Report Card Conference letter

Dear Parents/Guardians:
As the end of the first trimester approaches, so does the time to plan for the first report
card of the new school year. Report card meetings with parents will be held virtually on Friday,
December 11, 2020 throughout the day with AM and PM sessions. We can have the session over the phone or through Zoom. This will also be a remote learning day for the children so we can accommodate all parents that would like to speak to us.
There will be NO IN PERSON CLASSES ON THE 11th. This will be a remote learning day for all children. This will help us better accommodate the families, without an interruption of learning. In order to have the proper time allotted, we ask that you complete the following link NO LATER THAN December 7th.

https://www.signupgenius.com/tabs/13576D903AFCDEDCFAC5-prekmrs1

Please note that once you click on the link, you will need to scroll to your child’s homeroom teacher or grade.
Conference times are limited to 10 minutes. If additional time is needed, another appointment can be made. You are expected to see your child’s homeroom teacher, however if a departmental teacher has a time available and you have concerns regarding their grades in that class, I would encourage you to take an appointment with that teacher as well.
This year we will be sending home a copy of the report card on Thursday, December 10, 2020. I feel this will give you the opportunity to plan for any questions and concerns you may have.
All tuition must be up to date in order for your child to receive their report card. No parent will be given an appointment time if tuition is in arrears.
Thank you for your immediate attention to this.
Sincerely,
Jennifer DiLorenzo
Mrs. Jennifer DiLorenzo
Principal

 

Report Card Appt Ltr 1st Trimester 2020

Thanksgiving Message from the Superintendent

Dear Families,

We have been blessed throughout previous academic years with families who understand the importance of our mission for Catholic Education and who are committed to working alongside us to accomplish these goals. This year, while unbelievably challenging, has demonstrated the level of commitment our families have to supporting the Catholic Academies and Parish Schools within the Diocese of Brooklyn. It is incredible to witness. I find it inadequate to simply say thank you, as those words don’t even begin to cover my gratitude for your unending support but nonetheless, I will try.

Thank you for your patience. This year has been the most challenging, regarding opening the Catholic Academies and Parish Schools that I have seen in over 40 years in Catholic Education. The phrase “unprecedented times” has been used endlessly, but it really encompasses the experience.  Families have encountered tremendous uncertainty; from questioning health and safety to wondering if their Catholic Academy/Parish School will even open tomorrow. I thank you for your patience this year that undoubtedly has been stretched to its breaking point in the shifting regulations and constant barrage of information. Thank you for continuing to weather this storm. 

Thank you for your time. I know in the life of families even extra minutes of preparation can tip the scales for the day. Wellness checks, symptom monitoring, packing extra masks and sanitizer, adjusting to shifting schedules, and facilitating online learning have dramatically altered your day to day lives. Your diligence in shifting your own schedules to adjust to this “new normal” has been paramount in helping our Catholic Academies and Parish Schools reopen and your children succeed. 

Thank you for adjusting to new roles. Being a parent or guardian, while wonderful, is a constant job. You wear many hats daily, and this academic year has added even more. As you have navigated through fears and worry, you have also worked with your children to help them process this experience. You are constantly providing for the emotional needs of your children in typical times. This situation has amplified those needs, but you have continued to provide. While shifting between in-person, hybrid, and remote learning, families have been tasked with increased supervision and education roles. You have selflessly stepped into these roles, despite your other commitments and jobs, to make learning a priority.

Above all, thank you for the gift of your precious children. You have entrusted your children to our Catholic Academies and Parish Schools.  This is something we do not take for granted.  Being a parent myself, I understand that nothing is a quick decision, especially when you must weigh the risks associated with COVID-19. We are honored that you continue to choose the path of Catholic Education. 

As you prepare for your Thanksgiving celebration, however different that may look this year, know that prayers are being said throughout the Diocese for you and your family. I pray this short break provides you a much-needed opportunity to unwind and decompress. I pray for your continued health, safety, happiness, and peace. 

In Gratitude,

Thomas Chadzutko

Thomas Chadzutko, Ed.D.

Superintendent ~ Catholic School Support Services 

BROOKLYN AND QUEENS CATHOLIC SCHOOLS AND ACADEMIES TO CONTINUE IN-PERSON LEARNING

BROOKLYN AND QUEENS CATHOLIC SCHOOLS AND ACADEMIES TO CONTINUE IN-PERSON LEARNING

Dr. Thomas Chadzutko, the Superintendent of Catholic Schools for Brooklyn and Queens, has announced that all 69 schools and academies will remain open and continue to provide in-person learning, in spite of the decision made to close New York City public schools indefinitely starting tomorrow.

“I am frustrated that the Mayor’s announcement was made as Catholic schools and academies throughout Brooklyn and Queens were dismissing our students. I want to make it clear to parents, teachers, staff, and students that the Mayor’s announcement only pertains to New York City public schools, and our schools will be open tomorrow. We have worked tirelessly to ensure that our school community remains safe for everyone, and we will continue to ensure strict compliance with all health and safety protocols,” said Dr. Thomas Chadzutko, Superintendent of Catholic Schools ~ Office of Support Services.

Catholic schools in the Diocese in Brooklyn and Queens have provided safe, five days a week in-person learning since beginning this school year, as scheduled, on September 9. The Superintendent, along with the Superintendent of the Archdiocese of New York, has received confirmation from the New York City Department of Education’s Office of Non-Public Schools that they will maintain entitled services for Catholic school students, including school nurses, transportation, and food.

Catholic Academies and Parish Schools within the Diocese of Brooklyn have successfully operated for more than two months due to the strict adherence to the important “Core Four” actions to prevent COVID-19 transmission, including maintaining physical distance, wearing a face covering, practicing healthy hand hygiene, and staying home if sick. The schools and academies of the Diocese of Brooklyn continue to work with New York State and City Department of Health officials on a regular basis to maintain the safety of all of our students, faculty, and staff.

For a listing and more information about Catholic Schools in Brooklyn and Queens, please visit catholicschoolsbq.org

NYC DOE Shutdown

Dear Parents,

As many of you have heard, the Mayor has decided to shut down the NYC Public Schools. Please be aware that at this time NDCA will be remaining open and ready to educate your children.  However, bus service may be impacted by the shut down so I would encourage you to please think of other arrangements as the bus is provided my the DOE.  If anything changes, I will inform you.  Stay safe and well!

Mrs. DiLorenzo

#Parents PDHP Meeting tonight at 7 p.m.

Don’t forget to join us tonight at 7 p.m.for our meeting about Social Media

Monday 11/16/20 starts at 7:00pm
#parents: Social Media and Your Child
Smartphone safety, trends and tips to help keep your child
connected safely.
For parents/caregivers of all ages
Cary Anne Fitzgerald
Parent/Community Outreach Coordinator
*Program for the Development of Human Potential
pdhpbklyndiocese.org
Meeting Information:
Jennifer DiLorenzo is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: #Parents Social Media and Your Child
Time: Nov 16, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/78784125443?pwd=Nk9TWTArOHI4VStUZDlqOUN4c3 c4dz09
Meeting ID: 787 8412 5443
Passcode: qRh06z

Covid Testing Update

Dear Parents,

As you know we have worked diligently to re-open our Catholic Academy and the first two months of the academic year has been a great success. We have submitted our re-opening plans to the New York State Department of Health and Education. We practice the Core 4: Stay at Home if Sick, Social Distancing, Mask Wearing and Healthy Hygiene.

As per Governor Cuomo’s Micro Cluster Strategy, Schools identified as being in a Yellow Zone are required to conduct random weekly testing of 20% of the Faculty, Staff and Students to continue in person instruction.  Schools that do not complete the 20% weekly random testing will be required to switch to full remote learning.

Keeping school buildings open depends on working together to reduce the risk of exposure and transmission of the COVID-19 virus. One way to do this is to have our students and staff in our buildings get tested!

We have engaged the services of myOnSite Healthcare to conduct the weekly random testing at the school.  The test is easy, quick, and safe.  A Q-Tip like swab is used to swab the nasal passage. The tests being used are issued by New York State- AVID Bi-Naxow COVID -19 AG Card

For us to administer a COVID-19 test to your child, we need your consent. We strongly encourage you to sign and return the attached consent form

We want to assure you that if your child is selected for testing but is uncomfortable or unable to be tested, we will not test your child and will work with you to address any concerns so that they can participate in future testing. We are focused on making this a brief, and gentle experience for our students, led by trained testers.

Schools will notify parents in advance if your child is selected for the random weekly testing. If you wish to be present for the testing, you must notify the school before the testing day.

If your child is tested, we will let you know they were tested and when and how you will receive the results, which will typically be provided within 48-72 hours.

Whether you have Insurance coverage or not , the COVID-19 Test is FREE!

Please contact me with any questions or concerns.

Mrs. Jennifer DiLorenzo

PDHP Workshop on Monday, November 16, 2020

Invites you to join us for a

PDHP* Parents As a Resource (PAR) workshop

 

Monday 11/16/20 starts at 7:00pm

#parents: Social Media and Your Child

Smartphone safety, trends and tips to help keep your child connected safely.

For parents/caregivers of all ages

Cary Anne Fitzgerald

Parent/Community Outreach Coordinator

*Program for the Development of Human Potential

pdhpbklyndiocese.org

Meeting Information: 

Jennifer DiLorenzo is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: #Parents Social Media and Your Child

Time: Nov 16, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/78784125443?pwd=Nk9TWTArOHI4VStUZDlqOUN4c3c4dz09

Meeting ID: 787 8412 5443

Passcode: qRh06z

 

#parents flier november 2020

Halloween Fun Friday Reminders

Hi Everyone,

I hope this finds everyone safe and healthy.  We are all looking forward to our Fun Friday celebration on Friday.  I have linked below a letter that is going home today with some reminders.  I also wanted to let you know if your child does not have a costume this year, no problem just send them into school in Halloween colors or in a shirt that represents Halloween.  I look forward to seeing all of the children in their costumes, painting their pumpkins or writing and sharing their spooky stories.  They have been working so hard since school started this is a way for us to combine Halloween themed fun with learning. Thank you for choosing to send your child to NDCA and for supporting us through these difficult times.  

 

Stay safe and well!

Mrs. DiLorenzo

Halloween Fun Friday Reminders

Parent Updates

To:              NDCA Parents/Guardians

From:         Mrs. DiLorenzo

Date:           October 16, 2020

Re:              Important News and Reminders

_____________________________________________________________________________________

Traffic Concerns

  • We were informed today by the 104th Precinct yesterday that members of the community are complaining about the double parking and blocking of driveways to the community advocates. They will be sending officers around regularly and will be ticketing as needed.  Please keep in mind that double parking as well as blocking the crosswalk is extremely dangerous for the children walking and trying to do so safely.  Please be mindful, get here early or set up a location to meet your child so you are following the law.  They are only there to keep the families and children safe and out of harm’s way.

Yellow Zone

  • NDCA continues to stay in the yellow zone. I would ask that if your child is sick that you please keep them home and continue to follow the 4 Core
    • Stay home if you are sick
    • Maintain social distancing
    • Wear a mask
    • Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently and use sanitizer.

If your child is out sick, they MUST have a Dr. note to return.  The note should state that your child may return to school (with a date) and was absent due to a Non Covid related illness.  Even with that note we would ask if they are still showing symptoms to please keep them home until they are symptom free.  This is how we will prevent any illness in the building. 

Trunk or Treat

  • We are continuing to plan a Truck or Treat for the school. We will give each grade a time and we will limit the amount of people into the school yard to 25  If for some reason we need to cancel, the money will be returned and we will send treat bags created by staff using gloves and masks home with the children.  Please continue to send in your donations of candy for service hours. A flier will be sent home next week regarding ticket sales.

Parent Locker App

  • Beginning on Monday we will be using the Parent Locker App only for the health screening. If you are unable to login you MUST then print a google form and complete it and print it for your child to hand it in.  Please know that when you use parent locker we will have a check mark next to the child’s name and do not have to see anything like originally thought.  However, if your child does not have the check mark AND does not have a printed google form, they will not be permitted to enter the building.  This is a REQUIREMENT OF NYS that MUST be adhered too or we will be shut down.

Technology Device Request

  • We will be sending home devices for those that requested them next week. Please note that if you do not need them you would be better off keeping them in school.  There are no extras if they leave them home.  The request can be updated if we are required to go full remote and you need one at that time.  If your child brings it home as per your request and leaves it home, they will be receiving a 0 in classwork in each class for the day.  It would be as if they left their school bag home and came in without their books. Some classes uses them more than others, please keep that in mind.  

 

*This memo was also sent out as an email through the OptionC Parent Alert System.  If you did not receive an email of this memo, please send an email to office@notredamecatholicacademy.net  with your correct email address.  We would like to go “green” and will be sending future communications in email format as well as posting them on the school website www.notredame-ca.org in the Parent Portal.

 Parent Update 10-16-2020

Yellow Zone Update

October 15, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

In recent days, you have heard many news stories from Governor Cuomo about the COVID Cluster Initiative.

As you know we have worked diligently to re-open our Catholic Academy and the first month of the academic year has been a great success. We have submitted our re-opening plans to the New York State Department of Health and Education. We practice the Core 4: Stay at Home if Sick, Social Distancing, Mask Wearing and Healthy Hygiene.

As we continue to keep you updated on the on-going impact on the Catholic schools within the Diocese of Brooklyn. We wish to share the following information.

What we know today:

  • The initial NYC Zip Code Closure Plan has been replaced by the NYS COVID Cluster Initiative.
  • To locate the school “Zone” please us the NYS COVID Hot Spot locator: https://covidhotspotlookup.health.ny.gov/#/home
  • Schools within the Diocese of Brooklyn have been notified if the school has been identified as being in the Red Zone, Orange Zone or Yellow Zone.
  • Red Zone and Orange Zone schools have switched to Remote Instruction no later than October 9 and are awaiting the re-opening criteria from NYS Department of Health.
  • The earliest date for the possible re-opening of schools identified in the Red and Orange zone is October 23rd pending re-opening criteria and guidelines from New York State.
  • Yellow Zone schools are continuing in-person instruction with the addition of required COVID testing.
  • The NYC Department of Health will be conducting a survey of the Yellow Zone Schools requesting information on the challenges of implementing a COVID testing program. Areas of concern, but not limited to
    • Parental Consent
    • Testing Supplies
    • Administration of the COVID test
    • Reporting of the COVID Data
  • Currently there are many more questions regarding COVID testing than we are receiving answers. We are waiting to receive details and additional information regarding testing from the New York City and New York State health agencies.
  • Action Steps:
  • Bishop DiMarzio filed a lawsuit on behalf of the Churches and Schools within the Diocese of Brooklyn. Our request for a TRO (temporary restraining order) was denied our request for an expedited hearing on our lawsuit was granted and the Judge set a hearing for Thursday, October 15th in the Eastern District Court of New York.
  • Parents should continue outreach to the following:

The Office of the Superintendent of Schools continues to advocate on behalf of all the Parish School and Catholic Academy communities to request that New York State provide clarity on the COVID Cluster Initiative and its impact on the schools within the Diocese of Brooklyn.

Since this is an evolving situation, we will continue to maintain open communication and share information as we receive it from New York City and New York State agencies.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions.

Thank you.

Best,

Mrs. Jennifer DiLorenzo –Principal 

Mr. James Carey Board Chair   

 

Yellow School Notification to parents #2