The teachers here at SSCA, from Nursery through the eighth grade, have spent countless hours collaborating with each other, their students and families to transition to a digital classroom platform.
Using Google Classroom, teachers have been able to upload lessons, videos and assignments. In addition, students have been using Google’s other digital communication platforms to have face time with teachers and fellow classmates to discuss lessons or to just check in to maintain a sense of normalcy and community.
We here at SSCA understand that this is a trying time, with many of us having to balance ever changing demands both personally and professionally. We appreciate our school community and their willingness to adapt to this new way of learning and connection.
Below is a link to a news story from NET TV, featuring SSCA, about the ways in which our local Catholic schools have been adapting to online learning.
The Superintendent of Schools for the Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn has mandated that all schools will be closed the week of March 16th-20th. Here at SSCA, the faculty and staff will be meeting on Monday March 16th, 2020 to ensure that our distance learning model is up and running by Tuesday, March 17th. Your child’s classroom teacher will be communicating with you directly regarding this model beginning on Tuesday, March 17th.
As you may have heard, the New York City public schools across the city will be closed until April 20th. The Diocese of Brooklyn has not yet determined that we will follow the same directive. As new information becomes available, parents will be notified via email and updates posted to the SSCA website.
On February 29th and March 1st, 2020, our 7th and 8th grade students competed in the First Lego League Robotics City Semifinals. The 7th grade team, the Unsweetened Lemon Limes won the Judge’s Award for Team Spirit.
The Subwaves, the 8A team, secured a Golden Ticket for the City Championships and won First Place for Mechanical Robot Design.
The Airmenders, the 8B team, also secured a Golden Ticket for the City Championships and took First Place overall at the Semifinals, finishing above 40 other teams!
Congratulations to all our Middle School Robotics participants!
Over the past few weeks, our 2B classroom has been learning about other countries and cultures through interactive learning. Some of the highlights have included the students’ “trips” to Haiti and Poland. One of our 2B parents brought in Haitian currency as well as peas and rice, a traditional Haitian dish. Most recently, the students “visited” Poland and learned how to polka dance.
Beginning on Tuesday, November 19th, SSCA will be collecting items for the St. Thomas Aquinas Food Pantry on 4th Avenue and 9th Street. Many non-perishable food items are needed. Some suggestions are oatmeal, dried red or black beans, coffee, soup, canned milk, juice and pasta. The pantry is also in need of toiletries. Please consider donating during this season of Thanksgiving.
Update: Our 8th graders delivered the items to Reverend Willy Kingsley on Monday, November 25th. We received a letter of appreciation from Edith Newman, the Food Pantry Coordinator. Thank you to all who participated and contributed!
Join us at Catholic Schools Night at MCU Park to watch the Brooklyn Cyclones take on the Aberdeen IronBirds! The game will also feature our very own Principal, Susan Walsh, participate in the “Scholars vs. Collars” softball game which pits Catholic School Principals against Priests in the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens. See details below:
Date: Monday, June 17th Time: 7 p.m. Location: MCU Park, 1904 Surf Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11224 Price: $10 Additional Details: Collars vs. Scholars game will start before game time (est. around 6 p.m.) Flyer:Flyer + Tickets Tickets now available Online: Visit our online ticketing portal https://groupmatics.events/event/Stsaviour Code: Stsaviour
Last month, the story of our 7th grade’s interfaith act of fellowship to Congregation Beth Elohim was featured in a few local news outlets, which discussed the gesture and the need for more interfaith solidarity in the wake of several attacks on faith groups in the past months.
Seventh graders at St. Saviour Catholic Academy in Park Slope recently donated a “Tree of Life” to a nearbysynagogue – in a heartwarming display of solidarity with the local Jewish community.
Organizer Sandra Rossier, who has three children at the Eighth Avenue school and one at the neighboring high school, came up with the idea following the October massacre at the Tree of Life Congregation in October that killed 11 congregants and wounded seven others.
“I thought to myself, let’s give these kids something to empower them, a weapon, sort of to fight the hate, to feel in charge, to be spiritual warriors, to go out there and to do something rather than just to watch and feel helpless,” Rossier said. “How about let’s inject the world with love, let’s love thy neighbor and do exactly what our faith is teaching us to do, to take down barriers, to take down walls between us and to realize that we really are one human race.”
The students’ act of kindness couldn’t have come at a better time, according to a synagogue staffer, who said the tree will serve as a reminder of their friends in the Catholic church.
“Now, maybe more than ever, we need our Catholic, Muslim and friends of all faiths to come together and support one another,” said Director of Membership and Engagement Sam Sterling. “Every time we look at this incredible Tree of Life, we will remember this most important mitzvah that St. Saviour has done for us. They are true mensches!”
One student from St. Saviour’s who is Jewish told her she was happy to see the two faiths coming together and another called the experience “magical,” she said.
“They were so pleased to have some way of helping — it really gave them a feeling of, ‘I’m doing something good and that’s a way to heal,'” she said. “We are trying to build bridges and take down any walls that exist. There is strength in unity and acceptance.”
A special thank you to the Rossier family, and art teacher Ms. Mathis, for their hard work arranging this gift, and to our dear friends from Congregation Beth Elohim, who gifted us some delicious hamantaschen.