I hope you and your family had a restful February recess and your children are ready to jump back into their academic studies!!!!
Thank you!!!!! A wise English Christian preacher said, Giving is true loving… I would have to agree with this quote!!!! After tallying the money collected to support Sofia Rabello in her time of need, the Divine Wisdom community will be sending a check to the Rabello family for $7,075.00.
Academy families’ generosity was extremely touching. A very special thank you to Mr. Caballero, father of Arianna in 6th grade. Mr. Caballero and his colleagues at Bayside Chrysler Jeep Dodge
also contributed to the cause and sent in a check for $1000.00, to support this very special initiative.
We pray that God will keep Sofia in the palm of His hand and that our Blessed Mother will wrap Sofia in her loving embrace.
Thank you once again for your generosity to this very special request.
Candy Drive… The World’s Finest Chocolate sale ends on Monday, 27 February. If you chose not to participate in the sale, the box of chocolate is to be returned. If we do not receive a returned box from your family, a $60.00 payment is due.
Lent 2017… Wednesday, 1 March 2017 is Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of the Lenten season. Students in grades 1 through 8, in the Douglaston campus will participate in a special Ash Wednesday prayer service at 10:30am; while the Bayside will attend 9am Mass, where they will receive ashes.
All Academy families are invited to join the students at either the 9am liturgy at St. Robert Bellarmine Church, or the 10:30am prayer service at St. Anastasia Church.
Friday, 3 March 2017… Just a reminder, Friday, 3 March 2017, is a 12n dismissal for students in Kindergarten, and Grades 1 through 8. Pre-Kindergarten students have a regular school day with
2:20pm dismissal time.
Students at the Bayside campus will be attending 9am liturgy in Saint Robert Bellarmine Church; while the Douglaston campus students, will attend 10:45am Mass in Saint Anastasia Church. All are welcome to join the Academy community at these liturgical celebrations…
A Day at the Movies… St. Anastasia Parish is holding a fundraiser… On 18 March 2017, you are invited to a special 10am viewing of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Enclosed you will find a flyer with the information pertaining to this special event. Please join members of the St. Anastasia Parish community and the Divine Wisdom Catholic Academy community at this fun happening!!!!
Grade 8 Graduation Meeting… There is a mandatory Grade 8 Family meeting, scheduled for Thursday evening, 16 February 2017, at 7:00pm, in Father Smith Hall, Douglaston campus. This meeting will be to discuss graduation activities. We are requesting a family representative for each member of the 8th grade class.
February Winter Recess 2017… We have five school days before we leave for winter recess. Divine Wisdom will be closed from Monday 20 February, through Friday, 24 February, with students returning on Monday, 27 February 2017. During this week, you and your children should consider taking advantage of new opportunities to work and learn together….
As you embark on this holiday break, I would like to offer a few suggestions. Be sure that your child continues to read each day during the week. Maybe make a visit to the local public library or a bookstore and help your child find that “just right book.” If the weather permits, take a walk with your child. How about encouraging your child to develop a new interest or hobby? The break is an opportunity to relax and recharge, ready to gear up for the last stretch of the school year….
Maintaining Open Lines of Communication… The administration and faculty work tirelessly to keep families informed of news, activities and changes in the calendar. Please take the time to read these communications to avoid surprises. Notes, class letters and weekly email blasts are some of the ways Divine Wisdom is keeping members of the community in the loop. Please go onto the Academy’s website, checkout your child’s class page, open the attachments included in email blasts, there’s a lot going on…
Child Lures Prevention Program… During the month of February, as part of your child’s Religion class, the students will receive instruction in the Child Prevention Lures Program. In order to better promote Child Safety Awareness, supported and mandated by the Diocese of Brooklyn faculty will be delivering appropriate and effective instruction in the awareness and avoidance of situations that could pose harm to children and young people by potential predators in our society. Enclosed with this correspondence is an excerpt from the Think First and Stay Safe parent guide addressing tips for safeguarding your children. Additional resource materials could also be found at www.childluresprevention.com.
Inclement Weather… As we saw on Wednesday, there will be times when the Academy must alter the schedule due to inclement weather, or other emergencies. Provisions have been established to maintain open lines of communication with Divine Wisdom families.
Once it has been determined, that Divine Wisdom will be closed, or having a change in the schedule, an e-mail blast alerting all families, faculty and staff will be sent out. The Academy will post its school changing status on the school’s website, www.dwcaonline.org, as well.
Candy Drive… Divine Wisdom is going into the fourth week of the World’s Finest Chocolate sale. The sale will run through Monday, 27 February 2017. Sell a box of chocolate and return the money by 13 February, and receive a free dress down coupon.
Catholic Schools Week 2017… Catholic Schools Week has come to a close and the energy and excitement of the week, throughout the entire community, was contagious. Activities were planned on each day during the week. The week was a true celebration, acknowledging how proud we are of our students for their hard work and effort.
Candy Drive… Divine Wisdom is going into the third week of the World’s Finest Chocolate sale. The sale will run through Monday, 27 February 2017. Sell a box of chocolate and return the money by 13 February, and receive a free dress down coupon.
Middle Level Valentine’s Dance… On Friday, 10 February 2017, a middle school Valentine’s dance has been planned for students in grades 5 through 8. This event will be taking place in Father Smith Hall, Douglaston campus. Be on the lookout for the invitation to this special event; it will be going out next week.
Family Sweetheart Dance… On Saturday, 11 February 2017, Divine Wisdom will sponsor a Family Sweetheart dance, at the Academy’s Bayside campus school hall. All members of the Academy student’s family are invited to a very special evening. Be on the lookout for the invitation to this special event, it will be going out next week. Any inquiries are to be made to Debbie Fasciana in Douglaston, at 718.631.3153; or Vita Campanella in Bayside, at 718.225-8795.
Your Support and Generosity Requested… Once again Divine Wisdom’s Student Council will be joining Assemblyman Braunstein’s annual Valentines for Vets program. Donations of pajamas, robes, slippers, toiletries and sugar-free candy will help show our hospitalized and disabled veterans how much we appreciate them!!!! We will be collecting all donations over the next few weeks. Deadline for delivery is 8 February 2017.
Coffee and Conversation… Please join the Academy’s leadership team on Thursday evening, 9 February 2017, at 7pm in Father Smith Hall, Douglaston campus; and 9:30am School Hall, Bayside campus.
Student Safety: Douglaston campus… Since over 90% of students at Divine Wisdom are driven to and from school, this is intended to remind parents and students that safety around the Academy is of the utmost importance to everyone.
During morning drop-off, drivers should never stop in the middle of the street to let a child out. All children are to be dropped off on the Academy side of the street. Cars are not to be left unattended in the bus zone to escort children into Father Smith Hall.
At dismissal, the school yard is open for families to park to pick up their children. There is ample space in the yard to park in the designated parking spots. Our children run out and want to play with their friends, so it is very important that we are aware of children playing. Do not park in the bus stop!!!!!
Please respect the safety officers’ policies and practices, if they ask you to do, or not to do something, please abide by their request…
Catholic Schools Week 2017… Sunday, 29 January 2017, marks the beginning of Catholic Schools
Week, with the celebration of liturgy at 10am in Saint Anastasia Church, and 10:45am liturgy at Saint Robert
Bellarmine Church. Letters have gone out, and a copy of the week’s schedule is also included with this
correspondence. We are requesting that families show their support for the Academy by attending these
special liturgies… The boys and girls who sing in the choir along with the musicians at the Douglaston campus
have been invited to sing and play instruments at the 10am Mass. Students are to wear their school uniform and
sit in a special designated spot in the church. Open Houses have been planned at both campuses for Sunday,
29 January, from 11am until 2pm. During the week, many exciting things are being planned for the entire
Monday, 30 January 2017 at Divine Wisdom Catholic Academy has been designated as Celebration of
Families Day. Academy families are invited to see the school in action… Families have the opportunity to
visit the classrooms of their children from 9:30am to 11:00am. We recommend that you not only visit your child’s
current teacher and grade but also visit next year’s level. We offer wonderful Specialty Classes, so please do not
forget to stop by and visit them as well.
Candy Drive… The World’s Finest Chocolate sale began on 26 January, and will run through Monday, 27
February 2017. The sale will run through Friday, 26 February. Sell a box of chocolate and return the money by
13 February, and receive a free dress down coupon.
Middle Level Valentine’s Dance… On Friday, 10 February 2017, a middle school Valentine’s dance
has been planned for students in grades 5 through 8. This event will be taking place in Father Smith Hall,
Douglaston campus. Be on the lookout for the invitation to this special event; it will be going out next week.
Family Sweetheart Dance… On Saturday, 11 February 2017, Divine Wisdom will sponsor a Family
Sweetheart dance, at the Academy’s Bayside campus school hall. All members of the Academy student’s
family are invited to a very special evening. Be on the lookout for the invitation to this special event, it will be
going out next week. Any inquiries are to be made to Debbie Fasciana in Douglaston, at 718.631.3153; or Vita
Campanella in Bayside, at 718.225-8795.
Your Support and Generosity Requested… Once again Divine Wisdom’s Student Council will
be joining Assemblyman Braunstein’s annual Valentines for Vets program. Donations of pajamas, robes,
slippers, toiletries and sugar-free candy will help show our hospitalized and disabled veterans how much we
appreciate them!!!! We will be collecting all donations over the next few weeks. Deadline for delivery is 8
Congratulations Erica!!!!!… The Academy received word from The Tablet newspaper that Erica
Niedermeyer, Class 1-1, was the First Place winner of the Diocesan-sponsored Keep Christ in Christmas
Art contest. There were more than 1,000 art work entries from schools, parishes and homes throughout
Brooklyn and Queens!!! Congratulations Erica!!!!!
A Free Fundraiser!!!!… What do you think of a fundraiser that doesn’t cost you anything??? The
Academy will receive through TD Bank’s Affinity Membership Program an annual contribution for every new
checking account opened. The more Academy families who bank with TD Bank, the more money Divine
Wisdom will receive… Bank reps will be at both campuses on Sunday’s Open House.
Priority Registration for the 2017-2018 Academic Year… Registration for the 2017-2018 academic year has begun. The oldest student in Kindergarten through grade 7 brought home registration forms. Tuition rates for new school year were attached to the registration form.
We are pleased to announce, that for the 2017-18 academic year, the preferred payment method is through the electronic ACH payment system. This payment system allows payments to be withdrawn directly from your bank account automatically without the hassle of writing a check each month. Please do not forget to complete the ACH form when sending in your registration form.
All families are encouraged to take advantage of the early registration period which is in effectthrough Friday January 27. With the start of Catholic Schools Week, we will be accepting applications from new families.
Any families with students entering Pre-K, must register online with the NYC Department of Education between 17 January 2017, and 24 February 2017. Families with students entering Kindergarten, must complete a full Kindergarten application to ensure we have all the required information on file.
Gym Attire… Some of the boys in the upper grades, have taken to wearing shorts on gym days during the winter. This is not a good idea!!!! It is excessively cold to be simply wearing gym shorts
on 35-degree days. It is perfectly fine for a student to wear gym shorts under a sweat suit, and then to take off the long pants during gym time. It is not okay to wear shorts without a cover-up during the winter months.
Fundraising Opportunities Available… There are openings during the lunch periods to assist with the special lunches. Please visit Sign-Up Genius on the Academy home page and sign-up for hours as soon as possible.
Gala and Auction 2017… The Academy is holding its 5th Annual Gala on Saturday, 8 April. We are in need of lots of volunteers to make this event a success. Many of these opportunities are very flexible, and some even allow you to work from the comfort of your own home. Please visit Sign-Up Genius on the Academy home page and sign-up for hours as soon as possible. Although the event is still several months away, work has already begun. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to fulfill your fundraising hour commitment and have some fun at the same time.
Spirit Wear 2017… A new sale window has been opened to purchase spirit wear. Spirit wear purchasing will be available through 5 February 2017. This will give families an opportunity to purchase clothing items in time for Catholic Schools Week. The link to gain access to the purchasing site is: https://dwca17.itemorder.com/sale
As we move into the second full week of January, here’s what’s going on…
Appropriate Attire… A school uniform confirms your attendance at Divine Wisdom and is a symbol of unity within the school community. It is important that each student take pride in his/her appearance by wearing his/her complete uniform. The 2016-2017 Family Handbook outlines the uniform policy. During the cold weather, students may wear uniform sweaters or fleeces. Sneakers/athletic shoes are worn only on physical education days. If a student wears any type of boots to school, they are to change into their school shoes before entering their classroom.
It’s also time for heavier coats, hats, gloves/mittens, and scarves! Please dress your child(ren) in layers for school, as the weather, though a bit unpredictable as of late, is very chilly. We will continue to have lunchtime recess as often as possible during the colder months. Any child not properly attired with a winter coat will not be allowed to go outside. Children need fresh air and exercise, however our goal is to keep everyone healthy…
Confirmation Scheduled… The Parish communities of Saint Anastasia and Saint Robert Bellarmine have received the dates for the celebration of the sacrament of Confirmation.
Coffee and Conversation… Please join the Academy’s leadership team on Thursday morning, 12 January 2017, at 9:30am in Father Smith Hall, Douglaston campus; and 7pm in the school hall, Bayside campus, to discuss any issues or topics of concern.
Just a Reminder: Important Dates… Divine Wisdom will be closed for students on Friday, 13 January 2017, and the day will be devoted to faculty professional study. Our hard-working, dedicated faculty benefit greatly from opportunities to reinvigorate and grow professionally. This professional gathering will take place at St. Mel Catholic Academy. All of the Catholic schools/academies from Northeast Queens will be joining together to study. Monday, 16 January 2017, the Academy will also be closed to celebrate the life and achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
State of the Academy Meeting… The Board of Directors will be holding its annual State of the Academy meeting. This meeting will take place on Thursday, 19 January 2017, 7pm in Father Smith Hall, Douglaston campus.
The days are shorter now and the darkness descends upon us so early. However, at Divine Wisdom Catholic Academy, the bright lights of our children are shining forth every day!!!! They continue to amaze me with
their curiosity and creative thinking. As I go into the classrooms each day, I see their excitement as they are challenged by our very talented faculty.
In addition to pushing our students academically, we are developing students with strong moral character to make the best possible decisions and to reach out to those less fortunate. Advent is a time of joyful waiting and expectation. Just as the world waited so long for the coming of the Savior, we too wait His arrival. Advent is also about hope. We know that the world is not a perfect place. It has plenty of beauty, but that’s not all…
Finally we believe in celebrations at Divine Wisdom Catholic Academy. Both campuses put on spectacular Christmas shows. It was a wonderful way to begin the Christmas season!!!!!
In the midst of the Christmas rush, may you find some quiet moments to see more clearly the priceless gifts of God’s love and family bonds. May you and your families experience many blessings this Christmas and New
Douglaston Campus Christmas Show
What a wonderful event took place on Friday evening at Saint Francis Prep. The students in Kindergarten through Grade 8 sang and danced their hearts out!!!!! The students made us proud!!!! Special thanks to the entire faculty and staff for going above and beyond, working with their students to prepare for this special event. A very special thank you to Anthony Russo, the Academy’s excellent music teacher, who produced another spectacular event!!!!
In a week, we will be celebrating the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Thursday, 22 December 2016 is the Academy’s last day before we go off on Christmas recess. The entire Divine Wisdom community will be coming together at Saint Robert Bellarmine Church, Wednesday morning, 21 December, at 10:30am to celebrate liturgy together. Monsignor Sherman and Father Lee will be concelebrating this very special mass, joined by the student choirs from both campuses. We will be packing up all of the children from Grade 1 through Grade 8, at the Douglaston campus, boarding buses at 10am and heading over to Bayside. We are hoping that if Academy family members are available, they will join us at this very special liturgical celebration.
Various times during the school year, students have an opportunity to dress “down,” being able to take a break from wearing the Academy’s uniform and wear less formal attire. As we approach the final days before Christmas recess, I am writing to make a special request for Thursday, 22 December 2016, our last school day before Christmas. Students will not be required to wear their school uniforms on this day, but we are requesting that they get “dressed up.” Boys are being asked to wear dress pants and a button down shirt, if willing, also a tie. Girls could wear a dress, or dress pants. For this very special day, students are not to wear jeans, t-shirts, sweat shirts, sneakers or UGGs.
We would be most appreciative if you would support this request and have your child wear more formal attire.
Christmas Raffle Results
Thanks to everyone who supported our annual Christmas Raffle. Congratulations to the following winners of the raffle prizes:
– Michael Kors Bag – Judy Dowling
– $500 Cash – Pia Thompson
– $200 Poll Restaurant Gift Card – Brito Family
– Juiceman Juicer – Freer Family
– $50 Modell’s Gift Card – Donna Evangelista
– $50 Game Stop Gift Card – Mariam Reid
– $50 Toys R Us Gift Card – Mariam Reid
– Rocking Horse – Jo Molloy
Divine Wisdom will be holding its 5th Gala on Saturday April 8, 2017. Mark your calendars for this exciting event. The Gala is the largest fund raiser of the year with every dollar earned being poured back into Academy programs. More importantly, it is a fun opportunity for the Academy community of both campuses to
come together to celebrate the amazing artwork of our children and enjoy a great evening with fellow members of the Academy family.
In order to ensure a successful event, we need lots of volunteers. Planning for this event literally began as we packed up last year’s event. This is a great opportunity to get those fundraising hours completed. While some of the hours occur during the weekend of the event, there are many chances to fulfill your commitments between now and the date of the event. Some of the hours needed are quite flexible. They allow you to set your own hours, and in some cases work from the comfort of your own home. Sign-ups for the event will open in Sign-Up Genius on Monday, December 19th, at 5pm. As usual, you will be able to access the site from the Academy’s home page.