#Giving Tuesday: We Give Thanks to You!

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On behalf of the staff and students at Our Lady of Hope Catholic Academy, THANK YOU for your generosity on #GivingTuesday, for being a part of our school community and for investing in the important work of Catholic education. 

We very much appreciate your support. The passion and care of people like you for our school keeps us going, especially during these challenging times, and we hope we make you proud with how we use these funds to benefit our students and their families.

All donations made on #GivingTuesday will help to fund our school’s response to the global pandemic, support our students and families during this time, and help to ensure that the gift of a Catholic education is accessible to all.

So, thank you for your generous support. God bless you.

Fr. Peter Purpura, Pastor
Mr. Giuseppe Campailla, Principal   

#GivingTuesday: A Day When YOU Can Make a Real Difference

A message from our pastor, Fr. Purpura:

All donations made today – Tuesday, Dec. 1 – will help to fund our school’s response to the global pandemic and support children and families during this time, ensuring that the gift of a Catholic education is accessible to all.

Our Lady of Hope Catholic Academy is dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing an exceptional K-8 Catholic education.

Click the button below to make your gift, and be sure to choose “Giving Tuesday Gift” under Gift Preferences.

Thank you for supporting our school!

Give the Gift of a Catholic Education

Join Us for #GivingTuesday,
the Global Day of Giving on Dec. 1

“Catholic education is our greatest and best inheritance, and together we must make every effort to sustain the Catholic school presence.”
POPE FRANCIS

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This year, on December 1 2020, as people worldwide come together to strengthen communities and change our world, Our Lady of Hope Catholic Academy will also be participating in Giving Tuesday, and we need your help!

Our school has built its outstanding 60-year-old reputation on providing quality education for Catholic families who seek an academically strong, values-and faith-based schooling. 

We have reacted nimbly to the turbulence the past few months, persevering through pandemic restrictions, adapting to new challenges, and all the time continuing our task of educating the school children of Queens.

While we are fully committed to ensuring that Catholic education remains a viable option for all children, we need your help.

Continue reading “Give the Gift of a Catholic Education”

A Call to Action

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Dear Catholic Schools Families,

Over the past month, Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of New York and the Diocese of Brooklyn have been
open and successfully conducting in-person Catholic education for our students. Our meticulously planned
protocols, designed to keep students and teachers safe, and developed in conformity with city, state, and federal
health guidelines, are working. Having heard from so many of you, we know you are grateful for all the hard
work, time, and, yes, money – some $18 million dollars — that went into making sure our Catholic schools
could open and operate safely, as they have been doing.

As you are likely aware, a number of areas in New York City and the surrounding counties are seeing an uptick
in positive test results for COVID-19. Health experts have told us all along to anticipate such statistical trends
as we entered autumn. In reaction to these expected numbers, Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio are
instituting drastic measures by shutting down all public and private schools within certain ZIP codes. Rather
than judging each school on their individual merits and their fidelity to the protocols set forth by their own
administrations, the governor and mayor are painting all institutions with a draconian broad brush.

The safety of our Catholic school communities is paramount. It was that very guiding principle that saw us
close our Catholic schools well before the public schools felt it necessary to do so in the Spring of 2020.
Should there be a situation that required a Catholic school to close, we would not need to wait for elected
officials to tell us to do so.

Our Catholic schools are faithfully adhering to the guidelines we have established. Isolated cases of COVID-19
in our Catholic schools have triggered these protocols, and in person learning has safely continued. The New
York City Department of Health has been inspecting our Catholic schools. All have passed.

If other schools cannot meet the standards needed to operate safely, they should indeed be closed until they
demonstrate their ability to do so. In the meantime, it is absolutely unfair to be associated with the noncompliant schools merely because we share a ZIP code.

Our principals, teachers and staff have worked too hard, and you, our families have provided too much support,
that we cannot allow government officials to derail the education of your children. If you agree, please let your
elected officials know how you feel, by taking a moment to call and email Governor Cuomo, Mayor de Blasio,
your city councilmember, state assembly member, and state senator and tell them to support schools that are
working and not to institute these draconian measures.

This message is being delivered to all corners of both our diocese as we are brothers and sisters; part of the
greater New York Catholic school community who may very well see these issues arise in your region. As such,
we ask you utilize the links provided to reach as many elected officials as possible.

Please call Governor Cuomo directly 1-518-474-8390 and Mayor de Blasio at 212-788-3000.

In order to contact your state and local representatives, please utilize the following links:

All our families should visit Find My Senator as well as Find My NY Assembly Member while those who live
within the five boroughs of New York City should also utilize Find My City Council Member

Regards,

Mr. Michael J. Deegan
Archdiocese of New York

Thomas Chadzutko, Ed.D
Superintendent of Schools Superintendent – Catholic Schools Support Services
R.C. Diocese of Brooklyn

End of Year Principal’s Messsage

To the Our Lady of Hope Community,

            As my third year as principal of Our Lady of Hope Catholic Academy comes to an end, I never imagined the school year closing in the way it did, with an empty building and all activities being handled virtually.  This pandemic has disrupted not only the lives of the adults in the world, but also the lives of the children. I want to thank the parents for their continued support these past three months, as you have taken on the challenge of managing your child’s Online Distance Learning since schools closed and instruction went remote.  You should be commended for your commitment, as you worked in partnership with your child’s teacher, to make sure your child did not fall behind academically. However moving forward, I understand the importance of our students returning to their classrooms.  As a parent myself, I strongly feel it is necessary, not only for academic reasons, but for the social and emotional growth of the child, as these years are very important in a child’s development.

I have been asked to be a member of the Diocese of Brooklyn’s Re-Opening Task Force for Catholic Academies.  The Diocese has asked the participating principals on this task force to propose three different scenarios for a September opening. One scenario is returning to school at 100% (nursery to grade 8), with new protocols, following guidelines put into place to ensure the health and safety of the students, teachers, staff and administration. Some of the guidelines that have been proposed, include an early arrival time that would allow students to enter the building, on a staggering schedule, from different entrances;  wearing masks in the classroom (students and teachers), including anyone entering the classroom, such as administration, maintenance, or clergy.  In grades 4 – 8, which are departmentalized, it was proposed that the teachers would move rather than the students.  This is to minimize the amount of people moving throughout the building during the day. There may also be an additional lunch period, to reduce the number of students in the cafeteria at one time. These are just a few of the proposals, as we address the logistical issues of reopening.

Our goal in reopening Our Lady of Hope Catholic Academy in September is its importance in the community. Our Lady of Hope continues to be a premier Catholic academy, not only in Middle Village and its surrounding neighborhoods, but also in the Diocese of Brooklyn.  Our Lady of Hope continues to provide a high-quality education, as evident in the accomplishments of the Class of 2020.

            I would like to identify some of the accomplishments and goals that were met this past year.  At the time of graduation, the Class of 2020 received approximately $900,000.00 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 Fiorello LaGuardia High School for Art & Music and Performing Arts, Frank Sinatra School of the Arts High School, and to Townsend Harris High School. 

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

Wishing you a safe and healthy summer.

 

Giuseppe Campailla
Principal