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

September 2018

School News
Faculty/Staff Appointments
Dr. Susanna Brock
joins the Math Department. She holds an AB from Harvard University, MS from Columbia Teachers College, and EdD from Johns Hopkins. She previously worked at the Berkeley Carroll School in Brooklyn, NY.

General Announcements and Information
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.

Media Permission Form
A Media Permission Form is required for all students. Please fill out the form found here for each student in your family

Safe Homes Agreement
Required for Upper School. Please fill out the form found in the body of the Newton Notes email and return it to Mrs. Casavant.

Family Directory
The Family Directory for the 2018-19 school year is on a password-protected page under Parent Resources in the Parents’ section of the website. Please review your information and contact Mrs. Lazure at x4712 immediately if there are any changes or corrections to your listing.

Carpool List
In order to assist families with carpools, we created a form here that interested families may complete. A current list of families who have signed up is available under Parent Resources in the Parents’ section of the website.

Opening Day: Wednesday, September 5
Girls are involved in Orientation and Class Activities. Boston Bus service begins.   
8:30 a.m.:
Girls in Grades 5-11, Mentors for Grades 8, 9, and 10 arrive.
11 a.m.: Grade 12 girls who are not Mentors  for Grades 8, 9, and 10 arrive.
12 p.m.: Middle School dismissal
2:30 p.m.: Upper School dismissal
3:30-5:30 p.m.: Upper School athletics
6:45 p.m.: Boston Bus departs

First Day of Classes: Thursday, September 6
This is a regular school day. Girls should be dropped off before 7:45 a.m. Upper School dismissal is at 3:30 p.m., Middle School dismissal is at 3:45 p.m.

Middle School Parent Coffee: Thursday, September 6, 7:15 a.m.-8:15 a.m.

Mass of the Holy Spirit: September 11, 9:30 a.m.
The school celebrates the Mass of the Holy Spirit at Trinity Chapel. Girls dress appropriately for the occasion.

Back to School Nights
Middle School: Tuesday, September 11, 7 p.m.
Upper School: Tuesday, September 25, 7 p.m.

Dinner and supervised study is provided for girls who need to stay at school. Sign-ups for dinner take place in September.

Senior Parents’ Dinner: Wednesday, September 12, 6:30 p.m.
Dinner will be held in Barat Commons. RSVP by Friday, September 7 to

Homecoming: Friday, September 28 & Saturday, September 29
Upper School games take place in the afternoon and evening on Friday; Middle School games take place Saturday morning.

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. Learn more here.

School Pictures
Coffee Pond Photography will take photos of all students. Upper School girls will have their pictures taken on Opening Day, Wednesday, September 5. Middle School girls will have their pictures taken on Monday, September 10. Upper School girls can pick up an order form during the A.P./preseason days, or sign up for a picture package via the Coffee Pond website. Middle School girls receive their order forms during the first few days of school or may also use the website. Please let your daughter know if you ordered pictures through the website so that she can tell the photographer.  

Book Chat
This summer, the English Department invited parents/guardians and students to read the book Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World by Penelope Bagieu. In October, the department will offer an evening Book Chat for parents, teachers, alumnae, and members of the community. A student Book Chat over lunch on a separate date in September will also be offered.

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
Boston Bus service begins, for students who signed up, on Opening Day, Wednesday, September 5. The bus makes two morning stops. The first stop is at approximately 6:50 a.m., on the corner of Beacon Street and Charles Street in Beacon Hill, and  departs at 7 a.m. The second stop is at Back Bay Station. The bus arrives at approximately 7:10 a.m. and departs promptly at 7:20 a.m. Girls arrive at school in time for homeroom. The bus leaves school at 6:45 p.m. for return service to Back Bay Station. There is no evening stop in Beacon Hill. After the first few weeks of school, girls will be required to show the driver a special decal on their school ID to be allowed to ride the bus. Girls must be up-to-date with their payment for the bus service to receive the required decal.

Girls should come to school ready to learn. Appropriate dress is a mark of courtesy to all members of the community. Clothing should be neat, clean, and in good repair. Denim and t-shirts with inappropriate mottoes and images are not permitted. Excessively short skirts, shorts, or tops are not appropriate. Certain events during the school year, such as liturgies, require more formal dress. These will be indicated in advance.

Legos Needed
Are your Legos looking for a new life?  The school can always use Lego building blocks for a variety of activities. Lego blocks looking for a good home can be dropped off at the Front Desk.

Health Office
Student health records on Magnus should be completed prior to the start of school. For safety reasons, students will be restricted from sports, activities, and trips if this important information is not updated. If you have questions or concerns, please call the Health Office at x4777 or contact the Magnus Customer Support help line at (877) 461-6831.

All students who have asthma requiring a rescue inhaler and/or a severe allergy requiring an Epi Pen should bring a back-up inhaler and/or two Epi Pens to keep in the Health Office at the start of school. All prescriptions dropped off to the Health Office must be up-to-date, in the original box or container, with a pharmacy label that states the student’s name and instructions for use.

Parents’ Association
The first Parents’ Association meeting of the year is Thursday, September 13 at 7:30 a.m. Sister Rogers will offer welcome remarks.

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:

All parents are encouraged to participate.

Save the Date-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.

Development Office
Annual Fund

Interested in joining the Parent Annual Fund Committee? Contact Director of the Annual Fund Cynthia Nelson at or x4711.

Middle School

View the most up-to-date schedules here.
Thursday, September 6: Middle School practices begin
3:30-4:30 p.m.:
Cross Country and Volleyball: Grades 5-8
                          Field Hockey and Soccer: Grades 7 & 8

Friday, September 7
2:30-3:30 p.m.:
Cross Country and Volleyball: Grades 5-8
                         Field Hockey and Soccer: Grades 5 & 6

Beginning Monday, September 10 for all grades:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 3:30-4:30 p.m. practice
Wednesday and Friday: games or 2:30-3:30 p.m. practice

Equipment needed
Cross Country: running shoes
Field Hockey: cleats, two mouth guards, goggles, shin guards, stick
Soccer: cleats, shin guards
Volleyball: sneakers (running or court shoes), knee pads

Upper School
View the most up-to-date schedules here.

Heart Connection: Saturday, September 8
Varsity teams host our sister school Convent of the Sacred Heart, Greenwich.

Equipment needed
Crew: running shoes
Cross Country: running shoes and spikes
Field Hockey: cleats, two mouth guards, goggles, shin guards, stick
Soccer: running shoes, cleats, shin guards
Volleyball: sneakers (running or court shoes), knee pads

Admission Office
If you have a daughter who will be applying to NCDS this year, please call the Admission Office so that we can give you priority in scheduling her tour, interview, and Shadow Day. Tours and interviews will begin in late September.

Middle School
Middle School Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day: Wednesday, October 10

The annual Middle School Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day includes Mass and goûter. To RSVP, complete this form by Friday, September 28.

Upper School
Leadership Training for a Multicultural World: Tuesday, September 4, 12-4 p.m.

All members of Student Government or Honor Committee, or any student that is a committee head or team captain will be required to attend this two-part training held at the school. Every senior is welcome to participate. If you have any questions, or are a senior who would like to participate, please contact Ms. Rodriguez, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, at x4738.

Grade 9 Orientation Activities
Opening Day: Wednesday, September 5, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Girls engage in a day of orientation activities led by senior mentors and ninth grade faculty.

Grade 9 Service Day: Wednesday, September 12, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Girls participate in indirect service, building alliances with organizations in Greater Boston addressing poverty, hunger, and homelessness. Grade 9 parents are invited to drive and chaperone the girls. Interested parents can sign up via Sign-up Genius here or call Dr. Potter at (617) 559-4757.  Please provide your cell phone number as well as how many students you can transport in your vehicle. Thank you for your support!

Grade 10 Community Building: Wednesday, September 12
Grade 10 has a day of community building activities as the girls explore some of the historical and cultural treasures of Greater Boston through a scavenger hunt. This activity takes place during normal school hours. Contact Ms. Fein at x4912 with questions.

Fall Trips
Almost immediately after the school year begins, Grades 9, 10, and 11 leave for class trips. All girls must have their medical information and medical permission forms on file with the school in order to go on these trips.

Grade 9 Orientation: September 12-14

Orientation takes place at the Toah Nipi Retreat and Training Center in Rindge, N.H. This retreat is designed to both help the girls get to know each other and familiarize themselves with the Goals and Criteria for Sacred Heart Schools. Orientation is a time when lasting friendships begin to form. Class moderators and other ninth grade faculty accompany the girls. Students and faculty will travel by chartered bus at 2 p.m. on Wednesday and return by 4 p.m. on Friday. Fall athletes should plan to attend practices upon their return.

Grade 10 Trip: September 13-14
The Sophomore Outdoor Education program takes place at the Berkshire Outdoor Center in Becket, Mass. The Berkshire Outdoor Center inspires interpersonal and intrapersonal change through experiential education and emphasizing relationships. Its programming is designed to help build understanding, respect, responsibility, and caring within the individual, between individuals within the group, between the groups, and between humans and the environment. Students and faculty will leave at 8 a.m. on Thursday and return by 3:30 p.m. on Friday. Contact Ms. Fein at x4912 with questions.

Grade 11 Trip: September 12-14
The junior class visits New York City. The purpose of the trip is two-fold: participate in an Urban Service Project and visit historic sites connected with the U.S. History curriculum. Buses leave Colby Road promptly at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday. Students should arrive at school by 7:15 a.m. Buses are scheduled to return to school around 7pm.  Traffic may impact arrival time on the return trip.

Chorale Trip to Graz, Salzburg, and Vienna: June 2019
In June 2019, members of Chorale and Schola Cantorum are invited to tour Graz, Salzburg, and Vienna in Austria. Highlights of this 10-day tour include several performances by Chorale and Schola, tours of historic palaces and estates, a boat cruise, walking tours of historic city centers, and an evening opera at the Vienna State Opera House. A full itinerary can be found in the body of the Newton Notes email. If your daughter is interested in attending this tour, please complete this brief form for our planning purposes. There will be a formal meeting on September 25 at 6 p.m. during Back to School Night.

College Guidance
All seniors participate in Senior Group during first semester. Senior Group meets once a cycle, and it is one means for getting information to students regarding college admissions and the application process. All aspects of the process will be discussed including the interview, essay, application, and the financial aid process. Seniors are asked to keep their Naviance account updated with any new information.

Beginning in September, many college admissions representatives visit Newton. This is a great opportunity for students to speak directly with people who will be reading their applications and making admissions decisions. When possible, visits are scheduled during assembly time. Students will be given instructions about attending these visits during Senior Group. These are not interviews; they are information sessions, and students are encouraged to attend. Students should check the Naviance website each week for reminders and weekly updates.

Upon returning to school, seniors should schedule individual meetings with Mr. Peach or Mr. Rosenholtz.  At these meetings we will further develop and eventually solidify college lists and work on essays and applications. College Guidance will also look at students' testing schedules. Students who are considering early application should schedule a meeting as soon as possible. Parents may schedule appointments with College Guidance throughout the course of first semester.

Save the date: A College Planning and Financial Aid program: Monday, October 1, 7 p.m., Noble and Greenough School’s Lawrence Auditorium

A representative from Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA) will present an overview of financial aid and the financial aid application process. Directions to Nobles can be found here.

Below are the dates for the SAT and ACT administration and registration. Students are encouraged to register early to get a convenient test site and to avoid late fees. NCDS is not a test center for either test.


SAT and SAT Subject Test Dates and Registration Deadlines:


Test Date Registration Deadline Late Registration
October 6 September 7 September 26
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 September 21 October 5
December 8 November 2 November 16