"Leadership is not a position or a title, it is action and example."
-Donald McGannon

This quote is shared as a tribute to all students who chose to run for a position on  AOSJ's first-ever Student Council.
Dear School Community:

Monday, Nov. 11 was another first for the Academy as Upper School students running for student council office delivered their campaign speeches to faculty, students, and parents. Shortly after morning assembly, an Academy parent sent me an email that read: "Angela, the self-confidence and intelligence exhibited by all the candidates this morning is a testament to the quality of the school. Thanks and bravo."

I couldn't agree more. I found myself on the verge of tears as I witnessed student after student deliver their reasons for wanting to serve on the first student council for our school. They spoke with sincerity and genuine love for our school, and a desire to work for the betterment of the school. They understood that they would work together as a united body and bring about change in a respectful manner. 

Students rallied together as they listened to one another's speeches, and the school community joined in applause. As I looked around the assembly hall, both during and after the speeches, it was apparent to all that this was a very good thing. This was a moment we all would look back on with pride.

The common "promises" throughout the speeches and campaigning included:

-working with our lunch provider to enhance our lunch programs
-wearing PE uniforms to school on PE days
-instituting a summer and winter uniform
-lunch out on Fridays
-using the elevator

Today, students had an opportunity to share further remarks at assembly prior to elections. All students and faculty had an opportunity to vote on in grades 3 to 8. Students running for office will be notified on Friday of the poll results.

Our first student council executives will give their acceptance speeches on Monday at assembly. It is clear that our school student council is in capable hands. Candidates:
President-  Declan McCool, Jiayre Potter
Vice-President-  Eamon McCool, Samantha Menkes, London Potter, Humbi Reboredo
Secretary/Treasurer-  Jamie Perez, Ryan Rose, Saffana Whitt

Each house will decide on a student representative to be the voice of the house. Good luck at the polls, students! You are all winners for having the courage to run for office. You are leaders in the making. We are so very proud of you.

With gratitude,
Ms. Coombs
Head of School

Nov. 11-25- First Grade Presentations
Nov. 16- The Ms. McKeon Fundraiser
Nov. 21- Lower School goes to Chelsea Piers
                   Alan Menkes to speak to Upper School
Nov. 25- Thankful Gathering
Nov. 27-Dec. 1- Thanksgiving Recess

....and, in the spirit of the 
Veterans Day that just passed, thank you to our veterans for all that they have done for our country.

Kudos to Vittoria Taylor and Lindsey Degiarde for their excellent community helpers presentations at morning assembly. Charlotte Casella and Ella Guerrerio will present on Monday, Nov. 11, Chase Helwig and Amber Leon will present on Thursday, Nov. 21, and Rylan David will present on Monday, Nov. 25. First grade is excited to teach us what they are learning about the many men and women who serve our community.


Parents who are applying for financial assistance for the 2020-2021 academic year: Please note you will need to go through the TADS process again.  This is done each year.  You must have it completed by December 20th.
Families who have a sibling to join our school community please complete the application form so that we may arrange for your child's visit. We currently have November visits scheduled and are working on December visits.


55 pounds of Halloween candy were collected and shipped to the men and women who serve our country!
Election results will be announced on Nov. 18, at morning assembly, with students giving a brief acceptance speech.


Tom and Julie have generously offered to match the funds raised from this event up to $25,000. That means if we can raise $25,000 in donations and ticket sales we can contribute $50,000 to help enable a student to attend AOSJ in Kelly's name. Even if you are unable to attend, please consider donating to this very worthwhile cause. Thank you and we hope to see you on Nov. 16. (from Steve and Judy McCool)

A link to buy tickets/make a donation:

And from Ms. Coombs: Please join us for this very worthy cause and come and say hello to Ms. McKeon's family. If you can't attend, please consider donating to show the McKeon family how much Kelly meant to us and that she is not forgotten.



Thank you to Declan McCool for sharing facts with us about Aristotle.


Dear Parents,

As we prepare ourselves for Thanksgiving, the Academy of St. Joseph is once again partnering with City Harvest to collect food for those New Yorkers who are struggling to put food on their tables.  

Our school's Food Drive will run from Monday, November 11th through Friday, November 22nd.  Collection boxes will be placed in each classroom for students to place their food donations.  In-demand items include: peanut butter, canned fruit, canned vegetables, hot and cold cereals, and packaged, family-size soups.

For more information, visit:

Feel free to contact me also with any questions and thank you for your continued support of our School Service Initiatives.


So that Narda knows that the Academy community is keeping her in our thoughts and prayers, I have decided to keep this reminder in our newsletter until she returns. Narda will be deployed for up to a year in Middle Eastern locations, supervising Mortuary Affairs, helping to bring fallen leaders home. We appreciate Narda and all men and women serving our country. We especially appreciate the sacrifices they and their families make to keep us safe.

The AOSJ photos are now online! The easy-to-use ordering site enables you to view and order prints, preview cropping for various photo sizes, order canvas prints, standouts, and collages, and order products like mugs, magnets and ornaments! Please see your email for the appropriate link and access code.

Please contact the Lindner studio at (or at 718-256-2637) for assistance. We hope you enjoy the photos!

Picture retakes will occur on Dec. 4. If you would like to sign up your child for a retake, please email Mr. Barrett:

The Academy will visit Chelsea Piers for physical education on the following dates:

November 21st: 11:05 to 12:05
December 19th: 11:05 to 12:05
January 9th: 9:30 to 10:30 --- Upper School 
January 16th: 9:30 to 10:30
February 13th: 11:05 to 12:05
March 12th: 11:05 to 12:05
April 9th: 12pm to 1pm --- Upper School 
May 14th: 11am to 12pm --- Upper School 
May 21st: 11am to 12pm


Please join us for our Spelling Bee on Thursday, Dec. 5, following morning assembly. Special mention to Mr. Dujmovic for his work to host our Spelling Bee.


Our traditional Thanksgiving meal is hosted by our Parent Association. Info is forthcoming. We are so grateful!


Please mark your calendar for our Christmas Program on Thursday, December 5, at 6pm.
Students are to dress accordingly:
Girls- White Blouse or Top and Black Skirt or Pants
Boys- White Shirt on Top and Black Pants

Girls will be given a red headband to wear the evening of the program. Boys will be given a red bowtie to wear the evening of the program.

These accessories were purchased by the Parent Association several years ago and are worn each year.


In November, we celebrate, with gratitude, birthdays for the following members of our community:

Nov. 7- Shamis Flannery and Kai McGee
Nov. 8- Adrian Febrero
Nov. 9- Mr. Byrne (Urbaez)
Nov. 12- Skyler Helwig
Nov. 25- Chloe Freyburger
Nov. 28- Zeke Derrough-Salas


A shout-out to all parents to help let others know about our school by writing a review on Great Schools, Niche, and Facebook.
Great Schools:


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