November News


November 2018

Dear Parents and Guardians,

It’s hard to believe that we are in the month of November.  Hopefully you will enjoy the extra hour of sleep you’ve gained with daylight savings time ending.  November is going to be another busy month and I would like to call your attention to the important dates below:

  • 11/1 All Saints Day – Mass at 10:30am all are welcomed
  • 11/3 TACHS Test – Grade 8
  • 11/5 Option A payment due – absolutely no exceptions or extensions.
  •  11/7 Yankee Candle Sale Ends
  • 11/8 Last day to purchase tickets for Radio City Music Hall Trip
  • 11/9 School closed –Teacher Professional Day
  • 11/12 School closed – Veteran’s Day
  • 11/21 Thanksgiving Mass 10:30am – **11:50am dismissal No Afterschool all grades PK -8**
  • 11/22 & 11/23 Thanksgiving Recess – School Closed

**Thanksgiving Food Drive November 1st – 16th Flyer Sent Home**

 Our Thanksgiving Food Drive is one of the most important activities here at the Academy.  A flyer was sent home outlining the items requested. November is a special month as families come together to celebrate Thanksgiving Day together but we want to remind the students that they should always be thankful to God.  What better way than to help those less fortunate and by donating to our food drive.  Each student is asked to bring at least one item from the list but any amount will be greatly appreciated.

We would ask that all items be sent in by the due date.  If you have any questions please feel free to call the office.

In closing, on behalf of the faculty and staff, may you have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving Day.


Mrs. Charles

Faculty Spiritual Retreat


On Wednesday October 31, the staff attended a spiritual retreat, at Our Lady of The Island Shrine in Manorville, NY. Fr. Roy Rector of the Shrine was the presenter. It truly was an amazing day!

Red and Blue Day


St. Catherine of Genoa-St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Academy sponsored a special “Red and Blue Day” on October 18th.  A special fundraiser to help the people of Haiti who experienced another earthquake.  All proceeds will be sent to Catholic Relief Services.

October News

Office of the Principal

October 2018

Dear Parents and Guardians,

 We’ve completed our first month of school and things seem to be settling into place.  On Monday 10/1 we celebrated our patroness St. Therese of Lisieux with mass at 10:30am for the Academy and then at 7:00pm for the Parish.  The Most Reverend Bishop James Massa was the main celebrant and we were represented very well by our students and families.

It truly was a beautiful mass and we will continue to pray for the intercession of St. Therese of Lisieux.

Please pay close attention to the following important dates:

  • 10/3  Group Pictures (students must be dressed in full uniform)
  • 10/5   Rosary Rally 1:15pm in the church. All are welcomed.
  • 10/8   Columbus Day School Closed
  • 10/9-10/12 Terra Nova Testing Gr. 3-8 (students must be present each day of testing).
  • 10/10 SPA Meeting 7pm Auditorium
  • 10/12 Thanksgiving Day Sale Ends
  • 10/17  VIRTUS Training 7pm
  • 10/23  Christmas Sale Begins
  • 10/24  Progress Reports Sent Home
  • 10/26 Confirmation Gr. 8  (11:50am dismissal Gr. K-8)
  • 10/27  Halloween Party 2pm -4pm
  • 10/31  School Closed (Grades K-8)


As you can see it’s going to be a very busy month! Please visit our website for up to date information.


Mrs. Charles

Feast Day Celebration

On Monday October 1, The Most Reverend Bishop James Mass celebrated the Feast Day Mass of St. Therese of Lisieux with our parish family.

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! 



Mrs. Jeannette Charles






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**


June News

Dear Parents and Guardians,


June is finally here and I know many of us are asking “Where did the year go?”  It is a shortened month filled with many special occasions.On Monday June 4th, Grades 4& 8students begin the month by taking the last of the state exams.  Though they are well prepared, it will be a great relief when all their tests are finally finished.  Thursday June 14 is Flag Day and we will join the nation in celebrating this true symbol of freedom and liberty.  For a donation of $2 students are invited to dress down provided they wear something red, white and blue.

The culminating events of the year for our 8th Graders are the Graduation Mass & Graduation Ceremony which will take place on June 15th.  A separate letter will be sent home to Grade 8 with specific information.  The last day of Afterschool will be Tuesday, June 19th so please make note of this.  Dismissal times on Wednesday June 20th through Friday June 21st will be at 11:50am.


We will hold a special “Transitioning Day” for students in grades K-7 on Wednesday June 20th.  During that time, the students will be introduced to their teacher for the 2018-2019 school year.  The students will also be given a brief overview of the new school year and the mandatory summer assignment.  It is imperative that you look over this list before school closes. If you have any questions, you should ask the teacher immediately.  Each student who is returning in the Fall is required to hand in the summer assignment on the first day of school.  I urge you to review the assignment as soon as the students receive it.


The summer trip to Adventureland will take place on Thursday June 21st. Parents who will be chaperoning are asked to be at the school by 8:30am as the bus is scheduled to leave by 9am sharp.  Everyone who is participating will receive a shirt and must wear it on the trip.  We will leave the park around 4pm and expect to be back at school around 5pm.  Let’s pray for warm weather and a sunny day!


Grade K will have a small Step Up activity on Friday June 22nd and Ms. Gillis will send a notice home with specific information.  At this point tuition payments are passed due and must be brought up to date immediately.  No personal checks will be accepted.  We appreciate your cooperation regarding this matter.  Our thanks to all parents who make their payments on time as that is extremely helpful to the Academy.


If you have not re-registered for the 2018-2019 school year, please do so immediately as books and supplies are in the process of being ordered.  I would like to remind you that Financial Aid is available if you qualify but you must be registered first. Mrs. Barbara Borowski is available to explain and assist with filing. Please call the office for more information.


The last day of school will be Monday June 25t and dismissal will be at 10:30am.  Students will be given their report cards and those students who are required to attend summer school will be provided with that information.


In closing I would like to thank everyone fortheir support this past year. As I said when I began, change is hard but necessary.  I am very proud of the direction our Academy is heading and very positive that greater things are to come. Some of the accomplishments this year were the establishment of  prayer and pledge in the auditorium every morning.  By starting our day together in prayer we are reminded that we are one body united in Christ.It also gives the students an opportunity to focus and begin the day on a positive note.  Our lateness’ have also been tremendously reduced.


I am extremely delighted to have re-introduced Xaverian High School to our Academy.  Xaverian is one of the highest performing Catholic High Schools in Brooklyn which prides itself with rigorous academic and extracurricular programs rooted in the Catholic faith.


One of my top priorities was reaching out to the Administration personally and inviting them to take a closer look at our students. We have bright, energetic, intelligent young minds and I refuse to have our students classified. What we need are opportunities and exposure. By acquiring $86,000 (the total scholarship amount for 4 years) for 2 of our current graduates, no longer will this be an unobtainable goal but a reality that is coming to fruition.


Continuing on our collaboration with Xaverian, eight of our 7th grade students have been selected to participate in the Xcel Summer Enrichment Program.  Xcel integrates educational, spiritual and leadership development for students entering grade 8.  Students will participate in TACHS Prep Courses as well courses in Robotics, Film Production, Speech, Debate, Studio Art, Creative Writing and Journalism.  It’s a wonderful opportunity.


I am also working on a new program where are students would take HS courses at Xaverian and receive credits while still in 8th grade. These achievements are strengthening our academy and enriching the academic experience for our students.


Our technology mobile carts are fully stocked and being utilized in grades K-8 and we began the plans for the creation of our STEM lab.  On the whole we have an impressive large number of students who have received academic honors.  The Student of The Month Award and All Christian Effort was instituted to recognize those students who go above and beyond and deserve our praise. The tuition arrears has been reducedand we are extremely grateful.  Our teachers continue to be participate in numerous Professional Development opportunities which in turn enhances their teaching and the learning process.


These are just a few examplesand it has been such a rewarding experience.  With your help, and support I look forward to continuing on what we have started and building a stronger Academy.


Have a wonderful and restful summer.





Mrs. J. Charles






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.




Mrs. Charles