"Leadership is not about the next election, it's about the next generation."
Simon Sinek
Dear School Community:

I am happy to share the note below, which underlines some of the good work we are doing here at the Academy. The note came to me from the Director of Admissions, Bradley Serton, at Fordham Preparatory School:

...As September ends, the fall recruiting season for the Fordham Prep Class of 2024 is already in full swing...While it is busy, it is an exciting time.

When the time allows, we can also reflect on the past academic year, long since ended in June. At this time last year, the Fordham Prep Class of '22 was just a month into their high school career. Many were understandably nervous about a new environment, new friends, and new academic challenges.

I am very happy to say many students in the Class of '22 faced these challenges, including one from the Academy of St. Joseph. In fact, he received an award for academic achievement during the 2018-19 year...

His success is directly attributed to his experience at AOSJ and the hard work and dedication of your faculty. As partners in the Fordham Prep mission, we are indebted to both you and them.

Thank you for all you do in preparing boys to succeed here at the Prep...

Keep up the great work, AOSJ!

With gratitude,
Ms. Coombs
Head of School

Oct. 31- Orange and Black Day-Students may dress out of uniform 
Nov. 1- School Mass (2nd to 8th grades) at 12:10 PM
Nov. 3- Daylight Savings Time Ends
Nov. 5- Election Day
Nov. 6- Conference Day (No School for Students)
Nov. 7- Upper School Open House
Nov. 14-Lower School Open House



We will attend mass on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 12:10 PM, since it was Conference Day on the first Wednesday of the month (our regular mass day).  Students in Second to Eighth grades will attend mass on Friday, November 1st at 12:10 p.m.


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.


Special appreciation to our faculty and students for reading at our school mass:

November 1-Mr. Corrigan, Elisabeth Romano and Sofia Birchard

November 16-Mr. Dujmovic and Luca Diamantini

Thank you, also, to Brooklyn, for sharing facts with us about Rosa Parks.



The McCool brothers founded Project Gratitude in 2015. Please remember to share some of your Halloween candy with the men and women who serve our country. Last year, the McCool brothers mailed off 48 pounds of candy. Can we help them to collect 50 pounds this year?

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.

To help provide information about the importance of the flu vaccine, the NYC Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene has published the influenza brochure "Influenza Is Here." Please see the brochure posted on the bulletin board by the elevator, in our atrium. 
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 Nov. 12. 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:

October 17th: 11:05 to 12:05
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


Another shout-out to all families to consider making a donation towards the purchase of Chrome Books and their cases for our 3rd to 8th grade students. Ms. Coombs will be thrilled to write you a donation letter for your taxes.


Many thanks to Ms. Goullet and her students for calling our attention to Unity Day, and the call to action through kindness.  Much appreciation is extended to our school community for their generosity.  The box runneth over with supplies for the men and women serving our country.
Upper School students will begin their campaign for office on Monday, November 4th. An email was sent out earlier this week explaining the mechanics of our Student Council election.  Election Day for the Academy is on Thursday, November 14th.



Mr. Barrett has sent out information to you about Conference Day on Wednesday, Nov. 6. There will be no school for students on this day. Upper School students are required to attend their conferences. 

Conference times are filled on a first come, first served basis. Sign-up will be closed on Monday, November 4 at 1:00 p.m. We encourage you to sign up early to ensure that the time you want is available. (Upper School parents, you will see each of your child's teachers for ten minutes. You might not have back-to-back slots with each teacher, but the tradeoff is that you will have ten minutes of time with each teacher one-on-one.) 

For conferences about Spanish class: Please contact Ms. Crisostomo directly to set up a time, if you are interested. She will be available in the library. Special area teachers will not be here on Nov. 6th. If you would like to speak with them on another day, please contact them directly to arrange a time.

If you are unable to come during the available times, please contact your child's homeroom teacher, and he or she will set up a time and date to meet (or speak on the phone) which is mutually convenient.  Please honor the time allocated to you and finish in time for the next parent conference. Please make every effort to meet with your child's teacher on the designated conference day. Please note the links for sign-up here:

First Grade:
Second Grade:
Third Grade:
Fourth Grade:
US English:
US History:
US Science:
US Math:


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:


Kudos to our alumnus Leonardo Balestriere, who received recognition for his excellent work at Fordham Prep in the 2018-19 school year. We celebrate Leondardo's industriousness and scholarship!



Please see below for an opportunity.

The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture is partnering with Truthbase Theatricals (TbT) to offer NEW theater arts training classes for ages 2-12 coming in 2020!


TbT will offer a FREE Workshop/Parent Interest Meeting on November 6th from 4-5pm at the Sheen Center (18 Bleecker St, Fl 2). Kids ages 6-12 may participate in the Workshop while parents learn more about TbT.


Space is limited so be sure to RSVP at soon! Email with questions.

Please do not send snacks with nuts to school. This is important for the safety of all students. Thank you!

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