Our Lady of Grace Catholic Academy in Brooklyn today hosted a “Wear Lime Green” donation dress-down day to show their support and raise money for 7th grader Marco Wilen who has recently been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
In addition to the dress-down, the fundraiser included the sale of desserts and treats donated by Frost-A-Cake. There was also a basketball tournament for the students of grades 4-8, featuring a Free Throw and Three-Point contest which was also part of the fundraiser.
Financial donations are still being accepted and can be made by sending a check payable to Our Lady of Grace Catholic Academy in Brooklyn with “Marko” written on the envelope, or through Venmo @OurladyofGraceschool-AlumniAss. All funds raised will support his family and medical-related expenses.
Kelly Wolf is the Principal of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Academy located in the Gravesend section of Brooklyn.
The students of Our Lady of Trust Catholic Academy, in partnership with Cornell University and 4 H, this week kicked off a vegetable garden planting initiative, “Advanced Cooking Education (ACE)” in the yard of the Canarsie school.
The project is a partnership between Our Lady of Trust Catholic Academy, Cornell University, Harvest New York, and 4 H. The goal is to incorporate a healthy living agricultural program into the Academy’s curriculum program. Throughout the 10-week program, chefs assisted provided recipes, cooking lessons, and bags of food to take home and cook.
On Friday, the students planted different seeds in planters including tomatoes, onion, basil, carrots, parsley, and collard greens. The seventh and eighth-grade students also took part in the painting of a mural read “God’s Love Grows at OLTCA.” Students also painted clouds featuring the words: Friendship, Kindness, Love, and Respect.
Muriel Wilkinson is the Principal of Our Lady of Trust Catholic Academy, located at 1696 Canarsie Road in Brooklyn.
The Most Reverend Robert Brennan, Bishop of Brooklyn, has announced the selection of Deacon Kevin McCormack as the new Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Brooklyn. The appointment is effective as of July 1, 2022.
Deacon McCormack will be replacing Dr. Thomas Chadzutko, who is retiring as of August 31, 2022, after serving as Superintendent for the past 18 years.
“The schools and academies of the Diocese of Brooklyn have been blessed by the many years of steady, strong, and devoted leadership of our Superintendent Dr. Thomas Chadzutko. He truly has championed the growth of our schools and academies through teacher professional development, technology, and curriculum enhancements. Today we see the success of Catholic schools throughout Brooklyn and Queens because of his work. I am confident Deacon Kevin McCormack will expand on that success, given his exemplary work leading Xaverian and his clear commitment to Catholic Identity,” said Bishop Robert Brennan.
Deacon Kevin McCormack has served as the Principal of Xaverian for the last 15 years, having previously served there as an English and Religion teacher. For 30 years, he was also an Adjunct Instructor of Theology at Molloy College and was the co-host of the WABC radio program Religion on the Line from 2006 to 2018. Deacon McCormack is a graduate of Cathedral College and holds a Master of Arts in Theology from the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, and a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from Fordham University.
“Over the last 37 years at Xaverian, working with tremendous students and their families, dedicated staff, faculty, administrators, and devoted alumni – and especially with my friend President Alesi, I learned what makes a Catholic School great. I am grateful that Bishop Brennan has placed his trust in me to build upon the formative work of Dr. Chadzutko and continue the blessed tradition of excellence in Catholic education,” said Deacon Kevin McCormack.
Dr. Thomas Chadzutko’s career in Catholic education in the Diocese of Brooklyn began in 1985 when he was named Principal of Blessed Sacrament Catholic School in the Cypress Hills section of Brooklyn. Following his tenure as Principal, Dr. Chadzutko entered diocesan administration, serving more than seven years as a District Superintendent, and more than two years as a Deputy Superintendent. On July 1, 2003, he was named Interim Superintendent. On June 4, 2004, then Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio officially appointed Dr. Chadzutko to serve as Superintendent of Schools.
“Leadership and progress never exist in isolation. I have been blessed with pastors, principals, and staff that share the faith and the mission of Catholic education. I am fortunate to be able to reflect on the many joys that this position has afforded me. The greatest joy is the knowledge that our work has impacted the lives of hundreds of thousands of students over the past three decades. I am honored to have been a piece of the puzzle that has shaped the next generation of the faithful,” said Dr. Thomas Chadzutko.
Xaverian has also issued a press release today pertaining to this announcement as well as the selection of their new principal. The full release can be found here: https://xaverian.myschoolapp.com/ftpimages/765/download/download_7659111.pdf
The Diocese of Brooklyn is home to 70 Catholic elementary academies and schools, as well as 15 Catholic high schools, throughout Brooklyn and Queens, with a combined enrollment of 30,894. There are 19,613 elementary students and 11,281 high school students. For more information regarding Catholic education in the Diocese of Brooklyn, visit catholicschoolsbq.org.
ST. ROSE OF LIMA STUDENTS LEARN MATH ON ROCKAWAY BEACH
The 7th-grade students of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Academy, located in the Rockaway Beach section of Queens, this week took their math lesson outdoors. The students turned part of the beach into their math and ecology classroom for the day.
“Students collected ecological data on shellfish for their statistics project. Using the skills actual ecologists use, the students were able to take their math class into the real world. This was a wonderful chance to explore their local wildlife. The joys of working in the Rockaways,” said Satti Marchan, Principal of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Academy.
Along the way, the students found crabs, horseshoe crabs, and sand crabs with eggs. The 7th graders looked at actual mussels, found fish bones, and even discovered a shark egg.
Photos attached courtesy of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Academy/Diocese of Brooklyn.
BROOKLYN CATHOLIC ACADEMY WILL NOT RE-OPEN FOR NEW SCHOOL YEAR
The Board of Members and the Board of Directors of St. Francis Xavier~Queen of All Saints Catholic Academy, located at 300 Vanderbilt Avenue in Brooklyn, have voted to close the school effective August 31, 2019. The immediacy of this decision has been prompted by a 30% decline in enrollment since the 2018-2019 school year concluded in June.
This drastic reduction in student enrollment has significantly increased the negative fund balance of $676,639 projected for the 2019-2020 school year. This growth of this financial debt combined with the decline in enrollment, has made St. Francis Xavier~Queen of All Saints Catholic Academy unsustainable. Tuition for the upcoming school year was slated for $4,650 per student, with actual costs totaling $13,825 per year per child.
“This decision was not an easy one to make and took much discussion on the part of the Members of the Academy. It comes after many efforts on the part of the diocesan support staff to maintain a financially viable and high-quality educational program in this section of Brooklyn. We regret that factors beyond our control led to this decision so close to the start of the school year,” said Thomas Chadzutko, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Brooklyn, and Chairperson of the Board of Members.
“We are most appreciative of the leadership and efforts of the administration, faculty, and staff for all that they have tried to do to sustain St. Francis Xavier~Queen of All Saints Catholic Academy. We also recognize the efforts and support of the parents. We understand the impact this decision will have on the students and their families and will assist them in the transition,” continued Dr. Chadzutko.
A parent information night has been scheduled for Tuesday, August 20 at 6:30 PM to assist families in enrolling their child(ren) in a neighboring Catholic Academy. Representatives of various schools, including Queen of the Rosary, St. Gregory the Great, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Joseph the Worker, and St. Saviour, will be in attendance to assist with the registration process. A full list of Catholic schools available in the Diocese of Brooklyn & Queens is available at www.dioceseofbrooklyn.org/schools/find-a-school.
Prior to the merger of St. Francis Xavier and Queens of All Saints Catholic Academy in June 2018, enrollment was declining, with 213 students in the 2013-2014 school year to 122 students in the 2017-2018 academic year. The demographic change in Park Slope/Fort Greene and Clinton Hill has been the primary factor impacting Catholic education in the area.
Brooklyn and Queens Catholic School Students to Compete in Elementary Math Bee Finals
The Diocese of Brooklyn today is announcing the final round of the Elementary School Math Bee will take place tomorrow, Tuesday, April 30 at 4 pm, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Academy, located at 5902-6th Avenue in the Sunset Park section of Brooklyn.
The contests will feature 18 students in grades 4 and 5 representing Catholic schools throughout Brooklyn and Queens.
St. Anselm Catholic Academy Students To Let Their Imagination Run Wild at STEM/Science Fair
Brooklyn – St. Anselm Catholic Academy Principal Kevin Flanagan has announced that the school’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and Science Fair will take place tomorrow, Wednesday, March 27, 2019, at 7:00 pm at 365-83rd Street, Brooklyn. Projects from students of all grade levels will be on display.
Students from Pre-K 3 through 3rd grade will present class projects such as “Gummy Bear Science”, “Color Absorption” and “Colorful Carnations.”
Students in Grades 4-8 will compete individually on their grade level with projects such as a dancing robot, a solar car, fluorescent food, dance pad mania, a hydraulic hand and an experiment to discover which kind of wrapping prevents apples from browning.
Members of the media are invited to attend and encouraged to RSVP.
BROOKLYN AND QUEENS CATHOLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS TO COMPETE IN
DIOCESAN MIDDLE SCHOOL MATH BEE THIS AFTERNOON
The Diocese of Brooklyn Press Office is announcing a Brooklyn and Queens Catholic School Math Bee taking place this afternoon, Tuesday, March 5, 2019, at 4 PM, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Academy, located at 179-14 Dalny Road in the Jamaica Estates section of Queens.
The Math Bee will feature the participation of students from Grades 6, 7 and 8, representing 55 Diocesan academies and schools. All schools competing this afternoon had an internal school math bee from which a winner was selected to compete at the Diocesan level.
The Diocese of Brooklyn will also host an Elementary Grade Math Bee in April, featuring 3rd, 4th and 5th-grade students from 54 schools. Details to be announced. Cathy Kenny of St. Frances De Sales Catholic Academy is the Diocesan Math Bee Coordinator.
All schools and academies are closed on March 21, 2018, for Winter Storm Tobywhich is expected to deposit 11-15 inches of snow in the New York City area.
From 6:00am EDT, Wed Mar 21 until 6:00am EDT, Thu Mar 22
Issued by: New York City – NY, US, National Weather Service,
…WINTER STORM WARNING NOW IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM WEDNESDAY TO 6 AM EDT THURSDAY… * WHAT…HEAVY SNOW EXPECTED. TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 11 TO 15 INCHES ARE EXPECTED. * WHERE…PORTIONS OF NORTHEAST NEW JERSEY, SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT AND SOUTHEAST NEW YORK. * WHEN…FROM 6 AM WEDNESDAY TO 6 AM EDT THURSDAY. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS…TRAVEL WILL BE VERY DIFFICULT TO IMPOSSIBLE, ESPECIALLY DURING THE EVENING COMMUTE. SNOW WILL DEVELOP DURING THE MORNING AND BECOME HEAVY BY AFTERNOON. EXPECT SIGNIFICANT REDUCTIONS IN VISIBILITY AT TIMES. A COMBINATION OF THE HEAVY SNOW AND WIND GUSTS UP TO 35 MPH COULD BRING DOWN TREE LIMBS AND POWER LINES, CREATING POWER OUTAGES. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR SNOW MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS WILL MAKE TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS OR IMPOSSIBLE. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL, KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT, FOOD AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY. CHECK LOCAL DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION SERVICES FOR THE LATEST ROAD CONDITIONS. &&
DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN MOBILIZING TO HELP AND PRAY FOR HURRICANE VICTIMS IN PUERTO RICO
The Diocese of Brooklyn is taking action to help victims of hurricane Maria, the storm that devastated Puerto Rico last month, leaving millions of people without power, food, and basic necessities. Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio has encouraged parish pastors to take up collections of material goods to send to the island. People are asked to donate items like bottled water, non-perishable canned food, baby food, formula, diapers, personal hygiene products and much more. Anything collected will be packaged by Catholic Charities and flown to Puerto Rico on JetBlue Airlines. Catholic Charities there will arrange for distribution of the items to hurricane victims.
There will also be a voluntary monetary collection taken up at Masses throughout the diocese this Sunday, October 8th.
Many Puerto Rican families in our Diocese are worried about their loved ones back home and how they will survive this disaster. Bishop DiMarzio is asking the faithful of Brooklyn, Queens and beyond to pray for these families at a special Mass on Friday, October 20, 2017, at 7:00 pm at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, 856 Pacific Street, Brooklyn, NY 11238. Bishop DiMarzio will celebrate the Eucharist and Father Frederick Cintron, Director of Our Lady Mother of Divine Providence, and Pastor at St. Catharine of Alexandria, will preach the homily.