Fall Gala Press Release

St. Michael's Catholic Academy


136-58 41st Avenue, Flushing, New York 11355

(718) 961-0246 (English/Spanish) (347) 399-8500 (国语/英语)




FLUSHING, New York, October 20, 2019/PRNewswire/ – Saint Michael’s Catholic Academy, the only Mandarin-English Dual-Language Catholic elementary school in New York State, is holding their Fall Gala on Thursday, October 24, 2019 at the Sheraton LaGuardia East from 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

Hosted by Linda Schmidt, FOX 5 News, the evening’s events will include formal recognition of Most Reverend Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, The Rotary Club of Flushing, and Mr. Thomas James for their outstanding to commitment to Catholic education in Queens, special student performances, and other exciting activities.

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio will receive the Saint Michael Archangel Award for his continual support of Catholic elementary education in Flushing and  his national advocacy for immigrants in the United States.

The Rotary Club of Flushing will receive the Community Leadership Award for their long-standing support of marginalized families in Flushing through acts of charity which includes the annual Christmas Party for the families of Saint Michael’s.

Mr. Thomas James,  a former faculty member of Saint Michael’s, will be honored with the Excellence in Education Award for his 25 years of parish involvement and outstanding teaching and mentoring within  Catholic school systems in New York and Florida.

Leaders from throughout Queens such as City Councilman Peter Koo, District 20; Most Reverend Bishop Massa, Auxiliary Bishop of Brooklyn, Vicar for Education; Dr. Thomas Chazutko, Superintendent, Catholic School Support Services; Ms. Veronica Tsang, Executive Vice President and Chief Retail Administrator of Cathay Bank; Monsignor Jaime Gigantiello, Vicar for Development; and, Mr. Peter Tu, Executive Director of Flushing Chinese Business Association and District Leader of the Democratic Party, will be attending to help the school meet their fundraising goal.

Special sponsors of the event are: The Rotary Club of Flushing; WAC Lighting; The Hogan Family; Ms. Veronica Tsang;  Fook Funeral Group; Cathay Bank; Leading Points, Inc., TourEdge Golf, QG Florist.

Proceeds from the raffle and gala will be dedicated to scholarships and financial aid to help children attend Saint Michael’s Catholic Academy; a unique Dual-Language Catholic school serving children from PreK through Eighth Grade in the heart of Flushing.

Contact information: Ms. Margaret Mary O’Connell, Director of Development & Marketing, oconnell@stmichaelsca.org, 718.961.0246, ####


RSVP to Our 2019 Fall Gala

St. Michael’s Catholic Academy will hold its Fall Gala on October 24, 2019, at the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel from 6-11PM. We hope to see you there! You can fill out this form to RSVP, and you can help us promote the event by downloading and displaying this poster.

To make a payment online, fill out our donation form. Important: Please put the amount of your donation in the “Other” box and choose “Yes” from the pulldown next to “St. Michael 2019 Fall Gala.” 

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Rededication of St. Michael’s Catholic Academy

A rededication ceremony was held on September 22, 2019 at St. Michael’s Catholic Academy. The school was blessed by Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio to celebrate the rededication of the school as we return to St. Michael’s and complete an extensive renovation of the school building. It was recently featured on Currents News program on Net TV:

United as One: Diverse Parish Includes Fast-Growing Community

Reunion of the Class of 1969

On Saturday September 21, 2019 St. Michael’s Catholic Academy welcomed back the Class of 1969 to celebrate their 50th Reunion. Mass was held at St. Michael’s Church followed by a reception at the school. The Class of 1969 were able to visit their school, reminisce about the past, and catch up with classmates they had not seen in years. 

Beautiful Music

Paul Effman Music Service brought the gift of music to St. Michael’s Catholic Academy when they held a band demonstration. They showcased the wide array of musical instruments that students can learn when they sign up for lessons at SMCA provided by the Paul Effman Music Service. 

September 11 Remembrance

St. Michael’s Catholic Academy gathered at mass to commemorate and observe the 18th Anniversary of 9/11. Prayers were offered for those affected by the events of that day and a bouquet of red, white, and blue flowers was offered by the students.



The DOE and Columbia University has selected our Pre-K program to be part of the ExCELL Professional Development Program This is a program for Pre-K educators (teachers and assistant teachers) that will train them to use high-quality, research-based strategies to improve the language and literacy skills of the children in their classroom, in English and in their native language. Dr. Kelly Escobar from Columbia University met recently with Mrs. Rogone and Mrs. Herrera to establish the partnership between our school and Columbia University. 

SMCA in Boston

St. Michael’s Catholic Academy Principal Mrs. Rogone and several faculty members are spending the first week of summer vacation attending the 2019 Two Way Immersion Network for Catholic Schools (TWIN-CS) Summer Academy in Boston. There they will participate in 5 days of workshops, professional development, presentations and other activities. They will bring back what they learned to benefit the dual language program at St. Michael’s Catholic Academy.

SMCA team with Dr Patricia Weitzel-ONeil, director of the Roche Center at Boston College. Opening liturgy

St. Michael the Archangel in Glasson Hall at Boston College