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



March News

Office of the Principal

March, 2018

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 continue on our journey of Lent where the students continue to pray and prepare to walk the steps of Calvary with Jesus.

Please make note of these important dates: Friday March 2nd the academy will be closed for grades K-8 for Teacher’s Professional Day. Friday March 16th everybody is Irish as we prepare to celebrate the feast of St. Patrick. The students are permitted to dress down provided they wear something green. $2 donation is required.

On Tuesday March 20th and Wednesday March 21st, we will hold Penance Services for grades 3-5 & 6-8 (more information regarding exact time will be sent home closer to the date).

Report Cards will be distributed on Tuesday 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.

In preparation of Holy Week, we will have a special Prayer Service on Wednesday March 28th at 10:30am. The service will take place in the Church and everyone is invited to attend. We will also present students with the monthly and academic awards for the second semester. Dismissal will take place immediately after at 11:50am. There is no afterschool (please make a note of this).

We will be closed March 29th – April 6th and will reopen on Monday April 9th regular time.

**The mass schedule for Holy Week will be available in the office. Please do not hesitate to call if you are in need of the schedule**

Lastly please note The NYS ELA Test will be given to grades 4,6 & 8 April 11-13. 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. Charles

February News

Office of the Principal

February, 2018

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.

Catholic School’s Week began on Jan. 28th and continued until Fri. Feb 2nd. An agenda was sent home highlighting the week’s activities.

On Tuesday Feb. 13th (Fat Tuesday) 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). Wednesday Feb 14th is St. Valentine’s Day but also the beginning of the season of Lent. Students in grades 5-8 will attend mass at 9am in the church and grades K-4 will attend a prayer service at 10:30am in the church. All baptized Catholic students will receive ashes. All students must be in full uniform (no dress down passes allowed or birthday dress down).

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

MIDWINTER RECESS SCHOOL CLOSED 2/19-2/23, REOPENS 2/26 (regular time)

Friday 2/16 school dismisses at 11:50am for grades K-8 for Faculty Meeting (No Afterschool Available)
Re-registration Information:

Re-registration for current families is underway. If 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 30th**

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

Mrs. Jeannette Charles

January News

Office of the Principal

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 10th 8th Grade Graduation Measurement
  • Friday January 12th Academy Closed for grades K-8 only  – Teacher Professional Day
  • Monday January 15th 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.
  • Friday January 26th 11:50am Dismissal Faculty Meeting (No Afterschool or Play Study Win)
  • Sunday January 28th – Friday February 2nd 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 2018 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.


Mrs. J. Charles


December News

December 2017

Office of the Principal

Dear Parents and Guardians,

 And the Angel said “Mary will conceive a son and she will name him Emmanuel (which means God is with us)”. (Matthew 1:23) December is a very busy time. We are flooded with advertisements of sales, shopping frenzies and great gifts. Let us remember that the greatest gift that we have received is Jesus! He is truly the reason for the season! 

December is truly a busy month here at St. Catherine ~ St. Therese!  Please pay close attention to the listing of activities on the calendar.

 Report Cards will be given out on Wednesday, December 6th from 1-3pm and 5-7:30pm.

All conferences will be held in your child’s homeroom.  By demonstrating your interest in your child’s progress, you indicate how important school is to their development.  

Teachers will speak briefly on your child’s progress.  Please note, 5th, 6th , 7th & 8th  grade parents must meet with the Homeroom Teacher assigned to your child’s class but special content  teachers will be available to meet with you time permitting .  If there are significant concerns, you need to schedule a separate meeting to discuss those concerns in depth. The building will not be open until 1:00pm for meetings. 

**Tuition and Fees must be up to date in order to have a conference and receive report card**


 Students in Grades K,2,4,6,&8 present “Christmas In New York” on Thursday 12/7.  Tickets are on sale.

School will be closed Friday December 8th in observance of The Feast of Immaculate Conception.  This is a Holy Day of Observation and all Catholics must attend mass.

            Please make a special note of the following days:

  •  Tuition is due 12/1 (please make payments on time and avoid late fee)
  • Wednesday 12/6 Report Card Conferences 1-3pm & 5-7:30pm
  • Thurs. 12/7 Christmas Show 7pm (11:50am Dismissal)
  • Fri. Dec 8 School Closed Feast of The Immaculate Conception
  • Tuesday 12/14  ELF The Musical (Details to be sent home)
  • Friday 12/22 Lessons and Carols at 10:30am in Church.  Student Awards for November will  be distributed also.  All are welcomed and encouraged to come. Christmas Recess Begins 12/22 at 11:50am dismissal


On behalf of St. Catherine of Genoa ~ St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Academy, have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.



Mrs. J. Charles

Coming Soon!

St. Catherine of Genoa - St. Therese of LisieuxOffice of the Principal

October, 2017

Dear Parents and Guardians,

 Its hard to believe that we are entering our second month of school.  By now the children have established their routines and their teachers are hard at work preparing challenging lessons for them. Every student should have the complete uniform by now.  Students are expected to be correctly attired at all times.  If there is a problem with obtaining a uniform, you need to send a note to the students teacher.

All students are expected to be at school on time.  We assemble in the gym for prayer and the pledge at 8am.  The students are escorted to their homerooms by 8:10am.  Please see to it that your child is present for morning prayer.  Its a wonderful way to begin the day praying together as a worshiping community.  Please see to it that your child does not begin a pattern of lateness which is very difficult to correct.

There are many important things happening this month so please pay close attention.  On Thursday Oct. 5th, we will hold a special High School Night for 8th grade students and their parents at 7 pm in the auditorium. Please be on time as we will begin promptly at 7pm. On Fri. Oct 6th, students in grades K-7 will have the opportunity to take individual photos as Lifetouch studios will be here. The order forms were sent out previously and every order must be accompanied by a form and payment. Students are to be dressed in full uniforms (no gym uniforms ? the students will be permitted to Dress Up for the Spring Pictures).


Terra Nova Testing for grades 3-8 begins on Tuesday October 10th and ends Friday 13th.  Please make sure your child is present every day for these important tests.  Also please ensure that they have a nutritious breakfast prior to coming to school.

The month of October is traditionally known as the month of the Rosary.  Catholics are invited to pray the Rosary in honor of the Blessed Virgin and we will continue this practice at the Academy.  

On Tuesday Oct 11th, we will have a Rosary Rally. All parents are invited and encouraged to attend. (Specific details will be sent via Option C).

Permission slips for our first Academy trip Elf The Musical @ Madison Square Garden was sent home.  Tickets are $55per person.  Payment is on a first come first serve basis so please send in your forms ASAP. The show will take place on Thursday December 14th What a great way to begin the Christmas Season in the heart of NYC!!! We hope many will attend.

 A special VIRTUS Training session has been scheduled for Wednesday October 18th at 7pm. This training is reserved for Academy parents and guardians only.  Remember only VIRTUS Trained parents are permitted to attend trips, volunteer at the Academy, assist with special functions, etc.  We hope many will take advantage of this opportunity.

 Progress Reports will be sent home Thursday October 19th.  Please review the reports closely as this is the first indicator regarding your childs progress in school.  

 The 8th grade will have their Confirmation Retreat on Friday, Oct. 20th (details have been sent home from the Faith Formation Office).

Lastly SPA will be hosting a Halloween Party on Saturday October 28th.  Details and more information will be sent regarding the event.


Mrs. J. Charles