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St. Thomas Aquinas Leading a Wave of Permanent Online Catholic Schools

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St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Online Academy was recently featured in a story in The Washington Post about Catholic dioceses across the United States establishing permanent online schools.

“I’m optimistic this will bring new families into Catholic education,” said Ted Havelka, director for enrollment management and financial assistance for schools in the Diocese of Brooklyn. “We have an outreach campaign to be that online solution for them that’s not being provided elsewhere, and with Catholic values, with Catholic teachings.”

You can read the entire article here.

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Thank You Letter to Parents – 17 March 2021

A pdf of this letter is available here

Dear Parents,

First, let me say thank you for attending our Parent Information Webinar last week. It was good to be with you. We had nearly 350 attendees and are thrilled with the positive reception we have received. When we first began this STADLP program in September 2020, we did it as a response to the pandemic. As the year has gone by, we realized that this is a wonderful opportunity to continue to do something new and innovative, as we respond to a need. We are truly grateful that you have sent your children to St. Thomas Aquinas Distance Learning Program and we are hopeful that you will continue with us in September. As St. Thomas Aquinas transitions to an Online Academy within the Diocese of Brooklyn, you will have the option for a premier online learning environment for your child(ren) that is faith-filled and a unique learning experience.

For those of you who were not able to attend the Webinars last week, we would like to take this opportunity to re-iterate some of the points made during the Webinar.  (the slides covered at the meeting are available here.)

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Parent Meetings

Thank you to all who were able to join the recent parent meetings!

We look forward to the continued journey with you in online education.

The slide deck presented is available here:
March 10th, 2021 Parent Meeting Presentation.

You may submit the registration reservations for 2021 here:
2021 Admissions and Registration Deposit

We remain available for support and questions at questions Questions@stthomasaquinasbq.org

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2021-22 information on St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Online Academy

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The Diocese of Brooklyn has a long history of successfully educating students. Our Catholic Academies and Parish Schools continue the tradition of offering academic excellence in a Catholic faith-based community built on the tenets of our Catholic Church.  In March 2020 things changed, the COVID-19 Pandemic forced many Catholic Academies and Parish Schools to hastily switch to online learning. We were challenged to continue our mission of Catholic education beyond our school buildings and deliver academic excellence and a faith-based community directly to the homes of our students and their families. Parents wanted a Catholic education from the safety of their home and so began the St. Thomas Aquinas Distance Learning Program in September 2020.

I am pleased to share with you that in August 2021, families will have the opportunity to participate in the Catholic online academy sponsored by the Office of the Superintendent ~ Catholic School Support Services, Diocese of Brooklyn. St. Thomas Aquinas Distance Learning Program will transition to a New York State Board of Regents recognized Catholic online academy, becoming the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Online Academy.

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Important Update 11/17/2020

Dear St. Thomas Aquinas Distance Learning Program Families,

This November marks my ninth year in relationship with the Diocese of Brooklyn as an educator and the thirteenth year as a parent invested in our Catholic schools. Over this time, I have had the opportunity to see the Diocese move forward in so many progressive and exciting ways and I have been proud to witness these successes. In early August, when I signed on as the founding principal of the St. Thomas Aquinas Distance Learning Program, I was so excited for the mission and vision for the school and together over the past months, we have created together the foundation and plans on which to build the future of Catholic education in the Diocese and beyond!

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Evening message 11/12/20

Good Evening Families,

I hope you and your family had a blessed Veteran’s Day. A special prayer goes out to all of our veterans and their families who have dedicated their lives to our great nation. Please note a few key updates this evening and have a wonderful night!

Parent and Student Involvement and Surveys

We are currently compiling summary documents based on our parent and student surveys this month, which will be made available to you. Based on your surveys we also wanted to let you know we are looking at ways of setting up communication and collaboration groups through our Rediker Portal so that we can begin our parent association groups – stay tuned!

Re-enrollment Form

As we plan for the next trimester, we need to know what your enrollment intent is – you will have received an invitation through your parent portal email to fill out an intention form directly in Rediker. You can also access this form in your main account under the tab “forms”.  We ask you to complete this as soon as possible so we are able to plan accordingly.

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A few new key calendar items

Good Evening Families,

I hope you had a healthy and blessed weekend – what beautiful weather! Tonight’s update is regarding a few key calendar items and a resource for your convenience. Have a great evening!

Enrollment Intent Survey
This week, you will be receiving a form from the Rediker Parent Portal asking you to share your enrollment intent for the second trimester. You should be able to expect this by mid-week at the latest.

Veteran’s Day Observed
We will be observing Veteran’s Day on Wednesday, November 11th. All academies, schools and programs in the Diocese of Brooklyn will not be in session.

Art Program
Our art program is undergoing a transition and we will currently be putting on hold all current art schedules. Please stay tuned for more information regarding this.

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Student Leadership Committee.

Dear Families,

It has been a really wonderful last two weeks all together celebrating school spirit, learning from each other and building community. I am also so thrilled with the great response we got on our student surveys! I really loved to hear your feedback and can’t wait to work together on some student leadership opportunities! If you are interested in joining a student leadership committee, please feel free to sign up below – And parents, all children are welcome to sign up! We will find age appropriate ways for everyone to contribute – all are welcome!

Student Leadership Survey: Access Here – https://forms.gle/iYStrbpHj37yoa4z7

Don’t forget, if you are in grades 6-8 and interested in getting homework help, participating in art, robotics, drama, sports and more, we have a free after school program we are offering to the first 100 families that sign up! So far, we have 89 spots filled, so there is still some room if interested! Check last night’s update for more details.

For grades K-5, we are in the works of securing grant funding for a program as well – so stay tuned! If you are in grades K-5, do not fill out the Google Form from last night’s update as it is only for grades 6-8 at this time.

Finally, I have attached the high school information presentation from today for your review. Thank you to everyone who made the webinar!

Have a blessed evening,

Manuela Adsuar-Pizzi                                 

Principal                      

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Play, Study, Win

Good evening Families,

I hope you’ve had a wonderful week so far – I’ve gotten to see some great pictures and projects from spirit week and have really enjoyed all the smiles I’ve seen on our children’s faces!

I am also excited to share with you some good news, connected to feedback we received on our surveys. We will be presenting the results of the parent survey next week and there’s still time to share your thoughts before we close it out tomorrow night! If you have not done so already, complete the survey here by 5pm Thursday, November 5th

Play, Study, Win

Based on some of your requests for more academic support/tutoring, art, sports and clubs I wanted to let you know that we are pleased to announce we have partnered with Play, Study, Win and St. Brigid-St. Frances Cabrini, to offer a FREE virtual after school homework help and enrichment program for our middle school students! We are currently working on one for K-5 as well – so stay tuned!

The information on signing up for this program is attached below and to this email. We can only serve the first 100 families who sign up so please check out our offerings below and sign up fast to secure your spot! We will be filling spots on a first come first serve basis.

Our Distance Learning Afterschool Program will be operating LIVE ONLINE from 3:00pm to 5:30pm,  Monday-Friday. 

The program includes:

 • Homework Help 
• Science and Robotics 
• Art 
• Drama 
• Virtual Sports 
• More activities to come! 

All students enrolled in the program will receive FREE art supplies,  robotics kits, and materials for use during programming!

We currently also have an incentive program in place for students of families that register and are creating a badge system for students of families based on attendance and submission of Homework Assignments. Incentives include Brooklyn Nets jerseys, gift cards, and more! Click on the following link to check out some of our Distance Learning highlights!  

Spring Distance Learning Highlights 

If interested, please enroll by Thursday November 12, 2020. To enroll, please click the link provided below in English or Spanish.

REGISTER Online Here! Space is limited and filled on a first come first serve basis.

PSW STADLP Afterschool Registration Form SY 2020-21 

Please feel free to contact Multi-Site Supervisor Kieran Burns at  718-755-6206 or sbsfc.psw@gmail.com for any questions or additional information.

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A quote from Pope Francis:

Dear Families,

Happy Election Day! I hope you all have had a blessed and safe day. As we follow the election process tonight and this week, I wanted to share an inspirational quote from Pope Francis to remind us of our unity in all of this chaos:

A quote from Pope Francis:

“Unity does not imply uniformity; it does not necessarily mean doing everything together or thinking in the same way. Nor does it signify a loss of identity. Unity in diversity is actually the opposite: it involves the joyful recognition and acceptance of the various gifts which the Holy Spirit gives to each one and the placing of these gifts at the service of all members of the Church. It means knowing how to listen, to accept differences, and having the freedom to think differently and express oneself with complete respect towards the other who is my brother or sister. Do not be afraid of differences!” 10/31/14

Here are some updates regarding tomorrow’s planned sessions!

Wednesday 11/04

Comfy Day!

Wear your comfiest clothes today

School Prayer Service

Due to connection issues, we will need to reschedule the live prayer service for this week, however, we have provided some links for communal prayer and worship that we hope you will enjoy with your friends and family together during the day!

  • Rosary Rally: This is a BEAUTIFUL celebration of The Rosary across all the schools in our Diocese!
  • Live Mass: Alternatively, you can also watch Mass live daily at 12 noon from the Saint John Paul II National Shrine.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFTeh0aaqAA3-nAYAI7K6zA/

Rescheduled Curriculum Presentations

1:15-2:00 (5) Rescheduled*

2:15-3:00 (7) Rescheduled*

Manuela Adsuar-Pizzi                  
Principal