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.

Sincerely,

Sheila Smith Gonzalez, Principal