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

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

I hope your Easter is filled with joy.

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Easter is almost here and we will be celebrating the joy of resurrection and new life. All around us we see this happening as the days become warmer and plants are beginning to bloom. This is a glorious time to marvel at new beginnings and the many gifts that we are given.

This past week I attended the Casino Night held by the First Grade parents. It was a great night out and well attended by many of the families. The baskets were amazing and the decorations outstanding. Many thanks to the First Grade parents, and the Mother’s Club. It is always wonderful when the school community can come together and enjoy themselves.

In these last two weeks we have administered the NYS ELA exam. When we return from vacation we will be giving the NYS Math exam. The students are ready and we expect it to go smoothly. We have also made the Stations of the Cross with the students in grades 1 – 8. This Lenten observance is a tradition that recreates the last moments of Jesus’s life. The question and answer sessions with Monsignor Tom afterwards were wonderful. I know he was amazed at the insight some of the children had.

Tomorrow we will have two events. In the morning students will be performing for the rest of the school with instruments they created in art. I am very excited to see how both Visual Art and Music come together in performance. In the afternoon grades 4 – 6 will be revisited by the Islanders. We will be incorporating STEM into an Islanders experience. I can’t wait to see what both events are about.

I would like to wish you and your family a Blessed Easter. Enjoy your Easter break.

Regards,
Mrs. Conlan

What’s Happening at Sacred Heart?

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope you are enjoying your week. On Monday I thought that we would be enjoying spring weather, Mother Nature fooled me. However the warmer noon weather has allowed the children to go outside during recess.

Tomorrow, Thursday, March 27th at 7:00pm  is the Internet Safety meeting in the Church Hall. I look forward to seeing you all there.

Sunday, March 30th is the Bayside St. Patrick’s Day Parade.Join the group of teachers, parents, students and me marching. We will be gathering on the West side of Bell Blvd. and 36th Avenue at  10:00 am. I will be there wearing green and supporting Sacred Heart Catholic Academy.

It has come to my attention that some parents are parking their cars or double parking while bringing their children in during the morning. This is creating a dangerous condition for your children.If you are staying with your child in the gym, please do not park in front of the school. It is creating a problem with the buses and the children weaving in and out of the cars. Those parents staying inside cannot park in front of the school. Thank you for following this directive. As always, the safety and security of all your children is the priority.

Coming up is the Casino night on April 12th in the Church Hall. This promises to be a unique way to support our  school and have fun at the same time. We are also planning the ART Night in June. It promises to be a unique family experience, mimicking a real Art Opening. I am looking forward to planning this with Mrs. Waranis.

Have a happy weekend.

Regards,

Mrs. Conlan

 

How was your week?

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Yesterday we had report card conferences. I hope you had a good visit with your child’s teachers. Many of you stopped by to say hello because I had not already met you, and I am grateful for that. Ms Brunkhorst and I met with several of you privately, and I hope that we addressed all the issues you had. All of them were valid and I will be following up to make sure you are satisfied. Open communication with parents, teachers, and administration is key to moving forward with success.  

I wanted to remind you again, that one of our former students, Vincent LaGrotta,  is collecting used clothes to donate to Bridge for Life. There is a bin in the Main entrance that to put in items.

Thursday. March 28th, we will have a speaker in to talk about internet and social media safety to you. Remember, any parents attending will be given free dress down passes for their children. 

On Friday, April 12th, the Mother’s Club will be hosting a Casino night in the Church Hall. Tickets are $40.00. There will be Finger Food , Baskets, Raffles and Games to play. Please check the web page for the flyer to send in for your tickets.  

Today we will be going to the Stations of the Cross and we will be commemorating Jesus’s last days on Earth. We will be viewing these images and reflecting on Jesus’s love for all.  

Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Conlan

 

What were we working on this week?

Dear Parents and Guardians,

This has been a very busy week for Ms. Brunkhorst, myself and the teachers. Today marks the last day of the trimester and next week, on Thursday, we will have report card conferences.  I look forward to seeing all of you then. Some of you have made appointments to meet with me. I welcome spending some time with parents to discuss their concerns. 

This week some of the teachers attended a seminar on literacy in the classroom. We will be revamping the ELA program at the elementary level. The programs we are using are very old and we are currently investigating materials that follow the standards and will help students excel academically. We will be remaining with GOMath and incorporating FUSION science for the early grades. This science program compliments the Stream lab and all classes, K – 8, will be able to make use of it. 

I have concerns regarding the use of social media and internet by some of our students. This week we audited the Middle School Google accounts and were unhappy with the histories and the contents that students were storing there. We will be incorporating Technology policies throughout the building for students and teachers. These will be distributed on report card day for you to sign. It is my feeling that parents need to know what the dangers are for their children. There is also a link to the sheet on the bottom of this page. We want to be proactive in teaching proper usage to our children.  I have scheduled a speaker to present this to parents on Thursday, March 28th at 7:00 pm.  Any parent attending will receive dress down passes for their children and refreshments will be served. The form is attached to this post and will also be distributed on report card day by your child’s teacher. Please RSVP by sending the bottom in so that we know how many people will be attending.

Today we will be wearing Green for St. Patrick’s Day. This will be sponsored by Student Council as part of their fundraising activities. Sunday is St.Patrick’s Day and I wish you all a sunny day to wear your green. 

Regards,

Mrs. Conlan

Internet Safety Flyer and RSVP

Did you enjoy winter break?

Dear Parents,

I hope you all enjoyed your time off.  Since we’ve been back Ms. Brunkhorst and I have been working very hard in our planning for next year.  We have been examining the curriculum, Catholic identity, technology and school rules for next year.  It is has been very exciting to begin this planning. The objective is to create a wonderful academic and spiritual academic model for your children. Our teachers are also actively engaged in this process.

The uniform company for next year will be Flynn and O’Hara. There will be some changes to the to the gym uniform. This would include changing the color of the shirt to gray and the inclusion of gym shorts. The uniform company had suggested changing the plaid on the girls uniforms. I would love to have some parent feedback on this. There would be a transitional year for those students who already have a jumper or for those who are in eighth grade and do not wish to purchase a skirt for one year.  I will have the plaid displayed in the school library, any feedback is welcome. 

You will be happy to know that the committees for the Art room rebuild, Marketing and Development will begin meeting next week. I am thrilled to begin this process and have these ready for next year’s students. Over the break repairs were done to the buildings. The most significant was the repair to the gym stage. All of the flooring was replaced. This will allow us to have performances in the gym.  

I wish you a good week. 

Mrs. Conlan

 

What’s Happening at SHCA?

Good Afternoon,

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.

Mrs. Conlan