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

November 2018

General Announcements and Information

Dad's Drop Off Day: Thursday, November 8, 7-8 a.m.
All girls and fathers are invited at breakfast time to the Arches Gym for a social gathering. Stop by to meet and greet new and old friends.

Early Dismissals 
Thursday, November 15: Girls are dismissed at 2 p.m. Boston Bus departs at 6:45 p.m.
Friday, November 16: Girls are dismissed at 1 p.m. Boston Bus departs at 6:45 p.m.
Monday, November 19: Girls are dismissed at 2 p.m. Boston Bus departs at 5 p.m.
Tuesday, November 20: Girls are dismissed at regular time (3:30 p.m.). Boston Bus departs at 6:45 p.m.

Family Conferences
Thursday, November 15: 2:30-7 p.m.
Friday, November 16: 1:30-7 p.m.
Monday, November 19: Middle School: 2-8 p.m., Girls are dismissed at 2 p.m. Upper School: 4-8 p.m., Girls are dismissed at 2 p.m.

Veracross Parent Portal
In the first week of November, families will be notified by email when first term grade reports are ready to view in the Veracross parent portal. If you have not yet activated your Veracross account, click on the activation link in the email sent on October 3 from It is possible that the email was directed to your spam folder. If after opening you receive a message saying the link has expired, a new link will be emailed to you automatically. Please contact Kyle Crosby in the Academic Office with questions.

Mock Midterm Election: Friday, November 2
The Middle and Upper School will take part in a mock midterm election sponsored by the History Department and the JFK Library. Upper School girls will have an opportunity to “go to the polls” during their free periods to vote for governor, senator, and on the three ballot questions. Middle School girls will vote during assembly for governor and senator. In the weeks leading up to the election, the History Department had programming to aide students in voting. There was a series of presentations in the Upper School that explored topics such as why voting in the midterms is important, information about the gubernatorial and senatorial candidates, and the three ballot questions. The History Department faculty also created bulletin boards in both the Middle and Upper and Middle School with information about the candidates’ platforms.

Cars need to be registered with Mrs. Casavant so that she can distribute a NCDS parking sticker. Student parking is limited and restricted to assigned areas. If there are more seniors than parking spaces, spaces will be awarded through a lottery. The number of parking spaces is limited; there is no guarantee that juniors will be allowed to park on campus. During the winter months, parking for students may not be available at all.

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. Girls can apply for a network summer service project in January. Descriptions and dates of projects and student application materials will be available in early December on the NCDS website. Contact Dr. Potter at x4757 with questions.

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.

Campus Ministry
Beginning with the Feasts of All Saints and All Souls, Catholic tradition marks November as a month of remembrance of all who have died. In our weekly prayers, NCDS will pray for all members and friends of our community who have died in the last year.

Feast of All Saints: Thursday, November 1, 9:30 a.m.
The school celebrates the Feast of All Saints with Mass at Trinity Chapel. Girls dress appropriately for the occasion.

Mother-Daughter Liturgy and Brunch, Sunday, November 4, 9 a.m.
The Mother-Daughter Liturgy is celebrated at Trinity Chapel on the Boston College Law School Campus. Brunch follows at the Newton Marriott Hotel. This year the Mother-Daughter service project will support Boston Healthcare for the Homeless with donations of warm hats, gloves, and gift cards for $5 to Dunkin’ Donuts and McDonald’s. Donations will be collected at the brunch.

Bicentennial Mass: Sunday, November 18, 4 p.m.
The school celebrates the Feast of St. Rose Philippine Duchesne and the bicentennial of Sacred Heart Education in North America with Mass. Alumnae, parents, and students are welcome.

Admission Office
Admission Open House: Sunday, November 4, 1-3:30 p.m.
The annual Admission Open House is held at school following the Mother-Daughter Liturgy and Brunch. If you know any families you would like us to invite, please fill out their information on our Open House Referral Form here so that we can send them information about the school.

Admission Reception with St. Sebastian’s School: Wednesday, November 14, 6:30-8 p.m.
Please tell interested families about this joint admissions event, held at Saint Cecilia Parish Hall, 18 Belvidere Street, Boston (Back Bay). Parents, daughters, and sons are all invited to come hear more about both schools and the benefits of an independent Catholic school education. Register by calling the Admission Office or through Ravenna here.

Prospective Parent Coffee: Wednesday, November 28, 8:30-10 a.m.
Families who are considering applying to Newton Country Day are encouraged to come to this casual, parent-only event. View more information here.

Calling all siblings!
If you have a daughter who will be applying to Newton Country Day this year, please contact the Admission Office to schedule her tour and interview.

Parents’ Association
Parents' Association Meeting: Wednesday, November 7, 7:30 a.m.

Hear about upcoming events including the Thanksgiving Basket Project, Vespers, and the Très Bien Auction.  

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:

Thanksgiving Basket Project
The Parents’ Association will assist Sr. Joyce McMullen of Project Care and Concern in serving the families of Harbor Point through the Thanksgiving Basket Project. Class Representatives will send an information sheet about the project via email to all parents. Sign up to prepare and/or help on delivery day by contacting Amy Matthews P’22 or Carolyn Sullivan P’12’16’21 or sign up here. For those putting together a basket, please pick up your empty bins on Thursday, November 1 or Friday, November 2 between 7-8 a.m. at the Arches. The bins contain an instruction sheet with a list of necessary items. Please return filled bins at the Arches on Wednesday, November 14 or Thursday, November 15 between 7-8 a.m.

You can also support the project by making a financial donation. Checks should be made payable to NCDS. Please make a note that the donation is for the Thanksgiving Basket Project. Donations offset the significant cost of the bins and turkeys. Checks may be left with Mrs. Casavant at the front desk until November 16.

School Store
The School Store will be open during Family Conferences on Friday, November 16 from 1:30-6 p.m. and Monday, November 19 from 2-7 p.m. in the Arches gym. This is the last time the store will be open before Christmas Vacation. Sign up to volunteer to staff the School Store here. Please contact Stephanie Thompson with any questions.

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

Christmas Basket Service

During the Christmas season, Newton Country Day partners with Sr. Joyce McMullin and Project Care and Concern, providing baskets of food and gifts to families in need at Harbor Point in Dorchester. After Thanksgiving, students, faculty, and staff will meet to discuss the Christmas Basket Service and sign up to bring in gifts and food items for families. Food and gift items are due to advisors/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. Parents are needed to help drive and deliver baskets. Please contact Dr. Potter at x4757 to sign up to assist in the delivery. Thank you for your support of this service!

Middle School
Grades 7 and 8 Field Trip to Jillian’s/Lucky Strike: Tuesday, November 13

Seventh and eighth grades girls go to Jillian’s/Lucky Strike in the Fenway area to spend the afternoon with the students from St. Sebastian’s School for bowling and pizza. They leave from school at the end of the academic day and return to NCDS for pick up at 5:30 p.m.

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 begins at 4 p.m. and 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. Students should be prepared to bring in their attire by the end of November. More details to follow.

Upper School
Newsies: Thursday, November 8 and Friday, November 9, 7 p.m.
The Upper School presents Newsies the musical in the Sweeney-Husson Theatre. Tickets are $5 and will be sold at select times during school and at 6 p.m. before each performance. Tickets are general admission with no assigned seating. There will be a 15 minute intermission at each performance. Both shows will end at approximately 9:30 p.m. All are welcome.

Pie in the Sky: Saturday, November 17, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Grade 9 girls bake 50 apple pies to donate to Community Servings Pie in the Sky fundraiser. Pie proceeds help Community Servings provide healthy meals to critically ill and homebound people in Massachusetts. The Pie in the Sky service project provides a great opportunity for students to live Goal III and grow new friendships during this season of giving thanks. Students are asked to bring a bag of apples, a mixing bowl, an apple or vegetable peeler, and an apple-corer (if you have one). Lunch will be served. Grade 9 parents who are interested in volunteering to help with this annual service project should contact Grade 9 Dean Ms. Krier at x4790.

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 will be 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.

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. As we enter flu season, the CDC recommends a flu vaccine as the most important preventive measure against this disease. To protect against all illnesses, remember to wash hands frequently, get adequate rest, 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. Please contact the Health Office at x4777 with any questions or concerns regarding your daughter’s health.

Fall sports uniform due dates:
Middle School: November 6
Upper School: November 13

Families of Middle School athletes will be billed on November 8 for uniforms not turned in; families of Upper School athletes will be billed on November 15 for those uniforms not turned in. In addition, students will not be able to try out for winter sports until their fall uniforms are returned.

Upper School Winter team tryouts begin the week of Monday, November 12
Middle School Winter team tryouts begin Monday, November 26

View the most up-to-date schedules here.

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. The CSS Profile is available at here. Although not all colleges require the CSS Profile, all colleges require the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) which was available online in October.

College Applications: By December 10, seniors submit the final list of colleges to which they intend to apply to College Guidance. Seniors know that it is their responsibility to complete and submit their portion of the application (application, any supplements, essay(s), fee) by all appropriate deadlines. Seniors are responsible for sending SAT/ACT scores directly from either organization. The College Guidance Office will send out the transcript, letters of recommendation, school profile, and school report by December 21 for all regular decision schools.

Early Action/Early Decision
Some seniors may choose to send an application for an Early Action or an Early Decision deadline. Seniors have been given specific instructions on how to submit their applications and on what their responsibilities are. Students should submit an Early Action/Early Decision Intent Form to the College Guidance Office at least two weeks prior to the college’s deadline. All Intent Forms are available in the College Guidance Office. 

SAT Test Dates and Registration Deadlines:

Test Date Registration Deadline Late Registration
November 3    
December 1 November 2 November 20

ACT Test Dates and Registration Deadlines:

Test Date Registration Deadline Late Registration
December 8 November 2 November 19