News
© 2018 LFA Local 1261

News From the LFA and its member schools:

Thanks to Dan DiPleco, our newsletter editor, the LFA publishes a periodical Newsletter.  Click the links below for the most recent and archived newsletters.

Recent News:

May 2018:

Bishop   Loughlin's   Earth   Day   Initiative   5K   Green   Tour:       Each   year,   April   22nd   marks   Earth   Day   --   a   day   set   aside   to   acknowledge   the importance   of   a   healthy   Earth.   On   Friday,   April   20th,   thirty   eight   environmental   science   students   started   paying   homage   to   our   home planet just a few days early during Bishop Loughlin's first Earth Day 5K Green Tour of Manhattan organized by the Earth Day Initiative. Xaverian   High   School   players,   who   wore   No.   70   in   honor   of   the   year   the   late   Brother   Raymond   Hoyt graduated,   celebrated   their   3-2   win   over   St.   John’s   Prep   in   an   ALS   Awareness   Series   high   school   match   up at Fenway Park in Boston.   Congratulations   to   Nazareth   High   School’s   Rick   Dolan   for   his   induction   into   the   Girl’s   Catholic   High School Association Hall of Fame in April, 2018. Holy   Trinity   HS   Sophomore   wins   Coding   Challenge:       Congratulations   to   sophomore   Edward   Noble   of Holy   Trinity   High   School   for   submitting   the   winning   app   for   his   Congressional   district!   The   Congressional App   Challenge   aims   to   engage   students   in   coding   and   computer   science.   Over   4,100   students   participated across   the   country.   Edward   received   his   certificate   with   his   family,   his   teacher   Ms.   Mary   Clare   Pellet,   and Congresswoman Kathleen Rice. He was honored at a formal reception in Washington D.C. Xaverian High School Senior awarded Gates Scholarship: After   completing   an   arduous   application   process   with   three   rounds   of   cuts,   Xaverian   High   School   senior   Barron   Wei   is   one   of   only   300 students   from   across   the   country   to   be   awarded   a   Gates   Scholarship.   Launched   this   year,   the   new   program   from   the   Bill   &   Melinda Gates Foundation awarded its first full scholarships to 300 students in the Class of 2018. A   retiree   comments   on   the   March   for   Our   Lives      article:       “The      LFA   is   to   be   commended   for   including   information   about   the   March for   Our   Lives   rally.   It   was   shocking   to   see   that   a   member   objected   to   this   inclusion.   If   this   is   nothing   but   a   bunch   of   misguided   youth, then   count   this   retired,   72,   year   old,   retired,   LFA   member   among   them.   This   is   not   a   partisan   issue   .It   is   not   Republican,   Democrat, Conservative or Liberal matter, but rather a fight for human life.” On   May   18th,   our   22nd      school   shooting   this   year   occurred   in   Texas.   More   dead!   Senator   Cruz   rushed   to   the   school   and   people   will pray. Changes   at   Bishop   Kearney   High   School:       Board   of   Trustees   announces   the   resignation   of   Dr.   Margaret   Lacey-Berman   effective   July 1,   2018.      An   unforeseen   opportunity   for   Margaret   and   her   family   has   arisen   that   will   take   them   out   of   the   New   York   area   beginning   in July.      Bishop   Kearney   is   very   fortunate   that   former   President,   Dr.   Margaret   Minson   has   graciously   agreed   to   take   on   the   role   of   Interim Head of School The President’s May 2018 Message…………. Negotiations   at   Archbishop   Molloy   and   Xaverian   are   progressing   well.   Negotiations   at   the   Child   School/   Legacy   High   School   are   in   the beginning   stages   and   will   be   suspended   until   July.   Negotiations   at   Christ   the   King   will   commence   on   May   21.   A   tentative   meeting   is scheduled in June for the Rockville Centre Schools. No meetings are scheduled yet for Bishop Kearney. I   commend   the   Bargaining   Teams   of   each   School   for   surveying   their   faculties   and   collating   the   wishes   and   needs   to   be   presented   at   the negotiation   sessions   as   they   diligently   represent   their   teachers.   I   am   committed   to   work   my   hardest   to   get   the   best   Agreements   for each of our Schools. I   would   also   personally   like   to   congratulate   the   recipients   of   the   LFA   Awards   at   our   Union   Schools.   I   wish   the   designated   graduates much success in their future endeavors. Ciro Quattrocchi The   eleven   winners   of   the   Lay   Faculty   Association   Award   will   be   published   in   our   June   newsletter.      We   wish   to   thank   the Mason   tenders   District   Council   and   Business   Manager   Mr.   Robert   Bonanza   who   has   donated   $500.   The   money   has   been allocated    towards    the    award    which    each    winning    student    will    be    given    this    year.    Mr.    Bonanza    has    always    been    very supportive of all of our local’s efforts.

April 2018:

Bishop   McGann-Mercy   HS   Closing   in   June.       RIVERHEAD,   NY   —   Teachers,   parents   and   students   were   devastated   on   March   12th   when they   learned   that   Bishop   McGann-Mercy   High   School,   in   Riverhead,   will   be   closing   its   doors   this June.      The   Diocese   will   offer   students   the   opportunity   to   enroll   at   St.   John   the   Baptist   Diocesan High   School   in   West   Islip.   The   LFA   Board   of   Directors,   our   membership   and   retirees   want   to express   our   symphony   to   all   who   have   suffered   this   great   loss.   We   also   want   to   remind   you   that we   are   committed   to   ensuring   that   the   teacher’s   collective   bargaining   agreement   is   honored   to the final day of the contract. As   more   Catholic   High   Schools   continue   to   close,   the   emotional   effect   on   students,   families   and dedicated   teachers   is   becoming   all   too   familiar.   Catholic   school   teachers   sacrifice   a   great   deal and   make   significantly   less   in   compensation   and   benefits   than   their   public   school   counterparts.     Nevertheless,   this   is   the   path   they   have   chosen   and   it   is   an   honorable   one.   Sadly,   for   some   of   the   older   faculty,   a   school   closing   often leads   to   the   end   of   a   career.      Educational   institutions,   citing   financial   considerations,   do   not   typically   hire   teachers   with   many   years   of experience.      Instead   of   finding   employment   in   the   career   that   they’ve   dedicated   their   lives   to,   many   end   up   having   to   make   an unwanted   career   change   by   taking   low   wage,   part-time   jobs.      The   message   in   clear;   older   teachers   cost   too   much!   Put   bluntly,   this   is age   discrimination   and   it   is   rarely   discussed,   let   alone   addressed.   It   is   the   risk   teachers   take,   but   it   is   a   steep   price   to   pay   when   you consider the impact teachers have on us. The   Office   of   Alumnae   Relations   wanted   to   share   the   following   statement   that   was   created   and   distributed   by   the   Principals of   Brooklyn   and   Queens.       As   the   Principals   of   the   Catholic   High   Schools   of   Brooklyn   and   Queens   we   have   kept   the   administration,   faculty, staff,   students   and   parents   from   Marjory   Stoneman   Douglas   High   School   in   our   prayers   since   the   thoughtless   tragedy   on   February   14,   2018. We   stand   in   support   of   the   Parkland,   Florida   survivors   as   they   draw   strength   in   knowing   that   their   efforts   to   effect   necessary   change   are   heard. We   call   on   our   elected   leaders   to   do   everything   necessary   to   help   us   protect   students   against   senseless   acts   such   as   the   one   in   Florida   and   too many others across our country. The   mission   of   Catholic   education   within   the   Diocese   of   Brooklyn   is   to   form   children   in   the   knowledge   and   love   of   Jesus   Christ   as   celebrated   in the   Catholic   Church,   while   providing   a   comprehensive   academic   education   that   will   help   them   reach   their   full   human   potential   and   contribute to   the   common   good   of   our   nation   and   the   world.   The   alumni   of   our   schools   are   leaders   in   every   stratum   of   society,   and   our   current   students are   the   leaders   and   policy   makers   of   tomorrow.   We   must   stand   as   examples   to   them   of   the   morality,   justice   and   peace   which   we   expect   them   to go   forth   and   spread   in   the   world.   As   Principals,   we   are   responsible   for   carrying   out   the   mission   of   our   schools,   the   education   of   our   students and   the   safety   and   security   of   the   adolescents   in   our   care.   As   educators   we   are   facing   a   world   where   we   are   increasingly   called   upon   to   become the last line of defense against unspeakable horrors. Collectively,   we   as   Catholic   educators…as   Americans…know   that   these   attacks   must   stop   and   the   time   for   action   on   all   levels   is   long   overdue. We   unite   in   one   voice   to   call   upon   our   elected   officials   to   effect   nothing   less   than   meaningful,   proactive   change.   In   the   words   of   Mahatma Ghandi we must “be the change we wish to see in the world”. That change starts today.” Retiree   Mary   Nestor   has   passed   away.       Our   condolences   to   the   Nestor   family   and   friends   from   the   members   of   the   Lay   Faculty Association. The President’s April 2018 Message…………. As   you   may   know,   our   former   President   and   Business   Manager,   Harry   Kranepool   passed   away   on   March   21,   2018.   The   family   did not   inform   us   of   any   funeral   arrangements.   Please   check   out   our   website   for   a   brief   glimpse   of   Harry’s   lifelong   accomplishments.     May he rest in eternal peace! Negotiations   at   Bishop   Kearney   tentatively   scheduled   for   April   23rd,   were   postponed   to   a   later   date   by   the   School.   Negotiations at Archbishop Molloy are progressing well. The   Union   is   working   diligently   with   the   lawyers   to   iron   out   issues   concerning   our   brothers   and   sisters   rights   as   Bishop   McGann   Mercy as they prepare to close their doors in June 2018. I   would   like   to   thank   those   who   took   time   from   their   busy   schedules   to   pay   respect   to   my   mom,   Mary   Quattrocchi.   The   outpour of support for my family and me, and the kind words of sympathy were very much appreciated. Ciro Quattrocchi    
News
© 2018 LayFacultyAssociation 

News From the LFA and its member

schools:

Thanks to Dan DiPleco, our newsletter editor, the LFA publishes a periodical Newsletter.  Click the links below for the most recent and archived newsletters.

Recent News:

May 2018:

Bishop   Loughlin's   Earth   Day   Initiative   5K   Green   Tour:       Each year,    April    22nd    marks    Earth    Day    --    a    day    set    aside    to acknowledge   the   importance   of   a   healthy   Earth.   On   Friday, April   20th,   thirty   eight   environmental   science   students   started paying    homage    to    our    home    planet    just    a    few    days    early during    Bishop    Loughlin's    first    Earth    Day    5K    Green    Tour    of Manhattan organized by the Earth Day Initiative. Xaverian    High    School    players,    who wore   No.   70   in   honor   of   the   year   the late         Brother         Raymond         Hoyt graduated,    celebrated    their    3-2    win over     St.     John’s     Prep     in     an     ALS Awareness   Series   high   school   match up at Fenway Park in Boston.   Congratulations   to   Nazareth   High   School’s   Rick   Dolan   for his     induction     into     the     Girl’s     Catholic     High     School Association Hall of Fame in April, 2018. Holy     Trinity     HS     Sophomore     wins     Coding     Challenge:        Congratulations   to   sophomore   Edward   Noble   of   Holy   Trinity High     School     for     submitting     the     winning     app     for     his Congressional   district!   The   Congressional   App   Challenge   aims to    engage    students    in    coding    and    computer    science.    Over 4,100     students     participated     across     the     country.     Edward received   his   certificate   with   his   family,   his   teacher   Ms.   Mary Clare    Pellet,    and    Congresswoman    Kathleen    Rice.    He    was honored at a formal reception in Washington D.C. Xaverian High School Senior awarded Gates Scholarship: After   completing   an   arduous   application   process   with   three rounds   of   cuts,   Xaverian   High   School   senior   Barron   Wei   is   one of   only   300   students   from   across   the   country   to   be   awarded   a Gates   Scholarship.   Launched   this   year,   the   new   program   from the    Bill    &    Melinda    Gates    Foundation    awarded    its    first    full scholarships to 300 students in the Class of 2018. A   retiree   comments   on   the   March   for   Our   Lives      article:      “The      LFA   is   to   be   commended   for   including   information   about the   March   for   Our   Lives   rally.   It   was   shocking   to   see   that   a member    objected    to    this    inclusion.    If    this    is    nothing    but    a bunch   of   misguided   youth,   then   count   this   retired,   72,   year old,   retired,   LFA   member   among   them.   This   is   not   a   partisan issue   .It   is   not   Republican,   Democrat,   Conservative   or   Liberal matter, but rather a fight for human life.” On   May   18th,   our   22nd      school   shooting   this   year   occurred   in Texas.    More    dead!    Senator    Cruz    rushed    to    the    school    and people will pray. Changes   at   Bishop   Kearney   High   School:       Board   of   Trustees announces    the    resignation    of    Dr.    Margaret    Lacey-Berman effective   July   1,   2018.      An   unforeseen   opportunity   for   Margaret and   her   family   has   arisen   that   will   take   them   out   of   the   New York   area   beginning   in   July.      Bishop   Kearney   is   very   fortunate that    former    President,    Dr.    Margaret    Minson    has    graciously agreed to take on the role of Interim Head of School The President’s May 2018 Message…………. Negotiations      at      Archbishop      Molloy      and      Xaverian      are progressing   well.   Negotiations   at   the   Child   School/   Legacy   High School   are   in   the   beginning   stages   and   will   be   suspended   until July.   Negotiations   at   Christ   the   King   will   commence   on   May   21. A    tentative    meeting    is    scheduled    in    June    for    the    Rockville Centre    Schools.    No    meetings    are    scheduled    yet    for    Bishop Kearney. I   commend   the   Bargaining   Teams   of   each   School   for   surveying their    faculties    and    collating    the    wishes    and    needs    to    be presented     at     the     negotiation     sessions     as     they     diligently represent   their   teachers.   I   am   committed   to   work   my   hardest to get the best Agreements for each of our Schools. I   would   also   personally   like   to   congratulate   the   recipients   of the   LFA   Awards   at   our   Union   Schools.   I   wish   the   designated graduates much success in their future endeavors. Ciro Quattrocchi The   eleven   winners   of   the   Lay   Faculty   Association   Award will    be    published    in    our    June    newsletter.        We    wish    to thank    the    Mason    tenders    District    Council    and    Business Manager   Mr.   Robert   Bonanza   who   has   donated   $500.   The money   has   been   allocated   towards   the   award   which   each winning   student   will   be   given   this   year.   Mr.   Bonanza   has always been very supportive of all of our local’s efforts.

April 2018:

Bishop   McGann-Mercy   HS   Closing   in   June.       RIVERHEAD,   NY —   Teachers,   parents   and students                      were devastated      on      March 12th   when   they   learned that      Bishop      McGann- Mercy     High     School,     in Riverhead,   will   be   closing its   doors   this   June.      The Diocese          will          offer students    the    opportunity    to    enroll    at    St.    John    the    Baptist Diocesan   High   School   in   West   Islip.   The   LFA   Board   of   Directors, our   membership   and   retirees   want   to   express   our   symphony to    all    who    have    suffered    this    great    loss.    We    also    want    to remind    you    that    we    are    committed    to    ensuring    that    the teacher’s   collective   bargaining   agreement   is   honored   to   the final day of the contract. As     more     Catholic     High     Schools     continue     to     close,     the emotional   effect   on   students,   families   and   dedicated   teachers is   becoming   all   too   familiar.   Catholic   school   teachers   sacrifice a   great   deal   and   make   significantly   less   in   compensation   and benefits   than   their   public   school   counterparts.      Nevertheless, this   is   the   path   they   have   chosen   and   it   is   an   honorable   one. Sadly,   for   some   of   the   older   faculty,   a   school   closing   often leads   to   the   end   of   a   career.      Educational   institutions,   citing financial    considerations,    do    not    typically    hire    teachers    with many   years   of   experience.      Instead   of   finding   employment   in the   career   that   they’ve   dedicated   their   lives   to,   many   end   up having    to    make    an    unwanted    career    change    by    taking    low wage,   part-time   jobs.      The   message   in   clear;   older   teachers cost   too   much!   Put   bluntly,   this   is   age   discrimination   and   it   is rarely   discussed,   let   alone   addressed.   It   is   the   risk   teachers take,   but   it   is   a   steep   price   to   pay   when   you   consider   the impact teachers have on us. The    Office    of    Alumnae    Relations    wanted    to    share    the following   statement   that   was   created   and   distributed   by the   Principals   of   Brooklyn   and   Queens.       As   the   Principals   of the   Catholic   High   Schools   of   Brooklyn   and   Queens   we   have   kept the    administration,    faculty,    staff,    students    and    parents    from Marjory   Stoneman   Douglas   High   School   in   our   prayers   since   the thoughtless   tragedy   on   February   14,   2018.   We   stand   in   support   of the   Parkland,   Florida   survivors   as   they   draw   strength   in   knowing that   their   efforts   to   effect   necessary   change   are   heard.   We   call   on our   elected   leaders   to   do   everything   necessary   to   help   us   protect students   against   senseless   acts   such   as   the   one   in   Florida   and   too many others across our country. The   mission   of   Catholic   education   within   the   Diocese   of   Brooklyn is   to   form   children   in   the   knowledge   and   love   of   Jesus   Christ   as celebrated      in      the      Catholic      Church,      while      providing      a comprehensive    academic    education    that    will    help    them    reach their   full   human   potential   and   contribute   to   the   common   good   of our   nation   and   the   world.   The   alumni   of   our   schools   are   leaders   in every   stratum   of   society,   and   our   current   students   are   the   leaders and   policy   makers   of   tomorrow.   We   must   stand   as   examples   to them   of   the   morality,   justice   and   peace   which   we   expect   them   to go   forth   and   spread   in   the   world.   As   Principals,   we   are   responsible for   carrying   out   the   mission   of   our   schools,   the   education   of   our students   and   the   safety   and   security   of   the   adolescents   in   our care.     As     educators     we     are     facing     a     world     where     we     are increasingly   called   upon   to   become   the   last   line   of   defense   against unspeakable horrors. Collectively,   we   as   Catholic   educators…as   Americans…know   that these   attacks   must   stop   and   the   time   for   action   on   all   levels   is   long overdue.   We   unite   in   one   voice   to   call   upon   our   elected   officials   to effect    nothing    less    than    meaningful,    proactive    change.    In    the words   of   Mahatma   Ghandi   we   must   “be   the   change   we   wish   to   see in the world”. That change starts today.” Retiree   Mary   Nestor   has   passed   away.       Our   condolences   to the   Nestor   family   and   friends   from   the   members   of   the   Lay Faculty Association. The President’s April 2018 Message…………. As   you   may   know,   our   former   President   and   Business Manager,   Harry   Kranepool   passed   away   on   March   21, 2018.    The    family    did    not    inform    us    of    any    funeral arrangements.   Please   check   out   our   website   for   a   brief glimpse    of    Harry’s    lifelong    accomplishments.        May    he rest in eternal peace! Negotiations   at   Bishop   Kearney   tentatively   scheduled   for April   23rd,   were   postponed   to   a   later   date   by   the   School. Negotiations at Archbishop Molloy are progressing well. The   Union   is   working   diligently   with   the   lawyers   to   iron out   issues   concerning   our   brothers   and   sisters   rights   as Bishop   McGann   –   Mercy   as   they   prepare   to   close   their doors in June 2018. I   would   like   to   thank   those   who   took   time   from   their busy    schedules    to    pay    respect    to    my    mom,    Mary Quattrocchi.   The   outpour   of   support   for   my   family   and me,   and   the   kind   words   of   sympathy   were   very   much appreciated. Ciro Quattrocchi