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

October 2018

General Announcements and Information
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.

Veracross Parent Portal
This year, families will be able to log in to a new feature on our website to view their daughter’s schedule and grade reports through Veracross. We will no longer mail hard copies of grade reports, so it is important to activate your account before first term grade reports are published in November. Activation emails will go out in early October. If you have not received an activation email with a username by October 9, please contact Kyle Crosby at

Photo ID
When entering the school, all visitors, including parents, are asked to show photo identification at the Front Desk.

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.

Parent Events
Middle School Parents’ Social: Tuesday, October 2, 7 p.m.
Grade 9 Parents’ Coffee: Wednesday, October 3, 7:15-8:15 a.m.
Parents’ Social/PA Speaker: Monday, October 15, 6 p.m.

Family Conferences
Family Conferences are November 15, 16, and 19. Sign-up materials for the conferences have been  mailed to each family. Please submit your completed form to the Academic Office by Friday, October 5. The form is also available here.

Student Handbooks
Student Handbooks will be distributed to the girls the first week of October. Please return the Student/Parent Agreement form to the Academic Office by Friday, October 5.

School Pictures
School pictures were delivered to students in late September. Girls who did not order pictures received a proof of their picture along with an order form. Parents with questions about order forms, late orders, missing orders, refunds etc. should contact Coffee Pond Productions:
By phone: 1-800-632-2323 ext. 0
By email:
By mail: Lifeguards, Coffee Pond Productions, Inc., 19 Strathmore Rd., Natick, Mass. 01760

School picture re-takes will be on Monday, October 29. Girls who wish to have their school pictures re-taken need to bring in their original pictures to return to the photographer.

Community Reads Parent Book Chat: Thursday, October 18, 6:30 p.m.
This summer, the English Department invited parents/guardians and students to read the book Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World by Penelope Bagieu. On October 18, the department will offer an evening Book Chat for parents, teachers, alumnae, and members of the community. A student Book Chat over lunch is offered October 4.

Junior Class Ring Orders
Members of the Class of 2020 will order class rings on Monday, October 15 from the Jostens Ring Company. A deposit of $50 will be due at the time the order is placed. Jostens accepts personal checks, cash, credit cards, or money orders payable to Jostens.

200th Celebration Gala: Saturday, October 27
The 200th Celebration Gala is a formal event at the Fairmount Copley Plaza to celebrate 200 years of Sacred Heart Education in America. All funds raised will support tuition assistance. 

Halloween Celebration: Wednesday, October 31
Both the Upper and Middle School have Halloween activities during the morning assembly. Students are invited to come to school dressed in their costumes as long as it does not inhibit their ability to participate in classroom activities.

Feast of All Saints: Thursday, November 1, 9:30 a.m.
The school celebrates the Feast of All Saints 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. The Mother-Daughter service project will support the Boston Healthcare for the Homeless with donations of medium, large, and extra-large undergarments and white socks. Donated items will be collected at the brunch.

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.

Admission Office
Prospective Parent Coffee: Friday, October 12, 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.

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.

We are recruiting volunteers to help at the Open House and hope that you will consider spending the afternoon with us. If you would like to volunteer, please contact the Admission Office at (617) 244-4246 or email Beth Gallagher or Brittany Borders. Current students are encouraged to participate as hosts and tour guides. Thank you for your help in building our school community.

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 Social and Meeting: Monday, October 15, 6-8:30 p.m.
The social will begin at 6 p.m. The speaker will begin at 7:15 p.m. Speaker Dr. Lester Hartman, MD, MPH is focused on preventing the return of the tobacco epidemic. He will address the use of vaping and juuling among adolescents.

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 at, Carolyn Sullivan P’12’16’21 at or sign up here. For those putting together a basket, please pick up your empty bins on Wednesday, October 31 or Thursday, November 1 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.

Health Office
Please keep the Health Office informed of changes in your child’s health, allergies, and any limitations or injuries. If your daughter’s Magnus Health record has any outstanding requirements, please complete them as soon as possible. Flu season: The CDC recommends an annual flu vaccine for everyone six months and older. Please contact your child’s health care provider to set up a flu vaccination appointment this fall.

View the most up-to-date schedules here.

Sunday, October 21: Crew team races in the Head of the Charles
Friday, October 26: Varsity Homecoming at Dana Hall
Saturday, October 27: JV and Middle School Homecoming at Dana Hall

Middle School
Grade 7 Field Trip to New England Aquarium: Tuesday, October 2
Grade 7 girls will visit the New England Aquarium to study adaptations and natural selection as an extension of their science curriculum. They will explore the exhibits and watch the IMAX film “Galapagos.” Drop off and pick up will be at the normal time.

Service Field Trip for Grades 5 and 6 to Honey Pot Orchards: Friday, October 5
Girls will travel to Honey Pot Hill Orchards in Stow, Mass. for the first part of a community service project. They will collect apples to bring back to school where they will create dehydrated apple treats in their Wellness classes to be sold as part of the Snack Shack. The Snack Shack raises money to support 4 O.C.E.A.N. a global movement which actively removes trash from our oceans and coastlines and inspires individuals to work together for cleaner oceans. Drop off and dismissal is at the regular time. Girls should wear comfortable clothes for a day outside.

Middle School Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day: Wednesday, October 10, 1 p.m.
The annual Middle School Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day includes Mass and goûter. Call the Development Office with questions.

Grade 6 Field Trip to the Christa McAuliffe Center, Thursday, October 11
The sixth grade will visit to the Christa McAuliffe Center for Integrated Science Learning at Framingham State College. Girls assume different roles in the mock space ship and as part of the ground crew as they dive deeper into their understanding of space. Drop off and dismissal are at the usual times.

Upper School/College Guidance
Wednesday, October 10: Grades 9, 10, and 11 take the PSAT
The PSAT/NMSQT is co-sponsored by the College Board and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. By taking the test, students will have a preview of the SAT that all juniors may take later this school year. The PSAT/NMSQT is also the qualifying test for juniors wishing to participate in the National Merit Scholarship Competition. Juniors are entered into the contest just by taking the test.

Girls should arrive at school by 7:45 a.m. well rested and having eaten breakfast. Girls will be instructed on where they should report for attendance. Students should bring several #2 pencils and a working calculator. We will not have extra calculators. There is no need to do specific preparation. Testing will end by Noon. Eleventh Grade is dismissed at noon. Ninth and Tenth Grade girls remain at school until 2:30 p.m. Athletics will follow a regular schedule. The Boston Bus will run at the regular time.

Seniors do not have classes on Wednesday, October 10, however, they are expected to report for any games, rehearsals, or practices. We encourage seniors to visit and/or interview at local colleges or to work on essays and applications on this day.

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.

Seniors should continue to meet with College Guidance to refine their lists of schools and to work on essays and applications. Seniors will also continue to meet in Senior Group once a cycle. College admissions representatives will continue to visit Newton throughout the semester. The schedule of visits is on Naviance. 

SAT Test Dates and Registration Deadlines:

Test Date Registration Deadline Late Registration
October 6    
November 3 October 5 October 24
December 1 November 2 November 20

ACT Test Dates and Registration Deadlines:

Test Date Registration Deadline Late Registration
October 27   October 14
December 8 November 2 November 19