Last month the students worked extremely hard to participate in the Tablet Jr. pullout on the theme Faithfulness! that can be found in this weeks Tablet. The link to the articles is https://ctnbq.org/the-tablet-jr-march-2021/ If you haven’t already done so, I would ask that you please participate in the DeSales Media grant and purchase a subscription to the Tablet. You never know when you will see NDCA in it again. It also helps us upgrade the iPads and maintain the technology in the building.
As we finish the second trimester and move into the third, I would like to say thank you to the families for all of their honesty and following of the guidelines that we must follow regarding covid-19 regulations. When in doubt you can just reach out.
There have been many questions regarding travel and while the Governor has made an announcement regarding travel quarantines being lifted the NYCDOHMH has not lifted them as of yet for schools. Please be aware that as of right now, if you travel with your child, they need to quarantine for 10 days or “test out” of quarantine as previously stated. If anything changes as everything does on a daily basis, I will notify you immediately.
As of right now the current last day of school is scheduled for June 23rd. Information regarding step up ceremonies will be forth coming. We have not yet received any guidance for these. As you are aware we are also using the gym as a classroom, so we do not have access to the space to have a step up ceremony.
I mentioned in a previous notice that we will not be collecting for service hours this year because we have not been able to invite you into the building to work them off. I do however expect them to start up again next year. Please understand that while we are not collecting for service hours we will be collecting for fundraising. Both amounts are accounted for in our budget. As the weather warms up we will be offering more opportunities for fundraising. Thank you for your patience while we continue to figure things out.
The students in grades 4, 6 and 7 are working towards their state test and what that may look like. We still are unsure if these tests are happening, but I want to assure you that the children in grades 4, 6 and 7 will be ready for them if and when they do. They are working very hard each and every day.
For May we are working on a calendar raffle each day. If you own a business or know someone that does, or your family would like to donate an item or a gift card to help us make the baskets for the raffle, please let us know.
I wish you all a Blessed Easter with your family and restful Spring Break!
This time last year we were closing our doors for what we thought would be two weeks of remote learning. Little did we know what we were about to face. Now, almost a year later we have been able to successfully maintain a healthy learning situation for our children that have wanted to return to 5 days of in person instruction as well as have some new families join our NDCA family.
I hope this letter finds everyone safe and well. I am writing to just send out some dates coming up and review some protocol as well as announce some updated policies. Students in grades 3-8 have been alternating weeks and attending Mass. Today I went with the students in grades 6-8 as they received confession. It was nice to see them visiting Church and thinking about God.
As many of you are aware the CDC has sent out updated guidance regarding Covid-19 protocols. Please note that we do not follow the guidance of the CDC but of DOHMH. DOHMH has not sent out any new guidance, but should be doing so shortly. At this time I would suggest that you follow the guidance in the parent portal regarding travel and when new travel guidelines I will post updated ones there as well.
Although this has been addressed I wanted to share with you FAQ for remote learning:
Can my child switch to remote learning when he is out sick from school for the day?
Your child may only switch to remote learning only if he or she is out from school because of COVID-19 related symptoms; a child who is too sick to come to school may not switch to remote learning for the day.
If my child must quarantine because of exposure to someone positive with COVID-19, can he or she switch to remote learning?
Yes, children may switch to remote learning for the duration of the quarantine.
Can my child extend his time as a remote learner if he is an in-person student?
No, once your child is cleared to come back to school, he or she must return to school or be considered absent.
If my child gets hurt and is on crutches, can she switch to remote learning?
Yes, a child who has an injury that requires her to use crutches may switch to remote learning until she is well enough to come back to school.
Can I contact my child’s teacher to receive the Zoom links directly?
No, you must contact the office first for permission to switch to remote learning and receive the Zoom links.
What do I do if my child or a member of the family has had possible exposure to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19?
You should answer yes to the health screening questions, keep your child home, contact the office, and your health care provider for next steps. The health care provider must clear your child in order for him to come back to school.
Box Top Dress Down – March 11th
Grades 6-8 Mass and NJHS Blessing and distribution of the pins – March 12th
Grades 3-5 receive confession at 11 a.m. – March 15th
Second Trimester ends – March 18th
#Parents PDHP meeting at 7 p.m. registration is required
Grades 3-5 Attend Mass at 11 a.m. – March 19th
Family Mass at OLMM Church at 10:30 a.m – March 21st
Confirmation class for the parents and students – March 24th 7 p.m.
Report Cards sent home – March 25th
Report card virtual meetings – March 26th This is also a remote learning day for students. They will have morning meeting at 8:30 and be given work that will need to be completed by 5 p.m.
First Reconciliation – March 27th at 10 a.m.
Grades 4,6, and7 will take the NYS ELA TEST – April 20-21 (waiting on further direction from the state)
Grades 4, 6, 7 NYS MATH TEST – May 4th and 5th(waiting on further direction from the state)
I wanted to let you know as well that we will be waiving the service hours for the year. I do not think it is fair to charge you for hours that we cannot ask you to work off throughout the year. We will be getting creative with some fundraisers and if you are able to contribute a little extra to our fundraisers, I would encourage you to do so. This will help the school raise the money that we need while keeping everyone safe and following guidelines. If anyone has any suggestions that you would like to share with me regarding some out of the box, safe fundraisers please feel free to reach out to email@example.com.
At this time registration is open and ongoing. If you know anyone interested in Pre-K For All our code is QADR and they can register by going to https://www.myschools.nyc/en/ choose Notre Dame Catholic Academy of Ridgewood (Code QADR) deadline to apply for Pre K is April 7th. If anyone needs assistance we would be happy to help. We are also able to schedule individual in person tours. Please encourage friends interested in attending to reach out to us.
I hope everyone had a restful and fun week with their family. When visiting the classrooms today, everyone looked happy to be back! Since we are nearing the 100th day of school, I just wanted to reach out to give you some reminders and general housekeeping.
When we submitted our reopening plan in July to reopen for the 2020-2021 school year we included the option for you to opt into the remote academy. Sixteen of our students are still in the remote academy at this time.
This is a reminder that we are not offering a remote in house option in the school. We have reopened to be in school 5 days of in person learning a week. NDCA does not have teachers available at this time to offer remote learning to those that would like to stay home now.
We will only be working with families that are under quarantine or isolation recommendations and offer them remote learning temporarily while under such recommendations. If you have a concern that you would like considered, please email me in writing at the email address below. We may also switch to remote learning as a school for instances of extreme weather or professional learning days etc. If your child is sick, let them be sick, rest and get well and be marked absent from school. While I want to remain flexible and accommodating, I also need to remind you of the terms we submitted into the state which was not a hybrid model.
While be able to switch to remote at the drop of a hat is nice, it is not the ideal situation for the faculty or the students. Ultimately 5 days in person is where we would like to be, it has shown to help children be successful.
Thank you for your understanding concerning this matter. At NDCA we want to offer your children the best possible education under the circumstances we are under. The best way for us to do this is in person learning.
Catholic Schools week is well underway and we are having such a great time with all of out activities. I have attached videos below to show some of the kids at work. I would also suggest visiting the about us section of the website for virtual tours of each classroom. This is not what we had anticipated by any means for our Catholic Schools week, but we celebrate that we have been able to open and educate children 5 days a week. We look forward to more students joining us next year! Keep coming back to visit this post. We will be updating it daily with more videos of events at school. I would like to thank our Teachers that love each child as if they were their own. Without them, this would not have been possible.
As we time this week to celebrate Catholic Education through Catholic Schools Week, I would like to start by thanking you for sending your children to Notre Dame Catholic Academy of Ridgewood. While this year has been like NO OTHER I am happy to say that we have been able to successfully open our doors to everyone that wanted 5 day a week in person learning and the children continue to thrive, whether it be at home working remotely or in person with their teachers. We would not have been able to do that without the support of our parents and for that I personally thank you!
This week we will be celebrating the different themes:
Celebrating the Parish
Celebrating the Students
Celebrating the Community
Celebrating the Nation
Celebrating Faculty and Staff
While we will not be going bowling or having classroom visitors, they will be appreciating what we can do: Virtual Field trips and Career days and as I listen to the laughter in the hallways they are absolutely celebrating the friendships they have made at NDCA in a safe and socially distanced fashion. For all of the events click here. Catholic Schools Week Flyer 2021
Thank you for your support while we navigate through this new norm called COVID.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com. 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.
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.