A Message from PDHP School Counselor, Mrs. Peggy Pinto

April Showers brings May Flowers


May 4, 2020


To the Salve Regina Catholic Community,


Within the past few months, we have certainly seen our share of showers. Often those showers are viewed as an inconvenience, it prevents us from doing the things we need to do or would like to do. However, I am challenging you to think about this differently, Showers of rain is essential to the environment, it clears the air, fills the streams, rivers and lakes it allows plants to grow, it is essential to our existence.

And like the April showers, I want to remind the parents, educators and students that you are ESSENTIAL. You are essential to each other, so I encourage each and every one to do something different this week and reach out to someone you might not speak to regularly or maybe not at all and say “Hello”, spark a dialogue and create a new relationship. Let us support each other, “No man is an Island” – We are in this together.


“The Family is the First Essential cell of human society.”- Pope John XXIII

Mrs. Peggy Pinto

PDHP School Counselor


Good morning everyone,


I hope everyone had a good weekend! Today PSW is starting their remote Activities for 21ST Century and SONYC. Activities will be conducted from 3-6pm, each hour is dedicated to specific grades. Please see charts below. Children enrolled in the program have been invited to the classrooms, if your child has not received an invitation, please contact Mrs. Cano at salvereginapsw@gmail.com or ycanopsw@srca.org.


Monday Activities:


Show & Tell and Art K/1st 3:00 PM
Math Assistance 2nd 3:00 PM
  3rd 4:00 PM
  K/1st 5:00 PM




Activity Grade Time
DIY 6th 3:00 PM
Mindfullness (Group Talk) 8th 3:00 PM
  6th 4:00 PM
  7th 5:00 PM
Nutrition 7th 3:00 PM
  8th 4:00 PM
  6th 5:00 PM





I want to take this opportunity to thank the teachers of SRCA for all the hard work that they have done to make sure our students are continuously learning.  It has been a journey and we will continue to persevere through these difficult times.











Statement by Superintendent of Brooklyn and Queens Catholic Schools Regarding Remainder of 2019-2020 School Year


            Dr. Thomas Chadzutko, Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Brooklyn, which includes all elementary Catholic academies and schools in Brooklyn and Queens, has issued the following statement following Governor Cuomo’s school closure announcement:


“We just learned of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s decision that all elementary and secondary schools shall remain closed for the duration of the current 2019-2020 school year, as New York continues efforts to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. As such, the Catholic academies and parish schools within the Diocese of Brooklyn, which includes Queens, will remain closed through the end of June. The distance and digital learning platforms in place will serve as the instructional program for our schools for the remainder of this academic year.


I am very proud of our schools and academies, who were successfully able to transition to a distance and digital learning platform almost immediately upon our school buildings being shut down. This would not have been possible without the hard work of our teachers and the leadership of our dedicated principals, who rose to this enormous challenge. Our Catholic schools and academies have continued to provide each of our students with a faith-based academic program, ensuring that they are being challenged to learn every day. Our parents have also contributed immeasurably to the success of this new digital learning environment.


We will be working with our principals and teachers to ensure that our milestone celebrations (graduations, step-up ceremonies, and other achievements) will be honored and recognized. As we have done so far during this pandemic, we will continue to assemble and share resources for our families as we confront this challenging end to the school year.


The Coronavirus statistics indicate that both Brooklyn and Queens have been the hardest-hit areas in New York City and State. As a Catholic school community in the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic, we continue to pray for everyone’s health and safety. Our faith, love, and hope remain central to all we do now and in the future.”


Governor Cuomo just announced that all elementary and secondary schools shall remain closed for the remainder of the school year.

The Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens will work on addressing this decision in the coming days.


Stay strong, safe, healthy and ever hopeful!




Dear Families,

Happy May!!  Here are a few items and reminders…


Progress Reports

We are planning on sending parents Third Trimester Progress Reports through the OptionC Parent Portal by the end of next week.  The Third Trimester Progress Reports will be in a narrative form using the “Comments” field per subject and/or the General Comments section. 

Numerical and letter grades will not be shown on the Third Trimester Progress Report.  Progress Reports will be sent to all parents regarding student achievement during the first half of the third trimester in reference to where the student is at this time with distance and digital learning.

If you would like to see how your child has been progressing thus far, you can view the Option C Parent Portal for grades.  Teachers have been posting grades in Option C.  Students in nursery, prekindergarten and kindergarten do not have letter grades.  The teachers and I are working on how to give feedback to the students on a weekly basis.  Please give us until next week. You will be updated soon.

If you are not sure of your OptionC login credentials, please email Ms. Donato and it will be sent to you.  Directions on how to access the progress report on OptionC will be sent out next week with the Third Trimester Progress Report.


Scholarship Deadlines

Our partner scholarship organization, Futures in Education, has established a Relief Fund to assist families affected by the COVID-19 health crisis in completing their 2019/20 tuition payments.

You are invited to complete this form ONLY if your family has been directly impacted by the COVID-19 health crisis, resulting in a reduction or loss of income, and you are seeking tuition relief for the 2019/2020 academic year. Funding is very limited, and it is critical that we are able to assist those most affected by this crisis. Please only apply if your family has been affected in a way that it will not be possible for you to complete this year’s tuition payments.

We will work with Futures in Education to assess the overall need and funding received to determine how we may best help our families. The application will be open from now through May 15, 2020 and may be found at www.futuresineducation.org/covid19app.

Please alert us directly if you need this assistance so we are aware of your situation. This is a requirement of the fund.

In addition, we encourage you to apply for the regular financial aid program administered by Futures in Education for the 2020-21 academic year now, by going to  www.futuresineducation.org/scholarships

Note: Returning Teddy J. Forstmann recipients should apply for regular tuition assistance for 20-21 through Children’s Scholarship Fund/Civicore. Instructions have been emailed to you.

Please contact Futures in Education at 718.965.7340 or by email: Scholarships@FuturesinEducation.org if you have any questions or need assistance.


 Registration and Tuition Payments

There have been many families asking about how to pay outstanding tuition.  All of our families have a FACTS account and can pay via phone with FACTS Management.  Agents are available to help.

  • Phone: 866-441-4637

Operators are also available to help in Spanish.  Please be patient when using the telephone option as wait times are much longer than usual due to high call volume.  

Ms. Donato will be available to take payments over the phone for registration using a credit card or debit card on Tuesdays only from 8:00 – 10:00 am.  The building will be closed.  Since visitors are not allowed in the building, please call the school at 718-277-9000.


21st Century and SONYC Programs

The PSW- 21st Century/ SONYC after-school program is organizing activities for the students as well for kids enrolled in the program. A schedule has been organized and has been sent to the students who wanted to participate.  Please check in your child’s school email address (the same one used for their google classroom) for information on when and how the activities are meeting.

If you (and/or your child) are interested in signing up for the activities from 3-6pm, please email Mrs. Cano at salveregina.psw@gmail.com or Ycanopsw@srca.org so you can be informed of the schedule and activities.


Let us end this week in prayer…


A Prayer for Hope

Heavenly Father, I am your humble servant,
I come before you today in need of hope.
There are times when I feel helpless,
There are times when I feel weak.
I pray for hope.
I need hope for a better future.
I need hope for a better life.
I need hope for love and kindness.
Some say that the sky is at it’s darkest just before the light.
I pray that this is true, for all seems dark.
I need your light, Lord, in every way.
I pray to be filled with your light from head to toe. To bask in your glory.
To know that all is right in the world, as You have planned, and as You want
it to be.
Help me to walk in your light, and live my life in faith and glory.
In your name I pray,   







Dear Families,


We have finished our first week of live instruction.  Thank you for making sure your child participated in live instruction.  Your help and guidance is truly appreciated. Below are a few protocols to keep in mind while your child is participating in live instruction.

  1. Students MUST have their camera on. If they do not want to show their face then please point the camera to the left or right side of them and they can show they are still participating by showing their hand to the teacher.  This allows teachers to see they are participating, ask them questions, and fully be involved in instruction and not fooling around.


  1. Be Aware of Your Surroundings! These sessions are being recorded and posted so students can refer to the lessons being taught if needed.  Please be aware of who or what is behind you while your child is “On-the-Air”.  Students need to make sure
    1. They are in a place in their home where they are READY TO WORK. They should NOT be in bed and in their pajamas. 
    2. Students MUST be dressed appropriately. (No tank tops, revealing shirts, etc.)
    3. Students should NOT be eating a full meal where everyone can see. This hinders your child to fully participate in their learning because their focus is not fully on what is being taught.


Please remember that even though we are distance learning these guidelines need to be followed to ensure the success for all.  In a normal school setting, we would not allow our students to come to school dressed inappropriately and eating during instruction.  We are trying to have some semblance of normal teaching in these trying times and it would be greatly appreciated if these protocols are followed.  Any concerns, please feel free to email me at mdonato@srca.org.


Continued prayers of safety and health!


Hi Families,

We have included Mr. Maldonado in our live teaching schedule.  He will be live on Thursdays ONLY.  Please see the schedule below for the time your child will meet for technology.  During these quick sessions, Mr. Maldonado will go over any google classroom and live instruction issues and any questions over the assigned website work.  

Please visit Mr. Maldonado’s Google Classroom for the Zoom invite. If you do not have his class code to enter his classroom, please email him at jmaldonado@srca.org.


Technology Schedule with Mr. Maldonado


KINDERGARTEN:    10:00 –  10:25

1st Grade:              9:30 – 10:00

2nd Grade:            10:30 – 11:00

3rd Grade:             11:05 –  11:30

 Lunch Break

4th Grade:             12:30 –  1:00

5th Grade:             1:05 – 1:30

6th Grade:             1:35 – 2:00

7th Grade:             2:05 – 2:30

8th Grade:             2:35 – 3:00



Live Instruction

I heard from all the teachers how wonderful it was to see their students participating in live instruction.  Please remember that these sessions are mandatory.  It is essential that we continue to cultivate a community of inquiry.  It is important for students in the learning process to feel a sense of community, as opposed to learning in isolation.  Therefore, developing classroom community online will impact on student learning, engagement, and ultimately overall success.

If you haven’t joined in the live sessions, please join us on Wednesday.  Every Monday and Wednesday students will receive live instruction except kindergarten who meets on different days.  

Nursery and Prekindergarten schedule has changed.  If you joined in on the session today, Ms. LaRocca informed families of this change.  If you weren’t able to, please click below and see the revised schedule.

Also included are all the teachers’s live instructional schedules, just in case it is still needed.

Live Instruction Schedule


Catholic Charities

Catholic Charities is hosting a pop up food distribution on Friday April 24th from 10:30 – 1:00 pm.  The location to receive your grab and go food bags will be at St. Michael – St. Malachy Church.  The entrance is at 225 Jerome Street by the statue of Mary.

Please bring your own bag and/or cart to carry your items.

See the flyer below for more details!


Catholic Charities Food Distribution (english flyer)


Continued prayers of safety and health!