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.

 

Principal’s Letter September 2019

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The first week of School went very well. The children seemed very happy to see their friends and I know the teachers were excited as well. This week began with Back to School Night for Grades K – 5. I was glad to see how many parents were able to attend. 

Tomorrow, Thursday, September 12, is the Junior High Open House. I look forward to seeing those parents as well. 

Some of the new things you will hear about are;

  • A renovated Art and Music Room. Bishop Massa will be coming to Bless the two rooms on Friday, September 13 at 1:30. We look forward to hosting him. School Mass will follow at 2:00 pm.
  • A new Gym Floor. We are waiting for the company to come and put in the lines. Our school logo will be featured in the center of the floor. 
  • New Teachers in the areas of Social Studies and Math. I know you are excited to meet them. Both are knowledgeable in their subjects and have already started creating a rapport with the students. 

I hope that you are as happy as I am with these new beginnings. 

Mrs. Barker asks that if you have not already done so, please register for FACTS. Please know that all information is private and the school does not have access to your financial information. We can enter your payment on FACTS, if you choose to pay in school. 

Make sure you have your photo release agreement in as soon as possible. A tech agreement will be going home, first with the Junior High and later with the younger children. This is to guarantee the safety of your child and to incorporate safe use of the Internet in and out of school.

The Diocese has a program for parents to take if they wish to volunteer. It is called Virtus. If you do not have VIRTUS certification, we ask that you make the effort to take the course. This will allow you to participate in Field trips and other volunteer opportunities. The link is, https://www.virtusonline.org/virtus/. Create an account and then choose when to take the course. Please contact the school if you have any questions. 

In a few weeks we will be starting our Afterschool Clubs.  These clubs are: Chess – Nuts, Tiger Tennis, Intramurals and JumpBunch.  As we receive them from the organizations I will forward them to you, our parents, via email. 

There will be a meeting for the Walk a Thon on September 16 at 6 pm. We will meet in the Library. An email will be going out to those who filled out the Volunteer form wanting to participate on that day. Click here if you have not filled out that form.

Please contact me if you have any questions. Enjoy your week.

Regards,

Mrs. Conlan

Pizza Order Forms Are Here!!

Pizza will be available for lunch on:

Tuesday, September 10th

Friday, September 13th

Tuesday, september 17th 

Friday September 20th 

Click Here for your Pizza order form. Please remember check is preferred. 

Thank you

 

Are you a graduate of Sacred Heart – Bayside?

Are you a graduate of Sacred Heart – Bayside? Do you know someone who is? 

              Please fill out our form to let us know who you are. 

        Click Here to fill out the form. Thank you, we can’t wait to hear from you.

New Tuition Payment Plan for Next Year.

Dear Parents. 

Starting in the 2019 – 2020 school year there will be a tuition payment plan in place that will streamline your payments. Sacred Heart will be incorporating FACTS tuition into our program. This plan will help us keep current in tracking tuition delinquencies. 

Payments are scheduled to start in July and end in April. Your payments can be streamlined to be payed automatically through a credit card or bank check. In order to start this process it is necessary for you to enroll in FACTS tuition. It is the same company that handles the Futures in Education Scholarships for the Diocese. In fact, if you are receiving Futures in Education Scholarship, you can use the same account to log in.  There is a small registration fee. Once you are registered, we will input the tuition you are paying and, at the end of June, you will receive an invoice from FACTS. 

We are looking forward to using this service. Payments can still be made at the school and we will enter your payment for you. Please note that there is a late service charge for delayed payments.  

Please follow the link to start registering for FACTS. FACTS Tuition Plan

Great Happenings at Sacred Heart Catholic Academy

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The end of year is almost here and everything is now moving quickly. We made it through most of the state testing and the Science exam is coming up. Our students in grade 4 and 8 are well prepared to take this test.

I am happy to announce that we have installed 2 brand new SMART boards, one in the Stream Lab and another in Mr. Frawley’s classroom.  They are wonderful to look at and I’m sure those students who saw it working today will have many things to say about it.  The Young Author’s Program is also moving forward. It is moving quickly into completion and our students will have something beautiful to present to their families at the reception. Congratulations to two of our Fifth Graders, Suah and Angeline,  for winning third Place in the Stock Market Competition.

Our Eighth grade is getting closer to graduation. If you didn’t know, all of these students have been accepted into a variety of schools.  This is based on their academic successes and their TACHS scores.   Many have also received scholarships to attend the school of their choice. If you haven’t already seen the list of schools they have been accepted to, please come by the Main Entrance, and you will view student names and their schools on the wall. 

The construction on 38th is continuing. Everyday we are arriving to different conditions on the street. I very much appreciate your patience and understanding as we continue to deal with the disruption. 

I hope the days get warmer and the sun starts to shine  so we can really appreciate Spring. 

Regards,

Mrs. Conlan