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Weekly NCA Newsletter! 
May 13, 2020 - Issue 35
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Dear NCA Families,

I wish to inform you that I will be retiring at the end of this school year. My last day will be June 15, 2020. I am very happy to have spent the last years of my long teaching career at Northside Catholic Academy.

During my years of service at Northside Catholic Academy, I have grown and flourished. I sincerely appreciate your willingness to allow me to educate your children in the field of technology, programming, and engineering.

I have always given my best to my students. In return, they gave their best to me with the many projects we have designed, programmed, created, and built over the years. I have enjoyed working with you and your children.

While I look forward to retirement, I will miss my colleagues, the NCA families, and all of the children of NCA. I wish you and the students at NCA all the best in the years to come.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Love

  • Thursday, May 14—Final Student Belonging Pick up Day at Primary School Campus & Final day for Food Drive Drop Off, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Friday, May 15— Virtual 8th Grade Ribbon Ceremony for 8th-grade students 
  • Monday, May 18—E-learning Professional Development Day-NO E-LEARNING FOR STUDENTS
  • Thursday, May 28— 8th Grade Graduation (time & details forthcoming)
  • Friday, May 29— Final day of e-learning instruction
  • Monday, June 1— E-learning Professional Development Day-NO E-LEARNING FOR STUDENTS
Wednesday, May 20 (12:30 PM-1:30 PM)
Tour the Middle School with Asst. Principal Frazzani (Via Zoom)- Recieve a virtual tour while learning the structure, environment, and school policies. Asst. Principal Frazzani will be highlighting the departmentalized and rigorous curriculum, how the Middle School provides students with increased independence, organization, executive functioning skills, and social-emotional development. She will also be discussing how the Middle School prepares students to excel in high school and how 100% of our students go to their first-choice high school. 

Friday, May 22 (10:30 AM- 11:30 AM)
Coffee with the Principal and Q & A (via Facebook Live)- Join Principal Huzenis for coffee from her office via Facebook Live. Learn about our award-winning educational approach. Hear how NCA has been handling the transition to remote learning and receive the opportunity to ask questions!


Tuesday, May 26 (12:30 PM-1:30 PM)
Transitioning Preschool to Kindergarten (via Zoom)- Join NCA's kindergarten teacher, asst. principal, and admissions director to learn about NCA's senior kindergarten program and to discuss the pivotal transition from preschool to kindergarten for students at Northside Catholic Academy.

Wednesday, May 27 (12:30 PM-1:30 PM)
Preparing for Preschool (via Zoom)- Join NCA's preschool teacher, asst. principal, and admissions director to learn how NCA's preschool and junior kindergarten program ​provides a child-centered learning program where children participate in meaningful play in a stimulating and joyful environment that enables them to make a comfortable transition from home to school. 

Every Tuesday & Thursday
Chat with the Admission Director (Via Zoom)- Have questions about NCA's admission process and financial aid? Schedule a Zoom appointment anytime from 12 pm- 3 pm every Tuesday and Thursday.

 
  • May 15– St. Gregory with Fr. Paul celebrating mass
  • May 22– St. Jerome's with Fr. Reyes celebrating mass
  • May 29– St. Gertrude's with Fr. Rich celebrating mass
The Board of Specified Jurisdiction (BSJ) continues to meet remotely! Our next meeting will be next Wednesday, May 20, at 6:30 pm via Zoom. If you'd like to attend the meeting, please RSVP to Jackie Blake, jahoffma@hotmail.com or (773) 314-3827, and you will be sent the log-in information for the meeting.
 

Our School Counselor, Therese Schreiner, has been teaching and counseling students for 52 years, and she has learned a lot on her journey. Every week she shares words of wisdom with our community. This week Mrs. Schreiner is helping us cope with the completion of a disturbing school year.
 

BELIEVE IT OR NOT!
 

Yes, believe it or not, the 2019-2020 school year is drawing to a close very quickly.  Some children, especially those who have been in school for the last three or four years or more, may find that comforting; others do not. All children, when thinking about how the school used to be, before E-learning, I think may also wonder what is going to happen next year?  Will we be leaning remotely or in a classroom?  Who will my teacher be?  When will I meet my new teacher?  
 

It is so true that children need support in structure, familiarity, connection with friends, and an opportunity to focus on something positive.  Last week, after spending time on three-class zoom meetings, I observed that children are being supported in all ways both by you their parents, and their teachers. Kids are unique and resilient!   They will learn to adapt, given the necessary time.  Handling their anxiety about the unknown, parents should take small steps to familiarize their child with what is happening, by answering the questions as they occur.  This is where mindfulness comes into play.  Enjoy the moment; enjoy the summer with them.  As school time approaches, our Principal and Assistant Principals will give you the explanation you need.  As I used to say to my own children, “Take a deep breath!” 

 

As I have said many times, children do look to adults for guidance on how to react to stressful events.  From what I have observed, all at NCA have put forth extra efforts to assist you in this trying time.  I will be available, as well, to help in any way I can.  Don’t hesitate to ask.  I’d like to end with a realistic prayer.

 

God,

Grant me the serenity to accept the things 

I cannot change…

The courage to change the things

 I can…

And the Wisdom to know the difference!


Therese Schreiner

School Counselor

tschreiner@ncaschools.com

Curbside pick-up is bittersweet. We’re happy to see our families. We hate that it’s under these circumstances, but we know eventually all of this will be over. A BIG thank you to everyone who has donated to NCA Food Drive! We missed seeing your faces and we hope to see you again soon!
Wildcat Nation— Reminder to check your emails for the NCA Athletics Recap and Awards Newsletters!

The NCA Athletic Committee wants to say thank you to all of the hard-working volunteer coaches, to the parents, and to the players. We will be highlighting teams every Monday and Friday until the end of the school year. 🏀🐾🏐🏃

This week, Father Brian and Father Paul celebrated the anniversaries of their ordinations - 41 and 45 years, respectively.  Please say a prayer for them and all their priestly brothers who were ordained with them, and for increased vocations to the Catholic priesthood.

The team at Rogers Park Business Alliance has compiled a master list of all the open businesses, including who's doing delivery/carryout, selling gift cards, or doing staff fundraisers. We hope this is helpful and encourages the continued support of local businesses as government mandates negatively impact them.

Please click the link below to view the master list.

https://rpba.org/2020/03/rogers-park-businesses-that-are-open-or-accepting-donations/?fbclid=IwAR2BCHJm5ltjZ5oWyRt54AHdXNQQGxZzxfJbgP0U4FuRDb2POExg9xYwgHs

Volunteer Sign Up Directions
1. Go onto SchoolSpeak.com
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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