July 2, 2015

SSKCA Bids Farewell to Eighth Graders

The hugs and tears have begun today…

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Benefit Raffle Tickets Still Available!

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June 2015 Letter to Parents

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Dear Parents,

Both students and staff are amazed that there are just 2 weeks left of school before summer vacation! The year has truly flown by and everyone is looking forward to some much needed rest and relaxation after a very busy year.

There were a variety of activities that took place at SSKCA during the month of May. The Grades 3 & 4 Spelling Bee was held. The winners were: Alexandra Czartoryjski (first place), Victoria Gluszczyszyn (second place) and Romulus Czernisz (third place). Grades 1 & 2 held their Math Bee and the winners were: Anna Kalishman (first place), Jan Czartoryjski (second place) and Angelina Podkalicki (third place). Congratulations to these fine spellers and mathematicians!

The results of our fundraisers this past month are:

Drama Club’s High School Musical                       $ 2,580.00

SSKCA Spring Show                                                 $ 4,098.00

8th Grade Cupcake Sale                                            $303.00

The May Tuition Raffle drawings were held and the winners were:

Mara Gonzalez                       Grade 1

Gabriel Mirek                         Grade PK-3

Emma Rewekant                     Grade 7

Colum Cocks                          Grade PK-4

Brianna Pena                           Grade 7

Max Fedorowicz                     Grade 4

Congratulations to the winners!

There is still time to buy raffle tickets for the big raffle of the year, with a first prize of $5,000.00! The drawing will be held during Family Fun Day. Any family that still has tickets that they have not turned in yet, kindly do so by this Thursday, June 11th.

The last Cupcake Sale of this school year is scheduled for this Wednesday, June 10th. The 5th graders will be the hosts.

Family Fun Day will take place on Sunday, June 14th, from noon until 5:00 pm.  Volunteer sign up sheets are on the table outside of the school office for any parent still in need of  volunteer hours. Any moms who would be able to donate baked goods for the event can drop  them off at the auditorium on Sunday morning starting at 9:00 am. We would truly appreciate your help.

Kindly remember that the school uniform policy is still in effect until the end of school. Unless a student has a N.U.T. card, the full uniform is expected to be worn, either the regular version or the summer uniform. For girls, the summer uniform is the navy blue skort, (not just any skirt), from the uniform store. The girls’ summer polo is white, not blue. For safety reasons, school shoes must have either laces or a strap to hold the shoe firmly on the foot as well as a flexible rubber sole.

On Friday, June 12th, Assemblyman Joseph Lentol and DOT Commissioner Bray will be visiting our school at 11:00 am for a meeting regarding our request for a Stop sign on the corner of Driggs Ave. and Newel St. and a speed bump on Driggs Ave. We have made these requests in an effort to ensure the safety of our students as they cross that busy intersection. The rally originally scheduled for 3:00 pm that day had to be canceled due to the change in time. If you have not yet signed the petition for these traffic safety measures, kindly do so by Friday morning. Copies are outside of the secretary’s office.

Next week, students will have half days of school on Wednesday, June 17th and Thursday, June 18th. Our ending of the school year Mass will be on June 18th at 9:00 am and parents are always  invited to join us for these special Masses. On Friday, June 19th, students will be dismissed after the awards ceremony that will begin at 9:00 am.

We are in need of three moms to alternate running our Little Blessings Program next year on Wednesdays from 9:00 am until 11:00 am. If you are interested, please call the office or send me an email.

Best wishes for a wonderful, blessed summer! I hope you and your family will have a safe and enjoyable vacation. See you in September!

Sincerely,

Mrs. C

Fighting to Improve Pedestrian Safety Around St. Stans

As addressed in our formal appeal (Case# DOT-248593- P8N4) dated December 8, 2014, submitted to Brooklyn Borough Commissioner Bray, Councilman Levin, Assemblyman Lentol and Senator Squadron, 4tled “Re: Requesting immediate traffic safety improvements on the streets near St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy in Greenpoint, Brooklyn,” the streets surrounding SSKCA have been neglected for years and lack the traffic calming devices necessary to improve the safety of the street crossings used daily by hundreds of students traveling to school. This appeal is in response to letters received from the DOT rejecting our requests.

The following report (final#-sskca_trafficsafetyappeal_9june2015) is to help further illustrate the issues at hand and propose improvements to immediately rectify the issues to help ensure no child has to continue to risk his or her life by walking to school.

Sign the online petition to boost our efforts!

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. Our proposals make sense and we will continue to appeal and fight for safer streets:

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On an almost daily basis, residents of the community witness near-collisions of vehicles and pedestrians. 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)

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.”

 

Final Days to Fight for Education Tax Credit!

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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 www.nyscatholic.org 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!

 

 

 

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

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

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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!

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CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL ACCEPTANCES FOR CLASS OF 2015:

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

PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL ACCEPTANCES FOR CLASS OF 2015:

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

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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

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