March News

Dear Families,

March brings us into the liturgical season of Lent and the start of Spring!  It is a time for us to reflect and renew.  It is the time for our second trimester to end and report card conferences.  We are very busy at St Camillus Catholic Academy.  We have our St Patrick’s Parade, our annual chocolate sale, our Lucky Shamrock Raffle, Adult Paint Night, Rite of Reconciliation for our children preparing for sacraments, NYS ELA exams for grades 4,6, and 8.   Please refer to the academy calendar for all of our events.

NYS Exams:  We will administer the ELA exams in grades 4, 6 and 8 on March 28, 29 and 30th.  The tests are untimed.  Students who work productively can complete the test in the session.   We want our students to do their best but remember the test is only diagnostic.  The test is an indicator of performance and gives feedback to teachers and parents on student progress. It does not appear on the child’s permanent record, report card, nor does the score determine promotion.  In fact it is against NY State law to do so.

Service Hours:  We have many opportunities coming up…march with St Camillus at Rockaway’s St Patrick Parade on March 4th.  Bring giveaways to hand out to the crowd and earn service hours. Sell our Lucky Shamrock raffle tickets after mass and earn hours. Remember families are expected to serve the academy- minimum of 25 hours each year.

Report Card Conferences:  Parents will receive an appointment sheet to complete and return to schedule conference session with the homeroom teacher.  Families of SCCA who are behind in their tuition will not be allowed to meet with teachers.  The teacher will send home the time for the conference on March 20th.

God bless the students who will receive the sacrament of Reconciliation at St Virgilius on March 18th and at St. Camillus on March 25th.


Sheila Smith Gonzalez, Principal

Policy on Inclement Weather

Policy on Inclement Weather

With the impending snow storm predicted for tomorrow, I wanted to go over our academy policy on school closing.

If NYC public schools close, we close.

If we decide to close, we will do so after considering safety and supervision of our student body and staff members.  We take many factors into consideration when we make this decision. Right now our concern is if it snows heavy during school hours, we worry about our dismissal and the safety of the roads to travel home.

We will send a parent alert through Option C to inform you of any closings. It is important your email and cell phone number are correct in our system.

February News

February News

This week we are celebrating Catholic Schools Week, a national celebration of Catholic education in our country.  Each day we celebrate a special theme; make sure you check your CSW flyer for the dates and our special events planned.

We begin our celebration with Celebrating our Parish.  SCCA students are required to attend mass either at St Virgilius- Saturday, January 28 at 4PM or St. Camillus- Sunday, January 29 at 11:30 AM.

I look forward to seeing all of you in attendance.


Registration for new families and re-registration for our current families has begun.  Please remember our special Early Bird offers are only in effect until March 1st.  After this date the registration fee is $125.00.  Take advantage of our offers and reserve your spot for September 2017.

Valentine’s Flower Sale

We will host a Valentine’s Day flower Sale at the academy.  A separate flyer will be sent out to order.  Purchase a flower to send to your child or for your child to send to others for Valentine’s Day.  Cost: $1.00.  Flowers will be distributed on February 14th.

By the Sea Card Party

This is our big fundraiser.  Please join us for a fun night out and raise money for Saint Camillus.  Tickets are $10, and are sold in the office.  Remember to return your raffle tickets to be part of our raffle.  We still need helpers to work the event.  This is a great opportunity to earn your Service Hours.  All family donations of prizes (worth $25) was due on Friday, January 27th.  If you did not send in your items- your account will be charged $25.00.

February Vacation/Winter Break

February Winter Break begins from dismissal on February 17th to Sunday, February 26, 2017.  School reopens on Monday, February 27th .

Looking Ahead

St Camillus Catholic Academy will run a Lucky Shamrock Raffle all through the month of March.   Each day we will pick a lucky winner to win that day’s “Pot o’ Gold”   Prizes will range from $50 to $1000.  Look for our Lucky Shamrock calendar by February Break.


Registration for our Early Childhood Program begins on January 17th, 2017
FREE Pre-K for All for 4 year olds (born in 2013).
Registration opens on the DOE website on January 17th, 2017.
You must register online and select St Camillus QAFC as a choice.
Kindergarten for 5 year olds (born in 2012) begins on January 17th.
Applications for kindergarten can be picked up in the academy main office.
Open House for Pre-K for all

Dates Friday, January 13th, 2017 • 9:00 to 11:00 AM | Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 • 1:00 to 2:10 PM

Registration for all classes- Grades 1 to 8 begins on January 30th

St Camillus Catholic Academy offers an excellent Catholic education in a small, nurturing environment.

Register for 2017-2018 academic year now!!
Kindergarten to grade 8
Scholarships available…
OPEN HOUSE January 30th 8:15 to 11:00 AM or call for a tour 718-634-5260

January News

January News

Blessings to you and your families on the New Year. May 2017 bring you much joy, peace and love.

We have an important Academy Meeting scheduled for January 17th at 7:30 PM in St Camillus RC Church.  Every family in our Catholic Academy must send a representative to the meeting.  It is important as we move forward in our strategic planning that our parents are involved in the future of the academy.

Attendance will be taken, no children please, it is a Parent Meeting.


January begins our registration and re-registration at St Camillus Catholic Academy.   Our Pre-K for  All program, funded through the DOE, will open on January 17th on the enrollment portal SEMS.  If you have a sibling or family member of a current student, please contact the office that you are registering for a seat and putting St Camillus first choice.  We are able to affirm families whose students are currently in our Catholic Academy.  All other registration for kindergarten to grade 8 will begin on Monday, January 30th.  We will be sending home re-registration papers the week of January 23rd, please look in your child’s communication folder.


Catholic School Week begins with our opening masses at St. Virgilius and St. Camillus on Jan. 28 and 29th.  We have a week-long celebration of Catholic Education beginning with an Open House on January 30th and ending with our closing mass February 3rd– Ring Day for our 8th Grade.  More information on all the activities for this very special week will be sent home in a separate flyer and posted online.



Sheila Smith Gonzalez, Principal

December news

December News from the Principal
Prepare for the birth of the Lord!
Sunday, November 27th began the liturgical season of Advent, a time when we prepare for the birth of our Savior, Christ the Lord. We are preparing also in our Catholic Academy. We are readying our hearts for the birth of Jesus, we are lighting the Advent wreath each morning. We are studying in religion class, we are singing carols, and planning for mass December 2nd. We are practicing for our Christmas Concert. This is a free show for our families. The name of our production is A Christmas Miracle. Your child has an assigned song and the costume requirements is on the back of this newsletter. The show is planned for Monday, December 19th Doors open at 6:30 PM show starts promptly at 7 with a performance from our band.
Report card conference will be held on Friday December 9th from 3:30 to 5:00 and 5:45 to 7:15. A separate sign up will be sent home and we ask that you select the session that is best for you. If you are behind in your tuition, you will not be granted a conference or receive the report card.
We will be hosting a Santa Sale in school for the children to shop, if you can help please call the office to sign up. Our annual Christmas Boutique is planned for December 10 and 11th. Please consider shopping and supporting our vendors. If you can help us and earn service hours please contact the office. We will pass your information along to Mrs. Boyle, who is chairing the event. Remember to hand in your $5 for the class baskets. The class parents will shop and create a basket for each class, this raffle earns the academy income, please make sure you hand in your money.
Please make sure you have your December calendar, to refer to for all our other dates, spirit days and NUT days for the month. We are closed December 8th for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception a Holy Day of Obligation.
Christmas Show
Great Angel and Little Angel have ordered costumes… I will supply.
Kindergarten- red turtle neck or long sleeve top and black pants or skirt- Black shoes. Need to each wear a Santa hat.
Grade 1– They are the Nativity, Mrs. Caputo will assign parts and costume matches part.
Grade 2– Angels (not James)
Grade 3 Reindeer Wear White turtle neck and beige or brown pants and shoes. We will supply the antlers….
Grade 4 Green turtle neck or long sleeve top and black pants or skirt and black shoes.
Grade 5 White top and black pants or skirt and black shoes. We will make the animals in school. (Not Charlotte)
Grade 6 Christmas sweater or red and green with hat and scarf…carolers.
Grade 7 Christmas sweater, hat and scarf and carrying a wrapped gift or shopping bag…as if shopping.
Grade 8 All black….stage crew….

Blessed Advent,

Mrs. Smith Gonzalez

November News

November News

All Souls

As we enter into the month of November we will be praying for all of the souls of the departed.  We will have a basket in the main entrance and I invite all to write the names of a deceased loved one to be included in our daily prayers.

All Saints

Our students have been researching saints in religion class.  All students are invited to dress as a saint on November 1st.  We will attend parish mass at 9AM for the Feast of All Saints and then we will participate in an assembly hosted by grades 2 and kindergarten.


Our academy always collects food items for our parish pantry.  We are asking that all our students bring in one nonperishable item to donate for the poor, this Thanksgiving.  Please bring in your donation the week of November 10th, and we will donate all food items to our parish pantry.

Safe Environment

As part of the Diocesan compliance to provide a safe environment for all children, we will be introducing the Child Lures curriculum in December and January.  These are weekly sessions that discuss how to be safe from strangers, internet safety , etc.. All are age appropriate, however you can opt out as a parent if you write the office a note.  Your child will leave the class when the lesson is taught.  We must have your refusal to participate in writing because it is mandated we cover this Protecting God’s Children curriculum.  All Catholic schools do this annually.

Art Teacher

Our art teacher, Mrs. Falloon will be starting art classes for our students this month.  We are excited she is joining us here at Saint Camillus!

On behalf of our Board, staff and faculty we wish you a very blessed thanksgiving.

October News

October News

First Friday Mass

First Friday mass will be celebrated at St. Camillus RC Church on October 7, 2016 at 9:00 AM.  Our 7th and 1st grades are hosting, please join us.

Virtus Training

Those who attended Virtus on Sunday can now begin their service hours!  Make sure you contact the office so we can place you on our Master List.  Those who did not attend Virtus at St Camillus, can find other sites to complete the workshop to do service, attend trips, and classroom events.  Sign up at and register /  find a site.

Terra Nova Standardized Testing

Terra Nova testing will begin on October 11th  and end on October 21th.  The students in grades 3-8 will be testing during these two weeks.  There is plenty of time to take the different exams.  We are creating a schedule to spread them out over the 9 days and have time for any make up exams.  Students will not receive homework on nights before testing .  Make sure they come to school with sharpened #2 pencils and eraser.  Get plenty of rest and eat a good breakfast.  We want our students to do their very best. Terra nova is a standardized test of achievement.  Unlike the State exams these are recorded on the permanent record card and it is these scores that the high schools request for admission.


We are planning a Family Halloween party for Sunday, October 30th from 2 to 5 in Springman Hall. A separate invitation will come home in October.

On October 31st for School Spirit we will have Black and Orange day- wear both colors or just one in honor of All Hallow’s Eve, the day before the Feast of All Saints!!

Progress Reports

Progress reports will be generated through Option C and sent home for parent’s signature October 26th.  Please return them on October 29th.  This is the half-way point in the first marking period, and an indicator on your child’s progress.



Notification of Compliance

Our Academy Crisis Management Plan  (CMP) is prepared and  on file with our local precinct and fire department as well as the Diocesan Superintendent’s Office.

In case of an emergency our evacuation sites are as follows:

Local                                                  Saint Camillus Roman Catholic Church, Rockaway Park

Evacuation  1:                                   St. Frances De Sales Catholic Academy, Belle Harbor

Evacuation 2:                                   St. Virgilius Roman Catholic Church, Broad Channel



Our Handbook was sent home with oldest or only child and the compliance sheet is to be signed and returned to the teacher by Monday, September 26th.  Thank you for your patience.



The DOHMH requires vaccination certification from our students.   Students in or entering grade 6 and turning 11 must have proof of D TAP Adult Tetanus and all students in grade 7 must be vaccinated for Meningococcal.

The rule is 30 days in and student is excluded.   Make sure you show proof of vaccine by October 7th. Or your child cannot come to school.


Ice Cream is sold on Mondays , Wednesday , and Friday.   $1.00



Confirmation Meeting Monday September 26th  St Camillus RC Church  7PM

Communion Meeting   St Camillus  Thursday  Sept. 29 at 7PM or St Virgilius  Tuesday  Sept. 27  7 PM

Principal Newsletter Sept. 19th

News from the Principal…

It is hard to believe that Fall is beginning this week on September 22nd, and it is still so hot!!

On the topic of weather, please make sure your child is dressed appropriately for the weather.  Our students enter and exit our building for morning line up, for Pre-K playtime, for lunch time and recess.

Our Handbook is currently at the printer and should be sent home to the oldest or only child by week’s end.  Attached to the handbook will be a paper that must be returned to affirm that you received it.

Ice cream has been delivered and we sell ice cream for $1.00 on Mondays , Wednesdays, and Fridays to students in grades kindergarten to grade 8 at their lunch period.   Parents can also purchase ice cream for a class treat for a birthday by sending in the money to the office.

We are celebrating 65 years of Catholic education at St Camillus.  One special new item we have is our anniversary pencils.  They are 50 cents and can be purchased by using the vending machine outside the main office.

Thank you to our families who took the Virtus class, make sure you inform the office so we can add you to our Master List.

St Camillus Catholic Academy follows NYS pesticide Laws and our licensed exterminator comes monthly when the children and faculty are not present in the building.   All our cleaning products and hand soap are Green and non-toxic.

I am happy to introduce Ms. Corona, parent of Ariendy, Arlenies, and Armany, as our new lunchroom cook and supervisor.  Ms. Corona holds the required Food Handlers license and will be in charge of the distribution of lunch.  Lunch parents are still needed to help the teacher on duty to supervise the students, assist the little ones in eating, and then escorting them to recess and supervising play.

I also interviewed Mr. Frank from Rockaway Arts in Parts.  Mr. Frank was recommended by Heather Feather and art will begin when he takes the mandatory Virtus class.  For now the homeroom teacher is providing art for the students.

Band will begin within the next week, make sure you have returned your sign up form (grades 1-8) if you are interested.

Club sign up will be coming home in the green folder tomorrow, the due date is Friday, September 23.  Clubs will begin on Monday, September 26th for students in grades K to 8.

New calendar and October Lunch menu will go home September 23rd and food order is due on Wednesday September 28th.

Assemblyman Goldfeder will stop by on Thursday, September 29 at 11:15AM to hand out his Summer Reading Awards.  Parents are invited.

Thank you for all you do to support St Camillus Catholic Academy!


Happy to be your child’s principal,


Sheila Smith Gonzalez