St. Pat’s & 4th Grade Class featured in the Home Reporter honoring the life of Sweet Sally Sunshine

Our September 21st Dress Down, along with St. Patrick Parish’s Fall Fest fundraiser, were highlighted in a recent edition of The Home Reporter newspaper as part of their feature story about how Bay Ridge and the surrounding community was honoring the life of “Sweet Sally Sunshine” Sally Kabel. Sally, a fixture in both Bay Ridge and Breezy Point, survived leukemia, however the harsh treatments took a toll, and she passed away on September 19, 2018. 

In honor of September being Pediatric Cancer Month, and in remembrance of Sally, St. Patrick Catholic Academy joined schools across our district and our faculty and students participated in a Gold & Yellow Dress Down Day, proceeds from which were donated to the Kabel Family. Monies earned during the parish Fall Fest later that evening were also donated to the Kabel’s. 

Check out the 4th Grade along with their teacher, Ms. Nordbo, along with the rest of the story as it appeared in the September 28th edition of The Home Reporter below.  You can also read the story online by clicking here.

St. Patrick’s Irish-Step Dancers interviewed ahead of performance at St. Patrick’s Day Assembly

Two of our 4th Grade students, Samantha Farley & Laura D’Emic, were interviewed on NET TV’s Currents news program, about their upcoming recital with the Buckley School of Irish Dance as a part of our annual St. Patrick’s Day assembly. Other St. Patrick Catholic Academy students are also seen practicing their jig. 

The St. Patrick’s Day assembly is this Friday, March 16th at 1PM. The assembly follows a special Mass at 12Noon in the Church.

Check out the original story on the Net TV website here

Miss Toye Honored As a Power Woman of Brooklyn

Images courtesy of Brooklyn Media Group/Brooklyn Reporter

St. Patrick Catholic Academy Kindergarten teacher, Tara Toye, and her mother, Angella, received the Dynamic Duo Award at the Power Women of Brooklyn Gala.

The event was hosted by the publishers of the Home Reporter and Brooklyn Spectator newspapers, as well as DeSales Media, the communications branch of the Diocese of Brooklyn. 

The gala is held annually to honor women who have made their mark in both business and their community. Miss Toye and her mother started their dance education at Horizons Dance Center in Gravesend, and now they teach at Horizons themselves. 

The mother-daughter team also take their passion, knowledge, and experience and run a non-profit after-school talent program which helps students, who may be more inexperienced or who otherwise might not have the opportunity to take lessons at a professional dance studio, enhance their dance skills and confidence. 

Congratulations to Miss Toye & her mother!

You can read more about the Power Women Gala from the Brooklyn Reporter here.

Images by Brooklyn Media Group/Brooklyn Reporter

St. Pat’s honors city’s first line of defense at now-annual First Responder’s Day

As originally published by Brooklyn Reporter:

BY: MEAGHAN MCGOLDRICK / mmcgoldrick@brooklynreporter.com

St. Patrick Catholic Academy hosted another successful “First Responders Day” – a school-wide event that pays tribute to members of the NYPD, FDNY, EMS and DSNY – on Friday, February 2.

The morning started with a special mass, celebrated by St. Patrick’s pastor Monsignor Michael Hardiman, and attended by the school’s entire student body, faculty, parents who are first responders and members of the 68th Precinct. Students participated in the mass by taking part in the procession, singing in the choir and altar serving.

“We look up to first responders because you respond to the needs of people. And in that way, you are emblematic of what it means to be a Christian,” Monsignor Hardiman told the crowd.

Following the mass, a reception was held inside the school for all of the first responders and their families.

“I love this day,” said Gina Keenan, who teaches seventh grade social studies at St. Pat’s, where she, herself, once went. Her husband, Kevin, who works for NYPD Harbor Control, was present for First Responders Day as well as their two children, Shannon and Matthew, both of whom are students at St. Pat’s. “It’s such a wonderful way to honor our first responders.

“Daddy’s visit,” she said, was the highlight of her kids’ week. “They couldn’t wait.”

St. Patrick’s Principal Kathleen Curatolo brought back First Responders’ Day last year due, in part, to her close family connection with our city’s bravest. She has four brothers, including one police officer and three firefighters. One of Curatolo’s brothers died on September 11, 2001.

Of this year’s event – the second under her leadership – Curatolo said there were more parents participating than ever before.

“My favorite part is when the kids read and their parents are right there next to them,” she said. “It’s a really special day for everyone here at St. Pat’s.”

For first responders, the day was even more meaningful.

“I think it’s really great that the school thinks it’s important to honor first responders. It’s really telling of what the people of this community mean to the school,” said Thomas Casatelli, a retired firefighter. “It’s one of the main reasons I want to send my kids here, that sense of community.”

When one fourth grade class was asked if they wanted to grow up to become first responders, at least half the room raised their hands.

 

 

Check out more photos and the original article on BrooklynReporter.com

Bishop Kearney Marching Band and Chorus Visit St. Patrick’s

On Friday, December 1st during our First Friday Assembly, St. Patrick Catholic Academy received a visit from the marching band and chorus of Bishop Kearney High School who delivered a special performance. This event continues the long standing and storied tradition of music in the halls of St. Patrick’s!

The Kearney students, led by their band director Ms. Anastasia Rege, who also accompanied them on piano, performed a selection of classic songs like “New York, New York” and modern hits such as “Halo” by Beyoncé. They also led our students in a sing-a-long of holiday favorite “Jingle Bell Rock,” complete with jingle bells and tambourines. The Kearney band has previously served as the musical contingent for the Mayor at the Columbus Day Parade in New York City. 

It was also a special homecoming for St. Patrick Catholic Academy alumnae Amelia O’Connor ’17, a member of the chorus who got her start as a member of our Academy Drama Club, who gave a stand-out performance in last year’s production of Shrek the Musical, Jr. (Read all about it here when it was featured in the Home Reporter!)

 

8th Grade students win gold in Window Painting Contest

Eighth Grade students Juliana Al-Ola and Jacqueline Kulaka represented St. Patrick Catholic Academy in the 65th Annual Halloween Window Painting Contest, painting the windows of Cathy’s Place diner with the original designs. Both girls won gold ribbons for their work. They will receive their medals tomorrow, November 28th, at a ceremony sponsored by the Bay Ridge Community Council.

Art teacher Jocine Geraci oversaw the work of these students, and could not be prouder. “The eighth grade girls represented our school and won gold medals! They used their artistic talent and original designs to create images that capture the spirit of Halloween and Fall season. They both worked very hard and took the task seriously. I am so happy they were recognized for such an achievement!” 

 

First Ever St. Patrick’s Graduate to Attend Stuyvesant Visits His Alma Mater

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. 

Pride of St. Pat’s Night at Staten Island Yankees Game

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.

St. Patrick Catholic Academy hosts first ever Bay Ridge High School Fair

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!