Parent Locker Health Screening App

Good Morning Parents,

Thank you for all of you patience and support throughout our opening process.  In an attempt to make things move along smoothly we will be moving forward using the Parent Locker for Health Screening.  I have attached information below and hope to start using it by next week at the latest.  I ask that you please read the literature on it and be on the lookout for your information from the teacher to activate the app.

Thanks so much!

Mrs. DiLorenzo

ParentLocker Health Screening App

School Opening Letter

September 14, 2020

 

Dear Parents and Guardians of Catholic Academy and Parish School Students,

The past seven months have been like no other in all my years in Catholic education and probably like no other in the history of American education. Despite the many challenges, I have been inspired by the heartfelt actions of our principals, teachers, and parents throughout this pandemic.  I am also sincerely appreciative of what our parents, teachers and school leaders are continuing to do, to support our Catholic Academies and Parish Schools, as we begin the 2020-2021 school year

Catholic schools are faith communities and while our Catholic Academies and Parish Schools did an outstanding job moving to online learning, we missed having the students in class and couldn’t wait to pray, learn and play together again.  Most families over the summer, indicated they felt the same way. Some families chose to return to the 2020-2021 school year remotely, with their decision to enroll in the Saint Thomas Aquinas Distance Learning Program, with online instruction. Saint Thomas Aquinas will begin on September 16, 2020.

Our re-opening days last week, were well-planned, focused on the details and addressed the health and safety concerns of everyone.  Having your children return allowed each school community to see their students in person, welcoming their children back with a smile and a socially distant wave and engage the students in learning from the classroom setting. Whoever thought this would be the way learning would occur in 2020?  However, by everyone working together, we are all back stronger and ready to tackle what lies ahead.

We once again wanted to remind you of basic tenets to support a healthy and safe environment:

  • Stay Home if Sick
  • Keep Physical Distance
  • Keep Hands Clean
  • Wear a Face Covering

We thank you again for partnering with us, allowing us to develop and educate the children you have entrusted in our care.

 

In closing, I share the prayer below:

 

Back to School Blessing

 

Dear Heavenly Father,

 

You sent us your Son,

how great is your goodness,

how great is your love.

 

Now as we send our children back to school,

we trust again in your care for them,

let them see clearly that which is good and reject all evil.

 

Bless their teachers—guide their hearts.

 

May our children learn and grown, always in your

sight and under your protection.  Let us teach them how

to stand firm, upon convictions yet be merciful and kind.

 

Guide them, oh Lord.  Bless them.  Pour out your

loving grace.  Let your glory shine in their lives.

 

And when they suffer, let us understand how to comfort them

without hindering your character-building process.

 

You are the architect of a holy life.  Build our

children up according to your will.

 

Oh loving Lord, our children are yours, since

the beginning of time.  Thank you for their lives.

Bless and protect their souls.

 

In Jesus’ name.  Amen

 

 

Sincerely,

 

Thomas Chadzutko

 

Thomas Chadzutko, Ed.D.

Superintendent ~ Catholic School Support Services

 

school opening 2020 family letter…9.14.20

Tachs Class Memo

Welcome Back,

We will be offering the TACHS class again this year, but it will be remote from 3-4 on Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s.  Please see the letter that was sent home in June below.  If interested please send in the second page on Monday with payment.  Please be aware that the course starts this Tuesday, September 14th.

Thank you,

Mrs.DiLorenzo

TACHS MEMO 2020

Welcome Back Letter to Parents – September 2020

Good Evening Parents,

I apologize for the delay in getting this out to you.  Covid-19 is an ever changing situation and our regulations are changing day by day.  I wanted to give you the most accurate information as possible.  The teacher’s have sent home supply lists already, or they are posted on the class page for each grade.  I will be posting hard copies as well on this page by Tuesday.  Please keep in mind that all children that have an NDCA iPad at home must bring it with them on their first day of school.  It is also necessary for ALL CHILDREN to have headphones with them in a plastic zip loc bag labeled with their name on them to leave in the school. 

Thank you and stay safe everyone!  Enjoy your labor day weekend!

Mrs. DiLorenzo

Welcome Back NDCA Parents 20-21

Nursery Supply List

supply list 6-8 2020

Kindergarten Materials List and Summer Work

_Miss Cruz (4th & 5th Grade) 2020-2021 Supply list

Second Grade Supply List 2020

First Grade Supply List 2020

St. Thomas Aquinas Distance Learning Parent Information Sessions

St Thomas Aquinas Distance Learning Program
Parent Information Sessions

As we begin the 2020-2021 academic year, we know that it will be an incredibly unique year, and students and families will have diverse needs and preferences.

To provide the best Catholic education possible, and to give options for those who cannot, or prefer not, to return to the classroom at all this fall, a 100% distance learning opportunity and option for students of the Catholic Academies and Parish Schools of the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens will be provided.

The St Thomas Aquinas Distance Learning Program will be the distance education provider for students of our Catholic Academies and Parish Schools, who will not be returning to the classroom.

Information sessions to review program details and answer questions about this online choice, will be held via live ZOOM webinars. The recording of these sessions will be made available online after the meetings.

These sessions will cover the rationale, scope, learning expectations and next steps to enroll your child in the 100% distance learning option. (Separate meetings have been, or will be held by your principal to discuss the in-person, and hybrid class planning at your academy.)  

You will meet the Principal of the program, Manuela Adsuar-Pizzi, and learn how it will work and how your child will remain enrolled at the home academy, while receiving virtual classes and distance learning through the St Thomas Aquinas Distance Learning Program

 

Please register to attend either session:

Register for session: Friday August 21 12:00pm 

Register for session: Monday August 24 6:00pm  

 

We look forward to partnering with you, your child, and our network of Catholic educators to provide each child the education they deserve.

Reopening Parent Meetings Scheduled for tomorrow August 20, 2020

Dear Parents,

I will be having three meetings tomorrow regarding the school opening plan.  I have been answering questions as I have been receiving them and am happy to discuss more over Zoom or hearing your questions and finding out the answers for you.  I am breaking them into grade bands so the Zoom meeting for K-2 will be at 11 a.m. at this invite:

Topic: Reopening Plan for Parents

Time: Aug 20, 2020 11:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

 

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/78619476001?pwd=L3JkL2FmSWVSaHBoZE5RaTI3aWN1dz09

 

Meeting ID: 786 1947 6001

Passcode: 1JR8iM

The meeting for 3-5 will use this invitation:

Topic: Reopening Plan for Parents

Time: Aug 20, 2020 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

 

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/73326751521?pwd=Q29vKzdJV2R1RmEvNlp0dzdDNU5vUT09

Meeting ID: 733 2675 1521

Passcode: y3AKzL

Grades 6-8 will use this invitation:

Topic: Reopening Plan for Parents

Time: Aug 20, 2020 03:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

 

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/79131926606?pwd=bXJpb0prZVFtMmVIRFBiTmkyZ1owZz09

Meeting ID: 791 3192 6606

Passcode: 3TUQsb

We will basically be discussing the same items at each meeting if a time works better for you that the scheduled time, feel free to join that meeting.  If you are unable to make any of these meetings please feel free to email me any questions and I can work at a schedule with you for a phone conversation.

Thank you for your patience regarding these meetings. 

Mrs. DiLorenzo

End of Summer Plans for Students

Dear Parents,

The following plans are intended to serve as a transition from summer leisure to a school routine. Plans prepared for the weeks of August 17 and 24th focus on themed activities for different subject areas. While the activities follow the same theme, they can be completed in isolation. Your child can pick and choose from activities based on their interests.

Plans prepared for the week of September 3rd are designed not only to prepare your child for academic activities as the school year starts but also to prepare them for returning to a school setting that looks different than it did. Activities focus on addressing changes in the school, guidelines for students to follow, and feelings students might have about this new school year. As your child engages in the activities, pay particular attention to their reactions. It is important to be available to talk to your child about any concerns or stresses they might have coming into this new school year and to frame the conversation in a positive way. Validate your child’s concerns and worries but also present them with information and positivity to help their thinking. For example, your child may be concerned about wearing a mask. You can agree that wearing a mask can be challenging but then follow up with why masks are important and fun things you can do even with a mask on.

The following link provides resources for parents to help prepare their child to go back to school as well as identify potential stressors, how to talk to your child, and how to provide mental health support for your family during this difficult time. https://www.unicef.org/coronavirus/supporting-your-childs-mental-health-during-covid-19-school-return

There are also many e-books available for free to download or to read online with your child. These books address information about COVID-19, staying at home, and feelings one might have about the pandemic https://nycdoe.libguides.com/COVID-19ebooks/free

During this time, both children and parents are undoubtedly feeling the strain from the uncertainties of COVID-19. We must continue to stay positive, put our trust in God, and work to make our schools the safest places for our children. We are looking forward to opening our doors and finally being able to greet (from 6 feet away, of course) our students and families.

K-1 End of Summer Plans

Gr. 6-7 End of Summer Plans

Gr. 4-5 End of Summer Plans

N-PK End of Summer Plans

Gr. 2-3 End of Summer Plans

 

St Thomas Aquinas Distance Learning Academy

Dear Parents,

Please read the two documents posted below.  One is a response to the remote learning option and the other is an FAQ regarding the program.  Please also take the survey monkey for the Diocese.  I hope everyone is safe and well!

Mrs. DiLorenzo

Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7NNZ2NG

Saint Thomas Aquinas Distance Learning Catholic Academy family letter…8.10.20 final

Saint Thomas Aquinas Distance Learning Catholic Academy Frequently Asked Questions…8.20 final

NDCA Reopening Plan has been submitted to the state.

Dear Parents,

I hope this finds you all safe and well.  I wanted to keep you aware of the status of NDCA for September.  On Friday we submitted our reopening plan for opening in September 5 full days with social distancing of 6 feet apart and masks for children in grades K-8.  Please see the reopening plan attached below.  I will be setting up Zoom meetings in grade bands of K-2, 3-5 and 6-8 next week where I will review the plan and answer questions as best as I can next week.  As you review the plan write down the questions so I can make sure I answer as much as I can.  I can’t wait to see everyone back in the building in just a few weeks.  You can also email any questions you have to me at office@notredamecatholicacademy.net.

Stay well and safe and enjoy the end of your summer!

Mrs. DiLorenzo

NDCA Final Logistics and Planning Document for State