Superintendent’s Letters to Parents and Students

LETTER TO PARENTS 

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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

We are not alone, the Lord goes before us on our journey, and removes the

stones that paralyze us.” This is the hope that no one can take from us. 

Pope Francis

June 19, 2020

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

As has been previously shared, our Catholic Academies and Parish Schools have always had a strong relationship with our parents and guardians.  This has contributed greatly to the success of our Catholic Academies and Parish Schools. The past three months have been a challenging time for families.   Parents have dealt with their own jobs shifting to at-home work status or, even worse, having their jobs being eliminated altogether. Add to that, the stress of having to assist your children with their learning, which presented some additional challenges.  I think the hardest part about the COVID-19 crisis has been the uncertain time frame and lack of consistent information from New York City and New York State officials.

Every day, updates and new developments are being shared by Governor Cuomo and Mayor DeBlasio.  Looking ahead, we are making plans to re-open our Catholic Academies and Parish Schools in Brooklyn and Queens for the upcoming academic year (2020-2021). Though we cannot determine what the health conditions will look like for the Catholic Academies and Parish Schools, as we approach September, our goal is to return to in-class instruction with all the necessary safety precautions. 

 A Re-Opening School Task Force has been developed and convening weekly meetings, to develop a strategic plan for the re-opening of Catholic Academies and Parish Schools in September 2020. The implementation of this strategic plan will include a variety of health and safety precautions.  It is highly likely that social-distancing requirements will necessitate the need to limit the number of students in a classroom/school building at one time.  The summer will allow us time to further our plans and put the necessary measures in place.  Our priority is to ensure that our students, teachers, and staff can confidently return to a safe and healthy school building, conducive to teaching, learning, and faith formation.  

Our Catholic Academy and Parish School buildings might be empty, but their ministry of Catholic education endures. We continue to journey together though these difficult times. We must continue to act together to ensure that our Catholic Academies and Parish Schools will remain strong and healthy both now, and when we can gather together again in the future.

In preparation for the summer months of July and August, I offer you the following prayer to share with your family:

Father, Creator of all, thank You for summer!

Thank you for the warmth of the sun and the increased daylight.

Thank You for the beauty I see all around me and for the opportunity to be outside and enjoy Your creation.

Thank You for the increased time I have to be with my friends and family, and for the more casual pace of the summer season.

Draw me closer to You this summer.

Teach me how I can pray no matter where I am or what I am doing.

Warm my soul with the awareness of Your presence and light my path with Your Word and Counsel.

As I enjoy Your creation, create in me a pure heart and a hunger and a thirst for You.

Amen.

Wishing you a safe and healthy summer.  

We promise to keep you informed as plans evolve. Continue to monitor your Catholic Academy/ Parish School and Diocese of Brooklyn websites (https://catholicschoolsbq.org/).

Sincerely,

Thomas Chadzutko

Thomas Chadzutko, Ed.D.

Superintendent ~ Catholic School Support Services

 


 LETTER TO STUDENTS

June 18, 2020

Dear Students in the Catholic Academies and Parish Schools,

Wow… another school year is ending. Can you believe it? 

While the past three months of the school year, have been done remotely, your Catholic education has continued. You are to be commended for your hard work and effort. Your achievements and accomplishments have been noted by your principal, teachers and parents.

Remember the start of the school year in September, the excitement of making new friends, the reconnecting with old friends, your new teacher(s) and your renewed enthusiasm to start anew?

This time of year (June 2020) is an excellent time for reflection on the closing school year.  I ask you spend some time with your parents reflecting on the questions below:

  • What are the two best memories you have of this school year?
  • What was your favorite event/excursion/special performance this school year?
  • What is the nicest thing someone did for you this school year?
  • What was the nicest thing you did for a classmate?
  • In what area do you feel you have improved in the most?
  • What are 3 new things you’ve learned, that you didn’t know at the start of the school year?
  • What’s the best piece of work/project/assignment you’ve done this year?
  • What subject have you enjoyed the most? Why?
  • What are 6 adjectives you could use to describe the best parts of this school year?
  • What have you learned about yourself this school year?
  • What are you most proud of this school year?

As you move into the summer months, I ask that you remember to set time aside for daily prayer and reflection.

I offer you this prayer to you as you begin summer 2020:

Take time to claim your strength; they are gifts of God.
Take time to have fun; it’s God’s way of teaching you your strengths.
Take time to grow yourself; only you can grow you.
Take time to trust yourself; God trusts you.
Take time to be self-reliant; it is better than being dependent.
Take time to share with others; they will bless you, and you will bless them.
Take time to have hope, you are a child of God

Best wishes for an enjoyable and safe summer!

Continued prayers!

Thomas Chadzutko

Thomas Chadzutko, Ed.D.

Superintendent ~ Catholic School Support Services