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  • Message from the Principal Thursday, September 1, 2022

    Message from the Principal:

    Welcome back to Catholic Academy of West Buffalo!

    School is upon us next Tuesday, September 6th and I hope every family had a blessed and enjoyable summer! Our
    summer camp was a huge success for students and staff, but we have been busy getting ready for another
    year, and cannot wait to see everyone! We have made a few changes that we need to share.

    First, our dismissal procedure is changing. There were many concerns about the students standing
    outside waiting for parents, as well as safety in the parking lot. This year, if your child is being picked up,
    we ask you to come to the door and we will call each student out to be released to you directly. This
    method was used during summer camp, and went very quickly. Thank you for your patience and
    commitment as we implement this change.

    Second, COVID restrictions have eased, and there is a review included in the school newsletter. Please
    read through the guidelines - this is what we will follow during the school year. Students may wear a
    mask if they choose, but are not required to do so. If the guidance changes, we will inform the parents and
    community immediately. As the COVID restrictions have eased, we will be returning to pre-pandemic
    classroom operations. This means that we will not be socially distancing students, and students may be
    seated in small groups in the classroom. While this follows the guidance provided by the Health
    Department, it is still imperative that students who are ill or show symptoms of illness stay home for the
    safety and health of others.

    Lastly, we will be emphasizing teaching and training students as good citizens. We will be instituting
    Friendzy, a social-emotional learning program. We are renewing our focus on Catholic values, such as
    love for one another, kindness, compassion, and exemplary character. This will not take precedence over
    academics, but work in tandem with schoolwork to build students who are a positive force in our school
    and in their communities.  Our STREAM program, after-school clubs, and Parent Nights will continue this year, and more
    information will be shared as the year begins. The beginning of a new year is always exciting.

    We cannot wait to see you!

    Sr, Gail Glenn, SSJ,
    Catholic Academy of West Buffalo