Principal Newsletter 12.14.20

Snow Days

 

As you may have heard on the news, there has been discussion about a snowstorm Wednesday into Thursday. With anticipation of the storm, Extended Care will be canceled on Wednesday, December 16th.

 

Planning for a snowstorm during a pandemic will be much different since all schools can switch to remote learning. The Diocese of Brooklyn has decided that we will align with the DOE’s position regarding “snow days.” Although the school building may be closed, “snow days” no longer exist, as all Catholic Academies and Parish Schools will move to a remote learning platform, taking attendance and providing a full-day instructional schedule.

 

If the New York City Public Schools close, all Catholic Academies and Parish Schools within the Diocese of Brooklyn will follow this practice and close their school buildings as well. 

 

To make things as smooth as possible, we are going to move the Special Lunch to Friday, December 18th. The Ugly Holiday Sweater Day will also be moved to Friday, December 18th. If you have any questions, please call the office.

Christmas Travel

 

As we enter winter, many of us are starting to make plans for the holidays. Whether you are visiting family members one state over or across the globe, travel makes up a huge part of the holiday season. There is always a risk of getting sick while traveling because of the inherent stress of traveling, interacting with frequently touched surfaces in public places, and changes in climate and environment. But this year brings different considerations because of the Coronavirus Pandemic and the New York State Travel Advisory.

 

Things to consider as we enjoy this time with Family.

 

NYS COVID-19 Travel Advisory

The NYS COVID-19 travel advisory requires individuals who have traveled out of New York State to noncontiguous states for more than 24 hours, to either quarantine for 14 days upon return to New York State or “Test to Exit” quarantine.

 

For travelers who were out-of-state for more than 24 hours:

  • Travelers must obtain a test within three days of departure, prior to arrival in New York.
  • The traveler must, upon arrival in New York, quarantine for three days.
  • On day 4 of their quarantine, the traveler must obtain another COVID test. If both tests come back negative, the traveler may exit quarantine early, upon receipt of the second negative diagnostic test.

 

The Office of the Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Brooklyn has expanded the International Travel Advisory to include all International Travel.

 

Full Information on the NYS COVID-19 Travel Advisory can be found at: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory

 

CDC Recommendations for Holiday Celebrations and Travel

Full Information on the CDC Recommendations for Holiday Celebrations and Travel can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html

 

Please Note:    As per the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DOHMH), schools can implement safety and health protocols that go above the NYS DOHMH and NYC DOHMH required safety and health protocols.

 

Christmas Raffle

 

We are so excited for our December raffle! Try your luck for one of these six incredible prizes! We will be announcing winners live on Facebook on Wednesday, December 16th with a special guest. All proceeds will help offset Covid-19 costs.

Buy Raffles to win one of six great prizes!

#1) CHRISTMAS EVE DINNER FROM METRO MEATS Includes a fully cooked fresh ham, three vegetable sides and dessert. Feeds 8-10 people.

#2) XBOX ONE S 1TB and MINECRAFT GAMES  

#3) LEGO™ TROLLS WORLD TOUR -Ages 6+, 380 pieces.

#4) LEGO™ MINECRAFT  -Ages 8+, 834 pieces.

#5) EDIBLE ARRANGEMENTS™  $100 GIFT CARD AND SNACK BASKET

#6)EXQUISITELY CRAFTED BAKED SPECIALTY GOODS, CHOCOLATES, JAMS AND     CHRISTMAS COASTERS  

 

***Special Thanks to Angela Martin, Cathy Aliperti, and Gary Di Franco, and Trevor Stokes, for donating the raffle items****

RAFFLE TICKETS ARE $10 EACH OR 8 FOR $50. Tear off and mail/send WITH YOUR PAYMENT to the school or place in the Rectory door by December 15, 2020.  

Christmas Concert

Our students in Grades K-4 are so excited for their first ever virtual Christmas concert. Wait until you hear our incredible singers!

The virtual concert will be on Thursday, December 17th. A Zoom Link has been emailed to parents.