Summer Enrichment Packets

I hope this finds everyone well.  I am attaching summer enrichment packets for those of you that would like some additional work for the children.  They are broken down in grade bands.  Feel free to use them as you see fit.

Summer Instructional Plans…Nursery-PK July Plans

Summer Instructional Plans…Gr. K-1 July Plans

Summer Instructional Plans…Gr. 2-3 July Plans

Summer Instructional Plans…Gr. 4-5 July Plans

Summer Instructional Plans…Gr. 6-7 July Plans

6 Catholic Academies are Closing

It is with deep sadness that I announce to you the closing of 6 Catholic Academies within the Diocese of Brooklyn. Please see the attached letter and rest assure that Notre Dame Catholic Academy is not one of them.

Please join me in prayers for these communities during these difficult times.

Mrs. DiLorenzo

July 9, 2020
Dear Parent or Guardian:
It is with deep sadness we must announce the permanent closing of six of our Catholic academies, within
the Diocese of Brooklyn, effective August 31, 2020, due to the devastating effects of the COVID-19 crisis
on enrollment and finances – an issue faced by many Catholic schools in the region and across the nation.
This communication is to assure you that your school is not included in this announcement and is
planning to reopen in September 2020, when New York City and New York State determine it is
safe to do so.
We want to share our commitment that the tradition of Catholic education in Brooklyn and Queens will
continue. We are committed to giving all children an opportunity to receive a Catholic education.
The extended family of Catholic Academies and Parish Schools within the Diocese of Brooklyn must
come together to mourn the losses suffered, pray for the future, and support our children, as many of them
will need to transfer to a new Catholic Academy in the midst of very uncertain times.
Our smaller and caring community of Catholic Academies and Parish Schools have many advantages, as
witnessed by how quickly we adapted to remote learning, to ensure and maintain our high standard of
education. Our children knew that even though they were separated, they were not alone. Our devoted
teachers and staff supported every child with the tools they needed to continue their education.
Planning is currently under way to serve all our students and school communities in the best way possible
for the upcoming academic year, following state and health department requirements. More information
about the reopening plan for your Catholic Academy or Parish School will be shared later in the summer,
as guidance from the state and health officials evolves.
We look forward to continuing to care for and educate children with faith and knowledge in God’s plan
for all of us.
Let us pray for every family, child, teacher, and school staff member at this time.
Sincerely,
Thomas Chadzutko
Thomas Chadzutko, Ed.D.
Superintendent ~ Catholic School Support Services Parent Letter July 9 2020 from Superintendent of Schools

Graduation letter from the Superintendent

Dear Parents and Guardians of the 8th Grade Students,

This year, graduation day will be like no other, held in a digital world, yet still memorable.  It will be an important milestone for your child; memories will be created and cherished, celebrations will be held, and families will gather.  Our faith will focus us during this graduation season and continue to guide them.  

Parents play a vital role in the development of their children and this graduation is a time for you to be proud of what you have witnessed these past years.  As you prepare for graduation on Friday, June 12, 2020, please allow me to share with you this reflection:

From the moment you hold your child in your arms for the

first time, you begin to envision the years ahead. You see

sports, activities, milestones and school. And from the first

day they enter kindergarten, you start to wonder where

that path will lead them and what will life have in store for them.

 

And, even as they pass through the various grade markers –

moving from grade to grade, you keep your eye on the

“big day” – graduation.  Suddenly, before you realize it, 

Graduation is just days away.  Where have the years gone,

as you prepare to watch your “baby” graduate?  Of course,

we’re happy and proud of them. 

Each student has a story to tell about the journey they’ve taken, over the past ten years to get to this point.  It’s often filled with moments of struggle, moments of success, friendships made, and friendships lost.  Moments of doubt and fear, balanced with moments of confidence and assurance.   As a parent, you have continued to bring that confidence and assurance. Now more than ever that continued support is needed.  High School awaits!

It’s natural for you to look back and think of those arguments over homework, the worries over grades and the stress over last minute projects.  We now realize that they seem insignificant and are a distant memory. And you’d happily go back to those simpler times when “because I said so,” held some weight and possibly invoked fear.

As much as our students look ahead and are excited for what is next, we as parents wonder what that means for us, because now our role will change.  For the last ten years, we have been the CEO in our child’s life – planning, providing, caring, repairing and financing, financing, financing… and now, (some) of that is about to change.  We look on in wonder as ask ourselves, “Where did those years go?” and realize that, if “they’ve” gotten older, so have we!!!  (And we experience that awkward moment when we compare ourselves to our parents, reminiscing about on our own graduation and wonder…)

But, as happens in each stage we pass through with our children, with new independence for them, comes a new independence for us.  It is now the time for us to possibly try some of those things we’ve been putting off.  As we’ve put the needs of our child first; it’s time for us to expand ourselves and our limits. Entering high school will bring those anticipated changes. Through life’s adjustments and changes, the constant is the love we share for them and the knowledge that neither time nor distance could ever change that.

We hope as they move ahead, they will always know that they will be loved forever and always, as long as they live, and that they will always be your “baby.”

Faith will guide them in all that they will do!

Congratulations!

Continued prayers for you, your family and the graduates of 2020!

Sincerely,

Thomas Chadzutko

 

Thomas Chadzutko, Ed.D.

Superintendent ~ Catholic School Support Services

Updated grading policy during Covid-19

Happy Memorial Day!  I hope everyone enjoyed some family fun time over the extended weekend.  The Diocese has shared with us the updated report card policy for the third trimester and I wanted to share them with you here.  If once you read through the letter you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at office@notredamecatholicacademy.net

Stay well and safe!

Mrs. DiLorenzo

report card grading rationale…family letter.. REVISED

Dear Catholic Academy and Parish School Families,

Let me begin by trusting that you and your family are safe and healthy as you read this letter. I also want to express my gratitude for your patience and understanding, as we continue to move through remote learning, during this pandemic crisis.  We have experienced drastic changes over the past months and through your tremendous assistance, continue to be able to provide joyful student learning.  Our goal is to provide continuous educational opportunities and practice for our students, while schools continue to remain closed.

Teachers have been working tirelessly providing students with instructional work tasks and activities, however, grading student assignments, tasks and projects completed online at home is inequitable. Translated, grades collected are likely to be an inaccurate reporting of student learning.  There are factors outside of the control of the student and the school, with learning being moved off site; therefore, the aim is that student grades would be flexibly calculated as a result of remote learning.

While assessing for student learning informs understanding and mastery, grading refers to the reporting of student’s final proficiency.  For third trimester report card grading, the Office of the Superintendent~ Catholic School Support Services will be moving to a Pass/Fail model.  Since two-thirds of the academic year has been completed and teachers have recorded data on student progress, a final grade average will be determined by the averaging of the First and Second Trimester grades and factoring in the pass/fail progress a student makes during the Third Trimester.  The recommendation on grading is based upon the belief of no educational harm to any child.  COVID 19 and the suspension of on-school-site instruction, the first in modern history, has impacted our entire society. 

The Early Childhood report cards in Pre-Kindergarten-4 (parish programs) and Kindergarten will continue to reflect the Progress Codes (1-4) for the standards and an “X” code for “Not Introduced or Assessed” for the Third Trimester Report Card.

The Pre-Kindergarten-3 or Nursery report card is a narrative, developmental report card.

Grades 1-8 will shift to a Pass/Fail model, with the following levels of reporting for the Third Trimester:

 High Pass, Pass, Low Pass, Fail for the major subject areas of: Religion, ELA, Math, Science and Social Studies. Special Subjects should also employ the levels of High Pass, Pass, Low Pass, Fail grades for the Third Trimester, if Catholic Academies and Parish Schools offered instruction in Music, Art, Languages other than English (LOTE), Technology, Regents Classes, etc.…

  • The level of High Pass (HP) correlates with the numerical grades of 90-100
  • The level of Pass (P) correlates with the numerical grades of 80-89
  • The level of Low Pass (LP) correlates with the numerical grades of 70-79
  • The level of Fail (F) correlates with the numerical grades of 69 and below

The yearly average (AVG) on the Student Report Card will be the average of the First Trimester and Second Trimester, while factoring in the passing or failing level for the Third Trimester, for the major Subject areas and Special Subject areas.

We are most appreciative of all the hard work and diligence of our families during these difficult times. Just as was done before COVID 19, our teachers and school leaders will continue to work diligently to ensure all students are learning and growing spiritually and academically.

Continued prayers for your health and safety.  May God, Our Father, provide us with the faith, hope and love, we all need to see this through.

 

Sincerely,

 

Thomas Chadzutko

 

Thomas Chadzutko, Ed.D.

Superintendent~Catholic School Support Services

Statement by Superintendent of Brooklyn and Queens Catholic Schools

Statement by Superintendent of Brooklyn and Queens Catholic Schools
Regarding Remainder of 2019-2020 School Year

Dr. Thomas Chadzutko, Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Brooklyn, which
includes all elementary Catholic academies and schools in Brooklyn and Queens, has issued the
following statement following Governor Cuomo’s school closure announcement:

“We just learned of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s decision that all elementary and
secondary schools shall remain closed for the duration of the current 2019-2020 school year, as
New York continues efforts to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. As such, the Catholic
academies and parish schools within the Diocese of Brooklyn, which includes Queens, will
remain closed through the end of June. The distance and digital learning platforms in place will
serve as the instructional program for our schools for the remainder of this academic year.
I am very proud of our schools and academies, who were successfully able to transition to
a distance and digital learning platform almost immediately upon our school buildings being shut
down. This would not have been possible without the hard work of our teachers and the
leadership of our dedicated principals, who rose to this enormous challenge. Our Catholic
schools and academies have continued to provide each of our students with a faith-based
academic program, ensuring that they are being challenged to learn every day. Our parents have
also contributed immeasurably to the success of this new digital learning environment.
We will be working with our principals and teachers to ensure that our milestone
celebrations (graduations, step-up ceremonies, and other achievements) will be honored and
recognized. As we have done so far during this pandemic, we will continue to assemble and
share resources for our families as we confront this challenging end to the school year.
The Coronavirus statistics indicate that both Brooklyn and Queens have been the
hardest-hit areas in New York City and State. As a Catholic school community in the epicenter
of the COVID-19 pandemic, we continue to pray for everyone’s health and safety. Our faith,
love, and hope remain central to all we do now and in the future.”

Statement by Superintendent of Brooklyn and Queens Catholic Schools Regarding Remainder of 2019-2020 School Year

Letter from the Superintendent ~ Catholic School Support Services

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Today, we celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday, one week since the celebration of Easter. We heard in today’s Gospel about the faith of St. Thomas the Apostle and the need to believe, even if we do not see. That message for us today and everyday is to remember our need for faith, hope and love. These have been difficult times for everyone; however, it is our faith which will continue to provide us with the strength and courage to make it through.

On Monday, April 20, 2020, we resume distance and digital learning throughout the Catholic Academies and Parish Schools, within the Diocese of Brooklyn. The Governor’s Executive Order imposed last week, indicates that schools in New York State will be closed through May 15, 2020. That means the Catholic Academies and Parish Schools within the Diocese of Brooklyn will not re-open until Monday, May 18, 2020. This date may change, subject to the Governor’s Executive Order.

During this time, the teachers within the Catholic Academies and Parish Schools within the Diocese of Brooklyn will continue to provide your child(ren) with distance, digital and various instructional learning opportunities. During the instruction of your child(ren), daily attendance is being taken. Please make sure that your child’s attendance is being recorded by their teacher.

All assignments are being graded by the teachers within the Catholic Academy and Parish Schools. All students are encouraged to complete all assignments in a timely fashion. Please consult with your principal as to how you can access your child’s grades. Progress reports for the 3rd Trimester will be sent out in early May. Additional details regarding progress reports will be shared by your Catholic Academy/Parish School principal.

I encourage you to remain in constant contact with your child’s teacher(s) and principal. Maintaining open lines of communication is always seen as a priority, now more than ever, as we continue to work in a remote learning environment.

Continued prayers for your health and safety. May God, Our Father, provide us with the faith, hope and love, we all need to see this through.

Sincerely,

 

Thomas Chadzutko

 

Thomas Chadzutko, Ed.D.

Superintendent ~ Catholic School Support Services

Important Letter

Dear Families:
 
As we go through this crisis together, there are so many needs that continue to grow. We are continually praying for you and your loved ones so that we may heal and emerge from these difficult times. We recognize the financial burden many have experienced as the school endures its own financial struggles.
 
Our partner scholarship organization, Futures in Education, has established a Relief Fund to assist families affected by the COVID-19 health crisis in completing their 2019/20 tuition payments.
 
You are invited to complete this form ONLY if your family has been directly impacted by the COVID-19 health crisis, resulting in a reduction or loss of income, and you are seeking tuition relief for the 2019/2020 academic year. Funding is very limited, and it is critical that we are able to assist those most affected by this crisis. Please only apply if your family has been affected in a way that it will not be possible for you to complete this year’s tuition payments.
 
We will work with Futures in Education to assess the overall need and funding received to determine how we may best help our families. The application will be open from now through May 15, 2020 and may be found at www.futuresineducation.org/covid19app.
Please alert us directly if you need this assistance so we are aware of your situation. This is a requirement of the fund.
 
In addition, we encourage you to apply for the regular financial aid program administered by Futures in Education for the 2020-21 academic year now, by going to  www.futuresineducation.org/scholarships
 
Note: Returning Teddy J. Forstmann recipients should apply for regular tuition assistance for 20-21 through Children’s Scholarship Fund/Civicore. Instructions have been emailed to you.
 
Please contact Futures in Education at 718.965.7340 or by email: Scholarships@FuturesinEducation.org if you have any questions or need assistance.
 
Sincerely,
Jennifer DiLorenzo
 
 

Letter from the Superintendent of Schools – April 7, 2020

April 7, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians of Catholic Academy and Parish School Students,

We wanted to take a moment to update you on the steps being taken to ensure the safety and security of all of our students.  We are aware of the concerns that have been raised in regard to the use of Zoom for classroom time and meeting with students.  In response, we distributed a comprehensive guide outlining the exact settings which should be used to secure meetings and safeguard students.  We have also revised the Diocesan Acceptable Use Policy for Technology to include Distance Learning and the unique items that it introduces.  Below is the additional language that was added to the original policy:

SECTION 8

Distance Learning:

Distance learning, which is facilitated by a Catholic Academy or Parish School within the Diocese of Brooklyn, is bound by all parts of this Acceptable Use Policy (AUP).  As distance learning requires the use of other mediums such as teleconferencing platforms, virtual classrooms, digital file transfer and online work, there are other factors that need to be addressed.

  1. Device Usage – The use of a device, either belonging to a Catholic Academy/Parish School or a personal device can be used for distance learning purposes. It is recommended that all Catholic Academies/Parish Schools issue accounts to only be used for schoolwork purposes and that the aforementioned accounts are signed off after work is completed.  All usage is governed by this policy.
  2. Video/Audio Conferencing – Video or audio-conferencing platforms may be used to facilitate class meetings and could be used for communication between teachers and students for direct teaching and group work. When using these platforms, participants must remember to conduct themselves in a professional manner, commensurate with behavior expected in a physical classroom setting.  Entering meetings other than those you are explicitly invited to by the coordinator (teacher, principal, etc.) is strictly prohibited.  Trying to circumvent the security of a meeting, “hijacking” a presentation or displaying any objectionable content during a meeting is a direct violation of this policy and subject to the disciplinary actions contained within.  Recording of video/audio conferences is also prohibited.
  3. File Transfer/Submission – The transmittal of files may be required at times for teachers to provide assignments or other work tasks, and for students to submit work. The willful transfer of objectional material, malicious content or any other such transmissions is a violation of this policy.
  4. Learning Platforms – The use of learning platforms such as Think Central, Learn360, Mathletics, Microsoft 365, Google Classroom and others is for the sole purpose of supporting and furthering the education of students. Any use of these platforms for any other reason may be considered a violation of this policy.

Any use or misuse of the technology provided for distance learning, which interferes with the education of students or the operation of the Catholic Academy/Parish School is a violation of this policy.

For your reference, we have also posted copies of both the Policy and the Zoom Guidance document, along with this letter on our website. (NDCA has posted them under parent resources.)

Please rest assured that the safety and security of the students and all information related to them is our top priority.  We continue to stay on top of these issues and explore solutions that will ensure the highest level of protection for all involved.

Thank you for all that you do to support Catholic Education and I wish you a blessed and joyous Easter filled with God’s love.

Sincerely,

Thomas Chadzutko

 

Thomas Chadzutko, Ed.D.

Superintendent~Catholic School Support Services

Letter from the Superintendent

March 27, 2020

 

Dear Parents and Guardians of Catholic Academy and Parish School Students,

 

We have just completed another week during an unimaginable situation that is affecting everyone.  For each of us, we have been faced with many changes and challenges.  During these difficult times, we need to ensure that we all remain safe and healthy.  Our continued prayers are needed for the health and safety of everyone.

We appreciate you as partners in Catholic education, as we work together to maintain meaningful, faith-filled learning for our children during this crisis.   The teachers, principals and school staff have responded in the most admirable and commendable ways, to continue the education our students deserve.  Their efforts to provide ongoing distance and digital learning is incredible and the support of you, our families, is greatly appreciated.

The following is an update addressing recent questions and concerns. Many things are still uncertain.  We will continue to communicate as frequently as possible throughout this crisis as the situation changes.

  • Attendance Expectations and Classwork
  • Teachers are taking daily attendance.
  • All assignments provided to the students by the teachers need to be completed in a timely fashion.
  • Parents are asked to ensure that their child(ren’s) work is completed and submitted, according to the policies and procedures outlined by the administration of the Catholic Academy and Parish School.
  • All assignments and assessments will continue to be graded. Additional information regarding 3rd trimester and final report card grading will be provided shortly.
  • Holy Week and Easter Break will be maintained as a break week for the children and teachers.
  • Classes will not take place on April 9, 2020 (Holy Thursday), April 10, 2020 (Good Friday), and the week of Monday April 13 through Friday April 17th. No formal instruction or classes will take place during this time.  Resources for parent and family-led activities will continue to be provided, to support you and your children through the blog page: https://news.catholicschoolsbq.org/category/parent-resources/
  • Our teachers have embraced this challenge of shifting to distance learning and have worked around the clock to migrate their lessons to these new forms of delivery, to maintain meaningful instruction and connection with their students.
  • Teachers and staff will do their best to reply to emails as quickly as possible. While we know you may need to send a message in the late evening or overnight hours, please expect a reply within 24 hours.  Our teachers are working an increased amount of time to create online lesson plans and will make every effort to reply in a timely fashion.
  • Internet usage by children
  • In this time where everyone is online more than usual, we need to increase our monitoring of our children’s online behavior, to protect them and ensure they understand safe and appropriate online behavior. Information from the Office of Safe Environment, and a copy of the Diocesan Acceptable Use policy can be found here Parent Resources.
  • PDHP and Counseling Services
  • Even though the offices of the Program for the Development of Human Potential (PDHP) are closed, ongoing support is available for prevention and crisis resources. You may call 718-550-0025 for support. (Please use 911 for critical and life-threatening health and safety emergencies).   Support and connection is also available through the PDHP Facebook

May God continue to watch over each of you, your children and family!

Sincerely,

Thomas Chadzutko

 

Thomas Chadzutko, Ed.D.

Superintendent~Catholic School Support Services