Saint Mark Catholic Academy Remains OPEN!

Good Afternoon!

We all heard the recent announcement of the Mayor to close public schools as of Thursday, November 19, 2020.

WE ARE PLANNING ON REMAINING OPEN.

The Diocese of Brooklyn’s Office of the Superintendent is working with the Archdiocese of New York to determine the impact on Catholic Schools. They have repeatedly asked the NYC DOE to update us on the services (transportation, food, and nurses).  They have repeatedly refused to answer their questions.

As a result, please note there may be an issue tomorrow with transportation and food services.

Again, we are planning to remain open. This decision will only change if the Governor declares New York City an “Orange” Zone.

I will continue to keep everyone informed should I receive any additional information.

Thank you,

Mr. Wilson

Support Saint Mark @ SchoolStore.com

Dear Families:

I want to personally thank all of the families who have already participated in our SchoolStore fundraiser! We are on our way to reaching our goal, but we need everyone’s help to make sure our teachers get the essential tools they need to help our students succeed.

If your family hasn’t participated, there’s still time!

This safe and easy fundraiser is 100% online so there is no face-to-face selling, collecting money, or delivering products. Participation only takes 12 minutes, and your child will win fun and exciting prizes. Every student will receive a prize just for participating. More prizes will be rewarded when goals are reached. 

Please help now. It really will make a difference.

Go to https://www.schoolstore.net/sid.t?0000115280 to support Saint Mark Catholic Academy!

Thank you,

Mr. Wilson

Cluster Zone Initiative – Saint Mark in YELLOW ZONE

Dear Families:

In recent days, you have heard many news stories from Mayor de Blasio and Governor Cuomo about the Cluster Zone Initiative within New York City.

After using the COVID Zone Locator sent by Governor Cuomo, Saint Mark Catholic Academy’s address is identified as being inside the Yellow Zone.

As you know we have worked diligently to re-open Saint Mark Catholic Academy and the first month of the academic year has been a great success. We have submitted our re-opening plans to the New York State Department of Health and the New York State Department of Education. We practice the Core 4: Stay at Home if Sick, Social Distancing, Mask Wearing, and Healthy Hygiene. We continue our Daily Health Questionnaire and temperature checks. We have done everything correctly and feel disrespected by the actions of Mayor and Governor.

We will continue to contact the Mayor and Governor to get answers to our many questions.

We also ask you to contact:

Mayor Bill de Blasio (212) 788-3000
Governor Andrew Cuomo (518) 474-8390
Assembly Member Steven Cymbrowitz (718) 743-4078
State Senator Andrew Gounardes (718) 238-6044
Councilman Chaim Deutsch (718) 368-9176

Since this is an evolving situation, we will continue to provide you with regular updates as we receive information.

Should you have any questions, please contact us at (718) 332-9304 or mwilson@smsonthebay.com.

Sincerely,

Mr. Mark Wilson
Principal

Call to Action from the Diocese of Brooklyn

Please read this important information from the Diocese of Brooklyn as well as the Archdiocese of New York.

Although Saint Mark is open, we need to assist all of our Catholic schools.
We never know when our area may come up!
Please contact Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio to let them know we do not agree with the closing of Catholic Schools.

Saint Mark Catholic Academy Remains OPEN

Dear Families:

I’m sure many of you heard Governor Cuomo’s announcement regarding school closings in “hot spot” ZIP codes.

Please note Saint Mark Catholic Academy is in ZIP code 11235.
This is NOT one of the ZIP codes under the Governor’s mandate.
We are open and will remain open until further notice.

That said, we should remain cautious and vigilant at all times. Please remember the following…

  • Complete the online health screening each morning for each child. If you answer YES to any question, you should keep your child home. Once again, here is the link: https://forms.gle/gtPE6ohViaUsexCE9
  • Keep you child home when he or she is sick. If your child exhibits any signs of illness, please keep him or her home.
  • Wear a mask! Our students, faculty, and staff wear masks throughout the day while in the building. Please do your part and wear a mask when outside the school dropping off/picking up your child.
  • Keep social distance! All of our students are socially distanced in their classrooms. There are markers in the hallways and stairways. Please do your part by keeping at least six feet apart when outside the school dropping off/picking up your child.

Thank you for doing your part to keep our children and school community safe. We appreciate your patience, kindness, and support!

 Thank you,

Mr. Mark Wilson
Principal

Important Back to School Letter

 

Dear Families:

I’d like to thank you for your patience as we finalized the procedures for the first week of school. The school administrative team met several times to ensure the safest and most secure reopening of school. As you know, guidelines from the city, state, and federal governments are continuously updated, so the plans that we have put in place reflect the latest guidance we have. In addition, these procedures remain in alignment with our reopening plan that was sent out earlier this month…

Please click here for  important back to school information.

Thank you,

Mr. Wilson

Saint Mark’s Reopening Plans Featured on Eyewitness News!

Saint Mark Catholic Academy was featured on ABC 7 Eyewitness News to highlight the preparations that are being made to welcome students back to school in September.
 
We are happy to represent the great work that is going on across the Diocese of Brooklyn to ensure our students have the best educational experience in the safest environment possible.
 

Zoom Sessions for Saint Thomas Aquinas Distance Learning Catholic Academy

Dear Families:

I hope all is well!

Last night, I received some additional information regarding the Saint Thomas Aquinas Distance Learning Program, which is being offered to families who may not be ready to send their children back to school for in-person instruction.

Please click here for a letter that includes some additional information. Most importantly, within the letter are links for upcoming Zoom information sessions for the online learning platform. I’m also including those two links in the body of this email, too.

Register for Friday, August 21 at 12:00pm session: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_JsY_ck2QQQ2w1-ZhzhYXWA

Register for Monday, August 24 at 6:00pm session: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_2bvFx1SvSaOcWIhBr8u29g

Just as a reminder… here are a few important details:

  • All students who participate in the Saint Thomas Aquinas Distance Learning Catholic Academy must be enrolled at Saint Mark Catholic Academy to participate.
  • There is no additional cost; you continue to pay your monthly tuition to Saint Mark.
  • Saint Mark faculty will not be staffing the online academy. The Diocese of Brooklyn is hiring qualified teachers to provide online distance learning. They are also hiring a principal to oversee and manage the program. Both Saint Mark and the distance learning academy will follow the same state standards. (According to the Diocese of Brooklyn, Saint Mark Catholic Academy cannot create our own independent distance learning program.)
  • At the conclusion of the first trimester (early December) parents will have the option to return to in-person instruction at Saint Mark Catholic Academy. (We are currently holding a seat for each child enrolled in the online academy.)

Again, these are just a few key points; please attend one of the Zoom sessions to get a sense of what the Saint Thomas Aquinas Distance Learning Catholic Academy will offer.

The following is a link to indicate your intent to participate in the Saint Thomas Aquinas Distance Learning Catholic Academy. Please complete it as soon as possible, so I can send the Diocese your contact information.

Saint Thomas Aquinas Distance Learning Catholic Academy Participation Form: https://forms.gle/a3J1oXScRsKeKJMd6

Please only complete this form if you intend for your child(ren) to participate in Saint Thomas Aquinas Distance Learning Catholic Academy.

Thank you,
Mr. Wilson