Distance Learning

Dear Parents/Guardians,
 
As we continue to engage in Distance Learning, we are learning more about it everyday. 
 
It has come to our attention that it would be most beneficial for all students to work from a computer (not a cell phone) when engaging in teacher directed instruction.  
 
This will allow your children to see the classroom dialogue as it is occurring. 
 
If this is not possible on your end, no worries.  Please continue to do your best during these challenging times! 
 
Please make sure that your children keep up with their work!  
 
I pray for the health and well being of your family!
 
God Bless us all!
 
Fred Tudda
Principal 

Letter From Mrs. Sardis ~ Guidance Counselor

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I understand that this is a difficult time for all.  I would like to offer my support and guidance with anything you might need while our students are remote learning from home.  I am available via email asardis@sthelencatholicacademy.org for any questions, comments, or concerns you might have while navigating through this era of social distancing and learning from home.  I am also available for suggestions on how to keep students motivated and positive throughout this process.  Please feel free to contact me at any time.  Stay safe and be well.

Alyssa Sardis

Licensed Mental Health Counselor 

Re-registration Fee

The early re-registration fee of $200 which was to be returned by March 19th will be extended to a new date to be determined when we return.

Diocesan Notice, March 22nd

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.

Our principals and teachers are committed to provide your child/children with ongoing Catholic education through various digital and distance learning platforms. Making the transition to a new way of teaching and learning is not easy but our dedicated principals and teachers completed this transition within a couple of days! I know that many parents have already communicated their appreciation to the principals and teachers for this new way of teaching and learning. I ask that you continue to express gratitude for all that they are doing!

Parents and guardians are the essential partners in Catholic education. For your partnership, now and always, we are most appreciative!

I ask that you pray the following prayer with your family each day for continued good health and safety:

Holy Virgin of Guadalupe, Queen of the Angels and Mother of the Americas.
We fly to you today as your beloved children.
We ask you to intercede for us with your Son, as you did at the wedding in Cana.

Pray for us, loving Mother,
and gain for our nation and world,
and for all our families and loved ones,
the protection of your holy angels,
that we may be spared the worst of this illness.

For those already afflicted,
we ask you to obtain the grace of healing and deliverance.
Hear the cries of those who are vulnerable and fearful,
wipe away their tears and help them to trust.

In this time of trial and testing,
teach all of us in the Church to love one another and to be patient and kind.
Help us to bring the peace of Jesus to our land and to our hearts.

We come to you with confidence,
knowing that you truly are our compassionate mother,
health of the sick and cause of our joy.

Shelter us under the mantle of your protection,
keep us in the embrace of your arms,
help us always to know the love of your Son, Jesus. Amen

May God continue to watch over each of you, your children and family!

 

Sincerely,

Thomas Chadzutko

Thomas Chadzutko, Ed.D.

Superintendent~Catholic School Support Services

Diocesan Update, March 16th

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.

“If there was a safe way for us to open sooner, we would, but we cannot function without those essential services,” said Joan McMaster, Associate Superintendent for Principal and Teacher Personnel.

The latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control is to restrict gatherings of 50 or more people. Clearly, the school environment would be in violation.

The contingency pandemic plan, which is part of the Office of the Superintendent school crisis management plan, includes digital, distance and alternative instruction for students so that their education is not disrupted. A complete transition to that model of instruction will take place this week.

The Office of the Superintendent is in daily communication with city and state officials and is part of the Coronavirus Education Task Force of the NYC Department of Education. During this time, there is a constant reassessment of the situation and the necessary response in an effort to keep our school community safe.

Update March 16th

                                                                                                       March 16, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

     I hope that this communication finds your family healthy and safe!  Our teachers have worked diligently to properly prepare for continuous instruction while your children are safe at home.

     All St. Helen Catholic Academy students in Pre-K through Grade 8 will have a Google account assigned to them.  Teachers will be sending home this information to you.  This will allow students/parents access to Google Classroom while our academy facility is closed.  

    Instruction will continue on-line.  Assignments and projects will be posted with due dates.  All work will be graded by the teacher.  Google Classroom will allow for teacher-student-parent communication. In addition to academy work, the teachers will be referring your children to informative instructional websites.

   Please look for an important communication coming from your child’s homeroom teacher.  

  I will keep you posted as more information arises about our reopening.  

  Together, we will all get through this difficult and challenging period in our lives!  I will keep you all in my prayers!

Your partner in education,

Frederick M. Tudda

Principal

Coronavirus Update

PER THE DIOCESE of BROOKLYN:

REVISED UPDATE:

  • All elementary Catholic Academies and Parish Schools within the Diocese of Brooklyn will be closed during the Week of March 16, 2020 to March 20,2020.  Learn More
  • We are meeting daily via conference call with the New York City Department of Health, Representatives from the Mayor’s and the New York City Department of Education.
  • The situation is changing hourly and we are doing our best to provide you with the most to date information.  In addition, we ask that you continue to check the various websites if you require additional information.
  • We are also coordinating efforts within the agencies of the Diocese of Brooklyn.

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MARCH 13, 2020 – UPDATE

  • In-person classes for students at all Catholic Academies and Parish Schools in the Diocese of Brooklyn are cancelled for Monday, March 16th.   Teachers will be planning for distance learning and further updates will be posted later today.
  • We are meeting daily via conference call with the New York City Department of Health, Representatives from the Mayor’s and the New York City Department of Education.
  • The situation is changing hourly and we are doing our best to provide you with the most to date information.  In addition, we ask that you continue to check the various websites if you require additional information.
  • We are also coordinating efforts within the agencies of the Diocese of Brooklyn.

March 12, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

     I want to keep our academy community apprised of where we stand with regard to the coronavirus outbreak.

    At this time all of our students or staff are healthy!  If any student is not feeling well, or any staff member is presumed to possibly be infected, the principal MUST be informed immediately.  We must act in a responsible manner and keep our students safe throughout this ordeal.  If your child is not feeling well, keep him/her home…safety first!

    Our staff have been trained and equipped with regard to maintaining a sterile environment.  All teachers received training on germ prevention.  All classrooms are equipped with hand sanitizer, tissues, Clorox wipes, Lysol spray and gloves for staff.  Teachers are cleaning their classrooms in addition to the custodial team.  Keyboards and desks are being wiped down as well.  Our custodial team is sanitizing hand rails periodically throughout the school day, disinfecting bathrooms and wiping down tables.  Hand sanitizer can be found in every academy classroom and office!

   We don’t want to frighten our children, but we want them to be aware and thoughtful in everything they do.  Our teachers are reminding them to wash their hands when using the restroom, cover when sneezing, etc…

  Our academy is following the directives of the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens.  At this time, we are able to keep our academy open.  If for ANY reason this changes, you will be informed immediately of our next steps.  

  Thank you for your assistance!  Together, we will do everything within our power to keep everyone healthy and safe!

Your partner in education,

Frederick M. Tudda

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Family Letter 3/4/20

Information regarding Coronavirus 2/26/20

Frequently Asked Questions

As additional information becomes available, we update this information.
In addition……I called all teachers to an Emergency Meeting.  We discussed and equipped our teachers with the necessary tools to keep their rooms sanitized (bleach disinfecting wipes, gloves, handsanitizer, disinfecting  spray, etc…).  We are closely monitoring student attendance as well.  In addition, our custodial crew is cleaning our academy daily!  Keyboards are being wiped down, etc…. Fr. Colamaria also discussed safe Church practices with the students as well.