Weekly NCA Newsletter! 
November 20, 2019 - Issue 13
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Dear NCA Parents,

NCA's traditional enrollment timeline has changed. New sibling applications need to be submitted earlier due to the school's need to prepare and accommodate current and new families adequately. 

If your child has a sibling that will be attending NCA next school year for the first time, please follow both of these steps

1. Fill out an application by clicking on "New Student Application 2020-21" on SchoolSpeak.
2. Submit a copy of the child's birth certificate to or bring it to the main office.

Our current families are always a priority, and we want to ensure that every new sibling spot is accounted for and secure. All applications are due Monday, December 16. Thank you for your cooperation, and as always, we appreciate you choosing NCA.


Shakira Morrissette

Marketing & Admissions Director

School News & Reminders

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. 

Service Opportunity: Christmas Bazaar Volunteer Slots Now Open- To volunteer to help at the Bazaar, visit Under Search for a Sign-Up, type in and choose how you’d like to help. Volunteer slots do count toward NCA service hours!

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 Hearts: It was another rollover!! The pot keeps growing every day. This week the winner will take home over $11,000! Tickets are cheap $1 for 1 or 6 for $5. Tickets available at the Double Bubble, The Sovereign, The Edge of Sweetness and the school offices. The Drawings are at the Double Bubble on Saturdays at 6:30! Come join in on the Fun!! You have to play to win.

❤️Queen of Hearts- Service Opportunity: The Queen of Hearts needs your help to spread the word. We are looking for volunteers to help us pump up the message and help the school realize it’s fundraising goals. The hours do count towards your yearly service hour requirement. We have QoH flyers available at the primary and middle school office. We are asking you to take an hour (or have your kids do a good deed), and tape the flyers to every door on your block anytime Sunday through Thursday. There are hundreds of neighbors who went to Catholic schools in the area and even more neighbors who support the mission of NCA.

Whether you can help us once or on a recurring basis, we would love your help. The flyers can be filled out each week with a new number for the pot. Please email John Wyman at or text him at 773-354-3481 if you are willing to be a block captain for your block. Or stop by either campus and pick up a stack of flyers.


Important Dates:

November 20: School Board Meeting—St. Ignatius Canteen @ 6:30 PM
Please click the attachment to view the BSJ Meeting Agenda- 11-20-19.

November 22: Trimester 1 Report Cards sent home

November 22: NCA Soiree Out of Uniform Day -Bring in a $2 donation

November 26:  ½ Day—Trimester 1 Conferences
MS Campus 11:10 Dismissal
PS Campus 11:30 Dismissal
No afternoon ECP available
Scholastic Book Fair in Primary Lunchroom
November 27 – 29: No School—Thanksgiving Holiday
December 3: Middle School Transition Prep Night- Middle School Campus—Colletti Hall @ 6:30 PM

December 3: NCA Soiree Meeting PC Cafeteria at 6 pm

December 4: Professional Development Early Release:
MS Campus 1:50 Dismissal
PS Campus 2:10 Dismissal
ECP available at both campuses

December 6: NCAPO Meeting—Primary School lunchroom @ 8:15 AM
December 7: Catholic High School Entrance Exams
December 10: Primary School (3rd & 4th grade) Advent Reconciliation 10:00 AM St. Gertrude Church
December 12: Primary School (Gr. K – 4) Christmas Program- St. Gertrude Church @ 6:30 PM
December 17: Middle School Advent Reconciliation 10:00 AM- St. Margaret Mary Church
December 19: NCAPO Candy Cane Day
December 19:  Pre-school Christmas Program Primary School Gym @1:30 PM


🎁🎄🎁NEW UPDATES TO THE NCAPO Christmas Gift Fund This Year! 🎁🎄🎁

In the past, we ask parents to consolidate their gifting efforts into a collective pool of funds that will be divided up between all of the NCA teachers and staff. The donations will benefit all teachers, the specials teachers, and other NCA personnel. Everyone will receive their gift from the entire NCAPO (that means YOU!). We hope that you will contribute as we feel this is a great way to show our appreciation to everyone at NCA who support our children.

We are excited to announce that the NCA administration will match the fund *DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR*!!

Sounds awesome and you want to give RIGHT MEOW! YES! 🙌 You have 2 options.

1. School Speak:  Select “Staff Christmas Donation” under Quick Links. Go to the bottom and click on the "next" button. Follow the prompts to complete your gift.

2. Via check payable to NCA in an envelope marked "Christmas Gift Fund.”

Contributions to the fund need to be made by EOD, December 9.
More details can be found here (link to pdf). If you’d like more detailed information on our giving approach, please contact Crystal Slagle,

NCA’s Passport to the World Committee organized Northside Catholic Academy’s International Week. The teachers and students transformed each classroom and surrounding hallway to represent a country of their choosing.  Classes visited each “country” to have their passports stamped and learn about that country. Our middle school students presented research reports on various countries to their classmates. They also participated in a fun trivia that tested the knowledge they researched throughout the week. Our amazing teachers and staff made this an exceptional week for the students.

The week culminated in Northside Catholic Academy International Night at the primary campus social hall on Friday, November 8. The event was so well attended that we nearly outgrew our space, with dozens of families sharing delicious meals from across the world. NCA families shared food from Bolivia, Cuba, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Germany, Mexico, Peru, Thailand, Tibet, and many, many more. We celebrated NCA’s diverse community while giving students and their families a taste of the world beyond Chicago.

The evening was highlighted by a delightful educational event performed by NCA families and friends demonstrating their love of the centuries-old Ethiopian and Eritrean tradition of making and sharing coffee to all those who attended. Dancing and music followed along with an original game of “pass the clay” among the younger crowds.

Thank you to all who made the night possible, including the teachers, the principal, and the administration.  Thank you to all the families who supported International Week with their participation and presence. If you missed International Night this year, do not worry!  The night was so successful that we are already planning for next year. We hope to see you then!

Reading is snow much fun!

The Scholastic Book Fair will be at our school this November! Kindergarten through fourth grade will visit the fair either Thursday, November 21 or Friday, November 22. Middle school classes will all visit their fair on Monday, November 25. The fair will also be open during conferences, so stop by to stock up for the holidays.


The theme for our Fall 2019 Book Fair is Arctic Adventure: Reading is Snow Much Fun! To make it all run, we need some volunteers. Please check out SchoolSpeak to sign up. Sign up for classroom visits, which requires VIRTUS training, or set up and breakdown, which does not require VIRTUS training. If you have any questions, please email Elizabeth Sobczyk at


New this year! We will be offering a feature called eWallet. Kids can go cashless when parents sign up for this digital payment option. Set up a free account using your credit card and funds are immediately available for your child to shop the Book Fair. You pick the limit and will only be charged for what your child spends up to that limit. Links will be active by 11/8- sign up your primary campus student here: and your middle school student here:


Profits from the Book Fair are used to buy books for the Primary Campus and Middle School Libraries, and for books and resources for all of the classrooms.


We look forward to seeing all of you either volunteering or shopping!




The Book Fair Committee

Laura Kollar and Elizabeth Sobczyk

A big thank you to every family and volunteer who attended NCA's Puppet & Clown Show. We had an excellent time bonding with the people in our community and meeting new families.

We look forward to seeing you at our next playdate!

Last week our 8th-grade students gave their stock market presentations. The 8th-graders were broken down into several groups, each group presented 2-3 stocks, and as a class voted on 6 stocks, which they will track over the next 7 months. At the end of the program, each student will earn a 2% management fee.

It’s an excellent educational program that teaches students through hands-on experience, how to calculate and choose the right stock investment and monitor return on investment. 

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 (

NCA Basketball Opening Weekend🏀🐾
Wildcat basketball games have officially started.

A few updates from the first weekend of action:

  • 6th-grade boys went 2-0, they beat AACA 22-14 and St Nicks 37-10!
  • 8th-grade boys Lakefront team had a challenging first game vs Hardey they lost 53-27.
  • 7th-grade girls Skyline team played hard but fell to St. Helen's.
  • 5th-grade Blue defeated St. Nicks 32-2 and started the season off great!
  • 4th-grade boys put together a solid effort against a tough St Ben’s team. These Wildcats were led in scoring by Roy B and Nico C.

Wildcat Spirit Wear Sale!!!!!
Show your support and get your NCA Wildcat spirit gear today!!!
Please review the Spirit Wear flyer below. Prices and packages are listed.

If interested, please email order with the following information:
1. Name,
2. Child’s name
3. Child’s grade/teacher 
4. What items or package you want to purchase to

-Payments can be made via main office (attention NCA Athletics) or through Venmo @Seamus-McGowan-1

All 4 spirit items for $40!!!

The Superfan Package is the best value, but the offer is for a limited time only. You can also buy the items individually:
Sweaty bands— $12
Wildcat socks— $10
NCA Wildcat hat— $15
NCA bleacher seat cushion- $20

Wildcat Fans
Please keep on an eye on our Athletic Calendar on the NCA website and come out and CHEER on our wildcats. Look out for our Soccer, Volleyball, Cross Country, and Big Red football schedules. Please visit NCA's Athletic Calendar for more details about these games.


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

7G Lake vs. St. Ben's 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM (St Margaret Mary Activity Center)

7B Sky vs. St. Ben's 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM (St Margaret Mary Activity Center, 7341 N Claremont Ave, Chicago, IL 60645)

NOV—22-- FRI

7B Lake vs. St. Matthias 7 PM – 8 PM (Amundsen High School, 5110 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60625, USA)

8B Lake vs. St. Matthias 8 PM – 9 PM (Amundsen High School, 5110 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60625, USA) 


4B vs. AACA Gold 9 AM – 10 AM (St Margaret Mary Activity Center,

5G Blue vs. St. Helen 10 AM – 11 AM (St Margaret Mary Activity Center, 7341 N Claremont Ave, Chicago, IL 60645, USA) Athletics

5B Blue vs. ICSJ White 11 AM – 12 PM (St Margaret Mary Activity Center, 7341 N Claremont Ave, Chicago, IL 60645

5B White vs. FXW Black 12 PM – 1 PM (The Frances Xavier Warde Catholic School Old St. Pat Campus, 120 S Desplaines St, Chicago, IL 60661

6G vs. St. Ben's Maroon 12 PM – 1 PM (St. Benedict Prep Gym, 3941 N Bell Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

8B Sky vs. St. Clement 12 PM – 1 PM (St Margaret Mary Activity Center, 7341 N Claremont Ave, Chicago, IL 60645

5G White vs. St. Clement White 1 PM – 2 PM (St. Vincent de Paul Center, 2145 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614

8G Sky vs. AACA 4 PM – 5 PM (St. Alphonsus Academy & Center for the Arts, 1439 W Wellington Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

Preparing for the Christmas Pageant: As is our tradition during the gospel of the Christmas Eve 5:00 pm Family Mass, the kids from St. Gertrude parish will act out the Christmas story. 

I will need  Mary, Joseph, shepherds, three kings, and lots of angels. I also need parents to come to the rehearsals and assist with organizing the kids. 

Parents need to attend the rehearsal so that when the rehearsal is over, the kids have a ride home. This will count as NCA service hours if you are in need of them.  I am hoping to have two rehearsals in the church after the 10:30 am Mass on December 1 and 15 for 30 minutes each and then one final dress rehearsal on December 22 at 12:30 in the church.

If you and your child are interested in participating in the Christmas pageant this year, please contact me at

Christmas is coming and so is the St Gertrude’s Bazaar Balsam Pine Sale!!

Just two weeks left for DISCOUNTED PRICING and FREE DELIVERY for your 6 ft tree!

Order Christmas trees, Wreaths and Garland from the St Gertrude’s Bazaar Balsam Pine Sale!!


Online ordering – go to

Our Annual Christmas Bazaar! St. Gert's annual Christmas Bazaar is Saturday, December 7 from 10:00 am-4:00 pm and Sunday, December 8 from 9:00 am-2:30 pm. This annual event features handmade, fair-trade arts and crafts, plus a fabulous used book sale, Christmas greenery for sale, a White Elephant table, complimentary gift wrapping, and pictures with Santa. A pancake & sausage breakfast with music provided by St. Gertrude parishioners will be held on Sunday, December 8 from 8:30 am-1:00 pm.


Donations for the Christmas Bazaar's White Elephant: Contributions for the White Elephant areas will be accepted on Sundays from 12:00-3:00 pm in the Social Hall, 1401 W. Granville Ave., through Sunday, December 1. Please note, no clothing, linens, or stuffed animals will be accepted.


Christmas Bazaar Volunteer Slots Now Open: To volunteer to help at the Bazaar, visit Under Search for a Sign-Up, type in and choose how you’d like to help. Volunteer slots do count toward NCA service hours!  


November is the Month of Remembrance: In November, we will celebrate All Saints Day and All Souls Day. These Holy Days mark the start of a month-long celebration of remembrance. The Remembrance Altar will be available; everyone is invited to bring a picture or a memento of a loved one to place on it. On All Saints Day, this Friday, November 1, a Holy Day of Obligation, Mass will be held at 7:30 am and 7:00 pm.

Children's Choir: The Music Director at St. Gertrude’s Parish, Ms. Mary Clare Barker, would like to start a children’s choir that would sing a couple of pieces for the All Are Welcome concert on Saturday, November 16 at 7:30 pm. It would also be nice to have the children’s choir sing something at the monthly family Masses at 10:30 in the church.

If your child or children are interested, please email her at Rehearsals will be on Saturdays at 3 - 3:45 in the church. If you can’t make this time on a regular basis, you should not consider being part of the children’s choir. She will also need at least one parent present at every rehearsal as Archdiocesan rules mandate the presence of two adults when in the company of children on church property.


Get your wreaths, swags, and centerpieces from St. Ignatius and avoid the lines and cold weather of December. Prices range from $20 for a 22” Noble Fir Wreath to $31 for a 28” Mixed Evergreen Wreath. The assortment also includes a holiday centerpiece and swag. You can order online at

ALL ORDERS MUST BE PLACED BY NOVEMBER 4TH. Greenery will be available for pick-up at the church on Sunday, December 8, 2019. Give your support and enjoy beautiful evergreens fresh from the Pacific Northwest.

Change in St. Gertrude Rectory Hours

The Rectory will close at 4:45 pm on Fridays beginning Friday, September 6.

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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