Parent Update January 4, 2021

Happy New Year !  I hope everyone had a relaxing, family fun, Christmas break and was able to recharge.  I pray that 2021 brings us a better year!  I wanted to make you aware of some important information and updates.

  • Testing Update: Due to myOnSite Healthcare not being able to provide the New York State required Yellow Zone weekly testing, we have engaged the services of Somos Community Care 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. This is not a Rapid COVID Test it is a PCR Test. In lieu of submitting new Consent forms we are advising you of this change of testing vendors. If you wish to change your consent response you are asked to please notify the School Principal at office@notredamecatholicacademy.net  if not the original consent form will be accepted with Somos Community Care as the approved testing vendor.

 

  • Our hope is to begin testing this week, test for two weeks and have the threshold be below the percentage so that we test out of the yellow zone testing. We need your cooperation in doing so; if we DO NOT come up with the children to test then we will be forced to shut out doors as per the executive order.  If you have not already given consent to have your child tested, I would ask that you please do so.  This is so important in keeping our doors open.  If you would like to be present for testing we will work with you to make that happen as well.  Please make sure you have joined your child’s class dojo as we may need to do notifications through dojo, when we are informed.

 

  • We will be continuing the 1:30 P.M. Dismissal for the month of January, I was hoping positivity numbers would be better and we would be able to return to regular dismissal times, but with the numbers continuing to go up I would like to continue to keep them at 1:30, I will reevaluate them each month and keep you informed.

 

  • Please note that TerraNova testing will NOT be given until Fall of 2021. Please disregard testing dates on the calendar.

 

  • I regret to inform you that due to the lack of interest in the Afterschool program, we will be discontinuing afterschool from 3-6 until further notice. If this causes a problem or concern, please contact me at office@notredamecatholicacademy.net.  Early morning drop off will continue to be available each morning beginning at 7:20 a.m.

 

  • As you may have noticed from the calendar, Catholic Schools week as well all know will look different this year, it has also been pushed back this year due to Covid-19 restrictions. We are working for a low scale Catholic Schools week to take place February 7-13, 2021.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have at office@notredamecatholicacademy.net 

Stay safe and well:   Mrs. DiLorenzo

Parent Update for December 7, 2020

I hope this finds everyone safe and well.  Please remember that school will be closed tomorrow, December 8, 2020 in observance of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.

  • Testing the 20% school population will begin on Wednesday, December 9th. If your child has been chosen a letter has been sent home to inform you.  If you requested to come in and be here when your child is tested we will call you Wednesday morning once the company arrives.  Thank you for your patience and understanding regarding the testing policy.  The way the guidelines stand if we test twice and are under the rolling average then we will not need to test anymore. 
  • Report cards will be sent home on Thursday, December 10th. Please note that you must be in good financial standing in order to receive your report card.  If you need to come in to pay an outstanding balance I ask that you call the office to schedule a time to come in.  
  • Friday will be our first virtual conference day and remote learning day. All students will be at home and not in the school building. We have some guidelines for remote learning that need to be followed.
    • All children must be present for remote learning morning meeting from 8:45-9:45. The link will be posted in the child’s google classroom. This is where the teacher will provide a mini lesson and explain the work that they will be expected to complete.  The children are expected to have their camera on and be in school uniform.  Just as if they were in school.  Attendance will be taken at the morning meeting.  If the child is not there they will be marked absent, if they are late they will be marked late.
    • At 9:45 they will be completing their work independently.
    • From 10:45-11:30 they will have another live session that all children are expected to attend. Another mini lesson will be completed and more work will be explained.
    • Teachers will have office hours from 1-1:30 for any child that has questions about the work or needs some additional support. All work should be completed and submitted to be graded NO LATER THAN 2 p.m.  Please be aware that Google Classroom time stamps all work and anything submitted after 2 p.m. will have points taken off.
    • Thank you for your support while we create a structured environment for the children to work remotely for the day.
  • I would ask that you reach out to your child’s teacher through dojo or option c to let them know if you would like to have a zoom conference or phone conference, please do not contact the office.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have at office@notredamecatholicacademy.net 

Stay safe and well!

Mrs. Jennifer DiLorenzo

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