We are almost done with our first month of school for the new Catholic Academy of West Buffalo. The summer was very busy with moving trucks, boxes, painting and lots of reorganizing, to merge Our Lady of Black Rock school into the building. A big welcome to our new Principal, Mr. Tim McDowell, and Sr. Gail is the Associate Principal. We have welcomed lots of new faculty and staff and plenty of new programming. As we get settled into the new school year, we hope to introduce more after school activities and restart our Sports program. Starting in October, CAWB will be offering instrumental lessons on site. In the Winter, we will be offering a theatre program and hope to bring back our very popular Drama Club. We are closely monitoring COVID restrictions and following all guidelines set by the Erie County Dept. of Health. Many of our after school activities are contingent on effectively managing student health and safety. As we move into the Fall, we are looking forward to a wonderful school year!
After many months of planning, Catholic Academy of West Buffalo and Our Lady of Black Rock are unifying into one school at the Catholic Academy site on Delaware Avenue in time for the 2021-22 school year. Registration for the 2021-22 school year is in full swing. OLBR and CAWB students will have priority for admissions and are encouraged to register before May 1st so the school can plan accordingly. The unification was a necessity to keep Catholic education viable on the West Side of Buffalo. It was a perfect storm of the global pandemic hitting schools hard and the diocese unable to assist in funding schools due to their bankruptcy, that prompted the change. It became clear the the two schools would be stronger together. We are confident we are on a path of sustainability and ensuring our students have the strongest academic, athletic and extracurricular programs available. Due to COVID 19 restrictions, there will not be an Open House. Families interested in enrolling for the 21-22 school can call Mrs. Garcia @ 885-8478 for a private tour or contact Mrs. Guarino at 885-6111 for registration information. The future looks positive and we are excited about new students, teachers and programming!
We are so happy to welcome children back to school. Catholic Academy of West Buffalo has chosen the hybrid model to begin our school year. Grades K - 8 are split into Groups 1 and 2. Group 1 will attend school on Monday and Tuesday, beginning September 14th. Group 2 will be in school on Thursday and Friday, beginning September 10th. Wednesday is cleaning day and full virtual learning. First day of Pre-K 4 is Wednesday, September 9th and they will be in school 5 days a week because we now know that virtual learning is not very effective for that age group. Our Pre-K 3 program will still meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays, for 3 hours each day, beginning on Tuesday September 15th. Administrators, teachers and parents all had input in our school plan and we pray daily for a successful 2020-2021 school year. The most important thing is that our students are safe and have the best educational opportunity we can provide. Please welcome all teachers, students and parents to a wonderful year. Welcome back students...we really missed you!
Three and 1/2 months of virtual learning did not deter the Catholic Academy of West Buffalo Class of 2020 graduates from excelling academically, earning over $101,000 in academic scholarships to local high schools. Among the scholarship winners was Robel Eyassu, who received the prestigious Oishei Scholarship for Canisius High School. Sienna Capitano received the Frances R. & Charles J. Termini Art Award, the Irr Family Scholarship and the Msgr. Francis Weldgen Scholarship for Mt. St. Mary Academy. Guem Guem earned the Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship and a Buffalo Prep Scholarship to attend Cardinal O'Hara High School. Anna McCarthy was the Class Valedictorian and received the Presidential Scholarship for Nardin Academy.
Fourteen students graduated on June 25, 2020 in a very emotional, moving and socially distant, ceremony at Catholic Academy of West Buffalo. The students will be attending the following high schools: (1) Canisius High School, (5) Cardinal O'Hara High School, (2) Hutchinson Central Technical High School, (2) McKinley High School (1) Middle Early College, (1) Mount St. Mary Academy and (2) Nardin Academy. Congratulations to all of our 8th graders and best wishes for a bright future!
While your child is learning from home teachers are making use of several sites, first and foremost, Google Classroom is the most valuable resource. Our teachers use this for classroom assignments and information. Please email your child's teacher for class code if they do not see the class listed on their landing page of google classroom. Also, Mrs. Blandin is going to create google classroom classes for her students so please watch for an email from her or check the Technology Page where Mrs. Johnson will post the codes in an announcement. Additionally, the following websites will be useful for learning:
https://www-k6.thinkcentral.com/ePC/start.do Grades 5 - 8 (teacher assigned username and password required)
https://www.ixl.com/ Grades PreK - 8 (teacher assigned username and password required, however it will autofill if logged into Google Classroom)
https://www.khanacademy.org/login Grades K - 8 (Log in using “Continue with Google”, must be logged into Google Classroom)
https://www.abcya.com/ Grades PreK - 6+ (there is no login)
https://xtramath.org/#/home/index Grades 3 - 5 (teacher assigned login)
https://www.storylineonline.net/ Grades PreK - 1 (no login required)
https://sso.prodigygame.com/login Grades 1 - 8 (some teacher assigned login, most login with Google)
All of these links can be found on our website under Academics/Technology. In addition, there are several other educational websites listed. All of the teacher email addresses can be found at cawb.org under the both the faculty tab as well as individual classes under Academics.
Thank you for your patience and understanding. We will all get through this together.
Welcome to 2020! January is a very busy month at Catholic Academy. We are looking forward to Catholic Schools week, which begins on January 27th and ends January 31st. The full events schedule is on the website school calendar. The Annual Science Fair is on Wednesday, January 29th from 7:00 - 8:30 pm. Please visit and experience projects from our budding scientists in grades 6 & 8. Also remember to mark the dates for our Open House for New Families; Tuesday, February 4th from 9:00a.m. - 2:00p.m. and Thursday, February 6th from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. Come and Experience the Catholic Academy Difference through the eyes of parents, students, teachers and administrators. Call the school office at 885-6111 for more information. We wish you all a very Happy New Year filled with many blessings!
It is with profound sadness that we announce the death of Mrs. Carol Schmidt. Carol lost a valiant 2 year struggle with cancer on January 7th. She began teaching at Catholic Academy in 1991 in Pre-Kindergarten and excelled in that role for 26 years, until her illness forced her to leave teaching. She was an exceptional teacher and a role model for innovative Early Childhood strategies, including the inception of Universal Pre-K. Her early childhood expertise and strategies were used as a benchmark for many well-respected programs that followed. The number of children and families that Carol impacted is in the hundreds. There is probably not a student who passed through this school that does not have a fond memory of her. The hallways are a little empty right now but her spirit shines in the faces of the beautiful children she nurtured and loved. Please keep her beloved family in your thoughts and prayers. May she rest in peace and continue to watch over and guide her classroom. We will always love you, Mrs. Schmidt!
Catholic Academy loves the season of Advent. We honor the joyous season with daily prayers and song around the Advent wreath. It is a time-honored tradition and the entire school community loves it. We also celebrate the Immaculate Conception on December 8th. Students in grades 6 and 8 are preparing for the Science Fair on January 29th. Students in PreK4 through grade 3 are busy preparing for the annual Christmas pageant on Thursday, December 19th at 1:00 p.m. The Handbell choir is practicing weekly for a January visit to Roswell Park Cancer Institute to entertain patients and staff. Santa makes his appearance on December 17th for grades PreK3 - 2. On behalf of the entire Catholic Academy of West Buffalo family, we wish you a blessed and happy Christmas season!