Mid-Year Report

Thank you to all of the families who remain a part of our school community. It is because of your support and collaboration that we continue to thrive. This month and next, during our HAA meetings, families will get the opportunities to address their hopes and dreams for the school and hear more about how to participate in the exciting plans for the 2018-2019 school year! Please take a moment to review the Principal’s Mid-Year Report and bring us back your ideas in the attached Stakeholder Survey. God Bless!

Catholic Schools Week

Join us for All our Events this Week! – Catholic Schools Week Daily Themes

January 28th–               Open House- 11:00am-1:30pm-Student council will need to attend. Prospective families will tour the school.

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January 29th–               Get up and Dance-1980’s style – Children are asked to participate in dress down for $2.00 which will be donated to a Catholic charity- At random times of the day music will play and the children will “Get up and Dance!” If your child does not participate they must come in school uniform. This is not a free dress down day. Show your school spirit!

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January 30th–               The children will be participating in the Olewus Assembly, which is a school unity assignment. Also the classes will have a “Door Decorating Contest”and the winning class will have free dress down on Friday. All students have a  “No Homework Pass today!

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January 31st–                Open House for prospective families- 9:00am-10:00am

“Winter Wonderland Photo Booth” Children can dress down to take a photo either by themselves or along with friends. Submit $5.00 in an envelope with your child’s name and grade on it. If your child wants to take a photo with a friend, submit ONE envelope with the children’s names, grades and the money from each child all inside the ONE envelope. Up to three people at a time. If your child does not take a photo they must come in school uniform. This is not a free dress down day.

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February 1st–                Bake Sale- “Sweet Acts of Kindness” to show good citizenship. Please contribute store bought items for the bake sale; cookies, cakes, cupcakes, muffins etc. Students will create ONE card from the whole class which we mail to our surrounding parishes geared to their assigned class saint. See below for your class saint.

K & 1-         Infant Jesus of Prague             5th        Mother Theresa- St. Theresa of Calcutta

2nd               St. Therese of Lisieux                  6th        St. Joseph

3rd                Mary-Mother of Jesus                 7th        St. Anthony of Padua

4th              St. Rose of Lima                         8th        St. Jude

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February 2nd–               First Friday Mass- 10:00am- All parents are welcome!  “Mystery Teacher Day” Teacher Recognition Day is for how hard QASCA principal, faculty, staff and students work. Visit our website and Instagram for photos of the week.

Snow!

Happy New Year!

With the prediction of snow, I wanted to take this opportunity to review the snow closing procedures.

If the New York City Department of Education (Public Schools) closes, all Parishes Schools and Academies within the Diocese of Brooklyn will close. The snow closing message (Academies and Parish Schools within the Diocese of Brooklyn are closed) will be posted on the Diocesan Website, School Website and through an Option C parent alert.  Please be sure your phone number and emails are updated!

Additionally, a radio announcement will be made on WINS 1010 and CBS 880.  In addition, the announcement will be posted to ABC 7, CBS 2, NBC 4 and News 1.

From the Principal’s Desk 12/11/17

Earlier this month I was honored to attend a Principal Leadership Conference held at Fordham University. The theme of the conference was “Culturally Proficient Leadership for a Changing World”. It was inspirational to hear the keynote speaker, Dr. Dorita Gibson, Senior Deputy Chancellor for the New York City Department of Education. Dr. Gibson shared her experiences with us about her work as Deputy Chancellor for Equity and Access. During her tenure in this position, she fought tirelessly to bring equity in education and eliminate disparities because of racial, ethnic and socioeconomic factors. This conference could not have been more timely – our world needs more people who think not only with evidence and reasoning but also with a firm moral compass and these are exactly the type of values we instill in all areas of education here at Queen of All Saints Catholic Academy.

This is why we are so blessed to have begun our participation this month in Project Success, Too Good for Drugs and Beautiful Me, run and sponsored by local organizations. Additionally, we ran our first parent workshop as part of a lunch hour series: A Mindful Student: Set Your Child Up For Academic Success: How anxiety affects our children (& us), Ways Mindfulness can help, What we can do at home to support our children’s academic performance, And strategies to foster communication. Engaging a strong home-school relationship and developing sound minds, hearts and behaviors are core values at the heart of our mission and we truly believe that working Together Everyone Achieves More (TEAM)!

An Advent Prayer
God, our Comforter, fill us with the light of your love: a love that called the world out of darkness, a love from which nothing can separate us. May we never fear to reach out to others in need of your love all around us. We make this prayer through Christ, our Lord. Amen

From the Principal’s Desk 11/13-11/17

This week our students begin their Hour of Code home-school program with Tynker. Students in all grades, K-8 have access to their own personalized lessons and accounts where they can create Minecraft mods, make animations, stories or music, explore STEM projects and even code to fly drones! Students who complete each Hour of Code module will receive a special certificate. This week, we will have our first site visit with Lab Learners, a comprehensive Pre-K-8th Grade STEM program. At the visit, we will tour the rooms in our academy to determine the best fit for a new lab, which should be installed in January. In the meantime, students have been exploring the world around them through classroom experiments, virtual explorations and field trips. In other good news, the principal met this week with Math coaches through Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and they will be working one-one with our teachers to help them deliver lessons that are rigorous, differentiated and engage higher order thinking. We look forward to developing more hands on-minds on multi-modal lessons for all our students this year and will be tapping into a variety of resources to bring math alive! Finally, in honor of the holiday, this Friday, students will gather together in a school-wide Thanksgiving celebration, where we will share a Thanksgiving meal and raise funds to help support CHIPS, a local Brooklyn shelter for women and children. Here at the academy, we are truly blessed with the spirit of community, service and faith. Together we are developing citizens who not only use their heads, but also their hearts, in the service of Christ.

From the Principal’s Desk 11/06-11/10

We have had a busy fall here at the Academy, full of exciting new learning programs, faith filled activities and service to our community and world. This week, our middle school students will attend the Catholic Junior High School Rally at St. Mark’s Church and participate in collecting items for the Midnight Drive. In October, our students dedicated their Hispanic Heritage Night Project Presentation to disaster relief in Puerto Rico and Mexico. Children and families collected goods and funds in conjunction with Assemblymember Felix Ortiz of District 51. During the event, our student government representatives helped to organize and load supplies for delivery while our 5th and 6th grade students performed their merengue skills, which they had been practicing in their weekly ballroom classes with Ballroom Basix.

Finally, we just received our package of tulip bulbs, the first of many projects our 4H club will complete in partnership with Cornell University. Our club will take part in various activities throughout the year that “engage New York City youth in projects and activities that help build skills in engineering, math, literacy, nutrition, health, STEM, civic engagement and leadership” including engineering wearable devices, coding for drones and researching techniques in forensic analysis. Join us on Welcome Wednesdays to tour the school, meet the principal and learn more about how we are truly “Building Knowledge and Inspiring Faith” in our school community.