Back to School Night

Dear Parents, 

On Wednesday, September 23,2020, we will be a zoom meeting starting with Mrs. DeLuca’s introduction.

At 8:00 PM Mrs. Guerrero and I will be holding our meeting at the following link:

Join Zoom Meeting
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Meeting ID: 694 850 8539
Passcode: 3KILgB

We look forward to seeing you there.

St. Thomas Remote Learning Update

This applies only to those students who are doing only remote learning via St. Thomas Program.

Description: Good Morning, Based on the new information put forth in the letter from the superintendent regarding pushing back the start of the program to 9/28, STADLP Orientation Day Two materials and Friday teacher meetings will also be pushed back. This adjustment ensures all families are fully set up in all systems and that students have the necessary materials and devices to proceed. Day Two information will include detailed instructions on getting into Google Classroom and Realize accounts. This information will be forthcoming. Thank you.

Start Date: 09-17-2020

End Date: 09-21-2020

From: Manuela Adsuar-Pizzi

Back to School Night Zoom Meeting

Dear Parents, 
This year we will be holding a Zoom Back to School Night.  It will be started by Mrs. DeLuca’s meeting and then the teachers will be hosting separate meeting following Mrs. De Luca.   I will send the link via Google classroom and this page shortly.
Sincerely, Mrs. Smolenski
Topic: Meet the Teacher Night
Time: Sep 23, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
 
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Homework for Science and Social Studies

9/15/20

Dear Parents and Students,

For Science and Social Studies please submit homework for Mrs. Smolenski’s class through Google classroom or my email.
Today’s homework is to write the definition of the vocabulary words from the first chapter in Science lesson1 and how 1 in Social Studies.

Thank you,

Mrs. Smolenski

St. Thomas Aquinas

September 16, 2020

 

Dear St. Thomas Aquinas Distance Learning Program Parents and Guardians,

 

I apologize for the delay in providing you with constant communication. There are no excuses for keeping you in the dark and for this lack of communication, I take responsibility. Please know that as of this communication to you, I will now take a “hands on” approach to this very important program. St. Thomas Aquinas Distance Learning Program is essential to meeting the educational needs of your child(ren). I am truly committed to seeing the success of this program and will do everything possible to ensure this success.

 

I am writing to provide an update of the Saint Thomas Aquinas Distance Learning Program. The opening of an instructional program of the magnitude of STADLP has unfortunately come with a few bumps.  I want to acknowledge and thank you for your tireless efforts to actively support this distance learning program.  You have registered your child(ren), and we promise to provide our students with an academically rigorous, Christ-centered instructional program.

 

Moving forward, it is essential to keep our families in the loop.  Below please find information about the status of the Saint Thomas Aquinas Distance Learning Program.

 

The website for the program is: https://stthomasaquinasbq.org/.

 

This page: https://stthomasaquinasbq.org/updates-for-our-families/ will be updated daily, with up-to-date information about the program.

 

We are aware that there are some families, who have not received communication, about STADLP.  The following information is posted on https://stthomasaquinasbq.org/updates-for-our-families/.
If a family has not received an email regarding their access to the “Rediker” Parent Portal Plus (the student information system used by St Thomas Aquinas Distance Learning Program), they are to email

info@stthomasaquinasbq.org, with the subject line ‘EMAIL ADDRESS VERIFICATION”.  In the body of the email, the parent is to clearly state their child’s name, home academy, parent name and the correct email to be updated.  Corrections will be made, and families will receive a confirmation response.

 

The program is currently experiencing logistical delays, which will require a change in the orientation schedule.  This change will be communicated by the end of today Wednesday, September 16th.

 

For the tech devices to be picked-up and reach student hands, they must go through a provisioning/set-up process.  Due to the huge demand for devices nation-wide and the processing of the equipment, we presently do not have a date for distribution.  Since we cannot place the responsibility of providing a device to a student on the home school, or the family, we are looking to push back the beginning of classes until the week of September 28, 2020.

 

Parents will be receiving information on the pick-up of devices and instructional materials, for students in Kindergarten through Grade 3, within the next week.

 

We appreciate your patience and assistance, as we get the Saint Thomas Aquinas Distance Learning Program underway.

 

Sincerely,

 

Thomas Chadzutko

 

Thomas Chadzutko, Ed.D.

Superintendent ~ Catholic School Support Services

 

Our Reopening

September 2, 2020
Dear Parents and Guardians
We hope you and your children are doing well and preparing for the reopening of our Brooklyn and Queens Catholic Academies and Parish Schools next week on Wednesday, September 9, 2020.
I am sure that many of you are wondering how Mayor Bill de Blasio’s announcement yesterday, delaying the opening date of New York City public schools until September 21, might impact us. We want to assure you that our Catholic Academies and Parish Schools will NOT be affected by this decision. We are proceeding with our plan to reopen on September 9 in either of two ways: 100 % in-person or hybrid. Our St. Thomas Aquinas Distance Learning Program will begin orientation on Wednesday, September 16, 2020
We expect that the New York City – Department of Education will fulfill its obligations to our Catholic Academies and Parish Schools. By New York City Education Law, the Department of Education must provide essential services like nurses, transportation, meals, and special education and related services. Other services like security guards and crossing guards are provided to us through other agencies.
It is also our expectation that the NYC Pre-K For All Programs will start as previously determined by your Catholic Academy or Parish School.
Again, we look forward to welcoming your children back to school, as scheduled, next Wednesday, September 9th. Principals, board members, teachers, and the entire school staff at our Catholic Academies and Parish Schools have worked tirelessly this summer to ensure a safe and healthy learning environment is in place for all our students, faculty, staff and parents. Our re-opening plans are in compliance with updated mandates and guidance from New York City, New York State, Department of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control. Please make sure that you review your Catholic Academy/Parish School Re-Opening Plan available on their website
May everyone be healthy, safe, and well as you enjoy these last few days of summer. Sincerely,
Thomas Chadzutko
Thomas Chadzutko, Ed.D.
Superintendent ~ Catholic School Support Services

St. Thomas Aquinas Virtual Learning Program Information Letter from our superintendent

Dear Parents,

The following information has been sent today to us regarding the Diocese’s virtual learning program.

September 2, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Congratulations, your child has been accepted into the Saint Thomas Aquinas Distance
Learning Program. We are excited about the incredible response received to this new
initiative and are looking forward to the beginning of the new school year. As servants of the
Lord, we are called to answer the needs of his people in 2020, that means virtual learning.
Information pertaining to the pick-up of student devices and other materials will be
forthcoming. We are currently arranging the logistics and locations aligned with safety
precautions regarding the distribution of materials. We are also in the process of finalizing
faculty and student schedules for the instructional program – families can look forward to
hearing from your child’s teachers soon.

In the days ahead, we will be sending out more information regarding your child’s online
learning accounts and your parent portal information; please keep checking your email.
Additionally, you may visit the website: https://stthomasaquinasbq.org/ and the FAQ page
regarding details on some of the many questions that have been received. Please check the
site regularly, as important updates and new information will be shared, as we approach the
first day of school.

The distance learning program orientation schedule will begin on September 16th, and
continue through September 18th, with the first full day of instruction to take place on
September 21st
.
Saint Thomas Aquinas, pray for us and bless our new instructional program.
Sincerely,
Thomas Chadzutko
Thomas Chadzutko, Ed.D.
Superintendent ~ Catholic School Support Services

 

 

Superintendent’s Message to Begin School As Planned September 9,2020

Dear Parents,

Below please find the superintendents’s letter to the chancellor’s office informing them that all Catholic schools will re-open as scheduled and requesting the services our children will need beginning September 9, 2020

Thank you,

Mrs. DeLuca

September 1, 2020

Dear Chancellor Carranza,
Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of New York and the Diocese of Brooklyn have worked tirelessly
throughout the summer months (July and August) to ensure a safe, healthy and efficient reopening of all
Catholic schools and the programs provided to our students and families. We have absolute confidence in our
principals and teachers to do so; therefore, we are officially informing the New York City Department of
Education and the City of New York that our academic year will commence as scheduled and on time
(September 9, 2020).
Further, it is our expectation that New York City will fulfill its obligations in providing the following services
to all the Catholic in the Archdiocese of New York and the Diocese of Brooklyn:
● Nurses to the schools where they have been assigned;
● Transportation for our students to and from our schools;
● Meals through the various New York City Department of Education nutrition programs.
It is also our expectation that the UPK programs housed in our schools for which we have been contracted will
not be impacted by the change of the New York City Public Schools start date.
We welcome hearing back from you within the next 24 hours that you will be guaranteeing the provision of
these services to all of the Catholic Schools within the Archdiocese of New York and the Diocese of Brooklyn.
Regards,
Mr. Michael J. Deegan, Archdiocese of New York

Thomas Chadzutko, Ed.D
Superintendent of Schools Superintendent – Catholic Schools Support Services
 R.C. Diocese of Brooklyn

 

 

Dismissal Schedule

Dear Parents/Guardians:
 
 During several meetings we have had this Monday and Tuesday with the Diocesan Office and our EPAC cluster/Deanery, we, as principals have been given specific information that we did not have before. All schools in our cluster will be following a 1:30 dismissal schedule to further ensure the safety and comfort of our children.
 
 To ensure that disinfection of our building is done in a timely manner, as well as to ensure that all the children dismiss only one class at a time, 6 ft. apart on the steps, ten to fifteen minutes apart, the following schedule for dismissal has to be implemented by all schools in our Deanery. 
 
 Dismissal of Grades:
 
 Pre-k3/4 – 1:30 pm                                                   Grade 5 – A – 2:20 pm
 Pre-4 – 1:40 pm                                                        Grade 5 – B – 2:30 pm
 Kindergarten 1:50 pm                                              Grade 6 – A – 1:30 pm
 Graded 1 1:30 pm                                                    Grade 6 – B – 1:40 pm
 Grade 2 – A 1:45 pm                                                Grade 7 – A – 1:45 pm
 Grade 2 – B 2:00 pm                                                Grade 7 – B – 2:00 pm
 Grade 3 1:30 pm                                                      Grade 8 – A – 2:10 pm
 Grade 4 – A 2:00 pm                                                Grade 8 – B – 2:20 pm
 Grade 4 – B 2:15 pm
 
Entrances to and exists from the building remain the same as those provided in the Logistics Plan.
 
 Being in class from 8 to 1:30 allows us the 5 and 1/2 hours students need to be in class daily mandated by the State.
 
 At dismissal, as the students leave, they will be provided with a cold lunch they can eat at home, allowing us to remove some of the issues that deal with eating without a mask in the classroom.
 
 For the younger students, who this may be a long time to go without food, a snack is permitted at about 11 a.m.. All grades will be permitted to eat a snack, one row at a time, while others keep their masks on.
 
 Teachers and school staff will remain in the school till 3 pm to confer with fellow teachers, meet parents for appointments, receive professional development or prepare for next morning.
 
 At 3 p.m. sanitizing of the building begins. After-school begins at 3 pm till 6 pm in the academy auditorium.  The auditorium will be sanitized after 6 p.m.
 
 On September 9 only grades 6, 7, and 8 will be in school. On September 10 only grades 3, 4, and 5 will be in school. On September 11 only grades K, 1, and 2 will be in school. This allows the children to become acquainted with new procedures in the building.
 
 Teachers must be in school on all days. Dismissal for students on the first week of school will be at 12:30 pm five to 10 minutes apart. Faculty meetings will follow each day. Pre-3/4 begin September 14 as well as all other students return.
 
 We were also informed that Remote Learning can be done for Art/Spanish and Gym. Therefore, these teachers will be providing Health and Art remotely to your children. 
 
 After school will be conducted in the academy auditorium. All students in a grade must remain together and therefore, the auditorium is divided into sections, 6 ft. apart per grade.
 
 Masks must be worn all day but with the early dismissal, masks will be better tolerated. Also, mask breaks will be given with only one row at a time being without a mask. This same procedure would be used when eating a snack – one row at a time.
 
The State mandates that parents must confirm daily that they are taking their child’s temperature at home, that the child is not sick or exhibits symptoms of Covid 19, or that the child has not been exposed to anyone with Covid 19 symptoms or been out of the country or state. A form questionnaire will be sent to you this week by your child’s homeroom teacher. You must confirm this Daily Health Screening questionnaire every morning and submit it on your child’s teacher via class Dojo.   
 
 Faculty must confirm to me the same information every morning.
 
  Everyone’s temperature will still be taken every morning before entering the building. For further safety to our children, visitors are asked not to enter the school building while the children are in school.
 
 Everything this year is a work in progress. Everything is new. We are all trying our best. Thank you for your cooperation as we continue to work together to ensure our children’s safety and partner in their educational journey.
 
God bless you, protect you and your dear families. 
 
 Mrs. Frances DeLuca

Clarifications for Beginning of the Year for Students and Dismissal Times

Dear Parents/Guardians:
 
 During several meetings we have had this Monday and Tuesday with the Diocesan Office and our EPAC cluster/Deanery, we, as principals have been given specific information that we did not have before. All schools in our cluster will be following a 1:30 dismissal schedule to further ensure the safety and comfort of our children.
 
 To ensure that disinfection of our building is done in a timely manner, as well as to ensure that all the children dismiss only one class at a time, 6 ft. apart on the steps, ten to fifteen minutes apart, the following schedule for dismissal has to be implemented by all schools in our Deanery. 
 
 Dismissal of Grades:
 
 Pre-k3/4 – 1:30 pm                                                   Grade 5 – A – 2:20 pm
 Pre-4 – 1:40 pm                                                        Grade 5 – B – 2:30 pm
 Kindergarten 1:50 pm                                              Grade 6 – A – 1:30 pm
 Graded 1 1:30 pm                                                    Grade 6 – B – 1:40 pm
 Grade 2 – A 1:45 pm                                                Grade 7 – A – 1:45 pm
 Grade 2 – B 2:00 pm                                                Grade 7 – B – 2:00 pm
 Grade 3 1:30 pm                                                      Grade 8 – A – 2:10 pm
 Grade 4 – A 2:00 pm                                                Grade 8 – B – 2:20 pm
 Grade 4 – B 2:15 pm
 
Entrances to and exists from the building remain the same as those provided in the Logistics Plan.
 
 Being in class from 8 to 1:30 allows us the 5 and 1/2 hours students need to be in class daily mandated by the State.
 
 At dismissal, as the students leave, they will be provided with a cold lunch they can eat at home, allowing us to remove some of the issues that deal with eating without a mask in the classroom.
 
 For the younger students, who this may be a long time to go without food, a snack is permitted at about 11 a.m.. All grades will be permitted to eat a snack, one row at a time, while others keep their masks on.
 
 Teachers and school staff will remain in the school till 3 pm to confer with fellow teachers, meet parents for appointments, receive professional development or prepare for next morning.
 
 At 3 p.m. sanitizing of the building begins. After-school begins at 3 pm till 6 pm in the academy auditorium.  The auditorium will be sanitized after 6 p.m.
 
 On September 9 only grades 6, 7, and 8 will be in school. On September 10 only grades 3, 4, and 5 will be in school. On September 11 only grades K, 1, and 2 will be in school. This allows the children to become acquainted with new procedures in the building.
 
 Teachers must be in school on all days. Dismissal for students on the first week of school will be at 12:30 pm five to 10 minutes apart. Faculty meetings will follow each day. Pre-3/4 begin September 14 as well as all other students return.
 
 We were also informed that Remote Learning can be done for Art/Spanish and Gym. Therefore, these teachers will be providing Health and Art remotely to your children. 
 
 After school will be conducted in the academy auditorium. All students in a grade must remain together and therefore, the auditorium is divided into sections, 6 ft. apart per grade.
 
 Masks must be worn all day but with the early dismissal, masks will be better tolerated. Also, mask breaks will be given with only one row at a time being without a mask. This same procedure would be used when eating a snack – one row at a time.
 
The State mandates that parents must confirm daily that they are taking their child’s temperature at home, that the child is not sick or exhibits symptoms of Covid 19, or that the child has not been exposed to anyone with Covid 19 symptoms or been out of the country or state. A form questionnaire will be sent to you this week by your child’s homeroom teacher. You must confirm this Daily Health Screening questionnaire every morning and submit it on your child’s teacher via class Dojo.   
 
 Faculty must confirm to me the same information every morning.
 
  Everyone’s temperature will still be taken every morning before entering the building. For further safety to our children, visitors are asked not to enter the school building while the children are in school.
 
 Everything this year is a work in progress. Everything is new. We are all trying our best. Thank you for your cooperation as we continue to work together to ensure our children’s safety and partner in their educational journey.
 
God bless you, protect you and your dear families. 
 
 Mrs. Frances DeLuca