September 18, 2014

High School Admissions Roundtable Set for October

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Speaking with Ms. Rodriguez About St. Stan’s New Spanish Curriculum


EROur new assistant Principal, Ms. Rodriguez, will be teaching St. Stan’s students from Pre-K to 8th Grade, both Spanish language as well as culture. She sat down with us for a brief Q&A. After our Q&A below, you will find an excerpt from her letter to parents about St. Stan’s Spanish language program.

What are you most excited to do at St. Stan’s this year?

I am very excited to be Assistant Principal to be able to continue to help the school continue to be an excellent school, where all students will have many wonderful opportunities to love learning. As the Spanish instructor, I want the students to love learning about the Spanish language and culture, using vocabulary, songs, literacy, poetry, and various props. We will also try to go on field trips to enhance the learning.

Can you tell us a bit about how you will structure the Spanish classes?

Classes for pre-K through grade 5 will meet once per week; grades 6 to 8 will meet twice per week. We will use books, music, props, materials, arts and crafts, projects and technology.

Where did you go to college and what did you study?

I attended Pace University for my Bachelors in Education and Spanish, Teachers College –Columbia University for my Master’s Degree in Bilingual Education. Currently I am attending Adelphi University for an additional Certification in Special Education. I have 3 certifications and plan on obtaining another by the end of this year. I have 14 years’ experience in Business and 15+ years in the classroom. I truly am passionate about teaching and now administrator.

Are you a native New Yorker or from where do you hail?

I was born in Puerto Rico and have lived most of my life in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and now back to Williamsburg.

What is your favorite book that you would recommend to students?

Reading is very important and I recommend children read genres they like and choose, because everyone is unique and reading should be what each individual child has an interest in.

My favorite books are by age groups- toddler-age 5 Eric Carle books, age 6-8 Magic School bus, middle school-all types of chapter books.

Favorite books growing up were written by Judy Blume which I love a lot.


As the Spanish teacher, I expect the children to love learning a new language. They will need Spanish folders and their school supplies when they have Spanish Class. The supplies they purchase for their grade can be brought in a plastic box to be used in our class as well; to avoid spending more money. Certain grades will need more than others. A list will go home in their folder. I will also send home a list of topics, vocabulary or themes, each grade will learn. There will be homework and exams for some grades and I will post all information online.

If you have ever visited one of the 21 countries that speak Spanish, please send in any information or artifacts with your child so they can share. I will make learning Spanish fun and exciting; using literacy, music, culture, videos, and some field trips.”


October School Tour Dates Set for Prospective Parents

St. Stan’s welcomes all prospective and interested parents to tour our Academy!
St. Stan’s mission is to enable our students to reach their full potential academically, spiritually and socially­ in a child-centered, nurturing environment – please join us in observing our mission in practice. The tours will consist of a welcome session with a discussion from the Principal, teachers and parents in the school auditorium. Topics will include the school’s teaching philosophy and curriculum, the afterschool programs, transportation options and parents own experience with St. Stan’s. After this discussion and questions are answered, parents will be guided to classroom to see the children in their environment. The tour will then continue to show the entire building including the gym space in the next building.
We look forward to meeting with you!
WHEN: 9am- 11am on two dates:
October 16th, 2014       PreK3 – 2nd Grade*
October 23rd, 2014       3rd – 8th Grade
WHERE: St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy Auditorium, 12 Newell Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222

Please RSVP for the tour (and LIC transportation*) to: Enid Rodriguez, Assistant Principal at
* There will be a shuttle van from Long Island City for the 10/16 tour date.



New After School Program Added to Curriculum


Dear Parents,

This year, SSKCA is bringing back an after school program. It will be available every school day until 6:00 pm. Students in grades PK-3 through grade 2 would be attending an extended day session first with one of our teachers, from their dismissal time at 2:00 pm until 3:00 pm.  They would then move to the after school program. If any student from grade K through grade 8 attending our “Beyond the Bell” after school program signs up for an after – school club, they would move to the after school program at the conclusion of their club activity. Should a student be attending a class at one of the local special interest schools, such as dance or karate, the student would join the others in after school once the student returns to SSKCA from the special class. On days that we have early dismissal due to faculty meetings, the after school program will be in session.

Our new staff member, Ms. Enid Rodriguez, will serve as the after school program director. She will be assisted each day by one of our PK aids.  The fee for the program follows:

5 days per week                        $2,500.00 per year

3 days per week                        $2,160.00 per year

2 days per week                        $1,440.00 per year

1 day per week                        $1,050.00 per year

The fees are payable in full at the time of enrollment in the program.

Students will have an opportunity to eat a snack brought from home, do their homework with assistance when necessary, as well as engage in various activities, such as arts and crafts, games, Spanish Globetrotters (cultural songs and dances), story time, puzzles, drama skits, playground activities, etc.

We hope that this service will prove to be beneficial to those parents for whom after school care for their child is vital.  If you plan to enroll your child, kindly call the office so a registration form may be sent home.  The program will begin on Monday, September 8, 2014.


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Welcome back to school 2014-2015!


A warm welcome from the Principal, Assistant Principal, Faculty and Staff of St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy. We wish all the students much academic and personal success for this new 2014-2015 school term.

A reminder the first day of school is tomorrow, September 3rd. This will be an early dismissal day.

2014-2015 Student/Parent Handbook


Please refer to St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy policies in our most recent handbook which you can download here. Handbook 14-15

Hard copies will also be distributed to students.

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.