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Updates from Schools, Charities & More

Institutional Commodity Services (ICS): September 2020 Catalog

Looking ahead, we need to be prepared not only for Covid-19, but also all that is required for a parish to continue the regular good work and upcoming seasonal events.

Institutional Commodity Services (ICS): Sidewalk Care Insert

It’s time to review your maintenance supplies and prepare to keep sidewalks and parking lots clear of snow. Read this special insert for more information on ice melt and other foul weather gear.

Institutional Commodity Services (ICS): Antibacterial Wipes

Another tool to help you keep your workplace bacteria free

Schools: Back to School Media Coverage

Educators Went ‘Above and Beyond’ to Reopen Elementary Schools, Superintendent Says: Superintendent of Schools Michael J. Deegan visited all of the elementary schools within the Archdiocese of New York in order to personally thank principals, pastors, teachers and staff on the successful reopening of our Catholic Schools. Thanks to the tireless effort of the Catholic Schools Reopening Advisory committee, as well as the leadership at the individual school level, Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of New York enjoyed an extremely successful and joyful return to the classroom this fall. (photo attached titled “Catholic New York Photo 1”)

Pix 11’s Monica Morales Interviews Two New York Archdiocesan Principals: The Pix 11 reporter interviewed Kristen O’Leary, principal of John Cardinal O’Connor School and John-Paul Barnaba, principal of The Academy of St. Paul & St. Ann, on what parents need to know about the new school year.  

Congress and Trump have unfinished business: Funding all schools: Our Archbishop Timothy Cardinal Dolan penned an op-ed for the Washington Examiner regarding the provision of emergency funds to our schools. (see photo attached: titled “Washington Examiner”)

The Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of New York would like to thank the Barry family, who donated to the School of the Blessed Sacrament in Manhattan. The Barry Family’s generosity went directly to obtaining 2,500 Chromebooks for the students as well as the new STEM lab that students enjoy. (Attached, please find a photo of students using the computers).

How City Catholic Schools are adjusting to a new normal: As week two of the successful reopening comes to a close for the Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of New York, Pix 11 visited Immaculate Conception School on Gun Hill Road in the Bronx to see how school leaders and families are adjusting to the “new normal.” From advanced cleaning procedures, to spaced out desks and additional technology for remote learners, the crew documented how Catholic schools are rising to the challenge of bringing students back into the classroom. (see photo attached, titled “Pix 11”)

Archdiocese Appoints Covid-19 Response Coordinator to Keep Students and Faculty in Catholic Schools Safe: To ensure the safety of students and faculty, Bridgette R. Mastaglio, MPH, has been appointed by the superintendent of Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of New York as Covid-19 response coordinator. Ms. Mastaglio will be the primary person responsible for ensuring preparedness and safety of school operations in response to Covid-19, and for managing and implementing responses to Covid-19 infections in Catholic schools.

Schools: Letter from Superintendent of Schools

Since September, our schools have been open and operating safely and efficiently. Thank you for your support in ensuring our guidelines for health and safety have been followed. Every person in our extended Catholic schools’ community has the responsibility to observe social distancing and wear a mask. This is what will keep the doors to our schools open; this is what will continue to keep everyone at our Catholic schools safe and healthy. Our principals, teachers and health aides have rigorously enforced health and safety protocols in our schools.

We are sending this email as a stark reminder COVID protocols do not end at the end of the school day and or take the weekends off!

Schools: TACHS Tests

The Office of the Superintendent of Schools has a very important, time-sensitive message about the TACHS Exam for all Parish Religious Education (CCD) 8th grade students and their families. The letters include a link to a wonderful video promoting Catholic high schools featuring testimonials from some of our outstanding high school students, which we invite you to view. Please deliver these letters to your Directors of Religious Education and ask them to send to 8th grade families right away!