Yellow zone notification from the state.

 October 7, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

In recent days, you have heard many news stories from Mayor DeBlasio and Governor Cuomo about the Cluster Zone Initiative within New York City.

After using the COVID Zone Locator sent by Governor Cuomo Notre Dame Catholic Academy’s address is identified as being inside the Yellow Zone.

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. We continue our Daily Health Questionnaire and Temperature Checks. We have done everything correctly and feel disrespected by the actions of the Mayor and Governor.

We will continue to contact the Mayor and Governor to get answers to our many questions.

We also ask you to contact:

Mayor DeBlasio 212-788-3000

Local Representatives Senator Joseph Addabbo Jr, Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan, and City Council Member Robert Holden

Since this is an evolving situation, we will continue to provide you with regular updates as we receive information.

Should you have any questions, please contact me at or (718) 821-2221


Jennifer DiLorenzo

Yellow School Notification to parents

Call to Action for Parents

October 6, 2020
Dear Catholic Schools Families,
Over the past month, Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of New York and the Diocese of Brooklyn have been
open and successfully conducting in-person Catholic education for our students. Our meticulously planned
protocols, designed to keep students and teachers safe, and developed in conformity with city, state, and federal
health guidelines, are working. Having heard from so many of you, we know you are grateful for all the hard
work, time, and, yes, money – some $18 million dollars — that went into making sure our Catholic schools
could open and operate safely, as they have been doing.

As you are likely aware, a number of areas in New York City and the surrounding counties are seeing an uptick
in positive test results for COVID-19. Health experts have told us all along to anticipate such statistical trends
as we entered autumn. In reaction to these expected numbers, Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio are
instituting drastic measures by shutting down all public and private schools within certain ZIP codes. Rather
than judging each school on their individual merits and their fidelity to the protocols set forth by their own
administrations, the governor and mayor are painting all institutions with a draconian broad brush.
The safety of our Catholic school communities is paramount. It was that very guiding principle that saw us
close our Catholic schools well before the public schools felt it necessary to do so in the Spring of 2020.
Should there be a situation that required a Catholic school to close, we would not need to wait for elected
officials to tell us to do so.

Our Catholic schools are faithfully adhering to the guidelines we have established. Isolated cases of COVID-19
in our Catholic schools have triggered these protocols, and in person learning has safely continued. The New
York City Department of Health has been inspecting our Catholic schools. All have passed.
If other schools cannot meet the standards needed to operate safely, they should indeed be closed until they
demonstrate their ability to do so. In the meantime, it is absolutely unfair to be associated with the noncompliant schools merely because we share a ZIP code.

Our principals, teachers and staff have worked too hard, and you, our families have provided too much support,
that we cannot allow government officials to derail the education of your children. If you agree, please let your
elected officials know how you feel, by taking a moment to call and email Governor Cuomo, Mayor de Blasio,
your city council member, state assembly member, and state senator and tell them to support schools that are
working and not to institute these draconian measures.

This message is being delivered to all corners of both our diocese as we are brothers and sisters; part of the
greater New York Catholic school community who may very well see these issues arise in your region. As such,
we ask you utilize the links provided to reach as many elected officials as possible.
Please call Governor Cuomo directly 1-518-474-8390 and Mayor de Blasio at 212-788-3000.

In order to contact your state and local representatives, please utilize the following links:
All our families should visit Find My Senator as well as Find My NY Assembly Member while those who live
within the five boroughs of New York City should also utilize Find My City Council Member

Mr. Michael J. Deegan                                                                                                                                                                     Thomas Chadzutko, Ed.D
Archdiocese of New York R.C. Diocese of Brooklyn                                                                           Superintendent of Schools Superintendent – Catholic Schools Support Services

Call_To_Action_Arch of NY_Brooklyn-Queens_10-06-20

Thank you



Dear Parents,


I would like to thank you for another successful week!  It has been wonderful welcoming the students back to their “new norm” of school during a pandemic.  They have been absolutely wonderful and we are blessed that you send them and trust us to do what is best for them while they are in our care.  This week we began using the parent locker app with faculty and staff and we hope to start using it with parents soon.  I would also like to thank all of the parents that attended the Back to School meetings in the K-2, 3-5 and 6-8 grade bands.  I have posted the Powerpoints shown at the meetings on the website under the “Parent Portal” on the right hand side of the website.  I will post all notices there as well. 


     As I posted in our meetings we will be creating new and different ways to do fundraisers and create service hours opportunities.  I have been working on an idea of a “Truck or Treat” if anyone would like to work off hours collecting donations of candy from local businesses or community members willing to donate, please let me know.  We will also need assistance making the bags.  If this is something that interests you, please email me at

     Wednesday evening we will be having a High School information virtual meeting for the 8th grade parents.  This is a mandatory meeting for all 8th grade parents.  We will be giving out important information regarding 8th grade activities and the High School admission process.  A message with the Zoom link will be sent to your children through their Google classroom and we will create a notice and post it in the Parent Portal as well.

     In closing I would like to that all of the families that are helping and supporting us in our ‘New norm” and just remember:

  You can help keep your school community safe and healthy by following these important “Core Four” actions to prevent COVID-19 transmission:

· Stay home if sick: Monitor your health and stay home if you are sick, except for getting essential medical care (including COVID-19 testing) and other essential needs.

· Physical distancing: Stay at least 6 feet away from people who are not members of your household.

· Wear a face covering: Protect those around you. Wearing a face covering helps reduce the spread of COVID-19, especially if you are sick and don’t have symptoms. For more information about face coverings, visit and look for “FAQ’s About Face Coverings.”

· Practice healthy hand hygiene: Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, if soap and water are not available; clean frequently touched surfaces regularly; avoid touching your face with unwashed hands; and cover your cough or sneeze with your arm, not your hands.


Stay well, and have a wonderful week!

Mrs. DiLorenzo



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





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,



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


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

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

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