Press Release from the Diocese of Brooklyn

Schools for the Diocese of Brooklyn, which includes 69 elementary schools in Brooklyn and Queens, today has announced the COVID-19 safety protocols that will be in place when school opens on Wednesday, September 8, 2021.

 

            In the absence of a mandate, the New York State Department of Health recommends school districts adopt universal indoor masking for all based on guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Therefore, Catholic Academies and Parish Schools in Brooklyn and Queens will require all students, faculty, and staff members to wear masks beginning on the first day of school.

 

            In addition, school officials will continue to encourage vaccinations, social distancing, hand washing and hand hygiene, while maintaining the rigorous daily cleaning and sanitizing of facilities as well as enhanced ventilation. Parents will be reminded to keep their child home from school if they are sick, and their child will be required to receive medical clearance from a healthcare provider that they can safely return to in person instruction.  

The Catholic Academies and Parish Schools will also continue to follow city and state guidelines regarding contact tracing, quarantine and isolation protocols.

 

            “As the numbers of Coronavirus cases continue to spike in children, and the overall numbers of hospitalizations in New York City are on the rise, this is the most responsible approach to take when we begin the new school year. I know the return to these safety measures is not the situation parents, teachers or students were hoping to be the case in the 2021-2022 school year, but we cannot ignore the trends,” said Superintendent Dr. Thomas Chadzutko.

 

“Let us do our part from day one to prevent further increase of cases. If we are successful, as this academic year moves along, we will revisit these guidelines and adjust them accordingly. As much as we want a return to normalcy in our classrooms, we want our students, faculty, and staff to be safe,” continued Dr. Chadzutko.

 

“Looking at the trajectory of past pandemics, it seems that a virus such as this one does linger for some time even with the vaccination. I have received my vaccination and continue to encourage others to do so as well. It is our hope that the COVID-19 vaccines will help bring an end to this terrible virus that has controlled our lives for much of the past year and a half,” said The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn.

Catholic schools in Brooklyn and Queens, in adherence to strict guidelines, opened on time for the 2020-2021 school year, and were able to offer five day a week instruction. Enrollment increased in nearly 40% of the schools last year in grades K-8. To learn more about Catholic Schools in Brooklyn and Queens, visit catholicschoolsbq.org.

 

Press Release 8.12.21 jm

From the Principal: Have a Wonderful Summer!

June 23, 2021

Dear Parents,

      Thank you for a wonderful year!  I can hardly believe that we were able to bring the children back to school 5 full days socially distanced with only a few short closures.  That is with many thanks to all of you for honestly completing the daily health screening and your children wearing their masks on a daily basis.  For all of these reasons I say thank you.  While this year has been not easy by any means and looked very different than what we were used to, we persevered and made it through.  I hope that next year we are able to work within the guidelines and make things even better for the children.  At this time, I have no answers on what the guidelines, only time will tell.  The kids have learned and grown so much this year!  Thank you for sending them to NDCA and for allowing me to be their Principal, seeing your children grow and thrive has been the highlight of my days.  I can hardly believe that the year is coming to an end. 

This year, for children currently enrolled in NDCA, the summer work will be remote using i-Ready and Freckle, both that they are familiar with using.  These programs meet the children where they are and put the children on a personal learning plan.  This will help if they are behind to move them forward, and show continued growth as opposed to the “summer slump”.  We are asking that the children complete 30 minutes per week in both freckle and i-Ready and complete activities in both Math and ELA. I also encourage all students to read, read and read some more. 

For anyone new to NDCA.  You will not have login information for these programs so we ask that you complete the following:  

  • Go to the school web page notredame-ca.org
  • Click on the Parents and Guardians tab
  • Once there look for the grade your child will be going into in September and click on the link.
  • If you have any additional questions, please call the office. We will post official hours, however the office will be open most Tuesdays and Thursday from 9-11 a.m.

 

I thank you for all of the support that you have shown me throughout this year as Principal.  I look forward to many more with you!

 

Have a wonderful summer!

 

Sincerely,

Jennifer DiLorenzo

End of year letter for summer work (1)

Family Letter from the Superintendent

Dear Families,

As parents and guardians, you are tasked with making decisions which will help nurture your child and keep them safe. Being a parent is the most difficult and rewarding job. Over the past year, the stress and anxiety that comes with parenting has been amplified in the face of a global pandemic, health concerns, and unrest within our society. During a bleak time, you have continued to act as beacons for your children in guiding them along the path of Christ. Your support of your children, our schools, and our communities have made this year possible. I am grateful for all you have done and continue, to do to provide your children with a Catholic education.

It is an honor to have our Catholic Academies and Parish Schools entrusted, not only with the care and education of your child, but in the development of their faith. Our shared faith, especially during this past year, has provided us the strength and comfort needed to forge even the most difficult paths. The children are blessed not only to develop their faith within the school community but to learn firsthand from their families and parents. Despite the pandemic, parents still made the effort to engage with their children in their religious education, pray at home, attend liturgy, and safely participate in community events. Your children benefit tremendously from each of these experiences.

Our school communities are blessed to be filled with families who supported staff, teachers, and students, as they made the leap to reopening in the fall. There have been many changes in the way students have learned over the course of the year, in-person, hybrid, remote, but parents have not wavered in helping their students achieve. Parents were also quick to share words of encouragement and appreciation for teachers, staff, and administrators, knowing that they were doing everything in their power to create the best possible learning environment. Parents supported schools through fundraising and direct support of other families in need. Through the generosity of Diocesan families, we were able to provide extra PPE, hand sanitizer, and even more scholarships, to aid families during this challenging time.

Parents and families helped make this year a success not only in your guidance in faith and support of schools, but in your efforts to be a positive example for your child. It has been extremely difficult to stay positive over the past year and even more so as you work to provide a somewhat “normal” experience for your child. We have said over the past year that “children are resilient” and indeed they have been, but we owe a large thanks to families who have provided the foundation for these children to cope with difficult times. By encouraging your child, preparing them for difficult situations, and giving them the tools to understand their emotions, you have enabled them to work through an incredibly challenging year.

At the close of a tumultuous school year, it is my hope that you will be able to enjoy some time with family. Take time to pray together and embrace the peace that comes from building your relationship with God. I wish you good health, happiness, and minimal stress through the summer. We look forward to our time together in the fall.

In Christ,

Thomas Chadzutko

Thomas Chadzutko, Ed.D

Tablet Jr. Articles

Good Morning,

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. 

Have a great Easter break!

Mrs. DiLorenzo

Parent Update March 26th

To:              NDCA Parents/Guardians

From:         Mrs. DiLorenzo

Date:           March 26, 2021

Re:              Important Updates  

 

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!

 

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

Stay safe and well!

Jennifer DiLorenzo

Parent Update 3-26

Wellness Wednesday!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day and Wellness Wednesday!

Please click below to see the PDF for family wellness regarding raising resilient kids.  

Have a great week!  Enjoy your family time and remember to take care of yourself and your wellness. 

Stay well,

Mrs. DiLorenzo

Raising Resilient Kids

March 8, 2021 Update

Dear Parents and Guardians,

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.

Important Dates:

  • 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 office@notredamecatholicacademy.net.

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.

Stay safe and well!

Mrs. Jennifer DiLorenzo

March Letter to Parents

 

Welcome Back from Mid Winter Recess

Welcome Back Parents!

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.

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

Stay safe and well!

Jennifer DiLorenzo

Parent Update 2-22