Principal’s Update – 9/29/17

Dear Parents/Guardians:


Good evening. As our first month of school concludes, I hope you continue to find these principals updates informative and useful.


Please see below for some important updates and reminders.


Upcoming Events


9/25 8th Grade Graduation Pictures will be taken

Student Council Assembly

9/26 Final Day to order October lunch in Option C

9/27 Boy Scouts Visit to grades K-8

Bishop Loughlin Visit to 8th Grade

10/2 Candy Sale Ends

10/3 Xaverian Visit to 8th Grade

10/4 First Day of Band Practice

10/6 First Friday Mass at 11am/12:30 Dismissal for  Jr. Pre-K and K-8

FDNY Smokehouse – Grades 3-8

10/9 School Closed – Columbus Day Observance

10/12 Buddy Day for 8th Grade Girls at Fontbonne Hall Academy

10/13 Radio Bingo

10/14 Confirmation Retreat 11am – 3pm

10/10 Terra Nova Exams Begin

10/20 Terra Nova Exams End

Buddy Day for 8th Grade Girls at Bishop Kearney

Buddy Day for 8th Grade Boys at Cathedral Prep


Academic Highlights


From Ms. Dwyer – Pre-K B: Pre-k B has been off to a great start! We have had tons of fun getting to know one another and making new friends.The last two weeks have been focusing on what we will learn and do in Pre-k. We learned new songs, and read exciting new stories. We created name mosaics and last week, we explored feelings and what our feelings mean. We shared our feelings, and then we created feeling portraits of ourselves using paper plates, mirrors and art materials to decorate them. With this, we have been discussing everyday about classroom rules, and how we respect one another and make good choices in school. This week we just finished our unit on All about me and the people in my community. We created self portraits of ourselves using different materials to replicate our own physical features. They created beautiful work!


In our Building Blocks curriculum, we have been learning how to count verbally from 1 to 10 in connection  with the song ‘This Old Man’. We have been learning and practicing in centers in our small group how to connect number words to quantities they represent. We have been focusing  this week on grouping. (I.e. groups of 2, 4, 6 ) We have been learning through modeling. I will show each child a group of a number I have made using counters on a paper plate and they have to count and say how many counters are in the group on the plate. Once they have guessed the correct number in that group, they have to replicate the same number group using the counters on their own plate. We have some great mathematicians in Pre -K B!


From Mrs. Federico – 2nd Grade: Our Second Graders are off to a great new school year- filled with learning and fun! We especially enjoyed celebrating and wearing red for Johnny Appleseed.

In ElA, we just finished a Superkids warm up unit and started unit one. We’ve focusing on understanding characters and citing text evidence. We also learned and practiced how to write A-Get-to-Know-Me-Letter.

In Science, we were excited to visit the lab for the third time this week. We practiced our lab skills as we examined the weight and volume of solids and concluded that the larger object is not always heavier than a small object.

In Social Studies, we’ve been learning about compass rose and how to read map directions. To put our skill to the test, we created a map of a kings castle.

In Religion, we’ve learned about how God sent his son Jesus Christ to be with us and discussed how he continues to be with us always.


From Mr. Dillon – 6th, 7th, and 8th Grades:


6th Math: We learned how to find the part of a value given the percent and the whole.

7th Math: We learned how to construct graphs and identify proportional relationships.

8th Math: We learned how to find square and cubic roots on the calculator and perform operations with them.

6th ELA: We read several stories and talked about how to extract details in order to answer questions on plot and theme.

6th Religion: We discussed how humans are made in God’s imagine and responsible for looking over all of God’s creations.


Heard in the Halls


We used hydrochloric acid and nobody got hurt! – Teacher


Saliva is good. – Teacher


Words of Wisdom


Today is the wonderful feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, the Archangels. Allow me to share with you the great prayer of St. Michael:


Saint Michael Archangel,

defend us in battle,

be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil;

may God rebuke him, we humbly pray;

and you, O Prince of the heavenly host,

by the power of God, cast into hell

Satan and all the evil spirits

who prowl through the world seeking the ruin of souls.



Have a great weekend!


  • Mr. OBrien