Weekly NCA Newsletter! 
September 2, 2020 - Issue 2
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School News & Reminders

Paperwork Due: Please be sure to turn in your health/dental/vision forms as soon as possible.  You can call the office for more information or forms if needed. 

Photo/Academic Work Permission Forms: A hard copy of the Photo/Academic Work Permission Form is sent out in Wednesday's designated folders. We will also be sending out an electronically copy. Please fill out and sign the form by Sept 9.

Service Hours:  All virtual volunteer opportunities will be posted on SchoolSpeak. Look out as various virtual service opportunities will be added throughout the year! Service opportunities will be different this year due to the guidelines. The full 20-hour commitment will not be required, BUT we still hope parents will sign-up and participate. 

Virtus Training: If you have a Virtus account but have not yet completed the Virtus course please contact Jen Reyes at If you need to complete the steps to volunteer please go to Schoolspeak Prepare to Volunteer tab.

Drop Off Procedure Reminder: Please review the drop off procedures for both campuses in the Family Handbook. Our procedures are in place to ensure the safety of all our students. Please remember the following:
  • Slow down when driving near both campuses. 
  • Do not park and get out of your vehicle in the drop off lane. 
  • We are not allowed to help students get out of the car, so if you are using the drop-off lane the child must be able to get out the car on their own.
  • Do not double park in any of the alleys or streets. At the Primary School Campus, do not double park on Glenwood. 
  • Cross the street at designated crosswalks only.
  • For the PC parking lot, enter on Glenwood and exit on the alley side.
  • Do not park down the center of the PC parking lot until all the spots are filled.

Powerschool Parent Portal: Now open for the 2020-2021 school year.  This is a portal where you can check your child's grade and progress throughout the school year. Parents in 3rd grade and any new families in grades 4-8 please check your family envelope for login information. 
NCA's Extended Care Program kicks off another great school year! The ECP is available only at the Primary School. It's offered in the mornings and after school. If you plan on using the ECP this school year you must register on SchoolSpeak. Please review the updated 2020-2021 ECP Handbook, before registering. For all participating families, please make sure you sign and return the Handbook Acknowledgement Form before attending your first day.
Important Dates:

September 4: NCAPO Virtual Meeting 8:15 am

September 7: NO SCHOOL - LABOR DAY

September 10: 
5th & 6th
 Virtual Back to School Night— time TBD  & 7th & 8th Virtual Back to School Night— time TBD 

September 16: School Photos &  Virtual BSJ Meeting 6:30 pm

September 17:
Pre-School - Kindergarten
— Virtual Back to School Night- time TBD  & 1st-4th— Virtual Back to School- time TBD 

September 22: 8th Grade Parent Meeting - Class of 2020 Events - Virtual 


September’s parent organization meeting will take place this Friday at 8:30 am via zoom. Find out what the NCAPO has planned this year. Find out how to become your grade’s virtual room parent. Find ways to earn those service hours. (Attending the meeting gets you one right off the bat!) Please see the NCAPO agenda attached.

If you are interested in attending, please email the Karen Ewing at 
Empower Illinois has a new phone number! Now families, donors, and schools can call us at 800-616-7606 Monday through Friday from 8 am-5 pm for assistance. Please note that their old helpline numbers will be disconnected this November.

Last year we ran. This year we Dance!! Soon, NCA will host the Boosterthon Virtual Dancefit, a fun character, and fitness-focused fundraiser. Each student receives a customized Boosterthon t-shirt with our school logo on the front. To provide all students with the customized school spirit shirts at no cost to their families, we are partnering with local businesses for sponsorship.  

If you own a business or know someone interested in sponsoring, please email Leigh Holzman at Students wear their t-shirts year-round as a symbol of pride for their achievement. If you choose to be a sponsor, your business logo will be displayed on the back of 400 t-shirts. This year the Wildcat Stomp will be held on October 23rd. We need your commitment by September 4th in order to have the shirts on time.

We are looking forward to hearing from you.

About reading…

One of the favorite parts of my job as a Resource Teacher is talking with students about the books they are reading. I am so delighted when students are excited about a book. However, sometimes a student is not interested in reading, and it can be a challenge to know how to encourage them to read.  


When I was an elementary school student, I don't remember my parents checking to make sure I was reading books. Yet, I was always surrounded by the encouragement to read. My college professor's dad had a library of books filling the shelves in the living room. When I was doing my weekly dusting chores, dad's books seemed to be begging me to read, and I'd look over the book titles once again. In high school, I finally started working my way through many of those dusty old hardcover books. I have some of dad's books on my shelves today.  


There were many invitations to read in my home. I remember the magazines I would find arranged on the coffee table in the living room. I feel like I grew up with John and Caroline Kennedy because I saw their photos and read about them so many times in Life magazine. On Sunday morning, a newspaper was left at our front door, and my brothers and I had to wait our turn to read the comics. My friends sent me letters to read describing their summer vacations. I found new cookie recipes to read and learned how to make a pie. My mom was a piano teacher, so of course, I took lessons, too. I enjoyed singing the lyrics to songs performing over and over to anyone close enough to hear or for my pretend audience. I enjoyed these activities; I didn't know I was developing my reading fluency.  


As a kid, my hometown's one-room library was one of my favorite places. My weekly routine was to walk the three blocks to the library with my best friend, and I would carefully select three books to check out and read for the week. The biography books were my favorite. It was a small library with a limited selection, but the books I found on the shelves opened my world. (I also stopped for an ice cream cone before I carried my books back home.)   


As a Resource Teacher, I want to encourage students to read because they love to read. What is the pathway to reading success for each student? Parents, teachers, and resource teachers let's create a rich literacy environment that supports reading, so we don't need to check to make sure students are reading.   


The Resource Teacher

Carolyn Backis

Monday was the first day of remote learning, and we couldn't be more proud of our Wildcats jumping into their e-learning assignments like studious superstars! Goooooo Wildcats!
The first full day started off strong! Many of our STAMP classes went outside for class. Our junior kindergarteners and preschoolers powered through their fun learning morning activities like pros!

We are introducing Ms. Terese Halm - NCA's new 5-8th-grade Religion teacher!

Miss Halm joins NCA this year as our new middle school religion teacher. She grew up in the northwest suburbs of Chicago and has been in ministry for the past 7 years. She is currently completing an MA in Theology at the Augustine Institute, in Denver but online. She has a double major BA in Theology and Catechetics and a minor in philosophy from the Franciscan University of Steubenville.  


"I have been praying and trusting for whatever God has in store for me this year and my heart is bursting with joy and gratitude to be serving at the NCA this year. I cannot wait to get to know everyone, share the joy of the Gospel, and the fire of God's love and mercy!" -Miss Halm


As a teacher, Miss Halm must enjoy learning from her students and leading them closer to the heart of God the Father through Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and the Blessed Mother. 


"We are all called to be saints and are created to be fully alive in God's love. With so much going on in the world, our city, and in our lives we need brave and open souls who are receptive to God's love and from that overflow, flood the world with God's love and peace!" - Miss Halm


Fun Facts About Terese:

• She has been on seven mission trips but her favorite was serving in the miraculous baths in Lourdes, France. 

• She loves cheesy Bible jokes, puns, and memes.

• She is a very proud aunt of four nephews and two nieces, one of them due in October! 

• She loves traveling, running on the Lake Shore path, beaching, boating, and dancing. 

• She plays piano, violin, guitar and loves singing praise and worship music.

• She has run two marathons- one with the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist! 

Renew My Church: Second Parish Conversation on Sunday, August 30

Our second Renew My Church meeting was Sunday, August 30. A link to the live-stream is available on Facebook and on YouTube. (Please note, there were a few questions that were difficult to hear. They were repeated a bit later in the broadcast. )

Here are documents from the meeting:

We would like your feedback! Please fill this form out and send your responses to or drop it off at the Rectory office. Click HERE for guidelines for visiting the Rectory. Additionally, these questions will be mailed to registered parishioners. 

The questions are:
Considering the scenarios presented to you at this session, please prayerfully consider your responses to these questions:

  • Which scenario best addresses the particular needs of this grouping? Why? (e.g., makes geographic sense, address demographic and cultural needs or considers the socioeconomic factors of the area)
  • Which scenario least addresses the particular needs of this grouping? Why? (e.g., difficulty traveling between sites or neglects the financial needs of the community)
  • What do you consider the biggest potential challenge facing the implementation of these scenarios? (e.g., unrealistic demands on clergy or differences in the parish communities)
NEW Parish Name

Holy Child Jesus has been chosen as the new parish name unifying St. Henry, Timothy, and Margaret Mary parishes. Father Phi of St. Henry's has been installed as Pastor. For more details, please review the church bulletin by clicking the link below.


Back to School Drive

Helix N.L.K.S will be organizing a supply drive for the individuals and families served by N.L.K.S. on the Westside of Chicago. They're collecting supplies on Sep. 1 through Sep. 4 for distribution in the Austin neighborhood. They're looking for new or gently used school supplies, non-perishable food items, clothing, etc.

If you'd like to donate, please bring items to Helix Cafe at 6237 N Clark St.

Tuesday, Sept. 1 - Friday, Sept. 4,
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Edgewater Playhouse: Fall Enrollment
Now open for gymnastics classes for children ages 18 months through 5 years.
Volunteer Sign Up Directions
1. Go onto
2. Click on the Quick Link that says Volunteer
3. There you will see NCA’s volunteer opportunities.  All volunteer opportunities require Virtus Training unless otherwise noted.
4. Click on the sign up you want.  Find a spot to sign up!
5. Remember every Family needs 20 service hours!
Volunteer Requirements
1. Completion of form 7703
2. Completion of Online background screening (eApps database)
3. Completion of CANTS form (DCFS background screening – paper only – must be submitted annually)
4. Submission of a signed Code of Conduct form
5. Completion of the Virtus training (must pre-register online)
 All forms and other information regarding these requirements can be found on the NCA website under Volunteer. Thank you for working with us to ensure the safety of all children!

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Primary School Campus: 6216 N. Glenwood Ave., Chicago, IL 60660
Phone: 773-743-6277  Fax: 773-743-6174

Middle School Campus: 7318 N. Oakley Ave., Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: 773-271-2008  Fax: 773-764-1095 
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