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PDHP: This Is Prevention

Hello Parents & Community. Allow me to take a minute to introduce myself. My name is Cary Anne Fitzgerald. I am the Parent & Community Outreach Coordinator for the Program for the Development of Human Potential (PDHP).

PDHP has been a part of the Diocese of Brooklyn for more than 40 years and is funded by the New York State Office of Addiction Support Services.

Who is PDHP? We are Prevention Education Specialists, Licensed Mental Health Counselors, School Counselors, Licensed & Clinical Social Workers, Family and Art Therapists. We bring in Evidence Based Programming, Pro-Social Activities, Group Work & Assessments for K-12 Schools in the Diocese. Our Family Therapy Unit meets the needs of families within the confines of any Parish. I provide information to support our mission and the adults in the community through parent workshops, parent groups, faculty workshops & family events.

People seem to feel a bit concerned once I mention alcohol & substance abuse. I understand, these are among the “difficult” topic’s parents approach me about often; let me tell you about Prevention. Prevention means that we work to establish healthy behaviors. Think about your regular medical check-ups – this is an example of acting preventatively, pro-actively. You are probably already acting in preventive ways without even knowing it. We want to avoid problem behaviors around drugs, alcohol, gambling, and support Mental Health and Social-Emotional development. We want to form bonded relationships within the family, communities, schools. We assist faculties and families in the formation of our students.

During this time, the way we do all of the above has changed. It has to; this is prevention and we are all undeniably a part of it now. Over the next few weeks, we will be rolling out day to day support. We know that information is moving rapidly and is ever changing. Know we are here.

For now, if there is an immediate need where you may fear you or a loved one may be in harm’s way, please contact 911.

For a less severe need or for ongoing PDHP support, you may contact (718) 550-0025

You can also connect with us via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PDHPParents/

Activity Suggestions From Janet Heed, District Superintendent

Dear Parents,

These circumstances we face are new for all of us. We understand that these days can be more challenging than a typical snow day. As teachers continue instruction via distance learning, we also realize need for other activities.

Looking at the positive…this is a gift of time that we would not have if we were all adhering to our regular schedule.

We hope to provide you with activities and information to enhance this time.

Engineer with Marshmallow Shapes

Develop engineering skills while constructing basic shapes out of toothpicks and marshmallows. Using marshmallows as the connectors to hold the toothpicks together, kids can create different shapes. Challenge children to create new shapes or build a car, castle or spaceship. The possibilities are limitless!

Museum Visits

Adults and children can tour museums together through Google Arts & Culture at https://www.artsandculture.google.com. This site enables virtual tours of The British Museum in London, The Guggenheim Museum in New York, as well as other famous museums in Seoul, Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam, Florence, Los Angeles, Sao Palo, and Mexico City.

We’re here to support you and your children.

Janet Heed
District Superintendent
jheed@email.diobrook.org

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.

March 13th – additional statement and information

OFFICIAL STATEMENT FROM THE DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN

CHURCHES & LITURGY

In an effort to be proactive in our response to the spread of the Covid 19 Virus, Bishop DiMarzio has dispensed the faithful from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass until further notice.

Public Masses will be celebrated; however the faithful are urged to exercise caution and try to limit the numbers of persons gathered. This is in an effort to be in compliance with the State’s regulations about large public gatherings. This dispensation remains in effect until further notice.

Weekday Masses, too, will continue as usual with the normal precautions people should take when gathering in public places. Other celebrations (such as weddings and funerals) may take place but attendance should be limited. Celebrations such as Confirmations, First Penance, etc. may take place but attendance should be strictly limited, perhaps including only family members. There is an option for an Order for Confirmation without Mass, if this is desired. In these extremely difficult and challenging times, our primary duty is to keep the faithful safe and healthy.

When gathering, the faithful are urged to take the necessary precautions including hand washing, remaining at a safe distance from others and other safe practices, such as the reception of Holy Communion in the hand.

SCHOOLS

The elementary Catholic Academies and Parish Schools in the Diocese of Brooklyn will close next week, Monday, March 16 to Friday, March 20. Monday will be used as a professional day for teachers to develop their distance learning plans. We anticipate that beginning Tuesday, children in the Diocese of Brooklyn’s Academies and Schools will have access to online learning.

In addition, the leadership of all Catholic Academies and Parish Schools are committed to following CDC guidelines regarding deep cleaning and sanitization of buildings.

This decision is being made out of an abundance of caution due to the rapidly changing situation and after consultation with city and state agencies. Please continue to monitor your Catholic Academy and Parish School websites next week for further updates.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION PROGRAMS

All in-person parish religious education classes, all youth ministry classes and group meetings (including all CYO activities) and all adult faith formation sessions (including RENEW and other small faith sharing groups) will be cancelled until further notice. As previously stated, all Secretariat for Evangelization and Catechesis classes, events, workshops, and other gatherings are also canceled during this period.

The health of all the faithful of the Diocese is of utmost concern, so let us continue to pray to the Lord Who is a healer to protect us and bring about quickly an end to this present crisis.

Office of the Vicar General
Diocese of Brooklyn

Diocese of Brooklyn Catholic Academies and Parish Schools to Close Next Week

Superintendent of Schools Thomas Chadzutko, Ed. D., has announced all elementary Catholic Academies and Parish Schools throughout the Diocese of Brooklyn, which includes Brooklyn and Queens, will close next week, Monday, March 16 to Friday, March 20.

“Monday will be used as a professional day for teachers to develop their distance learning plans.

The Schools Office anticipates that beginning on Tuesday, students of the Diocese of Brooklyn Catholic schools and academies will have access to online learning. While we understand that not all families may have access to online learning, we have directed all academies to utilize alternative instructional processes,” said Dr. Chadzutko.

In addition, the leadership of all Catholic Academies and Parish Schools are committed to following CDC guidelines regarding deep cleaning and sanitization of buildings.

The decision to close schools was made out of an abundance of caution due to the rapidly changing situation surrounding the Coronavirus and after further consultation with representatives of city and state agencies. For your information, there are no confirmed cases in our schools reported to us by the New York City Department of Health.

Please continue to monitor your Catholic Academy and Parish school websites next week for further updates, or the Diocesan Coronavirus section of our website.

The health and safety of our students, staff, and families is of the utmost importance. Our continued quest is to maintain safe and clean environments.

New Catholic School Will Mold Next Generation of Innovators

When the new school year starts in September, two Brooklyn Catholic schools – Holy Angels Catholic Academy and St. Anselm Catholic Academy – will become Bay Ridge Catholic.

One of the big ways the curriculum at Bay Ridge Catholic will become a new model for a new world is through engineering.

“It’s understanding that they’re living in a different world and if we don’t prepare them for that we are doing them a disservice,” said Roxanna De Pena-Elder, the District Superintendent of the Diocese of Brooklyn. Read More

Head of Children’s Scholarship Fund Visits Diocesan Schools for Catholic Schools Week

Darla Romfo, President & COO of Children’s Scholarship Fund, visited Ss. Joachim and Anne School and St. Gregory the Great Catholic Academy to celebrate Catholic Schools Week. See below for a NET TV video report on Romfo’s visit to Ss. Joachim and Anne and photos from both visits.

 

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St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy in Maspeth Gets New STREAM Lab

St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy earlier this week hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for their new state-of-the-art STREAM Lab at the school located in the Maspeth section of Queens. The new STREAM (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Art and Math) Lab was made possible through the generosity of Maspeth Federal Savings Bank, who was represented at the event by President Tom Rudzewick. Several other board members were present as well. Monsignor Joseph Calise, the Pastor of St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Church, offered a special blessing of the lab. The event was held on November 13 which is the Feast Day of St. Stanislaus Kostka. Students and faculty attended a special mass prior to the celebration of the new STREAM Lab. students with 3D printers in new STREAM lab ceremony for new STREAM lab ribbon cutting at new STREAM lab

Diocese of Brooklyn Principals ‘Lighting the Fire for Catholic Education’

The Office of the Superintendent~ Catholic School Support Services is pleased to announce that two of our principals received the 2019 “Lighting the Fire for Catholic Education” Awards from the Catholic School Administrators Association of New York State. Margaret Tyndall from Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Academy in Brooklyn, and Joann Heppt from Resurrection Ascension Catholic Academy were the honorees.

The event took place on Sunday, November 3, 2019 at the annual gathering in Albany, NY.

Quotes from references submitted said the following about each principal:

Margaret Tyndall- Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Academy in Brooklyn

“She is extremely innovative and is consistently exploring ideas and options to make the school a better place.” “What an appropriate image, lighting the fire, to describe Margaret, I have come to experience and observe the energy, creativity and inspiration she brings.”

Joann Heppt- Resurrection Ascension Catholic Academy in Queens

“Mrs. Heppt is a faith-filled educator who fosters a strong Catholic Identity. The children and their physical and emotional well-being have always been a priority to her. Mrs. Heppt works tirelessly to bring programs to enhance student learning experiences to the school.”

Margaret and Joann were joined by their husbands and staff from the Office of the Superintendent~Catholic School Support Services.