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

December 2018

Celebrating Advent and Christmas at Newton
The liturgical season of Advent began on Sunday, December 2. The NCDS community observes the season by keeping the focus on the religious nature of Advent.

Advent Angels
Girls may choose to participate in our Advent Angels tradition within their class. Each week the girls do something special for one of their classmates. The total cost of the entire activity should not exceed $20, the focus is on creativity rather than consumerism.
By December 7: girls will have picked names
Friday, December 7: Bake something for your classmate.
Friday, December 14: Make your classmate something handmade (a picture, poem, story, etc.).
Friday, December 21: Reveal your identity to your classmate in a creative way.  

Christmas Eve Mass: Monday, December 24, 9 p.m.
All are welcome to celebrate Christmas Eve Mass in the NCDS Chapel.

General Announcements and Information

School Cancellation Policy
Families will receive information about school cancellations or delays due to weather through the school website and via text message and email to the parent/family cell phone numbers listed in Veracross. The text messages will appear from 739-59. Please contact Kyle Crosby at x4597 if you have questions regarding your Veracross account.

Please note: Changes to the athletics schedule will still be found on our website.

MS Vespers: Tuesday, December 18, 4 p.m.-Parents only, children supervised at the school. Supper is served in the Arches Gym after the performance.
US Vespers: Thursday, December 20, 7 p.m.-Admission by ticket only
Please read through Vespers Information sheet.

Early Dismissal: Friday, December 21, 12 p.m.
The Boston Bus will depart at 12:30 p.m.

Tuition Payments
Second semester tuition invoices have been mailed. Payment is due to the school no later than December 31.

School the World-Summer Service Information Meeting for Parents and Daughters: Tuesday, December 11, 6 p.m.
Representative from School the World will share information about summer service-learning programs in Guatemala. School the World offers high school students the opportunity to learn about global poverty while working with a rural community in building and maintaining their community school.

Network Exchange Meeting: Tuesday, February 12, 5:30 p.m., Duchesne Hall
This meeting is for all parents of girls in the Classes of 2020, 2021, and 2022 who are interested in Sacred Heart Exchange for the 2019-20 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.

NCDS Parent SEED Group
The National SEED (Seeking Educational Equity & Diversity) program was founded by Peggy McIntosh at the Wellesley College Center for Women. SEED is a monthly meeting for parents/guardians to explore topics for personal growth and reflection. Parents/guardians will gain an understanding of the role they play in our increasingly diverse world. Using readings, interactive activities, films, and discussion, we will explore issues of race & ethnicity, class, gender, and other societal systems. The more we know about ourselves as individuals, the more able we are to guide our children when addressing their inquiries about their place in a global society.

The goal of the NCDS Parent SEED group is to get to know others in our community while building a stronger and more inclusive community for our children. Participants will commit to each monthly meeting, with the understanding that challenges in schedule may arise from time to time. This is a welcoming space for all to engage in meaningful dialogue as we break bread and consider the dynamic world we live in.

Meetings will take place at school from 6-8 p.m. A light dinner will be provided.
Thursday, January 24
Thursday, February 21
Thursday, March 28
Thursday, April 11
Thursday, May 16

If you would like to participate or have questions, please contact Elisa Rodriguez, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at or x4738. For a more information about SEED, please visit their website.

MBTA Student CharlieCards
MBTA Student CharlieCards are available through the school. Girls interested in using a student CharlieCard 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 particular 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 students a few minutes extra to get to the bus, and it 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.

Parents’ Association
Thank you to all who contributed to the Thanksgiving baskets with food, donations, and delivery to benefit the Harbor Point families from Sister Joyce McMullin’s Project Care and Concern, and for donating clothing and gift cards to Boston Healthcare for the Homeless through the Mother Daughter Liturgy.

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: Michelle Glynn P’19’21’23:
Officer: Elizabeth Tango P’17’20’24:

Très Bien Auction: Saturday, March 2
The Très Bien Auction is the school’s signature fundraiser. If you would like to volunteer, please sign up here or contact a committee member. View sponsorship opportunities and download an auction donation form here.

Beth Hayes P’22:
Robin Hunt P’21:
Gia Nicolazzo P’14’23:
Marilyn Parker P’11’21:

Christmas Basket Service
During the Advent season, the school partners with Sr. Joyce McMullen, SND, and Project Care and Concern, providing baskets of food and gifts to families in need at Harbor Point in Dorchester. Girls will sign up to donate food and gift items in both the Middle and Upper School. Food and gift items are due to Upper School advisors, 5/6 homeroom teachers, or 7/8 TAG team leaders on Friday, December 7. The delivery of holiday baskets is scheduled for Saturday, December 15 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Students are invited to sign up as loaders through the Service Committee. Parents are needed to help drive and deliver baskets. If you interested in helping with the delivery, please complete the Sign Up Genius or contact Dr. Potter at x4757 to provide your name and cell phone number. Thank you for your support of this service!

Volunteer at Casserly House: Wednesday, December 5, 2:45-5:30 p.m.
Upper School girls volunteer to tutor elementary school students at Casserly House, an organization that supports immigrants and refugees in Roslindale. For more information contact Ms. Ruane at x4899.

Family Promise Metrowest Holiday Party: Sunday, December 9, 2- 4 p.m.
Upper School girls volunteer at a party for families experiencing homelessness in Natick. For more information contact Ms. Ruane at x4899.

Christmas in the City: Sunday, December 16, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
50 Upper School girls from the Service Committee volunteer at Christmas in the City-a festive gathering for children and families impacted by homelessness. The girls traditionally assist with face-painting and accompanying children in play and games. Girls sign up ahead of time to participate in this event. They meet at the NCDS arches at 9:30 a.m. and return by 3 p.m. For more information contact Ms. Ruane at x4899.

Network Summer Service Projects and Applications
Every year, the Network of Sacred Heart Schools offers Middle and Upper School students various opportunities for service and social justice education during the summer. Students are welcome to apply to participate in a network summer service project. Descriptions and dates of service projects and student application materials will be available in mid-December on the NCDS website. Applications are due by January 20. Questions about the network summer service projects may be directed to Dr. Potter at x4757.

Middle School
Pick-Up for Athletics
Middle School pick-up after sports takes place under the Arches.

Grade 8 Service Project: Tuesday, December 4, 3-4:30 p.m.
Grade 8 girls participate in a yearly service project with St. Sebastian’s School. The girls collect new gifts for Middle School aged girls to organize and wrap with Grade 8 students from St. Sebastian’s. The gifts are sent to St. Patrick’s Parish in Lawrence where parents are able to pick Christmas gifts for their children. Father Paul O’Brien, pastor of St. Patrick’s, will join us to talk about the needs of his community and the importance of our service afternoon. The event is held in the Dining Hall. Please consider donating a gift. In particular, St. Patrick’s needs warm clothes, scarves, and hats. 

Middle School Vespers: Tuesday, December 18, 4 p.m.
Vespers is a prayer service shared by Middle School students, their parents, and faculty. All Middle School girls participate in the prayer service as singers, dancers, or lectors. The service is followed by a buffet dinner at the school. Please be sure your daughter has the appropriate clothing: white, long-sleeved, button-down blouse free of logos or ornamentation; black character skirt which is below the knees (not ankle length) and is loose enough in which to dance freely; nude stockings or pantyhose (no dance tights, please); pink ballet slippers.

Upper School
Semi-formal Dance: Friday, December 14, 8-10:30 p.m.
The Upper School semi-formal dance is held at school. Students must arrive by 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person. Girls must hand in their permission form and payment by Tuesday, December 11. The form includes the name of her guest and parent contact information for the night of the dance. The form also covers the guidelines governing NCDS dances and must be signed by parents. A copy of the form was also emailed to each student and can be found here. Parents are reminded that any students found to be under the influence or in the possession of any illegal substances may be suspended or expelled. Students are responsible for their guest’s behavior. There will be faculty and parent chaperones at the dance.

Upper School Vespers: Thursday, December 20, 7 p.m.
Vespers is a prayer service shared by Upper School students, their parents, and faculty. Due to space restrictions, tickets are required for entry. Families of girls participating will receive two tickets in the mail in December. Girls in Chorale, Schola Cantorum, and Instrumental Ensemble should wear their previously purchased dress, pearls (will be provided if needed), non-embellished black flats, and black hosiery. Please have your daughter direct you to the information on our Google Classroom if dresses have yet to be ordered. Dancers should bring their assigned costuming items including 1) flesh toned, split sole, canvas dance slippers and 2) flesh toned tights.

Senior Sleepover: Thursday, December 20
The Class of 2019 stays overnight at school to prepare for the all-school festivities on Friday, December 21.

Freedom from Chemical Dependency Workshop: Tuesday, January 8 and Wednesday, January 9
As part of the Grade 9 Orientation program, students take part in the Freedom from Chemical Dependency Workshop.

Winter and Spring Retreats
Grade 9: February 7-8
Grade 10: February 7-8
Grade 11: February 5-8
Grade 12: May 30-31

College Guidance
Financial Aid Information: 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 at here. The CSS Profile is only a preliminary application for some private colleges. All colleges require the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), which is available here. Students should check the FAFSA website for further support and information.

College Applications: Friday, December 7
Seniors will submit the final list of colleges to which they intend to apply to the College Guidance Office. Seniors understand that it is their responsibility to complete and submit their portion of the application (application, any supplements, essays, fees) by all appropriate deadlines. The College Guidance Office sends out its part of the application for all schools (transcript, letters of recommendation, school profile, school report) by December 25.

Junior Parents Save-the-Date: Thursday, January 17, 7 p.m.
A comprehensive overview of the college guidance process will be held at NCDS.

SAT Test Dates and Registration Deadlines:

Test Date Registration Deadline Late Registration
December 1    
March 9 February 8 February 27

ACT Test Dates and Registration Deadlines:

Test Date Registration Deadline Late Registration
December 8    
February 9 January 11 January 18

Check the athletics website 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 current. To protect against illness, remember to wash hands frequently and avoid close contact with others who are sick. A child with a contagious illness or fever should not be sent to school, and may return when she is fever free (without fever reducing medication) for 24 hours. If you have not done so, please contact your child’s doctor to schedule a flu shot for this winter. Please contact the Health Office at x4777 with any questions or concerns regarding your daughter’s health.