Summer Notice

For information or assistance:

Please call:  718-835-4155

OR email:  info@sthelencatholicacademy.org

(Please leave a detailed message or email.  Provide your phone number, a staff member will gladly contact you.)

Congratulations Class of 2020!

Please click on the link below at 5:00 pm today:  

https://youtu.be/rw2e0wQcFX4

Dear Grade 8 Students, Families and St. Helen Catholic Academy Community,

Today the sun is shining brightly upon St. Helen Catholic Academy!  It is a special day in the Howard Beach community.  This evening at 5:00 pm we will all have the opportunity to join together to view our Grade 8 Graduation Ceremony!

Our students, parents, staff, Board of Directors and Father Colamaria have all worked diligently to make today a most memorable event for our graduates!  It is our hope that we will have the opportunity in the fall to come together in person to properly celebrate our graduates in our church!

I wish that I could see the smiling faces of our graduates and their families as they view today’s presentation.  I know that we are all so proud of the accomplishments our senior class have achieved and wish them continued success as they begin high school.  I wish our graduates all the best in the years to come and look forward to hearing about the accomplishments of the St. Helen Catholic Academy Class of 2020!

I invite you to sit back, relax, smile, celebrate and proudly enjoy this evening’s broadcast of the St. Helen Catholic Academy Grade 8 Graduation Ceremony.

Special thanks to Mr. Gaspare Maniscalco, music teacher, Ms. Julie Smith, senior activities coordinator and our Graduation Team for making today’s event so special!

God Bless,

Frederick M. Tudda

Principal

Gr 8 group

200 to 1 Virtual Event

St. Helen Catholic Academy’s 200 to 1 Fundraiser scheduled for Friday, April 24th has been POSTPONED.  The event will take place on Friday, September 25th.  For additional information or to purchase tickets please contact Maria Ford at 718-344-1998.

2020 Graduation Information

OFFICE OF THE SUPERINTENDENT ~ CATHOLIC SCHOOL SUPPORT SERVICES

ROMAN CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN
310 PROSPECT PARK WEST BROOKLYN, NEW YORK 11215 718-965-7300 FAX: 718-965-7353

May 15, 2020
Dear Parents and Guardians of 8th Grade Students,

We must still be ever mindful of the New York City and New York State safety and wellness guidelines.

I am writing to provide an update regarding the Class of 2020 8th grade graduation.  We understand that it is disappointing for your child to end their final Catholic elementary school year without being able to celebrate the 8th grade graduation milestones with friends, family and their school community.  However,

  • –  We must always be 6 feet apart (Social Distancing)
  • –  We must always wear a mask
  • –  We must never congregate in a group larger than 10 people
  • –  We must never be in contact with people, if we are showing any signs of sickness

We have all seen events on television celebrating graduation activities, but each event planned in the Diocese of Brooklyn is bound by New York City and New York State Guidelines.

A decision has been made to move to a virtual graduation ceremony, considering the current orders regarding stay-at-home orders, social distancing requirements and restrictions on large gatherings.  This very difficult decision was made with the safety of our students, staff, families and community in mind.

While we know this is not how you imagined your child ending their elementary school experience, please know that your school leaders are doing everything in their power to make the Class of 2020 graduation celebration special and memorable for your child and their families.

In the coming weeks, your school principal will be communicating the plan for disseminating graduation materials and events.

May God, Our Father

May God Bless your graduates
May He keep them safe and sound; healthy in mind and soul
May they be ever aware of the awaiting crown as they navigate life
May they grow closer to God in and through their upcoming experiences May they grow closer to their loved ones in and through their experiences May God bless you, the parents, as you watch your children jump
May God keep them free of shame and us free of worry.
Amen

Sincerely,

Thomas Chadzutko

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

Parent Letter from the Board of Directors

Dear Families,

It is my hope and the hope of the St. Helen Catholic Academy Board of Directors this email finds you and your family healthy and safe in this time of grave health risks and uncertainty.  I hope you had a Blessed Easter Sunday with your immediate loved ones. 

It has been a full three weeks since we were forced to close the Academy to on-site education.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr. Tudda and his dedicated staff of teachers and assistants who are tirelessly working to adapt to these unforeseen circumstances and keep the process of educating your child(ren) moving forward safely.

I also want to thank you, the parents of our students, for your cooperation and support during these demanding and changing times.  We will continue to do our utmost to keep you informed as things progress.  It is our hope that the Academy will open its doors to your child(ren) in a safe environment sooner rather than later.  Of course, we will be guided by the recommendations of the State and the Diocese before any decisions on this matter are made.  We will keep you informed as we move forward confronting the challenges ahead of us.

Also, thank you for continuing to keep your child’s Academy tuition payments up to date.   The Academy doors may be closed but the expenses associated with providing an education for your child continues.  The teachers and staff salaries continue to be paid as does health care, pension contributions and numerous other related Academy expenses.  I thank you for your outstanding cooperation and continued financial support as we move forward. 

We are certainly very much aware that some families are currently experiencing financial hardships.  I ask you to please contact us if you are experiencing such a hardship.  I assure you that each situation will be handled with totally confidentiality.  Your first point of contact should be Ms. Michele Carollo, she may reached at: 718-738-1616 x211 or mcarollo@sthelencatholicacademy.org.  Also, discounts for early registration were scheduled to end on March 19th.  We have extended the early registration discount until Friday May 1st.

I wish you and your family good health as we move forward and confront the challenges that await us.  Our prayers for a safe return to some sort of “normalcy” will be answered.

Very Truly Yours,

John Spagnuolo

Chairman of the Board St. Helen Catholic Academy