2014 – 2015 Mandatory School Fundraiser
With the arrival of November, it is time for the first mandatory fundraiser of the school year – our tuition raffle. The second mandatory fundraiser will be held in May and will be the same type of tuition raffle. The cost for the raffles is $50.00 per child, per raffle month, and is included in your tuition bill statement. There is one entry for each child who is a student in St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy.
On Thursday, November 13th, three tickets were pulled by kindergarten students. Those winning tickets will entitle the families of those students to a $500.00 tuition credit which will be applied to their current tuition and fees. On Wednesday, November 26th, another three tickets will be pulled for a total of six winners in this first raffle of the year. The process will be repeated in May, 2015 with an end result of 12 winners for the school year amounting to $6,000.00 in total prizes.
Please be advised that the tuition credit prize is not redeemable for cash (except for paid in full graduating 8th grader) and is not transferable to another family. Winning families whose tuition is already paid in full will receive a credit for next year.
Thank you and the best of luck to everyone!
November 3, 2014
One-fifth of the school year is already over! It is truly amazing how quickly the time is passing. We have just finished celebrating Halloween and Thanksgiving will be here very soon with Christmas close behind. It seems we barely have time to catch our breaths in between!
During the month of October, SSKCA traditionally holds a number of fundraisers for our school as well as for charity. The proceeds of our efforts this year are:
Yankee Candle Sale $4,238.40
Denim Day (for breast cancer research) $855.00
Cupcake Sale $361.00
International Night $2,517.00
Our sincerest thanks to everyone who took part in these fundraisers. Your support permits us to keep tuition at reasonable levels.
The third graders have set the bar quite high with the profit from the first Cupcake Sale of the year. Second graders will be hosting the next sale on Wednesday, November 12th. International Night was a huge success this year with every available chair taken by our audience and latecomers having to stand. Thank you to all who attended as well as for your appreciation for the hard work of our teachers and students in preparing this event for your enjoyment.
The first Dress Down Day of November has been changed from November 5th to November 12th due to individual photos being taken on the 5th. On that day only students who are having a photo taken may dress in the outfits their parents prefer for the photo. In addition, on Monday, November 24th, we will have a special, optional $2.00 Dress Down Day to raise funds for Izzy, a 7 year old girl who is a student at Sacred Heart School, one of our diocesan schools in Bayside, Queens and Mr. Casiano’s parish. She is fighting a cancerous brain tumor and her family needs help paying medical expenses. We try to teach our students to care for others less fortunate as Jesus expects us to. Whether donating to a charity or for a specific cause, it gives our students an opportunity to practice what they are learning.
The following is a list of the parents who have volunteered this year to be classroom parent representatives:
PK-3 Jennifer Dudek
PK-4 Margaret Feliciano and Jennifer Valerio
K Tina Rewekant
Grade 1 Ewa Gluszczyszyn and Jolanta Kowalczyk
Grade 2 Witold and Joanna Ort and Anna Jagielnicki
Grade 3 Jennifer Consolazio and Michelle Falce
Grade 4 Jolanta Karwowski and Elzbieta Gierucki
Grade 5 Audrey Michalowski
Grade 6 Eileen Dwyer and Maria Karniewicz
Grade 7 Tina Rewekant and Eileen Dwyer
We thank these parents for volunteering their time to act as liaisons between the classroom parents, teacher and office. They will also be contacting parents from their child’s class to organize volunteers for the fundraisers assigned to their class. Unfortunately, no one in grade 8 volunteered.
Please be sure that on rainy gym days or days when we will be going to church in that type of weather that your child has an umbrella to use when we are walking over. Also, articles of clothing, lunchboxes and books need to be labeled with your child’s name so we know who to return them to if they are left behind.
Kindly remember that when volunteering for a special event at school, we ask parents do both, sign in and out on an attendance sheet as well as register their fingerprint on our machine. It is important to have a back-up record.
On September 24th, I sent a letter home requesting that parents complete an attached survey form so that SSKCA would be eligible to receive funds through the E-rate program. Only 58 families sent in the form. In the past, we were able to receive partial funding for our monthly internet service, based on the number of surveys returned. Now the policy has changed and we are only eligible to receive this assistance if 100% of our families comply. Therefore, if you completed the form already for this year, we sincerely thank you. If not, I am attaching another copy of the survey. Please send it in as soon as possible. The survey is completely confidential and no one will be checking it for accuracy.
SSKCA has been very fortunate to have been awarded a generous grant from the diocesan St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Trust!
You are invited to attend the family Mass on Sundays at 9:00 am in our parish followed by a visit to the parish cafe on the first floor of the gym building for some cake, coffee and conversation with fellow parents. Also, we look forward to seeing you at our annual Religion Fair on Thursday, November 13th, at 7:00 pm. Best wishes to you and your family for a wonderful Thanksgiving as we pause for a day in our busy lives to give thanks for the bountiful blessings the Lord has bestowed upon us in the past year.
This school year, we will continue assignments for the required 25 hours of parent volunteer service. The hours will be divided into half lunch duty/ chaperone student evening events and half at grade assigned annual fundraising events. Lunch duty is for parents of students in grades PK3 – 3 while student evening event chaperone duty is for parents in grades 4 – 8.
The fundraising grade assignments are as follows:
Event Assigned Grades
Book Fair 1, 2, 3, 4
Halloween Party PK-3, PK-4, K
Andrzejki Dinner Dance K, 2, 7
Breakfast with Santa PK-3, PK-4, K
New Year’s Eve/Sylwestra Dinner/Dance 1, 3, 4, 5, 8
November 2 Bingo 5, 6, 7, 8
Mardi Gras/Ostatki Dinner/Dance PK-3, PK-4, 6
Supermarket Bingo/Penny Social 1, 2, 3, 4
Breakfast with the Easter Bunny PK -3, PK-4, K
Family Fun Day 5, 6, 7, 8
Since we rely heavily on our fundraisers in order to keep tuition fees as low as possible, and many helping hands are needed in order to make these fundraisers a success, in fairness to all, each grade from 1 through 8 has been assigned 3 events, including one dinner/dance of the three held each year. By being notified of your required service early in the year, the intent is that you have plenty of time in order to plan accordingly (mark them on your calendars, arrange babysitters, etc.) The PK-3, PK-4 and K parents have an additional event since three of their assigned events are geared to children in that age group.
The Class Representative Parents will contact the parents in their child’s class regarding planning meetings, etc. for these events. Parents from grades not assigned to a specific event are welcome to volunteer as well, if they wish, especially if they need extra hours because they are unable to serve as lunch parents or student evening event chaperones.
The older student dances throughout the year seem to have lost their popularity as evidenced by poor attendance last year. As a result, a decision has not been made yet whether or not to continue with having those dances or to possibly substitute some of them with other events, such as a movie night or student Bingo. We will keep you posted.
The Class Parent Committee chairpersons will assign responsibilities to the volunteers when they arrive at events. For the protection of all present, it is important that lunch parents as well as event chaperones supervise all students in their group at lunch or those students attending the events, not just their own child or to use the event as an occasion to do their own socializing. This will ensure proper supervision of the children.
Should a family be unable to do lunch duty due to work obligations, they may substitute those hours for an additional event. Likewise, if parents work during the day and cannot assist with their child’s grade assigned daytime fundraiser, please feel free to volunteer for another adult dance besides the one already assigned. That would mean volunteering for 2 or 3 dinner dances.
The only substitution that cannot be made is to not volunteer at the assigned adult dinner dance. Of all our various fundraisers, the adult dances are most profitable. They also happen to be the events where the most assistance is needed. We cannot afford to discontinue those dances. It would be extremely detrimental to our fund raising goals to have to cancel a profitable dance due to lack of help. A decrease in fund raising income would lead to an increase in tuition to compensate for the loss of income and we do not want to be forced to take that option. As a result, once again, any family that does not volunteer for their assigned dinner dance will be charged a fee of $75.00 which would be used to hire additional help for the event. Five service hours would then also be credited to the family’s total. Parents with more than one child in our school who may find themselves assigned to 2 different dances may choose only 1 of the 2. However, if the New Year’s Eve dance happens to be one of the assigned dances, that one may not be the one dropped.
I sincerely hope that you understand why we have adopted these policies and that we will be able to count on your support. Remember that everything we do is for the benefit of your children attending our school.
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.
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!
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.
March 31, 2014
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.