November 1, 2012
I write this latest monthly update to you in my rarely quiet office since I am the only person in the building right now. It is hard to believe that we have already lost an entire week of school and winter hasn’t even arrived yet! I pray that the Lord will bless us again with a mild winter since I don’t think any of us would want to still be in school in July.
It has been heartbreaking to see the reports on the TV news stations regarding the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Thankfully, as far as I am aware, none of our families have been seriously affected by the storm. Some have relatives or friends who were, however, in some cases losing everything. In our diocese, we lost a teacher, Nancy Sorenson, from Our Lady of Grace School in Brooklyn and a 4year old student, Connor Moore, from St. Edmund School in Brooklyn. He was one of the two brothers ripped from his mother’s arms by the rushing water in Staten Island. Please keep them and their families in your prayers. Also, five of our schools are unable to reopen yet due to serious storm damage.
In an effort to offer assistance to those who are so desperately in need at this time, the diocese is coordinating a collection of nonperishable food items. They are to be dropped off in parish churches from where Catholic Charities will be picking up the donations and distributing them where they are needed. Also, the Veterans’ American Legion Post on Leonard St. is organizing a collection of soap, toiletries such as shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, and toothbrushes, disposable diapers, and cleaning supplies such as mops, brooms, buckets, Lysol, etc. These items may be brought to school and they will be picked up later in the week for distribution. For the most part, our SSKCA families were spared the wrath of the storm but so many others in our diocese were not so fortunate. We need to do our part as caring Christians to pitch in and help however we can.
As a reminder, our handbook states that whenever we experience bad weather and there might be a question as to whether or not school is closed, please check our website! I post the announcement as soon as I am informed that we are required to close. I have also contacted our new class parents each day this week and asked them to follow-up and be sure that all parents in their child’s class have received the notification. Do not call the school since there won’t be anyone in the building to answer your call. This morning, as I was walking into church for Mass, I saw two of our students dressed in uniform, carrying a project poster and walking back home from school. I asked them if they had checked our website to find out that school was closed until Monday. They said they forgot. That was their parents’ responsibility to check before sending their children out of the house.
Attached please find a copy of a graph displaying our latest NY State test scores and how we compare to the NYS and NYC public schools as well as the other Catholic schools in our diocese. I am very proud of our students and teachers for working so hard in order to produce such impressive scores. Since no one is perfect, there is always room for improvement and we will continue to work hard so that the results of the 2013 tests will be even better. Parents, I ask that you assist us with this goal by encouraging your children to read daily for pleasure. The more they read the better their ELA results will be. Whether playing basketball, piano or reading, improvement can only be achieved through practice.
Last month was very busy here at SSKCA with various fundraising events. The results follow:
- Meet the Parents Dance $915.00
- Yankee Candle sale $4,265.00
- International Night $2,350.00
- Scholastic Book Fair $1,251.95
Our sincerest thanks to everyone who helped make these profits possible.
I am also very proud of our students for raising $950.00 on Denim Day for breast cancer research. The day helped them to practice one aspect of what they are taught in a Catholic school, namely, compassion for others.
Our 3nd, 5th and 8th graders went on class trips to the aquarium and the 5th and 6th graders had a class trip to the Cradle of Aviation Museum. International Night this year was very well attended and I am certain that everyone enjoyed the class presentations and perhaps even learned a fact or two about some of the countries represented. The students finished the month with a Halloween party for the little ones followed by a Halloween dance for the older ones. Everyone seemed to have a great time and many of the costumes were amazing!
Now for a few reminders:
- Summer uniforms may no longer be worn until spring.
- Besides the usual half-day of school for the monthly faculty meeting, we have an additional half-day on November 14th.
- The first tuition raffle drawing scheduled for All Saints’ Day had to be postponed. It will be held on Friday, November 9th.
- Please keep our 8th graders in your prayers since they will be taking the Catholic high school entrance exam, TACHS, on November 10th.
- We look forward to seeing you at our second annual Religion Fair on November 15th at 7:00 PM.
- On November 21st, we will be having a Thanksgiving prayer service in church at 11:00 am and ask that every child bring in the non-perishable food item that will be assigned to their class. These items will be used to prepare Thanksgiving baskets for the needy in our neighborhood.
- There will be a special $2.00 Dress Down Day on Friday, November 9th. Proceeds will be used to purchase raffle prizes for the upcoming Andrzejki Dinner Dance.
- The problem with Stop and Shop seems to have finally been resolved so parents who shop there may register our school on their store card.
In closing, my wish for all of our SSKCA families at this time of year is for continued bountiful blessings from our Lord so that we may have much to be thankful for, not just at Thanksgiving but all through the year.