May 25, 2015

Final Days to Fight for Education Tax Credit!


Dear Parent and Guardians,

Help for Families Paying Tuition is Within Reach!

In the final days of the legislative session in Albany, Governor Cuomo and key legislators are leading the fight to enact the Education Tax Credit. The governor’s plan, called the Parental Choice in Education Act, will help keep Catholic schools affordable. The Act provides $150 million in education tax credits annually that will provide:

– Tax credits directly to low and middle income families who send their children to Catholic and other schools,

– Scholarships to students from low and middle income families to attend a school of their choice,

– Donations to public schools for enhanced educational programming, and

– Tax credits to teachers for their out-of-pocket classroom expenses.

But We Need Your Help! Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and some Assembly Democrats are blocking this important bill. They are blocking this bill for one simple reason: the public school teachers’ union lobbyists don’t want parents to get any help with sending their children to a school of their choice.

Please take a few minutes to demand that your legislators enact the Education Tax Credit before they conclude their work in mid-June. Please Click Education Tax Credit Now or go to to send an email to your lawmakers. You will also be prompted to call their office – which we urge you to do.

Thank you for doing your part in fighting for our families, children and parish schools/academies.

The opposition is doing all they can do to defeat this proposal and to keep families from getting the help they need. Please don’t let them win!




May 29th: The Best Band in the World at St. Stans!

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Mark Your Calendars: Family Fun Day, June 14th!


Moody’s Foundation Donates 10 Laptops to St. Stans!


The Moody’s Foundation has announced it will donate 10 laptop computers to St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy as part of its Moody’s Community Reboot initiative. The application was submitted by former SSKCA Board President, Maria Kura, and the Academy recently received news of the donation.

The Moody’s Foundation, led by Frances G. Laserson, is a charitable foundation established by Moody’s Corporation. It is  committed to supporting education, in particular the study of mathematics, finance, and economics. The Foundation also funds specific initiatives in the areas of global economic development; microfinance; civic, health, and human services, as well as arts and cultural programs. The Foundation supports programs located in select metropolitan areas in the United States, the United Kingdom, and elsewhere around the world. Further information is available by clicking on this link.
Thank you to The Moody’s Foundation and Congratulations to St. Stans!



SSKCA Class of 2015 Admitted to Top-Tier High Schools

Congratulations to SSKCA Class of 2015 on an impressive roster of private and public high school acceptances! We wish you all the best on your next adventure!



Regis High School
Archbishop Molloy High School
Xavier High School
Msgr. McClancy High School
St. Vincent Ferrer High School
Dominican Academy
Loyola School
Christ the King High School
Note Dame School
St. Francis Preparatory School
St. John’s Preparatory School
Cathedral Preparatory School and Seminary
Holy Cross High School


Stuyvesant High School
Brooklyn Technical High School
Bronx Science High School
Bard Early College – Queens
Townsend Harris High School
Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts
The Beacon School
Frank Sinatra School of Arts High School
High School of Economics and Finance
High School for Careers in Television & Film
Millenium High School
Maspeth High School
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis High School

May 2015 Letter to Parents


Dear Parents,

The weather is finally beginning to match the season and it’s hard not to feel a bit of spring fever after the long, cold winter. With the arrival of May also comes the realization that the school year is quickly drawing to a close.

For us at SSKCA, April was a short month due to the Easter break. However, our 4th, 6th and 8th graders were faced with the NYS ELA exams as soon as we returned and the NYS Math exams the following week. The students were well prepared by their teachers and I am certain that they tried their best. We also held our Spelling Bee for the 1st and 2nd grades. Jack Obrycki in grade 2 was our champion with fellow 2nd grade classmates Anna Kalishman coming in 2nd place and Angelina Podkalicki taking 3rd place. Congratulations to them all for their accomplishment!

Regarding our recent fundraising efforts, the following amounts were raised:

Supermarket Bingo/Penny Social                                                $10,543.00

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny                                                   3,980.00

March Cupcake Sale                                                                               265.00

April Cupcake Sale                                                                               236.00

Our Cupcake Sale this month will be on May 20th and will be hosted by grade 8. Also, through a request by parents from PK-3, beginning Monday, May 11th, pre-made smoothies from the Naked Juice company will be available for purchase by students at lunch time. The cost will be $2.50.

This month we will have our May raffle drawings on the 6th and the 20th. This is the second of the two mandatory $50.00 raffles that we hold each year where the winners receive a $500.00 credit to their tuition. Please do not confuse this raffle with the special $20.00 per ticket raffle that is currently taking place to raise funds for an upgrade to our auditorium sound system. The winners for that raffle will be chosen at our Family Fun Day in June.

Our calendar has been so full with various activities that the art teacher and I decided to move our SSKCA Art Show to the fall. She is holding many of the art pieces that students have done this year for display the night of the show. These pieces have been displayed during the school year in the hall outside of the art room for those of us in school each day to enjoy. We are looking forward to sharing them with parents and friends in the fall.

The week of May 25th will be the last week for after school clubs. Teachers will be sending home a schedule soon for final exams in June as well as a list of topics that will be covered so students know what to review. Barring any unexpected emergencies, our last day of school this year will be Friday, June 19th.

Best wishes to all our SSKCA Mothers and Grandmothers for a fabulous Mother’s Day! May our Lord shower you with blessings not just on your special day but all year long.

Sincerely, Mrs. c

Support the Education Investment Tax Credit

Recently Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio wrote a letter of support to Assemblyman Lentol for his push for Education Investment Tax Credit legislation. Assembly Lentol

Let your voice be heard as well in Albany!


Celebrating 150 years of Our Heroes at FDNY!

On May 2nd, Troop #2832 went to the firehouse to celebrate the FDNY’s 150th Anniversary. Established in 1865, the FDNY will be celebrating this landmark anniversary all year long. See more here:

Troop #2832 brought thank you cards, food, cake, and of course, Girl Scout Cookies. The girls also met the chaplain of the FDNY, Chaplain Kansfield, who is also a resident of Greenpoint.


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SSKCA Hosts Math Competition


In March, SSKCA hosted the International Math Competition for the third time. Over six million students took the test this day; we had 33 participants. Some of our students took this test as well. They prepared themselves by participating in our Kangaroo Math Club. Last Year, we had two 5th and 6th  students place in NY State. The results of this year’s competition will arrive in June.

April 2015 Newsletter


SSKCA Is Rapidly Expanding!

The word is out about the best education value in North Brooklyn! The Academy has currently opened an additional Kindergarten class for September 2015 in order to meet the admissions demand! Registrations are still being accepted, and the Academy will open an additional PreK3 and PreK4 class if there are enough registrations. Our robust academic program includes special subjects in Art, Spanish, Music, Computer, and Gym as well as an Honors program in middle school. Please contact Assistant Principal Enid Rodriguez at to schedule a tour!

Students Show Support and #WearYellowForSeth

St. Stans students wear yellow in support of 5-year-old Seth Lane, who was born with an immunodeficiency disorder. This condition makes him highly susceptible to infection, so he has been confined to a completely sterile environment. Click here for the video in which students show their support for Seth!

“Around the World” Summer Camp Registration Is Open!
May 18th from 7-8pm – Meet the Teachers and Review Curriculum!
Camp is Open to ALL (SSKCA waitlist and PS students!)
We will be having a second information session to answer all questions, review the daily schedule and curriculum, and meet the teachers! Our summer camp “visits” a new Spanish-speaking country every week in order to extend school academics and foreign language learning into the summer. We will also have daily outdoor play (with sprinklers!) at the local park along with our on-site playground. Please email Enid Rodriguez at with questions and to receive the daily schedule.
Help Us Raise $40,000!
Our biggest fundraiser can raise $40,000 for our school if we sell all 2,500 tickets. The 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, and winners will be selected 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. Please support our school!


8th Graders Visit the 9/11 Museum


These students, who were babies when the World Trade Center attack occurred on September 11, 2001, visited the 9/11 Museum and Memorial. Two students’ fathers volunteered to chaperone because they felt a connection since they were present on 9/11 or helped to recover Ground Zero shortly thereafter. It was a very emotional visit for all. The adults found it emotional because they had lived through it, and the students found it emotional because of “the phone calls and what people were saying about the buildings and the people” and “the feeling of how many people died where I stood and how many bodies they could not find.” Mrs. C, our principal, accompanied the class on this trip. While at the Museum Shop, Mrs. C saw the book, The Survivor Tree, by Cheryl Somers Aubin and read the book to the students. All students were silent and attentive to the reading, using this time to reflect on the deeply emotional experience.


SSKCA Girl Scouts Get Adventurous!

Between the Brownies presenting their robot, Mr. Robi G. Brainy, at the first-ever Girl Scout Robotics Expo and the Cadettes braving the 35-foot walls of Long Island City Cliffs, it was certainly an exciting Saturday for St. Stans Troop 2832. The Cadettes even earned their Adventure Badge for perfectly executing different safety knots and the belaying technique so that once they reached the top of the wall, they could safely repel back down! Congratulations girls! For more details of their adventurous day, click here.





And the Math Whiz Kid Is…

The middle grades participated in a Math Bee last month, and Grade 4’s Victoria Gluszczyszyn became our champion. She will represent our school in the Diocesan Bee. Great job, Victoria!



Free Department of Education Bus:

Please let us know if your child is aged 5 through Grade 6 and living in Brooklyn (and Grades 7-8 if student crosses a busy road like McGuinness Blvd) so that SSKCA can qualify for a free DOE bus. Email Assistant Principal Enid Rodriguez at to be included on the list. The deadline is June 15th, 2015.



Family Mass – All are welcome!

9am Every Sunday. (Special Mass: 3rd graders on April 19th; 5th graders on May 3rd)

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.

Save the Dates!
Drama Club Performance: May 15th and 16th at 7pm
Spring Show featuring music by The Beatles! May 29th at 7pm
Family Fun Day! June 14th 12noon-5pm and $5,000 Cash Raffle drawing!

Send us your updates! Share what is new with you! Send updates to Enid at



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


We Need Board of Director Members!

We are actively looking for any alumni, community member, or prospective parent to participate. The time commitment is monthly meetings – we need volunteers! Contact Maria Kura at for more information.


Parent Volunteer Meeting

April 21st 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



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.

If you are interested in checking out our previous newsletters, you can find them here.


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