Letter from Dr. Chadzutko – 10/17

October 17, 2020


Dear Catholic Academy and Parish School Families,


Since September, our Catholic Academies and Parish Schools have been open and operating safely and efficiently. Thank you for your support in ensuring our guidelines for health and safety have been followed. Every person in our extended Catholic Academy and Parish Schools’ community has the responsibility to observe social distancing and wear a mask. This is what will keep the doors to our Catholic Academies and Parish Schools open; this is what will continue to keep everyone at our Catholic Academies and Parish Schools safe and healthy. Our principals, teachers and health aides have rigorously enforced health and safety protocols in our Catholic Academy and Parish Schools. For all this is being done on a daily basis, we are most grateful.


However, as students’ participation in outside extracurricular activities increases, the possibility of exposure to individuals who are positive for COVID may increase for both the students and their families. The same outcome can be true for attending any event with large numbers of people. This past week we have seen a very slight uptick in positive cases, and every positive case has been traced back to exposures at gatherings, parties, and events outside of the Catholic Academy/Parish School. We are sending this letter as a stark reminder COVID protocols do not end at the end of the school day and/or take the weekends off!


With that being said, it is crucial that every family completes the daily self-screening checklist, prior to sending their children to the Catholic Academy/Parish School.


If you can answer YES to any of the questions, your child may NOT enter the Catholic Academy/Parish School building. You MUST contact a health professional for guidance and notify the Catholic Academy/Parish School principal.


As a reminder, the questions are:


1. If your child has any of the following symptoms, that indicates a possible illness, which maydecrease the students ability to learn and put them at risk for spreading illness to others.Does your child have any of these symptoms?


Temperature 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit
Sore Throat
New uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing (for students with chronic allergic/asthmatic cough, a change in their cough from baseline)
Diarrhea, vomiting, or abdominal pain
New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever
Shortness of breath
Muscle or body aches
New loss of taste or smell
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting



2. To the best of your knowledge, in the past 14 days, has your child been in close contact (within 6 feet for at least 10 minutes) with anyone who has tested positive through a diagnostic test for COVID-19 or who has or had symptoms of COVID-19?


3. Has your child or a member of your household traveled internationally or from a state with widespread community transmission of COVID-19 per the New York State Travel Advisory in the past 14 days.


According to the New York State Department of Health, your child will need to receive a note of medical clearance and a negative PCR COVID test to return to school, should they develop any symptoms or be sent home from school.  


What else can we all be doing to maintain a safe environment for all? We can limit our exposure to large groups of people, continue to practice good hand hygiene, have a supply of masks on hand so that the fabric masks can be washed daily, and ensure everyone in your family receives a flu shot and all immunizations are kept uptodate.


We truly appreciate everyone’s honesty, cooperation and dedication, to keeping our schools safe and healthy places of learning. During the month of the Most Holy Rosary, we continue to entrust our students, teachers, principals and staff to our Lady; the cause of our hope and joy.




Thomas Chadzutko


Thomas Chadzutko, Ed.D.

Superintendent ~ Catholic School Support Services




Help reduce the risk of exposure and transmission of COVID-19 by practicing the “Core Four”:


Social Distance                              

Face Coverings              
Stay Home if Sick            
Healthy Hand Hygiene

Letter from Dr. Chadzutko for Parents and Guardians.

October 5, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We have just completed the first month of the new academic year. It has been a totally different beginning for so many. There are some children that have fully returned to the classroom setting, other children that have opted for remote learning and still others that have been afforded a hybrid model. No matter what type of classroom setting your son or daughter is participating in, they have returned to their Catholic Academy or Parish School.

As you know, the re-opening of the Catholic Academy and Parish School was not an easy feat. One thing for sure, the Pastors, Principals, Board of Directors, Faculty, and Staff worked tirelessly during the summer months of July and August, in preparation for school opening.  On September 9, 2020, you witnessed first-hand all of the extraordinary efforts, put into place, to keep your child(ren) safe. 

Efforts to maintain a safe and healthy environment are essential, as we now move into the month of October. In is imperative that everyone work together to ensure that the Core 4 remain in place, in each and every Catholic Academy and Parish School, within the Diocese of Brooklyn.

  • Social Distancing
  • Wearing Masks
  • Stay Home if Sick
  • Healthy Hygiene – Washing of the Hands

In addition, we ask that you also be mindful of the following:

  • Completing of the Daily Health Questionnaire
  • Daily Temperature Check

It is very important for you to keep your child(ren) home, if they are sick, or if you answer “yes” to any of the questions on the daily health questionnaire. This action will continue to keep everyone within the Catholic Academy/Parish School communities safe and healthy.

As we begin the month of October, one which is dedicated to the Rosary and our Blessed Mother, let us together pray for peace, health and safety:

God, whose only-begotten Son, by His life, death, and resurrection, has purchased for us the rewards of eternal salvation; grant we beseech Thee, that meditating upon these mysteries of the most holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise.

Let us continue to pray for each other and for all of our children.


Thomas Chadzutko

Thomas Chadzutko, Ed.D.

Superintendent ~ Catholic School Support Services

Meet the Teacher Night – Grades 7 & 8

Dear Parents/Guardians of Grades 7 and 8,
You are invited to a Meet the Teacher Zoom Meeting on Tuesday, 9/22/20 @ 6:30 PM.
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Mrs. Freebes

Meet the Teacher Night Agenda – Grades 4,5, and 6

Meet the Teacher Night for Grades 4, 5 and 6

Monday, September 21, 2020 @ 6:30 PM

Linda Freebes is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Parent Meeting for Grades 4, 5 and 6
Time: Sep 21, 2020 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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Passcode: 997845
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Opening Prayer

Welcome Back – Mrs. Freebes

Introduction of Teachers 


  • Ms. Farrell- Grade 4 and Math – Gr. 4, 5 and 6
  • Ms. Frederick Gr. 4 – Remote Learning and Social Studies – Gr. 4, 5 and 6
  • Mr. Lauro – Gr. 5 – and ELA – Gr. 4, 5 and 6
  • Mrs. Savasta, Gr. 6 and Science – Gr. 4, 5 and 6

Closing Prayer 


Diocesan Policy – Absent Note – Any Symptoms

September 18, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Diocesan Policy requires all students who do not attend school because of allergies, colds, nausea or any other symptoms, must submit a health provider’s note of clearance in order to return to face to face instruction.

This is mandated. Thank you for your cooperation.


Mrs. Linda Freebes, Principal

Health Provider’s Note Mandate

Letter to Parents from Dr. Chadzutko

September 14, 2020


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


The past seven months have been like no other in all my years in Catholic education and probably like no other in the history of American education. Despite the many challenges, I have been inspired by the heartfelt actions of our principals, teachers, and parents throughout this pandemic. I am also sincerely appreciative of what our parents, teachers and school leaders are continuing to do, to support our Catholic Academies and Parish Schools, as we begin the 2020-2021 school year.


Catholic schools are faith communities and while our Catholic Academies and Parish Schools did an outstanding job moving to online learning, we missed having the students in class and couldn’t wait to pray, learn and play together again.  Most families over the summer, indicated they felt the same way. Some families chose to return to the 2020-2021 school year remotely, with their decision to enroll in the Saint Thomas Aquinas Distance Learning Program, with online instruction. Saint Thomas Aquinas will begin on September 16, 2020.


Our re-opening days last week, were well-planned, focused on the details and addressed the health and safety concerns of everyone.  Having your children return allowed each school community to see their students in person, welcoming their children back with a smile and a socially distant wave and engage the students in learning from the classroom setting. Whoever thought this would be the way learning would occur in 2020?  However, by everyone working together, we are all back stronger and ready to tackle what lies ahead.


We once again wanted to remind you of basic tenets to support a heathy and safe environment:

We thank you again for partnering with us, allowing us to develop and educate the children you have entrusted in our care.


In closing, I share the prayer below:


Back to School Blessing


Dear Heavenly Father,


You sent us your Son,

how great is your goodness,

how great is your love.


Now as we send our children back to school,

we trust again in your care for them,

let them see clearly that which is good and reject all evil.


Bless their teachers—guide their hearts.


May our children learn and grown, always in your

sight and under your protection.  Let us teach them how

to stand firm, upon convictions yet be merciful and kind.


Guide them, oh Lord.  Bless them.  Pour out your

loving grace.  Let your glory shine in their lives.


And when they suffer, let us understand how to comfort them

without hindering your character-building process.


You are the architect of a holy life.  Build our

children up according to your will.


Oh loving Lord, our children are yours, since

the beginning of time.  Thank you for their lives.

Bless and protect their souls.


In Jesus’ name.  Amen





Thomas Chadzutko


Thomas Chadzutko, Ed.D.

Superintendent ~ Catholic School Support Services


Ss. Joachim and Anne School Reopens —September 9, 2020

September 2, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians

We hope you and your children are doing well and preparing for the reopening of our Brooklyn and Queens Catholic Academies and Parish Schools next week on Wednesday, September 9, 2020. 

I am sure that many of you are wondering how Mayor Bill de Blasio’s announcement yesterday, delaying the opening date of New York City public schools until September 21, might impact us. We want to assure you that our Catholic Academies and Parish Schools will NOT be affected by this decision. We are proceeding with our plan to reopen on September 9 in either of two ways: 100 % in-person or hybrid. Our St. Thomas Aquinas Distance Learning Program will begin orientation on Wednesday, September 16, 2020

We expect that the New York City – Department of Education will fulfill its obligations to our Catholic Academies and Parish Schools. By New York City Education Law, the Department of Education must provide essential services like nurses, transportation, meals, and special education and related services. Other services like security guards and crossing guards are provided to us through other agencies.

It is also our expectation that the NYC Pre-K For All Programs will start as previously determined by your Catholic Academy or Parish School.

Again, we look forward to welcoming your children back to school, as scheduled, next Wednesday, September 9th.  Principals, board members, teachers, and the entire school staff at our Catholic Academies and Parish Schools have worked tirelessly this summer to ensure a safe and healthy learning environment is in place for all  our students, faculty, staff and parents. Our re-opening plans are in compliance with updated mandates and guidance from New York City, New York State, Department of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control. Please make sure that you review your Catholic Academy/Parish School Re-Opening Plan available on their website

May everyone be healthy, safe, and well as you enjoy these last few days of summer.


Thomas Chadzutko

Thomas Chadzutko, Ed.D.

Superintendent ~ Catholic School Support Services