Open House! January 26

OPEN HOUSE

Join us on Sunday, January 26th  (10:30 am) at Sacred Heart Catholic Academy of Bayside to learn about our school and the opportunities for enrollment.  Meet our teachers and students to learn about us. Enrollment and Scholarship information will be available. 

   We look forward to seeing you then.

Eighth Grade Happenings!

Eighth Graders at Sacred Heart Catholic Academy are succeeding and showing everyone the great things they learn. This past month  our Junior High Math teams competed in the Math Invitational at St. Lukes. 

The students in our Grade 8 team, Vivian, Bridget, John and Robert came in First Place in their division. Congratulations to them!

Each of them won a $50 Amazon gift card. Thank you to Mrs. Valmond for facilitating. 

As we get nearer to High School acceptances, we would like to share that three of our students are interviewing with Regis and Marymount. Best of Luck to all of our eighth graders as they move forward in their academic careers. 

What’s Happening in December and January?

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope your family is enjoying this season of Advent. At school we are lighting the Advent wreath in the expectation that Jesus will soon be here. Monday we are off because of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, a Holy Day of obligation. 

 

As you know, last month the children from grades 1 – 8 took the iReady diagnostic. We are using this as a starting point to determine where our children are and how we can grow as a school, academically.  We will also be using the Terra Novas for this. The iReady diagnostic also has an instructional component that will allow us to directly impact classroom instruction at each child’s level. I am very excited to use this as a piece of our instruction.  The Terra Nova Scores have just arrived. Unfortunately we did not have them for report cards. I am hoping to 

 

    On December 18th at 7:00 pm we will be having a Christmas Concert with the Nativity play. Grade K – 8 will be involved in the performances. Christmas concerts really allow us to feel that it is Christmas time. Miss Jessica has worked very hard to put this performance together and I am sure that your families will enjoy this experience.  

 

Breakfast with Santa  was a great success. Over 200 people attended. Thank you to the Kindergarten Parents and the rest of the school parents who did such a wonderful job and shared their talents. 

You can see that we have received some rather large equipment that is currently outside the school on 216th Street and in the Parish rectory.  These are the parts for the playground and basketball hoops that will be installed shortly. I can’t wait to see our children playing on them. Hopefully the weather will be milder and the construction can start. I think we will all be amazed when it is done. The new playground will not interfere with the areas the children currently use for recess and the basketball hoops will enhance the recess experience for all the students. They will be placed in the playground area on 217th. 

 

Catholic Schools Week is at the end of January and we will be informing you of the great activities that the students will be participating in. It will be starting on Sunday, January 26. As usual Sacred Heart will host an Open House after 9:30 Mass at the church, with breakfast in the cafeteria. Please be on the lookout for more information about the activities that the children will be engaging in. 

 

I wish you and your family a very Blessed Merry Christmas.  

 

Mrs. Conlan

 

Biografias Hispanas! Hispanic Biographies!

Learning about Hispanic people who made a global impact is key to learning about culture.The 7th grade Spanish class worked together in building this collaboration poster. They colored, cut and put each piece together as part of a team. Each class also created research posters on each individual represented in this beautiful mosaic. Thank you Mrs. Marino and 7th grade for all your efforts.This great image is displayed in our front hallway.

Breakfast With Santa

Join us on December 7th from 10:00 am  – 12:30 pm for

          Breakfast With Santa. 

All are welcome to participate in this wonderful event.  We will have Breakfast Goodies, Fantastic Toy Raffles, a Train display, and of course….Santa!!

$15 Advance Sale or $20 at the Door

Please see the Form below. You may pay with Cash, check or

                                                                                                        VENMO!  (@SacredHeart1)

                                                               We look forward to seeing you there. Click Here to get your form. 

 

 

 

Principal’s Message November

November 2019

 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Isn’t it amazing how this school year continues to move quickly? This weekend our Eighth graders will be taking the TACHS Exam. This test will help determine what High School they will be attending after graduating from Sacred Heart.

Please keep them in your prayers.

 

Yesterday was the Veterans Day Celebration. I was so proud of our students as they sang and recited to the community of Veterans that came.  We also had representatives from Fort Totten. Sixth and second grade were very impressive in their participation. Many thanks to Mrs. Marsar Farrell, Ms. Shrinivas and Mrs. Valmond. Their work with the students was outstanding.   

 

Tomorrow, Friday, November 8th,  school is closed for an EPAC meeting. PK4 All will be in session on that day. Our teachers will be with their peers from other schools receiving training. For the first half of the day they will be participating in active shooter training. This is a scary and  a necessary thing to do. It goes hand in hand with the security grant that we are working on. Please remember that there will be no after care on this Friday.

 

We are currently running 3 service projects. The two I have mentioned before are: Collecting gently used clothing for  Bridge for Life and the collection of used dance costumes. This month, until December 1 we will be partnering with Laffey Real Estate to help collect toys for Easter Seals.  It is a worthwhile effort. You will be hearing of other opportunities to give throughout the Holiday Season.

 

Breakfast with Santa will be on December 7th in the Parish Hall.  More details will be sent out soon. 

 

I wish you all a good weekend. Enjoy the four days off.

 

Regards,

Mrs. Conlan

Veterans Day Breakfast

On Wednesday, Sacred Heart students in Grades 2 and 6 hosted Veterans Day Appreciation Breakfast inviting Veterans and their families from our local community.  Students presented songs and poems that they had learned to show their appreciation of the service Veterans have given to our country. 

Thank you to Mrs. Marsar Farrell and Ms. Shrinivas and Mrs. Valmond for assisting.

Click on the link to view News coverage on our event.  NY1 Veterans Day

Sacred Heart Academy – Security Grant Challenge

FUNDRAISING CHALLENGE FOR SCHOOL SECURITY

Dear Students, Parents, Staff,  Alumni and Friends of SHCA

The past year has seen transformative changes to our school facility.  Generous donations have allowed us to invest in the future of Sacred Heart Catholic Academy and its families. Recently, Bishop Massa dedicated our new Art and Music rooms. The new Art room includes a 82 inch internet-connected smart flat screen tv which enables our students to participate in educational programing from all over the world. The Art room was renovated  using funds specifically donated for that purpose by the family of a graduate of the Class of 2019. Another donation from a Bayside resident was utilized for the Music room.  Last February, Bishop DiMarzio dedicated a new STEAM lab paid for with a grant from the Diocese. The gym floor was resurfaced this summer using funds from an insurance recovery following a water leak.  Earlier in the year, the auditorium stage was refurbished as well. The planning for a new playground has been completed and a contractor selected. Once again, the playground project is being carried out using donated funds earmarked for that purpose.

 Many parents have expressed the need to improve school security in light of recent events across the country. WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THE COMMENCEMENT OF A LIMITED TIME DEDICATED FUND RAISING DRIVE TO IMPROVE SCHOOL SECURITY.  A BENEFACTOR HAS PLEDGED TO MATCH EVERY DOLLAR RAISED UP TO $12,500 FOR TOTAL FUNDRAISING OF $25,000 FOR THE SECURITY PROJECTS.  OUR PROPOSED BUDGET IS $20,000 TO $25,000 TO INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:

  • A ONE BUTTON LOCK DOWN SECURITY ALERT SYSTEM THAT WILL HAVE THE CAPACITY OF INSTANTLY NOTIFYING ALL STAFF, AND EMERGENCY SERVICES ACROSS MULTIPLE DEVICES OF AN UNTOWARD INCIDENT ($3800-$5,000)
  • INTEGRATED ACCESS CONTROL ENHANCED WITH UP TO 3 VIDEO/LIVE INTERCOMS. THE INTERCOMS WILL ENABLE SECURITY AND/OR ADMINISTRATION TO  INTERACT WITH VISITORS WHILE THEY ARE OUTSIDE, AND GRANT ACCESS REMOTELY. ($4666 PER DOOR)
  • DIGITAL LOCKS OR KEY CARD ACCESS SYSTEMS WOULD ALSO BE INTEGRATED, ALLOWING STAFF AND AUTHORIZED PERSONNEL (CYO) TO BE MONITORED ($1500 PER DOOR)
  • UPGRADING OF CLASSROOM DOOR SYSTEMS WILL INVOLVE THE INSTALLATION OF ADDITIONAL PHYSICAL LOCKING DEVICES OR DOOR BARS TO 38 ROOMS ($2,000). IF ENOUGH ADDITIONAL MONEY IS RAISED, ALL EXISTING LOCKS WOULD BE REPLACED AND OUTFITTED WITH A LOCK DOWN DEVICE. ($18.000)
  • EXPANSION OF EXISTING VIDEO SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM FROM 13 TO 20 CAMERAS ($TBD)

THE FUND RAISING DRIVE WILL RUN FROM NOW UNTIL THE END OF NOVEMBER. PLEASE REACH OUT TO ALUMNI AND FRIENDS. LOOK FOR A SPECIAL DONATION LINK ON OUR WEBSITE AND FACEBOOK.

Donations can be sent through VENMO @SacredHeart1  or Check sent to the Main Office.

Doug Libby, Cathy Tempesta and Rose Meza,

Board of Directors, SHCA of Bayside

 

 

The Month of October

Week of October 1, 2019

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope your family enjoyed the first month of school. The month of September went by very quickly and I expect that October will also. 

Yesterday was the Walkathon and I was so happy to see so many of the school families there. You raised an enormous amount of money!  Sponsorships will be accepted until Friday. On Monday I will announce the winners of the class and individual prizes. Truly, we are all winners in supporting Sacred Heart Catholic Academy. 

 There will not be a school mass on Friday October 4th. We will have a half day ending at 12:30. Please send a snack for your child. This will include the Junior High students as well. It is a long day for them and they might need some nourishment before dismissal. Although the time goes into our lunch hour, we have extended the day for instruction. Nursery students will be dismissed at 11:20pm. 

 Mrs. Spordone and I have been working closely to establish a schedule for AIS. Teacher recommendation and test scores will be used as the criteria for giving assistance to students. I am thrilled to introduce iReady as part of the materials we will be using for our children in ELA and Math. 

  October 9th and 10th will be our picture days. On October 9th we will be having our group pictures and, on the 10th, our individual pictures. Please have your children wear the spring uniform for the group photo. Since we are  transitioning into a new uniform, it would be best if they were all wearing the polo shirt with shorts or skort. Please make sure that they wear dress shoes or sneakers that are black on that day. Students can wear free dress for the individual pictures on the 10th. The forms have already been sent out and it’s important that they are returned by the 9th. 

Terra Nova testing begins on October 16th.  Please make sure your child is rested and has a good breakfast on those mornings.  On October 15th we are changing to our winter uniform. All the boys should be wearing the gray pants and girls should be wearing the jumper or the kilt. 

If you have not already done so, try to register for the VIRTUS training. It will become necessary to have this done before the end of the year. We are also waiting for parents to hand in the Photo release forms.  

The construction is ongoing in this area, as you know. We have had little or no notice when they will be working near the school. Please be patient with us and the crossing guards as we try to facilitate children crossing, cars and buses. We have not been able to go outside for recess due to the work they are doing this week but, I am hopeful that this will change by Friday. 

 The Halloween Cupcake sale and the Third Grade Saint Parade are happening at the end of the month. I’ve heard that the cupcakes and decorations are amazing and one of the great Sacred Heart traditions.! I’m also looking forward to seeing the Third Graders parading in their Saint costumes. Don’t forget the Parish Art Fest on October 19th and 20th. Please call Sister Kathleen at 718-224-5695 for more information. Monsignor will be having a Blessing of the Animals on Sunday, October 6th at 1:30 on the front lawn of the rectory for the Feast of St. Francis of Assissi  

Looking at all these activities it feels as though October will be a great month.

Regards,

Mrs. Conlan

 

Walk-a-Thon Information!!

Sacred Heart Catholic Academy will host its annual school wide Walk-a-Thon on October 1st.

The Walk-a-Thon is a longstanding tradition at Sacred Heart and is great way to get the kids outside and raise money for the school in a fun and healthy way.

A signed permission slip must be sent in to school with your child in advance of the Walk-a-Thon in order for your child to participate.

The Giving Zone will allow you to sponsor your child or your child’s class. Click Here to reach the sponsor site. 

During the event, every student will attempt at least 10 laps and many do more. We are looking for sponsors for each COMPLETED lap. You can PLEDGE anything from .25 cents to 10 dollars per lap completed or make a one-time DONATION. While no minimum is required to participate, the suggested donation for each family is $25.

This is our first year using an online giving platform which we hope will help us expand our reach to grandparents, godparents, aunts, uncles, older siblings, friends, and alums.

Prizes will be awarded to the class that raises the most, to the second place class, to each class that meets its goal, to each child that meets his or her goal, and to the child that raises the most. Prizes will be awarded as follows (updated 9/17/19):

Top raising class: Pizza party

Second place class: Ice cream party

Each class that meets its goal: a homework free night (to be picked by the teacher)

Top raising student: 10 dress downs and two free homework passes

Each student that meets his/her $50 goal: Package of 5 dress downs

Please note that students will be awarded 5 dress downs for each $50 raised, up to a maximum of 10 dress downs.

Standing and other stats will be available on our leaderboard soon.

Please help us reach our goal by sharing your child’s link broadly and widely and via e-mail and social media! Contributions by cash or check can also be sent directly to school and we will add such amounts to the children’s pages for the leaderboard.

In case of rain, please note that the event will be rescheduled to October 8th.