SCHOOL CLOSED – 3/16 through 3/20


All elementary Catholic Academies and Parish Schools within the Diocese of Brooklyn will be closed during the Week of March 16, 2020 to March 20, 2020.

We are meeting daily via conference call with the New York City Department of Health, Representatives from the Mayor’s and the New York City Department of Education.

The situation is changing hourly and we are doing our best to provide you with the most to date information. In addition, we ask that you continue to check the various websites if you require additional information.

We are also coordinating efforts within the agencies of the Diocese of Brooklyn.


Mrs. Freebes, Principal



October News from Mrs. Freebes


October News from Mrs. Freebes

Dear Families of Ss. Joachim and Anne,

The Peace of Christ be with you

October is here and we are very busy preparing for the Terra-Nova Exams which will begin on October 15th for Grades 3-8.

On October 19th, we are delighted to welcome Bishop DiMarzio as he administers the Sacrament of Confirmation upon our eighth graders. May each one of our confirmandi treasure the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit which will be bestowed upon them.

High school visits, buddy days, High School Night, and the TACHS Exam continue to excite eight grade as they begin their final year at Ss. Joachim and Anne. 

Visiting Green Meadow Farms is top on the list for Grades K and 1st. They will return with “Pumpkins Galore.” 

This month is dedicated to Our Blessed Mother and the Rosary. Each bead can be said for a special intention, or as an act of love for Jesus or His Blessed Mother.

Please remind the children to read each night and review math facts. Thank you for your continued support.

May the God of the Harvest shower you with abundant blessings. 

Sincerely in Christ,

Mrs. Linda Freebes, Principal

Welcome Letter from Mrs. Freebes

Dear Families of Ss. Joachim and Anne,

May the Peace of Christ resound in your hearts.

Welcome Back to School Year 2019-2020. How exciting it is for all of the Ss. Joachim and Anne students to once again come together to learn, be creative, think critically, generate ideas, explore, reflect, interpret, be imaginative and ultimately make a difference in this world.
Ss. Joachim and Anne is rooted in the rich tradition of Catholic Education with God as our cornerstone. The help of dedicated parents guiding their children’s footsteps, along with exceptional teachers instilling core skills and values sets the tone for learning. The implementation of a rigorous curriculum enables our students to achieve above and beyond their level of academic excellence in a nurturing environment. The joy that fills the rooms and the halls of our beloved school can only be compared to the vast opportunities that lie ahead for each and every one of our students.
God is our anchor and, when parents and teachers partner together, there are no obstacles or challenges that cannot be overcome. 
Soon, we will open our new Library/Media Center — when it is completed, please feel free to come and visit. 
Our Parent/Student Handbook is full of new information, please take the time to read it. Don’t forget to check our website — and Option C, the Diocesan Parent Portal. We are looking forward to seeing you on Meet the Teacher Night, Thursday, September 12th at 6:30 pm. The Meeting will begin in the gym and then your teacher will escort you to the classroom.
Let us pray and care for each other and build a shared vision for the future of our children.
Sincerely in Christ,
Mrs. Linda Freebes, Principal

Dear Parents/Guardians,

May the loving Peace of Christ be with you

We hope your summer expectations and wishes were fulfilled. Now that September has arrived, we are happy that your children have returned to us ready to grow spiritually, intellectually and physically.

During the summer, our school’s desks were changed to new trapezoid desks and chairs, which enable our students to learn collaboratively, perform stem lessons and inquire-based projects. The lights were replaced in every room with LED lighting. This creates a much more productive atmosphere.

As always, transforming the appearance of the school is a tremendous help but you dear parents, are the catalyst for your child/children’s success. Praying daily with your child, studying with your child and having dinner together are all intricate parts of a happy loving home. Children thrive on this lifestyle.

Please know that we, the SsJA Family, are dedicated followers of Christ who care for the welfare and academic excellence of each student. We thank God for each and everyone of them.

We would like to welcome Ms. K. Burpoe to Grade K, Ms. G. Byron to Grade 2, Mr. N. Joyce to Grades 7&8. Mr. Schoolfield has returned to his position as Assistant Principal. We are blessed. Mr. Corso is now the Principal of St. Camillus in the Rockaways.

On September 13, 2018 at 6:30 PM, Grades 1 to 8 parents will have the opportunity to meet your child’s teacher. The new Parent/Student Handbook will be discussed with you along with guidelines for this year. It is mandatory that one parent/family member attend the meeting.

With God’s help we will work together to make 2018-19 a year that embraces achievement on all levels.

Sincerely in Christ,

Mrs. Linda Freebes, Principal

We mourn the passing of our devoted Advisory Board member, Patricia R. Cooper and Mrs. Glover’s beloved son, Vashon Glover. May they rest in peace, O Lord.

Letter Regarding Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Academy

March 12, 2018

Dear School Family of SsJA,

On February 28, 2018, the Diocese of Brooklyn/Queens announced that Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Academy will close its doors in June. Our Lady of Lourdes Parish School and now as a Catholic Academy has served faithfully, instructing an enormous number of outstanding students in the name of Jesus.

We pray that Our Lord will console the Administration, Teachers, students and families of OLLCA. May peace and new beginnings be found on their doorstep.

We will continue to pray for all of them and we welcome all those who have and who will register here at SsJA. We will embrace them with love, respect and goodness to our school family.

Sincerely in Christ,

Mrs. Linda Freebes, Principal


Thank you from Mrs. Freebes

Dear Parents, Guardians, Students, 

        Happy New Year 2018. May the Light of Christ shine brightly upon you and may His love surround you.

        Thank you for your thoughtfulness, kindness, good wishes, beautiful cards and most generous and exquisite gifts.

       All are very much appreciated. Please know that I will say a rosary in thanksgiving for you and your special intentions. 

                                                                       Love and gratitude, 

                                                                        Mrs. Freebes