Distance Learning at Sacred Heart

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Thank you for your patience as we begin experiencing the fallout from the COVID 19 – Coronavirus. Our prayers are with those around the world and in our community affected by it. 

Although you have all received the usernames and passwords for your children in grades K – 5, (Junior High already has theirs), distance learning will not begin until March 17th. The teachers and I will be meeting on Monday, March 16th to iron out any difficulties with the distance learning and to begin planning long term. At that time the school building will be open. If your child was absent this week, and you need to pick up their books and work, you may come to the school building between 8:00 am and 12:00 pm on Monday to pick it up. 

In the meantime, you can attempt to log your child into those sites. iReady can be downloaded as an app into a tablet, or your can log in through login.iready.com.  Please remember that the  iReady Reading is 45 minutes and that Math is also  45 minutes. These can be done once a week each.  If your child does not achieve a passing grade the program will give them two attempts. If they do not succeed twice, that module closes down. He or she can move onto the next one.  If you experience any problems with passwords or have any questions, please contact me. Google Classroom can be accessed by having your child log into Gmail. Google classroom can be reached by clicking on the “waffle: or “cube in the upper right hand corner of the site. The Google Classroom icon is yellow and green with the word classroom underneath. 

Tablets, phones laptop and Chromebooks can be used to access these platforms.  If for any reason you feel that your device is not adequate, we can distribute a loaner to a family who needs it. Please call Mrs. Nittolo tomorrow to let her know to so that we can make one available to you before 1:00 pm. 

Stay well.

Mrs. Conlan


Sacred Heart Closed Next Week.


Sacred Heart Catholic Academy will be closed from Monday, March 16th to the 20th. This is a precautionary measure for all Brooklyn Diocese schools and academies.

Support Our Boon Supply Fundraiser!

Please view the information below. this small fundraiser comes before the plastic bag ban in New York State. Please see what would help you and the school become proactive before the March 1st cut off. Click on the image to go to the Boon Supply website.  The Catalog orders must be in by this Monday, February 24th. Online Orders will continue for another week.  Thank you!!

Boon Supply

Principal’s Letter February

Dear Parents and Guardians,


This year , as always, Catholic Schools Week was great. Everybody had at least one activity. Each class had the opportunity to participate in one STEAM project. The Junior High participated in an hour of code. 4th ,5th and 6th grades had a BUNCEE workshop.( We will be purchasing licenses). PreK and up had a Mad Science experience with Fire and Ice. We also had various “food tasting” opportunities. Ice cream sundaes and Tacos, with a treat from Monsignor Machalski thrown in for good measure. Teacher Appreciation was also well received.






Enrollment has begun and you should all have received your re- enrollment forms by now. We will be offering a 5% discount to those families who pay in full until June 22nd. Futures in Education is also open. Many of our families take advantage of this resource to reduce their tuition. Families who qualify, may see a substantial reduction in tuition per child. There are many grants that may be available to you. Please take a chance and apply.


As you know, we have been very busy working on Strategic Planning. Our goals, based on parent input at two meetings, have been sent in and on Saturday, February 15th, we will be meeting with Brother Ralph and Mrs. Simpson to discuss the goals and how we will achieve them. I will be contacting the parents who attended, tomorrow to share our goals with them. 

The Strategic Planning process will continue until it is finalized in June. 


We have a small fundraiser going on right now. The Boon Supply company sells recycled bags and assorted odds and ends. We are currently selling their Spring Collection. This is an opportunity to reach out to friends and family. In March we will all have to bring our own bags to do any kind of shopping. Let’s be proactive and get ahead of the game! We will be using the proceeds for technology in our building. Click here for the link.


The Development Committee is putting together a Spring Gala as our largest fundraiser. You probably know that we are honoring Mr. Farrell, former Principal,  as the first inductee to the Sacred Heart Hall of Fame. The Teacher of the Year will be Mrs. Reeves and the Founder’s Award will go to the Sisters of Mercy. The date is April 24th and it will be held at Floral Terrace at 7:30. More detailed information will be going out shortly. 


We will be starting an early morning Kindergarten Readiness program after the winter break. I think it will be a great beginning for our four year olds. Reading Readiness and Number Sense are key to a successful academic start. The sign up form is attached to this email. 


Our Camp flyers are featured around the school. We had hoped to have Ms. McGarry continue her great work on the camp. Unfortunately, she informed us that she will not be able to run the camp this year. Ms. Casquarelli has volunteered to run the camp during the summer. She is our Junior High Science teacher and is very excited to do so. If you are interested in our camp please email us at Camp@sacredheartbayside.org . This year you will have the option of paying with Venmo, check or cash. The sign up forms will be out this week and there will be access to them on the school website. We will also be adding after care to the camp this year. Mrs. Porcelli and Mrs. Romanello will be watching children until 6 pm after the camp is over. Fees will be the same as this school year.  


Sacred Heart is looking for Altar Servers from grades 4 – 8. If your child is interested in becoming an Altar server please fill out the attached form and send it in. Father Alex or Monsignor Machalski will be contacting you.


Lent will be here soon. I am attaching the Lenten schedule for Sacred Heart Parish. We will be attending Mass on Ash Wednesday as a school. All are invited to attend, The school and Parish will be marching in the Bayside St. Patrick;s Day parade, the form is also attached to this email. 


I hope you all have a great winter break and I look forward to answering any questions you may have about any of the above mentioned programs. 




Mrs. Conlan


Celebrating Catholic Education and Sacred Heart!!!



Catholic Schools week has been great fun so far! Students have been appreciated while being fashion disasters and eating ice cream sundaes. We have decorated our doors with the theme of “What makes us special!” on School Spirit Day!! Throughout the week some of our students have been attending Mad Science programs and having some different tech opportunities. The best part of Wednesday was having our Buddy Day!!

Thursday was TACO thursday and we were Thinking Pink as service for Breast Cancer Awareness. Funds will go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. They fund over 300 researchers and all of their funding goes to that research.

We were thrilled to have @BUNCEE come to visit and run a workshop for our Grade 4,5,and 6 students. They used this creative platform to create “All About Me” Buncees. https://app.edu.buncee.com/   

 Students in Grade 7 and 8 spent the afternoon doing an Hour of Code. They created games and learn how to code a Dance Party!!

We love Catholic education and celebrate being at Sacred Heart Catholic Academy!


Open House! January 26


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