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July 4th Activity!

Dear Parents,

HAPPY 4th of July!!!

We hope these patriotic activities will add to the celebration!! Together, you can help your child discover that there is much more to celebrate about July 4th than just fireworks.

Enjoy!!

Janet Heed

District Superintendent

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Transitions, Part 2

A letter of reflection, change, hope and encouragement to the Families of 2020 Graduates by Allison Colombo, Diocesan Counselor

Dear Parents & Guardians, 

It is hard to imagine how quick these years have flown by, isn’t it? Your child is no longer looking through that classroom window, hoping you will stay all day in case they do not make friends on the reading carpet. Maybe your child no longer wants you to write a note to put in their lunch box because “it’s just not cool in High School, Mom.” While this is an exciting time and a milestone for you as a parent and guardian, it is also the closing of one chapter and onto the next. 

These next 4 years in High School is something you are going to go through with your child, but this time it will look a little different. Now, there may be less of you packing lunches, but rather handing out lunch money to buy. You no longer will have to stay up completing that diorama at midnight for Science, but instead find out that you ran out of printer ink for their paper due tomorrow morning at 8 AM. While these changes to how school looks can be scary and worrisome, it can also be so exciting. 

You will be alongside your child as they start to shape themselves into the people they wish to become. Conversations may change from talking about the latest toy they want for Christmas, but rather the newest iPhone so they can keep up with weekend plans with friends. You will stand beside your children as they make new friends, try out for new clubs and sports and may not make the team. You will stand beside your children through some of the happiest and most challenging times.  But remember, remain proud of yourself because through every struggle your child faces, you are right there next to them facing it together. 

As they blossom into young adults, don’t be afraid to talk to them about important topics. While some things may be uncomfortable to bring up, they will thank you in the end for educating them and supporting them through it all. Your involvement in their High School experience is still so crucial to their success. Meet-the-Teacher night may look different but immerse yourself in this new community that will offer you support through educators, Principals and Counselors. 

Congratulations to parents and guardians of the Class of 2020, you made it!

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How to Celebrate the End of the School Year through Faith and Family during COVID-19

Schools across the country are wrapping up this tumultuous school year. For many parents, the challenge of celebrating in this time is unprecedented, and you yourself might be wondering how you can make your child’s special time one to remember in a time of COVID-19 (for all the right reasons). If your child’s school is holding a late-June graduation ceremony or you’d like some ideas on how to make the end of the school year memorable, here are a few ideas from other parents for some summer inspiration.

Family Cookout

With the first days of summer already behind us, —and the entire family—will enjoy a freshly cooked meal in the light of a warm weekend afternoon. Choose the perfect outdoor spot, such as a quiet park pavilion away from large crowds or even your own backyard. With a fire or a grill, cook your child’s summer favorites while you all celebrate the monumental moment together as a family.

Make the cookout themed by decorating with school colors and symbols. Check off all your party essentials: balloons, streamers, colored dinnerware, and a playlist of your child’s favorite music. Before digging in, gather around and say a prayer for success and enlightenment for the young child’s future.

Crowdsource the Family for a “Congrats!” Video Montage

Nothing says “Congratulations to making it to the end of the school year” and “I love you” during a time of social distancing like an end-of-the-year video montage. Surprise your child on this special day with a compilation of videos from family and friends expressing congratulations and their very best wishes.

Reach out to any people that your child may be particularly missing in daily life as he or she continues to adapt to the “new normal,” such as grandparents; aunts, uncles, and cousins; and/or classmates and family friends.

Throw a Virtual Celebration Party

No more than ever, people are starting to embrace technology to better connect us in ways that COVID-19 and social distancing have made impossible. So children have a chance to hear the good wishes and congratulations for themselves, throw a virtual celebration party!

Invite far-away or distance family members and friends to hop on a video call (use video chatting services like Zoom, Google Hangouts, or Skype) and send their hopes and wishes to your child directly.

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End of the Year Parent Letter

Dear Parents and Guardians of Catholic Academy and Parish School Students,

As has been previously shared, our Catholic Academies and Parish Schools have always had a strong relationship with our parents and guardians. This has contributed greatly to the success of our Catholic Academies and Parish Schools. The past three months have been a challenging time for families. Parents have dealt with their own jobs shifting to at-home work status or, even worse, having their jobs being eliminated altogether. Add to that, the stress of having to assist your children with their learning, which presented some additional challenges. I think the hardest part about the COVID-19 crisis has been the uncertain time frame and lack of consistent information from New York City and New York State officials.

Every day, updates and new developments are being shared by Governor Cuomo and Mayor DeBlasio. Looking ahead, we are making plans to re-open our Catholic Academies and Parish Schools in Brooklyn and Queens for the upcoming academic year (2020-2021). Though we cannot determine what the health conditions will look like for the Catholic Academies and Parish Schools, as we approach September, our goal is to return to in-class instruction with all the necessary safety precautions.

A Re-Opening School Task Force has been developed and convening weekly meetings, to develop a strategic plan for the re-opening of Catholic Academies and Parish Schools in September 2020. The implementation of this strategic plan will include a variety of health and safety precautions. It is highly likely that social-distancing requirements will necessitate the need to limit the number of students in a classroom/school building at one time. The summer will allow us time to further our plans and put the necessary measures in place. Our priority is to ensure that our students, teachers, and staff can confidently return to a safe and healthy school building, conducive to teaching, learning, and faith formation.

Our Catholic Academy and Parish School buildings might be empty, but their ministry of Catholic education endures. We continue to journey together though these difficult times. We must continue to act together to ensure that our Catholic Academies and Parish Schools will remain strong and healthy both now, and when we can gather together again in the future.

In preparation for the summer months of July and August, I offer you the following prayer to share with your family:

Father, Creator of all, thank You for summer!
Thank you for the warmth of the sun and the increased daylight.
Thank You for the beauty I see all around me and for the opportunity to be outside and enjoy Your creation.
Thank You for the increased time I have to be with my friends and family, and for the more casual pace of the summer season.
Draw me closer to You this summer.
Teach me how I can pray no matter where I am or what I am doing.
Warm my soul with the awareness of Your presence and light my path with Your Word and Counsel.
As I enjoy Your creation, create in me a pure heart and a hunger and a thirst for You.
Amen.

Wishing you a safe and healthy summer.

We promise to keep you informed as plans evolve. Continue to monitor your Catholic Academy/ Parish School and Diocese of Brooklyn websites (https://catholicschoolsbq.org/).

Sincerely,

Thomas Chadzutko

Thomas Chadzutko, Ed.D.
Superintendent ~ Catholic School Support Services

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End of the Year Students Letter

Dear Students in the Catholic Academies and Parish Schools,

Wow… another school year is ending. Can you believe it?

While the past three months of the school year, have been done remotely, your Catholic education has continued. You are to be commended for your hard work and effort. Your achievements and accomplishments have been noted by your principal, teachers and parents.

Remember the start of the school year in September, the excitement of making new friends, the reconnecting with old friends, your new teacher(s) and your renewed enthusiasm to start anew?

This time of year (June 2020) is an excellent time for reflection on the closing school year. I ask you spend some time with your parents reflecting on the questions below:

• What are the two best memories you have of this school year?
• What was your favorite event/excursion/special performance this school year?
• What is the nicest thing someone did for you this school year?
• What was the nicest thing you did for a classmate?
• In what area do you feel you have improved in the most?
• What are 3 new things you’ve learned, that you didn’t know at the start of the school year?
• What’s the best piece of work/project/assignment you’ve done this year?
• What subject have you enjoyed the most? Why?
• What are 6 adjectives you could use to describe the best parts of this school year?
• What have you learned about yourself this school year?
• What are you most proud of this school year?

As you move into the summer months, I ask that you remember to set time aside for daily prayer and reflection.

I offer you this prayer to you as you begin summer 2020:
Take time to claim your strength; they are gifts of God.
Take time to have fun; it’s God’s way of teaching you your strengths.
Take time to grow yourself; only you can grow you.
Take time to trust yourself; God trusts you.
Take time to be self-reliant; it is better than being dependent.
Take time to share with others; they will bless you, and you will bless them.
Take time to have hope, you are a child of God

Best wishes for an enjoyable and safe summer!

Continued prayers!

Thomas Chadzutko
Thomas Chadzutko, Ed.D.
Superintendent ~ Catholic School Support Services

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3 Family Activities to Bring the Fun Back to Your Child’s Summer

After an overwhelming spring season, your child could use a summer of fun and lightheartedness. You may be wondering how to best plan an engaging summer for your child during the pandemic, but no fear – some sunshine and quality time in the outdoor heat are simple elements of the hottest season of the year that will inspire your child for the months to come.

Arts and Crafts Party

What about the classroom environment does your child miss most? If you have a creative child, arts and crafts are the perfect way to remain connected to traditional, in-class learning outside the classroom. Activities are made even more fun by the prospect of summer, so make arts and crafts parties the new addition to your summer weekly routine.

Not too crafty yourself? There are a number of free resources available online for craft inspiration. For general ideas, explore Pinterest boards dedicated to DIY crafts for kids. For specific craft instructions, browse websites such as EasyPeasyandFun.com or TheSpruceCrafts.com.

Growing a Family Garden

Gardening is an incredible way to bond with your child this summer. Find a special place in your yard to begin your garden. Gather the necessary gardening tools you’ll need for the types of plants or flowers you wish to grow (let your child pick the plants!), including watering cans, gardening gloves, pails, and hand tools.

Don’t be afraid to let you child explore the nature around you and get dirty, and do your best to answer his or her questions (even if you don’t have much of a green thumb). Emphasize the importance of care in the growing of living things. Teach responsibility by instructing your child on how to care for the world—one backyard at a time.

Family Game or Movie Night

For so many families, game or movie nights are already a family tradition. On rainy or extra-hot days, pick a family favorite game or movie, sit together on the carpet or sofa, and enjoy the company of the people that matter most.

Each night, alternate which person gets to choose the game or movie. Add even more to the fun with your child’s favorite late night snack, and top the evening off with his or her favorite nighttime ritual. (If you don’t already have one, make one together this year!)

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Father’s Day

“Most ordinary men – turned by love into heroes, adventurers, story-tellers and singers of songs…”

This week’s activities help recognize and say “thank you” to all dads, stepfathers, uncles, grandfathers and all of those special men whose love and care mean so much to the life of a child.

Janet Heed

District Superintendent

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Celebrating Differences Activity 2

We are so very blessed to have the fabric of our country woven from a wonderful abundance of diversity.

This week we celebrate our differences… as well as all we have in common. Through diversity, we understand that each individual is unique. Without diversity, life would be very boring.

We become united through an understanding & appreciation of each other and our cultures.

Janet Heed

District Superintendent

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Honoring Our 8th Grade Graduates

Please click the link below to view the Valedictorians, Salutatorians, and other award winners from the Diocese of Brooklyn & Queens 8th Grade Graduates of 2020!

https://2020grads.catholicschoolsbq.org/

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NET TV Honors The Graduates of 2020!