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.