St. John’s University School of Education Dean and Author visits Divine Wisdom Catholic Academy!!


Bayside, NY—Children’s author Michael Sampson appeared at Divine Wisdom Catholic Academy on February 3rd, 2017 to share his books and to inspire students to write and read.

Sampson is the author of thirty books for children, including
his best sellers Chicka,
Chicka, 1, 2, 3
and Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See?

During his presentation, Sampson shared his life story and how he became a writer in a highly interactive, motivational format. Student Alexandra Jedrzejowski said her favorite book was “Chicka Chicka 1, 2, 3, because all of the numbers joined together!”

As he shared, he read his best-selling books to the students and told them that all children are writers and that every student should be “everything they can be.”

Third grader Andrey Torres said he read “The Mirror in Time,” all 66 chapters and 236 pages in one day. After reading the book he said, “maybe it is possible to time travel.” The story, according to Andrey had every single emotion in it. While it started out sad, it was both happy and exciting.

Before becoming a children’s book author, Sampson taught kindergarten through sixth grades and received much press coverage for his innovative ideas on teaching. After earning a Ph.D. in Literacy from the University of Arizona, he moved into higher education as a professor.

In August 2014, Sampson came to St. John’s University in New York City, were he serves as Dean of the School of Education and is leading efforts for the university to partner and create deeper connections with area schools.

An interesting fact that Sampson told students is that “All books are born on a Tuesday” as that is the date publishers release books. Sampson’s newest books include The Mirror in Time and Listen to Our World.

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Author to Visit Bayside Campus!

Welcome Michael Sampson!

On Friday, February 3rd, 2017 popular children’s author Michael Sampson will be visiting our school. Sampson is both an author and a former elementary school teacher. Currently, Michael is Dean of the School of Education at St. John’s University. Michael Sampson has written and co-written more than 30 books with famous children’s author Bill Martin Jr. Michael Sampson will be visiting with Pre-K – fifth grade students.

Some of Sampson’s books are listed below. The School will receive 25% of the profits from the books sold. Since he cannot possibly bring multiple copies of all his books, students must pre-order any book they would like to purchase by filling out the sheet below. Please complete the Book Order Summary Form and return it to your teacher by the requested deadline. The titles of available books and their prices are listed below. Checks are to be made out to Michael Sampson Books. Michael will autograph all the books students purchase.

More information on Michael Sampson and descriptions of his books can be found at

Click here for the Book Order Summary Form.

Click here for the press release.

OPEN HOUSE 2017/2018

Preparing Your Child for High School and Beyond

Nursery | Pre-K for All | Kindergarten | Grades 1-8

Sun, Jan 29 | 11:30am-2:00pm

Mon, Jan 30 – Fri, Feb 3 | 9:30am-11:00am

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Gala 2017

party-streamers-main-1Divine 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.

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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