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Welcome

Posted on August 6, 2020

August 2020
 
Dear Parents  and Students,

I formally welcome you to my class.  I am so excited to seeing you in September.  I am looking forward to seeing many of you who are new to our school.  This will be an exciting adventure.  A warm welcome to our new students.  I hope you see that we are a caring and faithful environment and we work very hard to make sure every child in our school gets the best education possible and grows in a deeper faith as a person.  

Due to COVID 19 we have made many changes to insure the safety of all of us in our school.  I am excited to start this new year in our school, knowing we will be in a safe environment in which to learn, flourish and grow.  God is very alive in our school and I am so excited to sharing it.  

My colleague is Mrs. Guerrero.  She will be teaching Math andELA.  I will be teaching Science and Social Studies.  We require the following lists for September 2020.

We will be needing black or blue colored pens

pencils

erasers

rulers

a pack of loose leaf paper

a pack of copy paper

5 composition books

a box of tissue

a roll of paper towels

hand sanitizer

cleaning wipes.

Mrs. Guerrero also sent out a reading list and math work.  See her site for that information.

God bless you all and enjoy the rest of the summer.  Stay safe and see you in September.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Annamarie Smolenski.

 

 

September update

Posted on July 14, 2020
 

Office of the Superintendent ~ Catholic School Support Services

Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn

310 Prospect Park West             Brooklyn, New York 11215718-965-7300    fax: 718-965-7353

 

July 13, 2020

 

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

 

Catholic Academies and Parish Schools, within the Diocese of Brooklyn are planning to openin September!  The Office of the Superintendent Re-Opening Task Force continues to work tirelessly to ensure that our students, faculty and staff remain healthy and have access to the most current information. Moreover, the Diocese of Brooklyn Re-Opening Task Force, led by Chief Esposito, has been most impressed with the thoroughness of the Office of the Superintendent’s Task Force’s comprehensive plan for a successful safe opening of our school buildings this Fall.

 

Principals have been working diligently, planning for a September re-opening.  The New York State Education Department just recently shared the framework for school reopening plans with formal guidance.  This framework will be disseminated later this week and will serve as a roadmap, providing schools with guidelines, expectations and mandates, to safely open our schools this fall.  We also anticipate receiving information shortly from the New York StateDepartment of Health and the Board of Regents. The Office of the Superintendent Re-Opening Task Force will continue to share all information with our schools.

 

Governor Cuomo will be informing us of his final decision on school openings, during the week of August 1-7.   In anticipation of schools re-opening, please know there are essential elements included in all the re-opening plans being developed:

 

o Our goal for opening schools is a 5day a week, in-school model, ensuring that asmany students, using social distancing, can safely be in our buildings. We are aware that many buildings cannot accommodate their total student population, in a sociallydistant way, for a full 5 days. Plans are being developed by principals, using alternative scheduling; hybrid learning, combining in-person and remote learning.  Although our goal is for a 100% opening, with all participating in 5day a week instructional plan, government guidelines for health and safety will not allow that to happen at this time.

 

o We are deeply committed to ensuring that each Catholic Academy and Parish School continue to provide a loving, nurturing Catholic School environment. We will stand firm on continuing academic excellence. Socialemotional learning and mental wellbeing has been and will continue to be a priority.

 

o The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff will continue to be our number one priority, with enhanced cleaning, disinfecting and sanitizing protocols, and the implementation of student and faculty wellness checks and symptom screening.

 

 

 

 

 

o We have and will continue to advocate for the many resources our students are entitledto under State and City law, as well as through the local school districts. We will continue to stress that all public-school districts provide a nurse/medical professional to our schools and provide transportation for eligible students. Unfortunately, at this time, we are uncertain if they will be able to fulfill these requirements. We will continue to be persistent in engaging local school districts and lobbying for our students. Further updates on these issues will follow.

 

We have studied the re-opening plans from around the world, and across our country. We have worked collaboratively with Principals, Pastors and Academy Boards, to envision a re-opening plan that is safe and strong in academics and is Christ-centered.

 

As we continue to plan for September 2020, we must remember that all plans are based upon information we have presently received, never looking to compromise the health and safety of all.  We will continue to work and plan, accepting changes with patience and common sense.

 

We thank everyone for their continued support through these unpredictable times and continue to ask for God’s blessings.

 

Sincerely,

 

Thomas Chadzutko

 

Thomas Chadzutko, Ed.D.

Superintendent ~ Catholic School Support Services

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September guidelines

Posted on July 11, 2020

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 Distance/Virtual Instruction 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, masks that accommodate your child 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 sanitizing 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. Teachers will shift from class to class.

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’s Academy Closing

Posted on July 9, 2020

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 isplanning 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

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