April 4, 2016
I hope that you and your family were able to enjoy a wonderful Easter and that the time off from school proved to be a great opportunity to relax and spend quality time with each other.
Even though March was shorter than usual for us due to an early Easter this year, there were a variety of things happening at SSKCA. Academically, we held our annual Social Studies Fair where students in the odd numbered grades impressed everyone with their incredible projects. Parents who attended our Art Show were amazed at the creativity and artistic ability of our students. Our 3rd graders received the sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time and are now focusing on preparing for their First Holy Communion Day.
In the area of fundraising, we raised the following from our March events:
Supermarket Bingo/Penny Social $10,954.00
Talent Show 704.00
Breakfast with the Easter Bunny 1,050.00
Disney Raffle 4,525.00
Cupcake Sale 311.00
The April Cupcake Sale will be held on Tuesday, April 26th and will be hosted by grade 4.
Our profit numbers from the three dinner dances that were held this school year are:
Andrzejki $13, 570.48
New Year’s Eve $19,251.45
Ostatki/Mardi Gras $14,478.52
The two parents who have been faithfully organizing these dances for the past 6 years have informed me that they will no longer be able to do so for a New Year’s Eve event. That news, though disappointing, is completely understandable. Therefore, if anyone would be willing to step up and take over that task, kindly let me know as soon as possible. Otherwise, we will not be able to have that event next year, which will mean a sizeable loss of revenue since that event has traditionally been our most profitable fundraiser.
The meeting to launch our Home Academy Association was held last month as well but only four parents attended! I had then emailed all parents the information about the mission of the association and the six committees that are available for parents to join. One parent responded by indicating which committee to add her name to while 6 parents personally added their names to the sign-up sheets on the table outside of the school office. If you have not already made a commitment to offer your assistance with one of the committees, kindly reconsider. The sign-up sheets are still on the table. Technically, just as with the previous Home/School Association, all families are automatically enrolled in the new Home Academy Association upon their registration of their child at SSKCA. However, in order for the Association to be successful, we need parents to volunteer to serve on the specific committees so that they have an opportunity to get involved directly in making our great school even better! The date for the next HAA committee meetings is Tuesday, April 26th, at 7:00 pm. That is when the members of the different committees will begin planning their committee’s activities.
This month, our 4th, 6th and 8th graders will be taking the NYS ELA and Math tests. We pray that the Holy Spirit will enlighten them to do their very best. Our 8th graders will be receiving the sacrament of Confirmation on April 17th. Let’s keep them in our prayers as this momentous day in their lives approaches.
On Friday, April 8th, SSKCA will show our support of autism awareness by taking part in an optional dress down in blue for a minimum donation of $2.00 (the same as the cost for a slice of pizza or hot dog). Feel free to make an additional donation. All money raised will be sent to Autism Speaks, an organization dedicated to research, assisting affected families, advocating for legislation and spreading awareness. You can learn more about it on their website, AutismSpeaks.org. April is National Autism Awareness Month.
Please mark your calendars that Monday, May 16th, there will be no school due to our teachers having a Professional Day.
SSKCA’s Board of Directors will hold their annual State of the Academy meeting on Tuesday, April 19th, at 7:00 pm to which all parents are invited.
May the Risen Christ fill our hearts with hope, peace and joy, not just during this Easter season but all through the year. Happy Spring!