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  Issue #242
April 11, 2014
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mission Statement
  
Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin is a Catholic,
co-educational, college preparatory school sponsored by the Sisters of Notre Dame.
 
Like Mary, who gave Christ to the world, NDCL educates leaders who transform the world, as Jesus did, by living the truth in love.
 
 
 
 
Core Values
Justice
Respect
Integrity
Community
Excellence
With more than $650K already raised
  Learning Commons Campaign enters
  public phase toward June 30 target
This week President Sister Jacquelyn Gusdane announced that NDCL is ready to move from the silent to the public phase of the campaign to repurpose our library into a state-of-the-future Learning Commons.
   
   
THE SHAPE OF OUR LEARNING FUTURE: This 3D rendering highlights the design elements of NDCL's new Learning Commons. To get a close-up view of the design, just click the image.
 
"The best part is that we have surpassed our targeted goal of $650,000 in pledges and gifts by April 5," Sister Jacquelyn explained.  "Now we can move forward with a certain hope that we can double this amount in the next three months because of the goodness and generosity of our donors who believe not only in this project but also in our students and our mission," she added.
   
With an eye to the future, Sister Jacquelyn and the other members of the project team continue to work closely with HBM Architects on the design of the new Learning Commons.  The architects have generated an impressive 3D rendering of the plans to date.
   
Seniors Brett Skrusha and Zach Shipley are among the many students who have already studied and commented on the rendering, which is on display in the library. Although they won't be here to take advantage of the new space, both are enthusiastic about its possibilities.
   
"This is great because kids can work together, access information, and build off one another's learning," Brett said. "The design does a good job of planning for how kids learn today," added Zach.
   
Within a week, each NDCL family will receive information and a request to join us in this exciting venture to enhance our academic program.  The deadline for raising the remaining $650,000 for this part of our 25th Anniversary Initiatives is June 30, 2014.

Lion’s Mane event roars to success
Donned in vintage apparel, the 400+ Lion's Mane Event guests traveled back in  time to the Roaring Twenties for a party that could have been hosted by Gatsby himself!  From the art deco flair to the jazz sounds of sophisticated swing, the April 5 event was a perfect celebration of NDCL's 25th anniversary. 
   
The highlight of the evening was our students—greeting in traditional flapper dresses, serving appetizers, and selling raffle tickets while the NDCL jazz ensemble and dance team performed for the crowd.  It was truly a celebration of our community.
 
An event this special could not have happened without the care and countless hours of our volunteers.  A special thanks to our event chairs, Mrs. Liz Olivier, Mrs. Angie Dubois, and Mrs. Lisa Breier, who made it all happen!
 
While the final results on the proceeds of the evening have not been tallied, we already know that the evening was a huge success. All proceeds support scholarship assistance for NDCL students.

Help us invite prospective students, families to Open House this Tuesday, April 15

Our spring Family Open House for prospective students and their families is set for this Tuesday, April 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. Our students, parents, teachers, administrators, and coaches will be on hand to share the spirit, energy, and opportunities that are all part of the NDCL experience.
 

If you know friends, relatives, or co-workers with children in the sixth, seventh or eighth grades, encourage them to experience the NDCL difference for themselves by visiting us on Tuesday evening. 
 
For more information about any aspect of the admissions process, please email Director of Admissions, Mr. Michael Suso ‘03 or call him at 440.279.1088. 

Join us for Holy Week prayer service

We warmly invite parents and other relatives to join the NDCL community as we pray during our Holy Week prayer service on Tuesday, April 15, at 9:15 a.m. in McGarry Gym.
 
 
The prayer service, which was planned by our Christian Leadership and Service students, will parallel the events of Holy Week. We will begin with Jesus' triumphant arrival in Jerusalem before taking us through the Last Supper, the Passion, Jesus' death on the Cross, and the discovery of the empty tomb on Easter morning.
 
If you are joining us, please enter through the McGarry Lobby doors, where you will obtain a visitor pass. Thank you for helping us insure the safety of all of our students and staff.

Fine Arts Night slated for Tuesday evening

NDCL artists will showcase their works during our Annual Fine Arts Night in conjunction with our Family Open House for prospective students on Tuesday, April 15, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Please join us for an enjoyable evening of art, music, and food! 
   

New program for 6th, 7th graders
   Night & Day @NDCL offers exciting
   24-hour experience in Lion Country
On May 16-17, sixth and seventh graders will spring forward with 24 hours of new learning and friendships at Night & Day @NDCL, an exciting new program to give students a unique experience of life in Lion Country.
  
Directed by math teacher Mr. Chris Stoffl and staffed by several NDCL teachers, Night & Day @NDCL features STEM learning, fun group and athletic activities, delicious meals and snacks, and even stories and prayer around a nighttime bonfire on our spectacular campus.
     
Enrollment is limited to 30 students, so interested families should act now to register their children. Cost is $69 per child, but if groups of three or more friends enroll together, each pays just $49. Just download the Night & Day @NDCL promotional flyer for complete details.
  
Questions? Please email Director of Admissions Mr. Michael Suso or call him at 440.279.1088.

NDCL, NDES to partner for 3rd annual event to ‘kick’ pediatric cancer on May 5

Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin and Notre Dame Elementary School students will once again partner to help to kick pediatric cancer by holding its third annual Kick-It game on Monday, May 5, from 3:15 to 6:30 p.m. at NDCL's Lozick Field at Lion Stadium.
 
 
The day will officially “kick-off” with a pancake Breakfast Club: Breakfast of Champions from 8:00 to 9:15 a.m.  The cost of breakfast is just $5 and can be charged against available balances on students' Aladdin lunch accounts. 
 
Breakfast tickets, on-line team sign-ups, and Kick-Bald registration are underway. Individual players who raise $50 in donations will receive a free event T-shirt. Kick Bald participation is limited to those who raise $100 or more.. Teams will be limited to 10 NDCL students. Each NDES team will consist of 4-5 students, who will be paired with an NDCL team. This year, you can email and Facebook people to support your participation, all from the Kick-It website.
 
Join the game by registering teams and players online. Questions? Email Campus Minister Mrs. Beth Davis or call her at 440.279.1059.

2014-15 tuition assistance forms now online
Families with students currently enrolled in grades 9, 10, or 11 who wish to be considered for need-based tuition assistance for the 2014-2015 academic year must complete a new FACTS application every year.
 
This requirement applies to all families who wish to apply for tuition assistance for next year, whether or not they are already receiving assistance. Families should complete their application by April 15 in order to secure a response from NDCL in early May.
 
Even if you have not filed your 2013 taxes, please submit your FACTS application by April 15. Please forward your 2013 tax information to FACTS as soon as it is completed.
 
FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment Company will be conducting the need analysis for NDCL. If you have questions regarding how to complete the tuition assistance application, please contact the parent call center at 866.315.9262. For general questions about tuition assistance, please contact the NDCL Business Office at 440.279.1057.

The Mane Page earns third-place rating, garners nine awards in statewide contest

NDCL's The Mane Page, our student-produced news magazine, earned a third-place rating and individual student journalists won nine awards in statewide competition sponsored by the Ohio Scholastic Media Association (OSMA) .
 
The awards were announced at the OSMA conference at Kent State University last week. English teacher Ms. Jenna Wittwer and technology teacher Mrs. Melissa Christopher advise the . 
 
Superior
  Personality Profile: Mary Katherine Golden
Sports Feature: Wesley Stanovsek
 
Excellent
 Personality Profile: Mary Katherine Golden
Front Page Cover: David Kozan
 Sports Feature: Maddie Lazuka
Feature Photo: Anna Senchak, author; Nathan Bryant, photographer  
 
Honorable Mention
 Feature Page Layout: Sidney Fimiani
Review: David Kozan  
Feature Page Layout: Anna Senchak
 
    
Click here to view the complete listing of OSMA's winners. 

World language students take their skills
to CSU to experience 
college classroom

Thirty NDCL students took their world language skills 'on the road' with Mrs. Marissa Reed and Mrs. Denise Troha on Wednesday, April 2. The Spanish II and French II students visited Cleveland State University to participate in foreign language classes.
 
"The Spanish class at Cleveland State was a great experience for me," said sophomore Lindsey Campany. "I was happily surprised about how much I was able to understand and participate in the classroom discussion. It was a great way to test my skills and see what a college class is like."
 
This is the fourth year NDCL students have had the chance to attend a class at Cleveland State, thanks to Mrs. Troha's connections with the university's Modern Language Department. Last year Mrs. Troha arranged for a CSU professor to visit NDCL for a professional development session with our World Language Department.
 
"It is a great opportunity for our students," she explained. "They get the chance to receive feedback on the foreign language skills they have developed so far at NDCL."
 

Don't miss your last chance to order!
After-Prom offers Malley’s
Easter candy sale
Order your Easter candy with just the click of your mouse by participating in our After-Prom Committee's Malley's Easter Candy Sale.
 
Online orders over $60 qualify for free shipping to a single address. All proceeds benefit the 2014 After-Prom.

Golf Classic planning begins April 14

Mark your calendars for the 2014 Golf Classic on Friday, August 8 at Fowler's Mill Golf Course in Chesterland. Bring your enthusiasm and creative ideas as we hold our first of two planning meetings on Monday, April 14, at NDCL at 6:30 p.m.
 

Please email Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving Ms. Liz Maier `06 or call 440.279.1079 to join the committee. 

Volunteers, coordinators needed for two
fun events: After-Prom and Senior Cookout
We need about 30 parents to join us for about three hours of fun at NDCL's After-Prom at Fun 'n' Stuff Amusement Park in Macedonia on Saturday night, May 24. 
  
Because Fun 'n' Stuff personnel will staff all activities, including set-up food service, and clean-up, our parent volunteers simply need to be present among the students as chaperones. It's really light duty, but it is in the wee hours of the morning.  We will need one or two parents to schedule and coordinate the activities of the other volunteers.
   
Volunteers need to arrive at Fun 'n' Stuff at 10:30 p.m. for a tour and instructions. The event will end at 3:00 a.m.
  
"After-Prom at NDCL and in nearly all high schools started many years ago to keep students safe on prom night," explained Principal Mr. Joseph A. Waler. "It's still such an important goal, but it's only possible if caring parents, especially senior parents, are willing to serve as chaperones."
    
    
To volunteer to keep our students safe by serving as an
AFTER-PROM CHAPERONE
please complete this online form by Tuesday, April 15. 

Legislators sponsor military academy information session on April 26

Senator Sherrod Brown, Senator Rob Portman, Representative Marcy Kaptur, Representative Jim Renacci, and Representative Marcia Fudge will meet with all interested students and parents for a general information session regarding nominations to the military service academies on Saturday, April 26, at 10:00 a.m. at Horizon Science Academy, 6000 Marginal Road, Cleveland. Registration for this session is required by contacting Senator Brown's Office at 216.522.7272.

Save the date for Prom Weekend 2014
NDCL's Senior Class will host Prom 2014 on Saturday, May 24, from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. at Cleveland Browns Stadium. After-Prom will follow at Fun 'N' Stuff from 12:00 to 3:00 a.m.
 
 
As you are looking forward to Prom and thinking about what to wear, we encourage students and parents to choose sensible clothing for this school-sponsored dance. Immodest or extravagantly expensive clothes are inappropriate because they are inconsistent with our mission and core values.
    
 A prom packet is now available online. Registration will open on Saturday, May 3. Questions should be directed to Student Council co-adviser and art teacher Miss Susan Ancheta.

Registration now open for summer camps

This summer NDCL will sponsor summer camps for elementary school students entering grades 3-8. Sports camps currently offered are: baseball, boys and girls basketball, football, boys and girls lacrosse, boys and girls soccer foot skills, strength and conditioning, boys and girls tennis, and girls volleyball.
 
For dates, time, and camp descriptions, visit our Summer Camps website. Questions should be directed to Athletic Director Mr. Frank Platzar or call 440.279.1072.

Annual Legacy Day slated for May 2

Mark your calendar for NDCL's Annual Legacy Day on Friday, May 2. Highlights of the day include a luncheon in the McGarry Gym for alumni and their guests from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. as well as displays of Notre Dame Academy, Cathedral Latin, and NDCL memorabilia.
    
Click here to register now. For more information, email Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving Ms. Liz Maier `06 or call her 440.279.1079

 
On-Lion takes a holiday break

Because of the Easter holiday, there will be no issue of On-Lion until May 2.
 

May your celebration of Holy Week and Easter renew your faith and be a source of lasting joy for you and your loved ones!