We would like to wish each and every one of our families, and all of the St. Patrick’s community, a happy, healthy and blessed Thanksgiving!
From the faculty and staff of St. Patrick Catholic Academy
Join us this Sunday at 10:30 AM for a St. Patrick’s tradition – Breakfast with Santa! Print the attached flyer and drop it off at the Rectory Office and receive the reduced price of $16 per person. Entrance is $20 at the door the day of the event. This is sponsored by St. Patrick’s World Youth Day Pilgrims!
Every morning, we gather together as a community to begin the school day in prayer and song. As I stand on the stage and look out, I feel blessed to see the faces of our children and the pure faith and love of God reflected in their eyes. And, everyday as I visit classrooms I see students engaged, learning and finding those remarkable “a-ha” moments when learning takes root.
As you know, each year St. Patrick Catholic Academy relies upon the generosity of our parents, friends, alumni, Board and teachers to support our mission by making a gift to the Annual Fund. This charitable giving directly benefits each St. Patrick student by supporting our operating budget.
As you think about charitable causes during the season of giving, I ask that you consider joining others by making St. Patrick’s and our students a charitable priority. Your generosity—in whatever amount, big or small—remains a vote of confidence in our efforts to give the very best in Catholic education to our students. If you have already made a gift to the Annual Fund, thank you again for your generosity and participation!
I’m pleased to announce that we will be hosting an Ice Cream Social for the class that has the highest participation in giving to the Annual Fund! The Ice Cream Social is a first for St. Patrick’s! So far, 7th Grade leads the pack in participation. We expect the competition to heat up and we’ll be posting updates on the lobby display. Please note that if you have children in more than one grade, your family’s gift will be counted as participation in each child’s grade total. Gifts can be made by credit card online or by check to the school office.
On behalf of our dedicated teachers and staff, and the students we serve, I thank you for your generosity and continued support.
Have a blessed and bountiful Thanksgiving.
Kathleen Curatolo, Principal
Hadi Moukdad ’17 recently stopped by his alma mater, St. Patrick Catholic Academy, to visit his former teachers and our Middle School classes, while imparting some of the knowledge he has gained since starting Stuyvesant High School this Fall.
Hadi is the first ever graduate from St. Patrick Catholic Academy to attend the prestigious High School, and stressed to our students the importance of being prepared for the various tests one must take for admission to Specialized High Schools, such as Stuyvesant, as well as Catholic High Schools. Hadi has excelled in his classes, and runs track as well, and he tried to instill some confidence into our Eighth Graders that they will make the transition to High School just fine.
This past summer, the Staten Island Yankees hosted “Pride of St. Pat’s Night” when they faced local rivals the Brooklyn Cyclones. Students John D’Angelo and Shannon Keenan were honored with the Pride of St. Pat’s Award at the end of last year in recognition of their high academics, attendance, involvement in extracurricular activities, altar serving and extensive community service. Staten Island Yankees General Manager Jane Rogers, a graduate of St. Patrick’s, and 2017 Distinguished Alumni award recipient, welcomed our students with message on the ballpark’s scoreboard. John and Shannon were treated to this special night in a suite in the ballpark with catered food, waiter service and a fantastic view of the Manhattan skyline. Their families and academy board members, including chairman Joe Langley, were all invited to celebrate John and Shannon’s achievements.
On October 11, St. Patrick Catholic Academy hosted the first ever Bay Ridge High School Fair, in which over 20 Catholic and private schools participated. Admissions representatives from each school, as well as distinguished alumni of our school, provided invaluable information to our 6th, 7th and 8th grade students, as well as middle school students from the surrounding community. The high school application process can appear daunting, and this was one way in which St. Patrick’s could alleviate some of that stress for our families.
Participating schools included: Bay Ridge Prep, Bishop Kearney, Brooklyn Friends School, Cristo Rey, Fontbonne, LaSalle, Loyola, Moore Catholic, Msgr. Farrell, Nazareth, Notre Dame School of Manhattan, Poly Prep, Regis, Saint Saviour, St. Edmund, St. John Villa, St. Joseph High School, St. Joseph by the Sea, St. Joseph Hill, St. Peter’s Boys High School, United Nations International School, Xaverian and Xavier.
Check out photos from our first Bay Ridge High School Fair!
Last Friday, October 6, our Eighth Grade students were presented with their class rings, with a special Mass and ceremony attended by the rest of the school community, their parents and family friends.
The presentation of class rings has become a new tradition at St. Patrick Catholic Academy – one that marks the passage of our Eighth Graders from our school into High School. Each student selects a significant person in their life – whether that be a parent, sibling or family friend – to present them with their ring. Students first wear the rings on a ribbon around their necks, and their invited guest comes on stage to cut the ribbon and place the ring on the student’s finger. After each student has received their ring, they visit one of the grades in which they were assigned, and the students in that class turn the ring as a sign of good luck to our Eighth Graders after they graduate.
Principal Kathleen Curatolo and Eighth Grade teacher Rosanna Shapiro presided over the ceremony and stressed how proud they were of our soon-to-be graduates and that they will certainly make us proud in High School.
TACHS is a rigorous, comprehensive examination for 8th Grade students interested in attending a Catholic high school.
St. Patrick offers 10-session after school prep courses to build reading, math and general reasoning skills to prepare for the TACHS test.
Classes are open to 6th, 7th and 8th grade students enrolled in all schools. Fee: $300 includes a review book. Advance registration and payment in full is required.
Mommy-Daddy And Me Toddler Program Begins on October 17th!