Important Things to Remember for Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

Good morning SRCA Family,

 

Thank you to all parents and students who began last week.  The arrival and dismissal procedures went very smooth and that was due in part to your help by preparing your child each morning for school!!  To continue to ensure we are staying safe and following the proper protocols, please read and follow the procedures below. 

 

  • Arrival
    • Continue to send in the signed affirmation form (daily health screening) with your child every day. They will NOT be allowed in the classroom without the signed form.  Extra forms were given to your child on their first day of school.  Forms can be found on the school website.

 

  • Dismissal
    • When picking up your child, please do not stand by the door where your child is getting picked up. This is prohibiting the teacher and students to remain socially distanced when they are outside.
    • Do not enter the building and grab your child off the line. Please allow the teachers to follow the dismissal protocols we have set in place for your child’s safety.

 

  • Snacks
    • Since we have changed our dismissal time to 1:30 pm every day, you child will have an opportunity to have a snack during the day. It is a light snack and not a full lunch.  The following snacks are NOT allowed.
      • NO candy, gum, popcorn, and soda
      • NO sugary drinks or juices for grades 4-8.
    • Students should be in a water bottle since the water fountains are closed for safety reasons.
    • During gym days, students should bring in an extra water bottle and/or a Gatorade or Vitamin water.

 

Any concerns, please let me know!

 

Enjoy the remainder of this beautiful day!

Ms. Donato

First Three Days of School Update

Dear SRCA Families,

We are two days away from our first three days of school.  What an exciting time!!  The faculty and staff have been hard at work preparing their classrooms for your child(ren) arrival.  Below is the name of your child’s teacher, room number and building entrance.  In addition, photos were sent to parent’s individual emails.  The photos taken show

  • your child’s classroom where each desk has been distanced 6 feet apart.
  • how every bathroom has a hand sanitizer station located outside
  • stairs are labeled with up and down arrows to ensure one direction flow of traffic occurs in a smooth and efficient way.
  • the hallways have social distance markers placed on the floors of both buildings.

 

Teacher Information

Nursery & Prekindergarten

  • Teacher: Ms. LaRocca
  • Room number: 103
  • Building entrance: Jerome Street entrance at 7:30 – 7:40 am on Monday September 14, 2020

 

Kindergarten

  • Teacher: Ms. Acosta
  • Room numbers: 102 and 104
  • Building entrance: Jerome Street entrance at 7:30 – 7:40 am on Friday September 11, 2020

 

First Grade

  • Teacher: Ms. Evans
  • Room number: 105 and 106
  • Building entrance: Jerome Street entrance at 7:30 – 7:40 am on Friday September 11, 2020

 

Second Grade

  • Teacher: Mrs. Martinez
  • Room number: 203 and 204
  • Building entrance: Liberty Avenue entrance at 7:30 – 7:40 am on Friday September 11, 2020

 

Third Grade

  • Teacher: Ms. Kay
  • Room number: 201 and 202
  • Building entrance: Liberty Avenue entrance at 7:30 – 7:40 am on Thursday September 10, 2020

 

Fourth Grade

  • Teacher: Mrs. Perez
  • Room number: 302 and 303
  • Building entrance: Liberty Avenue entrance at 7:40 – 7:55 am on Thursday September 10, 2020

 

Fifth Grade

  • Teacher: Ms. Core
  • Room number: 301 and 304
  • Building entrance: Liberty Avenue entrance at 7:40 – 7:55 am on Thursday September 10, 2020

 

Sixth Grade

  • Teacher: Ms. Joly
  • Room number: 202 and 203
  • Building entrance: Jerome Street entrance at 7:40 – 7:55 am on Wednesday September 9, 2020

 

Seventh Grade

  • Teacher: TBA
  • Room number: 204 and 206
  • Building entrance: Jerome Street entrance at 7:40 – 7:55 am on Wednesday September 9, 2020

 

Eighth Grade

  • Teacher: Ms. Jones (8A) and Ms. DePena (8B)
  • Room number: 8A: 303 and 305        8B: 302 and 304
  • Building entrance: Jerome Street entrance at 7:40 – 7:55 am on Wednesday September 9, 2020

 

Once a student arrives to their classroom, the teacher will greet your child and show your child where they are to be seated.  Eighth grade students will be greeted by their teachers once they reach the third floor.  Their homeroom teacher will tell them what classroom to go to and where to sit.

 

Affirmation Form

We are still in the process of creating the app through the OptionC Parent Portal.  That should be up and running within the first full or second week of school.  For now, your child will receive a paper form.  Please answer the three questions on the paper and return to school signed by a parent or guardian the first day and every day thereafter until the app is ready to launch.  Your child will be given extra copies of the paper by their teacher the first day they enter the building.

 

If the student comes to school without the letter, then they will be sent to a separate area of the building until a parent is reached and is able to affirm.

 

Please remember to affirm your child EVERYDAY.

 

Parent Daily Health Screening

 

 

Looking forward to seeing you again,

Ms. Donato

 

 

PLEASE READ!!! …NEW Dismissal TIME for September!

Dear SRCA Families,

 

We are fast approaching the first day of the new school year.  With a successful reopening comes, sometimes comes adjustments, in order to provide a safe and successful reopening.  With that being said, the Diocese has recommended Catholic Schools and Academies change their dismissal time to 1:30 pm, instead of 3:00 pm.  This new guidance will allow

 

  • Students to reduce the number of hours that they are wearing their facial covering
  • For adequate cleaning and disinfecting to take place
  • For the reduction of the amount of time students are in a classroom, during the warm months of September and October

 

Lunch will still be provided.  However, it will be a Grab n’ Go lunch instead.  Once students are dismissed, they will be able to grab their lunch, before exiting the building and eat it at home.  The lunch will still be a cold lunch, with either a sandwich or wrap, salad, fruit and milk.

 

ONLY students who are enrolled in the 21st Century or SONYC Program will be able to stay until their program begins at 3:00 pm.  Students will have the opportunity to eat their Grab N’ Go lunch or their own lunch from home. Once they finish their lunch, they will be expected to work on their homework, until their program begins.

 

The 1:30 pm dismissal time will begin the week of September 14th.  The new dismissal time will be re-evaluated after the first trimester.

 

Below are the new times dismissal will take place.

 

Time

Grade

Location

1:30 pm Nursery and Prekindergarten Small school yard at the double brown doors
1:35 pm Kindergarten Four doors on Jerome Street entrance
1:40 pm First Four doors on Jerome Street entrance

 

 

Time

Grade

Location

1:30 pm Second Liberty Avenue Front entrance
1:35 pm Fourth Liberty Avenue Front entrance
1:40 pm Third Warwick Street exit door
1:45 pm Fifth Warwick Street exit door

 

 

Time

Grade

Location

1:30 pm Sixth Black gate on Liberty Avenue
1:35 pm Seventh Black gate on Liberty Avenue
1:40 pm Eighth Black gate on Liberty Avenue

 

 

Any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

 

Many Blessings,

Ms. Donato

Additional Parent Meetings for the St. Thomas Aquinas Distance Learning Catholic Academy

Dear SRCA Parents,

The message below was sent to parents who couldn’t access the parent meeting webinar on Friday August 21st in regards to the St. Thomas Aquinas Distance Learning Catholic Academy.  Please read below.  The Diocese has added other webinars to help rectify this situation. Also, all sessions will be simulcast and available via Facebook Live with unlimited viewership live, and in replay.  Any questions, please let me know.

Enjoy the remainder of your weekend!

Ms. Donato

 

 

Hello parents,

Thank you for registering for the August 21st webinar regarding the St Thomas Aquinas Distance Learning Program.

We are aware that today’s session on ZOOM was overbooked, and many parents were not able to enter the ZOOM meeting as scheduled. 

Please accept our sincere apologies if you were unable to view today’s webinar.

The response and registration for the information sessions has been unprecedented.  The cause of the overbooking has been resolved as we move forward with additional meetings.

To help provide you with the information covered, and an opportunity to join a live session, additional webinars have been added, and the recordings will be made available on the website early next week.

Updated and additional webinars:

(*FYI – the announced session on Monday 8/24 at 6pm is registered at capacity)

Also, the program’s website contains information, FAQ’s and a contact us link for specific and personal questions.   Please visit  https://stthomasaquinasbq.org/ or email info@stthomasaquinasbq.org

In closing, we apologize again for the inconvenience if you were unable to attend today’s session and hope to connect with you on Monday or Tuesday for a new session and answer your questions.

St. Thomas Aquinas Distance Learning Catholic Academy Parent Information Meetings

Dear SRCA Families,

St. Thomas Aquinas Distance Learning Catholic Academy will be hosting their parent informational meetings.  There are two sessions you can choose to attend.  The sessions are

  • Friday August 21st at 12:00pm
  • Monday August 24th at 6:00pm

Each session will be held via live ZOOM webinars.  The recording of these sessions will be made available online after the meetings.

To register to attend either informational webinar, please read the attached letter and at the bottom of the letter is a link for each session. Click on the link for the session you would like to attend and follow the directions for registration.  Once you have registered for the webinar, you will receive a confirmation email with a direct link to the session you chose.

Any questions, please feel free to let me know.

 

St Thomas Aquinas Distance Learning Program_Parent Info Sessions

 

Stay Blessed,

Ms. Donato

ST. THOMAS AQUINAS DISTANCE LEARNING CATHOLIC ACADEMY

Dear SRCA Families,

As was written in my earlier email sent out on Monday August 10th, the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens has created the St. Thomas Aquinas Distance Learning Catholic Academy for families who are interested in a full remote learning for their child(ren) in September.  Please click below where you can read a family letter in English and Spanish, a frequently asked questions handout, and a programmatic details handout. Virtual conferences will be set up for parents during the week of August 17th.  More details will follow regarding the time and date for parent conferences.  Any questions, please feel free to email me at mdonato@srca.org.

Saint Thomas Aquinas Distance Learning Catholic Academy family letter…8.10.20 final

Saint Thomas Aquinas Distance Learning Catholic Acacemy family letter…Spanish version

Saint Thomas Aquinas Distance Learning Catholic Academy Concept Paper…8.20

Saint Thomas Aquinas Distance Learning Catholic Academy Frequently Asked Questions…8.20 final

 

Many Blessings,

Ms. Donato

LETTER TO PARENTS REGARDING REOPENING PLAN

Dear SRCA Parents,

We hope this letter finds you well, having had some time for rest and rejuvenation, over these past weeks.  Governor Cuomo announced on Friday August 7th that NYS schools can reopen in September.  Salve Regina Catholic Academy will reopen at full capacity, five days a week.  We have reopened the other building located on Liberty Avenue, in order to safely accommodate each grade.  Each grade will be assigned two classrooms, where the students will be socially distanced 6 feet apart.  The entire re-opening plan can be found on our website and is attached below at www.srca.org for your information.  It is quite lengthy, as you might imagine, so the highlights are as follows:

 

  • Students will be divided in smaller groups, either in a classroom with the teacher or in another room with the assistant teacher. There will be a tech set up in both classrooms, on a floor stand with a SmartMike+ microphone allowing for lessons to be broadcasted clearly and loudly, for all to participate.  The tech set up will be recording the lesson live on Zoom and will be shown on the SmartBoard in real time for the class being facilitated by the assistant teacher.  The teacher will move freely between both classrooms, to ensure student understanding of the lesson.

 

  • For those traveling on a yellow bus, the bus will be sanitized after each run; students will be required to wear masks; social distancing will be the protocol; siblings will sit together.

 

  • Upon arrival at school, the temperature of all faculty, staff and students will be taken at the entrance. Anyone with a fever of 100.0 will be escorted to the Nurse’s office for further evaluation and a family member will be notified.  The Academy will follow DOH, CDC, NYS guidelines for quarantines or closures, should it become necessary.  Masks will be required to be worn, for everyone throughout the day.  The Main Office will have masks available for anyone who may have forgotten theirs at home.

 

  • Food and nutritional services will be provided for breakfast and lunch. Students will eat in their classrooms.

 

  • Restrooms will be closely monitored, limiting the number of people permitted in the room at one time; alternating stalls and sinks will be closed, so as to allow for safe distancing.

 

  • We have also procured the necessary supplies for hygiene and created a plan for deep cleaning of facilities and high touch areas daily. The building will be completely cleaned and sanitized throughout the course of the day, as well as at the end of each day.

 

  • Signage will be posted to remind all about protocol and procedure.

 

  • You will soon receive an email describing how the first three days of school will be scheduled (Wednesday September 9-11). This information will also be posted on the school’s website.

 

  • For those parents who do not feel comfortable sending their child(ren) back to school, the Diocese has created the Thomas Aquinas Distance Learning Catholic Academy. More information on this new initiative will be sent out as soon.

 

Once again, Salve Regina’s re-opening plan can be found on our website for more in-depth information.

In order to discuss your concerns regarding the re-opening plan, I have scheduled three parent meetings.  Each meeting will be scheduled via ZOOM.  The links for each ZOOM meeting are as follows:

 

  • Meeting for Parents with Students in Kindergarten through Grade 2
  • Time: Aug 18, 2020 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
  • Join Zoom Meeting

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/78952958101?pwd=aStaSnJIL2ZJZGpZTWhFd0JTK0V6UT09

  • Meeting ID: 789 5295 8101
  • Passcode: 7BY2jL

 

  • Meeting for Parents with Students in Grades 3 through 5
  • Time: Aug 19, 2020 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
  • Join Zoom Meeting

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/74253487855?pwd=ZHpzdE0wMHlZVEJscTJhaUpNQStmQT09

  • Meeting ID: 742 5348 7855
  • Passcode: 7h8pCg

 

  • Meeting for Parents with Students in Grades 6 through 8
  • Time: Aug 20, 2020 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
  • Join Zoom Meeting

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/75429541214?pwd=NXI5WFIwa3ZvQi80S0RrNVROcExSUT09

  • Meeting ID: 754 2954 1214
  • Passcode: iz4CHA

 

I thank you for your cooperation and patience, as we navigate these unchartered waters together.  Please feel free to contact me via email at mdonato@srca.org.  The office staff will be back in the building beginning August 17th from 8:00 – 3:00 pm.

 

SRCA Logistics and Planning Plan (Final Version)

 

Be well, stay safe,

 

Michelle Donato

Principal