October 26, 2014

September 2014 Letter to Parents

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Dear Parents,

 

Welcome back to a new school year here at SSKCA!  I hope you and your family enjoyed a restful summer even though it seemed to have flown by too quickly.

There have been a few changes over the summer in our faculty.  Our new 7th grade homeroom teacher is Mr. Adrian Casiano, the new gym teacher is Mrs. Claudia Nigro, and our new art teacher is Mrs. Diana Kaminski. We warmly welcome them to our SSKCA family!  We also welcome Ms. Enid Rodriguez as our Assistant Principal / Spanish teacher and after school program director. Spanish classes will now be held for all grades, from PK-3 through grade 8.

The Emergency Contact Information card that students received last week needs to be completed and returned ASAP.  The forms that are inside the Student Handbook are due on Friday, September 19th.  They include the Handbook Compliance Form, Acceptable Use Policy for Computers and the Internet Form, and the Blanket Photo/Video Permission Form.  The Home Language Questionnaire that will be going home this week needs to be completed as well.  We are required by NYC to keep them on file.

Kindly add to your copy of the school calendar a Faculty Professional Day on Friday, September 26th.  School will be closed that day in order for teachers to be trained on a new program made available by the diocese called Renzulli.  You will be hearing more information about it after the training.  As a result, the faculty meeting scheduled for Wednesday, October 1st is being canceled and will be a full day of school.

Last year, our school was chosen at random by the Department of Health for an immunization audit.  Unfortunately, we had too many families who were not in compliance, not because they hadn’t immunized their child but because they never informed us when their child had received additional immunizations after entering school.  In an effort to avoid a repeat of such a situation, please be sure to send in a doctor’s note listing all immunizations that your child has received since being admitted to our school, including date and type.  We need to be sure that our student health records are always up to date.

If you have any gently used toys or children’s books that you no longer need, our after school program would greatly appreciate all such donations.

We were able to raise enough funds last year to purchase new desks for the kindergarten.  As a result, the old desks are available to interested parents for a fee of $20.00 each.  A fellow principal told me that many parents in his school wanted to purchase his old desks because their child wanted to do homework at home in a school desk.  Should you be interested, kindly stop by to choose the one you would like or send in a note requesting that we hold one for you.  Any desks not spoken for will be made available to the guests at the parish picnic on Sunday.

I look forward to seeing you at the Parent Orientation on Monday, September 15th, at 7:00 pm.  Also, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the pleasant and moving surprise the faculty and I received at our opening of the new school year Mass last Friday when our pastor announced that the Mass was being concelebrated, per parent request, for the intention of God’s blessings on the faculty and staff.  We were very touched and trust that those blessings will enable us all here at SSKCA to have a wonderful year.

Sincerely,

Mrs. C

June 2014 Letter to Parents

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Dear Parents,

Where has the school year gone? It seems like just yesterday we had returned from the long summer break and here we are about to begin another.  Even many of the students admit that the year did fly by so it isn’t just us “older” folks who feel that way.

During the month of May, many exciting events took place for our SSKCA students.  The third graders received their First Holy Communion, our Drama Club members enjoyed a huge success with their performances of Cinderella, our Aquinas group had a successful presentation at the annual diocesan Aquinas Expo, and Amanda Piasecki in grade 7 represented our school at the annual diocesan Oratorical Contest.  The 4th and 7th graders went on a class field trip to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.  Many students said it was their very first time visiting these landmarks of our city.  For many students the bowling trip that grades K – 8 attended was the highlight of the month.

Our May fundraisers included the monthly Cupcake Sale, hosted by grade K, which raised $230.00.  Grade 6 will be hosting our last Cupcake Sale of the school year on Wednesday, June 11th.  The National Junior Honor Society raised $855.00 through a special dress down for their Wounded Warrior project.  It is wonderful to see our students practice what they are taught regarding caring for others.  Our May tuition raffle winners are:

Julia Zera                    grade 3                         Angelika Kuchar         grade 5

Julia Kowalczyk         grade PK-3                  Sarah Obrycki             grade 4

Monica Chibowski     grade PK-4                  Scott Cloonen             grade 1

Congratulations to all our winners!

Now for some important June information.  Students will have NO school on Monday, June 9th, due to a faculty professional day.  Final exams for grades 1 – 7 begin on Friday, June 6th and end on Friday, June 13th.  Half days will begin on Wednesday, June 18th.  On Thursday, June 19th, we will attend a special end of school year Mass at 9:00 AM.  Friday, June 20th, is our last day of school this year and we will have our annual special awards ceremony at 9:00 AM that day in the auditorium after which summer vacation officially begins!  Dismissal will be after the awards ceremony at approximately 10:30 AM  and parents, as always, are invited to attend both our Mass as well as the awards ceremony.

In closing, I thank our Lord for another successful year here at SSKCA and I ask his blessings on us all as we begin a well earned summer vacation.  May He allow us to return safely in September, well rested and recharged for another great year!

I hope to see you at Family Fun Day on June 8th!

Sincerely,

Mrs. C

May 2014 Letter to Parents

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Dear Parents,

I hope that you and your family had a wonderful Easter and spring recess break.  The weather is finally beginning to feel like spring and hopefully the temperatures will stay reasonable until the end of the school year.  Our last day of school will be Friday, June 20, 2014.

Although April was a short month for us here at SSKCA, it was still busy.  The 4th, 6th and 8th graders took their NYS ELA exams.  Today is the last day for the NYS Math exams so I know the students and teachers will be breathing a huge sigh of relief!

Our monthly Cupcake Sale, hosted by the second graders, raised $303.00.  It was amazing to see these young students get into the spirit of the sale by posting advertisements throughout the building. Their excitement was contagious and I am sure we can expect to see many successful business people from among that group in the future.  This month’s sale will be held on Wednesday, May 14th and our hosts will be the kindergarten class.  Our other fundraiser last month was our annual Breakfast with the Easter Bunny, which raised $1, 959.67.  Sincerest thanks to all those parents who assisted with the event and/or who attended.

On Tuesday, May 6th, our National Junior Honor Society has organized a special Dress Down Day for our students.  The cost is $5.00 and all proceeds will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project.  That organization helps our wounded service people and their families with health care issues, finding employment, etc.  We owe our wounded veterans a debt of gratitude and our honor society members wanted to express their gratitude in this manner. On the same day, at 7:00 pm, there will be an important planning meeting for our annual Family Fun Day, which is coming up on June 8th.

Representatives from our uniform company will be in school at 9:00 am on Wednesday, May 14th, to measure any students who need to order new uniforms. The last Open Forum meeting of the year will be held on Thursday, May 22nd, at 7:00 pm.  School will be in session on Ascension Thursday in order to make up one of our snow days.

We invite our parents to bring their family and friends to our last Bingo of the year which will be held tomorrow, May 3, 2014.  Doors open at 6:00 pm and the first game will begin at 7:00 pm.

We also invite everyone to this year’s Drama Club performances of Cinderella on Friday, May 16th and Saturday, May 17th at 7:00 pm.

Looking ahead to June, final exams for grades 1 -7 will be given from Friday, June 6th until Friday, June 13th.  Teachers will be sending home their schedule of which final will be given on which day along with hints of what topics students can expect to see covered on the exams so they know what needs to be reviewed. There will be no school on Monday, June 9th, due to a Faculty Professional Day.

There seems to be a bit of confusion regarding tuition statements that are sent home periodically during the course of the year.  In September, all possible fees are listed on the statement.  Then as the year progresses and parents make payments or complete their service hours, those amounts are credited to your account so the next statement will reflect the credits.

For the upcoming school bowling trip, grades K – 4 are permitted 5 chaperones per class while grades 5 – 8 are only permitted 3 chaperones per class.  If additional chaperones have volunteered, the teachers will use a lottery system to choose their allotted number.

In closing,  my prayer is that you enjoy the beauty of this season and the renewal of faith and hope that it brings.

Sincerely,

Mrs. C

April 2014 Letter to Parents

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March 31, 2014

Dear Parents,

With the arrival of spring, FINALLY, I hope that this season of rebirth will renew our spirits after the past LONG winter.

March was a busy month here at SSKCA.  We held our first ever Art Show.  It was very well attended and parents commented on how artistic our students are. Students had an additional opportunity to display their talents at our annual Talent Show.  They entertained their audience with their musical and comedic abilities. Our 3rd graders received the sacrament of Reconciliation (Penance) for the first time and will now focus on preparing for their very special First Holy Communion in May.  The 8th graders received the sacrament of Confirmation yesterday and we pray that they will allow the Holy Spirit to guide them at this crucial point in their lives when they are about to make the transition from elementary school to high school and are faced with various challenges and choices.

The following is the latest update on recent fundraisers:

World’s Finest Chocolate Sale                                      $4, 411.00

Ostatki/Mardi Gras Dinner/Dance                             $12, 574.00

Supermarket Bingo/Penny Social                                   $8,360.00

March Cupcake Sale                                                         $252.00

Sincerest thanks to everyone who assisted in any way with making these profits for our school possible!  Grade 2 will be hosting the April Cupcake Sale on Tuesday, April 8th.

Congratulations to Sarah Obrycki in grade 4 for winning our school Middle Grades Math Bee.  Sarah will represent SSKCA at the next level of the diocesan math bee on April 8th.

There was a report circulating early in the month that our school had been awarded $25,000.00 from the Greenpoint Community Environment Fund. How I wish that were true!  Unfortunately, the report in some newspapers was misleading.  We had been approached by the Audubon Society earlier in the year about partnering with them for a grant that would enable the society to come into our school to conduct a few lessons about birds in NYC to our 2nd and 3rd graders.  The sessions would culminate in a field trip to the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Preserve for the purpose of trying to spot some of the birds they had learned about.  The Audubon Society was awarded the grant for this purpose.  It does not, however, involve any cash being given to SSKCA.

For legal reasons, there is a necessary change in student attendance recording.  If a student comes to school in the morning and immediately asks to see the nurse because the student is feeling ill and the nurse determines the child must be sent back home, that student is marked absent for the day. We often have such a situation where the student never even goes up to the classroom where attendance is taken because the child is sent to school already sick.  If a student needs to leave school later in the day, the student will be marked absent for half a day.  Should, God forbid, something happen to the child after leaving school early and we are served with a subpoena for our attendance records, those records need to be as accurate as possible.  We cannot say the child was present all day when that is not the case.

In recent weeks, we have had many students absent due to either the flu, strep throat or a stomach virus.  We ask that parents kindly keep their child home if they are displaying any of the symptoms mentioned on p. 6 in the handbook.  Those symptoms usually indicate that the child could be contagious.  We are trying to minimize the spread of these illnesses in our school, especially with NYS tests approaching.  Even 2 teachers have been affected so far as well.

Per student request, Smencils are here!  They are pencils with assorted scents that we had sold in the past and students have asked that we obtain them again.  This time we were also able to get Smens which are scented pens.  The cost for the pencils is $1.00 each and for the pens $2.00 each.  They will be available, starting tomorrow, for the students to purchase in the morning before the bell rings and during lunch/recess time.

For those parent who have not yet re-registered their child for September, a gentle reminder that the registration fee increases next week, on April 9th, to $250.00.

We ask that you keep our 4th, 6th and 8th grade students in your prayers this month as they take the NYS ELA and Math exams.  They have been working very hard with their teachers in preparation for these exams.

As the joy of Easter approaches, I pray that the love our Lord showed for the world through His ultimate sacrifice will bring us all everlasting peace and hope.

Sincerely,

Mrs. C

April 2014 Newsletter

NEWS

 

The Catholic School Advantage

children-globe.jpg Many parents choose Catholic school education for their children because of its high academic standards, safety and additional focus on character and values. According to the University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE), “Students in Catholic and other private schools demonstrate higher academic achievement than students from similar backgrounds in public schools.” To read more about the Catholic school advantage, click here. 

 

Enrollment Up By 25%!

The word is out!  Our school-wide enrollment has increased by 25% compared to 2013 and our Prek3 and PreK4 classes for the 2014/2015 school year are FULL and our Kindergarten class is close to capacity!!  We are keeping wait lists and will open additional classes if the demand continues.  If you could share your experiences online, it would help St. Stans. with continuing to increase our enrollment numbers – Yelp, Great Schools , Google.

We are HIRING!!  The Academy is seeking a dynamic, ambitious and social media savvy Assistant Principal who loves to work with children and be a part of a thriving, positive, Catholic school.  The full job posting is available on the Academy site.  If you know a great candidate, please encourage him/her to apply and become part of the Academy family.

 Support School  – and Win $5,000!

This is our biggest fundraiser yet – and can raise $40,000 for our school if we sell all tickets and finalize our leveled-library school-wide!!  Our raffle ticket amount is only $20 a ticket but our prizes are–1st prize is $5,000, 2nd prize is $2,000 and 3rd prize is $1,000. Winner will be drawn on  June 8th, our Family Fun Day.

Can you help us sell tickets?   Do you know of a business that would support St. Stans and sell tickets?  Please email Sr. Joanne Mary (jgoscicki@ststansacademy.org) if you can help!

Otherwise, tickets can purchased at any upcoming events, at the school office or sending payment to 12 Newell Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222.

 

STUDENT NEWSKindergarten

 

Our class has been learning through hands-on activities both independently and in groups. We have been learning how to count, and add/subtract with the Smart Board and by working with manipulatives. This is done by connecting and subtracting cubes.  Our reading and writing skills are developing by blending sounds into words that we then compile into short sentences.  Our reading comprehension has improved dramatically throughout the year!

Mo’ Math Museum

The 6th grade class took a field trip to The National Museum of Mathematics to have fun while learning. Our first task was to decode the tour guide’s name by using Caesar Shift as a way to learn about hacking and cryptology.  The museum has many exciting activities, such as the square – wheeled tricycles, and a giant calculator that could multiply all the numbers. There was an electronic floor that provided many different activities such as a maze of only make left turns. Many students enjoyed the race track that they had to build by using operating levers as well.

 

 

Dance Club

Since September, the Dance Club holds practices once a week during recess for girls from Grades 5-8 and everyone is invited to participate!  Their hip-hop dance was displayed during the March Talent show and they will also be performing a new dance at the upcoming Family Fun Day in June.  The group really enjoys participating in this club and it is a fun way to be creative and active.

 

 

 

 

Sept 2014 Transportation Options - Email dh@ridemss.com to be on the list.

Free Dept. of Education Bus: Ages 5- Grade 6 (and Grades 7-8th if student crosses a busy road like McGuinness Blvd). Only 1 more child and this program is a go! 

Brooklyn Private Bus: Due to increased interest, we are taking names for a private bus for ages 3 and 4.  The cost is $2,000 for the year, and 10 children are needed to reach capacity.

LIC Private Bus: A private bus currently runs and the cost is $2,000 per child for the year, but limited space available!

September 2014 Afterschool Program!

Due to increased demand from parents, we will be offering our program with a full immersion Spanish option and a hot dinner option as well! If you would like to confirm a spot, please send a $500 deposit by due May 1st. 2014 reserve a spot to the SSKCA, Attention: Sr. Joanne!  Questions? Email Diane at dh@ridemss.com or view more details here.

EVENTS

4/06/14: Breakfast with the Easter Bunny

10am -12 noon – Meet the Easter Bunny!!

Enjoy a morning of an Easter Egg hunt by age group along with a breakfast.

Bring a camera for pictures and a basket for the egg hunt! Adults $8, Children $10

Save the Date – 1960 Graduates!

We are planning a weekend of activities! On Friday, Feb. 13, 2015 – Tour St. Stans- bring back the memories with your classmates by touring the school!  On Feb, 14th, 2015 – Dance the night away at our Mardi Gras Dinner/Danceand on Sunday, Feb. 16th, 2015 – Mass at St. Stanislaus Church.  We are looking to build our school database and need help finding people!  Please email Leona (Busselmaier) Salazar at thecioc@msn.com or call 206-842-1184 if you can help us track down people!!

SUPPORTVOLUNTEER

Calling all Alumni!

St. Stans is looking for dedicated and passionate volunteers to serve on our Board of Directors.  Interested in giving back?!  Contact Maria Kura (mariakura@hotmail.com) for more information.

Fundraising/Marketing Committee Meeting  

April 7th – 7-8pm SKCA Auditorium- Get involved, we appreciate all of your help!  Please stop by to find out more or email with questions – Andy Chmarzewski (achmarzewski@gmail.com).DONATE

Support Reading!

A key academic fundraising initiative for 2014-2015 is to create a leveled library in every classroom. If you would like to donate to this initiative, please help us! To donate to our mission click here or you can contact Diana Coppola at coppoladee@yahoo.com to help a grade!

Box Tops Collection

Please donate Box Tops symbols from many grocery products by dropping at our office.  We can raise up to $20,000 for our school! www.boxtops4education.com

St. Stanislaus Kostka Academy Annual Fund                                                      

Help make education affordable for the 2013-14 annual fund and mail a check payable to ‘St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy’ to 12 Newell St., Brooklyn, NY 11222 or donate

online by clicking the button:

 

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Company Donation Match

Check with your employer to find out if they offer company matches. St. Stan’s is truly grateful for your support.

March 2014 Letter to Parents

ststansMarch 5, 2014

Dear Parents,

Just 15 days until spring!  I, for one, cannot wait to see this winter end.  Unfortunately, though, since March can be unpredictable, we cannot determine the graduation dates or the date for the last day of school at this time.  We will let you know as soon as that decision is made.

Our February Cupcake Day, hosted by the 3rd grade, resulted in a profit of $164.50.  The hosts  this month are the 1st graders and the cupcake sale will be held on Monday, March 17th.  We don’t have the total profit yet for the World’s Finest chocolate sale because we are still waiting for a few families to turn in their money.  But we do have the results of the top sellers:

1st Place                        Caitlen Tardalo                        21 boxes

2nd Place                        Alexandria Hungreder         16 boxes

3rd Place                        Jack Ceffalia                            11 boxes

The top selling class is PK-4 and those students will receive a pizza party.  Thank you to all our families who participated in this year’s popular chocolate sale!

Maciej Jablonowski in grade 8 is our school Spelling Bee champion.  He will represent SSKCA in the Daily News sponsored New York Citywide Spelling Bee on March 19th.  Congratulations, Maciej, and best of luck at the next level of competition!

Our annual Social Studies Fair was well attended last night.  Many parents stopped to tell me how impressed they were with the students’ projects and how much they learned from viewing them.  We look forward to seeing you next week at our first Art Show that will showcase the artistic talents of our students.  It will be held on Tuesday, March 11th, at 7:00 PM.  There will be an Ostatki/Mardi Gras recap meeting right after the show at 8:00 PM.

This Saturday, March 8th, our annual Supermarket Bingo/Penny Social fundraiser will be held in our auditorium.  Doors will open at 12:30 PM with the first game beginning at 2:00 PM.  There will be many great raffle prizes as well, so we invite you to join us for a fun afternoon.  On Friday, March 21st, at 7:00 PM, this year’s edition of our school Talent Show will be held. Admission is $7.00 for adults and $5.00 for students who are not performing.  Our student stars hope to see you there!

For those parents whose child walks home alone and who had given permission for their child to join an after-school club, we are now requiring that, if your child is unable to attend a meeting, you either email the teacher who is in charge of the club or send a note that morning informing the teacher of your child’s absence from the meeting.  Otherwise, the secretary will be calling the parents that afternoon to inquire if they are aware that their child did not stay for the meeting.  This policy change is being made in order to ensure the safety of our students.  We do not want parents thinking that their child is still in school at a club activity while that may not be the case.

In this season of Lent, as we focus on the traditional spiritual practices of fasting, prayer and almsgiving that will help prepare us for the joyous Resurrection, may these practices enrich us and enable us to grow closer to Christ.

Sincerely,

Mrs. C

March 2014 Newsletter

NEWS 

 

Raffle to Support School  – Win $5,000!

Our raffle ticket amount is now only $20 a ticket but our prizes remain the same –1st prize is $5,000, 2nd prize is $2,000 and 3rd prize is $1,000. There will be a maximum of 2,500 tickets sold, and we will be selecting the winners on June 8th, our Family Fun Day.  Tickets can purchased at any upcoming events, at the school office or sending payment to 12 Newell Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222. Thank you for your support!

 

 

 Benefits of Reading to Your Child

According to the Literacy Connections website, “U.S. Department of Education analysis found that children who were read to at least three times a week by a family member were almost twice as likely to score in the top 25 percent in reading than children who were read to less than three times a week. Just like physical exercise, there are cumulative benefits when you do something regularly.”Encourage your children to read, and most importantly, read along with them, as research shows that by reading aloud with your children, you are helping them become better readers, better listeners and better students. You are also helping them build vocabulary and language skills and helping them gain knowledge about the world around them. For more insight on the importance of reading to your child, click here

Don’t forget to support our key 2014-15 academic fundraising initiative of having a leveled library for every grade!

Interested in helping?  Contact: Diana Coppola coppoladee@yahoo.com to help a grade!

2014 School Tour Dates

Our next group School Tour Dates are March 13th (PreK3-2nd Grade) and March 20th (3rd-8th Grade) from 9am-11am. If you are unable to attend those dates, please schedule personalized tour at your convenience with our principal, please call the office to schedule 718-383-1970 or email Principal Christina Cieloszczyk ccieloszczyk@ststansacademy.org

Our PreK3 and PreK4 classes only have a few spots left, so please don’t wait!

 

 

STUDENT NEWS 

Grade 5 Update

We started working on our Social Studies fair projects on some of our most famous U.S. Presidents by using their computer class time to gather information and pictures on their assigned presidents. Working in groups of two, they have already started putting together their boards for this year’s fair!  This year during Catholic Schools Week, our fifth graders were ecstatic to be partnered up with our precious Kindergarten class for ‘Buddy Day’. They had a wonderful time helping our little friends with an art project.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kangaroo Math Club 

 

Our club meets once a week in Ms. Bozena’s classroom, where students, from Grades 5-7, prepare for the International Kangaroo Math Competition. This year will mark the fourth time of our participation in this competition,  and the second time that the Kangaroo Math Competition will take place in our school.  Every Wednesday morning, we practice using math problems from the previous years and hope to do well when the competition comes in March. Check out some of the pictures from last year’s Kangaroo Math Competition here.

 

 

Free Brooklyn Bus Transportation - Department of Education bus pick-up is available to registered SSKCA students from Ages 5- Grade 6 (and Grades 7-8th if student crosses a busy road like McGuinness Blvd). We already have 9 out of 11 spots filled for Sept!  Email dh@ridemss.com to be on the list.

September 2014 Afterschool Program!

Due to increased demand from parents, we will be offering our program with a Spanish option. A $500 deposit is due April 1st. 2014. Email Diane at dh@ridemss.com or view more details here.

 

EVENTS

 

Supermarket Bing/Raffle on Sat. March 8th at 12:30pm, 1st game is 2pm!

Please join our annual event in our School Auditorium at 12 Newel Street!  An $8 admission includes coffee/cake, admission board & door prize ticket.   Numerous games of bingo that will be followed by raffle baskets.  Raffle prizes include CHER at the Barclay Center, METS tickets, Coach, Michael Kors, Wolfgang Puk, Rachel Ray, Food Network, Samsung Tablet, Nikkon camera, Dyson vacuum cleaner, Calphon cookware, Theme baskets, NYS Lotto, 50/50, Calendar Game, 52 Pick Up…just to name a few!!! 

4/08/14: Breakfast with the Easter Bunny

10am -12 noon – Meet the Easter Bunny!!

Enjoy a morning of an Easter Egg hunt by age group along with a breakfast.

Bring a camera for pictures and a basket for the egg hunt! Adults$8, Children $10

 

Save the Date – 1960 Graduates!

We are planning a weekend of activities! Friday night – Tour St. Stans- bring back the memories with your classmates by touring the school!  Saturday Night – Attend Mardi Gras Dance! And Sunday – Mass at St. Stanislaus Church.  We are looking to build our school database and need help finding people!  Please email Leona (Busselmaier) Salazar at thecioc@msn.com or call 206-842-1184 if you can help us track down people!!

 

DONATE OR VOLUNTEER TODAY!

 

A key academic fundraising initiative to create leveled library in every classroom. If you would like to donate to this initiative, please help us! To donate to our mission click here or you can contact Diana Coppola at coppoladee@yahoo.com to help a grade!

 

 

 

VOLUNTEER

Fundraising/Marketing Committee Meeting

March 11th- 7pm SKCA Auditorium- Many different volunteer opportunities such as assisting with various fundraising events, school transportation, compile press list, assist with online parent reviews, and graphic design – to name a few. Please stop by to find out more or email with questions – Andy Chmarzewski (achmarzewski@gmail.com).

Raffle Items Needed

We are looking for donated items for our upcoming fundraising Supermarket Bingo/Penny Social and June Family Fun Day raffles!  If you have any items, tickets, services, or ideas on how we can find some big ticket items – please email Janet Zukowski at fritkaz@gmail.com

 

DONATE

Box Tops Collection

Please donate Box Tops symbols from many grocery products by dropping at our office.  We can raise up to $20,000 for our school! www.boxtops4education.com

St. Stanislaus Kostka Academy Annual Fund                                                      

Help make education affordable for the 2013-14 annual fund and mail a check payable to ‘St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy’ to 12 Newell St., Brooklyn, NY 11222 or donate

online by clicking the button:

 

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Company Donation Match

Check with your employer to find out if they offer company matches. St. Stan’s is truly grateful for your support.

 

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February 2014 Letter to Parents

ststansFebruary 5, 2014

Dear Parents,

As I begin this monthly update, I am watching the snow fall and am praying that the groundhog was wrong and we will NOT have 6 more weeks of winter!  But just in case, please remember to check our website in the morning of  snowy days to see if school will be open, closed or have a delayed opening.  Those parents who gave us their emails will also be notified that way.  In order to avoid having to close school completely unless absolutely necessary, we might have delayed openings to allow our teachers, most who need to travel quite a distance, extra time to dig out their cars and be able to drive on roads that have been plowed.  This safety concern is also for our students who may travel a distance as well or simply need to be able to walk safely on shoveled sidewalks.  As always, it is up to our parents to use their discretion as to whether or not to send their child/children to school in bad weather. It is a good idea for parents to have a plan in place the night before a predicted storm in case we need to close or delay opening. With too many snow days, there is the possibility that not only will we have to be in school later in June but all our graduation dates will need to be changed.

If any parents did not previously sign up for the email notifications and monthly newsletter, it is not too late!  Simply email me at ccieloszczyk@ststansacademy.org and you will be added to the group.  I would also like to remind parents at this time not to email the teachers or myself at the gmail address but to use the academy emails listed on p. 3 of the current Student/Parent Handbook.  The gmail account is strictly for teachers and myself to send out group emails so we don’t check that account regularly.

Now for a recap of January events at SSKCA:

  • Totals are in for the Yankee Candle sale.  Top sellers are:

Caitlen Tardalo                  $1,554.00

Caitlyn Goodman                      $865.00

Anna Kalishman                      $723.00

Total amount raised                  $9,854.00

Thank you to all who participated and made this fundraiser a success!

  • The New Year’s Eve Dinner/Dance raised $22,438.00 for our school.  Our sincerest thanks to all those parents who volunteered their time on a holiday and worked so hard to make this possible. We truly appreciate it!
  • The seventh graders raised $249.00 at their Cupcake Day sale.  This month it will be the 3rd grader’s turn on Wednesday, February 12th.
  • Carl Ferreri in grade 8 was our school champion at the annual National Geographic Bee held on January 14th.  He then took a written test that was sent to the National Geographic Society for scoring.  They will inform us whether or not his score qualifies him to participate on the state level.  We wish him the best of luck!
  • Seamus Dwyer in grade 6 was the winner of the Grades 6, 7 and 8 Math Bee held on January 22nd.  He will next represent our school in the diocesan bee on February 11th.  Good Luck Seamus!
  • On January 15th, students in grades 3 through 8 took a written bullying survey.  We are now waiting for the results before implementing the next step of the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program.
  • Our annual Walk-a-thon raised $6,580.03 for our school.

Important upcoming dates include:

  • Friday, Feb. 7th, is picture make-up day.  The photographer will be here to take the photo of any students absent on last fall’s school picture day.
  •  Our next Ostatki/Mardi Gras planning meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 12th, at 7:00 PM.
  •  There will be a special optional $2.00 Dress Down Day this month on Monday, Feb. 24th, to raise funds for a big screen TV raffle prize the night of the dance.
  • Due to the short month of school days, we will not have a Subway sandwich day this month but will have 2 in March.  The dates will be announced next month.

Any family interested in applying for scholarship assistance from the diocese for 2014-2015 may find the application online at http://www.mytads.com/fa/futuresineducation.php. The application is available in English, Polish and Spanish.

Our last Open Forum meeting of the year will be held on Thursday, May 22nd, at 7:00 PM.  Until then if any parent has an issue or concern please feel free to let me know or, if you prefer, let one of your class parents know so that person can bring it to my attention.

Have a great week off for Presidents’ Week later this month!

Sincerely,

Mrs. C

 

February 2014 Newsletter

NEWS

 

Raffle to Support School  – Win $5,000!

St. Stans is proud to announce our first annual cash prize raffle with the 1stprize is $5,000, 2
ndprize is $2,000 and 3rdprize is $1,000.  We have increased your odds of winning by only selling a maximum of 1,000 tickets!  We will be selecting the winners on June 8that our Family Fun Day.  You do not need to be present in order to win.  Tickets cost $50 per ticket and can be purchased at any upcoming events, at the school office or by mailing a $50 money order or bring cash to 12 Newell Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222.

 

Smart Board in Every Classroom!

As of December, the PreK3 class received their Smart Board, which is now in every classroom!  The Smart Board is an interactive board that allows children to learn by doing.  It provides the teacher with the ability to incorporate educational tools that enhance lessons as well as excite and motivate the students.

 

 

2014-15 Registration is now OPEN and filling fast!  Please submit an application with a $200 security deposit to secure your child’s enrollment.

 

 

STUDENT NEWS

Scrabble Club Tradition Continues!

Every Thursday after school, children in grades 4 to 8 participate in both leisurely and competitive games amongst each other.  The games are a fun way to help build vocabulary and strengthen spelling skills.  Everyone helps out when someone is unsure of a word – or they can look it up in the dictionary!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grade 4 Update

Since November, the class has been diligently working on Physical Science projects during class time. The students chose to conduct experiments and learn about a wide range of topics including buoyancy, power generation and chemical reactions. Once the students completed their research, they each wrote a paper discussing their findings and made a presentation to their classmates which included a display board that help explained what they had learned through pictures or other images. As part of their presentations,they even had to answer questions from their very curious classmates!  In addition to being a fun learning experience for the students, this project
has immersed them in a part of the curriculum and helps prepare them for theNew York State “Common Core” Exam.

 

 

Free Brooklyn Bus Transportation- Department of Education bus pick-up is available to registered SSKCA students from Ages 5- Grade 6 (and Grades 7-8th if student crosses a busy road like McGuinness Blvd). Email dh@ridemss.com to be on the list.

September 2014 Afterschool Program!

Reserve your spot today as there is limited space.  A $500 deposit is due April 1st. 2014. Email Diane at dh@ridemss.com or view more details here.

 

EVENTS

Ostatki Dinner/Dance- Saturday, March 1st
This is a Marti Gras style celebration for adults before the beginning of Lent!  The dinner/dance costs $60 a person.  Contact Renata at skc11222@aol.com or Teresa at tpiasecki@nyc.rr.com to purchase tickets!
 
2014 School Tour Dates
Our next group School Tour Dates are March 13th (PreK3-2nd Grade) and March 20th (3rd-8th Grade) from 9am-11am. If you are unable to attend those dates, please schedule personalized tour at your convenience with our Principal, please call the office to schedule 718-383-1970 or email principal Christina Cieloszczyk ccieloszczyk@ststansacademy.org.
DONATE OR VOLUNTEER TODAY!

 

A key academic fundraising initiative to create leveled library in every classroom. If you would like to donate to this initiative, please help us! You can donate here.

 

 

VOLUNTEER

Fundraising/Marketing Committee Meeting

2/4/14- 7pm SKCA Auditorium- Many different volunteer opportunities such as assisting with various fundraising events, school transportation, compile press list, assist with online parent reviews, and graphic design – to name a few. Please stop by to find out more or email with questions – Andy Chmarzewski (achmarzewski@gmail.com).

 

Raffle Items Needed

We are looking for donated items for our upcoming fundraising Supermarket Bingo/Penny Social and June Family Fun Day raffles!  If you have any items, tickets, services, or ideas on how we can find some big ticket items – please email Janet Zukowski at fritkaz@gmail.com

 

DONATE

Box Tops Collection!

Please remember to save and donate your school Box Tops symbols from many grocery products.  We can raise up to $20,000 for our school! Please feel free to drop off the Box Tops to our office too! www.boxtops4education.com.

 

St. Stanislaus Kostka Academy Annual Fund!                                                       

Help make education affordable for the 2013-14 annual fund and mail a check payable to ‘St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy’ to 12 Newell St., Brooklyn, NY 11222 or donate

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Company Donation Match! Check with your employer to find out if they offer company matches. St. Stan’s is truly grateful for your support.

 

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January 2014 Newsletter

HAPPY NEW YEAR!
2014-15 Registration is now Open!  Please submit an application with a $200 security deposit to secure your child’s enrollment. Priority is given to returning students.

Parent Open Forum Meeting- Jan. 9th at 7pm

The Board of Directors will be meeting with interested parents to answer questions, and gain parent feedback and input. If you have ideas about new curriculum or course offerings such a money management, entrepreneurship or leadership courses – please let us know! If you are unable to attend, but would like to contact the Board, please email the Board Members at bod@ststansbrooklyn.org

St. Stans attending Town Square’s SCHOOLFEST 2014  

Please join over 100 institutions (day care to high school, private & public, colleges and local service providers, including West Point and their STEM program) in Greenpoint and Williamsburg – to a single venue to showcase and celebrate their programs for prospective students and parents.There will be workshops on various educational topics

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STUDENT NEWS   

Great American Mail Race!

Our Grade 2 students received letters from Blessed Sacrament, an elementary school in Utah, in an effort to learn more about our school and students.  We then send out 19 letters to other Catholic Schools throughout the USA; so that we could learn more about those states, and their student’s hobbies and interests.  We have received a few responses back from Maine, Louisiana, and Illinois; but are anxiously awaiting to hear back from others!

 

Oratorical Society

The Oratorical Society Club meets once a week for an hour to practice and enhance their public speaking skills. The goal of the Oratorical Society is to foster the development of poise and confidence in our students. Students are asked to pick one speech (political, eulogy, or commencement address) to memorize in preparation for the Annual Diocesan Oratorical Contest. According to the contest guidelines, “The contestant should develop the ability to convey the message in a sincere, honest, and realistic style. The mechanics of the speech must be observed faithfully: poise, quality of voice, effectiveness and ease of gesture, emphasis, variety, pronunciation and enunciation. ”

 

National Junior Honor Society Toys for Tots Drive

Our school chapter of the National Junior Honor Society held a Toys for Tots drive at our school as one of their service projects.  Our president, Carl Ferreri, organized the drive from the start to the end.  From the end of November until December 12th, students in our school were asked to donate a new, unwrapped toy for a specific age group.  Every student who donated, received a cut out of a trainto write their name on to be posted on a bulletin board.  At the end of the drive, we filled three and half boxes worth of toys!

 

Free Brooklyn Bus Transportation -Department of Education bus pick-up is available to registered SSKCA students.  We currently need 3 more students in order to make this happen! Interested? Email dh@ridemss.com to be on the list.


September 2014 St. Stans Afterschool Program!

We are looking to start a program in September 2014 and need 6 students!  Email Diane at dh@ridemss.com or view more details here.

 

January 2014 After School Classes Available with St. Stans Pick-Up!   

Spanish: Monday/Wednesday 2:30-4pm (Age 3-12); 3:15-4:45pm (Ages 6-12)
Gymnastics: Thursday 2:20-3:20pm (Ages 3-5)

Details at  www.karatenewyork.com or contact Kasia at kasiamotylewicz@yahoo.com

Art Classes – Eckford Street Studio will be offering Art After School with a 3pm pick up from St. Stan’s. (Program runs 3:15-5:15; Open to grades pre-K through 5th.).  Contact Kristin at studio@eckfordstreetstudio.com

EVENTS

 

National Geographic Society Geography Bee

1/14/14 at 12:30pm. After having classroom bees to determine two finalists each from grades 4 through 8, those finalists will then compete to determine our school champion.  That winner will next take a written test that will be submitted to the National Geographic Society for scoring and determining eligibility to compete on the state level.
Ostatki Dinner/Dance- Saturday, March 1st
This is a Marti Gras style celebration for adults before the beginning of Lent! Details coming!

2014 School Tour Dates

Our next group School Tour Dates are March 13th (PreK3-2nd Grade) and March 20th (3rd-8th Grade) from 9am-11am. If you are unable to attend those dates, please schedule personalized tour at your convenience with our Principal, please call the office to schedule 718-383-1970 or email principal Christina Cieloszczyk ccieloszczyk@ststansacademy.org.
DONATE OR VOLUNTEER TODAY!

 

A key Academy fundraising initiative is to create leveled library in every classroom.   If you would like to donate to this initiative, please help us! You can donate here.VOLUNTEER

Fundraising/Marketing Committee Meeting

2/4/14- 7pm SKCA Auditorium- Many different volunteer opportunities such as assisting with various fundraising events, school transportation, compile press list, assist with online parent reviews, and graphic design – to name a few. Please stop by to find out more or email with questions – Andy Chmarzewski (achmarzewski@gmail.com).

Mardi Gras/ Ostatki Dinner/Dance Volunteers Needed

There will be a planning meeting for the Mardi Gras/ Ostatki Dinner/Dance on Tuesday, January 21stat 7:00pm in the auditorium. All volunteers welcome!

Raffle Items Needed

We are looking for donated items for our upcoming fundraising Supermarket Bingo/Penny Social and June Family Fun Day raffles!  If you have any items, tickets, services, or ideas on how we can find some big ticket items – please email Janet Zukowski at fritkaz@gmail.com

 

DONATE

Box Tops Collection!

Please remember to save and donate your school Box Tops symbols from many grocery products.  We can raise up to $20,000 for our school!  www.boxtops4education.com. Questions? Email Tina at nyygal@aol.com

St. Stanislaus Kostka Academy Annual Fund!                                                       

Help make education affordable and help us upgrade our student and teacher resources and facilities!! Support the 2013-14 annual fund by either mailing a check payable to ‘St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy’ to 12 Newell St., Brooklyn, NY 11222 or donating online by clicking the button:

 

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Company Donation Match! Check with your employer to find out if they offer company matches. St. Stan’s is truly grateful for your support.