Tomorrow, January 7, 2022 – Academy goes remote for the day only

Dear Parent/Guardians:

Tomorrow, January 7, 2022, our academy will be doing remote instruction for this day ONLY.

As there is an 80% chance the snow is to begin at 3 am Friday morning making it dangerous to walk and travel with the children.  Therefore, to keep the children, and you, safe, I have decided to use this very special resource of Remote Instruction for the day.

We will be following the usual schedule for First Friday.  Therefore, classes will begin at 8:30 am and end at 12:30 pm, unless instructed differently by their teacher.  Your child’s teacher is posting on their homework page all instructions, as well as review this process with your child/children.  The children are already familiar with this process.

Also, the following must be followed:

  1.  Students must have their cameras on in order for the teacher to see they are participating and be able to mark them present.
  2.  Students will follow the full day with the class.  Classes end at 12:30 pm.
  3. Students will receive their devices to take home and all needed books.  (Please we do not have any extra.  Make sure that your child takes good care of their device because if they are broken, we have no more to give out.)
  4.  In order to reinforce to the children that this is a regular day of school, they must be in uniform.  (In the past, some children felt that being in bed with pajamas on was an appropriate way to attend a remote lesson.  We want them to know that this is not the demeanor to do schoolwork.)

Classes resume on Monday, January 10, 2022, for in-person instruction.  As always, do not send your child to school if they are sick.

I pray you remain safe.

God bless you and your children,

Mrs. DeLuca

Principal

 

Happy New Year and Return to Academy, Tomorrow, January 3, 2022

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Happy and Healthy New Year to you, your dear children, and families.  Thank you for your cards, wonderful, kind words and gifts and well wishes for me and my family.  May our Lord bless you abundantly with what you need.  This is my prayer for you and your families for this new year.  

As we pray that this pandemic would soon come to an end, unfortunately, the Omicron strand has invaded our world, and  we must be as vigilant as possible to keep our children safe and every one we come in contact with.  Therefore, as has been stressed the past two years and always, it is of the upmost importance that IF YOU CHILD IS ILL IN ANY WAY, HE/SHE MUST NOT COME TO SCHOOL.  

Please follow the following in order to keep all students and faculty safe:

  1.  STAY HOME IF YOU ARE SICK.
  2.  DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL IF YOU OR A HOUSEHOLD FAMILY MEMBER HAS PENDING COVID TEST RESULTS.
  3.  FOLLOW THE COVID SAFETY AND HEALTH PROTOCOLS INSTRUCTED TO YOU BY YOUR CHILD’S HOMEROOM TEACHER.
  4.  CONSULT YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER REGARDING COVID TESTING AND VACCINES.
  5.  IN SCHOOL, STUDENTS MUST COME IN WITH THE DAILY HEALTH SCREENING FORM OR THEY WILL BE SENT HOME.
  6.  SOCIAL  DISTANCING MUST BE MAINTAINED AT ALL TIMES, 3 FT MINIMUM FOR CLASSROOMS, 6 FT ALL OTHER AREAS OF THE   BUILDING.
  7.  FACE COVERINGS AT ALL TIMES.  ALSO, MEDICAL MASKS WORK BETTER WITH THIS STRAND RATHER THAN CLOTH MASKS.
  8.  WE HAVE, AS ALWAYS SINCE COVID STARTED, A LIMITED VISITOR POLICY.
  9.  PLEASE REPORT TO US IMMEDIATELY POSITIVE CASES.
  10.  STUDENTS WHO CANNOT BE IN SCHOOL DUE TO COVID WILL REMAIN CONNECTED TO THE DAY’S LESSONS THROUGH REMOTE  INSTRUCTION IF THEY ARE WELL ENOUGH TO ATTEND.  IF THEY REMAIN IN CLASS THROUGH REMOTE INSTRUCTION, THEY WILL NOT BE MARKED ABSENT.  THIS IS POSSIBLE FOR ONLY COVID RELATED CASES.

Thank you for your cooperation which is most important at this time for all of us.

May our Lord bless and watch over all of us.

God bless,

Mrs. Frances DeLuca

Principal

Important Announcement

Tomorrow all children will be meeting in the school backyard.  Please have your child arrive no later than 7:55 a.m., thank you.  Please bring in your child’s health screen sheets completely filled, thank you.  Below is a welcome letter from the Diocese from Brooklyn, Thank you I look forward to welcoming your child on their first day. 

September 2021

Dear Families,

It is with gratitude and excitement that we welcome you to a new academic year. While this academic year is beginning with similar concerns to the 2020-2021 year, my gratitude stems from our ability to safely reopen Catholic Academies and Parish Schools once again to in-person learning. We’ve seen firsthand over the past year how essential it is to provide students with consistent, vibrant educational opportunities, both remote and in the classroom. The ability to physically welcome students into the school building brings a sense of renewal and hope within our school communities.

 

It seems that after a child is born, a parent blinks and their child is ready to attend school. As I watch my granddaughter prepare for her first day of pre-kindergarten, I am reminded of those first moments with my own children, filled with nerves and excitement for parent and child. I understand that the decision to entrust your child to one of our Catholic Academies or Parish Schools is monumental and for some, the first moments of having your child be cared for outside of the home. This responsibility is one we hold close to our hearts. The children in our schools are never just students. They are sons and daughters, siblings, friends, and grandchildren. They are a valued and precious member of our school communities.

 

The most significant difference in your school choice is that your child is continuing to build their faith relationships through the understanding of the love of Christ. The gift of an education is tremendous for a child.  The gift of a faith education is life changing. Children who are provided a faith-based environment are more likely to practice the faith as adults and instill the same faith in their children. Catholic school graduates are also more likely to be involved in their communities, celebrate diversity, and be civically engaged. We are thankful to all our parents and families who make the sacrifices to choose a Catholic education, especially considering financially and socially challenging times.

 

Teachers, staff, and administrators are prepared and excited to begin this academic year with your child. Our focus, in addition to faith development and academics, is providing a learning environment which supports the whole child, including their socioemotional growth. This past year while extremely challenging for adults, has also been challenging for children. We have described them as “flexible” and “resilient,” but children are perceptive to the stresses and anxieties we feel as adults. Our teachers have worked diligently to prepare the best environment and supports to help your child navigate the many challenges they have experienced in the past year. I encourage you to develop and maintain a strong relationship within the school community and with your child’s teacher. We can best support students as unified team, with the shared vision of helping all students achieve their full potential.

 

I pray this academic year continues to be healthy and safe for your family. I look forward to seeing all our school communities and students accomplish this year, through the grace and love of Christ.

 

In Christ,

Thomas Chadzutko

Thomas Chadzutko, Ed.D.

Important Announcements

Tomorrow all children will be meeting in the school backyard.  Please have your child arrive no later than 7:55 a.m., thank you.  Please bring in your child’s health screen sheets completely filled, thank you.  Below is a welcome letter from the Diocese from Brooklyn, Thank you I look forward to welcoming you child on their first day. 

September 2021

Dear Families,

It is with gratitude and excitement that we welcome you to a new academic year. While this academic year is beginning with similar concerns to the 2020-2021 year, my gratitude stems from our ability to safely reopen Catholic Academies and Parish Schools once again to in-person learning. We’ve seen firsthand over the past year how essential it is to provide students with consistent, vibrant educational opportunities, both remote and in the classroom. The ability to physically welcome students into the school building brings a sense of renewal and hope within our school communities.

 

It seems that after a child is born, a parent blinks and their child is ready to attend school. As I watch my granddaughter prepare for her first day of pre-kindergarten, I am reminded of those first moments with my own children, filled with nerves and excitement for parent and child. I understand that the decision to entrust your child to one of our Catholic Academies or Parish Schools is monumental and for some, the first moments of having your child be cared for outside of the home. This responsibility is one we hold close to our hearts. The children in our schools are never just students. They are sons and daughters, siblings, friends, and grandchildren. They are a valued and precious member of our school communities.

 

The most significant difference in your school choice is that your child is continuing to build their faith relationships through the understanding of the love of Christ. The gift of an education is tremendous for a child.  The gift of a faith education is life changing. Children who are provided a faith-based environment are more likely to practice the faith as adults and instill the same faith in their children. Catholic school graduates are also more likely to be involved in their communities, celebrate diversity, and be civically engaged. We are thankful to all our parents and families who make the sacrifices to choose a Catholic education, especially considering financially and socially challenging times.

 

Teachers, staff, and administrators are prepared and excited to begin this academic year with your child. Our focus, in addition to faith development and academics, is providing a learning environment which supports the whole child, including their socioemotional growth. This past year while extremely challenging for adults, has also been challenging for children. We have described them as “flexible” and “resilient,” but children are perceptive to the stresses and anxieties we feel as adults. Our teachers have worked diligently to prepare the best environment and supports to help your child navigate the many challenges they have experienced in the past year. I encourage you to develop and maintain a strong relationship within the school community and with your child’s teacher. We can best support students as unified team, with the shared vision of helping all students achieve their full potential.

 

I pray this academic year continues to be healthy and safe for your family. I look forward to seeing all our school communities and students accomplish this year, through the grace and love of Christ.

 

In Christ,

Thomas Chadzutko

Thomas Chadzutko, Ed.D.

 

Press Release from our Superintendent’s Office

Dear Parents/Guardians:

The following press release was sent to us this morning for your information from the Diocesan Superintendent’s Office.

As done last year, our academy will be opening for in-person instruction for our students.  All safety measures and protocols used last year will continue this year.   

As we approach the beginning of the school year, specific instructions will be sent to you regarding lunch, after-school, social distancing, daily health screening sheet, etc. 

We will do our very best, as we did last year to keep the children safe and still provide the best education they deserve.

God bless and watch over you,

Mrs. Frances DeLuca,

Principal

 

PRESS RELEASE: August 12, 2021

BROOKLYN AND QUEENS CATHOLIC SCHOOLS ANNOUNCE BACK TO SCHOOL COVID-19 SAFETY PROTOCOLS

The Office of the Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Brooklyn, which includes 69 elementary schools in Brooklyn and Queens, today has announced the COVID-19 safety protocols that will be in place when school opens on Wednesday, September 8, 2021.

In the absence of a mandate, the New York State Department of Health recommends school districts adopt universal indoor masking for all based on guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Therefore, Catholic Academies and Parish Schools in Brooklyn and Queens will require all students, faculty, and staff members to wear masks beginning on the first day of school.

In addition, school officials will continue to encourage vaccinations, social distancing, hand washing and hand hygiene, while maintaining the rigorous daily cleaning and sanitizing of facilities as well as enhanced ventilation. Parents will be reminded to keep their child home from school if they are sick, and their child will be required to receive medical clearance from a healthcare provider that they can safely return to in person instruction.

The Catholic Academies and Parish Schools will also continue to follow city and state guidelines regarding contact tracing, quarantine and isolation protocols.

“As the numbers of Coronavirus cases continue to spike in children, and the overall numbers of hospitalizations in New York City are on the rise, this is the most responsible approach to take when we begin the new school year. I know the return to these safety measures is not the situation parents, teachers or students were hoping to be the case in the 2021-2022 school year, but we cannot ignore the trends,” said Superintendent Dr. Thomas Chadzutko.

“Let us do our part from day one to prevent further increase of cases. If we are successful, as this academic year moves along, we will revisit these guidelines and adjust them accordingly. As much as we want a return to normalcy in our classrooms, we want our students, faculty, and staff to be safe,” continued Dr. Chadzutko.

“Looking at the trajectory of past pandemics, it seems that a virus such as this one does linger for some time even with the vaccination. I have received my vaccination and continue to encourage others to do so as well. It is our hope that the COVID-19 vaccines will help bring an

end to this terrible virus that has controlled our lives for much of the past year and a half,” said The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn.

Catholic schools in Brooklyn and Queens, in adherence to strict guidelines, opened on time for the 2020-2021 school year, and were able to offer five day a week instruction. Enrollment increased in nearly 40% of the schools last year in grades K-8. To learn more about Catholic Schools in Brooklyn and Queens, visit catholicschoolsbq.org.

6/14-6/18/2021

Dear Parents,

Important reminders:

This week and next week,  First grade class will be celebrating July and August Birthdays.

We will be having pizza parties outside in the front yard of the school since inside celebrations are not allowed due to the pandemic. 

This Friday, 6/18 is early dismissal at 12:15 pm for first graders. 

Next week is the last week of school. Early dismissal all week at 12:15 pm for first graders.

Last day of school is June 24. 

Continue working with your child on math skills, grammar skills and reading comprehension.

Report card will be distributed next week along with the  2nd grade summer packet and supply list for new school year 2021-2022!

It was a pleasure to have your children and teach them in first grade here at OLPHCA.

Week of 6/7-6/11/2021

Upcoming Finals this week:

Monday, June 7- Math Finals

Tuesday, June 8- Grammar Finals

Wednesday, June 9- Reading Comprehension Finals

Read daily for 20 -30 minutes

Early Dismissal due to the heat wave starting June 8, 2021- June 11, 2021 at 12:00 pm for First Grade. Students are allowed to wear school t-shirt and gym shorts if needed due to the hot weather conditions.

 

Homework 6/1-6/4/2021

Good afternoon parents:

No homework will be assigned starting from today as we are approaching the end of our school year.

Upcoming tests this week:

Science test tomorrow 6/2
Social studies test 6/3
Religion test 6/4

Next week: Finals

Math 6/7
Grammar 6/8
Reading Comprehension 6/9

Spelling notebook was sent home today, it can stay home since we do not have anymore spelling homework or spelling words.

Students were given three worksheets on common noun, proper noun, misspelled words and circle nouns as a review in class for their grammar finals. Some students are ready and some are not.
Please study and review with them at home.

Early Dismissal Friday, 6/4 at 12:15 pm.

Homework 5/24-5/28/2021

Topic: Home Academy/Arts Festival/Catholic Identity Meeting with Mrs. DeLuca

Time: May 26, 2021 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/93469117157

Meeting ID: 934 6911 7157
Passcode: 14495

Test this week:

Spelling test- 5/28

Monday 5/24-

Spelling words- goat  coat  own  cook  good  mow  bow  toast  boat  yellow

Spelling- write each word three times

Grammar worksheet

Math Worksheet

Reading worksheet

Tuesday 5/25-

Spelling- Write the words in ABC order

Grammar worksheet

Math Worksheet

Reading worksheet

Wednesday 5/26-

Spelling- write a sentence for each word

Grammar worksheet

Math Worksheet

Reading worksheet

Thursday 5/27-

Spelling- unscrambled worksheet

Grammar worksheet

Math Worksheet

Reading worksheet

Friday 5/28-

May book report due

Read for 20 minutes

Reading log due

Homework 5/17- 5/21/2021

A reminder from Mrs. DeLuca, I know most of you already took care about registration for Fall/ school year 2021-2022, if not please register ASAP. Thank you

Test for the week:

Spelling test  5/21

Read daily for 20 minutes. Reading log due Friday

Monday  5/17:

Spelling words: tree heat green cool tea noon read  sheet bee please

Sight words: eat who must new black white soon our

Spelling- Write each word three times

Math worksheet- time

Grammar worksheet- nouns

Reading worksheet

Tuesday: 5/18

Spelling- Put words in ABC order

Math worksheet- time

Grammar worksheet- nouns

Reading worksheet

Wednesday: 5/19

Spelling- Write a sentence for each word

Math worksheet- time

Grammar worksheet- nouns

Reading worksheet

Thursday: 5/20

Spelling- Unscrambled worksheet

Math worksheet- time

Grammar worksheet- nouns

Reading worksheet

Friday: 5/21

Reading worksheet