Weekly NCA Newsletter! 
November 6, 2019 - Issue 11
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 Attend NCA Trivia Night THIS SATURDAY: November 9, 6pm!
The kids aren't the only ones having fun this season. Now, it's OUR turn. For this adults only event, bring your knowledge of pop culture, history, Chicago, sports and entertainment. Whether you are a font of information or a class clown, we all have a BLAST at Trivia Night. Many chances to win besides using your brain some of them include your bum in Heads or Tails! Table themes can also win, go all out and dress the theme – raid the costume box, come with your thinking cap on and bring your BEST reality star!
You are welcome to bring in your own food (not drinks) for your table. Get there EARLY (doors open at 6pm) to enjoy some adult beverages and conversation and keep your eyes on the prize(s).

SPONSORSHIPS STILL AVAILABLE!  For more on recognition benefits and to sponsor, please email Karen Ewing at   

All proceeds benefit the NCAPO.

School News & Reminders

🖌️Original Work Program: The Original Works Program is designed to celebrate your child's creativity, support NCA's Fine Arts Program, and offer personalized gifts and keepsakes featuring your child's artwork. Follow the instructions provided on the letter in the packet that was recently sent home and send in your orders by Friday, November 8th. We hope you will take advantage of this unique program and purchase quality products that celebrate each child's artistic accomplishments. It's the perfect birthday or Christmas gift for grandparents, aunts, and uncles. For questions or additional information, please email Leigh Holzman 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. 

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: Pot is getting so close to $20,000!  Winning can make a difference in your life! But you gotta play to win!!  Tickets are cheap $1 for 1 or 6 for $5.  Tickets available at the Double Bubble, The Sovereign, Edge of Sweetness and the school offices.  This week’s drawing will be at the NCAPO Trivia Night. Come join in on the Fun!!

❤️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.

BSJ Meeting Minutes: Please click the attachment to view September 18, 2019 BSJ meeting minutes.

Scholastic Book Fair: Arctic Adventure: Reading is Snow Much Fun! Northside Catholic Academy’s Fall Book Fair!

Don’t miss the chance to explore new titles and purchase popular reads at NCA’s annual Fall Book Fair. The Book Fair will be held in the NCA primary campus lunchroom, on Sunday, November 24, after the 10:30 masses.

All proceeds benefit NCA’s primary and middle school teachers, classrooms and libraries, so be sure to stop by!

Important Dates:

November 7: International Dress Up Day

November 8: NCA's International Night in Social Hall from 6:30- 8:00 PM.

November 8: NCAPO Meeting—Primary School lunchroom @ 8:15 AM

November 9: NCAPO Trivia Night- QoH Raffle held at Trivia Night
November 14: NCA's 8th-grade play in St. Gertrude's Gym at 7 pm

November 15: End of Trimester 1

November 16: NCA's Puppet & Clown Show Playdate in Early Learning Center @10 AM
November 20: School Board Meeting—St. Ignatius @ 6:30 PM

November 22: Trimester 1 Report Cards sent home
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

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

📺Come see NCA’s fine arts program in action, while helping the 8th graders fundraise for their class trip! In collaboration with Raven theater, the class of 2020 will be enacting scenes based on their lives and experiences. Come hungry, as concessions will be opening at 6:30 with dinner and snack items. Thursday, November 14th-St. Gert’s Gym.

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. You can now submit an application for all new siblings attending NCA for the 2020-21 school year.

If your child has a new sibling that will be attending NCA next school year, you must first fill out an application and email a copy of their birth certificate to Please apply at to secure their spot today!

Thank you for your cooperation, and as always, we appreciate you choosing NCA.

Shakira Morrissette
Marketing & Admissions Director

Please click the links below to review STAMP newsletters:

Introducing Julie Bland- NCA’ s new 7th-grade Religion & eighth-grade ELA teacher!

“When I was in elementary and middle school, I wanted to be an Olympic gymnast; Mary Lou was my inspiration. All those years in the gym made for great tricks on the playground and eventually lead to swimming in high school. Not sure why that was a good transition, but it worked,” said Julie Bland.


Julie Bland joins NCA this year in 7th-grade religion and 8th-grade ELA. She was born in the San Francisco Bay Area where her family is located but grew up in Reno, NV. She has been teaching for the past five years. She has a BA in History and English Literature from the University of Nevada. She continued her education and received her secondary teaching credentials, also from Nevada.


“I feel very lucky to have found such a welcoming school community. From the students, parents, and NCA staff, I already feel like part of the NCA family,” said Julie. “I am excited to experience the activities and events here at NCA. The creativity and willingness to learn are inspiring.”


“I hope to instill a passion for reading and also confidence in writing. My goal is that students understand the power of the written word and that their thoughts and ideas can be communicated to many through their writing. I also hope to capture the interest of even the most hesitant reader by exploring the literature we read, not just answering questions. I am a true believer that if you don’t like reading, you just haven’t found the right book,” Julie stated.

Fun Facts About Julie:

• She can (could) twirl the baton – two at a time, fire tricks and all.

• She has an Australian Shepherd named Hazel.

• She loves tacos, enchiladas, chili rellenos and salty chips with salsa and guac.

• She enjoys reading historical fiction and riding roller coasters.

• She once went to the movies, paid for one, and then snuck into three more.

📖Proverbs 3:27 Give Honor Where Honor Is Due

Throughout November, NCA is honoring all veterans and active-duty soldiers. We will be waiving the application and registration fee for veterans or active-duty parents who are interested in enrolling their child into NCA.

We will also be serving coffee and donuts and handing out thank you cards after Mass at several of our parishes on Sunday, Nov 10.

All are welcomed to bring their children ages 2-5 yrs old to NCA's Puppet & Clown Show Playdate! Invite a friend and join us in a fun interactive puppet and clown show with live music and balloon art.

On Saturday, November 16, 10- 11:30 AM
Northside Catholic Academy- Primary Campus
Early Learning Center
6216 N Glenwood Ave
Chicago, IL 60616

Please RSVP at the link below:

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 (

7th and 8th Grade Playoff Volleyball Update 🐾🏐🏆🏅

Our Wildcats were busy over the weekend. Congrats to all our teams.

The NCA 8th grade A team won the championship!!! These girls defended and earned their 2nd league championship overall. Our 8th grade B team lost in a tough match to Latin to finish 8-3 overall. These girls earned a 3rd place finish at the end of the day.

The NCA 7th grade blue team advanced to the finals. These young ladies played hard but lost a tough match to place 2nd overall.

The NCA 7th grade white team also finished their season this week. These Wildcats lost a tough match against OLMC.

Wildcat Spirit Wear Sale!!!!!
Show your support and get your NCA Wildcat spirit gear today!!!
Photos Spirit Wear are attached Prices and packages are listed below. If interested please email order with (1) your name, (2) child’s name, (3) child’s grade/teacher, and (4) what items or package you are interested in to Payments can be made via main office (attention NCA Athletics) or through Venmo @Seamus-McGowan-1

All 4 spirit items for $40!!! Best Value and offer is for limited time only or buy them 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

Helix Events Early November 
Civics Saturday: November 9th, 6 pm-8:30 pm
Join Civics Saturday and co-chair of the Illinois House Progressive Caucus, Will Guzzardi for a discussion about Prescription Drug prices. RSVP here 

Flow Sustaining Healthy Habits: November 10th, 5 pm-6:30 pm
In this workshop, you’ll learn how habits work and create a strategy for the way you do your life with Valerie Friedlander. RSVP here

Mompreneurs Mini-Expo: November 17th, 5-7:30 pm
Come meet, network and support local moms in small business! Each Mompreneur will have a display of their goods/services.  RSVP here 

You're Invited to: 
UPTOWN Laughs: Fall 2019 

Please join us for this special opportunity for students at Latin School and our Uptown Partner schools:

Middle School Improv Class: Sundays, October 27th-December 1st


  • Grades: 5th-7th
  • 11am-12pm
  • A healthy, peanut-free snack will be provided
  • $35 for six sessions--FREE with code "UPTOWN"



  • 10/27
  • 11/3
  • 11/10
  • 11/17
  • 11/24
  • 12/1




Uptown Laughs is an improv class in which students in 5th-7th grades will learn how to be more comfortable in front of an audience, how to be inclusive, and how to gain self-confidence. No prior improv experience is required! Students will have lots of fun playing theatre-based games and developing scenes to improve their improv knowledge. Parents are welcome to stay for the class in an adjacent room. Street parking is available.


Sign up today. 

Space is limited, so please hurry!


For parents who are interested in programs and resources for academically talented students and their families, please visit the following website from the Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University.

For parents who are interested in a family fun event.

VETERANS SUNDAY AND FAMILY MASS: Join St. Ignatius this Sunday, November 10th at 9:00 am Mass as we honor our veterans during our monthly Family Mass.  If you are a vet or know a veteran, please invite them to attend the 9:00 am Mass.  It is our opportunity to thank the men and women who have served our country.  It is an opportunity for the young people of the parish to thank parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles for their service.  A social will follow the 9:00 am mass. We will offer a special prayer of thanksgiving to the veterans of our parish at all the masses.  If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Morris at for more information.

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

🎄On the first day of Christmas, I went to the St Gertrude’s Bazaar Balsam Pine Sale!!

Fa- La La – La La La La!

Order your Christmas Trees and Greenery EARLY and SAVE!  Free Home Delivery and discounted pricing for early orders. 

Online ordering – go to, click on GiveCentral, and then click on Christmas Greenery.

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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