April 17, 2014

Assistant Principal Opportunity at St. Stans

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St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy (www.ststansacademy.org) is a growing, independent Catholic elementary school (preK 3 – 8th grade) in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.  We are seeking a dynamic, ambitious and social media savvy Assistant Principal who loves to work with children and be a part of a thriving, positive, Catholic school!  If you like to be surrounded by like-minded educators, we would love to meet you!

Primary Job Responsibilities

Administration

  1. Manage student admission process and transportation
  2. Serve as central coordination for Academy communications via the website, email newsletters, local press and community updates
  3. Manage and teach Afterschool Program
  4. Manage fundraising events for lower school (PreK3-3rd grade)
  5. Assist Principal with parent communications and addressing concerns

Teaching

  1. Teach Spanish to grades PreK3 – 8th grade
  2. Assist in classrooms as needed

 

Knowledge and Skills Requirements

  1. Fluent in Spanish
  2. Excellent verbal and written communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills
    1. Excellent computer skills including database and spreadsheets. Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and Outlook
    2. Excellent social media skills across multiple channels
      1. Customer service orientation. Employs diplomacy in all interactions. Ability to exercise sound judgment, discretion, tact, and diplomacy in a highly confidential and professional setting.
      2. Time Management and Organization. Keeps track of multiple ongoing projects and deadlines
      3. Skill in continuously seeking to improve the quality of services and processes
      4. Willing to go above and beyond the requirements of the job to innovate and support the organization

 

Qualification Requirements

  1. Fifteen (15) or more credits towards completion of Masters degree, conferred by a college or university registered by the New York State Board of Regents or accredited by an appropriate regional accrediting agency.  Degree will be completed by the end of the third (3rd) full academic year after the appointment date as Assistant Principal.
  2. Minimum of four (4) years teaching experience during which time she/he has demonstrated leadership ability within the school/Academy setting
  3. Holds a Certificate of Initial Faith Formation, or its equivalent, as verified through the Office of Faith Formation
  4. Practicing Roman Catholic
  5. Background in early childhood education a plus

The Assistant Principal will report directly to the Academy Principal.  Duties involve working collaboratively with Board of Directors, Parent Volunteers and the Academy Principal.  Work hours may vary and will include some evenings and weekends. Additional duties may be assigned by Academy Principal as deemed necessary. Please send a cover letter and resume to mariakura@hotmail.com. Qualified applicants will be contacted regarding next steps. St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy is an equal opportunity employer and actively encourages applications from people of all backgrounds.  Compensation is commensurate with experience. St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy offers a full benefits program and opportunities for professional growth.

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April 2014 Letter to Parents

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March 31, 2014

Dear Parents,

With the arrival of spring, FINALLY, I hope that this season of rebirth will renew our spirits after the past LONG winter.

March was a busy month here at SSKCA.  We held our first ever Art Show.  It was very well attended and parents commented on how artistic our students are. Students had an additional opportunity to display their talents at our annual Talent Show.  They entertained their audience with their musical and comedic abilities. Our 3rd graders received the sacrament of Reconciliation (Penance) for the first time and will now focus on preparing for their very special First Holy Communion in May.  The 8th graders received the sacrament of Confirmation yesterday and we pray that they will allow the Holy Spirit to guide them at this crucial point in their lives when they are about to make the transition from elementary school to high school and are faced with various challenges and choices.

The following is the latest update on recent fundraisers:

World’s Finest Chocolate Sale                                      $4, 411.00

Ostatki/Mardi Gras Dinner/Dance                             $12, 574.00

Supermarket Bingo/Penny Social                                   $8,360.00

March Cupcake Sale                                                         $252.00

Sincerest thanks to everyone who assisted in any way with making these profits for our school possible!  Grade 2 will be hosting the April Cupcake Sale on Tuesday, April 8th.

Congratulations to Sarah Obrycki in grade 4 for winning our school Middle Grades Math Bee.  Sarah will represent SSKCA at the next level of the diocesan math bee on April 8th.

There was a report circulating early in the month that our school had been awarded $25,000.00 from the Greenpoint Community Environment Fund. How I wish that were true!  Unfortunately, the report in some newspapers was misleading.  We had been approached by the Audubon Society earlier in the year about partnering with them for a grant that would enable the society to come into our school to conduct a few lessons about birds in NYC to our 2nd and 3rd graders.  The sessions would culminate in a field trip to the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Preserve for the purpose of trying to spot some of the birds they had learned about.  The Audubon Society was awarded the grant for this purpose.  It does not, however, involve any cash being given to SSKCA.

For legal reasons, there is a necessary change in student attendance recording.  If a student comes to school in the morning and immediately asks to see the nurse because the student is feeling ill and the nurse determines the child must be sent back home, that student is marked absent for the day. We often have such a situation where the student never even goes up to the classroom where attendance is taken because the child is sent to school already sick.  If a student needs to leave school later in the day, the student will be marked absent for half a day.  Should, God forbid, something happen to the child after leaving school early and we are served with a subpoena for our attendance records, those records need to be as accurate as possible.  We cannot say the child was present all day when that is not the case.

In recent weeks, we have had many students absent due to either the flu, strep throat or a stomach virus.  We ask that parents kindly keep their child home if they are displaying any of the symptoms mentioned on p. 6 in the handbook.  Those symptoms usually indicate that the child could be contagious.  We are trying to minimize the spread of these illnesses in our school, especially with NYS tests approaching.  Even 2 teachers have been affected so far as well.

Per student request, Smencils are here!  They are pencils with assorted scents that we had sold in the past and students have asked that we obtain them again.  This time we were also able to get Smens which are scented pens.  The cost for the pencils is $1.00 each and for the pens $2.00 each.  They will be available, starting tomorrow, for the students to purchase in the morning before the bell rings and during lunch/recess time.

For those parent who have not yet re-registered their child for September, a gentle reminder that the registration fee increases next week, on April 9th, to $250.00.

We ask that you keep our 4th, 6th and 8th grade students in your prayers this month as they take the NYS ELA and Math exams.  They have been working very hard with their teachers in preparation for these exams.

As the joy of Easter approaches, I pray that the love our Lord showed for the world through His ultimate sacrifice will bring us all everlasting peace and hope.

Sincerely,

Mrs. C

April 2014 Newsletter

NEWS

 

The Catholic School Advantage

children-globe.jpg Many parents choose Catholic school education for their children because of its high academic standards, safety and additional focus on character and values. According to the University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE), “Students in Catholic and other private schools demonstrate higher academic achievement than students from similar backgrounds in public schools.” To read more about the Catholic school advantage, click here. 

 

Enrollment Up By 25%!

The word is out!  Our school-wide enrollment has increased by 25% compared to 2013 and our Prek3 and PreK4 classes for the 2014/2015 school year are FULL and our Kindergarten class is close to capacity!!  We are keeping wait lists and will open additional classes if the demand continues.  If you could share your experiences online, it would help St. Stans. with continuing to increase our enrollment numbers – Yelp, Great Schools , Google.

We are HIRING!!  The Academy is seeking a dynamic, ambitious and social media savvy Assistant Principal who loves to work with children and be a part of a thriving, positive, Catholic school.  The full job posting is available on the Academy site.  If you know a great candidate, please encourage him/her to apply and become part of the Academy family.

 Support School  – and Win $5,000!

This is our biggest fundraiser yet – and can raise $40,000 for our school if we sell all tickets and finalize our leveled-library school-wide!!  Our raffle ticket amount is only $20 a ticket but our prizes are–1st prize is $5,000, 2nd prize is $2,000 and 3rd prize is $1,000. Winner will be drawn on  June 8th, our Family Fun Day.

Can you help us sell tickets?   Do you know of a business that would support St. Stans and sell tickets?  Please email Sr. Joanne Mary (jgoscicki@ststansacademy.org) if you can help!

Otherwise, tickets can purchased at any upcoming events, at the school office or sending payment to 12 Newell Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222.

 

STUDENT NEWSKindergarten

 

Our class has been learning through hands-on activities both independently and in groups. We have been learning how to count, and add/subtract with the Smart Board and by working with manipulatives. This is done by connecting and subtracting cubes.  Our reading and writing skills are developing by blending sounds into words that we then compile into short sentences.  Our reading comprehension has improved dramatically throughout the year!

Mo’ Math Museum

The 6th grade class took a field trip to The National Museum of Mathematics to have fun while learning. Our first task was to decode the tour guide’s name by using Caesar Shift as a way to learn about hacking and cryptology.  The museum has many exciting activities, such as the square – wheeled tricycles, and a giant calculator that could multiply all the numbers. There was an electronic floor that provided many different activities such as a maze of only make left turns. Many students enjoyed the race track that they had to build by using operating levers as well.

 

 

Dance Club

Since September, the Dance Club holds practices once a week during recess for girls from Grades 5-8 and everyone is invited to participate!  Their hip-hop dance was displayed during the March Talent show and they will also be performing a new dance at the upcoming Family Fun Day in June.  The group really enjoys participating in this club and it is a fun way to be creative and active.

 

 

 

 

Sept 2014 Transportation Options - Email dh@ridemss.com to be on the list.

Free Dept. of Education Bus: Ages 5- Grade 6 (and Grades 7-8th if student crosses a busy road like McGuinness Blvd). Only 1 more child and this program is a go! 

Brooklyn Private Bus: Due to increased interest, we are taking names for a private bus for ages 3 and 4.  The cost is $2,000 for the year, and 10 children are needed to reach capacity.

LIC Private Bus: A private bus currently runs and the cost is $2,000 per child for the year, but limited space available!

September 2014 Afterschool Program!

Due to increased demand from parents, we will be offering our program with a full immersion Spanish option and a hot dinner option as well! If you would like to confirm a spot, please send a $500 deposit by due May 1st. 2014 reserve a spot to the SSKCA, Attention: Sr. Joanne!  Questions? Email Diane at dh@ridemss.com or view more details here.

EVENTS

4/06/14: Breakfast with the Easter Bunny

10am -12 noon – Meet the Easter Bunny!!

Enjoy a morning of an Easter Egg hunt by age group along with a breakfast.

Bring a camera for pictures and a basket for the egg hunt! Adults $8, Children $10

Save the Date – 1960 Graduates!

We are planning a weekend of activities! On Friday, Feb. 13, 2015 – Tour St. Stans- bring back the memories with your classmates by touring the school!  On Feb, 14th, 2015 – Dance the night away at our Mardi Gras Dinner/Danceand on Sunday, Feb. 16th, 2015 – Mass at St. Stanislaus Church.  We are looking to build our school database and need help finding people!  Please email Leona (Busselmaier) Salazar at thecioc@msn.com or call 206-842-1184 if you can help us track down people!!

SUPPORTVOLUNTEER

Calling all Alumni!

St. Stans is looking for dedicated and passionate volunteers to serve on our Board of Directors.  Interested in giving back?!  Contact Maria Kura (mariakura@hotmail.com) for more information.

Fundraising/Marketing Committee Meeting  

April 7th – 7-8pm SKCA Auditorium- Get involved, we appreciate all of your help!  Please stop by to find out more or email with questions – Andy Chmarzewski (achmarzewski@gmail.com).DONATE

Support Reading!

A key academic fundraising initiative for 2014-2015 is to create a leveled library in every classroom. If you would like to donate to this initiative, please help us! To donate to our mission click here or you can contact Diana Coppola at coppoladee@yahoo.com to help a grade!

Box Tops Collection

Please donate Box Tops symbols from many grocery products by dropping at our office.  We can raise up to $20,000 for our school! www.boxtops4education.com

St. Stanislaus Kostka Academy Annual Fund                                                      

Help make education affordable for the 2013-14 annual fund and mail a check payable to ‘St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy’ to 12 Newell St., Brooklyn, NY 11222 or donate

online by clicking the button:

 

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Company Donation Match

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

Congratulations to Our Stellar Eighth Graders!

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ST. STANISLAUS KOSTKA CATHOLIC ACADEMY
CLASS OF 2014

CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR HARD WORK! YOU HAVE MADE US PROUD!

CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL ACCEPTANCE LIST

Regis High School
Archbishop Molloy High School
Msgr. McClancy Memorial High School
Xavier High School
St. Vincent Ferrer High School
St. Francis Preparatory School
Notre Dame High School
Christ the King Regional High School
St. John’s Preparatory School
Bishop Ford High School
Bishop Loughlin High School

PUBLIC/PRIVATE ACCEPTANCES

Brooklyn Technical High School
Townsend Harris High School
Bard High School Early College Queens
The High School of Fashion Industries
The High School for Enterprise, Business and Technology
Williamsburg Preparatory School
Millennium Brooklyn
High School for Law, Advocacy and Community Justice
Leon M. Goldstein High School for the Sciences
Queens Vocational and Technical High School
Brooklyn Community High School of Communicational Arts and Media
Brooklyn Academy of Science and Environment
Frank McCourt High School
Grace Church School
The Browning School

First Annual St. Stan’s Benefit Raffle!

 

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Winning tickets will be drawn at

Family Fun Day, June 8, 2014 at SSKCA

Winner Need Not Be Present

Pick up tickets at the front desk and at St. Stan’s events.

TICKET PRICE $20

1st Prize = $5,000

2nd Prize = $2,000

3rd Prize = $1,000 

Persons must be 18 years old to purchase a raffle ticket or win any prize.
St. Stan’s reserves the right to cancel this raffle any time on or before June 8, 2014 and refund the full $20 ticket price.
Winners are required to pay all Federal, State and Local Taxes.
All Prizes are non-transferable.

Easter Bunny To Visit St. Stan’s

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March 2014 Letter to Parents

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Dear Parents,

Just 15 days until spring!  I, for one, cannot wait to see this winter end.  Unfortunately, though, since March can be unpredictable, we cannot determine the graduation dates or the date for the last day of school at this time.  We will let you know as soon as that decision is made.

Our February Cupcake Day, hosted by the 3rd grade, resulted in a profit of $164.50.  The hosts  this month are the 1st graders and the cupcake sale will be held on Monday, March 17th.  We don’t have the total profit yet for the World’s Finest chocolate sale because we are still waiting for a few families to turn in their money.  But we do have the results of the top sellers:

1st Place                        Caitlen Tardalo                        21 boxes

2nd Place                        Alexandria Hungreder         16 boxes

3rd Place                        Jack Ceffalia                            11 boxes

The top selling class is PK-4 and those students will receive a pizza party.  Thank you to all our families who participated in this year’s popular chocolate sale!

Maciej Jablonowski in grade 8 is our school Spelling Bee champion.  He will represent SSKCA in the Daily News sponsored New York Citywide Spelling Bee on March 19th.  Congratulations, Maciej, and best of luck at the next level of competition!

Our annual Social Studies Fair was well attended last night.  Many parents stopped to tell me how impressed they were with the students’ projects and how much they learned from viewing them.  We look forward to seeing you next week at our first Art Show that will showcase the artistic talents of our students.  It will be held on Tuesday, March 11th, at 7:00 PM.  There will be an Ostatki/Mardi Gras recap meeting right after the show at 8:00 PM.

This Saturday, March 8th, our annual Supermarket Bingo/Penny Social fundraiser will be held in our auditorium.  Doors will open at 12:30 PM with the first game beginning at 2:00 PM.  There will be many great raffle prizes as well, so we invite you to join us for a fun afternoon.  On Friday, March 21st, at 7:00 PM, this year’s edition of our school Talent Show will be held. Admission is $7.00 for adults and $5.00 for students who are not performing.  Our student stars hope to see you there!

For those parents whose child walks home alone and who had given permission for their child to join an after-school club, we are now requiring that, if your child is unable to attend a meeting, you either email the teacher who is in charge of the club or send a note that morning informing the teacher of your child’s absence from the meeting.  Otherwise, the secretary will be calling the parents that afternoon to inquire if they are aware that their child did not stay for the meeting.  This policy change is being made in order to ensure the safety of our students.  We do not want parents thinking that their child is still in school at a club activity while that may not be the case.

In this season of Lent, as we focus on the traditional spiritual practices of fasting, prayer and almsgiving that will help prepare us for the joyous Resurrection, may these practices enrich us and enable us to grow closer to Christ.

Sincerely,

Mrs. C

March 2014 Newsletter

NEWS 

 

Raffle to Support School  – Win $5,000!

Our raffle ticket amount is now only $20 a ticket but our prizes remain the same –1st prize is $5,000, 2nd prize is $2,000 and 3rd prize is $1,000. There will be a maximum of 2,500 tickets sold, and we will be selecting the winners on June 8th, our Family Fun Day.  Tickets can purchased at any upcoming events, at the school office or sending payment to 12 Newell Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222. Thank you for your support!

 

 

 Benefits of Reading to Your Child

According to the Literacy Connections website, “U.S. Department of Education analysis found that children who were read to at least three times a week by a family member were almost twice as likely to score in the top 25 percent in reading than children who were read to less than three times a week. Just like physical exercise, there are cumulative benefits when you do something regularly.”Encourage your children to read, and most importantly, read along with them, as research shows that by reading aloud with your children, you are helping them become better readers, better listeners and better students. You are also helping them build vocabulary and language skills and helping them gain knowledge about the world around them. For more insight on the importance of reading to your child, click here

Don’t forget to support our key 2014-15 academic fundraising initiative of having a leveled library for every grade!

Interested in helping?  Contact: Diana Coppola coppoladee@yahoo.com to help a grade!

2014 School Tour Dates

Our next group School Tour Dates are March 13th (PreK3-2nd Grade) and March 20th (3rd-8th Grade) from 9am-11am. If you are unable to attend those dates, please schedule personalized tour at your convenience with our principal, please call the office to schedule 718-383-1970 or email Principal Christina Cieloszczyk ccieloszczyk@ststansacademy.org

Our PreK3 and PreK4 classes only have a few spots left, so please don’t wait!

 

 

STUDENT NEWS 

Grade 5 Update

We started working on our Social Studies fair projects on some of our most famous U.S. Presidents by using their computer class time to gather information and pictures on their assigned presidents. Working in groups of two, they have already started putting together their boards for this year’s fair!  This year during Catholic Schools Week, our fifth graders were ecstatic to be partnered up with our precious Kindergarten class for ‘Buddy Day’. They had a wonderful time helping our little friends with an art project.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kangaroo Math Club 

 

Our club meets once a week in Ms. Bozena’s classroom, where students, from Grades 5-7, prepare for the International Kangaroo Math Competition. This year will mark the fourth time of our participation in this competition,  and the second time that the Kangaroo Math Competition will take place in our school.  Every Wednesday morning, we practice using math problems from the previous years and hope to do well when the competition comes in March. Check out some of the pictures from last year’s Kangaroo Math Competition here.

 

 

Free Brooklyn Bus Transportation - Department of Education bus pick-up is available to registered SSKCA students from Ages 5- Grade 6 (and Grades 7-8th if student crosses a busy road like McGuinness Blvd). We already have 9 out of 11 spots filled for Sept!  Email dh@ridemss.com to be on the list.

September 2014 Afterschool Program!

Due to increased demand from parents, we will be offering our program with a Spanish option. A $500 deposit is due April 1st. 2014. Email Diane at dh@ridemss.com or view more details here.

 

EVENTS

 

Supermarket Bing/Raffle on Sat. March 8th at 12:30pm, 1st game is 2pm!

Please join our annual event in our School Auditorium at 12 Newel Street!  An $8 admission includes coffee/cake, admission board & door prize ticket.   Numerous games of bingo that will be followed by raffle baskets.  Raffle prizes include CHER at the Barclay Center, METS tickets, Coach, Michael Kors, Wolfgang Puk, Rachel Ray, Food Network, Samsung Tablet, Nikkon camera, Dyson vacuum cleaner, Calphon cookware, Theme baskets, NYS Lotto, 50/50, Calendar Game, 52 Pick Up…just to name a few!!! 

4/08/14: Breakfast with the Easter Bunny

10am -12 noon – Meet the Easter Bunny!!

Enjoy a morning of an Easter Egg hunt by age group along with a breakfast.

Bring a camera for pictures and a basket for the egg hunt! Adults$8, Children $10

 

Save the Date – 1960 Graduates!

We are planning a weekend of activities! Friday night – Tour St. Stans- bring back the memories with your classmates by touring the school!  Saturday Night – Attend Mardi Gras Dance! And Sunday – Mass at St. Stanislaus Church.  We are looking to build our school database and need help finding people!  Please email Leona (Busselmaier) Salazar at thecioc@msn.com or call 206-842-1184 if you can help us track down people!!

 

DONATE OR VOLUNTEER TODAY!

 

A key academic fundraising initiative to create leveled library in every classroom. If you would like to donate to this initiative, please help us! To donate to our mission click here or you can contact Diana Coppola at coppoladee@yahoo.com to help a grade!

 

 

 

VOLUNTEER

Fundraising/Marketing Committee Meeting

March 11th- 7pm SKCA Auditorium- Many different volunteer opportunities such as assisting with various fundraising events, school transportation, compile press list, assist with online parent reviews, and graphic design – to name a few. Please stop by to find out more or email with questions – Andy Chmarzewski (achmarzewski@gmail.com).

Raffle Items Needed

We are looking for donated items for our upcoming fundraising Supermarket Bingo/Penny Social and June Family Fun Day raffles!  If you have any items, tickets, services, or ideas on how we can find some big ticket items – please email Janet Zukowski at fritkaz@gmail.com

 

DONATE

Box Tops Collection

Please donate Box Tops symbols from many grocery products by dropping at our office.  We can raise up to $20,000 for our school! www.boxtops4education.com

St. Stanislaus Kostka Academy Annual Fund                                                      

Help make education affordable for the 2013-14 annual fund and mail a check payable to ‘St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy’ to 12 Newell St., Brooklyn, NY 11222 or donate

online by clicking the button:

 

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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 2014 Students of the Month

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St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy

Students of the Month

February 2014

CONGRATULATIONS!

Kindergarten – Piotr Kowalczyk

First Grade – Aleksandra Skowron

Second Grade – Daniel Lapinski

Third Grade – Lucas Hartley

Fourth Grade – Angelina Layden

Fifth Grade – Angelika Kuchar

Sixth Grade – Nicole Hawro

Seventh Grade – Amanda Piasecki

Eighth Grade – Carl Ferreri