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June 4, 2020 - Issue 38
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June 4, 2020

NCA Families,


This is the time of the year when there is so much excitement in the air as we finish up the school year and prepare for summer break. There is a sense of that excitement now that June is upon us. We successfully made it through a trimester of e-learning and executed some wonderful events for our Class of 2020. Everyone at NCA has worked as a team to take care of our students through this pandemic.


It is disheartening that the stress and anxiety of dealing with Covid-19 are still with us and now we also have to deal with the recent riot events in our city, country, and world. These have become quite disturbing times for us.


As parents, you should assume your child has been made aware of the tragedy of George Floyd and the aftermath occurring around us. This is a scary and, yet another, traumatic time for our children. It is important that you and members of your family model a healthy practice of acknowledging their thoughts and emotions. Based on your child’s age and development level, you can guide them through these distressing issues.


Please know if we were still in school, our teachers would be addressing the unfortunate outcomes from this weekend and into this week. We would have discussions about how the children are feeling and help them to process and problem solve the issues. Fortunately, we could use our faith and the teachings of the gospel to help guide our children. I am sure it is difficult for children to see what is happening when we discuss and model how to accept others who are different than us. It will be important for adults to engage their children in conversation and acknowledge the emotions they are experiencing. Providing them with a place to understand and process what is happening can help with any fears or helplessness they are experiencing.


Help your children to break the emotional cycle of anxiety and worry by infusing some joy, kindness, and compassion into their days. Perhaps, watch a movie that displays these values and then strategize with your children how they can foster joy within themselves, their families, and their community. There are also many age-appropriate books that deal with multi-cultural characters and discrimination. Common Sense Media is a non-profit that rates movies, TV programs, books, apps, and other media for parents and schools. This is a source we use at NCA.


Mrs. Sullivan made available to her classroom an Anti-Racism Pledge. I have provided the pledge in the link below. I am hopeful you can find some time to focus on the positive values within this pledge so, if you have not already, you can begin discussing today with your children. This is a tool you can use as we help navigate and educate our children to be peaceful servants of God. Racism is a difficult, but necessary, conversation to have with your children. Let’s work together to remind our children that there is beauty in the world around us even if it is difficult to find some days. We have the opportunity to disrupt racism and our children can be the change we want and need to have in our world. We can support and empower them to make a difference.


Peace and blessing to all of you as you find splendor and delight during your summer break.


With a grateful heart,


Christine Huzenis

Anti-Racism Pledge

Here's a YouTube video book reading recommended by Mrs. Walker that addresses racism and promotes conversation for children ages 3 - 7. I encourage parents to stay active on our Parent Facebook Page to share resources and ideas to address the topic of racism and acceptance with children of all ages.

Tools to Raise an Anti-Racist Generation
An Evolving Collection of Resources, Expert Tips, Books, Videos, and Advocacy Tools.

Dear Class of 2020,

It has truly been a pleasure to spend these last two years with you. I wish you all the best as you move on to high school. Please come visit me and let me know how you are doing. 

I have attached a video and an album I created with the photos I took last week. It is also on the NCA website and FB page.

Jen Reyes
A big thank you to everyone who participated in our epic graduation events! We're so proud of our graduates. We did our best to make their day special. We hope they feel loved and know that they'll be missed! You can catch a replay of NCA's Class of 2020 Car Parade on our Facebook page.

This weekend Fr. Tirso Villaverde, Pastor of St. Margaret Mary shared some news with his parishioners.  The following is some of the information he shared:

I would like to share with you the news that I have not been assigned to be the pastor of the soon to be unified parishes in the West Ridge grouping.  Instead, I have been asked to respond to an unexpected vacancy.

You may have come across the news that a priest of the Archdiocese--Fr. Lou Tylka--has been named the coadjutor bishop of the Diocese of Peoria.  He and I have known each other for at least thirty years now since our days together in the college seminary.  While his appointment was good news and a point of pride for our small ordination class, it left the prospect of his parish being without a shepherd.  For that reason, I was asked and I have agreed to take over for Fr. Lou at the parish of St. Julie Billiart in Tinley Park, IL.

Secondly, Fr. Phi Nguyen who is currently at St. Henry has been assigned to be the pastor of the soon to be unified West Ridge Parish.  Both of our assignments will start on July 1, 2020.  This means that I will be leaving SMM by no later than June 30 and the process of unification will also begin on July 1.  I realize that this is a divergence from what was announced toward the start of the pandemic.  I believe that a major part of the change in plan was due to the fact that Bishop-Elect Lou Tylka himself is required to be present in his new diocese by July 1 and, as his replacement, I also need to be at St. Julie's by the same time.

I know that this is a lot to take in at the moment especially given the fact that we are still in the midst of a global crisis.  I ask that we all hang on to our faith and the promise that Jesus made at his Ascension--"And behold I am with you always until the end of the ages."  Let us cling to our loving Savior Jesus Christ who, as God With Us, will be with us no matter where the Spirit of God might direct each of our paths.

Fr. Rich Summer Reading Challenge has started! So let the summer reading begin! Be sure to log every book you read on a piece of paper to submit at the start of the school year. Fr. Rich has added a second-place winner this year. The first-place winner will receive $100 and the second-place winner will receive $50. Happy summer reading!
The following is our schedule for report card pick up. Teachers and aides will be outside to hand out report cards. They will be wearing masks and maintaining social distance. We ask that our students and families also follow these guidelines.  If you borrowed a Chromebook from NCA during e-learning, please return the computer to your child's homeroom teacher.  A report card will only be provided when the computer is returned. For any families requiring the use of a Chromebook over the summer for IDEA or Title I classes, please e-mail Mrs. Reyes to complete and return a new Chromebook Check-Out form. Contact her at

Grade Level and Report Card Distribution Dates & Times
Grade 5 - 7— June 4  @ 10 – 11:00 am
Grade 1 - 4—June 4  @ 9 – 10 am
Pre K & K—  June 3  @ 9 – 10 am
Summer office hours at Primary School and Middle School:

June 15 -30:  8:00 am - 11:00 am
August 3-21: 8:00 am -11:00 am

July closed. Please leave a voice mail message at the Primary School office 773-743-6277 or Middle School office (773) 271-2008.

Please email Shakira Morrissette for any admissions questions at and please email Leigh Holzman at for any school or financial aid questions.

Thursday, June 4: Gr. 1 – 4 Curbside Report Card Pick Up 9:00 – 10:00 am; Gr. 5 – 7 Curbside Report Card Pick Up 10:00 – 11:00 am

YEARBOOK DISTRIBUTION: All yearbook orders will be distributed during Report Card Pick Up. 

FSP free lunch service will end Friday, June 5th. 
CPS will still be offering grab and go meals.  Please click on the link for sites

Meal sites are subject to changes daily so check before you go. Sites are open Monday through Friday 9 am-1 pm.  Families may pick up 3 days worth of meals. No ID is necessary.

Online School Supply’s are now ready. The id for Middle School is 19808 and Primary School is 1811. All orders must be in by 6/21/2020.
NCA is working in collaboration with Northwestern's Summer Camp program. Please click the links below to view the flyer and information about the camp. The special code for NCA in which Northwestern will give us 20% off the camp fees is Su20NCA.

Summer Camp Flyer

Program Description
NCA Fall Sports Registration is Now Open
We are not sure what the Fall holds for us, but our leagues are moving ahead as usual so we need to be prepared and fill out our rosters. Register now on SchoolSpeak for Soccer, Cross Country, and Girls Volleyball. Fall sports run roughly from the end of August until the end of October.
Soccer: NCA’s soccer program is open to boys and girls in grades 5-8. All students must be registered on SchoolSpeak prior to Tuesday, June 2, 2020. The registration fee is $100 per student and includes your student’s uniform. Our soccer league finalizes all schedules and games during the summer months so we need to have our final rosters to the league by June 4. Grades 5-6 will play on the JV team, and grades 7-8 will play on the Varsity team. Teams will be determined and uniforms will be ordered based on registration numbers.
Cross Country: Open to all NCA boys and girls in grades 5-8. All students must be registered on SchoolSpeak prior to Monday, July 13, 2020. The registration fee is $100 per student and includes your student’s uniform. Official practices begin late July/early August.  Mandatory time trials are August 20 and August 22, 6:00 pm, at the lakefront track on the Wilson side. Athletes and one parent/guardian must attend one of these time trials. While the athletes complete their time trials, coaches will meet with the parents to discuss the season, practices, and meets. Time trials will place your athlete in the appropriate pace group for the season. Once school begins, practices will be held Monday-Thursday after school (at the MS campus). Athletes are required to attend at least two practices per week in order to participate in the meets. We anticipate six meets this season; athletes are required to attend four meets.  

Girls Volleyball: Open to all girls in grades 4-8. All students must be registered on SchoolSpeak prior to Monday, July 13, 2020. The registration fee is $100 per student and includes your student’s uniform. Teams will be determined and uniforms will be ordered based on registration numbers. For safety reasons, all players in uniform are not allowed to wear jewelry of any kind while in a game or on the bench. This is a mandatory rule that will be enforced by the officials. Anyone with newly pierced ears who cannot remove their earrings will not be allowed to participate.

Junior Wildcat Athletics:  K-3 registration will be in Aug. 

Late Registrations: $50 additional fee for late registrations. Late registrations are allowed at the coaches’ discretion.
Coaches: You must register your child via SchoolSpeak for soccer, cross country, and volleyball by the deadline. Follow the prompts to complete all of the required information, but please do not pay for your child. We appreciate your huge time commitment coaching all of our children.

Financial Assistance: We never want any child to not join a team because of the cost. If you need a reduction in fees, please contact Leigh Holzman at 773-743-6277.

Over the past several weeks prior to the pandemic, the pastors and parish leaders of St. Gregory the Great, St. Ita, and St. Thomas of Canterbury gathered as a team and participated in the Renew My Church grouping process. Earlier this week, Archbishop Cupich advised the parishioners from these parishes that this grouping will be united as one parish and will support a three-campus model. St. Ita will be the center of parish life, St. Thomas of Canterbury will serve as the center of social service outreach, and St. Gregory the Great will be the center of Evangelization through the Arts. Each campus will also continue to have a mass schedule as determined by the parish leadership.

This parish reorganization will not create any changes for NCA. St. Gregory the Great has financially and spiritually supported NCA through the leadership of Fr. Paul Wachdorf. This new united grouping of the three parishes will be part of NCA’s continuing parish and school relationship. As Fr. Paul Wachdorf prepares to retire on June 30, 2020, I am pleased to announce that Fr. Bob Cook, Pastor of St. Ita and St. Thomas of Canterbury, will take on the role as President of NCA. I look forward to working with Fr. Cook in strengthening NCA’s Catholic Identity and working together so our school community can play an important role in the parish life of all the parishes associated with NCA.

As soon as further information on the effective date for the union of all parishes is determined, I will be certain to keep our school community updated. I am hoping you will keep Fr. Paul Wachdorf in your prayers as he prepares for his well-deserved retirement. We thank him for his many years of support of NCA and for the past two years that he has served as President of NCA. Please also add Fr. Bob Cook in your prayers as he prepares to join NCA and shares his pastoral gifts to our school community. I feel confident as we embark and prepare for a new school year with renewal and a strong presence of our faith.

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.

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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Phone: 773-743-6277  Fax: 773-743-6174

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Phone: 773-271-2008  Fax: 773-764-1095 
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