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.