NYS Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Food Benefits

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Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Food Benefits

  • The sole role of School Food Authorities (SFA’s) in the Pandemic-Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) program is to provide the state agencies administering the program data for eligible students.  In this case, Office of Food ~ Nutrition Services (OFNS) acts as the School Food Authority (SFA) for all schools served by DOE’s food service program.
  • All students enrolled at schools receiving breakfast or lunch from OFNS under the School Breakfast / National School Lunch programs are eligible for P-EBT benefits
  • This includes all schools so served – public, charter and non-public.
  • All students enrolled at schools offered such meal service are eligible because our entire SFA is under the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP)
  • OFNS  –  like all other NY SFA’s  –   will provide data to the New York State Education Department (NY SED)
  • SED will forward student data to the agency administering this program, the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (NYS OTDA). 
  • OTDA is administering this program directly to all beneficiaries

What are P-EBT food benefits?

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020 authorized the payment of P-EBT food benefits to households with children who would have received free or reduced-price school meals under the National School Lunch Act, if not for a school closure. These temporary food benefits are to help cover the cost of meals children would otherwise would have received at school.

Do my child/children qualify for P-EBT food benefits?

If your child/children receive free or reduced-price school lunches, then they are eligible to receive P-EBT food benefits for the days their school was closed due to COVID-19. This includes all children attending Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) schools where all children receive free or reduced-price school lunches.

Do my preschool age child/children qualify for P-EBT food benefits if they were receiving free and/or reduced-price meals?

Children ages 3 and 4, who attend pre-kindergarten and who receive free or reduced-price lunch are also eligible to receive P-EBT benefits. More information about when and how to access their P-EBT food benefits will be mailed to you. Begin checking your mail for this P-EBT notice beginning in mid-June.

For full details on the program , please see here


Message from Mrs. Rogone – Week of May 25

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Principal’s Message for the week of May 25th

As we celebrate the opening of our summer season this weekend, we remember the men and women who sacrificed their lives for our freedoms on this Memorial Day. We pray for them on this day and reflect on their self less acts of courage.

We are entering the last few weeks of the Third Trimester. It is hard to believe that June is so quickly approaching.  There will be grade level meetings to discuss the end of the year procedures, beginning with Grade 8 students and parents this Tuesday, May 26th. I will also share the results of the technology/distance learning survey with the parents.

This trimester was certainly different and new.  The teachers and I have met and we are now planning for summer activities to replace the traditional summer reading list. The Board of Directors has also approved online summer school courses for students requiring summer classes for their academic performance throughout the whole school year.  Parents may also wish for their children to participate even if it is not required.  There will be no face to face classes in the school and no summer program offered on site. We are following the governor’s requirements concerning gatherings and school programs.

Presently the teachers and I have also been meeting with individual parents and students with academic concerns. If you need to speak with the teacher please make an appointment as soon as possible-do not wait until the closing of the school year. We have had successful ZOOM conferences to keep parents updated on their child’s progress.  We must keep the communication open and updated with all parents.

We are also very concerned with the social and emotional well being of all students, not having the interaction they need with their classmates. For part of June we will be scheduling more interactive social activities during class time to help address this need.

 At a recent faculty meeting this week, the teachers once again acknowledged the cooperation and support of the parents during this last trimester.  I join them in expressing my gratitude and I definitely acknowledge the time you have given to your children’s education from home.

 If you have any concerns please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you and have a good week.

School Uniform Ordering Information

Download the Summer 2020 Flyer for Families: English | Spanish

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First and foremost, we are excited to announce that we have begun shipping online and phone orders from our Philadelphia distribution center!  Please note that delivery times will be delayed as we work back up to full operational capacity.  FlynnO’Hara will continue to offer Free Shipping on all online and phone orders as long as our stores remain closed.

As of now, all 34 of our retail stores remain closed; we do not anticipate any locations opening to the public until mid-June at the earliest.  Reopening dates will be determined on a state-by-state basis according to local guidelines, along with an internal company evaluation of safety and readiness.  We are doing everything in our power to resume normal business operations as soon as we can, but we will not reopen our stores to foot traffic until we are confident that the proper measures are in-place, and that our staff is trained to ensure the safety of both customers & employees.

At the very least, we know that when we reopen, it will be with reduced capacity and highly modified in-store processes (for example, most stores will only be able to accommodate a fraction of normal foot traffic, and it’s unlikely that it will be safe for customers to try on products for size).  As such, it is critical that we encourage families to shop online if they can, and to shop earlier in the season to avoid an August rush.  We are asking for your support in relaying this message to school families.

In order to relieve some of the financial burden of back-to-school shopping, FlynnO’Hara will be offering discounts ranging from 5%-20% off during the months of May, June & July.  These discounts will be offered online only and will be tiered in order to incentivize customers to shop early, and to shop online

If you haven’t done so already, please make sure to encourage your incoming families to opt-into our FlynnO’Hara emails & follow us on social media by sharing the attached flyer.  We will begin releasing discount information within the coming weeks; the earlier families shop, the more they’ll save!

After 50 years in business, and almost two decades of ecommerce, we know the reasons why some families prefer in-store shopping to ordering online, namely: sizing concerns, shipping costs, discomfort navigating online, and an inability to receive packages to their homes.  Knowing that remote shopping will be the safest options for families this summer, we’ve implemented the following initiatives to these address customer concerns:

One of the biggest challenges our customers face in shopping online is how to choose the right sizes for their child. So, we’ve developed the following measuring resources to help parents make accurate, informed decisions from home:

    • At-Home Measuring Tutorial: This short video shows parents how to measure their child for his / her clothing dimensions using either a soft measuring tape or a piece of string. The video then offers guidance on where to find – and how to use – FlynnO’Hara’s size charts to choose the right garment sizes for each of our uniform products!  These videos will be live on our website early next week; in the meantime, view Our girls video HERE!
    • At-Home Measuring Kit: Parents who don’t already have a measuring tape at home can easily order an at-home measuring kit from our website.  The kit is free and will arrive at their doorstep in just a few days!  The order form for this kit will be available on our site early next week.
    • Size Charts: Finally, each uniform item at Flynnohara.com now has a product-specific size chart linked beneath the website product listing for parent reference.
    • Please note: These resources will live on our website, but we will be sharing them with families via email and our social media accounts as they become available.  Once again, it’s important that families opt-into our emails and follow us on social to stay in the loop!

For customers who prefer a personal touch or are uncomfortable navigating our ecommerce platform, our customer service team is available Monday-Friday from 9AM-5PM to take orders over the phone.  These hours will be expanding to evenings and weekends as we move back into the summer season. Up-to-date customer service hours can be found HERE.  Please note, discounts will be applied to phone orders!


For customers who have trouble receiving deliveries at home, FlynnO’Hara will be offering the option to buy online and pick-up orders at one of our local stores.  Although our stores are currently closed, it’s likely that this in-store pick-up option will become available to families before our stores reopen to foot traffic.  We will communicate directly with schools and customers as soon as we activate this option, which will be available to choose as a shipping method at check-out on our ecommerce site.


As outlined above, while our stores remain closed, FlynnO’Hara is offering free shipping on all online and phone orders with promotion code FREESHIP.  Once our stores reopen their doors, we will continue to offer free shipping over a minimum order value threshold.


Our sincere hope is that our generous product warranty and return policy will provide some peace of mind to families shopping earlier this year.  As always, FlynnO’Hara will accept returns / exchanges on any unworn products (with tags) up to one year from their date of purchase.  Additionally, our school year guarantee remains in effect: if families aren’t satisfied with the way their uniforms are holding up, we’ll replace them up to one year from the date of purchase – no questions asked!

Distance Learning Survey

Distance Learning is a new experience for all of us. Your input and insights are important and will help develop the instructional plan while school is closed. Please fill this out anytime and multiple times and don’t hesitate to reach out to your teacher. Thank you in advance for completing this form.

Please select the survey in the following languages:

Survey in English

Survey in Spanish

Survey in Chinese


May 11 Message from Mrs. Rogone

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Principal’s Message for the Week of May 11

I hope all mothers had a good Mother’s Day weekend. We call on our Blessed Mother for her protection and guidance for our school and for our country.

On Friday all Progress Reports were available on Option C. If you are unable to receive the report on Option C please contact the classroom teacher and we will email you a copy. If we can answer any questions about your child’s progress so far this trimester, please reach out to the teacher and me as well with your concerns.

Last week I was able to meet with parents from grades 2-8 each week night. This week I will conclude the parent meetings for grades 1 and kindergarten.  On Wednesday, we will ask parents to take a survey in technology so that we may go forward with planning off site, distance learning. The survey will be in English, Spanish, and Mandarin. Please be honest in answering this survey as we only see the instruction from our point of view and we need parent input as we move forward.

A few reminders: 

  • The Relief Fund deadline is this Friday, May 15th This one time assistance is being offered by the Diocese of Brooklyn for parents who have lost their jobs and are having difficulty paying the remainder of the tuition.
  • Financial Aid for September 2020 applications are still being accepted until May 31st.
  • If families are in need of food, please contact us so we will work with St. Michael’s Food Pantry


Progress Reports Now Available

Progress Reports are now available online through OptionC and Reregistration can also be done online

To View your child’s Progress Report

  1. Go to optionc.com  Enter School Code 874
  2. Log in with your Parent Username and Password (If you have forgotten your password please use the Forgot Password? link below the Submit Button)
  3. Click on the Student Tab and Select Report Card
  4. Select Progress Report

Progress Report Index: P – Passing   F – Failing  NI – Needs Improvement  X – Not Assessed

To Reregister for the Upcoming School Year

  1. Once you are logged in Following Steps 1-2 Above
  2. Click on the Office Tab and Select Enrollment
  3. Select Yes Next you your child’s name and Press Submit to School

If you have any problems or questions please contact Mr. Wong at wong@stmichaelsca.org

Parents Zoom Conferences with Mrs. Rogone

Mrs. Rogone will be holding grade level video conferences with parents to address any concerns you may have. The schedule for Zoom Video Conferences with Mrs. Rogone are as follows:

  • Monday May 4 with Grades 7 and Grade 8 Parents
  • Tuesday May 5 with Grades 5 and Grade 6 Parents
  • Wednesday May 6 with Grade 4 Parents
  • Thursday May 7 with Grade 3 Parents
  • Friday May 8 with Grade 2 Parents
  • Monday May 11 with Grade 1 Parents
  • Tuesday May 12 with Grade K Parents
Zoom meetings will be in the evenings from 7:30PM to 8:30PM
The Meeting ID and password for the Zoom Meetings will be posted on Google Classroom and/or ClassDojo for each grade prior to the meeting time.

Statement by the Superintendent Regarding the Remainder of the School Year

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Statement by Superintendent of Brooklyn and Queens Catholic Schools Regarding Remainder of 2019-2020 School Year

          Dr. Thomas Chadzutko, Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Brooklyn, which includes all elementary Catholic academies and schools in Brooklyn and Queens, has issued the following statement following Governor Cuomo’s school closure announcement:

          “We just learned of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s decision that all elementary and secondary schools shall remain closed for the duration of the current 2019-2020 school year, as New York continues efforts to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. As such, the Catholic academies and parish schools within the Diocese of Brooklyn, which includes Queens, will remain closed through the end of June. The distance and digital learning platforms in place will serve as the instructional program for our schools for the remainder of this academic year.

          I am very proud of our schools and academies, who were successfully able to transition to a distance and digital learning platform almost immediately upon our school buildings being shut down. This would not have been possible without the hard work of our teachers and the leadership of our dedicated principals, who rose to this enormous challenge. Our Catholic schools and academies have continued to provide each of our students with a faith-based academic program, ensuring that they are being challenged to learn every day. Our parents have also contributed immeasurably to the success of this new digital learning environment.

          We will be working with our principals and teachers to ensure that our milestone celebrations (graduations, step-up ceremonies, and other achievements) will be honored and recognized. As we have done so far during this pandemic, we will continue to assemble and share resources for our families as we confront this challenging end to the school year.

          The Coronavirus statistics indicate that both Brooklyn and Queens have been the hardest-hit areas in New York City and State. As a Catholic school community in the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic, we continue to pray for everyone’s health and safety. Our faith, love, and hope remain central to all we do now and in the future.”


Declaración del superintendente de las escuelas católicas de Brooklyn y Queens sobre el resto del año escolar 2019-2020

          El Dr. Thomas Chadzutko, Superintendente de Escuelas de la Diócesis de Brooklyn, que incluye todas las academias y escuelas católicas de primaria en Brooklyn y Queens, emitió la siguiente declaración después del anuncio de cierre de la escuela del Gobernador Cuomo:

          “Acabamos de enterarnos de la decisión del gobernador Andrew M. Cuomo de que todas las escuelas primarias y secundarias permanecerán cerradas durante el año escolar actual 2019-2020, mientras Nueva York continúa los esfuerzos para prevenir la propagación del coronavirus. Como tal, las academias católicas y las escuelas parroquiales dentro de la Diócesis de Brooklyn, que incluye Queens, permanecerán cerradas hasta finales de junio. Las plataformas de aprendizaje a distancia y digital en el lugar servirán como el programa de instrucción para nuestras escuelas por el resto de este año académico.

          Estoy muy orgulloso de nuestras escuelas y academias, que pudieron realizar una transición exitosa a una plataforma de aprendizaje digital y a distancia casi de inmediato al cerrar nuestros edificios escolares. Esto no hubiera sido posible sin el arduo trabajo de nuestros maestros y el liderazgo de nuestros directores dedicados, quienes estuvieron a la altura de este enorme desafío. Nuestras escuelas y academias católicas han continuado brindando a cada uno de nuestros estudiantes un programa académico basado en la fe, asegurando que estén siendo desafiados a aprender todos los días. Nuestros padres también han contribuido enormemente al éxito de este nuevo entorno de aprendizaje digital.

          Trabajaremos con nuestros directores y maestros para garantizar que nuestras celebraciones históricas (graduaciones, ceremonias de graduación y otros logros) sean honradas y reconocidas. Como lo hemos hecho hasta ahora durante esta pandemia, continuaremos reuniendo y compartiendo recursos para nuestras familias a medida que nos enfrentamos a este desafiante final del año escolar.

          Las estadísticas de Coronavirus indican que tanto Brooklyn como Queens han sido las áreas más afectadas en la ciudad y el estado de Nueva York. Como comunidad escolar católica en el epicentro de la pandemia de COVID-19, seguimos orando por la salud y la seguridad de todos. Nuestra fe, amor y esperanza siguen siendo fundamentales para todo lo que hacemos ahora y en el futuro “.



布鲁克林教区学校部负责人Dr. Thomas Chadzutko在州长Andrew M.Cuomo宣布关闭学校后,发表了以下声明:(此声明适用于布鲁克林和皇后区的所有天主教学校和堂区学校)

“我们刚刚得知州长Andrew M. Cuomo的决定,因为纽约将继续努力防止病毒(COVID19)扩散,所有中小学在目前2019-2020学年期间将关闭。因此,布鲁克林教区(包括皇后区)内的天主教学校和堂区学校将一直关闭至6月底。在本学年剩下的日子里,都将继续使用远程教学和网络学习平台来进行我们学校的教学。



Food Pantry

We are looking for St. Michael’s Catholic Academy families who are possibly having trouble feeding their families. St. Michael’s Parish Food Pantry is distributing food to those who need it by appointment only. Food can only be distributed outside the rectory and naturally when it is not raining. If interested please contact your child’s homeroom teacher or Mrs. Rogone