Minutes from HAA meeting November 14, 2019

Thank you to all who were able to attend the HAA meeting.  Below is a recap of what was discussed.

Mr. Morris opened the meeting with a reflection on St. Frances Xavier Cabrini.

Mr. Morris then provided some updates:

  • Middle school math teacher has left. A replacement is being sought and interviews are being conducted.
  • Strategic Plan – objectives and goals for the 3 year Strategic Plan are due next on Nov. 22. (The Strategic Plan focusies on the 5 domains of Academic Excellence and Programs, Finance and Development, Marketing and Enrollment, Governance and Leadership, and Catholic Identity).
  • Uniforms in cold weather – we want students to be warm and comfortable in cold weather so students can wear pants in advance of the December 1st date and actual temperature when it is cold outside. A posting will be put on Option C.
  • DeSales Technology Grant – the Chromebooks have still not arrived which is unfortunate. In the meantime, iPads have been distributed to the upper grade classrooms for use a few times a week.
  • Parent Teacher Conference will be split into 2 sessions: December 5th will be the evening session; December 6th will be the afternoon session.
  • Safety of younger kids during recess was discussed. It was noted that Kindergarten students are in a separate section of the school yard, and only 2 teachers are able to supervise the school yard so further separation is not possible. Virtus certified parents could volunteer if available but it would depend on how many came for lunch duty on any given day.

Lorraine Casey, Board Chair, provided some updates:

  • Social media – we now have an Instagram page in addition to our Facebook page. We are working toward posting more pics in addition to our website.
  • AmazonSmile – we are now a charity on AmazonSmile and encourage parents, family, and friends to place orders on Amazon through this site so that the school gets a portion of the proceeds which are paid out quarterly.
  • Halloween Party – the event was a huge success, bringing in $588 (the Bake Sale contributed $110 of that amount)! The Queens Ledger sent a photographer and the kids were in the Nov 7 edition of the newspaper.
  • Upcoming Events:
    • Food Drive for Thanksgiving
    • Pie Sale – money due by Nov 18
    • Christmas Boutique – Dec 10-12. A suggestion for next year was to get more merchandise and open up shopping to the CCD children on a Sunday.
    • Christmas Giving Tree in conjunction with St. Adalbert Church
    • Ugly Sweater Dance Dec 13 7-9pm
      • 5-7th grades, with the allowance of one guest of the child’s age.
      • $5 for each attendee (SACA student and guest).
      • Ms. Diaz will be the DJ.
      • Refreshments (water, chips) will be sold.
      • Parent volunteers (10 minimum) from 6-10pm will be crucial to supervise during the dance, as well as set up and clean up.
      • A letter will go out with more details and instructions, including a note about conduct during the dance.
      • Suggestions include Photo Booth, Geo Filter, decorations made by younger grade students.

Our next meeting will be after the Christmas holiday in January. An announcement will go out on Option C.

Happy All Saints Day !!!

We thank our 4th grade students for their Saint Presentations today.  A special thanks to Ms. Gleason and Mrs. Cunniff for their work and preparation.

Amazon Smile – Link your Amazon Account to help our school!

For all you Amazon shoppers, you can link your account

Go to the attached link to find a step by step guide on your phone. 

AmazonSmile

But here is a simplified version for your computer.

go to

smile.amazon.com

Follow the steps to sign-in to your regular account.

Follow the prompt to add Saint Adalbert Catholic Academy. 

Click to Save your information. 

Each time you want to purchase something from Amazon, go to smile.amazon.com

Make your purchase as usual 

 

 

 

Minutes from the HAA meeting October 24, 2019

Thank you to all who were able to attend the HAA meeting.  Below is a recap of what was discussed.

Mr. Morris provided some updates as well as a review of items discussed at our first HAA meeting on September 26:

  • Strategic Plan – the 3 year Strategic Plan is underway, focusing on the 5 domains of Academic Excellence and Programs, Finance and Development, Marketing and Enrollment, Governance and Leadership, and Catholic Identity. The next step is establishing objectives for each domain for the next 3 years.
  • DeSales Grant – iPads have been distributed, and Chromebooks for the upper grades should be coming in the next few weeks.
  • Dress down day Friday Oct 25th; dress down days to be done more frequently to provide another fundraising opportunity for the school.
  • A school tshirt, potentially designed by the students, was discussed as an alternative dress down option.
  • Upcoming pie sale in November (more details will be forthcoming).
  • Bazaar – many parents and students have requested a multi-day Bazaar. Given the enormous effort required to undertake the Bazaar, it was suggested that we do a one day event next year, with the Kids Day sessions during the school day and an evening session open all in the community. Parent involvement is critical to enable this to happen before and during the Bazaar. 

Lorraine Casey, Board Chair, discussed details regarding the Costume Party and Bake Sale on October 31 from 6-7pm:

  • 96 children and 111 adults are attending, and 17 parents have indicated that they will bring in baked goods for the Bake Sale thus far.
  • The Youth Ministry will be stuffing goody bags for the children with the candy sent in by parents (67 bags as of Oct 24). We have also arranged for some of the Youth Ministry to be present during the party to help out.
  • We will sell water and popcorn in addition to the baked goods.
  • Ms. Diaz will be the DJ for the party.
  • We will have a coloring table for the younger children to color in pumpkins, and there will be Trick or Treat stations throughout the gym.
  • Gym set up will begin at 4:30 – any parents who can help will be appreciated!

Our next event will be a 6th and 7th grade dance with a suggested date of December 13th from 7-9pm. More details will follow.

 

Next meeting will be on Thursday, November 14 at 7pm in the lower cafeteria. We look forward to seeing you there!

8th Grade News – High School Application Workshop & Buddy Days

HIGH SCHOOL APPLICATION WORKSHOP – 

Wednesday October 2  — 6:30pm Cafeteria

Nick Molido from McClancy High School will lead a workshop on applying for high schools in the Diocese of Brooklyn.  After his presentation, I will present the steps for applying for NYC public schools. This workshop is not mandatory, but very helpful for your process over the next few months.

 

BUDDY DAYS with High Schools– 

Buddy days are an extremely important part of the high school selection process.  However, whenever students attend a Buddy Day, they miss important classroom instruction which can lead to students falling behind on assignments.  With this in mind, a student is allowed to attend 2 buddy days in their 8th grade year, and if they are in good academic standing, an additional buddy day will be granted.  Please check with your homeroom teacher before making arrangements for the 3rd day.

Home Academy Association – 1st Meeting Thursday September 26 — 7pm – Cafeteria

The HAA is comprised of the parents or legal guardians of our students in partnership with the administration, faculty, staff, and the board.  Through events, fund raising, teacher recognition, support, and school improvements, the HAA works to promote a connection from home to academy.  Everyone is encouraged to participate!

Our kick off meeting will be on Thursday, September 26 at 7:00pm in the lower cafeteria. We will discuss the formation of various committees as well as plans for our first event of the year on Halloween!

If you plan on coming, please reply to the following survey which would help us for planning purposes.  

https://forms.gle/UkzmyNzXqSTibMaX6

Additional information on the HAA

Home Academy Association Information

New Steps to Earn Box Top Points for St. Adalberts

 

  1. Download the Box Top app on your mobile device
  2. Create an account – enter email address and create password
  3. Type in zip code 11373  to find and link St. Adalbert School

Now every time you make a purchase

**You must scan the code on your receipt

Thank you so much!

DeSales Technology Grant has been activated!

A special thank you to all parents who signed up for the Tablet.  DeSalesMedia has activated our grant and our devices will soon be on the way.  Here is a breakdown of the device allocation:

 

Grades K-4

iPads

Grades 5-8 

Chromebooks