May News

May News

May is dedicated to the Blessed Mother.  We will be praying a decade of the rosary each morning for the month of May, please have your child bring in their rosary for Morning Prayer. Congratulations to our 8th graders who received the Sacrament of Confirmation on April 27th, at St. Camillus RC Church.   The second grade and some older students of St. Camillus Catholic Academy will receive the Sacrament of First Holy Communion on May 13th.

May is a very busy month here at the academy as we near the end of the academic year.

Mandatory Home Academy Association meeting on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 7PM in the church.  Please arrive on time.  Attendance will be taken and N.U.T. cards will be given to all families who attend.  Agenda:    Update from the HAA on our fundraising, cost of educating a child at SCCA, Service hours and participation of families, marketing of the academy, and election of new HAA officers.  The HAA has three officer positions that are up for renewal: President, Vice President and Secretary.  The term of service is two years at SCCA.

Scholastic Book Fair will be held on May 8 to 11th in the lunchroom.  All students are invited to shop, this is a fundraiser for our academy.  It is also a great time to purchase books for summer reading!

Our Spring show will be on May 19th  tickets go on sale on Monday, May 1st  in the academy office.

Annual Science Fair is on May 22 in the academy.  Please come and visit to see our brilliant scientists work!  Viewing and judging will be from 9AM to 11AM and 1PM to 2PM.   Families are invited to stop in also from 3PM to 5PM to see the projects on display.

Please remember to make sure your child is in proper uniform every day for school.  Lateness is a serious problem for some students.  Parents must remember that the high schools ask for attendance on the applications, both public and Catholic.  You will be flagged if your child is late or absent more than 8 times.  This may result in not being accepted into the school of your choice.  It is important all students are on line at 8AM.

Important News

Important Dates

Dear Parents,

We have many important events coming up !!!

I would like to take this opportunity to remind all of our families that the fundraising we run and the events we host are all done to keep our tuition as low as possible.    Since every family benefits from the fundraising that the HAA sponsors, we expect every family to participate!  You can do this by working an event, selling raffle tickets, or attending the event and supporting it with your presence.   In looking at our Service Hours Report and the participation in our events (which families attend).  We have found that the same families constantly support the academy while others do nothing or little.    At the State of the Academy meeting we addressed this and asked all our families to fully invest in the academy.

Here are your opportunities to make that happen!!

Friday                   April 28    Adult Dance Party     Springman Hall  7PM   $25 a person

DJ, dancing, door prizes, raffles, adult party games, and deli buffet…BYOB

Come and support this fun night out.  Bring your spouse, or leave him home babysitting and make it a Girls’s Night Out      RSVP to the school office….to buy your tickets.

$10,000 Raffle   This is a major fundraiser!    Buy or sell tickets   cost is $100 for a chance to win $10,000.   200 tickets must be sold!    We will begin in May selling the raffle tickets, we need your help! Volunteer to sell tickets.  Ticket will be sold all through the month of May.

May 8 to 11th   Scholastic Book Fair

We need parents to help the children shop for books at the book fair and to keep count of our inventory.   We do receive a profit based on the books sold.

May 19th    Spring Show    Help us to raise money and offer treats to our audience!         We are looking for volunteers to send in items to be sold at the concessions stand.   Individually wrapped chips or cookies, cupcakes, juice boxes, water and cans of soda… a donation worth $25 will earn you 3 service hours…

May 22, 2017    Annual Science Fair

Need parents to assist us in setting up the science projects in the morning…8AM to 9:30AM   Judging will be in the morning and afternoon session and then we will host an Open House for our families to drop by and view the fair.

We will also ask for donations to provide a snack shop for the evening Open House in order to offer a treat to those who take the time to come and view the student’s projects.  $25 worth of donations can earn you 3 hours.

June 9th   7PM   HAA    Luau    and $10,000 raffle drawing

We are planning a fun family evening  Hawaiian Party with DJ, dancing, games, prizes, BBQ….to celebrate the end of the academic year and to pull our $10,000 lucky winner.   Make this a must attend event!!!

June 13, 2017    Annual Walk a Thon and End of Year Carnival 

This is an all-day event….We need parents to volunteer to walk the boardwalk and help supervise our Walk a thon, supervise the inflatables and games, cook and serve the hotdogs and snacks, set-up and clean-up.     8 hours can be earned for this day  – 8 to 3

June 12, 13 or 14th      Decoration Committee   8th grade dinner dance

Are you a crafty, creative person?  Then we need your help to transform Springman Hall into a venue fit for the graduation dance.    Decorating will be after school hours…. Time will be sent home later as we plan the event.


We will have a mandatory Home Academy Parent Meeting on Fundraising, our goal for this year, Service Hours and Participation in Events….on May 2nd in St Camillus Church at  7PM.   Every parent must attend, attendance will be taken and Nut cards distributed.

April News

Dear Families,

Happy spring! It may still be cold outside, but we are all looking forward to the warmer weather.  Our annual Bunny breakfast is scheduled for Sunday,  April 9th @ 12:30pm  in Springman Hall. This is a ticketed event, flyers were sent home in your child’s green communication folder.  On April 12th there will be no bus service to and from school. Please make transportation arrangements for the morning and afternoon for your child. It is a full day of school with normal dismissal at 3:00pm, & 2:20 dismissal for Pre-k.  Non-public schools are only given a certain number of days that the buses will provided when public schools are closed. We have exceeded that amount therefore we lose a day of bussing. Chocolate sale has ended, please return all money immediately. Easter Recess begins at dismissal on April 12th and classes will resume on April 24th.  Please refer to the academy calendar for all of our events.

Virtus Training & Service Hours:  There will be a free Virtus workshop on Sunday April 2nd @ 1:00pm in Springman Hall. Please contact the rectory @ 718-634-8229 to reserve your seat. Keep in mind that in order to participate in school functions & volunteer you must be virtus trained.  Remember families are expected to serve the academy- minimum of 25 hours each year.

Looking Ahead:  Spring Show is in the works. Save the date May 19th. The children will be participating in Music in America. Information on costumes & ticket sales will be sent home via a flyer. Service hours will be given for baked good donations.


Sheila Smith Gonzalez, Principal

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.