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The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts. 
-Marcus Aurelius
Dear School Community:

I'm so inspired by a recent development at school, and I want to share a story with you.
One of our fifth graders, Maria Luisa, is putting together a petition to request that there be no school on the day after Halloween.  She has 43 signatures on the petition.  She respectfully explained her thinking and allowed me to point out realities that would impact others in making this change after the calendar had been communicated.  We discussed the possibility of petitioning for next year's calendar. I proposed to her that she present her thoughts at the upcoming PA meeting and she agreed.

This is the kind of student the Academy endeavors to develop...students who take action in a well thought out and respectful manner, students who want to impact change, students who persist and aren't easily discouraged. I commend Maria Luisa for thinking outside the box and for being courageous in her public speaking, both with me and with the participants in the upcoming PA meeting. Please congratulate her, as well, when you see her!  As I write this, I am reminded of a quote from Paulo Coelho, " The world is changed by your example not by your opinion."

Since we have no idea what the landscape will be in a decade from now we need to mentor our young people to make interesting proposals, to write new rules and to be wise in their decision-making. I encourage you to attend the PA meeting on October 8th.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Ms. Coombs
Head of School

October 8- PA Meeting at 6 pm  
October 9- Yom Kippur  
Oct. 14- No School (Columbus Day)  
Oct. 15- Professional Development Day (No School for Students)  
Oct. 17- LS Chelsea Piers  
Oct. 17- Open House at 6 pm


Our Music Director, Mr. Truyols, 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 Museum of Math, here in Manhattan, is offering exciting fall programs. Check out a note from MoMath below. Please also visit the MoMath website:

Join MoMath for a fall filled with artful puzzles and puzzling art.  On the puzzle side, ponder probability paradoxes, play with Sudoku and Shikaku, test your ingenuity with puzzle expert Peter Winkler, and learn how math is involved in the creation of crosswords.  Or puzzle over this: How can so many diverse and beautiful pieces of art be created simply through the art of folding?  Visit MoMath's Math Unfoldedshow, featuring the math and art of origami, then join us throughout the fall for a series of up-close and personal discussions with the artists.  Plus, create your own embroidery boxes using ancient Chinese methods, join visiting professor Paul Zeitz to explore one of the meanest math questions ever, and don't miss a highlight of the season when John Edmark returns for a one-night-only talk about his work, including the MoMath debut of two more of his amazing and dynamic Bloom sculptures.


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.
Please see below, from the Department of Education, for an interesting activity (for you and your child):
Dear Parents,

The Department of Education wants to hear from you and your children about your favorite books to help us create our recommended “NYC Reads 365” list. By taking a few minutes to fill out a survey, you and your children can alert us to excellent, engaging books that enable students to learn every day.

Our goal with “NYC Reads 365” is to offer a selection of books that will provide our students with mirrors that reflect the greatness of who they are as well as windows into the world that allow students to connect across cultures. Please let us know what books you and your children love the most by taking our short survey

Thank you for your help! 


In order to create more transition time and additional House time, some changes have been made to the Upper School schedule. This will include moving lunch to 11:00 a.m.  These changes will be effective Monday, October 8th. We will live this schedule next week and trust that it will better meet the needs of our faculty and students.


We will be holding a meeting in the spring to guide you through the high school application process. In the meantime, consider attending the various High School Open Houses referenced in my last newsletter. We will continue to have High School Admissions Directors visit or speak to our Upper School throughout this semester. Upcoming presentations include: Avenues School (Nov. 7) and Leman (Oct. 10)  Flyers announcing the various Open House events are posted on bulletin boards leading up to the Upper School on the far stairwell.

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, thank you for placing a photo of you and your family on the bulletin board in the atrium.  A wonderful welcome celebration of our school community.  The Placement Director from Corlears was visiting us on Thursday and loved that I copied the idea from my visit to Corlears.  


Victoria Sylofski, Rylan David, Brooklyn Gebbia, and Patrick Mulvihill served as ambassadors for the Academy as they greeted guests at the door at our first two Open House events.

 Upper School Honors will be recognized each trimester at morning assembly as follows:

Principal Honors- To be recognized for Principal Honors, a student will have no grade lower than 95 and no NI notation.

First Honors- To be recognized for First Honors, a student will have no grade lower than 90 and no NI notation.

Second Honors- To be recognized for Second Honors, a student will have no grade lower than 85 and no NI notation.

Thank you to Ella and the Guerrerio family for decorating our front entrance and planting the flower box. What a beautiful way to begin each day and to welcome our guests during our upcoming Open House dates. Families are welcome to add pumpkins and gourds.


Thank you to our Parent Association for covering the cost of shelves and organizers for the art space.


Ms. Crisostomo and our first and second grade students shared a delightful song in Spanish at morning assembly on Thursday. Thank you!


This event will be on Thursday, Oct. 10, from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm.

The annual Jefferson Market Children's Harvest Festival will be held on Saturday, October 19th from 11:00a.m. to 2:00p.m. All are welcome.



Thanks to Andrew Lenzner for representing our school at the Parents League School Fair at Loyola.


Thank you, Ms. Pizarro and J.P. Derrough-Salas, for reading at our school mass on October 2. 


Academy families will join together to celebrate our diversity on Oct. 24th. Students may dress out of uniform and wear attire representing their heritage. More information is forthcoming.



Students and faculty may dress out of uniform and wear orange and black on Thursday, Oct. 31st.

Eric Genuis, world renowned performer, master pianist, and composer, will perform his Concert for Hope on Tuesday, Oct. 29, at 7 pm, at St. Joseph's Church. He will be joined by a world class cellist, violinist, and vocalist. A suggested donation of ten dollars at the door will help to raise funds for Eric's charity, Concert for Hope. Please see:


Thanks to Sarah Dineen for showcasing her work in the atrium. Sarah will speak to the Upper School students on Thursday, Oct. 10, from 8:40 to 9:10 am. You are welcome to join us.


I am currently reading "Time to Parent: Organizing Your Life to Bring out the Best in Your Child and You," by Julie Morgenstern. A wealth of strategies for parenting and finding a balance.

Many thanks to the Birchard Family for the donation of lanyards for our families.  They are red in color and have our school name and logo on them.  Faculty will also wear them at the morning drop off time and at dismissal. This will assist Mr. Familia in easily recognizing if someone is in the building who is not a member of our community.  Lanyards will be given out to parents at the PA meeting on Tuesday, October 8th.  

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