Catholic Schools Week – Written by Cyrus and Kaitlyn

     Every year, Notre Dame Catholic Academy celebrates Catholic Schools Week, a time we set aside to acknowledge the value that Catholic education provides to young people like ourselves and the contributions that Catholic schools make to our church, our communities, and our nation. This week we have the privilege of participating in a variety of fun, academic and faith inspired events. These activities include a religion bee, Student Appreciation Day, International Day, and even Family Supermarket Bingo. This entire week is a time for us students to not only express our spirituality, but also celebrate our diversity.
     This year our nation’s Catholic Schools Week theme is “Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed”. Notre Dame Catholic Academy will be demonstrating these core values in everything we do. Students will be able to participate in service fundraisers such as Jump Rope and Hoops for Hearts to support the American Heart Association as well as a Wellspring charity program to help bring water to people in parts of the world who do not have access to clean water.
     Then for International Day, we have selected the theme, “Share our differences – celebrate our similarities”. The students of NDCA will be able to teach each other about different cultures and have fun participating in an International Food and Talent Festival.
Catholic Schools Week enables us to share who we are with one another. At Notre Dame Catholic Academy, we learn the importance of “faith, scholarship, community and service” each day by our participation in numerous liturgies, through our challenging academic program, by joining fun extracurricular clubs, and through our everyday social interactions.
     Thank you to all who attended our Catholic Schools Week Open House. We hope you enjoyed meeting all of the wonderful people and see all of the hard work of our students and teachers which makes our school so special to us.
By: Cyrus Castellanos (Grade 7) & Kaitlyn Farran (Grade 7)

Catholic Schools Week

We are excitedly preparing for Catholic Schools Week at Notre Dame Catholic Academy.  As you read in the brochure that was sent home this week, we have many fun and educational activities that will highlight the important values that we focus on at NDCA – Learn, Serve, Lead, & Succeed.  Your presence is welcome at many of our activities and will help make it special for our students! 

Please read below for some important information for CSW:

CSW Opening Mass and Open House:

  • Please join us on Sunday, January 28th, at 10:30 am at Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Church for our Catholic Schools Week Opening Mass. Following the Mass you are encouraged to visit NDCA for our Open House from 12:00 am to 2:00 pm.  Class displays will be set up in the gym and you are welcome to tour the school and enjoy some refreshments.  We look forward to seeing you there and are encouraged to bring your family, friends, and neighbors. 

NDCA Religion Bee

We congratulate the following students who will be representing their classes at our Catholic Schools Week Religion Bee on Tuesday, January 30th.

We will begin by distributing December Student of the Month Certificates

at 1:00 p.m. in the gym

Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 5
Nathaniel Bernal Leslie Brito Kaylee Gipson
Philip Bolkun Gabriel Caracci Nicholas Guerrero
McKayla DeJesus Victoria Qiu Julie Ibrahim
Victoria Dzienis Drusilla Renna Milosz Kowalik
Maria Saif Kacper Tomczyk Victoria Lis
Michael Singer Klaudia Wierciszewski Jonah Santiago

Leo Hurst


Christopher Hoey


Carolyn Castro

The Religon Bee for Grades 3 to 8 will begin at 1:15 p.m.


Grade 6 Grade 7 Grade 8
Justin Charneco Cyrus Castellanos Ethan Bernal
Silvio Melendez III Alicia Colon Anthony Caracci
Patrycia Orzechowski Kaitlyn Farran Anna Giambra
Sara Praszkowicz Emma Hertler Mark Hanna
Alexandra Sciacca Alexandra Syta Nicole Oszczypala
Maya Wierciszewski Monika VonCyga Vincent Qiu

Marym Gwrgeos


Justin Giacomazza


Christian Morgado



Don’t forget to purchase your tickets to Family Supermarket Bingo! 

We look forward to a fun family event where you have the opportunity to win bags of grocery goods as well as many children and adult raffle prizes.  We need you to support this important fundraiser!!!!

Our committee has worked hard to prepare for the event, however ticket sales are very low.  If we do not reach a minimum number of ticket sales we cannot have a profitable event and will have to cancel. 

Many of our families asked us to bring back the Supermarket Bingo this year, therefore we are counting on your participation.  


Let’s help raise money to assist our NDCA Aquinas Club!

The Aquinas Club will begin selling raffles for their “Mystery Basket” on January 29th.  The winner will be chosen on February 16th.    

Raffles will be sold for $2.00 each or 3 raffles for $5.00. 

Buddy Day at NDCA for current St. Pancras Students

Dear St. Pancras Parent:

Thank you for taking the time to speak with the administration, faculty, staff, and parents of Notre Dame Catholic Academy last Thursday evening.

We hope you had an opportunity to review the folder of information that we provided you with. If you have any additional questions about NDCA,
you may reach out to us at any time and we also encourge you to attend our Catholic Schools Week Open House on Sunday, January 28th, from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.

We have also scheduled a Buddy Day on Monday, January 29th, in case you would like your child to spend the day or even part of the school day at NDCA. This
will give your child the best opportunity to learn about NDCA and the school community which we are all very proud of. Please click in the link below to see the attached flyer with information
about the Buddy Day and the link in which you can register your child for the day.

Once again, please don’t hestiate to reach out to us at any time for more information.

Sincerely yours,

Mrs. Cuomo

Buddy Day_St. Pancras

School Closed Friday, January 5, 2018

Due to the continuing storm and the predicted below freezing wind chills, school will be closed on Friday, January 5th. We will reopen on Monday, January 8th.

Stay safe and warm!

Election Day at NDCA!

We had a very exciting Election Day this year at NDCA! This Election Day we held our Student Council Elections using our new iPads from Catholic Telemedia Network to create our “Election Booths”  The students that ran for office are as follows:


  • Jakub Chrostowski
  • Nicholas Guerrero
  • Cristina Lopresto
  • Jonah Santiago
  • Nicole Vega


  • Isabella Santiago
  • Alexandra Sciacca

Vice President:

  • Kaitlyn Farran
  • Jesus Guaman
  • Monika Von Cyga


  • Faye Aningalan
  • Mark Hanna
  • Elizabeth Lago
  • Nicole Oszcypala
  • Christian Rosig
  • Derek Trujillo

 I would like to take this time to introduce you to our New NDCA Student Council Officers. Treasurer: Jonah Santiago, Secretary: Alexandra Sciacca, Vice President: Monika Von Cyga and President: Christian Rosig. The Student Council Induction Ceremony will take place after first Friday Mass on December 1, 2017. All are invited to attend. Congratulations to all candidates! We are so proud of everyone for running a great campaign!

Fundraising Events

      Our first three fundraisers of the year have been very successful thanks to your generous support. We appreciate your participation in our Fall Hershey Chocolate Sale and are grateful to all the families who attended our Back to School Barbecue and Halloween Party. Both sold out events were fun and enjoyable nights that also helped us to raise money for our school community.  Please remember that tuition does not cover the cost of educating every child at Notre Dame Catholic Academy and therefore we must make up the difference through our fundraising activities.  Our annual fundraising goal for the 2017-2018 school year is $70,000.

          Please note the following changes to our tentative fundraising calendar:

  • Family Supermarket Bingo has been rescheduled for Saturday, February 3, 2018 to close out Catholic Schools Week.
  • NDCA Paint Night has been moved to May 18, 2018

          We look forward to these events as well as Ladies Night Out which will take place on Friday, April 20, 2018.   Preparations have already begun for these activities and as always we require the assistance of our parents to make the events possible.  As you see from the box below, we must begin raising funds to purchase raffles and supplies for the fundraisers.  At any time you may donate new/unused items to be used for children’s raffles at Supermarket Bingo or adult raffles at Ladies Night Out.  You will be able to receive service hours for all donations.


Thank you again for your constant support of NDCA and please see below for an important fundraising activity!


Dress Down Week

Website Flyer$10.00 donation will allow your child to dress down

 November 6th, 7th, and 8th

(November 7th is Election Day so we encourage the students to wear red, white, and blue!)

All proceeds will be used for fundraising and classroom needs

September 11th Prayer Service

9/11 Prayer Service 

Written by Cyrus Castellanos 7th Grade

      On September 11, 2001, a horrible event occurred in New York City.  Two planes crashed into the Twin Towers and took the lives of approximately 3000 people.  This tragedy left many families in pain over the loss of their loved ones.  In order to honor all those who had passed away, our school held a prayer service commemorating all the lives that were taken.

      Early on Monday morning, we all went to church in order to begin our service.  When we started, we had a brief moment of silence in memory of the exact time, 9:59 a.m., when the first tower collapsed.  After that, we sang our opening song and proceeded to our first prayer.  Some of the 8th grade students led the prayer while we responded saying the appropriate phrase.  Father Johny and Father Anthony then shared their experiences of what they were doing during this time and we also sang additional songs for the people who died on that day.  Towards the end of the service, each grade went out into the school yard with their buddy class.  Every student was given a red, white and blue ribbon to tie onto the gate.  These ribbons represent all the people that died.  Now, our school is decorated with they prayers of each of us as a tribute to the people who perished on this horrific day.

      September 11th is a day of remembrance.  We pray that those peoples’ spirits are now resting in a better place.  On this anniversary, we remember all the families who are still suffering from loss.  This prayer service was our way of honoring all the victims and overcoming this tragedy with hope and love.