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A child is like a butterfly in the wind. Some can fly higher than others. But each one flies the best it can. Why compare one to another? Each one is different. Each one is special. Each one is beautiful. – Author Unknown


Welcome to Mrs. Auricchio’s page!!

Email:  gauricchio@stathanasiusacademy.org



Dear Parents/Guardians,

I am extremely excited to start another wonderful year as the Learning Center Coordinator of St. Athanasius Catholic Academy.  My goal is to work  closely with your child, their teachers and you the parents/guardians, to optimize your child’s educational achievement.  

The Learning Center is a unique program offered at St. Athanasius Catholic Academy that accommodates the needs of different types of learners.  It offers learning opportunities in a small group setting and promotes positive learning experiences for all students.  The primary purpose of the Learning Center is to reinforce, review and practice basic reading/writing and math skills in a small group setting using a multi-sensory, hands-on approach to learning.  In addition, the Learning Center can accommodate the needs of students with IEP’s on an individualized basis provided the academy can offer equitable services.  

While attending the Learning Center, students will realize through positive reinforcement and hard work that it is important to believe that they have the ability to learn and achieve their goals.  This experience will enable students to develop self-confidence so they will be able to do the best they can to succeed.  

As the Learning center Coordinator, I work closely with students who need extra help or reinforcement of  various content areas they are learning in their classrooms.  I work with students who have IEP’s to ensure the modifications and accommodations are fulfilled.  I advocate and work as the liaison with the Department of Education to ensure all paperwork is up-to-date and attend annual IEP phone conferences so that your child receives the necessary services. 

It is important to note that if your child has an IEP,  it is necessary to provide me with current copies of the IEP.  

If you have any concerns regarding your child that you would like to discuss, please feel free to contact me at the school 718-236-4791 or by email gauricchio@stathanasiusacademy.org and I can make an appointment to meet with you.  

For students who attend the Learning Center, the supply list is below on the webpage under “school supplies.”  Please send the Learning Center supplies in LABELED “LEARNING CENTER”  with your “CHILD’S NAME” and “GRADE.”  All supplies should be brought directly to the Learning Center.  

Please know that your child’s education is extremely important and if we work together as a team we can accomplish great things.  

Looking forward to  another great school year and seeing you in September!

A complete version of the Learning Center Policy Statement is here. | Great Educational Websites

Mrs. Gina Auricchio
Learning Center Coordinator/Special Education Teacher
B.A. Ed/M.S. General Education/M.S. Special Education 

Bring your children to Church to pray and strengthen their faith.

 Ways to help your child succeed in school…

Attend back-to -school night and parent/teacher conferences.

Visit the school and the school website.

Support homework expectations.

Send your child to school ready to learn.

Teach organizational skills.

Teach study skills.

Know the disciplinary policies.

Get involved. 

Take attendance seriously.

Take the time to talk about school with your child.  


Important Dates -October 2019

Posted on May 2, 2017

October 4 – 9:00AM First Friday Mass – 12:30 Dismissal

October 8 – Confirmation 4:00-6:00 PM – St. Athanasius Church

October 14 – No School – Columbus Day

October 15 – Terra Nova Testing Begins Grades 3-8

October 25 – Terra Nova Testing Ends


 If your child attends the Learning Center the following school supplies will be needed:

1 – Spiral Notebook – Wide Ruled – 80 or 100 Pages

1 – 3×5 Index Cards (100 pack)

1 – Box of Tissues

1 – Hand Sanitizer

1 – Clorox Wipes

1 – Two Pocket Folder


***Please label the supplies “Learning Center” and your “child’s name” and have your child bring the supplies directly to the Learning Center.  This would avoid the confusion of getting the supplies mixed up with the classroom supplies the teachers request.  

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Learning Center Weekly News

Posted on March 29, 2017



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The C-U-B-E-S Math Strategy will be used academy wide for math problem solving in all grades.  The students will use this strategy to solve word problems by using the above steps.  This mnemonic device will help aid the students memory so they can tackle the problems effectively.  

Student Centered – Small Group – Hands-On Learning

Posted on November 29, 2016

Student Centered Learning…

  • Students work in small groups

  • Students engage in hands-on activities

  • Students work on differentiated activities


Students learn place value using manipulatives to solve addition and subtraction facts.  

Students write spelling words on the white board practicing listening skills as teacher dictates the words.


Little scientists explore the inside of a pumpkin and examine the seeds using magnifying lenses.  


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