February 15, 2019

Vyom Agarwal, a student in K2, shows off the 100-Day goggles he made on Monday as the Early Years students celebrated being 100 days smarter!

During the 2018-19 school year we will observe two Hallmarks: 
Hallmark 4 - We commit ourselves to community service.
Hallmark 6 - We create community among those with whom we work and with those we serve.

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All School

Dear Academy Community,

It’s really hard to believe that we have reached the middle of February! It seems like just yesterday the 2018-2019 school year was beginning. I chalk it up to the incredibly active, positive and productive activities here at NDA. From the classrooms to the winter sports season to the rehearsals for two spring musical productions (just a few examples of the myriad number of things happening), the time is flying. We invite our families to come on campus at any time to experience the daily energy and synergy. Let’s also keep our Upper School students and chaperones, who landed in London earlier today to begin their incredible cultural trip to England, Scotland and Ireland, in our thoughts and prayers for a wonderful experience. Lastly, my best wishes to all for the upcoming break (and let’s hope Punxsutawney Phil was right in not seeing his shadow!).

God Bless,

Re-Enrollments Due March 1, 2019

From Lori McDermott, Database Administrator:
Online re-enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year remains open through the deadline of March 1, 2019. On February 1st, parents received an email with instructions and a personalized link to access your family’s re-enrollment information. If you no longer have that email you can also find a large yellow link at the top of your parent portal which will walk you through five simple steps including paying your re-enrollment deposit. For technical assistance, please contact Lori McDermott at lmcdermott@ndatyngsboro.org. Financial questions can be directed to the business office by contacting Joanne Gugliotti at jgugliotti@ndatyngsboro.org. We look forward to welcoming your family back to the Academy for another rewarding school year!

Tours & S'mores Open House Offered Sweet Success

From Elisa Lellios, Director of Admissions:
The Academy was pleased to welcome more than 30 families to our all-school open house on Saturday, February 2nd. We had the best weather day of the week, which allowed families to enjoy making s'mores at our outside fire pit. A big thank you to all the students, parents, faculty, and staff who made this event run so smoothly! We loved the opportunity to welcome visitors to our beautiful campus. While this was our final open house for the year, personal tours and shadows will continue to run throughout the spring and applications are being accepted. To schedule a visit, please contact the Admissions Office at admissions@ndatyngsboro.org

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Class of 2023 Acceptances are Out!

After five months of getting to know our prospective 9th grade students for the Class of 2023, the Admissions Office is excited that the acceptance season is finally upon us. On February 1st, emails were sent to each student that linked to a video announcing their acceptance (view the video below). The emails were followed by the receipt of a specially designed acceptance box containing a hand written note card from a current student as well as a journal and pen to "start their own NDA story." Parents of the students also received an email announcing the acceptance of their daughter and a package in the mail containing enrollment information. 

Accepted Students Night was then held on February 13th to officially celebrate the class and to answer any last questions. Students and parents were welcomed in the chapel and addressed by Director of Admissions Elisa Lellios, Interim Upper School Principal Pam Bernazani, and Junior Molly Berard '20. A scavenger hunt was next on the agenda for the newly accepted students followed by small group break out sessions to discuss subjects such as sports and clubs, academics, and the all-girls setting. Meanwhile, a panel of current students fielded a variety of parent questions before breaking up for refreshments in the parlor.

Decision day is March 1st when we hope these young ladies will declare themselves future Lancers and embark on their journey to become NDA Prepared! 

Acceptance Video

Mixing Business and Breakfast with the GLCC Members

The Academy was honored to host 25 members of the Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce on the morning of February 7th for a mix of business and breakfast. The networking event provided the school with the opportunity to introduce itself to a variety of people who had never been exposed to NDA before as well as to welcome back a few familiar faces. Among the guests were Mike Malloy, who attended grades 1 through 5 here before moving to Connecticut and Melissa Price Bourque, an alumna from the Class of 1994. What a great reunion it was for Mrs. O'Connell to meet up with a former pupil from her first year of teaching in 1989! Our guests were treated to a tour, heard all about our programs and learned about opportunities for them to get involved in our online auction and golf tournament. In fact, we were delighted to award a free hole sponsorship to Eric Salerno from the Town of Tyngsboro and a golf for two package to Mike who is now an attorney in Lowell. We look forward to seeing our new friends at our golf event in May.

Academy Beacon: The Annual Fund Uncovered

This month's Academy Beacon blog post was written by Lauren Marquis, Director of Institutional Advancement: 
My career in Advancement began when I was a freshman phone-a-thon caller raising money for my College’s Annual Fund. Now, as a development professional and volunteer with a couple of decades under my belt, I am never surprised when constituents have questions about the mysterious “Annual Fund.” It can be difficult to define, even for a practitioner like myself, because the Annual Fund is interpreted differently by each institution and can support a host of initiatives.

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What Can You Contribute to the Online Auction?

From Kristen Bowes Stella '02, Institutional Advancement Coordinator:

Fabulous items and one-of-a-kind experiences are needed for the Academy's first ever online auction to be held May 6th through May 14th. Do you or someone in your network own a business, have access to sporting or theater tickets, own a vacation rental or a timeshare, have an over abundance of airline miles, make unique crafts, or belong to a private golf course? The Academy of Notre Dame is a registered 501(c)(3) organization and all donations are tax deductible! To learn more, get involved or donate an item, contact Kristen Bowes Stella '02 at kstella@ndatyngsboro.org.

Get Ready for a Day on the Links

Save the date of Monday, May 13, 2019, for the Annual Golf Tournament at Vesper Country Club in Tyngsboro. Proceeds from the event will benefit tuition assistance and the Academy’s greatest needs. A formal invitation will be sent in March. If you are interested in supporting our fundraising and planning efforts, can pull together a foursome, or can lend your time on the day of the event, please consider joining the Golf Committee. Contact the Advancement Office at lmarquis@ndatyngsboro.org or 978-649-7611, Ext. 321 for more information.

Newsletter Dates Alter for March and April

From Cindy Boynton, Director of Marketing and Communications:
Please note that the publication dates for the months of March and April will be altered due to school breaks and staff vacations. As indicated below, the next newsletter will not come out until March 8th followed two weeks later on March 22nd. Then in April it will be published on the first and last Fridays of the month, April 5th and April 26th, before returning to an every-other-week schedule for the remainder of the year.

From the Editor:

The Bi-Weekly Newsletter is produced by the Communications and Marketing Department. Submissions should be emailed to Cindy Boynton at cboynton@ndatyngsboro.org no later than noon on the Wednesday prior to the Friday publication date. All articles should include vital information, be kept brief and include photos whenever possible. Here is the schedule for the year:

Newsletter Dates and Deadlines 2018-2019

Article Deadlines

Noon, Wednesday, March 6
Noon, Wednesday, March 20
Noon, Wednesday, April 3
Noon, Wednesday, April 24
Noon, Wednesday, May 8
Noon, Wednesday, May 22
Noon, Wednesday, June 5

Newsletter Publish Date

Friday, March 8
Friday, March 22
Friday, April 5
Friday, April 26
Friday, May 10
Friday, May 24
Friday, June 7

Upper School

Model UN Members Prove Debate Skills

From Kevin Comtois, MUN Advisor:
It is my privilege to announce that the NDA team did quite well at the Model UN conference on Saturday, February 2nd at Lexington High School. All the students engaged in debate that ranged from dealing with the status of women in the world, the health and well-being of the Syrian refugees, what Bernie Sanders needed to do to win the presidency, to finding solutions to the Pakistan-India conflict of the 1960s. Those students who attended were Christina Tsillas, Elena Murguia, Linsey Former, Maggie Paglierani, Jillian Wright, Titiana Tambi, Martina Maximovich, Jasmin Sabah, Rachel Deshaies and Ada (Shutong) Zhang.

A special congratulations to Christina, who won Best Delegate in the Security Council representing the United States, and Elena, who won Outstanding Delegate in the Bernie Sanders campaign simulation as Assistant Campaign Manager. 

Peterson Bound for Trinity College of Dublin

From Marketing Student Cherry Jin:
Congratulations to Senior Ailis Peterson who received word on February 6th that she was accepted to Trinity College at Dublin in Ireland. Before hearing the final decision from Trinity, Ailis says she kept doubting herself and set her expectations low. When the acceptance news came during Physics class she immediately called her parents to spread the word. The good news re-instilled her academic confidence and she's excited about the opportunity to study at her ideal school. Ailis was attracted to Trinity because it is non-liberal arts, has a gated campus, is located in the heart of the city, offers cheap and accessible opportunities to travel throughout Europe, and contains the rich Irish history which gives her a great chance to embrace her heritage. “It is just perfect for me. It feels like home,” she says. Ailis says she made her deposit a few days later without regrets and cannot stop grinning at the thought of attending.

With the stressful period of awaiting the decision and the anxiety of receiving emails about missing references now behind her, Ailis is satisfied that her hard work and diligence paid off in the end and is relishing her sweet success.

NDA Group Sets Out for United Kingdom

From Marketing Student Danielle Wuerdeman:
The 20 students participating in the Travel Abroad trip to England, Scotland, and Ireland embarked yesterday on their European journey. All this week, their excitement grew as the impending departure date inched closer and closer! Mrs. Bernazani, one of the chaperones accompanying the students on their trip, will be sending daily updates and photos to be posted on the NDA social media sites, allowing everyone in the community to follow this fascinating February excursion. We are very happy for these girls and wish them the best of adventures during their trip!

International Students Feast for Chinese New Year

From Brenda Simblaris, Admissions and Marketing Coordinator:
What do welcoming new beginnings, family gatherings, the color red, celebrating with delicious food, setting off fireworks, and children receiving money in red envelopes from elders all typically signify? Traditionally, these rituals signal the arrival of Chinese Lunar New Year (sometimes referred to as the Spring Festival) which is being celebrated this year from February 5th - February 19th.

In recognition of Chinese Lunar New Year, our International Student Program Manager, Mrs. Lihsi Chen, hosted a festive lunch for 21 Upper School international students in the parlors on February 6th. The feast consisted of dim sum which included chicken feet and wings, vegetable dumplings, crispy egg custard, fried taro cake and clementines which represent wealth and fortune. The “Year of the Pig” gathering was capped off with the distribution of red envelopes and chocolate coins by Mrs. Chen. The color red was seen in Mrs. Chen’s clothing as well as in the table decorations and symbolizes happiness and good fortune. Mr. John O’Brien, President, and Elisa Lellios, Director of Admissions were both in attendance and had an opportunity to hear about some of our students’ own traditions at home and what they missed the most about not being with their families during the celebrations.

Teddy Bear Hugs for Juniors this Valentine's Day

From Marketing Student Lana Sukkar:
The talk of the junior hall this week was who was going to win the giant, cuddly teddy bear. The Junior Class officers put together fun daily activities to raise the spirits of their peers and spread love through the community in celebration of Valentine’s Day. Some of the fun included guessing jars, crosswords, and candy! Each day there was an opportunity to earn a ticket to the raffle for the teddy bear. “We decided to do a Valentine’s Day activity because we wanted to bring the spirit of the holiday to our class and it’s something fun to do before break," said Michelle Nguyen, junior class secretary. The class got together for a Valentine's lunch and drew the name of the lucky teddy bear winner. Congratulations to Rhea Patel for winning the right to take home the teddy.

Catholic Values on Display

From Marketing Student Carrie Sun:
Ms. Stamas' Creative Writing students recently created a new Bulletin Board promoting the themes from Catholic Schools Week. Each of the four students were assigned a theme to convey artistically. The re-designed board captures the notions of celebrating the nation, teacher appreciation, building community, and student appreciation. Thanks to Sophia Bradley, Sydney Bradley, Kathleen Curran and Krishna Patel  for providing us all a visual reminder of these wonderful themes.

Lancer's Hi-Five

From Lisa Zappala, Athletic Director:
Indoor Track:
Junior Rachel Deshaies and Freshman Katie Vieira competed at an invitational meet at the Reggie Lewis Center (RLC) on February 9th. Although they didn’t make the qualifying standard for the state meet they both gained great experience running at RLC as it is the state’s premier indoor track facility.

The Basketball teams finished the regular season this past Wednesday, February 13th when they hosted Rockport for Senior Day.  As is tradition, the seniors from both teams were honored in a pre-game flower presentation. At the conclusion of the game, FoNDA provided cake and the underclassmen honored the seniors with heartfelt speeches and gifts.

Senior Captain Natalie Kelleher finished the regular season as the Lancer’s top scorer with 222 points including a career high 28 points in one game! The Varsity team posted their 10th win to qualify for the state tournament when they beat Chelsea on February 8th in front of a full house. Coach Wally and the team would like to thank all who attended; having the bleachers filled with fans truly does help a team play well. They finished the regular season with an 11-9 record and await the state tournament seeding when they will find out who and where they play their first game.

The JV team has had a tremendous season finishing up with a 13-5 record. Coach Tia was extremely proud of the way her team improved as the season progressed.

Middle School

Mathcounts Team Places in Top 10

From Elizabeth O'Connell, Principal:
Mr. Meyyappan, the Middle School Mathcounts Club mentor and father of a current sixth grader, is proud to share that the Mathcounts team took part in the chapter level competition held on Wednesday, February 6th at North Andover High School. More than twenty schools participated, and the Academy placed 10th with a total score of 36! The winning team members are: Rianna Santra, grade 7, Sudar Meyyappan, grade 6, Haley Abraham, grade 6, and Shreeya Menon, grade 6. Congratulations to Saanvi Wadhwa, grade 6, who represented NDA as an individual member.

Trench Warfare Modeled for Mr. Craig

From Ian Craig, Middle School History Teacher:
Three dimensional models of trench warfare created by eighth graders are currently being displayed in the third floor classroom to demonstrate the conditions that soldiers faced during World War I. The students were tasked with creating a section of the trench that is realistic and that highly resembles those on the Western Front during the war. 

Moving Masterpieces Exhibit Gets Rave Reviews

Art and robotics came together for an eighth grade exhibit called "Moving Masterpieces" on February 11th. Students researched well-known works of art and brought them to life by making them three dimensional and adding light and motion using Hummingbird robotics kits.

Annalise Stangroom and her partner Melissa Badendieck recreated “Starry Night” by Vincent van Gogh. The trial and error aspect of the learning experience was integral to the project and made it exciting. "The challenges that we had to overcome were placing the motors through the cardboard properly and getting the coding to match up with the moving components and the lights," said Melissa. "The project provided me a more in depth experience on how to use Hummingbird and all of the motors and sensors to our advantage in the painting to really make it more aesthetically pleasing than it already was," explained Annalise.

Alexis Martineau, who used Aja Kusick’s “The Eiffel Tower” painting as inspiration said, “It was so interesting and I know it will help me do other projects in the future.”

Click the button below to view photos from the exhibit.

Photo Gallery

Middle School Students Show Competitive Skills

Elizabeth Lu, grade 7, competed in the 2019 Eastern Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships earlier this month in Worcester. She and her team, Synchro Stars, placed 10th. Though they did not qualify for the Championships scheduled for later this month, the team was proud of their accomplishment. Congratulations to Elizabeth!

Congratulations also go to Charlize Jeannot, grade 6, who is a member of a competitive dance team at Kathy Blake Dance Studios in Amherst, NH, and recently earned a first place finish.  Last weekend, February 8th-9th, she competed in Andover, MA as a soloist in the Classic Junior Division and took home top honors as well as receiving a platinum award for the highest score in her age group.

Lancer's Round-Up

From Nate Froment, Lower School Athletic Director:

Boys Varsity Basketball:
The Boys Varsity Basketball team is currently in 6th place. The team will be looking to break their two game losing streak after February break and even their record to 8-8. Cooper Granville, Ben Faletra, Connor Hughes and Ishan Suman have been playing extremely well all season.

Girls Varsity Basketball:
The Girls Varsity Basketball team is currently in 7th place. The team will be looking to break their two game losing streak after February break and climb the standings before playoffs. Molly Shanahan, Brielle Hardy, Rachel Korwan and Riley Doyle have been giving a solid effort all season long.

Girls JV Basketball:
The Girls JV Basketball team is currently in 2nd place. The team is on a three game winning streak and will be looking to make it four in a row this Saturday, February 16th. Katherine Panas, Natalia Conceicao, Grace Slocumb and Ella Hanson were standout performers last week.

Boys JV Basketball:
The Boys JV Basketball team is currently in 2nd place. The team has won seven games in a row and will be looking to extend the win streak to eight this Saturday, February 16th. Matt Chau, Millan Sondhi, Andrew Maina and Rishvith Kandru were standout performers last week.

Lower School

Sixth Grader Wins School Spelling Bee

On February 13, 2019, thirteen students represented grade 3 - grade 8 at the School Spelling Bee. Mrs. Donna Acquaviva pronounced the words provided by the National Scripps Spelling Bee Guide. Ms. Katie Fratus, grade 6 teacher, and Ms.Caitlyn Shea, grade 5 teacher were the official judges, and they offered definitions and context sentences when requested. After many successful rounds, Ananya Pinnamaneni, grade 6, spelled the final two words, "scrimmage" and "procession", correctly. Ananya will participate in The Daily Item’s Written Round of the Regional Spelling Bee on March 1, 2019. The top 50 scorers of the written test will move on to the Regional Spelling Bee on March 13th at the Lynn City Hall Memorial Auditorium. We wish Ananya the best of luck!

Students and Staff: Make Time for a Book

From Shannon Walent, Grade 4 Teacher:
Children have so many options for filling their time these days….multiple sports, video games, playdates, iPads, video games, iPods, video games….catch my drift? Let’s not forget about books! Fourth graders have the opportunity to participate in a reading challenge during both February and April vacations. While these challenges are optional, the majority of children do choose to participate. In conjunction with Mrs. A’s “Acquabucks” earning system, students can earn “Acquabucks” for reading 200 minutes during February vacation. There are two objectives here:

  1. Students will read for pleasure and choose their own reading material. 
  2. Students will realize that they CAN make time to read.

If a student engages in sustained and thoughtful reading for 20-30 minutes a day, he/she will easily read 200 minutes over the course of the nine day vacation, while reaping all the benefits of reading. All of our NDA students and faculty are encouraged to MAKE TIME FOR A BOOK!

Bookmark Art Sent On for Competition

From Kathy Smith, Library Media Specialist:
Students at the Academy were recently offered the opportunity to participate in the annual statewide bookmark competition sponsored by the Massachusetts School Library Association. The theme of the competition this year was School Libraries are for Everyone. Many students submitted artwork to be reviewed. Our finalists were chosen for each division and their entries were postmarked and submitted. All that is left to do is to wait for the announcement of the statewide winners! Our finalists are Teddy Pitta, Lily Beland, Ella Cheong, Reva Suman and Kathy Xie. Keep your fingers crossed!

By the way, here at NDA we certainly do agree with this year's bookmark theme, as our school library is for everyone. Every day our Library Learning Commons is used by students from kindergarten to grade 12 for a wide variety of purposes. On any given day you may find students not only reading, but also studying in groups , getting a head start on doing homework, or doing research for upcoming projects. Some drop in to take the opportunity to use Chromebooks, printers or copy machines. Some students use the library to socialize and might be playing chess or other games together, using their own electronics, drawing or just enjoying the time relaxing and quietly chatting with friends.

Idiom Fun in Grade 3

From Mary Carnevale, Grade 3 Teacher:
Recently, students in 3A had fun with idioms as an introduction to a unit on figurative language. They chose a favorite idiom, drew a picture to illustrate the literal meaning, and then another, to illustrate the figurative meaning of the idiom. Finally, they wrote the literal and figurative sentences that went with their idioms. The general consensus on learning about idioms is that, “It is a piece of cake!”

Fifth Graders Ask: Can Your Boat Float?

From Sandra Brazier, Grade 5 Teacher:
The fifth grade science classes have been studying the relationship between density and buoyancy. How can a heavy metal ship stay afloat, anyway? Each fifth grader designed a boat out of a 5” X 6” piece of aluminum foil. Then, we had a contest to see which boat could hold the most pennies and still stay afloat. These boat designs took a lot of thought. Here, you can see Rani placing pennies into her boat, as Elizabeth, Vidhi, Ella, and the rest of the class watch and count the number of pennies.

Early Years

Early Years Celebrates the 100th Day of School!

From Melissa Janes, Director of Early Childhood Education:
Monday, February 11th marked the 100th day of school and students in the Early Years celebrated being 100 days smarter! With a “Mixed-Up Monday” dress down day, children and teachers wore their wackiest outfits, including mismatched shoes, clothes on backwards or inside out, and some wild hairdos! Activities for the day centered around the number 100 and included making a trail mix of 100 treats, singing songs and reading books, making 100 goggles and hats, and cheering for a wonderful 100th Day!

Valentine’s Day = Kindness + Friendship for Early Years

From Melissa Janes, Director of Early Childhood Education:
In the Early Years classrooms, students in Pre-K, K1, and K2 continuously learn about kindness and how to be a good friend. Social skills such as these are an important part of the everyday curriculum as well as a way to meet the Academy’s commitment to teach children what they need to know for life. Valentine’s Day provided an additional opportunity to highlight all the ways our youngest learners prove that they are kind, caring, and important members of our school community and how these characteristics will carry through their years at NDA and beyond.

Extended Day Program/Enrichments

Registration for Camp NDA Opens Today

From Jocelyn Saltzman, Director of Camp NDA:
Camp NDA registration opened today, Friday, February 15th! Are you looking for a summer full of adventures? Sign up for one, two, or all eight weeks at Camp NDA! This summer we have it all with choices from Wilderness Camps to Science and Technology Camp to Adventure Camp! Our Tiny Campers program is open to ages 3-5, and our Main Camps cater to the 6-12 crowd!

New this summer we are excited to announce our Counselor-in-Training (CIT) program, open to ages 13 and 14. (CITs pay at half-cost, with the exception of Adventure Camp!) In addition to gaining leadership skills, demonstrating activities and participating in all the fun, CITs can expect some quality bonding time with one another!

Use the button below to learn more about Camp NDA. Interested in working at Summer Camp? Contact Jocelyn Saltzman, Camp NDA Director, at edp@ndatyngsboro.org

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Calling All Classes Ending in 4 and 9

From Kristen Stella,Institutional Advancement Coordinator:
The Alumnae Office is currently recruiting committee members from this year's reunion classes to help classmates prepare for an on campus spring reunion celebration.

If you are a member of the class of 1944, 1949, 1954, 1959, 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004, 2009 or 2014 and can offer any volunteer leadership as part of your Class Reunion Committee, please fill out this short form. Make your reunion a success by taking an active role to ensure a great turnout for your class!

Reunion Committee Form

NDA Spotlight: Corporate Gift

Money Donated to Purchase Four 3D Printers

A generous $1500 grant made possible by the Parker-Hannifin Company was awarded to the Academy for the purchase of four new 3D printers for the Makerspace. Jason Volk, Ms. Holder's fiance, works for the company and made this acquisition possible. The Academy is most appreciative of the gift and extends our sincere thanks to all involved!

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