February 8, 2016

January 2016 Letter to Parents


January 6, 2016

Dear Parents,

Happy New Year! I hope that you were able to enjoy a wonderful holiday break with your family. Now that we are back in school and a new year has begun, my wish is that our Lord will bless us all with health, happiness and grace.

The month of December was especially busy here at SSKCA. At our First Friday Mass, the newest members of the Sodality of the Blessed Mother were installed during a lovely ceremony. The first Parent/Teacher Conference of the year was held to distribute and discuss student report cards as well as standardized and state test scores. Our student stars did an amazing job so that our annual Christmas Show was a huge hit! I would like to thank all of our guests that night who refrained from loud talking during the performance so that the show could truly be enjoyed by all present.

Our fundraising results included:

  • Cupcake Sale                                     $272.00
  • Polar Express movie night             $306.00
  • Breakfast with Santa                         $2,520.00
  • Christmas Show                         $3,305.00

A grateful thank you to the parents who helped with the preparations for our most important and most profitable fundraiser of the year, the New Year’s Eve dinner dance. A special Thank You! to the following parents who sacrificed spending the night with their family in order to volunteer all evening and night at the dinner dance: Mr. and Mrs. Niewinski, Mr. and Mrs. Czartoryjski, Mr. and Mrs. Czyz, and Mr. Chmarzewski. We truly appreciate your sacrifice and dedication! All other necessary assistance at the event that night had to be hired, which will result in a decrease in our potential profit. A special Thank You! as well to Mrs. Grazyna Dabek, who, although her son has already graduated from our school, still comes to decorate the auditorium for these events!

A few important upcoming January 2016 dates follow:

  • 8 Early Dismissal – Faculty Meeting
  • 11 Geography Bee (gr. 4 – 8 finalists)
  • 12 school picture make-up day for anyone absent when pictures were taken
  • 13 Cupcake Sale hosted by 1st grade
  • 13 planning meeting for Mardi Gras/Ostatki dinner dance, 7:00 pm
  • 15 Spelling Bee (gr. 5-8 finalists)
  • 19 Open Forum Meeting
  • 25 Grades K and 8 cap and gown measuring
  • 29 Paint Night fundraiser

Re-registration forms for the coming school year, 2016-2017, will be sent home shortly. Kindly complete and return them to the office as soon as possible so that we will know how many seats we will have available for new families.

A special schedule of events here at SSKCA during Catholic Schools Week will be sent home later in the month.

May this gift of a new year be an opportunity for us to embrace our faith more fully so that the light of Christ might shine through each of us every day.


Mrs. C





























December 2015 Letter to Parents


December 9, 2015

Dear Parents,

As the Christmas holiday draws near, I’d like to provide you with a recap of recent events here at SSKCA along with reminders for the new month.

Our school fundraisers in November raised the following:

Bingo                                                $106.00

Cupcake Sale                                    $271.00

Congratulations to the families of the students who were winners in our first mandatory tuition raffle drawings of this school year:

Mara Gonzalez                        Grade 2

Milan Jagielnicki                        Grade 1

Amelia Jurek                                    Grade K

Kyla Tabala                                    Grade 8

Annie Cocks                                    Grade PK-4B

Cian O’Riordan                        Grade PK-3

Their prize is a $500.00 tuition credit. The next drawing will be held in May.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, our students rose to the occasion by sharing some of their blessings with those less fortunate. Our Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF campaign this year raised $740.00. The Girl Scouts had a very successful coat drive. The Toys for Tots box was overflowing with donations on pick-up day. Fr. Marek, our pastor, and I were amazed at the amount of food our students donated to the Thanksgiving food drive. We are sincerely grateful for your kindness and generosity.

With winter weather arriving soon, please remember that if the NYC public schools close then we automatically close as well. However, if public schools remain open, we do have the option to close if we believe it is necessary for the safety of our students and teachers. Should that decision be made, it will be posted on our website and an email blast will be sent to all those parents who have supplied us with their email address. If you have not yet done so and would like to be included, kindly send a note with your email listed to the office.

The next planning meeting for the New Year’s Eve Dinner/Dance fundraiser, our most profitable event of the year, will be held on Wed., Dec. 16th, at 7:00 pm. Decorating of the auditorium will be done at that time as well. Sign –up sheets for volunteer assignments are on the table outside of the secretary’s office. Please plan on lending a hand with this major fundraising event so that we will not need to hire outside help, since doing so will decrease our potential profits.

Our lower grades are in need of lunch parent/grandparent volunteers. With the cold weather approaching and our ability to have recess outdoors very often not possible, our teachers are truly in need of parents to supervise the children so that they may have a lunch break. We would truly appreciate any assistance you might be able to offer, even if only once or twice a week.

I look forward to seeing you at our annual Christmas Show next week. Best wishes for a blessed Advent season. May your Christmas celebration of the birth of our Lord be filled with peace, love and joy shared with family and friends.


Mrs. C

November 2015 Letter to Parents

November 6, 2015

Dear Parents,

October was another busy month here at SSKCA and students are amazed that two months of school have already been completed.

Our NYS test scores have been released and once again our students, with the preparation they received from their dedicated teachers, did an incredible job. You can see that in the following graph:

In the area of fundraising, we raised the following amounts:

Denim Day                                                $950.00

Cupcake Sale                                                $252.25

Yankee Candle sale                                    $2,642.40

Oktoberfest                                                $3,390.00

International Night                                    $3,854.00

For the Scholastic Book Fair, we were given the option of either $1,200.00 in cash profit or $2,500.00 in Scholastic points that teachers can use for items they need for their classrooms. We opted for the points that the four PK teachers will share.

Looking ahead to this month, on Wednesday, November 25th, the day before Thanksgiving, we traditionally have an early dismissal so that our faculty, staff and families can get a head start on their Thanksgiving travel and/or food preparation for the holiday dinner. Therefore, there will be no after school program that day. I am informing everyone now so that you have ample time to make any necessary arrangements.

This year, grades were not assigned for volunteer opportunities at our various fundraisers during the course of the year. Instead, as each event draws closer, a letter will be sent home asking for parent volunteers and mentioning approximately how many we need for that event. As soon as we reach that number, all other interested parents will be told that the spots have been filled and they will need to wait for the next fundraiser. The next planning meeting for our first major dinner/dance of the year is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 16th, at 7:00 pm. There are still volunteer positions available for that event.

Our sincerest thanks to Mr. Anthony Wala, grandfather of one of our students, for building fantastic cubbies for our new PK classes. The children love them and the teachers and I are very appreciative. Thanks also to Mrs. Jennifer Consolazio and Mrs. Michelle Falce for organizing an amazing Halloween party for our younger students. The children had a wonderful time and it was a great way to begin their Halloween celebration. Thank you to Mrs. Kathy Smith for once again organizing our annual Scholastic Book Fair. The students enjoy coming to the fair to shop. Thanks to Mrs. Beth Tardalo for suggesting and volunteering to take care of sending all of our leftover Halloween candy to our soldiers. She informed me that SSKCA collected a total of 136 lbs. of candy for this project! Also, thank you to Mrs. Ania Mirek for her dedication to following up on the project of getting a speed bump installed on Driggs Ave. for the safety of our students as they cross that street. It took many months of emails, letters and phone calls before finally achieving success and proves that persistence does pay when trying to “fight city hall”.

A reminder to all of our parents that if your child has received any immunizations after you had registered here at SSKCA, it is important that we receive a letter from your child’s doctor informing us which immunization had been administered as well as the date. We can then update your child’s medical records here at school so that the Department of Health will be satisfied should they audit us again.

Kindly check the expiration dates on your Box Tops before sending them in to school. Expired ones will not be accepted by the Box Tops organization so we have to check them before sending them to them. Last month we received an envelope of 25 from a student but all 25 had expired, with one having expired in 2009!

During this season of Thanksgiving, best wishes for abundant blessings from our Lord, especially health and happiness shared with loved ones.


Mrs. C

October 2015 Letter to Parents

letterDear Parents,

As we turn the page on the calendar to a new month, we remember the events of the first few weeks of the new school year as well as anticipate what the new month holds in store.

It was so nice to see so many of you at the two parent orientations that were held last month. Meeting your child’s teacher and learning about the expectations of a new grade is an important first step in the partnership that needs to exist between the school and the home in order for the student to be successful. Your support of our efforts to provide your child with the best education possible is truly appreciated.

Our optional food related fundraisers began last month and the students thoroughly enjoyed them. Pretzel Mondays and pizza Fridays occur every week with payment made by the previous day so we know how much to order. Cupcake sales occur just once a month. The 7th graders hosted the first one of the year and raised $233.00. Our 2nd graders will act as hosts for the October sale scheduled for October 14th. Ice cream sales are held periodically when the weather is warm. They are announced a day or two before, based on weather predictions. Our first one, held this week, was so popular that we sold out our supply!

I now have 3 parents who have volunteered to prepare hot dogs for a monthly Hot Dog Day requested by our students. The first one will be on Wednesday, October 21st. Order forms will be sent home the week before for any students who are interested.

We are beginning a new program this year for students in grades PK-4 through grade 8. It is called Latin and Greek Roots Challenge. The program’s goal is to engage students in unlocking the underlying meaning of over 60% of the English language, which is “rooted” in Latin and Greek. Students attended an assembly during which a gentleman from the program explained it to them. They seemed excited about it, especially when they realized they would be learning something valuable in a fun way. This program will ultimately strengthen their vocabulary and reading comprehension.

Now for a few date reminders in October. The time for the Blessing of the Animals on Monday, Oct. 5th, has been moved up to 6:00 pm. Students are encouraged to bring in their pets to receive a special blessing from Father in honor of St. Francis of Assisi. On Friday, October 9th, our school will be participating in the annual Lee Denim Day. The Lee jeans company has been organizing this national fundraiser for breast cancer research for many years. Sadly, most of us know of someone who has been affected by this disease. For a donation of $5.00, students, faculty and staff can dress in jeans that day. All funds raised are sent to the Lee organization with the fervent hope that a cure will soon be discovered. Our participation also serves to provide our students with an opportunity to practice what they are learning at SSKCA, namely, to care for others as Jesus did.

I hope to see you at our first Oktoberfest on Thursday, October 8th, at the Brooklyn Brewery. It is a fun-raiser where parents are not asked to do any volunteer work, just to come and enjoy an evening out and socialize with fellow parents. Last year parents had requested that we try off-site fundraisers and this is our first attempt. We would like to try other similar fun-raisers and welcome for consideration any ideas you may have.

Our Yankee Candle sale is in progress now until October 13th. The candles make great Christmas gifts for family and friends. Also, it is an opportunity for your neighbors and co-workers to help our school by purchasing these items.

The 3rd through 8th graders will be taking the annual Terra Nova tests this month. Terra Nova is a standardized test used for diagnostic purposes enabling teachers to see the areas of strength or weakness in their students. That knowledge will then be beneficial in determining their lesson planning.

There seems to be some confusion regarding the dates for the summer uniform. A few parents mentioned that they thought the summer uniform could not be worn after October 1st. Since the weather in October can be unpredictable, the handbook was revised and summer uniforms may be worn until October 30th. We ask that parents use their judgement, however, on days that are quite chilly. On days that a jacket needs to be worn then long pants should be worn as well. Also, a reminder that “kid-sitting” is only for those students who are dismissed at 2:00 pm but need to wait for an older sibling being dismissed at 3:00 pm or who are waiting for the after-school program or an after-school club to begin at 3:00 pm.

Currently there is a construction project occurring in the middle of our block and huge dump trucks have been parking in front of our school, as early as 6:30 am, with their engines idling as they wait to be called down to the site. I have gone out numerous times to ask them to turn off their engines since the noise and fumes have been awful. We called 311 to complain but were told that they have permits allowing them to park in front of our school due to the construction on the block. I have been putting cones along the length of the school building in the hope of keeping them away. I apologize for the inconvenience to parents who usually park in front of the school to drop off their child.

If anyone is doing some fall house cleaning and discovers toys in good condition but no longer used by their children, our after-school program would appreciate such donations. The toys need to be suitable for 3 – 5 year olds since they comprise the majority of students attending the program.


Mrs. C



September 2015 Letter to Parents


September 16, 2015

Dear Parents,

Welcome to the start of a new school year at St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy! I hope that you and your family were able to enjoy a wonderful summer break and that everyone is now energized for an exciting new year.

In this first of my monthly update letters, I need to inform you that our school website is still experiencing a few issues. Our new teachers’ school emails have not been able to be set up yet and, as a result, if you have tried to email them, your messages may not have been getting through. Therefore, until this issue is resolved, should you need to contact a teacher, kindly send in a note with your child. Also, a few of our veteran teachers have had parents report a problem with emails being bounced back. This situation is frustrating for us all and I ask for your patience. A reminder, as well, that teachers cannot check their email during class time so if you send an email during the school day they may not be able to respond until after the students leave for the day.

It was so nice to see many of you at our parish picnic this past Sunday. A reminder for those parents who purchased tickets last spring for the Mets/Yankees game fundraiser that it is this Saturday, September 19th. On Monday, September 21st, at 7:00 pm, I look forward to seeing you at our annual Parent Orientation meeting for parents of students in grades 1 through 8. On Friday, September 25th, representatives from the NYC Department of Health will be visiting our school to conduct a vision screening of students in grades 1 through 7.

Tuesday, September 22nd, at 7:00 pm, there will be an important meeting for parents who are interested in assisting with the first major dinner/dance fundraiser, the Andrzejki Dance. These dinner/dances are the most profitable fundraisers that we currently have at SSKCA. They help bridge the gap between the actual cost of educating each student (approximately $8,000.00) and what parents actually pay in tuition. It is our desire to keep tuition as low as possible but we won’t be able to do so without everyone’s cooperation.

Wednesday, September 23rd, will be our first Cupcake Sale fundraiser of the year. The 7th graders have the honor of hosting this first sale. Every month a different class is chosen as the host. Students in that class then bring in cupcakes or other baked goods on the day of the sale that they then sell to interested students during lunch/recess time. This fundraiser was suggested by the students and they have turned it into a competition to see which grade can raise the most money. I believe we have quite a few future entrepreneurs among our students!

Our first Pizza Friday will be this week. Parents who would like their child to have pizza for lunch are asked to send in the $2.00 per slice fee no later than Thursday mornings. Anyone desiring to prepay may only do so for 11 weeks at a time since each cycle lasts that long. Any money sent in always needs to be in an envelope labeled with the child’s name, grade, amount enclosed and what it is for. We will not be able to have the monthly Subway sandwich day this year since the Greenpoint Subway location has closed and we are unable to find another one willing to deliver. At my monthly student advisors meeting today, a suggestion was made by the students to have a monthly hot dog day. I explained that I do not have a problem with that, however, we would need to have a few mothers volunteer to prepare those hot dogs. If anyone is willing and able to help us out with that request, I know our students would be very grateful.

A letter explaining the various other fundraisers planned for this year, along with those for which parental volunteer assistance will be needed, should be going home before the end of the month. We ask that parents continue to collect Box Tops from the packages of numerous grocery items that you regularly purchase. For every 25 Box Tops that your child brings to school, a Dress Down coupon will be issued. Please check, though, that the Box Top has not expired before sending it in. Dress Down coupons may be used once per week.

The schedule of this year’s after-school clubs is being finalized and will be sent home next week. We are also in need of at least 2 mothers who would be willing to run our Little Blessings program. Little Blessings meets on Wednesdays from 9:00 am until 11:00 am. It is for little ones from the crawling stage through the age of almost 3. While the children play and begin to learn how to share and get along, the care givers have an opportunity to socialize as well while they supervise the children. Volunteering for Little Blessings would count towards a parent’s service hours for SSKCA and there is a small tuition credit granted as well. It would be perfect for a stay at home mom who has a little one not yet old enough to start school.

We are all excited about Pope Francis’ visit to New York next week and pray that his visit will serve as an inspiration to everyone to follow the example that he sets for us, especially his love for all and genuine humility. We pray for his safety and the success of his visit.

As the season of autumn quickly approaches, may the promise of cooler temperatures invigorate us as we embark on this journey of a new school year.


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:


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.”


May 2015 Letter to Parents


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

April 2015 Newsletter


SSKCA Is Rapidly Expanding!

The word is out about the best education value in North Brooklyn! The Academy has currently opened an additional Kindergarten class for September 2015 in order to meet the admissions demand! Registrations are still being accepted, and the Academy will open an additional PreK3 and PreK4 class if there are enough registrations. Our robust academic program includes special subjects in Art, Spanish, Music, Computer, and Gym as well as an Honors program in middle school. Please contact Assistant Principal Enid Rodriguez at erodriguez@ststansacademy.org to schedule a tour!

Students Show Support and #WearYellowForSeth

St. Stans students wear yellow in support of 5-year-old Seth Lane, who was born with an immunodeficiency disorder. This condition makes him highly susceptible to infection, so he has been confined to a completely sterile environment. Click here for the video in which students show their support for Seth!

“Around the World” Summer Camp Registration Is Open!
May 18th from 7-8pm – Meet the Teachers and Review Curriculum!
Camp is Open to ALL (SSKCA waitlist and PS students!)
We will be having a second information session to answer all questions, review the daily schedule and curriculum, and meet the teachers! Our summer camp “visits” a new Spanish-speaking country every week in order to extend school academics and foreign language learning into the summer. We will also have daily outdoor play (with sprinklers!) at the local park along with our on-site playground. Please email Enid Rodriguez at erodriguez@ststansacademy.org with questions and to receive the daily schedule.
Help Us Raise $40,000!
Our biggest fundraiser can raise $40,000 for our school if we sell all 2,500 tickets. The proceeds will fund an upgraded Audio/Visual system for our auditorium. Tickets cost $20, and the cash prizes are $5,000, $2,000, and $1,000, and winners will be selected at our Family Fun Day on Sunday, June 14th. Tickets can be purchased by mailing a money order or bringing cash to 12 Newell Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222. Please support our school!


8th Graders Visit the 9/11 Museum


These students, who were babies when the World Trade Center attack occurred on September 11, 2001, visited the 9/11 Museum and Memorial. Two students’ fathers volunteered to chaperone because they felt a connection since they were present on 9/11 or helped to recover Ground Zero shortly thereafter. It was a very emotional visit for all. The adults found it emotional because they had lived through it, and the students found it emotional because of “the phone calls and what people were saying about the buildings and the people” and “the feeling of how many people died where I stood and how many bodies they could not find.” Mrs. C, our principal, accompanied the class on this trip. While at the Museum Shop, Mrs. C saw the book, The Survivor Tree, by Cheryl Somers Aubin and read the book to the students. All students were silent and attentive to the reading, using this time to reflect on the deeply emotional experience.


SSKCA Girl Scouts Get Adventurous!

Between the Brownies presenting their robot, Mr. Robi G. Brainy, at the first-ever Girl Scout Robotics Expo and the Cadettes braving the 35-foot walls of Long Island City Cliffs, it was certainly an exciting Saturday for St. Stans Troop 2832. The Cadettes even earned their Adventure Badge for perfectly executing different safety knots and the belaying technique so that once they reached the top of the wall, they could safely repel back down! Congratulations girls! For more details of their adventurous day, click here.





And the Math Whiz Kid Is…

The middle grades participated in a Math Bee last month, and Grade 4’s Victoria Gluszczyszyn became our champion. She will represent our school in the Diocesan Bee. Great job, Victoria!



Free Department of Education Bus:

Please let us know if your child is aged 5 through Grade 6 and living in Brooklyn (and Grades 7-8 if student crosses a busy road like McGuinness Blvd) so that SSKCA can qualify for a free DOE bus. Email Assistant Principal Enid Rodriguez at erodriguez@ststansacademy.org to be included on the list. The deadline is June 15th, 2015.



Family Mass – All are welcome!

9am Every Sunday. (Special Mass: 3rd graders on April 19th; 5th graders on May 3rd)

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.

Save the Dates!
Drama Club Performance: May 15th and 16th at 7pm
Spring Show featuring music by The Beatles! May 29th at 7pm
Family Fun Day! June 14th 12noon-5pm and $5,000 Cash Raffle drawing!

Send us your updates! Share what is new with you! Send updates to Enid at erodriguez@ststansacademy.org.



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


We Need Board of Director Members!

We are actively looking for any alumni, community member, or prospective parent to participate. The time commitment is monthly meetings – we need volunteers! Contact Maria Kura at mariakura@hotmail.com for more information.


Parent Volunteer Meeting

April 21st 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 achmarzewski@gmail.com.



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. Stan’s is truly grateful for your support.

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March 2015 Letter to Parents

sskcaMarch 10, 2015

Dear Parents,

With spring officially just about a week away, the weather and temperatures are finally beginning to be pleasant and comfortable. The children are excited about soon being able to go outside for recess again after the long winter indoors.

Although February is our shortest month, there were still many events happening at SSKCA. We held our annual Volunteer Appreciation Reception, Student Appreciation Day and Science Fair. Our middle grades Math Bee was held with Victoria Gluszczyszyn in grade 4 becoming our champion. She will represent our school in the diocesan bee this month.

Regarding our ongoing fundraising efforts, we raised a total of $6,852.00 during our annual Walk-a-thon. Caitlyn Goodman in grade 6 raised the highest amount, $1,180.00. Our monthly cupcake sale, hosted by the kindergarten class, raised $385.00. This month’s sale will be on Wednesday, March 25th and the seventh graders will be hosting. Our profit from the adult Valentine/Mardi Gras Dinner/ Dance was $12, 824.00 bringing the grand total from all three dances this year to $46, 972.00! You can see why these dances are our most profitable fundraisers.

I would like to remind you at this time that this coming Friday, March 13th, is a Professional Day for our teachers but students have the day off. This year’s Art Show, scheduled for March 24th, is being rescheduled until April. The exact date will be announced in next month’s update letter. The date for our Spring Show this year is Friday, May 29th, at 7:00 PM.

A few other date reminders include Wednesday, March 18th, are our second trimester Parent/Teacher Conferences. Friday, March 20th, is our annual Talent Show. Sunday, March 22nd, is our annual Breakfast with the Easter Bunny. We invite parents of students in grades 4 – 8 who have not been able to earn service hours this year from student dances to volunteer the morning of the actual breakfast so that the parents of our younger students may enjoy the festivities with their families. Please either send a note to the office or email me if you would be willing to assist at that event.

Due to an unfortunate incident this week where a Social Studies Fair project was damaged by a parent, it is no longer permissible for parents to enter our auditorium in order to get a preview of our students’ work. You will need to wait until the evening of the fair or the next day. Also, our students are not permitted to be in the basement during after school hours if they are not members of our after school program, with the exception of the 2 seventh graders each day who are helping in after school as part of their Christian service in preparation for Confirmation. In addition, children are not permitted in the basement at other times unless supervised by an adult. That includes children who come for Krakowianki.

A reminder, as well, that students were informed in September that if they join an after school club, they are expected to be making a serious commitment. Therefore, if they cannot attend a meeting, they need to give the teacher a note from their parent explaining the absence. Excessive absences and/or not supplying the note will result in no longer being able to participate in the activity.

As the joyous season of Easter draws closer, may the remaining days of Lent serve as an opportunity for us to reflect on our lives and grow closer to our Lord. May Christ’s cross feel lighter by our good deeds so we may be worthy of His sacrifice.


Mrs. C




February 2015 Letter to Parents


February 4, 2015

Dear Parents,

With the beginning of February, we mark two half-way points. Our school year is half-way over as is the season of winter. I, for one, truly hope that Staten Island Chuck, the local groundhog, is right and we will have an early spring!

Last month, SSKCA was busy as usual. We held 3 very different bees and the winners are:

National Geographic Society Bee (grades 4-8)                        Paul Leszko, grade 8

Scripps National Spelling Bee (grades 5-8)                                    Adrianna Cimino, grade 5

Diocesan Math Bee (grades 6-8)                                                Jessica Dudzinski, grade 6

Congratulations to our winners!

We also celebrated Catholic Schools Week. Although our Students’ Appreciation Day and Science Fair had to be rescheduled due to the unexpected Snow Day, Bishop Chappetto was able to visit our school on Parent Appreciation Day. He toured the school and was quite impressed, especially when the students did an impromptu performance for him of two songs from our Christmas Show.

There was an error in the Christmas Show profit reported in last month’s update letter. The correct amount is $3,932.00. The January Cupcake Sale, hosted by the 4th grade, raised $271.00. The date for this month’s sale is Wednesday, February 25th and it will be hosted by our Kindergarten class. We have the final profit amount from our very successful New Year’s Eve Dinner/Dance fundraiser – $22,630.00! We sincerely thank all those parents who made this event possible, especially those who sacrificed spending time with their families by assisting on the night of the dance itself. It is truly appreciated!

We are in need of lunch parents for grades PK-3 through grade 2. Parents who had, in the past, volunteered at our student dances, may now volunteer for lunch duty in these lower grade classes instead. If you are able to provide this service, please come to school any day of the week that works best for you, at 11:30 AM, and we will let you know what grade needs your assistance that day. Parents in grades 4 – 8 who may be in need of additional service hours may also volunteer to help on Sunday, March 22nd, from 9:30 AM until noon, at the Breakfast with the Easter Bunny. That way, the parents of the younger students will be able to enjoy the morning with their children. Kindly call the office and leave your name with our secretary if you are willing and able to help with that event. Two other opportunities for additional service hours are the Ostatki/Mardi Gras Dinner/Dance on Saturday, February 14th as well as our annual Family Fun Day on Sunday, June 14th.

On Friday, February 6th, our students will be receiving a gift bag with dental hygiene items as part of Dental Health Month’s focus on proper dental care. They are made possible through the generosity of Mrs. Shelley McMahon of Crest, Colgate, Mr. Roman Plikh of Patterson Dental, Dr. Joseph Cimino and Dr. Susan Hoang – Cimino. The packages include toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, rinses, pamphlets and activities (for younger students).

We have had a few parents recently express concern regarding the type of food items available to their children here at school. Kindly remember that parents are encouraged to send healthy snacks and/or lunch to school for their child/children. The food items available in school on a daily basis or during cupcake sales need to be purchased by the students. In addition, the big, soft pretzels available on Mondays and the pizza available on Fridays are optional and need to be preordered by parents. Therefore, if a parent does not want their child to have such items, kindly inform your child and the teacher as well as refrain from sending your child to school with money. The only time food items are offered without being purchased are on days when a fellow student brings in treats to celebrate a birthday or when the class is having a holiday party. If a parent does not want their child to have such treats, the teacher needs to be notified.

For parents of our current 2nd graders, please be advised that First Holy Communion next year will be on Saturday, May 14, 2016, and not on Mother’s Day weekend as is traditional here at SSKCA.

I hope that you and your family will enjoy a wonderful mid-winter recess during President’s Week and that hopefully we will not be seeing much more snow for the remainder of the winter!


Mrs. C