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.