.

College Guidance
Juniors received a packet of information regarding college admissions. All juniors are expected to complete The Common Application online and to write a draft of a college essay. Both assignments are due on the first day of class. The College Guidance Office will work closely with each girl on both her applications and essays throughout the fall semester.

Juniors should visit and research colleges over the summer. If needed, a list of possible interview questions is available here.

First semester of senior year moves quickly, so it is important to get as much work done over the summer as possible. Students are reminded that they may add colleges to their Naviance account over the summer.

Parents may schedule appointments with College Guidance beginning at the end of August. Mr. Peach ( and Mr. Rosenholtz (, will be available via email throughout the summer.

Spring Testing Schedule
SAT Reasoning and Subject Tests: June 2
ACT: June 9

Summer Testing Schedule
ACT: July 14
Registration Deadline: June 15
Late Registration: June 16-22

SAT: August 25
Registration Deadline: July 27
Late Registration: August 15


Upper School pre-season: Monday, August 27
Middle School sports: Thursday, September 6

Summer Sports Clinics: June 18-21 and June 25-28. These clinics are open to the public, so please inform your friends and neighbors.Download a registration form and learn more here.