Letter from Mrs. Conlan

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope that you are all enjoying the spring weather. How wonderful it is to see the plants and trees blooming again. We only have a few weeks left of school and some exciting things will be happening.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Walk A Thon. We were able to raise over $41,000 for Sacred Heart. Thank you to Mrs. Marci Tempesta for organizing the online platform for us. Nothing could stop us from walking on that day. Many thanks to our business sponsors. We will be displaying these businesses on our fencing for the rest of the year. We also had many Anonymous donors that were very generous in their giving. I am grateful to all of the friends and family who gave to this event.

COGNIA has released the results from the information we submitted and the interviews that were held in March. I am happy to say that Sacred Heart performed very well. More information regarding this accreditation process will be coming soon. 

Grades 1 – 8 will be taking a field trip to the Bronx Zoo. Parents who are interested in chaperoning are asked to fill out the following form: https://forms.gle/owrzCy7aLsYrmT1y8. Thank you to Mrs. Reinhart who coordinated the details for us. 

I am looking forward to seeing our students learn outside the classroom. It should be a wonderful day.

The second graders had their First Communion last week. They were so happy to receive the Body of Christ. Thank you to Mrs. Marsar for teaching them Religion in such a wonderful way. 

Thank you also to all of the parents who put together the Communion Breakfast last week. It was very special to see the families gathered there. I look forward to many other events where families can come together. Many thanks to Miss Jessica for teaching the songs and to Msgr. Machalski, who joined us on that day.

Graduation celebrations have been scheduled for June. Your child’s teacher should have communicated the date and time. Families in Nursery, PK and Kindergarten are allowed to have 4 people attending. The dates are as follows:

June 13th  Nursery  9:00 am in the Gym

June 14th  PK  9:00 am in the Gym

June 17th Kindergarten. 9:00 am in the Gym

June 17th Eighth Grade graduation 7:00 pm in the Church.

If you are in need of assistance in filling out the enrollment online, Mrs. Kaouris and I will be available to help you on the 19th from 1:00 -2:00 PM. We can also help with the application to Futures in Education, Scholarships and Grants. Email mkaouris@sacredheartbayside.org or me, aconlan@sacredheartbayside.org if you are in need of assistance and can come in on that day. 

Have a wonderful evening,

Mrs. Conlan

March Letter From Mrs. Conlan

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

March is arriving and with it, a month full of events.Looking back at February we had the Book Fair. We also had a wonderful Valentine’s Day Teddy- grams. Thank you to the parents who worked so hard to make that happen. Mrs. Miranda ( Grade 6 parent) made the wonderful chocolate treats that our children and teachers received. 

I would like to thank Mrs. DeBenedittis for coordinating the Scholastic Book Fair. It was a great opportunity for our children to do something different in a more relaxed environment.  Thank you to the parents who were able to come, help set up and assist the children in selecting books. We wouldn’t have been able to run it without them. The book fair raised $2,000 that we can use to order classroom libraries, tech and stem equipment. 

Thank you to all of those who joined the virtual State of the Academy meeting in February. The recording of this meeting will be posted on the school website under the About section. 

Registration for new families has started and Mrs. Kaouris will be contacting you regarding re-registration. The link will be made available to you through email this week. I apologize for the delay. The FACTS system is unique and it has taken some time for us to master it. Please click on the link that was sent.  Mrs. Barker will be contacting you regarding registration fees and tuition. 

The COGNIA virtual visit will take place March 16 – 18.  Some parents will be contacted to sit in on the virtual meetings. Teachers, the Board, Staff and I will be interviewed as well. This accreditation process will be finished that week and we will receive notice of passing the following week. 

Thank you to those of you who purchased or sold boxes for our Football Fundraiser. We sold all of the boxes last week and we will make $3,000. Thank you to Mrs. Fressle for having coordinated this fundraiser. 

Save the date for the Sacred Heart Walk A Thon on May 2nd. This year we will be asking for business sponsorships as well as family support. These new sponsorships will include signs that will display a business or family name at Crocheron Park and around the school building. If you know of any business that you use, such as dentists, pediatricians, etc. There will also be an opportunity for leveled sponsorships for anyone wishing to make a larger contribution. 

Click on the link to let us know which of these businesses we can contact. Or we can send you the paperwork and you can present it yourself in person or through email. Please fill our the form to let us know who we can contact. https://forms.gle/pGuWEZFaGBNGQckb9   The Walk A Thon is our largest fundraiser. It helps us to meet the tuition differential and allows us to plan for school facility improvements. 

Many thank to Mr. Libby and Mr. Spordone for coordinating the work on two rooms that needed to be done after Hurricane Ida. The Faculty room and the corner classroom on the elementary floor have been fully renovated.

I have read the news that Governor Hocul is changing the mask regulations for school on March 2nd. As soon as guidance is received from the diocese I will be happy to share it with you. Please be patient. Children should still come in wearing masks. 

I hope you enjoyed the week off. I look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow.

Best, Mrs. Conlan

 

Please view the dates below to see what will be happening in March. 

March 2nd Ash Wednesday. There are 2 services on that day. Classes will be split, one group going at 9 and another at 12. 

Kindergarten and Grade 1 may have a prayer service with Msgr in the afternoon. 

March 4th will be 1/2 day with a Faculty Meeting. 

March 11, 18, and April 6th. Stations of the Cross.  Grade 2 – 8 1:00PM  Parents are welcome.

March 16, 17, 18th COGNIA virtual Visit  Times and people to interview will be announced.

March 17th Trimester ends. 

March 21 Ring Day, During school with parents attending.

March 22 All final grades entered.

March 25 Report card conferences.

March 26   Bayside St. Patrick’s Day Parade

March 29th and 30th  NYS ELA 4th, 6th and 7th. 

 

 

Happy New Year Letter from Mrs. Conlan

Dear Parents and Guardians

Happy New Year!!

I hope everyone relaxed and rested during the Christmas break. Many celebrations, including mine, were disrupted by COVID. Happily we came through it and although it was not what we had hoped for, it was still a celebration of joy. The news has told us that there are record cases all over. We too have many students and some staff that tested positive over the break. 

Due to the increase in COVID cases over the last few weeks we will remain within our cohorts like we did last year.  Teachers will move from class to class, junior high will not be moving in the hallway, Music and Art will take place in the classroom, and Gym classes will take place outside (if possible) if not we will find another alternative.  

I hope that by maintaining these protocols we reduce the likelihood of COVID spreading within our building. Please do not send your child to school if they are exhibiting any COVID like symptoms. These include nausea, vomiting, coughing, fever and other cold or flu like symptoms. You will be called to pick your child up if they exhibit these symptoms in school. 

We may have the opportunity to offer COVID testing for students in the building. A note will be going home soon to see if any families are interested in that option.  This option would not be mandatory.

Masks will be worn at all times, which includes outside and indoor recess.  

 We are very lucky to have two instructional coaches working with our teachers until the end of the year. They are specialized in ELA and Math. These two ladies will help us to build best practices in the classroom. They are Ms. Cheryl Lee (ELA) and Ms. Iveliz Colon (Math).

I welcome back Mrs. Valmond who will be with us starting on Monday, January 3rd. She is our Junior High Math teacher and I can’t wait until the students get to see her again. I know she is very excited to return after her leave. 

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Read A Thon. We were able to raise $13,000 to support our school. Your support during this time is wonderful and greatly needed. On Wednesday, January 19th, there will be a restaurant fundraiser at Patsy’s in Whitestone.  They  will give back 20% of what is purchased. Mention Sacred Heart, or bring in a Flyer, so the school can receive credit for your purchase. To view their website click here! Thank you to Patsy’s for being such a wonderful friend to Sacred Heart, we are so grateful.

Please see our calendar for January

 January 12    HS Acceptances  

 January 14     School Closed Professional Day

 January 17    MLK Day School closed

 January 19    Restaurant Fundraiser Patsy’s 

 January 30    School Mass   Open House (TBD)

 January 31 – Feb. 4   Catholic Schools Week (activities TBD)

You will be hearing from me soon regarding other activities that will be taking place during the month of January. 

Best,

Mrs. Conlan

 

December Letter From Mrs. Conlan

 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

December has arrived and we are off to a great start. There are many wonderful things happening this month.  Breakfast with Santa is our first in school event in a long time. If you are interested in attending click here. There is still plenty of time to buy tickets. I am so grateful to have parents involved and working to coordinate this special day for the children.  If you are able to assist with baking, setting up or able to help the day of the event, Saturday, December 11th from 9 – 12, please fill out this form. https://forms.gle/5Wy8YRPY4s6Zs2eE7

The Read-a-Thon is our first large fundraising event. You will be receiving another email today incorporating the Twelve Days of Reading in a fun and interactive site. This will be an online fundraiser that allows us to reach out to friends and family to support our school. Great gifts and fun filled activities go hand in hand with this fundraiser and Christmas. The link is: https://www.getmovinfundhub.com/event-webpage/61ad2af3833a0  Today is the first day of registration. December 8th begins that fun!

Reconciliation for our students will take place on December 13th and 15th. This will happen during school hours. Only children who have made their communion will participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  

We will be expanding the lunch menu for grades 1-8 in January. Tuesday and Friday will be our lunch days from now on. Lunch on Friday will be purchased from Luigi’s. Our trial run with lunches in November and December went well and the use of VENMO and the Google forms for ordering has facilitated the process. You will be receiving the form for January shortly. Lunch forms will be added to the academy website for you to access and to make them easier to find. 

Report Card conferences will be held this Friday, December 10th for K – 8.  Those of you who scheduled meetings should be set. If you have difficulty getting into the phone conference on Friday, contact Mrs. Kaouris at 718.631.4804, she will be able to assist you. If you have not already done so please create a FACTS family account. The link to do so is on our site, sacredheartbayside.org. The district code is SHB-NY. 

FACTS continues to be an issue with communication. We will be working on our data within FACTS and will send out a form to parents asking them to re-enter their emails and phone numbers. The data that migrated from OptionC did not translate well into FACTS.  We will work on that over the Christmas break. Please contact Mrs. Kaouris if you are not receiving emails or text messages.  Report Cards are being emailed so please do not hesitate to call if you do not receive the email. 

On Monday, December 20th, the children will be performing in the Christmas concert at Sacred Heart Church. This will occur during the school day from 1:30- 2:30. Parents are welcome to attend. We are limiting guests to one or two people per family.  The performance will be recorded and then posted on the school website, social media and links will be sent out to all families. You will be able to view the event if you cannot attend. Thank you to Monsignor Tom for letting us use the church, a beautiful place where we can celebrate together. 

As you know there have been COVID cases in the school, many of them were due to exposure over the Thanksgiving weekend. We are continuing to wear masks, hand sanitize and disinfect any common areas such as bathrooms and the gym. Thank you to all for working cooperatively with us to maintain this safe environment. Please continue filling out the daily health survey. Our families are 99% compliant in filling out the form.  Remember, it is only with family cooperation that we can continue maintaining a safe space for all. 

The December into January calendar is as follows: (Any changes will be communicated during the month) All snow days will be remote. 

December 8th – 12 Days of Christmas Read-a-Thon begins.

December 10th – ½ Day Report Cards – After school is available.

December 11th – Breakfast with Santa 9-12 School gym

December 13th – Reconciliation – 3,4,5

December 15th – Reconciliation – 6,7,8

December 20th – Concert 1:30 – 2:30

December 23rd – 31st School closed for Christmas 

January 3rd – Return from Christmas Break

January 12th – High School Acceptances 

January 17th – Martin Luther King Day – School Closed

I wish you all a wondrous December! 

Best,

Mrs. Conlan

 

November Letter From Mrs. Conlan

 

Good Morning,

November is here and we are starting the path to winter.  Please make sure your children are wearing the appropriate uniform for the rest of winter. If you have not received your skirt, blue  (girls’) or gray (boys’) pants please let me know. FlynnO’Hara have said they only have a few more orders left to fill. It is starting to get cool outside. On cold days make sure your children are dressed warmly. We will be taking them out until it gets too cold. 

Congratulations to our Eighth graders for having completed the TACHS exam. I am so happy for them as they look to the future. Any High School would be lucky to have our students attending. 

Don’t forget to donate for the Thanksgiving food collection. Students were assigned, by grade,  food to bring in. Check for Mrs. Kaouris’  email listing those items. We are almost done collecting candy for the veterans. Thank you to all who were able to do so. 

Our Lunch program has started on a limited basis. We are starting with lunch on Tuesdays and moving forward from there. The children who ordered seemed to have enjoyed their chicken pita with fries. We will continue adding to the lunch in December. The December order form will be out next week. 

On November 1st we celebrated All Saints Day. Our children watched the mass from their classrooms. Today, November 10th we have been asked to participate in celebrating the traveling Statue of Fatima at church. Grades 4 – 8 will be attending Mass at 11 AM. It will only be for our students.  

IReady is being used regularly in the classrooms with teacher programmed instruction. Your children are working on My Path two times a week. Once in Reading and once in Math. This is one more tool in bridging the learning gaps we have seen since the lockdown. If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Spordone. NYS State parent reports will be out shortly. 

Remember to fill out the Daily Health Survey in the morning. We are almost at 100% of families responding. Mrs. Kaouris will call if you have not completed the online form.

 Please speak to your children regarding appropriate behavior during recess. We’ve had many trips to the nurse and complaints from parents regarding unnecessary roughness. Some classes have had equipment taken away because of this. All must play safely and respectfully with each other.  Children who are not mindful of how their manner of play or language affects others will lose their recess privileges and parents will be notified. 

The Academy is currently participating in the COGNIA self study. This is similar to the Middle States process that was done years ago. The only difference will be that this one will be completely virtual. More information will be given out regarding parent participation that is required. There will be some surveys given out to our students, parents and teachers to assist us in developing the self study further.

The November calendar is listed below. 

 November 10th  – Mass at 11 AM Grades 4 – 8

November 11th – Veterans Day School closed

November 12th – School Closed  Teacher PD

November 19th – Picture Day

November 24th – ½ Day no Afterschool

November 25th – Thanksgiving Day

November 26th – School Closed

Any questions please contact me. 

 

Best,

Mrs. Conlan

October Letter From Mrs. Conlan

Dear Parents and Guardians,

October has arrived and with it the season is changing. Thank you all for continuing to cooperate in filling out the form in the morning.  Hopefully, we will be able to begin enrichment classes for our students soon. I will let you know as soon as it happens. Mrs. Waranis can’t wait to start her oil painting classes and we have other enrichment opportunities that will be available to our students.

Mrs. Kormusis has begun working as our Math leave replacement in Junior High. She is very motivated and I believe that we are lucky to have her teaching the children. She has extensive experience working in Catholic Schools. 

The iReady diagnostic in Reading and Math has begun. Children have already completed the Reading portion and are now continuing into the Math benchmarking. Kindergarten students will begin later.  This diagnostic is a great tool in helping us to understand how our children are achieving academic growth. Next week, after Columbus Day, students in grades 3 – 8 will take Terra Nova tests. This will be a longer testing process that will start on October 12th. 

SETTS services have begun for those students who receive . Speech, OT and PT providers are also coming into the building this year. All of our providers are vetted and must present vaccination credentials or testing credentials in order to work in the building. 

Mrs. Lisa Bisciello has returned as our PDHP school counselor on Tuesdays. She is available to speak with your child if necessary. She is currently working with some of our classes on age appropriate programs.  Her email is lbisciello@sacredheartbayside.org

Rosary Rally:

Students in grades 3 – 8 participated in the Rosary Rally at church. Bishop DiMarzio, Msgr. Tom and Fr. Alex participated. This event was filmed for the Currents network and our students were interviewed by the media in English and Spanish. See Link:

Please remember that we are maintaining a clean environment, sanitizing and spraying on a daily basis.  Children cannot come into school until all of their COVID test results are in. We need a doctor’s note and a negative COVID result. I thank you for your cooperation. As always the safety and wellbeing of the Sacred Heart community is my priority.  

I wish you all a wonderful Columbus Day weekend.

Best, 

Mrs. Conlan

 

 

Welcome Back Letter!

 

 

Welcome Back!!!

I hope you had a good summer and were able to relax and enjoy the summer weather. I am grateful to have been able to take some time for myself this summer. The teachers, staff and I are looking forward to seeing all of you on September 8th for the first day of school. We will have three half days to start, dismissal will be at 11:30am.  Many of you are new to the school and we welcome you to our Sacred Heart family. This year promises to be very special as we begin to transition into a more normal routine.  

We have a new Board Chair, Mrs. Annmarie McLaughlin. I am very excited to begin working with her.  Many thanks and good wishes to former Chair Mr. Douglas Libby. He will continue on the board as part of the Facilities committee. 

As you know there have been some changes in staffing. Mrs. Kritikos has moved to Grade 1, Ms. Shrinivas will take over the 4th and 5th grade ELA and Social Studies. In Early Childhood, former PK Director, Mrs. Alison Cosgrove will be the SHCA PK 4 teacher and Ms. Alexandra Godden is the new Kindergarten teacher. We will have another 3rd grade teacher. I have a strong candidate in the process of applying and I hope to introduce them to the parents this week. I am still looking for a Junior High Math leave replacement. Unfortunately, there are not many candidates out there for this position. We will have the class covered by a sub until a qualified candidate is found. I know it is disappointing but I will make sure students continue to have instruction.

All specials are back in place as they were post pandemic. Students will be back in regularly scheduled Gym, Art and Music Classes.

Families are required to fill out a health survey in the evening before, or the morning of, each school day. The surveys can be found on the school website. Click on the link below to see your child’s class. At this time temperatures do not have to be taken. https://sacredheartbayside.org/all-grades-health-screening-forms-qr-code-and-links/

Please read the Highlighted items below. Contact me if you have any questions regarding the information below. I will be happy to answer any you may have. 

Stay Well, 

Mrs. Conlan 

 

School Hours

Morning care will start at 7:30 am students enter on 38th Avenue on Wednesday, September 8th.

Afterschool begins on Monday, September 13th 

As you know there is a NYS requirement for equivalency of instruction. This means that we have to be in compliance in the Length of the School Day: (5.5. hours to 6 hours)

Our day is increased as it had been the previous year. Let me know if you have any questions. 

The school day will begin at 7:50am for Junior High Arrival – entrance on 38th Avenue Main doors. 

Nursery 8:20 – 2:20 Half day ends at 11:20 am. The Bridge doors on 217th St.

PK 4  8:30 – 2:30 The Doors on 217th St. past the Playground under the awning.

Grades 1 and 3 on 217th Street by the playground.  3rd grade 8:00am –  1st grade at 8:10am

Grades 4, 5 and 2 Main Entrance (38th) Avenue  4th  and 5th grade  8:00am, 2nd grade 8:10.

Dismissal is at 2:40pm for elementary.  Dismissal is at 3:00pm for Junior High. 

 COVID Protocols 

At this time Sacred Heart is not offering remote instruction. It will only be available in case of a quarantining child or if a cohort has to stay home due to exposure. Children will be wearing masks while in the school building. All classrooms are air conditioned and have large ceiling fans. They worked well last year and we expect that to continue. Key to this is parent cooperation in filling out the daily health survey.

Everyone will be wearing masks inside the building and the Health Surveys will continue for adults and children. any visitors to the building will be required to do a survey.  All adults and children, ages 3 – 13, still have to wear masks. Sanitizing is our greatest priority in maintaining a clean environment for ourselves and the children. Children will be moving throughout the building to Art, Music and Gym. We will also be able to use the library. Junior High will also be changing classes during periods. Students will be distanced by three feet in the classroom wearing masks with all facing the same direction.  Lunch will be in the classrooms until October. 

When walking in the hallway the children are expected to socially distance. We will again  follow the same protocols as last year with hand sanitizing and desk cleaning a constant throughout the day. The bathrooms will also be cleaned many times during the day.

Students will have mask breaks as they did last year. While outside students and staff do not have to wear masks. Please let your child’s teacher know if you wish to have your child wearing a mask outside. 

Security

Mr. Quinn will not be returning this year. Mr. Whelan will be watching the door in the morning and Mrs. Jane Oralis will be at the door in the afternoon for dismissal and early pick up. All the cameras are functioning and Mrs. Kaouris and I can view all the videos from her office and my phone.

The security system that was installed last year allows us to view and record who is at the door. It is constantly monitored from the Main Office. We also have the option to unlock the door when necessary. This is controlled in the office. Three of the main entrance doors have this option. We have also moved to keyless entry for all staff. We are able to record entry at each doorway and have video recorded through many points around the building.  All activity around the building can be viewed at all hours. 

TECH

We will continue using Google Classroom throughout the building to share information with parents and students. Each teacher will let you know how they will use Google Classroom for your child. All students will have devices that they can use in the classroom. They will also be learning how to use the keyboard and about Internet safety while on a device.  Grades 4 – 8 should have their own Chromebooks as they begin the new school year. K – 3 will have class devices that they can use. 

FACTS. 

This is the new platform for attendance, viewing grades and parent communication. It will replace OptionC. Please have patience with us as we learn the system. You will be receiving credentials shortly so that you can view your child’s grades.  FACTS is also used for Tuition payments by some of you. The credentials for entering the Student System will be different.

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

 

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

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