February 28, 2019
I am sharing some information with you to help continue to keep our children safe. I encourage you to monitor your children’s social media as there is a dangerous social media phenomenon called the “Momo Challenge.” Please use this as an opportunity to remind your children not to accept any invitation to play from an unknown number and not to click on unidentified links. Click here to see an article and video about this matter.
The Momo Challenge can be found on Whats App (a free smartphone messaging application) and on Facebook. This is just one example of dangerous “games” on social media. This “challenge” involves a frightening avatar making contact with a child from an unknown number or name. The child is asked to perform various actions and tasks, and provide photos as proof. Some tasks have even led to suicide.
There is one confirmed death of a 12 year old girl in Argentina, and three deaths currently under investigation in connection with the challenge. Students as young as first-graders have allegedly acted on some directions from the challenge. One of the first clues for parents to be concerned with is the image of a Japanese statue of a woman with bulging eyes and scary features. Children are given the series of tasks to finally meet the “Momo.” Remind your children to change email and social media passwords frequently and block unknown numbers inviting them to play immediately. This image is also popping up on videos played on You Tube. Peppa Pig and other preschool You Tube videos have been targeted. If you wish to show your child these videos go into the direct PBS site.
Please notify Mrs. Stokes, Ms. Brunkhorst and me of any attempted contacts to your children. This form of cyber-bullying is spreading through social media and cell phone. While these digital venues are blocked on school-issued devices, individuals may still be able to access such sites through their personal devices and accounts.
I feel it is important to share information to help build awareness and keep our children safe.
Please contact me if you have any further concerns.
Students in Mrs. Frawley’s Seventh Grade Social Studies class experienced Law and Justice first hand by staging a Mock Trial of the Boston Massacre. Students got to be lawyers, defendants and judges in a British courtroom. What a wonderful way to learn about the justice system at the time of the British colonialism right before the Revolutionary War.
On Sunday I saw how many of our families will be celebrating a Communion and Confirmation this year. How great that our students make this commitment to their faith. It is truly a growth in their Catholic beliefs that they will remember all of their lives.
This past week was the 100th day of school for our Kindergarten. It was great to see the t-shirts they created with 100 items on them. Junior High students are currently participating in a Mock trial in Social Studies.
Next week is our Winter Break. It is a time to refresh and recharge to get ready for the rest of the school year. You will see what we have planned for the Lenten season on our calendar. This begins on Ash Wednesday, March 6th. Please check the school calendar for more information.
I wanted to mention some of the things that Ms. Brunkhorst and I noticed this week. On Monday many students came in late. We had about 30 students waiting by the stairs. They came in after 8:15. Please remember that 8:05 the best time for children to be in school because we do prayer and the pledge at 8:10. Kindergarten and first grade parents must drop off in the gym. Only Nursery and UPK are allowed at the 217th street entrance. Please know that all of these rules are in place for the security of your children and their teachers. I thank you for your understanding in this matter.
Enjoy your week and stay safe.
Please be aware that all after school activities have been cancelled. This includes aftercare.
Now that Catholic Schools Week is over we will be going back to normal. There will be no interruption of Specials or AIS services starting this week. Fire Drills are a priority and with the warmer weather we will be having some this week.
I am also looking forward to going into the classrooms this week. I want to see the great things happening in the classroom and the way your children are learning. Ms. Brunkhorst and I will be working together this month to evaluate and perhaps replace some of the books being used in the classroom. We will be checking for publishing dates, and how well they meet curriculum standards. We will also be evaluating the technology and arts programs, hoping to work with our teachers to improve them. All of this will be done with teacher input.
Thank you again for all your support in making Sacred Heart Catholic Academy a great place for children to grow both spiritually and academically. Without parent support and sacrifice we cannot be the best we are. Please remember that I am available to meet with you. If you have any concerns please call to make an appointment.Enjoy the wonderful weather.
Bishop DiMarzio visited Sacred Heart on Thursday, January 31st. He was here to bless our new Stream Lab. Our teachers met him in the Library for breakfast and then he moved to the Stream Lab to bless it. Student Council was there to greet him when he arrived and the officers escorted him to the Stream Lab after breakfast. Once there two of our first graders met him dressed in Lab Learner coats. Afterwards, he went to then gym to play “STUMP THE BISHOP”. Several students had the opportunity to ask him questions. These included a question on his pick for the Superbowl. He presented to Mrs. Conlan and Monsignor Tom a plaque for Sacred Heart Catholic Academy that commemorated the day. On behalf of the school he was presented with a gourmet basket of goodies. We are so grateful to have had him visit us during Catholic Schools Week and blessing the STREAM Lab. .
This Catholic Schools Week at Sacred Heart Catholic Academy has been tremendous. Superhero Day, Buddy Day, BINGO and more, above all, the blessing of the STREAM Lab by Bishop DiMarzio, will be amazing. Ms. Brunkhorst and Ms. Spordone have outdone themselves in planning these events for the students.
I was happy to meet so many families on OPEN HOUSE. I can see the dedication that generations of families have had to Sacred Heart Catholic Academy. Yesterday I met with Parents , as well, for a meet and greet in the school cafeteria. The questions I was asked show how involved and caring the parents here are about their children’s education at Sacred Heart Catholic Academy. These questions were about curriculum, testing, technology and the need for Spanish at the elementary level.
Thank you to those families who volunteered to be on a committee. If you are interested, these committees were, Facilities, Development and Marketing. Please call the Main Office and let us know which you would prefer to be on. Everyone’s efforts are needed to move forward in making the school the best environment possible for our students and their teachers.
I wish you all a great week,
Catholic Schools Week began with superhero fun! teachers and students became the superheroes of the school and had a great time!Students had written drawn and talked about the Superheroes in their lives. It was a great way to” Kick Off” the week.
This week I have been discovering all the wonderful things about Sacred Heart. I am meeting with all of the teachers and learning how things work in the school. Last week I met some of the Mother’s Club members. What a great resource these parents are to the school.
I was very excited to see the new STREAM Lab come together. We were privileged to host St. Francis of Assisi teachers for Professional Development on Friday. Our teachers and theirs learned how to use the Lab. This means all grades can come in and learn with this awesome equipment.
This Sunday is the beginning of Catholic School’s Week. On Sunday, January 27th, we will be having Mass at 9:30 in the church. We are asking that if you attend your child come dressed in full uniform. All students attending in full uniform will be receiving a free dress pass. Afterwards you are invited to the cafeteria for a breakfast. I look forward to seeing you then. Information regarding Catholic School’s Week will be given to you this week.
I wish you a good week.
Mrs. Alexandra Conlan
All of the Sacred Heart Catholic Academy Teachers attended professional development that was geared to learning the many aspects of our new STREAM lab. We hosted teachers from St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Academy and learned together.