SSCA News

Families,

I hope that despite these stressful circumstances, you were able to enjoy the beautiful Spring weather we have been experiencing the past few days.  I continue to pray that all of you and those that you hold dear, stay well.  

During the week of June 8th your child’s classroom teacher will reach out to you with instructions for picking up any materials that your child might have left behind when we ended in person classroom instruction on March 13th.  The items left behind will be put together and bagged up.  Teachers will schedule appointments for those of you who wish to retrieve the items, and meet you at the front door. 

Summer school will be in session for those students that have been deemed eligible to receive Title I services.  These services will be delivered on the digital platform and be administered by Title I and the Office of Non-Public Schools.  Families of students who are eligible for these services have been notified. This is an optional program that is not mandated.  Families of students deemed at academic risk and or in danger of failing for the year, will be contacted with regards to summer school the week of June 15th.  All summer programming will be run on a digital platform.  There will be no in person summer school. 

The Board of SSCA has put together a new financial aid program for the 2020-2021 academic year. The Board may award aid in addition to the scholarships made available by the Futures in Education program through the Diocese of Brooklyn, should you still demonstrate need. Under special circumstances, you may receive aid from the Board even if you are not awarded a scholarship from the Futures program. Please note that you must complete the Futures in Education through the Diocese of Brooklyn application process before applying to St. Saviour Catholic Academy’s in house tuition assistance program. The SSCA tuition assistance form is attached. To return the form and for any inquiries, please email Diane Rigobello at Drigobello@sscaparkslope.org. The deadline to apply to Futures in Education and SSCA is July 24, 2020.  

Discussions continue with State Ed., the Department of Health and other varying agencies with regards to the opening of schools in the Fall.  I will share information with you as I receive it. 

Please see below a link and blurb from an organization which I am sure some of you are familiar with, the Child Mind Institute. It offers some ways to speak with children during these unprecedented times.

Finally, please see some thoughts from our PDHP guidance counselor, Liz Palumbo, on how to deal with feelings utilizing the five senses.

I hope all of you are able to enjoy some time with family and close friends.  As a reminder, classes will not be in session on Monday, May 25th in observance of Memorial Day. Teachers will continue instruction for students on the digital platform on Tuesday, May 26th.

Best, 

Sue Walsh

This week on childmind.org we discuss ways of helping children build healthy resilience to setbacksand learn to tolerate the uncertainty that stretches ahead of us. It starts by really listening to what they’re feeling — even though you know you can’t fix it. And with that in mind we also offer tips on ways to ask kids how they’re doing without getting that dreaded one-word brush-off: “Fine.”  

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1cSw_p_l9JZm4DdxmblqGu3t05Nbs4JVX/view?usp=sharing

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Crossing Guard Appreciation

Our Crossing Guards, Betty and Stephanie, were honored last week as part of Crossing Guard Appreciation Week! Thank you for all you do! Photo below:

 

Ms. Avalyn Mathis

Avalyn grew up in upstate New York, but moved to DC to study fine art at Georgetown University. Since completing her BA she has been freelancing and teaching art privately to groups and individuals. She loves exploring new mediums and lately has been immersing herself in fiber arts; weaving, macramé and sewing. When she’s not creating and crafting at home in Ditmas Park, she likes to get out of the city to hike and go camping.

Breakfast with Santa

Breakfast with Santa is one of our most popular annual events: so popular, in fact, that it sells out on the first day almost every year!

Parents from each homeroom prepare themed baskets full of all kinds of gifts: from Legos, American Girl dolls, Gourmet foods and more. In the days leading up to the event, students buy raffle tickets for a chance to take home each of the basket.

On the event itself, more than 400 parents, students and siblings converge on the Saint Saviour High School Gym, which is transformed by our wonderful Parent Association volunteers to a winter wonderland. Breakfast is served and students get a chance to hand-deliver their letters to Santa and get a gift from Santa’s helpers.

Finally at the end of the event, Parent Association volunteers draw the winners of each basket, as well as a 50/50 raffle.

Back to School 2017!

Dear SSCA Parents/Guardians,

I hope that everyone has had a wonderful summer. It is my pleasure to welcome first through eighth grade students to another great year at St. Saviour Catholic Academy. On Monday, September 11th, we will be joined by the Nursery, Pre-K and Kindergarten students. We are all excited to have the students back in the classrooms and hallways as they are full of enthusiasm and an excitement for learning. It is our mission to help every child feel welcomed, connected and a part of the SSCA family. Additionally, we strive to challenge each student to grow in his/her academic abilities in order to reach his/her true potential.

As I walked around our school this past week visiting each classroom, I was so proud of our teachers and students. It was wonderful to see how much effort they were putting forth. Each classroom was busy throughout the day creating memorable moments of learning with a clear focus on student success. We have had a seamless transition through the first few days of school and I look forward to the year ahead.

Lastly, I would like to welcome the following new faculty and staff to the SSCA family:
Ms. Deanna Feuerbach–Early Childhood Music
Ms. Kerrin Barry–First Grade
Ms. Christina Bandini–Second Grade
Mr. Paolo Martusciello–Fourth Grade
Mr. Andy Austin–Seventh Grade
Mr. Christopher Demera–Seventh Grade Teaching Assistant
Mr. Jeremy Mangano–Physical Education
Mr. Nathan Lynch–Admissions Director

Once again, I welcome you to the 2017-2018 school year. I look forward to working with you in the months ahead.

Thank you,

Sue Walsh

Coffee Talk Series: Raising School-Age Children

Join Elizabeth Palumbo, our Guidance Counselor, at 8:15 AM in the Library for our Coffee Talk Series, see dates below and flyer attached.

Friday, May 5th (Nursery – Kindergarten)
Friday, May 12th (1st – 4th Grade)
Friday, May 19 (5th – 8th Grade)

This is a time to discuss and share the joys and struggles of raising school-age children as well as discover ways to improve communication and reduce conflicts. See flyer attached.

8th Grade Bake Sale 2017

The Class of 2017 will be hosting the annual bake sale Thursday, March 23rd to help defray the cost of the 8th Grade Dance. All proceeds from this bake sale and raffles will be used to support their dance.

We ask that you send in homemade cupcakes, brownies, cookies etc. and/or cash donations for this great event. See donation flyer attached, which is due Tuesday, March 21st.

Raffle Baskets!
Cost: $1 each or 6 for $5
Baskets: Kindle Paperwhite, Marvel Collectables, Easter Basket, Beauty and the Beast, Minecraft, Virtual Reality Headset, and more!

Premium 50/50 Raffle
Cost: 3 for $5
50/50 Raffle: Dance gets half the money and the winner gets the other half!

Raffles will also be available Friday, March 24th during Parent /Teacher conferences.