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

Letter from the Superintendent’s Office

Dear Parents,

Below I am attaching the letter to Parents from the Superintendent’s office.  This has also been sent out through Option C.

Mrs. DiLorenzo

March 21, 2020

 

Dear Parent and Guardians,

 

For everyone, this has been a challenging week! Adjusting to new routines for you and your children, keeping your family safe and healthy and managing your work-related responsibilities has been difficult. Through it all, you have been able to provide your children with the comfort and safety of your home.

 

Change is not easy for anyone and the uncertainty of what lies ahead is very daunting for each of us. Know that your Catholic Academy/Parish School Principals, Teachers and Staff are available to assist you during this time. Please continue to keep the lines of communication open between and among them.

 

Our principals and teachers are committed to provide your child/children with ongoing Catholic education through various digital and distance learning platforms. Making the transition to a new way of teaching and learning is not easy but our dedicated principals and teachers completed this transition within a couple of days! I know that many parents have already communicated their appreciation to the principals and teachers for this new way of teaching and learning. I ask that you continue to express gratitude for all that they are doing!

 

Parents and guardians are the essential partners in Catholic education. For your partnership, now and always, we are most appreciative!

 

I ask that you pray the following prayer with your family each day for continued good health and safety:

 

Holy Virgin of Guadalupe, Queen of the Angels and Mother of the Americas.
We fly to you today as your beloved children.
We ask you to intercede for us with your Son, as you did at the wedding in Cana.

Pray for us, loving Mother,
and gain for our nation and world,
and for all our families and loved ones,
the protection of your holy angels,
that we may be spared the worst of this illness.

For those already afflicted,
we ask you to obtain the grace of healing and deliverance.
Hear the cries of those who are vulnerable and fearful,
wipe away their tears and help them to trust.

In this time of trial and testing,
teach all of us in the Church to love one another and to be patient and kind.
Help us to bring the peace of Jesus to our land and to our hearts.

We come to you with confidence,
knowing that you truly are our compassionate mother,
health of the sick and cause of our joy.

Shelter us under the mantle of your protection,
keep us in the embrace of your arms,
help us always to know the love of your Son, Jesus. Amen

 

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