March News 2021

March, 2021

Dear Parents and Guardians,

What a difference a year makes! Who would have imagined last year at this time that our lives would be where it is it today? Hopefully this pandemic has taught us to treat each day as a gift from God. Although many of us have suffered losses such as family members, employment, our full time school schedule, praise God we are here! Let us continue on this journey of Lent calling to mind our misgivings and continuing to strengthen our relationship with the living God.

Please make note of the following important dates:

• Thurs March 11th, Virtual Open House Taping (details will be sent home).
• Wed March 17th Green Day – Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day (details will be sent home).
• Fri March 19th Feast of St. Joseph – Virtual Prayer Service (teachers will share info).
• Thurs March 25th Report Card Conferences (Virtual Conferences 3-4pm & 5:30-7:00pm).
• Fri March 26th 11am Dismissal Grades PK-8

**Easter Recess – Thursday April 1st – Friday April 9th – Re- Open Monday April 12th**

Report Cards will be distributed via Option C on Thursday March 25th. Teachers will be available for virtual conferences between the hours of 3:00pm-4:00pm and 5:30pm -7:00pm. As this is our 2nd marking period conferences, we strongly urge you to take the opportunity to meet with your child’s teacher and review their progress.

Wednesday March 31st will be our last day in the building before Easter recess. As the situation with Covid is still concerning, we invite and encourage you to participate in the Holy Thursday and Good Friday services livestreamed on TV. As a Catholic Academy, Holy Thursday and Good Friday are two of the most important days on the church’s calendar. Please join in praying and remembering Jesus’ last days on this earth.

In closing please continue to pray with your children during Lent; participate in mass (virtually and when possible in person), 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,

Principal J. Charles

February News 2021

Dear Parents and Guardians,

February is here!!! It’s a shorter month; still it is busy with events. We celebrate Black History Month and Catholic School’s Week. 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.

Please see the schedule of events for Catholic School’s Week attached to this notice. Our students are very fortunate to attend a Catholic School and we want to spend the week celebrating and taking a step back from the constant dreadful news. It will be a week of positivity and fun!

We will have a special assemble Wednesday & Thursday 2/3 & 2/4 to recognize those students who received honors for the 1st Trimester. We will also award those students selected for Student of the Month and ACE.

**Progress Reports will be available via Option C on Tuesday Feb. 9th**

MIDWINTER RECESS SCHOOL CLOSED 2/15/21 – 2/17/21-2/19/21 (No In person or Hybrid schedule) REOPENS 2/2/21 – Regular Hybrid Schedule Resumes

Students will be given a brief Black History Project to complete during the week (students should be able to complete in 1-2 days).

Wednesday February 17th Ash Wednesday – We enter into the holiest season of the church; Lent.
Although we are closed, all Catholics are required to attend Mass. We will provide details of virtual services and provide information regarding Ash distribution prior to the 17th.

Re-registration for current families will begin in February and we will share early bird registration incentives and lottery info very shortly.

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 “Virtual Touring Tuesdays”. We are in the process of launching a new Virtual Touring option in lieu of in person tours. 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).

Lastly, we will be sending home a survey regarding a Nursery program we are exploring to open in the fall. Your input is invaluable so please respond once the survey is sent out!

Sincerely,
Principal Charles

January News 2021

January 2021

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Happy New Year!! We welcome the New Year and ask God to continue to bless our students, families, teachers, staff and to put an end to this pandemic. January will continue to be a busy month at SCGSTL so please pay close attention to the following up and coming important dates:

• Thursday January 7th – Nazareth Informational Night for Grades 7 & 8 (Zoom info to be shared). 7pm.
• Tues. & Wed. 1/12 & 13 – School Pictures – Grades K-7 Full Uniform & Grade 8 will take Graduation Pictures (Information will be sent home).

• Week of January 11th – Catholic High School acceptance letters to be sent out.

• Monday January 18th 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.

Catholic Schools Week has been moved to February and more information/details will follow shortly. We will also be sending information home regarding our Candy Sale and Fundraising Activities for the remainder of the year in a separate notice.

Lastly, 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. We will be holding special “Virtual Open House Dates” for new and prospective students as restrictions are still set in place due to COVID 19. Initiations and links will be sent out by the end of the month.

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.

Sincerely,

Principal Charles

December News 2020

December, 2020

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! The season seems quite different as our lives have changed significantly but thankfully Jesus remains the same! At the Academy we will continue to teach our students that the true meaning of this season is the birth of Christ the Lord.

Please pay close attention to the following important dates:

• 12/08 2nd Trimester Begins

• 12/08 School Closed – Feast of The Immaculate Conception

• 12/09 Report Cards avail via Option C

• 12/10 Parent/Teacher Conferences (Remote Only 3-4pm & 5:30-7:30pm).

• 12/11 Special Remote Schedule (Teachers will advise)

• 12/15 Christmas Raffle Drawing

• 12/18 Last day of school

• 12/21-1/01/21 Christmas Recess – School Closed

• 1/04 School re-opens – Hybrid Schedule

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

Sincerely,

Principal Charles

November News 2020

Office of the Principal

November 2020

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 will gain with daylight savings time ending. Please see important dates and information for this moth:

• 11/1 All Saints Day & 11/2 All Souls Day (weekend school closed) Holy Days of Obligation

• 11/2 – 11/6 No In person classes – 100% remote instruction (due to Election Day)

• **11/3 Election Day- Exercise your civic duty and vote!!**

• 11/7 TACHS Test – Grade 8

• 11/9 In person classes resume (Hybrid Schedule)

• 11/21 **Grade 8 Confirmation @ 3pm – Most Rev. Bishop DiMarzio Celebrant**

• 11/23 Thanksgiving Prayer Service Cohort A 1pm

• 11/24 Thanksgiving Prayer Service Cohort B 1pm

• **Wednesday 11/25 – Friday 11/27 School Closed – Thanksgiving Recess**

• 11/30 Classes Resume

Due to the restrictions associated with COVID 19, we are unable to collect items for our annual food drive. This truly saddens us as we know how our families looked forward to helping others. You are invited to make personal donations to The Catholic Charities Organizations. As a school community we have much to be thankful for. Throughout all the pain and suffering, we are witnesses to God’s mercy. May we continue to pray for those affected by Covid and for all those who are without proper food and shelter.

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

Sincerely,
Mrs. J. Charles

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