Academy Happenings 2/25/17

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!!!!

Academy Happenings 2/10/2017

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.

Academy Happenings 2/3/2017

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…

Academy Happenings 1/27/2017

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

Academy community…

 

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

February 2017.

 

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.

Academy Happenings – 1/13/2017

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

Academy Happenings – 1/6/17

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.

  • St. Robert Bellarmine Parish will be welcoming Bishop Octavio Cisneros, on Saturday, 29 April 2017, 11am.
  • St. Anastasia Parish will be welcoming Bishop Raymond Chappetto, on Saturday, 20 May 2017, at 11am and 3pm.

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.

Academy Happenings – 12/17/16

O Come Let Us Adore HimThe 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
Year.

Academy Happenings

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!!!!

Christmas Liturgy
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.

Dressing Up
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

Gala 2017
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.

Academy Happenings – Oct. 21, 2016

Thank You… Divine Wisdom will be presented with the 2016 Mission Incentive Award for Queens on Sunday, 23 October. This award is given to schools and CCD programs who give consistently to missions, while not necessarily being the highest donation. Academy families are always very generous, continually willing to give to a worthy cause!!! Special acknowledgment and thanks to Academy faculty member, Mrs. Patti VanBuskirk for serving as the Mission Coordinator for over 10 years!!!!!

Halloween Dance 2016… The Academy is looking for volunteers to decorate Father Smith Hall for the Friday, October 28th Middle School Halloween Dance.  If you are interested in helping create a festive event for our students, please sign up on Sign Up Genius.  The hours will be 2pm to 5pm on Friday, October 28th. The hours will count towards your volunteer hour commitment. Sign Up Genius will open at 5pm on Sunday, October 23rd.

Volunteer Hour Sign-Up… The Academy is continuing to streamline the process of signing up for volunteer hours with Sign Up Genius.  The goal is to ensure that all families have an equal opportunity to register for all fundraisers, since the e-mail blast goes out simultaneously to all families. We are no longer reliant on the students to carry information back and forth, and it has also helped tremendously in our ability to be a “Green Community.”

You can go to Sign Up Genius any time to see all available volunteer opportunities.  In addition, every time a new event is added, an e-mail blast through our Option C system will be sent.

Halloween 2016… Halloween falls on Monday, 31 October. Students in Nursery through Grade 4 can wear a Halloween costume to school, as long as all masks and peripheral items (such as swords, guns, wands, etc…) are kept at home. Please no face painting as well. Students in grades five and six have a “dress down,” as long as they keep in the Halloween colors (black, orange, purple etc…); 7th and 8th graders can dress in any appropriate attire.

It is also tradition at Divine Wisdom, weather permitting, that our lower grade students (up through grade 4) participate in the Academy’s Halloween parade. This fun event will take place at 10:00am, in Douglaston, and 1:30pm, in Bayside, with our youngest students leading the way (Nursery in Douglaston and Pre-Kindergarten in Bayside). Families and friends are welcome to attend, and parade along with the students…

Trimester 1 Progress Reports… Progress reports will be mailed out by the end of next week. Reporting student progress occurs throughout the year and takes numerous forms. The purpose of the progress report is to enable family and student to understand the student’s achievement at various times throughout the year and know what is required for future progress. All children in grades Kindergarten through sixth will be receiving Progress Reports; while children in grades seven and eight in danger of failing a particular course, not working to full potential, or who are making great strides will receive one.

A “Fun” Fundraiser… Who doesn’t like to shop???? Looking to get a head start on Christmas shopping and support the Academy in the process?  For $5 you may purchase a savings pass good for discounts on Saturday, October 29 as part of the Lord & Taylor “Shop Smart Do Good” charity event.  The event will take place at the Lord & Taylor store on Northern Boulevard in Manhasset. There are only 200 passes available for purchase so be sure to take advantage of this opportunity.  Please see the attached flyer for further information.

Academy Happenings – Oct. 14, 2016

Attention Grade 7 Parents… As was discussed during High School Night 2016, it is strongly recommended that families begin the high school selection process in the 7th grade. Saturday and Sunday, 15-16 October are important days for many of the Catholic High Schools in Queens. Open Houses have been scheduled at almost all of the high schools Academy students choose to attend. All pertinent information can be found on each of the high schools’ websites.

best-of-the-boroDivine Wisdom Catholic Academy has once again been nominated for BEST OF THE BORO CATHOLIC AND PRIVATE SCHOOL CATEGORIES!!!!!

The Divine Wisdom community is humbled to be nominated a second year in the coveted BEST OF THE BORO KIDS AND EDUCATION: CATHOLIC and PRIVATE schools division.

If you would like to show your support, please cast your vote for Divine Wisdom at: http://queenscourier.secondstreetapp.com/l/Best-of-QUEENS/Ballot/KidsandEducation

Voting will take place through midnight on 21 October 2016.

Coffee and Conversation—Douglaston campus… In an attempt to bring Academy conversation to the “grass roots” level, it has been decided to hold Coffee and Conversation at both conversations, facilitated by the building principal at each site. The Bayside campus held their first gathering last week, and the Douglaston community will be meeting on Thursday, 20 October 2016, at 9:30am, Father Smith Hall. Please join us for a bagel, a cup of coffee and good conversation!!!!!!

It’s Not Too Late…. If you haven’t signed up your child for Band/music lessons, you still have time. There is limited space available for students interested in learning how to play an instrument, or to continue lessons which might have begun last school year. This is an excellent opportunity for our younger students especially. Details can be found on the website or at each Academy administrative office.

The 300 Club Fundraiser… Divine Wisdom Catholic Academy is hosting its annual 300 Club (reverse raffle) on Friday evening November 4th in Father Smith Hall (Douglaston Campus).  This is a fun evening filled with great food from Il Toscano, musical entertainment, and a chance to win the grand prize of $10,000 by purchasing a box for $100. You may choose to purchase a box on your own or share a box with one or more friends. You do not have to be present to win, but if you are looking for a great night out, tickets for the event can be purchased for $30 per person.  Please see the attached flyer for further details.

Halloween 2016 Events, Save the Dates… This year there will be two Halloween celebrations, serving both Academy campuses. On Friday, 28 October 2016, a middle school Halloween dance has been planned for students in grades 5 through 8. This event will be taking place in Father Smith Hall, Douglaston campus. For our younger students, Pre-K through Grade 4, the Haunted Academy Halloween party will take place on Saturday, 29 October 2016, in the school hall, at the Bayside campus. Flyers for both events are attached to this correspondence.

Academy Happenings – Oct. 7, 2016

Terra Nova Assessment Administration… Beginning October 11th, and going through October 17th, the Terra Nova assessment series will be administered to students in grades three through eight. This assessment series is administered to all students attending Catholic elementary schools in the Diocese of Brooklyn. The Terra Nova is designed to measure concepts, processes, and objectives taught throughout the nation. Terra Nova results are used to: analyze strengths and weaknesses of a student’s achievement in each content area; plan for further instruction; plan for curriculum development; and to report progress to parents. Historically the school receives the test data during mid-November, with families receiving their child’s results before the first trimester report card meetings.

There is no particular preparation required of the students for these tests. It is important that home and school work together in order to promote a positive assessment experience. Parents should see that their children get plenty of rest each night, eat a nutritious breakfast each morning, and be in school on time. Students should have at least THREE sharpened #2 pencils each day.

Dismissal in Douglaston… There is nothing nicer, or more pleasing to the ear than children’s laughter… It is wonderful that many of our children stay around after dismissal to play and hang out with their classmates in the schoolyard. We ask that the parents waiting for their children adhere to the Academy’s request to move their cars out of the schoolyard by 3:15pm. Feel free to stay around, but the school yard gates will be closing promptly at 3:15pm.

School Uniform… The optional spring/fall uniform is to be put away until 1 April 2017. Effective Tuesday, 11 October 2016, all students are to be in full school uniform. Specific details on grade level uniform requirements can be found in the Academy’s family handbook. Please note, boys and girls are to wear black shoes. A black sneaker-type shoe is acceptable, as long as it is solid black, with a black sole. Uggs or other types of boots are not allowed to be worn during the day in school, other than on a dress down day. If the weather requires the wearing of boots, a separate pair of shoes should be brought to change into, once in the building.

Until 1 April 2017, students participating in physical education class are to wear the Academy approved sweatshirt, sweatpants, t-shirt, or optional Academy jogging suit. If a child wants to participate in gym in shorts, h/she must wear them under sweatpants or jogging pants.

Please note, by choosing to attend Divine Wisdom Catholic Academy, you are agreeing to wear the full school uniform.

An Easy Fundraiser… Beginning 7 October 2016, Divine Wisdom has the opportunity to participate in and earn CASH from A+ School Rewards, a great fundraising program run through your local Stop & Shop! A letter with the details is included with this correspondence.

Halloween 2016 Events, Save the Dates… This year there will be two Halloween celebrations, serving both Academy campuses. On Friday, 28 October 2016, a middle school Halloween dance has been planned for students in grades 5 through 8. This event will be taking place in Father Smith Hall, Douglaston campus. For our younger students, Pre-K through Grade 4, the Haunted Academy Halloween party will take place on Saturday, 29 October 2016, in the school hall, at the Bayside campus. Details for both events will be sent out next week.