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  Issue #284
  August 21, 2015 
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
Meet our talented teachers Thursday night
Plan to join us for NDCL's Meet the Teacher Night on Thursday, August 27, at 6:30 PM. This popular event, which was announced in this summer's back-to-school mailing, gives parents the opportunity to meet their children's teachers as they experience an abbreviated version of the school day.
Parents will begin the evening in their children's Block 1 classes. Lists of locations and student guides will be available, so no one needs to worry about getting lost—or getting marked tardy!

TAKING A TEST DRIVE: Junior Trevor Otto, seniors Joey Vanek and Nick Kocher, and sophomore Georgia Borally try out one of the chairs for our new Sisters of Notre Dame Learning Commons.

SND Learning Commons enters final phase
The days are ticking away until the new Sisters of Notre Dame Learning Commons will become our center stage for learning, creating, and collaborating at NDCL.
This week construction workers focused on installing LED lighting and ceiling tiles as well as painting the broadcast/maker space rooms.  We also placed furniture orders after students gave us their opinion on chairs for the Learning Commons' many collaborative spaces.  
We expect construction to be complete at the end of next month. Click here to see the latest photos of the project's progress.

School starts at 9:40 AM this Monday
Monday, August 24, will be the first 9:40 AM late start of the school year. This delayed start will gives teachers the opportunity to meet as a whole faculty and then to collaborate in small groups on instructional planning and assessment of student learning.
On late-start Mondays, buses run at their normal times, and the school building is open as usual at 7:00 AM. We provide supervision in the cafeteria for students who arrive early.

Freshmen to gather for retreat Wednesday
Our newest members of the NDCL family—the Class of 2019—will experience the power of our core value of community in activity, reflection, and prayer during their class retreat this Wednesday.
In the morning, freshman LINK crews and their senior leaders will complete the low ropes course on our campus. Following each of the activity stations on the course, seniors will guide the freshmen in a scriptural reflection connected to the experience.
At the end of the day, the freshmen and seniors will celebrate community as the Body of Christ with a Mass with chaplain Father James Caddy. Dismissal will follow at normal time.
Lunch will be provided by the school. Freshmen should dress down according the school's ordinary dress down guidelines in the Parent-Student Handbook. The weather looks to be perfect for the retreat on Wednesday, but be sure to check the forecast and dress accordingly.
Questions? Contact Director of Campus Ministry Mrs. Beth Davis or campus minister Mr. Chris Stoffl.

Join us on August 26 at 6:30 PM
   Connect with other parents, help NDCL
   as a parent admissions ambassador

Parents matter.
That statement is true in so many ways, especially in NDCL's successful admissions effort. Prospective students and families really value candid, firsthand information about the NDCL experience that they can only learn from folks who already have children enrolled here. 
To help these families discover why NDCL is the right choice for their children's high school education, we invite you to become a parent admissions ambassador. You'll have fun and meet great people as you share your NDCL experience. And we promise the time commitment will not complicate your already busy schedules!
To join our network of parent admissions ambassadors, come to our planning meeting on Wednesday, August 26, from 6:30 to 7:30 PM in the cafeteria. Please register for this meeting by Tuesday, August 25.
If you cannot attend the meeting but still want to be an ambassador, please contact Director of Admissions Mr. Michael Suso ’03.

College Kickoff set for this Monday night
It's time for seniors and their parents to "think college!" Our Office of College, Counseling and Support Services will host a College Kickoff Night for all seniors and their parents on Monday, August 24, at 7:00 PM in the O'Brien Center.
An optional Naviance tutorial will be held for parents at 6:00 PM.
The program will provide families with essential information to help them successfully navigate the college application process at NDCL. Registration is required.

Register now for trip to Washington, DC
Now is the time for sophomores, juniors, and seniors to register for NDCL's trip to Washington, DC, from November 8-14.
Sponsored by the Close Up Foundation, the trip is a safe, reasonably priced learning opportunity that gives students a once-in-a-lifetime experience of the people and institutions that form our federal government. Close Up has more than 40 years experience running weekly programs designed to help teens grow in their understanding and appreciation of American history, government, and civic responsibility.
Students will visit sites and hear and interact with experts all over the D.C. area. They will also spend two days in beautiful Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia.
Cost for the trip is $1569.00, which covers airfare, six nights of lodging, program transportation, all meals, and other program costs. Act fast, as there is a $400.00 deposit due by Friday, September 4, and full payment by Friday, October 2.
Please contact Social Studies teacher Mr. Bill Scott with questions. Read more about the program here.

ACT prep seminar slated for Sept. 23-24
Back by popular demand! ZAPS Learning Company is offering a two-day ACT prep seminar at NDCL on September 23-24.
For $79.99, students will learn essential ACT test-taking tips and receive comprehensive study materials from an experienced instructor. Sessions run from 3:00 PM to 5:30 PM.  Interested participants must register online.

Rediscover our Catholic heritage with trip
to Paris, Rome, Florence in June 2016
Plan now to join us for a European tour of our Catholic heritage in June 2016.  This 11-day adventure will take participants to Paris, Rome, and Florence—three cities renowned for their significance in the history of Catholicism.
In Paris, the group will admire the architecture from the top of the Eiffel Tower,  stroll down the Champs-Élysées, and take a cruise on the Seine River.  They will participate in Mass at Notre Dame Cathedral and tour San Chapelle, where the relic of Crown of Thorns is enshrined.  
From Paris, the group will sojourn to Rome, where they'll share in a liturgy at St. Peter's Basilica and tour Vatican City.  They'll also tour the Coliseum, Pantheon, and Spanish Steps before heading to Florence, where the Medici family dominated for centuries.
The tour brochure includes the complete itinerary and costs. Look for details about an informational meeting when school resumes. All sophomores, juniors, and seniors are eligible to participate.  Questions? Contact French teacher Mrs. Vinka Hartman, English teacher Ms. Victoria Frabotta, or Theology Department chairperson Mrs. Michelle Nowak.

Mrs. Hartman, Ms. Frabotta, and Mrs. Nowak will host an information session for the trip on September 9 at 6:30 PM in the O'Brien Center. Plan  now to attend!