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February 2019

No School: Monday, February 18 and Tuesday, February 19
*Please note: Varsity practices will meet as scheduled on Tuesday, February 19

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 at The Daly Rink, located at 4 Nonantum Rd. in Newton. RSVP to

Network Exchange Meeting: UPDATED DATE: Wednesday, February 13, 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, 3-7 p.m.
The 24th annual Science and Engineering Fair is held in the Arches Gym. This is a dress event for all girls in Grades 7 and 8, and Upper School girls participating in Independent Research. Girls stay at school through the awards ceremony. Judging of projects occurs between 3:30-6 p.m., during which parents are not admitted into the gym. Parents may visit the exhibits after judging is complete, around 6 p.m. The awards ceremony is in the Theatre at approximately 6:15 p.m. and concludes by 7 p.m. The Science Department seeks judges for the Fair. If you have a background in science, mathematics, engineering, or medicine, and are interested in volunteering, please contact Dr. Rebecca Sen at x4920 or

Reception in Naples, Florida: Monday, February 25, 12 p.m.
Ellen Hannan ’74
and Sister Rogers are hosting a reception in Naples, Florida for parents, grandparents, alumnae, and friends of Newton Country Day. If you or someone you know is interested in attending, RSVP by February 18 to

Re-enrollment for 2019-20
February 1 begins the 2019-20 Student Online re-enrollment process through PowerSchool. On February 1, one email per student will be emailed to each family’s preferred email address. Each student’s email contains her PowerSchool “snapcode” and link to begin the re-enrollment process. The re-enrollment completion deadline is February 14. Please notify Julia Atkin in the Business Office at or x4748 if you do not receive an email on February 1.

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

During our 4-day clinics, girls will work with our enthusiastic coaching staff to learn and develop fundamental skills and an understanding of the game. All levels are welcome. The clinics are open to everyone, not just NCDS students. Clinics are offered in Basketball, Crew, Field Hockey, Soccer, and Volleyball. Register today!

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

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.

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
Très Bien Auction: Saturday, March 2
Formal invitations were mailed for the Très Bien Auction at Fenway Park. Don’t risk a sellout! Purchase tickets, make a donation, and purchase an ad in our program here. If you are interested in volunteering, attend an auction meeting or contact a member of the auction committee. Auction meetings will be held on the following dates at 7:45 a.m. in the Blue Room:

Thursday, February 7
Thursday, February 14
Thursday, February 21

Auction Pre-Sale: Wednesday, February 13, 2:30-4:30 p.m., Theatre Lobby and Basketball Lobby in the Martin Center
Items include fleece onesies, sweatshirt bathrobes, thermal tumblers, and more.

Middle School
Seussical, Jr.: Wednesday, February 13, 7 p.m. & Thursday, February 14, 2 p.m. (performance for students and special friends)
The Performing Arts department is thrilled to present the Middle School’s production of Seussical, Jr. Come see this charming tale of Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat, and all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters as they spring to life onstage. Tickets are $5 and may be purchased at the door. Please note that the Thursday afternoon performance is mainly intended for students.

Upper School
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.

Saturday, April 6: Junior-Senior Prom, the New England Aquarium
To guarantee tickets, a student must make a $50 per ticket deposit by Monday, March 4. Final payments will be due upon our return from Spring Vacation.

Save the Date: Festival of the Arts: Thursday, April 25, 7 p.m.
The Festival of the Arts is the year end performance for all Upper School music, theater, and dance ensembles. There will also be a visual art show, the reveal of this year’s Medley publication, and a reception. Parents and families of arts students are encouraged to attend, as well as alumnae of our arts programs. Admission is free. The Service Committee will host a fundraiser for our sister schools in Africa, and a Silent Auction of artwork by the Visual Arts faculty will further support this effort. Girls will receive information on call times and wardrobe requirements from their teachers as April approaches.

Senior Retreat, Senior Project Presentations, and Graduation Rehearsals: May 28–June 5

SAT Summer Prep Course
Registration is open for Newton Country Day’s summer SAT prep course, offered to rising 11th and 12th grade students. Math sessions are with Ms. Kenney and reading comprehension and writing sessions are with Mr. Blanchard. The course is taught over two weeks:
June Session: Monday, June 17-Thursday, June 20, 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. 
August Session: Monday, August 26-Thursday, August 29 during preseason athletics and AP classes

The cost is $950. Practice materials and books are included. Register by Friday, March 29. Financial aid is available for eligible students. Please contact the Business Office at (617) 244-4246 for more information. Register today.

College Guidance
Financial Aid Information: The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is available here. It is imperative that students file as soon as possible. Students should check the website for further support and information. All colleges require the FAFSA. Students seeking financial aid for college should determine as soon as possible whether colleges where they will submit an application also 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.

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    
April 13 March 8 March 25

Middle School

Spring sports tryouts begin Monday, March 4. The tryout schedule is posted here.
Sports offered: Lacrosse, Tennis, and Softball

Upper School
Spring sports tryouts begin on Thursday, February 28. The tryout schedule is posted here.
Sports offered: Crew, Golf, Lacrosse, Sailing, Softball, and Tennis

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 all illnesses, especially the flu, remember to wash hands frequently and avoid close contact with others who are sick. Students should stay home from school if they are exhibiting a fever, respiratory or stomach symptoms. Please contact the Health Office at x4777 with any questions or concerns regarding your daughter’s health.