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.
Melanie Alvarez- Monsignor McClancy Memorial High School
Ava Angerano- Monsignor McClancy Memorial High School
Mia Armstrong-St. John’s Preparatory School
Tiffany Aucapina- Monsignor McClancy Memorial High School
Daniel Backes- Martin Luther High School
Rafal Baran- Monsignor McClancy Memorial High School
Vincent Bosco- Monsignor McClancy Memorial High School
Ana Botero-Gil- Archbishop Molloy High School
Taylor Burgos- Archbishop Molloy High School
Peter Canale- Cathedral Preparatory School & Seminary
James Capria- Archbishop Molloy High School
Justin Catapano- St. Francis Preparatory School
Brian Chica-Herrera-Phillips Academy – Andover
Ella Corrigan- St. Agnes Academic High School
Liam Cullinan- Archbishop Molloy High School
Rose Daily – Maspeth High School
Alexander Dalton- St. Francis Preparatory School
Olivia DeCandia- Art and Design High School
Christopher Felle- St. Francis Preparatory School
Ellen Foynes-Art and Design High School
Nico Gallo- St. Francis Preparatory School
Lorcan Gaynor- Xavier High School
Lilliana Gluszak-Dominican Academy
Eva Gonzalez- Archbishop Molloy High School
Sarah Gracchi-The Urban Assembly Maker Academy
Jace Guarnieri- Cathedral Preparatory School & Seminary
Ryan Halpin- Archbishop Molloy High School
Sophia Hoyt- Archbishop Molloy High School
Vittoria Izzo- Monsignor McClancy Memorial High School
Abigail Jalocha- Monsignor McClancy Memorial High School
Kendall Kelly- Archbishop Molloy High School
Samantha Kelly- Archbishop Molloy High School
Kenan Kolar- Archbishop Molloy High School
Sean Kull- Xavier High School
Valentina Livornese- Archbishop Molloy High School
Conor McCroy- Archbishop Molloy High School
Alexander Maria- Monsignor McClancy Memorial High School
Isabella Micelli- Monsignor McClancy Memorial High School
Sarah Mulligan- Academy of American Studies
Virginia O’Connor- Monsignor McClancy Memorial High School
Nicolina Paternostro-The Mary Louis Academy
Catalina Prieto- Archbishop Molloy High School
Colin Riker- Archbishop Molloy High School
Ella Roche- Archbishop Molloy High School
Yummi Romero- Monsignor McClancy Memorial High School
JeanCarlos Sanchez- Undecided
Anna Sanscrainte- Archbishop Molloy High School
Gabriella Savino- Archbishop Molloy High School
Alexander Sepe – Regis High School
Erin Shields- Monsignor McClancy Memorial High School
Amanda Syversen- Notre Dame School
Angelina Syversen- Notre Dame School
Alexandra Tardugno – Frank Sinatra School of the Arts High School
Luca Vicino- Monsignor McClancy Memorial High School
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.
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).
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!
Giuseppe F. Campailla