December News

December 2017

Office of the Principal

Dear Parents and Guardians,

 And the Angel said “Mary will conceive a son and she will name him Emmanuel (which means God is with us)”. (Matthew 1:23) December is a very busy time. We are flooded with advertisements of sales, shopping frenzies and great gifts. Let us remember that the greatest gift that we have received is Jesus! He is truly the reason for the season! 

December is truly a busy month here at St. Catherine ~ St. Therese!  Please pay close attention to the listing of activities on the calendar.

 Report Cards will be given out on Wednesday, December 6th from 1-3pm and 5-7:30pm.

All conferences will be held in your child’s homeroom.  By demonstrating your interest in your child’s progress, you indicate how important school is to their development.  

Teachers will speak briefly on your child’s progress.  Please note, 5th, 6th , 7th & 8th  grade parents must meet with the Homeroom Teacher assigned to your child’s class but special content  teachers will be available to meet with you time permitting .  If there are significant concerns, you need to schedule a separate meeting to discuss those concerns in depth. The building will not be open until 1:00pm for meetings. 

**Tuition and Fees must be up to date in order to have a conference and receive report card**


 Students in Grades K,2,4,6,&8 present “Christmas In New York” on Thursday 12/7.  Tickets are on sale.

School will be closed Friday December 8th in observance of The Feast of Immaculate Conception.  This is a Holy Day of Observation and all Catholics must attend mass.

            Please make a special note of the following days:

  •  Tuition is due 12/1 (please make payments on time and avoid late fee)
  • Wednesday 12/6 Report Card Conferences 1-3pm & 5-7:30pm
  • Thurs. 12/7 Christmas Show 7pm (11:50am Dismissal)
  • Fri. Dec 8 School Closed Feast of The Immaculate Conception
  • Tuesday 12/14  ELF The Musical (Details to be sent home)
  • Friday 12/22 Lessons and Carols at 10:30am in Church.  Student Awards for November will  be distributed also.  All are welcomed and encouraged to come. Christmas Recess Begins 12/22 at 11:50am dismissal


On behalf of St. Catherine of Genoa ~ St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Academy, have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.



Mrs. J. Charles

Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

Dear Friends and Alum,
What a joy we shared with you all on Saturday, 9/16. To say we were overwhelmed is an understatement.
The kind and thoughtful words brought back so many wonderful memories. The smiles have still not left our faces after all the hugs, kisses, warm wishes and dancing!
We are bursting with pride and joy for the lives our grads have built. Thank you to all for your prayers and support over these many years. It has been a humbling privilege and a blessing to have watched some of you grow up and bring your children to us for the same kind of education, discipline and love we shared with you. YOU WILL ALWAYS BE OURS!
Thank you too for the cards, gifts, and flowers. We might have made St. Therese a bit jealous (We doubt it!) with all the roses which proudly grace our living room.
To our beloved friends in this parish, that we love and have called home, you are part of our lives and we give thanks for you and the time and energy that you put into the celebration. It was, so very Little Flower! Thank you Valerie Booth and Valerie Stewart for your preparations and thank you Ingrid Clarke and Denise Humphrey for the execution of the program.
For those in SCGSTLs SPA Group and their husbands, for the academy students, who presented us with their love and flowers, we thank you all for your time and energy in preparing a wonderful celebration for us.
To all of those who worked behind the scenes organizing, decorating, cooking, serving and all the efforts that made Saturdays Celebration a huge success a huge thank you.
Please know that with St. Paul: We thank our God for each of you.
We are truly grateful to Fr. Mendez ? who would not take our response: No Father, no celebration is necessary. It is what we do and who we are. Thank you for not listening!!!
We thank Fr. Michael Perry, longtime supporter of the Sisters of Mercy and of the academy, for bringing the message of Catherine McAuley, our foundress, to the forefront of the Eucharistic Celebration.
We are gifted to retire from one extremely rewarding part of our lives But Sisters of Mercy never stop our mission. The works of Mercy are always our focus and we will continue to serve our Lord wherever He calls us.
In Gods Peace
Sister Lynn Johnson
Sister Patricia McGrath
Sister Paulette Pollina

Summer Camp fun with STEM, Pool, Arts and Crafts!








2017-2018 Registration

If 2016-2017 financial obligations have been met but you have not paid the Registration fee ($250) your child is not on our roster for next year. You need to register on or before July 7th. If we do not hear from you we will remove your children from our class lists and wish them success in their new school.

If 2016-2017 financial obligation have NOT been met, you must clear your balance before you register.

We are planning for next year and based on our current numbers we will combine both 6th grades into one 7th grade. Registration will be on a first come first served basis for 7th Grade.


CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CLASS OF 2017! 98% of the class was accepted to the high school that was their first choice! ?The class has 30 students and 15 students are going to Catholic High Schools and some of those students received up to $8000 in scholarships. The other 15 are going to their first choice public high school.

Students have been accepted and or attending the following Catholic Schools:
St. Edmund
Bishop Kearney
Nazareth Regional
St. Joseph

Students have been accepted and or attending the following public schools:
Brooklyn Latin Specialized School
Leon Goldstien
Midwood Medical
Fashion Industries
Heroes of Tomorrow – Medical
Medger Evers College Prep
Science, Technology, and Research Early College
It Takes a Village
Millienium, Brooklyn
Life Academy for Film and Music
Benjamin Banneker
Edward R Murrow – Communications Arts
Instrumental Music
Vocal Music
Fine and Visual Arts


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5/9 Aquinas Group Presentation

On Tuesday May 9th, our students from the Aquinas Group presented their information on Caribbean Culture.  Our Aquinas Group is made up of students from sixth, seventh and eighth grades who have high standardized test scores and high academic marks.  This year they went to St. Peter’s Academy and met with many other schools in Brooklyn to give their presentation of the many Caribbean islands. Their presentation was very well rounded. It incorporated the flags of each of the islands, the food (which was delicious), the culture and language, music and many more interesting facts.  They did a great job and we are very proud of them.  Shaunya Gibson even played on the pan drum! 

Tips for Parents on “13 Reasons Why” 5/11/2017

Dear Parents/Guardians,

You received an Option C alert that a notice went home regarding the Netflix Series “13 Reasons Why”.

Many of our students have seen it.  It is about a 16 year girl who leaves behind 13 audio tapes, each addressed to a different person who she asserts played a role in her decision to take her own life. The series graphically addresses sexual assault, online abuse, suicide, and the failure of adults to respond to students’ concerns.

We were happy to hear that some of our students watched the series or part of it with their parents.

It is the students who have watched the series without the knowledge of their parents that concerns us. They feel safe to discuss it with their peers but may hesitate in speaking with adults about it. We, the adults need to be proactive and begin conversations about this series with the children.

We are encouraging every parent to watch the series or at least part of it with their child. Opening a conversation on these topics is extremely important. Our guidance counselor will have an open discussions with students from grades 6 to 8.  If we determine that there is a need to address this topic with the 5th Grade, we will do so.

Resources: Please copy and paste links in the address line or right click on the link and choose Open link

13 Reasons Why: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – You Tube Video by Roy Petitfils:


“Why Talk to Kids About ’13 Reasons Why'” by a school psychologist (via Child-Mind Institute)

Child-Mind Institute

Netflix 13 Reasons Why – What Viewers Should Consider:

Jed Foundation

JED Foundation: 13 Reasons Why: Tips for viewing and discussing the Series.

Talking Points

Get Ready for SCGSTL’s Carnival!

Everyone loved it last year, so we are hoping you will love it more this year!  The Carnival has rides and slides.  Tickets are $20 PER CHILD -This includes a hot dog lunch. The Carnival will take place on Thursday, June 8th. Let’s pray for a sunny day! The pictures are from last year’s Carnival.