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

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