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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                      

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Happy Monday!

Dear families,

Happy Monday! We are excited for another fun week of school spirit infused events! This week, you will have the chance to attend curriculum webinar style presentations for your grade level, learn about the results of our parent survey, support your student in sharing their own voice and experiences and engage in yet another fun spirit dress down week!

Please note, the links to register for the grade-level webinars will be sent via email prior to the assigned time.

I wish you a pleasant evening! Enjoy this week’s schedule!

Manuela Adsuar-Pizzi                                 

Principal                      

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Feedback and resources

Dear Families, 

Thank you for a wonderful week and all of your ongoing feedback! We look forward to sharing the results with you next week! I’ve attached some helpful resources to our email including a current copy of our November schedule, a “How To” sheet if you are interested in ordering physical additional texts for your 4-8 learners and a copy of today’s Coffee Talk presentation. I hope you enjoy – I wish you a blessed weekend!

Coffee Talk – Keeping the Faith

How-To-Order-Physical-Copies.pdf

November-2020-Calendar

Best,
Manuela Adsuar-Pizzi                                 
Principal                      

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Happy Tuesday!

Dear Families,

Happy Tuesday! I hope you found the recording and resources for today’s Coffee Talk useful! Information on tomorrow’s events is listed below as well as a quick update regarding our Religion Program – My Catholic Faith Delivered.

My Catholic Faith Delivered
This is the digital program we are using for religious instruction this year in grades K-8. Your child was sent an account invitation via email – many ended up in the spam folder so I would check there first if you do not see it in your child’s inbox! As a note, there is no physical text for Religion, however, teachers will be enriching lessons with hands on activities and writing assignments, as well as what students are learning and completing in the program.

Events for Wednesday 10/28/2
Class Colors Day! Your class votes on a class color to wear – If you didn’t get to it today, no worries! You can wear Fall Colors!

Coffee Talk 8:30-9:00 – Live Webinar
Communication in the Digital Age – How to create connections and be heard: Register at the link below!

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Back to School Series

Dear Families,

Happy Friday! I hope you had a wonderful week and a rejuvenating weekend. We are very excited to announce and invite you to our Back To School series starting next week, with a Spirit Week kickstart full of themed dress down days and short, drop-in Coffee Talk series with the principal in the mornings!

In our Monday update, we will send more information on how to register for the events and where to find the recordings if you are unable to attend them. We can’t wait to share with you all that we have planned! Over the next few weeks, we will be continuing our series with more information on our curriculum and programming, introduction to our new opportunities for community building and engagement, and more!

I want to thank you all for your ongoing commitment to Catholic education and for your partnership in our program! Blessings to you and your family!

Sneak Peek for the Week Ahead!