Weekly NCA Newsletter! 
September 16, 2020 - Issue 4
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Dear Parents,

We have received additional guidance regarding absence related to illness. These changes are effective immediately. Please see below:

1. A doctor’s note is required for individuals (students or employees) who develop

COVID-19-like symptoms but are diagnosed by a doctor or healthcare provider (e.g., nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant) as having another illness (e.g. cold, flu, etc.). The individual must have a note from the provider indicating a specific alternate diagnosis if the individual wants to return prior to complete 10-day isolation. And the individual may not return until symptoms recede per provider’s instructions. If the individual chooses not to get an alternate diagnosis confirmed in writing then the individual must meet the criteria for returning as if it is a COVID-19 positive case (see below).

2. A doctor’s note is not required for individuals who are:

a. COVID-19 positive. For the individual to return to school he or she must have:

 -remained at home for 10 days,
  -no fever for 24 hours (without medication), and
  -a general reduction of other symptoms by 75% or more.

b. Sent home because of a single COVID-19-like symptom, but whose symptom dissipates within 24 hours. As per the Reported Illness Actions and Questions Guidelines, these individuals may return to school if symptoms have dissipated and they have not been exposed to any sick individual. If symptoms have not dissipated within 24 hours see #1 above.

c. Quarantined, but not symptomatic, due to COVID exposure. Individuals may return to school if they have been quarantined for 14 days and not developed symptoms of COVID-19 during that time.


Thank You,

Christine Huzenis

School News & Reminders

Soiree Meeting: Soiree Meeting Scheduled!! Bring your thinking cap and fun ideas to our first NCA Soiree meeting. September 30, 6:30 PM in the PC cafeteria.

Please RSVP to Jen Reyes at or Leigh Holzman at If the number of attendees is too high we will move to a virtual platform.

FSP Lunch Ordering: Through FSP NCA has been offered free lunches for every student from September through December.  For those who ordered in September, you will receive a credit.  NCA will be emailing an October lunch order form as soon as we receive the menu from FSP.  For the short term, orders will no longer be taken on Bonili. 

NCA's 2020-2021 Family Handbook is now posted on SchoolSpeak and NCA's website. Parents should take some time to review this important document.

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.

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

September 17: Primary School Virtual Back-to-School Night
Thursday, September 17
Pre School & Jr. Kindergarten 6:30 pm
1st Grade- 6:55 pm
2nd Grade- 7:20 pm
3rd Grade- 7:45 pm
4th Grade- 8:10 pm

Parents will receive a Zoom invite from their child's homeroom teacher.

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

September 23: Middle School dismisses at 1:45 &1:50 and Primary School at 1:55 and 2:10. ECP is available at the Primary School.

September 24: Kindergarten Virtual Back-to-School Night
Thursday, September 24 @ 6:30 pm

Parents will receive a Zoom invite from their kindergarten teacher 


September 30: Soiree meeting @ 6:30 PM in PC cafeteria

October 7: Wildcat Stomp- DONATING OPENS!

October 7: 
Middle School dismisses at 1:45 &1:50 and Primary School at 1:55 and 2:10. ECP is available at the Primary School.

October 14: Fundraiser Kick-off

NCA families!

We are excited to kick off our Wildcat Stomp on October 14th. Our goal is to raise funds for teacher support, to maintain affordability for families, & COVID operational costs, and to strengthen our school community. Our school has always relied on fundraising to provide exceptional opportunities to enhance student learning. And this year, we have more needs than we’ve ever had before, which means we need your support more than ever.


We completely understand if your family is not in a position to financially support the school right now. You can still be involved by simply SHARING about our fundraiser with friends and extended family online at Sharing IS supporting!

We are so grateful for any consideration to support our school during this time. We’ll send more details on how we will safely be running the program as we get closer to our kick-off. We hope this fundraiser will allow your students to feel a little more connected to our school and community!


Key dates to remember:

Donating Opens - 10/7
Register on FUNRUN.COM, SHARE, & GIVE!

Fundraiser Kick-Off - 10/14

Event Day - 10/23
SAVE THE DATE! You're Invited!


We are grateful for our NCA family! Thank you for your support this year. We all need it!

AmazonSmile is a simple way for you to support Northside Catholic Academy every time you shop, at no cost to you. AmazonSmile is available at on your web browser and can be activated in the Amazon Shopping app for iOS and Android phones. When you shop, you'll find the exact same low prices, vast selection, and convenient shopping experience as, with the added benefit that AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to NCA.

Go to and assign Northside Catholic Academy as the organization you want to support, and every quarter you'll receive an email showing how much has been donated.

As always, thank you for your continued support!
Please visit the STAMP teachers' Google site for their newsletter and a video they created about their school year curriculum. STAMP teachers will also post activities on their Google page for remote learners. Students in grades 3 - 8 will be graded in STAMP classes, so they should check these pages every week. 

Please click the link below to access our STAMP Google site.

Hello NCA Parents.

Attached you will find a document that outlines NCA Remote Learning Plan for the 2020-2021 school year. The plan encompasses the remote learning that will take place for those students whose parents have elected that learning experience for Trimester 1 and when remote learning needs to take place due to a classroom quarantine, building quarantine, poor weather, or a district-wide shutdown. All parents should be familiar with the plan to assist and support any transitions that may be required.


Principal Huzenis

Please click the attachment to view details and requirements.
Please click the attachment to view the room parent request letter.
Board of Specified Jurisdiction

We hope everyone's school year is off to a great start! NCA will hold its first board meeting next Wednesday, September 16, at 6:30 pm via Zoom. Hear updates from committees and the administration on the status of the school and what we're working on for the upcoming year. Please email Jackie Blake at to RSVP and receive the link to the meeting if you'd like to attend. 

Self-Care Awareness Month- Who cares about the parents? WE DO! 

Being a parent is a thankless and sometimes very stressful job. Being a parent during a Pandemic adds to the stress, creating many nerve-racking and overwhelming moments. As a parent, your focus is always on your family, and you might find it challenging to give that same attention to yourself.

A lack of self-care can create a downward spiral. When you are not caring for yourself, it's tougher to be an empathetic and patient parent. You matter, so it's essential to set aside a little bit of time for self-care, even when you feel like you don't have a single second to devote to yourself. September is Self-Care Awareness Month, and we want to encourage our parent community to take some time to participate in self-care activities every week this month. Below are this week's five self-care suggestions.


1. Spend Time in Nature

Studies have found that spending time in nature can have a positive impact on your psychological well-being. A quick walk in the park, a hike on a trail, or time spent tending a garden could help you feel rested and relaxed. If you don't have many opportunities to get outside and be in nature, you still have some options. Looking at landscape photos can be just as calming as physically being in nature.


2. Listen to Music
Whether you find classical music soothing or prefer to dance to some 80s tunes, listening to music can be a great way to take care of yourself. You don't necessarily need to set aside a particular time to listen to music. Turn on some music while feeding your children or listen to your favorite song while getting ready for the day. It's a simple thing that can go a long way toward boosting your mood and helping you feel prepared to tackle whatever life throws your way.


3. Take a Break From Electronics
Scrolling through social media, surfing the internet, and binge-watching TV might seem like an excellent way to relax. On the contrary, those activities can sometimes cause more stress than they relieve. Digital devices can create a lot of pressure to be "on." Whether you feel compelled to reply to a work email late at night or you answer social media messages right before bed, your electronic habits might be taking a more significant toll on you than you realize. Research shows people who sleep without a phone in their rooms feel happier and better rested.

4. Schedule Time With Friends or Family
Maintaining your social connections is an integral part of self-care. However, it can be challenging to find time to see friends and family, especially if the activities don't involve the kids. If you schedule a future physical distancing activity for yourself, it gives you something to look forward to (which can be a good self-care strategy in itself). Then, engaging in social activity will provide another boost to your psychological well-being.


5. Turn Your Bedroom Into a Retreat
If your bedroom is filled with piles of clothes and clutter, you may feel more stress when you enter it. An excellent way to take care of yourself is to turn your bedroom into a retreat that you look forward to enjoying. Declutter your space, buy some comfortable sheets, and do a little redecorating. A cozy chair to read a good book in or a decluttered closet may help you feel more relaxed. Investing some time into making your room a retreat now can ensure you will have a comfortable place to unwind at the end of the day.


We’re so grateful for Father Arthur! He visited the Middle School on Tuesday, blessed, and prayed for every classroom. We appreciate his spiritual, and emotional support. Thank you, Father Arthur!
Room 4 has been busy color sorting and building with colored popsicle sticks! Good job!
Our remote learners have been staying focused and taking care of business all week! Way to go, e-learners! Keep up the good work!


We are happy to announce the formation of a brand-new choir here at St. Ignatius: St. Ignatius Handbell Choir. We will have an informational meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, at 6:30 p.m., in the Music Room. This choir will be open to children and adults, Grade 4 and up. We will learn music to enhance our liturgies and praise God. Our rehearsals will be 30 minutes each, and we hope to play each month. Come and see it!

Soli Deo Gloria!

Carole Prendergast

Fr. Mike Will Run a Marathon for Heart to Heart This Year

Even though the Chicago Marathon will not occur this year, Fr. Mike Bradley WILL run a personal marathon right here in the neighborhood to benefit our Heart to Heart ministry! On Sunday, October 11 at 6:00 am, Fr. Mike will start his run at the front entrance of the Rectory and run the 26.2 miles in a specially designed Edgewater course.

Solicitations for donors to support Fr. Mike and the Heart to Heart Ministry will be going out soon. And there will also be other ways to support Fr. Mike via the parish website. There will be lots more information in future newsletters and ways to donate online and in church.

Please begin thinking about being part of the Fr. Mike Marathon Support Team on October 11. We are looking for parishioners willing to be stationed at specified locations along the route to provide him with water and some nutritious snacks to get him through the run. And we’ll be inviting everyone to find a time and a spot on his route where you can be present to cheer him on! As usual, there will be some special t-shirts available for purchase which support him and Heart to Heart! This year, we also have lawn signs to support him!

Please return this completed form and payment for any ordered items to the Rectory office, drop this in the Sunday collection box, or email 
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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