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"The most dangerous experiment we can conduct with our children is to keep schooling the same at a time when every other aspect of our society is dramatically changing."
Professor Christopher Dede, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Dear Academy Community,

I hope you enjoyed a wonderful Easter weekend. The services at St. Joseph’s parish were absolutely beautiful. Many thanks to Father Boniface and his staff for providing us with numerous opportunities to participate in Holy Week. A special shout out to Annie’s mom Eliza Poehlman for providing incredible music at the various services. Eliza is the Director of Music for the Contemporary Choir.

On Easter Sunday I was invited to join a former AOSJ family for brunch.  Their daughter is now a junior at a NYSAIS affiliated high school. At one point in our conversation we were chatting about colleges. The student has identified that she would like to attend a small college that has a strong emphasis on values. The family recognizes the importance of their daughter being immersed in a community whose focus is on developing intelligent young people who have substance, who can make decisions that are reflective of a strong value system and who are driven by a purpose to use their gifts/talents to better the world for mankind.

This reminded me of a story that was once shared with me. President John F Kennedy is visiting NASA and while on tour meets a man who is cleaning his mop. The president asks the man what kind of work he does at NASA.  The man informs the president that he is helping to put a man on the moon. This man sees his work as an essential contribution to something that matters to him. His definition of success is his contribution to the success of NASA. 

Please review the many updates below. This is a busy time of the year with many opportunities to celebrate our community. I ask that you consider doing your part to ensure that our upcoming gala is a huge success. The funds generated from the gala support many programs offered at our school. I ask that you also consider underwriting a particular gala expense to help maximize the dollars raised. Consider inviting friends from outside of the school community to join us on May 2nd.

Wishing you a great week filled with many opportunities to make the lives of others a little bit brighter.

Angela Coombs
Head of School


May 1-10- Second Grade Saints Presentations
May 1- School Mass (12:10 pm)
May 2- School Gala
May 9 and 10- Upper School overnight trips
May 13- Recognition of mothers and all special women in the lives of our students
May 17- Founder's Day Mass (9 am)



Much gratitude is extended to John Balestriere and the firm, Balestriere Fariello, for their years of professional service to the Academy.

Also: A shout-out to all who participated in the Spartan Race on April 13. Much appreciation to Coach George for organizing this event, which may become an annual tradition. (Please scroll down for photos...)

A reminder about tickets: You can purchase these from Mr. Barrett during the school day or at pick-up. Please have exact change or a check (made out to AOSJ) on hand. A standard ticket is $15, and a premium ticket is $25.

Please visit the link below for info on our upcoming production. Please also note there will be a weekend rehearsal, May 4. On that day, grades 2 through 8 will rehearse from 11 AM to 2 PM. Grades K and 1 will rehearse from 11 AM to 12:30 PM. PK will not need to attend that rehearsal.


Please join our faculty and students on  Friday, May 17th for mass at 9:00 am.  This is a special mass in remembrance of our founder, the late Edward Cardinal Egan, Emeritus. 

Father Boniface will celebrate mass. Mrs. Hocking and our Second Grade students will do the readings and petitions.  The Second Grade students will be dressed as the saint they researched and will present at morning assembly beginning May 1.  Our founder would have been so very proud of the work of Second Grade in preparing for both the Sacrament of Reconciliation and of Holy Communion.  Thank you, Mrs. Hocking, for your leadership in setting your students up for success.

Please join the administration to thank our teachers for teaching Academy students with standards of excellence and with so much care. Our teachers go above and beyond for Academy students on a daily basis.

A basket of note cards will be left in the atrium the week of May 6th. Please consider letting your child's teacher know how much you appreciate him/her by writing a note.

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 6-May 10th. National Teacher Appreciation Day is May 7th.


Please join us at morning assembly on Monday, May 13th as we celebrate all mothers and other special women in the lives of our students. Upper and Lower School students will be present.  Following our assembly, all mothers and guests are invited for refreshments in the cafeteria. Please let Mr. Barrett know who will be attending from your family.
Family Time Meals is a Food Service Company that we are considering as a lunch provider for next year.  They will introduce themselves to our school community at our next PA meeting on June 4th. They will also have samples for tasting.  The company is founded and operated by Brandon McBride.

On Thursday, April 25, we extend a warm welcome to all grandparents of the Academy to visit. Please call Mr. Barrett to let us know if grandparents or other special friends from your family will be visiting (212-243-5420). Please join us for morning assembly at 8:30 am, visit classrooms and share in some refreshments.

Our gala is only weeks away! Please sell raffle tickets to assist! This will help us to reach our goals for the ice cream truck.

Please reach out to Angela Helwig if you are available to assist in any way.

Additionally, please find the link for gala tickets below:

Books and movies are some of my absolute favorite ways of spending time. Both allow me to become absorbed in different worlds, lives, lifetimes, and ways of thinking.  Both expose my mind to new ideas and challenge me to look at things in a new way.  These are the books I am currently reading:
Trillion Dollar Coach:The Leadership Playbook of Silicon Valley's Bill Campbell by Eric Schmidt
Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert B. Cialdini Ph.D
Limitless by Laura Gassner Otting


Our Second Grade students are preparing to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.  Please join our students and their families on Sunday, May 19th at the 11:30 a.m. mass.   We will have a photographer available in the assembly hall to take family photos beginning at 10:00 a.m.  Students are to gather in the assembly hall for final instructions no later than 11:15 a.m.  Students will process in the church with Father.  All families have a designated pew.  Our students will have made pew markers to mark their family pew.  Much appreciation goes out to Mrs. Hocking for her work preparing our students. Father Boniface will meet with our students to answer any questions they may have about the sacraments on April 29th. The students will receive the sacrament of reconciliation on Monday, May 13th.

Our yearbook is in the printing stage and I would be remiss to not extend an enormous thank you to Ms. DiBlasi on behalf of our school community for the hours of time that she gave to ensure that our yearbook is hallmark of our community and this academic year.

The yearbook will be on sale the last week of school.
Thank you to all parents who assisted by providing class pages for the yearbook.

Saturday, May 4, we encourage you to assist with props, sets, etc. for our school musical. We will be working on these areas from 11 am to 2 pm. in the cafeteria.
A snapshot!

Going the distance!

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