Weekly NCA Newsletter! 
January 8, 2020 - Issue 19
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Dear PreK-7th Parents,

If you did not fill out the Intent to Not Return Form, Monday, your family was automatically re-registered for the 2020-2021 school year. The $200 non-refundable registration fee that has always accompanied re-registration for each family will now automatically be added to what is deducted from your Smart Tuition account in $100 increments February and March.


  1. Because we are removing this additional paperwork, please remember to ensure your family's information is always kept up to date in your SchoolSpeak account. If you need any help doing so, please reach out to Leigh Holzman at
  2. If your child has a sibling that will be attending NCA next school year for the first time, please follow both of these steps:

            - Fill out an application by clicking on "New Student Application 2020-21" on SchoolSpeak.

            - Please submit a copy of the child's birth certificate to or bring it to the main office.

      3. If for any reason, a current student is not returning, excluding eighth-grade students, the Intent to Not Return Form needs to be submitted TODAY to prevent the non-refundable automatic deduction from taking place; this is a final notice. Please click the link to fill out the Intent to Not Return Form.


Please contact Leigh Holzman at , if you have any questions concerning the new registration process.


Thank you for your cooperation in helping us Go Green as we seek to streamline processes, and as always, we appreciate you choosing NCA!

School News & Reminders

Transitioning to the Middle School: The event has been rescheduled to Tuesday, January 21st at 6:30 pm in Colletti Hall.

Invest in Kids Act Tuition Tax Credit Scholarship (TCS) update for 2020-2021

Key items to note:

  • Empower Illinois SGO application process begins January 15, 2020, Reservations Open at 6:30 PM Click to Submit at 7:00 PM.
  • The Empower Illinois application process will again be a two-step process.
  • The Big Shoulders SGO application date is January 14, 2020, Time 8:00 AM.
  • Please put these dates on your calendar if you plan on applying.
  • NCA will have a Google Chromebook lab open for applicants to apply for the Big Shoulders Fund Tax Credit Scholarship on January 14, 2020, at the Primary School Campus in the Social Hall and we will have staff present to assist with the application process. You must arrive at 7:20 AM to prepare to submit an application properly. Preschool students can not receive the Big Shoulders Fund Tax Credit Scholarship, only kindergarten through 8th-grade students.
  • NCA will have a Google Chromebook lab open for applicants to apply for the Empower IL Tax Credit Scholarship on January 15, 2020, at the Middle School Campus in Colletti Hall and we will have staff present to assist with the application process. You must arrive at 6:20 PM to prepare to submit an application properly. Preschool students can not receive the Empower IL Tax Credit Scholarship, only kindergarten through 8th-grade students.
  • If you received TCS funding for 2019-2020, you must reapply for 2020-2021. The applications remain on a first come first serve basis. NCA families need to have their tax information together before the application dates.

Spanish Translators Needed: Service Hour Opportunity! We need Spanish translators to translate on Jan 14 from 7:20 to- 8:20 AM at the Primary School in the Social Hall. We also need Spanish translators for Jan 15 from 6:20 to-7:20 PM at the Middle School in Colletti Hall. Please sign up on SchoolSpeak today! Thank you in advance!

NCA Green Team Meeting: Join the Green Team this Saturday at Uncommon Ground (1401 W Devon) from 1:30-3:30 PM.

Catholic Schools Week: We're looking for families who will speak at one Mass at each parish on Sunday, Jan 26. You will receive service hours for speaking at the Mass. If you are available, please contact Shakira at 

Service Hours: Remember that every family must complete 20 hours of service every year! All volunteer opportunities are posted on SchoolSpeak. Look often as new opportunities are added all the time! There are opportunities now listed that do NOT require VIRTUS training! All Service hours must be recorded in SchoolSpeak. Please see the quick link on the left side of the website. There are postings for Primary School recess volunteers on SchoolSpeak. 

NCA Calendars: We have NCA 2019-2020 Family Calendars for sale at both campuses. They are $15 and showcase all of the artwork that was sold at the Soiree. The calendars make great gifts, and they have all the relevant school dates and run August - August.  Proceeds go to NCA's arts program. Be sure to stop by the main office and purchase one!

Please see order form attached.

Queen of Heart: On Saturday #18 revealed the Joker.  NCA’s very own Kelly family won $125!!  Way to go! The pot will be over $30, 550 on Saturday. Come and join us for the drawing on Saturday at 6:30 pm. Otherwise, you can purchase tickets daily at the Double Bubble, Edge of Sweetness, The Sovereign and the school Offices.  You have to play to win!! 


Important Dates:

January 8: Professional Development Early Release: MS Campus 1:50 Dismissal- Primary School Campus 2:10 Dismissal- ECP available at both campuses

January 10: NCAPO Meeting—Primary School lunchroom @ 8:15 AM

January 11: (Saturday) Green Team Meeting—Uncommon Ground (1401 W Devon) from 1:30-3:30 PM.

January 14: Google Chrome lab open for applicants to apply for the Big Shoulders Fund Tax Credit Scholarship at the Primary School Campus in the Social Hall at 7:15 AM

January 14: Town Hall Meeting-Primary School lunchroom @6:30 PM
January 14: 8th Grade Graduation Pictures

January 15: Google Chrome lab open for applicants to apply for the Empower IL Tax Credit Scholarship at the Middle School Campus in the Colletti Hall at 6:15 PM
January 15: School Board Meeting—Primary School lunchroom @ 6:30 PM
January 20: Martin Luther King Day—No School

January 21: Transitioning to the Middle School- Middle School Campus 6:30 PM- 8 PM

January 26: Catholic Schools Week Begins
Primary School Open House & Art Show 11 AM- 1 PM 
Middle School Open House Art & Music Show 12 PM- 2 PM
February 5: Professional Development Early Release:
Middle School 1:50 Dismissal
Primary School 2:10 Dismissal
ECP available at both campuses

February 7: Elmo Meet & Greet- Preschool & Junior Kindergarten Open House at the Primary Campus from 9 AM- 10:30 AM

February 7: NCAPO Meeting—Primary School lunchroom @ 8:15 AM

February 14: Valentine’s Day—Red, White, Pink Dress Down Day
Valentine’s Day Classroom Celebrations
February 17: President’s Day—No School

February 22: NCA Soiree at Ravenswood Event Center

February 26: Ash Wednesday



NCA is celebrating 25 years of educating students in our community, and we are planning toward the education of students for the next 25 years. As we begin 2020, administration and staff are already starting to strategize and determine needs for the 2020-2021 school year. The focus of our planning is always centered on what we can do to benefit our students in their academics, faith, and how they can be socially and emotionally prepared in the 21st century. In order to move forward, we wish to provide another opportunity for our parents and the school community to learn more about what is happening within our school. Earlier in the school year, we provided opportunities for parents to share and listen at our Coffee with the Principal at each of our campuses. Also, this fall, administration and the Board of Specified Jurisdiction (BSJ) shared our 3-Year Strategic Plan to keep our school community abreast of our plans for moving NCA forward.

We value the opportunity to connect with our stakeholders and our intention for this town hall meeting is to offer another open space to engage in quality conversation. This is a chance for our parents and school community members to ask questions and listen to the discussions. So, as we prepare for the 2020-2021 school year, we are cordially inviting our families to join us at this meeting.


When: Tuesday, January 14, 2020 @ 6:30 – 8:00

Where: Primary School Lunchroom

For this town hall meeting, we want to invite you to submit questions. Please click the link below to submit all questions. We will address the questions received in the online form and then open up the discussion to additional questions. A panel, which will include administration from both campuses, BSJ members, NCA’s marketing director, and teacher representatives, will be in attendance to answer your questions.
Question Submission Form:


We are SIX DAYS away from the opening of the Big Shoulders Fund Tax Credit Scholarship Application on January 14, 2020, at 8:00 am. Below you will find links to the Application Toolkit, which provides detailed instructions to help you prepare and submit your Tax Credit Scholarship application to Big Shoulders Fund. Preschool students can not receive the Big Shoulders Fund Tax Credit Scholarship. Northside Catholic Academy will have a Google Chromebook lab open for applicants to apply at the Primary School Campus in the Social Hall, and we will have staff present to assist with the application process. You must arrive at 7:20 am to prepare to submit an application properly.

Big Shoulders Fund will provide the link to the application 24 hours in advance, as well as posting the link on our website and social media platforms. As a reminder, scholarships do not automatically renew; you MUST reapply each year.

For more information and resources, visit

If you or your families have further questions, you can email us at

NCA Soirée tickets are now on sale just in time to invite family and friends over the holidays! February 22, 2020 will be a spectacular evening you won't want to miss.


  • 📰 Meeting this Friday, 1/10 at Primary Campus (after morning drop off). We try to keep meetings to no more than an hour! Come earn a service hour and learn what NCAPO activities are in store for 2020!
  • 🙏 WE DID IT! Huge thank you to our awesome parents! With your help, we were able to raise over $14,000 which means that the administration matched us!! That’s $28,000 to our wonderful teachers and staff!
  • ⛸️ Save the date for MLK Skate Day, Monday, 1/20, 9:00 am-11:30 am. Join us for a morning of ice skating compliments of the NCAPO at Warren Park! This is a free event and ice skates will be provided! Children must be accompanied by an adult. Hot chocolate and baked goods will be provided. Volunteers are needed to bring baked goods, sign up on School Speak.
Please click the links below to view STAMP newsletters:

NCA Wildcat Athletics 🐾

If you have any questions about our NCA Wildcat Athletics, please contact either our AD Dave Scholtes ( or Assistant AD Seamus McGowan (

Upcoming NCA Basketball Schedule


8B Lake vs. OLMCA---5:30 PM – 6:30 PM (St. Gertrude Gym)

8G Lake vs. Queen of Angels---6:30 PM – 7:30 PM (St. Gertrude Gym)

7B Lake vs. Queen of Angels---7:30 PM – 8:30 PM (St. Gertrude Gym)


7G Lake vs. Queen of Angels---6 PM – 7 PM (Queen of Angels Parish Center, 4412 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60625


8G Sky vs. St. Ben---5:30 PM – 6:30 PM (St Margaret Mary Activity Center)

7G Sky vs. St. Helen---6:30 PM – 7:30 PM (St Margaret Mary Activity Center)

8B Lake vs. St. Ben---7:30 PM – 8:30 PM (St Margaret Mary Activity Center)

JAN—11 (SAT)

4B vs. OSM Gold--9 AM – 10 AM (Old St. Mary's Catholic School, 1474 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605)

5G White vs. ICSJ White---9 AM – 10 AM (St. Gertrude Gym)

5B Blue vs. St. Ben Maroon--10 AM – 11 AM (St. Benedict Prep Gym, 3941 N Bell Ave, Chicago, IL 60618, USA)

5B White vs. OSM Blue---10 AM – 11 AM (Old St. Mary's Catholic School, 1474 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605, USA)

5G Blue vs. St. Josaphat---10 AM – 11 AM (St. Gertrude Gym)

6G vs. OSM Blue--11 AM – 12 PM (St. Gertrude Gym)

5G Blue vs. St. Clement Blue--12 PM – 1 PM (St. Vincent de Paul Center, 2145 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614

6B vs. FXW Black--12 PM – 1 PM (St. Gertrude Gym)

8G Lake vs. St. Matthias--12 PM – 1 PM (St. Matthias Catholic School, 4910 N Claremont Ave, Chicago, IL 60625

6G vs. FXW Green--1 PM – 2 PM (St. Gertrude Gym) Athletics

5G White vs. Sacred Heart Black -- 2 PM – 3 PM (St. Gertrude Gym) Athletics

6B vs. St. Ben Gold--5 PM – 6 PM (St. Benedict Prep Gym, 3941 N Bell Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

8G Sky vs. OSM--8 PM – 9 PM (Old St. Mary's Catholic School, 1474 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605)

JAN—12 (SUN)

4B vs. St. Ben White--2:30 PM – 3:30 PM (St Margaret Mary Activity Center)

5B Blue vs. Queens Blue--3:30 PM – 4:30 PM (St Margaret Mary Activity Center)

5B White vs. ICSJ Blue--4:30 PM – 5:30 PM (St Margaret Mary Activity Center)

7G Sky vs. Sacred Heart---6 PM – 7 PM (Sacred Heart Schools, 6250 N Sheridan Rd, Chicago, IL 60660)

JAN—14 (TUE)

7B Sky vs. Hardey --5:30 PM – 6:30 PM (St. Gertrude Gym)

8G Sky vs. AACA---6:30 PM – 7:30 PM (St. Gertrude Gym)

8B Sky vs. Hardey---7:30 PM – 8:30 PM (St. Gertrude Gym)

💪Orangetheory Fitness has a fantastic Transformation Challenge going on from January 20th - March 15th! It is an eight-week challenge that includes three body scans in the beginning, middle, and after. It also includes tons of fun events that will be hosted during the challenge! The winners are determined by the greatest change in the percentage of body fat lost during the challenge. There will be one female and one male winner, which will be awarded $500 with a check! Registration for this challenge is $35, but we waive the fee if you join in January with a membership!

😊All heart monitor proceeds go to NCA for January. Free one day passes are available, stop by the main office at the primary or middle school campus starting tomorrow.

St. Gertrude Religious Ed Teacher Needed

Have you been thinking of a way to give back or make connections at St. Gertrude? Consider becoming a catechist! Catechists teach Religious Education classes, which at St. Gertrude are offered to children in grades 1-8. Classes are taught on 

Sunday mornings from 9:00-10:15 am. Other catechists teach brief lessons of faith based on the Sunday readings in our Kids Word program. This takes place during the 10:30 am Masses in Church and is for children in grades K-4.

The goal of catechists is to share their faith and the lessons of God and Jesus by creating age-appropriate lessons, teach the traditions of the church, and build community with the families of their students. Catechists are usually not professional teachers, just willing parents and parishioners who enjoy kids and want to help them grow in a personal relationship with God, participate in the sacraments, and develop a mature conscience and integrate faith in all areas of their lives.

Candidates must either be Virtus-certified or willing to take training that educates participants on the signs of child sexual abuse, the methods, and means by which offenders commit abuse, how to prevent it, and submit to a background check. 

Interested in Being Catholic?
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a process by which adults learn more about the Catholic Church. This free program begins on Sunday, September 8 after the 10:30 am Mass in the Ministry Center and meets until Pentecost.

Many people who begin RCIA are non-Catholics seeking to become Catholic or at least to explore whether Catholicism might be a good home. Those who complete the process and decide to become Catholic are initiated into the Church at the Easter Vigil Mass on Holy Saturday. Others who take RCIA are already Catholic but want a deeper understanding of their faith foundation.

The RCIA process does not ask those who have been baptized in another faith to give up their denominational experiences. Rather, the RCIA process seeks to add new colors and designs to their existing faith life tapestry. In addition to attending Mass, the RCIA process includes weekly gatherings of breaking open the Word of God, sharing our stories, and learning about our faith traditions.

For information about the RCIA process at St. Gertrude or to register for the program, contact Kevin Chears at or call the Rectory at 773.764.3621.
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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