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

May 2018

General Announcements and Information

Thank you to everyone who volunteered with us on Sunday for NewtonSERVES.
Celebration of the Feast of the Ascension: Thursday, May 10
The school community celebrates the Feast of the Ascension with Mass in the Chapel. Girls are reminded to dress appropriately for the occasion.
Celebration of the Feast of St. Madeleine Sophie Barat and Junior Ring Ceremony: Thursday, May 24, 9:30 a.m.
The school community celebrates the Feast of St. Madeleine Sophie Barat with Mass at Trinity Chapel. Girls are reminded to dress appropriately for the occasion. The liturgy includes the blessing of Class Rings for the Junior class. Parents of Juniors are welcome to attend Mass and a goûter. Contact Mr. Murphy at x4714 with questions.
Class of 2022 Welcome/Testing: Tuesday, May 22, 4-6:30 p.m.
All members of the Class of 2022 will take language and math placement tests, followed by dinner and orientation activities. Parents of the Class of 2022 are invited for refreshments and a brief welcome from 6-6:30 p.m. The School Store will be open. An invitation was sent through the mail in April. Please call the Admission Office if you have any questions.
Middle School Welcome/Testing: Thursday, May 24, 4-6:30 p.m.
New Middle School girls will take math placement tests, followed by games and refreshments with current students in Grades 5-7. Parents of new Middle School girls are invited for refreshments and a brief welcome from 6-6:30 p.m. The School Store will be open. An invitation was sent through the mail in April. Please call the Admission Office if you have any questions.
Textbook Buyback and Rental Return: Monday, June 4, 12-4:30 p.m.
Follett Virtual Bookstores will be in the old gym purchasing textbooks and accepting returns of rental items. This will be 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.
Please return all Library materials no later than Friday, May 18. The Library will close at noon, school dismissal time, on Wednesday, June 6. Lost and Found The Lost and Found located on the first floor of the school is overflowing! All unclaimed items will be donated at the end of the school year.
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.

Parents’ Association

Parents’ Association Meeting-Parent Volunteer Appreciation Coffee: Tuesday, May 8, 7:30 a.m.
Join us for an Appreciation Coffee and share ideas about volunteering for the 2018-19 school year. RSVP by Friday, May 4 to
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 10-May 10. Learn more at here.
Très Bien Auction
Congratulations and thank you to the Très Bien Auction Committee and volunteers for countless hours of their time to coordinate the School’s signature fundraising event. This year’s auction raised over $495,000.

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 here. Thank you to the families who have already contributed. Every gift makes a difference!
Parent Phonathons: Tuesday, May 8 and Tuesday, May 29
The Development Office is hosting two parent phonathons in May. Please welcome our parent volunteers as they make their calls and consider making your Annual Fund gift during one of these phonathon evening. If you are interested in volunteering for this fun evening, please contact Director of Annual Giving Cynthia Nelson as (617) 559-4711 or


Thank you to all who supported the Hearthrobs Bake Sale and t-shirt sale. Your donations benefitted our Sacred Heart Schools in Uganda and Congo.
Sophomore Service Day: Friday, May 4
In the morning, sophomores participate in direct service working with children, the elderly, immigrants, and refugees. Parent drivers and chaperones are needed from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. To sign up contact Ms. Theriault at x4727 or sign up here. Thank you in advance for your help.

Middle School

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.
Grade 8 Museum of Fine Arts Field Trip: Friday, May 11
Girls will visit the MFA as part of their History curriculum.
Grade 5 Tide Pools Field Trip: Monday, May 21
Girls will visit Halibut State Park in Rockport.
Grade 8 Guest Speaker: Tuesday, May 22
As part of the unit on The Holocaust and Human Behavior, 8th grade English is hosting Dr. Anna Ornstein, Auschwitz survivor, and author of My Mother's Eyes, a memoir of her experiences in the camps.
Overnight Class Trips
Each class takes an overnight trip in May as a way to more deeply live Goal Four. In grades 5-7, girls travel to Camp Hazen in Chester, Conn. to engage in three days of team building, climbing, and group problem-solving. Grades 5 and 6 will travel to camp Monday, May 14-Wednesday, May 16. Grade 7 travels to camp on Wednesday, May 16-Friday May 18. The girls return at 3:30 p.m. Please return the Camp Hazen Form and the Emergency Contact Form before each trip. The forms were emailed to families on Friday. Please update your daughter’s Magnus Health account before her trip. In case of emergency, the phone number at Camp Hazen is (860) 526-9529.
Grade 8 Trip to Washington, D.C.: Tuesday, May 29- Friday, May 31
The Grade 8 trip to Washington, D.C. completes this year’s study of American History. Parents will receive a comprehensive packet with the schedule and all of the pertinent details.
Grade 7 Field Trip: Thursday, May 31
Grade 7 girls will visit the Boston Common, Faneuil Hall, and the Boston Waterfront to complete Math Trails, a fun day of solving real world problems. Contact Mr. Ebling at x4831 with questions.
Eighth Grade Liturgy: Monday, June 4. 5:30 p.m.
Eighth Grade girls and their parents celebrate Mass in the Chapel followed by goûter.

Upper School

Grade 9 Orienteering: Thursday, May 3-Friday, May 4
Girls in Grade 9 will participate in a two-day orienteering program. Educators from the New England Orienteering Club will help lead this fun, educational, and team-building opportunity. On Thursday, girls will learn and practice essential orienteering skills in and around campus, including map and compass reading skills, distance estimation, route planning, communication, and safety procedures. On Friday, the girls will put their new skills into practice on a real orienteering course in the DCR Middlesex Fells. This orienteering experience will take place during normal school hours. On both days, girls should wear clothing appropriate for hiking, including light layers with long pants and closed-toe shoes. On Friday, they should also bring a small backpack containing a water bottle and a bag lunch. School lunches are available for students who request them in advance. If you have any questions, contact Ms. Krier at x4790.
Grade 10 Field Trip: Thursday, May 3
Grade 10 girls will visit Boda Borg in Malden, Mass. for a day that will highlight their progress in this year’s class meeting curriculum topics (recognizing and developing their strengths, thinking creatively, overcoming failure, and working in teams). Parents or legal guardians must fill out a waiver by May 2 for participation at will take place during regular school hours. If you have any questions contact Ms. Fein at x4912.
AP Exams
-All students enrolled in an AP course at NCDS are required to take the AP exam.
-The College Board mandates that specific AP exams may only be administered on the assigned day and at the assigned time.
-No student can be admitted to a testing room once an exam has begun. Students who might be late for an exam must call the school as early as possible and speak with Mr. Reine.
-College Board prohibits cell phones in all testing rooms or during breaks.
-Extended-time exams begin at the same time as testing in the other exam rooms. Students unsure about their eligibility for extended time should contact Dr. Mims.
-Juniors and Sophomores taking morning AP exams are expected to meet their afternoon academic classes after an appropriate lunch break. These students are excused from any written homework due or tests scheduled during those afternoon classes. Juniors and Sophomores taking afternoon AP exams are excused from their morning classes and should check in at the Academic Office and be seated in the exam room at 11:30 a.m.
AP Exam Schedule
Week 1
Monday, May 7:         7:30 a.m.: Chemistry, Spanish Literature
Tuesday, May 8:         7:30 a.m.: Spanish Language 11:30 a.m.: Art History, Physics 1 Wednesday, May 9:    7:30 a.m.: English Literature
Thursday, May 10:      7:30 a.m.: US Government & Politics
                                   11:30 a.m.: Environmental Science
Friday, May 11:           7:30 a.m.: US History 9 a.m.: Studio Art
Week 2
Monday, May 14:        7:30 a.m.: Biology
Tuesday, May 15:       7:30 a.m.: Calculus AB, Calculus BC
                                   11:30 a.m.: French Language
Wednesday, May 16:  7:30 a.m.: English Language 
Thursday, May 17:      7:30 a.m.: Comparative Government & Politics
                                   11:30 a.m.: Statistics
Friday, May 18:           11:30 a.m.: Latin, European History
Upper School Exam Study Day: Thursday, May 24
Girls will attend review sessions following a special schedule. Included in that schedule will be a Mass in observance of the Feast of St. Madeleine Sophie Barat and the Junior Ring Ceremony. Girls are reminded to dress appropriately for the occasion. Girls in Grades 11 should arrive for homeroom by 7:45 a.m. and may choose to leave after the Ring Ceremony. Regular school hours apply for Grades 9 and 10.
Senior Retreat, Senior Project Presentations and Graduation Rehearsals
During the week of May 29-June 1 and June 4-6, seniors will be involved in many mandatory school activities that include Senior Project Presentation meetings, class meetings, Graduation Rehearsals, and the Senior Retreat.
The Senior Retreat: Thursday, May 30-Friday, May 31
Senior Retreat takes place at the Toah Nipi Retreat Center in Rindge, New Hampshire.
Exam Schedule
Friday, May 25
Morning: Math (Algebra I, Algebra II, Honors Algebra II, Honors Pre-calculus), Religious Studies 10 Homilies
Afternoon: Math (Geometry, Honors Geometry, Pre-calculus)
Tuesday, May 29
Morning: History 10, History 11, African American History, Language Orals – Grade 9
Afternoon: Religious Studies 10 Homilies, Language Orals – Grade 9
History 9 Position Papers due by 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 30
Morning: Anatomy & Physiology, English 10, Science 9, Physics, Honors Physics
Afternoon: Religious Studies 10 Homilies, Language Orals, Religious Studies 9
Thursday, May 31
Morning: English 9, Chemistry, Honors Chemistry
Afternoon: Spanish, Religious Studies 10 Homilies
Friday, June 1
Morning: Language Orals, Chinese, Latin, Make-up Exams
Afternoon: Language Orals, Religious Studies 10 Homilies, French, Make-up Exams
Early Dismissal for Upper School only: 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.
Hesed Proposals Due: Wednesday, May 2
Hesed, required for students entering Grade 11, 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 students form reciprocal relationships with the people with whom they work. Hesed proposals for summer service are due to Ms. Theriault by Wednesday, May 2.
College Guidance
Seniors: All students must deposit at one college by May 1 to ensure a spot in the class. Seniors who elect to remain on wait lists should notify the College Guidance Office of the decision do so.
Juniors: What should juniors be doing now? We encourage juniors to meet with College Guidance prior to summer break. Each girl’s focus should be on the successful completion of her junior year, including both final and Advanced Placement exams. We will be available to meet with parents of juniors for the rest of the year, in late August, and in the fall. Please call if you would like to schedule an appointment. Over the next two weeks, juniors should ask two of their teachers to write letters of recommendation for their college applications. Colleges prefer letters from junior year, and also often prefer a letter from a math/science teacher and a humanities teacher. Once students have secured two teachers to write on their behalf, they have completed this part of the application process. College Guidance will collect and submit the letters. Signatures/contracts are due on Monday, May 14.
All juniors are expected to write a personal statement and to update their Naviance resumes detailing their extracurricular activities. Specific instructions and paperwork were given at a class meeting. These assignments help give context to each of the teachers who will write letters of recommendation. Both assignments are due on Monday, May 14. Please encourage your daughters to respect these deadlines.
Spring Testing Schedule
ACT Administration and Deadlines
ACT Date Registration Deadline Late Registration
June 9 May 4 May 5-18
June 14 June 15 June 16-22
SAT Reasoning and Subject Test Administration and Deadlines
SAT  Test Date Registration Deadline Late Registration
June 2 May 3 May 23
August 25 July 27 August 15
When registering for any standardized test, students are advised to register early to ensure a convenient testing location and to avoid late fees.


Monday, May 14: Varsity Golf – Independent Golf Tournament at Taft School
Saturday, May 19: Varsity Lacrosse EIL Tournament (top 4) \
Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20: Varsity Tennis – New England Tournament Monday, May 21 and Tuesday, May 22: Sailing – MBL Championships (Rain Date: May 24)
Saturday, May 26: Varsity Crew – NEIRA Championships
Visit specific sports schedules and up-to-date information here.
Summer Sports Clinics: June 18-21 and June 25-28
Download a registration form and learn more here.

Health Office
Please continue to keep the Health Office informed of any changes in your daughter’s health. Instructions for updating your daughter’s Magnus Health account for the 2017-18 school year will be forthcoming. Parents should pick up medications that have been kept in the Health Office during the school year by the last day of school, as medications may not be left in the Health Office during the summer. Please contact Ms. Chalvire at x4777 with any questions or concerns.