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!
Catholic Academy of West Buffalo graduates excelled academically, earning over $300,000 in academic scholarships to local high schools; the highest amount in our school's history! Among the scholarship winners was Olga Ineza, who received the prestigious Oishei Scholarship for Nardin Academy. Tommy Trinh was awarded a Per Niente Scholarship for Canisius High School. Sarah Maruscak also received a Per Niente Scholarship and a Faculty Advisory Board Scholarship for Mt. St. Mary Academy. Lettie Friona earned a Pace Scholarship for Cardinal O'Hara High School. Miriam Hanna was the Class Valedictorian and received a Franciscan Scholarship from Cardinal O'Hara High School. Gloria Htoo received the Buffalo Prep Scholarship for Nardin Academy. Bosco Nguyen received the Sean Rooney Scholarship from Canisius High School. Diego Guzman received a Nichols School Scholarship. Arsema Tedros received a Cullen Scholarship and a Principal's Scholarship from Cardinal O'Hara High School. Regina Gino received a National Fuel Scholarship for Cardinal O'Hara High School. Regina Gino, Emon Marial and Nevaeh Rainey all received Merit Scholarships from Cardinal O'Hara High School.
Twenty students graduated on June 20, 2019 at Blessed Sacrament Church. The students will be attending the following high schools: (5) Canisius High School, (7) Cardinal O'Hara High School, (1) Middle Early College, (1) Mount St. Mary Academy, (3) Nardin Academy, (1) Nichols School, (1) St. Joseph Collegiate Institute and (1) Tapestry Charter School. Congratulations to all of our 8th graders and best wishes for a bright future!
As another year winds down, we want to celebrate all the achievements of our students. Pre-K 4 students will have their closing ceremony on Tuesday, June 18th at 9am in the school gym. Later in the day, at 1pm, Kindergarteners will have their closing ceremony in the school gym as well. Light refreshments will be served at both events, for family members only. On Wednesday, June 19th, the 8th graders will have their graduates Mass at 9am in Blessed Sacrament Church. Brunch will be served immediately following in the school gym, for family members only. The last day of school is the 19th as well, with a closing prayer and message from Sr. Gail, dismissing at 12:30pm. The final celebration of the year is 8th grade graduation on Thursday, June 20th in Blessed Sacrament Church at 7:00p.m. We wish all of our graduates success in their future endeavors. To all of our students and families, have a safe and relaxing summer. See you in September!!
May is always a fun month at Catholic Acasdemy and this year is no exception. On May 7th, we will have our Spring Concert with grades 3, 4, 5 & 6. Many thanks to Music teacher Tim Socha for his hard work and Jennifer Serniak for working with the 3rd grade. The Diocesan Track Meet is on May 13th and Catholic Academy will be well-represented, with students from grades 4 - 8. Happy Mother's Day on May 12th to all our mother's who sacrifice so much for their children. Our annual Saturn Club cocktail party will be on May 16th and will honor Board member Jim Knab for his many year's of work to keep our building updated and safe for our students. The Drama Club musical production is Everything's Groovy. Performance date will be announced soon. The month ends with a May Crowning at Blessed Sacrament Church on May 30th. 3rd grade will lead the crowning, celebrating those student's who just made their 1st Communion. Pre-K 3 year-old program ends on May 30th with an ice cream social. Looking forward to a wonderful month!
The Home School Association's Fall Family Social will be Dinner and a Movie. The dinner is spaghetti, with the sauce donated from Buffalo's finest Chef's restaurant. Showing on the big screen will be The Lego Movie. It will be held on Friday, November 9th from 6:00 - 8:00pm. The cost is $5 per person and parents are asked to bring a dessert to share. The 8th graders will be volunteering as servers and should be a fun night for all. It is a wonderful family event that we hope you can attend.
We have almost completed our first month of school which has gone by quickly. We are waiting patiently for some cooler temperatures. Many parents attended the Meet the Teacher Night and HSA General Meeting. If you missed it, please contact your child's teacher to schedule your November teacher conference. The HSA has many events planned for the school year and they can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. School is closed on September 28th and October 3rd for Professional Development and also October 8th for Columbus Day. Our candy bar sale begins October 4th and ends October 18th. We have switched suppliers to Fowlers Chocolates and anticipate a great product. Tennis lessons for children in grades 2 - 4 begins October 16th. Enjoy the changing seasons!