Back to School Night Postponement

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I want to inform you that the NDCA Back-To-School meetings which were originally schedule for Wednesday, September 14, 2022 and Thursday, September 15, 2022 from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. will be postponed. 

The rescheduled dates and time of the NDCA Back-To-School meetings will be announced shortly.  The NDCA Board of Directors thanks the entire school community for its patience as a few more adjustments need to be in place as we begin the new school year.   

Sincerely,

 

James P. Carey

 

James P. Carey

NDCA Chairperson

NDCA Back-To-School Meeting Postponement

Welcome Back Families to the 2022-2023 School Year

Dear NDCA Parents and Students,
It is with great pleasure that I welcome all our returning students and our new students to the 2022-2023 school
year! I hope this letter finds you relaxed and enjoying a fun-filled summer with your family. I am excited to offer a school year
that looks closer to pre-pandemic than last year. Fingers Crossed. Although last year was different, while working together
and taking the necessary precautions I hope we are able to have another safe and successful school year. The teachers and
staff are excited and look forward to sharing many learning experiences with our students. I will update you regularly through
class dojo and the Facts email system so please make sure you have both set up come September.
We will continue to focus on providing each child with new challenges that will result in a rewarding school
experience. As we partner with our parents, we will work together for a rich and fruitful Catholic education for our students.
While we are still unsure what this school year will look like, I want you to feel comfortable and know that we are taking every
precaution necessary to keep the children safe, happy and socially distanced.
As you will see below some changes have been made. Over the Summer Ms. Wolski decided to retire. Please join me
in giving her well wishes in her retirement. Ms. Munoz will be moving up to grade 6 and teaching grade 6-8 Science, 6 Math
and 6 Religion. That left an open place in grade 5. I am happy to announce that Ms. Lauber will be joining us working with Ms.
Cruz and teaching grades 4-5 Math and Science. (To see the entire document, please click below.)

 

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Message from the Board of Directors

Dear NDCA School Community,

 

I am writing to congratulate Mrs. Jennifer DiLorenzo who was recently named a District Superintendent for the Brooklyn Diocese.  It is obvious that Mrs. DiLorenzo’s work ethic, expertise and professionalism at NDCA did not go unnoticed.  We wish Mrs. DiLorenzo the best in her new responsibilities with the Diocesan Office. 

 

The NDCA Board of Directors will be meeting to review the resumes of qualified candidates to hire the next principal of our school.  As always, the needs of NDCA will be of the utmost importance.  The school’s excellent academic reputation, its focus on family values, extracurricular activities, special events and an emphasis on safety are some of the major points that must continue with the next administrator. 

 

I will keep the entire school community (parents, teachers, aides, staff, students and parishioners, etc.) updated on the progress of our search for the next school leader as it develops.   

 

Sincerely,

 

James P. Carey

NDCA Principal Search 2022

August 2022 Letter to Parents

August 15, 2022

 

Dear NDCA Family,

 

It is with a mixture of emotions that I write this letter. I have been at NDCA since we became an Academy in 2009, four years ago I was honored to become your principal.  Last week while I was on vacation, I was offered a promotion within the Diocese of Brooklyn to become District Superintendent.  I have accepted this position.  While I am sad that I will no longer be at NDCA I will help behind the scenes in any way that I can.  The Board and Diocese have already begun looking for my replacement.  I will leave everything in place for September to provide a smooth transition. 

I know that whoever replaces me is in good hands with the faculty, staff, and families at NDCA. You welcomed me with open arms and we worked together towards the greater good of the NDCA community.  NDCA runs like a well-oiled machine and will continue to do so.  I often called NDCA my family and I mean that in so many ways.  I hope to attend events and see people in the community.

In the upcoming days you will be receiving the back-to-school letter.  It is on hold while I wait for the updated Covid regulations, if there are any.  I am aware that many of you need to plan so here are important dates for you:

  • Wednesday, September 7, 2022 first day of school doors will open at 7:45, dismissal will be at 12:30. Kindergarten Orientation details to follow,
  • Thursday, September 8, 2022 second day of school dismissal at 3 p.m. Pre-K For All Orientation Details to follow
  • Friday, September 9, 2022 third day of school dismissal at 3 p.m. 3K For All Orientation details to follow.
  • I expect bus service to start September 12, 2022.
  • After school will begin the week of the 12th as well.

It has been my honor to be part of this nurturing community since 2009 and to see it grow and thrive into greatness.  I look forward to hearing all of the upcoming wonderful events and growth that will continue in my absence.  Continue doing great things and may God watch over the Notre Dame Catholic Academy community.

 

Much Love,

Jennifer DiLorenzo

Dear Parents August 2022

Update on the Mask Policy

Governor Hochul announced on Sunday, February 27, 2022, that the NYS School Mask Mandate would be
lifted as of Wednesday, March 2, 2022.

For all the Catholic Academies and Parish Schools within the Diocese of Brooklyn effective Wednesday,
March 2 the face covering mitigation strategy will be a recommended mitigation strategy. Face coverings will
be an individual choice for school personnel and a parental choice for all students.

However, please note that the New York City funded Pre-K-3 and Pre-K-4 programs (UPK) must continue
to wear masks as required by the New York City Department of Education.

 

To read more click below.

St. Mask Policy Update 2.27.22 final

 

The NDCA Newsletter is here

We are excited to announce that NDCA created their first newsletter.  We hope to put out another one in May.  Thank you to Mrs. Livreri for putting this together for us.

Mrs. DiLorenzo

Newsletter 1-22

Mask Mandate Update – Letter from the Diocese

January 25, 2022

 

Dear Catholic Academy and Parish School Families,

 

As you may be aware, a New York State Supreme Court Judge in Nassau County ruled last night that the statewide mandate ordering students and staff to wear masks in schools is unconstitutional and cannot be enforced. However, the New York Supreme Court in Albany County has determined the mandate is constitutional and legal.

 

Shortly after the ruling was issued, the New York State Department of Education (SED) notified all school districts throughout the state that the Department of Health has appealed the decision, and a stay has been issued that restores the mask rule. Therefore, SED dispatched the following statement:

 

The State Education Department understands that Nassau County Supreme Court has ruled that the Department of Health exceeded its authority in enacting the mask regulation, 10 NYCRR 2.60, in Demetriou et al. v. New York State Dep’t of Health et al. This regulation is the subject of conflicting decisions, insofar as Albany County Supreme Court recently upheld the regulation in Massapequa UFSD et al. v. Hochul, et al.

 

It will now be left to the appellate courts of the State to resolve the conflict between the two Supreme Courts. Because an appellate court has Stayed the Nassau Supreme Court Order that Order cannot take effect at this time. Therefore, all schools must comply with the mask mandate as issued by the State. Naturally, if the Governor rescinds the mask mandate, there would be no need to await the Court decisions. It is our fervent hope for the Catholic Academies and Parish Schools in the Diocese of Brooklyn that the mask mandate will be eliminated which would allow our schools to make mask wearing optional based upon local circumstances. If the appellate courts strike down the mask mandate, our schools and academies will IMMEDIATELY be able to make masks optional. However, until the appellate courts render a final decision, our Catholic Academies and Parish Schools must follow the State mask mandate.

 

We will continue to monitor this situation closely and keep you informed.

 

We thank you for your continued patience and understanding!

 

Sincerely,

 

Rev. Msgr. David L. Cassato

Vicar for Catholic Schools

 

Thomas Chadzutko, Ed.D.

Superintendent ~ Catholic School Support Services

 

Joan McMaster

Deputy Superintendent ~ Catholic School Support Services

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Mask Mandate Update

Good Morning,

We are aware of the ruling that was made last night. Please see the statement below made by NYS to all schools.

The State Education Department understands that Nassau County Supreme Court has ruled that the Department of Health exceeded its authority in enacting the mask regulation, 10 NYCRR 2.60, in Demetriou et al. v. New York State Dep’t of Health et al. This regulation is the subject of conflicting decisions, insofar as Albany County Supreme Court recently upheld the regulation in Massapequa UFSD et al. v. Hochul, et al.

 

It is SED’s understanding that the Department of Health will appeal the Nassau County Supreme Court decision, which will result in an automatic stay that will unambiguously restore the mask rule until such time as an appellate court issues a further ruling. Therefore, schools must continue to follow the mask rule.

At this time all students are expected to wear masks and will not be permitted in the building without one.

Thank you for your understanding!

-Mrs. DiLorenzo

Welcome Back to in person learning on Monday.

January 7. 2022

Dear Parents,

I would like to thank you all for your patience and understanding while we transitioned to remote learning this week.  While it was not ideal and what we had planned I feel that it was what was best for all of us.  This week allowed us to not only educate our children, but wait out the excessive positive cases and exposures and not put anyone at risk. 

I would like to inform you, anyone that ordered lunch this past week, your lunch monies will be carried over to the first week in February.

As we return to in person learning we still have children quarantining so for those reasons we will be offering remote learning for anyone under quarantine orders or showing symptoms and waiting for test results or have been notified that they are close contacts.  We will be reviewing these cases on a case by case basis, I ask that you email any considerations to me at office@notredamecatholicacademy.net.  We are in unprecedented times again and need to be flexible and ready to work through it.  NDCA is ready to do so.  Remote learning will not look the same in each grade, the teachers will inform you of the process they will follow.  Teachers in grades 4-8 will no longer be switching classrooms they will be streaming into each classroom and teaching live in their homeroom class.  We have become very successful in zoom groups and continue to work with our Educate coach for new and improve strategies.  There will also be times when Asynchronous work will be assigned. Remote children will have links for all classes included homeroom.  They must attend all classes for attendance to be completed.

K-2 will look a bit different and we will need to work out what that will be this week.  I continue to ask for your patience and understanding as we figure things out and do what is best for all children.  Of course it is best for the children to learn in school so if your child is not showing any symptoms, is not sick, is not awaiting results or someone in your family is not awaiting results, please send them in.  However, if your child has been exposed and/or is awaiting a test result or is just sick.  PLEASE KEEP THEM HOME.  If you are unsure what to do, please call the school or email me at the office email.  Bottom line is, when in doubt keep them home and take them to a dr.

I would also like the parents in K and 8 to know that we have moved graduation photos to February 3rd

There has also been some confusion with the quarantining rules, please keep in mind that all Diocesan schools are currently following the 10 day quarantine rules for Faculty, Staff and Students.  We will also be following the 10+10 rule for all close contacts in the house hold.  For example, if student x parent tests positive on Jan 1st the parent’s quarantine in our guidelines is until Jan. 10 meaning the student then begins their quarantine on the 11th for 10 days allowing them to return on the 21st with a medical note.  This is what we have been following since last year and have seen it successful in slowing the spread in the classroom. 

Also note that any child that tests positive needs medical clearance to return.  No child will be allowed back into the classroom without a note from the dr. We will also be monitoring mask wearing, any child that is refusing to wear their mask properly will be moved out of the classroom and a parent will be contacted to pick up their child and move them to remote learning.

Everyone is asked to be mindful of the daily health check questions and if the answer is Yes to any question please stay home.

You can help keep your school community safe and healthy by following these important “Core Four” actions to prevent COVID-19 transmission:

  • Stay home if sick: Monitor your health and stay home if you are sick except for getting essential medical care (including COVID-19 testing) and other essential needs.
  • Physical distancing: Stay at least 6 feet away from people who are not members of your household.
  • Wear a face covering: Protect those around you. Wearing a face covering helps reduce the spread of COVID-19, especially if you are sick and don’t have symptoms. For more information about face coverings, visit nyc.gov/health/coronavirus and look for “FAQ About Face Coverings.”
  • Practice healthy hand hygiene: Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available; clean frequently touched surfaces regularly; avoid touching your face with unwashed hands; and cover your cough or sneeze with your arm, not your hands.

Notre Dame Catholic Academy will continue to closely follow all direction of public health experts and proactively update you on any measures we are taking. Nothing is more important than the health and safety of our school community.

Sincerely,

Mrs. DiLorenzo & Mr. Carey

Welcome back to in person learning 2022

Merry Christmas!

Dear Families,

 

The Advent season has been filled with joyful anticipation for the birth of Christ. We wait each week and watch as the Advent candles glow, increasing in light as we approach Christmas. Lights play a significant role in our celebration of both the Advent season and our preparations for Christmas. Each year, I would spend an often-cold Saturday with my children preparing the outside of our home with Christmas lights. In the days of old Christmas lights, we would take time to check each string of lights to make sure each bulb worked, meticulously changing the bulbs that had gone out. At the end of the day, the kids were always excited to see the finished illuminated product and even as adults, there is something almost magical about the lights of Christmas.

 

Our hearts during the Christmas season are like the Christmas lights of the past. It is not enough to simply turn on the lights in celebration. We must take the time to tend to our hearts and prepare them for Jesus. As one would untangle strings of lights and check for missing bulbs, I encourage you to look within your heart to see where the light of Christ may be hindered. Do we hold burdens and anger within our hearts? Are there unresolved conflicts or distractions that dim our light? These are questions that are not just for our adult hearts but also the hearts of our children. During Advent, spend time in prayer with your children and model ways in which we can search our hearts and ask for God’s intercession in areas of need.

 

The Christmas season is an opportunity for families to come together and share the light of Christ. As a family, take time to consider ways to open your hearts to the greatest possible light. Just as Jesus is our light, we must be a light for others. Teaching this to our children through our words and our actions is tremendously important. These practices of being the light to others especially during the Christmas season is an opportunity for children to embrace these traditions into their adult lives. Volunteering, donating time and talent, and donating of material goods are just a few ways to guide children in being the light to others. Incorporating daily prayer and praying on behalf of others is also a wonderful way to kindle the light of Christmas.

Christmas lights are a wonderful symbol of the holiday season and provide a sense of magic for children and adults alike, but we must remember that they represent more than the secular celebration of the season. Christmas lights represent the light of Christ that shines within our hearts. Jesus is a light for all the world and the lights during Advent and Christmas are representations of the light in our world. It is a reminder that we can also be a light in the darkness just like Christ. I pray that this Advent and Christmas season is filled with opportunities for you to give and receive the light of Christ. May your Christmas be filled with the joy of the season as we celebrate the birth of the Messiah.

 

In Christ,

Thomas Chadzutko

Thomas Chadzutko, Ed.D.

Superintendent ~ Catholic School Support Services

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