This page features all information released by CBA concerning effects of COVID-19 on our community.

Thursday, March 19, 5pm - Email to all

Governor Andrew Cuomo has issued an executive order requiring all schools to be closed through April 1, 2020 to reduce the spread of COVID-19. 

Christian Brothers Academy will remain closed through Wednesday, April 1 and will first attempt to re-open on Thursday, April 2. 

This week, we began transition from our traditional classroom instruction to online instruction. 

As previously stated, our plan has been to conduct online classes Tuesday through Thursday, with Friday as a professional development day to review this week and plan for the next.  Therefore, tomorrow, Friday, March 20, there will be no online class meetings.

After three days of online instruction, we are evaluating our practices, communicating with other schools on their practices, and making adjustments to our programs as necessary. This is a very fluid situation and we plan on reviewing our programs weekly.

If your son requires any technical assistance during online instruction, please email online@cbaalbany.org

We thank you for your support, cooperation, and patience this week.

Monday, March 16, 8:15pm - Email to Students
Tomorrow is an “A” day with a Regular Schedule.  It also marks the beginning of at least three days of Online Courses at CBA.
Now, here are the answers to some frequently asked questions:
Q: Do I need to wear my uniform?
A: No. Dress in comfortable but appropriate clothes.
Q: What is Zoom?
A:  Video Conferencing.  Think of it as Facetime with 25+ people.
Q: I received a Zoom invite for a few classes, not others.  Why?
A: Not all classes will have live sessions.  Some will only meet during certain days.  Other courses may require you to complete coursework posted on Google Classroom.
Q: Do we still have Friday off?
A: Yes.  Professional Development
Q: Can we come in and get our stuff?
A: Yes. Doors will be open tomorrow until 3pm.  We would ask you to practice the social distancing we’ve all been hearing so much.  This is not the time to meet your friends at school to gather your materials.
Q: Can I use my phone for Online Class?
A: Yes.  Download the Zoom Cloud Conferences App and log in with Google.  Some teachers will direct you towards other apps.
Q: How will we have tests?
A: We will evaluate your understanding in a number of innovative ways.  Your teachers will provide insight tomorrow.
Q: Will attendance be taken?
A: Yes.  Your online presence will be a major factor in the success of this program and in the grade you receive for your courses.
Q: Who should I contact with technical problems?
A: Reply to this email
Q: What if I’m struggling, and it’s not technical?
A: Contact your guidance counselor.  And don’t wait.
Q: Why are we the last to know about these things?
A: Things are changing by the minute.  Keep up with www.cbaalbany.org/updates
Q: Do we have school tomorrow?
A: Yes. But its online.
Get a good night’s rest.  Reply if you have any questions.  I’ll direct you to someone who knows the right answer, if its not me.
Mr. Smith
Director of Technology
Monday, March 16, 5:45pm - Email to All

Online Classes Begin Tomorrow
Today, we conducted a professional development day to prepare for the transition from our traditional classroom instruction to online instruction. Our teachers met both departmentally and by grade level to discuss the delivery of online instruction. The range of educational technologies discussed allows teachers to provide a comprehensive online education to your son during this unique time.

Online instruction will begin tomorrow morning (Tuesday) and will be built on the familiar Google Classroom platform that we have been using schoolwide for several years. On each teacher’s Google Classroom page, students will see a plan for instruction. These plans are unique to each class and instructor.

Some days, students will be required to meet online during their usual class meeting period. Other days, teachers will assign work that can be done independently, which may include pre-recorded lessons, documents, videos, and other learning materials. In this format, students must access Google Classroom each school day and need to be responsible for completing assignments, communicating with teachers, and time management.

Chromebooks
High school students were instructed to bring their Chromebooks home and will be well equipped for distance learning with these devices. Middle School students are free to use their own devices as all apps and services utilized will be cross-platform and any internet enabled device will be sufficient. If a Middle School student would like to borrow a CBA Chromebook, we will make one available for pickup on Tuesday. Please click HERE to schedule a pickup.

Questions and Support
If your son requires any technical assistance during online instruction, please email online@cbaalbany.org.

This week, we will conduct online classes Tuesday through Thursday, with Friday as another professional development day to review this week and plan for the next. Below is a list of materials needed for online instruction. School will be open tomorrow between 7:30 and 3:00 to access student lockers.

During this closure, we strive to provide quality daily instruction, but under these unprecedented circumstances, there are inherent limitations. We continue to rely on your support, patience, and trust in Christian Brothers Academy.

Sincerely,

Dr. James Schlegel
President
Christian Brothers Academy

 

 

 

 

Materials Needed for Math

Materials Needed for 5/6 Math
Math workbook and composition books

Materials Needed for High School Math
Graphing calculator

Materials Needed for Science

Chromebook as well as their textbook. Physics and chemistry will need a calculator as well

Materials Needed for English

Kish: 11R and AP Lang students already have materials they need for writing their
research papers. 10R needs Bronx Masquerade and their guided notes packet and Wordly Wise workbook.

Stanton: Textbooks, Assigned Novels, Chromebooks (or other tech), pen/paper

Gormley: Literature books

Sayre: Freshman: Literature textbook and free read Friday book. Sophomores: Upper Westside Story, free read Friday book

Materials Needed for Social Studies

Lewyckyj – None (students will be provided materials online)
Hewitt – None (students will be provided materials online)
Scully – Global 2 Textbook + Economics Book for Seniors
Depalma – AP World – (5 steps to 5 review book, AP Textbook)
Global Studies II – Online review book per Google Classroom, GSII Textbook.

Materials Needed for Fine Arts

Visual Arts:
Art Supplies
12×18” paper (available outside main office)

General Music:
Nothing from school is needed

Performance Program
Grade 5-11
Students need their instruments at home as well as lesson books and music folders

Friday, March 13, 10:30pm - Letter to Parents

Dear Parents and Guardians,

In an abundance of caution, we have decided to close school for students for the week of March 16 – 20. Although there are no confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus at Christian Brothers Academy, we have decided to join other area schools in taking this step to provide time to prevent any potential community spread of illness.  Monday, March 16 will be a professional development day to prepare for the transition from our traditional classroom instruction to online instruction.

Monday will be a day of planning and detailed instructions on the format will be disseminated that afternoon.  Online instruction will begin Tuesday morning and will be built on the familiar Google Classroom platform that we have been using schoolwide for several years.  From there, teachers may utilize other instructional technologies to facilitate learning.  

High school students were instructed to bring their chromebooks home and will be well equipped for distance learning with these devices. Middle School students are free to use their own devices as all apps and services utilized will be cross-platform and any internet enabled device will be sufficient.  If a Middle School student would like to borrow a CBA chromebook, we will make one available for pickup on Monday afternoon. Please click HERE to schedule a pickup.

During this closure, we strive to provide quality daily instruction, but under these unprecedented circumstances, there are inherent limitations.  Thank you for your continued patience and trust in Christian Brothers Academy.

 

Sincerely,

Dr. James Schlegel

President

Friday, March 13, 3:00pm - Letter to Parents

Dear Parents and Guardians,

At this time, there are no confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus at Christian Brothers Academy, however, the administration continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation, following guidance from national, state, local health and education departments.  Our decisions are informed by these sources, conversations with other school leadership, and our own internal health and safety protocols.

Should the school need to close for an extended period of time, we have been utilizing professional development days to train and prepare to ensure instruction.  Administration and faculty continue to plan and prepare for the transition from our traditional classrooms to online instruction using the most appropriate technology.

In order to prepare for a possible transition, we have made the decision that Monday, March 16 will be a Professional Development day and there will be no classes for students.  Unless you are otherwise notified, classes will resume on Tuesday, March 17th at the regular time.

Athletics

Section 2 has made the decision to postpone all scrimmages, league contests, and non-league contests until after April 19.  We have decided to cancel all practices, tryouts, and any other offseason functions through Sunday.

The decision to close school is never one that is taken lightly, however, the health and safety of our students and staff is always our highest priority.

Thank you for your cooperation as we work through these unprecedented times.

 

Sincerely,

Dr. James Schlegel

President