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Important Notice

Our Making Strides for Breast Cancer mini walk is this Thursday, October 22nd. Please wear at least one pink item and bring in a donation of $1 to $2 in an envelope marked "mini walk". Thank you in advance.
Friday, October 23rd, is Fitness Friday. Students may wear any appropriate sports apparel from their favorite sports team, teams they play on, or Hill sports teams.

Tomorrow, Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 12 noon, is the deadline to respond to the Request for Remote Learning survey.

If you have not already done so, please use this link to fill out the survey.

Remote Learning Quarter Two:
In order to plan effectively, it is imperative that the administration is aware of your intentions regarding attendance during the second marking period. Please let us know if you intend to keep your child/children home for remote learning for the second quarter marking period. Once you choose full remote learning as your option, no changes can be made until the second quarter marking period ends. One form per family. Please add all students' names and grades.

This survey must be filled out and submitted by noon tomorrow, October 20, 2020. If your survey is not completed by this date, it will be assumed that you have chosen full remote learning.

Please use the link to complete the survey on or before noon of October 20th.

Next week at Hill:

Monday, October 26, 2020: Remote Learners pick up Pumpkins and STEM project supplies at the Golden doors between 11:00AM and 3:00PM Decorate the Door activity.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020: Remote Learners pick up Pumpkins and STEM project supplies at the Golden doors between 9:00AM and 3:00PM

Wednesday, October 28, 2020: Pumpkin Decorating Day. Please bring in a t-shirt and your own paint or permanent Sharpie markers. Be creative and use your imagination and colors. 

Thursday, October 29, 2020: STREAM Project  Halloween. All students will engage in a grade appropriate Halloween themed STREAM activity.

Friday, October 30th, 2020: All students and teachers may wear an appropriate Halloween costume, or dress in orange and/or balck. We will have a socially distanced Halloween parade for each grade complete with fun music courtesy of Mr. Milkie.
Mr. Lawrence Hansen

Daily Screening Links

Attached you will find the weekly updates and highlights for the week of October 19th.

Daily Screening Links:
Monday, October 19, 2020 Google Form Link
Tuesday, October 20,2020 Google Form Link
Wednesday, October 21, 2020 Google Form Link
Thursday, October 22, 2020 Google Form Link
Friday, October 23, 2020 Google Form Link

Important Information about Spotlight Theater

Spotlight Theatre and St. Joseph Hill Academy present: 

Charlotte's Web 

10 week session 

Begins October 7, 2020 

ZOOM rehearsals Wednesdays 3:30PM-5:00PM 

Performance: Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 7:00PM 

Participants will create their own backdrops and costumes! 

Grades 5 through 8 


For more information please contact Mrs. Gregor - After School Club Coordinator

Daily Screening Links

Every student must fill out a daily screening before they enter the school building. Below the links are posted.
Monday, September 28, 2020 Google Form Link
Tuesday, September 29, 2020 Google Form Link
Wednesday, September 30, 2020 Google Form Link
Thursday, October 1, 2020 Google Form Link
Friday, October 2, 2020 Google Form Link

Important Notice

Greetings Hill Families, The overall response to remote learning from home has been overwhelmingly positive. As it has become apparent that during cold and flu season many more families are choosing remote learning for the second marking period, knowing that remote learning is going well is comforting.
Being 100 percent transparent, we realize that there need to be some adjustments made to the distance learning cohort model we established in the school. We had ordered cameras early in July and after many shipping delays and spending two weeks at customs in Mexico, the cameras arrived late Friday afternoon. The cameras are being set up today and we intend to have them operational by Friday. There have also been a few issues with Wifi connections and we needed to make adjustments to bandwidth to alleviate some of the strain on the network.
On Tuesday, October 6th, the school building will be closed. On that day, students will work remotely from home from 8:00 AM to 11:30 AM. Students who opt not to attend remotely will be marked absent for the day. Teachers not scheduled for classes during those times will assist in the placement and testing of cameras. From 12:00 to 3:30 the faculty and staff, including our aides and administrators, will be trained on the use of cameras for more effective remote and distance learning. Additionally, the faculty will work with the administration to revise schedules to allow for more in-person learning within the cohort model. As we expect a larger number of students to opt for remote learning in November through January, these upgrades will help enhance remote learning as well.
Though we know this may place a hardship on families who require child care, we must address these matters in order to meet the needs of our students.
Thank you in advance for your understanding.
Have a blessed evening,
Mr. Hansen

Updated information for working times and book pick up


Just a quick clarification regarding yesterday's email about our working plans for students.

K to 4
For students in grades K to 4, the 9:00 to 2:00 time frame is a suggestion of the amount of time they may spend on school work. As they may need a little more guidance, their work does not need to be submitted by 2:00, rather it can be submitted daily by the end of the day when parents have had time to check it and help them submit. Please just check for assignments at 9:00, as some work can be done independently.

5 to 8
For students in grades 5 to 8, the 9:00 to 2:00 time frame should be more closely adhered to, as they can work independently. Assignment should be submitted at the specified times set by teachers. Many of these assignments will be graded.

If you are in need of books, I will be in my office Monday at 9:30 and available until 10:00. You can come directly to the entrance by the main office on the 4th floor. If that time is not convenient, I am more than happy to schedule a time to meet later in the day. Please just let me know. I will make any accommodations that you need.

The building is undergoing a full and complete sanitizing from a cleaning company today.

Have a safe and healthy weekend. You are in my prayers.

Mr. Hansen


Please note, though we are a private and independent organization, St. Joseph Hill Academy will comply with a mandate from the Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of New York. We will have a 1/2 day tomorrow with an 11:15 dismissal. I will share more information regarding communication of work. Books will be sent home today and tomorrow.


(Thursday, March 12, 2020) Superintendent of Catholic Schools Mr. Michael J. Deegan has announced Catholic Schools within the Archdiocese of New York will close all elementary schools in our system effective Monday, March 16 2020 until Friday March 20th, 2020, with the possibility of a more lengthy closure. Informed by expert health officials and the Health and Safety Task Force of the Office of the Superintendent of Schools, this decision was made out of an abundance of caution. The health and safety of our students, staff and families is of the utmost importance.

Additionally, after consultation with the leadership of the Catholic Youth Organizations and the Catholic High School Athletic Associations, all activities and all sporting events and practices have been cancelled indefinitely.

We are continuing to monitor the situation surrounding COVID-19 (Coronavirus). It is rapidly changing and we are closely following the advice of city, state and federal health officials We will keep you informed.

We truly understand that taking this action may cause some disruption to our families, but we strongly believe that these measures taken now will have the greatest success of decreasing risk to the whole community.

Over recent days our dedicated principals and teachers have been preparing educational materials for ongoing home-based learning to ensure our students continue to be academically engaged

Please refer to our website for updates and links to best practices for staying healthy as well as links to the U.S. State Department, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization and other resources.

For more than two centuries, Catholic schools within the Archdiocese of New York have taught and nurtured children from diverse backgrounds and successfully provided students with the life-changing opportunities that are inherent in a Catholic education. Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of New York currently serve more than 62,000 students from PreK through 12th grade at more than 200 schools across nine counties and three boroughs throughout New York. That includes Manhattan, Staten Island, Bronx, and seven counties including Westchester, Orange, Dutchess, Rockland, Sullivan, Putnam and Ulster.

High Schools and Private Independent Catholic Schools closures are made independently of the Superintendent of Schools Office.
Mr. Lawrence Hansen
St. Joseph Hill Academy Elementary School
Staten Island, New York


Greetings Hill Families,

In response to the concerns over the coronavirus, we will be having a half day this Friday, March 13th with an 11:15 dismissal. At this time, teachers will be trained on how to communicate and present work to our students in the event that we need to close school. This will also allow our school custodians and our cleaning company to begin performing the deep clean of our building that will continue over the weekend. Though this short notice may be an inconvenience, it is being done so that we may continue to support the learning of our students, should we need to close school. Bus service will be provided at 11:15. After Care will be provided until 5:30 to all those who need child care in the event that you are unable to pick up children at 11:15.

Please read the attached letter from the Superintendent of School . 

Thank you in advance for your understanding and consideration. May God bless you and your family and keep you safe.

Mr. Hansen

Mr. Lawrence Hansen
St. Joseph Hill Academy Elementary School
Staten Island, New York