Coronavirus Update

Diocese of Brooklyn Announces Catholic Academies and Parish Schools

Will close until at least April 20, 2020

Superintendent of Schools Thomas Chadzutko, Ed. D., has announced today all elementary Catholic Academies and Parish Schools in Brooklyn and Queens will remain closed until April 20, 2020. This follows last week’s announcement that the schools would be closed this week, March 16-March 20, 2020, out of an abundance of caution. The decision mirrors the New York City public schools announcement made last night.

“The decision to close is based on the interdependency of services between public schools and Catholic schools,” said Dr. Chadzutko.

Many families that attend Diocesan schools depend on the New York City services such as bus transportation, meals, nurses, and crossing and security guards.

“If there was a safe way for us to open sooner, we would, but we cannot function without those essential services,” said Joan McMaster, Associate Superintendent for Principal and Teacher Personnel.

The latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control is to restrict gatherings of 50 or more people. Clearly, the school environment would be in violation.

The contingency pandemic plan, which is part of the Office of the Superintendent school crisis management plan, includes digital, distance and alternative instruction for students so that their education is not disrupted. A complete transition to that model of instruction will take place this week.

The Office of the Superintendent is in daily communication with city and state officials and is part of the Coronavirus Education Task Force of the NYC Department of Education. During this time, there is a constant reassessment of the situation and the necessary response in an effort to keep our school community safe.

CYO Girls Basketball News

Congratulations to the Grade 4 Girls Basketball Team for winning the CYO Championship on Saturday March 7, 2020.

Science Olympiad 2020

Congratulations to the Grade 7 & 8 students that competed in the New York State Science Olympiad Division B Regional tournament at Grover Cleveland High School on Saturday March 7, 2020. Our students received medals in four events: Boomilever (First Place), Dynamic Planet (Sixth Place), Meteorology (Sixth Place), and Mission Possible (Third Place).

2019 Christmas Message

Dear Families,

As the Advent season is coming to an end I am sure everyone is  busy finalizing last minute tasks to prepare for their  family  gatherings on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. However, Advent is a period of preparation, extending over four Sundays before Christmas and we should not be shortsighted on what we are preparing for – the birth of our Savior.  

This is our celebration of Christ’s birth at Christmas; to the coming of Christ in our lives through grace and the Sacrament of Holy Communion; and to His Second Coming at the end of time.

As we close out 2019 together, I want to say thank you for working with us to develop and maintain a strong Home-Academy partnership! We work very hard as an academy to teach children to respect one another by having them learn about how we are both the same and different and that our unique strength is to be found in our wonderful diversity.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Sincerely,

Giuseppe F. Campailla
Principal

Principal’s Welcome Message

Welcome to a new school year!

I hope you are enjoying a restful summer, one that finds you refreshed, invigorated and eager to begin a new school year. I would like to extend a heartfelt welcome all the new families that are joining the Our Lady of Hope Catholic Academy community for the first time. To our current families thank you for continuing to choose Our Lady of Hope for your child’s education. As Our Lady of Hope continues to grow and I invite you to come and experience all that Our Lady of Hope has to offer its students and families.

It is my pleasure to welcome two new faculty members to Our Lady of Hope. Ms. Aviles and Mrs. Behrens will be in grades 4 and 5 respectively. Please give them a warm welcome to the community.

I understand, as parents, you work very hard and make many sacrifices to offer your child a Catholic education. As you decide to entrust your child’s safety and well-being to Our Lady of Hope, as principal I consider that a valuable privilege.

Professionalism is of the utmost importance, I share the Church’s insistence that Catholic educators strive to develop a family atmosphere within the school community. This desire naturally flows from the belief that Catholic educators and parents are partners in a very important mission. The faculty and I eagerly anticipate collaborating with you as we follow the Church’s mission in passing down the Faith to our students.

During the summer, the faculty and staff dedicated their time to making Our Lady of Hope an excellent institution and have been working hard behind the scenes to provide a comfortable atmosphere for learning. The Algebra I program was very successful last year. Therefore, I decided to expand the program and allow all grade 8 students to participate in the Regents level course during throughout the year and partake in the exam in June of 2020. Our Lady of Hope has received over 350 iPads (grades K – 5) and 150 Chromebooks for grades 6 – 8 will be arriving in September. Finally, Our Lady of Hope has expanded its Early Childhood program to accommodate families in the community with a 5-Day Nursery Program.

Once again, thank you for choosing Our Lady of Hope Catholic Academy.

 

Giuseppe Campailla
Principal

End of Year Principal’s Message

To the Our Lady of Hope Community,

            As my second year as principal of Our Lady of Hope Catholic Academy comes to an end, I write this with sadness. However, I would like to recognize what Michael A. Carrano was for the Our Lady of Hope Catholic Academy.  As this academic year closed with the death of not only our Pastor but the spiritual leader for the Faculty, staff, students, families and parishioners, the Very Reverend Michael A. Carrano’s leadership, guidance and kindness was visible as he walked the hallways of Our Lady of Hope.  Along with the fellow Parish priests, he would make time to visit the classrooms and spend time with the students, especially those students that were preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation. Education and our Catholic Identity were very important to him as he strongly believed in the mission of Our Lady of Hope which is to make sure the students are taught that Jesus the Christ is the center of their lives today and forever. Because of his dedication and support of the school, Our Lady of Hope has grown stronger and continues to be viable today.  

            I would like to identify some of the accomplishments and goals that were met this past year.  In January 2019, Our Lady of Hope installed a fully operational STEM Lab for students in Pre – K to grade 8 to have access for their science experiments. Our Lady of Hope was approved of a technology grant through DeSales Media for 350 iPads and 200 Chromebooks for student use in the classroom. At the time of graduation, the Class of 2019 received $600,000.00 in scholarship money, with each graduate being accepted to a minimum of one Catholic high school, including Regis High School and Xavier High School. 

            Our graduates also received acceptances to Bronx Science, Brooklyn Latin, Fiorello LaGuardia High School for Art & Music and Performing Arts, Frank Sinatra School of the Arts High School, and three students to Townsend Harris High School.  This exceptional group participated in the Earth Science Regents course, and also for the first time in recent memory, the students sat for the Algebra I Regents course. Of the students that took the Earth Science Regents exam, 89% passed and the students that sat for the Algebra I Regents Exam 100% passed that exam. This is a testament to the dedication and commitment of the faculty to ensure the success of our students. 

            Literacy and math will continue to be the two main areas of focus in the Early Childhood grades, providing our youngest students with a strong, solid foundation.   On the middle school level, the Honors Math Program that was introduced this past year was a success. I will be transforming the current Honors Math program into an Accelerated Math Program in 2019 -2020 with the goal for every eighth grade student to take Algebra I as a full time course.  All the students in grade eight will become eligible to sit for the Algebra I Regents Exam in June 2020. This accelerated opportunity will allow for Our Lady of Hope’s students to complete two Regents-level courses and exams prior to entering high school.

            I want to thank you again for your continual support for Catholic education and to Our Lady of Hope Catholic Academy.

 

Giuseppe Campailla
Principal

Funeral Notice ~ Very Rev. Michael A. Carrano

Please remember in prayer the eternal repose of the soul of the Very Rev. Michael A. Carrano, Pastor of Our Lady of Hope Church, who passed away on Sunday June 23, 2019. The Very Rev. Michael A. Carrano served the community of Our Lady of Hope Parish with his unique characteristic, enthusiasm, competence and dedication for almost ten years. Please keep his family in your prayers.  May he rest in eternal peace.

The Funeral Arrangements are as follows:

Viewing
Our Lady of Hope Church
Friday June 28, 2019
10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Mass of Transferal
Our Lady of Hope Church
Friday June 28, 2019
7:30 p.m.

Funeral Mass
Our Lady of Hope Church
Saturday June 29, 2019
10:00 a.m.

Interment
St. John’s Cemetery, Middle Village