Dear Parents/Guardians and Students,
It was wonderful to see all the parents who came to pick up the iPads for their children yesterday. I realize I miss seeing the parents as much as I miss seeing the children, and it was wonderful to speak and be together even if for a short while. Monday or Tuesday on Currents News on the NET channel at 7 p.m., our school will have a feature of this event.
I wish to thank the many of you that have returned your re-registration. It is even more important now that you do so as soon as possible to allow me to prepare for September for the children. Please do not let a money hardship not allow you to re-register your child for next year. They deserve the excellent education they receive. Please just send $100 per child to save the seat, or if this is not possible, whatever you can with a letter of explanation, and come September, we will make arrangements with those who can document their hardship.
Thank you, also, all the parents who continue to pay tuition. This is a blessing that is necessary in order to continue to pay payroll expenses and utilities. No one has been removed from our payroll.
Yesterday, Governor Cuomo announced that all elementary and high schools in the city of New York would be closed.
Although, it brings me sadness to know that so many individuals are still infected with the Covid 19 and therefore, for everyone involved, it was vital, that for the safety of the children and personnel, it was necessary to make this decision.
As I sit in virtual classrooms every day and will continue to be present daily, I can assure you that the zoom and google meet virtual classrooms will continue to allow the students to meet the standards for the year.
Below I have copied the press release that has come from our Superintendent’s office:
May 1, 2020
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.”
I have provided the teachers with the codes for Monday 11 a.m. prayer and these will be posted by them. This code will continue
to be in effect till June 28, 2020.
May our Lord continue to watch over you and bless you and your dear families.