March News

Dear Families,

March is the liturgical season of Lent, the beginning of Easter, 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, Rite of Reconciliation for our children preparing for sacraments… Please refer to the academy calendar for all of our events.  Please remember each child (up to two children) is required to sell a box of chocolate.

STEM Science Fair:  We have scheduled our annual Science Fair for March 27th.  This will be our first year to focus on STEM design and inventions instead of conducting an experiment.  Parents are welcome to come by and visit with us to see our “Scientists at work”.

Service Hours:  We have many opportunities coming up…march with St Camillus at Rockaway’s St Patrick Parade on March 3rd .  Bring giveaways to hand out to the crowd and earn service hours. Sell our April Showers of Cash raffle tickets after mass and earn hours. Or join our Golf Committee-first meeting is March 5th at 7pm Remember families are expected to serve the academy- minimum of 25 hours each year or be charged $250.00 fee.

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 19th.

God bless the students who will receive the sacrament of Reconciliation at St. Camillus on March 24th.



Sheila Smith Gonzalez, Principal


Rockaway St. Patrick’s Parade with SCCA

Calling All Families!!!
Saturday, March 3rd, 2018
We are inviting you to march in the Rockaway St. Patrick’s
Parade with St. Camillus Catholic Academy.
Students are asked to come and march with their parents. No student can come
unattended. We will gather at the set street in our line up…this will be sent home
prior to the parade once we receive it from the Parade Committee.
Wear Green or your St Camillus sweatshirt, fleece, jacket! We give out
giveaways to the crowds in order to win best marching unit…we have won this
trophy every year…let’s continue this tradition.
Return this RSVP to the main office by February 26th
Thank you, Sheila Smith Gonzalez

February News from the Principal

February News from the Principal

 Happy Saint Valentine’s Day to all our families!!!!

Thank you for your participation at our Parish Masses to launch Catholic Schools Week.  Those students and teachers who came to the mass on January 29th you were ambassadors of our academy.   I especially want to thank Mrs. Mbonu who spoke at the mass in St. Camillus.  You did a wonderful job speaking about our academy.  I thank you!!!!  You still have an opportunity to fulfill your required Mass attendance by coming to Mass at St. Virgilius on Saturday, February 3rd at 4:00pm.

We are so excited for our graduating class of 2018, who will receive their class ring on Friday, February 2nd at 9am First Friday Mass.  Many have received their Catholic High School acceptances and scholarships…congratulations! We are proud of you.

Remember the Season of Lent begins on Wednesday, February 14th .    We will be attending morning Mass for ashes, the children must be in full uniform.   We will not be celebrating Valentine’s Day instead we have selected Friday, February 16th as Wear Red Day School Spirit for Lunar New Year.

We have Rockaway author, Christina Banks coming on February 12th  to read her new book to our students in grades K to 4…we will send home an order form if you wish to order the book and or night light.   We had to cancel the Hall of Science Trip set for Feb. 13th due to a lack of interest.   

School is closed February 19th to February 23rd, we resume classes on Monday, February 26th.

Finally, Progress Reports for the second trimester will be sent home on Monday, February 5th.  Please sign and return.

Catholic Schools Week Events

Catholic Schools Week Schedule

January 28th– February 3rd

Sunday- January 28th Opening Mass 11:30 – St. Camillus RC church

Monday- January  29th     Student Appreciation Day-  NUT day and BINGO.

Tuesday-January  30th    Teacher Appreciation Day- Staff Luncheon.

Wednesday- January 31st    National Celebration of Catholic Education in Washington DC-    OPEN HOUSE for our families and prospective families 8:30-11:00AM  Registration and Re-registration begins.  Come and visit your child’s class!

Thursday- February 1st      COLOR WARS   Gold vs. Green        School Spirit!

Friday- February 2nd    Ring Day for our Graduating Class of 2018          School Mass 9 AM in the church.   All are welcome.   Following the mass a reception will be held in the school hall for our 8th grade and their families.           12 Noon dismissal for students in grades K to 8 for Faculty Meeting.

Saturday– February 3rd   Closing Mass   4:00PM  St. Virgilius RC Church


February 2nd  7PM   Annual By the Sea Card Party!

This is our biggest fundraiser of the year, please come and support our academy.  Order your tickets now.  Remember we depend on our families to support our events and participate – we are counting on you!

January News

January News


Happy new year to all of our families!    May 2018 bring you much happiness, health and joy.

Grade 8

The countdown has begun.   Graduation pictures will be taken on January 19th.   Please do not have your hair up in an elaborate “updo” hair style.  You must wear the graduation cap on your forehead, as this is the photo we, the academy, purchase for our graduation composite in your diploma case.  You will take other poses that you may prefer but this is the one we use.   Make sure your nails are clean as one pose has you holding an item. Girls may wear nail polish for this special day.  

Catholic high schools will mail acceptance letters around January 16th !!! Public schools first round notifications are later in the year.

Our faculty will attend the Diocesan Data Day for professional development  on January 12th   there will be no school for the students in grades K to 8.   Enjoy the four day weekend!

Catholic Schools Week

CSW begins on Sunday, January 28th  with a family mass at Saint Camillus RC Church at 11:30 AM.  We hope that you attend this special mass in uniform where we celebrate our Catholic Academy. We are planning many fun activities all week.  We will close Catholic School Week by attending 4PM mass at St Virgilius in Broad Channel.  You are invited to attend this mass, in uniform, as well.   More information on Catholic School Week-CSW-will follow in a separate flyer in January.  

Remember our By the Sea Card Party is on Friday, February 2nd  in Springman Hall  Every family is required to donate a prize valued at $25.00minimum.  Please send in you prize after the New Year.  This is our biggest fundraiser of the year – our President of the HAA Stacey Haggerty is chairing this event.  Let’s make it fabulous!!!  Come and support the academy by buying a table or a ticket to enter.  Lots of fun is had by all, and we have wonderful prizes to win.   If you signed up to work the event- look for an email on your assignment.

December News

December News from the Principal

Prepare for the birth of the Lord!

Sunday, December 3rd   begins 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 1st.  We are practicing for our Christmas Concert.  This is a free show for our families.  The name of our production is The Three Wise Men.  Your child has an assigned song and the costume requirements will be sent home by Friday.   The show is planned for Friday, December 15th   Doors open at 6:40 PM – show starts promptly at 7.  We will be selling snacks and 50/50 the night of the show.

Report card conference will be held on Monday, December 11th  from 12:30 to 3:00 and 4:00 to 6:00PM.  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. Pre K for All parents do not receive a report card as per DOE policy but a conference is required to discuss your child’s progress.

Our annual Christmas Boutique is planned for December 9th and 10th.  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. Kogut-Rahilly, 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 towards our fundraising goal; please make sure you hand in your money by the due date.

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.


If you are interested in Service Hours or did commit to sending in items, please remember our Outlet Trip is this weekend so your donations are due Friday December 1st to receive your service hour’s credit.  We are also looking for items for the night of our Christmas Show to sell. All water, juice boxes and treats totaling $25 will receive hours.  


Thank you for all you do for our academy,


Sheila Smith Gonzalez

Giving Tuesday

#Giving Tuesday

Join the movement and give back- November 28, 2017

In the season of gratitude, remember St. Camillus Catholic Academy.
Send your donation to support Catholic education at your alma mater 185 Beach 99 Street Rockaway Park, NY 11694


Kindergarten Open House
Join us for an open house to visit our kindergarten on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 from 8:00 to 9:30 AM.

Is your child ready to register for kindergarten? Then come and see what we have to offer! Small class size, certified teacher, full and enriching curriculum, in a faith filled Catholic environment.

Mets & Yankee Raffle Tickets

Help support SCCA by purchasing a $10.00 raffle ticket for a chance to win a pair of Yankee or Mets Tickets with VIP club Access. Drawing will be held on August 28th and you can purchase Raffle tickets via the rectory or the school. For more information don’t hesitate to call.