Catholic Schools Week Monday – Celebrating Our Community

January 28th

Morning Activity –


  • I would like to the Veteran’s that came to visit the school.  It was great listening to your stories and thank you for answering our questions.  Most importantly Thank you for your service and for fighting to us to have our freedom.  We will continue collecting our goods and send them to you on Friday. 

Afternoon Activity – Religion Bee

  • Congratulations to all of our Religion Bee Participants and to the winners. 
    In grades 3-5 
    Maria Saif – 1st Place
    Victoria Dzienis – 2nd Place
    Lupe tacuri – 3rd Place
    In grades 6-8
    Kassidy Fontanez – 1st Place
    Maya Wierciszewski – 2nd Place
    Kassandra Fontanez- 3rd Place



Notre Dame Catholic Academy Open House Video

Good Afternoon,

As we prepare for our Open House and Mass on Sunday, January 27, 2019 at 10:30 – (Mass at OLMM Church with Open House immediately following)  I would like to thank Mrs. Rufano an NDCA parent for making a video that we will be showing to prospective families on Sunday. 

Feel free to watch it!  I hope you love it as much as I did!

Mrs. DiLorenzo


Catholic Schools Week – Written by Alexandra Sciacca Grade 7

Catholic Schools Week

At Notre Dame Catholic



         Good morning. My name is Alexandra Sciacca and I am a proud student of the wonderful “Notre Dame Catholic Academy of Ridgewood.” I am in 7th grade, and have attended the academy for almost 9 years. I have made many friendships, and have learned several things. If you are wondering, “What makes this academy so amazing?” Well, that’s the best part. The teachers teach the five main subjects including Religion. The academy also offers electives such as: Gym, Art, Music, and Italian. There are also great clubs such as Glee, Drama, Volleyball, etc., which I enjoy participating with my class. There are also fantastic extra-curricular activities that the students and I love taking part in. This includes Catholic Schools Week, as seen in the title. Catholic Schools Week is a week out of the school year that is dedicated to the students. During this week, we also grow in our faith as children of God. Some events in this week may include, our 3rd Annual Religion Bee, Student Appreciation Day, and many more events are scheduled for the week. Over the past years, the events taking place vary. To kickoff this Catholic schools week, some older students of Notre Dame Catholic Academy will be attending Sunday Mass, and our Open House to followed by the Open House will be held in our school auditorium at Notre Dame Catholic Academy on January 27th at 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. There will be tours, and every class will have a table that displays work that has been done by the students in certain subject areas. There will also be light refreshments as well as snacks at the Open House. I myself will be attending, and I hope to see you there!

                                                                                         ~Alexandra Sciacca


Dear Parents,

Your Support of children at Notre Dame Catholic Academy will go further on #GivingTuesday.

On November 27, we will participate in #GivingTuesday. You can make a big impact on the lives of the children attending Notre Dame Catholic Academy, and join with thousands of people in creating a global impact that will be felt around the world.

This #GivingTuesday, help us continue to give the gift of Catholic education and enhance the programs at Notre Dame Catholic Academy.

Here are a few ways you can participate:


On behalf of the students of Notre Dame Catholic Academy, thank you for your support on #GivingTuesday.



Jennifer DiLorenzo



Thank You Veterans!

The NDCA Mural Club run by Ms. Rosalina Alves created this beautiful mural to say thank you to our Veterans in honor of Veteran’s Day. They did a wonderful job!

Happy November!

I can hardly believe that it is already November and we are coming to an end of a trimester.  It is also time to start thinking about where to send your child for Kindergarten in September.  If your child will be 5 years old by December 31st 2019 then it is time for Kindergarten.

Please feel free to come to our Open House at Notre Dame Catholic Academy on November 27th 2018 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.and set up a tour of the Kindergarten classroom on November 28th, throughout the day.

If you are unable to attend on the 27th or 28th don’t worry we schedule tours each and every day by appointment.

Announcing Student of the Month of October for the Virtue Respect!

Congratulations to our Students of the Month of October for Respect!
We congratulate the following students who have been chosen as “Student of the Month” because they have demonstrated the virtue of RESPECT throughout the month of October. The students will receive their Student of the Month certificates following the 8:30 a.m. Mass on All Saints Day, Thursday, November 1st. All parents are welcome to attend!
  • Respect is an attitude of caring about people and treating them with dignity. Respect is valuing ourselves and others. We show respect by speaking and acting with courtesy. When we are respectful, we treat others as we want to be treated. Respect includes honoring the rules of our family and school, which make life orderly and peaceful. It is knowing that every man, woman, and child deserves respect, including you. (From the Virtues Project)
Tomas Hudecek
Sophie Cagney
David Castro
Colleen Quinlan
Carl Tam
Cesar Tapia
Maximian Vasquez
Camila Zambrano
Christina Singer
Emilia Zakja
Daniel Figueroa (Gr. 8)
Addison Griffin (Gr. 3)
Nicole Wisniewski (Gr. 8)
Justin Giacomazza (Gr. 8)
Kaitlyn Farran (Gr. 8)

Important Reminders: October 25, 2018

To:              NDCA Parents/Guardians

From:         Mrs. DiLorenzo

Date:           October 25, 2018

Re:              Important Reminders




  •             The Halloween Party is officially sold out!  We are looking forward to seeing all of our students (and parents) in their Halloween costumes on Friday, October 26th, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.  Your child will be receiving their tickets this week.  Please consider earning some service hours by donating dessert goodies to the party. 


            This week we will hold the following activity:

  • Friday, October 26th – Breast Cancer Bake Sale – Bakers needed!


  •   Don’t forget…if you send in your 25 Box Tops for Education for October or $3.00, your child(ren) are entitle to a dress down day on Friday, October 26th.   As in past years, all proceeds that the school earns from Box Top collections is used for our NDCA Technology Program. 


  •     On Thursday, November 1, 2018, all students must begin wearing the “winter uniform”.  Students will no longer be permitted to wear polo shirts, shorts, or skorts.   Please see the back of this memo for dress code as per the NDCA Student Handbook.  

Official NDCA Uniform beginning on November 1, 2018

     Girls (Kindergarten to 4th grade)


·         Uniform jumper

·         White school blouse

·         Uniform tie

·         Black uniform shoes (Mary Jane or Oxford)

·         Uniform navy blue knee high socks or

navy blue tights


November through April:Girls have the option of

wearing navy blue pants in place of the jumper.


        Girls (5th grade to 8th grade)


·         Uniform skirt

·         Bolero vest

·         White school blouse

·         Black uniform shoes (Mary Jane or Oxford)

·         Uniform navy blue knee high socks or

navy blue tights


November through April:  Girls have the option of

wearing navy blue pants in place of the jumper.


Boys (Kindergarten to 8th grade)


·         Navy blue uniform pants

·         White uniform shirt

·         Uniform tie

·         Black belt

·         Black socks

·         Uniform black oxford shoes or loafers

 with rubber soles

   GYM Uniform Boys & Girls (K-8)


·         Uniform t-shirt and shorts with school logo

·         Uniform sweatshirt and sweatpants with school logo

·         Sneakers (Sneakers that light up are not permitted.)


November through April:  Students must wear complete

gym uniform. (t-shirt, shorts, sweatshirt, and sweatpants)



Happy Fall – Letter from Mrs. DiLorenzo

October 2018,

Happy Fall……

Can you believe one month of school has come and gone?  I wanted to take a few minutes to recap some amazing things that have already taken place the past 6 weeks here at NDCA.

First let me start by saying Thank you to all of our families.  You have all made me feel so welcomed in my new position at NDCA.  Thank you for supporting me and taking this journey with me to continue making NDCA a place where our students and families come to learn and grow.

In September we had our Orientations, Back to School  Night, First ever High School Fair, High School information meeting, Sacrament of Confirmation and our Back to School BBQ which was a huge success!  Two 8th grade students and I also went to the Glendale Firehouse on September 26th and presented the wife of fallen Firefighter William Tolley with a check from the students and families at NDCA.  It was a sad occasion, however meeting Mrs. Tolley and seeing her appreciation for our support and how we came together as a school for her and her family was a memory that the children will hold with them forever.  It was a wonderful ceremony that we were happy to be a part of.  We always feel good giving back to the community that takes care of us!

October has started off with a BANG!  We have already started our Terranova testing and had our first marketing meeting.  Don’t worry if you were unable to attend there is always next time.  The marketing committee worked on new ways to get our name out in the community.  If anyone is interested in hearing more about the marketing meeting, please feel free to ask me. 

On October 15th Stages on the Sound Arts Residency program will be starting up again with grades 4,6, and 8.  I look forward to seeing their culminating activities at the end of the program.  On October 19th we will be having our first Movie night at the request of the children and the families that completed my survey on Facebook.  We will be showing Goosebumps.  I thought this would be a great opportunity to see part 1 before you went to the movies to see part 2 which opens in theaters on the 12th.  Don’t forget to send in your ticket money $2 per person by Monday.  Please remember that I cannot have the movie night if we don’t presell 50 tickets before the event.  On October 23rd the Cub Scouts will be visiting the students in grades K-8 to give them information about the neighborhood Scout Programs.

We will be wrapping up October with our Halloween Family Dance.  This event always sells out so make sure to send in your ticket request as soon as possible.  Once we are at capacity we cannot sell any more tickets.

As some of you have gotten notice, Title I programs have started.  After meeting with the District Superintendent in hopes of helping scheduling of classes for the children that need Title I services, we have decided that if and when possible the children will be pulled first from the Italian class if possible.  Title students that are pulled from Italian will not receive an Italian grade on their report card. We hope you will opt your child into Title I services if asked.  If you have any questions please feel free to reach out and ask me, my door is always open.

As we look ahead we have many exciting things planned throughout the year. One exciting announcement I wanted to make that it appears that by Thanksgiving if not sooner I am happy to announce that we will be 1:1 with iPads in K-8.  Thank you to all parents that helped us reach the grant goal by subscribing to The Tablet.  That has helped us create a wonderful partnership with DeSales Media which continues to grow.  I look forward to all the wonderful projects they will be working on and the new learning opportunities that will open for them.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Mrs. DiLorenzo