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Dear School Community:
Congratulations to our 7th grader, Brice Willis, who will be appearing in the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Porgy and Bess! Brice is in the children’s ensemble and will also be covering the role of Scipio. You can catch him on stage from September 21- February 1.

The performance will also be shown in a movie theatre near you on February 1, 5, 8. 
Follow the link below to purchase movie tickets.

Let's plan to support Brice and his family by attending a production or seeing the movie rendition. What a great accomplishment.   What a great example of sacrifice, hard work, goal setting, and discipline.   I say Bravo to you Brice and the curtain hasn't even gone up!

The Academy community is cheering you on!  

Kind regards,
Ms. Coombs
Head of School

September 23- School Picture Day
September 26-Open House PreK, K, 1
September 28- Team Eamon Walk 
October 3-Open House Lower School


Our Music Director, Mr. Truyowls, will be out of the country on December 12th. To accommodate, we will move our Christmas program to Thursday, December 5th. It will be held in the church and begin at 6:00 p.m.
The Lindner photography group is ready for the Fall photo season. If you haven’t had a chance to order your child’s photos from last year, please log on by using the link and password distributed by the school.
If for some reason you don’t have a link and password, please email the studio directly and we will provide the information necessary to access your child’s photos. Please provide us with the school name and homeroom teacher’s name.
Thank you!
The Lindner photography group



We will hold our 2nd annual fundraiser in memory of and gratitude for Ms. Kelly Anne McKeon on Saturday, November 16th. Kelly's family will join us as we celebrate the impact that Kelly made on our lives. The money raised is added to Kelly's scholarship fund and will support the tuition of qualifying children. For those families who are new to our school, Kelly passed away in December 2017 at the age of 26. 

Judy and Steve McCool have offered to plan this event and will be sending out information in the very near future.


One Walk Date & Time
September 28, 2018
Check-in begins at 8:30 AM and the walk starts at 10:00 AM
One Walk Location
Foley Square
Worth Street & Centre Street
You can join Team Eamon or make a donation by going to
Also, please check out the Team Eamon Facebook page for pictures and more information about the JDRF One Walk and type 1 diabetes.
Post Walk Celebration
Randolph Beer DUMBO
82 Prospect St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Feel free to contact Judy or Steve with any questions.


The Academy of St. Joseph empowers and challenges pre-kindergarten through eighth grade students to become their best selves with a curriculum based on the arts, sciences, and the humanities supported by the values of the Catholic Church.

The Academy fosters the intellectual, spiritual, social, emotional, and physical development of students which instill in them the highest standards of character, competence, and compassion in a joyful, welcoming community.

The Academy creates a strong foundation for students to become lifelong learners, responsible citizens, and effective leaders as they embrace and enhance the global society they will one day lead.


The Academy of St. Joseph is a community growing in character, competence, and compassion.
We live this out by showing respect to all people, by being responsible for our actions, by showing reverence, and
by making right choices.

We begin this today.
If you have not already done so, please complete and return the Emergency Contact form so that we have the most current information for your child. Forms are available at the office. 
*Please bring a photo for the bulletin board in the atrium so that visitors can get a feel of our wonderful school community.

*Please tell your friends and colleagues about our upcoming Open House dates: Thursday, September 26 at 8:30 a.m. and Thursday, October 3rd.

*If you haven't already done so, share the digital files about our school and Open House dates with colleagues and friends.

*Please note Mr. Barrett, our administrative assistant, will return to work this Tuesday. He will be with us part-time. Week One will be Tuesdays and Thursdays; Week Two will be Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. That ten-day cycle will repeat throughout the year. Mr. Barrett says hello and reports that Baby Joshua is doing well!


Our Art Teacher has arranged for the work of Sarah Dineen to be on display in our atrium.  Sarah Dineen is a painter living and working in New York City. She was born in Brewster, Massachusetts and holds a BFA from Montserrat College of Art and an MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York. She has shown her work widely in the United States and Germany, including Pulse Contemporary Art Fair, New York, Denise Bibro Gallery, New York, LeRoy Neiman Gallery, New York, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, Edward Hopper House Museum, Nyack, Cape Cod Museum of Art, Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Direktorenhaus and Johanssen Gallery in Berlin.

Dineen has been featured in New American Paintings and Hyperallergic, and has attended artist residencies at the Golden Foundation, Columbia University, and the School of Visual Arts in New York. She has been awarded a studio fellowship at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts in New York City where she currently works.  

We are grateful to Vittoria Balestriere, Sarah Bozzoni and Judy McCool for assisting at the Hudson River Park Moms School Fair. Thank you for giving your entire Sunday afternoon to represent our school.

We are grateful to our Parent Association for providing a bite to eat for our faculty on Curriculum Night and to Matt Guerrerio for making all the arrangements. Thank you to our Parent Association for funding several online instructional subscriptions for our teachers and students to use in the classrooms. 

We are grateful to our faculty for providing a wealth of information to our parents at Curriculum Night and for giving up their evening for our parents.



We had such a great experience on our first overseas trip to Rome two years ago that we are exploring the idea of another trip for the Academy community, March 14-March 21. Mr. Dujmovic is working with an agency to coordinate.  We would visit the main attractions in London and Paris.  If you are interested please contact Mr. Dujmovic or Ms. Coombs.  We will decide on October 1st if there is sufficient interest to move forward with the trip.  Every student must be accompanied by a parent. The cost of the trip would be approximately $3000.00 per person.  The itinerary will be posted on the website. 

Please include Daniella’s mother, Narda, in your prayers, along with all the other women and men serving our country. Narda will be deployed for up to a year in Middle Eastern locations, supervising Mortuary Affairs, helping to bring fallen leaders home. She will leave next week. Our thoughts are with Narda and her family.

Teachers, parents, students, please remember to place a photo of you on the bulletin board in the atrium.  A wonderful welcome celebration of our school community.

The following students represented the Academy by speaking at masses this weekend to announce our upcoming open house dates:  Ella Guerrerio, (9:00a.m.) Vittoria and Charlie Sylofski, (11:30 a.m.)and  London and Jiayre Potter (6:00p.m.). Thank you, students, for making us proud! Thank you, families, for making this possible.


When I was teaching I would end our day by prepping my students for the age-old question of  'What did you learn at school today?'
Sara Goldstein shares a list of alternative questions.  I share some of them with you now:

Who made you smile today?
What challenged you today?
On a scale of 1 to 10 how would you rate your day and why?
If one of your classmates could be the teacher for the day who would you want it to be? Why?
When did you feel most proud of yourself today?
What is the most important procedure in your class?
What is one thing that you did today that was helpful?
Which person in your class is your exact opposite? What are they teaching you by their example?
These are great conversation starters as you ride/walk/drive home or at the dinner table.

Thank you for sharing your children with us. It is a privilege and joy to share in their lives.  They continue to remind me of all that is good in the world.

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