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 

School Update

Governor Cuomo announced today, May 1st, that all New York State schools will remain CLOSED for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic school year.

Information for Students with an IESP ONLY

The NYC DOE is making iPads available to all students with special needs who have an IESP.  Please see below from the NYC DOE Office of Nonpublic Schools regarding the iPad distribution for students who have an IESP.

To make an application to BORROW a device from the NYC Department of Education, click on the link below.  PLEASE read the agreement below regarding parental responsibility for the device.

                            https://www.schools.nyc.gov/learn-at-home/ipad-distribution

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Office of Non-Public Schools 

Bernadette Fitzgerald, Senior Executive Director 

Email: Bfitzge2@schools.nyc.gov  

Phone: 718-935-2522

Richard A. Carranza

Chancellor

Student Device Terms of Use  

Students in need of remote learning can be issued a device for their educational use. If reasonable precautions and care are taken in the use of the device, the laptop should not experience physical damage. Each parent/guardian should review this form carefully with their child.

All devices issued to students are to be used to access remote learning and other educational uses. Students are expected to follow the guidelines below and take any additional common sense precautions to protect the device. Students are responsible for taking care of the device. The policies outlined in this document are intended to cover all available technologies, not just those specifically listed.

By accepting this equipment, I acknowledge the following:

Return of Device

This device is being loaned for the student’s use during remote learning. This device is the property of the NYCDOE and contains a tracking device so that the device can be located. This device must be returned when on-site learning resumes, unless otherwise instructed by the NYCDOE.

Care and Maintenance

  • The student/family is responsible for the daily care and maintenance of the laptop. Any damage or theft must be reported to the NYCDOE within one school day.
  • Keep the laptop in a safe place when not in use.
  • Students/families should report problems to 718-935-5100 or 311. Do not attempt to remove, add, or change the physical structure of the device, including keys, memory, battery, screen, charger, ID labels, etc.
  • Carry the device carefully at all times. Do not store items on top of the device.

Usage Guidelines

In general, all students are expected to use good judgment and common sense; be safe, appropriate, careful and kind online; not attempt to get around technological protection measures; and ask an adult if they need help. 

Student Acceptable Use Guidelines

Students must:

  • Use the device provided only to access remote learning activities.
  • Follow the same guidelines for respectful, responsible behavior online that students are expected to follow offline.
  • Treat this device carefully, and alert the NYCDOE if there is any problem with the operation.
  • Understand that this equipment is property of the New York City Department of Education and should be treated as such. If equipment is stolen, a police report must be filed.
  • Alert a teacher or other staff member if students see threatening, inappropriate, or harmful content (images, messages, posts) online.
  • Be cautious to protect the safety of the student and others.
  • Help to protect the security of NYCDOE resources.

Students must not:

  • Attempt to bypass the NYCDOE’s mobile (internet) filter.
  • Use this device in a way that could be personally or physically harmful.
  • Attempt to find inappropriate images or content.
  • Engage in cyberbullying, harassment, or disrespectful conduct toward others. In some cases, cyberbullying can be a crime.
  • Try to find ways to circumvent the NYCDOE’s safety measures and filtering tools.
  • Use NYCDOE technologies to send spam or chain mail.
  • Use language online that would be unacceptable in the classroom.
  • Use NYCDOE technologies for illegal activities or to pursue information on such activities.
  • Attempt to hack or access sites, servers, or content that are not intended for student use.
  • Alter the device hardware or installed software.

Personal Safety and Privacy

  • Users should never share personal information, including phone number, address, social security number, birthday, or financial information, over the Internet without adult permission.
  • Users should recognize that communicating over the Internet brings anonymity and associated risks and should carefully safeguard the personal information of themselves and others.
  • Users should never agree to meet someone they meet online in real life without parental permission. If students see a message, comment, image, or anything else online that makes them concerned for their personal safety, they should bring it to the attention of an adult immediately.

Limitation of Liability

The NYCDOE will not be responsible for damage or harm to persons, files, data, or hardware. Devices employ filtering and other safety and security mechanisms, but there is no guarantee as to their effectiveness. The NYCDOE will not be responsible, financially or otherwise, for unauthorized transactions conducted over the school network.

Disclaimer for Students in Religious Schools

This tablet is intended to allow students to participate in remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the students are required to return the tablets to the NYCDOE when schools reopen. The tablets may be used by the students only for participation in instruction required pursuant to the Education Law and not for religious instruction. 

Futures in Education Relief Fund

Dear Families,

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 2019-2020 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.

We will work with Futures in Education to assess the overall need and funding received to determine how we may best help our families.  The application will be open from now through May 15, 2020 and may be found at  www.futuresineducation.org/covid19app.

As mentioned in yesterday’s email from Mr. John Spagnuolo, Chairman of our Academy Board of Directors, please contact us immediately if you are in need of financial assistance.  This is a requirement of the fund.

In addition, we encourage you to apply for the regular financial aid program administered by Futures in Education for the 2020-2021 academic year now, by going to:  www.futuresineducation.org/scholarships.

Note: Returning Teddy J. Forstmann recipients should apply for regular tuition assistance for 2020-2021 through Children’s Scholarship Fund/Civicore.  Instructions have been emailed to you.

Please contact Futures in Education at 718.965.7340 or by email:  Scholarships@FuturesinEducation.org if you have any questions or need assistance.

Sincerely,

Frederick Tudda

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