May 14, 2020
Health and safety is our top priority, and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC Health Department) and the Department of Education (DOE) continue to work together to keep the city’s students, families, and staff members safe, healthy, and informed as the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic evolves.
The application deadline has been extended to 7/24/20 to give families extra time to complete their 2019 taxes. 2019 taxes are required.
Additional review will be given to families whose financial situation has changed due to the pandemic. Parents can add a note on the application if they’ve been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic (there is a comments section on the FACTS application).
Futures will accept unemployment documents for 2020, to verify change in income due to the pandemic. Documents must be added to the FACTS application. Continue reading “2020/2021 Financial Aid Application Deadline Extended to July 24, 2020 And Other Scholarship Updates…”
Dr. Thomas Chadzutko, Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Brooklyn, which includes all elementary Catholic academies and schools in Brooklyn and Queens, has issued the following statement following Governor Cuomo’s school closure announcement:
“We just learned of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s decision that all elementary and secondary schools shall remain closed for the duration of the current 2019-2020 school year, as New York continues efforts to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. As such, the Catholic academies and parish schools within the Diocese of Brooklyn, which includes Queens, will remain closed through the end of June. The distance and digital learning platforms in place will serve as the instructional program for our schools for the remainder of this academic year.
As we go through this crisis together, there are so many needs that continue to grow. We are continually praying for you and your loved ones so that we may heal and emerge from these difficult times. We recognize the financial burden many have experienced as the school endures its own financial struggles.
Our partner scholarship organization, Futures in Education, has established a Relief Fund to assist families affected by the COVID-19 health crisis in completing their 2019/20 tuition payments.
You are invited to complete this form ONLY if your family has been directly impacted by the COVID-19 health crisis, resulting in a reduction or loss of income, and you are seeking tuition relief for the 2019/2020 academic year. Funding is very limited, and it is critical that we are able to assist those most affected by this crisis. Please only apply if your family has been affected in a way that it will not be possible for you to complete this year’s tuition payments.
Continue reading “Futures in Education has established a Tuition Relief Fund to assist families affected by the COVID-19 health crisis…”
April 8, 2020
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Today, we celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday, one week since the celebration of Easter. We heard in today’s Gospel about the faith of St. Thomas the Apostle and the need to believe, even if we do not see. That message for us today and everyday is to remember our need for faith, hope and love. These have been difficult times for everyone; however, it is our faith which will continue to provide us with the strength and courage to make it through.
Dear Parents and Guardians
As we near the end of our third week of distance learning, I would like to share again my sincere thankfulness and appreciation for your enduring support and faith through these uncertain times. We are all facing many challenges these days, but together in faith we will endure.
You recently received the revised Instructional Schedule from your child’s Catholic Academy/Parish School. Please note, your child(ren) will continue to receive distance learning activities each day (Monday through Friday), through a variety of methodologies, as we introduce new ways of enhancing the distance learning experience, to enhance student learning. Please continue to monitor your Catholic Academies/Parish Schools websites and communication links for additional information.
Reminder: Holy Week and Easter Break will be maintained as a break week for the children and teachers.
Classes will not take place on April 9, 2020 (Holy Thursday), April 10, 2020 (Good Friday), and the week of Monday April 13 through Friday April 17th. No formal instruction or classes will take place during this time. Resources for parent and family-led activities will continue to be provided, to support you and your children through the blog page: https://news.catholicschoolsbq.org/category/parent-resources/
Dear SFACA Families,
I hope everyone is staying healthy and feeling well during these unprecedented times. Please know our teachers and staff are adjusting well to our distance learning program. Of course, this is in no way a replacement for being in school. However, given the circumstances we are trying to connect with our students to maintain the St. Francis of Assisi community and keep them as engaged as possible.
Continue reading “An Update from our Principal…”