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