September 23,2020

Do: Sheet on color Black. 

Do: Sheet on coloring fruits. Please sign homework.

There is no School tomorrow. Teachers have a Professional Day.

I hope everyone is at the Zoom meeting for Mrs. De Luca at 7p.m. 

Ms. Pistone’s Zoom meeting is at 7:30 P.M. I sent the information last week and yesterday about these meetings.

Be safe.

September 22,2020

Do: Sheet on color Brown. Please use crayons to do homework.

If your child has something Black he/she can wear it tomorrow.

**** There is no School on Thursday. Teachers have a Professional Day.

Back to School Night on Zoom is tomorrow. I posted the I.D. and codes for Mrs. DeLuca and I on ClassDoJo last week. 

September 21,2020

Do: Sheet with the color Blue.

Do: Sheet with the color Green.

Tomorrow is Brown Day.

Book order will be due tomorrow. Please put money in an envelope with child’s name.

Our Back to School Night is on Wednesday through Zoom at 7:30 p.m. Mrs.DeLuca’s Zoom meeting is at 7:00 p.m.

Please send in Internet form signed and Handbook form signed. Download it from the Handbook on the School Website.

September 15, 2020

 Do: Orange sheet. Please sign homework daily. Please put their name on their sheet. If you have something Yellow, you can wear it.

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

 

 

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

ST. THOMAS AQUINAS DISTANCE LEARNING PROGRAM – PARENT INFORMATION SESSIONS

Dear Parents,

I have received the information below to provide parents who are choosing to have their child/children receive virtual learning for September 2020.

ST. THOMAS AQUINAS DISTANCE LEARNING PROGRAM – PARENT INFORMATION SESSIONS

As we begin the 2020-2021 academic year, we know that it will be an incredibly unique year, and students and families will have diverse needs and preferences.

To provide the best Catholic education possible, and to give options for those who cannot, or prefer not, to return to the classroom at all this fall, a 100% distance learning opportunity and option for students of the Catholic Academies and Parish Schools of the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens will be provided.

The St Thomas Aquinas Distance Learning Program will be the distance education provider for students of our Catholic Academies and Parish Schools, who will not be returning to the classroom.

Information sessions to review program details and answer questions about this online choice, will be held via live ZOOM webinars. The recording of these sessions will be made available online after the meetings.

These sessions will cover the rationale, scope, learning expectations and next steps to enroll your child in the 100% distance learning option. (Separate meetings have been, or will be held by your principal to discuss the in-person, and hybrid class planning at your academy.)

You will meet the Principal of the program, Manuela Adsuar-Pizzi, and learn how it will work and how your child will remain enrolled at the home academy, while receiving virtual classes and distance learning through the St Thomas Aquinas Distance Learning Program

Please register to attend either session:

We look forward to partnering with you, your child, and our network of Catholic educators to provide each child the education they deserve.

Zoom Meetings for Re-Opening Plan

Dear Parents/Guardians:
 
 Zoom meetings have been set for you to clarify any questions you may have about the Re-opening Plan.
Please be aware of the different dates and times for individual grades.
 
PreK 3 and PreK 4 –  parents of Prek 3 and Prek 4
Thursday, August 20 at 7 pm, ID# 967 474 0231, Pass code  2aPaty.
 
Cohort 1 –  parents of Grades K, 1, and 2.
Wednesday, August 26 at 7 pm, ID#967 474 0231, Pass code 2aPaty.
 
Cohort 2 – parents of Grades 3, 4, and 5.
Thursday, August 27 at 7 pm, ID# 967 474 0231, Pass code 2aPaty.
 
Cohort 3 – parents of Grades 6, 7, and 8.
Friday, August 28 at 7 pm, ID#967 474 0231, Pass code 2aPaty.
 
May God bless and watch over you and your family,
 
Mrs. DeLuca
 

School Re-Opening

August 16, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Please see the attached for the reopening of school.

Ms. Pistone

Below, please find the Component, Logistics and Planning, of the Re-Opening Plan, which the Diocesan office has instructed principals to email to faculty, parents, and Board members for the September 9, 2020 re-opening.

 
Other components of the plan, such as Social and Emotional, Technology, Curriculum and Instruction, and Early Childhood will be discussed during faculty meetings with the faculty and staff for the benefit of the children.  This Re-opening plan has already been submitted to the Department of Health and to the Department of Education.  
 
PLEASE REVIEW THIS OPENING PLAN CAREFULLY FOR ALL SPECIFICATIONS MUST BE REVIEWED AND ADHERED TO FOR THE BENEFIT OF EVERY CHILD AND PERSON WHO ENTERS THE BUILDING!
 
The Logistics and Planning component of the plan will also be placed on our website.
 
You will be provided next week, after parents have had a week to review this plan,  Zoom codes for Zoom meetings with me, in order to give you the opportunity to ask me questions that may need further clarification for you.  
 
Please be aware that if you have informed us, in writing as requested by us, that your child will be doing Distance Learning, although your child will remain as enrolled in our academy, you will receive specific instructions through an email from Ms. Debbie Dibrino about St. Thomas Aquinas Distance Learning Academy which will provide the instruction.
 
God bless,
Mrs. Frances DeLuca
Principal

Logistics and Planning