Update on the Mask Policy

Governor Hochul announced on Sunday, February 27, 2022, that the NYS School Mask Mandate would be
lifted as of Wednesday, March 2, 2022.

For all the Catholic Academies and Parish Schools within the Diocese of Brooklyn effective Wednesday,
March 2 the face covering mitigation strategy will be a recommended mitigation strategy. Face coverings will
be an individual choice for school personnel and a parental choice for all students.

However, please note that the New York City funded Pre-K-3 and Pre-K-4 programs (UPK) must continue
to wear masks as required by the New York City Department of Education.


To read more click below.

St. Mask Policy Update 2.27.22 final


Merry Christmas!

Dear Families,


The Advent season has been filled with joyful anticipation for the birth of Christ. We wait each week and watch as the Advent candles glow, increasing in light as we approach Christmas. Lights play a significant role in our celebration of both the Advent season and our preparations for Christmas. Each year, I would spend an often-cold Saturday with my children preparing the outside of our home with Christmas lights. In the days of old Christmas lights, we would take time to check each string of lights to make sure each bulb worked, meticulously changing the bulbs that had gone out. At the end of the day, the kids were always excited to see the finished illuminated product and even as adults, there is something almost magical about the lights of Christmas.


Our hearts during the Christmas season are like the Christmas lights of the past. It is not enough to simply turn on the lights in celebration. We must take the time to tend to our hearts and prepare them for Jesus. As one would untangle strings of lights and check for missing bulbs, I encourage you to look within your heart to see where the light of Christ may be hindered. Do we hold burdens and anger within our hearts? Are there unresolved conflicts or distractions that dim our light? These are questions that are not just for our adult hearts but also the hearts of our children. During Advent, spend time in prayer with your children and model ways in which we can search our hearts and ask for God’s intercession in areas of need.


The Christmas season is an opportunity for families to come together and share the light of Christ. As a family, take time to consider ways to open your hearts to the greatest possible light. Just as Jesus is our light, we must be a light for others. Teaching this to our children through our words and our actions is tremendously important. These practices of being the light to others especially during the Christmas season is an opportunity for children to embrace these traditions into their adult lives. Volunteering, donating time and talent, and donating of material goods are just a few ways to guide children in being the light to others. Incorporating daily prayer and praying on behalf of others is also a wonderful way to kindle the light of Christmas.

Christmas lights are a wonderful symbol of the holiday season and provide a sense of magic for children and adults alike, but we must remember that they represent more than the secular celebration of the season. Christmas lights represent the light of Christ that shines within our hearts. Jesus is a light for all the world and the lights during Advent and Christmas are representations of the light in our world. It is a reminder that we can also be a light in the darkness just like Christ. I pray that this Advent and Christmas season is filled with opportunities for you to give and receive the light of Christ. May your Christmas be filled with the joy of the season as we celebrate the birth of the Messiah.


In Christ,

Thomas Chadzutko

Thomas Chadzutko, Ed.D.

Superintendent ~ Catholic School Support Services

Christmas Letter for Families 2021 Final

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


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


Meeting ID: 787 8412 5443

Passcode: qRh06z


#parents flier november 2020

Yellow Zone Update

October 15, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

In recent days, you have heard many news stories from Governor Cuomo about the COVID Cluster Initiative.

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.

As we continue to keep you updated on the on-going impact on the Catholic schools within the Diocese of Brooklyn. We wish to share the following information.

What we know today:

  • The initial NYC Zip Code Closure Plan has been replaced by the NYS COVID Cluster Initiative.
  • To locate the school “Zone” please us the NYS COVID Hot Spot locator: https://covidhotspotlookup.health.ny.gov/#/home
  • Schools within the Diocese of Brooklyn have been notified if the school has been identified as being in the Red Zone, Orange Zone or Yellow Zone.
  • Red Zone and Orange Zone schools have switched to Remote Instruction no later than October 9 and are awaiting the re-opening criteria from NYS Department of Health.
  • The earliest date for the possible re-opening of schools identified in the Red and Orange zone is October 23rd pending re-opening criteria and guidelines from New York State.
  • Yellow Zone schools are continuing in-person instruction with the addition of required COVID testing.
  • The NYC Department of Health will be conducting a survey of the Yellow Zone Schools requesting information on the challenges of implementing a COVID testing program. Areas of concern, but not limited to
    • Parental Consent
    • Testing Supplies
    • Administration of the COVID test
    • Reporting of the COVID Data
  • Currently there are many more questions regarding COVID testing than we are receiving answers. We are waiting to receive details and additional information regarding testing from the New York City and New York State health agencies.
  • Action Steps:
  • Bishop DiMarzio filed a lawsuit on behalf of the Churches and Schools within the Diocese of Brooklyn. Our request for a TRO (temporary restraining order) was denied our request for an expedited hearing on our lawsuit was granted and the Judge set a hearing for Thursday, October 15th in the Eastern District Court of New York.
  • Parents should continue outreach to the following:

The Office of the Superintendent of Schools continues to advocate on behalf of all the Parish School and Catholic Academy communities to request that New York State provide clarity on the COVID Cluster Initiative and its impact on the schools within the Diocese of Brooklyn.

Since this is an evolving situation, we will continue to maintain open communication and share information as we receive it from New York City and New York State agencies.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions.

Thank you.


Mrs. Jennifer DiLorenzo –Principal 

Mr. James Carey Board Chair   


Yellow School Notification to parents #2

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 office@notredamecatholicacademy.net 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

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

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