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!