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May 20, 2020 - Issue 36
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Dear NCA students and families,

After serving for 45 years as a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago, I will be retiring and become the Pastor emeritus of St. Gregory the Great Church sometime later this Summer. The exact date has not yet been finalized. After retirement, I will live in a manufactured home that I own in Lake Zurich, IL. A mile away from my home in St. Francis de Sales Parish. I will offer my services to the pastor for sacramental ministry. I will also be available to help out at other parishes in Lake County. I have been asked by the Archdiocese of Chicago if I would take on a new ministry of facilitating spiritual direction for the priests of the Archdiocese of Chicago. This job will be similar to what I did for 16 years at Mundelein Seminary in recruiting, training, and making spiritual directors available to seminarians.


Fr. Paul




Fr. Paul Wachdorf hails from the Southside of Chicago. He was born and raised in St. Justin Martyr Parish. He attended Quigley High School Seminary South, Niles College of Loyola University, graduating in 1971 with a B. S. in Psychology. He attended Mundelein Seminary where he received a Master of Divinity degree. He was ordained a priest in 1975. He served his first priestly assignment at St. John Fisher Parish on the Southside of Chicago. In 1981 he was appointed to the faculty of Mundelein Seminary. While serving on the faculty, he went away to study at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska where he received a Master’s Degree in Christian Spirituality in 1984. For his first ten years at Mundelein Seminary, he was an Associate Dean of Formation and a spiritual director. For the next 16 years, he served as the Director of Spiritual Life and Prayer Formation. While at Mundelein Seminary, he had 10 articles on prayer and spirituality published in various spiritual journals and magazines. While at Mundelein Seminary, he also served as a weekend associate at Sts. Faith, Hope, and Charity Parish in Winnetka. He was named pastor of St. Gregory the Great Church in July of 2007. He has been the president of NCA for the past two years.


Fun Facts about Fr. Paul!

  • He has played the ukulele for the past 45 years.
  • He taught himself how to juggle.
  • He has a Gold Pass at Great America, and last year he went on 64 roller coaster rides. Goliath is his favorite roller coaster.
  • For many years he was an avid downhill skier and giant slalom ski racer. He won several bronze, silver, and one gold Nastar medal.
  • While skiing at Aspen Mountain in Aspen Colorado, he met John Denver at the bottom of one of the ski lifts.
  • He is a lifetime White Sox fan. Living on the Northside, he feels like a stranger in a strange land.

"Fr. Paul's warm smile and gentle, humble, and pleasant spirit will be missed greatly! He brought so much kindness, tenderness, and wisdom to the NCA community."

Thursday, May 28: 8th Grade Drive Through Graduation at Middle School (Graduates and immediate family only)

Thursday, May 28: 8th Grade Car Parade—All are welcomed to join us at 11:15 am at the Middle School to congratulate and celebrate the Class of 2020. Honk your horns and wave signs to recognize these wonderful students. 

Monday, June 1: Professional Development Day- No E-learning 

Tuesday, June 2: End-of-the-Year All School Mass at 8:30 (location TBD); Virtual Classroom Celebrations 

Wednesday, June 3: Pre K – K Curbside Report Card Pick Up 9:00 – 10:00 am

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. 
Message from our stellar bus driver.

Dear NCA Parents,

I  like to take a moment, to say thank you, parents teachers and all staff members, that worked, and allowed me to drive the students back and forth from school it has been a privilege, and a blessing for me to be able to serve the school,  with all my heart thank you so much. God bless everyone.


Omero, Pesantez
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. 

Friday, May 29 (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. 

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 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, 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 wants to know how are you feeling?

How Are You Feeling?


Most of the articles I have written were for you, the parents. So, this week, I thought I would switch my audience to your children. When they would come to see me, I often asked them, “How are you feeling today?” Most would answer with one word, “FINE”. After further questioning, some would say “BORED” or “SAD”. A discussion would follow and I discovered maybe they did not do well on a test, or their dog is very sick, or a grandparent is in the hospital. So, after a few months of these children learning at home, away from their classroom routine, their friends, their activities, I decided I would ask you to help me find out just how they are feeling with regard to going to school-at-home.


I am asking you to tell your children, in K-7th grades, that I would like them to send me an email in whatever form they want, to let me know how they are feeling I promise to reply to each of them. They could write me a few lines, or create a poem about their feelings, or draw me a picture. For those in grades 3, 4, and 7, with whom I have facilitated Peace Circles, how did they feel about that? How they do this, is up to them.

Please send an email to I want children to understand that this is not a mandatory assignment, but if they do email me, as I said earlier, I will reply to them. This email may be helpful to you as a parent to continue to allay any fears or confusion the children may have. Sometimes, children will not know how to express their feelings in words, especially the younger ones; this could be another outlet for them.


As a counselor, I am eager to understand how children from the various levels think and feel as they journey through these unchartered waters. I may be able to reach out to them from a different perspective.


Thank you so much for all the extra time and effort you have spent with your family. I am fully aware of the many sacrifices you have made. None of us knows what the future holds, but I continue to wish you peace and good health.


Therese Schreiner

School Counselor

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

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

Middle School Campus: 7318 N. Oakley Ave., Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: 773-271-2008  Fax: 773-764-1095 
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