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


Kindergarten Supply List

Hello Parents,

My name is Ms. Alves and I will be the new Kindergarten teacher at Notre Dame Catholic Academy. I am so excited to meet all of my new friends and help them learn how to read, write, and explore our world. I apologize for the lateness of this list. These items can come in by the first full week of school.

1- two boxes of pencils
2- two boxes of tissues (we use these A LOT)
3- two rolls of paper towel
4- four folders (one goes home everyday, the other 3 to file work)
5- one bottle of hand sanitizer (we use this A LOT)
6- two packs of baby wipes
7- two packs of plain white printer paper
8- $20, so that I may buy the notebooks, scissors, and glue sticks in bulk. This makes it easier for everyone to have the same exact supplies.

I know that buying school supplies can become expensive so I try not to ask for too much. If you feel comfortable supplying more than one or two of each item, it is greatly appreciated. I cannot wait to meet everyone, and to have a magical school year!

Ms. Alves

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. 

Congratulations to our Kindergarten students for Graduating and moving on to First Grade!

On Monday, June 18th our Kindergarten students graduated and put on a very nice presentation for their parents.  We are very proud of all of their accomplishments throughout Kindergarten and look forward to seeing all that they accomplish in First grade. We would also like to congratulate their teacher Ms. Emmie Espositio for all of her hard work and wish her well on her retirement after 42 years of service to the Diocese of Brooklyn.

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.