March News

Office of the Principal


March, 2019


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

Please make note of the following important dates:

  • Tues.  March 5th   Mardi Gras and Carnival Gr. K-8 ($3 donation details to follow)
  • Wed.  March 6th   Ash Wednesday (please see information below)
  • Fri.     March 8th   Gr. K-8 School Closed Professional Day
  • Thurs. March 14th Green Day – Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day (details will be sent home)
  • Fri.     March 15th Gr. K-8  11:50am Dismissal Faculty Meeting
  • Wed.  March 20th Gr. PK-8 Report Card Conferences (Full Day of School)

  The students in Gr. K-8 will attend mass on Wednesday March 6th ~ Ash Wednesday at 10:30am.

 All  students will receive ashes and must be in full uniform (no dress down passes allowed or birthday dress down).

 Report Cards will be distributed on Wednesday 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.

Lastly please note The NYS ELA Test will be given to grades 4,6 & 7 April 2-4.  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. J. Charles


February News

Office of the Principal


February, 2019


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 the Roman Catholic Church.

On Thursday 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). 

The Candy Sale ends Monday Feb. 11th.  All money must be in by the due date to be eligible for the prizes.

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

 MIDWINTER RECESS SCHOOL CLOSED 2/18-2/22, REOPENS 2/25 (regular time)

 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 29th**

 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).


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



Mrs. Jeannette Charles


January News 2019

January 2019

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 9th 8th Grade Graduation Measurement
  •  Thursday January 17th 11:50am Dismissal Faculty Meeting & Candy Sale Begins
  •  Friday January 18th Academy Closed for grades K-8 only  – Teacher Professional Day
  •  Monday January 21st 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 27th – Friday February 1st 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 2019 more details to follow**

 With the winter months the temperature begins to change sometimes making it very challenging and cold.  We 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 planned 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

Office of the Principal

December, 2018

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:

  • 12/01 Breakfast at the North Pole 10am-12noon Tickets on sale school office
  • 12/04 Second Trimester Begins
  • 12/06 Report Card Conferences – Full Day of School (separate notice sent home with details)
  • 12/07 Prayer Service 1:30pm Church ~ Feast of the Immaculate Conception .
  • *12/12 Christmas Trip to Radio City Music Hall (more info will be sent home)*
    12/14 11:50am dismissal – Christmas Show (tickets go on sale 12/03)
  •  12/21 Prayer Service 11am Church – Dismissal 11:50am No Afterschool

School closed December 24 –Jan. 1(Reopens Wednesday Jan. 2 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!


Mrs. Charles

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

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

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




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





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

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.


Mrs. Charles