May News 2021

Office of the Principal

May, 2021

Dear Parents,

May is here!! We honor Mary our Mother and pray for her powerful intercession. Please pay close attention to the calendar as we have many important things scheduled this month. To begin our month, Grades 4, 6, & 7 will have the NYS Math Test from Tuesday 5/4 (Cohort A) & Wednesday 5/5 (Cohort B). Please make sure students have plenty of rest and a nutritious breakfast prior to testing.

Please pay close attention to the important dates below:

• 5/12 Progress Reports available via Option C
• 5/13 Ascension Thursday (Students will attend Mass virtually).
• 5/14 Teacher PD (Students dismissed at 10:30am – independent work for afternoon).
• 5/15 Penance – Grade 2 10:30am Church
• 5/16 First Holy Communion 11:00am Church
• 5/17 Final IREADY Assessment ELA (Teachers will post schedule).
• 5/19 May Crowning (Virtual Grade 2 Cohort A)
• 5/20 May Crowning (Virtual Grade 2 Cohort B)
• 5/21 Virtual Rosary Rally (Details to follow)
• 5/24 Final IREADY Assessment Math (Teachers will post schedule)
• 5/31 School Closed Memorial Day

On Saturday May 22nd, The Board of Trustees is hosting a virtual “Mother’s Day Paint Party” fundraiser to benefit the Academy. Please visit scgstl.org and click on “Mother’s Day Paint Party” for more information.

Sunday May 9th is Mother’s Day let’s take the opportunity to say “THANK YOU” to Mom (Grandma, Aunts, Godmother’s, Sisters,)for all the great things that you do!!

Registration for new students is continuing. Please encourage family and friends to consider the benefits and values of a Catholic School Education. Applications are available online please call the school office for more information.

Sincerely,

Principal Charles

April News 2021

Office of the Principal

April, 2021

Dear Parents and Guardians,

“Jesus Christ is risen! Alleluia!! Alleluia!!

Happy Easter and welcome back to the building. We welcome the month of April; traditionally the month of showers but for Catholics we celebrate the risen Lord and rejoice during these 50 days of Easter. The building is adorned with articles of spring and new life; constant reminders to our students that Christ is truly risen and alive in our hearts and in our building.

As previously announced, the students in grades 4, 6 & 7 will take the NYS Test beginning with ELA. The students will be tested only on book 1 which means the testing will take place only on one day.

For students in Cohort A – the test will take place on Tuesday 4/20 and students in Cohort B – Wednesday 4/21. It is very important that students are present on time for the test as we will only hold it on the days indicated above.

Students should be well rested the night before and eat a nutritious breakfast in the morning. There will be no homework assigned for the students testing the night before the exam. We want our students to be relaxed and ready to test.

Please save the date – Saturday May 22nd. Members of the Board will be holding a special “Sip and Paint” night for our parents. This will be a fundraiser for the Academy so we hope to have as many parents participating as possible. More details will be shared shortly.

Lastly, as a reminder re-registration is currently underway. If you have not re-registered we ask that you do so as soon as possible. We are also in the process of registering new students and want to ensure your child has a seat. It is our expectation that we will return to a full time traditional setting in September, but to date there has been no definitive decision. We are expecting to make an announcement regarding the fall schedule before we close out in June.

If you have any questions regarding registration or financial aid, please do not hesitate to call the school office.

Thank you.

Sincerely,
Principal J. Charles

A Letter to Prospective Families

From the Office of the Principal

Welcome to St. Catherine of Genoa ~ St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Academy.

St. Catherine of Genoa ~ St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Academy is a Catholic community of students, teachers, parents and staff working collaboratively to create a safe, caring, supportive, innovative and academically challenging environment for your child.  This community fosters individual spiritual growth and self-esteem while promoting respect, understanding and appreciation across cultures. Also, we like to have fun!

One of the goals of our program is to prepare students for a successful and rewarding future by developing their academic and interpersonal skills while fostering and enriching their Catholic faith. As our Mission Statement says:

“We prepare each student to live a life of faith and integrity able to serve actively and justly in the Church and world.”

Therefore, we provide instruction in religion, language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, art, music and physical education.  In addition, there are visitors (parents and other community members), assemblies, field trips and other enrichment activities that enhance and enrich our classroom instruction.

Respect for diversity and the ability to function effectively in different cultures are fundamental to our program.  We continue to have wonderful opportunities for students to integrate technology in all curriculum areas as our students use Laptops, Ipads and access to our state of the art Computer Lab. Along with our equipment we are implementing a new STEM Lab. STEM is more than just a grouping of subject areas. It is a movement to develop the deep mathematical and scientific foundation students need to be competitive in the 21 st century workforce.

The staff, parents and students of St. Catherine of Genoa ~ St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Academy believe
that our school allows the ability, flexibility and latitude to provide innovative curriculum development and an outstanding instructional program.  The exciting educational experience here at St. Catherine of Genoa ~ St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Academy reflects the wonderful relationship between the students, parents and school staff, as well as the surrounding community according to our Catholic faith.

We are all partners for your child’s success! 

Sincerely,

Mrs. Jeannette Charles
Principal

March News 2021

March, 2021

Dear Parents and Guardians,

What a difference a year makes! Who would have imagined last year at this time that our lives would be where it is it today? Hopefully this pandemic has taught us to treat each day as a gift from God. Although many of us have suffered losses such as family members, employment, our full time school schedule, praise God we are here! Let us continue on this journey of Lent calling to mind our misgivings and continuing to strengthen our relationship with the living God.

Please make note of the following important dates:

• Thurs March 11th, Virtual Open House Taping (details will be sent home).
• Wed March 17th Green Day – Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day (details will be sent home).
• Fri March 19th Feast of St. Joseph – Virtual Prayer Service (teachers will share info).
• Thurs March 25th Report Card Conferences (Virtual Conferences 3-4pm & 5:30-7:00pm).
• Fri March 26th 11am Dismissal Grades PK-8

**Easter Recess – Thursday April 1st – Friday April 9th – Re- Open Monday April 12th**

Report Cards will be distributed via Option C on Thursday March 25th. Teachers will be available for virtual conferences between the hours of 3:00pm-4:00pm and 5:30pm -7:00pm. As this is our 2nd marking period conferences, we strongly urge you to take the opportunity to meet with your child’s teacher and review their progress.

Wednesday March 31st will be our last day in the building before Easter recess. As the situation with Covid is still concerning, we invite and encourage you to participate in the Holy Thursday and Good Friday services livestreamed on TV. As a Catholic Academy, Holy Thursday and Good Friday are two of the most important days on the church’s calendar. Please join in praying and remembering Jesus’ last days on this earth.

In closing please continue to pray with your children during Lent; participate in mass (virtually and when possible in person), pray and meditate The Stations of the Cross. Instill in your children traditions that will be with them for a lifetime. Invite Jesus in!

Sincerely,

Principal J. Charles

February News 2021

Dear Parents and Guardians,

February is here!!! It’s a shorter month; still it is busy with events. We celebrate Black History Month and Catholic School’s Week. The children will continue to learn about the many prominent African Americans who have made outstanding contributions to our society and to Theater, Sports and The Arts.

Please see the schedule of events for Catholic School’s Week attached to this notice. Our students are very fortunate to attend a Catholic School and we want to spend the week celebrating and taking a step back from the constant dreadful news. It will be a week of positivity and fun!

We will have a special assemble Wednesday & Thursday 2/3 & 2/4 to recognize those students who received honors for the 1st Trimester. We will also award those students selected for Student of the Month and ACE.

**Progress Reports will be available via Option C on Tuesday Feb. 9th**

MIDWINTER RECESS SCHOOL CLOSED 2/15/21 – 2/17/21-2/19/21 (No In person or Hybrid schedule) REOPENS 2/2/21 – Regular Hybrid Schedule Resumes

Students will be given a brief Black History Project to complete during the week (students should be able to complete in 1-2 days).

Wednesday February 17th Ash Wednesday – We enter into the holiest season of the church; Lent.
Although we are closed, all Catholics are required to attend Mass. We will provide details of virtual services and provide information regarding Ash distribution prior to the 17th.

Re-registration for current families will begin in February and we will share early bird registration incentives and lottery info very shortly.

Registration (New Families) If you know of any family or friends interested in registering their children at our Academy, please ask them to call the school office for more information and details. New and perspective families are invited to visit during our “Virtual Touring Tuesdays”. We are in the process of launching a new Virtual Touring option in lieu of in person tours. Reminder if you refer a student who registers for the new school year, you are eligible for a $250 tuition credit (once all payments are made from the new family).

Lastly, we will be sending home a survey regarding a Nursery program we are exploring to open in the fall. Your input is invaluable so please respond once the survey is sent out!

Sincerely,
Principal Charles

January News 2021

January 2021

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Happy New Year!! We welcome the New Year and ask God to continue to bless our students, families, teachers, staff and to put an end to this pandemic. January will continue to be a busy month at SCGSTL so please pay close attention to the following up and coming important dates:

• Thursday January 7th – Nazareth Informational Night for Grades 7 & 8 (Zoom info to be shared). 7pm.
• Tues. & Wed. 1/12 & 13 – School Pictures – Grades K-7 Full Uniform & Grade 8 will take Graduation Pictures (Information will be sent home).

• Week of January 11th – Catholic High School acceptance letters to be sent out.

• Monday January 18th Academy Closed – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day – The nation pauses to reflect on the tireless work of Dr. King. We all can learn valuable lessons through his message of nonviolence and peace. A remarkable individual who made tremendous contributions to The Civil Rights Movement.

Catholic Schools Week has been moved to February and more information/details will follow shortly. We will also be sending information home regarding our Candy Sale and Fundraising Activities for the remainder of the year in a separate notice.

Lastly, re-registration information will be sent home by the end of this month. Please review the information and return all requested information by the due date. We encourage you to refer a family member or friend to enroll their child at our Academy. We will be holding special “Virtual Open House Dates” for new and prospective students as restrictions are still set in place due to COVID 19. Initiations and links will be sent out by the end of the month.

With the winter months the temperature begins to change sometimes making it very challenging and cold. We encourage you to check your emails and text messages daily as all weather related notices will be communicated utilizing Option C. If you are not receiving emails, please call the office to update your information.

Sincerely,

Principal Charles