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

March 2018

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General Announcements and Information

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


Save the Date - Celebrate 200 Years of Sacred Heart Education in the United States: 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.


2018 Yearbook and Yearbook Recognition Ads
Families of girls in all grades can purchase a 2018 yearbook beginning March 1. 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.


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.


March For Our Lives
On March 24, a number of Upper School girls, parents, and faculty members will participate in the March For Our Lives in Boston. All are welcome to join. For more information, follow the March For Our Lives Boston twitter account @MFOLBoston.

Parents’ Association
Très Bien Auction: Saturday, March 3, Fenway Park
To sign up to volunteer, visit our auction website.

School Store: Wednesday, March 7, 2:45-5 p.m.
The School Store will be open in the Theater Lobby. We are looking for volunteers to help with set-up and sales. Sign up to volunteer here. If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Thompson at or Marilyn Parker at


Parents’ Association Meeting: Tuesday, April 10, 7 p.m.


“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 here. For more information contact Ms. Ruane at x4899. 


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 soon.

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.  


Campus Ministry

As part of the Bicentennial Celebration of Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne, the Campus Ministry Committee created a NCDS Flat Philippine from her portrait painted by our very own Ms. Mary Marley. Members of the NCDS community are invited to take photos with Philippine to share on social media using #FlatPhilippine and to email them to


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.


Performing Arts

METG High School Drama Festival: Saturday, March 3
Students from NCDS will participate in the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild’s annual High School Drama Festival Preliminary Competition on Saturday, March 3 at Hanover High School. In conjunction with Boston College High School, our girls will perform the one-act play “Border Warfare” by Don Nigro. The performance will be at about 2 p.m., but the competition runs from 8 a.m.-8:30 p.m. If you are interested in attending this great day of high school theater, please contact Mr. Fahey at Can’t make it? No problem! There will also be a performance of this production at Boston College High on Saturday, March 17. We hope to see you there!


Dining Services

Curious about what your daughter is having for lunch today or next week? Want to know more about the dining services staff? Want to learn about FLIK’s food philosophy and where FLIK sources most of its products? Want to comment or ask questions? Find these answers and more here. Enter “Newton Country Day School” on the homepage


Middle School

We Lead Program at Belmont Hill School for 7th Grade: Tuesday, March 6
Girls in Grade 7 will travel to Belmont Hill School for a program led by both high school Peer Ed programs. The day includes teaching students how to resist peer influences, improving generic life skills, and provides opportunities to become involved in positive experiences with others in the school and their community.

Field Trip to the Boston Symphony Orchestra: Wednesday, March 7
All Middle School girls will visit Symphony Hall to watch the Boston Symphony Orchestra Youth Concert. 


Field Trip to Salem: Thursday, March 8
Grade 7 English classes travel to Salem. The trip will enhance their understanding of the Salem Witch Hysteria of 1692 and their reading of Arthur Miller's The Crucible. The visit includes tours of The Salem Witch Museum and The House of The Seven Gables. Additionally, the students will attend a private and interactive performance of  “Cry Innocent” by History Alive, Inc. This play depicts the trial of Bridget Bishop, the first victim brought to trial in 1692.

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 on Thursday, April 5 from 8:30-10:15 a.m. 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


Upper School 

Saturday, April 7: Junior-Senior Prom, The Royal Sonesta 

To guarantee tickets, a student must make a $50 per ticket deposit by Friday, March 2.  Final payments will be due upon our return from Spring Vacation. More information is available on the Prom permission form here.

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


College Guidance
Juniors: All juniors should make an initial appointment before Spring Vacation. We encourage juniors to visit colleges over break. You may schedule tours and information sessions by calling the college’s admissions office. Junior parents may call to schedule appointments with College Guidance throughout the rest of the semester.

College Guidance uses Naviance to manage the college application process. Each junior has been given a username and password and is expected to log on to the Naviance system; it is very user-friendly. We rely on the program to help manage both the research and application process and have found it to be very efficient and quite helpful to both students and parents. Naviance can be accessed here.

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. Find more information and directions here.


ACT  Administration and Deadlines

Test Date

Registration Deadline

Late Registration

April 14

March 9

March 10-13

 June 9  May 4  May 5-18

SAT Reasoning and Subject Test Administration and Deadlines

Test Date

Registration Deadline

Late Registration

May 5  April 6  April 25
June 2 May 3 May 23




Upper School teams will have practice on Thursday, March 8. The tryout schedule for Middle and Upper School spring sports is posted on the athletics webpage. 


Middle School
Spring sports tryouts begin Monday, March 5.
Sports offered: Lacrosse, Tennis, and Softball 

Upper School
Spring sports tryouts begin on Thursday, March 1.
Sports offered: Crew, Golf, Lacrosse, Sailing, Softball, and Tennis

Summer Sports Clinics: June 18-21 and June 25-28
Newton Country Day offers one-week clinics for girls for the following sports. More information and a registration form will be available here.

Middle School: June 25-28, 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Upper School: June 25 and 26, 1-4 p.m. 

8th, 9th and 10th Grade: June 18-21, 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Field Hockey
Middle School: June 18-21, 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. 
Upper School: June 18-21, 1-4 p.m.

Middle School: June 18-21, 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. 
Upper School: June 18-21, 1-4 p.m.

Middle School: June 25-28, 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Upper School: June 25-28, 1-4 p.m.

Middle School: June 18-21, 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. 
Upper School: June 18-21, 1-4 p.m.


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.