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Pope Francis Blessing/Cardinal Dolan Message

posted Mar 27, 2020, 4:03 AM by Denise Olsen   [ updated Mar 27, 2020, 4:07 AM ]

March 26, 2020
Dear Catholic Schools Families,
United as Catholics and with other Christians around the world, we begin our second "Catholic Schools Weekend of Prayer" in St. Peter's Square at 1p.m. ET tomorrow, Friday, March 27. We will all listen as our Holy Father, Pope Francis gives a special blessing, "Urbi et Orbi" (To the City & To the World). I encourage you with your children to receive this extraordinary blessing, normally only given on Easter & Christmas mornings, which gains for us all a plenary indulgence.
We then turn to our local shepherd, Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, who reminds us that fear in unnecessary in the presence of faith. His Eminence has a special video message for our students from his "cathedra" in St. Patrick's Cathedral. Please click here to watch our Holy Father, Pope Francis at 1pm tomorrow and this special message from His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan together as a family.
Our 200-year legacy of Catholic education remains vibrant and strong as our 62,000 students engaged in a successful week of home-based learning, not only enriching their minds but their faith as well. I'm even told that some of our teachers' had the students out and about in their backyards having a science "scavenger hunt!"
None of this happens without the sacrifice, support and encouragement of parents and many other family members. We are grateful to you for entrusting your child to us and choosing a Catholic Education. We will continue to build on that legacy in the days ahead and long into the future. A Catholic school student today will become the Catholic school graduate of tomorrow, contributing their gifts and talents. They may be the next Dr. Anthony Fauci, a New York Catholic school graduate, advising the next president, or on the front lines as a doctor or nurse or protecting us as EMS, police and fire personnel. They may be like the principal or teachers who are the face of Christ daily as they are ministering in our schools.
We enjoy celebrating these gifts and talents that they have on our twitter feed, @ArchNY_Schools along with our Facebook and Instagram accounts. They are full of photos and videos of the teaching and learning that has been happening throughout the archdiocese. So many of our schools have their own accounts and we encourage you to follow them as well! Please share the joy to be found in the inspiring images that come to life in these moments as they are captured.
To make it easy to access the prayer resources we provided last week, we have linked them here again, the Catholic Faith NetworkUnited States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Archdiocese of New York. It is indeed perfect timing as we come together united in this second "Catholic Schools Weekend of Prayer."

Sincerely yours,
Mr. Michael J. Deegan
Superintendent of Schools
Archdiocese of New York

Coronavirus Update 3/17/20

posted Mar 18, 2020, 4:33 AM by Denise Olsen   [ updated Mar 18, 2020, 4:34 AM ]

3/17/20 Update from Mr. Michael J. Deegan, Superintendent of Schools, Archdiocese of New York attached below.

School Closure Update

posted Mar 16, 2020, 1:12 PM by Denise Olsen   [ updated Mar 16, 2020, 1:12 PM ]

Superintendent of Catholic Schools Mr. Michael J. Deegan has announced Catholic Schools within the Archdiocese of New York have extended the closure of all elementary schools in our system through Monday, April 20th, 2020. Informed by the current CDC guidelines and in consultation with other health professionals, the Health and Safety Task Force of the Office of the Superintendent of Schools made this decision out of concern for the well-being of our students, families and staff. We believe this decision will also help to successfully decrease risk to the whole community.

Last week, our principals and teachers prepared educational materials to engage our students in a week of home-based learning activities. This extended closure now requires that our professional educators, under the guidance of their regional superintendents, continue to plan for a long-term, home-based learning experience, which will include the same religious, values-infused curriculum we teach every day of the year, utilizing innovative strategies and technology. We are committed to providing families with additional information on a regular basis.

We understand our students, families, educators and the greater community are still coming to terms with all that has happened in the past few weeks. In addition to remaining faithful to our academic standards, we believe that home-based learning will provide a comforting sense of normalcy to the thousands of students we will continue to educate as we navigate these days of uncertainty together.

School Closure Monday, March 16 - Friday, March 20

posted Mar 12, 2020, 11:24 AM by Denise Olsen

Thursday, March 12, 2020) Superintendent of Catholic Schools Mr. Michael J. Deegan has announced Catholic Schools within the Archdiocese of New York will close all elementary schools in our system effective Monday, March 16 2020 until Friday March 20th, 2020, with the possibility of a lengthier closure.

Informed by expert health officials and the Health and Safety Task Force of the Office of the Superintendent of Schools, this decision was made out of an abundance of caution. The health and safety of our students, staff and families is of the utmost importance.

Additionally, after consultation with the leadership of the Catholic Youth Organizations and the Catholic High School Athletic Associations, all activities and all sporting events and practices have been cancelled indefinitely.

We are continuing to monitor the situation surrounding COVID-19 (Coronavirus). It is rapidly changing and we are closely following the advice of city, state and federal health officials We will keep you informed.

We truly understand that taking this action may cause some disruption to our families, but we strongly believe that these measures taken now will have the greatest success of decreasing risk to the whole community.

Over recent days our dedicated principals and teachers have been preparing educational materials for ongoing home-based learning to ensure our students continue to be academically engaged

Please refer to our website www.CatholicSchoolsNY.org for updates and links to best practices for staying healthy as well as links to the U.S. State Department, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization and other resources.

High Schools and Private Independent Catholic Schools closures are made independently of the Superintendent of Schools Office.

Summer Programs

posted Mar 9, 2020, 6:45 AM by Denise Olsen   [ updated Mar 9, 2020, 6:51 AM ]

Please visit the Parent Memos page  (Summer Program folder)
for information about our summer STEM, Art, and Bridge programs.

Archdiocese Coronavirus Memo

posted Feb 28, 2020, 9:32 AM by Denise Olsen   [ updated Feb 28, 2020, 9:32 AM ]

Please see the Archdiocese's Coronavirus Memo attached below.

Coronavirus Memo

posted Jan 30, 2020, 5:58 AM by Denise Olsen   [ updated Jan 30, 2020, 5:58 AM ]

A memo regarding the Coronavirus has been posted to the Parent Memos page.

Christmas Fair Flyers

posted Oct 21, 2019, 9:25 AM by Denise Olsen   [ updated Oct 21, 2019, 9:25 AM ]

Christmas Fair flyers have been added to the Parent Memos 2019

Choir Registration

posted Sep 16, 2019, 10:34 AM by Denise Olsen

Are you a 3rd or 4th grade student interested in joining the St. Clare Children's Choir?

Click on the form below to sign-up online.

Practice is Thursdays after school from dismissal - 4:00 p.m..

Students are dismissed from Mrs. Penna's desk.

Choir Registration

2019 Fashion Show

posted Sep 13, 2019, 12:47 PM by Denise Olsen

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