Welcome to the 2022-23 school year at Catholic Academy of West Buffalo. No pandemic restrictions, the merger is complete and we are celebrating a wonderful beginning of what we expect will be a banner year. Our Welcome Back Picnic is returning on Friday, September 30th from 5:30 - 7:00. All families are welcome and the cost is $1 per person. 8th graders will be helping with games for the children. We are very excited to finally have all of our families together and look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones. The Second Generation Theatre group will return in October to offer programming to grades 1 - 3. There is no fee but students must be pre-registered and there is a class limit. ENL has a familiar face as the new coordinator, Ms. Beh Meh and relishing in the success last year of 100% of their student's improving. After school clubs and tutoring will be starting soon and they have a great line up of programs for all of our students. We are blessed with a fabulous faculty, staff and most of all, students who will benefit from out commitment to our faith, academics and inclusiveness!
We are busy preparing the building for the 2022-23 school year. There is limited space available in some classes. Several grades are closed for new registration. If you are interested in a tour, the school office is open Monday - Thursday from 9am -2pm. Call (716) 885-6116 for more information. The school building will be closed from August 2nd through the 12th. The office will reopen on Monday, August 15th. Have a wonderful and safe summer!
CAWB is thrilled that the NYS mask mandate has changed due to low numbers of COVID 19 infection. We have instituted a phase-in approach so that families, teachers and staff can adjust to the new regulations. Starting Wednesday March 2nd, masks are optional if you are sitting. Once moving around the classroom or building, you must wear a mask. If we have no positive COVID tests in the school by Friday March 11th, masks become optional at all times, starting Monday, March 14th. We feel this approach will give everyone a chance to transition. Everyone is hopeful that we are moving back to a more normal school day. We will be starting private tours of the school for families wishing to enroll their children in 2022-23 school year. A traditional Open House will be scheduled for the Spring when it is safer for many visitors to the school. If you are interested in a tour, please contact Ellen Sullivan-Garcia at esullivangarcia@cawb,org or 716-885-8478. Tours can also be scheduled through the Main Office at 716-885-6111. Come and Experience the Catholic Academy Difference!
We are available daily for private tours of the school for families wishing to enroll their children in 2022-23 school year. A traditional Open House will be scheduled for the Spring when it is safer for many visitors to the school. If you are interested in a tour, please contact Ellen Sullivan-Garcia at esullivangarcia@cawb,org or 716-885-8478. Tours can also be scheduled through the Main Office at 716-885-6111. Come and Experience the Catholic Academy Difference!
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!