REOPENING BEGINS:WEDNESDAY, Sept. 9, 2020 8:10 AM to 12 NoonLarge School Yard Grades 6, 7, 8THURSDAY , Sept . 10, 2020 8 AM to 12 Noon Small School Yard Grades 3, 4, and 5FRIDAY, Sept. 11, 2020 7:50 AM to 11:50 AM Front Doors Grades K, 1 and 2Prek for All Soon to be AnnouncedMonday Sept. 14 All classes Nursery , Grades K to 8 will attend full days of SchoolNursery, Grades K and 1 – Front Doors – 7:50AM to 2: 50 PMGrades 2, 3, 4, 5, Small School Yard 8 AM to 3 PM
Dear Parents/Guardians of Grades 3,4,5 –
The following plans are intended to serve as a transition from summer leisure to a school routine. Plans prepared for the weeks of August 17 and 24th focus on themed activities for different subject areas. While the activities follow the same theme, they can be completed in isolation. Your child can pick and choose from activities based on their interests.
Plans prepared for the week of September 3rd are designed not only to prepare your child for academic activities as the school year starts but also to prepare them for returning to a school setting that looks different than it did. Activities focus on addressing changes in the school, guidelines for students to follow, and feelings students might have about this new school year. As your child engages in the activities, pay particular attention to their reactions. It is important to be available to talk to your child about any concerns or stresses they might have coming into this new school year and to frame the conversation in a positive way. Validate your child’s concerns and worries but also present them with information and positivity to help their thinking. For example, your child may be concerned about wearing a mask. You can agree that wearing a mask can be challenging but then follow up with why masks are important and fun things you can do even with a mask on.
The following link provides resources for parents to help prepare their child to go back to school as well as identify potential stressors, how to talk to your child, and how to provide mental health support for your family during this difficult time.
There are also many e-books available for free to download or to read online with your child. These books address information about COVID-19, staying at home, and feelings one might have about the pandemic
During this time, both children and parents are undoubtedly feeling the strain from the uncertainties of COVID-19. We must continue to stay positive, put our trust in God, and work to make our schools the safest places for our children. We are looking forward to opening our doors and finally being able to greet (from 6 feet away, of course) our students and families.
It is mandatory that all parents/guardians fill out this brief survey for reopening of school by Thursday, August 13, 2020.
Please click on the link below:
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
July 29, 2020
Dear Parents and Guardians of Catholic Academy and Parish School Students,
The changes in our lives due to the COVID-19 have been many. Unfortunately, the impact of the virus continues to change the most fundamental aspects of how we live, including how we hold school, which is the purpose of this letter. While we cannot predict what the COVID-19 pandemic will look like this fall, the Catholic Academies and Parish Schools are planning to implement a number of enhanced health and safety measures, based on guidance from local health and government authorities.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), aside from a child’s home, there is no other setting which has more of an influence on a child’s health and well-being than their school. The in-person school environment: provides academic instruction; supports the development of social and emotional skills; creates a safe environment for learning; addresses nutritional needs; and facilitates physical activity.
School leaders have been working tirelessly to develop plans for the safe return of as many students as possible, to in-person school, in order to best meet students’ academic, social-emotional and faith-based needs. Over the coming weeks, we will be meeting with principals, Board Chairs and Pastors, to discuss site-specific plans. Based upon the current medical status, the expectation today is for students to return to full in-person instruction in September; however, schedules may vary, and these reentry plans are subject to change, based upon the final determination, to be made by Governor Cuomo.
The health and safety of the children and adults in our schools is paramount. Health and safety considerations must always come first in every decision made and every action taken by our Catholic Academies and Parish Schools throughout the Diocese of Brooklyn. In planning for school opening, our goal is to establish best practices for ensuring a healthy and safe return to school. This will include but not limited to: health checks; healthy hygiene practices; social distancing; personal protective equipment (PPE) and face coverings; and cleaning and disinfection.
Thank you for your patience as we continue to navigate these extraordinary times. We acknowledge that there are likely to be more questions than answers at this time, and we will continue to communicate with you in the coming weeks.
In preparation for a safe re-opening of our Catholic Academies and Parish Schools, I offer you the following prayer to share with your family:
Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.
I bind unto myself the Name,
The strong Name of the Trinity;
By invocation of the same.
The Three in One, and One in Three,
Of Whom all nature hath creation,
Eternal Father, Spirit, Word:
Praise to the Lord of my salvation,
Salvation is of Christ the Lord.
Loving Jesus, be with us,
as we prepare to open our
Catholic Academies and Parish Schools
in September. Amen
Let us all pray for a resolution to and decrease of the COVID-19 virus.
May everyone be healthy, safe, and well.
Thomas Chadzutko, Ed.D.
Superintendent ~ Catholic School Support Services