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 — www.ssjaschool.org 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

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