SCA Online News
October 2020
Alma Matters
Italian American Alumnae Highlight

Nicole Pennacchia- Sallustio '00
Janice Bonanno Imundi '65

Two alumnae reflect on their Italian heritage during Itallian Heritage Month.

Nicole Pennacchia- Sallustio '00
I am a teacher for the past 16 years here at SCA as well as the Varsity Cheerleading Coach. I am a hundred percent Italian and my family is from the Tuscany region, Naples, and Sicily. My grandparents on my mother's side came to America after they were married in 1946. My father had the pleasure of working in Rome for many years at the start of his career and has always been able to educate us so much growing up on our heritage and culture. 

I was born here in the United States, but I try to make sure that we are always remembering the sacrifices our grandparents made and to keep the family traditions alive. I try to teach and pass on those traditions to my sons as well. One way we try to keep our culture alive is that we gather together every Sunday for a pasta dinner. It is more significant than just eating a traditional meal. It is a time where we can sit and enjoy family time.  That was one of my favorite parts of growing up. I loved going to my grandparents' house every Sunday, spending time with them, and eating together.  
Janice Bonanno Imundi '65
I am a proud Italian American woman who was the first female in my extended family to graduate from college and later earn two master's degrees. These achievements were the result of the fine education, sense of self and confidence I received as a student at SCA. As the principal of JHS 216 in Queens, I was named the Educator of the Year by two Italian American organizations, FIAME and FIERI.  

Following my retirement, I was asked to join the Board of FIERI.  Each year FIERI presents a cash gift to a high school, in either the Bronx or Westchester, who continue to teach the Italian language and to appreciate its culture. Additionally FIERI awards a $5,000 scholarship to an Italian American college student each year. I am proud to say that I am now the chair of the Scholarship Committee. FIERI is an organization  committed to developing Italian American pride in young professionals and providing them opportunities to network in these challenging times. 
Around SCA
Ring and Pin Day

Ring and Pin Day started a new tradition this year with members of the Class of 2021. In order to meet socially distant requirements, the event was held outside with each student sitting with up to two family members and each family having their own space.  A special moment of the ceremony was when a family member had the privilege of pinning or putting the ring on the student's finger.  In the past, President Sr. Patricia Wolf, RSM '62 would have done so. This might be a new tradition adapted to future ring days. View the photo album.

Spirit Week

During this week, students, faculty and staff participated in Spirit Week. Each day had a different theme from Pajama Day, Throwback Day, Pink Out Day, SCA Spirit Day and Character Day. Students participated, whether they were in school or at home instruction. Take a look at the photo album!

Virtual Open House: Tour SCA

Open House was held virtually on Sunday, October 25, 2020. We were grateful to have the opportunity to share with prospective students and their families what makes SCA so special. We invite you all to view our Virtual Tour

Prospective students also have the opportunity to Explore A Class each Thursday and Meet Our Catharinites virtually on Wednesday, Nov. 4. Be sure to register for the events so that you can be sent the private link.
Student Spotlight

Samantha H. '21 made her summer about community service

Samantha H. '21, vice president of the National Honor Society, participated in a community based organization named "Teens Take Charge" this summer. She explains, "The main objective of this organization was to make sure not only New York City but America hears the issues the youth faces, whether it be about racism, lack of opportunities, gender bias, race bias, or lack of assistance in terms of gang violence."

She says her favorite experience happened on the Fourth of July. "We planned a march in support for Black Lives Matter (BLM). We called other non-profit organizations that were willing to donate medical assistance, food and beverages, and safety officers. We walked for hours from Madison Square Park, across the Brooklyn Bridge (stopping traffic), all the way to Dumbo Park. After this day we talked to politicians and demanded our needs to be met."

Samantha is very involved at SCA. She is the president and founder of the Culture Club and a member of the Women's Empowerment Club and the Coding Club. She has also participated for several years in the NYU STEM/Best program.
Circle the Dates

Meet Our Catharinites on Nov. 4

There is still time to register to Meet Our Catharinites virtually on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020 from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Prospective students and their families will have an opportunity to hear from SCA Students and ask them questions. To register, visit

Learn how to mix cocktails while sipping
your creations virtually with alumnae this holiday season

Alumna Lauren Paylor '10, a renowned mixologist and bartender, will share some of her favorite cocktail recipes for the holidays on Dec. 11, 2020, at 6:30 p.m. Register to get your ingredient list and private link for the event. Must be 21+ to register.

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