February 28, 2015

1960s St. Stans Alums Return for Rockin’ Reunion!

See some early pictures here on the Friday night Cocktail Hour & School Tour! Stories and video to follow!

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February 2015 Newsletter

NEWS

 

St. Stan’s Receives St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Trust!

 

We are proud to announce that we are the recipient of a grant to benefit the enhancement of our academic programming. The grant will allow us to enrich our academic offerings in the following key areas:

 

In Science, we will be upgrading our science lab and materials as well as hiring a dedicated science lab teacher who will conduct hands-on science experiments across all grade levels. We will also be extending our existing robotics program with the purchase of additional robotics kits. Every student at the Academy will experience the excitement of science coming alive right before their eyes.
In Technology, we will be purchasing new laptops for the 6th, 7th, and 8th graders as well as installing a secure WiFi connection throughout the Academy. Students will be able to use the new laptops for class projects, presentations, and research. And not a moment too soon, we will also be upgrading the infrastructure that supports our Academy website, making it more stable and robust.
In Literacy, we are excited to extend classroom-leveled libraries to grades 3, 4, and 5. Each grade will be receiving a mobile cart filled with books that are a balanced selection of classic titles, with a variety of genres, authors, studies, and content areas. Each collection contains 50% nonfiction in order to expose students to a broad spectrum of books. The libraries are aligned to the common core.
In Language Arts, we will further support the Spanish language program, which was expanded this past September to include all grade levels, with additional learning resources. Spanish is the second most natively spoken language in the world, and our students will have access to additional materials to help them learn a new language.
In Scholarships, we want to ensure that the Academy remains affordable and accessible for all those who want to attend. We will, thus, be offering scholarships to families from our local parishes that belong to the Saint Stan’s Academy cluster.
We are incredibly grateful to the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Trust for their generous donation. Their gift allows us to build upon the strong foundation provided by our dedicated principal, assistant principal, and teachers, further enhancing the educational value for our students

-St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy Board of Directors

 

September 2015 Transportation Options

 

Free Department of Education Bus: Ages 5 through Grade 6 (and Grades 7-8 if student crosses a busy road like McGuinness Blvd). Students must live in Brooklyn in order to be eligible. Email Assistant Principal Enid Rodriguez at

erodriguez@ststansacademy.org to be included on the list.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Summer Camp 2015
SSKCA “Around the World” Summer Camp!
Ages 3-5 and Ages 6-10
6 weeks June 22nd-August 7th
8:30am-2:30pm: Regular Session: $50 per day (LIC transportation is $15 per day)
2:30pm-6pm: After Session: $25 per day (no LIC bus)
Our “Around the World” summer camp “visits” a new Spanish-speaking country every week in order to extend school academics and foreign language learning into the summer. The children will learn about these countries through creative outlets such as crafts, cooking their local foods, practicing new vocabulary words, and singing traditional songs. We will also have daily outdoor play (with sprinklers!) at the local park along with our on-site playground. This program will be managed by Assistant Principal Enid Rodriguez and is limited to 24 children with 3 adult supervisors. Please email Enid Rodriguez at erodriguez@ststansacademy.org with your weeks/days of preference by February 13th, and we will confirm if this is a go by March 1st!
 
2nd Annual Cash Raffle to Support St. Stans!
This year, the raffle proceeds will fund an upgraded Audio/Visual system for our auditorium. Tickets cost $20, and the cash prizes are $5,000, $2,000, and $1,000. We will select the winners at our Family Fun Day on Sunday, June 14th. Tickets can be purchased by mailing a money order or bringing cash to 12 Newell Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222.
STUDENT NEWS

 

Buddy Day for Catholic School Week!

We celebrated this week with Parent Open House, student Pajama day, our Walk-a-Thon, and Buddy Day! Different grades were given a “buddy” for an activity. Our PreK4 grade worked on snowflakes, and our Grades 3 and 4 worked on a Valentine Victorian Heart Project to learn about the history of this tradition while creating our own! All ages love having a mentor or being a mentor!
 
Science Fair Wizards

Grade 4 students worked diligently to finish their Science Fair Project Boards. The project included researching their topics in school, writing information that was aligned with the “Scientific Method” process, and displaying images and ideas that represented their chosen project. In doing so, the children gained a deeper understanding of the ideas researched, including the areas of Physical Science, Animal Science, and Health/Nutrition.

 

Become a Boy Scout!

7pm on Fridays at Capital One Bank (807 Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint).


BSA Troop 469 is “The Pride of Greenpoint” and has been operating for over 50 years! If your son is 10 years old and seeks an extracurricular activity, look no further! For more details about our mission, check us out online, on Facebook, or at the BSA website. We are also looking for a few dedicated parents to help organize Cub Scout Pack 469 for ages 6 and older. For more information, contact Cubmaster Stephen at infotroop469@gmail.com or (347) 830-5225.

EVENTS 

Family Mass – All are welcome!

9am Every Sunday.

On February 8th, the SSKCA 7th graders will be participating in a special Mass. We welcome all families to Mass and a visit to the parish cafe on the first floor of the gym building for some cake, coffee, and conversation with fellow parents. St. Stanislaus Parish (Est. 1896) 607 Humboldt Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222.

 World’s Finest Chocolate Sale

Ends on Monday, February 9th. Purchase from current students or the school office.

World’s Finest Chocolate aims to help support the financial needs of schools, churches, athletic groups, as well as charitable community service organizations through the sale of their products. Help support St. Stans by purchasing chocolate goodies from our students!

 

1960s Alum Reunion Weekend on February 13th-15th!

 

We can’t wait to see you and show you the school!

Feb. 13th 6-8pm: School Tour – open to all alumni! ($20 Wine & Cheese Social)

Feb. 14th 8pm: Mardi Gras/Valentine’s Dance ($60)
Feb. 15th 9am: Mass at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church

 

Dance tickets are still available, so check out our Facebook page for details, or contact Leona (Busselmaier) Salazar at thecioc@msn.com or (206) 842-1184.

*Any alumni interested in helping to organize a reunion? Email Diane at dh@ridemss.com.

Mardi Gras/Valentine’s Day-Ostaki Dance

7pm on Saturday, February 14th. $60 per person – Tickets at SSKCA, or email Teresa at tpiasecki@nyc.rr.com.


Please join the St. Stans community at this Mardi Gras-style dinner and dance celebration for adults before the beginning of Lent! Enjoy an evening in a festive atmosphere with a live band and plenty of delicious food.

 

Supermarket Bingo/Raffle

12:30pm on Saturday, March 7th in the St. Stans Auditorium. $8 per person.


Please join our annual event! Admission includes coffee/cake, a game board, and a door prize ticket. There will be numerous games of bingo, which will be followed by raffle baskets. Raffle prizes include Knicks and Mets tickets, spa packages, a Samsung Tablet, a Kitchen Aid, and Kate Spade and other designer bags!

 

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny!

10am-12pm on Sunday, March 22nd. $10 per person.

Enjoy a morning Easter egg hunt by age group along with a hot breakfast. Don’t forget to bring your Easter basket for the egg hunt and a camera for your photo with the Easter Bunny! There will also be raffle prizes, face painting, and a special prize for finding the golden egg!

ALUMNI NEWS

Send us your updates! Share what is new with you! Send updates to Enid at erodriguez@ststansacademy.org.

 

VOLUNTEER

Share your Academy experiences online, to get the word out! Yelp, Great Schools, Google.

  

Calling all Friends of the Academy!

We are looking for volunteers to serve on the SSKCA Board of Directors! It is a fulfilling way to give back and a great resume builder as well! Contact Maria Kura at mariakura@hotmail.com for more information.

 

Parent Volunteer Meeting

March 10th at 7pm in the SSKCA Auditorium. All are welcome! Our Dance, Fundraising, and Marketing committees will meet to discuss strategy. Please RSVP to Andy at achmarzewski@gmail.com.

 

DONATE

Box Tops Collection

Mail us your Box Tops so that we can raise up to $20,000!

 

St. Stanislaus Kostka Academy Annual Fund

Help make education affordable for the 2014-15 annual fund by mailing a check payable to ‘St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy’ to 12 Newell Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222, or donate online by clicking here. undefined

 

Company Donation Match

Check with your employer to find out if they offer company matches. St. Stan’s is truly grateful for your support.

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February 2015 Letter to Parents

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February 4, 2015

Dear Parents,

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!

Sincerely,

Mrs. C

Easter Bunny Hopping to St. Stans!

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January 2015 Newsletter

NEWS

 

Shoo Flu, Go Away!

It’s that time of year again – when germs have a way of invading our homes and infecting us and our children. Here are a few tips to share with your children in the hopes of making this a disease-free season: stay home from school when they’re sick; avoid close contact with people who are sick; wash their hands often with soap and water, especially after they cough or sneeze; avoid touching their eyes, nose, or mouth; and clean and disinfect surfaces or objects. For more tips, click here.
2nd Annual Cash Raffle to Support St. Stans!
This year, the proceeds of the St. Stans raffle will fund an upgraded Audio/Visual system for our auditorium. Tickets cost $20, and the cash prizes are $5,000 (first prize), $2,000 (second prize), and $1,000 (third prize) with only 2,500 tickets sold. If we sell all tickets, that will equate to $40,000 raised for our school! We will select the winners at our Family Fun Day on Sunday, June 14th. You do not need to be present in order to win. Tickets can be purchased at any upcoming event or by mailing a $20 money order or bringing cash to 12 Newell Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222.
Summer Camp 2015
We are looking at the possibility of offering summer camp at SSKCA! The prices will be competitive, and the LIC bus option is available if interested. If this is something that you would be interested in, please email Assistant Principal Enid Rodriguez at erodriguez@ststansacademy.org for updates.
2015-2016 Registration is now open and filling fast!

We’ll be holding a school tour at 9am on Thursday, January 22nd if you would still like to see our campus. Don’t miss out on the chance to join the SSKCA community! Please email any questions to Assistant Principal Enid Rodriguez at erodriguez@ststansacademy.org.
STUDENT NEWS

Counting Principles
Prek-4 worked on a math lesson where each child was given a set of manipulatives. The children were asked to listen for a number, then count out that number of manipulatives. During this lesson, each child was assessed based on whether or not they were able to count out the correct number of manipulatives.
Puppet Tales
For their second Passport to Brooklyn Trip, Grade 2 experienced the magic of Puppetworks on December 16th where they watched two tales by Hans Christian Andersen. Both The Emperor’s New Clothes and The Snow Queen were cleverly performed by marionettes that proved to be comical and enchanting, as well as exciting.
EVENTS

 

Annual Walk-a-Thon!

Friday, January 30th during school hours

Family and friends will sponsor St. Stans students to raise money for the school through an annual walk-a-thon in the school auditorium. Students will walk with their classmates and teachers to music, and a special treat is given as a thank-you at the end!

 

World’s Finest Chocolate Sale

Friday, January 23rd-Monday, February 9th. Purchase from current students or the office.

World’s Finest Chocolate aims to help support the financial needs of schools, churches, athletic groups, as well as charitable community service organizations through the sale of their products. Help support St. Stans by purchasing chocolate goodies from our students!

 

Family Mass – All are welcome!

9am Every Sunday. On January 25th, our 8th graders have a special communion Mass planned. We welcome all families to Mass and a visit to the parish cafe on the first floor of the gym building for some cake, coffee, and conversation with fellow parents. St. Stanislaus Parish (Est. 1896) 607 Humboldt Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222.
Mardi Gras/Valentine’s Day-Ostaki Dance

7pm on Saturday, February 14th. $70 per person – Tickets at SSKCA, or email Teresa at tpiasecki@nyc.rr.com.


Please join the St. Stans community at this Marti Gras-style dinner and dance celebration for adults before the beginning of Lent!

1960s Alum Reunion Weekend on February 13th-15th!

 

We can’t wait to see you and show you the school!

Feb. 13th 6-8pm: School Tour – open to all alumni! ($20 Wine & Cheese Social)

Feb. 14th 8pm: Mardi Gras/Valentine’s Dance ($60)
Feb. 15th 9am: Mass at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church

 

Dance tickets are still available, so register now! Check out our Facebook page for details, or contact Leona (Busselmaier) Salazar at thecioc@msn.com or (206) 842-1184.

*Any 1970s alumni interested in helping to organize a reunion? Email Diane at dh@ridemss.com.
ALUMNI NEWS

Send us your updates! Share what is new with you! Send updates to Enid at erodriguez@ststansacademy.org.

 

VOLUNTEER

Share your Academy experiences online, to get the word out! Yelp, Great Schools, Google.

  

Calling all Friends of the Academy!

We are looking for volunteers to serve on the SSKCA Board of Directors! It is a fulfilling way to give back and a great resume builder as well! Contact Maria Kura at mariakura@hotmail.com for more information.

 

Parent Volunteer Meeting

January 13th at 7pm in the SSKCA Auditorium. All are welcome! Our Dance, Fundraising, and Marketing committees will meet to discuss strategy. Please RSVP to Andy at achmarzewski@gmail.com.

 

DONATE

Box Tops Collection

Mail us your Box Tops so that we can raise up to $20,000!

 

St. Stanislaus Kostka Academy Annual Fund

Help make education affordable for the 2014-15 annual fund by mailing a check payable to ‘St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy’ to 12 Newell Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222, or donate online by clicking here. undefined

 

Company Donation Match

Check with your employer to find out if they offer company matches. St. Stans is truly grateful for your support.

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1960s St. Stans Reunion In A Few Short Weeks!

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Calling all 1960s St. Stans graduates!!!

Leona Busselmaier Salazar is spearheading a St. Stanislaus Kostka ’60s Reunion – Greenpoint February 13-15, 2015.

If you’d like to get involved please go to the Facebook page and message Leona. Most importantly send along info of  ’60s graduates: married names, addresses (home or email), cities, states, etc. We want to spread the word and get everyone together to share stories and memories! Click on the registration form if you are ready to go: 1960 REUNION NOTICE!

Speaking of memories, send pictures of your time at St. Stans as well as pictures of the neighborhood (which has changed so much!) to tserafin@ststansacademy.org. We’ll be posting and reminiscing together!

EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday, February 13th 6-8 pm:
School Tour ($20 pp Wine & Cheese Social)
(Meet at the School entrance)
 
Saturday, February 14th 8 pm:
Mardi Gras/Valentine’s Dance ($60 pp)
(School Auditorium)
***Includes Appetizers, Dinner, and Dessert***
*** Cash bar and Live Band***
 
Sunday, February 15th 9 am:
Mass at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church

REGISTRATION FORM:1960 REUNION NOTICE

DEADLINE TO RESPOND:  DECEMBER 15, 2014
Spouses Welcome! 
Space limited but guaranteed if reserved by the deadline!

January 2015 Letter to Parents

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January 9, 2015

Dear Parents,

Happy New Year! I hope that you and your family were able to share a wonderful Christmas. Best wishes for health, happiness and the peace of God’s love throughout 2015.

Although December was a short month as far as days of school, we were still very busy at SSKCA. Between parent/teacher report card conferences, various class trips, Santa’s visit, Breakfast with Santa, our Christmas Show and holiday class parties added to the usual academic schedule, the month really flew by. It was so nice to see so many of you at our amazing Christmas Show! Ms. Bozena and our talented students outdid themselves this year. I do need to apologize, though, to the kindergarten class since their grade was inadvertently omitted from the program. That didn’t prevent them, however, from doing a fantastic job!

Our fundraisers last month were very successful. They raised:

Cupcake Day                                    $381.00

Breakfast with Santa                        $2,047.00

Christmas Show                        $6,121.00

Disney Raffle                                    $2,475.00

We sincerely thank everyone who contributed to the success of these fundraisers. Your support is truly appreciated!

Re-registration paperwork will be going home on Monday. I ask that parents who have a younger child who will be entering our PK3, PK4 or Kindergarten classes kindly register ASAP. Registration for families new to our school began last week and we need to know how many seats we need to save for our current families first before the new families are officially accepted.

This month, Cupcake Day will be hosted by the 4th grade on Thursday, January 22nd. On Tuesday, January 13th, we will conduct our National Geographic Bee for grades 4 – 8 at 12:30 PM while the Scripps National Spelling Bee for grades 5 – 8 will be held on Friday, January 16th at 12:30 PM. The Math Bee for grades 6 – 8 will be held on Thursday, January 22nd, at 12:30 PM. These grades will have already held their class bees first and the finalists from those sessions will compete to determine the school champion for each bee. Parents are always invited to attend our school bees. We will also be celebrating Catholic Schools Week from January 26th until January 30th. A separate schedule of special events for that week will be sent home at a later date.

I received Christmas gifts from three families that did not have a card attached so I do not know who to thank for them. Therefore, if your child did not receive a thank you note from me, I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you very much for your thoughtfulness!

Beginning this month, every grade will be assigned a different month in which, on a specific Sunday, the Family 9:00 AM Mass at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church will be their Class Mass. Students, along with their families, are invited to attend that Mass planned especially for that month’s class. After Mass, families are invited to gather at the parish café, located in the school annex building on Driggs Ave., next to the parking lot, for an opportunity to socialize as well as enjoy some refreshments. The 8th grade will begin with a Class Mass on January 25th. On February 8th, it will be the 7th grade’s turn. Remaining Class Mass Sundays for the year will be announced in a future update letter. Save the dates!

In closing, I pray that the remaining days of winter will be mild without the need for any snow days!

Sincerely,

Mrs. C

New Student Registration Form

St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy

New Student Registration Form for the 2015/2016 School Year

Details below, please find PDF link here as well: SSKCA Registration Form

 

Student Information

Last Name First Name Middle Initial
Date of Birth Gender Birthplace
Religious Affiliation
Baptismal Church Date
First Penance Church Date
First Holy Communion Church Date
Confirmation Church Date
Languages Spoken by Child Language Spoken at Home

 

Family Information

Father’s Last Name First Name Middle Initial
Home Address
City State Zip
Home Phone Cell Phone Email
Employer Work Phone
Religious Affiliation
Parish Affiliation Envelope Number
Father’s Birthplace

 

Mother’s Last Name First Name Middle Initial
Home Address
City State Zip
Home Phone Cell Phone Email
Employer Work Phone
Religious Affiliation
Parish Affiliation Envelope Number
Mother’s Birthplace

 

Emergency Contact Information (if Parents are not available)

Name Relationship Phone
Name Relationship Phone

 

Previous Schools Attended

School Address Grades
School Address Grades

 

The applicable registration fee and three new student tuition payments are non-refundable.

 

 

Signature of Parent/Guardian:__________________________________________________________Date:____________

Initiative to Improve Pedestrian Safety Around St. Stans

***Parents the following letter has been sent, we urge you all to call and sent your own messages to support this initiative.

The more voices united, the more change can be affected!***

Dear Brooklyn Borough Commissioner Bray, Councilman Levin, Assemblyman Lentol and Senator Squadron:

On behalf of the St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy Community in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, Mrs. Christina Cieloszczyk, principal of St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy, and I, Anna Mirek, a concerned parent, school alumna and member of the school’s Parent Committee, are contacting you in regards to the ongoing request by the community to the NYCDOT for installation of traffic calming devices to improve the safety of the street crossings at several locations at and near the school (located at 12 Newell Street, Brooklyn NY 11222). traffic1

As our community has seen an influx of development and growth over the years, traffic has increased, which has made streets more congested and dangerous. We applaud Mayor Bill de Blasio’s “Vision Zero” plan for the City:

“The City must take decisive and sustained action to reduce street fatalities each year until we have achieved “Vision Zero” – a city with zero fatalities or serious injuries caused by car crashes on the streets of New York.”

We urge you to help implement his vision by taking immediate action to improve the safety of the city streets near our school to avoid preventable traffic fatalities and serious injuries.

In particular, we would like to draw your attention to two areas that desperately require improvements in pedestrian protection. The first is the street segment on Driggs Avenue between Humboldt Street and McGuinness Boulevard (Figure 1 – See “Street Segment A”). There are no traffic lights, children crossing signs, speed bumps, raised walkway pavement, stop signs, yield to pedestrian signs or Slow Zone signs on this stretch of road, which falls squarely in the heart of the St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy Campus. Over 200 school children, from grades PreK3 to 8th, navigate this dangerous stretch of city streets daily to get to and from school, as well as to activities from the main school building on Newell Street to the gymnasium on Driggs Avenue, religious services on Humboldt Street, after school activities and Saturday Polish School. It is common to see drivers speed down Driggs Avenue from Humboldt Street in an attempt to make the green light at McGuinness Boulevard, disregarding the safety of our children, their families and the surrounding community.

The second area in desperate need of immediate traffic safety improvements is the street segment of Nassau Ave from McGuiness Boulevard to Humboldt Street (Figure 1 – See “Street Segment B”). This is a path many school children must cross in order to get to school. Again, there are no traffic lights, speed bumps, stop signs or crossing guards to deter drivers from racing down this long stretch of 3 city blocks from McGuinness Boulevard to make the next light at Humboldt Street. School children and their families are at a constant risk of injury because of speeding drivers and poor visibility on this very busy roadway.

On an almost daily basis, residents of the community witness near-collisions of vehicles and pedestrians. According to nyc.crashmapper.com between August 2011 and February 2014, the following number of collisions and injury to people were reported in the area that we are urging you to help improve:

We echo Mayor de Blasio’s proclamation,

“The City must invest in dramatic safety improvements targeted towards the most dangerous intersections and thoroughfares, particularly around schools…” (Visionary Street Safety Goal, 2013, 2)

STREET SEGMENT A

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STREET SEGMENT B

2We urge you to immediately examine the current situation of the dangerous lack of traffic signaling devices and signs on the stretches of streets on Driggs Avenue, Newell Street and Nassau Avenue, and implore you to quickly implement measures to improve traffic safety for our community and create safe routes to school for families. Suggestions for improvements that would greatly contribute to the safety of the community include:

i. Adding traffic lights at the intersections of Driggs Avenue and Newell Street, Newell Street and Nassua Avenue, Nassau Avenue and Diamond Street,

ii. Installing child crossing and yield signs on Driggs Avenue,

iii. Designating a 20-mph slow zone near the school, on Driggs Avenue, Nassau Avenue and McGuiness Boulevard, and

iv. Installing a speed bump on Driggs Avenue between Diamond Street and Newell Street, or creating a raised walkway at the intersection of Driggs Avenue and Newell Street.

This issue is very important to our school and community. Our children and their families face an unnecessary, dangerous situation that needs to be corrected urgently. Please do not wait for a fatal accident to illustrate the danger present near our school. As Mayor de Blasio said, “New Yorkers deserve better.”

Thank you, in advance, for your time and prompt response to this urgent matter. We look forward to your update.

December 2014 Newsletter

NEWS

 

The Benefits of Giving This Holiday Season

Studies show that the act of giving to charity and loved ones is also beneficial to the giver. It encourages cooperation and social connection while simultaneously evoking feelings of gratitude and appreciation. Read more about the contagious act of giving here!

 

Annual Christmas Show

December 19th at 7pm. Adults $10; Children $5.

All are welcome to join the annual SSKCA holiday caroling performance, directed by our music teacher, Bozena Konkiel. This festive evening is a great way to celebrate the holiday season with your entire family.

 

 

 

 

 

SSKCA New Student Registration Begins!


Our 2015-16 student registration begins at 9am on Monday, January 5th, on a first-come, first-serve basis! We’ll also be holding a school tour at 9am on Thursday, January 22nd if you would still like to see our campus. Don’t miss out on the chance to join the SSKCA community! Please email any questions to Enid Rodriguez, Assistant Principal, at erodriguez@ststansacademy.org.

STUDENT NEWS

Meet “Weather Bear!”

PreK-4 was introduced to a “Weather Bear” activity during which students learned about the weather and appropriate fall and winter clothing. The children were then able to dress the “Weather Bear” based on the weather for that day.

Field Trip!

The eighth graders traveled to Passionists at Molloy Retreat House in Jamaica Estates on Tuesday, November 25th for their Confirmation Retreat. There was much reflection and community at the event, as the students prepared for their Confirmation.

Girls in Action

The older Cadettes have been setting a wonderful example for the younger girls. They made a poster of Girl Scout founder Juliette Lowe and spoke to the Brownies and Daisies about the inspirational woman that she was. The Cadettes have also planted tulips and purple allium in front of the school, making the entrance to St. Stans even more welcoming. Meanwhile, the Daisies and Brownies attended Cookie University at Mercy College. They learned all about how to market and sell cookies as well as about the new program, which will allow them to sell cookies online.

EVENTS

SSKCA New Year’s Eve Dance

December 31st, 2014 from 8pm until 2015! $140 per person – Tickets at SSKCA, or email Teresa at tpiasecki@nyc.rr.com.

Kick off the new year celebrating with a Polish dinner party!

Enjoy a table with your friends or fellow class parents while supporting SSKCA!

1960s Alum Reunion Weekend!

February 13th-15th, 2015 weekend!


We can’t wait to see you and show you the school!

Feb. 13th 6-8pm: School Tour ($20 Wine & Cheese Social)

Feb. 14th 8pm: Mardi Gras/Valentine’s Dance ($60)
Feb. 15th 9am: Mass at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church


Registration
is required in order to guarantee dance tickets! Check out our Facebook page for details, or contact Leona (Busselmaier) Salazar at thecioc@msn.com or (206) 842-1184.

*Any 1970s alumni interested in helping to organize a reunion? Email Diane at dh@ridemss.com.

Family Mass – All are welcome!

9am Every Sunday. We welcome all families to Mass and a visit to the parish cafe on the first floor of the gym building for some cake, coffee, and conversation with fellow parents. St. Stanislaus Parish (Est. 1896) 607 Humboldt Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222.

ALUMNI NEWS

Send us your updates! Share what is new with you! Send updates to Enid at erodriguez@ststansacademy.org.

VOLUNTEER

Share your Academy experiences online, to get the word out! Yelp, Great Schools, Google.

Calling all Alumni!

We are looking for volunteers to serve on the SSKCA Board of Directors! It is a fulfilling way to give back and a great resume builder as well! Contact Maria Kura at mariakura@hotmail.com for more information.

Parent Volunteer Meeting

January 13th at 7pm in the SSKCA Auditorium. All are welcome! Our Dance, Fundraising, and Marketing committees will meet to discuss strategy. Please RSVP to Andy at achmarzewski@gmail.com.

DONATE

Box Tops Collection

Mail us your Box Tops so that we can raise up to $20,000!

St. Stanislaus Kostka Academy Annual Fund

Help make education affordable for the 2014-15 annual fund by mailing a check payable to ‘St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy’ to 12 Newell Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222, or donate online by clicking here. undefined

Company Donation Match

Check with your employer to find out if they offer company matches. St. Stans is truly grateful for your support.

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