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May 2020
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St. Catharine's celebrates its essential workers

We cannot name or thank all the essential workers from the St. Catharine family who are taking risks to keep everyone safe. Whether you are a nurse, doctor, first responder, grocery clerk, mail carrier, sanitation worker, transit worker, or another person serving our community we hold you in our prayers and thank you for all you are doing in these unprecedented times.

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The 118 graduates of the Class of 2020 have earned more than 18.5 million academic scholarships and grants. They have been accepted to more than 106 colleges and universities. 

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SCA's Virtual Town Hall shared COVID-19 advice

Virtual town halls in English and Spanish were held on the topic " Staying Healthy During COVID-19" earlier this month. The speakers included MariAngela Cavagna Sanchez '02, supervisor of psychologists for the New York City Board of Education; Kimberly Ostolaza, PsyD, '98, clinical psychologist, Creedmore Hospital; Karen Schneider, MD, pediatrician and pediatric emergency physician at Johns Hopkins. Dr. Schneider is also a Sister of Mercy. Sr. Alicia Zapata, RSM, served as a translator for Dr. Schneider. 

" The best way to ease high schoolers back into society is to stay calm and offer reassurance," says Ms. Cavagna. "Be aware of how you talk about COVID-19. Remind your children that your family is healthy and that you are doing everything within your power to keep them safe."

She adds, "If children ask questions, listen and try to answer as best you can. That will help them feel empowered."

Ms. Cavagna also suggested making responses stay on the developmental level of the child you are speaking with.

Dr. Schneider says teenagers are going to want to go out. "Larger stores with high ceilings and lots of floor space are probably safer....It is better to visit with people outside than inside. Still when outside they have to wear a mask and sit six feet apart....When New York begins to open up it doesn't mean you are safe," cautions Dr. Schneider . "It doesn't mean that COVID-19 is under control. If people aren't safe, New York is going to wind up having a spike in cases."

Looking at an opportunity for a vaccine, Dr. Schneider explains once a vaccine is developed it will take a year or more to produce enough for everyone in the country. She says with the U.S. population of over 300 million it will take nearly a year just to vaccinate the population even at a rate of 30 million vaccinations a month.

Dr. Schneider spoke of a friend who is getting bleach stains on her clothing. "You don't have to use straight bleach. You can use four teaspoons of bleach into one liter of water and put it in a water bottle and now you have a bleach solution that will kill COVID-19." The diluted solution is safer for clothing. She also points to alcohol as being as effective as bleach and safer for asthma patients. The solution must be at least 60% alcohol.

Dr. Schneider gives a word of caution--even if you test negative you can have the virus. If you have symptoms, self quarantine, she says.

You can watch the full version of the town hall (English) here.
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End of year celebrations for students

Celebrations at the end of the year will look different this year. Students should watch for news on how to join the events below:
  • GAA Sports Awards - Tuesday, June 2nd at 7:00 p.m.
  • Video Tribute for the Class of 2020 - Thursday, June 4th at 6:00 p.m.
  • Senior Awards - Wednesday, June 10th at 7:00 p.m.

Support restaurants who support SCA

During these difficult times, SCA would like to support our local businesses. These businesses have said YES in support of SCA's Best Bites of the Bronx & Westchester event, Now it is our time to support them! The restaurants are offering delivery, curbside pick up and special offers. Please visit their websites for details. Your support would be greatly appreciated.


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