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January 2019

Regional Admission Receptions
Thank you to our current families who are hosting regional admission receptions in January. Receptions are for prospective students and their parents/guardians and take place from 6-7:30 p.m. Please encourage friends and neighbors considering NCDS to attend one of the following:

January 10 – Needham
January 15 – Belmont
January 16 – Boston (Back Bay)
January 22 – Wellesley
January 23 – Newton

Families may register by calling the Admission Office at (617) 244-4246 or through their Ravenna account.

Application Deadline for 2019-20
The deadline to apply for the 2019-20 school year is January 15. Please call the Admission Office as soon as possible to schedule a tour and interview if you are interested in applying. If an application has already submitted, you can sign up for a Shadow Day through your Ravenna account.

Network Summer Service Projects
The Network of Sacred Heart Schools offers Middle and Upper School students various opportunities for service and social justice education during the summer. Students must apply for a network summer service project. Descriptions and dates of service projects and student application materials are available here. Applications are due January 25. Contact Dr. Potter at x4757 with questions.

Re-enrollment for 2019-20
On February 1, the Business Office will email each family announcing the start of the online re-enrollment process for the 2019-20 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.

AP US Government and Grade 8 Field Trip: Thursday, January 31
AP US Government students and Grade 8 girls will visit the Edward Kennedy Institute to take part in their Senate Immersion Module. The Edward Kennedy Institute has a full-scale reproduction of the US Senate Chamber, and our girls will take on the role of Senators as they participate in a Senate simulation where they will work to pass a law.

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.

Science and Engineering Fair: Wednesday, February 27, 3-6 p.m.
The Science Department is looking for parents, alumnae, and friends of NCDS who have a background in science, mathematics, engineering, medicine, or related fields to volunteer to judge 7th grade, 8th grade, and Upper School student projects at the 24th annual Science and Engineering Fair. If you can help with this event, and have not already received an invitation via email, visit the Science and Engineering Fair webpage or contact Dr. Rebecca Sen at (617) 559-4920 or    

Tuition Payment
Second semester tuition payments were due December 31.

School Pictures
The school pictures from our re-take day were delivered to students in late November. Students who did not order pictures received a proof of their picture along with an order form. Parents with questions (such as about order forms; late orders; missing orders & refunds etc.) should contact Coffee Pond Productions’ dedicated Lifeguards:

Phone: 1-800-632-2323 x0

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.

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 at (617) 244-4246, or the absentee line at (617) 559-4794.

Upper 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.

Parents’ Association
Parents’ Association Meeting: Thursday, January 10 at 7:30 a.m.

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:

Save the Date: Family Skating Party: Sunday, February 3, 11 a.m.–1 p.m., The Daly Rink
Parents and daughters are invited to an ice skating/pizza party.

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:

Upper School
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.

Religion 12 Field Trip: Friday, January 11
Members of the senior class participate in a field trip in conjunction with Religion 12: Major World Religions. Students visit a local Islamic community to interact with Muslim leaders, followed by a visit to a Hindu temple. The field trip will conclude with lunch at a vegetarian Indian restaurant in Ashland. Students should dress respectfully for entering houses of worship – shoulders and legs should be covered; leggings are not permitted, jeans are okay. For more information, please contact Dr. Potter at x4757 or Mr. Stephenson at x4909.

Cradles to Crayons Clothing Drive: Monday, January 14-Friday, January 25
The Class of 2022 will host a clothing drive to benefit Cradles to Crayons, an organization that works to provide children living in poverty with the tools they need to thrive at home, at school, and at play. Grade 9 girls will collect new, like new, and gently used clothing for girls and boys ages 0-18. Collection bins will be available outside of Duchesne Hall. Winter layers including pants, sweaters, winter coats, hats, gloves, and warm pajamas are especially needed at this time of year. Please contact Ms. Ruane at x4899 with questions.

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 5 – Friday, February 8: Grade 11 Kairos Retreat
Grade 11 girls go to Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center in West Hartford, Conn., returning the evening of Friday, February 8. 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 Ms. Milone at x4727 or Ms. Spelman at x4848 with questions.

Thursday, February 7 – Friday, February 8: Grade 10 Retreat
Grade 10 girls go to the LaSalette Retreat House in Attleboro, Mass., returning to school by 4 p.m. on Friday, February 8. 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 7 – Friday, February 8: 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 8. 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.

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.

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
March 9 February 8 February 27

ACT Test Dates and Registration Deadlines:

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

Check the athletics website for specific sports schedules and up-to-date information.

Summer Sports Clinics
Middle School: June 17-20
Upper School: June 24-27

Registration forms will be available here in early 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 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.