Stained Glass Crosses from NDCA

Dear NDCA Families,

To create a sense of strength, inspiration and comfort, I am asking the NDCA families to color in the stained glass cross during Holy week and put it on your window or door.  My hope is that when people walk by they will feel some spiritual support, regardless of their faith during this trying time.  I would also like to ask the students and parents to share pictures of their crosses that they made either in your window or with your child holding it.  I would like to create a short video and share it throughout the community.  To let all people in the neighborhood know that the NDCA Families are thinking of them, praying for them and that we are grateful for our Emergency workers during this time.

Thank you, stay safe!

 

Jennifer DiLorenzo

Stained glass cross (1)

Letter to the Parents of NDCA – April 2, 2020

April, 2, 2020

Dear Families, 

As remote learning becomes part of the fabric of our current reality, it is important to create structures and expectations, which help all involved, succeed and stay healthy and sane.  To that end, as we come to the close of the 3rd week of providing teaching and student learning experiences from our homes, it is important to establish schedules, but also allow for the schedule to change…

The expectations of students, and the demands of the educational community are changing radically during this COVID-19 crisis; necessarily, the role of the teacher is changing as well.  It is important as we continue with distance learning that faculty have the opportunity to participate in professional learning workshops, seminars and planning sessions.    

Effective Friday, April 3, 2020, a proposal has been developed to make some shifts in the instructional week.  Moving forward, students will continue to complete all assigned work tasks, projects and activities.  Teachers will have the opportunity on Fridays for:

Student Assessment:   to be able to maintain and review student work/videos/photos uploaded to the Google Classroom and provide feedback in writing or by video.

Parent Outreach: to be able to contact and communicate with families the academic progress of their child(ren).

Planning/Networking: to have a designated time to devote to planning lessons and learning activities, and to be able to collaborate with colleagues remotely using technology tools (such as: Zoom, Microsoft Teams conference, Google Classroom).

Professional Development: to be able to receive further professional development.

Please note that this new model being implemented allows for students to use Friday’s as a time to “catch up (K-3) and complete (K-8)” previously assigned tasks, activities and projects, and others to work on enrichment activities (K-8).  Friday’s are not to be seen as a day off.  The expectation is for students to continue their studies.  Student attendance will continue to be taken on Friday’s. The teachers will not be having Zoom meetings on Fridays. 

We continue to thank you for being partners with us during these difficult times and wish God’s continued blessing over you and your loved ones.

Stay Safe,

Jennifer DiLorenzo

 

Parent Letter 04-02-2020

Letter from the Superintendent

March 27, 2020

 

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

 

We have just completed another week during an unimaginable situation that is affecting everyone.  For each of us, we have been faced with many changes and challenges.  During these difficult times, we need to ensure that we all remain safe and healthy.  Our continued prayers are needed for the health and safety of everyone.

We appreciate you as partners in Catholic education, as we work together to maintain meaningful, faith-filled learning for our children during this crisis.   The teachers, principals and school staff have responded in the most admirable and commendable ways, to continue the education our students deserve.  Their efforts to provide ongoing distance and digital learning is incredible and the support of you, our families, is greatly appreciated.

The following is an update addressing recent questions and concerns. Many things are still uncertain.  We will continue to communicate as frequently as possible throughout this crisis as the situation changes.

  • Attendance Expectations and Classwork
  • Teachers are taking daily attendance.
  • All assignments provided to the students by the teachers need to be completed in a timely fashion.
  • Parents are asked to ensure that their child(ren’s) work is completed and submitted, according to the policies and procedures outlined by the administration of the Catholic Academy and Parish School.
  • All assignments and assessments will continue to be graded. Additional information regarding 3rd trimester and final report card grading will be provided shortly.
  • Holy Week and Easter Break will be maintained as a break week for the children and teachers.
  • Classes will not take place on April 9, 2020 (Holy Thursday), April 10, 2020 (Good Friday), and the week of Monday April 13 through Friday April 17th. No formal instruction or classes will take place during this time.  Resources for parent and family-led activities will continue to be provided, to support you and your children through the blog page: https://news.catholicschoolsbq.org/category/parent-resources/
  • Our teachers have embraced this challenge of shifting to distance learning and have worked around the clock to migrate their lessons to these new forms of delivery, to maintain meaningful instruction and connection with their students.
  • Teachers and staff will do their best to reply to emails as quickly as possible. While we know you may need to send a message in the late evening or overnight hours, please expect a reply within 24 hours.  Our teachers are working an increased amount of time to create online lesson plans and will make every effort to reply in a timely fashion.
  • Internet usage by children
  • In this time where everyone is online more than usual, we need to increase our monitoring of our children’s online behavior, to protect them and ensure they understand safe and appropriate online behavior. Information from the Office of Safe Environment, and a copy of the Diocesan Acceptable Use policy can be found here Parent Resources.
  • PDHP and Counseling Services
  • Even though the offices of the Program for the Development of Human Potential (PDHP) are closed, ongoing support is available for prevention and crisis resources. You may call 718-550-0025 for support. (Please use 911 for critical and life-threatening health and safety emergencies).   Support and connection is also available through the PDHP Facebook

May God continue to watch over each of you, your children and family!

Sincerely,

Thomas Chadzutko

 

Thomas Chadzutko, Ed.D.

Superintendent~Catholic School Support Services

Letter from James Carey Board Chairperson

March, 2020
Dear Parents/Guardians,
It has been a time of caution and making temporary adjustments to get through the coronavirus
pandemic. It is also a time of needed cooperation among citizens of the city, state, nation and the
global community. We place our differences aside to rally together for the good of others. Our
differences seem quite small compared to the battle against an invisible enemy called the
coronavirus.
The Notre Dame Catholic Academy has acted intelligently and swiftly by coordinating their
efforts to continue educating our students through distance learning initiatives. Naturally, this
originates with Mrs. DiLorenzo’s leadership ability. The work is carried out by the dedicated
faculty and staff who are extremely professional. They all are professional educators but they
are much more than educators. The NDCA administration, faculty and staff cherish making
Catholic education a lifestyle. Their work is to serve the families that are entrusted in their care
through the gospel values that give true meaning to life. We are so fortunate that these types of
individuals continue to exist and are present at NDCA. We are also very fortunate to have Father
Anthony Sansone (Pastor – Our Lady of Miraculous Medal Parish) and Father George Poltorak
(Pastor – St. Aloysius Parish) as our spiritual leaders in these difficult times.
We realize things will get worse before they get better but they will definitely get better. NDCA
is working closely with Tom Chadzutko, Superintendent of Schools for the Diocesan Office, and
his staff who continue to keep us updated on the latest news regarding the role of the city, state
and federal agencies for recovery. The updates are sent as the changes occur on daily basis. The
social distancing seems to be working and with the proper medicine being tested should prove to
help with our recovery.
On behalf of the Board of Directors, I thank Mrs. DiLorenzo, the faculty and staff for their
unwavering dedication and commitment to the education of our children. I also thank you, the
NDCA parents, for the many adjustments you are making and for your support of NDCA.
We will continue to pray for the health and safety of our loved ones and a quick recovery from
these most difficult times.
Sincerely,
James P. Carey
James P. Carey
NDCA Chairperson

Coronovirus Update 3-22-2020

March 22, 2020

 

Dear Parents,

There are so many questions that I am sure that many of you have.  I wish I had answers for all of them.  I know that this is a hard transition for many.  Please know that we are doing great.  I have been checking in with the teachers and am happy that the children are taking hold of their learning and completing all of the tasks at hand.

 

As many of you have already heard, the Board of Regents have canceled all NYS tests grades 3-8.  That being said, as of right not the students are still taking the Algebra I regents and the Earth Science regents and it is still our job to make sure that they are prepared.

 

We continue to work with each other and our instructional coaches to create new ways that the children can accomplish learning and understanding the curriculum with the rigor necessary to be successful applying it to be successful. How is this being accomplished?  This will be accomplished through virtual classrooms where the teachers will record and post their lessons in google classroom, implementing higher order thinking questions into power point presentations through programs such as pear deck and through a lot of project based learning.  Please know that while this is new to us we are prepared for online learning.

 

Some have reached out to me and asked if they are still responsible for paying tuition if the children aren’t in school.  To that question, the answer is yes.  Although, your children aren’t learning in the school building of NDCA the teachers are still working non-stop to make sure that they are receiving the best possible education that they can.  If our parents do not pay tuition, we will not be able to maintain and pay the teachers that are working so hard in this time of crisis.  So I implore you to please continue paying your tuition through FACTS.  If you are not sure how to do this please email admin@notredamecatholicacademy.net in the subject write Facts information, your name, your child’s name and a phone number you can be contacted at.  I will give this information to Ms. Anna and she will be in contact with you to walk you through the process. 

 

I have an additional request I would ask for your understanding with.  Please do not submit or let your children know not to submit their work after 9 pm.  Please know that each time a child submits anything into google classroom their teacher and I get an alert.  There have been alerts going off until 1 in the morning and all weekend long.  It is important for everyone that we unplug and spend some family time.  The children should be logged in during the day to complete the assignments, and I know that some of you are still working which makes it difficult so I am asking that you just don’t post or comment or submit after 9 pm.  That would be greatly appreciated.  We all need a moment to recharge each day and if we receive alerts at all times of the day and night it is just not possible. 

 

Please keep in mind that all families signed the acceptable use policy for digital safety.  Here are a few things to keep in mind.

Acceptable Use Policy Reminder: Distance Learning

All students and parents of the Catholic Academy/Parish School are reminded that the Acceptable Use Policy you signed for the 2019/2020 school year is in full effect for the duration of our distance learning protocol. Students and parents may view the full policy in their handbook and on the Catholic Academy/Parish School website, but are reminded of the following:

It is the policy of the Catholic Academies and Parish Schools within the Diocese of Brooklyn that technology be used to support learning and enhance instruction. Technology will be used in a responsible, efficient, ethical, and legal manner, consistent with the moral teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. Students will not: • Use technology to harass, threaten, deceive, intimidate, offend, embarrass, or annoy any individual.

  • Post, publish, reproduce, or display any defamatory, inaccurate, violent, abusive, profane, or sexually oriented material. Users must not use obscene, profane, lewd, vulgar, rude, or threatening language. Users must not knowingly or recklessly post false information about any persons, students, staff or any other organization.
  • Use a photograph, image, video, or likeness of any student(s), or employee(s) without express permission of that individual and/or of the principal.
  • Create any site, post any photo, image, or video of another except with express permission of that individual and/or of the principal.
  • Harm the goodwill and reputation of the school/academy or system in the community. Violation of this policy in whole or in part may result in any or all of the following and will be issued at the discretion of the Catholic Academy/Parish School principal:
  • Loss of use/privileges of school/academy technology.
  • Disciplinary action including, but not limited to suspension, and/or legal action by the school/academy, civil authorities, and/or other involved parties.
  • Compensation for damages, both physical and punitive, incurred due to actions in violation of this AUP.

 

I pray for each of our families every day.  I hope this notification finds you safe and well.  We will all get through this together.  I am here for each and every one of you.  If you need to contact me please email me at Jennifer.dilorenzo@notredamecatholicacademy.net.

 

Sincerely,

 

Mrs. Jennifer DiLorenzo

Letter from the Superintendent’s Office

Dear Parents,

Below I am attaching the letter to Parents from the Superintendent’s office.  This has also been sent out through Option C.

Mrs. DiLorenzo

March 21, 2020

 

Dear Parent and Guardians,

 

For everyone, this has been a challenging week! Adjusting to new routines for you and your children, keeping your family safe and healthy and managing your work-related responsibilities has been difficult. Through it all, you have been able to provide your children with the comfort and safety of your home.

 

Change is not easy for anyone and the uncertainty of what lies ahead is very daunting for each of us. Know that your Catholic Academy/Parish School Principals, Teachers and Staff are available to assist you during this time. Please continue to keep the lines of communication open between and among them.

 

Our principals and teachers are committed to provide your child/children with ongoing Catholic education through various digital and distance learning platforms. Making the transition to a new way of teaching and learning is not easy but our dedicated principals and teachers completed this transition within a couple of days! I know that many parents have already communicated their appreciation to the principals and teachers for this new way of teaching and learning. I ask that you continue to express gratitude for all that they are doing!

 

Parents and guardians are the essential partners in Catholic education. For your partnership, now and always, we are most appreciative!

 

I ask that you pray the following prayer with your family each day for continued good health and safety:

 

Holy Virgin of Guadalupe, Queen of the Angels and Mother of the Americas.
We fly to you today as your beloved children.
We ask you to intercede for us with your Son, as you did at the wedding in Cana.

Pray for us, loving Mother,
and gain for our nation and world,
and for all our families and loved ones,
the protection of your holy angels,
that we may be spared the worst of this illness.

For those already afflicted,
we ask you to obtain the grace of healing and deliverance.
Hear the cries of those who are vulnerable and fearful,
wipe away their tears and help them to trust.

In this time of trial and testing,
teach all of us in the Church to love one another and to be patient and kind.
Help us to bring the peace of Jesus to our land and to our hearts.

We come to you with confidence,
knowing that you truly are our compassionate mother,
health of the sick and cause of our joy.

Shelter us under the mantle of your protection,
keep us in the embrace of your arms,
help us always to know the love of your Son, Jesus. Amen

 

May God continue to watch over each of you, your children and family!

 

Sincerely,

 

Thomas Chadzutko

 

Thomas Chadzutko, Ed.D.

Superintendent~Catholic School Support Services

Important Survey

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Covid-19 Update March 17, 2020

March 17, 2020

Dear Parents,

I am pleased to announce that we have completed one day of remote learning.  As this is clearly a learning process for everyone, I think NDCA has been better prepared than most.    This will become the new norm for all of us until the minimum of April 20, 2020.

I would like to take a moment and thank all of the teacher’s that have worked very hard transitioning to a remote style of learning and helping each other as well as our parents’.  I wanted to reiterate that this is a learning process for ALL.  I ask for your patience and understanding while transitioning to this platform.  I would like to ask that you do not reach out to the teachers until office hours which will begin at 10 am.  This is necessary for the teachers to plan, grade and prepare for upcoming issues. 

No experience is perfect and we know that you want to make sure that your child is learning to the best of the ability, that is our goal as well.  Please know that the teachers are now not only teaching remotely but they are also engaging in video conferences and conference calls etc.  We are working around the office hours schedule for this to happen successfully. 

There will be blips I just ask that each day your child signs the google form for attendance.  If for some reason they can’t get into the form under the attendance post in classroom just add a comment “here” this will give us a time stamped record of attendance for the day.  It is also imperative that they are logged in using their NDCA email address.  The format for that is first name.last name @notredamecatholicacademy.net.  This address is how all logins were formatted. Another issue we came across today is that the platforms need to be accessed through the google chrome browser; it will not work in the safari browser.

I will be posting resources for parents as well on the school website www.notredame-ca.org under parent resources.  Feel free to look there for additional resources.  I hope you are all safe and continue to be.  My prayers are with all of the Notre Dame Catholic Academy families in the crazy time.  If anyone needs to reach me, feel free to email me at Jennifer.dilorenzo@notredamecatholicacademy.net.

May God Bless Us All

 

Jennifer DiLorenzo

Coronovirus Update 3-17-2020 update