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

                          

                                                                         

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 21st 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

 

 

WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL!

SCHOOL RE-OPENS

Wednesday Sept. 5th – Friday Sept 7th : Grades K-8  8:00am -11:50am

Monday Sept. 10th Full Day Session Begins 

Grades PK-8 8:00am – 3:00pm  Afterschool Begins

Wednesday Sept. 12th Back to School Night 7:00pm

**A  few seats are available for PK (Full Day Program);

Please call the office for more information 718-629-9330**

 

KINDERGARTEN SEATS FILLING QUICKLY

With more than half of our Pre-K Class registered for Kindergarten, seats are filling quickly!!  Reserve your child’s spot now.  Call 718-629-9330 for information and an appointment.

May News

 

May, 2018

 

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, & 8 will have the NYS Math Test from Tuesday 5/1 & Wednesday 5/2.  Students must be present to take the exams every day.  Please make sure the students receive plenty of rest and have a good breakfast prior to coming to school.

 

Grade 2 will receive their First Holy Communion on Sunday May 6th at 11am in the church. Please keep them in your prayers.  Thursday May 10th is the Feast of the Ascension and students in grades K-8 will attend mass at 10:45am in the church. The 2nd grade will lead us in the May Crowning Ceremony which will take place during the mass.  The students are permitted to wear their First Communion attire to school.  More information will be sent home directly from Mrs. Luback.  At the conclusion of the mass, we will award the SOM and ACE Awards.  Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend.

 

Progress Reports will be sent home Thursday May 10th.  Please pay close attention to the comments on your child’s report.  The Spring Show will take place on Friday May 11th at 7pm; tickets are already on sale.  The theme for the show this year will be “Music Around The World”.  The students have been preparing and working extremely hard.  We will dismiss at 11: 50am and students are required to return to school by 6:30pm. Please come out and support their efforts.  Please note the doors for the show will not open before 6:45pm. NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE DOOR.

 

 Sunday May 13th is Mother’s Day let’s take the opportunity to say “THANK YOU” Mom for all the great things Mom’s do!!  Ideal Uniform Company will be here on Wednesday May 16th to take measurements for the new school year.    Representatives will be here from 10am -11:30am. Measurements will be taken and orders placed.  A $25 deposit will be required.

 

The 8th Grade will lead us in a Rosary Rally on Friday 5/25 at 10:45am in the church.  All are welcomed to pray with us.

 

Our WALKATHON/SPIRIT DAY will take place Wednesday May 30th.  This is a very important fundraiser for our school and the last one for the year. Let’s make this a great success as I know we can!!!!!

 

The Academy will be closed Monday May 28th in observance of Memorial Day.

 

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,

 

Mrs. Charles

April News

Office of the Principal

Dear Parents,

Welcome Spring!! As we enter the month of April, we anticipate all the beauties usually associated with this month.  We sing “ALLELUIA” (a word put in reserve during Lent).  Lovely flowers begin to bloom as the trees, leaves and grass glisten with a beautiful shade of green.  Nature seems to go through many changes as do we.  As the weather begins to get a bit warmer, “Spring Fever” usually sets in.  Let us remind our children that they must continue to work hard until the very last day of school.

Please pay close attention to the calendar as we have many important things scheduled this month. NYS ELA Exams begins Wed. 4/11- Friday 4/13th for grades 4,6,8.   Students in those grades must be present and on time for each of those days.  Please see to it that your child has a good nutritious breakfast on the days of testing..

Information regarding summer school will be sent home the week of April 9th.  Please note any child who fails 2 classes will be required to complete summer school.  Absolutely no exceptions. 

 This year we will have a special end of the year event; The WALKATHON.  The WALKATHON is a fundraising event which is held during the school day on May 30th.  Students in grades K-8 will participate.  This is a very important fundraiser as proceeds from the event will go towards establishing a STEM Lab in our Academy.  We will be sending notices home the week of April 16th.  Students and parents (provided you have completed the VIRTUS training) are able to participle.  Everyone will receive a T-Shirt with the entry fee.  Specific details will be sent home.

Saturday April 21st , Grade 2 will receive the Sacrament of Penance at 12 noon in the church. This is the student’s final step of preparation before they receive First Holy Communion.  Please keep them in your prayers.

Friday April 27th, we will be closed for a Teacher Professional Day. 

 There are families who have not re-registered for the new school year.  It is very important that you send in your forms as books must be ordered in advance for the new school year. 

In closing, I would like to bring your attention to an important matter regarding attendance.  Please do not schedule “family vacations” during the school year.  As stated in our attendance policy; “Extended vacations are not sanctioned by the Academy”.  The laws of NY State make attendance at school mandatory.  If you decide to take your child out of school, there will be no special accommodations made regarding missed exams, state tests, assignments etc.  We ask for your cooperation in this serious matter.

 Sincerely,

Mrs. Charles

 

 

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!

Sincerely,
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).

PK For All – FREE PRESCHOOL FOR CHILDREN AGE BY DEC. 31, 2018
Visit http://schools.nyc.gov/ChoicesEnrollment/PreK/ our school code is 18KAKU for more information on registration.

Sincerely,
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.

Sincerely,

Mrs. J. Charles

Principal

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**

 NO AFTERSCHOOL OR PSW ON 12/6 OR 12/7

 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.

 

Sincerely,

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