SFACA & Distance Learning…the next steps….

Dear SFACA Families,

I hope and pray that you are all well. You are continually in my thoughts and prayers as we struggle to deal with this ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Although these times are very difficult, I believe that if we work together and stay patient, we will come out on the other side of this stronger and with an increased appreciation for life’s simpler pleasures.  

I know that many of you are struggling as you try to juggle the demands of helping your children with their schoolwork and your own personal work. I appreciate the time you have spent working with your children.  Please be assured that the teachers are working hard to move toward increased virtual learning. The result of their work will be evident shortly, as many of them have launched ZOOM or Google Meet, and will be giving your children direct instruction in major subject areas. Continue reading “SFACA & Distance Learning…the next steps….”

An Update from our Principal…

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…”

Important Update from Thomas Chadzutko, Ed.D. Superintendent~Catholic School Support Services

March 27, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians of Catholic Academy and Parish School Students,

We have just completed another week during an unimaginable situation that is affecting everyone.  For each of us, we have been faced with many changes and challenges.  During these difficult times, we need to ensure that we all remain safe and healthy.  Our continued prayers are needed for the health and safety of everyone.

We appreciate you as partners in Catholic education, as we work together to maintain meaningful, faith-filled learning for our children during this crisis.   The teachers, principals and school staff have responded in the most admirable and commendable ways, to continue the education our students deserve.  Their efforts to provide ongoing distance and digital learning is incredible and the support of you, our families, is greatly appreciated.

Click here to read the entire letter…

March 21, 2020 A Message from Our Superintendent…

March 21, 2020

Dear Parent and Guardians,

For everyone, this has been a challenging week! Adjusting to new routines for you and your children, keeping your family safe and healthy and managing your work-related responsibilities has been difficult. Through it all, you have been able to provide your children with the comfort and safety of your home.

Change is not easy for anyone and the uncertainty of what lies ahead is very daunting for each of us. Know that your Catholic Academy/Parish School Principals, Teachers and Staff are available to assist you during this time. Please continue to keep the lines of communication open between and among them. Continue reading “March 21, 2020 A Message from Our Superintendent…”

Student households can sign up for free Wi-Fi via Spectrum ….

When Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that public schools are shutting down from Monday, March 16 until Monday, April 20, to further prevent the spread of the coronavirus, many people felt relieved as well as uncertainty about what it’ll mean for students who still have a few months left of the school year.

Chancellor Richard Carranza said that while the city didn’t have an immediate plan for what the rest of the school year will look like during the pandemic’s containment period, they would have more answers about remote (or online) learning as they train teachers from Tuesday, March 17, to Thursday, March 19

Click here to read the full article from the Queens Courier

Grab & Go Breakfast and Lunch available to all nonpublic school students….

During the week of March 16-20, all nonpublic school students are eligible to pick up Grab & Go lunches (breakfast and lunch) at their local DOE public school locations; thereafter, Grab & Go meals will be available at designated Enrichment Centers. Enrichment Center locations are forthcoming.

Grab-and-Go breakfast and lunch will be available at the entrance of every building from 7:30 am-1:30 pm. Any student can pick up breakfast and lunch at any school building.

School’s Out – A Parent Guide for Meeting the Challenge

While children are staying at home, during the COVID-19, it will be helpful to consider your children’s needs for structure, education, exercise, social contact, appropriate leisure time, and calm, rational explanations about the situation. We will address each of these areas in the information below. These are suggestions based upon rational thinking about child development and children’s reactions to stressful and changing situations. 

A Need for Structure:

Consider this time to be similar to long school breaks or summer vacation, but it is not exactly the same. If the time away from the school building has not been specified, the break is not as understandable to children. This factor can lead to tension for both parents and children. In general, people do not do well when they are unsure about the future, even in an area as simple as the schedule. Continue reading “School’s Out – A Parent Guide for Meeting the Challenge”

SFACA Distance Learning Information for All Grades

Dear Parents,

We learned today that all schools and academies in the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens will be closed until April 20, 2020.  This was a difficult decision and it came out of the heartfelt concern for our entire school community. Alternative learning venues are being set into place to ensure that the students will be engaged and learning. 

In order to keep our students moving forward here at SFACA grades 3 through 8 will be utilizing Google Classroom for instruction.  All students have their Google sign-ins and should log in daily to complete work assigned by the teacher.  Report Cards are being mailed home today along with your Option C log in. Continue reading “SFACA Distance Learning Information for All Grades”

Diocese of Brooklyn Announces Catholic Academies and Parish Schools will close until at least April 20, 2020

Superintendent of Schools Thomas Chadzutko, Ed. D., has announced today all elementary Catholic Academies and Parish Schools in Brooklyn and Queens will remain closed until April 20, 2020. This follows last week’s announcement that the schools would be closed this week, March 16-March 20, 2020, out of an abundance of caution. The decision mirrors the New York City public schools announcement made last night. 

“The decision to close is based on the interdependency of services between public schools and Catholic schools,” said Dr. Chadzutko.

Many families that attend Diocesan schools depend on the New York City services such as bus transportation, meals, nurses, and crossing and security guards. Continue reading “Diocese of Brooklyn Announces Catholic Academies and Parish Schools will close until at least April 20, 2020”