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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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Fairy Tale Activity 2

Once upon a time…

This week we are focusing on fairy tales. We hope that these activities and projects help to spark your child’s imagination & creativity.

Enjoy as you weave your way through timeless tales. And, of course, we wish everyone a happily ever after!

Janet Heed

District Superintendent

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Fairy Tale Activty 1

Once upon a time…

This week we are focusing on fairy tales. We hope that these activities and projects help to spark your child’s imagination & creativity.

Enjoy as you weave your way through timeless tales. And, of course, we wish everyone a happily ever after!

Janet Heed

District Superintendent

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Bonus Time

child reading

by Cary Anne Fitzgerald, PDHP Parent/Community Outreach Coordinator

These past few weeks…have they simply passed, is there something that defines this time in for us?  A friend recently reflected on this with me.  She shared that she could say that her husband had accomplished an inordinate amount of house projects and she felt relief at “not having to…” when obligatory social events were concerned.  Yet, she grappled with the answers to the question, “what will you tell your grandchildren about this time?”  Is it ok to not have an answer?  Is it ok to revel in the simple during an extraordinary time?  Time that harkened back to when we were growing up: playing outside, arts & crafts, movies, cooking & baking, reading and board games…time with parents.  Or do we need to go big…or, well, you get it…

                For me, I love the time home.  Yes, I miss spending time socializing with friends and family but as a parent who works evenings, this time was a gift.  I learned how voracious a reader my daughter is.   At her age, I would get lost in a book.  I particularly loved this during summer nights.  Sometimes, I would sit out on the porch with my grandmother, both of us just reading our books.  One night, I broke her reverie by inquiring if we should think of going in now…she looked at her wristwatch.  Sheepishly, she nodded, “I think so.  Ummm, it is 3am!”  My daughter also is quite the artist.  She selected a notebook where she can draw to her heart’s content; that huge blue book is everywhere! Now, there is always balance…if you saw the bike, the skateboards and the surfboards, you will also understand when I say that I learned – or maybe, remembered – that my daughter is a thrill seeker, a daredevil, just like her father.  As I talk to my neighbor, Therese, from the proper distance, she laughs as she watches my daughter sail past on her bike, hands in the air.  I think she laughs harder at my incredulous face and the direct opposition of my husband hiding his admiration! 

                There is a saying that rears its head every year at this exact time, reminding us parents that time gives us 18 summers, 18 years with our child(ren).  When my future grandkids ask me what I did with this time, I will get to tell them all I know about their mom.  This is my bonus time.

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Shapes Activity 2

Dear Parents,

This week’s theme is shapes. We hope you enjoy these activities as we explore and learn all about shapes.
Your child sees different shapes all around them.

Wheels are circles, and windows & doors are rectangles.
These early STEM activities will inspire your child to think outside the box!

Janet Heed

District Superintendent

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Shapes Activity 1

Dear Parents,

This week’s theme is shapes. We hope you enjoy these activities as we explore and learn all about shapes.
Your child sees different shapes all around them.

Wheels are circles, and windows & doors are rectangles.
These early STEM activities will inspire your child to think outside the box!

Janet Heed

District Superintendent

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Farms & Food Activity 2

Dear Parents,

Each day, we are blessed to have food on our table, and remember to give thanks by saying Grace before each meal.

How did some of the wonderful foods we eat get to our table? This week’s activities are all about “Farms and Food”. We hope that these activities help build an understanding of how some food get to our table and appreciation for the hard work farmers do each day.

Janet Heed

District Superintendent

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This One’s For The Kiddos!

cap for graduation class of 2020

By Cary Anne Fitzgerald, PDHP Parent/Community Outreach Coordinator

Little learners are missing the routines and community of peers that had been nurtured into existence by all the important caring adults in their lives. 

Elementary school students look to no avail for the golden time of the last trimester, filled with celebrations, activities and fun to applaud the learning done, the bonding created within classroom and school community.  There will never be another year like this exact one.

Junior high and high school students feel an absence of a place they have made their own, examining a richer sense of self within classwork, meaningful relationships, extracurriculars that dig deeper.  Each year is a milestone. 

Our Graduates look back on all these years that have passed them by and grieve a loss of all this and more; a precious and fleeting year frozen in time. 

And yet all this heaviness we glimpse at is in only one aspect of their lives. 

What remains?  The love of self, of learning, of family, of “academy/school family” (as some of my Family Fun Nights participants say it so well), of others, of community, of health and wellness, of faith, of universality.  The hope that these hard lessons will not be in vain.  That surrounded in that love and that hope, resiliency prevails.  

This weekend, I silently celebrated the College Graduates from my college as they heralded their commencement in all virtual platforms.  I saw the seniors from my high school parade in their cars around the surrounding streets, horns honking, tears wiped but smiles wide!  I watched graduation signage delivered to 8th graders’ homes.  I added to the cheers given online to friends’ children who were missing their graduations, proms, ring days, parties, senior days, etc. 

One thing is for certain, the Class of 2020 is already famous; forever endeared and unforgettable to all world over. 

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Farms & Foods Activity 1

Dear Parents,

Each day, we are blessed to have food on our table, and remember to give thanks by saying Grace before each meal.

How did some of the wonderful foods we eat get to our table? This week’s activities are all about “Farms and Food”. We hope that these activities help build an understanding of how some food get to our table and appreciation for the hard work farmers do each day.

Janet Heed

District Superintendent