Superintendent’s Letter to Catholic School Parents in the Diocese of Brooklyn

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I pray you and your dear children are well.  I have spent several weeks in the process of writing our Re-opening Plan for September 2020.  It is to be completed and submitted to the Department of Education and the Department of Health.  Shortly after its submission, it will be emailed to all parents, as well as posted on this website, and the teachers’ homework pages.  I assure you that I have spent countless hours working of this re-opening plan, including all CDC guidelines, in order to ensure that our dear children would be as safe as possible.

Below also find a letter from our Superintendent of Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Brooklyn to all parents of our school children.  I continue to pray for your well being and a safe, restful summer.

 

July 29, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians of Catholic Academy and Parish School Students,

The changes in our lives due to the COVID-19 have been many. Unfortunately, the impact of the virus continues to change the most fundamental aspects of how we live, including how we hold school, which is the purpose of this letter. While we cannot predict what the COVID-19 pandemic will look like this fall, the Catholic Academies and Parish Schools are planning to implement a number of enhanced health and safety measures, based on guidance from local health and government authorities.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), aside from a child’s home, there is no other setting which has more of an influence on a child’s health and well-being than their school. The in-person school environment: provides academic instruction; supports the development of social and emotional skills; creates a safe environment for learning; addresses nutritional needs; and facilitates physical activity.

School leaders have been working tirelessly to develop plans for the safe return of as many students as possible, to in-person school, in order to best meet students’ academic, social-emotional and faith-based needs. Over the coming weeks, we will be meeting with principals, Board Chairs and Pastors, to discuss site-specific plans. Based upon the current medical status, the expectation today is for students to return to full in-person instruction in September; however, schedules may vary, and these reentry plans are subject to change, based upon the final determination, to be made by Governor Cuomo.

The health and safety of the children and adults in our schools is paramount. Health and safety considerations must always come first in every decision made and every action taken by our Catholic Academies and Parish Schools throughout the Diocese of Brooklyn. In planning for school opening, our goal is to establish best practices for ensuring a healthy and safe return to school. This will include but not limited to: health checks; healthy hygiene practices; social distancing; personal protective equipment (PPE) and face coverings; and cleaning and disinfection.

Thank you for your patience as we continue to navigate these extraordinary times. We acknowledge that there are likely to be more questions than answers at this time, and we will continue to communicate with you in the coming weeks.

In preparation for a safe re-opening of our Catholic Academies and Parish Schools, I offer you the following prayer to share with your family:

Christ be with me, Christ within me, Christ behind me, Christ before me, Christ beside me, Christ to win me, Christ to comfort and restore me.

Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ in quiet, Christ in danger, Christ in hearts of all that love me, Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

I bind unto myself the Name, The strong Name of the Trinity; By invocation of the same. The Three in One, and One in Three,

Of Whom all nature hath creation, Eternal Father, Spirit, Word: Praise to the Lord of my salvation, Salvation is of Christ the Lord.

Loving Jesus, be with us,

as we prepare to open our

Catholic Academies and Parish Schools

in September. Amen

Let us all pray for a resolution to and decrease of the COVID-19 virus.

May everyone be healthy, safe, and well.

Sincerely,

Thomas Chadzutko

Thomas Chadzutko, Ed.D.

Superintendent ~ Catholic School Support Services

 

 

VERIZON WILL HAVE OUR PHONES REPAIRED BY TOMORROW, JULY 14, 2020

DEAR PARENTS,

IF YOU ARE CALLING OUR OFFICE, OUR PHONES HAVE BEEN OUT THIS PAST WEEK.  VERIZON HAS ASSURED US THAT ALL CALLS WILL PROCESS INTO OUR SYSTEM BY THE LATEST TOMORROW AFTERNOON.

MEANWHILE, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO SEND US AN EMAIL REGARDING ALL INQUIRIES, PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR NAME AND TELEPHONE NUMBER  TO :

 Principal:  Mrs. Frances DeLuca

fdeluca@olphca.org

Secretary: Ms. Debbie Dibrino

ddibrino@olphca.org

Tuition Secretary:  Ms. Frances Rodriquez

francesbarrio@yahoo.com

Thank you,

Mrs. DeLuca

If Choosing to Continue Distance/Virtual Instruction for Your Child for September – Communicate This to Us

July 10, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I pray you’re having a restful and safe summer. We are currently making plans for the
opening of our academy on September 9, 2020. At that time, Our Lady of Perpetual Help
Catholic Academy will be open to all students.

However, if you so wish, we are giving the option to those parents who would like to
continue with distance/virtual instruction at home to have their child remain at home and receive
instruction through live streaming as has been done in the past few months. Otherwise, we will
begin classes with 12-15 students in each class depending on classroom footage, 6 ft apart,
and we will be following all social distancing guidelines. Masks will be required to be worn by
students while in the school building and, therefore, should be sent in with your child daily. All
teachers, teacher aides, custodians, and staff members will also wear masks. We will have
hand sanitizers in each room, and disinfection of everything in the classroom and halls, etc.
every day and during the day will occur. According to CDC regulations, students will remain in
the same classroom all day to allow for the least amount of contact to others. Because we are
not permitted to gather them together, they will also have lunch in the.classrooms.

All those entering the building will be screened for fever every morning. Therefore, it is a
must that if your child does not feel well, they should remain at home. An isolation room for
parents to pick their child will be set up near the nurse’s office in the event your child becomes ill
during the day and must be removed from the classroom. All CDC precautions and
requirements will be adhered to at our academy. It is of the utmost importance to keep
everyone safe. Limited visitors will be in the building, and all visitors must follow the same
safety precautions such as coming with masks on while in the building.

If you choose to have your child remain at home for instruction, please send an email
informing me of this decision to ddibrino@olphca.org to let us know if your child will continue
with remote learning. If we do not hear from you, then I will count your child as being instructed
in our classrooms at school. This information allows me to judge accurately the number of
students we will be expecting to be home or in our building. More specific information will be
provided to you if the CDC adds additional requirements. May God bless you and watch over
you,

Mrs. Frances DeLuca
Principal

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Academy WILL BE OPEN in SEPTEMBER

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  Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Academy, our 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.

(from our Superintendent’s Letter to parents)Sincerely,
Frances DeLuca 

Principal

Summer Enrichment – Not Mandatory but Beneficial

Dear Families,

Welcome to Summer! We thank you for the time and effort you have invested in your child’s education, particularly over the past few months. Distance learning has been a challenge for all and we applaud you (and your child) for making the best of these unprecedented times. The end of the school year hasn’t been what anyone would have expected but we are happy to welcome summer and hopefully some time to relax and recharge. As we move into summer, we would like to provide options for at-home enrichment. The summer months are an important time to relax and unwind but are also an opportunity to keep your child engaged and on track for the fall. Attached you will find summer choice boards to use with your child. It is important to note that these are NOT required.  These boards Do Not replace the summer packets distributed by the faculty already. This is simply a tool to provide parents with activities and ideas for summer enrichment. How it Works Download a packet of choice boards that match your child’s grade level. Choice boards are grouped by grade level band based on the grade your child has completed. For example, a child finishing 1st grade will use the K-1 document. Each page of the document is one week of themed activities (6 weeks total) with different activities in categories such as reading, writing, math, STEM, etc. Each activity follows a theme for the week but can be done independently of all other activities. For example, all activities in week two are about ice cream but you do not need to complete the activities in any particular order so your child can pick and choose the activities that interest them. You can also use grade level bands above or below your child’s grade based on your child’s needs. What do I Need? As you view the choice boards, you will notice that they are divided by subject/ category. Materials needed are italicized in the top of the boxes. Many items will likely be available in your home or easily accessed at the supermarket.

For reading activities and some of the other categories, you will need device with internet access.

Texts sourced from www.myon.com can be accessed using the following login info: School: Brooklyn Reads Elementary

Username: brooklyn

Password: read

My Child (and I) are Tired of School Your child might be tired from weeks of distance learning and the stress of our current situation. This is not intended to add to anyone’s stress or become a point of contention in your household. To make this seem less like “school” you can:

· Empower your child to choose the activities themselves. Let them pick what they are interested in (i.e. complete all the math activities first)

· Challenge your child to see how many boxes they can complete in a week

· Designate a short (20-30 min) block of time to complete an activity and then offer free choice time

· Use the board like tic-tac-toe and try to complete a whole column or row across. Keep in mind that you don’t necessarily need structured activities to “do enrichment.” Trips to the library, talking about books, taking a walk and talking about what you see, planning a trip together, cooking by following a recipe, and even going to the grocery store discussing quantity and pricing are all learning opportunities. Do what is comfortable for you and your family. Take time to relax, unwind, and enjoy your summer. We look forward to our time together in September.

Before this week is up, your child’s teacher  will be posting the activities on their homework page.

God bless you and watch over you and your dear children.

 

Mrs. Frances DeLuca,

Principal

 

End of Year Letter

June 19, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians: Thank you for another blessed year together! Although the end of this year, Covid19 has given us a major challenge, non-the-less it has not diminished the joy that I have shared this year with your children entrusted to our care.

Our last day of school is today, Friday, June 19, 2020 for grades 1-7.

This year the children have had the additional challenge of virtual digital instruction, but they have continued to work hard. Learning the elementary school curriculum is a gradual process which culminates with Grade 8; therefore, I want to assure you that things will quickly get back to normal for the children in September. Report cards will be emailed to you on Monday, June 22 for Grades 1-7.

As a reminder, if you refer any family to our academy and they register with us, and stay with us for one year or more, you will be entitled to a $750 rebate off your next year’s tuition.

If you have not re-registered, please contact Mrs. Frances Rodriquez at francesbarrio@yahoo.com to re-register your child. If money is an issue, please call and we will make special arrangements for your payments.

We hope you will have a restful and enjoyable summer. I thank you for another good year together. Listed on the next page are the September “back to school” dates for the opening of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Academy.

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Rest assured that when your children return to our academy, all sterilization of the desks, classrooms, and all areas where the children will be would have occurred.

All CDC and Diocesan regulations for safety of the children will be strictly followed.

Since no other letter will be sent to you in August regarding this information, we request you keep this letter in a safe place for reference in September 2020.

The schedule below is subject to change if government regulations or world circumstances do not permit us to return for these dates. In the event this occurs, you will be informed of the changes through our website page. Please check the website regularly. WE DO EXPECT TO COME BACK IN SCHOOL THIS SEPTEMBER.

 SCHEDULE

September 1 – 3

The academy office will be open from 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for registrations, information, and transfers.

September 3 The Gym Uniform Company will be here at 10 a.m. to 12 a.m. to sell gym uniforms if you need them.

September 9 8 a.m. – Classes begin for Grades 1-8 Opening Ceremony at 8 a.m. on front Lawn DISMISSAL – 12:30 p.m. KINDERGARTEN ORIENTATION-Parent & Child Girls Only – 8:00 am. – 10:00 a.m. Boys Only – 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

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September 10

8 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Classes for Grades 1-8 DISMISSAL – 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. KINDERGARTEN Girls & Boys 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p. m. DISMISSAL – 12:30 p.m.

September 11

Grades K – 8 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. KINDERGARTEN – all children – girls & boys DISMISSAL – 3:00 p.m.

September 14

Lunch and Extended Day Programs begin. PreK 3 and 4 Orientation 9:30 a.m. parents only.

All Specials begin.

 

Beginning Monday, September 14, we will begin our regular class schedule: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Grades K-8

 

Schedule for Week of September 14 – The Pre-K 3 & 4 Programs are five-day programs. Pre-K 3 and Pre-K 4 Orientation is as follows:

Monday, Sept. 14 9:30 a.m. – Pre-K 3 & 4 Rooms Orientation – Parents/Guardians only

Tuesday, Sept. 15 Pre-K GIRLS ONLY – 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Pre-K BOYS ONLY – 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 16 Pre-K 3 & 4

Thursday, Sept. 17 GIRLS AND BOYS TOGETHER

Friday, Sept. 18 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Snack will be provided.)

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September 21

 Pre-K 3 and Pre-K 4 regular class schedule begins. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Please provide lunch-if you are not part of hot lunch program yet.) Please do not purchase supplies for Pre-K students until parent orientation, Sept. 14.

All grades K-8 have a 6 ½ hour instructional day. They must arrive by 8:00 a.m. There is a person on duty at that time.

Tuition pre-payment, due by August 15, should be mailed to the academy or brought in person on September 1 – 3. Paying on the first day of school causes too much confusion as your CHILDREN WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO CLASS ON SEPTEMBER 9 if payment or prior arrangements have not been made on registration fee, activity fee, lunchroom maintenance fee and tuition pre-payment.

Also, any outstanding payments from this current school year, 2017-2018 must be paid. Should you have any other outstanding balances, these must be paid as well. If due to the Covid19 pandemic, you have not been able to make payments and have documented proof of loss of income or work, arrangements will be made at the time you come to the academy on September 1 – 3.

May our Lord bless you and your family with a wonderful and healthy summer.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Frances DeLuca

Principal

Attachments

UNIFORMS: By selecting to attend Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Academy, you are agreeing to the academy uniform. Students are to be in COMPLETE uniform at all times. No excuse will be accepted unless the parent sends a note. Otherwise, the student will be required to call home for the proper attire to be brought to school. JEWELRY is NOT part of the uniform. Girls may wear ONE SET OF SMALL post earrings (NO HOOPS). This is for their safety! Boys are NOT permitted to wear earrings. No make-up or nail polish is to be worn at any time. Extremes in hair styling (too long, too short, fad styles, or long braids on boys) of both boys and girls will not be tolerated. Boys’ hair must not cover the eyebrows and must clear the collar by one inch. Hair adornments must be small and in keeping with the uniform. Students’ hair is expected to remain its natural color and be neat and clean. Month of September and June – no ties – white shirt opened at the neck – top button only. Spring uniform may be worn after Easter and the months of September and October. Winter uniforms (grades 1-8) may be worn after October 15, not gym uniforms. Gym uniforms are for gym only. The school’s cardigan vest or sweater. No pullovers. Girls’ skirts (all grades) are to be NO MORE than one-half inch above the knee at all times. Skirts are not allowed to be rolled up. If boots are worn in the winter time, uniform shoes must be brought to class and boots are to be changed in the classroom. Shoes only in the classroom. Our school is much too warm to have children seated in boots. Pins and fancy belt buckles are not to be worn. No cell phones are allowed in school. No pocketbooks allowed. Wrist watches may be worn but it is the student’s responsibility to provide a safe place for their belongings especially during gym. (Faculty members will not be responsible to personal belongings or money.) Students carry money at their own risk. It is strongly recommended students not carry valuables to class. The academy uniform is purchased through Flynn & O’Hara Uniforms, Inc., The Shop at Atlas Park, 8000 Cooper Avenue, lower level, Glendale, NY 11385. Their phone number is 718-326-2704. The uniform shoes can be purchased at Official Shoes, Inc., 1818 Jericho Turnpike, New Hyde Park, NY 11040. Their phone is (800) 973-6789.

GYM UNIFORM:

The gym uniform consists of navy blue sweatpants, sweatshirts, shoes with white tee shirts with the academy emblem. This can be purchased through the academy. Order forms are available in the office. Black or white sneakers are to be worn. No light-up sneakers are to be worn. No other colors such as red, green, and neon colors are permitted.

PLEASE RETURN THIS SLIP TO THE OFFICE BY SEPTEMBER 9, 2020.

I have read this letter concerning my child.

PARENT’S SIGNATURE____________________________________

 

STUDENT NAME_________________________________________ GRADE_______________

End of Year Letter

June 19, 2020
 
Dear Parents/Guardians:
 
Thank you for another blessed year together! Although the end of this year, Covid19 has given us a major challenge, non-the-less it has not diminished the joy that I have shared this year with your children entrusted to our care.
 
Our last day of school is Tuesday, June 19, 2020 for grades 1-7.
 
This year the children have had the additional challenge of virtual digital instruction, but they have continued to work hard. Learning the elementary school curriculum is a gradual process which culminates with Grade 8; therefore, I want to assure you that things will quickly get back to normal for the children in September. Report cards will be emailed to you on Monday, June 22 for Grades 1-7.
 
As a reminder, if you refer any family to our academy and they register with us, and stay with us for one year or more, you will be entitled to a $750 rebate off your next year’s tuition.
 
If you have not re-registered, please contact Mrs. Frances Rodriquez at francesbarrio@yahoo.com to re-register your child. If money is an issue, please call and we will make special arrangements for your payments.
 
We hope you will have a restful and enjoyable summer. I thank you for another good year together. Listed on the next page are the September “back to school” dates for the opening of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Academy.
 
 Rest assured that when your children return to our academy, all sterilization of the desks, classrooms, and all areas where the children will be would have occurred.
 
All CDC and Diocesan regulations for safety of the children will be strictly followed.
 
Since no other letter will be sent to you in August regarding this information, we request you keep this letter in a safe place for reference in September 2020.
 
The schedule below is subject to change if government regulations or world circumstances do not permit us to return for these dates. In the event this occurs, you will be informed of the changes through our website page. Please check the website regularly. WE DO EXPECT TO COME BACK IN SCHOOL THIS SEPTEMBER.
 
SCHEDULE
 
September 1 – 3
The academy office will be open from 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for registrations, information, and transfers.
 
September 3
The Gym Uniform Company will be here at 10 a.m. to 12 a.m. to sell gym uniforms if you need them.
 
September 9
8 a.m. – Classes begin for Grades 1-8 Opening Ceremony at 8 a.m. on front Lawn DISMISSAL – 12:30 p.m. KINDERGARTEN ORIENTATION-Parent & Child Girls Only – 8:00 am. – 10:00 a.m. Boys Only – 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 
 
September 10
8 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Classes for Grades 1-8 DISMISSAL – 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. KINDERGARTEN Girls & Boys 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p. m. DISMISSAL – 12:30 p.m.
 
September 11
Grades K – 8 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. KINDERGARTEN – all children – girls & boys DISMISSAL – 3:00 p.m.
 
September 14
Lunch and Extended Day Programs begin. PreK 3 and 4 Orientation 9:30 a.m. parents only All Specials begin
 
Beginning Monday, September 14, we will begin our regular class schedule: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Grades K-8
 
Schedule for Week of September 14 – The Pre-K 3 & 4 Programs are five-day programs. Pre-K 3 and Pre-K 4 Orientation is as follows:
 
Monday, Sept. 14 9:30 a.m. – Pre-K 3 & 4 Rooms Orientation – Parents/Guardians only
Tuesday, Sept. 15 Pre-K GIRLS ONLY – 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Pre-K BOYS ONLY – 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 16 Pre-K 3 & 4
Thursday, Sept. 17 GIRLS AND BOYS TOGETHER
Friday, Sept. 18 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Snack will be provided.) 
September 21 – Pre-K 3 and Pre-K 4 regular class schedule begins. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Please provide lunch-if you are not part of hot lunch program yet.) Please do not purchase supplies for Pre-K students until parent orientation, Sept. 14.
 
All grades K-8 have a 6 ½ hour instructional day. They must arrive by 8:00 a.m. There is a person on duty at that time.
 
Tuition pre-payment, due by August 15, should be mailed to the academy or brought in person on September 1 – 3. Paying on the first day of school causes too much confusion as your CHILDREN WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO CLASS ON SEPTEMBER 9 if payment or prior arrangements have not been made on registration fee, activity fee, lunchroom maintenance fee and tuition pre-payment.
 
Also, any outstanding payments from this current school year, 2017-2018 must be paid. Should you have any other outstanding balances, these must be paid as well.
 
If due to the Covid19 pandemic, you have not been able to make payments and have documented proof of loss of income or work, arrangements will be made at the time you come to the academy on September 1 – 3.
 
May our Lord bless you and your family with a wonderful and healthy summer.  Remember the codes your child’s teacher has placed on their homework page is for Monday prayer that will continue throughout the summer.  Please tell your children I love them and pray for them every day and we will see each other in September.
 
Sincerely,
 
Mrs. Frances DeLuca
 
Principal
 
Attachments
 
UNIFORMS: By selecting to attend Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Academy, you are agreeing to the academy uniform. Students are to be in COMPLETE uniform at all times. No excuse will be accepted unless the parent sends a note. Otherwise, the student will be required to call home for the proper attire to be brought to school. JEWELRY is NOT part of the uniform. Girls may wear ONE SET OF SMALL post earrings (NO HOOPS). This is for their safety! Boys are NOT permitted to wear earrings. No make-up or nail polish is to be worn at any time. Extremes in hair styling (too long, too short, fad styles, or long braids on boys) of both boys and girls will not be tolerated. Boys’ hair must not cover the eyebrows and must clear the collar by one inch. Hair adornments must be small and in keeping with the uniform. Students’ hair is expected to remain its natural color and be neat and clean. Month of September and June – no ties – white shirt opened at the neck – top button only. Spring uniform may be worn after Easter and the months of September and October. Winter uniforms (grades 1-8) may be worn after October 15, not gym uniforms. Gym uniforms are for gym only. The school’s cardigan vest or sweater. No pullovers. Girls’ skirts (all grades) are to be NO MORE than one-half inch above the knee at all times. Skirts are not allowed to be rolled up. If boots are worn in the winter time, uniform shoes must be brought to class and boots are to be changed in the classroom. Shoes only in the classroom. Our school is much too warm to have children seated in boots. Pins and fancy belt buckles are not to be worn. No cell phones are allowed in school. No pocketbooks allowed. Wrist watches may be worn but it is the student’s responsibility to provide a safe place for their belongings especially during gym. (Faculty members will not be responsible to personal belongings or money.) Students carry money at their own risk. It is strongly recommended students not carry valuables to class. The academy uniform is purchased through Flynn & O’Hara Uniforms, Inc., The Shop at Atlas Park, 8000 Cooper Avenue, lower level, Glendale, NY 11385. Their phone number is 718-326-2704. The uniform shoes can be purchased at Official Shoes, Inc., 1818 Jericho Turnpike, New Hyde Park, NY 11040. Their phone is (800) 973-6789.
 
GYM UNIFORM: The gym uniform consists of navy blue sweatpants, sweatshirts, shoes with white tee shirts with the academy emblem. This can be purchased through the academy. Order forms are available in the office. Black or white sneakers are to be worn. No light-up sneakers are to be worn. No other colors such as red, green, and neon colors are permitted.
 
PLEASE RETURN THIS SLIP TO THE OFFICE BY SEPTEMBER 9, 2020.
 
I have read this letter concerning my child.
PARENT’S SIGNATURE____________________________________
STUDENT NAME_________________________________________ GRADE_______________
 

Letter to the Graduates of 2020 – Graduation June 12, 2020

Dear Graduates,
 
Congratulations!  You have reached a very important milestone in your life.  I am filled with pride for the faith-filled, wonderful, intelligent young men and women that you’ve become!  As you graduate from our academy to attend various high schools, I am confident that you have been prepared well spiritually, academically, and socially at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Academy.  Together, faculty and parents, we have worked hard to help you acquire the skills you will need to be successful the rest of your life. 
 
The world, unfortunately, in this year of 2020, has thrown us a major challenge, not just to you, my dear graduates, but to the world!  Yet, in the midst of this major pandemic, my very dear children, you have adapted well and continued to persevere with your studies.  As graduates of our academy, you have already felt and learned the values of God’s Commandments of love and service to each other.  Through trust in, and knowledge of Jesus Christ, you have been given the courage to be a person of faith, perseverance, goodness, character, and integrity.  You have been blessed to be in an academy of wonderful diversity, in background, ethnicity, and religion; and my dear graduates, you have learned how every person has received gifts unique to that person for the betterment of the world.
 
This year of our lives, I am sure, will be recorded in history, my dear graduates.  I pray that each of you will make history by the special purpose our Lord has chosen just for you to accomplish on this earth!  The talents our Lord gave you are meant to be used to make this a better world.  Only you can accept God’s gifts to you and continue to work hard to accomplish your goals.
 
As you leave Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Academy, continue to pray daily.  Strive to do the right thing always.  Keep God in every aspect of your life, and His grace will be with you always.   Take with you not only the academic skills we’ve taught you but the skills of discipline and social justice that will make you the leaders of the future. 
 
May God always bless and watch over you as you continue in your life’s journey.
 
Love and prayers,
Mrs. Frances DeLuca
 
 
 
 
 
 

Blessed Memorial Day! Let Us Pray for our veterans!

Dear Parents/Guardians and Students,

Today, we, especially, pray and give thanks to God for all those veterans that gave up their lives in order that the rest of us would be safe.  We also thank God for the heroes of today during Covid19 who serve others.

This weekend, although it is a day of rest, we need to continue to be mindful of safety measures such as the use of masks and having 6 feet social distancing.  I continue to pray for all of you and those most affected by the Covid 19 virus.

As I prayed the Rosary this morning with teachers and children, I remind you that weekly on Mondays, at 11, I will pray with the children.  Please remember that last weeks codes will continue till I provide new codes in June.

I remind you to please submit all re-registration materials and tuition payments to the regular academy address 111-10 115 Street, South Ozone Park, NY  11420.  This mail is forwarded to the Rectory, and we pick up the mail once to twice a week and record everything. 

The following letter is being shared with you, sent to us by our Superintendent of Schools:

 

May 22, 2020

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.…

ü The level of High Pass (HP) correlates with the numerical grades of 90-100

ü The level of Pass (P) correlates with the numerical grades of 80-89

ü The level of Low Pass (LP) correlates with the numerical grades of 70-79

ü 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

I have shared with you this letter in the hopes that it will remove any anxiety the children will have about grades.  As long as all assignments were done, and a child has tried their best, the Covid 19 challenges should not take away from any child’s regular grades.

May Christ continue to watch over you and protect you.

God bless you, 

Mrs. Frances DeLuca

Principal