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

March 2019

Lenten Morning Reflections
Join us for Morning Prayer in the Chapel during Lent. We meet every morning, Monday through Friday, from 7:35-7:45 a.m. A scripture reading and a brief reflection is offered by students, faculty, and staff. 

Très Bien Auction: Saturday, March 2, 6 p.m., Fenway Park
There is still time to purchase raffle tickets. You do not need to be at the auction to win. If you are unable to attend, please contact Beth Hayes at by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 1 with your bid for items in the Mini-Live, Live Auction, or Fund-a-Need.

The Auction Committee
Beth Hayes:
Robin Hunt:
Gia Nicolazzo:
Marilyn Parker:

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!

2019 Yearbook and Recognition Ads
Families of girls in all grades may purchase a 2019 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 are mailed to the Class of 2019 in mid-August. All other girls receive their yearbooks in September 2019.

Families of seniors are asked to consider purchasing a yearbook recognition ad. Purchasing an ad allows you to design your own page to honor your daughter's accomplishments and share childhood photos and memories. Pricing and design information can be found on the the Jostens website. The deadline for ordering a yearbook or purchasing a recognition ad is Friday, April 12.

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
School Store: Wednesday, March 6, 2:45-5 p.m.
The School Store will be open in the Theater Lobby. If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Thompson.

Save the Date: Parents’ Association Meeting: Tuesday, April 9, 6 p.m.
Parents’ Social begins at 6 p.m. in Barat Commons, followed by the PA meeting in the Sweeney-Husson Theatre. Speaker Dr. Jill Walsh will address “Navigating a Teen’s Social World” and “Social Media and the College Process.”

Family Promise Metrowest’s 10th Annual Walk to End Homelessness: Saturday, April 6
Members of Grade 9 and the Service Committee participate in Family Promise Metrowest’s 10th annual Walk to End 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 raises money to support its many programs. All members of the school community are invited to walk or to support our efforts through a donation to our team page. For more information, contact Ms. Ruane at x4899.

HESED and the Tenth Grade
During March and April, Grade 10 girls are encouraged to investigate service possibilities for the Hesed Program. Hesed, required for students entering the 11th grade, 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 girls form reciprocal relationships with the people with whom they work. Hesed proposals for summer service are due to Dr. Potter by Wednesday, May 1.

Performing Arts
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, and a reception. 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.

Middle School
Sports Uniforms Due: Friday, March 1
The Middle School winter sports uniforms are due on March 1. Girls may return them to Ms. Popeo or in the Arches Gym at the end of the school day on March 1. Girls will be unable to participate in spring sports tryouts if their winter uniform is not returned.

We Lead Program for Grade 7: Tuesday, March 5
Girls in Grade 7 participate in the We Lead program with Grade 7 boys at Belmont Hill School led by both high schools’ Peer Ed programs. The day includes teaching students how to resist peer influences, and improving generic life skills, as well as providing opportunities to become involved in positive experiences with others in the school and their community. In addition, the students will view the documentary, “If They Had Known” presented by the Clay Soper Memorial Fund. The film focuses on the risks of current party culture through an honest and emotional account of a real event.

Field Trip to Salem: Thursday, March 7
Grade 7 travels 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.

Field Trip to the Boston Symphony Orchestra: Thursday, March 28
All Middle School girls will visit Symphony Hall to watch the Boston Symphony Orchestra Youth Concert.

An Invitation for Grade 8 Families: Tuesday, April 2, 8:30-10:15 a.m.
Parents of current eighth graders are invited to the Admission Welcome/Revisit Day on Tuesday, April 2. Come hear about the Upper School program from a faculty panel, listen to student presentations, and meet incoming parents of the Class of 2023. If you plan on attending, please call the Admission Office or email

Class of 2023 Course Selection
Current 8th grade girls attend one of three course selection evenings to learn about the 9th grade curriculum and choose courses for next year

Monday, April 29
Wednesday, May 1 (this is a game night, so there may be conflicts with girls participating in Spring sports)
Tuesday, May 7

All meetings take place between 5:30-7 p.m. Information about sign-ups to follow in April. A light dinner is provided.

Upper School
Junior-Senior Prom, the New England Aquarium: Saturday, April 6,
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.

Senior Retreat: Thursday, May 30–Friday, May 31
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
Juniors: All juniors should make an initial appointment before Spring Vacation. We encourage each junior to visit colleges over Spring Vacation. Tours and information sessions can be scheduled 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 received a user name and a password and is expected to log onto the Naviance system; it is very user-friendly. We rely on Naviance to help manage both the research and application process and find it to be very efficient and quite helpful to both students and parents. Naviance can be accessed here or through the College Guidance webpage.

BISCAA College Fair at Milton Academy: Sunday, April 28, 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 receive a list of the day’s events and of the colleges that will be present. For information and directions, visit the Milton Academy website.

SAT Reasoning and Subject Tests

Test Date Registration Deadline Late Registration
May 4 April 5 April 24
June 1 May 3 May 22

ACT Test Dates and Registration Deadlines:

Test Date Registration Deadline Late Registration
April 13 March 8 March 25
June 8 May 3 May 20

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 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 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 x4777 with any questions or concerns regarding your daughter’s health.