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"The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why."

Mark Twain
Dear Academy Community, 
These remaining days of school are always hectic and filled with much to celebrate.  Last week I personally celebrated a surprise visit from a former student and his father and I want to share their story.  They were in the city visiting NYU and Columbia as Alex plans to go to either one of those or UCLA.  He is currently a junior at a prep school in Boston. His father told me that Alex will qualify for early admissions to one of his first choice universities.  As they planned for their visit last week, Alex's father informed me that he had to promise that their trip to the city would include a stop at the Academy.  He went on to say that his sons continually speak of the Academy, the incredible teachers they were blessed with and the solid foundation they received during their time (2009-2011) at our school.  Alex is now over 6 feet tall and I had to stand on my tiptoes to give him a hug. Not only did their visit include one stop here but several as I was in a meeting when they first came by.  It was a delight to reconnect, to hear of Alex's success and his hopes for the future. Alex promised that should he pursue his studies in New York City we would share many dinners together.  Equally important was the confirmation that the Academy is a very special place that makes a lasting impact on the lives of our students.  As if that hadn't been enough, later that day, Alex and his father returned for a third stop.  I was on a conference call so didn't get to see them. They left an envelope for me that contained a $4,000.00 donation check made payable to the school.

This is the great privilege of educators.  We have the incredible opportunity to make a lasting impact on the lives of our students. We will live on through those lives as they remember the lessons we taught by our daily example. No other profession is so privileged.

Angela Coombs
Head of School

May 30- Seussical the Musical  
May 30- Mass at 12:10, Ascension Thursday
June 4- Piano Recital  
June 4- Parent Association Meeting
June 5- Ballet/Jazz Recital  
June 7- Donuts for Dads/ Field Day  
June 12- Baccalaureate Mass  
June 13- Kindergarten Graduation and Eighth Grade Graduation  
June 14- Awards Assembly, Salute to Summer, and Early Dismissal

Students will be dismissed for the summer following the Salute to the Summer assembly on Friday, June 14. My best guess is that the assembly will conclude at 11:45 am. There will be no Scholars Haven or After School programs offered.
Please join us for our school musical on Thursday, May 30th beginning at 6:30p.m. sharp.

A huge shout out goes to Mr. Parkes and Mr. Willis for all their work to make this possible.



Father Boniface celebrated our Founder's Day Mass with us on May 17. The Second Grade class did an excellent job reading and representing their saints.


Please note that there will be no Scholars Haven on Friday, June 7th nor on Friday, June 14th. All students are to be picked up at 3:30p.m. on the 7th; on the 14th, there is an Early Release Day. Thank you.


Ms. DiBlasi and Ms. Gilman are in need of saran wrap, aluminum foil and tape of all kinds to be used with students for upcoming work during MakerSpace time. Please consider donating if you can.


Andrew Lenzner's father did a stellar job speaking to the Upper School about the history of New York City. The students were so engaged and interested that they wanted Mr. Lenzner to return for a Part 2 presentation. He will do so on Thursday, June 6, following morning assembly. Please join us. You won't be sorry you did.
We are excited to announce that our annual piano recital will take place on Tuesday, June 4, beginning at 5 pm. Kari and Vickie's students will also play at morning assembly on Tuesday, May 28 (Vickie's students) and Wednesday, May 29 (Kari's students). All are welcome to attend.


Please note that the following recognitions will be made at the Awards Assembly on Friday, June 14, at morning assembly: 
Most Improved Award  
Citizenship Award  
Spelling Bee Awards   
Geography Bee Awards  
Science Achievement Award  
Spanish Achievement Award  
Academic Honors (Upper School)  
Cardinal Egan Award
Ms. Lyn will host our annual ballet/jazz recital at morning assembly on Wednesday, June 5th. What a beautiful way to begin the day.


Congratulations to the following students who received the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Holy Communion:
Dylan Cocoziello
Leela DeBraganca
Alejandro Febrero
Hyacinth Heinemann  
Alessia Morgan  
Patrick Mulvihill  
Christine Romano  
Stephen Taylor
Students may dress out of uniform on Friday, June 7 for field day. Students are to wear their PE shorts and their field day t-shirt. 

Students may also dress out on Friday, June 14th as we bring the 2018/19 school year to a close.
Much appreciation goes out to Mrs. Leahy for hosting a most successful Science Fair. Thank you for all the behind the scenes work to ensure a meaningful experience for our students. A shout out to the judges for their time and support of our students. Our judges were  Ms. DiBlasi, Ms. Doheny, Mr. Smith, Mr. Corrigan, Ms. Leahy, Ms. Clanton, Mr. Dujmovic, Ms. Sawaryn,  Ms. Santacroce, and Ms. Coombs.

Eamon had the opportunity of a lifetime when he joined JDRF CEO Aaron Kowalski in ringing the Nasdaq closing bell.

Ms. DiBlasi will generate the final report cards for the 2018-19 academic year on Wednesday, June 19th.

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