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

Christmas Wish From Mrs. Freebes

Dear Saints Joachim and Anne School Family,

May the Peace of Christ’s Love be with you

This week we began Advent as we lit the First Candle of Hope on our Advent Wreath. Waiting for Jesus’ birth is a fervent and exciting time. It gives us the opportunity to reflect on all the reasons we are so grateful for the birth of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

The children pray every day and remember to do an act of kindness or make a small sacrifice to ready their hearts for this magnificent event.

Our Faith lights the way for love, joy and peace which is so needed in our chaotic world. May each candle bring you the desire which you hold so closely in your heart. The children in our care are the greatest gift that we have received. As you unwrap your Christmas gifts on December 25th, remember that Jesus loves you now and forever.

Christmas blessings,

Mrs. Linda Freebes, Principal

Welcome Letter From Mrs. Freebes

The Lord, your God, is in your midst, a warrior who gives victory. He will rejoice over you with gladness. He will renew you in His Love. He will exult over you with loud singing as on a day of festival.

Zephaniah 3:17

 Dear Parents/Guardians,

In all things, put on Christ. Welcome Back to School Year 2017-18. We hope that you have had many treasured moments to enjoy during July and August. We pray for those who suffer in Texas because of the violent rain and winds of Tropical Storm Harvey. We look back at Hurricane Sandy and thank God that it is behind us.

Ss. Joachim and Anne School has been quite busy throughout the summer. The school received new wiring throughout the building to enable us to receive the internet at a faster speed and more access in each classroom. We thank E-Rate, DeSales Media and Knight Nets for their expertise.  Please come and visit our STREAM Lab during Open School Night. It is amazing! Imprinted on its walls are the words: Faith, Dream, Believe, Invent, Imagine, Innovate, Excellence and Achieve. All words which will inspire our students to become our future scientists, doctors, engineers, artists, mathematicians, inventors, database administrators, programmers and so much more. It will encourage our students to try new strategies when they struggle to learn a concept and that the brain is a muscle that physically changes with training. We are blessed, for this is just the beginning of a plethora of new experiences for our beautiful children.

This year we would like to welcome – Mr. David Laura to Grade 5, Mrs. Linda Nicholson to Grade 2, Mr. Greg Veras our new Physical Education teacher and Ms. Darlene Murtagh, a para for Nursery. We know they are rooted in our core values and that their stay will be beneficial for all of our students.

As always, we thank our parents and guardians for choosing SsJA for the past 93 years. We are indebted to you for sharing your most important treasures, your children, with us. Together, with Gods grace, we will make a difference in this world. Our Catholic Identity teaches us to be Welcoming, to Worship God, to spread the Word ? the Gospel Message, to be a Witness of His Love, to provide for the Welfare of our students, to impart Wisdom and encourage the Wonder of Learning.

Happy New Year 2017-2018!

Blessings and prayers,

Mrs. Linda Freebes, Principal


June 5, 2017

Dear Families of Ss. Joachim and Anne,

May the Peace of Christ be with you.

As we end year 2016-2017 and look forward to 2017-2018, we would like to share some of SsJAs accomplishments with our current families and our new families for the coming year. Our pastor, Fr. Berrette, our Advisory Board, our faculty, staff and the administration are totally committed to the optimum spiritual and academic education for your child. Each one is unique and truly a blessing to us.

           We would like to highlight some of our new endeavors and our accomplishments:

  • In September 2017, each student from K to 8 will have access to our Premier STREAM (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Art, Math) LAB (A $109,000 Grant provided by the Diocesan Office) which will feature electric wiring beneath a granite tile floor, Chromebooks, a flat screen television, smartwalls, software, cooperative learning tables and many other technological and educational materials.
  • Every student in Grade 7 and 8 uses a Samsung tablet.
  • In September 2017, each student in Grade 1 and 2 will use Apple IPADs.
  • 95% of our students, who took the Catholic Entrance Exam to Catholic High School, were accepted.
  • An outstanding Early Childhood Program
  • Two excellent Pre-K For All Classes which have been visited by many associates of the Department of Education.
  • A leading school for students with special needs including SETTS, ELL, Speech and Occupational Therapy as well as Title I Services and Procession Classes
  • Full time Guidance Counselor.
  • Renowned Gospel Choir.
  • A school dedicated to Creative Arts.
  • Before School and After School Care Programs.
  • A safe environment with a security guard in the Fall.
  • SmartBoards in each room and a technological environment to create lessons which are current, integrated and based on the Common Core.
  • In September, high school Regents Classes will be given to selected 8th
  • And most of all we are a school embedded in the love of Christ and our core values of Goodness, Faith, Service, Excellence, Integrity and Community.

We want to thank you for choosing Ss. Joachim and Anne. Please continue to bring your family, friends and neighbors to our beloved school. Remember we are one family in Christ and it is vital that we spread the Gospel Message and pave the way for a new generation of strong, vibrant and intelligent Christian Leaders.


Sincerely in Christ,

Mrs. Linda Freebes, Principal


Principal’s Message, October 24, 2016

Dear Parents/Guardians,

May the Peace of Christ be with you

The School Family of Ss. Joachim and Anne is saddened by the sudden death of our parent, Ms. Keisha Scarlett, the mother of Surena Lewis, Grade 1. Ms. Scarlett was on a business trip in the country of Jamaica and was killed in a tragic car accident. Ms. Scarlett was a kind and loving parent. Pleas pray for the repose of her soul and in your charity please send a donation to assist the family at this difficult time.

We are elated that our Gospel Choir sang for the Catholic Education Summit. They entertained Bishop DiMarzio, Bishop Massa, members of the Diocesan office as well as an audience of 500 people.

Our children sang out for Jesus. They conducted themselves with dignity and integrity. We are proud of them and it is our hope that they will continue to manifest these talents and behavior in the future.

Thank you for sharing your children with Ss. Joachim and Ann School Family.

Many blessings,

Mrs. Linda Freebes, Principal