Weekly NCA Newsletter! 
November 13, 2019 - Issue 12
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Dear Parents,

Reading for pleasure unlocks the power of information and imagination and helps children discover who they are. Here’s what you can do to help children develop stronger reading skills and a love for reading:

  • Set the example. Let children see you read.
  • Have a collection of books in your home. Update this collection routinely to keep up with changing tastes and reading skills.
  • Support our school’s Book Fair. Allow your children to choose their own books to read.
Our Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that brings the books kids want to read right into our school. It’s a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. Please make plans to visit our Book Fair and be involved in shaping your child’s reading habits.

Book Fair dates: Class visits will take place at the primary campus on Thursday, November 21 and Friday, November 22. Middle school visits will be Monday, November 25. Shopping hours: The fair will be open to parents on Sunday, November 24 from 11 to 1 and again during parent-teacher conferences on Tuesday, November 26.

NEW shopping options! Book Fair eWallet is a safe and convenient digital payment option for your student to shop the Fair cash-free. You can sign up for your child to spend up to a certain amount at the fair, which will be charged directly to your credit card. If your child spends less than the limit you set, you only get charged what they spent. Links will be active by 11/8- sign up your primary campus student here: and your middle school student here:

We hope to see you and your family at our Book Fair! Remember, all purchases benefit our school.


Christine Huzenis


School News & Reminders

CONFERENCE SIGN UP OPENS TODAY!!  Please sign up for one slot to meet with your child's teacher. We would appreciate you doing your best to be on time and respecting the next parent's conference time.  If for some reason you can not make your scheduled time, please call the office as soon as possible.  Your child's teacher will contact you to reschedule. All Middle School Families please sign up for your homeroom and STAMP teachers ONLY from November 13 through November 15.  On Saturday, November 16 you may sign up to see other core subject teachers.  Sign-ups prior to the 16th may be erased to make room for the teachers' homeroom students.   

For parents with multiple children, please remember to sign up with travel time included between the appointment reservations.

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: We need volunteers for our Puppet & Clown Show Playdate this Saturday from 9 am- 12 pm. We need parents to assist in setting up, greeting parents, passing out marketing materials and sharing personal NCA stories, and cleaning up.

The event will be held on the preschool floor at the Primary School. You can sign-up on Schoolspeak today.

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: I bet over $10,000 would make your Christmas Merry and Bright!  The Queen of Hearts pot is over $20,300!!  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.  The Drawings are at the Double Bubble 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.

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

Important Dates:

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.
A big thank you to everyone who attended NCAPO Trivia Night 2019! We had a great turnout and lots of laughs. Congratulations to the winners of the best theme, you rock!

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

🇺🇸On Sunday at a coffee and doughnut social honoring veterans, Liam Ford, an NCA parent, and parish ambassador and his daughter Ruth handed out thank you cards made by NCA students to veterans at St. Ignatius Church. The veterans were very touched by the students' thoughtfulness. 

We also sent a few stacks of the thank you cards to Jess Brown Center for the Veterans Day celebration, Hinz Veterans Hospital, and St. Ignatius parishioners who are on active duty. 

We thank St. Ignatius for allowing us the opportunity to thank the men and women who have served our country.  We honor their sacrifice, and they are always in our thoughts and prayers. 

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 AD Dave Scholtes ( or Assistant AD Seamus McGowan (

NCA Athletics Wildcats of the Week 🐾🏐
8th grade A volleyball team. Congratulations to Josie, Gabriela, Antonia, Sydney, Ann Marie, Kate, and Avila.

These Wildcats were back-to-back champions of their league. 16-1 record over two years. 8-0 this year. Coach Biety and Coach Honda have done a great job training these young ladies. Coach Biety stated that she is proud of their growing understanding and executing various volleyball skills. Great job girls and coaches. #NCApride

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.


5B White vs. AACA Gold 9 AM – 10 AM (St. Gertrude Gym) Athletics

5G White vs. St. Ben Maroon 9 AM – 10 AM (St. Benedict Prep Gym, 3941 N Bell Ave

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

4B vs. St. Ben's Gold 12 PM – 1 PM (St. Benedict Prep Gym, 3941 N Bell Ave

6B vs. AACA 12 PM – 1 PM (St. Alphonsus Academy & Center for the Arts, 1439 W Wellington Ave,

5B Blue vs. St. Nick's 2 PM – 3 PM (St. Nicholas Cathedral School, 2200 W Rice St, Chicago, IL 60622,

6G vs. St. Ben's Gold 2 PM – 3 PM (St. Benedict Prep Gym, 3941 N Bell Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

7G Sky vs. St. Helen 2 PM – 3 PM (St. Helen Catholic School, 2347 W Augusta Blvd, Chicago, IL 60622,

6B vs. St. Nick 3 PM – 4 PM (St. Nicholas Cathedral School, 2200 W Rice St, Chicago, IL 60622,)


7B Lake vs. Hardey Prep 3 PM – 4 PM (Sacred Heart Schools, 6250 N Sheridan Rd, Chicago, IL 60660)

8B Lake vs. Hardey Prep 4 PM – 5 PM (Sacred Heart Schools, 6250 N Sheridan Rd, Chicago, IL 60660)


8G Sky vs. AACA 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM (St. Gertrude Gym) 

8B Sky vs. St. Nick 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM (St. Gertrude Gym) 

7G Sky vs. OLMCA 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM (St. Gertrude Gym) 


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) 

Helix Events Early November 
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 

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.
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!!

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

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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