Upcoming Events
Thanksgiving Prayer Service - Dismissal at Noon ALL GRADES N to 8
Thanksgiving Day - SCHOOL CLOSED
Book Club Meeting
   (11/29/17 3:00 PM-4:00 PM)
9:00 AM Mass - Noon Dismissal & Double Ext Day for Grs N/K-6 - Gr PK4A ext day begins at 3:00 PM after their full day school session
Book Club Meeting
   (12/06/17 3:00 PM-4:00 PM)
Report Card distributed at Parent Meeting 3:15 to 5:00 PM and 6:00 to 7:30 PM


School Information



St. Sebastian Catholic Academy, serving the Parishes of Blessed Virgin Mary, Help of Christians, Queen of Angels, St. Teresa and St. Sebastian, established in 1926.  It is staffed by certified by dedicated Sisters of Charity and lay faculty members.


Our school serves 440 girls and boys in nursery through eighth grade. Each grade level, has approximately 25-30 students who are heterogeneously grouped. All levels of ability are reflected in our student population. We are a multicultural academy with over 40 nations represented throughout the student body. A strong sense of family pervades our school community.

St. Sebastian Catholic Academy is located close to the geographical center of New York City. Woodside is an exciting, dynamic and perhaps the most ethnically community in New York City. For more than 80 years, we have  prepared young people to move into leadership positions and service in the Church, national and local governments, medicine, education, finance, business and many other professions.  A public library, park, and several forms of public transportation are within walking distance of the school. We have new soundproof windows to keep out city noise. Most of the students walk or carpool to school, but others take the train or private buses. Crossing guards are at nearby intersections in the morning arrival and afternoon dismissal times.

We recognize the sacrifices being made by parents of our students to give them a quality education.  To this end, the faculty and staff of St. Sebastian Catholic Academy pledges itself to loving service to our students and their families through the ministry of Catholic education. 

 In the Vincentian tradition of service, students may join Choir (Grades 3 - 8); Altar Servers (Grades 5 - 8); Junior Lector, Safety Patrol, Elizabeth Ann Seton Service Volunteers (Grade 8).

 Seasonal projects are continuous throughout the year as outlined in our Diocesan Catholic Identity Plan.



Evaluation is a comprehensive judgment of a student's achievement.  The evaluation of a student is reflected by a letter grade in K to 4 and a number grade in 5 to 8 even though we recognize limitations of such grades.  The following are the criteria used in evaluating a student's achievement throughout the school year:


Grades K to 2                                 Grades 3 to 8

Formal Tests                                      Standardized, teacher made test scores

Classwork                                          Classwork

Homework                                         Homework

Participation                                       Project work and reports

Oral Participation                                Oral participation

Group interaction                                Personal teacher observation

Individual Work


New York State Testing is administered to the following grade levels:

Grades 4, 6 and 8 - English Language Arts

Grades 4, 6, and 8 - Mathematics

Grade 4 and 8 - Science



Learn 360 - A website for Grades K to 12 which offers multimedia educational resources.  There are over 73,000 medial resources (and counting) which engage students and enrich their learning experience.

Mathletics - An online learning program used by math teachers after school for students who need support in their study of mathematics.  It is individualized by the teachers to target their needs of each student.

Espresso - Espresso Elementary for Pre-K to Grade 5 is a cross-curricular, multimedia learning site with a wide range of interactive, video-rich classroom resources that inspire children to learn.  The goal is to engage students while helping them to achieve educational outcomes.

PBS Kids Play - Provides a fun and safe environment of hundreds  of activities tied to academic standards for our Pre-K and Kindergarten students.  Subjects of math, science, reading readiness and creativity are explored.  Students work on an individualized track.

BrainPop and BrainPop Jr. - Animated educational sites for students in Pre-K through Grade 8 that address all subjects in an engaging and academically structured way.

Algebra 1 and Earth Science (Regents classes) - Beginning September 2012, St. Sebastian School partnered with Monsignor McClancy Memorial High School to offer Algebra 1 and advanced Earth Science to eligible students.  Classes are held before or immediately following the school day and will result in the student taking the New York State Regents exams in June.

In addition to our excellent academic programs, we offer the following programs which promote self-esteem, tolerance, respect for all and safety. 

Emotional Literacy - In partnership with Yale University, this program teaches children that their emotions influence all aspects of our lives.  Research shows links to attention, memory, learning, decision making, physical and mental health and relationship quality.  This program works well with our Bullying Prevention Program.  www.therulerapproach.org .

Olweus Bullying Prevention Program - This program teaches children to create a more positive classroom environment by recognizing that bullying will not be tolerated both in and out of schools situations.  www.hazelden.org/web/go/olweus.

I-Safe - This comprehensive curriculum provides a unique approach to internet safety education.  Lessons are age appropriate and teach students to become good cyber citizens.  www.isafe.org

Learning for Life - Sponsored by the Boys Scouts of America for Grades 3 to 8 is part of our Health Curriculum.  This popular program provides activities that promote self-confidence, self-esteem, and a sense of personal and social responsibility.  www.bsa-gnyc.org.


Art Program

The Diocese Art Curriculum Committee determines the goals and objectives for this academic area.  This program, designed for all students from Grades K to 8, introduces basic art techniques through both group and individual projects.  A variety of media are used to allow students to express their creativity to the fullest.  Children are encouraged to enter various art contests, including LaSalle Academy Art competition.

Please visit www.artsonia.com and key into St. Sebastian Catholic Academy to view the work of our talented students.  Artsonia is a way for us to showcase the various art projects throughout the grade levels.


Foreign Language

Students in Grades 1 to 8 study Spanish one period per week.  In addition to basic conversation, they are introduced to culture through music and art projects.  The Spanish teacher challenges students who are more advanced through additional activities.


Technology Center

St. Sebastian Catholic Academy offers computer education for students in Pre-K through Grade 8.  Each student attends a formal computer class at least once per week.  The computer center is equipped with twenty-eight computers, and is air-conditioned to provide our students and teachers with comfortable, easy access to the computers.  Over the course of three years, in keeping with our Technology plan, all computers were replaced with state-of-the-art equipment.  The center also provides high speed internet connection and printing capabilities.

In addition to the computers in the center. Laptops are available on mobile carts which can be easily moved to various classrooms and teachers use them to enhance their curriculum as well as facilitate student research.  These carts are set up for wireless communication, providing the classrooms with internet access.  Each classroom is equipped with a SmartBoard and laptop for student/teacher use.

The Diocesan Technology Curriculum Guidelines are followed, providing students with an opportunity to learn practical computers skills as well as integrating computer software into their overall academic subject instruction.  Students are taught how to use grade-level appropriate applications. The computer center has a wide range of the most current educational programs available, including Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Publisher, and PowerPoint) as well as other applications for multimedia presentations.  Many computer sessions involve both the computer instructor and the classroom teacher. Together they design projects that apply and extend subject curriculum by integrating the students' knowledge in a range of curricular areas and reinforcing basic computer skills. 

Classroom teachers are encouraged to use the Computer Center to enhance classroom instruction, to facilitate the teaching and learning process and to conduct research. All classrooms are equipped with Smartboard Technology which provides up to the minute information in all subject areas. 

The use of Symphony Math, an internet based learning system, helps early childhood students develop a solid foundation in number conceptualization and math operations. Symphony Math systematically helps students improve math concepts, fluency, procedures and applications.  Students use the program in the Technology Center as well as their classrooms.  Classrooms are equipped with projectors and screens to support the program.



Physical Education

Development of physical skills is an important part of child's education. Our goal is to build up healthy, alert, and physically fit individuals through exercise, games and other learning experiences.

Students in the primary grades are encouraged to develop self-expression and body awareness through rhythm and movement skills. The students are involved in low games of organization and lead-up games that further allow students to build endurance, flexibility, strength, basic loco motor skills, and the understanding of rules.

In the intermediate grades students begin to understand the concepts and purposes of individual and team sports.  This is achieved through the execution of skills, coordination, teamwork and ability to follow directions and regulations.  Our students participate in basketball, dodge ball, soccer, whiffle ball, table tennis and hockey.

In the upper grades students participate in individual team sports such as basketball, hockey, Lacrosse, prison ball, soccer and whiffle ball. Students also participate in lifetime and table tennis.

Written and skills tests are administered to measure knowledge of terminology, rules and performances. Students are asked to read magazines and newspapers to keep current of sports, trends and to interpret box scores of most sports.

The addition of the Wii system supplements the physical education program with age appropriate activities, strength training and just plain fun.

 Students must report to gym class with the proper gym uniform and sneakers. Students are expected to be present for all classes and participate unless medically excused. Gym class rules and regulations are set down and explained by the physical education teacher. They are for your safety and the safety of your classmates. They are to be strictly followed. Jewelry, chewing candy or gum is never allowed during gym class as it is a safety hazard. 



The Library was completely refurbished in 2007 and includes a technology station to enhance curriculum-based research projects on all grade levels. 

Each week, for forty minutes, students from Nursery through eighth grade visit the school library.


          Nursery, Pre-K, Kindergarten         Story Time and Songs
            1-2                                            Story Time - small chapter books
            3-4                                            Read Plays Together, Learn How the Library Works
            5-6                                            Read chapter books over several weeks
            7                                               Classroom Projects/Assignments research
            8                                               Study period - projects

Our library is a place where the children can borrow books and read without any disturbances. Our reference material ranges from encyclopedias, and atlases, to almanacs.  Nursery, Pre-K, and Kindergarten visit our library for story time. Students in Grades 1-4 can borrow books are assisted in research projects. Students in Grades 5-8 can use our library computers, which are linked via high-speed connection to the Internet to facilitate their research projects.

We continue to receive excellent new books donated by the publishers and parents.  In addition, we receive a grant from New York State, which will be used to purchase reference books.  These reference books will help to expand our children's reading abilities.  We ask the students to submit a review of the books they read during the summer and during the school year so we may expand the diversity of our books.  These books will be shared with all of our students.  The students may come to the library at any time with the permission of their teacher.



Maspeth Town Hall has incorporated their after school program which began in 2016 for students in  Grades 6 to 8 each day, Monday through Friday from 3:00 - 6:00 PM.  Many teacher and staff activities have been planned for these students.   Ms. Dennis and Mrs. Cotter-O'Brien continue with the Sports Program, Mrs. J. O'Brien with her Book Club and Mrs. Moran and Mrs. Chiarel, with the Math Club.  Many more events are planned for the upcoming year.

Afterschool Clubs planned during the school year may be:

Mathletics                                         Grade 5

Sports                                               Grade 5 to 8

Book Club                                         Grades 7 and 8


After School Sports Programs sponsored by Maspeth Town Hall.


After school sports are for students of St. Sebastian Catholic Academy attending Grades 5 through 8.  Ms. Geralyn Dennis, Physical Education Teacher and Mrs. Mary Cotter-O'Brien, Grades 7 and 8 teacher are the moderators along with Maspeth Town Hall personnel.

Games are played in the Parish Gardens or the Parish Center.  Scheduled outside games are played in the Parish Center in inclement weather.

Students wishing to sign up for a team are selected, and schedules are made and given to each student.  Games are played according to the schedule and any cancelations that need to be made, students will be notified.

Fall Sports - Flag Football for Grades 6 through 8, Parish Gardens, held from September to November.   Schedules are given to students.

Winter Sports - Basketball for Grades 5 through 8, Parish Center, held from January through March.  Schedules are given to students.

Spring Sports - Flag Football for Grades 5 through 8, Parish Gardens, held from March to June.  Schedules are given to students.

June - Sports BBQ is scheduled for all students who participated in the year's sports events.


Extended Day Program   


An extended day school program, staffed daily by three teachers, is provided for students in need of care while parents are working. The hours are 2:45-6:00 PM, Monday through Friday held at the Parish Center. Choice of days and hours are flexible. Program is available to parents as needed.

Snacks are provided for the students. Time is set aside for homework, followed by art activities and play time. Students from Nursery to Grade 5 are welcomed. Consideration is given to older students on an individual basis.

We recognize that each child is an individual who works at their own pace.  Our goal is to work with students and help them complete their homework on their own.  

The program is available on early dismissal days (First Friday of each month), but not including half days before long vacations.  The Extended Day Program is only open when school is in session. A typical afternoon might be as follows: (time approximate)

2:45 - 3:00 P.M. 
  • Attendance taken at school, students/teachers go to Parish Center for Snack
3:20 -  6:00 P.M. 
  • Supervised homework (not tutoring). Program is not designed to accommodate one on one supervision but group homework supervision. 
  • The children will be encouraged to complete as much homework as he or she is capable of completing. 
  • Studying is to be done at home with parent supervision. 
  • Upon completion of homework students will be able to participate in the Parish Center supervised activities in the gym or stay in the Extended Day room and have use of supervised computer programs.
6:00 PM
  • Latest time for pick up of child/children

Please be aware that snacks will be provided by the program.  Healthy snacks are provided to the best of our ability. Your child may bring a set of play clothes, if you desire.   If your child is enrolled in the program but will not be attending on a specific day, please notify the school in writing, with the exception of illness.  A phone call is required for absences for any student who will not be attending on any given school day.


PICK - UP:  Children may be picked up at any time prior to 6:00 P.M. They must be picked up by an adult.  It is also very important that parents/guardians sign students out and note the time of student pick up.    The latest time to pick your child up is 6:00 PM.  The Parish Center is located on 57 Street and Woodside Avenue across from the school yard.  WE MUST have the name and phone number of an adult as an Emergency Contact in the event that you are unable to be at the Parish Center by 6:00 P.M. 

Failure to pick up your child by 6:00 P.M. will result in a penalty of:

$10.00 for the first 15 minutes

$15.00 per 15 minute period thereafter

If you are late picking up your child more than three (3) times, your child will be removed from the program.


COST OF PROGRAM   (refer to registration form found in file library for fees for 3 or more students.

1 Child

2:45 PM to 4:00 PM

$15.00 per day


1 Child

2:45 PM to 6:00 PM

$25.00 per day

1 Child  (First Fridays)

11:30 AM to 4:00 PM

$30.00 per day

1 Child (First Fridays)

11:30 AM to 6:00 PM

$40.00 per day

2 Children (same family)

2:45 PM to 4:00 PM

25.00 per day


2 Children (same family)

2:45 PM to 6:00 PM

35.00 per day


 2 Children (same family) (First Fridays)

11:30 AM to 4:00 PM

$40.00 per day

2 Children (same family) (First Fridays)

11:30 AM to 6:00 PM

$50.00 per day




Parents will be sent a registration form for the month prior to attendance.  Days of attendance must be indicated and payment made in advance each month so that adequate supervision may be assigned.   For your child to stay in the program your, payment must accompany monthly registration due prior to the first of each month when sending in the registration form.  Credits will be issued to your account toward your next month's balance.  It is important that the registration form be sent in the beginning of each month with the emergency contact information required.  Late fees will be charged for any payments received after the 5th of the following month.  Statements of the month's use and activity will be forwarded home with your child the first week of each new month.  At that time all past payments must be paid in full as well as your current month please.

 Parents are responsible to arrange for students to be picked up from the extended day program for activities sponsored by St. Sebastian Parish, ie., band, yoga, swimming, sports.  Due to limited staff, we cannot be responsible for bringing your child to any extra afterschool programs.


Tuition and Fees  - 2017 - 2018                  ST. SEBASTIAN CATHOLIC ACADEMY    
TUITION INCREASE is contingent upon final registration numbers has not exceeded $200 increase per child for the upcoming academic year.

Tuition listed below includes the new academic school year increase.  Ten (10) Monthly payments begin in June - followed by August to April for monthly payments or you can choose quarterly payments.
St. Sebastian Catholic Academy works with TADS Tuition Management Program for direct payments to TAD for tuition payments.  St. Sebastian Catholic Academy does not accept tuition payments from parents at the Academy.  Agreements must be completed on a timely basis when the agreement is sent to you via your email prior to the first payment due June 1.  Payments not received by June 1, does not assure your child a seat at St. Sebastian.  Families expecting scholarship or tuition assistance must complete their agreement and make the first, second tuition payments to TADS.  Scholarship Assistance Awards are not credited to your account until late September possibly.  Your TADS tuition amounts will be adjusted after September 2017 and be reflected in your next payment schedule.
TUITION AND FEES FOR 2017-2018 are:
PARTICIPATING  1 CHILD $5,550 $1,387.50 $1,387.50 $1,387.50 $1,387.50
$10,000 $2,500.00 $2,500.00 $2,500.00 $2,500.00
$14,150 $3,537.50 $3,537.50 $3,537.50 $3,537.50
$15,350 $3,837.50
$3,837.50 $3,837.50
        $200 PER STUDENT
$6,375 $1,593.75 $1,593.75 $1,593.75 $1,593.75

You may be eligible for financial aid/tuition assistance.  Applications are now available to apply on line at www.futuresineducation.org.  Click on Apply for Scholarships and then next page click APPLY.


Fees and Fundraising  (Non Refundable)



Re-Registration Fee  

$150. per student 
$200. per family 

February 2017

Registration Fee (New)

$150. per student
$200. per family 

Begins February 2017

Candy/Brochure/Magazine Sale

$200.00 per family

2017/2018 date to be dete





718/429-1982 or 718/429-5502
fax 718/446-7225
Mrs. JoAnn Dolan, Principal 
Mrs. Michelle Picarello, Assistant Principal x133
Mrs. Toni Kelly, Administrative Assistant  x132 

 Mrs. Anna Tumminello, Receptionist x 135
   PKA Curriculum Director, Mrs. Donna Flynn x 134
 PKA Secretary, Mrs. Kristina Greiner x 134

     Karen Tyz, NYC Nurse - dial direct  718/426-6069

Nursery 1                                        Mrs. J. Zuar assisted by Mrs. C. Rozario
Nursery 2 Mrs. N. O'Melia assisted by Mrs. C. D'Arcy
Pre-Kindergarten For All 1
Mrs. A. Gibbs assisted by Mrs. G. Greiner  
                           Mrs. J Johnson 
Pre-Kindergarten for All 2 Mrs. E. Wolejsza assisted by Mrs. P. Paolino  
Mrs. J. McGowan
Pre-Kindergarten for All 3 Mrs. J. Molina assisted by Mrs. I. Werneck 
Mrs. V. Cuzco
Pre-Kindergarten for All 4 Ms. D. Haimeck assisted by              
                      Mrs. A. Constantinides
K-1 Mrs. L. Iovine assisted by Mrs. Z. Ruiz-Diaz
K-2 Mrs. M. Donnelly assisted by Mrs. D. Flores
1-1 Ms. E. Melore
1-2 Mrs. J. Paguaga
2-1 Ms. A. Benevento
2-2 Mrs. D. O'Connell
3-1 Mrs. K. Camilleri
3-2 ​Mrs. L. Chiarel
4-2 Mrs. E. Lazo
5-1 Mrs. M. Ryan
5-2 Mr. R. Sanabria
6-1 Mrs. K. Moran
6-2 Mrs. J. O'Brien

Mr. K. Doyle
7-2 Mrs. D. McCarthy
8-1 ​Mrs. M. Agresto
8-2 Mrs. Mary Cotter O'Brien
Religion Coordinator Mrs. M. McCann
Gym/Health Ms. G. Dennis
Art Mrs. S. Ryan
Librarian/AIS Mrs. M. McCann
Spanish Senora M. McGuire

Computer Assistant
​Mrs. T Wong
Guidance - PDHP Ms. S. Pearce

39-76 58th St.
Woodside, NY 11377
Phone: (718) 429-1982
Fax: (718) 446-7225
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