Letters From the Principal

Dear Parent/Guardian:
Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year at St. Helen Catholic Academy.  This letter will provide you with information regarding this year’s arrival and dismissal procedures as well as daily building security.

School begins on Wednesday, September 4th for Grades Kindergarten to Eight.  Students must be in full uniform.  Uniforms continue to be available at Flynn & O’Hara located in the The Shops at Atlas Park Mall, (8000 Cooper Avenue, Glendale, NY, ~ 718-326-2704 ~ www.flynnohara.com).  Please be sure to review the uniform and hair code before school begins.

In order for us to begin our school day promptly, children should plan to arrive no earlier than ten minutes before the start of school.  The school day will begin promptly at the following times:

Grades K-8 begin at 8:10 am, Pre-K for All begins at 8:15 am, PreK-3 and PreK-4 begin at 8:30 am.
PLEASE NOTE: We cannot be responsible for children at school before 8:00 am.

Between 8:00 and 8:10 am, students in Grades K-2 will be monitored by staff in Fr. Dooley Hall and then walk to their classrooms with their teachers, Grades 3-8 will proceed to their homerooms.

Between 8:05 and 8:15 am, students in PKA will enter building through the 83rd Street door.  PKA staff will monitor door during this time.

Between 8:20 and 8:30 am, students in PreK-3 and PreK-4 will be monitored by their teachers and then walk as a group to their classrooms.  Parents are not permitted to accompany students to the classrooms.

To ensure the safety of all our students DO NOT double park during arrival and dismissal.  Please do not leave your car unattended.


-Drop off PreK-3, PreK-4 & K-8 students in front of Father Dooley Hall entrance.  Teachers will be outside to help students exit vehicle and enter the building.  Pre-K for All students sign-in in front of the 83rd Street entrance.

-Parents parking in lot across from school, proceed to the 84th Street corner and follow directions of crossing guard.


-Students will be dismissed as follows:

 – 2:35 pm – Pre-K for All – 83rd Street Door Exit

 – 2:50 pm – Pre-K 3 – Father Dooley Hall Exit

 – 2:50 pm – Pre-K 4 – Main Door Exit

 – 2:55 pm – Kindergarten – Father Dooley Hall Exit

 – 3:00 pm – Grades 1-3 – Main Door Exit

                    – Grades 4-8 – 83rd Street Door Exit

Parents will not be able to wait for their children inside the building, even during inclement weather.

ALL school doors will be locked after students arrive.  Visitors to the building must enter through the main door which is equipped with a security camera and monitored by a security guard.  Please ring the bell to the left of the door for admittance.  Visitors admitted into the building will then sign in at the greeter’s desk, receive a visitor’s pass, and then proceed to the office.  Visitors will return to the greeter’s desk to sign out when leaving the building.  These procedures will vary during school-wide events.

At St. Helen Catholic Academy, we realize that teaching your child is a tremendous responsibility and we will do our best to ensure that each student has a safe and motivating learning experience in this upcoming year.  However, we cannot do this without the help of you, the parents and guardians.  We are partners in the learning process.  In order to maintain the optimum school environment, only parents/guardians who are participating as service volunteers will be permitted in the cafeteria during lunch periods.  During the course of the year, we will carefully monitor our security procedures and inform you of any changes.

We have a Before and After-school Program which provides a safe, stimulating environment for students whose family situations require student supervision before and/or after the school day.  The Before School program begins at 7:00 am and ends when the school day begins.  The After-school program begins immediately following dismissal and ends at 6:00 pm.  Students will be engaged in a variety of activities which include homework/study time, arts and crafts and recreation.  Further information will be e-mailed to all families.

We wish to ensure a good beginning for our students, providing them with the opportunities to be successful learners.  To help with homework and assignments we will provide each student in grades 1-8 with a Daily Homework Planner.  With the continued support and prayers of our school community, we strive to provide an environment that is rich in the traditions of the Catholic Church and one that enables children to develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  I look forward to working with you to ensure that our students will have a wonderful and productive school year.

Frederick Tudda



Dear Prospective Member of the St. Helen Community,

Welcome to our school!  We offer a safe, structured, and nurturing learning environment that is rooted in the traditions of the Catholic Church.  We are committed to the education of the whole child, while recognizing that you, the parent or guardian, are your child’s first and most constant teacher.  We will work with you to help your child grow into an adult with a deep reverence for God’s creation, a will to share his or her gifts and talents, and the skills, attitudes, and talents necessary to meet the challenges of the modern world.

We offer Faith Formation, daily prayer and spiritual development, First Friday Mass and prayer services, and celebration of Holy Days.  Our curriculum is aligned with our Diocesan curriculum and New York State standards.  We participate in the New York State testing program.  We recognize the importance of nurturing each child’s many abilities.  We offer music, art and Spanish for Kindergarten to Eighth grade.

We are a 21st-century school, incorporating current information and communication technologies in all of our subjects.  We participate in CYO basketball and volleyball, and our students have a wonderful band.  We have a full lunch program and an on-site nurse.

I hope that you will come and visit to see for yourself the wonderful opportunity that awaits your child.  St. Helen Catholic Academy lights the way in outstanding Catholic education!


Christine Zerillo, Ed.D.