Weekly Newsletter – Oct. 15, 2021

Dear SCGSTL Families,

We have successfully completed another week of school! 

Children are eager to enter the building in the mornings. Their smiles as they see their teachers when they enter the parking lot are priceless. The eagerness to raise their hands to go to their classrooms before I even ask warms my heart. Parents are working together, making sure our grounds are safe for OUR children. Your presence every morning and your greeting to me as a school community when you say, “Good Morning Principal Morris!” in front of your children as an SCGSTL community is the true definition of family. Thank you for protecting our children by asking strangers to kindly leave our playground when school is in session. Thank you for closing the gate when all the children have left the parking lot. Thank you for taking the initiative to hold the door open for our children as they enter the building in the mornings. 

I am sure many of you have heard the great things that were announced this past week. For starters, the children are excited about Trunk or Treat on October 29th. We will be announcing our class parents soon. We introduced F.R.E.A.K(IND).Y Friday. Soon more information will come about uniform pants for our girls. Our Junior High is excited about the organization and creation of a Debate Team (hopefully we’ll have the opportunity to ZOOM some of these debates for our families). The 8th graders had visitors from Nazareth High School and Cristo Rey. Needless to say, it has been a busy and exciting week!

School Updates:

  •  TerraNova’s continue the week of October 18th. Please make sure children are NOT ABSENT. If your child was absent this week, children will make up the missing parts. 
  • October 24, 2021: Deadline for Internet and telephone registration. Parents should not miss this deadline!
  • Parents, PLEASE keep children home if they are sick (runny nose, cough, sore throat, etc). PROTECT. DETECT. PREVENT SCHOOL CLOSURE. 
  • November 2nd: Election Day – Virtual Day
  • November 29th – December 3rd – Virtual Week. 
  • Parents, please set a reminder to have your Covid screening forms completed by 7:15 am on FACTS. 
  • If the COVID screening is not complete before 7:15/7:30, and your child is not on our screening list, your child will be marked late until we can contact a parent/guardian to confirm the screening has been done through our FACTS Management System.
  • If you have to please set an alarm 
  • As the weather changes (extreme cold, rain, snow) – students will enter through the main street entrance. Students will enter one at a time on Avenue D, into the cafeteria. At dismissal, students will leave their regular exits.
  • COVID Screenings must be checked before children enter the building.
  •  Make sure if it is raining, children have rain gear on as they wait outside to enter the building and we check to see COVID screenings have been completed.
  • If it is cold, make sure children are wearing warm attire so they are not cold while we make sure their screening has been completed.

Sick Students:

  • If your child is sick, please keep them home.
  • If your child has allergies, please make sure we have a doctor’s note letting us know of your child’s (ren) allergies. 
  • If your child is out two or more days, your child must return with a doctor’s note acknowledging that your child was out for non- COVID related issues.
  • If you are traveling, before your child(ren) returns to school, we will need a negative COVID screening. 

F.R.E.A.K(IND).Y Friday: 

  • Takes place every Friday.
  • Each class will work on a small weekly project that gives back to our community. 
  • The goal is to spread the Good News and to make it fun for our children. 
  • Spread the Good that is inside our building.
  • It’s our way of sharing our Mission. 
  • Building our Community.
  • Bringing everyone together.
  • Practicing our Faith.

Halloween Guidelines:

  • Pre-Assembled Goodie Bags are recommended.
  • COVID Visitor policy is in effect (Proof of vaccine or weekly negative COVID Test).
  • COSTUME MASKS CAN NOT BE USED IN PLACE OF CLOTH MASKS.
  • Do Not use costume masks as a substitute for a cloth mask. 
  • Do Not wear costume masks over a cloth mask because it can be dangerous if the costume masks make it hard to breathe.
  • Consider using a Halloween – theme cloth mask

8th Grade News

Confirmation:

  • Confirmation is on Friday, November 19th.
  • The confirmation fee is $100.
  • The MANDATORY retreat is set for November 13th at 10 am.

Graduation:

  • Graduation and Individual pictures are on December 7, 2021 uniform only.
  • There will be a $250 fee for graduation activities, cap, and gown, etc. Fees are due February 4, 2022.

High School News

  • Aug 23 – Nov 5, 202: Registered students enter their three (3) high school choices at www.tachsinfo.com. The deadline is November 5, 2021, at 5:00 P.M. EST.
  • October 24, 2021: Deadline for Internet and telephone registration. Parents should not miss this deadline!
  • November 1, 2021: Students will receive their test date/time/session code via the email address they provided at the time of registration.
  •  November 2-5, 2021: If no email is received, parents may access the student’s test date/time/session code at www.tachsinfo.com or call 1-866-61TACHS (1-866-618-2247) for assistance.
  • November 6, 2021: TACHS Administration; randomly assigned to an 8:30 AM or 10:00 AM session.
  • High School Information Fairs

Inclement weather: 

*Please keep in mind this is a Post-COVID school year and there are different procedures to enter the building.

  • As the weather changes (extreme cold, rain, snow) – students will enter through the main street entrance. Students will enter one at a time on Avenue D, into the cafeteria.
  • COVID Screenings must be checked before children enter the building.
  •  Make sure if it is raining, children have rain gear on as they wait outside to enter the building and we check to see COVID screenings have been completed.
  • If it is cold, make sure children are wearing warm attire so they are not cold while we make sure their screening has been completed.

Important Reminders:

  • Covid screenings MUST be completed online every morning by 7:15 am through the FACTS system. 
  •  Covid screenings are on FACTS. 
  • Children are considered late after 8 am. 
  • When waiting outside to either pick up your child or drop your child off, please wait in an organized line socially distant outside. The goal is to make sure we are setting positive examples for our children and acknowledging how important it is to stand patiently and socially distant when we are waiting our turn to enter the building. 
  • If your child is feeling sick, please keep them home. If your child is experiencing any COVID or Flu-like symptoms, they may not return until they have received a COVID negative test. The results should be emailed to the school before your child(ren) entering the building. 
  • Reach out to the school if you notice your child(ren)’s a teacher is not updating their webpage with homework, grades, or assignments.

Morning Arrival:

  • The weather is changing. Please be sure to dress your child(ren) appropriately. 
  • Teachers are required to be outside by 7:45 am.
  • Children can not enter the building until all digital COVID screenings have been completed. 
  • Before entering the building, teachers are required to check to see that the students they have on their line are also on their list. 
  • It is important to have your screenings completed by 7:15 am. When screenings are not completed on time it takes longer for children to enter the building. 

Dismissal:

  • UPK/Pre-k: 2:45 pm – East 45th street
  • K – 2nd: 2:50 pm – Main schoolyard
  • 3rd – 4th: 2:55 pm – Main schoolyard
  • 5th – 6th: 2:50 pm – Avenue D
  • 7th – 8th: 2:55 pm – Avenue D

Have a great week everyone! Don’t forget to complete your child(ren)’s COVID Screening by 7:15 am EVERY MORNING!

God KNOWS you. God LOVES you. God is ALWAYS with you,

Principal Morris

Welcome Bishop Robert J. Brennan

Dear St. Catherine – St. Therese Families,
We are proud to Welcome Our New Bishop, Bishop Robert J. Brennan! 
Bishop Robert J. Brennan was named Bishop by Pope Francis and will now care over the Brooklyn – Queens Diocese. This is extremely exciting and truly a blessing!
To learn more about him, please use the link provided www.dioceseofbrooklyn.org/welcome
 
God Knows you. God Loves you. God is Always with you,
Principal Morris

Videos: Welcome Messages From Principal Morris and Our Teachers

In the video below, Principal Morris introduces herself and talks about her goals for the year, including creating the best learning environment for our students and preventing the spread of Covid-19.

Note: If you are having trouble playing the video, click the “Pop-Out” icon in the top right corner of the player.

To meet our teachers, follow the class links below: