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

 

 

Sincerely,

 

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

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/78619476001?pwd=L3JkL2FmSWVSaHBoZE5RaTI3aWN1dz09

 

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

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/73326751521?pwd=Q29vKzdJV2R1RmEvNlp0dzdDNU5vUT09

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

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/79131926606?pwd=bXJpb0prZVFtMmVIRFBiTmkyZ1owZz09

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

End of Summer Plans for Students

Dear Parents,

The following plans are intended to serve as a transition from summer leisure to a school routine. Plans prepared for the weeks of August 17 and 24th focus on themed activities for different subject areas. While the activities follow the same theme, they can be completed in isolation. Your child can pick and choose from activities based on their interests.

Plans prepared for the week of September 3rd are designed not only to prepare your child for academic activities as the school year starts but also to prepare them for returning to a school setting that looks different than it did. Activities focus on addressing changes in the school, guidelines for students to follow, and feelings students might have about this new school year. As your child engages in the activities, pay particular attention to their reactions. It is important to be available to talk to your child about any concerns or stresses they might have coming into this new school year and to frame the conversation in a positive way. Validate your child’s concerns and worries but also present them with information and positivity to help their thinking. For example, your child may be concerned about wearing a mask. You can agree that wearing a mask can be challenging but then follow up with why masks are important and fun things you can do even with a mask on.

The following link provides resources for parents to help prepare their child to go back to school as well as identify potential stressors, how to talk to your child, and how to provide mental health support for your family during this difficult time. https://www.unicef.org/coronavirus/supporting-your-childs-mental-health-during-covid-19-school-return

There are also many e-books available for free to download or to read online with your child. These books address information about COVID-19, staying at home, and feelings one might have about the pandemic https://nycdoe.libguides.com/COVID-19ebooks/free

During this time, both children and parents are undoubtedly feeling the strain from the uncertainties of COVID-19. We must continue to stay positive, put our trust in God, and work to make our schools the safest places for our children. We are looking forward to opening our doors and finally being able to greet (from 6 feet away, of course) our students and families.

K-1 End of Summer Plans

Gr. 6-7 End of Summer Plans

Gr. 4-5 End of Summer Plans

N-PK End of Summer Plans

Gr. 2-3 End of Summer Plans

 

St Thomas Aquinas Distance Learning Academy

Dear Parents,

Please read the two documents posted below.  One is a response to the remote learning option and the other is an FAQ regarding the program.  Please also take the survey monkey for the Diocese.  I hope everyone is safe and well!

Mrs. DiLorenzo

Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7NNZ2NG

Saint Thomas Aquinas Distance Learning Catholic Academy family letter…8.10.20 final

Saint Thomas Aquinas Distance Learning Catholic Academy Frequently Asked Questions…8.20 final

NDCA Reopening Plan has been submitted to the state.

Dear Parents,

I hope this finds you all safe and well.  I wanted to keep you aware of the status of NDCA for September.  On Friday we submitted our reopening plan for opening in September 5 full days with social distancing of 6 feet apart and masks for children in grades K-8.  Please see the reopening plan attached below.  I will be setting up Zoom meetings in grade bands of K-2, 3-5 and 6-8 next week where I will review the plan and answer questions as best as I can next week.  As you review the plan write down the questions so I can make sure I answer as much as I can.  I can’t wait to see everyone back in the building in just a few weeks.  You can also email any questions you have to me at office@notredamecatholicacademy.net.

Stay well and safe and enjoy the end of your summer!

Mrs. DiLorenzo

NDCA Final Logistics and Planning Document for State

Family reopening information from the Diocese

July 13, 2020

 

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

 

Catholic Academies and Parish Schools, within the Diocese of Brooklyn are planning to open in September!  The Office of the Superintendent Re-Opening Task Force continues to work tirelessly to ensure that our students, faculty and staff remain healthy and have access to the most current information.  Moreover, the Diocese of Brooklyn Re-Opening Task Force, led by Chief Esposito, has been most impressed with the thoroughness of the Office of the Superintendent’s Task Force’s comprehensive plan for a successful safe opening of our school buildings this Fall.

 

Principals have been working diligently, planning for a September re-opening.  The New York State Education Department just recently shared the framework for school reopening plans with formal guidance.  This framework will be disseminated later this week and will serve as a roadmap, providing schools with guidelines, expectations and mandates, to safely open our schools this fall.  We also anticipate receiving information shortly from the New York State Department of Health and the Board of Regents.  The Office of the Superintendent Re-Opening Task Force will continue to share all information with our schools.

 

Governor Cuomo will be informing us of his final decision on school openings, during the week of August 1-7.   In anticipation of schools re-opening, please know there are essential elements included in all the re-opening plans being developed:

 

  • Our goal for opening schools is a 5-day a week, in-school model, ensuring that as many students, using social distancing, can safely be in our buildings. We are aware that many buildings cannot accommodate their total student population, in a socially distant way, for a full 5 day Plans are being developed by principals, using alternative scheduling; hybrid learning, combining in-person and remote learning. Although our goal is for a 100% opening, with all participating in 5-day a week instructional plan, government guidelines for health and safety will not allow that to happen at this time.

 

  • We are deeply committed to ensuring that each Catholic Academy and Parish School continue to provide a loving, nurturing Catholic School environmen We will stand firm on continuing academic excellence. Social-emotional learning and mental well-being has been and will continue to be a priority.

 

  • The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff will continue to be our number one priority, with enhanced cleaning, disinfecting and sanitizing protocols, and the implementation of student and faculty wellness checks and symptom screening.

 

  • We have and will continue to advocate for the many resources our students are entitled to under State and City law, as well as through the local school We will continue to stress that all public-school districts provide a nurse/medical professional to our schools and provide transportation for eligible students. Unfortunately, at this time, we are uncertain if they will be able to fulfill these requirements. We will continue to be persistent in engaging local school districts and lobbying for our students. Further updates on these issues will follow.

 

We have studied the re-opening plans from around the world, and across our country. We have worked collaboratively with Principals, Pastors and Academy Boards, to envision a re-opening plan that is safe and strong in academics and is Christ-centered.

 

As we continue to plan for September 2020, we must remember that all plans are based upon information we have presently received, never looking to compromise the health and safety of all.  We will continue to work and plan, accepting changes with patience and common sense.

 

We thank everyone for their continued support through these unpredictable times and continue to ask for God’s blessings.

 

Sincerely,

 

Thomas Chadzutko

 

Thomas Chadzutko, Ed.D.

Superintendent ~ Catholic School Support Services

family reopening letter…7.13.2020

 

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