With spring officially just about a week away, the weather and temperatures are finally beginning to be pleasant and comfortable. The children are excited about soon being able to go outside for recess again after the long winter indoors.
Although February is our shortest month, there were still many events happening at SSKCA. We held our annual Volunteer Appreciation Reception, Student Appreciation Day and Science Fair. Our middle grades Math Bee was held with Victoria Gluszczyszyn in grade 4 becoming our champion. She will represent our school in the diocesan bee this month.
Regarding our ongoing fundraising efforts, we raised a total of $6,852.00 during our annual Walk-a-thon. Caitlyn Goodman in grade 6 raised the highest amount, $1,180.00. Our monthly cupcake sale, hosted by the kindergarten class, raised $385.00. This month’s sale will be on Wednesday, March 25th and the seventh graders will be hosting. Our profit from the adult Valentine/Mardi Gras Dinner/ Dance was $12, 824.00 bringing the grand total from all three dances this year to $46, 972.00! You can see why these dances are our most profitable fundraisers.
I would like to remind you at this time that this coming Friday, March 13th, is a Professional Day for our teachers but students have the day off. This year’s Art Show, scheduled for March 24th, is being rescheduled until April. The exact date will be announced in next month’s update letter. The date for our Spring Show this year is Friday, May 29th, at 7:00 PM.
A few other date reminders include Wednesday, March 18th, are our second trimester Parent/Teacher Conferences. Friday, March 20th, is our annual Talent Show. Sunday, March 22nd, is our annual Breakfast with the Easter Bunny. We invite parents of students in grades 4 – 8 who have not been able to earn service hours this year from student dances to volunteer the morning of the actual breakfast so that the parents of our younger students may enjoy the festivities with their families. Please either send a note to the office or email me if you would be willing to assist at that event.
Due to an unfortunate incident this week where a Social Studies Fair project was damaged by a parent, it is no longer permissible for parents to enter our auditorium in order to get a preview of our students’ work. You will need to wait until the evening of the fair or the next day. Also, our students are not permitted to be in the basement during after school hours if they are not members of our after school program, with the exception of the 2 seventh graders each day who are helping in after school as part of their Christian service in preparation for Confirmation. In addition, children are not permitted in the basement at other times unless supervised by an adult. That includes children who come for Krakowianki.
A reminder, as well, that students were informed in September that if they join an after school club, they are expected to be making a serious commitment. Therefore, if they cannot attend a meeting, they need to give the teacher a note from their parent explaining the absence. Excessive absences and/or not supplying the note will result in no longer being able to participate in the activity.
As the joyous season of Easter draws closer, may the remaining days of Lent serve as an opportunity for us to reflect on our lives and grow closer to our Lord. May Christ’s cross feel lighter by our good deeds so we may be worthy of His sacrifice.
February 4, 2015
With the beginning of February, we mark two half-way points. Our school year is half-way over as is the season of winter. I, for one, truly hope that Staten Island Chuck, the local groundhog, is right and we will have an early spring!
Last month, SSKCA was busy as usual. We held 3 very different bees and the winners are:
National Geographic Society Bee (grades 4-8) Paul Leszko, grade 8
Scripps National Spelling Bee (grades 5-8) Adrianna Cimino, grade 5
Diocesan Math Bee (grades 6-8) Jessica Dudzinski, grade 6
Congratulations to our winners!
We also celebrated Catholic Schools Week. Although our Students’ Appreciation Day and Science Fair had to be rescheduled due to the unexpected Snow Day, Bishop Chappetto was able to visit our school on Parent Appreciation Day. He toured the school and was quite impressed, especially when the students did an impromptu performance for him of two songs from our Christmas Show.
There was an error in the Christmas Show profit reported in last month’s update letter. The correct amount is $3,932.00. The January Cupcake Sale, hosted by the 4th grade, raised $271.00. The date for this month’s sale is Wednesday, February 25th and it will be hosted by our Kindergarten class. We have the final profit amount from our very successful New Year’s Eve Dinner/Dance fundraiser – $22,630.00! We sincerely thank all those parents who made this event possible, especially those who sacrificed spending time with their families by assisting on the night of the dance itself. It is truly appreciated!
We are in need of lunch parents for grades PK-3 through grade 2. Parents who had, in the past, volunteered at our student dances, may now volunteer for lunch duty in these lower grade classes instead. If you are able to provide this service, please come to school any day of the week that works best for you, at 11:30 AM, and we will let you know what grade needs your assistance that day. Parents in grades 4 – 8 who may be in need of additional service hours may also volunteer to help on Sunday, March 22nd, from 9:30 AM until noon, at the Breakfast with the Easter Bunny. That way, the parents of the younger students will be able to enjoy the morning with their children. Kindly call the office and leave your name with our secretary if you are willing and able to help with that event. Two other opportunities for additional service hours are the Ostatki/Mardi Gras Dinner/Dance on Saturday, February 14th as well as our annual Family Fun Day on Sunday, June 14th.
On Friday, February 6th, our students will be receiving a gift bag with dental hygiene items as part of Dental Health Month’s focus on proper dental care. They are made possible through the generosity of Mrs. Shelley McMahon of Crest, Colgate, Mr. Roman Plikh of Patterson Dental, Dr. Joseph Cimino and Dr. Susan Hoang – Cimino. The packages include toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, rinses, pamphlets and activities (for younger students).
We have had a few parents recently express concern regarding the type of food items available to their children here at school. Kindly remember that parents are encouraged to send healthy snacks and/or lunch to school for their child/children. The food items available in school on a daily basis or during cupcake sales need to be purchased by the students. In addition, the big, soft pretzels available on Mondays and the pizza available on Fridays are optional and need to be preordered by parents. Therefore, if a parent does not want their child to have such items, kindly inform your child and the teacher as well as refrain from sending your child to school with money. The only time food items are offered without being purchased are on days when a fellow student brings in treats to celebrate a birthday or when the class is having a holiday party. If a parent does not want their child to have such treats, the teacher needs to be notified.
For parents of our current 2nd graders, please be advised that First Holy Communion next year will be on Saturday, May 14, 2016, and not on Mother’s Day weekend as is traditional here at SSKCA.
I hope that you and your family will enjoy a wonderful mid-winter recess during President’s Week and that hopefully we will not be seeing much more snow for the remainder of the winter!
SSKCA “Around the World” Summer Camp
FOR: Children ages 3-5 and ages 6-10
WHEN: 6 weeks from June 22nd-August 7th
TIME/COST: 8:30am-2:30pm: Regular Session / $50 per day (LIC transportation is $15 per
2:30pm-6pm: After Session: $25 per day (no evening LIC bus)
Our “Around the World” summer camp “visits” a new Spanish country every week in order to extend school academics and language learning into the summer. The children will learn about these countries through creative outlets such as crafts, cooking their local foods, practicing new vocabulary words, and singing traditional songs.
We will also have daily outdoor play (with sprinklers!) at the local park along with our on-site playground. This program will be managed by Assistant Principal Enid Rodriguez and is limited to 24 children with 3 adult supervisors.
Please email Enid Rodriguez at email@example.com your preference (see below) by Feb 13th and we will confirm if this program is a go by March 1st!
Specific Days of the week you need:
How many Children:
Age(s) of Children:
Thank you! (Gracias)
January 9, 2015
Happy New Year! I hope that you and your family were able to share a wonderful Christmas. Best wishes for health, happiness and the peace of God’s love throughout 2015.
Although December was a short month as far as days of school, we were still very busy at SSKCA. Between parent/teacher report card conferences, various class trips, Santa’s visit, Breakfast with Santa, our Christmas Show and holiday class parties added to the usual academic schedule, the month really flew by. It was so nice to see so many of you at our amazing Christmas Show! Ms. Bozena and our talented students outdid themselves this year. I do need to apologize, though, to the kindergarten class since their grade was inadvertently omitted from the program. That didn’t prevent them, however, from doing a fantastic job!
Our fundraisers last month were very successful. They raised:
Cupcake Day $381.00
Breakfast with Santa $2,047.00
Christmas Show $6,121.00
Disney Raffle $2,475.00
We sincerely thank everyone who contributed to the success of these fundraisers. Your support is truly appreciated!
Re-registration paperwork will be going home on Monday. I ask that parents who have a younger child who will be entering our PK3, PK4 or Kindergarten classes kindly register ASAP. Registration for families new to our school began last week and we need to know how many seats we need to save for our current families first before the new families are officially accepted.
This month, Cupcake Day will be hosted by the 4th grade on Thursday, January 22nd. On Tuesday, January 13th, we will conduct our National Geographic Bee for grades 4 – 8 at 12:30 PM while the Scripps National Spelling Bee for grades 5 – 8 will be held on Friday, January 16th at 12:30 PM. The Math Bee for grades 6 – 8 will be held on Thursday, January 22nd, at 12:30 PM. These grades will have already held their class bees first and the finalists from those sessions will compete to determine the school champion for each bee. Parents are always invited to attend our school bees. We will also be celebrating Catholic Schools Week from January 26th until January 30th. A separate schedule of special events for that week will be sent home at a later date.
I received Christmas gifts from three families that did not have a card attached so I do not know who to thank for them. Therefore, if your child did not receive a thank you note from me, I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you very much for your thoughtfulness!
Beginning this month, every grade will be assigned a different month in which, on a specific Sunday, the Family 9:00 AM Mass at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church will be their Class Mass. Students, along with their families, are invited to attend that Mass planned especially for that month’s class. After Mass, families are invited to gather at the parish café, located in the school annex building on Driggs Ave., next to the parking lot, for an opportunity to socialize as well as enjoy some refreshments. The 8th grade will begin with a Class Mass on January 25th. On February 8th, it will be the 7th grade’s turn. Remaining Class Mass Sundays for the year will be announced in a future update letter. Save the dates!
In closing, I pray that the remaining days of winter will be mild without the need for any snow days!
***Parents the following letter has been sent, we urge you all to call and sent your own messages to support this initiative.
The more voices united, the more change can be affected!***
Dear Brooklyn Borough Commissioner Bray, Councilman Levin, Assemblyman Lentol and Senator Squadron:
On behalf of the St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy Community in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, Mrs. Christina Cieloszczyk, principal of St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy, and I, Anna Mirek, a concerned parent, school alumna and member of the school’s Parent Committee, are contacting you in regards to the ongoing request by the community to the NYCDOT for installation of traffic calming devices to improve the safety of the street crossings at several locations at and near the school (located at 12 Newell Street, Brooklyn NY 11222).
As our community has seen an influx of development and growth over the years, traffic has increased, which has made streets more congested and dangerous. We applaud Mayor Bill de Blasio’s “Vision Zero” plan for the City:
“The City must take decisive and sustained action to reduce street fatalities each year until we have achieved “Vision Zero” – a city with zero fatalities or serious injuries caused by car crashes on the streets of New York.”
We urge you to help implement his vision by taking immediate action to improve the safety of the city streets near our school to avoid preventable traffic fatalities and serious injuries.
In particular, we would like to draw your attention to two areas that desperately require improvements in pedestrian protection. The first is the street segment on Driggs Avenue between Humboldt Street and McGuinness Boulevard (Figure 1 – See “Street Segment A”). There are no traffic lights, children crossing signs, speed bumps, raised walkway pavement, stop signs, yield to pedestrian signs or Slow Zone signs on this stretch of road, which falls squarely in the heart of the St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy Campus. Over 200 school children, from grades PreK3 to 8th, navigate this dangerous stretch of city streets daily to get to and from school, as well as to activities from the main school building on Newell Street to the gymnasium on Driggs Avenue, religious services on Humboldt Street, after school activities and Saturday Polish School. It is common to see drivers speed down Driggs Avenue from Humboldt Street in an attempt to make the green light at McGuinness Boulevard, disregarding the safety of our children, their families and the surrounding community.
The second area in desperate need of immediate traffic safety improvements is the street segment of Nassau Ave from McGuiness Boulevard to Humboldt Street (Figure 1 – See “Street Segment B”). This is a path many school children must cross in order to get to school. Again, there are no traffic lights, speed bumps, stop signs or crossing guards to deter drivers from racing down this long stretch of 3 city blocks from McGuinness Boulevard to make the next light at Humboldt Street. School children and their families are at a constant risk of injury because of speeding drivers and poor visibility on this very busy roadway.
On an almost daily basis, residents of the community witness near-collisions of vehicles and pedestrians. According to nyc.crashmapper.com between August 2011 and February 2014, the following number of collisions and injury to people were reported in the area that we are urging you to help improve:
We echo Mayor de Blasio’s proclamation,
“The City must invest in dramatic safety improvements targeted towards the most dangerous intersections and thoroughfares, particularly around schools…” (Visionary Street Safety Goal, 2013, 2)
STREET SEGMENT A
STREET SEGMENT B
2We urge you to immediately examine the current situation of the dangerous lack of traffic signaling devices and signs on the stretches of streets on Driggs Avenue, Newell Street and Nassau Avenue, and implore you to quickly implement measures to improve traffic safety for our community and create safe routes to school for families. Suggestions for improvements that would greatly contribute to the safety of the community include:
i. Adding traffic lights at the intersections of Driggs Avenue and Newell Street, Newell Street and Nassua Avenue, Nassau Avenue and Diamond Street,
ii. Installing child crossing and yield signs on Driggs Avenue,
iii. Designating a 20-mph slow zone near the school, on Driggs Avenue, Nassau Avenue and McGuiness Boulevard, and
iv. Installing a speed bump on Driggs Avenue between Diamond Street and Newell Street, or creating a raised walkway at the intersection of Driggs Avenue and Newell Street.
This issue is very important to our school and community. Our children and their families face an unnecessary, dangerous situation that needs to be corrected urgently. Please do not wait for a fatal accident to illustrate the danger present near our school. As Mayor de Blasio said, “New Yorkers deserve better.”
Thank you, in advance, for your time and prompt response to this urgent matter. We look forward to your update.
I hope that you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. We are already almost midway in the season of Advent and 2014 is quickly drawing to a close.
November was a busy month here at SSKCA. We held our first of the two mandatory tuition raffles drawings. The winners of $500.00 towards tuition are:
Alan Konik gr. PK-3
Jack Kassimis gr. 8
Paul Leszko gr. 8
Bianca Paszel gr. 1
Nicholas Sidibe gr. PK-4
Jan Czartoryjski gr. 2
Congratulations to these winners and their parents, who received an early Christmas present! The next drawing will be held in May.
For our charitable efforts last month, our students raised $601.00 for UNICEF through their Halloween trick-or-treating and $720.00 for Izzy, the 7 year old girl in one of our Queens schools who has been battling cancer. For our school fundraisers last month, the second graders raised $464.00 through the cupcake sale they hosted. We now have totals for amounts raised in the Scholastic Book Fair, $1,106.23, and the October Bingo, $1,115.23. The recent Andrzejki Dinner/Dance raised $11,847.00. Our sincerest thanks to all those parents who helped in any way to make these important fundraisers a success!
The SSKCA Board of Directors is in need of new members. Unfortunately, current parents cannot serve on our academy Board. However, if any parent knows someone else who would be interested in serving, kindly have that person mail or email me a copy of their resume along with a letter expressing their desire to serve.
The Crisis Management Plan for our academy for the current school year has been approved by the diocese. In case we should ever need to evacuate the school building, students will be taken to the primary evacuation site of St. Stanislaus Kostka Church located at 607 Humboldt St. Should, for some reason, that location not be advisable at that time, the secondary evacuation site is Msgr. McGolrick Park located at Driggs Ave and Russell St. If an out of area evacuation site would be necessary then students would be taken to St. Anthony/St. Alphonsus Church located at 862 Manhattan Ave. An email would be sent informing parents of the situation and information would be posted on our website. If anyone has not yet provided us with their email address, it would be a very good idea to do so now so that you would be included in any emergency email notifications.
We need to change the date for our January faculty meeting. Instead of Tuesday, January 6th, it will be held on Friday, January 9th. As a result, Jan. 6th will be a full day of school while on Jan. 9th dismissal will be the usual early dismissal on such days at 11:30 am – 11:45 am.
If you haven’t had a chance to do so yet, there is still time to purchase a raffle ticket for the special Disney vacation prize! The drawing will be held during morning announcements on December 23rd. Good luck to everyone who is participating. Winning would make a truly great early Christmas present for the family.
We are trying again to have a stop sign installed on the corner of Driggs Ave. and Newel St. as a safety measure for our students who cross at that intersection on a daily basis. It would undoubtedly be helpful if our parents wrote letters to our local politicians urging them to assist us with this issue. Please see the chart below for some of their contact information. We truly appreciate the investment of your time in helping us make the area around our school safer for the children.
I look forward to seeing many of you at Breakfast with Santa this coming Sunday as well as at our annual Christmas Show on the 19th. The night of the show, students will enter through the main doors by the school offices while parents and guests will enter through the usual doors close to the convent. Our Christmas break begins after dismissal on Tuesday, December 23rd, which is a regular full day of school. We return on Monday, January 5th.
In closing, my hope is that you and your family, as you celebrate the miracle of our Savior’s birth, will find joy and peace throughout the Christmas season. Best wishes for a healthy and Happy New Year.