August 21, 2014

August 2014 Newsletter


Preparing for the Back-to-School Transition


In a few weeks school will be back in session! A great way to ease children back into the routine is by properly preparing ahead of time with these tips:

Get the children to bed on time by setting a solid routine a week before the first day of school.

Encourage literacy at home by reading to your children frequently and making regular library visits.

Prepare a study area by creating a special homework area at home free of distractions.

Here are additional tips and resources for parents that will make the transition for the upcoming school year smooth one.Welcome our new Assistant Principal!

We are excited to introduce Enid Rodriguez who has joined the Academy as our Assistant Principal and Spanish language instructor.  Ms. Rodriguez has over 16 years of teaching experience in Catholic, private and public schools.  Ms. Rodriguez will teach Spanish to our PreK3 through 8th grade students and will also manage the SSKCA Afterschool Program. “The Academy is staying ahead of the academic curve by offering Spanish language instruction starting in PreK3 and by giving parents the option to extend their child’s learning of the language in the Afterschool Program as well,” said Board of Director President, Maria Kura.


SSKCA Young Einstein Science Club

A new Science Club will be offered to our 4th and 5th grade students.  Students will meet weekly in the Science Lab and have an opportunity to explore materials, view information, and conduct experiments in the areas of Life, Physical, and Earth Science. Students will record their findings in individual journals and lead discussion about their conclusions.  New children’s microscopes will help pique the students’ interest in learning about life around them. There will also be opportunities to take their interest in science outside the lab and into an environment such as a museum, or discovery/learning center.  Mrs. Zito, Moderator


Car Seats Donations! We are looking for 3 car seats to be donated for our bus service.  If you have one available, please email Diane at


Support Local Businesses Afterschool Classes - More info here!

Auditorium Audio and Visual Upgrade Needed! - Send referrals to Paul at


Correction:  The SSKCA raffle raised $5,147




Welcome New Families!

For all of the new members of the St. Stan’s community, we hope that you’ll join us on either Sun. Sept 7th and Sun. Sept 14th at 11am at Msgr. McGolrick Park at the Driggs St. entrance to meet  currently enrolled families from grades PreK3-1st Grade. It’ll provide a great opportunity for your child to to meet other children,  and you’ll be able to talk to other parents and learn more about the unique environment here at St. Stan’s as we start off the year. Please RSVP to

Oct 7, 2014 7-9pm SSKCA Auditorium – Open to All Interested Parents

Please join area parents in this open discussion to help prepare parents for the NYC high school admissions and financial aid process. Our panelists include: Richard Karsten, President, Archbishop Molloy High School, Johanna Rodriguez, Director of Admissions Poly Prep Country Day School, and Joyce Szuflita, a public school consultant. This event will be moderated by SSKCA Parent and Journalist, Tatiana Serafin. Please RSVP to Diane at


Save the Date – 1960′s Graduates! 

We are planning a weekend of activities starting Feb. 13th, 2015! Activities include a tour of St. Stans, a night of fun at our Mardi Gras Dance and Mass at St. Stanislaus Church. Limited tickets available for Sat. evening dance. Check out our Facebook page “St. Stanislaus Kostka ’60s Reunion - Greenpoint” for details. Contact Leona (Busselmaier) Salazar at or call 206-842-1184


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

Calling all Alumni!

Interested in giving back by serving on the SSKCA Board of Directors?!  Contact Maria Kura ( for more information.

Parent Volunteer Meeting

August 20th – 7-8pm. SSKCA Auditorium.   All are welcome!  Our Dance, Fundraising and Marketing committees meet together to discuss strategy.  RSVP: Andy (



Box Tops Collection

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


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

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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.

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


Important September Dates for Pre-K and Kindergarten Classes!


Dear New and Returning Parents!

Here are some important dates for parents of children starting Pre-Kindergarten 3, Pre-Kindergarten 4 and Kindergarten classes this September.

Thursday, September 4: Orientation Session, 9:30am to approximately 10:30am, for both parents and students.

Monday, September 8 & Tuesday September 9: Classes begin at 8:30am and end at 11:30am.

Wednesday, September 10, Thursday, September 11 & Friday, September 12: Classes begin at 8:30am and will finish at 1:00PM

Beginning Monday, September 15: Classes begin at 8:00am and finish at 2:00pm.

We look forward to having your child in St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy. Should you have any questions, please call me at the school or leave a message at 718.3893.1970 now until July 3. The school office will re-open on August 18 with hours from 9:00am – 12:00pm. I may also be reached by email throughout the summer at


Mrs. Christina Cieloszczyk Principal

Aquinas Club Makes Its Mark!


On May 22nd, St. Stanislaus Aquinas Club represented the school at the annual fair in Queens under the direction of Mrs. Martinelli. Congratulations to great workwhich you can see starting in minute 2:29 in this video.!

St. Stans Girl Scout Troop Set To Expand

Thank you to all the Girls Scouts, parents and volunteers who made the launch of Stans Girl Scout troop such a success this year! Our Daisies rounded off the term with a fishing trip to Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Acquarium. There we learned not only about fish, but also turtles and salamanders. We also practiced how to tie a knot and cast a hook. Some of us took home our catch of the day and had a delicious dinner!

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We’re building and growing. Next year we will have an active Daisy troop (Kindergarten and First Grade), a Brownie troop (Second Grade and Third Grade) and a combined Junior/Cadette troop (Fourth through Eight Grades).

Please contact Margaret Feliciano or Tatiana Serafin if you’re interested in becoming a Girl Scout or Troop Leader.

Newspaper- Final Edition of the Year on Sale Now! Don’t Miss Out!

The last edition for the year, of the St. Stan’s Bugle will be on sale every morning this week, June 10th-13th in the back of the auditorium.  Don’t miss out!  Only 50 cents a copy! 

June 2014 Newsletter


Avoid the ‘Summer Slide’

young-girl-studying.jpg According to The National Summer Learning Association, “All young people experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer.” Research spanning 100 years shows that students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they do on the same tests at the beginning of the summer.” The best way to prevent the ‘summer slide,’ is to engage in activities that will keep students’ minds active until school starts back. In addition to checking out the local library, volunteering and visiting museums, click here for additional tips and resources.



Family Fun Day – Open to All!

St. Stanislaus Kostka Academy- 12 Newell St. Brooklyn, NY 11222

June 8th, 2014 from 12noon-5pm Free Admission

This popular community event includes an inflatable slide, obstacle course and bouncy house for all ages, and last chance to purchase raffle tickets for our $5,000 drawing to support of our level-library school wide!!!  There are also kid-friendly activities such as art, games and face-painting while a DJ provides musical entertainment. Food options include a BBQ as well as special treats from cotton candy, ice cream and popcorn vendors.  Free admission but tickets are purchased for rides and food.


Final $10,000 Tech Grant Awarded!

We have received our final $10,000 from the Bishop John J. MacEntegart Technology Grant

for the upgrade of our technology lab including the Ethernet network and the installation of an upgraded Windows Programming.  This funding is the final installment of a three year grant to allow for the upgrade of our computer lab that included the thirty new computers.  Thank you Academy Board Member Janet Zukowski for insuring that the project was completed!

Library Sorting Begins!

June 7th 1-3pm, SSKCA Library -  we are beginning to sort the current library and donation bags to organize appropriate books by grade.  If you would like to help out, please RSVP to Diana Coppola at and come on by!


Watch Them! Grow Them! Let Them Go!

Grade 2 experienced the fascinating life cycle of the Painted Lady Butterfly. We observed the complete metamorphosis from egg, to caterpillar, to chrysalis, to the beautiful butterfly. An amazing transformation!





Ellis Island Field Trip

Our 4th and 7th Graders embarked on a trip to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.  Both classes had recently learned about immigration in the United States in the late 1800′s, in their Social Studies classes.  The trip began on a packed ferry boat to both landmarks that gave students the true immigrant experience.  At the Statue of Liberty, everyone climbed up to the pedestal that overlooks the Manhattan skyline as well as visit the mini-museum dedicated to the statue and immigration.  On Ellis Island, the students had the chance to see the baggage room and some artifacts, the staircase of separation and the wall of names.  Many students were able to locate family members on the wall of names or look up their relatives in the computer system.

Afterschool Program – Final Reminder!

This optional full immersion Spanish program (your choice!) will include time for homework, educational games and free play from 2-6pm after school. There is a price increase after June 15th to $3,000 for the year so send in security deposits ASAP to reserve at the lower price!  Questions? Email Diane at

Sept 2014 Transportation

If you are interested in paid bus service or carpooling, email Diane at


Welcome New Families!

All new families are welcome to meet current families from grades PreK3-1st Grade on Sun. Sept 7th and Sun. Sept 14th at 11am at Msgr. McGolrick Park. It is a great time to meet other children and parents at the start of the year.  We can’t wait to meet you!  Please RSVP to

Save the Date – 1960 Graduates! 

We are planning a weekend of activities starting Feb. 13th, 2015! Activities include a tour St. Stans, a night of fun at our Mardi Gras Dance and Mass at St. Stanislaus Church.  Please email Leona (Busselmaier) Salazar at or call 206-842-1184 if you can help us track down people!!


Fundraising/Marketing Committee: 2014-15 Strategy Meeting! 

June 17th- 7-8pm SSKCA Auditorium- The committees will come together to discuss what worked/didn’t work for last year’s calendar and set goals for next year! All input is welcome!  RSVP: Andy Chmarzewski (


Support Reading!

A key academic fundraising initiative for 2014-2015 is to create a leveled library in every classroom. We have our first event to help sort the existing library and donations on June 7th from 1-3pm.

Contact Diana Coppola at to help organize your child’s grade!




Box Tops Collection

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

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 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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June 2014 Letter to Parents


Dear Parents,

Where has the school year gone? It seems like just yesterday we had returned from the long summer break and here we are about to begin another.  Even many of the students admit that the year did fly by so it isn’t just us “older” folks who feel that way.

During the month of May, many exciting events took place for our SSKCA students.  The third graders received their First Holy Communion, our Drama Club members enjoyed a huge success with their performances of Cinderella, our Aquinas group had a successful presentation at the annual diocesan Aquinas Expo, and Amanda Piasecki in grade 7 represented our school at the annual diocesan Oratorical Contest.  The 4th and 7th graders went on a class field trip to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.  Many students said it was their very first time visiting these landmarks of our city.  For many students the bowling trip that grades K – 8 attended was the highlight of the month.

Our May fundraisers included the monthly Cupcake Sale, hosted by grade K, which raised $230.00.  Grade 6 will be hosting our last Cupcake Sale of the school year on Wednesday, June 11th.  The National Junior Honor Society raised $855.00 through a special dress down for their Wounded Warrior project.  It is wonderful to see our students practice what they are taught regarding caring for others.  Our May tuition raffle winners are:

Julia Zera                    grade 3                         Angelika Kuchar         grade 5

Julia Kowalczyk         grade PK-3                  Sarah Obrycki             grade 4

Monica Chibowski     grade PK-4                  Scott Cloonen             grade 1

Congratulations to all our winners!

Now for some important June information.  Students will have NO school on Monday, June 9th, due to a faculty professional day.  Final exams for grades 1 – 7 begin on Friday, June 6th and end on Friday, June 13th.  Half days will begin on Wednesday, June 18th.  On Thursday, June 19th, we will attend a special end of school year Mass at 9:00 AM.  Friday, June 20th, is our last day of school this year and we will have our annual special awards ceremony at 9:00 AM that day in the auditorium after which summer vacation officially begins!  Dismissal will be after the awards ceremony at approximately 10:30 AM  and parents, as always, are invited to attend both our Mass as well as the awards ceremony.

In closing, I thank our Lord for another successful year here at SSKCA and I ask his blessings on us all as we begin a well earned summer vacation.  May He allow us to return safely in September, well rested and recharged for another great year!

I hope to see you at Family Fun Day on June 8th!


Mrs. C

May 2014 Students of the Month


St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy

Student of the Month

 May 2014

Kindergarten    -    Mara Gonzalez

First Grade    -    Max Rurak

Second Grade    -    Jack Ceffalia

Third Grade    -    Daria Stachula

Fourth Grade    -    Adrianna Cimino

Fifth Grade    -    Peter Leszko

Sixth Grade    -    Evelyn Kadzielawski

Seventh Grade    -    Anna Szablak

Eighth Grade    -    Alexandria Hungreder

May 2014 Letter to Parents


Dear Parents,

I hope that you and your family had a wonderful Easter and spring recess break.  The weather is finally beginning to feel like spring and hopefully the temperatures will stay reasonable until the end of the school year.  Our last day of school will be Friday, June 20, 2014.

Although April was a short month for us here at SSKCA, it was still busy.  The 4th, 6th and 8th graders took their NYS ELA exams.  Today is the last day for the NYS Math exams so I know the students and teachers will be breathing a huge sigh of relief!

Our monthly Cupcake Sale, hosted by the second graders, raised $303.00.  It was amazing to see these young students get into the spirit of the sale by posting advertisements throughout the building. Their excitement was contagious and I am sure we can expect to see many successful business people from among that group in the future.  This month’s sale will be held on Wednesday, May 14th and our hosts will be the kindergarten class.  Our other fundraiser last month was our annual Breakfast with the Easter Bunny, which raised $1, 959.67.  Sincerest thanks to all those parents who assisted with the event and/or who attended.

On Tuesday, May 6th, our National Junior Honor Society has organized a special Dress Down Day for our students.  The cost is $5.00 and all proceeds will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project.  That organization helps our wounded service people and their families with health care issues, finding employment, etc.  We owe our wounded veterans a debt of gratitude and our honor society members wanted to express their gratitude in this manner. On the same day, at 7:00 pm, there will be an important planning meeting for our annual Family Fun Day, which is coming up on June 8th.

Representatives from our uniform company will be in school at 9:00 am on Wednesday, May 14th, to measure any students who need to order new uniforms. The last Open Forum meeting of the year will be held on Thursday, May 22nd, at 7:00 pm.  School will be in session on Ascension Thursday in order to make up one of our snow days.

We invite our parents to bring their family and friends to our last Bingo of the year which will be held tomorrow, May 3, 2014.  Doors open at 6:00 pm and the first game will begin at 7:00 pm.

We also invite everyone to this year’s Drama Club performances of Cinderella on Friday, May 16th and Saturday, May 17th at 7:00 pm.

Looking ahead to June, final exams for grades 1 -7 will be given from Friday, June 6th until Friday, June 13th.  Teachers will be sending home their schedule of which final will be given on which day along with hints of what topics students can expect to see covered on the exams so they know what needs to be reviewed. There will be no school on Monday, June 9th, due to a Faculty Professional Day.

There seems to be a bit of confusion regarding tuition statements that are sent home periodically during the course of the year.  In September, all possible fees are listed on the statement.  Then as the year progresses and parents make payments or complete their service hours, those amounts are credited to your account so the next statement will reflect the credits.

For the upcoming school bowling trip, grades K – 4 are permitted 5 chaperones per class while grades 5 – 8 are only permitted 3 chaperones per class.  If additional chaperones have volunteered, the teachers will use a lottery system to choose their allotted number.

In closing,  my prayer is that you enjoy the beauty of this season and the renewal of faith and hope that it brings.


Mrs. C

Welcome Back and Reminders 4/28

Just a few reminders as we return from our Easter break:
1.  Today is the second dress down of the month.
2.  This week the 4th, 6th and 8th graders will be taking their NYS Math exams on Wednesday through Friday.
3.  There is an early dismissal Thursday due to our monthly faculty meeting.
4.  The First Friday Mass this week will also have the May Crowning ceremony.  All are welcome.
5.  You are invited to come with your family, friends and neighbors to our last Bingo of the year on Saturday, May 3rd.  Doors open at 6:00 pm.