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

Upcoming High School Information Night




To all of our 7th and 8th grade families, high school is right around the corner.  We want to make the application process as easy as possible for you.  That is why we will be having a mandatory 8th Grade Parent Meeting on Wednesday, September 19th at 7:00 P.M.  in the Gym.  It is mandatory that at least one parent of each 8th graded attend this meeting to receive important information about the Catholic and public high school application processes and this year’s graduation activities.  Each parent will also receive some helpful resources to take home.

We STRONGLY encourage 7th Grade parents to attend the meeting as well to gain some insight about the high school application process and criteria.

Something new we are trying this year is to have a High School Fair on the same day beginning at 5 P.M. for your convenience.

7th and 8th Grade Parents and Families,

Come meet representatives from High Schools located all over Queens, Manhattan and Brooklyn.  Learn about their open houses, admissions requirements, programs, scholarships, financial aid, extracurricular activities and much more!

High Schools expected to be in Attendance:

  • Francis Preparatory High School
  • Christ the King High School
  • Holy Cross High School
  • Molloy High School
  • Notre Dame High School
  • Cathedral Prep Manhattan
  • Cathedral Preparatory and Seminary
  • Monsignor McClancy High School
  • John’s Preparatory High School
  • The Mary Louis Academy
  • Notre Dame High School
  • Agnes High School
  • Cristo Rey High School
  • La Salle Academy
  • Frank Sinatra School of the Arts

September 19, 2018

5:00- 6:45 pm

Followed by the Mandatory 8th grade Parent Meeting at 7:00 pm

Welcome Back

We can’t wait to see all of our NDCA Students tomorrow, both old and new. Students in grades 1-8 should arrive at 7:50 for prayers. Welcome back! Pre-K and Kindergarten parents we will see you at 10 a.m. for orientation. Pre-K will be in the Gym and Kindergarten will be in the classroom, please check in at the main office!

Welcome Back NDCA Parents and Students

Notre Dame Catholic Academy of Ridgewood

62-22 61st Street

Ridgewood, New York 11385

718-821-2221  ∙ Fax 718-821-1058



August, 2018


Dear NDCA Parents and Students,


It is with great pleasure that I welcome all our returning students and our new students to the 2018-2019 school year!  A special welcome to the families that have come to us from St. Pancras, we hope to make this transition as smooth as possible for both you and your children. I hope this letter finds you relaxed and enjoying a fun-filled summer with your family.  The teachers and staff are excited and look forward to sharing many academic and extra-curricular experiences with our students. We will continue to focus on providing each child with new challenges that will result in a rewarding school experience. As we partner with our parents, we will work together for a rich and fruitful Catholic education for our students.


This year we excitedly welcome several new teachers to our faculty:


Nursery, Art/MusicMs. Natasha Talutis comes to NDCA with three years of Early Childhood experience and is currently in school obtaining her Masters in Early Childhood education.


Kindergarten  – Ms. Rosalina Alves comes to NDCA with 5 years of experience in early childhood.  She is an experienced certified teacher with her degree in Childhood education.


First Grade ~ Mrs. Ferraro-Preiss comes to NDCA with 19 years of teaching experience in Catholic education, with an expertise in the areas of early childhood and primary level education.  She earned a degree in Elementary Education from St. John’s University.





Grades 1-8

The first day of school will be Wednesday, September 5th.

On September 5th, 6th and 7th , all students in Grades 1-8 should meet in the school auditorium wearing their school uniform at 8:00 a.m.  

Dismissal will be at 12:00 p.m. in the gymnasium


Kindergarten Orientation

will take place on Wednesday, September 5th, at 10:00 a.m. in the Kindergarten Classroom.  Please sign in at the office.

All parents and Kindergarten students must attend. Students are NOT required to wear their school uniform to orientation.


The first day of class will be Thursday, September 6th.

On September 6th and 7th, all Kindergarten students should meet in the school auditorium wearing their school uniform at 8:00 a.m.  Dismissal will be at 12:00 p.m. in the gymnasium.

Pre-K For All (4 year olds)

Pre-K For All Orientation

will take place on Wednesday,  September 5th, at 10:00 a.m.  Pre-K For All students will meet in the school auditorium.  All parents and students must attend.


The first day of class will be Thursday,

September 7th.

On September 7th and 8th , all Pre-Kindergarten students should meet in the school yard at 8:00 a.m.  Dismissal will be at 12 p.m. in the school yard.

Nursery (3 year olds)

Nursery Orientation will take place on Thursday, September 6th, at 10:00 a.m. in the school auditorium.  All parents and Nursery students must attend.


The first day of class will be Monday, September 10th.

On September 10th, Nursery students will enter through the doors in the rear of the school yard closest to OLMM Church.

*The Half-Day Program will dismiss  

 through the main school doors on 61st Street.

*The Full-Day Program will dismiss

 in the gymnasium.


Full Day Schedule



  • Grades N-8 will begin their regular schedule on Monday, September 10th.  The doors will open at 7:50 a.m., and all students should be in the school auditorium by 8:00 a.m.  Any student in K-8 arriving to school after 8:00 a.m. will be issued a late pass.  



  • Please see the following chart for regular dismissal times for all Notre Dame Catholic Academy students.  Students in grades Kindergarten to 8th grade (as well as full day Nursery students) will be dismissed in the school auditorium.



      Dismissal Time

Nursery     Half Day-11:30 a.m.
    Full Day-2:40 p.m.
Pre-K For All            2:20 p.m.
Kindergarten            2:40 p.m.
1st through 4th grades            2:50 p.m.
5th through 8th grades            3:00 p.m.


Faith, Scholarship, Community & Service

Opening Mass:

Our academy will attend our first Mass of the school year on Friday, September 7th, at Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Church.  The Mass will begin at 8:30 a.m. All are welcome to attend.


Back-To-School Parent Night:

In order to welcome all of our parents and allow you the opportunity to meet your child’s teacher and attain some valuable information about the school year, we have planned a Back- To- School Night on Thursday, September 13th at 7:00 p.m. in the school auditorium.  This is a MANDATORY Meeting for all parents of First to Eighth graders.


Back-To-School Barbecue:

Save the date…Friday, September 28th, will be our Annual Back-To-School Barbecue for our NDCA families.  We look forward to an enjoyable evening to catch up after summer break, meet new friends and kick off our school year together.


Extended Day Programs:

Just a reminder, that NDCA will continue to offer our school families Early Morning Drop-Off and After-School Programs.  After-School will now be ending at 6 P.M. at the request of our working parents.  EARLY MORNING DROP-OFF AND AFTER SCHOOL SUPERVISION WILL BEGIN THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 10TH.  More information, including registration forms, will be sent home the first week of school.  


Summer Reading/Math Assignments:

Please make sure your child completes his/her summer assignments.  All summer work must be submitted no later than Monday, September 10, 2018.  


Very Important…

Please be aware that the parking lot is for school personnel only.  Parents may not enter the parking lot with their vehicle at any time.  This policy must be strictly enforced for the safety of our students!


In closing, please enjoy the remaining days of summer.  I look forward to seeing many new and familiar faces on our first day of school.   We will do all we can to make it a great one and we know you will, too.




Jennifer DiLorenzo


NDCA New Principal Announcement

July, 2018


Dear Faculty/Staff/Parents/Guardians:


      I hope this letter finds you well and the summer is not going too quickly for the children.  The Notre Dame Catholic Academy Board of Directors has been busy securing the principal for 2018-19 school year.  I have been in close communication with the personnel in the NDCA Board of Directors, the Diocese of Brooklyn and the Board of Members to follow the proper protocol. 

      Many schools do not have the luxury of having an assistant principal in their building.  We are very fortunate to have Mrs. Jennifer DiLorenzo as our NDCA Assistant Principal who has been working in the school for many years.  The NDCA Board of Directors carefully reviewed her credentials as a potential principal of the school for this reason. 

      Mrs. DiLorenzo has a long history of being an educator in both St. Aloysius and NDCA schools.  She has been the assistant principal for the past four years at NDCA.  She understands the use of technology in/out of the classroom and has been instrumental in bringing iPads into the classroom, updating the school website and all of the school’s technological related aspects.   She knows the children in the school very well and the upcoming eighth graders were taught by her in the first grade.  She knows the entire school community (faculty, students, parents, and staff) as well as anyone.  Mrs. DiLorenzo has demonstrated a very good working relationship with the NDCA Board of Directors and the Diocesan Office.  In addition, she understands the paperwork and the associated deadlines needed to help maximize the education of our children.  Mrs. DiLorenzo has already demonstrated her expertise in this area. 

      For the aforementioned reasons, the NDCA Board of Directors finds Mrs. Jennifer DiLorenzo a perfect fit to be named the Principal of Notre Dame Catholic Academy for the 2018-19 school year.  Please join the NDCA Board of Directors to congratulate Mrs. DiLorenzo in her new position of responsibility to lead our academy.   I am sure she will help make a very smooth transition for the entire school.  We look forward to her continued dedication and commitment to the education of our children and NDCA.




James P. Carey


James P. Carey


NDCA Board


NDCA New Principal Announcement

Congratulations to the Cast of Aladdin Jr.!

On Thursday, June 7th the NDCA Drama Club had an Encore Performance of Aladdin Jr.  The students worked very hard all year and performed twice.  Once for families and friends and once for all of the students in the school.  They did a fabulous job.  The Drama Club includes students in grades 5-8.