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. 



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

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.


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.

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. 


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. 


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. 


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.



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.


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, 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.


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. 


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.

Mrs. Conlan