October News 2020

Office of the Principal

October 1, 2020

Dear Parents,

We are officially in our second month of school and our students are adjusting to the Hybrid Model. We are continuing to pay special attention to the directives given to us by the CDC which includes social distancing, monitoring our health and practicing good hand hygiene. We continue to pray that we will have a resolution to this pandemic and that God will heal our land.

Please pay attention to the important dates and events scheduled for this month:

• 10/1 The Feast of St. Therese of Lisieux (Our Patroness).
10:30am First Communion for select students in Grade.
1:00pm Prayer Service for Grades K-8 Students Only.

• 10/7 Rosary Rally Cohort A
10:30am Church

• 10/8 Rosary Rally Cohort B
10:30am Church

• 10/12 Columbus Day School Closed

• 10/28 Progress Reports (Info will be sent home)

As October is dedicated to the Rosary I close this newsletter and call on the Blessed Mother for her powerful intercession:

Hail Mary,
Full of Grace the Lord is with thee;
Blessed are thou amongst women
And blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus;
Holy Mary Mother of God
Pray for us sinners
Now and at the hour of our death.
Amen

Sincerely,
Mrs. Charles

Welcome Back To School (2020-2021)

St. Catherine of Genoa ~ St. Thérèse of Lisieux Catholic Academy
4410 Avenue D, Brooklyn, NY 11203-5726
Phone: 718-629-9330 Fax: 718-629-6854
Website: scgstl.org

Office of the Principal

September 2020

Dear Parents,

I am pleased to welcome you back to the 2020-21 school year! I would like to extend a special welcome to the new families joining SCGSTL this year and welcome back all of our returning families as well! I am honored to be your principal. Our goal at SCGSTL is to work together to provide our students with a rich, Christ-centered learning environment. My vision, as the principal, is to ALWAYS put God and kids first! My belief is that all students can learn. As educators, we need to discover how each child learns in order to differentiate our instruction to support diverse learning styles. In a collaborative effort, we want children to thrive in all ways possible. My hope is that all children will LOVE school and nurture a learning environment that is faith-filled, positive, safe, warm and caring, as well as a fun place to learn and grow.

We have been working hard all summer to plan a safe opening of school and to implement best proactive to mitigate the risks associated with Covid-19. Our classrooms have been modified to increase social distancing, signage has been installed throughout the building to guide students, and out schedule has been modified to allow for more time for mask breaks, hand washing and opportunities to access outside learning spaces. A strong emphasis will be placed on social emotional learning as we will work closely with PDHP to ensure the needs of all students are met.

Partnering with families will be crucial this year as we face many obstacles due to the global pandemic. We appreciate your support as you work with students at home to practice safety protocols such as wearing a mask and washing hands. We encourage families to stay connected and informed by following our school website and Option C which will provide you with with up to date information.

As we adapt “The Hybrid Model” we ask you for your patience as we navigate through this “new normal”. Change is hard and can be especially difficult when compounded with a pandemic that we have and continue to experience. As a faith filled people, we put all our trust in God. We know he is always with us especially during our darkest hours; there he carries us through the most treacherous storms.

On behalf of my entire staff, we are looking forward to welcoming our students back and continuing to build relationships with you our parents. May God continue to bless each and everyone one of us, especially our students as we enter the 2020-2021 school year.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Jeannette Boursiquot-Charles

March News 2020

Office of the Principal

March, 2020

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 entered the season of Lent and will work on our misgivings, through penance and sacrifice.

Please make note of the following important dates:

  • Tues    March 17th  Green Day – Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day (details will be sent home)
  • Wed     March 18th  Report Card Conferences (Full Day & Afterschool Available)
  • Thurs  March 19th  Early Dismissal Grades PK- 8  Board Gala (Russo’s On The Bay)
  • Fri       March 20th School Closed All Grades (PK-8) Board Holiday)
  • Fri       March 27th Mother’s Day Cake Sale begins          

**NYS TEST  March 25 – March 27 Grades 4,6,7**

 Report Cards will be distributed on Wednesday March 18th.  Teachers will be available for conferences between the hours of 3:15-4:45pm and 6-7:30pm. **Afterschool will be available for all a grades** Please take this opportunity to meet with your child’s teacher and review their progress.

We hope to see you at our first gala “Celebrate Catholic Education @ Russo’s On the Bay”.  The event begins at 6:30pm and tickets are on sale.  Please make every effort to attend this event as all proceeds will go directly to the Academy to benefit our students.

Lastly please note The NYS ELA Test will be given to grades 4,6 & 7 March 25-27.  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. J. Charles

 

February News 2020

February, 2020

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 and to Theater, Sports and The Arts.

**Progress Reports will be sent home Wednesday  Feb. 12th– please sign and return by Wed 2/13**

 Friday Feb. 14th   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). 

 MIDWINTER RECESS SCHOOL CLOSED 2/17-2/21, REOPENS 2/24 (regular time)

 The Candy Sale ends Monday Feb. 24th and all money must be in by the due date to be eligible for the prizes.

Tuesday February 25th Fat Tuesday/Mardi Gras @ The Academy – details will be sent home

Wednesday February 26th Ash Wednesday – We enter into the holiest season of the church; Lent.

Students in grades K-8 will attend mass at 10am and will receive ashes.  All parents are invited to attend.

 Re-registration for current families is underwayIf 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 27th**

 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 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).


PK For All – FREE PRESCHOOL FOR CHILDREN AGE 4 BY DEC. 31, 2020

Visit http://schools.nyc.gov/ChoicesEnrollment/PreK/  our school code is 18KAKU for more information on registration.

           

Sincerely,

Mrs. Charles

 

January News 2020

Office of the Principal

 

January 2020

 

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:

 

  • Thursday 1/16  “World’s Finest Candy Sale” begins.

 

  • Friday January 17th Academy Closed for grades K-8 only  – Teacher Professional Day

 

  • Monday January 20th 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.

 

  • Sunday January 26th – Friday January 31st  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. **PK For All Registration will begin February 2020 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

 

December News

Office of the Principal

 

December, 2019

 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

“For behold I bring unto you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior which is Christ the Lord” Luke 2:10

Yes it’s that time again where we prepare our hearts for the birth of our Savior!  It’s very easy to lose the true meaning of the season with all the sales commercials; the hustle and bustle on the streets but at our Academy we remind our students daily that Jesus is the true meaning of the season!!

Please pay close attention to the following important dates:

  • 12/03   2nd Trimester Begins
  • 12/4    Report Card Conferences (12:30pm dismissal; No After School or PSW)
  • 12/7    Breakfast at the North Pole 10am-12noon Tickets on sale school office
  • 12/9     School Closed  – Feast of The Immaculate Conception
  • 12/10  8th Grade Visits the Nursing Home
  • 12/11  Christmas Trip to Radio City Music Hall (more info will be sent home)
  • 12/16  Christmas Sale items to be delivered
  • 12/20   12:30pm Dismissal – Christmas Show (7pm more details to follow)

 School closed December 23 –Jan. 3 (Re-opens Monday Jan. 6  regular time)

 

In closing I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy and Healthy New Year!!

 

Keep Christ in Christmas!

 

Sincerely,

Mrs. Charles

 

November News 2019

November 2019

 

Office of the Principal

 

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 10:00am all are welcomed

 

  • 11/8 – School Closed Professional Day

 

  • 11/9 TACHS Test – Grade 8

 

  • 11/11 School closed – Veteran’s Day

 

  • 11/12 Option A payment due – absolutely no exceptions or extensions.

 

  • 11/15 Last day to purchase tickets for Radio City Music Hall Trip

 

  • 11/21 Christmas Sale Ends

 

  • 11/27 Thanksgiving Mass 10:00am – **12:30pm dismissal Gr. PK-8 ( No Afterschool all grades or PSW)

 

  • 11/28 & 11/29 Thanksgiving Recess – School Closed

 

Our Thanksgiving Food Drive begins on 11/4 – 11/15 and is one of the most important activities here at the Academy.  A flyer will be 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.

 

Sincerely,

Mrs. Charles