January 2018

January 2018

Principal’s Highlights


2018-19 Registration Dates -will be released soon. If you know of any new friends or families that want to reserve their spot for next year, they can fill out a Pre-registration form. Available in the main office now.   


GoFundMe – We have raised $500 to date. Please help get the word out about our technology expansion efforts. We have been starting to make some small improvements. Each time you share our GoFundMe link, you can gain credit towards your service hours. https://www.gofundme.com/what-the-tech


Card Party- planning has begun. If you have items to donate please see Ms. Pat. If you would like to help with getting donations, please email Ms. Schneck for more information.  


Decorate That Door! Contest – was a huge success due to the help of all the class parents. Thank you for your time and supplies to make this contest possible. 3rd graders’ animal habitat themed door won them the 1st prize class pizza party, PreK3A came in second with their snowflake theme, and 2nd grade won 3rd prize with their Winter Adventureland.


Uniform Swap/Sale- items can still be purchased. Please see either Karen or Pat to make a purchase. All proceeds go to fundraising efforts. Thank you to Mrs. Torio and Mrs. Lang for planning the event. Thank you to all the other parents that helped with selling and organizing items.


Catholic Schools Week- is coming up at the end of the month. A special events calendar will be sent home. Parents who signed up to volunteer will be contacted about different events you can help out with that week. Stay posted!


School Improvements- Thank you to Mr. Kennedy for giving new life to the Scout Room! Thank you to Roger’s House Painting for doing the main entryway makeover! Thank you Mrs. Kennedy for designing our new mascot! We are officially St. Joseph the Worker Lions.


“Mommy and Me”- has generated a lot of interest. So far, we have held 2 classes. We will be expanding dates in the new year due to the popularity of the program.


Vendor Sale/Open House- Thank you to Mrs. Papa for all your work planning the event. Thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Francone for helping out with Open House tours. Thank you to all the vendors and volunteers too!


Happy New Year!

Kathleen Schneck

    December 2017



Principal’s Highlights 


Save the Date!

  • December 5th – To attend our next #parents workshop with PDHP school counselors PLEASE RSVP by 12/1
  • December 7th -Report Card Distribution Afternoon 12:30-2:00 Night 4:00-6:30 and Option C Open Workshop an expert will be available to answer all your questions from 5-6pm.
  • December 19th – Annual Christmas show at (Bishop Ford) Tickets are on sale.

$8 for people over 5, $5 under 5. Students participating in the show do not have to purchase a ticket.


Grade 3 – made impressive and creative dioramas of animal habitats that demonstrated their science research projects. They are proudly displayed on the 2nd floor. Check them out on our website!


8th grade – A select group of artistic 8th graders have begun making over our entryway seating area.


 Spanish Grades 1 and 2 are having fun learning to sing in spanish. See our website for a video to see 2nd graders   in class performance.


Fundraising – We got close to our goal of $10,000 for the Walk-a-thon with a total of $7,325. Our next goal is to get tablets for PreK classes and the art room sink completed. We will be sending out information about our Kickstarter Project to integrate more STEAM/STEM learning into our school.


Other fun happenings – Students have a Decorate that Door! Contest where the winning class will get a Pizza Party.


Vendor Fair/Spring Card party – We are seeking donations. Please send inquiries to Ms. Karen or Ms. Schneck.  


Check the website calendar for more upcoming events. Thank you families for your support!


Kathleen Schneck


November 2017


November 2017

Principal’s Highlights


PreK3, PreK4 and Kindergarten Classes celebrated St.Francis of Assisi by  participating in a “Blessing of the Stuffed Animals” on October 4th with Fr. Ryan. Currently, they are discovering what a pumpkin looks like on the inside and journaling their discoveries.


Grade 1: Mrs. Lee’s class gave impressive oral presentations of their October books report.


Grade 4: Ms. Maher’s class is hard at work on a student newsletter. They are also collecting old newspapers for the local Sean Casey Animal Rescue.  


Middle School Math: Students are doing real world applications of math through creating integer games, budget planning for parties, and scientific notation related to the solar system.


Fundraising: The school has raised $2225 for Hurricane Harvey relief. The Cake and Pie Sale raised $2125.00, N.U.T. Day $ 223, 8th Grade Bake Sale $ 156. Upcoming, we have the Haunted House, Halloween Walk-a-thon, 7th Grade Bake Sale and Wrap Sale. The plans for fundraising in 2017-18 will go to putting a sink in the art room, painting supplies to make building improvements and murals. We are aiming to raise money for new chromebooks for the computer lab and computer building kits. If you are a parent who loves to paint and you would like to create a mural or paint an inspirational quote in the buidling please email me!


Parents: On October 3rd, Parents joined me in the cafeteria for Coffee with the Principal. I will be planning to hold another event in December. Also, check your online calendars for exciting Parent workshops being held by our PDHP school counselors.


Check the website calendar for more upcoming events. Thank you families for your support!


Kathleen Schneck

September 2017

Dear St. Joseph the Worker Families,

Welcome to the 2017-18 academic year at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Academy. My name is Kathleen Schneck, newly appointed principal of SJWCA. I am excited to meet and get to know you and your children this year. I hope you all had a wonderful and relaxing summer and are feeling prepared for the school year ahead.

There are many things to look forward to this year as we focus on the common goal of providing each child with a high quality Catholic education. One of my goals for 2017-18 is to focus on developing new programs, events and opportunities that will prepare students of SJWCA for the future. Be sure to keep an eye on the school website for updates.

Our learning community is dedicated to educating each child cognitively and spiritually. Every day is a new opportunity to develop our childrens character with help of the Holy Spirit. Educators rely on your help. We ask that you ensure there are daily routines at home such as reading with your child, discussing what is going on at school, monitoring use of technology and getting a restful nights sleep.

A learning community depends on each member to be responsible for their part. There will also be many opportunities for families to engage in events that celebrate the childrens accomplishments. Being present at school events reinforces to your child the commitment you have to their education.

I am honored to serve as principal of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Academy. I am looking forward to seeing you at Back to School Night on September 13, 2017 at 6:00pm.

God Bless you and your families.


Kathleen Schneck



June Calendar Letter

June 2017

Dear Parents & Guardians,

Its hard to believe that June is already here.  Its amazing the see what the students have accomplished over the course of ten months.  Teachers, staff, and parents have been instrumental in making it a productive year for the students, and for that we should all be grateful.

June is an active month, filled with many events. Our 8th graders will be continuing their journey toward graduation with their graduation Mass, trip, dance and finally, their graduation ceremony on Friday, June 16th.  Our Pre-K3, Pre-K4 and Kindergarten students will be celebrating their Moving Up ceremonies on June 20th, 21st, 22nd respectively. Grades 4 and 8 Science tests will be taken on Monday, June 5th.
The last day of school will be Friday, June 23rd.   We will hold our final academic awards assembly for the year at 9:30 am in Shepherds Hall. Parents are welcome to attend. Final report cards will be issued that day as well. Please be reminded that all financial obligations to the school must be fulfilled in order to receive your childs report card. Also, if you have not re-registered, please do so as soon as possible.  Some classes are nearing capacity and will soon be closed.

Attached to your childs report card will be information pertaining to the start of the 2017-2018 school year.  Please be sure on the last day of school that you have your childs summer work packet and supply list for next year. We would like to wish all of you a happy and safe summer. We thank you for your continued support of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Academy and we look forward to seeing you in the fall!




Mrs. Gallina
Interim Principal

May Calendar Letter

May 2017


Dear Parents,

As we reach the next to last month of the school year, there are a number of events taking place in May.   Students will be making their First Communion and we congratulate all of our students who are taking this most important step in their faith journey. Our 8th graders are also going on their graduation retreat on the 23rd of the month and we hope that the day will be a truly valuable faith experience as they get ready for graduation.

Our annual Spring Show for grades PreK3 – 8 will be held on Friday, May 19th at 6:30 pm in the former Bishop Ford H.S. building. Tickets are now on sale in the school office.  Later in the month, on Monday the 22nd, we will be having a carnival for the students. More details will be provided as we get closer to the date.

In the area of academics, students in grades 4, 6, and 8 will be taking the NYS Math test.  A group of our 5th and 7th graders will be taking the AIS tests and students in grades 4 and 8 will also be taking the NYS Science test.  It is important that all students are present on those days as we have a limited window of opportunity to administer those exams.

Also, please remember, final tuition payments should be made in May.  We now accept credit card payments as well as check or cash.  It is imperative at this time of the year that all financial obligations are met. We thank you for your continued support.



Mrs. Gallina

Interim Principal


April Calendar Letter

April 2017

Dear Parents & Guardians:

April is upon us and I would like to share some of the events occurring throughout the month.

First, re-registration is ongoing. The current fee is now $250.  Please also be aware that the financial aid process is open and it is critical that you get your applications for financial aid into the application center by the April 21st deadline. Please visit: futuresineducation.org/scholarships for more information.

Our annual Card Party is fast approaching and will be held on Friday, May 12th.  Tickets have gone on sale so please contact the school office if interested.  This is always a wonderfully fun, well attended event with great prizes to win.

In order to continue our mission of giving to others, we will be having a special dress down day on Wednesday, April 5th to raise money for The Marist Brothers Center at Esopus.  This is a camp devoted to working with children with autism.  A separate flyer will be sent home with more information.

Our Easter recess begins at 11:30 am dismissal on Wednesday, April 12th.  Please be advised that there will be not hot lunch provided on Monday, 4/10 and Tuesday, 4/11 of that week. There also will be no yellow bus service on Wednesday 4/12.

Easter, as we know, is the celebration of Christ’s resurrection from the dead.  It is celebrated on Sunday, and marks the end of Holy Week, and the end of Lent. It is the beginning of the Easter season of the liturgical year.  Easter represents the fulfillment of God’s promises to mankind, it is the most important holiday on the Christian calendar.

When we return from Easter recess, grades 4, 6, and 8 will be taking the NYS Math tests on May 2, 3, and 4.  Faculty, staff, and students have been preparing for the test and we are confident that all students will do their best.



Mrs. Gallina

Interim Principal

March Letter

March 2017

Dear Parents,

March is upon us and we have some very important events occurring throughout the month.  Ash Wednesday, a day of fasting, and the first day of Lent is March 1st.  Students in grades 6, 7, and 8 will attend a service in Church at 10 am and students in grades PK3-grade 5 will receive ashes in school.

On March 6th, our Yankee Candle sale will begin and materials will be sent home on this day.  Thank you for your help in supporting this fundraiser.

March 16th is Report Card Day. Dismissal will be at 11:30 and there is no after school program that day.  Please be reminded that all financial obligations must be current through the month of February in order to receive your child’s report card and have a conference with the teacher. The second trimester report card meeting is crucial as it lays out the academic plan for your child for the rest of the school year.  The meeting times for the day are 12:15 to 2:30 pm and 4-6:45 pm.  Teachers will be in touch in order to set up appointments.

Sunday, March 19th is the feast day of St. Joseph and it is also the day of the Brooklyn Irish-American Day Parade. We will march in the parade and since one of our parents, Mr. Joseph Heegan, is one of the aides to the Grand Marshall, we would like to see a great turnout for this event. More information about time and where to assemble will be sent home as we get closer to the date.

Finally, re-registration is ongoing. March 31st is the deadline for early re-registration at the discount rate of $200.  Please also be aware that the financial aid process is open and it is critical that you get your applications for financial aid into the application center by the April 21st  deadline. Please visit: futuresineducation.org/scholarships for more information.




Mrs. Gallina

Interim Principal

February Calendar Letter

February 2017
Dear Parents,

Last week you have received the letters regarding tuition, re-registration and financial aid. Please begin the application process as soon as possible so that you do not lose your child’s seat for next year.  As the registration and enrollment period continues, please encourage any prospective families to come and visit. We offer tours any day during school hours.

In the area of fund raising, our Scholastic Book Fair will end on Monday, February 6th and our Candy Sale ends on Monday, February 13th.  There are a number of prizes associated with the Candy Drive, and as this is the only mandatory fund raiser of the year, we hope you will support the drive so that we may be able to bring in as much income as possible.

We are more than halfway through the second trimester, and report cards will be distributed mid March.  Please be in touch with your child’s teacher should you have questions regarding academic progress.  This is also a good time to reorder uniform pieces and school shoes if need be.  Please remember if boots are worn to school, students should change into the school shoe upon arrival so as to avoid accidents.

Lastly, a reminder in terms of lunches and lunch time, we ask that students come to school with a packed lunch.  Dropping lunch off during the day is an inconvenience to our staff and worry-some to students waiting to receive it.  As, always, if we find a student has no lunch on a given day, we provide the hot lunch for them.  Thank you for your cooperation.


Thank you for your continued support.
Mrs. Gallina
Interim Principal

Tuition information from the Board of Directors

January 25, 2017


Dear Parents:

Financial stewardship is one of the most important responsibilities of the Academy’s Board of Directors, which includes the responsibility to establish tuition rates on an annual basis.  In so doing, the Board strives to balance the Academy’s goals of offering an excellent educational program to our students, providing fair and competitive compensation and benefits to our teachers and administrative staff, and making Catholic education affordable for all those who desire it for their children.  For the coming 2017-18 school year, the Board has determined to maintain the same tuition rates as in effect for the current school year.

The Board’s decision not to increase tuition is a reflection of the Academy’s stability but depends also upon parents sharing in the responsibility for good financial stewardship of the Academy.  How can you do so?  First, make all tuition payments on a timely basis.  We cannot sustain our mission to serve all the children in our care, as well as meet the commitments we have made to our dedicated employees, without our parents likewise fulfilling their commitments.  Of course, for those needing financial assistance, scholarships and financial aid are available (see futuresineducation.org for more information).  Second, support fundraising efforts and events at the Academy.  Tuition does not cover the cost of educating your child, and we rely on the success of our fundraisers to help make up the difference.  Third, share the good news of the Academy among those in your local community, whether in person or on social media, and encouraging prospective families to attend our Open House or make an appointment to visit the Academy.  And, finally, please keep the Academy and its teachers, administrators and students in your prayers.

Thank you for your continued support, and best wishes to you and your families for the new year.


Patrick M. Collins
Chair, Board of Directors