The Shakespeare Trip

The Shakespeare Trip

Written By: Alexandra Sciacca – Grade 6


    On April 18th, 2018 the students at Notre Dame Catholic Academy in grades 6-8 saw a Shakespeare Play, “Twelfth Night.” This is a well known play throughout all of Shakespeare. The students really had a fun time watching all of the characters sword fight, sing, dance, and even kiss! The actors and actresses from the play interacted with the audience and created cheerful energy as the play was starting. The colorful costumes and creative set design really made for a great play. The Set Designer did a great job recreating a ship using rope, sheets, and painted sheets as a backdrop.


   To see this amazing Shakespeare play, 6-8 went to the Immaculate Conception Center located in Douglaston. Everyone could not wait to see this play in action. The “Twelfth Night” is about Sailor Sergio, and his sister Viola, and how they thought that the other had died from a “Ship at Sea”. A lady named Olivia had fallen in love with Sergio, but Viola was mistaken for her “dead” brother.  Different props were used to help the theme be shown in the best way possible. There was even a person playing the Violin! Although some of the actors had multiple roles, each character was unique. It was also nice that the 8th grade was able to recognize the roles/lines from when they performed it at school with Stages on the Sound Arts Residency program.


NDCA goes to the Apple Store

                                     The Apple Trip                                                Written By: Alexandra Sciacca Gr.6


    On April 24th, 2018 Grades 6 and 7 went to the Apple Store in Queens Center Mall. Grades 6 and 7 went there to take a very interesting class: Coding! Everyone had a great time and they really enjoyed stepping out of their comfort zone. Some of the students were familiar with this topic, but everyone loved using the App Swift Playgrounds to learn about commands and functions and what they have to do with apps and video games. Our Instructors: Marshall and Alfonso, helped us use the App. This is an App designed to learn about different coding techniques. They said that when you complete Learn to Code 3 you will be ready to create your own App.

Not only did 6 and 7 go on the Apple trip but grades 1-5 did too! They all had a great time and it was very interesting to see all of the products that Apple put before us. We used these products (iPads) to use the App for the lesson. I know for certain that all the grades loved this trip and definitely want to take another Coding Class!

The Apple store offers free classes to children on a regular basis.  They have a program called Kids Hour at all locations.

Bubbles, Bubbles, Everywhere

On Thursday, March 22nd our Pre K For All program had an in house trip from the NY Hall of Science.  They learned all about bubbles and made some bubbles of their own.  This was a great component to the Water Unit they are in right now.  

Registration for Pre K For All is coming to a close March 30th

The application for Pre-K For All is open until March 30th. You can apply online at or by clicking the logo!


Notre Dame Catholic Academy encourages you to apply to the Notre Dame Catholic Academy of Ridgewood Pre K For All program. (We are code QADR)

Families can apply to Pre-K for All in one of three ways, using a single application that is available in ten languages.


How to Apply


Interpretation services are provided in over 200 languages for applications submitted over the phone and in person.


As a reminder, we can assist you in filling out a pre-K application online, but families must use their own email address and choose the programs to list on their application.


Current students at Notre Dame Catholic Academy have the highest priority to continue at our program for pre-K. Please make sure if you are a current Nursery family you have filled out an application and indicate that they are currently enrolled at NDCA. 


Offer letter will be sent out in early/mid-May. If you get an offer letter for a seat in our Pre-K, contact Mrs. Cassillo or Mrs. DiLorenzo at (718) 821-2221 for an appointment to fill out pre-registration documents.

Thank you!

Students were having fun finger painting to create Van Gogh’s Starry Night painting.

Grammar-Thon 2018 Winners Announced

Notre Dame Catholic Academy is excited to announce that we had 3 grades come in as Top Classes this year in the Grammar-Thon 2018.  Congratulations to the students in grades 3, 4 and 6.


With 1362 students participating and 18 schools registered for the second Grammar-Thon, the event was a big success!!!  Close to 7465  ELA activities were completed. 


And Now for the Winners……

Top Classes:

Kindergarten:  Divine Mercy Catholic Academy
First Grade:  St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Academy
Second Grade:  Queen of Martyrs Catholic Academy
Third Grade:  Notre Dame Catholic Academy of Ridgewood
Fourth Grade:  Notre Dame Catholic Academy of Ridgewood
Fifth Grade:  St. Bernadette Catholic Academy
Sixth Grade:  Notre Dame Catholic Academy of Ridgewood


CTN thanks all the schools who participated in this contest.


Notre Dame Catholic Academy is excited to announce that today, March 1st we have been participating in the Grammar-Thon 

All students in grades K-6 have been logged into either their iPads, Chromebooks or tablets and accessing the Grammar-Thon material left for them by CTN/DeSales Media.  We are competing with 18 other schools in the Diocese of Brooklyn and excited to see the outcome of our hard work. The children have had a great time playing fun games that work on their language arts skills.

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!