March News

Office of the Principal

March, 2018

Dear Parents and Guardians,

March is here!! It’s a busy month and we look forward to the beginning of spring and hopefully some warmer weather. We continue on our journey of Lent where the students continue to pray and prepare to walk the steps of Calvary with Jesus.

Please make note of these important dates: Friday March 2nd the academy will be closed for grades K-8 for Teacher’s Professional Day. Friday March 16th everybody is Irish as we prepare to celebrate the feast of St. Patrick. The students are permitted to dress down provided they wear something green. $2 donation is required.

On Tuesday March 20th and Wednesday March 21st, we will hold Penance Services for grades 3-5 & 6-8 (more information regarding exact time will be sent home closer to the date).

Report Cards will be distributed on Tuesday March 20th. Teachers will be available for conferences between the hours of 3-5pm and 6-7:30pm.. Please take this opportunity to meet with your child’s teacher and review their progress.

In preparation of Holy Week, we will have a special Prayer Service on Wednesday March 28th at 10:30am. The service will take place in the Church and everyone is invited to attend. We will also present students with the monthly and academic awards for the second semester. Dismissal will take place immediately after at 11:50am. There is no afterschool (please make a note of this).

We will be closed March 29th – April 6th and will reopen on Monday April 9th regular time.

**The mass schedule for Holy Week will be available in the office. Please do not hesitate to call if you are in need of the schedule**

Lastly please note The NYS ELA Test will be given to grades 4,6 & 8 April 11-13. Please make sure students are here on time daily for the tests. Students should have a good breakfast every morning and especially before the tests.

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

Mrs. Charles

February News

Office of the Principal

February, 2018

Dear Parents and Guardians,

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

Catholic School’s Week began on Jan. 28th and continued until Fri. Feb 2nd. An agenda was sent home highlighting the week’s activities.

On Tuesday Feb. 13th (Fat Tuesday) we will hold a special Red Day at the Academy. For a donation of $2, the students may dress down but they must wear something red (or pink). Wednesday Feb 14th is St. Valentine’s Day but also the beginning of the season of Lent. Students in grades 5-8 will attend mass at 9am in the church and grades K-4 will attend a prayer service at 10:30am in the church. All baptized Catholic students will receive ashes. All students must be in full uniform (no dress down passes allowed or birthday dress down).

**Progress Reports will be sent home Tuesday Feb. 13th- please sign and return by Wed 2/14**

MIDWINTER RECESS SCHOOL CLOSED 2/19-2/23, REOPENS 2/26 (regular time)

Friday 2/16 school dismisses at 11:50am for grades K-8 for Faculty Meeting (No Afterschool Available)
Re-registration Information:

Re-registration for current families is underway. If you re-register by February 28th, the fee is $200 per family and you will be entered into the lottery. **Drawing will be held March 30th**

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 “Touring Tuesdays”. Reminder is 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).

Visit our school code is 18KAKU for more information on registration.

Mrs. Jeannette Charles

January News

Office of the Principal

Dear Parents and Guardians,

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

  •  Wednesday January 10th 8th Grade Graduation Measurement
  • Friday January 12th Academy Closed for grades K-8 only  – Teacher Professional Day
  • Monday January 15th 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.
  • Friday January 26th 11:50am Dismissal Faculty Meeting (No Afterschool or Play Study Win)
  • Sunday January 28th – Friday February 2nd Catholic Schools Week ~ A flyer will be sent home highlighting all of the events scheduled for this week.

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. **UPK Registration will begin February 2018 more details to follow**

Please make sure you are signing into the Parent Portal to review your child’s progress, view your tuition balance, etc.  For those parents who haven’t signed up, we will be sending a notice home with instructions on how to register.

With the winter months the temperature begins to change sometimes making it very challenging and cold.  The students are permitted to wear their gym uniforms anytime the temperature is below 40 degrees.  We also 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.

In closing, if you would like to assist us with the activities planed for Catholic School’s Week, please call the office and leave your name and number. We thank you in advance for your cooperation.


Mrs. J. Charles


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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