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/dance chaperone and half at grade assigned annual fundraising events. Lunch duty is for parents of students in grades PK3 – 3 while dance 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
Walk-a-thon 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: one during school hours (Book Fair or Walk-a-thon), one on a weekend ( Penny Social or Family Fun Day) and 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 dance chaperones.
The grade assignments for parent volunteers for student school dances this year follows:
Sept. 20th, Welcome Back Dance Grades 4, 6, 8
Oct. 25th, Halloween Dance Grades 4, 5, 7
Jan. 3rd, Student New Year Dance Grades 5, 6, 8
Feb. 14th, Valentine Dance Grades 4, 6, 7
May 9th, Spring Dance Grades 5, 7, 8
The Class Parent Committee chairpersons will assign responsibilities to the volunteers when they arrive at the dances. For the protection of all present, it is important that lunch parents as well as dance chaperones supervise all students in their group at lunch or those students attending the dance, 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, this year, 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 be credited to the family’s total.
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 to a new school year at St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy! We are looking forward to an exciting year filled with personal growth for all through a variety of learning opportunities.
For those of you who were unable to attend our parent orientation meeting last Monday, I would like to make you aware of some of the highlights that you missed. If you have not already done so, the Emergency Contact card and forms in the Student/Parent Handbook that were sent home the first week of school are due back on Wednesday, September 25th. The forms include the Handbook Compliance Form, Acceptable Use Policy for Computers and the Internet Compliance Form and The Blanket Photo/Video Permission Form. Also, any changes made in the revised handbook each year are done so through a collaboration with the teachers every June. If issues arise during the course of the school year, we discuss them at our faculty meeting and decide on a best plan of action going forward.
Please be advised that this year there is a change in policy regarding faculty meetings. They will no longer be held strictly on Wednesdays. Please check the school calendar each month for the correct day that particular month. Any changes/additions to the calendar will be announced in my monthly update letters. Kindly add them to your calendar.
- On Tuesday, September 24th, at 7:00 pm, there will be a planning meeting for parents coordinating the Andrzejki Dinner Dance scheduled for Saturday, November 23rd. Parents of children in grades K, 2 and 7 are assigned this event but any other interested parents are welcome as well.
- On Thursday, October 3rd, at 7:00 pm, there will be a special parent meeting regarding the Common Core State Standards. Mr. Anthony Biscione, Senior Deputy Superintendent of Schools in the diocese, has been invited to speak and answer any questions you may have regarding the Common Core.
- On October 11, 2013, students will have a day off from school due to a Teacher Professional Day. Teachers will be attending training in the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program.
- In addition, on October 18th, SSKCA will be taking part in the annual Denim Day. This event is organized with the Lee jeans company. For a donation of $5.00, students may wear their denim pants that day and all money raised will be used for breast cancer research.
Many parents had requested receiving notes/letters from school via email instead of paper hard copy format. As a result, we had asked all parents interested in this form of communication to provide us with their email address. We will then prepare email distribution lists for each teacher for class notices as well as one for the school. Please remember that if the notice requires a parent’s signature, it would need to be printed by the parent, completed and signed, then returned to school. Those parents who prefer to continue receiving paper communication will still continue to receive notices in that format. We hope to begin the email notices by November.
Teachers had asked again this year at the orientation meeting for 2 parents to volunteer to serve as class parent representatives. Unfortunately, grades 3 and 6 did not have any volunteers. Parents in those grades will definitely have to check our website for possible school closures since they will not be receiving a phone call from a class parent representative.
Regarding our website, apparently someone attempted hacking into our school website last week. As a result we have been experiencing technical difficulties with it. We are working on getting the problem resolved.
We are asking for your assistance once again with collecting the Box Tops symbols from the packages of many of the grocery products that you purchase for your home. A complete list of the products that currently carry the symbol is available on their website: www.boxtops4education.com. The website also provides information on earning eBox Tops when shopping on the internet. If you shop at Stop and Shop or use the Target credit card, kindly register using our school so that a donation will be made to us each time you shop.The current New York City Department of Education Income Eligibility form is attached. We are required to ask our families to complete this form every year in order to be able to obtain funding from NYC for our school’s computer program. The information you provide will be kept strictly confidential. Kindly return the completed form in a sealed envelope to your child’s teacher by Monday, September 30, 2013.
At a recent meeting with local school principals and the captain of our 94th precinct, I requested that a STOP sign be installed at our corner at the intersection of Newel St. and Driggs Ave. I explained how dangerous that intersection can be for our students and their families with vehicles speeding down Driggs Ave. in an attempt to make the light at the corner of McGuiness Blvd. and at times there is no crossing guard at that spot. Captain Ryan informed me that he would present our request to the Traffic Department and they would conduct a study as to the need for such an installation.
In the meantime, I urge you to write/call our local council member, Stephen Levin at 410 Atlantic Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11217 (718-875-5200) and Joseph Lentol, our assemblyman, at 619 Lorimer St. Brooklyn, NY 11211 (718-383-7474). I know that I have often seen photos of Mr. Lentol in local newspapers standing next to a new Stop sign that he helped arrange. It’s time that our local elected officials come to our aid.
In closing, I pray that the Lord will bless us as we embark on the journey of a new school year.
With love and prayers,
November 1, 2012
I write this latest monthly update to you in my rarely quiet office since I am the only person in the building right now. It is hard to believe that we have already lost an entire week of school and winter hasn’t even arrived yet! I pray that the Lord will bless us again with a mild winter since I don’t think any of us would want to still be in school in July.
It has been heartbreaking to see the reports on the TV news stations regarding the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Thankfully, as far as I am aware, none of our families have been seriously affected by the storm. Some have relatives or friends who were, however, in some cases losing everything. In our diocese, we lost a teacher, Nancy Sorenson, from Our Lady of Grace School in Brooklyn and a 4year old student, Connor Moore, from St. Edmund School in Brooklyn. He was one of the two brothers ripped from his mother’s arms by the rushing water in Staten Island. Please keep them and their families in your prayers. Also, five of our schools are unable to reopen yet due to serious storm damage.
In an effort to offer assistance to those who are so desperately in need at this time, the diocese is coordinating a collection of nonperishable food items. They are to be dropped off in parish churches from where Catholic Charities will be picking up the donations and distributing them where they are needed. Also, the Veterans’ American Legion Post on Leonard St. is organizing a collection of soap, toiletries such as shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, and toothbrushes, disposable diapers, and cleaning supplies such as mops, brooms, buckets, Lysol, etc. These items may be brought to school and they will be picked up later in the week for distribution. For the most part, our SSKCA families were spared the wrath of the storm but so many others in our diocese were not so fortunate. We need to do our part as caring Christians to pitch in and help however we can.
As a reminder, our handbook states that whenever we experience bad weather and there might be a question as to whether or not school is closed, please check our website! I post the announcement as soon as I am informed that we are required to close. I have also contacted our new class parents each day this week and asked them to follow-up and be sure that all parents in their child’s class have received the notification. Do not call the school since there won’t be anyone in the building to answer your call. This morning, as I was walking into church for Mass, I saw two of our students dressed in uniform, carrying a project poster and walking back home from school. I asked them if they had checked our website to find out that school was closed until Monday. They said they forgot. That was their parents’ responsibility to check before sending their children out of the house.
Attached please find a copy of a graph displaying our latest NY State test scores and how we compare to the NYS and NYC public schools as well as the other Catholic schools in our diocese. I am very proud of our students and teachers for working so hard in order to produce such impressive scores. Since no one is perfect, there is always room for improvement and we will continue to work hard so that the results of the 2013 tests will be even better. Parents, I ask that you assist us with this goal by encouraging your children to read daily for pleasure. The more they read the better their ELA results will be. Whether playing basketball, piano or reading, improvement can only be achieved through practice.
Last month was very busy here at SSKCA with various fundraising events. The results follow:
- Meet the Parents Dance $915.00
- Yankee Candle sale $4,265.00
- International Night $2,350.00
- Scholastic Book Fair $1,251.95
Our sincerest thanks to everyone who helped make these profits possible.
I am also very proud of our students for raising $950.00 on Denim Day for breast cancer research. The day helped them to practice one aspect of what they are taught in a Catholic school, namely, compassion for others.
Our 3nd, 5th and 8th graders went on class trips to the aquarium and the 5th and 6th graders had a class trip to the Cradle of Aviation Museum. International Night this year was very well attended and I am certain that everyone enjoyed the class presentations and perhaps even learned a fact or two about some of the countries represented. The students finished the month with a Halloween party for the little ones followed by a Halloween dance for the older ones. Everyone seemed to have a great time and many of the costumes were amazing!
Now for a few reminders:
- Summer uniforms may no longer be worn until spring.
- Besides the usual half-day of school for the monthly faculty meeting, we have an additional half-day on November 14th.
- The first tuition raffle drawing scheduled for All Saints’ Day had to be postponed. It will be held on Friday, November 9th.
- Please keep our 8th graders in your prayers since they will be taking the Catholic high school entrance exam, TACHS, on November 10th.
- We look forward to seeing you at our second annual Religion Fair on November 15th at 7:00 PM.
- On November 21st, we will be having a Thanksgiving prayer service in church at 11:00 am and ask that every child bring in the non-perishable food item that will be assigned to their class. These items will be used to prepare Thanksgiving baskets for the needy in our neighborhood.
- There will be a special $2.00 Dress Down Day on Friday, November 9th. Proceeds will be used to purchase raffle prizes for the upcoming Andrzejki Dinner Dance.
- The problem with Stop and Shop seems to have finally been resolved so parents who shop there may register our school on their store card.
In closing, my wish for all of our SSKCA families at this time of year is for continued bountiful blessings from our Lord so that we may have much to be thankful for, not just at Thanksgiving but all through the year.
October 1, 2012
It seems as though we had just returned to school after summer vacation and already the first month has flown by and I find myself writing the first monthly update letter of the year.
There are a few new dates that need to be added to the school calendar:
- Denim Day – Friday, October 19th
Our school has participated in this annual national event for a few years now. On Denim Day, for a fee of $5.00, students may wear jeans/denim to school instead of their uniform. The money we collect from Denim Day is sent to the organizers, the Lee Jeans Co., who use it for research leading to a potential cure for breast cancer. Participating in such an event provides our students with an opportunity to practice what they learn here at SSKCA, namely, to care about others.
- Teacher Professional ½ days – October 10th and Nov. 14th
Instead of the professional whole day off that we usually have every fall, this year we are having 2 half days of school. Students will have their regular classes in the morning and, after they go home at lunch time, the teachers will have additional training in the new Common Core State Standards that we are required by New York State to adopt in our classrooms.
I would like to take this opportunity to clear up an apparent misconception that arose after the parent orientation meeting when I had mentioned the CCSS. These new standards are not required just by the diocese of our Catholic schools. They are required by the state of New York along with 47 other states of our country. Every school in these states, whether Catholic, public, or private, is required to adopt these new standards. We plan on arranging a parent meeting in November where we will explain the standards further as well as introduce the new report cards. In the meantime, please feel free to check out information about the standards on the NYS special website, www.engageny.org.
We are in need of 2 moms who would be able to assist Ms. Rewekant, the mom who has been taking care of our Box Tops program for the past few years. It is getting to be too much for one person to handle. If you are interested, kindly leave your name and phone number/email with Hania in the office. Time spent working on the Box Tops counts toward service hours.
Also, the students and I would truly appreciate one or two dads volunteering to paint two hopscotch patterns in our parking lot for the students to enjoy during recess. This activity would also count towards service hours.
The teachers and I have noticed a few instances of non-compliance with the uniform rules. Girls are not permitted to wear dangling earrings to school. This is a safety rule. Also, sneakers are not school shoes and are not permitted to be worn with the regular uniform. The only exceptions are gym days or boys wearing the summer shorts. Regarding the shorts, we would hope that common sense would prevail. If a child needs to wear a sweater, sweatshirt, jacket, etc., that is an indication that it is not warm enough to wear shorts to school. If this continues to be a problem, an amendment to the handbook will be issued.
Our Little Blessings Playgroup opens this week on Wednesday, October 3rd, from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM. Children from the crawling stage to under 3years of age are welcome to come with their moms or caregivers for some playtime while their moms socialize. The fee is $5.00 per child per visit to cover the cost of snacks/ materials. Kindly spread the word to your friends or neighbors who might be interested in such a program.
Thank you to all the parents who came to our first Meet the Parents Dance last Saturday. It was so nice to see you there and watch as you were having an enjoyable evening. As people were leaving, many said they had such a nice time they would love to have us host such an evening more often. As a result, we are hoping to have another such Parent Night Dance after Easter.
Best wishes for a wonderful autumn season!
September 7, 2012
Welcome to a new school year at St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy! I hope that you and your family have enjoyed a restful summer and are now energized for a new year of growth through learning.
During these first days of school, the youngest child in each family will be bringing home a copy of the calendar for this school year and an updated Student/Parent Handbook. Kindly check the calendar on a regular basis so that you are aware of important scheduled school events. After reading the handbook with your child/children who are currently students in our school, in order to become familiar with current policies at SSKCA, please sign the forms located in the pocket of the handbook folder and return them to your child’s teacher by Friday, September 21, 2012. They include the Handbook Compliance Form, Acceptable Use Policy for Computers and the Internet Compliance Form and the Blanket Photo/Video Permission Form. The Emergency Contact card that every student receives needs to be completed and returned by Wednesday, September 12th.
The bishop has requested that every family complete a Parish Affiliation Form (copy attached). The completed form is to be returned to school by Friday, September 14, 2012.
The current New York City Department of Education Income Eligibilty form is attached. We are required to ask our families to complete this form every year in order to be able to obtain funding from NYC for our school’s computer program. The information you provide will be kept strictly confidential. Kindly return the completed form in a sealed envelope to your child’s teacher by Monday, September 17, 2012.
Our first Pizza Friday of the year will be September 14th. The cost remains the same as last year. If you would like your child to enjoy a slice of pizza for lunch on Fridays, the $2.00 per slice fee is due to your child’s teacher by the Thursday before. NO pizza money will be accepted in the school office!
This year we will continue to ask for your help by collecting Box Tops symbols from the package of many of the grocery items that you purchase for your family. A complete list of the products that are part of this program may be found on their website, www.boxtops4education.com. If you do any shopping on the internet, you may also earn eBox Tops. Details may be found on that website as well.
LabelsForEducation.com is another website with information about that particular program through which you can help our school. If you have a Target credit card, please register it so that each time you use it a donation will be made to our school.
We are investigating a few other opportunities where retailers are willing to help schools through purchases made by parents. Details will follow as soon as they are available.
We look forward to seeing you at this year’s Parent Orientation Meeting on Monday, September 17th, at 7:00 PM. Also, our Board of Directors Parent Fundraising Committee is planning a new event, a buffet dinner dance, for Saturday, September 29th, at 8:00 PM. It is intended as an opportunity for parents to meet fellow parents and spend an enjoyable evening getting to know one another. Details will be sent home soon.
In closing, I pray that the Lord will send His Spirit to guide us through the journey of the coming school year and lead us to a successful culmination in June.
With love and prayers,
I hope that you and your family have had a wonderful and blessed Easter! We are now entering a very busy time here at school. New York State tests began this week for grades 4, 6 and 8. Seventh graders will receive the sacrament of Confirmation on April 29th. Our Drama Club’s performance of Grease is scheduled for May 4th and 5th. The third graders are getting ready to receive their First Holy Communion on May 12th. The annual school Spring Show is scheduled for June 1st and on June 3rd we will have our second Family Fun Day. Shortly after these events, students will be preparing for final exams and graduations! The school year is quickly coming to an end.
I would like to take this opportunity to update you on recent events. During the month of March, our school had a variety of fundraisers. The profits from these events are as follows:
- Supermarket Bingo – $5,525.00
- Talent Show – $695.00
- Breakfast with the Easter Bunny – $1,069.00
Our sincerest thanks to all the parents who donated their precious time to work on these events and to those who donated raffle prizes. We truly appreciate your kindness!
On Thursday, May 3rd, representatives from our uniform company will be here between 9:00 – 10:30 am to measure students who need new uniforms. Since many parents have been donating their children’s uniforms that no longer fit, we are planning on having a uniform swap on Monday, April 30th, so parents will have an opportunity to see if there might be a uniform in a size they need that they can swap for a uniform that no longer fits.
Since the weather has been so unpredictable lately, should we have school days before May 1st (the date in the handbook when the school polo shirts may begin to be worn) where temperatures are predicted to climb to 85 degrees or higher, the polo shirts may then be worn.
Since the winter this year was so mild that we did not need to use any snow days, we are able to close school on Thursday, May 17th, for Ascension Thursday and Friday, May 18th for a Teacher Professional Day. Our last day of school for this current school year will be Wednesday, June 20, 2012.
Best wishes for a wonderful spring season!
I hope that everyone had a rejuvenating winter break last week so that we are now well prepared as we approach spring and the final third of the school year.
February, although it is the shortest month of the year, was very busy here at St. Stan’s. We raised $6, 123.00 at our annual Walk-a-thon school fundraiser. The third graders earned a pizza party for raising the highest amount, $1,278.00. Caitlyn Goodman in grade 3 was the grand prize student winner of a $150.00 gift card to Toys R’ Us for raising $810.00, the highest individual amount. The other student winners were:
- Emily Casiano (PK-4) – $75.00 gift card to Toys R’ Us
- Amelia Zych (gr. 3) – $50.00 gift card to Best Buy
- Nicole Hawro (gr. 4) – $25.00 gift card to Best Buy
We collected $3,433.00 from our annual World’s Finest Chocolate Sale and are still waiting for $550.00 that a few families still owe. The top selling class was grade 2 with a total of 33 boxes sold. The top student sellers were:
- 1st prize: Scott Cloonen (PK-4) – 14 boxes
- 2nd Prize: Alexandria Hungreder (gr. 6) – 12 Boxes
- 3rd Prize: Sonny Consolazio (K) – 8 boxes
Our sincerest thanks to all our families who participated in these fundraisers!
The adult Valentine Dinner/Dance was a huge success with 281 people in attendance. The event raised $11,945.00 for our school. We are extremely grateful to all the parents who gave their time and talents to make this dance so successful. Combined with the other two adult dances of the year, a grand total of $35,269.00 was raised!
We also held a special Dress Down Day last month in order to raise funds for Mr. Simon Sutowski, the uncle of three of our students who had been paralyzed last year in a swimming accident. He was left a quadriplegic as a result. A total of $675.00 was raised by our compassionate students for this cause.
Upon returning to school this week, I had the pleasure of opening a letter informing us that Stanley Wieckowski, our 8th grade winner of our school National Geographic Bee, after taking a written test, has qualified to represent our school and participate at the state level of the bee to be held at the end of March in Albany! We congratulate Stanley on this accomplishment and will be praying that he will achieve success at the state bee. Should that occur he would then take part in the national level of the bee in Washington, D.C. in May. That bee will be televised with Alex Trebek of Jeopardy fame asking the contestants their questions.
For your information, below is a comparative chart of our school’s New York State test results in English Language Arts and Math from the spring of 2011. The chart shows how our students scored compared to NYS public schools, NYC public schools and the other schools in the Diocese of Brooklyn. As you can see, our students scored considerably higher in almost every category! We are very proud of them as well as our teachers for their hard work in preparing the students for these exams, especially since we offer our students a well-rounded education by teaching all the major subjects, not just focusing on math and English since those are the subjects tested by the state.
Percentage of Students Scoring at Levels 3 and 4
(Meets or Exceeds NYS Proficiency Standards)
|New York State 1||New York City 2||Diocese of Brooklyn 3||St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy|
|Grade 4 ELA||56.7%||51.0%||65.8%||78.0%|
|Grade 4 Math||66.6%||62.3%||63.7%||96.0%|
|Grade 6 ELA||55.8%||43.6%||64.9%||59.0%|
|Grade 6 Math||63.0%||56.0%||60.1%||90.0%|
|Grade 8 ELA||46.9%||35.0%||63.5%||71.0%|
|Grade 8 Math||59.8%||52.5%||61.7%||79.0%|
1 includes all Public and Charter Schools in NY State – no Nonpublic Schools data
2 only NY City Public Schools – no Charter Schools, no Nonpublic Schools data
3 Schools in the Diocese with appropriate grade levels tested
During Catholic Schools Week, per student request, we had a Subway Sandwich Day. The students enjoyed their special lunch so I agreed to have such a day once a month. However, due to lack of cooperation by some students in bringing their order slip and money to their teacher by the due date, there was quite a bit of confusion when the order arrived where children who did follow the rules did not get a sandwich while those who brought their money after the due date or whose parents handed it in to the office took their sandwich first. As a result Sr. Joanne had to make a special trip to get extra sandwiches since we ran out. As a result, from now on, when we have any special food orders, only those students who give their order slip and money to their teacher by the due date will be able to enjoy the special lunch. Unfortunately, in fairness to all, no exceptions will be made!
In closing, I look forward to seeing you at our Social studies Fair on March 13th and our Talent Show on March 23rd. I also pray that the Lord will lead us by His Spirit to embrace more fully the Lenten season disciplines of prayer, fasting, and generous giving as we prepare for His glorious rising on Easter.
Mrs. C. Cieloszczyk
November 30, 2011
I hope that you and your entire family had a wonderful Thanksgiving! With the first Sunday of Advent already behind us, Christmas is quickly approaching. It is always a very busy time of year, both for you at home as well as for us in school.
To begin my December update letter, I’d like to mention a few items that occurred in November. Congratulations to our school Intermediate Math Bee winner, Aleksander Prasak in grade 6. The annual Andrzejki Dinner/Dance was a huge success with 235 people in attendance. Thank you to all the parents who assisted in making this important fundraiser possible. SSKCA’s first Religion Fair showcased our students’ many talents as they prepared projects on various themes of our Catholic faith. The first three winners of our November Tuition Raffle were chosen and they are:
Blair Maxey grade 6
Carmen Kujawska grade 7
Brandon Scott grade 8
Congratulations to them and good luck to the next three winners who will be chosen on December 6th, the feast of St. Nicholas.
Regarding December information:
- The Christmas dance for grades 4-8 scheduled on the calendar for Friday, December 2, has been canceled.
- On Wednesday, December 7th, the school photographer will return to take photos of any students absent on the original picture day as well as make-up photos.
- December 7th is also an early dismissal day due to the monthly faculty meeting. It had inadvertently been left off the school calendar.
- On December 9th, any students that accompany their parents to Parent/Teacher conferences must either stay with their parents quietly the entire time or wait in the auditorium. No students are to be running around in the halls, on the stairs or hanging out in the basement.
The correct times for the sessions are 12:15-2:15 PM and 5:30-7:30 PM.
- Tickets will be sold in advance for the Christmas Show on December 16th. Upon entering the building that night, tickets must be handed in at the ticket desk before any parent may escort their child up to the classroom or enter the auditorium. Ticket order slips will be sent home in a few days.
Our school policy is that as long as temperatures are above 32 degrees and it isn’t very windy, the children will go out for recess. They need to get some air, move around and socialize with their classmates. Therefore, kindly be sure that your child comes to school properly dressed. We find that often, especially those students who are driven to and from school, are not always dressed appropriately for spending recess outdoors.
We are in need of parent volunteers to assist with the New Year’s Eve Dinner/Dance. This is a major fundraiser for our school and cannot be successful unless we have sufficient help. All of our families benefit from the success of these dances. Without the profits from these dances, tuition would need to be raised in order to make up the difference. The next meeting of the planning committee is scheduled for Tuesday, December 6th, at 6:30 PM. Please try to attend.
In closing, I pray that the infant Jesus, who is truly the reason for this season, will bring you and your family love, joy and peace this Christmas as well as throughout the coming new year!
October 28, 2011
The past month has been very busy here at St. Stan’s and November promises to be just as hectic. This letter serves as the monthly update.
Unfortunately, the adult Halloween Dinner/Dance school fundraiser scheduled for this weekend has been canceled due to lack of interest.
We’ve had a variety of fundraisers this month that have been quite successful. Denim Day raised $925.00 for breast cancer research. The Yankee Candle Sale raised $6,096.95 for our school while International Night resulted in proceeds of $2,116.00. Our sincerest thanks are extended to all those who helped support these important fundraisers!
We ask that our parents, along with their families, friends, and coworkers, continue to collect Box Tops. An updated list of products carrying the Box Tops symbol may be found in the main lobby of the school as well as on their website, www.boxtops4education.com. In addition, those parents who regularly shop in Target or Stop and Shop may register their cards with those stores so that every time they make a purchase, a percentage of their total will be designated for our school. We also ask that parents send in their used printer ink cartridges since we can receive a credit for them on school cartridge purchases. Toner cartridges from copy machines are also accepted. Every potential source of funds adds up!
Our Board of Directors is planning an alumni reunion evening on Saturday, November 12, 2011 from 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM. They have asked if parents who are alumni would be willing to help out that evening while they mingle with classmates they may not have seen since graduating. If you would be able to assist them, kindly send me a note so I may forward the info to them. Also, they would like to have a short presentation by some of our students that evening. Therefore, I have asked Mrs. Martinelli, Mrs. Ippolito, and Mrs. Zito to have their classes repeat their International Night performances and Ms. Bozena to have students repeat their Proud to Be an American number from last year’s Spring Show. I ask that the parents of students in those grades sign the permission slip that will be given to their child and return it to us as soon as possible so that we know which students to rehearse with.
On Tuesday, November 1st, the Feast of All Saints, we will be attending the 9:00 AM Mass. Friday, Novemeber 4th, will be a special Dress Down Day. Funds raised will be used to purchase raffle prizes for the upcoming Andrzejki Dinner/Dance on Nov. 19th, which is a major school fundraiser. On Tuesday, November 22nd, at 7:00 PM, we will conduct our first Religion Fair in our auditorium and we cordially invite you to attend.
By now I am certain that you have heard about the new vending machine in the auditorium which we made arrangements for in response to parent requests for healthier snack choices for the children.
A gentle reminder that only PK3 and PK4 parents are permitted to go to their child’s classroom in the mornings. No other parents may go upstairs without a prior appointment with their child’s teacher. Should you need to speak to the teacher then you must either wait downstairs until the teacher comes down, send a note with your child, or email the teacher. Also, if your child forgets to bring in lunch and you then need to bring something for your child, kindly do not bring a hot fast food lunch. It isn’t fair to the other children who have to eat their cold sandwich while smelling the fragrant aroma of someone else’s hot French fries, etc.
Please keep our 8th graders in your prayers as they prepare to take the important high school entrance exams this month.
Since the holiday will be here shortly, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your loved ones a wonderful Thanksgiving! May the Lord shower you with a bounty of blessings.