November 20, 2014

St. Stans Awarded Grant To Build STEM, Language Arts and Scholarships

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Santa Confirms Arrival At St. Stans!

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St. Stans Expands Music Program

St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy believes an arts education is an important part of a child’s learning. St. Stans music classes and performances have been led by the talented and energetic, Bozena Konkiel. In addition these regular music classes, St. Stans offers guitar club, dance classes, and choir.

And just in October, the Academy added a violin program for students from K-2nd grade, taught by Wieslawa Zarkowski, a concert violin player. The first lesson took place on October 6th.

We look forward to the student performances!


November 2014 Newsletter


 Television and Our Children

The American Academy of Pediatrics states that elementary and middle school-aged children should not spend more than an 1-2 hours in front of the television per day. Children should spend their time engaging in other activities, such as playing outside, reading, hobbies, and freely using their imaginations. Consider TV programs that promote empathy, literacy, and perseverance; find these here.


Audubon Society and Grade 2!

This month, during Audubon New York For the Birds, students experienced classroom lessons about birds and their habitats, journal writing, and even an outdoor walk to go bird watching. What a wonderful way to take an active interest in your own community!

 Social Studies for 200!

In Social Studies class, students are given a chance to participate in various activities that reinforce the content covered in class. One activity seems to be creating quite the buzz! The classic game Jeopardy has made its way from television sets across the nation to right here in our classrooms. As a way to study for upcoming tests, students review information using a game show format that not only prepares them for the exam, but also allows them to have a fun in the process. Activities such as these motivate students and leave them wanting to learn more.

Music Program Expands!

In addition to regular music classes, guitar club, dance classes, and choir, we were able to open a new music program. This month, we started a violin program for students from K-2nd grade, taught by Wieslawa Zarkowski, a concert violin player. The first lesson took place on October 6th.


Andrzejki Dance!

November 22nd at 8pm; $60 per person – Tickets at SSKCA or email Teresa at

St. Andrew’s Day is a major Polish seasonal celebration held at the end of November. Just like Mardi Gras celebrations signal the beginning of Lent (a time of fasting and abstinence leading up to Easter), for Poles, St. Andrew’s (Andrzejki) Feast Day is the last day of ‘celebrating’ before the Christian cycle of Advent begins (the period of time before Christmas day). Enjoy a table with your friends or fellow class parents while supporting SSKCA!

Family Mass – All are welcome! 

9am Every Sunday. 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.

Breakfast with Santa! December 14th at 10am

Annual Christmas Show: December 19th at 7pm

1960s Alum Reunion Weekend! 

Enjoy a weekend of activities at SSKCA; we can’t wait to see you! Registration is due by December 15th in order to guarantee dance tickets! Check out our Facebook page for details, or contact Leona (Busselmaier) Salazar at or (206) 842-1184.

*Any 1970s alumni interested in helping to organize a reunion? Email Diane at


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.

Calling all Alumni!

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

Parent Volunteer Meeting

November 18th 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. Stans is truly grateful for your support.

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

Art Residency and Audobon Society Enriching Our Students


We are pleased to announce two supplemental programs beginning in our school this month.

Students in grades 4, 6 and 8 began a 15 week performing Arts School Residency Program today with an organization called Stages on the Sound. Two theater professionals will be coming every Wednesday during this period to work with the students. Grade 4 will focus on film making, grade 6 on play writing and producing while grade 8’s focus will be Shakespeare study and performance.

On October 20th, the 2nd and 5th graders will begin an 8 week session with representatives from the Audubon Society where they will learn about birds and their habitats in a program called “For the Birds.”

These are both wonderful learning opportunities for our students. Look for more pictures and stories as we start these wonderful programs!

St. Stans on Cover of Nowy Dziennik

St. Stans in the news! Our local Polish daily, Nowy Dziennik, ran our fabulous test scores on the front page and online. We are getting the article translated to English. Congrats to all again! See the online story here:

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.


High School Admissions Roundtable Set for October

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Jankowski Family Help PreK Classes With SMART Board Steps

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Thank you to the Jankowski family and their company Simply Elegant General Construction, LTD for constructing steps so that our PreK3 and PreK4 students can reach the SMART Boards with ease!

Yankee Candle Fundraising Has Begun!


We’re a few days in our Yankee Candle sales and we’ve had alum inquiries from Bronxville to Costa Rica! We hope your fundraising has had a similar successful kick-off.

Reminder that all orders and monies collected are due Tuesday, October 14, 2014. And you can sell online too!

Here is the info for Yankee Candle online sales:
1. Go to
2. Click on the Seller Login and Sign Up
3. Use Our Group Number to Register: 990020578
4. Look on to find the teacher/classroom you wish to support.
5. Order away!

Happy Selling!